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Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education

Personal Enrichment

Astronomy 101


with Ron Thompson

Calendar Mar 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Ron Thompson of Southern Maine Astronomers will teach participants how to enjoy the night sky, starting in the classroom with background information followed by exploration outdoors. In class you will get a brief overview of what astronomy is all about; learn how to use your eyes and charts to navigate the night sky; and find out how to identify and highlight the current constellations. Outside, you will discover how to find North using the Big Dipper and charts; explore finding Polaris with Ursa Major "pointer stars"; and, as the sky darkens, outline and identify the constellations using your red filtered flashlight and charts. Weather permitting, you will have an opportunity to look through a telescope and see a planet or a deep sky “fuzzy”. Please dress appropriately for the outdoor portion of class, bring a flashlight and small pencil, telescope and binoculars if you have them. Red filters for flashlights and Sky Maps will be provided. Class may run past 8:30 if students are interested. Registration $30. 1 night 6:30-8:30 p.m. Class Mon 3/12 CHRHS Rm 112 Ron Thompson lives in Yarmouth and and has been interested in astronomy since Sputnik went into orbit. Ron enjoys the night sky using just his eyes or binoculars and telescope. He studies the Sun, our very own star, and tries to keep up with the many aspects of astronomy including technology advancements, spacecraft and continuing discoveries. Ron has been working with “Cornerstones of Science” in Brunswick modifying telescopes for libraries and offering workshops for librarians and patrons. For the past 12 years he has helped Cape Elizabeth High School science teachers with their astronomy programs.


Backyard Chickens


with Sarah Ruef-Lindquist

Calendar Mar 21, 2018 at 6 pm

Have you ever wanted to have chickens on your property? In many cities and towns homeowners have added small chicken flocks to their yards and gardens as part of the movement towards local food and sustainable living. Some towns even hold “Coop Tours” of the charming and unusual housing chicken owners have created. This class will teach you the basics of small-scale chicken ownership. Topics will cover local ordinances, buying and raising chicks, coop size and design, health and safety, food and water, flock behavior and equipment. Registration $20. 1 night 6:00-8:00 p.m. Class Wed 3/21 CHRHS Rm 221 Sarah Ruef-Lindquist lives in Camden and has been raising chickens in her backyard since 2007. She and her husband Peter were instrumental in changing Camden's zoning ordinance to allow small flocks of chickens on lots under two and a half acres.


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Batik Workshop


with Bo Smith

Calendar Mar 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

We will explore the ancient art form of Batik and offer students an opportunity to create a multi-layered project using wax and dye baths. The process of waxing and dyeing creates beautiful and colorful designs. Students will work on either flat cloth or an article of clothing to create a unique piece of art. Registration $35, plus $30 materials fee to be paid to the instructor. 4 weeks 6:30-8:00 p.m. Begins Wed 3/14 CHRHS Rm 231 Bo Smith is an artist and educator who has enjoyed teaching Batik to adults and children for over 25 years. She has a BS in Art Education and has taught through The Maine Arts Commissions touring artists program. Bo has created and sold Batik clothing since 1989.


Bead Stitching for Beginners


with Patti Bosken

Calendar Apr 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Would you like to learn how to create beautiful beaded jewelry, perhaps a bracelet and earrings, by stitching colorful beads together using a needle, thread and beads? The instructor is a self-taught beader and loves sharing this fun and creative hobby with others. The class will cover information about types of seed beads, threads, and other supplies and is intended for students who want to learn basic bead stitching with an easy but intricate looking final product. The instructor will share books and internet sites that will be useful for further learning. Registration $30 plus $10 materials fee to be paid to the instructor. 3 weeks 5:30-7:30 p.m. Begins Tues 4/10 CHRHS Rm 217 Patti Bosken is a retired middle school teacher who has been bead stitching as a hobby for 9 years. She makes jewelry for herself, friends and family and finds beading to be a great creative and artistic outlet. Patti chairs the Program Committee for the Maine Bead Society, an organization that meets monthly with beading enthusiasts throughout the state of Maine.


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with Patti Luchetti

Calendar Mar 1, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 7 weeks

It is always a good time to try bellydancing! Bellydancing, also known as Oriental Dance, is native to the ancient Middle East, but was widely integrated into local cultures by the traveling Rom peoples, from India to Spain. In our global age, you will see famous stars in Cairo, natives of Japan and Sweden, dancing alongside ladies from Turkey, Lebanon and, of course, Egypt. Bellydancing is not only fun, it is also a gentle, strengthening exercise for the whole body, with emphasis on belly and thighs. This class will introduce signature torso movements and rhythms of this art form. Please bring a large scarf for the hips, and wear loose comfortable clothes or dance wear. Registration $45. Bring a friend for an extra $25. 7 weeks 7:00-8:30 p.m. Begins Thurs 3/1 CHRHS Dance/Wrestling Rm Patti Luchetti has studied and performed Oriental Dance for over 25 years, in Maine, NYC and abroad.


Bellydancing - Level 2


with Patti Luchetti

Calendar Apr 26, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Practice of this dance provides gentle, strengthening exercise for the whole body with emphasis on the belly and thighs. This level 2 class will add new hip patterns, try out Beledie and Moroccan rhythms plus finish the Veil choreography begun in the beginning class. The class is suggested for those who have completed at least one bellydancing class or have other dance background. Students will accomplish a simple choreography during the session and learn the use of props such as scarves, zils and the veil. Please bring a large scarf for the hips, and wear loose comfortable clothes or dance wear. It is ALWAYS a good time to try Bellydancing! Registration $30. 3 weeks 7:00-8:30 p.m. Begins Thurs 4/26 CHRHS Dance/Wrestling Rm Patti Luchetti has studied and performed Oriental Dance for 25 years, in Maine, NYC and abroad.


Bicycle Maintenance Basics


with Mike Hartley

Calendar Mar 1, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Learn the basics of bike fit, flat tire repair, and simple brake and gear adjustments. Mike "the bike" Hartley has a lifelong passion for two wheeled contraptions and is the current bike shop manager at Maine Sport. Bring a bicycle as classes will be a 1 hour lecture and 1 hour hands-on fitting and repair session. Ride your bike to class for extra credit! Registration $50. 4 weeks 6:00-8:00 p.m. Begins Thurs 3/1 Maine Sport 115 Commercial St., Rockport Mike Hartley manages the bike shop at Maine Sport, is an avid cyclist and has over 30 years of shop experience.


Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer Information Night


with Lisa Wilson BBBS

Calendar Jan 31, 2018 at 6 pm

Join us to learn how you can make a difference in a child’s life right here in our community. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Mid-Maine is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring mentor relationships that change their lives for the better, forever, because all children deserve to achieve success in life. Learn about becoming a Big Brother or Sister to a child, helping out at a local BBBS after-school program or volunteering at our Bowl For Kids Sake fundraising event this spring. The instructors will share stories about how Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Mid-Maine is making an impact in the mid coast. They will be available to answer questions about the agency’s programs and the many ways you can become involved to help children in our community. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration at the Adult Ed office is required. 1 night 6:00-7:00 p.m. Class Wed 1/31 CHRHS Rm 235 Lisa Wilson is the Big Brother Big Sister School Based Manager of Mid-Maine and Rebecca Neville the Community Based Manager of Mid-Maine and Penobscot. For more information go to


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