Filter by Subcategory
Birding by Ear at Appleton Library: Listening for Returning Migrants
with Gary Roberts
Have you ever wanted to go birding without being encumbered by field guides, binoculars, or spotting scope? or wondered what bird is singing just out of sight? Join Maine Guide and Naturalist Gary Roberts and learn to identify the songs and calls of common warblers and other returning spring migrants. The class includes a Saturday field trip to Beech Hill, on May 12 from 1:00-4:00 pm. No charge but please call the Appleton Library at 785-5656 to register. 4 weeks 6:30-8:00 p.m. Begins Wed 4/4 Appleton Library 2916 Sennebec Road Appleton Registered Maine Guide Gary Roberts is a resident of Appleton and has been a volunteer naturalist, trip leader, and speaker for over 30 years. He specializes in guiding from a natural history perspective and focuses particularly on the native flora and fauna of Maine. Gary has been a long time volunteer for Maine Audubon and has volunteered with the Maine Plant Conservation Volunteers, Mountain Birdwatch, Maine Owl Survey Project, and Seanet.
Birding by Habitat
with Shelley Spanswick
Spring is a great time of year to get outside and look for spring migrants! Our avian friends are on the move heading to their summer homes. Birding by Habitat will take you to three very different habitat types and focus on bird identification clues based on the surroundings. This is a field oriented class so please be prepared for outdoor elements (rain, wind, varying spring temps). Participants should dress in appropriate layers and bring their own binoculars. If you don’t have binoculars, let the instructor know. If weather does not cooperate, class will be held at Merryspring Nature Center. DIscussion will also cover attracting birds to your yard, common injuries birds sustain due to human interaction, and what you can do to help. Registration $45. 4 weeks 8:00-10:00 a.m. Begins Fri 5/4 Merryspring Nature Park Shelley Spanswick has a degree in Wildlife Biology and has worked as a wild bird rehabilitator for over 10 years. She began her career as an intern and volunteer at Avian Haven in Freedom, Maine, continued to The Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ, and later returned to Avian Haven. She has led owl prowls with the Riley School and Merryspring and is continuing her pursuit to help educate the public about the wonders of the avian world. Shelley adds a unique perspective to the classic birding walks because she has worked intimately with a variety of species.
Bridge for Beginners
with Sally Morrison
Join other like-minded people in a fun card game that will exercise your brain. Learn in a comfortable, no stress environment and in eight weeks you will be able to play bridge with anyone. Registration $65. 8 weeks 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Begins Tues 4/17 Midcoast Recreation Center Sally Morrison has played, taught and loved bridge for many years.
Bridge for Intermediate and On-going Players
with Sally Morrison
Intermediate bridge is for those seeking to improve their knowledge of competitive bidding and current conventions in this greatest of all card games. Registration $65. 8 weeks 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Begins Thurs 4/19 Midcoast Recreation Center Sally Morrison has played, taught and loved bridge for many years.
Calendula Salve and Lip Balm from Medicinal Plants
with Jacinda Martinez
This class will focus on medicinal and edible flowers that you can plant and what you can do with them at harvesting. We will also make calendula salve and calendula lip balm. The calming and anti-inflammatory properties of calendula make this salve excellent for healing skin. Participants will leave with two 2 oz tins of salve, 2 tubes of lip balm and some calendula seeds to get started for next season. Registration $20, plus $15 materials fee to be paid to the instructor. 1 night 6:00-8:30 p.m. Class Thurs 3/15 CHRHS Rm 231 Jacinda Martinez has been growing food and flowers for the last decade. She savours the sweetness of summer as long as possible by adding value to items like salve. Every winter her family and friends receive her newest batch of salve.
Camden Citizen’s Public Safety Academy
with Matt Heath
The Citizen’s Public Safety Academy is a six-week course designed to help individuals understand what goes on within our local and State public safety organizations. Come and experience emergency services first hand, and get a feel for exactly what we provide. Guest speakers will include representatives from agencies like the Camden Fire Department, Maine State Forest Service, Fire Marshal’s Office, Camden Police Department and Knox County Regional Communications Center. Classes are designed to be as hands-on as possible and will include, among other topics, the following: Fire Suppression and Hose use; Special Rescue & Extrication; Wildfire Mitigation; Traffic Stops. No charge but please call adult ed to register. 7 weeks 6:00-8:00 p.m. Begins Wed 2/28 Camden Fire Department 31 Washington St., Camden This class is sponsored by Camden Public Safety.
Carving the Standing Puffin
with Michael McCune
In this class, open to beginning or experienced carvers, we will carve the standing Puffin. Students should bring a minimum of a ¾” straight chisel, a 7mm #9 gouge, an 8mm #7 fishtail gouge and a 12mm #5 gouge or equivalent. The instructor will provide basswood blanks and eyes. Students may purchase legs or make them in class. Students are also encouraged to look for a driftwood base and as much reference material as possible to aid in carving and painting. Registration $50, plus $30 materials fee to be paid to the instructor. 10 weeks 6:00-8:00 p.m. Begins Thurs 1/25 CHRHS Wood Shop Mike McCune has a degree in Biology and has been carving and watching birds for over 20 years. He has taught duck carving for 6 years.
with Anne Perschon
Lessons will cover woven, pressed, splint, fiber rush and shaker type caning. Please bring your chair to the first class. Materials will cost approximately $25 per chair and can be purchased through the instructor. Registration $35. 4 weeks 6:00-8:00 p.m. Begins Mon 2/26 CHRHS Rm 211 Anne Perschon has been caning since 1992 and has had her own caning and upholstery shop in Glen Cove since 1998.