Safely Gathering Knowledge Together!

Directors’ Message 

Safely Gathering Knowledge Together!

Welcome to a new year of learning! It won’t look exactly like it has in the past, but we promise to do our best to keep you engaged and growing – even if it’s from a distance! The current pandemic has turned our world upside down and sideways as we’re sure it has for many of you. Trying to navigate these unchartered waters has not been easy, but your local adult education programs are committed to providing both academic and enrichment opportunities that meet the needs of our communities. As part of that commitment, RSU 40 has assumed management of RSU 12’s adult education program in order to expand both its service area and offerings. Our three programs will work collaboratively to bring as many in-person and on-line learning options to our fall line-up as possible. Granted, there are a number of our tried and true favorite classes (ballroom dancing, Gouache painting, juggling, just to name a few) that simply don’t translate well to a remote format, but we hope some of our other offerings will spark your interest and get your creative juices flowing! Due to safety concerns, we will not be able to hold any of this fall’s enrichment classes in the AOS 93 schools. The safety protocols that would need to be established following after school and evening in-person classes would be too much for the school custodians to take on given the level of sanitation now required. RSU 40 and RSU 12 will be offering some in-person classes at their schools but not nearly as many as in the past. The majority of our offerings this fall are provided in a remote format in order to keep our participants, and our instructors, safe. We know it’s going to feel very different this fall, but we hope you’ll take advantage of one or more of the learning opportunities listed in these pages and make a difference in someone’s life. All the money we receive for our enrichment programs is used to support our free high school equivalency and college transition programs. These programs do, in fact, change people’s lives and offer hope for an improved future. Our adult education programs took a very big financial hit this past spring when we were forced to shut down all of our in-person classes and we will take another big hit this fall. We greatly appreciate all of you who donated your spring course fees in order to keep us afloat and hope you will consider signing up for an on-line class this fall. On an exciting note . . . our wonderful artisans with their own shops (i.e. our gifted potter, Liz Proffetty, and woodworker extraordinaire, Rick Gallion) will be able to continue with in-person classes this fall by following social distancing guidelines and the wearing of masks. We hope you’ll take advantage of these outstanding hands-on opportunities! AND . . . please remember that we are always on the lookout for new and exciting classes. If you, or someone you know, has an idea for a class and is willing to teach, we would love to hear from you. Either in person or remotely . . . please share your ideas! On a sad note . . . this past year, we lost our beloved CLC AE Advisory Board member and long-time advocate for adult education, Melba Boynton, and wish to dedicate this issue of our brochure in her memory. Thank you, Melba, for your many years of service. You will be greatly missed. We are once again offering a $5 discount for EARLYBIRD registrations. The deadline for the discount is September 25th. Thank you for supporting your local adult & community education programs. We wish all of you a safe & healthy autumn! 

Sincerely, 

Pamela J. Sperry, CLC Adult Education Director psperry@aos93.org and Kayla Sikora, RSU 40 Adult Education Director kayla_sikora@msad40.org, RSU 12 Adult Education Director ksikora@svrsu.org

Learning for everyone

Make 2020 the year you learn to play guitar…get your degree… change jobs…

Whatever new skill or life change you’re dreaming of, there’s a good chance your local Maine adult education program can help you get there.

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    Are You Having Trouble Controlling the Way You Eat?

    Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) offers a solution for all forms of food addiction. Many people are finding recovery in FA from obesity, under-eating, bulimia, and obsession with food and weight. There are no dues or fees. Come join our one night Zoom informational session. Call coordinator for access information 207-529-5550

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    Heartsaver® Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED

    Early registration is encouraged – class size limited! Each year an estimated 166,000 lives are claimed by sudden cardiac arrest. That is about 455 people each day. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after a sudden cardiac arrest, can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival. Almost 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur at […]

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    Sushi

    lorful and tasty sushi rolls. Don’t worry, we won’t be using raw fish, but we will use salmon, shrimp, cucumbers, scallions, avocados and other fresh ingredients. We’ll have a complete meal with miso soup and steamed edamame. Everyone will go home with their own sushi rolling mat! NOTE: In order to maintain social distancing class […]

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    Darling Needle Felted Animals

    In this two evening class each participant will make one or more cozy soft small mammals or birds of their choice out of wool and use the needle felting method to create the features of their new friends. A $10 material fee (included in the cost) covers all wool and armature materials, plus one felting […]

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    Color Planning a Hooked Rug

    This course will teach how to begin a color plan for your rug. It will cover: how to use a color wheel, the importance of values and intensity; and various color theories such as monochromatic, analogous complementary, split complementary and triadic. Bring an idea for a rug or a rug pattern. 

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