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Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education

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Achieve Your Ideal Weight with Hypnosis F18


with Hugh Sadlier

Calendar Nov 8, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks
Hypnosis can help you achieve your ideal weight. Your subconscious mind knows all the reasons, messages, and experiences that caused you to become overweight. It can also help you disconnect the impact of those "reasons" and replace them with new, positive thoughts, feelings, and perceptions that become 'the new you' through repetition.

Hugh Sadlier, M.Ed., is a Board Certified Hypnotherapist who has been practicing in Maine since 1991. He has worked with over 3,000 people in individual session on 300+ different issues. Hugh maintains offices in Portland and in Blue Hill.

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All About Social Security F18


with Herb Moyer

Calendar Oct 11, 2018 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week
This is a two-part presentation on Social Security: 1. A Closer Look at Your Social Security Benefits – Learn about individual benefits, spousal benefits, and Social Security Maximization strategies with a focus on annuities. - 2. Straight Talk About Social Security – Social Security reaches almost every family, and at some point will touch the lives of nearly all Americans. Learn more.

Herb Moyer is a Financial Professional with Prudential, working on his fifth year with PRU. He taught high school Sciences for more than 28 years, worked for IBM as an Education Instructional Specialist for almost four years, and owned his own small computer company, Multimedia Systems, Inc. for 15 years. He enjoys sharing his financial expertise with clients to help them grow and protect their assets to better prepare for their financial futures and their uncertain retirement years.

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American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign
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American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

Calendar Nov 3, 2018 at 9 am, runs for 1 week
Did you know that in a typical year, home fires kill more people than all other natural disasters combined in the United States? To save lives and help end fire tragedies, the Red Cross launched a nationwide Home Fire Campaign in 2014. The Home Fire Campaign helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don't have them, and by educating people about home fire safety. Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out – so we urge that every household to install smoke alarms, create a fire escape plan, and practice it until everyone can escape in less than two minutes. Do you need a smoke alarm in your home? Volunteers will be installing the alarms in the area on November 3.

If you would like to request a smoke alarm installation or volunteer for the event, please contact Jonathan Ross by emailing or by calling (207) 295-3199. For more information on the Home Fire Campaign and for more ways to be involved please visit

Aromatherapy F18


with April Arrington

Calendar Oct 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks
Aromatherapy is the art of healing with pure essential oils, which are the the highly concentrated extracts from plants, herbs and flowers. Essential oils act on the olfactory nerves which lead from the nose to the brain. These oils contain antibiotic, antiviral and many other properties that work together to treat mental and physical imbalance through inhalation and external application. October 24th: The teacher will introduce six essential oils which will be included in a kit for each student. The properties for Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Frankincense and carrier oils and bases used for a toxic free living will be covered. November 7th: You will learn how to eliminate as many toxic chemicals in our daily cleaning and replace them with our natural essential oils. This will also include how to make a natural bug repellent and oils safe for animals pets. November 14th: In this class we will learn how to make fun gifts. Lotion’s, sprays, soaps, bath salts, sugar and salt scrubs, body butters and lip balms. November 21st: For the final class we will finish up all the gift projects. The teacher will show students how to print and package their beautiful hand made gifts, where to buy supplies and recipes will be included for all of them. Included is a $20 material fee which will include: 6 essential oils: Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Frankincence 1 Body Spray 1 lip balm 1 Body Gel (liquid soap) or bar soap 1 Bath salt

Bring pen and paper for note-taking. April Arrington owns and runs a wine and cheese specialty food shop where she also sells local art and her aromatherapy products. She received her aromatherapy certification over twenty years ago in Atlanta, GA. and has been making, using and selling aromatherapy products ever since. She loves all forms of art and dabble in many mediums. Creating labels and packaging for all her products is also a love and a hobby.

Beekeeping 101 F18


with Peter Cowin

Calendar Oct 24, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks
The Bee Whisperer is back! Join Peter Cowin for a class designed to stimulate interest in starting beekeeping as a hobby, to help pollinate crops, or generally learn more about honeybee husbandry. We'll also cover what is needed where to locate beehives, where to buy them, what it costs, and how to over-winter bees.

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Beginner Knitting Continental Style


with Lesley Hallenbeck

Calendar Oct 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 6 weeks
Learn the basics of knitting continental style. This is a course for anyone who has wanted to learn to knit; no prior knitting experience required. We will learn the skills necessary to complete a beginner’s project; casting on, binding off, knit and purl stitches, and more. How far we go with this class will be determined by the students’ progress. Materials will be provided. Lesley is an avid knitter who has been knitting since childhood. She has led workshops in knitting, taken many classes at LYSs (local yarn shops), and participates in local knitting groups. Her favorite projects include everything from socks and fingerless mittens to cabled sweaters and lace shawls.

Bring pencil and paper for note-taking.

Beginner Sewing Class F18


with Ruth Davis

Calendar Sep 29, 2018 at 9:30 am, runs for 3 weeks
Ruth Davis at Quilt 'n Fabric in Southwest Harbor is offering sewing classes this fall as part of the worldwide movement to promote sewing called Sew Days. Whether you are a beginner or someone looking to improve your skills level (eg., zippers), Ruth can help you! Projects to pick from include: Table Runner, Stow & Go Tote, Tea Towel Apron, Quick Zip Bag, Card Case, and At Your Fingertips Tool Organizer. Please plan to spend $20-30 on patterns and material.

Classes are held at Quilt 'n Fabric on Seal Cove Rd, SWH.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


with Kris Douglas

Calendar Sep 27, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks
This beginner course will be a simple introduction to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which is a self defense and martial art that is designed to take the fight to the ground and immobilize your opponent with certain holds and positions. Students will learn most of the basic positions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as learn to be comfortable fighting and grappling in the standing position and on the ground. Students will learn very basic throws, take downs, submission holds and positional escaping.

Students should wear comfortable gym clothes (no loose shorts unless you wear spandex shorts underneath) and bring water and a towel. Hygiene is a must and students should have short finger and toe nails, not wear any excessive jewelry and long hair must be tied back or braided. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a full contact grappling art so students should be prepared to have full contact with other students. Open to 15 years old+ with parent/permission.

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