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About Boating Safely


with USCG Auxiliary

Calendar Jan 23, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

This team taught, 8 hours U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary course provides recreational boaters with the knowledge and skills to boat safely on either inland or coastal waters. General topics include in this ABS course are: boating operations, boat handling, boating laws and regulations, water traffic patterns, equipment requirements, and introductory navigation. Students will complete a multiple-choice exam at the conclusion of the course. Participants who pass the written exam are awarded a USCGA certificate that may be used to satisfy state boat operator certification as well as possibly earning a discount on insurance premiums from many marine insurers. This course is approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).

There will be no class on February 20.

Also, as part of this ABS course there will be two additional sessions for more detailed navigation. These sessions will be optional for ABS course attendees.

Full Course

Understanding How to Heat Your Home


with Randy Sprague

Calendar Jan 29, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Randy’s back!!! Last year’s hugely successful plumbing class continues now with how to best heat your home. In this class you will learn the fundamentals of home heating. We will explore the 3 Major components of a central heating system and Space Heater Options as well as look at Fuel Sources, Distribution System, types of Heat Emitters. We will also look at Heating Domestic Hot Water.

Please bring a calculator.

Randy attended 2 Year Technical College and has worked in the industry 40 Years. He has made connections with some of the top Manufacturers and Individuals Nationally and Internationally. He has travelled to Europe on several occasions as a guest of Heating Equipment Manufacturers.

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Connecting Across Differences: an Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC)


with Peggy Smith

Calendar Jan 30, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week
  1. Would you like to deal with conflict more skillfully?
  2. Be sensitive to others without giving up your own needs?
  3. Deepen intimacy and have more ease within relationships?

The goal of this training is to explore a way of thinking, acting and speaking that builds connection even during times of stress and conflict.  The practical approach of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) assists us in thinking toward sustainable authentic community where everyone matters.  Participants will learn & explore new skills for using conflict as an opportunity to strengthen connection to others.

This interactive workshop will provide direct experience of empathic listening and empathic problem-solving. We have direct experiences of caring deeply for our authentic self at the same time as caring for the authentic other. These skills have the potential to increase harmony and cooperation within our our families, workplace, and the larger community.

You will leave this workshop with practical concepts and skills you can put to immediate use.

Whether you want to improve your relationship with yourself, your family, co­workers or community, your participation in this workshop will open new doors and expand your options.

A full NVC Level 1 workshop is in the planning stages for MDI during 2020.

About the Instructor:

Peggy Smith is a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication, with over four decades of teaching experience. She is at the forefront of bringing empathic thinking and communicating to our region.

Peggy holds a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and was a teacher in public and alternative schools for 32 years before devoting her full time energies to this endeavor. She offers trainings in a wide variety of venues. She has posted online a Courageous Communication curriculum developed over five years with men coming out of incarceration.

She is a co-founder of the Maine NVC Network and leads their monthly newsletter team.


Full Course

Backyard Chickens 101


with Jennifer Fisk

Calendar Mar 5, 2020 at 5 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Raising chickens is often a great way to literally grow your own food. But how do you avoid getting roosters if you only want layers? Should you have a rooster with your hens? What’s a brooding box? What if a hen gets broody? What does that even mean? How much space do hens need? Does my town allow me to have chickens?

This class will answer these questions and help you choose the right breed/breeds, obtain birds from good sources and employ easy methods of husbandry from day old chicks to egg laying.

The first week will focus on raising egg laying chickens while the second week will focus on meat birds which is quite different from laying hens.

About Jennifer Fisk: She grew up in upstate NY and moved to MDI 49 years ago. She is a former US Customs Inspector. She moved from in town BH to Town Hill in 1995 and built Acadia Woods Kennel in 1996. She got her first chickens in 2002 or so. Currently she has a mixed laying flock, 3 heritage turkeys, 2 Nigerian goats, 5 Silver Fox rabbits, 2 cats and 2 German Shepherds. She grows a fairly good sized garden from which she freezes and cans. She also grew 15 meat chickens, 8 meat rabbits and 2 Broadbreasted White turkeys this year. Jennifer grows or sources locally almost all of her food.

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Gardening: Grow Your Own Organic Garden


with Suzanne Morse

Calendar Apr 8, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join this highly popular class offered by MOFGA!

Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner? Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden organically. Topics covered: soil science, enriching soil, fundamentals of composting, crop rotation, use of green manures, plant vs week identification, weed control, dealing with pests, etc. The instructor is an experienced farmer or gardener in our area. Free seeds will be provided! All are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques. We will even send you home with free seeds!

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ServSafe® Food Safety Program for Managers
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ServSafe® Food Safety Program for Managers


with Ken Bakos

Come for this great one-day course to obtain the "ServSafe Manager Certificate" and satisfy the State of Maine requirement for having a certified food manager on premise. Course includes textbook, study guide, practice exam, classroom training, exam and certificate. Certificate valid for 5 years. Please call 217-2500 to register over the phone or online at: This class costs $149.00. Please go to the website www.onfocussolutions.comfor the schedule and location of classes. MDI Adult Ed does not accept registrations for this program. You must visit the website above or call 217-2500.

Sewing for Beginners and Beyond


with Ruth Davis

Interested in learning how to sew? Let Ruth Davis at Quilt n’ Fabric in Southwest Harbor get you started. Register here online. Then you will then be eligible to receive 4 (perhaps more!) sewing classes. You will schedule your lessons with Ruth directly as she can offer them on weekends as well as weekdays. First come, first served. Once you register, Ruth will contact you to set up your schedule.

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