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Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education

Lifelong Learning

From Nursery to Landscape: Tree & Shrub Selection
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From Nursery to Landscape: Tree & Shrub Selection

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with Jeff O'Donal, Maine Coast Botanical Gardens

Calendar Jan 12, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week


Online class.

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Longtime nursery grower Jeff O'Donal will discuss those often overlooked or forgotten factors that go into choosing trees and shrubs for a new landscape. While the setting itself dictates size and shape, also important to consider are tree health, the root-ball structure (whether in a pot or B&B), rate of growth, and adaptability to a new site. All this and more goes into choosing the right specimens for the right place, ensuring they thrive long into the future. Whether or not you’re a seasoned landscaper or gardener, this topic is always relevant to our practice. Come with questions and testimonials to share after the one-hour presentation.

Cost $10 member, $15 non-member

Barre Bootcamp Section 1


with Jenna Chase

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 6:15 am, runs for 6 weeks

Barre Bootcamp is a low impact workout that will produce a big burn! Barre combines elements of strength training, Pilates/Yoga and dance. Small movements and many reps will help sculpt and tone muscles you didn’t even know you had!

This class is offered virtually through Zoom. Equipment that will be used include: a chair or countertop or something to hold onto, light hand weights, versa loop, gliding disks for hardwood floors (or use socks or face cloth) for carpet floors (or use paper plate), bender ball (or equivalent). These sessions will be recorded and available to registrants for one-week after each class.

Android Basics


with NDEC Staff

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 11:30 am, runs for 1 week

Get started with your Android device, learn how to use essential applications like email, contacts, camera, and Chrome, and manage your settings.


Bring your Android tablet or phone, fully charged.

Tai Chi Essentials (seated) Section 1


with Louise Poppema

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 1:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Relieve stress, increase flexibility, and improve your balance. Develop awareness of your internal energy. Deepen and strengthen your awareness in each session you take. Class structure will be 30 minutes of seated instruction and 15 minutes of Q&A. Wear comfortable clothing. No previous Tai Chi experience required.

This is a live, online Zoom class.

Relaxation and Stress Reduction with Hatha Yoga Session 1


with Michelle Spencer

Calendar Jan 18, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 7 weeks

Michelle will guide you in a sequence that calms the nervous system along with stretching the body and clearing the mind. Breathing techniques, short meditation and positive affirmations will end the practice.

Supplies needed: Yoga Mat, rug, towel, blanket, pillow, computer/tablet/smarphone to attend class via Zoom.

No class 2/22/22.

Estate Planning and Probate: How Does it Work?


with Tim Stanley

Calendar Jan 19, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This ZOOM class takes a thousand-foot view of estate planning and the probate process in Maine. Topics discussed include trusts, wills, powers of attorney, MaineCare and elder law issues, probate, and what you should do to put your "house in order".

A binder of information will be available before the class begins. You will receive an email when these are available for pick-up at MDI Adult Ed or the SWH library.

Tim Stanley is an MDI native and an associate attorney working with the law firm of Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC. Tim works primarily in estate planning, trust administration, probate and elder law.


Chair Yoga Section 1


with Michelle Spencer

Calendar Jan 20, 2022 at 9 am, runs for 7 weeks

This morning class practiced in a chair offers mind and body benefits without having to get up and down off the floor or even changing into Yoga clothes. Chair Yoga can be practiced at home or at the office to calm the mind for focus and concentration and warm up the body for an energetic day.

No class Feb. 24.

Pumped Up Strength Section 1


with Jenna Chase

Calendar Jan 21, 2022 at 6:15 am, runs for 6 weeks

Welcome to a new approach to resistance training! Utilizing combination movement patterns in a targeted, rhythmic progression. Its superpower is the dynamic integration of upper and lower body movements set to fun music. The result? A sweat-drenched, functionally efficient workout that will challenge your body in new ways, improve lean muscle mass, and rev your metabolism. You will want a set of hand weights anywhere from 5lbs-15lbs.

This is a live, online class on Friday mornings. Recordings will be available to registrants for one week after each class.

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