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Creating Textual Effects in Watercolors


with Elizabeth Keenan

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

Online class: Painters will experiment with different ways wet paint will react to paper. It can be very interesting to create various textural effects that can then be used to replicate a surface or texture with intention while painting. Recordings of this class will be available for participants to replay part or all of the lesson during the week. Students will be given a list of supplies to purchase upon registration.

Instructor Bio: "I've been an artist my entire life, noticed and commented on since my kindergarten report cards. I've been a certified Art educator since 1992. I'm endorsed by the state of Massachusetts and Maine. I've been an instructor (drawing, painting, ceramics ) as well as owned and operated a successful seasonal restaurant on MDI for a decade."

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Spanish (Block 2)


with Esther Alicia Kempthorne

Calendar Nov 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Online class: A continuation of the beginner’s Spanish class, this second 4 weeks will continue to expose learners to basic vocabulary, grammar, and beginner conversation. Effort will be made to tailor the class to learner’s interests and needs. Students will need to purchase "Spanish Made Simple: Revised and Updated" by Judith Nemethy.  Limited copies are available for sale through MDI Adult Ed.

Instructor Bio: "I was born and raised in Morelos, Mexico. I am a Maine certified Spanish teacher (K-12) and I have been working in education for the last 8 years. I am currently participating with MDOE in a statewide effort to create new innovative online teaching modules for the Maine Online Opportunities for Sustained Education platform."

Full Course

Hospice Myths Debunked: Hospice Offers More Than You Think!

Calendar Nov 12, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Online class: Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County (HVHC) invite you to a free informational session surrounding the common myths about hospice care, while also sharing information about how hospice services go far beyond what many people realize. Advance Care Directive and grief support for families before and after their loved one passes are also offered by Hospice. Hospice Volunteer service available to individuals and families will be explained with the goal of serving patients and their families earlier in their journeys. Offered in collaboration with Ellsworth Adult Education

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Holiday Candy Tray


with JoAnne Wood

Calendar Dec 6, 2020 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

Online class: Don’t be intimidated by candy making! No candy thermometer needed for this class, so it’s perfect for anyone, including parents and children. We will make a variety of easy but delicious holiday candies such as truffles, caramels, barks, and fudge. Children may join under a parent's registration. A material's list will be sent upon registration.

Instructor Bio: JoAnne Wood has been teaching cooking classes for over 15 years. She graduated from California Culinary Academy and has worked as a pastry chef and owned her own dessert catering business.

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Driver's Education
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Driver's Education

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with Dan King

Due to COVID 19 we cannot hold in-person classes. Please contact Dan and Julie King at Driver's Edge Driving School, 941-9494. When we can resume in-person classes we'll announce the schedule in Chalk Talk.

Manage Your Money
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Manage Your Money


with Sarah Joy Chaples

This is a free series of classes offered through New Ventures Maine. We usually hold these classes in-person, but, for now, they are available online.

New Ventures Maine (NVME) can help you:

Learn to budget

Repair your credit

Create a savings plan

Our core financial education class is My Money Works. 

Other trainings:

Budgeting Basics

Let’s Talk About Credit

Build Your Savings

Your Money Personality

Click HERE to get started!

Start a Business
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Start a Business


with Sarah Joy Chaples

New Ventures Maine can help you with your business!

Usually we hold some of these classes in-person at adult ed but this year they are all online.

New Ventures Maine (NVME) can help you:

Research your idea-can you do it? Is it worth it? Can it bring the necessary rewards?

Get organized and put a plan together.

Turn your dream into reality.

Core classes include:

Venturing Forth: Business Planning for Entrepreneurs

Business Basics

Introduction to Self-Employment

Other resources include:

FDA matched savings for business

A three-step guide to planning a business

The Maine SBDC for business counseling and assistance


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