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Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education

Personal Enrichment

Main Course Salads


with JoAnne Wood

Calendar Apr 10, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Don’t miss this three-part series of live, online classes where we’ll make satisfying, main course salads loaded with delicious ingredients with easy homemade dressings for each. Chicken Taco Salad with Spicy Chipotle Ranch, Field Greens, apple, candied walnut salad with blue cheese and honey balsamic dressing, Chinese chicken salad with crunchy wonton strips and soy-toasted sesame vinaigrette.

Please note that this is an online class. The instructor will send out a Zoom link closer to the start date so you can access the class. If you are new to Zoom and need assistance, please contact Martie Crone at or call 288-4703 at least a day or so before the class begins.

JoAnne Wood was born in England, grew up in San Francisco, and comes from a long line of fine British bakers. After graduation from the California Culinary Academy, she worked as a pastry chef in the San Francisco Bay area.  Since moving to Maine in 2000, she has worked as a professional pastry chef, owned a dessert catering company and, for more than 15 years, taught cooking classes.  She has a passion for cooking and baking, and for teaching people of all ages.

Beekeeping for Intermediates


with Peter Cowin

Calendar Apr 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

This class is designed to look in more detail at key aspects of beekeeping, particularly helpful to those who wish to run several hives and get the most out of them. The course is a good follow-on from the beginner’s course.  Building up hive strength, swarm prevention, splitting hives, making nucs, disease prevention, feral colony relocation and honey production are all covered.  This is a live online class.

Makeup class, if needed, 05/17/21.

Peter Cowin, a/k/a the Bee Whisperer, started keeping bees in the 1970s at the age of 11, and now tends to more than 130 colonies.  He is past President of Penobscot County Beekeepers Association and mentor to many local beekeepers.  Peter runs a beekeeping supply store in Hampden, Maine.  He sells packaged bees and produces queens and makes hundreds of nucleus colonies for sale each year.  His bees produce thousands of pounds of honey per year sold under the Bee Whisperer name.  Peter has been teaching beekeeping at his honey farm and for Adult Ed for more than eight years.

American Red Cross Adult First Aid & CPR/AED Online Certification
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American Red Cross Adult First Aid & CPR/AED Online Certification


While MDI Adult Ed is unable to offer in person First Aid & CPR courses during the pandemic, we are committed to sharing courses offered by our partners and other organizations.   If you need any help connecting or preparing for this workshop, we are happy to support you!

This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of emergencies.  If you're taking this course to meet OSHA requirements, please check with your workplace to determine if this online-only course is acceptable.  The course features award-winning simulation learning, an interactive experience where you will respond to real-world emergencies in a virtual setting to help prepare you to recognize and respond to first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults.

This course requires a PC or tablet with a high speed internet connection, does not work with Internet Explorer, and is not supported on smartphones.  Allow approximately 2 hours 10 minutes to complete the course.

Certification: Red Cross courses offer Digital Certification - an online version of a Red Cross certificate, which provides anytime, anywhere access to student training history and course certificates. Digital certificates can be viewed, printed or shared online and can be accessed anytime through your Red Cross Account.  Each certificate includes a unique ID and a QR code which meets employment requirements and allows employers to easily confirm your certificate is valid.  There is no need to carry your printed certificate around anymore!

Continuing Education: Nurses, social workers, teachers and daycare providers and other professionals who need continuing education units to maintain licensure or certification can obtain CEUs through American Red Cross Training Services.

To learn more or to register for this workshop, go to the Red Cross Website.

Dog Training online: Interest List


Does your dog need training but, with COVID, you can’t go to in-person classes? “Dogs gone Digital” may be the answer! This drop- in class via ZOOM is perfect for ALL ages, experience levels, needs and more. It is an online obedience course with a revolving curriculum to help you work on sit, down, stay, wait, loose leash walking, manners, go to your mat, coming when called and so much more. Each weekly session will cover 2 – 3 obedience skills, a life skill (drop it, nail trimming, no jumping, etc.) and offers a Q&A session too! Even for dogs who are good at these skills already, we can add challenges and feedback to help perfect some skills.

The sessions are also recorded so if you want to watch it again later you can.

To get the registration information, please sign up on here on this 'interest list',  email, or call the MDI Adult Ed office at 288-4703. MDI Adult Ed will send you the link to register online for one or more classes. Each session is only $30.

Gardening: Grow Your Own Organic Garden INTEREST LIST


We anticipate being able to offer this highly popular class offered by MOFGA! The date is to be determined, but you can pre-register here. When the class details are available, we will notify you to complete the registration process.

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.

Internet Safety: Interest List


with Chris Suggs

Staying safe on-line is important on so many levels, whether it’s keeping your information and financials private, or making sure your children are safe on-line.  Join us for some tips for safety on the web.  Basic computer skills including hardware and software basics, are required for this workshop. This is a live online class.

If you are interested in this class, please register and we will contact everyone on the interest list with the schedule and pricing details as soon as they are available. This class is being offered in collaboration with Ellsworth Adult Ed.

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!

Painting Birds in Chinese Brush
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Painting Birds in Chinese Brush


with Kelli McNichols

Enroll anytime!

Discover the beauty of painting birds in the Chinese Brush style. Use simple brush strokes to bring a variety of birds to life. We’ll start by learning about the supplies, then move on to brushstrokes, and finally we’ll put it all together by painting several compositions ranging from simple to complex.

Go to this website to register and use the code MDI10 for a $10 discount:

Kelli offers other classes as well through a series of short, self-paced, asynchronous (pre-recorded) lessons.

Kelli McNichols began sharing her love of art in 2014 through local community education programs. Her classes are packed with information and gentle guidance. She has had the pleasure of helping many people to develop their own creative style. Kelli lives in Maine where there is a constant source of inspiration for her art.

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