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Courses
  • Sep
    26
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    Pet Portraits

    with Shirley Anderson

    Create your own special pet’s portrait or the pet of a family member: cat, dog, rooster, etc! Shirley will sketch your pet onto a canvas and get it ready for you to paint in class. Register early and email your pet’s photo to her at least a week before the class (call our office for […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Sep
    26
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    String Art for Beginners – Fall Session

    with Katrina Phair

    If you love to learn different crafts, this class will help you to make your own string art in a few hours! All materials and tools will be provided for you. A fall leaf or a heart are the options available. Join us for a fun night learning a new craft!

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Sep
    27
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    Worm Composting for Beginners

    with Jock Robie

    In this class, you will learn how to construct, set up, and maintain a worm bin to compost kitchen vegetable waste in order to recycle it as plant food. Join Jock Robie as he discusses the harvesting of worm castings and vermicompost for gardening and houseplants as well as “worm tea”! Each student will set […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Sep
    29
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    Learn to Make Feta and Paneer Cheese

    with Diana Mosher

    In this one session, you will learn how to make a delicious feta cheese and a very versatile  paneer cheese, a staple in India, which can be crumbled, fried, sliced and cubed. It can also be stuffed into bread, mixed with fresh herbs and used in salads, soups and main dishes. You will take home […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    4
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    A Community that Cares: Be a Foster Family

    with Kasey McDonough

    Start your journey to becoming a foster or adoptive parent! Foster families and homes are needed in every Maine community. Children in foster care need supportive adults to provide loving homes until they can be safely reunited with their family. Join us for this informational meeting to learn how you can help Maine children. 

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    4
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    Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community

    with Laurie LaBar

    For over 200 years, Maine women kept farms, businesses, and families together when men were at sea, at war, or in the woods. The beautiful quilts they made can reveal information about how these women lived, the social networks that supported them, and the ways Maine changed through the years. Most Maine quilters were middle-class […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    6
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    Exploring Opening a Family Child Care

    with Deborah Arcaro

    Opening a Family Child Care means you will be a small business owner. You will be welcoming children into your home, providing a nurturing, safe environment supporting their development. Members of the Family Child Care Association (FCCAM) will share their stories. We will raise questions that will help you figure out if family child care […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    6
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    Introduction to Woodcarving

    with Jonathan Leach

    Participants will learn about different styles of woodcarving and the tools and materials used. Participants will carve and finish a basic bird carving; if a participant finishes a project early, they may begin another project of their choice, and participants with some carving experience may select a different project.. The course will also cover safety […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    8
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    Wild Mushroom Walk

    with David Spahr

    This three hour course includes a walk through the woods to find edible mushrooms along with detailed descriptions of habitat and structure of mushrooms. Most mushrooms found in nature are not edible, but learning this is more important than knowing which ones to eat. David Spahr has collected edible mushrooms for 45 years and is […]

    Jamies Pond
    Jamies Pond Road
    Hallowell , ME 04347

  • Oct
    12
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    Paper Glazed Earrings

    with Shirley Anderson

    Learn how to create beautiful, lightweight earrings in different shapes with an exciting assortment of papers in a variety of colors and patterns. All supplies included. 

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    12
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    Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of Maine and the Northeast

    with David Spahr

    Join self-proclaimed “mushroom Maineiac” David Spahr and get the inside information on the wild mushrooms of the Northeast. Edible and medicinal mushrooms represent an opportunity for sustainably foraging and enjoying healthy, locally sourced food and present a potential for health benefits beyond good nutrition. This presentation will cover finding, collecting, identifying and preparing the safe […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    13
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    A Night of Scones!

    with Debra Arter

    If you bought a scone recently you know they can be over $4 each! Take the time to learn how easy they are to make! We will make traditional scones, savory scones, apricot ginger, orange cranberry and chocolate cherry together. Bring a tub and plastic bag to take home all the leftover goodies to enjoy […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    13
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    Introduction to Quilling

    with Natalie Torgeson

    This three week course will explore the basic methods of quilling. Students will complete three projects including a card and two framed pieces. A $35 fee for a beginner kit is payable to the instructor at the first class and will contain all the necessary tools and supplies for a beginner and will allow for […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    17
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    Yoga for Relaxation – Session 2

    with Nancy Kelley

    Using basic and gentle yoga moves along with breathwork to bring both flexibility and relaxation to the students. This class is designed to assist in reducing stress as well as creating a practice you may use at home to increase your own flexibility and balance.  

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    17
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    Abstract Painting in Acrylic

    with Shirley Anderson

    Come create an abstract painting and let your imagination run wild. A variety of application techniques and beautiful colors will get you started.

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    18
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    Audio Engineering

    with Luke Martin

    This course is designed to be a very basic introduction to the field of audio engineering and recording. From simple micing techniques to learning the layout of a Digital Audio Workstation, this course will begin your path to the home recording revolution. Over the course of eight (8) weeks, students will learn a basic understanding […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    19
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    Farming with Native Plants

    with David Spahr

    This class is about how you can grow and harvest edible native plants. David has been farming his land (and a nearby public plot) in Washington, Maine for many years, and his PowerPoint will show the native plants he farms with – such as wild high bush blueberries, American chestnut, Viburnums and dozens more – […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    19
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    Creating Wildlife Friendly Spaces

    with Laura Craver-Robers

    Everyone needs a home and for wildlife that means a suitable habitat. Join us as we take a look at the idea of backyard habitats and discuss ways to create wildlife friendly spaces on your own land. Using different perspectives, from bird to ground beetle, we will discover what each of the four elements of […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    20
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    Medicare 101

    with Ruth LaChance

    Prepare ahead for Medicare: get all the information on Medicare plans you will need, explained in plain English, by a Medicare Plan Specialist. 50 minute, 1 time class.

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    20
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    Introduction to Guitar

    with Luke Martin

    Have you wanted to play guitar but do not know where to get started? Then look no further! We are offering our guitar course for beginners! Breaking down the fundamentals of the instrument make it easy and enjoyable for all ages! Electric and/or acoustic guitarists are welcome!  DISCLAIMER: if you are an advanced or intermediate […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    20
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    Preserving the Harvest – Make Your Own Cranberry Sauce

    with Debbie Barnett

    This hands-on beginner food preservation workshop will teach you the basic steps for both canning and freezing. Participants will receive a “Preserving the Harvest” food preservation packet and will learn the latest and safest recipes, about equipment to ensure safety, and how to check for properly sealed jars. Please bring a potholder with you to […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    20
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    Bird Feeding Basics and Problem Solving

    with Derek Lovitch

    An introduction to creating a successful bird feeding garden, including food, feeders, pest issues, habitat, and conservation, using a powerpoint presentation chock full of expert advice, beautiful bird photos and helpful tips. In 18 years of running Freeport Wild Bird Supply, Derek Lovitch has heard it all and this overview will help you help birds […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    24
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    Making Milk Soap

    with Laurel Lopez

    Milk soap is the best moisturizer! Learn how to make this wonderful, luxurious soap and take a batch home too! You will have a choice of cow’s milk or goat’s milk (please indicate which you prefer at the time of registration). A supply list is available upon registration.  A materials fee of $20 is due […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    25
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    Logging Camps, River Drives and Sawmills

    with Dave Hunt

    Explore what life was like in a 19th-century Maine logging camp, discover the dangers of river drives, and follow the logs into the sawmill. Examine the machinery involved in the harvesting and transporting timber and the many innovations that were inspired to make hard work of the lumber industry a little bit easier. 

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    25
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    Submitting Your Writing

    with Darcy Duda

    Do you want to get your book, short stories or articles published? In this one-evening workshop learn all you need to know about publishing your writing. Learn how to approach publishers and editors, prepare manuscripts, do research and write a book proposal or query letter. Handouts include helpful websites, a Maine publications list, query letter […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    26
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    Cooking Matters for Adults

    with Courtney Whitney

    Cooking Matter for Adults is a nutrition program that teaches participants how to eat healthy, cook, and shop on a budget. Participants learn about cooking, meal prep, grocery shopping, food budgeting, and nutrition. Participants will enjoy a cooked meal together, and receive take home groceries every week. 

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    27
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    Zumba

    with Tori Morrill

    ZUMBA® is a Latin inspired dance class fun for everybody and every body! Grooving to the beats of salsa, merengue and other world music feels more like a dance party than a workout. Combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility with simple dance steps you will see why “Ditch the […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Oct
    31
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    Lotions, Chapsticks and More

    with Laurel Lopez

    Nothing compares to the feel and healing power of handmade lotions, chapsticks and deodorants – especially when made from natural products. You will use all natural beeswax-based ingredients that are good for your skin and really work! Using a basic recipe, learn to mix and match different scents to create your own signature products. You’ll […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    1
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    13 Yeast Rolls in 3 Hours!

    with Debra Arter

    Nothing smells like fresh bread baking! Learn how to make a savory braid, Swedish tea ring, cloverleaf, butterflake, caramel pecan and more rolls in this one night class. Bring tubs and bags to take home dough to bake later as well as fresh goodies we will bake together. Registration includes non-refundable materials fee of $10. 

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    2
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    Paint a Vase of Sweet Lily of The Valley

    with Shirley Anderson

    Join this fun paint class and create a beautiful bouquet of Lily of the Valley in a lovely blue and white vase. Step by step instruction will make you an artist in a night!

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    2
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    Watercolor Flowers

    with Darcy Duda

    In this 4-week class, we’ll work together on basic watercolor techniques as we complete a painting of watercolor flowers. All materials will be provided in the class – just bring yourselves and a willingness to learn something new!

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    5
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    Personal Safety

    with Hollie Webb

    This class will teach the skills necessary to stay safe in a variety of situations; from outward appearance and confidence level, to utilizing the body as a weapon. Everyday items that can be used as a form of self protection will be addressed.

    Martial Arts Institute
    23 Leighton Road
    Augusta , ME 04330

  • Nov
    7
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    Soap Making

    with Laurel Lopez

    Learn how to make these all natural soaps! Create your own signature soap to take a whole homemade batch with you. A supply list will be provided before class and there is also a $20 fee for the instructor to help facilitate with her products.

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    8
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    Create a Copper Beaded Suncatcher

    with Fran Townsend

    Create a sparkling suncatcher from copper wire and a variety of dazzling glass beads. Make your own variation from a basic shape and wire wrap a variety of glass beads to catch the light. Makes a great gift. A $10 material fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Please bring a […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    8
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    Basic Crochet SKills

    with Suzan Archer

    Learn how to read basic patterns, simple stitches, techniques, tips and tricks. Bring a skein of yarn. Instructor will supply a crochet hook for your use and to take home. 

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    8
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    Exploring the Maine Labor Mural

    with Angela Goebel-Bain

    The Maine Labor Mural is a visual montage of imagery depicting working life in Maine. Each panel communicates a unique theme and is backed by a collage of scenes of Maine workers. The Maine State Museum’s Curator of Historical Collections, Angela Goebel-Bain, will delve into the imagery to piece together the multitude of stories that […]

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    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    10
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    Snowflake Mandala

    with Natalie Torgeson

    Exploration of mandala making in snowflake form! Students will create a framable piece using multiple quilling shapes. A $10 fee is due to the instructor at the first class. *Prerequisite: Introduction to Qulling

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    10
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    Pie Crust Made Easy

    with Diana Mosher

    Do you have crustophobia? With the right tools, a good recipe, and a little knowledge, you can be cured. Our instructor has a background in baking restaurant quality pies and will share her experience and tips for flaky, tasty crust. A materials fee of $7 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    15
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    Bountiful Bacon Night!

    with Debra Arter

    Bacon is an ingredient many people adore! In this one night class we will compare bacon types and use it to make Bacon Fettuccini Alfredo, Bacon Broccoli Salad and even Maple Bacon Candied Nuts. Bring a tub and/or plastic bag to take home all samples that are not eaten on the spot! Registration includes non-refundable […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    16
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    Getting Outside with Kids

    with Laura Craver-Rogers

    Time spent outdoors is good for us! Have a bad day, go outside. Have a good day, go outside. Want to avoid chores, go outside. The truth is the fresh air, time spent exploring and enjoying nature away from screens, and structure is good for the brain. Sometimes we hesitate to go out because it’s […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    21
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    Sea Glass Art

    with Shirley Anderson

    Use your imagination and create a unique piece of art using colorful pieces of sea glass, driftwood and seashells.  All supplies included. 

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Nov
    28
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    Holiday Stress Reduction

    with Nancy Kelley

    Let’s take time during two sessions to center ourselves with guided imagery, breath work, some gentle yoga stretches and a bit of meditation. With winter and the busy holiday season soon to be here, take a little time for yourself. Bring your yoga mat (or borrow ours).   

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Dec
    1
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    Learn to Make Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese

    with Diana Mosher

    If you love cheese, sign up for this one-night hands-on class! Learn to make mozzarella and ricotta cheese without any special tools or pans. Enjoy a tasting session during class and bring two 1-pint containers to take some cheese home to enjoy. A materials fee of $8.00 is payable to the instructor at the beginning […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Dec
    5
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    String Art for Beginners – Winter Session

    with Katrina Phair

    If you love to learn different crafts, this 2 hour class will help you to make your own string art in a few hours! All materials and tools will be provided for you. A snowflake or a simple snowman are the options available. Join us for a fun night learning a new craft!

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Dec
    6
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    Worm Harvest for Alumni

    with Jock Robie

    This will be a free session for any interested composting alumni. The instructor will inspect worm bins, demonstrate and assist with harvesting, and answer any questions. The instructor will bring harvest kits for alumni to use for harvesting their own worm bins.  

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Dec
    6
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    A Maine Bounty – Agriculture in Image

    with Zach Selley

    Join this program for a tour of agriculture and food in Maine through a historic lantern slide presentation and talk. This unique look at our past will illustrate the agricultural bounty that makes Maine a rich and diverse land for food and farming.

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345

  • Dec
    7
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    Create a Canvas Wrapped Photo

    with Gary Swinton

    Imagine one of your favorite photos prominently displayed as a canvas wrap. In this class you will learn techniques and how to present your photograph with the greatest impact. Preparation of the photos, and for distribution and display online, will also be discussed. Each student may make one canvas wrap print in class. There will […]

    GHS
    40 West Hill Road
    Gardiner , Me 04345