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Basic Computer Lab
with Instructor TBA
Join us during our Basic Computer Lab starting on Mondays in February as students from Gorham High School offer their expertise in topics ranging from setting up an email account, simple word processing to navigating the Internet. Space is limited! Students wishing to attend should contact Gorham Adult Education at 222-1095 to reserve their spot! Students will have the opportunity to have their basic computer questions answered: * basic computer terminology * setting up an email account * attaching files/pictures within an email * navigating the Internet * simple word processing: creating/saving documents Mondays, 2/6-4/24 (no class 2/20 & 4/17), 3:00-4:00pm, GMS Computer Lab, $5/per class
with Donna Davis
Would you like to train your brain to function at a higher level? Do you exercise to improve your physical fitness? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then read on…this class is for you. You may realize the importance of physical exercise, yet rarely do we think of the need to perform fitness training for our brain. Brain fitness is now recognized as a key ingredient in our overall well-being and quality of life. Scientists now believe that the brain is able to grow new dendrites and neurons. These exercises can benefit anyone, regardless of age or cognitive ability. This is achieved by stimulating the brain with challenging, novel-enriched activities. Donna Davis has been the Activity Director at the Gorham House for over twenty years delivering quality programming to the Residents who live there. 8 classes – Wednesdays, 3/22-5/10, 10:30-11:30am, Gorham House, $25
Chalk Painting Furniture/Kitchen Cabinets
with Miki Earle
Been dreaming of a new kitchen? Is there furniture in your home that needs a fresh look. This class is for YOU! Each student will learn the simple 4 step system of chalk painting kitchen cabinets or furniture in this single evening course. You will learn how to create any look your desire…vintage, cottage, antiqued, modern…. in any painted color you desire at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets or new furniture. Wood, MDF, Laminate can all be painted. No experience required! Miki Earle, creator of The Royal Chalk paint line, has taught hundreds of DIY students to successfully refinish furniture and cabinetry. Wear paint clothes and bring a small drop cloth. All materials, paint and tools will be provided. Materials fee: $25, payable to the instructor. Wed., 2/8, 5:30pm-8:30pm (set-up beings at 5;30pm and instruction at 6:00pm), GMS, $30.
DSLR Cameras for Beginners & Intermediates*
with Denise Farwell
(Digital Single Lens Reflex) This class will help you demystify shooting with your DSLR camera in different modes, including full auto, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual. We will discuss how different things like ISO, shutter speed and aperture affect your final image and how to gain more control by making more decisions yourself instead of letting the camera decide. This will be followed by discussion about framing, composition, and how to see and use light. Students will be given the opportunity during the 2nd and 4th night of class to review homework assignments and tackle any questions that may have come up. Denise Farwell began her career in photography as a photojournalist, working for newspapers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Oregon before coming back to Maine in 2008. She now photographs primarily weddings and horses (her other passion) with local studio emilie inc. photography. 4 classes – Wednesdays, 3/1-3/22, 6:30-8:30pm, GMS, $65 *DSLR is a digital camera that has interchangeable lenses as opposed to a point and shoot with no option to change the lenses.
Grow Your Own Organic Garden
with Stowell Watters
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. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. The course will also cover the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and cultural methods for dealing with pests. We will even send you home with free seeds! All are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques. Instructor, Stowell Watters, is an experienced farmer/gardener with Old Wells Farm. Wednesday, 4/5, 6:00-9:00pm, GMS, $10
Growing Your Own Fruit Trees
with Joel Leak
Do you want to grow fruit trees, but don’t know where to begin? Join Master Gardener, Joel Leak, as he provides basic information on how to grow apples, pears and stone fruits (including peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots and cherries). He will discuss varieties, planting, pollination, insect pests, diseases and pruning. Joel has been gardening for 40 years and started with a small vegetable garden when he was young. He graduated from the Cumberland County Master Gardener program in 2001. He has over 40 fruit trees, 10 grape vines, many berry bushes, and a large vegetable garden. 2 classes – Tuesdays, 4/25 & 5/2, 6:30-8:30pm, GMS, $22
with Sam Boothby
This course is mandatory for all new hunting licenses, moose permits and doe permits. It will cover proper handling of firearms (rifles and shotguns), map and compass, survival, etc. This class is offered in cooperation with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Participants must attend all classes to become certified and must be 12 years of age or older. Sam Boothby is a master instructor for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and has taught this course for more than 27 years. Thursday, 4/13, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday, 4/29, 8:00am-4:00pm, GMS, $10 Includes home study as well as class time. You must attend both classes.
Maine Driving Dynamics - For Age 65 & Older
with Bureau of Highway Sa Unknown
Maine’s Driving Dynamics course offers all drivers the opportunity to improve their defensive driving abilities. This five-hour course will include discussion of collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine’s highways. Students completing the course will receive a three-point credit on their driving record. A certified Maine Driving Dynamics instructor teaches this course. 2 classes – Tuesday, 5/16 & Thursday, 5/18, 6:00-8:30pm, GMS. Fee for those 65 and over: $25 (new fee)