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Creative Writing Workshop - Session 4
with Elizabeth Potter
START DATE CHANGE: NEW START DATE MAY 24
This ongoing workshop offers participants an opportunity to get the creative juices flowing, overcome the internal critic, and let heart and soul flow out onto the page! Just as importantly, it also provides a tight knit, supportive community of fellow writers with whom to share the fruits of your labor. The instructor, Elizabeth Potter, will present proven writing prompts and techniques to tickle your muse and coax even the most hesitant voice onto the page. As participants build a portfolio of rough drafts, they will begin the process of editing and revision, in addition to clarifying individual goals for works in progress. Lastly, participants will have the opportunity when ready (this may take 1-3 four week sessions) to fine tune work in progress through intensive group critique and editing, resting on the old adage, “Many eyes are better than one”. During a critique session, the instructor and classmates offer honest, constructive feedback, both on what is strong and effective in a piece of writing, as well as what might be hindering its full expression. In addition, possible publishing leads and resources will be presented.
Decluttering Your Home: Tips From a Professional Home Organizer
with Diane Smith
As the season shifts, it’s a great time to look atdecluttering our homes. Not as something we have to do,rather as a privilege we choose because we know we deservea life that works for us. Decluttering frees up time for whatis important, and how wonderful to always find our keys!Practical tips will be offered by the instructor, a professionalhome organizer, whether you enjoy a minimalist look or beingsurrounded by a multitude of possessions. Come prepared fora gentle, fun sharing of ideas.
Diane Smith, owner of A Simple Life Awaits You…Organizing Your Home, has been inspiring clients through confidentialcoaching since 2006 to create homes where they are surrounded bythings they love that can be found with ease.
Designing Your Landscape
with Sharon Turner
Have you always wanted to develop a plan to make the most of your yard and garden? Then this field-based class is for you! After the first meeting classes will meet at each participant’s property where individualized, site-specific options will be explored. Organic practices will be emphasized as well as the incorporation of native plants, especially those important for birds, bees, butterflies and other beneficials. A materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor.
Eats and Drinks Tour
Please note the $5 charge for the tasting at Sweetgrass Winery & Distillery includes sampling five of their products including their distilled gin and a nice wine glass.
You do not have to go far in midcoast Maine to enjoy some sweet treats, flavorful olive oils and vinegars, or a mouth watering meal. Likewise midcoast Maine boasts some tasty home brewed ales, savory wines and world famous gin. Enjoy them all in this day tour, sampling some of the best the midcoast has to offer.
The tour will begin at Bixby & Co. in Rockland where participants will sample everything from Bixby Bars and Bites to Drinking Chocolate. Then we will temper the sweet with a visit to FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars. Pat O’Brien, Director of Marketing for FIORE, will provide the group an overview of extra virgin olive oil from the latest harvest with an interactive tasting experience. In addition, Pat will discuss the traditional production and aging methods associated with traditional balsamic vinegars of Modena followed by a tasting. There is no charge for the tasting and attendees will be given a 10% discount on all purchases made that day.
Lunch will be on your own at Rock Harbor Pub and Brewery offering a tasting of their housemade ales & stouts, plus American comfort grub all in a warm, old-world ambiance. The afternoon will be spent sampling wines at Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery and Sweetgrass Farm Winery & Distillery in Union. Come enjoy a day of fun food and smooth drink and leave the driving to us.
Pick ups in: Bath, Wiscasset, Damariscotta, and Waldoboro
Environmentally Conscious Lawns
with Bob Emmons
In recent years lawns have gained the reputation of being environmentally unsound. In fact, lawns have a number of positive attributes besides appearance and the ability of kids to kick soccer balls around on them; they also release oxygen, sequester carbon dioxide, and have a cooling effect on the environment. The negative effects can be reduced by reducing input. The instructor will discuss grass species and variety selections as well as maintenance programs that require significantly less mowing, irrigation, fertilization, and pesticide use than traditional lawn care. Bob Emmons was Professor of Plant Science at the State University of New York, Cobleskill, for 31 years. His major teaching areas were entomology, plant pathology, and integrated pest management. He has written for Horticulture magazine and The New York Times garden section.
Exercise Ball Class
with Stacy Graffam
Learn how to turn your exercise ball into a home gym without the expense! This class is core-strength based; you will learn how to find, use and improve upon your own core strength, posture, and balance.
Come join us to get a full body workout and learn how to use your ball at work and at home. Bring an exercise ball (55-65 cm), 3 or 5 pound hand weights and water to class. All ability levels are welcome.
Stacy L. Graffam is a Llicensed Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Senior Fitness Specialist.
Face Contouring and Baking
with Katie Hagar
Learn about different skin types and tones, foundation options, facial shapes, and zoning guides. Plus see highlighting and contouring techniques demonstrated on a live model! There is a $5 materials fee payable to the instructor the night of class.
Katie Hagar is a professional Merle Norman make-up artist and local hair stylist with five years experience.
Please note: Personal make-up brushes may be brought with you. Brushes should be cleaned prior to class with baby shampoo and water; dry thoroughly.
Foraging for Wild, Edible & Medicinal Plants
with Tom Seymour
This class consists of a classroom seminar at Medomak Middle School followed by an outdoor field trip. At the class session, Tom will give a narrated presentation of on-screen photos of edible wild plants, some of which have medicinal uses as well. All plants shown and discussed are available in the midcoast region of Maine and none are rare, endangered or threatened (most are common garden “weeds”). At the end of the session, participants should have a new understanding of and greater appreciation for these common, useful, healthful and tasty wild treats. The outdoor field trip takes place at the nature trail behind Medomak Middle School. Please bring water, good walking shoes and a snack or lunch to class. Tom Seymour is a Maine naturalist, Registered Maine Guide, freelance writer and book author. His book credits include Hiking Maine, Fishing Maine, Birding Maine, Forager’s Notebook, Wild Plants of Maine and many more.