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Outdoor Tai Chi/Qigong for Pulmonary Health
with Mary Anne Moisan
Pre-requisite: Tai Chi/Qigong Basics OR any class by instructor, Mary Anne Moisan.
Breath and lung capacity are central to a healthy lifestyle. In this class, we will review previously learned gestures and basic principles of Tai Chi/Qigong, and strengthen your practice by learning new gestures specifically selected to promote pulmonary health. By the end of the class, we will link these gestures together into a flowing “form.” We will also explore the hidden benefits of breath work including relaxation, pain management and enhanced mental clarity. This gentle movement activity is accessible to individuals of all fitness levels, and is taught and practiced both sitting and standing.
Mary Anne Moisan is a Physical and Occupational Therapist with specific training in Tai Chi and Qigong for rehabilitation. Specific certifications include: Balance Enhancement Specialist, Neck and Shoulder Dysfunction, Tai Chi for Pulmonary Health.
Basic Bird Watching
with Stan LeQuire
This is an introductory course designed to help you feel comfortable and proficient in one of the USA’s most popular hobbies. The course assumes that the student has only a minimal or no knowledge of birds but wants to acquire skills to identify birds by sight and sound. Students will learn how to find, identify, attract and enjoy the birds of the Midcoast area. The last class session is a walk along a local trail which will help you practice your new bird-watching skills.
This course is offered completely online using Zoom. However, if possible, the last class session will be a walk in a local park. During the walk, Covid guidelines will be observed.
Stan L. LeQuire is a life-long naturalist, guide and outdoorsman. He enjoys teaching sustainable development to college students. In addition, he researches best practices of community-based ecotourism as a model for development.
Foraging for Wild, Edible & Medicinal Plants
with Tom Seymour
This class consists of a field trip, during which instructor, Tom Seymour will speak on edible wild plants, some of which have medicinal uses as well. He will have live samples of some of the plants and some you will find along the way. 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”). By the end of class participants should have a new understanding of and greater appreciation for these common, useful, healthful and tasty wild treats.
The field trip takes place along the nature trail behind Medomak Middle School. Please bring water, good walking shoes and a snack or lunch to class. Participants are invited to stay for a question and answer session after the field trip.
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 his most recent, Foraging Mushrooms Maine published in 2017.
Bedrock and Glacial Geology of the Pemaquid Region
with David Pope
Ever wondered about the white streaks at Pemaquid Point, or the variety of rocks in ledges along Route One from Wiscasset to Warren? This course will cover the origins of the bedrock and how glaciers formed our land surface.
The week before class begins will be spent getting students introduced to Zoom and Google Classroom by practicing individual and small group meetings. These intro sessions will enable introduction or review of a few rocks and minerals found in the area. A good internet connection allowing Zoom video is needed as materials are largely visual.
Self guided field trips will be introduced each week. Questions and feedback can be individually processed during the week. Field trips will include precise itineraries with maps and photos and references to the instructor’s book “Geology of the Pemaquid Region” (strongly advised, available at Sherman’s Bookstore, Damariscotta, or from the author (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 207-504-2380). It will help if you have practiced Zoom meetings before the course starts. Course is limited to 15 to keep the on-line meetings manageable.
David Pope grew up rockhounding in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. He holds both a BS and a MS in geology.
with Heather Emerson
Tired of paying crazy expensive prices for candles? Are you looking for a great gift giving idea? Come learn how to make handmade candles, made with non-toxic soy wax and scented with all natural essential oils.
Each participant will receive 2 pounds of soy wax, wicks, a variety of scents and containers to choose from, and be able to take their creations home that night, to give away or keep themselves. Prcie includes a $10 materials fee.
Heather Emerson is a co-owner of Emerson Homestead in Waldoboro, and has a menagerie of goats and poultry. Emerson Homestead makes and sells handcrafted soaps, lotions, scrubs and soy candles, as well as a number of home decorative items.
A Field Course in Old Houses
with Les Fossel
Please note: This course will adhere rigorously to all Covid guidelines in effect during the period of the course.
This is a course for people who have an old house, want to have an old house, or just love old houses! The first session is in the classroom. After that, meetings will be held in the old homes of class members. There will be as many sessions as are required to visit the houses of class members who want their houses visited (by 12 students or less – as necessary under state guidelines).
The last class will be a potluck supper at the instructor’s house, where class members can visit the historic features of Alna, see the instructor’s cabinetmaking shop and barns, and delve into his reference library on early buildings (one of the very best in Maine). NOTE: Following the first class, the day and time of future classes will be determined by class members in a way to accommodate as many individual schedules as possible.
NOTE: Following the first class, the day and time of future classes will be determined by class members in a way to accommodate as many individual schedules as possible.
Les Fossel is one of Maine’s foremost experts on early buildings. His award-winning business has specialized in preserving our early buildings since 1975. He has lectured throughout Maine and the Northeast, including as a faculty member for the University of Southern Maine. More information on his business is available at: www.oldhouserestoration.com.
Build A Shaker Style Table (May))
with Rick Gallion
This class will cover building a small end table that is 30” high, and 16” square. The course is for beginner to experienced woodworkers. The student will make all components of the table using both power tools and hand tools. The project will include most of the procedures required in Basic Woodworking, including: tapering table legs, gluing up panels, cutting multiple parts and making mortise and tenon joints. All tools, safety glasses and hearing protection provided. A materials fee will be charged based on which type of wood the student chooses upon registration; Poplar (best if project is to be painted) $40; or Oak - $75. Students will use the SawStop table saw that has the revolutionary new braking system which eliminates the chance of injuries from the blade. Because of this, a $50 refundable deposit will be required.
The materials fee and refundable deposit are payable to the instructor the first day of class.
No refunds after 9/25
Instructor Rick Gallion has been a professional woodworker for over thirty years and has taught many students the craft of woodworking. His shop is designed as a teaching facility. All classes will be held at the Clary Lake Woodworking School at 777 Gardiner Road (Hwy 126), Jefferson. Class size is limited. Safety glasses provided for each class.
Are You Having Trouble Controlling the Way You Eat? (Online-May)
with Kate V.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) offers a solution for all forms of food addiction. Many people are finding recovery in FA from obesity, under-eating, bulimia, and obsession with food and weight. There are no dues or fees. Come join our one night Zoom informational session. Call coordinator for access information 207-529-5550.