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Balsam Fir Christmas Wreath


with Lorraine and Tom Lindstedt

Calendar Next session starts Nov 28, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Join us for a fun filled class! Create a gift, continue a Maine tradition and keep Maine Green this Christmas. Make a beautiful fresh 24” balsam fir Christmas wreath. Beginners become instant wreath makers with easy clamp rings. Your wreath will remain fresh throughout the holidays and beyond. After the holidays, recycle the ring and use the balsam in a fragrant sachet.

Material fee due to instructor night of class. $12 cash only.

Materials provided: Freshly harvested Maine Balsam Fir, Red Ribbon, Easy Clamp Ring. Additional supplies available.

Bring to class: Gloves and small hand pruners.

Presented by Woodlot Management & Products, a family owned and operated tree farm.

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Holiday Weight Control
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Holiday Weight Control


with Carol Charland-Cliché

Control Eating Habits Over the Holidays & Jumpstart Your New Year’s Resolutions to Lose Weight!

Tired of weight gain over the holidays? This 14-day program in neural retraining helps you eliminate unhealthy eating habits, overeating, holiday snacking and emotional eating during the holidays. Over the years, your brain has created a habit of overeating and snacking on goodies during the holidays. NRT techniques break the habit and can put you back in control of your eating habits and your appetite. It promotes weight loss and sets you on course for a thinner, healthier new year. *Includes my eBook Stop Weighing In” and free coaching support.

BONUS: A 30-minute NRT therapy session to jumpstart weight loss & appetite control (you can record for home use)

Plaited Birch Bark Basket
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Plaited Birch Bark Basket


with Zackary Rouda

Birch bark is one of the only basket materials that can be woven into baskets while old, dead and dry! To make plaited birch bark baskets, we can use the old, dead, dry bark that we find lying on the ground in the forest. It’s a great way to make something strong, useful and beautiful from discarded material - no felling required. Learn the basics of identification, gathering, processing materials, and storage; and create a beautiful diagonally-plaited birch bark basket.

Material fee $30 payable to instructor the night of class.

Ukulele Christmas


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 6, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Music of the Christmas season is well loved and great fun to play on the ukulele! Are you ready to Rock Around the Christmas Tree, Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly, and have a Holly Jolly Christmas? Then this program is for you. You’ll begin by reviewing strumming and chording basics then quickly move on to easy-to-play carols and tunes. Learning will be graduated as songs with increasing numbers of chords and requiring more complex techniques are added. To get the most out of this program, you should know how to comfortably play the ukulele using common chords and strumming patterns. Here’s a taste of the songs we’ll explore: We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, Silent Night, The Little Drummer Boy, Walkin’ In a Winter Wonderland, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Do You Hear What I Hear, We Three Kings and more! Please check for an email (could be in your Spam folder) from the instructor with the Zoom link in the days before the class.

Introduction to the Ukulele for Seniors - We'll Take It Slow and Easy


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 7, 2022 at 10 am, runs for 2 weeks

It is never too late to learn to play a musical instrument -- and, besides, it’s good for you! And what fun it is to pick up a ukulele and knock out a tune for your grandchildren, or better yet, play along with them. Or how about the thrill of playing for friends and with others? Here’s where that journey begins! Join us for our easy-paced, no-pressure, fun-filled ukulele class! Our seasoned and popular ukulele instructor, Duncan Perry, himself a senior, loves sharing his knowledge of the mighty ukulele and will start you out slowly. He will teach you a handful of chords and some basic strumming patterns and you will leave the class knowing how to play songs you grew up with! No experience playing an instrument is necessary and you don’t have to know how to read music. But you do have to promise to practice regularly! Of course, you will need a playable ukulele (we are happy to provide information on where to buy one if you don’t have one available). So grab a uke, sign up, tune up, show up and bloom on Zoom! (We can help you get acclimated to Zoom too, but you will need a computer or tablet capable of receiving Zoom). Please check for an email (could be in your Spam folder) from the instructor with the Zoom link in the days before the class.

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