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Biddeford Adult Education

Personal Enrichment

Intro to Knitting Part 2


with BJ Melick

Calendar Next session starts Apr 23, 2024 at 6 pm

This will be the second class in a 2 part series. This class is for anyone with basic knowledge of casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and binding off. We will explore and learn some stitches that are a bit more complicated than the basics, as well as more in-depth pattern reading, lace knitting, chart work, and common mistake fixes. By the end of this class you will have the skill set to start, and finish most knitting projects. End of class projects will be discussed and decided on during the first few classes to give you ample time to gather materials.

Materials needed: pair of knitting needles in size 7 or 8 and a skein of light-colored Red heart Super Saver yarn. (the yarn can be purchased at Walmart or Michaels)

Prerequisites: basic knowledge of casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch and binding off.

Full Course
Ukulele for Beginners
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Ukulele for Beginners


with Duncan Perry

Learn to play the ukulele! It has never been more popular and you don?t even have to know how to read music! On the uke you can knock out folk music, rock, blues, jazz, pop, country, tunes old and new -- even classical music. Duncan Perry, who has taught more than 700 students of all ages, will introduce you to essential chords and playing techniques using commonly known songs. Oh, and there are lots of laughs along the way. And, learning to play an instrument is good for your brain! You will need a playable ukulele and an electronic tuner or a tuner app. And when folks hear you play this happy instrument, well, they just have to smile! If you don?t own a ukulele, please contact us for information. What are you waiting for? Grab a uke and get ready for a musical adventure, then spread the joy! Please check for an email (could be in your Spam folder) from the instructor with the Zoom link in the days before the class.
7 Secrets to Mindful Organization
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7 Secrets to Mindful Organization


with Roz Applebaum

How to Plan, Prioritize & Take Action to Save Time, Energy, & Resources

  1. Prioritize – What’s Most Important & When? Sorting through Brain Clutter
  2. Effective List Making – Tackling the Endless “To Do” Projects & Tasks
  3. Conscious Calendaring – Paper & Digital Rules
  4. Organizing Your Physical & Digital Spaces – One Step at a Time
  5. Overcoming Procrastination & Perfectionism (the Overwhelmed Brain)
  6. Become a Better Person in Relationships Using Basic Organizational Tools
  7. Planning Strategies to Live in Peace & Joy – Minimizing Stress & Chaos

Class will be a combination of lecture and interactive workgroups. Students need to be 18 or older.

Acrylic Painting for Beginners Part 2


with Kyle Durkin

Calendar Next session starts Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm

This is a class for people who have taken my first Acrylic Painting for Beginners class or for people who have some acrylic painting experience. You will need to know how to use acrylic paint and how to mix color already to join this class. We will work on more tutorials and expand your skills. Join us and create more exciting paintings to take home!

Materials needed: Box set of acrylic paints (at least red, blue, yellow and white); set of acrylic/synthetic paintbrushes (a variety of brush sizes, flats and rounds)

Full Course

Learning to Sew Stitch by Stitch


with Jena Eaton-Burke

Calendar Next session starts Apr 24, 2024 at 6 pm

Have you been too afraid to learn how to sew? Starting to sew is simple if you go stitch by stitch. Learning how to sew is a "hands on" and "learning by doing" experience. It does take practice to build up skill in order to do all the stitches correctly, but that's the great part about learning with your new best friend the seam ripper. After you do a few of the projects, you will feel that you can do anything with sewing! We will cover:

  • Sewing Machine Basics, Care and Use
  • Stitch Basics and Types
  • Fabric and Fiber Types
  • Marking and Cutting Fabric
  • Understanding sewing pattern markings
  • Sizing and Fitting
  • Beginners' Project: PJ Pants
  • Finishing Stitches and Pressing
  • Picking out your next project
Full Course

Interactive Guided Journaling - Balance Your Self with Care


with Anne Sirois

Calendar Next available session starts May 1, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Get a bird’s eye view and a worm’s eye view of your career, business, relationships, philanthropy, finances, self- care, etc., to experience more joy, less stress in your daily life, in packed, highly interactive guided journaling courses. No writing experience necessary.

Marketing Using Social Media


with Melissa Torres

Calendar Next available session starts May 6, 2024

Develop a two-way communication and marketing strategy for your organization using social media. Let your instructor guide you in exploring major social media, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and blogging. Learn quick, easy ways to use Twitter, blogs, and LinkedIn to engage your customers or clients and keep them interested in your organization or business. You’ll find out the advantages and disadvantages of each, and learn what’s right for your work and kind of organization.

Photoshop Essentials


with Andi Helmi

Calendar Next available session starts May 6, 2024

This fundamental course covers Adobe PhotoshopCC most commonly used tools, menus and panels.You’ll learn all the basics of Photoshop to effectivelywork with selection and editing tools, layers, andmasks to edit, retouch and enhance existing images orcreate your own composite digital art work. Impressyour business organization, friends and family byenhancing their photos and create magazine coverquality enhanced images. Access to Adobe Photoshopsoftware required.

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