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Basic Firearm Safety


with Scott Chandler

Calendar Apr 17, 2018 at 6 pm

The purpose of this class is to introduce the basic principles of firearm safety. Students 18 to 21 years of age must have a handgun safety class to qualify for a permit to carry concealed . Accidents involving guns generally result from one of two causes; ignorance and carelessness. This is a non-shooting class. No live ammunition is allowed in the classroom. Do not bring a gun to this class. This is an NRA Firearm Safety course and a certificate will be awarded. Scott Chandler has 32 years of experience including hunting, target shooting, law enforcement, and tactical combat. He has attended Maine Criminal Justice Academy for law enforcement and corrections. Scott was a firearm and infantry instructor in the US Army and is currently certified with the NRA.

Cord Cutting 101


with Leah Gomes

Calendar Feb 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Ever thought about getting rid of cable or satellite TV because it was just too pricy? Well, you aren’t the only one! The Internet has provided so many more options to help you get just the content you want for less. So, if you have reliable wireless internet and are interested in cutting the cord, attend this class to learn how to navigate through all of the options so that you can cut cable TV and legally stream your content online so you pay less and still get your shows. Instructor Leah Gomes is PVAEC’s Career and College Transitions instructor. She has taught many successful computer/technology courses over the years.

Full Course

Grow Your Own Organic Garden!


with MOFGA Volunteer

Calendar Apr 4, 2018 at 6 pm

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. The instructor will be an experienced farmer or gardener from your region. 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.

Homebuyer's Education


with Heather Massow

Calendar May 7, 2018 at 5:30 pm

The 4-session hoMEworks homebuyer education classes provide an opportunity to learn about the home buying process in a neutral environment. Buyers who have taken home buying classes are more confident when asking questions and making decisions about homeownership and loan products. Education gives buyers the tools they need to avoid predatory lending and possible foreclosure.

Heather Massow, Certified Housing Counselor and Educator, has worked with Penquis for more than eight years. Heather currently works with clients who are facing foreclosure, teaches homebuyer education classes and works one-on-one with pre-purchase clients helping them become credit-ready to purchase a home. Previously, she worked in the mortgage banking industry for about 14 years processing, originating and closing loans.


Nurturing Families Through Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
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Nurturing Families Through Substance Use Treatment & Recovery


with Steve Madera

Calendar Mar 1, 2018 at 9 am

The impact of substance use on families and children can be devastating. Healing begins as the parent child relationship is strengthened. Group discussions guide parents toward restoring and rebuilding the connection between family members.

 For more information, or to register, please call Steve Madera at 974-2479. 

Slice it, Salt it, Stomp it!


with Mary Margaret Ripley

Calendar Mar 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Fermented veggies are becoming all the rage. That's funny since fermentation is one of the oldest, tastiest and most fun ways to preserve food. Do it yourself with easy ingredients for a fraction of the cost of buying it at the store. In this hands-on class you'll learn how to slice, salt, and stomp your way into your own fermented creations like sauerkraut, kimchi, and more. Come on y'all, even babies love this stuff! Optional: bring cutting board, knife, large mixing bowl, quart jar. Mary Margaret Ripley and her family like to have fermented foods as a part of their everyday lives. Since 2006 she has fermented many kinds of foods, especially veggies from her family farm. Join her for a busy, fun, and friendly class that just might get you hooked, too!

Full Course

Worm Bin Boot Camp #2


with Trisha Smith

Calendar Mar 29, 2018 at 4 pm

Looking for a fun and easy way to turn vegetable scraps into plant food? Join Jock Robie (The Worm Bin Guy) for this hands-on workshop and learn to construct and set up, maintain and harvest a worm bin. Jock will also discuss harvesting worm castings and vermicompost for gardening and houseplants, as well as how to make and use “worm tea." 10 participants will go home with a populated worm bin; everyone will go home with more knowledge and enthusiasm for vermiculture! Jock Robie is a retired chemical engineer and has documented his process of designing, building, and using worm bins to compost kitchen waste since 2011. His worms live in 40 bins and process close to 35 pounds of kitchen scraps each week. Visit Jock’s blog at to learn more about his vermiculture methods.

Full Course

“The Smog of the Sea” Film & Discussion


with Hilda Roberts

Calendar Apr 20, 2018 at 6 pm

It’s now more important than ever that we lend our voices to stand up for nature. Join us on Friday, April 20 as we kick off Earth Day Weekend with this 30 minute film that chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen, renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and body surfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans. After years of hearing about the famous “garbage patches” in the ocean’s gyres, the crew is stunned to learn that the patches are a myth: the waters stretching to the horizon are clear blue, with no islands of trash in sight. But as the crew sieves the water and sorts through their haul, a more disturbing reality sets in: a fog of microplastics permeates the world’s oceans, trillions of nearly invisible plastic shards making their way up the marine food chain. You can clean up a garbage patch, but how do you stop a fog? Using nostalgic super-8 footage, sparkling underwater cinematography, an original score by Jack Johnson and shipmate Simon Beins, and live action footage of the crew’s research, The Smog of the Sea provides a new perspective on the once pristine oceans, and makes an artful call to action for rethinking the scourge of the sea — single use plastic. After the film, stay for a 30 minute discussion, and free resource materials. This free event is brought to you in part by PVAEC Adult Education.

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