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America's Boating Course Spring 2017


with Dan Seneca

Feb 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm

The basic five-session (8 hours plus exam) course is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamentals of safe boating and to qualify for certification in most states that require boating education before operating a watercraft. Coverage includes safety equipment, trip planning, navigation rules and aids, state and federal regulations, anchoring, dealing with adverse conditions and emergencies, communications, trailering, and knots and lines. The information is useful for users of all sorts of watercraft (power, sail, paddle) and for both ocean and freshwater boating. The course includes an examination. An optional Part II course extension (2 sessions, 4 hours) introduces students to navigation and the use of charts - important information on determining where you are and how to go where you wish to go safely. Part II requires no homework or exam. Students who take the course and pass the exam will be offered a free six-month membership in United States Power Squadrons!

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Archery Hunter Education


with Charlie Andrews

Jun 2, 2017 at 6 pm

An archery education course will provide a student with a wealth of knowledge regarding equipment, proper hunting methods, responsibilities, and general safety. Passage of a final exam is required. You must attend every day of the class in order to receive your certificate. The second day will include Crossbow Hunter Education, for those who are interested.

This class runs on Friday, June 2 from 6-9pm, and Saturday, June 10 from 9am-5pm. Student must be present both dates to be eligible for completion. 

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ATV Education


with Charlie Andrews

May 20, 2017 at 9 am

Participation in an ATV education course will teach how to properly operate and maintain an ATV. Laws, responsibilities and personal safety will also be covered. Passage of a final exam is required. Topics include: Proper Operation & Safety, Laws, Emergencies & Survival, Map & Compass, Self-Help First Aid, and Environmental/Landowner/Ethics.

Students under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


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Basic Firearm Safety Spring 2017


with Scott Chandler

Apr 11, 2017 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.

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Beginner Pottery Spring 2017


with Jemma Gascoine

Feb 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm

‘Ever had the urge to try throwing clay on a potter’s wheel? Well here’s your chance. This is a 7 week beginner’s pottery class which will look at how to throw a bowl and a mug. We shall consider how we can use our hands in different ways to make a thoughtful object that feels satisfying to touch, hold and use. We will address wedging, centering on a wheel, pulling-up, trimming, firing and glazing.

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Beginning Writer's Workshop


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runs for 52 weeks

If you've always wanted to write but have no idea where to start, this course will demystify the process for you. You'll get a taste of the writing life, improve your writing skills, and develop new ways to stretch your creative muscles. This exciting, hands-on course for the creative writing novice is filled with challenging exercises, expert advice, and plenty of direct support and encouragement. As you work your way through the lessons, you'll develop your own short, creative fiction or nonfiction piece. Our emphasis in this course is on developing your skills through practice, so you'll spend more time writing than reading. You'll master important concepts by completing enjoyable writing exercises and assignments, and you'll discover a variety of strategies and techniques the pros use to develop characters, create a compelling point of view, build interest through dialogue, and add meaning to your stories.

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Chair Caning Spring 2017


with Charles Shaffer

Feb 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Chair caning is easier than it looks! Don’t let those heirlooms waste away in the attic any longer! Bring your own project in and learn different types of seat weaving - woven and pressed cane, rush, splint and tape. Your project should have all repair and finish work completed before the first class. Starter kits are available if you don’t have a project. Charles Shaffer has been seat weaving since 1972. He has taught many people over the years how to restore priceless (and not so priceless) antiques back to useful service. Materials available for purchase from instructor.

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Cord Cutting 101 Spring 2017


with Leah Gomes

Feb 28, 2017 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.

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