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Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative

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Volunteer with Pine Tree Hospice!
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Volunteer with Pine Tree Hospice!


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Become a Pine Tree Hospice Volunteer

Pine Tree Hospice volunteer education programs, in compliance with Maine State regulations, prepare volunteers to offer hospice and/or bereavement care for families in our community during and after a progressive life-limiting illness.

Hospice 101: Introduction to Hospice for Indirect Care Volunteers

This 4-hour orientation program prepares volunteers to serve as indirect care providers.  "Indirect care" includes services such as cooking, picking up prescriptions, working in the office or library, fund raising, serving on the board or on a committee, but does not include direct interaction with clients or families.  Upon completion, participants interested in becoming a direct care volunteer may choose to be mentored by an experienced Pine Tree Hospice direct care volunteer during visits with hospice clients and families for a maximum of 20 hours.  Hospice 101 is offered as a class and also offered as an Independent Study.  Certificates are awarded after completion.

H101 Class to be scheduled.   H101 Independent Study can be scheduled at any time.  Optional mentor hours will be scheduled individually.  For more information visit  To register please call 564-4346.

Core Curriculum for Direct Care Hospice Volunteers and Bereavement Facilitators

This 11-hour program is the first part of the educational preparation for direct care hospice volunteers and for bereavement facilitators.  Direct care volunteers serve hospice clients and families, but do not provide physical, nursing, or medical care.  Bereavement facilitators support bereaved adults, children and families in structured group settings. Certificates are awarded after completion.

Times and location to be scheduled.  For more information visit  To register please call 564-4346

Direct Care Hospice Volunteers

After completing the Core Curriculum, this 9-hour program prepares volunteers to provide direct service to hospice families, but does not include physical, nursing, or medical care.  “Direct care” involves being with a hospice client and family and may include quiet companionship, respite care, transportation, or activities such as fishing, playing cards, reading or excursions.  Direct care volunteers may choose to participate in any direct or indirect care Pine Tree Hospice function.  Certificates are awarded after completion.

Times and location to be scheduled.  For more information visit  To register please call 564-4346.

Volunteer Bereavement Facilitators

After completing the Core Curriculum, this 14-hour program prepares volunteers to provide bereavement support to adults, children and families through the Pine Tree Hospice Bereavement Programs.  Bereavement Facilitators may choose to participate in structured group settings, which include the Nights of Service program for grieving children and families, the Lunch and Learn program for grieving adults; and an adult evening grief support group.  Certificates are awarded after completion.

Times and location to be scheduled.  For more information visit  To register please call 564-4346.


Ways of Seeing: Art and Nature


with Brenda Gott

Calendar Feb 28, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Since the beginning, artists have chosen objects from nature as inspiration for their works. In this class, we will take a look at some of those artists, as we enjoy sketching and painting some of their favorite subjects. Come explore, up close, the beautiful world of animals, birds, butterflies, sea life, plants, and flowers. We’ll examine the basic structures within natural forms, to better understand and depict them in a realistic way. There will be a concentration on developing each piece of artwork from a preliminary sketch, to a finished painting; using a variety of media, including pencil, ink, acrylic, watercolor, and oil pastel. Join in, on this fun adventure into art, as we work to capture the magical qualities of nature. No previous art experience of any kind is required. All materials are included. Local artist Brenda Gott, who has been painting objects from nature for over twenty years, invites you to take part in this joyful exploration of the natural world. She welcomes your questions at 564-3643.

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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.

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Writing for Publication


with Sheila Grant

Calendar Mar 15, 2018 at 6 pm

Interested in becoming a published writer, but not sure how to get started? If so, this could be the class for you. Learn how to properly format various types of manuscripts, and how to locate and approach the appropriate editors for your story, poem, article or book. The class is custom-designed to assist new writers in every stage of the process from developing that great idea to polishing the manuscript to sending out query letters to editors. Learn how to research the markets and find publications that fit your work. Please bring notebooks, pens, and draft manuscripts if you have one. You can bring your own laptop or use one of our computers. Freelance writer/photographer Sheila Grant guides beginners through the publication process during this six-week class. Grant has been a published writer/photographer for two decades. Her work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association. She is a the editorial director of a downtown revitalization newsletter covering all of North America, and a regular contributor to Maine Seniors magazine. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Bangor Metro, The Piscataquis Times, Bangor Daily News Special Sections, Northwoods Sporting Journal, and Game and Fish magazines covering Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and New England. Her work is also featured at

“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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