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Cooking Matters for Families - Messalonskee


with Deborah Barnett

Calendar Oct 16, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This class is specifically designed for the cooking challenges of Families!!!  There will be lessons in meal prep, grocery shopping, food budgeting, and nutrition. You will learn to prepare and plan healthy meals, save money at the grocery store, keep food safe, and be more physically active. We will talk about PICKY eaters, introducing new foods, and how to have your family be more involved with meal planning. Participants will receive the ingredients for the recipes we create in each class to share with your family at home. You will learn healthy new recipes and how to choose healthy foods. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a gift bag of goodies including a new cookbook. Kids are welcome to come to the last class. The teacher will send you an online survey before class starts.  Limit 10 students. 

The Women's Health Series


with Carole Freeman

Calendar Oct 16, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Monday, Oct 16

Yes, breathing is different for women

The field of science and research has predominantly focused on male subjects. However, gender differences do affect breathing control and vulnerability to illness. Women recover faster from hypoxia, respond differently in sleep apnea and heart rate variability. The time for investigating respiratory health in 2,000 men and only 29 women has passed. Also discussed will be; What is dysfunctional breathing; Sleep disordered breathing; Anxiety Disorders; Women’s Hormones and sports; Asthma

Wednesday, Oct 18

Pain conditions and breathing in women

Pain perception differs depending on the concentration of sex hormones in the body, and dysfunctional breathing can aggravate pain. Also discussed will be: Fibromyalgia; Back Pain; TMJ; Migraines


Monday, Oct 23

Female sex hormones 

Women with PMS have a higher-than-normal sensitivity to CO2, perhaps caused by progesterone, resulting in “pronounced hyperventilation” - and that the hyperventilation is responsible for the PMS symptoms. That same over-breathing contributes to anxiety and can derail our stress management strategies. Also discussed will be: PMS and hyperventilation; How female hormones complicate stress management strategies; How to have deeper sexual orgasms; Anxiety during and after pregnancy; Infertility and breathing

Wednesday, Oct 25

Pelvic floor dysfunctions

The pelvic floor muscles and respiratory diaphragm are structurally and functional connected by fascia and muscles that control urine flow. Also discussed will be: The connection between the breath, pelvic floor function, and sacroiliac joint stability; Why do I pee when I sneeze or cough? How to strengthen pelvic floor muscles with Kegal exercises and stop urinary leakage; How back pain and breathing difficulties relate to pelvic floor dysfunction; How breathing coordinates with the pelvic floor to stabilize posture and improve core strength.

Monday, Oct 30

Managing menopause

Women who smoke enter menopause about a year and a half earlier than those who don’t This already points to an obvious link between menopause and overall wellbeing and, more specifically, respiratory health. Also discussed will be: Impact of hormone replacement therapies on the breath; Onset of asthma; Osteoporosis; Slow deep breathing and menopause symptoms.

Wills & Trusts - Messalonskee


with John Nale

Calendar Oct 18, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn the difference between a Last Will and Testament and a Trust. Then you will learn what a Last Will and Testament does that a Trust does not do, and what a Trust does that a Last Will and Testament cannot do. Then learn how to pass your assets on outside of the probate process. Attorney Nale will be available after class to answer your questions. Limit 24 students.

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Family StoryWalk® Adventure


with MMRACE Staff

Calendar Oct 21, 2023 at 11 am, runs for 1 week

Embark on an enchanting outdoor journey that combines the magic of storytelling, physical activity, and family bonding! The Family StoryWalk® Adventure is a delightful experience designed to celebrate Adult Education Family Literacy Week and promote the joy of reading among learners of all ages.

Learn more about this project here:

Date: 10/21/23

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: North Street Community Connector Trail

Course Overview:

Join us for a unique outdoor adventure at North Street, where we'll explore the Waterville StoryWalk®. This innovative concept seamlessly merges the wonders of literature with the beauty of the great outdoors. As you stroll along the trail, you'll encounter laminated pages from a beloved children's book, Skywatcher written and illustrated by Jamie Hogan. Each page reveals a new chapter of the story, providing an immersive reading experience.

Why You Should Join:

  • Promotes Reading: Inspire a lifelong love for books and storytelling among your family members, young and old.
  • Encourages Activity: Stay active and healthy while enjoying the outdoors. StoryWalk® is a fantastic way to get both kids and adults moving.
  • Strengthens Relationships: Spend quality time with your loved ones as you explore the StoryWalk® together, creating cherished memories.
  • Connects with Nature: Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Waterville's surroundings while enjoying an engaging story.

Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to combine reading, movement, and family fun. Plus, each participant will have the opportunity to receive a FREE copy of the book! Join us for an unforgettable experience that fosters literacy, physical activity, and the joy of storytelling.

First Time Home Buyers Education - Messalonskee


with Laurie Wadsworth

Calendar Nov 7, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Buying your first house is truly a big deal!  In this 8-hour, in person class we will cover everything you need to know about the home buying process and owning the home going forward. You will learn the steps involved in buying, how to set goals, and prepare for homeownership, explore loan products and credit, protect and grow your investment, and how to avoid being ripped off. A Homebuyers Education Certificate can help you access down payment assistance or mortgage products that require HUD-certified homebuyers education. It’s good for TWO years with most lenders! Register here at and the program will take you to the KVCAP registration site to finish the sign-up process—cost will be $30. Each person must register separately. Limit 24 students.

Nov. 7th Class:  Tues, Wed. Thurs, 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Nov.  7, 8, 9 (3 sessions) 

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