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Jazzercise Saturday W20
with Veronique Plesch
Discover a safe, friendly, and motivating instructor-led group fitness class. Jazzercise is the ultimate full-body workout, fusing dance, yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing: 40 minutes of high intensity, dance-based cardio are followed by 20 minutes of strength training and stretching, during which you can burn up to 800 calories. All the moves can be modified to accommodate your needs (for instance, we show low impact options if you need to protect your knees). Bring supportive fitness shoes, moisture-wicking clothes you can move in, a bottle of water, and maybe a towel.
Spinning Yarn on a Drop Spindle W20
with Lesley Fowler
This fun and hands-on exploration of fiber and color will teach participants to hand spin in two sessions! Try washing a fleece, preparing the fiber by hand carding, and learn the basics of spinning. This is a perfect course for knitters to try designing the yarn they want and discovering their own spinning style. No experience required. All materials included and each participant will go home with a drop spindle to keep! Limit 8 students. Storm date of Apr. 18.
Make Your Own Easter Bunny W20
with Mark Simpson
Join our lead chocolatier, Mark Simpson, as he leads a class on working with everyone’s favorite food - chocolate! In this fantastic and unique culinary class you’ll learn all about chocolate and practice beginner chocolate techniques (e.g. preparing ganache, tempering chocolate, etc.) as you create beautiful Origami Easter Bunnies that you’ll hand paint them in class with edible cocoa butter. Of course there’s a chocolate tasting too - that’s the best way to learn about chocolate! Participants will make two Origami Easter Bunnies and a dozen Easter themed Truffles that they can arrange to pick up, or have delivered at a later date, as the chocolate must set overnight. Students 14-17 may register with a registered and participating parent or guardian. Limit 8 students.
Yoga for Flexibility Messalonskee W20
with Mary Patterson,CR,RYT-200
(Please note there has been a significant day and date change.) This hatha yoga class will focus on increasing flexibility and loosening tight muscles. It will focus on one or more different muscle sets each week and will help increase flexibility with yoga poses that encourage stretching. Yamuna balls will be used to roll on various muscles to help release tight areas and adhesions. Poses that help strengthen these muscles will also be practiced, since strength is also important for flexibility. Each class will start with some breathing exercises and centering, and will include flow in a slightly advancing way each week, ending with a few restorative postures. There will be no class during school vacation, April 20 and May 25. Storm makeup will be on June 8. Please bring a yoga mat or other non-slip surface and small blanket. Limit 19 students.
Qi Gong W20
with Danielle Tognato
Qi Gong is a gentle, therapeutic exercise that coordinates breathing techniques with each movement. It is both curative and preventive and it is based on the ancient system of acupuncture meridians. The purpose of these exercises is to prevent or dissolve blockages of energy, stimulate the circulation, and correct imbalances by bringing harmony to the energies of the internal organs in such a way as to protect the body from attack by external factors (viruses, cold, heat, humidity) as well as internal factors such as negative emotions. Qi Gong can be safely performed by any age group and/or physical ability/disability. Wear comfortable clothes and cotton shoes, or shoes without rubber or plastic, as these materials do not allow for the passage of negative ions. Limit 30 students. No class Apr. 21.
Starting a Small Business Messalonskee W20
with Jean Dempster
Starting a Small Business
Please note the date change for this class.
This one-session workshop will help you decide if self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. Please pre-register by Thursday, April 9. Limit 20 students.
Grow Your Own Organic Garden Messalonskee W20
with Anna Libby
Are you 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 garden organically. We will discuss the basics of soil, the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principals of crop rotation, and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include basic weed control strategies and cultural methods for dealing with pests. The instructor will be an experienced farmer or gardener from our area. We will even send you home with free seeds, a copy of the presentation, and a resource guide! All welcome - from first timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques. Limit 20 students.
Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student Info Night Messalonskee W20
with Brandy Jewel
Miles, language, and culture make us seem like we are worlds away from other people and nations, but hosting an international foreign exchange student can be a transformative life experience for both the student and the host family. You will have the opportunity to share your culture and traditions and learn about the culture and traditions of your student. During this class you will learn the “how’s,” the challenges, and the adventures of hosting as well as start building your community network in anticipation of hosting during the coming school year.