RSU 16 Adult Education announces winter/spring courses

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MECHANIC FALLS — RSU 16 Adult Education has listed the following winter/spring courses. Registration may be completed in person at 129 Elm St., or by mail: PO Box 129, Mechanic Falls, ME 04256. Registration forms can be downloaded at mechanicfalls.maineadulted.org. Credit card payments can’t be accepted.

Hand-Stamped Cards 2, with Michelle Breton: For those who want to take their card making a bit further. In the February class, students will make three cards featuring unique folds, and in the April class, they will make three cards featuring different stamping techniques. Even students who have never stamped before can participate. Tuesday, Feb. 11, and/or Wednesday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. All classes will offer a different set of cards each time. Registration: $10 per class, includes materials.

Safe Driving For Mature Operators, with an AAA-certified instructor: This video- and lecture-based course is designed to increase safe driving awareness for those 55 and older. This course qualifies for Maine’s mandatory insurance premium discount for 55-plus, but it does not qualify for credit points on your driving record. Thursday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class requires a minimum of 10 registrations to run. Registration: $15 for AAA members; $20 for nonmembers.

Resume Workshop, with Mary Kozicki LaFontaine: Dust off that resume and polish it up. Don’t have one? You need this class. The manager of the Lewiston Career Center will share tips on how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself to match employer needs. Learn about resume styles, information to include and not include, and “key words” that will be noticed. Prepare to answer tough interview questions with confidence. Stay if you choose, to get feedback on your own resume. Thursday, Feb. 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free, but students must register in advance.

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Bedbugs, with Jeff Haines: Learn what you can do to avoid bringing these pests into your home. Planning a vacation? This presentation is designed to offer tips on what to look for, how to travel smart and what to do to get rid of bedbugs. For the average homeowner and frequent traveler, as well as owners of rental housing. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration $5.

Quickbooks, with Christine Diffin: Designed for those who already have a grasp on computer basics, these eight sessions will introduce students to Quickbooks software. Set up forms and accounts as well as perform data entry for payables and receivables. Learn to create reports and analyze data. Christine, owner of Bookkeeping Plus, has more than 20 years of experience with accounting software. Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 4-27, 6 to 8 p.m. Registration: $55.

American Sign Language for Kids, with Terri Marin: For youth in grades 3-8. For many years, Terri taught hearing students ASL through the Signs of Life program at Poland Community School. She shares her love of sign language with others through conversation, story-telling and music. Participants should be aware that there is the possibility of showcasing what they have learned by performing at a local event through the district and/or community. Tuesdays, March 4 through April 8, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Registration: $25 per child.

Tips on Writing a Children’s Book, with Tamra Wight: Have you always thought about writing for children? Have a good idea, but don’t know what to do with it? Local author of “The Three Grumpies” and most recently “Cooper and Packrat,” Tamra will share her personal journey from idea to bookstore, taking the mystery out of the process. She’ll give strategies on how to create interesting characters, how to map out solid plots and how to submit work to editors. Thursday,March 20, 6 to 8 p.m. Registration: $9.

Fly Tying, with Fern Bosse: A local Maine Guide shares his hunting and fishing experiences. Fern, who has been tying for more than 45 years, will demonstrate streamer fly tying and talk about the hows and whys of fishing from a personal point of view. He has created several original and effective fly patterns and also enjoys building and repairing fishing rods. Tuesday, March 25, 6 to 8 pm. Registration: $6.

Hand-Stamped Cards, with Michelle Breton: See how quick and easy it can be to create hand-stamped cards. Students will make a set of four easy but beautiful cards using rubber stamps. No prior stamping experience necessary. Michelle is a Stampin’ Up! consultant with more than 15 years of experience making her own handmade cards. Tuesday, March 25, 6 to 8 p.m. Registration: $10, includes materials.

Solar Technologies, with Bruce Sturgis: Get information on solar hot air, hot water and electric system technologies: how they work, how much they cost and how much they can save. Solar hot air is the cheapest solar technology to implement and manage with the quickest savings payback. Through self-study, ingenuity and classes offered by the state, Bruce implemented a solar hot air system on his own home in 2007 and has consistently lowered his annual fuel consumption by hundreds of gallons. A panel will be on display along with the plans and a parts list. Wednesday, April 2, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Registration: $8.

iPhone for Beginners, with Linda Chaisson, district technology coordinator: Learn why the iPhone is so much more than just a phone. Wednesday, April 9, 6 to 8 p.m. Registration: $5.

Herb Seedlings, with Joyce Cass: Create an herb planter with Joyce of Delightful Odds and Herbs. Everything needed to start seedlings will be provided. Students with a favorite planter may bring it along. Saturday, April 12, 1 to 3 p.m. Registration: $6 in advance. A fee for materials of $25 to $30 will be payable to the instructor on the day of the class.

Boating Safety: Learn proper boating safety and operation, including handling, equipment and trailering. Laws, environmental ethics, emergencies, self-help first aid and cold-water survival will also be covered. Exam and 100 percent attendance required. Successful completion will result in a certificate, which serves as proof of compliance for New Hampshire law enforcement when boating on boundary waters. This course meets requirements for operation of personal watercraft by 16- and 17-year-olds. Sunday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration: $7.

ATV Safety: Learn how to properly operate and maintain an ATV. Laws and responsibilities, map and compass, environmental/landowner ethics, personal safety, first aid and survival skills will also be covered. Exam and 100 percent attendance required. Children must be at least 10 years old. Those 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult throughout the course. Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration: $7.

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