Spruce Mountain Adult and Community Education announces classes

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JAY — RSU 73 Spruce Mountain Adult and Community Education is offering many classes in home improvement, fitness, computer and enrichment during the month of February. To register, telephone 897-6384.

Getting More Food from Your Garden offered by the University Maine Cooperative Extension: Learn how to have a more productive vegetable garden. Class will cover a variety of choices, soil and fertilizers, pest management and more. This one-night class has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost $10.

Knitting for Beginners: Class will cover basic stitches, terms and techniques and create fun items like dishcloths and a scarf. All materials (including yarn and knitting needles) provided. Eight weeks beginning Monday, Feb. 24, from 5:30 to 6:30. $65.

Basic Computer Maintenance and Security: Learn how to identify suspicious websites and emails, run malware scans, stay safe online and basic system maintenance. Computers will be provided or students may bring their own. Four weeks beginning Monday, Feb. 24, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. $50.

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Basic Home Maintenance: DIY self-home maintenance saves money. Fix that dripping faucet, patch that drywall, improve painting and much more. Bring home maintenance issues to class and the instructor will tackle each problem one at a time. Eight weeks beginning Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. $60.

Maine Driving Dynamics: This course offers all drivers the opportunity to improve their defensive driving skills. Instruction will cover collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitude including the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on the Maine highways. Those completing the course will receive a three-point credit on their driving record. The $40 fee must be paid prior to the start of class. Class will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and 27. $40.

Beginner Tap for Adults: Class will cover the basics over the course of eight weeks and students will learn a simple but fun routine. Wear something easy to move around in like stretch pants or sweat pants. Students must bring tap shoes. Begins Feb. 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. $50.

Beginner Ballet: A fun and gentle way to stretch and tone muscles. Learn basic ballet terms and steps. Wear something easy to move around in like sweat pants or stretch pants. Students must bring their own ballet shoes. Eight weeks beginning Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. $50.

Woodworking: This eight-week class will teach the safe operation of woodworking machinery and hand tools. Students will have the opportunity to pick out and build a small project using their own materials and hardware. Must be 18 years or older. Begins Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. $60.

Guiding Good Parenting Choices: This five-week parenting class will be presented by the Franklin County Children’s Task Force for parents of children ages 9-14 who are seeking to reduce their child’s risk for using alcohol and other drugs. Guiding Good Choices curriculum is evidence-based with sessions focusing on a.) identification of risk factors, b.) development of effective parenting practices, c.) family conflict management, and d.) the use of family meetings. Parents will gain communication skills, tools for establishing and reinforcing behavioral expectations and approaches for increasing family bonds. Snacks and free childcare will be provided. Begins Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10/scholarships available.

Ongoing events

Walk Your Way to Good Health: The gym is available for those interested in walking their way to good health. Sign up to walk Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fee: $3 a week, $12 monthly.

Certified Meyers-Briggs Testing: Participants can discover their personality type and how it effects learning and work. The MBTI instrument can help choose a career and manage career changes at every stage of life. MBTI type affects the way people learn best and how they approach teaching others. Call to set up an appointment. Cost of $75 includes assessment and personalized review.

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