MECHANIC FALLS — The Mechanic Falls-Minot-Poland Adult Education winter-spring program is underway and is accepting new day and evening students (at least 17 years old) for skill upgrading, high school diplomas and GED testing. Call the office at 345-3217, e-mail [email protected] or visit for more information.

General interest classes require preregistration and include:

Cardmaking the Green Way: Participants should bring old greeting cards, crafty papers, scissors and glue sticks for the class with instructor Patricia Weidler. Participants will craft a set of eight greeting cards by cutting and punching shapes from old ones. The class will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Fee is $6, plus $5 lab fee payable to instructor.

Co-Parenting Challenges: The workshop, led by Patricia Weidler, will help divorced or separated parents to communicate more effectively with each other and their children. Role plays, problem-solving, brainstorming and storytelling will be used to provide examples, models and possible solutions. The workshop will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10. Fee is $5.

Genealogy for Beginners: Instructor Nancy Mason will show participants where to start researching their family tree. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 4 to 25. Fee is $25.

Homemade Skin Creams: Learn how to make herbal skin care products at home using natural and local ingredients. With instructor Anne Smith, participants will discuss the importance of natural, herbal products over synthetic chemicals and make products in class to take home. The class will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6. Fee is $8, plus $5 lab fee payable to instructor.

Hunter Safety: Perry Edwards and a team of volunteers, through the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will offer the opportunity to prepare for a certificate in hunter and gun safety. State law requires completion of this course for those applying for a first time license. Participants will learn about laws, safety, map and compass and landowner relations. Participants must attend both classes in their entirety and pass a test. Children must be at least 10 years of age. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult throughout the course. The class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday,.. March 13. Fee is $5.

QuickBooks, Just the Basics: Carol Montana will offer a supportive lab for beginners who lack knowledge of basic accounting principles and are not familiar with QuickBooks. Computer literacy is required. The classes will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays, March 5 to 26. Fee is $50.

Self-employment and Small Business Tax Considerations: Attendees will get advice from an experienced H&R Block tax professional on how to prepare for the upcoming tax season. Learn about tax consequences and overlooked expense deductions. The class will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10. Preregistration is required for this free class.

Tax Law Changes and Updates: An H&R Block tax professional will explain new tax laws and changes. The class will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Preregistration is required for this free class.

Standard First Aid: Instructor Wayne Cotterly will teach the necessary skills to give basic care in an emergency situation. Students will be required to pass both a written and skills test in order to receive a first aid completion card. The class will meet from  6 to 10 p.m. Monday, March 1. Fee is $50, due by Monday, Feb. 15. (Heartsaver CPR/AED not included, but will be offered on Monday, April 5.)

Classes require a minimum number of prepaid registrations in order to run. Download a registration form from and mail to: P.O. Box 129, Mechanic Falls, ME 04256.

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