MECHANIC FALLS — RSU 16 Adult Education has announced upcoming classes. Registration may be completed online, by mail or in person.

RSU 16 also offers courses in career planning, college preparation, computer classes, diploma classes and HiSET testing. 

ZUMBA with instructor Becky Woodford: This class mixes low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning, dance fitness party. The class provides a total workout, combining all elements of fitness: cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility and boosted energy. The class runs from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 25 to March 31, at Elm Street School. Registration is $30. 

iDevice Assistance with Linda Chaisson, RSU 16 Technology Coordinator: The class will answer questions and assist in use of the iPhone, iPad, Apple ID, iCloud, some features and applications. Participants should bring their devices from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, or Thursday, April 28, to get questions answered. The class is free, but preregistration is required. 

Silver and Stones – Premium Art Night Out: The course will teach how to customize jewelry with handmade sterling silver findings. Students will make ear wires, clasps and connectors and will use hammers and steel plates to texturize, dap (taking a flat piece of metal and curving it into a dome with special dies and punches) and punch (no drill required). The course runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Registration is $50 and includes materials to make one pendant and one pair of earrings or a key chain.

Tips on Writing a Children’s Book with Tamra Wight: Local author of “The Three Grumpies” and most recently, the “Cooper and Packrat” series, Wight will share her personal journey from idea to bookstore. She’ll give strategies on how to create interesting characters, how to map out solid plots and how to submit work to editors. The class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. Registration is $9.

Planning for Retirement with Marc Libby, financial adviser and educator: The session will guide participants through calculating the cost of retirement, determining sources of income, defining the role of social security, taking advantage of a workplace plan and evaluating the cost of procrastination. The class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3. It is free, but preregistration is required.

Get Ready to Bike! with Bike Coalition of Maine: The course is intended for adults with little to moderate experience with bicycling who would like to learn more about its various aspects. Topics will be primarily student driven, from categories including equipment, clothing, technique, basic maintenance and safety. The goal is to increase knowledge and confidence for any kind of bicycling. A bicycle is not required, but may be brought to the last class for evaluation and demonstration. The course runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 8, 15 and 22. Registration is $18.

Hand-Stamped Cards with Michelle Breton: The class will demonstrate of the ease of making hand-stamped cards. Participants will create a set of four cards using rubber stamps. No prior stamping experience necessary. The course runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10. Registration is $10 and includes materials.

Digital Camera Basics with Jennifer Lamoreau: The basics of digital cameras, including some of the more common settings and how to best take everyday snapshots, will be covered. Tips and options on getting photos processed will also be covered. Participants should bring fully-charged cameras, extra batteries and instruction manual. The class is set from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 15. Registration is $9.

Introduction to Map/Chart Making with Steve Paquette: The introductory course is geared toward those interested in surveying, hiking, hunting, boating or other outdoor activities that might involve navigation. Students will learn to plot land by making grids, labeling points and coordinates and using a magnetic compass. Paquette was a captain in the Merchant Marines and taught navigation for many years. The class runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 15 through April 12. Registration is $15, and registrants will be provided with a list of supplies to purchase prior to the first class.

Weather 101 with Adam Epstein, meteorologist: Weather 101 features an overview of Maine’s weather and diverse climate. Epstein from WGME and WPFO will provide basic meteorological tips in order to better understand weather forecasts and broadcast meteorology. Class is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 17. Registration is $5.

FMI, register: 207-345-3217, mechanicfalls.maineadulted.org, 129 Elm St., P.O. Box 129, Mechanic Falls, ME 04256. 


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