For the first time, fall adult education courses for Lewiston and Auburn are listed in one brochure, the result of rising tariffs on Canadian paper.

Bill Grant, adult ed director for both programs, said the single brochure will save about $1,600, or 40 percent of the $4,000 it would cost to print 38,000 copies. Every household in the Twin Cities and supermarkets will receive a copy.

Grant hopes showing courses in both cities will boost enrollment from 3,800 in both cities.

“It provides people with more options,” he said. “For a lot of years each program has had different things. This is a good way to get more exposure for both programs.”

Lewiston’s program will include two well-known people teaching cooking classes.

On Oct. 18, School Superintendent Bill Webster will trade his calculator for an apron to demonstrate how to make candy. The course description says the program is “just in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! You will be introduced to various types of hard candy,” everything from candy canes to lollipops and taffy. “Students will make two different types of candy and leave with their own creations and recipes.”

Before he became a teacher and a school superintendent, Webster owned and was CEO for 11 years of Haven’s Candy in Westbrook. He is a graduate of the Paluski Candy School in Erie, Pennsylvania.

On Sept. 18, community leader Zam Zam Mohamud is teaching a class on how to make sambusas, a favorite food in her native Somalia. It is made with ground beef, onions and garlic.

Lewiston courses also include “Six Feet Under: Funeral Choices” to make it easier to honor a loved one’s final wishes.

In Auburn, a course will scope out “the dirty dozen, bad actor chemical groups in food” taught by Joanna Welhelm. It will help consumers make healthier food choices.

Another class will unlock “the hidden potentials of your device,” smartphones and tablets. Taught by Suzanne Boutot, the Sept. 11 class is for iPads and iPhones and another on Oct. 9 is for android phones and tablets.

Other enrichment classes include belly dancing, Zumba, water color painting and how to balance a budget.

Both programs offer academic adult diploma courses.

Most classes begin in early September and are open to anyone. The cost of enrichment courses ranges from $8 to $70. Most courses are held at the cities’ high schools.

For information about Lewiston’s courses, call 207-795-4141, or go to www.lewiston.maineadulted.org.

For information about Auburn courses, call 207-333-6661, or go to www.auburn.maineadulted.org.

One course offered at Lewiston Adult Education teaches how to make hard candy. It is taught by Lewiston School Superintendent Bill Webster, former CEO of Haven’s Candy in Westbrook. Above, Webster shows student Anita Murphy, the high school tennis coach, how to make candy canes during last year’s class. (Submitted photo)
 

The covers of the new Lewiston and Auburn adult education brochure.