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A’s, B’s, C’s, and D’s of Medicare
with Alan Minthorn
Course will provide a thorough overview of “how” to retire without surprises from Social Security, Medicare, MaineCare, and senior health insurance system. You will learn: important SSA forms and timelines; the “parts” of Medicare; how and when to apply; plans and general benefits. Alan Minthorn, Owner of Maine Senior Insurance, LLC, is a licensed and certified senior health insurance products broker. He has held licensure since 1991.
with Robin Shaw
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for some fun! You will learn Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, and Swing. Next time you attend a Wedding, anniversary or other social event, you will be ready to dance the night away with confidence. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate this class is for you! Robin Shaw is certified Fred Astaire Dance Instructor. She has been teaching dance since 2002 at the Portsmouth Ballroom and other adult education programs.
Barre with Amanda
with Amanda Gunter
Barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.
(Exercise, workout, gym, yoga)
with Duncan Perry
Discover the hottest, happiest musical instrument around! On it you can play folk music, rock, blues, pop, country, classical, reggae, bossa nova, jazz. Our beginners’ ukulele course is meant for people with no musical background – even people who think they are musically challenged! And, you don't even need to know how to read music! You will learn the essentials of playing ukulele in a relaxed setting -- from a popular and seasoned ukulele teacher. Using familiar songs, he introduces you to chords, strumming, and finger picking. You do need to have a playable ukulele and an electronic tuner or tuner app. Get ready to have blast making music! Duncan, a multi-instrumentalist, has been playing ukulele for 11 years and has so far taught ukulele to over 350 adults.
Beyond Beginners Ukulele-Something Old Something New!
with Duncan Perry
Get ready to take your ukulele playing to another level with Duncan Perry! Using his song-based approach, you will explore left hand ornamentation techniques including hammering on and slides. The right hand will get a work out as you expand your knowledge of strumming and fingerpicking by learning such skills as triplets and muting. More chords will be added to your tool box and you will learn how to transpose songs from one key to another. Of course, there will be many laughs along the way and you will need to practice. The pace will be geared to the proficiency level of those enrolling. At a minimum, all students are expected to know basic chord formations in the Keys of C and G and be capable of smooth chord transitions. If you love playing the ukulele and you want to enhance your knowledge of this wonderful instrument, this course is a must. Please have a serviceable soprano, concert, or tenor size ukulele, an electronic tuner, and a passion for playing.
Brass for Beginners and Oldsters
with Tom Manzi
Bring your horn out of the attic. This class can help beginners get started and oldsters return to playing trumpet. Build your embouchure, sight reading, breathing, and confidence. Tom plays in bands at PMAC in Portsmouth: Wind Ensemble, Beginner Band, Big Band, Blues Band. He has 15 years experience playing the cornet, trumpet, and euphonium. Materials needed: Instrument, Trumpet Book 1, Essential Elements for Band From Hal Leonard, on line, bring to first class.
Cardio Sculpt for Women
with Lisa Robertson
This judgement-free zone is intended to get women of all fitness levels moving and healthy. A fun, balanced and effective workout that includes short cardio bursts and weight lifting to improve muscular fitness and boost cardiovascular efficiency. Using a variety of exercises and equipment, this class will keep participants moving and loving it from March through May.
(Exercise, workout, gym)
with Linda Monagle
You will learn the basic stitches and techniques of hand smocking while completing a special garment for yourself or a loved one. Basic sewing skills helpful. Materials list umpn registration. Options include: holiday apron, dainty camisole or nighty, sweet baby bonnet, jumper or pinafore. Former shop owner/instructor at The Smock Exchange, Danvers/Hamilton, MA and FLOSSIE in Essex, MA. Linda has been smocking and teaching classes for over 35 years to adults and children. Linda also volunteered for many years in Coolidge Hall at the Topsfield Fair, as chairperson of the Smocking, Heirloom Sewing and Sewing Departments. She has been blessed with two beautiful granddaughters who help perpetuate her love of sewing and smocking.