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Bin to Bale: The Surprising Journey of Your Trash and Recycling
with Katrina Venhuisen
What do you think happens to your trash and recyclables once you’ve set them out at the curb? Watch a fascinating virtual tour of ecomaine’s recycling, and waste-to-energy facilities. You’ll be surprised at the journey your soup can, yogurt container, and paper products take. Perhaps your milk jug turns into playground equipment, or maybe your soda bottle turns into a fleece jacket. See your recyclables being sorted on a conveyor belt using UV light, magnets, spinning stars, and manual labor. Learn about the process your non-recyclable waste goes through in our eco-conscious burning process and how it creates electricity for 15,000 homes per year. Learn easy ways to help you sort your waste, make a positive impact on the environment, and lower trash outputs and costs. Get answers to questions such as: Do I really need to rinse out cans and bottles before I put them into recycling? What about pizza boxes and liners with bits of pizza attached? What if a bag or container has no triangle on it?
ecomaine is your local community-owned nonprofit waste management company, providing comprehensive long-term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally-responsible, economically-sound manner; they’re a leader in raising public awareness of sustainable waste management strategies and offer this as a free community service.
Instructor: Katrina Venhuizen, Environmental Educator at ecomaine
Cartooning and Illustration
with Obrianna Cornelius
Learn about drawing, inking, communicating, composition, and lettering in this course, designed to challenge you as a cartoonist and illustrator. Come in with your ideas and see them come to life in this exciting class. You will walk away more confident and skilled in creating living characters on a page.
Materials needed are sketchbook, pencils, micron pens, and anything else you like to create with.
A materials fee of $15 is to be paid directly to the instructor
with Danielle Hines
Welcome to creative writing! During this six-week class, we’ll cover every basic aspect of fiction writing, including narrative, scene, character, dialogue, as well as the habits of an effective writer. We’ll be learning about conflict and suspense, and for our last class, we’ll even cover how to get your novel or short story published. We will have a half hour per class dedicated to practicing our newly acquired (or newly refined!) skills.Please bring either a computer or pen/pencil and paper as we will be doing in-class exercises.
Introduction to Aquaponics
with Jeff Giallombardo
In this combination academic and hands on workshop you will learn the fundamentals of aquaponics, why aquaponics is rapidly emerging as a sustainable food production method, and how to design, operate, and maintain your own systems. Aquaponics is the cultivation of fish and plants together in a recirculating system. The fish provide a nutrient source for the plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the fish. This type of gardening uses 90% less water than traditional soil based techniques, requires less space, and produces faster and larger yields. At the end of the day, you will have your own complete system that you built to start growing immediately. For more information, visit Maine Aquaponics on Facebook:
or call 341-2848.
$120 supplies fee paid directly to instructor by January 6.
Is There a Book in You? Publish It!
with Walter Boomsma
Publishing technology and the industry has changed dramatically in recent years. It’s no longer impossible or expensive for new authors to get published thanks to “Indie Publishing” and POD (print on demand) technology. Join local author, Mr. Boomsma, to learn how he published and distributed his recent book, Small People – Big Brains, using readily available resources.
Kids Are Counting on Us
with Stephanie Doore
If you believe that every child deserves the right to develop his or her full potential and to have a safe and unburdened childhood, please consider attending this informational meeting to learn more about therapeutic foster care. Throughout the state of Maine, youth are in need of families that will step forward and offer a safe, compassionate and healing home. Imagine what could happen if just one family from each of our local towns would step forward and care for a child! At the meeting we will explain how children come into care, how long they typically stay with a family, the supports available to foster parents and the process in becoming a foster parent. Come learn about the life changing difference you could make for a child!
Stephanie Doore is a Program Coordinator at Community Health and Counseling Services. She has worked for CHCS for 23 years. In April of 2016, Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine presented her with the Private Agency Worker of the Year Award. She previously received national recognition in 2011 when the Foster Family-Based Treatment Association presented her with the Treatment Foster Care Professional of the Year Award.
Maine Driving Dynamics
with To be announced
Maine Driving Dynamics is a Maine-sponsored 5 hours defensive driving course that offers all drivers the opportunity to improve their defensive driving abilities. The course includes discussion of collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine’s highways. It is taught by a certified instructor in a format that engages students with lectures, videos, and class discussion/participation.
Those completing the course will receive a 3 point credit on their driving record, and students 55 and older can receive an insurance discount from their issuer. Best of all, we believe students will be safer drivers and leave the class with a new and unique way of looking at the driving experience. I
Cost: Under 65 years $40 65 years and older $25
Septic Sagas - Keeping Discipline in the Pipes
with To be announced
To register for this class call Cindy Wade at 737-4092 or register online at www.mainerwa.org
Effective management of wastewater collection and treatment systems ensures smooth operations for the life of the systems. In addition, effective management will ensure the level of wastewater treatment and disposal necessary to adequately protect public health and surface and groundwater quality. This training will review the key operational and maintenance practices for owners and managers of individual and cluster subsurface septic systems. Topics will focus on mobile home park operations but are applicable to all subsurface wastewater systems. In addition, there will be a review of the free resources and guides available on the EPA's "SepticSmart" website.
Who Should Attend? - Owners and operators of mobile home parks, condominiums, apartment complexes and others with subsurface septic systems.
Instructors - Brent Lawson, State Plumbing Inspector and Kenneth Stratton, Natural Resources, Site and Soils Evaluator and Project Manager