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Good Food Real Fast with Epicure


with Laurie Haapanen

Calendar Sep 27, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

We'll be using Epicure products to make a healthy, gluten-free meal in just twenty minutes! It's possible to eat healthier without breaking the bank or having to spend hours in the kitchen. Learn how to prepare a complete meal including a gluten-free dessert! You're encouraged to but not required to participate in the class using the instructor's tools, but tasting is a requirement of this course!

An $8 materials fee will be payable to the instructor at class.

Also, Laurie will have information and/or Epicure items available for purchase at the class.

Laurie has been cooking and baking since she was a kid. She's a foodie and a trained chef who loves to try new foods, learn new techniques, and teach them to those who either hate to cook or don't know where to start in the kitchen. She likes cooking meals to be easy and fun!

Day Trip to the New England Aquarium & Quincy Market
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Day Trip to the New England Aquarium & Quincy Market


with Kathy Widdecomb

Join us for a fun day in Boston starting with a visit to the New England Aquarium! There you can experience exhibits such as the Indo-Pacific Coral Reef, the Atlantic Harbor Seals, the Giant Ocean Tank, Olympic Coast, and more! Don’t forget to visit the gift shop!

When planning your visit, check out the website: to see additional things to do, such as the Simons Theatre. The theater is newly renovated, so you’ll enjoy comfortable, high-backed seats while watching films on a giant projection screen that is more than six stories high! Daily films include - Secrets of the Sea 3D, Incredible Predators 3D, Superpower Dogs 3D, and Cephalopods: Aliens of the Deep. The movies are between 45 and 49 minutes long. You must purchase tickets on your own for these films. This can be done ahead of time on their website and is strongly encouraged.

You can also book your own Animal Encounters online, such as Meet and Greet: Atlantic Harbor Seals, Make Art with Atlantic Harbor Seals and you can also have Virtual Animal Encounters. Check out the website for more information.

There are a number of food choices on site and nearby. The Harbor View Cafe’ is located on Level 2 at the Aquarium. There may be a few outdoor cafes as well.If you’d like to explore options for dining and shopping around the Aquarium, there are many only a short walk away: Quincy Market, North End, The Financial District, The Waterfront, The Theatre District & Chinatown.

If you trek out on an adventure, you must make your way back to the Aquarium to catch the bus back home! Wear comfortable walking shoes, layered outer wear, and bring totes or backpacks for purchases or the like. You may leave anything on the bus that you will not need while exploring.

The deadline to register for this trip is: AUGUST 18, 2023 – so don’t miss out and book today! No refunds can be issued after this date.

Depart: 7:00 a.m. at Lawrence Jr. High School parking lot (7 School Street, Fairfield)

Depart: 7:30 p.m. at the West Gardiner Park and Ride, across from the West Gardiner Service Plaza (Located between Routes 126 & 9 and the Turnpike Entrance)

Quick Rest Stop at the Kennebunk Service Plaza

Arrive: 11:00 a.m. Approximate arrival at the New England Aquarium

Return: 5:00 p.m. Depart from the New England Aquarium

Adults: $131

Seniors: $129 (60+)

Child: $118 (ages 3-11)

Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People


with Craig Coffman

Calendar Oct 14, 2023 at 9 am, runs for 1 week

In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. Learn to play piano the way professionals do - using chords. Since this class is being held online with ZOOM you will be able to sit at your piano or keyboard at home and take this course with no pressure at all. And since this course includes an online book and online follow-up video lessons, you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own. An optional periodic online question and answer session is also included. A recording of the class is included as well. The course is partly lecture/demonstration and partly hands-on instruction.

Topics include:

  • How chords work in a song
  • How to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it
  • How to form the three main types of chords
  • How to handle different keys and time signatures
  • How to avoid “counting”
  • How to simplify over 12,000 complex chords

Craig Coffman is an experienced piano and guitar instructor, professional pianist and music director. He has over 30 years experience teaching piano privately. His piano and guitar seminars, offered through community colleges and community education programs have been attended by over 30,000 students throughout Arizona, Minnesota, and various other states, including Maine for over the last 27 years. He has a degree in Sociology from Illinois Wesleyan University (where he also studied piano) and a Master of Divinity degree from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

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Holiday Shopping in North Conway, New Hampshire


with Laurie Brann

Calendar Nov 11, 2023 at 6:30 am, runs for 1 week

Join us on a holiday shopping trip to North Conway! Hop on the motorcoach and leave the worry of driving behind! Plus, the bus has lots of room to store all of your purchases!

We’re heading to Settlers Green, a destination for tax-free shopping, everyday essentials, and endless activities at the footsteps of the White Mountains. Settlers Green is an inviting experience for all of its shoppers. Value remains the core of who they are with brands that families love alongside the biggest names in fashion (over 70 outlet brands/stores). New Hampshire is tax-free and has added savings for seniors and students.

The restaurants there are led by local entrepreneurs and serve up distinct dishes in style, from brick oven pizza to fresh seafood. Made in New Hampshire must-haves can be found at many of the locally owned shops.

Sophisticated design combined with a laid-back mountain town vibe makes this an experience unlike anywhere else in New Hampshire.

For more information on what’s available, please visit:

We’ll be getting back on the bus at 5:00 p.m. at Settlers Green and homeward bound! 

Maine Driving Dynamics


with Staff

Calendar Dec 19, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Presented by the Bureau of Highway safety, the Maine Driving Dynamics course is a driver improvement course that is aimed to improve a student's defensive driving awareness and abilities. This five-hour 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. Our goal is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce vehicle-related crashes. A student who completes the course will receive a three-point credit on their driving record.

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