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Basic Italian, Language and Culture - Spring 2018

Calendar Feb 27, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Ah, Italy, the sights, the sounds, the smell of the food, the taste of the cappuccino. This class is Italian for Beginners where you'll learn the fundamentals of the language and culture in a fun-filled way, from a native who's lived in Italy for over 30 years. Along with learning the Italian language, you'll be introduced to Italian cultural norms. You'll discover and appreciate the subtleties of Italian daily life, and you'll learn many interesting facts about the history, art, and the passions of Italian people. Come join us for Basic Italian, Language and Culture. Learn what it's like to live in La Dolce Vita!

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Boston Flower & Garden Show - Spring 2018


with Sue De Cesare

Calendar Mar 17, 2018 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

Savor Spring: 2018 at the Boston Flower & Garden Show

Travel by bus to Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center for the Flower and Garden Show.

The Boston Flower & Garden Show is about inspiring, educating and motivating the region’s gardeners. Whether for curb appeal, backyard, kitchen, indoor, rooftop or community gardens, this is where New England’s green lovers go to discover new ideas while having fun with family and friends.

This March, as winter wanes, the Boston Flower & Garden Show’s designers, exhibitors and marketplace vendors will whet your appetite for the sumptuous joys of the season ahead. Colorful life-sized gardens, intricate floral arrangements, informative lectures and demonstrations and exciting special events will incorporate elements of the popular food gardening trend. Learn about organics, small-space gardens, homesteading hobbies, edibles as ornamentals and family-friendly spaces for outdoor dining and entertaining. Enjoy the first taste of Spring while gathering the recipes and ingredients you’ll need for this year’s successful garden.

GROUP OF 4 OR MORE $52 per person. Use Promo Code FLOWER at checkout.

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Castle in the Clouds - Spring 2018


with Sue De Cesare

Calendar Jun 9, 2018 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

Welcome to Tom and Olive Plant's mountaintop estate, Lucknow, built in 1913-1914 high in the Ossipee Mountain Range. Known as Castle in the Clouds since its opening to the public in 1959, the house is an unusual example of Arts and Crafts architecture in New England, expressing that aesthetic movement's philosophy of living in harmony with nature. Designed by the architectural firm of J. Williams Beal & Sons of Boston, the house not only exhibits skilled hand craftsmanship in every aspect of its interior and exterior, but also features a number of technological innovations of the early 20th century.

Things to do:

  • The Museum - A guide will provide you with a 10-15 minute orientation. You are then welcome to tour the mansion at your leisure on a self-guided tour.
  • Gift Shop - No stop to Castle in the Clouds is complete without a visit to the Gift Shop. Everything you are looking for - Castle in the Clouds T-Shirts & sweatshirts, candles, books, locally made chocolates and so much more.
  • The Carriage House Restaurant - has received rave reviews from critics and guests alike. Enjoy a variety of delicious lunch items, from sandwiches to full entrees.

GROUP OF 4 OR MORE $52 per person. Use Promo Code CASTLE at checkout.

Driving Dynamics - Spring 2018


with Richard Todd

Calendar Apr 3, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

The Maine Driving Dynamics Course offers all drivers the opportunity to improve their defensive driving abilities. This five-hour course will include discussion of collision avoidance techniques, safety issues, driver habits and attitudes, and the basic elements that constantly challenge drivers on Maine's highways. A certified Maine Driving Dynamics instructor teaches the course, and the course format engages students with lectures, videos, and class discussion/participation. Those completing the course will receive a three-point credit on their driving record. Course can be taken for credit only once every 365 days. (If not on time, you will not get credit for class.) 


Guided Autobiography: Discovering Your Story - Spring 2018


with Katie Murphy

Calendar Mar 22, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Guided Autobiography (GAB) is fun, fascinating, and surprising. You'll be led through themes and priming questions to evoke memories of known and/or forgotten events. Weekly, everyone writes a two-page story, brings it to class, and reads it to a small group of classmates. GAB is an ideal way to put life events into perspective. It's self-discovery. It?s gaining a greater appreciation of your life. It's a powerful catalyst for improved self-confidence and communication. GAB writers often report new energy, decreased anxiety, and a feeling of connectedness and friendship. And please note: writing tips are offered, but it's not a creative writing class' it's about revisiting and responding to episodes in your life. No class April 19th

Guitar Chords and Lessons For Those About To Rock - Spring 2018


with Ian Weidner

Calendar Mar 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm, runs for 5 weeks

Guitar players with some experience will learn the chords, skills, and techniques that are a strong foundation for starting your guitar-playing journey. Learn how to strum simple tunes and how to make the most of your practice time. Acoustic guitar and picks are required. An electronic turner and capo are highly recommended.

Salem MA in the Spring - Spring 2018


with Sue De Cesare

Calendar Apr 21, 2018 at 8 am, runs for 4 weeks

Welcome back to Salem. Now is the time to get to know a little more about Salem. We will be touring  the House of Seven Gables, then off to the Salem Witch Museum. Lunch will be on your own. You can spend the afternoon at your leisure. For those who wish to have a psychic medium,  clairvoyant, palm reader or Tarot therapist session, this is your opportunity.

House of Seven Gables - The House of the Seven Gables has an 18th century granite sea wall, and two seaside Colonial Revival Gardens. The museum houses more than 2,000 artifacts and objects, more than 40 framed works, 500 photographs and glass plate negatives, and more than 50 volumes in a rare book library. When we arrive at The House of the Seven Gables guides will greet us for an unforgettable historical experience. The House of the Seven Gables, also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion was built in 1668, and is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England. The House of the Seven Gables inspired author Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his legendary novel of the same name. The home where Hawthorne was born was moved to The House of the Seven Gables and now lies just feet away from the mysterious mansion. When you step into the Nathaniel Hawthorne House (c.1750), you will learn about the life of the famous author.

Salem Witch Museum - Then off to the Salem Witch Museum where we will follow the history of witches, witchcraft and witch hunts through a presentation of the events of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Witches - Evolving Perceptions is a provocative exhibit which presents the ancient pagan wise woman, the stereotypical witch, modern witchcraft and the phenomenon of witch hunts.

GROUP OF 4 OR MORE $52 per person. Use Promo Code SALEM at checkout.

Travel Spanish - Spring 2018


with Liz Rodas

Calendar Feb 27, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 7 weeks
Hola. Spanish is one of the world?s most popular languages. This class is for students who may have plans to eventually travel to a Spanish-speaking country. The instructor makes the class fun, interesting and informative.

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