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Mary-Catherine Deibel Memorial Fund

Mary-Catherine had unparalleled zest for life, matched only by kindness and generosity that impacted all those who were lucky enough to know her.

Over the last six years as Director of Development at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and before that as a board member, Mary-Catherine became part of the heart and soul of CCAE. She brought the same passion to CCAE's mission of life-long learning that she had for the restaurant business. And, in fact, she never really left behind her love of the culinary arts. Within the walls of the historical buildings on Brattle Street, Mary-Catherine maintained an interest in the goings-on of CCAE's teaching kitchen. In partnership with her restaurant friends across Cambridge and beyond, Mary-Catherine championed CCAE's celebrity-chef-led classes, added flavor and excitement to CCAE's annual "Of Course!" events, and continued to bring vitality to the Harvard Square community she loved!

A donation to The Mary-Catherine Deibel Memorial Fund advances CCAE's mission innumerably. Your gift will grow CCAE's scholarship program, support all those who carry out CCAE's excellent educational programming, and maintain the two historic buildings where courses take place -- right at the heart of Harvard Square. As part of this effort, CCAE's kitchen will be renamed, "The Mary-Catherine Deibel Teaching Kitchen," in honor of a true icon.

Donations may be made electronically or via check, made payable to Cambridge Center for Adult Education, sent to: Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Perceptions of Beauty: Summer 2023 Exhibit

Art has served as an expression and appreciation for beauty since it's inception. From portraits and figures to wide landscapes and abstraction, beauty has no truly defined standard as it is always in the eye of the beholder. On display in CCAE's historical building at 42 Brattle St from now to September 15, view artwork from current and former students and faculty as they express, explore, and celebrate beauty in all its forms and understanding.

Ukulele Jam

September 14, 2023
5:30 pm

It's like a luau in Harvard Square! Join in the outdoor jam with fellow CCAE students and members of the ukulele community as uke instructor Amy Kucharik and a passel of past class masters crank out the hits from 1920 to 2023. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a uke or borrow one of ours.


“Inclusive, fun approach to learning a difficult subject. Joan [Brunetta] had a lot of little things - declension songs, memorization aids, a great way to use flash cards - that were unique to her and made studying easier. There was just enough rigor, without being overwhelming. This class was a lot of fun. There was a great camaraderie among the students and with the teacher. We all learned a lot in a non-threatening context.”

Tim S., Salvete Romani: Latin Beginner Level 1

“Natalia [Slattery] did a great job! She demonstrates and explains what she is doing in a very clear way. She was well prepared and sent excellent material to everyone before the class. Now I can go back and review everything she covered. The class was an excellent combination of demonstration and hands-on experience. ”

Martha B., Digital Collage: Creating Composite Images in Adobe Photoshop

“Ploy [Khunisorn] is a great teacher! Her ability to cover a vast amount of information and help students create several dishes in their own kitchens, all in an absolutely choreographed, simple manner is amazing. She is always kind and supportive and answers all questions, making sure she loses no students along the way. It's a joy to share her kitchen!!”

Claudia W., Korean Kitchen

Jane [Katims]'s selection of stories is exciting, gratifying and sometimes challenging! It's like a mini-vacation and a lot of fun everytime we meet! I love it! Everyone was able to express themselves thoughtfully and respectfully through a variety of story subjects.”

Robert N., Self-Exploration Through Literature

Private Classes!

Get all of the benefits of a CCAE experience by immersing you and your group in a private setting. Private classes are perfect for special occasions, creative team building activities, or just to have fun with friends.

Whether it's a team event for your business, a loved one's birthday, or a hangout with friends, we will put together the perfect in-person or online class for you. Contact us at info@ccae.org and start planning today!

Macarons Cooking Class

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Scholarships Available

CCAE offers need-based financial assistance. For more than a century, CCAE has served as an integral part of the fabric of our community, bringing small groups of people together to learn something new. We are committed to inviting everyone to participate in our programming, regardless of financial means.

For more information, and to apply for a scholarships, view our scholarship guidelines.

Support CCAE

From all of us at CCAE, we wanted to say thank you for your kindness and generosity during this unprecedented time. Your continued support shows the importance of education within our community. We are confident that working together we can all get through this and we cannot wait to see you in class again!

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