Community Education

ADULT LIFE-LONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Beginning Wheel Pottery Class

Learn to throw your first mugs, bowls, vases, etc. in this beginning wheel pottery class. No experience required. Both electric wheel and kick wheels are available.

When: Monday, July 28, August 4, 11 & 18 from 5:30 - 8:30pm

Cost: $40/four sessions. Must attend all four sessions.

What to bring: Old cloths & old towel

Where: Raspberry Island Pottery - meet at the dock landing at 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island. (Please be prompt as there will only be one crossing at 5:30pm and a return trip at 8:30pm.)

Register early as this class is limited to 4 people.

Wheel Pottery Class - Teacups & Teapots

A class for those who have some prior experience and would like to get back into clay work by focusing on making a tea set. Clay, glazes and firing are included.

When: Monday, July 28, August 4, 11 & 18 from 1 - 4pm

Cost: $40/four sessions. Must attend all four sessions.

What to bring: Your clay tools (if you have them), old cloths & old towel

Where: Raspberry Island Pottery - meet at the dock landing at 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island. (Please be prompt as there will only be one crossing at 1:00pm and a return trip at 4:00pm.)

Register early as this class is limited to 4 people.

 

Open Studio

For those with prior wheel experience or hand building experience. No class structure, instruction or requirements. This is open studion time to throw or hand build. We will bisque fire and glaze fire your work after you have glazed your pieces.

When: Monday, July 28, August 4, 11 & 18 from 9 - 11:30am

Cost: $10/session and materials at $15 for a 25 lb bag

What to bring: Your clay tools (if you have them), old cloths & old towel

Where: Raspberry Island Pottery - meet at the dock landing at 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island. (Please be prompt as there will only be one crossing at 9:00am and a return trip at 11:30am)

Register early as this class is limited to 4 people.

Beginning Blacksmithing Class

A beginner course in the principles of blacksmithing using a coal fired forge. Includes starting and maintaining a coal fire in the forge, tapering, upsetting, hot cutting, fullering, swaging and forge welding techniques.

When: All day Saturday, August 2 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Cost: $40; includes all materials

What to bring: Bag lunch, safety glasses, boots, ear protection, leather gloves and cotton clothing.

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island - meet at the dock landing at 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island. (Please be prompt as there will only be one crossing at 9:00am and a return trip at 4:00pm). This class will take place rain or shine.

Register early as this class is limited to 4 people.

Forging on 18th Century Trade Axe

A course involving forging a small belt hatchet or "Trade Ae" in the traditional manner. Prio forging experience is desired, but not essential for this course as it will be limited to a specific project.

When: All day Saturday, August 16 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Cost: $60; includes all materiels. Each person will complete a small axe.

What to bring: Bag lunch, safety glasses, boots, ear protection, leather gloves and cotton clothing.

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island - meet at the dock landing at 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island. (Please be prompt as there will only be one crossing at 9:00am and a return trip at 4:00pm)

Register early as this class is limited to 4 people.

Andrea's Total Body Conditioning

For more information please click on flyer below:

Andrea's Workout flyer

McGregor on the Move - Let's Go Biking

McGregor Community Education owns a bike fleet of bikes for both youth and adults!

Contact the Community Education office if you are interested in checking the bikes out for a family bike outing or for group outings see schedule below.

Bike Outing Schedule as follows: (you must pre-register for any of the bike outings)

Savanna Portage State Park

Tuesday, July 15 from 5:00 - 6:30pm

Meet at the headquarters!

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, July 29 from 5:00 - 6:00pm

Meet at the headquarters

McGregor School

Monday, August 11 from 1:00 - 2:00pm

Meet by north entrance.

 

McGregor on the Move - Let's Go Kayaking

McGregor Community Education has recreational kayaks! Spend the evening on the water enjoying the tranquil setting as you experience an upper body workout! A great way to relax after a day of work!

Army Corps of Engineers Libby Dam (meet at the beach)

Thursday, July 10 & 24 from 4:30 - 6:00pm

1st Annual Big Sandy Triathlon: Kayak, Bike, Run

 

1st Annual Big Sandy Triathlon - Kayak, Bike, Run - August 23, 2014

This is a unique 3 person team event that combines 1 mile kayaking, biking 4 miles, and running 2 miles.  Each team member completes one leg of the race.

Location: Big Sandy Lodge in McGregor, MN

Start time is 8:00 am, check-in at 7:00 am (sign waiver, get numbers and race gift bag)

Cost: $50 Per team - this includes race shirt.  Register early as there is a limited number of teams.  Participants must be 12 years of age or older.  

To Register go to www.runsignup.com and search for Big Sandy Tri

Limited to 24 teams: participants MUST provide their own life jacket, bike and helmet.  

For questions call Andrea at 763-360-2058 or email bigsandytri@gmail.com or Lisa Kruse at 218-768-2111 x233 or 651-270-9203.

Sponsored by McGregor Community Education, Riverwood Healthcare Center and Big Sandy Lodge & Resort

To view the flyer click on the link below:

Big Sandy Tri 2

 

Wellness Fair

Join us for a family Wellness Fair! This will be a great time for the entire family as you learn about health and wellness opportunities county wide! Something for all! There will be vendors and breakout sessions! A chance to sample a fitness class, get energized, tour the fitness center, speak with a health coach, learn aobut nutrition, hear about bike and helmet safety, and so much more! Don't miss out! The Wellness Fair is in conjunction with the Back to School Open House!

When: Thursday, August 23 from 3:00 - 7:00pm

Where: McGregor High School

Sponsored by McGregor Community Education, Riverwood Healthcare Center, SHIP and Health Partners

Wild Rice Days 5k

For more information please click on flyer below:

2014 Just Move Poster-WRD

 

Community Book Club

The Community Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Tell us about a book you really liked and come join this interesting group of women with many ideas and thoughts about books we read.

When: Every 4th Wednesday of the month

Where: McGregor Public Library

 

ZUMBA-thon

Join us for this energizing Zumba-thon as you Groove to the music and raise funds for a cause. (tbd) Mark your calendars for a great event!

When: October 11, 2014
Where: McGregor High School Cafeteria Gymnasium
Fee: $10/donation

Zumba Instructors: Julie Jacobsma

 

ZUMBA Fitness Class - Ditch the workout, join the party!

 

             Are you in a bit of a workout rut?  Are you dreading another half hour on the treadmill?  Looking to shed a few pounds, or maybe get an energy boost?  Well, then have I got the “workout” for you!  Zumba is a latin-dance inspired cardio workout, that makes you feel like you’re at a party, while burning 500-1000 calories per hour!  And you’re in luck, because come Fall, 3 Zumba classes will be available each week!  I know many of you may have questions about Zumba.

First, can anyone do it?

The answer is a resounding “YES!”  Zumba is for anyone 12 and over, of any fitness level.  You can make it as high or low impact as you like, and adjust any of the moves to make it the right intensity for you!  As always, consult a doctor before starting any workout plan.

Do I have to be a good dancer?

              Zumba workouts are designed to be easy to follow, so that anyone can do it, regardless of previous dance or aerobics experience.  You may feel a bit overwhelmed by your first class, but the routines stay the same for a few weeks, so you have the chance to catch on.  Also, once you learn the basic rhythms (Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and Cumbia) you will find that the basic steps come back again and again, even in new routines.

Do I need to have special shoes or apparel?

              Absolutely not.  You need a pair of tennis shoes (preferably with not too much traction), comfortable clothing, and always, I repeat ALWAYS bring a water bottle.

I’m Convinced!  How do I join?

              Just show up.  If you’re nervous about your first Zumba class, think about bringing a friend.

When: Resuming next fall

$18.00 for 6 class sessions (you may purchase a punch card) or $5.00 drop in fee

Julie Jacobsma, Certified Zumba Instructor (Mon & Wed)


SilverSneakers® Classic (formerly MSROM)

Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.


Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 - 10:15am

Darlene Saba, Instructor

$3/class or nor charge to SilverSneakers eligible members

Classes held in the high school auditorium stage (check in - fitness center)

 

Exercise and Movement Class for Older Adults

Do you have a fear of falling? Have aches and pains? Use a cane or walker? Walk slower than normal? Walk bent over? Have a chronic disease?

Why Join? Come work with Judy Hawley, PT who has been a Physical Therapist for over 20 years. She practices in McGregor area, focusing on movement issues of the older adult. You will focus on walking better, learn how to walk with confidence, have less fear of falling, have less joint pain, stand up straighter. You will gain control of movements, balance and control; and excerice sitting down or standing with support.

Every Tuesday from 9:00 - 10:00am

McGregor Community Fitness Center

$10/month; payable to Community Education

Need a Ride? Call Angels at 218.768.2762

To register call Judy at 651.247.1331 or at class

 

LEON'S SMART DRIVER CLASSES


AARP Minnesota Drivers Safety Program is sponsored by AARP and Clear Lake Grange #692 and by the instructors listed below.  Taking an AARP class is an easy way to reduce your motor vehicle insurance premiums.  State law requires all auto insurance providers to reduce premiums by 10% for policyholders who are 55 or older, when a certificate of class completion is provided to them.  If you have never taken the class before, you need to take the initial 8-hour class first, and then every three years the 4-hour refresher is taken.  No tests are given.  All participants will be issued a certificate at the end of the class.  You must have a valid driver’s license with you at the beginning of the class so that a certificate can be issued.

Register early – classes fill quickly.  No phone calls please – mail your registration request with payment (payable to AARP) :  mail to R. Wigton,  33514 Dove St., Aitkin, MN 56431. Cost is $12 AARP members (provide your AARP # with check), $14 nonmembers

PRE-REGISTRATION IS A MUST.  A reminder call will be given a week before the class, if the class is full you will be called to re-schedule.  Please include date of class and a phone number on your check; indicate your second choice in case class is full.  In case of cancellation  call 218-927-4558 and leave a message.  Make checks payable to AARP.  Your check will not be cashed until after the class is held.

NOTE:  You can take on-line the initial (8 hours) or the refresher (4 hours) class – check out www.aarpdriversafety.org  Cost is $15.95 for AARP members & $19.95 for non-members.  The website has more details and information on payments (credit card, check, money order, or cashier checks)

 

FIRST TIME

Watch for upcoming classes TBD

REFRESHER COURSE

 


GED ONLINE PROGRAM

AEOA ABE is excited to offer our new distance learning initiative, GED-i. Study GED online, anywhere, anytime. The FREE program is available to ABE eligible learners - 16 years or older and not enrolled in public school - who meet the criteria for online learning. A trained, licensed online teacher will guide students through the curriculum, score their assignments and give feedback to help them strengthen the skills they need to pass the GED test.
Interested students must register at a local ABE classroom and take a test to determine their eligibility. Student must be able to read at a 9th grade level, since this is a prep class, not a basic skills program.

GED PROGRAM

McGregor Fall Program

September 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 & 30

October 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16

For more information contact Community Education.

WEB BASED COLLEGE COURSES

WEB BASED COURSES...taught on the internet through Central Lakes College. Makes it easy and convenient for those wishing to go back to college. It is easy to get started. Contact an admission counselor at CLC at 1-800-933-0346. For more information visit the college web site at www.clcmn.edu for the latest on applications, schedules, registration and possible financial aid.