Community Education


Mommy and Me Classes

A casual, informal six-week education series focused on new mothers and newborns.

Riverwood Healthcare Center, Meeting Room G, Support Services wing, 200 Bunker Hill Drive, Aitkin
12:00-1:00 pm
Lunch provided, no cost
Babies welcome to attend w/mothers
RSVP to 218-927-5188 or

Wed-Mar 1
Challenges of Being a New Mom
Have a relaxed conversation with a certified midwife about the challenges of being a new mother.

Wed-Mar 8
Infant Feeding and Lactation
Helpful information about infant feeding and lactation

Wed-Mar 15
Safe Sleep for Babies & Tummy Time Guidelines
Learn about safe sleep for babies and the importance of tummy time for preventing torticollis (twisted neck)

Wed-Mar 22
Weight Management & Nutrition
Healthy weight loss goal setting and lifestyle changes, calorie exchanges and functional exercises to strengthen core muscles and improve cardiovascular fitness. Helpful tips such as making time for adequate nutrition, foods to include/avoid, and gradual weight loss.
Wed-Mar 29
Pelvic Health Therapy
Learn about musculoskeletal changes that happen during pregnancy, post-partum impacts on pelvic health functions, associated pelvic pain and exercises to strengthen pelvic floor muscles.

Wed-Apr 5
Car Seat Safety & Child Reading and Speech Development
Important information on infant and child car seat safety and child reading and speech development.

Water Wisely: Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet

Minnesota water is a precious resource needed by all living things. People who care for a yard or garden can help protect water resources by being wise about watering practices, starting in their own backyards.  Learning what, when, where and how to water is key to growing healthy plants and conserving this important resource for life.

When: Wednesday, April 26 from 5:00 - 6:00pm

Where: McGregor Business Classroom

Instructor: Micki Berg, University of MN Extension Master Gardener/Master Naturalist for Aitkin County

Fee: $5/donation to the Aitkin County Master Gardeners

Plant Natives...Attract Pollinators

Human activity has left an irrevocable mark on the landscape we occupy. In Minnesota, about 98% of the prairie once occupying much of the western part of the state is now

gone, lost to agriculture and development. Wetlands, big woods, and other ecosystems are being affected as well by continued human activity and encroachment as well as pesticide use,

diseases, the spread of invasive species, and changing precipitation patterns brought on by climate change. Habitat loss has had a devastating effect on native pollinators that rely on these

wild and semi-wild areas for forage. In Minnesota’s increasingly altered landscape, we are seeing troubling declines in the diversity of both our native flowering plants and our native

pollinators. This growing imbalance has negative, far-reaching impact on agricultural productivity and other aspects of our lives.

When: Wednesday, April 19 from 5:00 - 6:00pm

Where: McGregor Business Classroom

Instructor: Micki Berg, University of MN Extension Master Gardener/Master Naturalist for Aitkin County

Fee: $5/donation to the Aitkin County Master Gardeners

Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing with Esther Piszczek, CZT

Anyone can create beautiful, intricate line patterns “one stroke at a time” using the z e n t a n g l e (R) method of pattern drawing. We will create beautiful art on a 3.5" x 3.5" paper tile using pen and ink with pencil shading. No previous drawing experience necessary. Relaxation is a common side effect. See for more information about the Zentangle method. Pre-registration is required and will start April 11.

When: Wednesday, May 10 from 6:00 - 7:30pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

Sponsored by Legacy Funds

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

Genealogy Class

Have you ever thought about your ancestors? No geneaology experience is necessary, though enthusiasm is desired as you discover your family history and start your family tree. This class is free to all that attend.

When: First Tuesday of the month from 3:00-5:00pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

Instructor: Judy Hawley

Container Garden Class

Planter Class will feature valuable guidelines for planters. Mixed Containers, plant selection, fertilizing and many other points are covered. We will have containers to purchase or bring your own.

When: Saturday April 29th from 10:am - 12:00pm

Where: The Green House, McGregor

Instructor: The Green House Staff

Fee: $10.00 to be paid day of class

Please call The Green House (After April 1st) to register


Fairy Garden Class

Whether you call them Miniature Gardens or Fairy Gardens, this class will provide all the information to build your own Fairy garden. Plant selection, arrangement and design will be covered to enable attendees to build a Fairy garden ranging from a small dish to a larger exterior garden. Bring your own container or purchase one from us.

When: Saturday May 6th from 9:00 am - 11:00am or 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: The Green House, McGregor

Instructor: The Green House Staff

Fee: $10:00 to be paid the day of class

Please call The Green House (After April 1st) to register


Indoor Vegetable Garden

"Do you want to start a vegetable garden but don’t have the space? Or do you just want to get yourself started? Look no further! Growing your own vegetables is a great idea for everyone, as veggies make up a huge part of a healthy diet. Though they take time and effort to grow, having vegetables growing at home can actually save you a lot of time (less trips to the grocery store!) and money, helping to make healthy living practical. It also allows you to try a greater variety of veggies and have more control over what you’re eating. There are plenty of ways to have a garden if you’re limited on outdoor space. Learn how to grow wherever you live: apartment, condominium or small houses and give yourself great food to eat and plants that awaken your five senses."

When: Tuesday, March 7 & 21 from 4:30 - 6:00pm

Where: Business Lab

Fee: $25/both sessions to include materials

Instructor: Sharla Fossen

Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act

Join Anna Burch, Agency on Aging for an indepth presentation on Medicare benefits and Healthcare Savings Plans and Services. Spend 1 hour learning and time for question and answer.

When: Tuesday, April 11 from 10:00 - 11:00am

Where: McGregor High School Auditorium

Instructor: Anna Burch, Agency on Aging

A Friendly Intro to Drawing

What can you do with pencils outside of school? Join artist/instructor Ann Rorem to learn basic drawing techniques and get introduced to materials to help increase confidence and build drawing skills.

When: January 11, 18, 25 & February 1 from 12:30 - 2:30pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

Instructor: Ann Rorem, Artist

Fee: $25; material fees the first day of class

Minimum: 5 students 14 and older

Intro To Drawing and Beyond

Build on your basic drawing skills.  This class is perfect for the artist who hasn’t picked up a pencil in awhile or a new student to drawing.  Develop your creativity in a supportive and fun atmosphere. 

When: Session 1:  February 15, 22, March 1, & 8 or Session 2: March 22, 29, April 5 & 19

Time: 12:30 - 2:30pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

Instructor: Ann Rorem, Artist

Fee: $25; material fees the first day of class

Minimum: 5 students

Watercolor Beginning and Beyond

Have you always wanted to paint with watercolors?  Do you need an excuse to pick your brush up again? Learn how to use watercolors with artist/instructor Ann Rorem as she shows you various examples and techniques.

When: January 14, 28; February 11 & 25 from 12:30 - 2:30pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

Instructor: Ann Rorem, Artist

Fee: $25; plus material fees the first day of class

Minimum: 5

Glensheen Mansion Tour and Lunch

With the holidays behind us, it is time to take in some Duluth scenic beauty, relax and socialize with others from the community. Let community education be your guide. Sign up and get to know your neighbors from the community.

Perched on the shores of Lake Superior, the Glensheen Mansion is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. This 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th century craftsmanship tells the story of the Duluth region. Following the tour we will head to the Duluth Grill for an exceptional dining experience. You surely will have time to kick back and relax after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

When: Thursday, December 29

Time: Bus will leave at 9am and return around 3pm

Fee: $28/seniors (includes transportation and Glensheen tour); lunch is on your own


Community Education


Cross Training Workouts

Cross training is a great way to condition different muscle groups, develop a new set of skills and reduce the boredom that can creep in after months of the same routine. Cross training consists of cardio and strength using different forms of exercise for a terrific full body workout. Workouts will be circuit in tabata form and others will be weights only, some will be speed and agility, all of these workouts are good for your body and keep it guessing. In order to burn calories you need cardio, yep that's correct. This is a fun and rewarding class geared for all ability levels.

Where: McGregor High School Auditorium

Instructor: Heather Nistler

When: TBD on a weekly basis. "Like" McGregor Community Education Facebook for updates or check back to website.

Fee: $5/session

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Indoor Hall Walking

Put on your walking shoes and stay warm, safe and dry while getting in a quick workout. The school halls are open for walking from 6-8:00am and 3:30-7:30pm while school is in session. You must register with Community Education prior to walking and check in at the fitness center before walking each session.

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.

When: Every Tuesday from 9:00 - 10:00am

Where: Northland Village (new location)

Fee: $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


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 we got a 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!

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 can catch on.

When: Monday's at 3:40 - 4:40pm

Where: McGregor High School Auditorium stage

Instructor: Julie Jacobsma

Fee: $4/class

McGregor on the Move Wellness Club

Are you interested in joining a group of outdoor enthusiasts and like minded people that love adventure and the great outdoors? McGregor on the Move Fitness Club is a newly created group that meets to cross country ski, snowshoe, hike and enjoy socialization and the winter wonderland. Summer fun brings group kayaking, biking, hiking, paddle boarding, and bird watching adventures. For more information or to be a part of this group, please contact Lisa Kruse at 218-768-5133

Health Coaching by Glory

Start? Do you want to adopt a healthy lifestyle? What would you look and feel like at your ideal level of wellness? The time to act is now. Join Glory on her workshops toward helping you become a healthier you. Glory is a Physical Therapist, Sports Nutritionist Specialist and Health Coach who will help you identify issues that contribute to being overweight, assist in developing goals and strategies for successful weight loss and maintenance, provide support and guidance and lead discussions on nutrition and physical activity.

For personal health coaching appointment contact Glory at 218-428-4147



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 and College Preparation

GED Preparation

Basic skills brush-up

Career assessment

College prep

English as a Second Language

Basic computer skills

Mission: Helping adults meet their responsibilities as workers, family members, and citizens.

Vision: Helping adults to open doors to better paying jobs, new careers, college classrooms, and brighter futures.

All classes are offered at no cost to students.

Aitkin Workforce Center

371 Minnesota Avenue North

Aitkin, MN  56431


Instructor: Denise Rogers


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 for the latest on applications, schedules, registration and possible financial aid.