Community Education



Mindfulness Training - Stabilizing the Mind

Mindfulness Training teaches simple, accessible breathing, meditation and yoga practices to bring awareness into the present moment. It fosters kindness and non-judgement of ourselves and others so we can begin to see and work with our pain, anxiety and stressors in a positive way bringing a sense of peacefulness and the ability to respond with wise compassion.

When: Thursdays, Oct. 23 & 30, Nove. 6 & 13

Time: 5 - 7 pm (Nov. 6, 5-9pm)

Location: McGregor High School Board Room

Fee: $50 for manual and materials or $30 for repeaters (to be paid in advance)

Registration: Call 218-927-5188. Instructor will call with more info.

To view flyer click on link below:

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World War 'D': Drug Use in America

An informative session regarding drugs of abuse including synthetic and street drugs.

Session Outline:

* Drug abuse trends, including synthtic and street drugs

* Physiological and clinical effects seen of drug abuse

* Emerging treatments

* Morbidity and mortablity of drug abuse

When: Tuesday, October 14 from 5:30 - 7:00pm

Where: McGregor High School Auditorium

Speaker: Kirk Hughes, RN, Certified Poison Information Specialist and Education Director for Hennepin Regional Poison Center. He is also a Certified Advanced Hazmat Life Support Instructor, Hazmat Technician and Firefighter/EMT.


34th Annual Arts and Craft Fair

Applications are being accepted for vendor and artisan booths for the 33rd annual arts and craft fair.

* 10 x 12 space $25

* 12 x 15 space $30

Breakfast and lunch will be available.

When: Saturday, November 8 from 9:00am - 3:0opm

Where: McGregor High School

Community Garage Sale

Garage Sale Extravaganza! This will be a one-stop shop for really great bargains for all ages, gender and sizes!

Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to shop for clothes, household goods, furniture, dishes, toys, games and more all at garage sale prices.

When: Saturday, November 8 from 9:00am - 3:00pm

Where: McGregor High School

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Community Sale Flyer


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Sale Guidelines


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 Mega Class

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

When: October 25, 2014 from 10:00 - Noon
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: Mondays at 3:40pm and Wednesdays at 4:30pm starting September 3

Where: High School Auditorium

Fee: $4/session or $24/6 sessions

Certified Zumba Instructor: Julie Jacobsma

SilverSneakers® Classic

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.

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

Instructor: Darlene Saba

Fee: $3/class or no charge to SilverSneakers eligible members

Where: 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.

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

Where: McGregor Community Fitness Center

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

Yoga Sculpt

Yoga Sculpt class uses weights througout to help sculpt and tone your body as you stretch and move through yoga poses.

Yogo Sculpt = Yoga Fun

When: Every Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:30pm

Where: High School Auditorium

Fee: $36/6 week session or $8 drop in fee

Instructor: Katie Cummings


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  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)



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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.

CALL KELLY: 218-879-0835


Aitkin Workforce Center

371 Minnesota Avenue North

Aitkin, MN  56431


Instructor: David Lenarz




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.