Community Education

ADULT LIFE-LONG LEARNING

 

Driver Improvement Course

Refresher Course

June 23 from 9am - 1pm; McGregor Public Library
Sept. 28 from 12 - 4pm; McGregor Public Library

8 Hour Course


September 21 from 9am - 5:30pm; McGregor Public Library

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A MN Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology. This class has something for everyone! The fee for the four hour refresher course is $22.00 and the eight hour course is $26.00. For more information or to register, visit our website at www.mnsafetycenter.org or call TOLL FREE 1-(888)-234-1294

Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10% discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10% discount.

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 at 10am

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

Watercolor Painting: Beginner and Intermediate

Minnesota watercolor artist Ann Rorem attended the University of Minnesota, where she studied art with a focus on watercolor. She has been a painting instructor for over twelve years, and taught at the Eden Prairie Community Center before moving to our lake (lucky us!).

Ann will lead you in creating this lovely summer vine painting. She'll show you how to work with multiple transparent layers of color as well as blending colors on your paper, techniques that you can use with your own creations after you've learned them from Ann. 


A materials list will be provided when you register. 

When: Saturday, June 17; 9:00am - 5:00pm

Where: Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake. Students will meet at landing at 50569 218th Place promptly at 12:45 for pontoon ride to island. Return trip included.

Course Fee: $85; includes instruction, lunch and snacks

Limited to 6 students

 

Watercolor Painting: Lights in the Sky

Come spend an afternoon working in watercolor to create those elusive aurora borealis that we are so fortunate to see in our northern night skies. All levels welcome. Materials list will be sent upon registration. Local artist/instructor Ann Rorem will be your guide.

When: Friday, July 14; 1:00 to 5:00pm
Where: Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake. Students will meet at landing at 50569 218th Place promptly at 12:45 for pontoon ride to island. Return trip included.
Course fee: $35
Limited to 6 students (minimum 3) 

Watercolor Painting: Favorite Time of Day

We are at the peak of summer and our days are filled with outdoor fun in the sun and water.  Let's take it down a notch and settle in for a bit and enjoy a quiet sunset. Join local artist/instructor Ann Rorem for an afternoon of quiet indulgence in painting sunsets. Materials list will be sent upon registration.

When: Friday, August 4; 1:00 to 5:00pm
Where: Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake. Students will meet at landing at 50569 218th Place promptly at 12:45 for pontoon ride to island. Return trip included.
Course fee: $35
Limited to 6 students (minimum 3)

Wooden Spoon Carving

Spoon carving is what might be called a gateway to green woodworking. During your two-day exploration, you will learn traditional safe knife strokes and safe practices from Fred Livesay, one of the America's best spoon carvers. You will begin on small projects, then move to spoons.  Discussion and hands on demonstrations will focus on design, proportions, knife sharpening, decorating and finishing. This class requires some hand strength. See raspberryislandfolkschool.blogspot.com for details. 

When: Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30; 9:00am to 4:00pm 
Where: Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake. Students will meet at landing at 50569 218th Place promptly at 8:45 for pontoon ride to island. Return trip included.
Course fee:  $150 (includes meals, and free overnight stay, if needed.)
Materials fee:  $20.00 includes tool usage, practice wood & spoon blanks

Instructor: Fred Livesay
If students wish, they may bring their own tools or they may purchase the following:
* Mora carving knife (120 or 106)

* Scorp or hook knife, sharpening stones available from (pinewoodforge.com; get your order in early). 
* Bring favorite old or new wooden spoons to share with the class.
Details will be provided upon registration.
Limited to 8 students (minimum 5)

 

The Magic of Paper Marbling

This is an introductory class for paper marbling:  the ancient art of dying paper. This technique was often used historically in book binding, and to prevent forgeries of important documents. Each paper produced is unique, and the beautiful paper can be used for note cards, decorating boxes, and gift wrap. See raspberryislandfolkschool.blogspot.com for details. 

When: Saturday, July 15; 9:30am to noon
Instructor: Rebecca Heimark
Where: Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake. Students will meet at landing at 50569 218th Place promptly at 9:00 for pontoon ride to island. Return trip included.
Course fee: $35, includes all materials
Limited to 6 students (minimum 3)

 

Tapered Socket Hewing Hatchet (or Battle Axe Option)


Tom Latane will be teaching a three day class on Making a Norse hatchet with tapered socket eye. Students will work in pairs striking for each other to produce an axe with a tapered socket eye for each participant . The design is a modification of a pattern developed by Håvard-Bergland to reproduce a 17th century battle axe belonging to his family. The battle axe would be an alternative option to the hewing hatchet.
The socket will be forged from 3/8" x 4" stock and the forge welded socket will be welded to the blade (1/2" thick) with a high carbon bit welded in place. (some experience forge-welding would be helpful). Axes will be pickled in vinegar, filed, and punch decorated (if desired) before hardening and tempering.

When: June 12, 13, 14 from 8:30am-5:00pm

Where: Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake; students will meet at landing 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN at 8:30 for pontoon ride to island. Return trip as needed.

Course Fee: $225/plus materials fee.

Limited to 12 students

 

Tin Smithing


Artist, Kitty Latane will be teaching tin smithing on Raspberry Island. Projects will include such things as cookie cutters, cups, ornaments etc.  Raspberry Island is a great spot to sit back and relax while tapping into your creative self and enjoying the beautiful scenery and tranquility all at the same time.

When: June 12, 13, 14 from 8:30am-5:00pm

Where: Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake; students will meet at landing 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN at 8:30 for pontoon ride to island. Return trip as needed.

Course Fee: $75; includes materials and tools

Instructor: Kitty Latane

Limited to 6 students

 

 

Traditional Norwegian Knife and Sheath Making


In this 3 day class, we will forge traditional Norwegian 3-layer knife blades. The blades will be heat treated and ground. Next the blade will be set in a wood handle shaped and stained. If time allows, a traditional leather sheath will be made, but if not, all the steps to making the sheath will be demonstrated so that students can finish the sheath on their own, if needed.

When: August 11, 12 13 from 8:30am-5:00pm

Where: Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake; students will meet at landing 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN at 8:30 for pontoon ride to island. Return trip as needed.

Course Fee: $225/plus materials fee.

Limited to 12 students

Instructor: Kjetil Groven, Norwegian Knife Maker

 

Creating Music with Computers

Having toured the country presenting this program to schools and children of all ages, George Maurer presents "Creating Music with Computers." This program reaches beyond barriers to illustrate the impact on music in today's culture while utilizing today's technology to enhance appreciation for the arts.  George creates an exciting and entertaining performance, while showing students the important relationship between computers and composing in today's recorded music.   Using his keyboard, microphone, and visual display, George will teach students how music is composed using computers and digital technology for albums, movie soundtracks, television shows, video games, and more.   Audience: K-12 Students and Adults. This program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and is funded using Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

When: Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30pm

Where: McGregor Public Library

 

Community Education

ADULT WELLNESS


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

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

 

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

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

218-927-7046

Instructor: Denise Rogers

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.