Community Education


Beginning/Intermediate Wheel Pottery Class for All Ages

Learn to throw your first pieces on the wheel, or get back into throwing if you have had experience but have been away from it for a while. Each person will have a wheel to make their bowls, cups, vases etc. and will glaze their own pieces. All firings, materials and tools are provided, along with 25# of clay.

Class Schedule:

Monday Morning Sessions: July 13, July 20, July 27 and August 3 from 9am to Noon

Monday Afternoon Sessions: July 13, July 20, July 27 and August 3 from 1:00 - 4:00pm

Evening Sessions: July 13, July 20, July 27 and August 3 from 5:30 - 8:30pm

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island. Meet at the dock landing 50569 218th Place for a short pontoon ride to the island on Big Sandy Lake. Please be on time as a courtesy to others.

Pontoon schedule will be:

Morning Class: Pickup at landing at 9am and return at noon.

Afternoon Class: Pickup at the landing at 1pm and return at 4pm

Evening Class: Pickup at the landing at 5:30 and return at 8:30pm

Cost: $40/four sessions (must register for all four sessions)

Limit: 4 people

Instructor: Gary Hill


Beginning/Intermediate Blacksmithing

A beginning course in the principles of blacksmithing, using a coal-fired forge to create a project. Includes starting and maintaining a coal fire in the forge, tapering, upsetting, hot cutting, fullering, swaging and forge welding techniques. Those with prior experience should come with a project or sketch in mind.

Class Schedule:

Saturday, July 18 from 9:00am to 4:00pm; rain or shine

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island. Meet at the dock landing, 50569 218th Place at 9:00am for a short pontoon ride to the island on Big Sandy Lake. Please be on time as a courtesy to others.

Cost: $40/includes all materials

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

Limit: 4 people

Instructor: Gary Hill


Paper Marbling

Marbling is the art of printing multi-colored swirled patterns on paper or fabric. You’ve likely seen these graceful, colorful patterns in the endpapers of old books. The patterns are formed by floating the colors on the surface of a natural gel, combing them to make designs, and then laying the paper onto the colors to absorb them. In this workshop, you’ll create your own designs on paper, and get some ideas for how to use marbleized papers and fabrics. All supplies and materials are provided. Wear clothes that are okay to get dirty.

When: Saturday, July 18; 1:00- 4:00pm

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island. Meet at the landing, 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN (Big Sandy Lake) at 1:00pm for a short pontoon ride to the island with a return ride at 4:00pm unless entire group is done earlier. Please be on time as a courtesy to others.

Cost: $25/person

Limit: 6 people

Instructor: Janet Hill


Adult Kayaking Class

Spend the evening on the water enjoying the tranquil setting as you experience an upper body workout! A great way to relax after a full day of work.

When: Monday, June 15 & Wednesday, July 8 from 5:30 - 7:00pm

Where: Army Corps of Engineers Libby Dam

Cost: $10/person per session

Lifeguard: Jake Krezowski

A Trip to the State Fair

Spend the day at the Minnesota State Fair! Join Community Education for a fun filled day at the Fair! Did you know that the MN State Fair is one of  the largest and most well attended agricultural and educational entertainment events in the Nation? Spend the day on your own as this is a non-guided field trip for families taking advantage of the discounted ticket at the door for Read and Ride Day!

When: Wednesday, September 2

Who: Adults/Families

Transportation: The bus will leave the north entrance at 7:30am and return at 8:30pm.

Bus Fee: $10/person; you will be resonsible for all other costs incurred such as food, admission, etc.

Registration deadline is August 29th

Minimum: 25 people

READ & RIDE DAY (Wednesday, Sept. 2)

  • Adults (13-64): $11**
  • Seniors (65+): $8**
  • Kids (5-12): $8**
  • Children (Under 5): Free

** Discount applies to public library cardholders who purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card. (One discount per card).

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

Summer 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 otehrs will be weights only, some will be speed and agility, all of these workouts are good for you 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.

Looking for more? Andrea will also be offering basic body comp analysis and food log monitoring for those that choose to do this.

Starting June 1, 2015!!
When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 - 6:30pm

When: Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 - 5:30pm

When: Saturday at 8:00am

Fee: $5/session; must check in by texting Andrea at 763-360-2058 by 12:00pm the day before the workout

Minimum: 5 people

Instructor: Andrea Oden, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor

Where: Big Sandy Lodge & Resort (call for directions)

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

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

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

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


Big Sandy Triathlon

Join us for the 2nd Annual Big Sandy Triathlon as you  compete by Kayaking 1/2 mile, Bike 4 miles and Run 2 miles. 3 person team or compete individually! This is a terrific event that you will not want to miss! Put your team together and get registered today.

When: Saturday, August 1; 8:30am race begins

Where: Big Sandy Lodge & Resort (sponsored by McGregor Community Education)

Cost: $25/person or $75/3 person team


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.