Community Education

ADULT LIFE-LONG LEARNING

 

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

Leader: Judy Hawley

Jewelry Making 101

Casting gold or silver jewelry using the lost wax technique.Make your own wedding bands or perhaps a unique pendant.

Sandy Lake Forge is offering a class for couples or individuals who would like to make their own wedding bands or perhaps a pendant. The rings or pendants will be created in wax, invested, the wax will be burned out in a furnace and cast in either gold or silver and polished. The lost wax technique has been used for centuries to make one of a kind jewelry or sculpture. Gold or silver can either be purchased new, or old gold/silver jewelry can be melted down to recast into new jewelry.

When: Three sessions, 2 hours each session- Flexible, to be arranged at mutually agreed upon days/times for each class. Limited to two at a time. Contact Gary at: hillx001@umn.edu or 218-851-6085 after registration to arrange times

Where: Raspberry Island, Sandy Lake Forge, - meet at our dock landing 50569 218th Place, Mcgregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island.

Instructor: Gary Hill

Class Fee: $60/ person, includes all three sessions, all materials and equipment are included except metals (gold or silver). Old gold or silver jewelry can be recycled or new metals purchased.

 

Beginner and Intermediate Wheel Thrown Pottery

Wheel Pottery Class for all ages. Learn to throw your first mugs, bowls, vases etc. or get back into it if you have thrown pots in the past. No experience required. Both electric wheel and kick wheels available.

When: Five sessions Thursday mornings 9:00-11:30 June 23, 30, July 7,14, & 2

Where: Raspberry Island Pottery- meet at our dock landing 9:00 AM, 50569 218th Place, Mcgregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island.

Instructor: Gary Hill

Class Fee: $10/session, must register for all 5 sessions, at $50/person.

Limited to 4 people.

Tin Smithing

Special guest teacher, Kitty Latane from Pepin Wisconsin will be teaching a course on tin smithing. Make unique hand formed cookie cutters, candle holders, nutmeg graters or tree ornaments.

When: June 13 and or June 14th ( sign up for either one or both days) 9:00-4:00. A third class may be possible on June 15.

Where: Raspberry Island-meet at dock landing 50569 218th Place, Mcgregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island.

Instructor: Kitty Latane

Class Fee: $75/ day or $140 for both days. Sign up for either day or both. Lunch is included.

Limited to 6 people

Beginning Blacksmithing

A beginning 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, July 9, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island- meet at our dock landing 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN. for a short pontoon ride to the island. Please be on time for 9:00 departure by pontoon for the island rain or shine, return trip at 5:00PM

Cost: $40 (includes all materials)

Instructor: Gary Hill

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

Question? Contact: Gary Hill at: hillx001@umn.edu or 218-851-6085

Limited to 4 people

 

Beginning/Intermediate Blacksmithing

A four session course for those interested in exploring or advancing their skills in forging iron using a coal forge, hammer and anvil. Those with forging experience should come with a project in mind.

When: Wednesday Evenings: Four sessions -May 11, 25 and June 8, 22 at 6:30-9:00pm

Where: Sandy Lake Forge, Big Sandy Lake 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN. Meet at the dock for a short pontoon ride to the island at 6:30, return to the mainland at 9:00 PM. (Rain or shine unless lightning, and then we postpone and reschedule).

Cost: $80 Total includes, metal, coal, gases and all equipment.

Instructor: Gary Hill

What to bring: Gloves, boots, eye protection, ear protection and cotton or natural fiber clothing (no polyester).

Question? Contact: Gary Hill at: hillx001@umn.edu or 218-851-6085

Hammer Making Class

Forging a wrought iron hammer and forge-welding the face and peen with carbon steel, in the traditional manner. Ornamentation includes basic chasing and inlay techniques on the hammer to make them unique to their owner.

When: Three day class, June 13,14,15 from 8:30am-5:00pm

Instructor: Master Blacksmith, Thomas Latane. Tom is an extraordinary metalsmith who uses primarily traditional techniques to create beautiful functional pieces. His skills are of the highest level and second to none. It is a rare opportunity to learn from a true master metalsmith.

Cost: $200/person for the three day workshop which includes breakfast, lunch, coal, metal and gases.

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island, Big Sandy Lake. Meet at landing 50569 218th place for short pontoon ride to the island at 8:00. Free tent space or accommodations in guest house are possible on a first come first served basis for those coming from beyond commuting distance. Breakfast and lunch are provided to all participants on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

This class is limited to those who have some forging experience and preferably some forge-welding experience. Space is limited.

Question? Contact: Gary Hill at: hillx001@umn.edu or 218-851-6085

Forging Tongs

Forging Tongs- A blacksmith class in making a pair of tongs to be used at the forge.

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island- meet at our dock landing 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN for a short pontoon ride to the island.

When: Saturday, July 16 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

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

Instructor: Gary Hill

Cost: $40 (includes all materials)

Limited to 4 people.

Forging Strap Hinges

A blacksmithing class on forging a pair of strap hinges with pintles.

Where: Sandy Lake Forge on Raspberry Island- meet at our dock landing 50569 218th Place, McGregor, MN. for a short pontoon ride to the island.

Instructor: Gary Hill

When: All day Monday, July 25, 9:00 am-5:00pm

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

Cost: $40 (includes all materials)

Limited to 4 people

Make a Marbled Silk Scarf

Marbling is the process of floating paints on the surface of a thick cellulose solution, somewhat like oil on water. You then swirl the paints into patterns, and capture them on paper or fabric. For this class, you’ll practice with colors and designs on paper, then create your own pattern on a silk scarf.

Where: Raspberry Island; free ferry service provided. Meet at our dock at 50569 218th Place no later than 1:00 for a short ride to the island.

Instructor: Janet Hill

When: Saturday, July 16, 1:00-4:00pm

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

Cost: $25 (includes all materials)

Limited to 4 people

Community Education

ADULT FITNESS

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

Fee: $5/session

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McGregor on the Move - Running Group

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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

Fit Seniors - Moving Matters

There is strong evidence that movement improves seniors' health. 55 and over are the fastest growing group to join fitness centers. Regular and moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of physical disabilities by 18%. Not only physical benefits, but social benefits as well. Meet people and expand your social connections. McGregor Community Fitness Center is starting a Moving Matters- Fit Seniors program to help you gain confidence and strength to live active, healthier lives. This class is for all ability levels.

Be Active. Be Social. Be Strong.

When: Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30am
Where: McGregor Auditorium
Instructor: Darlene Saba

Fee: $3/or fitness center insurance plan

 

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.

CALL KELLY: 218-879-0835

OR

Aitkin Workforce Center

371 Minnesota Avenue North

Aitkin, MN  56431

218-927-7046

Instructor: David Lenarz

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.