Community Education



Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED Class

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid, CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory or other requirements. Key changes reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

Course Features:

• First aid basics

• Medical emergencies

• Injury emergencies

• Environmental emergencies

• Adult CPR and AED use

• Child CPR and AED use and infant CPR

• Written test

• Skills practice and testing.

• Student manual comes with a new Heartsaver First Aid Quick Reference Guide that summarizes first aid actions for many injuries and illnesses

Upon completion of this course, students receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course Completion Card that is valid for two years.


When: March 17 & 21 from 5:00 - 8:30pm

Where: McGregor High School Health Classroom

Instructor: Dake Olson

Fee: $75/includes book and card

Budgeting Class

Do you find yourself always running out of money before you get paid again?  Do you live check to check? Well you are not alone.  A lot of people struggle to make enough money to pay their bills let alone have money left over to buy things.  Budgeting 101 is a class that will help you gain control over your finances.  This class will help you to see where you can make simple changes to make your money work for you instead of against you.  It will offer you advice and show you how to set up a budget that will help you get your spending under control.  We will also show you ways to use the Internet to become a better consumer.  We will also talk about ways to reduce spending and eliminate costs from your day-to-day lives.  So if you want to have extra money to put onto your savings account at the end of the month come to budgeting 101.


When: Thursday, April 17 from 4:30 - 5:30pm

Instructor: Joe Wisotzke

Fee: $10

Where: McGregor HS Business Classroom

Homebuyers 101

Come join three home buying experts for an exciting discussion on the home buying process!

This presentation will answer all of your questions in obtaining your NEW HOME DREAMS.

Our experts will discuss the entire home buying experience and provide you with the knowledge to successfully complete the process for your new home.

When: Wednesday, April 16 from 5:30 - 6:30pm

Instructors: Barbie Martz, CENTURY 21 Twin Lakes Realty;

Annette Wilkie, McGregor Title; Jon Passer, Northview Bank

Fee: Free

Where: McGregor Home Ec Room

Everyday Essential Oil Seminar

This class will introduce you to an alternative way of living. We will teach you how to use essential oils in your everyday life from health issues to injuries to prevention. You will have the opportunity to make a few items during the class if you choose.

1. Essential Oil Air Freshener - bring your own jelly jar and lid.

Fee: $5

2. Roll-on - (any oils diluted in a roll-on make easy to apply and try first) Instructors will provide the roll-on.

Fee: $5 - $8 depending on oils

If you choose to make the air freshener or roll-on please note that on the registration form.

When: Thursday, March 27 at 5:30pm

Instructors: Amanda Voller and Lisa O'Brien

Where: Home Ec Room

Maximum: 10

No fee unless you are making air freshener or roll-on

Estate Planning

What is the difference between a Will and a Trust? In this class Shari Larson, Attorney at Law will also talk about how to avoid Probate and steps to take to plan your future.

When: Thursday, May 8 from 4:30 - 6:00pm

Instructor: Shari Larson, Attorney at Law

Fee: $10

Where: McGregor Home Ec Room

Basic Computer Lab

Are you looking for basic computer help? If so, join us for an open computer lab where experts can help answer your basic computer questions. Feel free to bring your laptop.

When: Monday, April 7 from 4:00 - 5:00pm

Instructors: Tom Nistler & Lisa Kruse

Fee: $10

Where: McGregor High School Business Lab

Fairy Garden Classes

Whether you call them miniature gardens or fairy gardens, this class will provide all the information you need to build your own miniature garden. Plant selection, arrangement and design will be covered to enable attendees to build a miniature garden ranging from a small dish garden to a larger exterior garden. The classes will be held at The Green House in McGregor. We have many fairy items to choose from. Please contact Gayle at 218.768.4463 or Shirley at 218-384-4732 after April 1 to register. We will have containers to purchase or bring your own.

The Green House will also be hosting an Open House on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Come meet us and see our new facility. Free planter demonstrations will be done at 10:30, 12:30 and 2;30. First 50 visitors will receive a free gift.

When: Saturday, May 3 from 10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00 - 3:00pm

Where: The Green House, McGregor

Real Food Real Fast

If your need for quality recipes is high but your time to learn about and prepare them is low, you won't want to miss REAL FOOD REAL FAST. Bring the kids. Getting kids involved tightens bonds and promotes opportunity for spontaneous conversations about making smart eating decisions.

When: Wednesday, May 14 from 4:45 - 5:45pm

Where: Home Ec Room

Fee: $10

Instructor: Sandra Aldrich

How to Read Food Labels

Making informed food choices that lead to a healthy diet has just become easier for you. Join us for this Food Label 101 class that will walk you through just what food labels mean and how the information can help you purchase foods that fit your dietary needs.

When: Wednesday, April 30 from 4:30 - 5:30pm

Where: Home Ec Room

Fee: $5

Instructor: Sandra Aldrich


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


Vinyasa - Yoga by Cindi D.

This class is based on moving from one pose to the next using sun salutations and postures that connect to one another. Vinyasa means following your breath, so with each inhale or exhale, you go deeper or back off or move to another pose. The pace can be bit faster, but you always go at the speed and depth that work for YOU. Each class includes flow, balance, strength, compression, twists, hip/heart openers, core work and a built-in peaceful rest at the end.

Bring a mat, towel and water.

When: Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00pm
McGregor High School Band Room

Certified Yoga Instructor - Cindi D.


Join us for this energizing Zumba-thon as you Groove to the music! This two hour Zumba-thon will raise funds to support Ruff Start Rescue. Ruff Start Rescue is a Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to rescuing and finding homes for dogs that have been neglected, abused or are at risk of being euthanized at a high kill shelter.

Julie Jacobsma (McGregor), Jessy McShane (Aitkin) and Christie Eliason (Cromwell) will show us how to move as we dance for a cause!

When: Saturday, March 22 from 1:00 - 3:00pm
Where: McGregor High School Cafeteria Gymnasium
Fee: $10/donation

Zumba Instructors: Julie Jacobsma, Jessy McShane & Christie Eliason


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: Monday at 3:40 and Wednesday at 4;30

$18.00 for 6 class sessions (you may purchase a punch card) or $5.00 drop in fee

Julie Jacobsma, Certified Zumba Instructor (Mon & Wed)

SilverSneakers® Classic (formerly MSROM)

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.

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

Ashleigh Sette, Certified Instructor

$3/class or nor charge to SilverSneakers eligible members

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.

Every Tuesday from 9:00 - 10:00am

McGregor Community Fitness Center

$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


SilverSneakers® YogaStretch

YogaS tretch will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing excercises and a final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 - 11:00am

Ashleigh Sette, Certified Instructor

$3/class or nor charge to SilverSneakers eligible members

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



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)



Watch for upcoming classes TBD




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.


McGregor Fall Program

September 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 & 30

October 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16

For more information contact Community Education.


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.