Albert Lea Community Education Fall 2021

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FALL 2021

August 24-December 17


This past year and a half has taught us much about the importance of lifelong learning and connecting with community. Engaging with people of like or new interests --- whether they are our best friends and family or new people makes a positive difference on the outlook we live with day in and day out. Being a member in a ‘community’ is important for our long-term health and well-being.

1011 Hammer Road | Albert Lea, MN 56007 507-379-5318 | Monday, Tuesday & Thursday | 8:30am-2:30pm Office hours are subject to vary.

OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED: September 6 |November 25 December 23 | January 3

Listen to KATE Radio and check our Facebook for other closing announcements.

Community Education, as an organization, continues to learn and grow. Opportunities for experiences for all ages are being offered in more ways than ever before. Record number of participants joined Community Education at The Boathouse this summer and hoping we can turn that momentum into increased participation this year through all Community Education programs. Check out pages 20 and 21 to see if you can recognize some of our summer participants.



Director of Community Education

CLASS SITES IN ALBERT LEA Albert Lea High School.............................. 2000 Tiger Lane Boathouse................................................... W Richway Dr. Brookside Education Center................ 211 W Richway Dr. Community Ed Enrichment Office........ 1011 Hammer Rd.

District #241 Community Education will continue to provide the most up-to-date Covid19 procedures per MDH guidelines throughout the school year. These will be posted on our website as adjustments are made.

Halverson Elementary.................................. 707 E 10th St. Hawthorne Elementary.................. 1000 E Hawthorne St. Hammer Field House............................ 1011 Hammer Rd. Lakeview Elementary.................................. 902 Abbott St. Northbridge Mall.................................... 2510 Bridge Ave. Rock Gym................................. 211 W Richway Dr., Gym B Sibley Elementary................................... 1501 W Front St. Southwest Middle School........................1601 W Front St. The Outlet..........................................137 S Broadway Ave.


I have been the Operations Manager with Community Education for 5 years now, but I have been part of District #241 all my life. My husband, my 3 sons and myself all graduated from Albert Lea school district. The formal days of education are almost past and we are in different phases of life. However, it is exciting to know that when time allows, we live in a community that offers numerous opportunities for us to continue to gather, discover and grow. Lifelong learning and doing will always be a part of our family.


Marketing Specialist I’m proud to call Albert Lea my

hometown where I am raising my two children. I happily took on the position here at Albert Lea Community Education in December 2019 and have been noticing how much it has made me grow as a person. Community Education provides the surrounding area with a support network for surrounding businesses and individuals. I believe this organization is important because it allows people to experience new opportunities and resources for lifelong learning.

ALBERT LEA COMMUNITY EDUCATION ADVISORY COUNCIL The Albert lea Community Education Advisory Council represents the citizens of District #241. This group meets regularly to gather input, assess needs, evaluate services and give direction to the district’s community education services and programs. Members of the council welcome your ideas, suggestions, concerns and questions. If interested in serving on our council, please go to select Community Education click on ‘Advisory Council’ and complete the ‘Advisory Council Statement of Interest’ form. The form is also availble at the Community Ed Enrichment Office. Members include: Karen Callahan, Cindy Enderson, Cindi Golbuff, Chol Joak, Darryl Meyer & Mary Schroader

ONLINE Certificate courses Certificate in Customer Service................... Page 4 Wordpress Certificate..................................Page 5

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION ADULT BUSINESS AND FINANCE Boathouse Hours.........................................Page 6 Rock Gym Hours.........................................Page 6


Yoga Offerings.............................................Page 8 Zumba.........................................................Page 8 Pickleball.....................................................Page 8

ADULT WELLNESS ADULT BUSINESS AND FINANCE Alzheimer’s Series.......................................Page 9

ADULT COOKING ADULT BUSINESS AND FINANCE Back to School Survival Meals.................. Page 10 Air Fryer/Instant Pot Recipes.................... Page 11 Holiday Baking Classes.............................Page 12


Long Term Care/Retirement Planning....... Page 13 Estate Planning/Social Security/Mediare.. Page 13


Wood and Canvas Painting Kits................ Page 14 DIY Glitter Tumblers Class........................Page 15 Make & Take Classes................................Page 15

YOUTH ENRICHMENT Kids in the Kitchen.....................................Page 16 Kids Just Want to Have Fun.................... Pages 16 Child & Babysitting Safety.........................Page 17

DRIVER’S EDUCATION Driver’s Education.....................................Page 17 Defensive Driving......................................Page 17

ADULT ENRICHMENT ADULT BUSINESS AND FINANCE Zoom, Browsers, Excel.............................Page 18 Instant Piano & Guitar...............................Page 19


see full descriptions and more information online!

Community Education has partnered with UGotClass for those individuals interested in furthering their careers! These three month certificate programs are done online at your convenience, between the dates listed. You will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the course. Full descriptions can be seen online at www.

take that next step forward at furthering your career! BUSINESS Bookkeeping Certificate BSFN01

Understanding Debits and Credits September 7-October 1

General Ledger and Month End Procedures October 4-October 29

Closing Procedures and Financial Statements November 1-November 26

Entrepreneurship Certificate BSFN02

Entrepreneur Boot Camp September 7-October 1

The Business Plan

October 4-October 29

Entrepreneurial Marketing November 1-November 26

The Basics of Bookkeeping BSFN03 June 7-July 30

DATA SCIENCE Certificate in Data Analysis BSFN04

Introduction to Data Analysis September 7-October 1

Intermediate Data Analysis October 4-October 29

Advanced Data Analysis November 1-November 26

The second week following the end of the course you will receive your certificates via email. 4

BUSINESS COMMUNICATION Certificate in Basic Game Design BSFN06

Introduction to Game Design

HUMAN RESOURCES Spanish For Medical Professionals BSFN11 September 7-October 29

September 7-October 1

Intermediate Video Game Design


November 1-November 26

Certificate in Business Writing BSFN07

Business Writing

September 7-October 1

Effective Copywriting October 4-October 29

Writing News and Press Releases November 1-November 26

Certificate in Customer Service

Certificate in Leadership Development BSFN12

Leadership Principles September 7-October 1

Developing Your Leadership Skills October 4-October 29

Developing Your Professional Career November 1-November 26



Keys to Customer Service September 7-October 1

Extraordinary Customer Service October 4-October 29

Certificate in Workplace Communication BSFN09

Conflict Management September 7-October 1

Negotiation: Get What You Want October 4-October 29

Using Personality Profiles for Better Work Performance November 1-November 26

Grammar Refresher Certificate BSFN10

Word-Level Grammar September 7-October 1

Sentence-Level Grammar October 4-October 29

Refining Your Writing

November 1-November 26


Certificate in Project Management BSFN13

Introduction to Project Management September 7-October 1

Project Management Processes October 4-October 29

Project Management Knowledge Areas November 1-November 26

Management Certificate BSFN14

Management Boot Camp September 7-October 1

Collaborative Management October 4-October 29

Managing Generations in the Workplace November 1-November 26

Supervisory & Leadership Certificate BSFN15 September 7-October 29


NEW MEDIA MARKETING Digital Marketing Certificate BSFN16

Improving Email Promotions September 7-October 1

Certificate in Mastering Excel BSFN24

Mastering Microsoft Excel September 7-October 1

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS Social Media for Business Certificate BSFN30

Introduction to Social Media September 7-October 1

Boosting Your Web Site Traffic

Intermediate Excel

Marketing Using Social Media

Online Advertising

Advanced Excel

Integrating Social Media in Your Organization

October 4-October 29

November 1-November 26

Google Analytics Certificate BSFN17

Google Analytics

September 7-October 1

Advanced Google Analytics October 4-October 29

Mastering Video Marketing BSFN18

Video Marketing

September 7-October 1

YouTube for Business October 4-October 29

questions about certificates? call 507-379-5318 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

October 4-October 29 November 1-November 26

Certificate in Web Design BSFN25

Introduction to Web Design

BSFN19 September 7-October 1

Beginning Conversational Spanish BSFN20 September 7-October 29

Introduction to Fiction Writing BSFN22 September 7-October 1

November 1-November 26


September 7-October 1

Intermediate Web Design October 4-October 29

Advanced Web Design

November 1-November 26

Coding Certificate BSFN26

Introduction to Coding September 7-October 1

HTML Fundamentals October 4-October 29

CSS Fundamentals

November 1-November 26

Graphic Design Software Essentials Certificate BSFN27

Adobe Illustrator Essentials September 7-October 1

Adobe Photoshop Essentials October 4-October 29

The Teen Brain

October 4-October 29

Adobe InDesign Essentials November 1-November 26

Mastering Computer Skills for the Workplace Certificate BSFN28 September 7-October 1

WordPress Certificate BSFN29 September 7-November 26

Certificate in Online Teaching BSFN31

Advanced Teaching Online September 7-October 1

Designing Online Instruction October 4-October 29

Fostering Online Discussion November 1-November 26

TRAINING FOR K12 TEACHERS Certificate in Learning Styles BSFN33

Students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) September 7-October 1

Gender in the Classroom October 4-October 29

Generational Learning Styles November 1-November 26

How do the courses work? Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect: • Discussion – Post written comments in the online discussion with your fellow participants and the instructor • Readings – Courses have online readings, PDFs, and/or links to outside articles and resources • Presentations – View slides and listen to audio lectures recorded by your instructor • Self-Quizzes – Each unit has a self-quiz to test yourself

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We look forward to seeing you at the rock gym this fall!

The Albert Lea Community Boathouse is open! Equipment is limited and can only be checked out and paid for online. All participants need to be registered in order to accept and agree to all our waviers. There will be no walk ups, cash or check. Cost is $5 per piece of equipment or you can select punch pass while registering and present your pass to staff. Equipment is held a half hour after your submitted time of arrival. If you have any questions please contact our office at 507-379-5317.

Boathouse Open Saturdays in AUGUST AND September Saturdays August 21-September 25 | 9:00 -12:00pm

Rock gym open october-may PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Fridays & Saturdays FREE (Sponsored by the Freeborn County Communities Foundation)

6:00 -9:00pm

Tuesdays $5 6:00 -9:00pm

Rock Gym is located at Brookside Education Center 211 West Richway Drive in Gym B NO WALK UPS, CASH/CHECK or PUNCH PASS transactions. Punch passes can be used online while registering. Complete instructions on how to register can be found on our website



for registrations visit

EARLY LEARNING Pre-Kindergarten Registration How to get started:

SAVE THE DATE Early Childhood Open House

For newborns to 5 year olds & their families We would like to welcome you all to learn more about the Early Childhood programming offered by District 241 at Brookside Education Center. There will be information and staff available to answer any questions. Even if you are familiar with our programming, come and visit. We would love to see you. There will be a variety of entertainment available. Watch upcoming flyers and our Facebook page for more details. Previously offered: bounce houses, food trucks, kids activities, RAD Zoo, prize drawings. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 9th | 4:00-6:00pm

1. Parents Start An Account On Eleyo. a. Click on “Sign In” b. Choose “Create One Now” found in the lower right corner 2. Register For The 2021-2022 School Year a. Click on “Explore All Programs” b. Choose “Albert Lea Area Schools Pre-Kindergarten Program” c. Choose “Register” Contact Kate with any questions: or 507-379-4838 Amazing Newborn Clinic Check the Freeborn County Public Health website ( or call 507-377-5100 to find out if the Amazing Newborn Clinic is open.

Contact Early Learning Jenny Hanson, Early Learning Coordinator: 507-379-4832 Melissa Schmidt, Lead Teacher/Parent Educator: 507-379-4852 Kate Richards, Early Education Assistant (Pre-K/VPK): 507-379-4838 Kim Ehrich, ECFE Registration: 507-379-5318 Trisha Whelan, Early Childhood Screening: 507-379-5176

Register online at



want to learn the breakdown of zumba ? join jasmine’s zumba® workshop! ®

FIT01 | August 31 | 5:30-7:30pm | See Online for Full Description

Gentle Flow Yoga

Shelley Pederson

Gentle Flow Yoga is geared for those new to yoga or those interested in a gentle practice. The class incorporates simple flowing sequences to warm up the body, and allows for focus on alignment, strength, balance and flexibility. No experience or flexibility required. Breathing techniques are used to help relieve stress and deepen the mind/body connection. Participants should be able to stand up from the floor. For your safety, please practice with bare feet on a proper yoga mat. Class recordings will be made available. FIT02 FIT03

Tuesdays, September 7-October 26 Tuesdays, November 2-December 21


Jasmine Murphy

15 & up

6:30-7:45pm 6:30-7:45pm

Northbridge Mall Northbridge Mall

FIT04 Tuesdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 26 Brookside Gym A

$60 5:30-6:30pm 8 sessions

FIT05 Tuesdays, Nov. 2-Dec. 14 Brookside Gym A

$60 5:30-6:30pm 7 sessions

$60 $60

NEW! New Moon Nidra Meditation

Release and Restore Yoga

Spend time moving inward, connecting the soul to the body and mind. This guided meditation will focus on banishing negative energy’s from within and around you. Class begins with gentle breath and a stretch to prepare for seated or supine meditation. Class is located at the Northbridge Mall. The room is to the right of D&D Boutique. The windows are blacked out for privacy.

Stay low to the mat with poses that target the deepest tissues of the body. Enjoy the release of tension during longer held poses with support. Class will begin with connection to see how everyone is doing, and expressing what we need for our well-being. Quiet meditation is used to find a state of deep relaxation and healing. Class is located at the Northbridge Mall. The room is to the right of D&D Boutique. The windows are blacked out for privacy.

Shelley Pederson

Zum dah dah dum! Zum dah dah dum! Lose yourself in the music while working out and getting fit! This class features exotic rhythms set to high energy Latin and international beats. Zumba® is easy, effective and exhilarating. No dance experience needed.

8 sessions 8 sessions

FIT06 Wed., Oct. 6 6:30-7:45pm FIT07 Thurs., Nov. 4 6:30-7:45pm FIT08 Sat., Dec. 4 9:00-9:45am

Shelley Pederson

$10 $10 FIT09 Thurs., Oct. 21 6:30-7:45pm $10 FIT10 Thurs., Nov. 18 6:30-7:45pm FIT11 Thurs., Dec. 16 6:30-7:45pm

Pickleball 101

MEET JASMINE MURPHY Jasmine Murphy has been teaching fitness classes since 2013. She is a licensed Zumba® Instructor, a licensed Aqua Strong Instructor and Zumba Toning instructor. She also holds certificates to teach Barre, Yin Yoga, and Boot Camp classes.

INSTRUCT Jasmine loves to add a fun OR twist to her classes and h t! ligh igh

believes every one of her classes is for everyone as she encourages everyone to listen to their body.

$10 $10 $10

Margie Barber

Come learn the fabulous sport of pickleball. It looks a lot like tennis, but covers a much smaller area. You will have an opportunity to learn the rules of the game along with some technique towards enjoying a wonderfully challenging method of physical activity. There is no need to bring a partner or provide either a paddle or the ball unless you wish. You can also take breaks if you feel you are not yet ready for consistent play. We strongly encourage you to bring a water bottle and a terrycloth towel along with plenty of enthusiasm! Upon arrival, please change into gym shoes to protect the flooring. FIT12 Mondays, November 8-December 13 Lakeview Elementary Gym

Open Pickleball Play

$18 7:00-8:45pm 6 sessions Margie Barber

Come join us for open play in the Lakeview Elementary Gymnasium Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays! We anticipate a great deal of participation as many new people have joined the pickleball scene. Remember to bring your own water jug and terrycloth towel. Also, please change into clean gym shoes to protect the flooring. FIT13 $19 Tues., Wed. & Thurs., October 6-December 16 7:15-8:45pm Lakeview Elementary Gym No class Oct. 21 or Nov. 25

do you get our monthly newsletter? call 507-379-5318 to sign up. NEW! Alzheimer’s Series by the Alzheimer’s Association Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s; the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia; stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available for some symptoms; and Alzheimer’s Association resources. All Alzheimer Series classes are online via Zoom. HW01 Thursday, October 7

No-Cost 6:00-7:00pm

ADULT Wellness We’ve added the community calendar to our website. Visit to search for events in albert lea. Go back in time with us!

10 Warning Signs Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking, and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. Join us to learn how to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis; possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources. HW02 Tuesday, October 26

No-Cost 6:00-7:00pm

Effective Communication Strategies Communication is more than just talking and listening. It’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. HW03 Thursday, December 2

No-Cost 6:00-7:00pm

October 2 - 3, 2021 | Albert Lea, MN Hours: Saturday 9am - 6pm, Sunday 9am - 4pm



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ALL new cooking classes! VIEW full descriptions at

Back to School Survival Instant Pot® Tess Georgakopoulos Freezer Meal Bootcamp Two of the meals that will be demonstrated are Sweet and Zesty Meatballs (to be served over rice or noodles), and Greek Lemon Garlic and Herbed Chicken. Participants will be given the option to prepare some Cheesy Stuffed Shells for their freezers as well! Experience how these culinary creations can make it seem as though you have been cooking for hours, when all you have done is opened up a bag and pushed a button! Have your questions answered by the instructor, interact with other participants, and expand your culinary prep repertoire to include Freezer Meal Prep ideas for your electric pressure cooker. AE01 Saturday, September 18 Live via Zoom

Instant Pot® 101—LIVE

$35 4:30-6:00pm Prep-Along & Demonstration Style Tess Georgakopoulos

Back to School Survival: 30—40 Minute Meals—Classes Tess Georgakopoulos

Thirty to forty minute meals can seem impossible during a busy weeknight after the day has ended, you are tired, and there are hungry people all around. Newsflash! These wonderful meals are definitely possible! No need to resort to frozen processed food, or fast food when you are in a pinch for time. Learn the foundations, and tips and tricks to be successful in mastering the skills to prepare quick 30-40 minute home-cooked nourishing meals in your kitchen by registering and participating in all, or some of the cook-along classes outlined below. You will feel like a pro as your confidence grows, and will realize that you can create your own quick meal ideas by adapting your favorite recipes and using the skills learned during these amazingly fun- filled classes.

Demystify the electric pressure cooker/ multi-cooker called the Instant Pot® during a LIVE VIRTUAL class! Learn the foundations of cooking and care, and how to make a few amazingly satisfying dishes in the Instant Pot. Breakfast, Lunch / Dinner, and Dessert menu items will be demonstrated. Participants can choose to join in a COOK-ALONG for the pasta dish found here in the description! In addition to an Instant Pot® Yogurt Tutorial, menu items will include Creamy Steel-Cut Oatmeal or Egg Bites, Creamy-Cheesy Tuscan Chicken with Penne, and luscious Lava Cakes or Dreamy Banana Bread.

AE06 Homemade Chicken Tenders, Baked-Oven-Fried $30 Wednesday, October 6 5:30-6:30pm Live via Zoom Cook-Along Style

AE02 $35 Wednesday, September 15 5:00-7:00pm Live via Zoom Cook-Along & Demonstration Style

AE07 Soothing, Savory, Chicken-Sweet Potato-Stew $28 Wednesday, October 13 5:30-6:30pm Live via Zoom Cook-Along Style

Back to School Survival Make-Ahead Tess Georgakopoulos Grab-&-Go Breakfast Bootcamp

AE08 Burgers & Loaded Baked-Chili-Seasoned Fries $30 Wednesday, October 27 5:30-6:30pm Live via Zoom Cook-Along Style

AE04 Chicken Fried Rice Wednesday, September 22 Live via Zoom

$28 5:30-6:30pm Cook-Along Style

AE05 Chicken Parmesan Wednesday, September 29 Live via Zoom

$28 5:30-6:30pm Cook-Along Style

Escape to the Mediterranean

Tess Georgakopoulos

Ensure you and your family have access to quick and healthy breakfasts ready in no time to start your busy days and experience the carefree feeling of knowing your family members can choose their own breakfast, reheat it within a couple of minutes, and be ready to go! Save money too by making your own make-ahead breakfasts instead of purchasing them! Have some fun participating in this virtual Demonstration Style class with the OPTION to Prep-Along one of the breakfasts as well. Learn the foundations of how to make, store, and reheat, homemade breakfast sandwiches, wraps, waffles, cinnamon French toast sticks and more for the freezer.

Escape to the Mediterranean with the flavors of Greece in this LIVE COOK-ALONG class! Learn how to create a classic full flavored Greek Meal for you and your family / significant other. Or better yet, have your family or significant other join you as you create the taste of Greece in your kitchen! A very full and busy class indeed! Items on the menu will include Greek Grilled Chicken Souvlaki (skewers), Tzatziki (traditional Greek yogurt dipping sauce), Greek Veggie Rice (prepared in the Instant Pot or on the stove-top), and homemade pita bread

AE03 $35 Saturday, September 25 4:30-6:00pm Live via Zoom Prep-Along & Demonstration Style

AE09 Saturday, October 9 Live via Zoom



$35 4:30-6:30pm Cook-Along Style

Air Fryer Hype! Recipe Ideas for All Ages! Tess Georgakopoulos

Have you ever wondered what the Air Fryer Hype is about? Do you have one and want ideas about what to make in it besides fries or crisping up frozen processed foods? Are you thinking about purchasing one but would like to know more about it first? Well...this class may just answer all those questions for you! Have some fun participating in this virtual Air Fryer Demonstration and Partial Cook-Along class as we dive into the world of Air Frying! The instructor will demonstrate some family favorite recipes and invite participants to join in for one of them. The recipes that will be demonstrated include: homemade eggrolls wraps, pizza bites, seasoned potato wedges, and burgers! The cook-along recipe will be a copycat fried chicken favorite! All healthy, delicious recipes that will have your family coming back for more! AE10 $35 Saturday, October 16 4:30-6:30pm Live via Zoom Cook-Along & Demonstration Style

Instant Pot® Holiday Menu

Tess Georgakopoulos

Looking for some quick and simple options for a wonderful holiday menu? Learn how to create a few full-flavored traditional dishes in a fraction of the time using the electric pressure cooker / multi-cooker called the Instant Pot® during a LIVE VIRTUAL DEMONSTRATION STYLE class with a PARTIAL COOK-ALONG OPTION! Holiday menu items will include Full Flavored Faux Roasted Chicken, Holiday Mashed Potatoes, Spiced Honey Glazed Carrots, and Pumpkin Cheesecake! AE12


Instant Pot® Fall-off-the-Bone BBQ Ribs, Tess Georgakopoulos Saturday, November 20 4:30-6:30pm Potato Salad, & Sweet Creamed Corn Live via Zoom Cook-Along & Demonstration Style Have some fun participating in this virtual Instant Pot® COOK-ALONG class! In this class, we will discover the wonders of making and enjoying fall-off-the-bone BBQ Ribs in a fraction of the time! In addition to the BBQ Ribs, we will be making some wonderful Instant Pot® Potato Salad, and another side of Sweet Creamed Corn (on the stove-top). Choose one for your cook-along, and watch a demonstration of the other or if you have a second Instant Pot® on hand, and want to make both the ribs and the potato salad please do! All delicious recipes are made with ingredients that are probably already on hand. Experience how these culinary creations are made in a fraction of the time, and how they are taken to another level, using the Instant Pot®! AE11 Saturday, November 6 Live via Zoom

Instant Pot® Creamy Chicken & Wild-Rice Soup, and Chicken & White Bean Chili, Rolls Tess Georgakopoulos Have some fun participating in this virtual Instant Pot® COOK-ALONG class! Two dishes will be made during this class. Choose one for your cook-along, and watch a demonstration of the other or if you have a second Instant Pot® on hand, make both! The recipe options for this class are a Minnesota classic Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup, and Chicken and White Bean Chili! We will also be making some wonderful rolls from scratch! Both delicious recipes that will become family favorites guaranteed!

$35 AE13 4:30-6:30pm Saturday, December 4 Cook-Along Class (optional) Live via Zoom

Detroit Style Pizza & Pizza Madness

$35 4:30-6:30pm Cook-Along Style

Tess Georgakopoulos

Have some fun participating in this virtual Pizza COOK-ALONG class! Learn how to make your own homemade pizza with homemade dough a variety of ways! Pizza Menu choices for this class will include the very popular DETROIT-STYLE Pan Pizza with sauce, Baked Pizza Bombs, and Pizza Pinwheels. If there is time, classic pan pizza will also be made. Choose which ones you would like to make and watch a demonstration of the others. AE14 Saturday, December 11 Live via Zoom

$35 4:30-6:30pm Cook-Along Style

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ALL new cooking classes! VIEW full descriptions at Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting Tess Georgakopoulos

Showstopper desserts are often the star-of-the-show, when it comes to holiday celebrations or any time of year. Bake-Along with the instructor in this class, and learn to create a showstopper dessert in the form of a delicious 3-Tiered Carrot Cake with a luscious velvety Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting that will have your family and friends talking for years to come. Get ready! You will be asked to make this dreamy goodness time and time again! AE19 Saturday, November 13 Live via Zoom

$30 4:30-6:00pm Cook-Along Style

Holiday Baking & Holiday Cookie-Tin Treats—Classes Tess Georgakopoulos

Homemade cookies and treats are always a wonderful thoughtful gift around the holidays and throughout the year as well. Continue a tradition that has spanned generations or start a new one by participating in one or all of these classes designed to help fill your holiday cookie tins for gifting! The ones lucky enough to receive a cookie tin from you will be remembering your treats for months beyond the holidays! Make it a family-fun affair and have your children or significant other join you!. AE15 Chocolate-Maple-Coconut-Cookie Bars, Raspberry Cookie Crumb Bars $30 Wednesday, November 17 5:30-6:30pm Live via Zoom Bake-Along Style AE16 Cheese-Cake Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies & Brownie Drop Cookies $30 Wednesday, December 1 5:30-6:30pm Scratchmade Latkes and Apple Sauce Cook-Along Live via Zoom Bake-Along Style Laura Scheck AE17 Jam Filled Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies & Cookie-Butter Blossoms $30 Wednesday, December 8 5:30-6:30pm Live via Zoom Bake-Along Style

Make perfectly crisp and seasoned latkes for Hanukkah or any winter festivity. Discuss choosing potatoes, apples and oil, but use whatever you have. You can even fortify your latkes with something green! Regardless, they will get gobbled up because they are fried and smothered in homemade applesauce.

AE18 Hot Cocoa Bombs, Holiday Cookie Bake, Decorate Foundations of Royal Icing $30 AE20 Wednesday,December 15 5:30-7:30pm Wednesday, December 1 Live via Zoom Bake-Along Style Live via Zoom

Italian Holiday Cookies Bake-Along

$35 6:00-7:30pm Cook-Along Style Laura Scheck

You’ll definitely want to add these festive cookies to your holiday cookie platter: six layer rainbow cookies and Italian lemon cookies with 3 varieties (Clove and Cocoa, anisette or knots). Learn tips for improving your cookie game, including proper measurement and egg separation, and you’ll better understand methods like creaming and tempering. AE21 Saturday, December 18 Live via Zoom



$35 10:00-12:00pm Bake-Along Style

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ADULT Business and finance NEW! Getting Started with Medicare

Thrivent Financial representative Jake Thompson, RICP,CLTC. Enrolling in Medicare can feel like opening a puzzle that’s all sky. It’s hard to know where to start. But, much like with puzzles, a little help goes a long way. That’s why I’m hosting Getting Started with Medicare —an informational event to help explain your options. BSFN38 Wednesday, November 3 Brookside Rm. 109

NEW! How Will I Pay for My Long Term Care?

7:00-8:00pm No-Cost

Eythan G. Frandle

Eythan G. Frandle, of the law firm Peterson, Kolker, Haedt & Benda, ltd., will review application requirements and after-death estate recovery procedures for the Medical Assistance program in Minnesota. He will help you formulate a path forward and begin to answer the question: How will I pay for my long term care? BSFN34 Tuesday, September 28 Brookside Rm. 109

6:00-8:00pm $8

NEW! Managing Risks in Retirement Tiarks, Hackett & Becker Financial

Are you planning for retirement? Are you concerned with or aware of the risks you might be taking with your investments, insurance or taxes? If so, then attend this class to learn about 3 specific strategies that you can use now to potentially manage these risks in retirement! BSFN35 Tuesday, October 5 Brookside Rm. 109

6:00-7:00pm No-Cost

NEW! Which Estate Plan is Right for Me? Dan Kolker & Eythan G. Frandle

This course will look at the various methods and tools to transfer your estate upon your death including gifts, deeds, wills and trusts. We will also discuss what happens if you don’t plan your estate. BSFN36 Thursday, October 14 Brookside Rm. 109

6:30-8:00pm $8

QuickBooks® for Beginners

Margie Barber

This class covers writing checks and entering credit card charges, making deposits, reconciling bank statements, making journal entries, and producing profit and loss reports as well as balance sheets to be provided to your tax preparer. ATTENTION: Software is limited. If you already have a laptop with QuickBooks® installed, we encourage you to bring it to class or call 507-379-5318 to check availability. BSFN39 Mon., Nov. 8 & 15 Hammer Fieldhouse Classroom

$45 1:00-3:00pm 2 sessions

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Social Security - Timing is Everything

Will Your Taxes Affect Your Retirement?

Social Security is a vital income source for many retirees. But it can be a confusing topic, and making the most of it can have a lot to do with timing it right. This workshop can help attendees get answers to their questions and learn what Social Security can mean for them.

It’s critical to have a solid understanding of the tax status of investments to make informed decisions and avoid paying more than the fair share.

Thrivent Financial representative Jake Thompson, RICP,CLTC.

BSFN37 Wednesday, November 10 Brookside Rm. 109

7:00-8:00pm No-Cost

Thrivent Financial representative Jake Thompson, RICP,CLTC.

BSFN40 Wednesday, November 17 Brookside Rm. 109

7:00-8:00pm No-Cost

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ADULT Hobbies


Fall Painting Kits

Annette Camacho

Grab your family and friends for a painting party! These holiday painting kits include all the materials you will need to create your painting on a 12’’ x 12’’ canvas from the comfort of your own home. Visual and written step-by-step instructions make these paintings easy to create.

Wood Painting Kits

Tammy Fink

A variety of wood painting kits for all ages. These are easy to paint and assemble. No painting skills are needed. You will need to supply your own craft paint and glue. See all various color options by searching ‘Wood Painting Kits’ online at Kits are $15 each.

Mini Barn Quilt Kit

Katie Mertens

Create a beautiful 10’’ x 10’’ Mini Barn Quilt of a sunflower or poinsettia in the comfort of your own home. Written and visual instructions provided and a instructional video available upon request. You will use measurements to create the design. You will need a ruler, pencil, hammer. Optional: a blade/exacto knife and stain for wood trim pieces. Board, trim pieces, paintbrush and tape are provided. HOBBSUNFLOWER HOBBPOINSETTIA

$39 $39


Fleece Gnome Kits




NEW! Sew Very Happy Kits Alicia Sanchez

You will be Sew Very Happy and impressed with these creative, fun kits! Each kit comes with everything you need to make 3 beginner sewing projects! You will also receive access to a step-by-step video of Alicia as she walks you through making a mask band, namaste floor pillow and bookmark! These are beginner projects for youth or adult. You will need a sewing machine. $20


Katie Mertens

Minnesota winters are on their way! Grab a take-home mitten kit to sew these warm mittens to keep your hands warm. Kits come with precut fabric and buttons. Visual and written step-by-step instructions are provided as well as a instructional video upon request. You will need to provide tools to sew. See all various color options by searching ‘Mitten Kits’ online at Kits are $22 each.

Tammy Fink

This adorable gnome kit will include all the pieces to make one fleece gnome along with easy to follow instructions. All you will need to supply is a hot glue gun, needle and thread. No sewing skills are needed as it is one basic stitch that will be explained in the instructions. Children can make this also with adult supervision. Kits will be available for pick up during office hours. Each kit has unique fabric and accessories included. You will be able choose patterns during pick up.


Mitten Kits

$20 $20 $20

Kits will be available for pick up during Community Ed office hours at the Hammer Fieldhouse, 1011 Hammer Road, Albert Lea. We will only have a certain amount of kits available. These kits are nonrefundable. If kits have not been picked up two months from the purchase date they will be donated to anther community member.


NEW! Beginner Bujo Workshop

Mindy Christenson

Ages 15+

Do you have trouble finding the perfect planner that works for YOU? Learn how to set up and utilize a customized planner in a fun and decorative way. Materials provided. Please bring basic schedule for your next year, list of “goals”, birthdays, and other things you would like to include in your bullet journal. HOBB01 Saturday, November 20 Northbridge Mall

$30 8:30-11:30am 1 Session

HOBB02 Saturday, December 11 The Outlet

$30 8:30-11:30am 1 Session

NEW! Make & Take Wood Paintings Class

Tammy Fink

Come join us in this easy to paint dimensional wood sign class. You will have a variety of wood signs to choose from, all supplies provided. No painting skills are needed. Signs are 16’’ x 16’’. Holiday options will be available to choose from. Children can also are welcome to attend with adult supervision.

NEW! Make & Take Fleece Gnome Class

You will be provided with all supplies need to make your own gnome. You will pick out your fabric pattern once you arrive. No sewing skills are needed as it is one basic stitch that will be explained in the class. Children can also make a gnome with adult supervision.

HOBB04 $30 Tuesday, November 16 6:00-8:00pm Brookside Cafeteria 1 Session

HOBB03 Tuesday, October 12 Brookside Cafeteria

NEW! DIY Glitter Tumbler

Tammy Fink

$25 6:00-8:00pm 1 Session

Ages 18+

Tiffney Chapek

Come create a personalized glitter tumbler! During this class you will apply glitter to a stainless steel tumbler and pick out a decal for your tumbler. The instructor will take the cups home, epoxy them, apply the decal and more epoxy. It will take approximately 2-4 weeks for the cups to be finished, cure and ready to use. The 20 oz skinny tumbler comes with a lid and straw. Deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 21. $45 6:00-8:00pm 1 session

MEET Tiffney chapek I started Craftology 1.5 years ago and enjoy the fun of DIY Crafts. My favorite is making Glitter Tumblers! No craft experience is required. Just bring your creativity, willingness to learn something new and let’s create something beautiful.

HOBB05 Tuesday, September 28 Brookside Cafeteria


YOUTH ENRICHMENT Kids Just Want to Have Fun! Join Audrea on Wednesdays for some after school fun! Each week she will be at a different elementary school with a new activity for just $15 each class! Grades K-5 are welcome and you can register to attend at any of the elementary schools. Pre-registration and masks are REQUIRED.

Bookmarks, Door Hangers and “I’m Thankful For” Posters YOU01

Lakeview Cafeteria Wednesday, September 8 3:00-4:00pm YOU02 Hawthorne Cafeteria Wednesday, September 15 3:00-4:00pm YOU03 Halverson Cafeteria Wednesday, September 22 3:00-4:00pm YOU04 Sibley Cafeteria Wednesday, September 29 3:00-4:00pm

Bring a Parent to Class: Paint Pumpkins & Wooden Frames YOU05 Lakeview Cafeteria Wednesday, October 6 3:00-4:00pm YOU06 Hawthorne Cafeteria Wednesday, October 13 3:00-4:00pm YOU07 Halverson Cafeteria Wednesday, October 20 3:00-4:00pm YOU08 Sibley Cafeteria Wednesday, October 27 3:00-4:00pm

Santa Face Countdown to Christmas, Christmas Gift Tags, Felt Stockings and Hug Boxes YOU09 Lakeview Cafeteria Wednesday, November 3 3:00-4:00pm YOU10 Hawthorne Cafeteria Wednesday, November 10 3:00-4:00pm YOU11 Halverson Cafeteria Wednesday, November 17 3:00-4:00pm YOU12 Sibley Cafeteria Wednesday, November 24 3:00-4:00pm

Decorate Your Own 2022 Calendar YOU13 Lakeview Cafeteria Wednesday, December 1 3:00-4:00pm YOU14 Hawthorne Cafeteria Wednesday, December 8 3:00-4:00pm YOU15 Halverson Cafeteria Wednesday, December 15 3:00-4:00pm YOU16 Sibley Cafeteria Wednesday, December 22 3:00-4:00pm


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Daddy Daughter Hair Styling Jade O’Byrne

Any dads out there struggling to do their daughter’s hair? In this class you will learn how to do the basic hairstyles to help your child look their best! Please bring a hair brush and hair ties. Note: this class is inclusive. Both boys and girls hair can be styled and is available to a mom, step parent, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, etc who wants to bring a little one for this class. HOBB06 Tuesday, September 14 Brookside Rm. 218

$12 6:00-7:00pm 1 session

NEW! Home Alone!

Is your child ready for the independence of being home alone? Parents need to be sure their children have the skills and maturity to handle the responsibility safely. Whether it is for an hour after school or several hours a day during the summer, being trusted to be home alone can be a positive experience for a child who is mature and well prepared. This class for children will address several topics relating to being “Home Alone” including age guidelines, safe habits, house rules, after school routines, phone calls and door knocks, dog emergencies, personal safety, handling the unexpected, gun safety, severe weather, fire safety, intruders, and first aid tips.

NEW! Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS) Program

YOU18 Thursday, October 7 Southwest Library

3:30-6:30pm $53

NEW! Kids in the Kitchen 6th-7th Grade Bryan Cunningham, Yankee Catering

Do you have a child that loves to help cook? In this two session class we will be learning some basic cooking skills and how to handle equipment in the kitchen. Your kids will come home with a new excitement for cooking and feel more comfortable working in the kitchen. YOU19 Tues. & Thurs., Nov. 9 & 11 Southwest Rm. 219


YOU20 Thursday, November 4 3:30-5:30pm Southwest Library $33

Lori Hameister

The Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS) program from the American Safety and Health Institute provides everything you need to know for safe and successful babysitting. From getting started with your business, to working with parents and children, to key safety, caregiving, and first aid tips, CABS will help set you up for babysitting success. Students must be present for the entire class and complete achievement of the core learning objectives to receive certification valid for two years.

3:30-5:00pm $10

Lori Hameister


Bake & Build Gingerbread House! Family-Fun Bake-Along Class!

Tess Georgakopoulos

Have some fun participating in this LIVE virtual Family Fun BAKE-ALONG class, as you BAKE & BUILD your own GINGERBREAD HOUSE together! Start a new holiday family tradition and create lifelong memories as you bring your family together to create a show-stopping edible work of art! Together, we will combine the wonderful flavors of gingerbread and use the dough to create the pieces that will be used to “build” breathtaking houses, and make the stiff Royal Icing that will hold everything together and be used as the “glue” to decorate your houses with candies and delicious treats. YOU21

Sat., Dec. 18 4:30-6:30pm Live via Zoom Bake-Along Style $35

Please plan ahead and register early, classes will fill fast!

DRIVER’S EDUCATION Driver’s Education

14 & 1/2 years old

Prepare your future driver for the permit test, the State of Minnesota Graduated Driver’s License Test (GDL) and a lifetime of driving. Class fee includes 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. Please be aware that the class format could change at anytime depending on CDC guidelines and District #241 guidelines. Early bird registration fee of $325 ends 2 weeks prior to the start date of class. Then the price increases to $350. Deadline to register is 1 week prior to the start date of class.

For updated knowledge testing and road testing information go to and under the ‘Community Education’ tab select ‘Driver’s Education’. Defensive Driving (8 hr.)

Brookside Rm. 109

All drivers 55 years and older are encouraged to enroll in this 8 hour course. It will prepare you for a new awareness of traffic safety and sharpen your driving skills. You must attend all 8 hours to receive your certificate, which will entitle you to a discount on your auto insurance. You will not need to take a test. Please have your driver’s license number ready when you register. Must pre-register. Min 20/Max 30 DD03 Monday & Tuesday, August 30 & 31

Defensive Driving Refresher (4 hr.)

DE18SEPT Monday-Friday, September 13-24

Format TBD 3:30 -6:30pm

DE19OCT Monday-Friday, October 25-November 5

Format TBD 3:30 -6:30pm

DE20FEB Monday-Friday, February 28-March 11

Format TBD 3:30 -6:30pm

Once a student driver has a valid Minnesota permit and is ready to start their 6 hours of Behind the Wheel Training with an instructor, please call 507-379-5318 to get on the wait list. Point of Impact

Parents and their soon-to-be drivers are encouraged to attend this class together at no-cost. The intention of this class is to increase parent awareness of teen driving risks, Minnesota’s teen driver laws and the important role parents play in developing a safer teen driver. Parents and students participating in this informative class only have to log 40 hours of drive time with their student instead of the required 50.

POI5 $33 Monday, October 11 5:30-9:30pm Brookside Rm. 109

This 4 hour course is available to participants who have completed the 8 hour course (within the last 3 years) and need to renew their insurance certification. No tests are given. Please have your driver’s license number ready when you register. Must pre-register. Min 20/Max 30 DD01 Wednesday, September 1

$29 5:30-9:30pm

DD02 Monday, November 29

$29 5:30-9:30pm

Parents & Student Driver

Format TBD 6:00-7:30pm

Civil War Roundtable Learn, share and discuss topics relevant to the American Civil War and the US Dakota War of 1862 in this group.


9/9, 10/7, 11/4, 2021 1/6, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5, 2022 Monthly meetings include a 7:00-8:30pm presentation and discussion format on topics of interest Southwest Media Center | FREE Preregistration required at to Roundtable members. Please recycle after December 17, 2021


ADULT ENRICHMENT How do I take a live class with Zoom?

Mike Wilson

Most adult instructors use Zoom for live/virtual classes such as cooking, painting, exercising, computers, music, etc. Author and computer instructor Mike Wilson offers this easy session to help you understand the process of “getting to your classroom” and using Zoom. AE22 Thursday, September 9 Live via Zoom

$8 2:00-3:00pm 1 Session

AE23 Sunday, September 12 Live via Zoom

$8 11:00-12:00pm 1 Session

AE24 Sunday, December 12 Live via Zoom

$8 5:30-6:30pm 1 Session

need help registering? call 507-379-5318 Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People

Ages 18+

In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. Learn to play piano the way professionals do-using chords. Since this class is being held online with Zoom you will be able to sit at your piano or keyboard at home and take this course with no pressure at all. This course includes an online book and online follow up video lessons so you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own. An optional weekly online question and answer session is also included. The course is partly lecture/demonstration and partly hands on instruction. AE30 Thursday, September 23 Online Workshop

$59 6:30-9:30pm 1 Session

I Need Help Creating, Editing, And Organizing Mike Wilson Understanding Browsers And Getting The Most Out Of My Pictures, Files, Folders Google And Searching The Web Mike Wilson Learn the ins and outs of browsers, such as Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. Set your home page and create favorite websites to easily return to. You will see how to use browser tabs, enlarge web pages, as well as use ‘Read Aloud’. You will understand how to use and get the best out of search engines such as Google for looking up information and doing research. Find out about features from your browser and searching that will make your life easier. All these things will be taught in this “adult- and user-friendly” class! (For Windows 10 PCs.) AE25 Fridays, September 10, 17 & 24 Live via Zoom

$55 5:00-6:15pm 3 Sessions

AE26 Mon./Tues./Wed., October 4, 5 & 6 Live via Zoom

$55 7:00-8:15pm 3 Sessions

Should I Click On That?

Mike Wilson

Are you frustrated with strange things that pop-up on your computer? Mike will define and demonstrate: Online Safety; Scams to Know About; Frustrating and Suspicious Popups; Turning on Popup Blockers; Friendly Windows 10 Notifications; Advertisements; E-mail Ads and Links, Knowing What to Click On; Malware Protection; Do Your Research; Downloading Files, Cookies and Your Browser, Updates, Get Control of Your Device, and The Real from the Counterfeit! (Not for Apple/Mac users, Chromebooks, or tablets.) AE27 Monday & Tuesday, September 13 & 14 Live via Zoom

$35 6:30-7:30pm 2 Sessions

AE28 Friday & Saturday, October 1 & 2 Live via Zoom

$35 8:00-9:00pm 2 Sessions

AE29 Sundays, December 5 & 12 Live via Zoom


$35 11:00-12:00pm 2 Sessions


Are your files, digital pictures, emails, and information scattered everywhere on your computer? Instructor Mike Wilson will demonstrate how to create an orderly system with pictures, files, & folders. Discover how to download and copy files and pictures from the Internet. See pictures transferred from a cell phone to a computer and how minor picture editing changes are made. Save files and projects on your computer and flash drives, and easily find them. Learn how to create, copy, move, and relocate pictures, files, and folders. (Not for Apple/Mac users.) camera, App store, settings and the Internet. Not for Android users. AE31 Sundays, October 3, 10 & 17 Live via Zoom

$55 12:00-1:15pm 3 Sessions

AE32 Thurs., Fri., Sat., October 7, 8 & 9 Live via Zoom

$55 3:00-4:15pm 3 Sessions

AE33 Saturdays, November 6, 13 & 20 Live via Zoom

$55 2:00-3:15pm 3 Sessions

Microsoft Word Made Easy — Really!!

Mike Wilson

Break down the unknown Microsoft Word and present them to you in a clear, sensible, and enjoyable way! Learn how to navigate basic functions in Word and go on to explore alignments, bullets, hard/soft returns, indents, and the sort feature. You will see simple keyboard shortcuts and how to edit documents. Also, see a demonstration on paragraphs, margins, and how to fix unwanted vertical spacing. You will learn how to use tabs and tables properly and easily. Finally, gain knowledge of text boxes, page numbering, creating basic labels, and helpful page views. (Not for Apple/Mac users.) AE34 Sun., Mon., Tues., October 24, 25 & 26 Live via Zoom

$55 7:00-8:15pm 3 Sessions

NEW! Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy People

Ages 18+

Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find the time? In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. Since this class is being held online with ZOOM, you will be able to sit at home with your guitar and take this class without any pressure at all. And since the class includes an online book and online follow-up video lessons, you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own. An optional periodic online question and answer session is also included. A recording of the class is included as well. AE35 Thursday, September 30 Online Workshop

Getting To Know Your I-Phone

$59 6:30-9:00pm 1 Session Mike Wilson

Excel: For Those Who Don’t Have A Clue!

Mike Wilson

Author and instructor Mike Wilson will demonstrate how to use your smart phone. This class is designed for recent I-phone users! Mike will cover cell phone topics, such as: the photo app, texting, navigating, apps, contacts, e-mail, camera, App store, settings and the Internet. Not for Android users. AE36 Mondays, November 1, 8 & 15 Live via Zoom AE37 Thurs., Fri., December 2, 3 & 9 Live via Zoom

Celebrating our

75 th season!

The instructor will demonstrate how to navigate and interface with Excel’s basic features. See how a simple home budget and contact list is created. You will view how to use calculations such as autosum, max, and average, and see how simple formulas are created. Also, learn to use the fill handle, sort existing data, merge and center, $55 move cells and ranges, wrap text. Quick and simple projects will be 7:00-8:15pm created to show the everyday practical side of Excel. 3 Sessions AE38 $55 Tues., Wed., Thurs., November 16, 17 & 18 7:00-8:15pm $55 3 Sessions 7:00-8:15pm Live via Zoom 3 Sessions

Albert Lea Civic Music Concert Series begins September 22nd! Live Performances by

National & International Artists

Tickets & Details at Register online at





We had 1,880 people attend the boathouse in june. thanks for a great year!

Home is where the healthy living is Albert Lea is Minnesota’s first certified Blue Zones Community®

Blue Zones Project® is a well-being improvement initiative designed to help make healthier choices easier. When individuals and organizations participate the small changes contribute to huge benefits: lowered healthcare costs, improved productivity, and a higher quality of life.




By encouraging better eating habits, implementing tobacco-free policies, and increasing physical activity, we create healthy habits for life.

By helping you provide easier access to healthful and tasty foods, you can better educate families on improving nutrition.

We work with you to add healthier foods, so you can improve customer satisfaction and increase traffic.




Sidewalks, community gardens, farmers’ markets, and other community infrastructures affect your ability to move naturally, connect socially, and access healthy food.

We help your workers feel better and more connected to their colleagues, so they’re more productive, miss less work, and have lower healthcare costs.

From moving naturally more often to finding individual purpose in our lives, making small changes in daily routines can lead to living happier and healthier lives.

A community-wide approach. LEARN MORE: •


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AUDREA HOREJSI, Creative Instructor I have taught craft classes to elementary children in the past in various communities. I have also planned and lead classes at my church during lent and advent season. I was a girl scout troop leader when my children were younger and led 24 girls aged K-5 grade. I feel creativity gives a person/a child a voice through their art and also believe children need a place they can congregate with peers on a regular basis besides the classroom.

JADE O’BYRNE, Hair Styling Instructor I have been doing hair now for about 11 years! I have 2 beautiful children, 1 of which has crazy curly unruly hair and the other has the worst cowlicks you have ever seen! The struggle is real sometimes but we normally can conquer it with a simple top knot or pig tails or my son gets a mohawk because well that’s all that works. Lets have some fun and learn a couple fun easy styles together! Please let me know if you have something you want to learn or any questions you have! I am here to help!

TESS GEORGAKOPOULOS, Cooking Instructor Tess Georgakopoulos, a skilled, well-seasoned home-cook and Community Education Instructor, is proposing a number of Instant Pot, Classical Cooking Classes for community education in numerous districts in and around the Twin Cities area for the fall 2021 season. Tess has successfully worked with over 30 public school districts to date and she is happy to say her collaboration and partnership with public school districts continues to grow. Wayzata, Minnetonka, Mounds View, ISD 728, Anoka Hennepin, Alexandria, Brainerd, Stillwater, and Winona are but a few! She aspires to build culinary confidence in all who participate in her classes.

MIKE WILSON, Computer Instructor Computer Instructor and author Mike Wilson’s passion has been helping 1000’s of adults and seniors learn computers in over 40 cities in 17 years. He has taught at colleges, workforce and development, community education centers, Parks and Recs, libraries, and many senior centers. Mike gets overwhelming excellent comments about his unique style of teaching, which is basically simplistic. He takes even the advanced things and breaks them down so students can understand them. His goal is for “no student to be left behind” and he ranks extremely high in trying to fulfill that goal. Mike instructs students virtually from the privacy of their own homes! His live sessions are great for dabblers, tinkerers, and those who have recently bought a computer for personal or business use.



Are you willing to share your skills/talents with the community of Albert Lea? You don’t have to be a licensed teacher. Enthusiasm combined with knowledge of a subject or skill in a special interest will be enough to get you started! We are here to provide assistance on class content, promotion and more. Call 379-5318 for more information or e-mail


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