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Fall 2019

September - December

Contents Adult Learning Center


Big Island Rendezvous


Blue Zones


Business & Finance


Community Band


Community Theatre


Civil War Roundtable




Daytime Adventures




Early Learning


Experiential Education



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Hobbies & Crafts




Meraki Studio




Parks & Recreation








Office Hours Monday - Friday 8:30am -3:30pm


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Community Education Office Marion Ross Performing Arts Center 147 North Broadway Albert Lea, MN 56007 Phone: 507-379-4834 Email:

Follow Us on Social Media! CLASS SITES in Albert Lea Albert Lea Art Center...............................................101 South Broadway Albert Lea City Arena..............................................701 Lake Chapeau Dr Albert Lea High School............................................2000 Tiger Lane Boathouse...................................................................Fountain Lake Trail Brookside Education Center....................................211 W Richway Care About U Cafe...................................................211 Richway Dr. -2nd Floor Christ Episcopal Church.........................................204 W. Fountain Street Heartwaves Studio...................................................105 N Broadway Halverson Elementary.............................................707 E 10th Street Hawthorne Elementary...........................................1000 E. Hawtrone St. Lakeview Elementary...............................................902 Abbott Marion Ross Performing Arts Center....................147 N. Broadway Old Shopko Garden Center......................................2610 Bridge Ave Riverland Community College...............................2200 Riverland Drive Rock Gym ................................................................211 West Richway Dr. Sibley Elementary....................................................1501 W Front Street Southwest Middle School.......................................1601 W Front Street The Interchange........................................................211 South Broadway Ave The Family Y .............................................................2021 W. Main St. Thorne Crest Senior Living Center ........................1201 Garfield Ave

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What does ‘quality of life’ mean to you?

Inside this book you will find experiences that can enhance the quality of life for people of all ages. Whether you are seeking to meet others with a similar interest or you have a desire to learn something new or more deeply, Community Education seeks to provide experiences that are fun and meaningful for all. Opportunities change each programming season. Take a look today at what may enhance your quality of life. There are many ways to register for Community Education classes: enrichment office at Marion Ross Performing Arts Center, via phone 507-379-4834 and Community Ed welcomes you to use our new online registration program that is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

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. 2019-2020 Advisory Council Members Mary Schroader Cindy Enderson Cindy Golbuff Darryl Meyer Peggy Havener Mary Ellen Johnson Karen Callahan Chol Joak Jennifer Davis Sarah Kocher Pat Stumme

Community Education is the lifelong learning extension of District #241 Chris Chalmers Executive Director Albert Lea Area Community Education





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If interested in serving on our council please go to the Albert Lea Area School District 241 website, under Community Education, please fill out and return your complete ‘Statement of Interest’ form. The form is also available at our Enichment Office (147 North Braodway).

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10 National Community Ed Day is on Nov. 7, 2019! Look for Special Events and Discounts Online at


Early Learning

Look for our NEW

Preschool & Early Childhood Family Education brochure coming soon!

ATTENTION Are you new to the area? Was your baby born somewhere other than Freeborn County? Do you have new neighbors with young children? Please call 507-379-5176 to add your name to our mailing list and to learn more about our opportunities! Early Childhood Screening

The State of Minnesota requires a developmental screening of all three to four year old children prior to kindergarten entrance. FREE one-hour screenings are offered at Brookside Education Center.

Jenny: Early Ed. Coordinator 507-379-4832 Melissa: Lead Teacher 507-379-4852 Kate: Early Ed. Assistant 507-379-4838 Nancy: Early Ed. Specialist 507-379-5176

Thursday, September 5 - 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 4 - 8:00 am - 12:00 p.m. Thursday, November 4 - 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Please call 507-379-5176 or email Nancy. to schedule your child’s appointment.

Our Pre-K program for the 2019-2020 school year is filling up fast! Contact Kate with application questions and to see if you qualify for a scholarship. Childcare options are also available to fit your family’s needs.

Amazing Newborn Clinic This weekly FREE clinic staffed by professional nurses and educators assists you in parenting and caring for your newborn. Get your baby’s height and weight checked, receive breast feeding support, meet other parents of newborns, get your questions answered, and receive up-to-date information on your baby’s growth and development. This is a free service, and no appointment is necessary.


Contact Early Learning

Tuesdays Anytime between 12:30-2 pm Call 507-377-5100 for more info. FREE Brookside CareAboutU Café

Brookside Pre-Kindergarten (3-5 year olds)

FREE Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Our FREE Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program, located at Halverson Elementary and First Lutheran Church, still has a few slots available. Students must be 4 years old before September 1, 2019. Contact Kate for eligibility requirements and applications. Kate 507-379-4838

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For children ages Birth - 3rd grade & parents Located at Brookside Education Center Room 206 Daytime Hours Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Evening Hours During ECFE Parent-Child Classes

Friday & Saturday


Climbing Club Tuesday


Free basic climbing class at 6:30pm with paid admission.

General Admission is $10 or Punch Pass ($25 - for 5 admissions) Rock Gym is located at Brookside Education Center (211 West Richway Drive) in Gym B.

What is ‘Experiential Education’? Experiential Education is a teaching philosophy which engages learners with direct experiences. It focuses on moral values, increasing knowledge and awareness, developing life skills, and understanding their contribution to their communities.

NEW! Backpacking 101

Chris Harveaux

In this introduction to backpacking class, we will discuss how to have an enjoyable day out hiking, whether by yourself, with a group or with kids. Topics will range from how to prepare for a simple day hike to what’s the best type of backpack for longer, overnight trips. We’ll cover what basic gear, safety supplies and appropriate clothing. You will learn how to best pack a backpack for a longer trip, as well as numerous other tips and techniques to make your hiking experience as safe and enjoyable as possible! See full description online at EE2 Sat., Sept. 14 Boathouse

$5 10-11 am

Fall Boathouse Hours

August 19 - October 5, 2019 Saturdays 9:00 am-12:00 pm Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-9:00 pm (or dark) Additional October hours based on weather. Watch our Facebook Page, Website, and Bulletin Board at the Boathouse for Fall Specials.

Experiential Education

Open Rock Gym

Admission: $10 or Punch Pass Punch Pass: $25 for 5 Admissions Boathouse located at Brookside Boat Landing

Punch Pass

Punch Passes are good for any Rock Gym or Boathouse activity: climbing, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, hamboarding, biking, and more! They are also good to use at the Hormel Nature Center for crosscountry skiing. Pick up a Punch Pass at the Rock Gym, Boathouse, or Community Education Enrichment Office (147 N. Broadway).

NEW! Let’s Take a Hike

Chris Harveaux

Enjoy an educational, fun, mini outdoor adventure! Your day will start at the Helmer Myre Ranger station, where you will need to purchase a pass for the park. Before your hike begins, Chris will go through gear, the best way to pack your backpack, suggest some alternatives to supplies to keep costs low, as well as basic safety and first aid. there will be a demonstration on what food is best to bring along and how to prepare a hot meal in the outdoors. See full description online at EE3 $5 Sat., Sept. 21 10 am - 1 pm Myre-Big Island State Park



Drivers Education

Defensive Driving (8 hr.)

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-thewheel instruction. Min. 20/ Max. 40 students *Please plan ahead and register early, classes will fill fast!

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. Must pre-register.

Dewey Severson

14 and 1/2 years old

Price: $350 (Early Bird Special: $325) DESEPT Mon.-Fri., Sept. 16-27 Early Bird Deadline: Sept. 3

3:30 -6:30 pm ALHS D200

DEOCT Mon.-Fri., Oct. 28-Nov. 8 Early Bird Deadline: Oct. 14

3:30-6:30 pm ALHS D200

DEFEB Mon.-Fri., Feb. 24 - Mar. 5 Early Bird Deadline: Feb. 10

3:30 -6:30 pm ALHS E113

DEMAR Mon.-Fri., March 16 - 27 Early Bird Deadline: March 2

3:30-6:30 pm ALHS E113

DEJUN Mon.-Fri., June 1 - 12 Early Bird Deadline: May 18

3:30-6:30 pm ALHS E113

Once 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 507-379-4834.

Point of Impact

Parents & Student Driver Parents and their soon-to-be drivers are encouraged to attend this free class together. 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. This program is designed for both parents and students to attend together. POI3 FREE 7:00-8:30 pm Monday, October 14 ALHS E113


POI4 FREE 7:00-8:30 pm Monday, March 23 ALHS E113

DD1 Mon.Tues., Oct. 7, 8 Brookside Rm 109

$30 6-10 pm

Defensive Driving Refresher (4 hr.) Dewey Severson

This 4 hour course is available to participants who have completed the 8 hour course and need to renew their insurance certification. No tests are given. Must preregister. DD2 $25 Tues., Oct. 8 1-5 pm Brookside Rm 109 DD3 $25 Tues., Nov. 5 6-10 pm Brookside Rm 109

Please have your driver’s license number ready when you register! 507-379-4834

STARS Mentoring Program

Success Through Adults Reaching Students Be a STAR in a child’s life. Become a mentor! A mentor is a caring adult friend and positive role model that meets with their mentee 2-4 times a month. Group activities are also provided. Parents can request a mentor for any child from 7-17 who needs guidance and support. All children need a caring, trusting, adult friend.

MENTORING MAKES A DIFFERENCE! To find out more about our program: Call: 507-383-5272; STARS for Kids on Facebook;

Ripcord at the Ives Theatre

An annual tradition for the entire family, don’t miss the Pride of Minnesota’s lively, joyful, and participatory indoor concert featuring halftime favorites and more. One of the most exciting and highly visible organizations on campus, the University of Minnesota Marching Band, led by Director Betsy McCann, provides enthusiastic support to the University’s athletic programs, and represents the University at events throughout the year. Registration Deadline: October 7th. Sorry, no refunds. T1 $59 Sunday, November 24 Carlson Family Stage Depart: 11:20 am Return: 6:15 pm Park Behind Old ShopKo Garden Center

Join us as we head to this beautiful (new) theatre venue for lunch and a theatre production! Ripcord is an uproarious new comedy best described as Golden Girls meet The Odd Couple. When a feud between two mismatched roommates results in a bet, things quickly escalate into a hilarious game of practical jokes and one-upmanship. Early reviews include, “Zany, whacky, wildly inventive and hysterically funny!” (New York Magazine) and One of the funniest plays you will ever see. Don’t miss it! Leave the driving to us and enjoy a day away with friends! Trip fee includes a fabulous meal, show ticket and motor coach transportation. Please register by October 1st. Sorry, no refunds on trips. T3 $79 Wednesday, October 30 Ives Theatre Depart: 9:45 am Return: 5:40 pm Park Behind Old ShopKo Garden Center

Hark! The Church Basement Ladies Sing! This new play is the latest in the Church Basement Ladies musical series. It is December 1960 and members of this rural community have gathered around their reel-to-reel tape player to record a special Christmas greeting for one of their boys serving overseas. As the ladies serve up coffee and cookies, the antics begin! Throughout it all, you will be encouraged to sing along as Christmas carols are played on the old upright piano. Come along and “Fa La La” with the Church Basement Ladies! Whether you’ve seen several of their shows, or are new to the world of these ladies, you will enjoy this day! Trip fee includes a fabulous meal, show ticket and motor coach transportation. Register by October 19th. Sorry no refunds on trips. T2 $79 Thursday, November 14 Ames Center Depart: 9:45 am Return: 5:40 pm Park Behind Old ShopKo Garden Center

Daytime Adventures

58th Annual Marching Band Indoor Concert

Phantom of the Opera Join us for the world’s most celebrated musical and its return to Minneapolis. This spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before.” This production boasts many special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, new scene and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions on tour. Trip fee includes motor coach transportation and theatre ticket (front section balcony seating) and motor coach transportation. Registration deadline of September 14 th is fast approaching! Sorry, no refunds. T4 $149 Thursday, November 21 Orpheum Theatre Depart: 4:45 pm Return: 11:40 pm Park Behind Old ShopKo Garden Center

Register Early!!! Trips Will Fill Up Fast! All Trips Depart from Behind the Old ShopKo Garden Center (2610 Bridge Ave, Albert Lea).

Take a Local Trip!

We’re going on a Hike! See Page 5 for More Information.


NEW! Senior Chair Yoga


Clemencia Gujral

Have a seat in a comfortable chair and focus on your breath while exercising your muscles fully supported. YOGA2 $16 Wed.,Sept. 4- Oct. 23 10-11:30 am Christ Episcopal Church 8 Sessions YOGA3 $16 Wed., Oct. 30-Dec. 18 10-11:30 am Christ Episcopal Church 8 Sessions

NEW! Gentle Joints (60 yrs. +) Leah Atz

Slow Flow Yoga

Welcome to a calming, stress-relieving yoga class to stretch and strengthen the body. Attention to breath, balance, core strength and flexibility; combined with a soothing, relaxing, restorative meditation. It is perfect for students who simply want a slower pace yoga class, are new to yoga, or are experiencing overall stiffness due to lack of activity. Please bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing. Yoga is practiced with bare feet for your safety. Please contact the instructor in advance if you have special concerns, injuries or medical concerns. Students should be able to stand up from the floor.

Water based class for seniors looking to improve balance and range of motion by combining the benefits of water and gentle movements to relieve pain and stiffness. Must be able to safely enter and exit the pool. You do not need to know how to swim, but should be comfortable being in the water. No exercises require head to be underwater. Class is 30 minutes in the pool and 15 minutes in the hot tub. No classes during thunder or lightning storms. YOGA8 Tues., Sept. 10-Oct. 29 FIT2 $35 Brookside Gym A Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 3 - Oct. 15 10:45-11:30 am Thorne Crest

13 Sessions

Open Gym Basketball League Join us Wednesday evenings for some men’s basketball playing time. FIT3 Wed., Sept. 4 - May 20 Southwest Gym

7:30- 9 pm *25-35 Sessions

Yoga for Beginners

Clemencia Gujral

Shelley Pederson

YOGA9 Tues., Nov. 5-Dec. 17 Brookside Cafeteria


$45 6:30-7:45 pm 8 Sessions $40 6:30-7:45 pm

Marcie Thumann

Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Forget the workout, just lose yourself in the music and find yourself in better shape. Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high energy Latin and international beats. Before you know it, you’ll be getting fit and your energy levels will soar. Zumba is easy, effective and exhilarating.

In this class, you will experience your ability to create an open space in your body and mind. Focusing on your breaths and ZUM2 $55 stretches, you learn to relax and let go. Tuesdays, Oct. 1 - Dec. 17 5:30-6:30 pm YOGA4 $32 * No Class: Oct. 29 Mon., Sept. 9-Oct. 28 10-11:30 am Sibley Gym 11 Sessions Christ Episcopal Church 8 Sessions YOGA5 $28 Mon., Nov. 4-Dec. 16 10-11:30 am Christ Episcopal Church 7 Sessions


Zumba Combo

Jasmine Murphy

YOGA6 $32 Mon.,Sept. 9-Oct. 28 6-7:15 pm *Oct. 28 - Class at Christ Episcopal Church Sibley Gym 8 Sessions

Forget the workout, just lose yourself in the music and find yourself in better shape! This class features exotic rhythms set to high energy Latin and international beats. Zumba is easy, effective and exhilarating. This class is a combination of Zumba Toning with weights, Zumba, and Zumba Strong.

YOGA7 Mon., Nov. 4-Dec. 16 Sibley Gym

ZUM3 Wed., Oct. 2 - Nov. 13 The Family Y

$28 6-7:15 pm 7 Sessions

$32 5:30-6:30 pm 7 Sessions

Pickleball 101 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 the wonderful sport of pickleball. There is no need to provide a partner, a paddle or a ball unless you wish. You can also take breaks if you feel you are not yet ready for consistent play. To protect the floor, please bring tennis shoes that you can change into rather than wearing street shoes. Please bring a water bottle,a terry cloth towel and enthusiasm! *** Please note: Participants who register for this class, can also participate in Open Pickleball times with no extra fee. FIT4 Mon., Oct. 14 -TBD *No Class - Oct. 28 Lakeview Gym

$25 7:15-8:45 pm 8 Sessions

Pickleball Open Play Come join us for open play in the Lakeview Elementary Gym. Open play is scheduled to be available from 7:15pm until 8:45pm on most Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings starting October 15. Remember to bring your own water bottle, a terry cloth towel (if you wish), and tennis shoes, no street shoes in the gym. FIT5 $19 Tue.Wed.Thur., Oct. 15 -April 30 Lakeview Gym 7:15-8:45 pm

District 241 Employees get $10 off ONE fitness class each season! Call Community Education to receive this benefit: 379-4834

Leah Atz

Water based class for seniors looking to improve balance, strength and range of motion by utilizing water dumbbells and pool noodles. Must be able to safely enter and exit the pool. You do not need to know how to swim, but should be comfortable being in the water. No exercises require head to be underwater. Class is 30 minutes in the pool and 15 minutes in the hot tub. No classes during thunder or lightning storms. FIT6 Tues. & Thurs., Oct. 17 - Nov. 26 Thorne Crest

NEW! Gentle Flow Yoga

$35 10:45-11:30 am 13 Sessions Shelley Pederson

$40 5 - 6:15 pm 7 Sessions

NEW! Flow and Go

Shelley Pederson

Historical Museum

Suitable for all levels including those working with injury, limited mobility, or who prefer a softer, gentler approach to yoga. A restful, calming class including breathing techniques, gentle movement and guided meditation. Please bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing. Yoga is practiced with bare feet for your safety. Please contact the instructor in advance if you have special concerns, injuries or medical concerns. Chairs are available for those needing extra support. YOGA10 Tues., Nov. 5-Dec. 17 Brookside Cafeteria


NEW! Strong Seniors (60 yrs+)

Focus on mindful movement with a combination of Tai Chi and slow flow yoga. Practice will be a standing flow, improving balance and breathing routine suitable for all levels of fitness. The last few minutes will be spent in meditation. Please bring a mat, water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. YOGA11 Thurs., Nov. 7-Dec. 19 *No Class- Nov. 28 Brookside Cafeteria

$35 5 -5:45 pm 6 Sessions

NEW! Opportunities Backpacking 101 - See Page 5 Let’s Take a Hike - See Page 5. Home Safety - See Page 12 Instant Pot Cooking - See Page 11


NEW! Crochet Basket

Crafts & Hobbies

Pam Koenen

NEW!Beginning Crochet Mindy Christenson

Learn how to do a single, double, halfdouble, and slip stitch while creating a project to keep. You will also complete a larger ‘final project’ that will be discussed in class. Expect to spend some time working on projects outside class. Please bring a size H crochet hook and 3-2oz skeins or 1 large cone of cotton yarn such as ‘Peaches & Cream’ or ‘Sugar’N Cream.’(100% Cotton) HOBB1 Tues., Sept. 10- Oct. 8 Brookside Rm 113

$25 6-7:30 pm 5 Sessions

Acrylic Canvas Painting

Annette Camcho Yes, even you can create these acrylic paintings! Come and learn how to paint with step by step instructions with measurements! All instructions and supplies included. Painting are pictured to the right. Scarecrow HOBB2 $30 Sat., Sept. 21 10 am-1 pm The Interchange Pumpkin HOBB3 $30 Sat., Oct. 19 10 am-1 pm The Interchange Woods HOBB4 $30 Sat., Nov. 16 10 am-1 pm The Interchange Holiday Bells HOBB5 $30 Sat., Dec. 14 10 am-1 pm The Interchange


211 South Broadway, Albert Lea, MN

Come and make a beautiful basket for your home! Crocheting useful items for the home is one of the latest crafting and decorating trends. Students will practice the basic crochet stitches of chain, half double crochet and slip stitch while learning how to crochet in the round to create an attractive and useful basket. Finished basket size will be approximately 11” in diameter by 9.5” high. HOBB6 Tues., Oct. 15-22 Brookside Rm 113

$19 6-8 pm 2 Sessions

National Community Ed Day on Nov. 7, 2019! Look for Special Events and Discounts Online at Chords are Key for Guitar

Charles Wilson & Craig Coffman Have you ever wanted to learn the guitar but simply find it difficult to find 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. Bring your acoustic guitar. Fee includes the online book and online videos. HOBB7 $59 Wed., Oct. 23 6:30-9 pm Southwest Orchestra Rm 1 Session

Beginning Crochet

Pam Koenen

This course is for the first time crocheter or someone who wants to brush up on the basics. Learn the foundation stitches and then put them to use by creating a simple project such as a potholder or dishcloth. Patterns for additional projects will be available. Feel free to bring along any project that you have started and need guidance with. Bring to class: 1 skein 4 ply worsted weight yarn - any color and a size H crochet hook Materials list for the project will be supplied on the first night of class. HOBB8 Mon.,Nov. 4-25 Brookside Rm 113

$30 6-8 pm 4 Sessions

NEW! Instant Pot Cooking

With a few simple techniques, students will learn to take their cakes and cupcakes to the next level. Students in this 2 night course will learn to make a basic buttercream frosting and then practice a variety of cake decorating techniques. Learn to create borders, scroll work, roses and leaves all using buttercream. Instructor will provide all the ingredients for the frosting. Participants should bring a resealable 2-quart bowl for storing the frosting, 6 - 12” disposable decorating bags, and decorating tips: #4, #18. #103, #352. Pam will also have other tips to try as time allows.

Do you have an Instant Pot and want to gain more knowledge of how to use it? Or are you looking for new ideas to bring your meals to a new level? We are here to help! Whether you own an Instant Pot (or different brand), or are trying to decide if you want to purchase one, we will provide you with the basic information about the cooker, and help you broaden your horizons with new recipes. The menu is: cheeseburger macaroni, swedish meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, yogurt, hard boiled eggs and cheesecake. Class size will be limited to 16 guests. We recommend that you bring your manual along so you can make notes and be able to see the different functions of your particular pressure cooker.

Pam Koenen

HOBB9 Mon.,Sept. 16-23 ALHS FACS D202

$35 6-8 pm 2 Sessions

Fairmont Women of Today

HOBB11 Tues., Nov. 12 ALHS FACS D202

“ NEW! Pie Making Mindy Christenson Learn to make a from-scratch apple pie, start to finish! Please bring a pastry blender and metal pie pan to class. Registration Deadline: October 21 HOBB10 Tues., Nov. 5 ALHS FACS D202

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$19 6-9 pm 1 Session

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Albert Lea Community Band New Members Welcome!

Come and enjoy making music with a wonderful Albert Lea tradition! Join the band for its 37th season of providing music for the Albert Lea area. Directors are Laverne Walheim, Bonnie Jensen, and Nicole Whalen Rehearsal dates: 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, and 11/5. Concert(s) are to be determined. Rehearsal time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: Southwest Middle School Band Room Contact Information 507-373-1592 for More Information.

$29 5:30-7:30 pm 1 Session

NEW! Holiday Cookies & Candy Pam Koenen Kick off your holiday baking with a night of fun. Students will make Spritz, Rolled Sugar Cookies, Peppermint Twists and Espresso Truffles. Pam will share baking secrets to help make all of your holiday baking a success, as well as some decorating tips for entertaining and gift giving. Students will receive copies of all the recipes and take home at least 4 dozen cookies. Registration Deadline: Nov. 22 HOBB12 Mon., Dec. 2 ALHS FACS D202


NEW! Buttercream Basics

$39 5:30-8:30 pm 1 Session

NEW! Farmer ’s Cheese Making Mindy Christenson Use a few simple ingredients to make a delicious cheese that will be the hit of your next party! Choose one of the following flavors: Salt & Pepper, Roasted Garlic & Basil, or Taco. There will also be an additional option to make Cottage Cheese after class for $5 extra. Please see the list of ingredients to bring online at Registration Deadline: Nov. 18 HOBB13 Tues., Dec. 3 ALHS FACS D202

$25 7-8 pm 1 Session

Civil War Roundtable Learn, share, and discuss topics relevant to the American Civil War and the US Dakota War of 1862 in this group. Monthly meetings include a presentation and discussion format on topics of interest to Roundtable members. Thursdays 9/5, 10/3, 11/14, 12/5, 1/9, 2/6, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7 7:00-8:30pm Southwest Media Center FREE



NEW! Home Safety Brad Kramer

NEW! First Aid/ CPR Tim Harves

Have you ever wondered what kinds of conditions can make your home unsafe? We’ll look at a number of things in your home that can cause fires, dangerous carbon monoxide buildups, electrical dangers, or risk of lawsuits. Whether your home is brand new or historical, many have the same dangers, but these dangers are often simply corrected by two minutes of shoveling snow or changing a filter.

Our first aid/CPR class is American Heart Association Heartsaver® CPR/AED (Adult, Child and Infant), First-Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens, which also includes instruction on automated external defibrillators (AED) and relief of choking. Participants will practice on state-of-the-art manikins and be able to practice and demonstrate the skills in class from an experienced instructor. Includes Certification Card.

SAFE01 Tues., Oct. 22 Brookside Rm 109

SAFE02 $125 Tues.& Thurs., Nov 12-14 5-8 pm Brookside Rm 109 2 Sessions

$20 6-7 pm 1 Session

Business & Finance

NEW! Starting a Business Brad Kramer Savvy Social Security Planning If you ever had an idea that you wanted to turn into a business, or just want to find out what it takes to start a business, then this class is for you! We’ll talk about how to put together a business plan, what resources are in our community, how to get funding, and what it generally takes to start a business in our community. We’ll discuss different types of businesses, from manufacturing and hospitality, to network marketing and professional services BSFN1 Tues., Sept. 17 Brookside Rm 109

$20 6-8 pm 1 Session

Quickbooks Margie Barber This class covers writing checks and entering credit card charges, making deposits, reconciling bank statements, making journal entries, and producing profit & 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 507379-4834 to check availability. BSFN2 Mon., Sept. 23-30 Brookside Rm 109

$45 1-3 pm 2 Session

NEW! 5 Money Questions for Women James Stubkjar

-Edward Jones Financial Adviser

This class shares a perspective on a process women can use to identify financial goals and set a strategy. We’ll discuss Rule of 72, systematic investing, employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRA’s as strategies for savings.


BSFN3 Thurs., Sept 19 Brookside Rm 109

$8 7-8 pm 1 Session

Tiarks, Hackett, & Becker Financial Social security is far more complicated than most people realize. The decisions baby boomers make now can have a tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits they stand to receive over their lifetime. Some topics they will cover include the five factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits, when it makes sense to delay benefits, how to potentially minimize taxes on benefits and more! BSFN4 Tues., Oct. 29 Brookside Rm 109

FREE 6:30-7:45 pm 1 Session

NEW! 6 Ways to Cut College Costs Mike Rebischke - Voya Financial Advisor

Stressed about how you are going to pay for college? Worried about your children getting into a good college? Come learn how to become a savvy college shopper so that you can lower your stress level! BSFN5 Tues., Oct. 1 Brookside Rm 109

$8 6:30-7:30 pm 1 Session

Script Your Family’s Future

Why Do You Need an Estate Plan? James Stubkjar - Edward Jones Financial Adviser This course will discuss asset transfer, incapacity protection, wills, trusts, tax information, life insurance, and all pieces of Estate Planning to help script your family’s future. BSFN7 Thurs., Oct 24 Brookside Rm 109

$8 7-8 pm 1 Session

Do You Need a Trust?

Eythan Frandle & Dan Kolker Peterson, Kolker, Haedt & Benda, Ltd. This course will analyze various methods to avoid the probate process. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of lifetime gifts, joint tenancy, pay-on-death (POD) beneficiary designations, transfer on death deeds, life estates, and trusts. BSFN8 Thurs., Nov. 7 Brookside Rm 109

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

NEW! Health Care & Retirement James Stubkjar - Edward Jones Financial Adviser

Discover the potential impact of rising health care costs on retirement savings. Includes an introduction of medicare coverage and costs, longterm care costs, available options for supplemental health care and longterm care insurance. BSFN9 Thurs., Nov. 21 Brookside Rm 109

$8 7-8 pm 1 Session

Social Security: Timing is Everything

NEW! Income Taxes &Retirement

As you approach retirement, now is the time to determine how you’ll support yourself. Find out how you can optimize Social Security and know how much you can expect to receive from other income sources.

The decisions you make as you prepare for retirement can affect your income taxes. Learn more about the financial impact and how to make decisions that are right for you.

Jacob Thompson -Thrivent Financial Advisers & Peter Zwart

BSFN6 Weds., Oct. 23 Brookside Rm 109

FREE 7-8 pm 1 Session

Jacob Thompson & Peter Zwart - hrivent Financial Advisers

BSFN10 Mon., Dec 2 Brookside Rm 109

Register Online at

FREE 7-8 pm 1 Session

Adult Learning Center Call 507-379-4866 for Evening English and Citizenship Classes.




Park & Rec



Big Island Rendezvous

Community Theatre

Blue Zones


National Community Ed Day is on Nov. 7, 2019! Look for Special Events and Discounts Online at

Office Hours Monday - Friday 8:30am -3:30pm Listen to KATE Radio for weather annoucements.

Be an ‘Early Bird’

When you register quickly you get the classes you want and the instructor can prepare for your participation. After all, the early bird gets the worm! Trip Refunds Due to deposit requirements, there will be no refunds on trips, unless cancelled by Community Education. Release of Information Participation in any CE program, class or activity is voluntary. By enrolling in these courses you indicate that you have no physical conditions or health history that would make your participation hazardous to your health. Participants (and parents of participants) hold District 241 free from liability in case of accidents of any nature. Refunds Community Education will gladly issue a full refund when a class is cancelled due to low enrollment.


Photo Policy There are occasions when representatives of District 241 and/or the media photograph or videotape students while in school or attending/participating in school sponsored functions. Parents/guardians not wanting their child/self to be identified in photographs, videotape or Community Education brochures should notify, in writing, the Community Education office. Inclement Weather Information If the Albert Lea School District is closed due to bad weather, the Community Education classes and activities are cancelled. If the Albert Lea School District announces a late morning start, all Community Education morning classes will be cancelled. Please listen to KATE Radio for weather announcements. Student Cancellation You may cancel up to three business days before the start of a class with a full refund. After that time, there will be no refunds. If there is a supply fee involved, it will be deducted from your refund. If you need to cancel, please notify Community Education at 379-4834.

Albert Lea Community Education always strives to provide you with the best experiences possible. If you are unsatisfied with your experience please contact us at 507-379-4834. A general survey is available online at: under ‘Forms & Policies.’ We appreciate your feedback! Interested in teaching a class? 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 379-4834 for more information.

4 Easy Ways To Register By Mail: Complete a registration form and mail it with a check, cash, or credit card number to: Albert Lea Community Education

147 North Broadway Albert Lea, MN 56007

Online: Visit Walk In: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center Lobby

147 N Broadway, Albert Lea, MN

Call: (507) 379-4834

Registration Forms Participants Name______________________________ Address______________________ City/State/Zip________________ Home Phone____________________ Cell Phone_________________ E-mail_________________________ Driver’s License # for each person registering- ONLY for Defensive Driving participants _____________________________________________________ Code #_____ Course Name____________ Fee $_____ Code #_____ Course Name____________ Fee $_____ Code #_____ Course Name____________ Fee $_____ Payment Information (checks payable to District 241) Cash__ OR Check #_______ OR Charge Credit Card #___________-___________-___________- ___________Expiration Date______/______ Card Code_________ Signature (For credit card only)__________________________________

Child’s Name_________________________________

Age _____

Parent’s Name____________________________

Address_______________________ City/State/Zip____________________________ Home Phone____________________ Cell Phone_________________ E-mail_________________________ I certify that fees indicated are true and correct based on household income Signature______________________________ Code #_____ Course Name____________ Fee $_____ Code#_____ Course Name__________ Fee$____ Code #_____ Course Name____________ Fee $_____ Code#_____ Course Name__________ Fee$____ Payment Information (checks payable to District 241) Cash__ OR Check #_______ OR Charge Credit Card #____________-____________-____________-_____________Expiration Date____/_____ Card Code_______ Signature (For credit card only)_________________________________


National Community Ed Day is on Nov. 7, 2019! Look for Special Events and Discounts Online at

Community Education provides lifelong learning opportunities and experiences. Community Education is administered through Albert Lea Area School District #241 and collaborates with city, other community organizations, and individuals to meet the wants and needs of the community.

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