Albert Lea Community Ed Winter/Spring 22-23

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Winter/Spring 2023 January 9 - May 26 gather. Discover. Grow. DAYTIME ADVENTURES FREE YOUTH CLASSES HOW TO START A CHILD CARE BUSINESS Photo Submitted by Amy Leesch REGISTRATION NOW OPEN SCAN ME!


1011 Hammer Road | Albert Lea, MN 56007

507-379-5318 | Monday, Tuesday & Thursday | 8:30am-2:30pm Closed from 12:00-1:00pm for lunch. Office hours are subject to vary.


For class cancellations you will receive an email or text announcement.

Welcome to our Community Education Winter and Spring Course Offerings for January-May of 2023. I am honored by the privilege to serve our community as the new Executive Director of Community Education and look forward to all that lies ahead for us. I’m looking forward to combining all of my previous experiences to enhance our programming and collaborations for the benefit of our community.

Community Education entails four major areas including our Adult Education program, our Early Learning program (students from Birth to school age including the Tiger Cub Day Care), our Experiential Education program (including the Rock Wall and Boat House), and our Youth (K-12) & Adult Enrichment programming. We offer courses for all age groups and look to serve the Community and their educational needs. Through collaborating with individuals and other organizations in our Community, we offer life-long learning opportunities for all community members.

Community Education will be conducting a Community needs survey during the month of January and we ask for your participation. To the right of this page, you will see a QR Code and link to a Community Survey allowing us to gather your anonymous responses. We encourage you, and your family members, to take this survey to provide us with input on what programming, opportunities, and new initiatives you’d like Community Education to continue offering, add to our programming, or expand through our programming. [The survey should take you about 10 minutes to complete and we greatly appreciate your participation.]

look forward to working with

and continuing to offer our Community life-long learning experiences and opportunities. I believe Albert Lea is a great place to live and I’m honored to be able to continue working with our community as we Gather, Discover, and Grow together.

you for your ongoing support of Community
our programming.
Sincerely, JOHN DOUBLE Executive Director Albert Lea Area Community Education COMMUNITY ED CONTACTS John Double, Executive Director 507-379-5316 Kim Herfindahl, Operations Manager 507-379-5317 Kim Ehrich, Marketing Specialist ............... 507-379-5318 Lisa Ferns, Early Learning Coordinator ...... 507-379-4832 Penny Jahnke, Adult Education Center 507-379-4867 CALL (507) 379-5318 ONLINE IN PERSON 1011 Hammer Road 3 WAYS TO REGISTER
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Scan the above QR code to answer a short survey to improve our programming. CLASS SITES IN ALBERT LEA Albert Lea Family YMCA 2021 W Main St. Adult Education Center 211 W Richway Dr. Auntie’s What-Knot Shoppe ................ 136 Broadway Ave. Brookside Education Center ............... 211 W Richway Dr. Community Ed Enrichment Office 1011 Hammer Rd. Early Learning Office 211 W Richway Dr. Hammer Complex Classroom .............. 1011 Hammer Rd. Lakeview Elementary ................................. 902 Abbott St. Rock Gym 211 W Richway Dr., Gym B Sibley Elementary 1501 W Front St. WE NEED YOUR INPUT ON YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH COMMUNITY ED! Visit for registration. 3 YOUTH ENRICHMENT PAGE 20-21 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PAGE 6 DRIVER’S EDUCATION PAGE 5 ADULT BUSINESS AND FINANCE DAYTIME ADVENTURES PAGE 10-11 ADULT BUSINESS AND FINANCE ADULT COOKING PAGE 18-19 ADULT BUSINESS AND FINANCE ADULT wellness PAGE 14-15 ADULT fitness PAGE 16-17 ADULT BUSINESS AND FINANCE ADULT ENRICHMENT PAGE 13 ADULT BUSINESS AND FINANCE ADULT finance and retirement PAGE 7 ADULT BUSINESS AND FINANCE ADULT hobbies PAGE 12 ADULT BUSINESS AND FINANCE EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION PAGE 4 Introducing our new qr code logo Open the QR reader application or the camera on your smartphone. Point it at the QR code image for it to scan. It will take you to our website! - QR code created by Church Offset Printing, Marketing Plus
Tuesday, Friday
Saturday 6:00 -9:00pm
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Brookside Education Center 211 West Richway Dr. in Gym B. $5 PER climber THE Community Ed OFFICE has Snowshoes to checkout! Don’t let a little white stuff slow you down this winter. Contact our office at 379-5317 to ensure availability. Cost is $10 per pair and $20 refundable deposit per pair. Limited kids sizes available.
All Albert Lea District #241 students, grades K-12, receive FREE
When registering please select the course that says “AL STUDENT ONLY” to recieve the
NO CASH or CHECK transactions. Punch passes
used online while registering and must be presented upon arrival. Complete instructions on how to register can be found on our website


Youth Driver’s Education

14 1/2 - 18 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-thewheel instruction. Please be aware that the class format could change at anytime depending on CDC guidelines and District #241 guidelines.

Albert Lea Community Education has been approved by the MN DMV to act as a proctoring center for students that have completed the Albert Lea Community Education Driver’s Education program and have received their blue cards. If possible, the last day of class will be for knowledge testing proctored by the instructor. ALL students will need to attend even if they will not be taking the knowledge test.

Early bird registration fee of $335 ends 2 weeks prior to the start date of class. Then the price increases to $360.

Deadline to register is 1 week prior to the start date of class.


Monday-Friday, February 6-17 3:30 -6:30pm

DE28MAR ALHS Rm. D200 Monday-Friday, March 20-31 3:30 -6:30pm

DE29JUN ALHS Rm. D200 Monday-Friday, June 5-16 9:00 -12:00pm

DE30JUN ALHS Rm. E113 Monday-Friday, June 19-30 9:00 -12:00pm

DE31JUL ALHS Rm. E113 Monday-Friday, July 10-21 9:00 -12:00pm

55+ Defensive Driving Refresher

(4 hr.) Brookside Rm. 109

This is an approved crash prevention class for drivers 55 and older. This 4 hour refresher is for those who have already taken the initial 8 Hour Driver Discount Course within the last 3 years and would like to maintain a 10% discount on auto insurance. No tests are given. Must pre-register. Min 20/Max 30

DD01 $24 Monday, April 3 5:30-9:30pm

DD02 $24 Monday, June 26 5:30-9:30pm

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.


ALHS Rm. E113 Monday, April 3 6:00-7:30pm




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to get on the wait
Once a student driver has a valid Minnesota permit and is ready to start their six hours of Behind the Wheel Training with an instructor, please call 507-379-5318
you testing for your road test soon and need a little practice with parking? We have driving cone kits available for check out at the
Education office. We ask for a $20 deposit that will be returned to you after the kit is returned. Call 507-379-5318 to reserve a kit!
Parents & Student Driver

PROFESSIONAL development


• Bookkeeping Certificate

• Certificate in Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers

• Entrepreneurship Certificate

• Certificate in QuickBooks Online

• The Basics of Bookkeeping


• Certificate in Business Writing

• Certificate in Customer Service

• NEW! Certificate in Effective Grammar

• Certificate in Basic Game Design

• Certificate in Workplace Communication

• Certificate in Data Analysis

• Certificate in Mastering Excel

• Power BI Certificate

• SQL Certificate

• Statistics for Decision Making Certificate



Winter session runs from February 6 to March 3 and Spring session runs from April 3 to June 30

These three month certificate programs are completed online at your convenience, between the session dates. You will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the course. Full descriptions can be seen online at

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

• Spanish for Medical Professionals


• Certificate in Leadership Development MANAGEMENT

• Certificate in Project Management

• Management Certificate

• Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate

• Supervisory & Leadership Certificate

• Managing Remote Workers Certificate

• Certificate in Non-Profit Administration


• Digital Marketing Certificate

• Mastering Video Marketing Certificate

• Integrated Marketing Certificate

• Personal Development

• Beginning Conversational Spanish

• Introduction to Fiction Writing


• Social Media for Business Certificate


• Certificate in Web Design

• Coding Certificate

• Graphic Design Software Essentials Certificate

• Mastering Computer Skills for the Workplace

• WordPress Certificate


• Certificate in Online Teaching

• Certificate in Teaching Adults


• Certificate in Learning Styles

• The Teen Brain

have over 35 online certificate programs available to assist you in taking the next step in furthering your career.


NEW! No One Gets Out of This Alive: Mary O’Brien Conversations for the End of Life

It’s been said that two things are inevitable in this life: death and taxes. As we grow older, we become increasingly concerned with the prospect of our death. What effect and impact can we have on a good end of life? And who do we need to talk with in order to carry out our wishes? This class will explore what we reasonably can influence when it comes to the end of our lives and with whom we might want to talk with about our hopes.

AE24 $25 Wednesday, January 18 1:00-2:30pm Online via Zoom 1 session

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 No-Cost Tuesday, January 31 6:00-7:15pm Brookside Rm. 109 1 session

NEW! The Day After Retirement Mary O’Brien

What will your life look like once you don’t answer the call of the alarm clock? What can you do in advance to plan for a positive transition into retirement? Having a sense of purpose is an important key to satisfaction. Change is inevitable. How to put your arms around the changes inherent in retiring and grow is the focus of this class. It will help you explore a variety of ways to identify what is significant to you, then establish a purpose-filled life in retirement. The live class will be held online, interactive through Zoom.

AE25 $25 Wednesday, February 15 1:00-2:30pm Online via Zoom 1 session

Social Security - Timing is Everything

Thrivent Financial representative Jake Thompson, RICP,CLTC.

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.

BSFN37 No-Cost Wednesday, February 15 6:00-7:00pm Brookside Rm. 109 1 session

Will Your Taxes Affect Your Retirement?

Thrivent Financial representative Jake Thompson, RICP,CLTC.

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.

BSFN36 No-Cost Wednesday, February 22 6:00-7:00pm Brookside Rm. 109 1 session

NEW! Fifty Plus Travel - Sharing the Wisdom Mary O’Brien

Travel is high on many people’s retirement list. How do you decide where, when and how to go? What resources are available on the web? This class will provide some basics on using internet travel sites and tour groups, as well as encouraging group input on personal travel experiences to share the wisdom. This class is being held online, interactive through Zoom. More information will be sent after enrollment and before class.

AE26 $25 Wednesday, March 1 1:00-2:30pm Online via Zoom 1 session

NEW! Fearless Aging

Mary O’Brien

You may not have a choice about aging but you do have a choice about how you approach growing older. What better way than fearlessly? Fearless aging is the power to positively impact your future. This class explores the normal, natural processes of aging - physical and lifestyle - and what you can do to markedly improve the quality of your life. Discover what you can expect and lifestyle choices that will help you make the most of what you’ve got as you age. Let’s explore the inevitable forces of change in your life and be fearless!

AE27 $25 Wednesday, March 15 1:00-2:30pm Online via Zoom 1 session

Let’s Talk About Medicare Thomas Hill, True Partners Insurance

As you get closer to 65, the amount of information you get concerning Medicare can make the process of applying very confusing. This is an educational meeting about Medicare and Medicare insurance that will answer your questions. We will discuss what Medicare covers, what it costs, and how and when to enroll. We will also review the types of Medicare insurance available and the factors to consider when deciding what type of plan is best for you.

BSFN35 $8 Tuesday, April 11 6:00-7:30pm Brookside Rm. 234 1 session

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The Church Basement Ladies

Registration opens Monday, January 9, 2023

The Church Basement Ladies are at it again! In the 9th installment of the highly successful series, the year is 1975 and all your favorite characters are back! Whether this is your first visit to the basement or you’ve seen every show, you won’t want to miss this brand new production. Come along as the ladies don their polyester pantsuits and sing, dance, and laugh through this hilarious and touching new musical, PLOWIN’ THRU.

Your trip fee includes a fabulous meal, a show ticket, and motorcoach transportation. Lunch buffet includes: Salisbury steak in gravy with sautéed onions, au gratin potatoes, roasted California veggies, a soft dinner roll with whipped butter, fresh side salad with dressing, fresh baked cookies, lemonade, coffee, and water. Register by January 16th. Sorry, no refunds on trips. Pick up is the parking lot behind Harbor Freight. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time.

T02 Wednesday, February 8 9:50am-5:10pm $106

Timberwolves vs. Trailblazers Game Registration opens Monday, January

9, 2023

Join us in cheering on the T’Wolves at the end of the regular season! Gear up with your favorite player jersey and get ready to get loud! Your trip fee includes motorcoach transportation and admission. Food and beverages are at your own expense. Register no later than February 17th. No refunds on trips. Register by February 17th. No refunds on trips. Pick up is the parking lot behind Harbor Freight. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time.

T03 Sunday, April 2 11:30am-6:40pm

Harmony Amish Tour

Registration opens Monday, January 9, 2023

Come and tour an Amish colony in beautiful Harmony, Minnesota. We’ll visit farms where we can purchase handmade crafts, furniture and baked goods. A walk on guide will join us on the bus to tell us about the Amish lifestyle. This tour gives a unique opportunity to experience another culture and see the farming methods of our ancestors. After the tour, we will dine at The Branding Iron in Preston.

Your ticket includes: Meal and transportation. Meal orders will be taken at the restaurant. Meal choices will be battered shrimp, battered cod, ham steak, pork chop, chicken kabob, all will come with sides and beverage, dessert is not included. Register by May 15th. Sorry, no refunds on trips. Pick up is the parking lot behind Harbor Freight. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time.

T01 $99 Wednesday, May 31


REGISTRATION FOR TRIPS OPENS MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2023 The best payment option to ensure your spot for a trip is to register online or pay with a credit card over the phone by calling our office at 507-379-5318. SORRY, NO REFUNDS ON TRIPS.

EXTENDED TRIP: Kentucky in the Spring! Monday, April 24- Sunday, April 30th

Call Austin Community Education 507-460-1706 to reserve your spot! Registrations accepted over the phone with a credit card.

Spring arrives a little earlier in Kentucky than in Minnesota!!! We have a trip planned for you that will absolutely get you into the spirit of spring. We hit the road on Monday, April 24th- and return Sunday, April 30th. You will enjoy a 6 night, 7 day motor coach guided tour visiting Louisville, Kentucky and nearby Williamstown. A visit to a fullsized replica of Noah’s Ark spanning 510 feet long and 51 feet high at the Arc Encounter. We will follow up with a visit to the Creation Museum where we will venture through biblical history, botanical gardens planetarium and zoo. A Louisville trolley tour starting at the Historic Galt Hotel, including a brief stop the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchhill Downs. What’s a stop to Louisville without a Hot Brown and Derby pie at the famous Brown Hotel. Our group will then head to Louisville with a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. On the way back home we will make a stop in St. Louis fora riverboat luncheon cruise stating at the base of the St. Louis Gateway Arch National Park, and ride to the top of the Arch.

This trip includes: 16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Garfield Conservatory • Creation Museum • Ark Encounter Louisville Slugger Museum • Louisville Trolley Tour St. Louis Archway Tram Tour • Riverboat Cruise

Single Occupancy: $2050

Double Occupancy, per person: $1,650

Triple Occupancy, per person: $1,550

A $500.00 non-refundable deposit due at the time of registration. Spots are not reserved until deposit is paid. Full balance due on March 11th, 2023. An itinerary and trip informtion will be sent after full balance is paid. Bus pick up at Walmart in Austin, MN.

EXTENDED TRIP: Taste of Texas Too Saturday, October 14th- Sunday, October 22nd

Call Austin Community Education 507-460-1706 to reserve your spot! Registrations accepted over the phone with a credit card.

This is always a favorite trip and fills up fast! All the planning is done for you. Travel is on a deluxe motorcoach with a trip escort. We will spend a few days visiting San Antonio staying right on the beautiful Riverwalk. We will tour the famous Alamo, a guided tour of many mission ruins, and of course a river cruise of the San Antonio Riverwalk! What’s trip to Texas without a stay in Waco and visiting all things Magnolia and maybe even a sighting of Chip and Joanna Gaines!!! We will have a guided tour of the Waco community that you really don’t want to miss. So much going on in Waco! AND have you heard of Pioneer Woman??? Yep! We have a stop planned at her Mercantile with a gourmet multi-course brunch planned in the completely renovated Pioneer Event Center. The menu will have you drooling. There are many fun stops planned along the way too! Fort Worth. Dalllas. And a few fun surprises! Motorcoach transportation, hotels, several meals and many extras included.

Details and registration coming soon!

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ADULT Hobbies

NEW! “Vision Board” The Law of Attraction

The act of making a fun vision board helps to identify, clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on specific life goals. Vision boards help us to focus on values, gratitude and life style choices, becoming an effective tool for authentic alignment and change. Vision boards act as visual affirmations, keeping dreams an goals active and believable in our imagination and the world. They act as a map toward our dreams and goals, helping us to focus, plan, and do the task necessary on the way to achieving them. The law of attraction is the attractive, magnetic power of the Universe that draws similar energies together. It manifests through the power of creation everywhere and in many ways. Even the law of gravity is part of the law of attraction. This law attracts thoughts, ideas, people, situations and circumstances. Bring stickers, paper edger and scissors and let’s create!

HOBB01 Thursday, January 12 6:30-8:00pm Brookside Rm. 109 $10

HOBB02 Thursday, January 26 6:30-8:00pm Brookside Rm. 109 $10

HOBB03 Thursday, February 9 6:30-8:00pm Brookside Rm. 109 $10

HOBB04 Thursday, February 23 6:30-8:00pm Brookside Rm. 109 $10


Decorative Sign Painting

Ages 5+


Pam is a local Realtor & a native of Albert Lea for over 60 years. Pam has had alot of training, workshops, seminars in her 16 years of Real Estate & decided to make one. She also has a ladies group she started called “Ladies with a purpose” and taught a class in her home and it was a big success. Pam has her vision board hanging in her office and it helps her stay focused on what’s important and accomplishing her goals.

Tammy Fink

Using acrylic paints and wood glue we will create a dimensional wood sign. No painting skills needed. These signs easily piece together and look great no matter what your skill level is. I will have a few varieties of signs to choose from. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Thursday, February 2 6:00-8:00pm

Auntie’s What-Knot Shoppe 1 Session $25


Thursday, March 2 6:00-8:00pm

Auntie’s What-Knot Shoppe 1 Session $25

Fleece Bunny Gnome Ages 10+

Tammy Fink

Using a premade kit we will create a fleece bunny gnome. This will require a minimal amount of hand sewing and the use of a hot glue gun.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

HOBB07 Tuesday, March 14 6:00-8:00pm

Auntie’s What-Knot Shoppe 1 Session $30

Ages 18+ Pam Schmidt

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.

AE30 $59

Monday, January 23 6:30-9:30pm Online Workshop 1 Session

NEW! Intro to Card Reading

Shelley Pederson

Curious? Do you have an oracle or tarot deck and no idea how to use it to gain wisdom, healing, and guidance about the path you are currently seeking? Card reading may seem like something shrouded in mystery, especially to all those who have yet to experience it. Learn different spreads, the meanings and how to use your cards to guide you or the seeker into new opportunities. Several extra decks are available for use. Class is located at the Northbridge Mall. The room is to the right of D&D Boutique. The windows are blacked out for privacy.

AE22 $35 Thursdays, March 2, 16 & 30 7:00-8:30pm Northbridge Mall 3 sessions

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.

AE35 $59

Tuesday, January 24 6:30-9:00pm Online Workshop 1 Session

NEW! A Beginners Guide to Astrology

Shelley Pederson

Utilize the language of the stars to understand yourself and those you care about on a deeper level. Understand the 12 signs, the planets, and the 12 houses of a birth chart, the roles within the chart and how the planets influence you and world cycles. Please bring your free printed birthchart from Class is located at the Northbridge Mall. The room is to the right of D&D Boutique. The windows are blacked out for privacy.

AE23 $25 Thursdays, April 6 & 20 7:00-8:30pm Northbridge Mall 2 sessions

Have you thought about starting your own Family Child Care business? We will explore licensing and training requirements, look

Owning a Family Child Care Business
Jacqueline Prescher, Families First MN
ENRICHMENT Visit for registration. 13 Have you thought about starting your own Family Child Care business? AE17 Monday, January 30 6:00-7:00pm Brookside Room 109 No-Cost AE18 Monday, February 27 6:00-7:00pm Brookside Room 109 No-Cost AE19 Monday, March 27 6:00-7:00pm Brookside Room 109 No-Cost AE20 Monday, April 24 6:00-7:00pm Brookside Room 109 No-Cost AE21 Monday, May 22 6:00-7:00pm Brookside Room 109 No-Cost find us on facebook @AlbertLeacommunityed
at tools
strategies on business planning, and funding resources that are available for grants and loans.
questions and see if Family Child Care is a good fit for
A special thanks to the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA) for sponsoring this opportunity to the community and Families First Minnesota for hosting this class. ADULT

Alzheimer Series: Healthy Living for your Brain and Body

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. This class is a live online class via Zoom.

HW41 No-Cost Wednesday, February 15 6:30-7:30pm

Alzheimer Series: Driving, Dr. Visits, Legal, and Financial Planning

When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care. This class is a live online class via Zoom.

HW54 No-Cost Monday, March 13 6:30-7:30pm

Alzheimer Series: Effective Communications 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 This class is a live online class via Zoom.

HW53 No-Cost Thursday, April 13 6:30-7:30pm

NEW! January New Moon Intention Shelley Pederson for Prosperity and Abundance

Winter is a time of reflection about the previous year cycle. Use this morning to bring in new ideas, new intentions, to help inspire, create and live life with ease. Class will include meditation, creativity, movement, and journaling. Please bring your journal and any crystals you would like charged with fresh energy. Class is located at the Northbridge Mall. The room is to the right of D&D Boutique. The windows are blacked out for privacy.

HW42 $15 Saturday, January 21 9:30-11:30am

NEW! Full Moon Release and Restore Shelley Pederson

The Full Snow Moon brings to the surface challenges in our lives. Are there habits that hold you back? Reflection, journaling, meditation and movement is used to gain crisp mental clarity on what exactly has been sabotaging your success. When you focus and look within, you will find the answers to clear unhealthy habits and find growth. Please bring your journal and any crystals you would like cleared. Class is located at the Northbridge Mall. The room is to the right of D&D Boutique. The windows are blacked out for privacy.

HW43 $15 Sunday, February 5 3:00-5:00pm

Building A Positive Way of Thinking

Heather Behr, Rise Up To Positivity

Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and effects positive results. Having a positive mindset means making positive thinking a habit, continually searching for the silver lining and making the best out of any situation you find yourself in.

Through fun, interactive group discussions, you’ll understand the effects of negative self-talk, learn how to re-frame your thoughts with positivity and feel more confident. No class March 14.


HW05 $120

Tuesdays, February 7- April 4 5:15-6:15pm

Brookside Rm. 109


8 Sessions

HW04 $145

Tuesdays, February 7- April 4 6:30-7:30pm

Brookside Rm. 109

8 Sessions

ADULT Wellness

NEW! Spring Equinox Gathering Shelley Pederson

Spring is the beginning of a new year cycle and is the time of rebirth and renewal. The equinox energy creates a wonderful opportunity for refocusing on your intentions. Put into writing your ideas and plans for what you want to accomplish, create and change. Writing and meditation will help you be clear about what you truly value, and is most important to you. Class will include discussion, meditation, creativity, and a bit of movement. Bring your journal and crystals to aid with intention. Class is located at the Northbridge Mall. The room is to the right of D&D Boutique. The windows are blacked out for privacy.

HW44 $15 Sunday, March 19 3:00-5:00pm

MEET Janice NOvak

Janice Novak has a Masters Degree in Health Education. She is an internationally acclaimed, best selling author, speaker and wellness consultant who teaches workshops and seminars for hospitals, corporations and professional organizations. She presents up-to-date info on pertinent health/wellness topics that can improve health, productivity, alertness, energy and motivation. Janice empowers people to take action toward attaining better health. Her easy-to-use techniques are informational and motivational and can easily be integrated into daily life. She teaches simple steps that lead to powerful changes in how you look and feel. Janice regularly presents health segments on television and radio, including a guest spot on the Oprah Winfrey Show discussing her best selling book, “Posture, Get It Straight!”.


See full descriptions and dates online at or scan the QR code at the bottom.

• Face Yoga

• Techniques To Activate Your Brain’s Creativity Center

• Improve Your Health At Any Age

• Women’s Heart Health

• Posture, Get It Straight!

• Just Breathe! Techniques to Calm, Center & Balance

• Overcome Your Carbohydrate Cravings

• Acupressure To Assist Weight Loss

NEW! Meditation For Wellness Shelley Pederson

This class will help you unwind your mind and return to a place of refreshed relaxation. I will help provide you with new tools for dealing with stress, anxiety and problems. Meditation dan help you overcome negative states of mind such as anger and jealousy, and cultivate positive minds such as patience and love. Class will begin with a topic for group discussion, move to breathing, mudra, relaxation, meditation, silence, and a bit of homework. Shelley began meditation in 1980 to alleviate migraine headaches and handle the stress of college, and now to reduce depression. Class is located at the Northbridge Mall. The room is to the right of D&D Boutique. The windows are blacked out for privacy.

HW45 $10 Sunday, February 26 10:00-11:10am

HW46 $10 Sunday, March 26 10:00-11:10am

HW47 $10 Sunday, April 23 10:00-11:10am

• Soothe Those Achy Joints

• Avoid the Pitfalls of Perimenopause/Menopause

• Women, Weight & Hormones

• Posture & Osteoporosis Workshop: Building Better Bones

• Is Your Waistband Too Tight Today?

• Thyroid Things You Need to Know

• Seated Abdominal Strengtheners That Won’t Stress Your Back Or Neck

• Acupressure Face Lift & Skin Savvy

• Metabolism Boosters & Busters

• Mudras: The Ancient Art of Hand Yoga

• Acupressure To Relieve Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia & More

• Vitamins & Herbs: Facts And Fallacies

Visit for registration.

all CLASSES are $29 and from 6:00-7:30pm


All Skill Level Open Pickleball Play Margie Barber

Come join us for open play! We anticipate a great deal of participation as many new people have joined the pickleball scene. This opportunity is available to all skill levels who know the basic rules of pickleball play. Remember to bring your own water jug and terrycloth towel. We ask that you change into clean gym shoes to protect the flooring. Preregistration is required online for each session you plan to attend so that we are able to allow the opportunity to be available to more players. No cash payments in person will be accepted

FIT15 $39

Monday, Wednesday & Friday, January 9-30 5:15-8:45pm Thursdays 6:45-8:45pm

Sibley Elementary Gym 13 sessions

FIT16 $42 Monday, Wednesday & Friday, February 1-24 5:15-8:45pm Thursdays 6:45-8:45pm

No open play on February 20 & 27 14 sessions

Sibley Elementary Gym

FIT17 $45

Monday, Wednesday & Friday, March 1-31 5:15-8:45pm Thursdays 6:45-8:45pm

No open play on March 13-16 15 sessions

Sibley Elementary Gym

NEW! Morning Vinyasa Wednesdays

Neal Gjersvik

Start your morning off right and bring your yoga mat to this slow flow and vinyasa yoga session. Attainable and modifiable yoga poses will be demonstrated for those new to yoga or experiencing physical limitations. Our goal will be to reconnect your mind-body relationship.

FIT01 $48 Wed., January 11- March 1, No class Feb. 1 or 15 8:45-9:45am Hammer Fieldhouse Classroom 6 sessions

FIT02 $48 Wednesdays, March 8- April 12 8:45-9:45am Hammer Fieldhouse Classroom 6 sessions

Learn How to Play Pickleball

NEW! Release and Restore Yoga Shelley Pederson

A hybrid Yin/Yang approach gives you the best of both worlds. Enjoy a slow flow to ease heat into your practice and work away the stress, then settle in for a series of deep stretch restorative/ Yin poses to reset your nervous system and deeply relax your body. Each class explores different methods of mediation. No experience necessary. Must be able to stand up from the floor. Class is located at the Northbridge Mall. The room is to the right of D&D Boutique. The windows are blacked out for privacy.

FIT04 $60 Mondays, January 9- March 6 6:00-7:15pm Northbridge Mall 9 sessions

FIT05 $65 Mondays, March 20- May 22 6:00-7:15pm Northbridge Mall 10 sessions

NEW! Intro to Yoga Basics Shelley Pederson

Yoga Basics for those new to yoga, taught in a comfortable environment. This class will introduce the fundamentals of a yoga practice, including breath work, proper alignment, and mindfulness. It is structured to be useful to for those trying to work around injuries. Experienced yogis may use this class to develop self-awareness and refine their practice. Chairs are available for those who need additional support or cannot stand up from the floor. Mats are available. Yoga practices are traditional done with bare feet, but if shoes are necessary for support, please bring a clean pair for inside the studio. Class is located at the Northbridge Mall. The room is to the right of D&D Boutique. The windows are blacked out for privacy.

FIT06 $60 Tuesdays, January 10- March 7 4:30-5:45pm Northbridge Mall 9 sessions

FIT07 $65 Tuesdays, March 21- May 23 4:30-5:45pm Northbridge Mall 10 sessions

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 challenging method of physical activity. There is no need to bring a partner or provide a paddle or ball unless you wish. You can also take breaks if you feel you are not yet ready for consistent play. A water bottle is strongly encouraged along with plenty of enthusiasm! If weather is a factor on any given class date, the instructor will personally be in touch with you via email or phone regarding postponements.

FIT14 Thursdays, January 12-March 2 5:15-6:45pm

Sibley Elementary Gym 8 Sessions $32


Monday Zumba®

Jasmine Murphy

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. No class Jan 16, Feb 20, March 13th

FIT10 $50

Monday, January 9- March 20 5:30-6:30pm Lakeview Gym 8 sessions

FIT11 $55 Monday, March 27- May 22 5:30-6:30pm Lakeview Gym 9 sessions

NEW! Full Body Strength YMCA Instructor

In this 45 minute full body workout you will learn proper form, mechanics, rhythm and breathing techniques. You will be moving heavy objects, or your body, in a way that creates resistance. We use resistance to build strength, tone muscle, shed fat, burn calories—all packed into one workout just in time for Spring Break!

FIT03 $50 Tuesdays, January 10- March 7 5:30-6:15pm Albert Lea Family YMCA Fitness Room 9 sessions

Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Gentle Yoga is a combination of postures coordinated with the breath at a gentle, flowing pace which allows time to be present in each pose. This class provides the opportunity to explore your practice at a deeper level to find the play between strength, flexibility, stability, ease, and to gain a greater understanding of physical alignment and balance. Gentle yoga is for all levels of experience and flexibility. This class is practiced with bare feet. Mats are available. Class is located at the Northbridge Mall. The room is to the right of D&D Boutique. The windows are blacked out for privacy. Sign up for both Tuesday & Thursday classes for each session under FIT20 and/or FIT21 for $10 off.

FIT18 $60 Tuesdays, January 10- March 7 6:00-7:15pm Northbridge Mall 9 sessions

FIT08 $60 Thursdays, January 12- March 9 5:30-6:45pm Northbridge Mall 9 sessions

FIT19 $65 Tuesdays, March 21- May 23 6:00-7:15pm Northbridge Mall 10 sessions

FIT09 $65 Thursdays, March 23- May 25 5:30-6:45pm Northbridge Mall 10 sessions

NEW! Zumba® Fridays

Zumba is a interval-style dance fitness party that combines a low and high intensity moves. You can burn lots of calories as you move to the rhythm with latin and other inspired dance moves. The best part of it all is that it doesn’t even feel like exercise.

FIT12 $45 Fridays, January 13- March 10 5:00-5:45pm Brookside Gym 9 sessions

FIT13 $30 Fridays, March 24- May 12, No class April 7 5:00-5:45pm Brookside Gym 7 sessions

Yomassage is a one of a kind offering that combines mindfulness and gentle supported stretches with hands on massage from a licensed Massage Therapist. We begin each session by taking a moment to connect with the power of our breath. Then, we move through a simple sequence of supported stretches. We use several supportive props to ensure you are comfortable and at ease. Each pose will be seated or laying down and held for 8-10 minutes while I come around and give each person a massage bringing further comfort and relaxation. The only requirement is that you are able to get up and off the ground, there are several variations to each position. This is a great way to connect with others in our community and receive the power of healing touch. I look forward to sharing this great offering with you. Sessions will be held at the Hammer Fieldhouse Classroom.

HW12 Thursday, January 12 7:00-8:00pm $55

HW13 Thursday, February 9 7:00-8:00pm $55

HW14 Thursday, March 9 7:00-8:00pm $55

HW15 Thursday, April 13 7:00-8:00pm $55

MEET Betsy


Hello!! My name is Betsy and I absolutely love dancing!! I’ve always been super passionate about dance and getting people moving. I feel like it’s an art that has been lost and I find so much joy when I see the passion light up in others! It’s a fun way to keep your body moving and mind clear. Come and tryout a class!!


Shelley Pederson NEW! Yomassage Kelsey Paulson Betsy Wagner

ADULT COOKING Online with tess

Instant Pot® 101 —


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 COOKALONG for the chicken with penne dish!

AE01 $35

Saturday, January 14 4:00-6:00pm Online Format Cook-Along & Demonstration Style

Air Fryer Hype

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 CookAlong class as we dive into the world of Air Frying!

AE07 $35 Saturday, January 28 4:00-6:00pm Cook-Along

Mediterranean Mezze

Mac Attack & No-Churn Ice Cream

How often have you taken a bite of a one of America’s favorite double stacked burgers with that special sauce, served under the golden arches and wondered how it was made or if you could ever make one of your own? Well this class will answer that question for you and you will wonder no more. Have some fun participating in this virtual cook-along class and join Tess as she shares her secrets to creating this mouthwatering goodness in your own kitchen! Cook-along style class.

AE09 $35 Sat., Feb. 25 4:00-6:00pm

The word “Mezze” refers to what we all know as finger foods and dips. Many Mediterranean meals consist of a variety of “mezze” items that come together creating the most wonderful flavors, tastes and textures. Similar to charcuterie boards, Mediterranean families have been creating charcuterie TABLES for generations consisting of a variety of Mezze items. Now YOU TOO can WOW and DAZZLE your family or guests with a delicious full-flavored mouthwatering Mediterranean Mezze meal that will have everyone asking for more!

AE10 Saturday, March 4 4:00-6:00pm Cook-Along $35

Valentine Strawberry (Rolls) & Chocolate Dreams: Strawberry Cream Cheese Rolls, & Kit Kat No-Bake Cheesecake

Valentines Day, synonymous with Strawberries and Chocolate gifted as an expression of love… Learn to make two dreamy mouthwatering sweets to share or give to your sweetheart, family, friends or loved ones on Valentines Day this year! During this class, you will learn to make the most wonderful Strawberry Cream Cheese Rolls with billowy soft dough and homemade strawberry sauce, drizzled with glaze and chocolate, and a luscious dreamy Kit-Kat No-Bake Cheesecake topped with a velvety chocolate ganache! Make them to share, or better yet, create memories by learning to create these sweets with your children or significant others. They are sure to become family favorites for any time of the year, but fondly remembered on Valentine’s Day!!

AE08 Saturday, February 4 4:00-6:30pm Cook-Along $40

& Demonstration Style

Instant Pot® Carnitas, Classic Chili & Homemade Potato Rolls

The word “Mezze” refers to what we all know as finger foods and dips. Many Mediterranean meals consist of a variety of “mezze” items that come together creating the most wonderful flavors, tastes and textures. Similar to charcuterie boards, Mediterranean families have been creating charcuterie TABLES for generations consisting of a variety of Mezze items. Now YOU TOO can WOW and DAZZLE your family or guests with a delicious full-flavored mouthwatering Mediterranean Mezze meal that will have everyone asking for more!

AE11 $35

Saturday, March 11


Online Format Cook-Along

Focaccia, Stromboli, & Calzones

What makes a Focaccia a Focaccia, a Stromboli a Stromboli, and a Calzone a Calzone? How are they different? How are they the same? Discover the answer to these questions as you participate in this fun-filled Cook-Along Class as we dive into the world of unique Rolled & Stuffed Pizzas, and marvelous focaccia bread! Learn how to make your own homemade focaccia Bread, a wonderful rolled pizza called a Stromboli, and stuffed pizzas known as Calzones with homemade pizza dough! Experience the rave reviews from previous participants of the instructor’s pizza classes yourself as you learn how to make your own pizzas with her step-by-step instruction. Take out Pizza may just become a thing of the past!


Saturday, March 25

4:00-6:30pm Bake-Along $40

Gnocchi: Bite-sized tender soft pillows of pasta-ish goodness. Very versatile with the ability to take on the flavor of added goodness creating mouthwatering meals that will become favorites in your family’s dinner rotation. This may just sound too good to be true. Not only is this all true, but gnocchi are even simpler to make than other fresh pasta options! During this fun filled class, participants will learn how to create these little morsels of goodness, then turn them into a scrumptious meal the instructor has created called Creamy Tuscan Gnocchi with Chicken, and make a wonderful loaf of fresh bread as well!

AE13 $35

Saturday, April 22 4:00-6:00pm Online Format Cook-Along

Classic Pierogi

Have some fun participating in this virtual class! Learn how to make your own homemade Classic Pierogi with homemade dough and filling that will make your taste buds dance for joy! We will also be learning how to cook, and freeze these little dumplings that you can make ahead and store for a rainy day. No fancy equipment needed.

AE14 $35 Saturday, April 29 4:00-6:00pm Online Format Cook-Along

Fun with Falafel: Falafel, Pita Pockets & Dips

If there were ever a combination where nutrition meets delicious and simplicity, the combination would be called “Fun with Falafel”! Experience this fun, and taste this nutritious deliciousness while participating in this virtual COOK-ALONG class! Participants will learn to create wonderful full-flavored falafel and all that is needed to make, stuff, top, and serve to enjoy them thoroughly! Follow along stepby-step, with our wonderful instructor as she guides you through the simple pleasure of creating each of the items on this “Fun with Falafel” menu!

AE15 $35 Saturday, May 6 4:00-6:00pm Online Format Cook-Along

California Sushi Roll Extravaganza

When it comes to actual sushi that is made with sushi grade raw fish such as salmon or tuna wrapped in rice and seaweed, the sushi tolerance spectrum runs from a very strong “YES” or a very strong “NO” with little wiggle room in between. Enter California “sushi” Rolls that overwhelmingly turn the strong “NO’s” into strong yeses!

AE16 $35 Saturday, May 13

4:00-6:00pm Online Format Cook-Along

Visit for registration. 19

Homemade Gnocchi Meal: Creamy Tuscan Gnocchi with Chicken & Homemade Bread


Humanities Club

Albert Lea District #241 Students Grades 9th-12th

Therese Netzer

Let’s watch excellent films and discuss! We’ll make a viewing list, watch and analyze what these films reveal about humans and our nature. This youth class is free to Albert Lea Students due to a federal grant.

E-YOU03 No-Cost Fridays, January 6- May 19 3:00-5:00pm

ALHS Rm. E215 No class April 7

Book Club

Albert Lea District #241

Students Grades 9th-12th

Third through fifth graders are invited to enjoy after school aquatic time at the Albert Lea Family YMCA! On select Fridays this spring, children can attend the YMCA after school and swim for FREE. Children must be picked up by 6:00pm. Please bring swim suit, a towel and any other shower supplies needed. This opportunity is paid for with funds from the Albert Lea School’s Project Exploration grant.

Therese Netzer

Let’s read excellent books and discuss! We’ll make a book list, read on our own, and discuss together. This youth class is free to Albert Lea Students due to a federal grant.

E-YOU08 No-Cost

Mondays, January 9- May 15 8:00-8:30am

ALHS Rm. E215 No class Feb. 20 & March 13

Zumba® for Kids Jasmine Murphy

Albert Lea District #241 Students Ages 7-11

Let’s have some after school fun and move our bodies to some exhilarating beats! All levels welcome, no dance experience required! This youth class is free to Albert Lea Students due to a federal grant.

E-YOU11 No-Cost Mondays, January 9- March 20 4:00-5:00pm Lakeview Gym 8 sessions No class Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 30

E-YOU12 No-Cost Mondays, March 27- May 22 4:00-5:00pm Lakeview Gym 9 sessions

Keep an eye out for FREE youth classes this season! Check our website and Facebook page often to see what we have to offer.

Free classes are made possible by a federal grant the school district has received.


No-Cost Friday, January 20 3:30-5:30pm

Albert Lea Family YMCA Pool 1 session


No-Cost Friday, February 17 3:30-5:30pm Albert Lea Family YMCA Pool 1 session


No-Cost Friday, March 24 3:30-5:30pm Albert Lea Family YMCA Pool 1 session

Family Open Gym


Families are invited to enjoy indoor active time during our family open gym. Parents are invited to spend the morning with their children burning off some of that stored up winter energy. Staff will have basketballs, jump ropes and other play equipment ready during these open gym times. For purposes of this opportunity, a family is defined as up to two adults and all children living at the same physical address.


$5 per family, per date Saturday, January 21 10:00-12:00pm


$5 per family, per date Saturday, February 18 10:00-12:00pm


$5 per family, per date Saturday, March 25 10:00-12:00pm

Building A Positive Way of Thinking

Albert Lea District #241 Students Grades 5th-8th Heather

Behr, Rise Up To Positivity

Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and effects positive results. Having a positive mindset means making positive thinking a habit, continually searching for the silver lining and making the best out of any situation you find yourself in. Through fun, interactive group discussions, you’ll understand the effects of negative self-talk, learn how to re-frame your thoughts with positivity and feel more confident. This youth class is free to Albert Lea Students due to a federal grant. No class March 14.

E-YOU04 No-Cost Tuesdays, February 7- April 4 3:45-5:00pm Brookside Rm. 109 8 Sessions

Open Swim Albert Lea District #241 Students Grades 3rd-5th
Albert Lea Family YMCA

Champion Force Cheerleading Kristin Weber

We offer a fun and exciting cheer program for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level students. We focus on the fundamentals of cheers, chants, jumps, stunts, and dance routines. Each class learns at least one full routine and will showcase their skills for parents and at competitions. Classes are available for all ages, and no experience is necessary for Recreation Levels. Champion Force Athletics is dedicated to empowering all kids with strength, confidence, and self-esteem. All classes are taught by certified coaches. Athletes should wear comfortable clothing, athletic shoes and bring a water bottle. The price of this class does not include competition fees or uniforms. Participants will need to register through Community Ed weekly, cost is $9 per week. No class March 14th.

Upon completion of your registration through Community Ed, please log into and create an account to agree to their waivers. Stop when you get to the payment portion.

AGES 4-6


$9 per week

Tuesdays, February 14- June 6 6:00-6:45pm

Sibley Elementary School 16 sessions

AGES 7-9


$9 per week

Tuesdays, February 14- June 6 6:45-7:30pm

Sibley Elementary School 16 sessions

AGES 10+

YOU01 $9 per week

Tuesdays, February 14- June 6 7:30-8:15pm

Sibley Elementary School 16 sessions

Hula-Hoop Flow


Skills Albert Lea District #241 Students Ages 11-15

Lindsey Eagan, Aquatics Coordinator, Red Cross Lifeguard & CPR Instructor

Albert Lea Community Ed and the YMCA are partnering to offer a FREE babysitting course to Albert Lea School District students, ages 11-15. These 2 day courses will provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care and basic first aid. CPR and first aid will be covered, but students will not be certified. Each participant will receive a booklet, activity pages, and mini first aid kit. Register early to get a spot it will fill quickly! This youth class is free to Albert Lea Students due to a federal grant. Min 2/Max 10



Tuesday & Wednesday, March 14-15 10:00-1:00pm

Albert Lea Family YMCA Meeting Room 2 sessions



Tuesday & Wednesday, May 16-17 3:30-6:30pm

Albert Lea Family YMCA Meeting Room 2 sessions

Albert Lea District #241 Students Ages 7-13 Kelsey Paulson


Join me for a 3 day workshop exploring the various ways of moving with a hula-hoop, think circus tricks! We will begin with warm-ups and basic waist hooping, from there we will learn various tricks and by the end a basic sequence. Hula-hooping is a fun, creative, and playful way to foster self expression and build self confidence through movement and flow. It is also great for getting the heart-rate up and building strength and coordination. No previous experience needed, with the right hula-hoop anyone can do it! Special hula-hoops will be provided. Wear loose comfortable clothes, make sure they aren’t too slippery so the hoop has something to grip onto. Bring a water This youth class is free to Albert Lea Students due to a federal grant.

Monday-Wednesday, March 13-15 12:00-2:00pm Brookside Gym A 3 sessions No-Cost

FREE ADULT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES 2022-2023 Learn English, GED, Math, Career Pathways Class options include in-person learning and distance learning. Day Classes Monday - Thursday from 8:30am-11:00am OR 11:30am-1:30pm Night Classes Monday & Wednesday from 6:00pm-7:30pm starting January 9th. Available online only. Class Opportunities More Info & Registration 507-379-4866 Career Pathway Classes Minnesota Driver's Permit Prep Community Interpreter Level 1 Administrative Office Assistant Paraprofessional Prep Free GED testing Brookside Education Center 211 W Richway Dr, Room 218 ALBERT LEA ADULT EDUCATION

As the leaves have fallen and the weather is getting cool, I would like to welcome you to our winter programming as we head into 2023. I would like to introduce myself as a Parent Educator to ECFE. I have lived in our community for the past ten years with my husband and three young children. My family has attended several of the Early Childhood Family Education classes in district 241 and I am excited to be a part of this team. I have already met several families and with the guidance of Mary Jo Volkman have had fun transitioning to this role! We have worked hard creating new classes and events for your family to attend as well as keeping your favorite series classes. We have collaborated with a few businesses in Albert Lea to offer classes you are sure to love; be sure to check out the “Creating Family Traditions,” class at Simply Charming Ceramics. I look forward to being on this parenting journey with you!

District 241- Albert Lea Area Schools

Welcome to Albert Lea Early Learning

What is ECFE?

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is an Albert Lea Area Schools program that provides parenting information and support for parents with children ages birth to 5 year olds.

Contact Early Learning

Lisa Ferns, Early Learning Coordinator: 507-379-4832

Amber Mattson, Early Education Assistant: 507-379-4838

Mary Jo Volkman, Parent Educator: 507-379-4852

Krista Doyle, Parent Educator: 507-379-4852

Katrina Pedersen, Lead ECFE Teacher: 507-379-4852

Trisha Whelan, Early Childhood Screening: 507-379-5176

Kim Ehrich, ECFE Registration: 507-379-5318

211 W Richway Drive | Albert Lea, MN 507-379-4800 |

Early Childhood Screening Dates


Thursday, February 2 | 2:30 – 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 24 | 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Friday, March 24 | 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 21 | 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 11 | 2:30 – 6:00 p.m.

To schedule your child’s appointment, register online at, call 507-379-5176, or email


Special Events Parent Classes

“Creating Family Traditions”

3-5 years & parents

Family traditions are special things you do regularly as a family. They give your children a sense of security and belonging. Join us at Simply Charming Ceramics for a short discussion on the importance of traditions in your family. You will then create a unique birthday or special plate for your family to start a new tradition. Price includes a plate to decorate.

Saturday, February 18 2:00-3:30pm Simply Charming Ceramics Studio $15

Winter Wonderland

0-5 years & parents

It’s cold outside so let’s bring the fun indoors! We have created a winter wonderland filled with carnival games, winter themed activities, and treats! Your children will be talking about this for weeks!

Thursday, February 23 4:00-6:00pm Brookside Gym $5

GLOW Dance Party

0-5 years & parents

Let’s dance off some energy! Come to this groovy event and dance to all of our favorite kid appropriate songs. Your child will love moving and grooving with glow sticks and lights!

Friday, February 24 4:00-6:00pm Brookside Gym $5

Pod Squad

Parents of Newborns - 9 years

Take advantage of this NEW class ECFE has to offer. Lets face it, sometimes parenting is hard, really hard. Lets get together and share parenting advice, low points and high points. TOGETHER we can do this! A podcast will be given to listen to over the weekend before each class to discuss as a group.

Monday, January 9- February 13 10:00-11:00am Rm. 204 $10

Healthy options for moms and tots! Parents of Newborns - 9


Sometimes meal planning and eating healthy can be stressful. This class will give you the tools to help parents and their picky eaters develop good eating habits! Half of the session will focus on adult healthy eating and the other half will focus on a healthy toddler menu. Meet us at Ignite Nutrition and leave with a good mindset and some new recipes! Price includes a healthy snack and shake.

Thursday, January 12 6:00-7:15pm Rm. 204 $7

Potty School

Parents of Newborns - 9 years

Is your toddler getting ready to potty train? Is your toddler struggling to potty train? This class is for you! We will go over toilet training do’s and dont’s. Let’s figure out together what will work for your child. Make and Take home a potty chart!

Wednesday, January 18 6:15-7:30pm Rm. 204 $5

Coffee and Chaos

Parents of Newborns - 9 years

You bring the kids, We’ve got the coffee! Join us for informal play/relaxation in the toddler room and adjoining CareAboutU Café. We would love to hear your feedback about our programming and how we can support your family. Get a nice kick start to your morning, Caribou coffee will be provided!

Baby Buds 0- 12 months & parents

Congratulations on entering the world of parenthood! An ever-changing and sometimes scary role. Meet weekly with a parent educator to play and learn with your baby. This is the perfect opportunity to meet other new parents and make new friendships!

Tuesdays, Jan. 10- Feb. 21 11:00-12:00pm Rm. 204 See Fee Chart

Tuesdays, Jan. 10- Feb. 21 4:30-5:30pm Rm. 204 See Fee Chart

Thursdays, Jan. 12- Feb. 23 10:00-11:00am Rm. 204 See Fee Chart

Baby Shower

Pregnant moms- 6 months babies

Congratulations, you’re expecting or have recently given birth! We would love to welcome you into our Early Childhood Family Education family! You will meet other expecting families in the community and take home a goodie bag! Learn about baby’s development and even ask questions with a registered nurse! Join us in this night of celebration.

Monday, January 9 5:00-6:00pm Rm. 204 FREE

Wednesday, February 15 5:00-6:00pm Rm. 204 FREE

Nurturing Newborns

Parent(s) and their 0-12 week newborn

For parents with babies 0-12 weeks. Get the most out of your maternity leave while you and your baby are learning each other. Discussions will cover feeding, attachment, sleep, development, family changes & returning to work. You will have the opportunity to have your baby weighed each week and have a parent educator, public health nurse, and lactation specialist available!

Weekly on Wednesdays starting January 18 10:30-12:00pm Rm. 204 FREE

Wednesday, January 11-February 22 8:15-9:15am Rm. 204 See Fee Chart

Say No to Screen Time

Parents of Newborns - 9


Outdoor play gets challenging in the cold winter months and its easy to leave the screens on. Join us in a conversation about encouraging imaginative play and finding new ideas of ways to play inside. This class will include a make and take home activity for you and your children!

Wednesday, February 22 6:15-7:30pm Rm. 204 $5

“Creating Family Traditions”

Parents of Newborns - 9 years

Family traditions are special things you do regularly as a family. They give your children a sense of security and belonging. Join us at Simply Charming Ceramics for a short discussion on the importance of traditions in your family. You will then create a unique birthday or special plate for your family to start a new tradition. Price includes plate to decorate.

Thursday, February 9

5:30-7:30pm Ignite Nutrition $15

Baby Series Scan this QR code, call 507-379-5318 or visit, to register for classes!

Thursday Nights Toddler Series

Pea Pods

12-24 months & parents

Bring your little busy body to a weekly themed class full of crafts, stories, and of course PLAY. They will engage with other children their age while parents meet in an adjoining room for a short discussion. Your Pea Pods will love this new experience!

Tuesdays, January 10- February 21 8:30-9:30am Rm. 204 See Fee Chart

Corey’s Carpentry Corner

3 - 5 years & parents

We supply the wood, nails, and special project. You bring the hammer and let your imagination soar! Great things will happen!

Thursday, January 19 6:00-7:00pm Brookside Gym B $5

Move and Groove Gym Time

0 - 5 years & parents

Dancing Daisies 12-36 months & parents

This class will have your kiddo wanting to come back for more! Class will begin with an art project and lead into circle time with our new friends! Your child will have play time while you engage in a short discussion with a parent educator. You will learn new tips and tricks to try with your family!

Tuesdays, January 10- February 21 5:45-7:00pm Rm. 204 See Fee Chart

Let’s get those little bodies moving. We will provide movement opportunities through games, songs and a variety of equipment. Give your kids an outlet for all that stored energy with the use of parachutes, tumble mats and more.

Thursday, January 26 6:00-7:00pm Brookside Cafeteria $5

Benefits of Playdough

Grandparents are Grand 12-48 months & grandparents

What kid doesn’t love an afternoon with Grandma or Grandpa? Get in on the fun and bring your little grandchild to this hands on class! Together you will sing songs, read stories, and create lifelong memories! Grandparents will meet with a parent educator in an adjoining room for a brief discussion on how to be involved in their children’s life! You won’t want to miss this NEW class!

Thursdays, January 12- February 16 4:00-5:00pm Rm. 204 See Fee Chart

Buzzy Bees 24-36 months & parents

Get ready for some fun! You and your toddler will get to meet new friends, move and groove at circle time, and bring home an art project to display on your fridge! Adults will enjoy some social interaction with a brief discussion in an adjoining room.

Tuesdays, January 10- February 21 9:45-10:45am Rm. 204 See Fee Chart

3 - 5 years & parents

Learn the 7 benefits of playdough through this fun interactive class. You and your mini will get to make your very own batch of playdough to take home! Which color will you choose?

Thursday, February 2 6:00-7:00pm Rm. 204 $5

Royal Night of Reading

0-5 years & parents

Come join us for a royal night of reading in the Oasis Library room. This literacy event will focus on reading a magical story. We will also enjoy making royal craft fit for a King. If your children would like, they can dress as their favorite storybook character.

Thursday, February 9 6:00-7:00pm Reading Oasis Library $5

Cooking with Kids

3 - 5 years & parents

Spend the evening with your child making a special treat together. We will guide you through a step-by-step process on making something tasty from start to finish! Your child will love to get messy with you!

Thursday, February 16 6:00-7:00pm Brookside Cafeteria $5

Family Size Annual Income Annual Income Annual Income 2 Below $32,227 $32,228-49,999 $50,000 and up 3 Below $40,626 $40,627-54,999 $55,000 and up 4 Below $49,025 $49,026-59,999 $60,000 and up 5 Below $57,424 $57,425-64,999 $65,000 and up 6 Below $65,823 $65,824-69,999 $70,000 and up Class Tuition Coffee and Chaos $7 $13 $21 Baby Buds $7 $13 $21 Pea Pods $7 $13 $21 Buzzy Bees $7 $13 $21 Grandparents are Grand $6 $11 $18 Dancing Daisies $9 $16 $26 WINTER CLASS FEE CHART
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are necessary to supplement state and local tax dollars dedicated to supporting Early Childhood programs for School District 241.
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Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30am to 2:30pm Office hours may vary.

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

COVID Programming Note

Community Education programming follows the Albert Lea School District guidelines regarding COVID. Recommendations may change and we thank you for your flexibility. Full refunds will be made if changes don’t allow your participation due to illness.

Be an ‘Early Bird’

Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. When you register quickly, you get the classes you want and the instructor can prepare for your participation. Preregistration is required. Community Education does not mail class confirmations. If you have an e-mail address at the time of registration, a confirmation will be emailed to you. We will contact you by phone or e-mail if there is a change for the class.

Participation Waiver

Participation in any Community Education program, class or activity is voluntary. By enrolling

in these courses, you indicate that you have no physical conditions, health history or illness that would make your participation hazardous to your health or others. Participants, and parents of participants, hold District #241 free from liability in case of accidents or illness of any nature.

Program/Class Cancellation Policy

Community Education will gladly issue a full refund when a class is canceled due to low enrollment. There are no refunds on day trips unless Community Ed needs to cancel the trip.

Canceling Your Registration

Please notify our office three business days before the start of a class in order to receive 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 the Community Education Office at 507-379-5318.

Inclement Weather Information

If Albert Lea School District is closed due to inclement weather, all Community Education classes will be canceled for that day. If Albert Lea School District announces a late morning start, all Community Education morning classes will be canceled. Please listen to KATE radio for weather announcements.


The information requested during registration will be used to verify eligibility as well as determine staff, facility and equipment needs. You and/or your child’s registration information may be provided to school district staff, volunteers and instructors. Your e-mail information is for internal use only and will not be sold or solicited. There are occasions when representatives of District #241 and/or the media photograph or videotape students/ adults while in school or attending/participating in school sponsored functions and used for district publication or web pages (including social media) and our Community Education brochure. Parents/ guardians whom object to wanting their child/self to be identified or used in photographs, videotape or Community Education brochures, must notify, in writing, the Community Education office.

Please Note: Due to the unforeseen circumstances after the time of print, information in this brochure is subject to change.

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 507-379-5317.

Fieldhouse behind the Albert Lea High School football field. Main doors on the east side of building. Second floor.

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