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Winter 2020 January - April

Contents Adult Learning Center


Blue Zones


Business & Finance


Community Theatre


Convention & Vistors Bureau


Daytime Adventures




Early Learning


Experiential Education



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Health & Wellness


Hobbies & Crafts




Paddling Film Festival


Parks & Recreation






Snow Shoe


T-shirt Contest

Office Hours Monday - Friday 8:30 am -12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Listen to KATE Radio for weather announcements.


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

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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

Please Recycle Brochure After April 30, 2020

Through Seasons of Life! Throughout my time with Albert Lea Community Education, I have met amazing people from all walks of life. I’ve met genuine people who have inspired me by their stories, instructors who are so willing to share their skills and interests with the community and then there’s you! Some participants have been taking community education classes their entire life, others are looking for a particular class, and for some it’s their very first time taking a class with us. Whatever ‘season’ of life you’re in right now, there’s a class for that! A class to help you get fit, a class to increase your knowledge or learn a new skill, a class to help you become a better you. Community Education is here for you because learning is a life-long skill no matter what ‘season’ of life you’re in.

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 and watch KAAL TV for weather announcements.

Katie Mertens Former Enrichment & Marketing Specialist Albert Lea Community Education




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Early Learning


Contact Early Learning

Jenny Hanson, Early Learning Coordinator: 507-379-4832 Melissa Schmidt, Lead Teacher/Parent Educator: 507-379-4852 Kate Richards, Early Education Assistant (Pre-K/VPK): 507-379-4838 Nancy Tatarek, ECFE/Early Childhood Screening: 507-379-5176

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

Early Childhood Screening The State of Minnesota requires a developmental screening of all 3- to 4-year-old children prior to kindergarten entrance. Free one-hour screenings are offered at Brookside Education Center. Friday, January 10 Thursday, February 6 Friday, March 6 Thursday, April 2 Friday, May 1

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please call 379-5176 or email to schedule your child’s appointment. We are looking for early childhood developmental screeners. For job pool information, click on the Careers tab at the top of the District homepage

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-todate information on your baby’s growth and development. This is a free service, and no appointment is necessary.

Paddling Film Festival

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


Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 pm

2020 T-Shirt Contest

Help us celebrate 10 years of the Brookside Boathouse. Design the front of our shirts for the Summer of 2020 and submit your entry by March 6, 2020 to enter the contest. Must complete all the details below and on backside of form. Thank you for supporting the Brookside Boathouse!

Artist’s Name: _________________________________________________________ Tell us about your experience at the Rock Gym and/or Boathouse or why it is important to have them in our community? _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Please Note: This page maybe displayed publicly at the Film Festival or Community Ed Locations and on our website. Page 2 is confidential.


2020 Boathouse/Rock gym T-Shirt Contest Albert Lea Community Education is hosting a t-shirt design contest to celebrate the 10th year of the Community Boathouse at Brookside Park. Over 17,000 people have canoed, kayaked, and stand-up paddleboarded with Community Education over those years. A big part of our Experiential Education program is connecting people of all ages to nature. Share your nature experience and/or design idea with Albert Lea Community Education! Winning shirt design will be announced at our annual Paddle Film Festival held May 28, 2020. Artist Eligible: Open to all artists: professional, amateur and student. Deadline for Entry: Friday, March 6, 2020 Design:

Design should not exceed 10 x 10 inches A maximum of 3 colors may be used - no gradients Must relate to the Brookside Boathouse, Rock Gym, Nature or be really cool All artwork must be 100% original. Copyrighted images will be disqualified.


By Mail: 147 North Broadway, Albert Lea, MN 56007 Scan and Email: In Person: Enrichment Office - Located in the Lobby of the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center at 147 North Broadway, Albert Lea, MN 56007

Submission must include completed official entry form. Forms are available online at: or in person at our Enrichment Office(147 North Broadway).

Winner: The winner will be selected by the Albert Lea Community Education Advisory Council. The winner will receive a FREE one year membership good for the entire household to the Rock Gym and Boathouse, 2 Paddling Film Festival 2020 Tickets, a FREE t-shirt with their design and 5 additional t-shirts. Retention of Designs: The entries becomes the exclusive property of Albert Lea Community Education and will not be returned to entrants. Albert Lea Community Education has exclusive rights to the reproduction of the winning design and submitting artists relinquish all rights to such design. All proceeds from t-shirts go to the Rock Gym, Boathouse and Community Education Experiential Education Programming.. Publicity & Agreement: Entering this contest constitutes an agreement by the submitting artists to relinquish all copyrights of the submitted works to Albert Lea Community Education and to appear as requested for publicity purposes. Questions? Please call 507-379-4834 or email

Entry Deadline: March 6, 2020 Artist Name_____________________________________________ Address________________________________________________ City___________________________ State _____ Zip__________ Phone______________________________ Email__________________________________________________ I fully understand and have read and comply with the rules and conditions of this contest, and I understand that if this entry is selected as the winning submittal I relinquish all claims to any and all copyrights, royalties, and other benefits derived from the sale or reproduction of this work. Artist Signature_______________________________________________ If under 18 years of age must have parent/guardian’s signature)


Optional Display Participation I further authorize Albert Lea Community Education to display my entry if it is not selected as the winning entry. Artist Signature_______________________________________________ (If under 18 years of age must have parent/guardian’s signature)


NEW! Cupcake Decorating

Ever wanted to get ‘up there’ in the lights and try your hand at acting? Or you have already been bitten by the acting bug and want to study the art a bit more? Wherever you are in your acting ‘career’, this will be a fun, challenging and informative class. This is a ‘studio’ class. That is 90% of the time will be spent actually practicing acting techniques and exercises. The Instructor received training at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, was active in small theatre in the Minneapolis area and has taught Drama in high schools.

In this class students will learn how to make two types of frostings and how to create beautifully decorated cupcakes. All supplies to make the buttercream and cream cheese frostings are provided. Please bring 12 unfrosted cupcakes, a container for extra frosting and the following decorator supplies: 6 - 12” disposable decorating bags and tips 1M, 2D, 2A and 4B. The instructor will have cake colors and a variety of other tips to try

George Favell

NEW! Larksfoot Crochet Afghan Pam Koenen

Learn to crochet the larksfoot stitch while creating a warm and cozy afghan perfect for cold winter nights. The afghan is made using any variety of Bernat Blanket yarn (stripes, ombre, velvet). The finished size of the project is approximately 46” x 58”. Directions will also be provided for making larger afghans if desired * Please bring 6 balls Bernat Blanket or Bernat Velvet( all one color or 3 coordinating colors) and size k crochet hook. HOBB15 Mon., Jan. 6 - Feb. 3 *No Class January 20 Brookside Rm 216

$30 6-8 pm 4 Sessions

HOBB17 Thurs., Jan. 9 - Feb. 27 Brookside Rm 109

$45 7 - 8:30 pm 8 Sessions

NEW! Quilted Tote Bag Rhonda Jordal

You will complete a tote bag in this class and if you would like a smaller tote bag we can downsize it to your liking. The tote bag has a Winter theme(blues & white) for this class with inside pockets and one large outside appliqued pocket. These tote bags are very well made, heavy duty for carrying books to travel items to everyday items. Memories & Keepsakes Quilts pattern and materials to make the tote bag are included in the class price. * Please bring a sewing machine with feet for straight stitchfree hand stippling, quilting thread and a variety of embroidery thread colors. HOBB18 Tues., Feb. 4 Brookside Rm 109

$40 5-7 pm 1 Session

NEW! Cupcake Baking Pam Koenen

NEW! Winter Gnome

Judy Gordon

Come and learn how to paint this cute little gnome. This is an acrylic canvas painting class and all supplies are included. HOBB16 Sat., Jan. 18 Albert Lea Art Center

$40 9 am -12 pm 1 Session 101 S. Broadway Albert Lea, MN

Learn to make chocolate, vanilla and red velvet cupcakes. The instructor will share family favorite recipes as well as tips to turn a box mix into the hit at any party. Participants will take home at least 6 of each cupcake variety made. All supplies are provided, but please bring a container for taking home your cupcakes. Sign up for Cupcake Decorating on the following night(March 24) and save $10! HOBB19 Mon., March 23 ALHS FACS D202

$30 6-8 pm 1 Session

Pam Koenen

HOBB20 Tues., March 24 ALHS FACS D202

Hobbies & Crafts

NEW! The Art of Acting

$30 6-8 pm 1 Session

Save $10 when you register for both Cupcake Baking & Cupcake Decorating! Use class code: HOBB19+20

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. Spring Nest HOBB21 Sat., April 11 The Interchange

$30 2-5 pm 1 Session

211 South Broadway, Albert Lea, MN

Register Online at


Park & Rec Candy Cane Hunt

Winter Warming Houses

Santa and his elves have hidden hundreds of candy canes! Come out and see how many you can find. Stick around afterward for a hot cocoa bar, special treats, games and a craft! Santa will also make a special appearance! Fee: Free When: Sat. December 14th Time: 10:00 am (hunt will start on time) Where: Edgewater Bay Pavilion

Bring your skates and practice your triple toe loop or play hockey with your friends. Take a break inside the warming house* where you can play ping pong, foosball or even box hockey! Stop by and get to know your Warming House Attendants.

(enter park off Hwy. 13)

Fee: FREE!!!

Make sure your child dresses warm!

Warming houses subject to close for inclement weather Open winter break if weather permits

Open to all children

Ugly Sweater Skate

Open to everyone!

Winter Break Hours Mon-Fri. 1-8 pm Sat. & Sun. 1-8 pm

Regular Hours Mon.-Fri. 4-8 pm Sat. & Sun. 1-8 pm

Where: Hayek Park *Academy, Hawthorne, and Lakeview will have ice, but warming houses only open on the weekends.

Families welcome!

Join us for a special Ugly Sweater skate. Enjoy entertainment by DJ Abrego, holiday refreshments and contest for the ugliest sweater. Fee: $4 (additional $1 skate rental) When: Sunday, December 22nd Time: 6:00-8:00 pm Where: City Arena

Registration is NOT required *Concession stand will be available. To receive information on Parks & Rec and other City Departments check out our Facebook Page: City of Albert Lea-City Hall


Outdoor Rock on Ice Everyone is welcome to attend!

Bring your friends and family out to the Park for a special outdoor Rock on Ice! Bring your skates and we’ll supply the ice! There will be music by DJ Abrego, outdoor activities, fire, hot cocoa & s’mores! Fee: FREE When: Friday, January 17th 6-8 pm-Hayek Park

No Pre-Registration required

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.

Drivers Education 14 and 1/2 years old

Prepare your future driver for the permit test, the State of Minnesota Graduated Driver’s License Test (GDL) and a lifetime of driving. Class fee includes 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-thewheel instruction. Min. 20/ Max. 40 students *Please plan ahead and register early, classes will fill fast! Price: $350 (Early Bird Special: $325) 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

DEJUL Mon.-Fri., July 6 - 17 Early Bird Deadline: June 22

3:30 -6:30 pm ALHS

DEAUG Mon.-Fri., July 27- Aug. 7 Early Bird Deadline: July 13

3:30-6:30 pm ALHS

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. 7:00-8:30 pm ALHS E113

DD4 Mon. & Tues., March 22 & 24 Brookside Rm 109

Defensive Driving Refresher (4 hr.)

$30 6-10 pm Dewey Severson

This 4 hour course is available to participants who have completed the 8 hour course(within the last 3 years) and need to renew their insurance certification. No tests are given. Must preregister. DD5 Tues., March 24 Brookside Rm 109

$25 1-5 pm

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

Art in Bloom

View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers at the annual Art in Bloom – a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Delight in over 150 floral designs in this Twin Cities rite of spring! Please pre-register by March 22. Fee includes motor coach transportation, with admission to the Institute of Art being free. Lunch is on your own. Sorry no refunds. Community Education trips are done in collaboration with other community education organizations. 1-2 additional stops will be made to pick up and drop off participants from other communities.

Daytime Adventures

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

POI4 FREE Monday, March 23

Dewey Severson


Defensive Driving (8 hr.)

T6 $29 Thursday, April 23 Minneapolis Institute of Art Depart: 8:20 am Return: 5:40 pm Park Behind Old ShopKo Garden Center in Albert Lea

Register Early!!! Trips Will Fill Up Fast!


Fitness Yoga for Beginners Clemencia Gujral

In this class, you will experience your ability to create an open space in your body and mind. Focusing on your breaths and stretches, you learn to relax and let go. YOGA12 $36 Mon., Jan. 6- March 2 10-11:30 am Christ Episcopal Church 9 Sessions *Make-up session - March 9 YOGA13 $36 Mon., Mar. 16 - May 11 10-11:30 am Christ Episcopal Church 9 Sessions *Make-up session - May 18 YOGA14 $36 Mon., Jan. 6 - March 2 6-7:15 pm Sibley Gym 9 Sessions *Class on Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Feb 24 held at Christ Episcopal Church *Make-up session - March 9 at Christ Episcopal Church YOGA15 $36 Mon., March 16 - May 11 6-7:15 pm Sibley Gym 9 Sessions *Make-up session - May 18


Flow and Go

Shelley Pederson

Gentle Yoga

Shelley Pederson

YOGA16 $45 Tues., Jan. 7 -March 3 5:30-6:15 pm Brookside Gym A 8 Sessions *Make-up session - March 10

Welcome to a calming, stress-reducing yoga class to stretch and strengthen the body. Attention to breath, balance, core, and improving flexibity; combined with a relaxing meditation is perfect for students who simply want a slower pace class, are new to yoga or 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. Students should be able to stand up from the floor.

YOGA17 $45 Thurs., Jan. 9- March 5 5:30-6:15 pm Brookside Gym A 8 Sessions * Make-up session - March 12

YOGA20 $45 Tues., Jan. 7 -March 3 6:30-7:45 pm Brookside Gym A 8 Sessions *Make-up session - March 10

YOGA18 $50 Tues., Mar. 17-May 12 5:30-6:15 pm Brookside Gym A 9 Sessions * Make-up session - May 19

YOGA21 $45 Thurs., Jan. 9- March 5 6:30-7:45 pm Brookside Gym A 8 Sessions * Make-up session - March 12

YOGA19 $50 Thurs, Mar. 19-May 14 5:30-6:15 pm Brookside Gym A 9 Sessions *Make-up session - May 21

YOGA22 $50 Tues., March 17-May 12 6:30-7:45 pm Brookside Gym A 9 Sessions * Make-up session - May 19

Mindful movements using a combination of Tai Chi, moving meditation and slow flow yoga. Practice will be a standing flow, improving balance, flexibility and breath suitable for most levels of fitness. Please bring a mat, water bottle and wear comfortable clothing.

Save $10 when you register for both of Shelley’s Tuesday and Thursday night classes. Use class codes: YOGA16+17, YOGA18+19, YOGA20+21, YOGA22+23

YOGA23 $50 Thurs, March 19-May 14 6:30-7:45 pm Brookside Gym A 9 Sessions *Make-up session - May 21


Register Online at 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., Dec 3-April 30 Lakeview Gym 7:15-8:45 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. ZUM4 $40 Tuesdays, Jan. 7 - March 3 * No Class Feb. 11 5:30-6:30 pm Lakeview Cafeteria 8 Sessions

NEW! Zumba Toning Jasmine Murphy

Join us Wednesday evenings for some men’s basketball playing time.

Shake, shake, shake it! Scuplt your body with Zumba Toning. It combines targeted body-scuplting excerises and high energy cardio work with latininfused Zumba moves. *Please bring toning stick or 2 lb. weights to class.

FIT3 Wed., Dec. 4- May 20 Southwest Gym

ZUM5 $32 Wed., Jan. 8 - Feb 19 5:30-6:30 pm Lakeview Cafeteria 7 Sessions

Open Gym Basketball League

$19 7:30- 9 pm

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

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. FIT6 $25 Mon., Jan. 13 - March 23 7:15-8:45 pm *No Class - Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 9 Lakeview Gym 8 Sessions *Make-up session - March 30


Jasmine Murphy

Zum dah dah dum! Zum dah dah dum! Lose yourself in the music while working out and getting fit! This class features exotic rhythms set to high energy Latin and international beats. Zumba is easy, effective and exhilarating. ZUM6 $32 Wed., March 18 - April 29 5:30-6:30 pm Lakeview Cafeteria 7 Sessions


Safety NEW! Babysitter Training (11 yrs +) Jeni Brandt

In this course you will learn a multitude of skills that will equip you to go out and be a babysitter. You will learn age-appropriate activities, behavioral knowledge for different age groups, basic child-care skills, leadership, safety and much more. Class is 6 hours and American Red Cross Approved. Please bring a lunch to class. Babysitter training packet, CD, and fun kit are included in class price. SAFE03 Wed., March 11 Brookside Rm 109

$100 9 am- 3 pm 1 Session

Health & Wellness

NEW! Exploring Meditation

George Favell This course in meditation is based on the Kriya Yoga teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. it will include introductory meditation techniques as well as background philosophy. Teachings of Christian mystics will also be referenced. However, the practice of meditation is non-sectarain and requires no particular belief system. No yoga postures are required other than to be able to sit with a straight spine, either in a chair or on the floor. The instructor has practiced Yogananda’s meditation techniques since childhood. HW01 Wed., Jan. 8 - Feb. 26 Brookside Rm 109

$40 7 - 8 pm 8 Sessions

NEW! Caring for Your Skin at Any Age Keri Hacker & Lindsay Becker This course provides an overview of daily skincare routine. Sample will be provided and we will wash your face in 4 steps. You will learn about the ingredients, other skin procedures that are available, and skin issues.


HW02 Wed., Jan. 15 ALHS Rm 201/202

$25 6:30 - 8 pm 1 Session

Financial Adviser

BSFN12 Tues., Jan. 14 Brookside Rm 109

FREE 7-8 pm 1 Session

Hackett, & Becker Financial What provisions in the new tax law could affect you and your family? Come and learn about the new tax reform rules and their impact on your reitrement. Full description available online at alschools. BSFN16 Tues., Feb. 11 Brookside Rm 109

FREE 6:30-7:45 pm 1 Session

NEW! Foundations of Investing

NEW! Retirement: Making Your Money Last James Stubkjaer

This course focuses on the Rules for Investing, how to develop a strategy, choose quality investments, diversify the portfolio, invest for the long term and focus on what you can control.

This class focuses on the consideration/ tradeoffs when developing a withdrawal strategy, working longer or shorter, spending more or less, when to take social security and ways to plan for the expected and unexpected expenses with insurance.

James Stubkjaer -Edward Jones Financial Adviser

BSFN13 Tues., Jan. 21 Brookside Rm 109

$8 7-8 pm 1 Session

Quickbooks for Beginners Margie Barber

This class covers writing checks and entering credit card charges, making deposits, reconciling bank statements, making journal entries, and producing profit & loss reports as well as balance sheets to be provided to your tax preparer. ATTENTION: Software is limited. If you already have a laptop with Quickbooks installed, we encourage you to bring it to class or call 507-379-4834 to check availability. BSFN14 Mon., Jan. 27 & Feb. 3 Brookside Rm 109

$45 1-3 pm 2 Session

NEW! First Time Home Buyer Ben Bartelt - State Farm Insurance Agent

Learn the basics of buying your first house. What is escrow and prepaids? Learn about getting approved and what to look for on home insurance. Learn about special programs for 1st time home buyers. BSFN15 Tues., Jan. 28 Brookside Rm 109

$8 4:00-4:45 pm 1 Session

-Edward Jones Financial Adviser

BSFN17 Tues., Feb. 18 Brookside Rm 109

$8 7-8 pm 1 Session

NEW! Insurance Basics

Ben Bartelt - State Farm Insurance Agent

Learn what to look for on your insurance and understand how you are covered. Learn the difference between a HO3 home policy vs. a HO5 home policy. Do you know what type of home policy you have? Learn about endorsements that can cover your furnace or air conditioning. BSFN18 Tues., March 3 Brookside Rm 109

$8 4:00-4:45 pm 1 Session

Social Security - It Pays to Know

Michael Rebischke-Voya Financial Advisers If you are looking at taking Social Security in the near future, whether it is in the coming months or in a couple years, you should understand how to maximize this benefit. This is a decision that really pays to know your options and how decisions you make now will impact your future. BSFN19 Tues., March 17 Brookside Rm 109

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

Register Online at

Rules of the Road Seminar James Stubkjaer -Edward Jones Financial Adviser

This course teaches fundamental concepts of investing and potential strategies to build wealth. BSFN20 Tues., March 31 Brookside Rm 109

$8 7-8 pm 1 Session

Income Taxes &Retirement Jacob Thompson - Thrivent Financial Advisers

With the recent changes, taxes seem to be on everyone’s mind. This workshop helps attendees to see how the decisions they make in preparing for retirement can affect their income taxes. Attendees will learn about the financial impacts they may face and how to make decisions that are right for them. BSFN21 Tues., April 14 Brookside Rm 109

NEW! Power of Compounding

Business & Finance

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.

NEW! Taxes in Retirement Tiarks,

Social Security: Timing is Everything Jacob Thompson -Thrivent

FREE 7-8 pm 1 Session

Ben Bartelt - State Farm Insurance Agent Learn the basics of compounding interest and why learning to save at a young age is so important. You will see the power of compounding when you work through an example where $10,000 becomes 1 million! BSFN22 $8 Tues., April 21 4:00-4:45 pm Brookside Rm 109 1 Session

Preparing Your Estate Plan James Stubkjaer

-Edward Jones Financial Adviser Come learn the basic overview of estate planning, account registration, beneficing designations wills, trusts, tax information, life insurance and TOD(transfer of death). BSFN23 Tues., April 28 Brookside Rm 109

$8 7-8 pm 1 Session



Albert Lea Public Library

(507) 377-4350 211 E. Clark St., Albert Lea, MN

Open: Sun.: 1-5 p.m., Mon.-Thu.: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.: 1-6 p.m.

Winter reading program begins Jan. 21. Read books & enter to win prizes. eBooks Made Easy: Wed., Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. Intro to Android Tablets: Wed., Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. iPad Basics: Wed., Feb. 19 10 a.m. Intro to Google Drive: Wed., Mar. 4 at 10 a.m. Computer Basics: Wed., Mar. 18 at 10 a.m. Online Job Searching: Mon., Mar. 23 at 6 p.m. Needles, Pins & More: 1st Thursday at 10 a.m. Game Day: 2nd Monday at 10 a.m. Fountain Lake Readers: 2nd Thursday at 10 a.m. Stitch Night: 3rd Monday at 5:30 p.m. Nonfiction Book Club: 3rd Tuesday at 6 p.m. Cookbook Club: 3rd Thursday at noon

Mondays: Feb. 3, Mar. 2 & Apr. 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Starts Dec. 16. Sign your family up to read as a team.

Storytime: Mondays & Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Music & Movement: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Night-time Storytime: Thursdays at 6 p.m. 5, 6 & 7: Mondays at 3:45 p.m. 3 & 4: Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m.

Starts the week of Jan. 27. Registration required.

Mondays: Feb. 3, Mar. 2 & Apr. 6 at Join us for fun & games 2 & 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 1 from 2-4 p.m.


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.

Register Now! Nothing cancels a great class faster than everyone waiting until the last minute to register. Decisions to cancel a class are made at least three business days prior to its start date. REGISTER EARLY! Call: 507-379-4834 Website:

Thank You!

Winter Programs begin Jan. 21 & end Apr. 16.

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Interested in teaching a class?

Visit our website at or call 507-377-4350 for more information.

Community Education Enrichment Instructors bring a wealth of information and diverse backgrounds to the classroom setting. Many instructors donate a portion of their time in planning and preparation for the class experience as a community service to ensure their class is meaningful, enjoyable, enriching, and informative. Thank you, enrichment instructors, for all you do!

Adult Learning Center


Experiential Education

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

Open Rock Gym 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.

Blue Zones

Don’t forget to submit your t-shirt design for the Rock Gym and Boathouse! See Page 5 & 6


Snowshoes are available to check out at the Community Education Enrichment Office located at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center (147 North Broadway) during office hours. Limited availability. Punch passes accepted or $10 per pair and a refundable deposit($20 per pair) required at check out. Please call 507-379-4834 for more information or availability.

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 cross-country skis or snow shoes. Pick up a Punch Pass at the Rock Gym, Boathouse, or Community Education Enrichment Office.

Convention & Vistors Bureau


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! 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. Participation Waiver 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.


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. 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. Cancellations 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.

Office Hours Monday - Friday 8:30 am -12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Listen to KATE Radio for weather announcements.


Dec. 24, 25, 26 Dec. 31, Jan 1 Feb. 17 April 10 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 -right side under ‘Community Education.’ 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)_________________________________


NEW Classes for Winter 2020 Exploring Meditation

Zumba Toning

Insurance Basics

T-Shirt Contest

First Time Home Buyer

The Art of Acting

Winter Gnome Painting

Babysitting Training

Skin Care Class

And More!!!

Please Recycle Brochure After April 30, 2020

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Albert Lea Community Ed Winter 2020  

Community Education is here because learning is a life-long skill no matter what 'season' of life you're in!

Albert Lea Community Ed Winter 2020  

Community Education is here because learning is a life-long skill no matter what 'season' of life you're in!