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Serving Residents of the South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights and West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School Districts








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Older Adult Programs

Early Learning



INDEX ADULT PROGRAMS Family Programs Adult Basic Education Access Project Boomers, More or Less Creative Arts Culinary Arts Fitness Hobbies Home & Garden Money Matters Personal Growth Special Events Technology Wellness World Language Dakota County Library Dakota County Technical College/ Inver Hills Community College

2-3 4-5 6-7 8-10 11-12 12 13 14 15 16-17 18 18 19 19 20 21 22-23

OLDER ADULT PROGRAMS Driver Safety, 55+ SSP IGH WSP-MH-Eagan (TPAC) TIS Trips & Tours

24 25 26-27 28-37 36-37



YOUTH PROGRAMS School-Age Care Aquatics Drivers Education Youth Enrichment

40-41 42 43 43-48

Fun, Educational and Exciting Family Programs! Ballet for Parents & Kids

​ usic, movement, balance and the basic dance steps are introduced in a fun, friendly and M positive manner. This class includes mom or dad or another loved one participating in the class along with their little dancer. Our Joffrey trained instructor will keep the music and curriculum moving along while parents take an active role in encouraging, supporting and keeping the little dancer on track; both adults and children will also learn about ballet technique. Please note the class location for each section. Instructor: Victoria Parker Section A Tuesdays, Sept. 19 - Oct. 24 5:15-6:15 pm #6752-F17A 6 sessions - $70/pair, $35/extra family member Somerset Elementary School, MH

Thriller Line Dance

Halloween is “creeping” up and it isn’t just for kids anymore! Get into the ”spirit” with this fun line dance version of a dance that still inspires us all! No partner needed for a “thrilling” night of fun! Why not make it a family event? Instructor: Monica Mohn Thursday, Oct. 5 1 session - $10/person #6253-F17 6-7pm Garlough Environmental Magnet School, WSP

GENERAL INFORMATION Facility Locations & Use 52-53 Registration 54-55 Fare for all Express 56


Clases de inglés para adultos Cuidado de niños antes/despues de la escuela

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Para mayor información sobre los programas de Educación para la Comunidad, por favor contáctese con: IGH/SSP: Patricia Nix 651-306-7862 IGH/SSP: Terry Castellanos 651-306-3644 WSP: Sara Maldonado 651-403-7825 2

Section B Tuesdays, Nov. 14 - Dec. 19 5:15-6:15 pm #6752-F17B 6 sessions - $70/pair, $35/extra family member Moreland Elementary School, WSP SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017

Harvest Time - Apple Orchard Experience

Enjoy the autumn colors and the excitement of harvest time when you visit the apple orchard at Carpenter Nature Center. Learn about the growing process, different apple varieties, and the eco friendly methods we use to keep pests away from our our apples. Taste different varieties of apples and participate in pressing apples to make fresh cider! After the program, visit the Apple Shack to purchase apples and many other products. Saturday, Oct. 7 10-11:30 am #6958-F17 1 session - $8/person Carpenter Nature Center 12805 St. Croix Trail S, Hastings

Boo Bash A Halloween Movie Night

The witching hour has begun! Join us for a little "Hocus Pocus" while wearing your creative costumes. We'll have a costume contest with prizes for the top three fan favorites. Concessions will be for sale at the event. All ages are welcome, pre registration is recommended due to limited space but not required.


Friday, Oct. 27 6:30-9 pm #6957-F17 1 session - $2/person Heritage E-STEM Magnet Middle School, WSP

Skeletons in the Closet In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Join us for this very special and unique opportunity proudly sponsored by Dakota County Libraries and TriDistrict Community Education. In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is bringing their magic and wonder to Simley High School, don’t miss out on this FREE opportunity. This bilingual (Spanish and English) puppet show is a tender story of children who are remembering their grandparents who have passed away. As the children follow their curiosity, they discover the meaning of Day of the Dead and that the connection they have with their grandparents continues beyond death. The story is a celebration of love and the cycle of life. Preregistration is not required but greatly appreciated. Friday, Nov. 3 6-7 pm #5902-F17 1 session - FREE Simley High School, Inver Grove Heights

Family Fun Night Hosted by NAMI Minnesota

Family Fun Night is an evening event hosted by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to give parents of children living with mental health challenges a time to connect and receive resources. Children will enjoy fun activities throughout the evening. Hosted by NAMI Minnesota Thursday, Nov. 9 #5901-F17 Lincoln Center, SSP

6-8 pm 1 session - FREE

Marvel Universe Live!: Age of Heroes

The Avengers and many more join forces to defeat Loki in his quest to become ruler of Asgard and Earth. Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes; Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow will go against the most threatening villains in the Marvel universe. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family, LIVE! Discount tickets are available through Community Education. Transportation is not provided. Children 2 years and older are required to have a ticket. Tickets must be ordered by Wednesday, November 22 and picked up the week of December 4 at the SSP Adult Basic Education Building, 517 Marie Avenue, South St. Paul. Please call 651-306-3631 for office hours. Sunday, Dec. 10 5-7 pm #5950-F17 1 session - $20.50/person Xcel Energy Center 199 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul

Star Petal Fold Books: Origami

Come together as a family to learn the basics of folding while making a beautiful work of art. This sculptural book has petal-shaped pages inspired by origami. This versatile and interactive book will engage and delight your senses. Instructor: Minnesota Center for Book Arts Friday, Nov. 17 6-8 pm #6900-F17 1 session - $25/person Henry Sibley High School, MH SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



TEAS prep for pre-nursing students at Inver Hills Community College

This program is offered in partnership with Inver Hills Community College and South Suburban ABE and is free of charge for currently enrolled IHCC pre-nursing students. The TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills preparation is to help you build and refresh your skills in the areas of the TEAS: English (grammar and punctuation), reading, math and science (human body systems, cell biology, basic chemistry, scientific method).

Free Basic Computer Skills classes (Adults 18 and older) at Inver Glen


Do you need a refresher or learn basic of computers and computer skills? In this course In this course you can expect to learn how: • To navigate around a computer • To use basic computer features • A variety of function keys work for efficiency • To navigate the Internet and more! For more information, please call 651-306-3632. To register, please call the Dakota County Workforce Center at 651-554-5955. This program is offered in partnership with Minnesota WorkForce Center, Dakota County Library and South Suburban Adult Basic Education. Oct. 3, 5, 10

1-3 pm

Open Computer Lab


This lab is offered only to current South Suburban ABE students to work on class assignments. Chrome books available for use in the classroom. Students will sign in and out in the South Suburban Adult Basic Education main office on 517 Marie Avenue. This is intended to be an independent lab. Monday through Thursday 1-3:30 pm South Suburban ABE main office 517 Marie Avenue

A dult B asic E ducation C lasses (GED Prep and Basic Skills)


Math: Monday & Wednesday, 9 am - 12 pm Reading/Writing: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 9 am - 12 pm Reading/Writing: Tuesday, 6 pm - 8 pm Math: Thursday, 6pm - 8 pm

NORTHERN SERVICE CENTER: Math: Tuesday & Thursday 8:45 am - 12 pm

Reading/Writing: Monday, Wednesday, Fridays 8:45 am - 12 pm

INVER HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Reading/Writing/Math GED Lab: Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 pm - 8 pm


English Learning Language Classes ABE Center:

Levels 1 & 2: Monday-Friday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Levels 3 & 4: Monday-Friday 8:30 am & 10:30 am


Levels 1- 4: Monday & Wednesdays 6 pm - 8 pm Pre-Lit ELL: Monday & Wednesdays 6 pm - 8 pm

ADULT BASIC EDUCATION Program Administrator and Volunteer Services 651-306-3632

Adult Basic Education offers programs for adults to improve their skills so they can move ahead in their jobs, prepare for future education or improve their daily lives.


English Learning Language Classes

ABE Center

If you are learning English, we can help improve your • Listening • Speaking • Reading • Writing

Classes are offered at various times.

517 Marie Ave., South St. Paul

West Heights Area Learning Center 150 Marie Ave., West St. Paul

Dakota County Northern Service Center 1 Mendota Rd. W., Room 102, West. St Paul

Adult Education and GED Preparation

Inver Hills Community College Library

• Need your GED? • Attending college? • Need to improve your reading, math or writing? • Our licensed teachers can help you!

2500 80th St. E., Inver Grove Heights

Transition skills (work, technology, self-management, goal setting) are integrated in all classes. Navigation Services available to current South Suburban ABE Students Call 651-306-3632 to schedule and appointment • To communicate the benefits of education, • To assist students by assessing their strengths, interest’s and challenges • To provide academic and career advising and case management • To enable students to move along their education or career path.

FREE Family Learning Classes Family Learning classes are offered free of charge to families living in school districts #6, #197 and #199 with children ages birth to kindergarten enrollment. Adults can improve reading, writing and parenting skills, while children build school-readiness skills through a variety of activities in the early childhood classroom. A partnership between SSP/WSP ECFE and South Suburban Adult Basic Education

CLASES DE INGLÉS Las clases nuevas comienzan cada mes

¡Su camino hacia el éxito!

Tenemos clases de inglés para todos los niveles.

Clases de inglés

El Programa para Adultos ofrece a los estudiantes la oportunidad de desarrollar sus conocimientos de gramática y ABE IMAGE vocabulario en inglés y la confianza de comunicarse en su vida cotidiana.

Pasos para inscribirse

99Llame al teléfono 651-306-3632 para hacer una cita para una evaluación del idioma inglés 99Haga la evaluación 99Llame a la oficina para conversar sobre las opciones de clases para usted. SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



Adults with Disabilites

Pick up a flyer in one of these locations! District 197 Office 1897 Delaware Ave. Mendota Heights, MN 55118 SSP Community Ed Center 517 Marie Ave South St. Paul, MN 55075

To Register

Call 651-403-8313 or online at

To view more classes for Access Project, pick up one of our flyers or visit for more information

Catalog Kickoff Party

Head on down to Branch Out to eat treats, play games and connect with friends. You’ll be able to snag your copy of the Access Project catalog and pre register for classes in person! We’ll also be raffling off a free class or two. Join us for a fun evening with friends, don’t miss out! Preregistration is appreciated but not required. Instructor: Access Project Staff Wednesday, Sept. 20 6:30-8:30 pm #1000-F17 1 Session - Free Branch Out Building, 150 Marie Ave. E, WSP

Branch Out Hang Out

Join us at the Branch Out building for a fun night of hanging out! We’ll have a snack, listen to music, watch a movie and just hang out!! Grab your friends and be prepared to meet some new friends too! Feel free to bring a game to share. There is no cost for caregivers. Preregistration is not required but appreciated. Instructor: Access Project Staff 6-9 pm

1 Session - $6

Friday, Sept. 22 #1070-F17A Friday, Oct. 13 #1070-F17B Friday, Nov. 17 #1070-F17C Friday, Dec. 8 #1070-F17D Branch Out Building, 150 Marie Ave E, WSP

Card Making

Everyone enjoys receiving a card. Join us to make a variety of colorful cards to give to friends and family. Cost of materials is included in the fee. No cost for caregivers to assist. Instructor: Patty Krause


Tuesday, Sept. 26 4-5 pm #1002-F17 1 Session - $10 Branch Out Building, 150 Marie Ave E, WSP SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017

Behind-The-Scenes BINGO!

Play bingo for a chance to win gently used books then tour the Wentworth Library to see what goes on behind the scenes. Presented by Tridistrict Community Education - Access Project and in partnership with the Dakota County Libraries. Registration recommended but not required. Instructor: Access Project Staff Friday, Sept. 29 1-2:30 pm #1064-F17 1 Session- Free Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E. WSP

Fall River Cruise

Join your friends from around the state as we take a 2 hour narrated cruise of the Mississippi River and view the beautiful fall colors. We will cruise aboard the Anson Northrup paddle boat up the river from downtown St. Paul to the Great River National Park to Fort Snelling. We will depart from Harriet Island, located across the river from Downtown St. Paul. A box lunch with a sandwich, salad, dessert and beverage is included. Please indicate if you are Vegetarian of Gluten Free when registering. Meet at Harriet Island. Preregistration is required. Directions from MPLS - Take I-94 East to 5th St. exit, go straight. Follow 5th St. to Robert Street Turn right on Robert St. Take Robert across river to Fillmore Ave (stoplight after bridge). Turn right onto Fillmore Ave. Follow Fillmore to Plato Blvd. Take a right on Plato. Follow Plato until it ends at Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd. Turn right into our parking lot.

Pre-register by Sept. 13 to assure a spot!

Sunday, Oct. 1 10:30 am -1 pm (Boat departs at 11 am sharp) #1050-F17 1 Session - $30 Pick up/Drop off is at Harriet Island, 200 Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul

ACCESSAdults PROJECT with Disabilites Access Project Information Participants who require one-on-one attention for physical and/or behavior issues or medication administration must be supervised by a caregiver. If a behavioral incident occurs, a caregiver may be required to accompany the participant to all future activities. Classes will be held on the date and at the time and location listed unless you are otherwise notified.

Sea Life Aquarium

Join us for an evening of exploring Sea Life and their 1.3 million gallon aquarium. With thousands of sea creatures, you’ll see everything from fresh water stingrays and four foot Alligator Gar to sea turtles and sharks! Transportation is provided. Meet us at the Branch Out Building to depart on our adventure. Preregistration is required. Instructor: Access Project Staff Monday, Oct. 9 Depart at 6 pm and return at 8:30 pm #1007-F17 1 Session - $20 participant $15 caregiver Pick up/Drop off at Branch Out Building, 150 Marie Ave E, WSP Program held at Sea Life Aquarium

Pumpkin Painting

Show off your spooktacular art skills! We’ll be painting pumpkins to decorate for Halloween. Dress for mess and bring a friend! Each participant will bring home one large pumpkin. No cost for caregivers. Instructor: Access Project Staff Monday, Oct. 23 4-5 pm #1008-F17 1 Session- $12 Branch Out Building, 150 Marie Ave E, WSP

Boo Bash - A Halloween Movie Night The witching hour has begun! Join us for a little "Hocus Pocus" while wearing your creative costumes. We'll have a costume contest with prizes for the top three fan favorites. Concessions will be for sale at the event. All ages are welcome, pre registration is recommended due to limited space but not required. Friday, Oct. 27 6:30-9 pm #6757-F17 1 session - $2 Heritage E-STEM Magnet Middle School, WSP

Board Games and Birthdays

Everyone is invited to come and have a fun night celebrating fall birthdays! We will be celebrating birthdays that falls between between September-December. Hang out with your friends, play board games and enjoy some birthday treats. No cost for caregivers. Instructor: Access Project Staff Tuesday, Nov. 7 4-6 pm #1071-F17 1 Session- $6 Branch Out Building, 150 Marie Ave E, WSP

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. Join us this holiday season for a “tale as old as time.” This classic story of brave Belle and the Beast who must learn to love and be loved in return will fill your heart and stir your imagination. “Be our guest” and share in celebrating the love and joy of this timeless tale. Instructor: Access Project Staff Sunday, Nov. 19 Depart at 12 pm / return at 3 pm #1013-F17 1 Session - $20 participant/caregiver Pick up/Drop off at Branch Out Building 150 Marie Ave E, WSP Program held at Stages Theatre in Hopkins

Clay Marbled Coasters

Come and create beautiful and easy to make coasters for your home. We’ll be using polymer clay that is super easy to use. You will make a set of coasters to take home that very night! No cost for caregivers to assist. Instructor: Access Project Staff Wednesday, Nov. 29 5-6 pm #1009-F17 1 Session - $17 Branch Out Building, 150 Marie Ave E, WSP

Transportation to and from activities is the responsibility of the participant or caregiver, unless otherwise noted. Participants must be accompanied to the classroom and should check in no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the listed start time and should be picked up promptly at the end time listed. All Access Project activities are sponsored by District 197, so there is no tobacco or alcohol allowed. Refunds will only be given for cancellations received seven days before an activity.

Karaoke Night

Come join your friends for some fun and share your talents at our Karaoke Night. We will have some of your favorite songs to choose from. Don’t want to sing? Then come and dance while your friends provide the music. Refreshments provided. No cost for caregiver. Instructor: Access Project Staff Tuesday, Dec. 12 6-8 pm #1014-F17 1 session - $6 Branch Out Building, 150 Marie Ave E, WSP

Holiday Lights in the Park

Come enjoy the “best light show in Saint Paul.” There will be more than 60 holidaythemed light sculptures and animated displays. You’ll be able to view the displays from the comfort of the bus as you cruise through the park. Visit with friends and warm up with some hot cocoa afterwards, there will also be a special guest appearance from Santa himself. Transportation is provided. Meet at the Branch Out Building. Instructor: Access Project Staff Monday, Dec. 18 Depart at 6 pm and return at 9 pm #1011-F17 1 Session- $20 participant / $10 caregiver Pick up/Drop off at Branch Out Building, 150 Marie Ave E, WSP Program held in St. Paul SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017


Our mission is to engage Baby Boomers as they create happy, healthy, fulfilling lives that build vibrant communities. Our purpose is to offer active, entertaining and engaging activities for Boomers, More or Less who work hard, play hard and love to learn.

YOU’RE A BOOMER IF... • You are under 67, or feel like you are. • You have high expectations. • You are a thriver! • You are over 49 and loving life • You are youthful. • You love to learn. • You have worn bell-bottoms. • You know how to have fun. • You are always up for an adventure!

Boomers More or Less Advisory Council

Presidential Power and Politics in the Age of Trump

What impact has Donald Trump had on American politics and the presidency? This class discusses the Trump presidency in terms of its legacy, impact, failures and accomplishments. It will also assess where it is headed. Instructor: David Schultz Monday, Sept. 18 6-8 pm #6934-F17 1 session - $12 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Core & Pelvic Floor Strengthening HOW TO REGISTER Register online at

Register over the phone by calling 651-403-8313 or 651-403-8300. To sign up for our E-Newsletter, call 651-403-8313.

Designed with men and women in mind, this class can improve your confidence through strong and flexible abs, back and pelvic floor muscles. Weak pelvic floor muscles can be displayed in both men and women through lack of bladder and bowel control and prolapses. Aiming to recover, benefits also will be found after prostate and gynecological surgeries and birthing. 30 minutes of cardio and stretching and 30 minutes of strengthening exercises. Weather Permitting, class can be held outdoors upon request. Bring a fitness mat. Section B will have a skip date of Nov. 22. Instructor : Angela Croisant Section A Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25 6:30-7:30 pm #6960-F17A 6 sessions - $52 Thompson Park Activity Center, WSP Section B Wednesdays, Nov. 8-Dec. 20 6:30-7:30 pm #6960-F17B 6 sessions - $52 Thompson Park Activity Center, WSP


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Fitness To Go

This fitness class is like no other. Join this class to exercise AND take home a 30 minute fitness program that you will be accountable to practice for an entire week. Meet 1 hour, weekly for a demonstration, Q&A, and to practice the program. Exercises will include cardiovascular activity, strength training and stretches. Your fitness programs will utilize fitness equipment and/or items that you probably already have in your home! Your weekly 30 minute program will be delivered after class via email in video format. Weather permitting, class can be held outdoors upon request. Instructor : Angela Croisant Section A Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25 7:40-8:40 pm #6983-F17A 6 sessions - $52 Thompson Park Activity Center, WSP Section B (no class Nov. 22) Wednesdays, Nov. 8-Dec. 20 7:40-8:40 pm #6983-F17B 6 sessions - $52 Thompson Park Activity Center, WSP

Tap Dance

If you’re new to tap but always wanted to try, this is your chance. Our instructor, Stephanie, will teach you the basics and a complete routine in this class. Any leather bottom shoe will do, or dust off those tap shoes! Wear comfortable clothing. No class on November 22. Instructor: Stephanie Stockton Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Dec. 13 6:30-7:30 pm #6961-F17 12 sessions - $72 Moreland Elementary School, WSP

This Old Horse - A Morning at Wishbone Ranch

Spend your morning at Wishbone Ranch in beautiful Hastings to learn more about This Old Horse. Founded in 2012, This Old Horse is a private, volunteer-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide sanctuary to retired, rescued, and recovering horses while they continue to serve as ambassadors to the positive effect of "horse power" in the lives of people.​You’ll receive a tour of their stables and meet the special residents at this horse retirement home. You’ll also learn about future volunteer opportunities at the ranch. 60% of the proceeds from this class will be donated to This Old Horse to help them fulfill their mission. Saturday, Sept. 23 10 am-12 pm #5955-F17 1 session - $10 Wishbone Ranch, 19025 Coates Blvd, Hastings

Fall Paddle & Picnic

Grab a friend or family member and join us for a day on the St. Croix River. Enjoy the cliffs, colors and wildlife during the 3-4 hour downstream kayak. Celebrate your day on the water with a barbecue picnic lunch when we return. Your day will include a light breakfast, snacks on the river, single or double kayak with life vest, short kayak lesson, and a happy hour snack and drink on return. All fitness levels are welcome. We are offering two separate sections of this course. Instructor: Wahoo! Adventures Registration deadline is Sept. 22, 2017. Participants will meet at the William O’Brien State Park Boat Launch, 16821 O'Brien Trail North Marine on St. Croix. Registration also includes a state park pass for the day for your vehicle. Section A Sunday, Oct. 1 #5951-F17A

9 am-4 pm 1 session - $110

Section B Sunday, Oct. 8 #5951-F17B

9 am-4 pm 1 session - $110

Life Made Simpler & Easier When it Comes to Parenting Your Parents

You have loved ones in your life that depend on you including your kids and your aging parents. Sometimes taking care of everyone in your life can become overwhelming. This class will help you identify major stressors in your life when it comes to being a caregiver and help break up the daunting list of items when it comes to supporting your aging parents. This class will discuss when the right time to start having difficult discussion with your parents such as when to stop driving, long-term care and funeral planning. We will provide you with insight along with community resources to help you have these difficult conversations. Instructor: Shannon Huneke Wednesday, Oct. 4 6:30-8 pm #6973-F17 1 session - $10 Henry Sibley High School, MH SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017 9 9

Cream Tea & History

The LeDuc Historic Estate is hosting a historic walking tour of the city’s waterfalls as well as a tour of the estate. After the tour, tea and scones will be served in the Dining Room & Parlor. The was built during the Civil War and after the war, the family moved back to their Hastings home, which stayed in the family for 75 years. Come enjoy and learn the rich history of this beautiful area and home. Cream scones are a site specialty and always made fresh!



Register online at or over the phone by calling 651-403-8313 or 651-403-8300.

What your Library Can Offer You: A Wescott Public Library Tour

Come visit the Dakota County Wescott Public Library for a general tour and overview of the services, programs, materials and opportunities available to you. Special features will include the iLab, and its state of the art technology to design, create and imagine projects of all kinds as well as a behind the scenes look at how books are returned & processed. We welcome you to find out what your library can offer. Thursday, Nov. 9 6:30-7:30 pm #5953-F17 1 session - $5 Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan

Killer Thrillers - Book Club

It's a perfect time to cozy up with some great books! Check out the books below and join us for an evening of discussion led by Murray Wilson from Wentworth Library. No need to preregister, feel free to drop in. TriDistrict Community Education and Dakota County Library are teaming up to sponsor these FREE events so grab a friend (or your book club!), grab a book and get ready for a good read and great discussion! September - Cold Blood, Theresa Monsour October - Practice to Deceive, Ann Rule November - Bone Collector, Jeffrey Deaver December - Innocent Man, John Grisham Killer Thrillers meets every 3rd Monday at Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave E, WSP from 6:30 pm -7:30 pm.

Paint Night - Fall into Autumn

Grab a group of friends and do something unexpected from your typical afternoon. We’re partnering with Art and Elixir to bring you a fun afternoon of painting your very own masterpiece, no matter what level of artistic skill you have! This great for beginners class, will reawaken the artist that lies within us all in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. You will receive all materials required to create your own masterpiece. You are welcome to purchase food and drink separately from Andiamo Italian Ristorante to get those creative juices flowing! Instructor: Art and Elixir Saturday, Nov. 11 3-6 pm #6954-F17 1 session - $45 Andiamo Italian Ristorante 1629 Lena Court, Eagan


Saturday, Oct. 7 10 am-12 pm #6952-F17 1 session - $25 LeDuc Historic Estate 1629 Vermillion Street, Hastings

Saw-Whet Owl Banding

Learn about the migration patterns of Saw-Whet Owls at the MN campus of the Carpenter Nature Center. Their talented naturalists will guide you as they venture out to band some of the native owls. Instructor: Carpenter Nature Center Naturalists Wednesday, Oct. 11 8-10 pm #5954-F17 1 session - $18 Carpenter Nature Center 12805 St. Croix Trail S, Hastings

Introduction to Acting

Do you like to have fun? Do you want to develop life and communication skills, while building some self esteem? Join us and gain confidence while learning how to do theatre and film scenes, monologues, basic improvisation, TV commercials and some writing. There will also be information on how to become a professional performer. Instructor: Ed Noreen

CREATIVE ARTS Adult Enrichment

Wednesdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 1 7-9 pm #6530-F17 8 sessions - $80 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Glassblowing Fundamentals: Paperweights NEW

Work with an instructor at Vandalia Glassworks to design and create a solid paperweight unique to you. The paperweight is the most fun and forgiving piece for first time glassblowers. You’ll learn basic fundamentals of glasswork including gathering, coloring, shaping, and transferring the piece off the pipe. Wear closed toe shoes, clothes you can get dirty, and dress in layers as the studio can get quite warm. Please note: you will pick up your paperweight at a later date from the ISD 197 District Office. Instructor: Bryce Borkhuis Saturday, Sept. 23 10 am-1 pm #5530-F17 1 session - $60 Vandalia Glassworks - 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 205, St. Paul

Color Your World Glass Mosaics

​ ow is the time to check off, "Learn to do Mosaics" from your bucket list. This is the perfect N class to learn this ancient but easy art form. The Welcome Sign or the Wall Mirror gives you just enough surface to be creative but is not overwhelming. The instructor provides pre cut glass, pattern and font selections, along with everything you need to complete your original artwork. The 2nd night, dress for mess as we will be watching the 'grout magic' as your work comes to life. Please bring old towels and a jar with a lid. The mirror base is a 16" circle with a round mirror and a supply fee of $27 is due to the instructor in class. The signs come in a variety of sizes and range in price from $11 to $28 and those supply fees are payable to the instructor in class. Instructor: Peggy Ingles Mondays, Oct. 16 & 23 6-9 pm #6506-F17 2 sessions - $35 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Wine Bottle Wind Chimes/Suncatcher

​ hat do you get when you combine wine bottles and sparkling beads? You get a beautiful, W colorful suncatcher with beads 'tinkling' a tune in the gentle breeze. This is an easy creative project that will delight your senses all year long, indoors and outdoors. Everything you need to design and make your own suncatcher/wind chimes is provided by the instructor. This makes a wonderful, and unique hand made gift for someone special or to keep for yourself. A supply fee of $20 is payable to the instructor in class. Instructor: Peggy Ingles Monday, Dec. 4 6-9 pm #5507-F17 1 session - $35 Inver Grove Heights Middle School, IGH SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



Adult Enrichment

Knitting Beyond the Basics Felting

It’s like Shrinky-Dinks, but with yarn. Start by knitting a large, thin tote bag. Shrink it down and add some embellishments to create a fun, sturdy bag. Bring 24”, size 10 circular needles to the first class. A $15 supply fee is due to the instructor in class. Instructor: Suzanne Ross Thursdays, Oct. 26 - Nov. 16 6:30-8:30 pm #6521-F17 4 sessions - $32 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Knitting - Fall Studio

Fall is the perfect time to curl up with a good ball of yarn! This workshop is a time to relax and work on whatever project you have going. Ask the instructor for advice on stitches, yarn, sizing, techniques, etc. This class is open to knitters of all skill levels. Grab those unfinished projects or patterns for new ones and enjoy time with fellow knitters. Instructor: Suzanne Ross Tuesdays #6504-F17A


6:30 pm-8:30 pm Sept. 19 - Oct. 24 No Class Oct. 17 5 sessions - $27

#6504-F17B Nov. 14 - Dec. 19 6 sessions/section - $32 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Knitting: Block of the Month

Expand your knitting skills - one block at a time. Each "Block of the Month" workshop focuses on a different topic. Attend as many workshops as you would like and then sew the blocks together to create a beautiful sampler afghan. September 18 - Knit/Purl October 23 - Charts November 20 - Yarn Over & Bobbles December 18 - Simple Decreases Instructor: Suzanne Ross Mondays - See Above 6:30-9 pm #5505-F17 1 session each - $9 South St. Paul High School, SSP

Learn To Knit

This is a perfect class for the beginning knitter. We will learn the basics of knitting: casting on, knit and purl stitches, and binding off. You will use your new skills to make a set of cotton washcloths. Bring a pair of size 8 needles to the first class to get started. Instructor: Suzanne Ross Thursdays, Sept. 21 - Oct. 12 6:30-8 pm #6520-F17 4 sessions - $32 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Adult Enrichment

Thanksgiving Cookie Bouquet

Students will decorate 8 holiday themed cookies and then assemble into a beautiful cookie bouquet to take home. There will be a $12 supply fee payable to the instructor. Instructor: Diana Hirte

Basic Cake Decorating

Students will learn basic cake and cupcake decorating skills. Each student will decorate and take home 8 cupcakes and a 8” cake. Students will learn the skills of baking and icing cakes and cupcakes and will also learn how to make flowers and many other decorations. A supply fee of $20 is payable to the instructor in class. Instructor: Diana Hirte Wednesdays, Sept. 27-Oct. 4 #5610-F17 South St. Paul High School, SSP

6-8 pm 2 sessions - $35

Truffles - Chocolate Candies For All Occasions

Tried the rest? Now try the best and make them yourself. Nancy has taught hundreds of people to make these chocolate delicacies and they are so easy to do. Go home with a classy candy box packed with about 18-24 truffles. Make five different recipes in class. Optional truffle/candy kits for future candy making available for $18. Supply fee of $12 collected in class by instructor. Instructor: Nancy Burgeson Wednesday, Oct. 18 6-9 pm #6612-F17 1 session - $25 Henry Sibley High School, MH


Monday, Nov. 20 6-8 pm #5607-F17 1 session - $30 Inver Grove Heights Middle School, IGH

Holiday Cookie and Candy Make and Take

Students will participate in a group cookie and candy, 10 different cookies or candies will be made including holiday favorites like Russian Teacakes, Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies, and Pretzel Rods dipped in caramel and chocolate. Each student will go home with 10 dozen boxed holiday treats. There is a $20 supply fee payable to the instructor in class. Instructor: Diana Hirte Friday, Dec. 8 6-9 pm #6604-F17 1 session - $35 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Slow Flow Yoga

Join us for a Slow Flow Yoga class designed to stretch your body and relieve stress. This class is suitable for all levels. We will be matching our movements with breath work for a slow flow of physical poses. You will leave feeling peaceful and happy. Wear comfortable pants and a snug shirt. Bring along a water bottle. If you don’t have a mat – please indicate you'll need a mat upon registration. Instructor: Incorporate Yoga Section A Mondays, Sept. 11-Oct. 9 6:30-7:30 pm #6208-F17A 5 sessions - $55 Somerset Elementary School, MH Section B Mondays, Oct. 23-Nov. 20 6:30-7:30 pm #6208-F17B 5 sessions - $55 Somerset Elementary School, MH

Boot Camp NEW

Country Western NEW Line Dancing For All

Section A (No class Oct. 10 and 19) Thursdays, Sept. 7-Oct. 26 6:30-7:30 pm #6213-F17A 6 sessions - $54 Moreland Elementary School, WSP

Thursdays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 2 6-7 pm #5213-F17 2 sessions - $16 Hilltop Elementary School, IGH

Section B (No class Nov. 23) Thursdays, Nov. 9-Dec. 21 6:30-7:30 pm #6213-F17B 6 sessions - $54 Somerset Elementary School, WSP

Ballet for Adults

A ballet technique class including barre and center work, stretches, and life exercises taught by a Joffrey trained instructor. Students should wear comfortable clothing that facilitates movement. Ballet slippers can be ordered from the instructor during the first class by request. Please note the class location for each section. Instructor: Victoria Parker Section A Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24 6:15-7:30 pm #6753-F17A 6 sessions - $70 Somerset Elementary School, MH

Aqua Fit

Walk or run in both shallow and deep water for aerobic conditioning with increased resistance and decreased impact. Floatation equipment is provided for the deep water workout. The format includes a warm-up, cardiovascular conditioning, stretching, toning and cool down. This class can accommodate those without swimming skills. Instructor: Liz Connelly Section A (No class Oct. 17) Tuesdays, Sept. 19-24 7:30-8:30 pm #6212-F17A 5 sessions - $38 Heritage Middle School, WSP Section B Tuesdays, Nov. 21-Dec. 19 7:30-8:30 pm #6212-F17B 5 sessions - $38 Heritage Middle School, WSP


Join fitness boot camp to get the most of your time and energy in one workout! Classes will include calisthenics, bodyweight exercises, interval training and strength training. Designed with exercises and fun equipment that will make you feel like both an athlete and kid again. Modifications can be provided for any exercise. Bring a fitness mat. Please note the location change between section A & B. Instructor: Angela Croisant

Section B Tuesdays, Nov. 14-Dec. 19 6:15-7:30 pm #6753-F17B 6 sessions - $70 Moreland Elementary School, WSP

Vinyasa Yoga

Join us for a faster paced Vinyasa class that will incorporate breath work, strength exercises, and deep stretching. This class is designed for all levels – but come expecting a workout! You will leave this class feeling energized and peaceful. Wear comfortable pants and a snug shirt. Bring along a water bottle. If you don’t have a mat – please check the option that you need one when you register. No class Nov. 11. Instructor: Incorporate Yoga

Adult Enrichment

Learn variety of fun and easy to learn line dances. No partner needed! Get ready to learn the Polka Line Dance, the Waltz Line Dance and the Cowboy Cha Cha. Instructor: Victor Albrecht

Country Western Two Step NEW This all time favorite is back! Learn the two step, three step and the swing, all with a little country flair. You’ll master the exciting under arm turns, the wraps, and corner steps. This class is for couples or pairs only, so grab a friend and sign up today! Instructor: Victor Albrecht

Thursdays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 2 7-8 pm #5214-F17 2 sessions - $36/couple Hilltop Elementary School, IGH

Self Defense For Everyone NEW

You will learn basic self defense tools to use in a variety of situations you encounter every day. No matter what your age, gender or ability level, this class is for you! Learn how your self-esteem and image affect your ability to recognize danger. Discover simple prevention tools that anyone can use, especially if you live alone. We’ll role play assertiveness skills, how to ask and get help from strangers, and find out how useful our intuition is in keeping us safe. We’ll focus on simple physical techniques that will target the vulnerable areas of your assailant, while using the natural weapons on the body. Instructor: Sindy Mau Saturdays, Sept. 23-Oct. 7 10-11:15 am #6261-F17 3 sessions - $50 Somerset Elementary School, WSP

Saturdays, Oct. 7-Nov. 18 9-10 am #5205-F17 6 sessions - $70 South St. Paul High School, SSP SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



Latin Ballroom Dance NEW

Adult Enrichment

This popular class offers a perfect overview of popular Latin dances. You'll learn the Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa and the American Tango. This class is for partners only, grab a friend and sign up today! Instructor: Victor Albrecht

Thriller Line Dance

Halloween is “creeping” up and it isn’t just for kids anymore! Get into the” spirit” with this fun line dance version of a dance that still inspires us all! No partner needed for a “thrilling” night of fun! Why not make it a family event? Instructor: Monica Mohn Thursday, Oct. 5 1 session - $10 #6253-F17 6-7 pm Garlough Environmental Magnet School, WSP

Thursdays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 2 #5215-F17 Hilltop Elementary School, IGH

8-9 pm 2 sessions - $36/couple

2-Left Feet Social Dance Workshop

Convinced that you have 2-left feet and that dancing is not meant for you or someone you know? But still, it would be helpful to know a few steps, just in case! Learn fun moves and simple tips from a pro to ease you over those times. A little bit of Swing, a touch of Foxtrot, a smattering of Waltz, a tweak of Rumba and a jazzed up “high school prom Swing & Sway” are all it takes! And you’ll be out on the dance floor! Couples and individuals welcome! Please wear non-marking soled shoes. Instructor: Monica Mohn Thursday, Oct. 5 1 session - $23/couple, $18/individual #6250-F17 7-9 pm Garlough Environmental Magnet School, WSP


Adult Enrichment Introduction to Bonsai


Explore the ancient art and beauty of Bonsai - your own tree in miniature. This hands on course will take away the mystique and show you how to create, maintain, and shape your own tree. You’ll be guided through the creative process of your bonsai tree in class. Wear comfortable clothes and well fitting gloves, as foliage can be prickly. A supply fee of $35 is payable to instructor in class. These supplies include tree, soil, pot and wire. Instructor: Lionel Flood Thursdays, Sept. 7 - 14 7-9:30 pm #6801-F17 2 sessions - $40 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Beginning Genealogy


Students will learn the basics of genealogy in this introductory course. Learn how to locate and analyze various sources of information about your ancestors including census records, birth & death certificates, cemetery records, family papers and more. We’ll discuss in general what you can find on the internet using many popular sites such as Ancestry, FamilySearch and Find a Grave. Instructor: Vicki Albu Thursday, Sept. 21 6-8 pm #5801-F17 1 session - $18 Inver Grove Heights Middle School, IGH

Insight Writing


Learn to write with freedom and wildness. Guided and inspired, you’ll write quickly without the inner editor, without perfection, to uncover hidden truths and evoke new selfawareness. We’ll write together and then read our writing to one another, only the gratitude and embrace of the group. Your instructor will lead you every step of the way, in a powerful practice you can take to your solo writing and journaling. Bring your favorite notebook and pen. Instructor: Cynthia Berg Saturday, Oct. 14 9:30-11:30 am #5805-F17 1 session - $45 Central Square Community Center, SSP

Learn to Brew Your Own Kombucha

Learn the first fermentation process, which yields a great basic Kombucha, ready to drink on its own. And learn the nuances of the second fermentation and confidently add your own flavors to bring a unique taste and sparkling effervescence to each bottle. Take home a study guide with simple instructions plus a starter culture to begin your Kombucha adventure right away. This fun, interactive class includes samplings of several different varieties of kombucha. Be ready to quench your Kombucha thirst and ask questions! Instructor: Bryan Bertsch Wednesday, Oct. 18 6:30-8 pm #6814-F17 1 session - $35 Henry Sibley High School, MH


Beginning Soap Making


Make your own crafted soaps, and get exactly what you want! You will learn how to use a slow cooker (supplied) for hot process soap-making. At the end of class, you will have a completely handmade batch of 6-8 bars of soap, which will be ready to use the next day. Bring a container to pour/mold soap (e.g. clean, empty milk cartons, bread pans, and plastic food containers). A supply fee of $15 is payable to the instructor in class. Instructor: Ann Marie Zeimetz


Adult Enrichment Holiday Soap Making - NEW Crafty Night Out!

Intermediate Genealogy NEW

Writing Your Life Story

Learn some easy methods to document your own life story or that of a parent or family member near or far. The instructor will present a variety of examples, including photo scrapbooks and journaling, oral history interviews, memoir writing, blogging, and storytelling by email using the online service, StoryWorth. Instructor: Vicki Albu

Grab your friends and come make your own holiday crafted soaps, perfect gifts for family and friends! You will learn how to use a slow cooker (supplied) for hot process soap making. At the end of class, you will have a completely handmade batch of 6-8 bars of soap, which will be ready to use the next day. Holiday essential and fragrance oils will be used in the soap making process for this class. Bring a container to pour/mold soap (e.g. clean, empty milk cartons, bread pans, and plastic food containers). You will also receive holiday wrapping materials to wrap your finished soaps. A supply fee of $15 is payable to the instructor in class. Instructor: Ann Marie Zeimetz

Thursday, Oct. 26 6-8 pm #5802-F17 1 session - $18 South St. Paul High School, SSP

Thursday, Nov. 16 6-8 pm #5803-F17 1 session - $18 South St. Paul High School, SSP

Friday, Dec. 1 6-8 pm #5804-F17 1 session - $25 Inver Grove Heights Middle School, IGH

Wednesday, Oct. 25 6-8 pm #6802-F17 1 session - $25 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Learn how to find more records about your ancestors. This class will focus on immigrant ancestors and how to find alien registrations, naturalization records and ship passenger lists which may help to pinpoint your ancestral village of origin. We will discuss what you can find using websites such as Ellis Island,, and others. Instructor: Vicki Albu



Adult Enrichment

Home Financing & Home Buying

Interested in buying a home? Learn about new programs, low down payment options, discuss credit questions, and renovation loans. Also learn about your buying options whether you’re buying right now or in the future! Instructor: Dave Ruckmar Thursday, Sept. 14 6-7:30 pm #5660-F17 1 session - $12 South St. Paul High School, SSP

Wills, Estates, and Probate Oh My!

L​ osing a loved one is tough and the last thing you want to worry about is settling their estate, especially if you don't understand the oft-complicated probate process. Discover how to navigate the intricacies of wills, estate settlements, and conservatorships. Whether you plan to keep an inherited home or sell it to share the proceeds, you will learn how to properly transfer a title or sell the property for the best possible price. The class will prepare you for the myriad of challenges that can arise throughout the estate settlement process. Identify specialized resources including clean up and storage services, contractors, and financial planners. Leave the class feeling relieved and empowered! Instructor: Nene Matey-Keke Thursday, Oct. 12 6:30-8:30 pm #6818-F17 1 session - $12 Henry Sibley High School, MH

10 Tips for Successfully Selling Your Home - Any Time of the Year!

Bringing Plants In For the Winter

Tuesday, Nov. 14 6:30-8:30 pm #6827-F17 1 session - $12 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Wednesday, Oct. 11 7-8 pm #5800-F17 1 session - $10 Inver Grove Heights Middle School, IGH

L​ earn how to determine the value of your property in today's market. Assess the differences between a seller's market and a buyer's market, and understand the seasonality and cyclical nature inherent to the market. Discover the repairs and improvements that will offer the best return on an investment, learn about the value of staging, and become familiar with the process of working with contractors. Define the key ways to identify a good agent vs a bad agent. Leave the class feeling empowered and prepared to sell your home successfully! Instructor: Nene Matey-Keke

As fall arrives we have to put our outdoor gardens to rest. Does that mean that you have to let all those annual plants die or can some of them survive indoors? This class is intended to provide some basic information on which plants could be considered to be moved indoors and what to do to promote a healthy transition. We will identify which vegetables, herbs and flowering plants might make the transition, discuss the best process for moving plants, and how to create an environment favorable to their survival once they’re indoors for the season. Instructor: Linda Stein - Dakota County Master Gardener SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



Are you Ready for Retirement?: Answering the 5 Biggest Questions Every Retiree Has

Adult Enrichment

Healthcare Patient Advocacy - How to Save Money on Your Healthcare NEW

Go from beginner to healthcare master and learn to spot medical billing errors, priceshop healthcare, win insurance appeals, and negotiate medical bills. Learn about the new healthcare laws and what they mean for you and your family in plain English. The onset or progression of a disability or chronic illness profoundly affects seniors, people with disabilities, and their families. In this course, you will learn the many implications of a disability and chronic illness, learn about different services and resources in both private and public sectors and finally learn strategies that save time and money resulting in peace of mind. Instructors: David J. Holt & David Sherman Tuesdays, Sept. 12-26 6-8 pm #6701-F17 3 sessions - $24 Henry Sibley High School, MH

This class looks at five of the biggest questions people have as they approach retirement. We will explore key concerns such as social security, healthcare, inflation, 401(k) options, and market volatility, as well as ways to prepare in advance for things that may not go as expected. Instructor: Jack Reed Tuesday, Oct. 17 #6703-F17 Simley High School, IGH

7-8:30 pm 1 session - $12

How do you find AND pay for a great college?

What you thought you knew about college may no longer be true! How much will college cost your student? How will you help pay for it? How will your student find great colleges with large scholarships? Learn what the FAFSA is and how to complete it to your advantage. Realize the impact of the ACT and SAT. Find the answers to these questions and many more about the college search and process. Instructor: Alan Weinblatt Wednesday, Oct. 4 6:30-8:30 pm #6704-F17 1 session - $12 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Estate Planning for Second Marriages NEW

Social Security: Your Questions Answered

Social Security will likely be the foundation of your retirement income. Before you retire, it’s important to understand your options and the affect your decisions have on your retirement. We will discuss: How does Social Security fit into my retirement income plan? When should I start taking benefits? What about taxes? Instructor: Stacey Bartelson Tuesday, Oct. 17 6-7 pm #6706-F17 1 session - $12 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Health Care & Your Retirement

Navigate the waters of complex estate planning and gain a thorough understanding of how various types of trusts, will and other documents are designed to preserve assets, minimize taxation and help avoid the probate process. Learn how federal and state tax laws can impact your estate. Instructor: Edward J. Hitchcock

WIth over half the marriages in today’s world ending in divorce, it is imperative to get educated and plan what’s best for your estate. Lives change and without proper planning, your goals will not be achieved and the wrong people will get your stuff. You might have a home, cabin, business, investments, children, stepchildren, and a significant age difference with your second spouse. The plan has to be tailored to your situation. In this class, we will discuss how to position your assets to make everyone in your family happy, including the ex-spouse. Instructor: Steve Ledin

Tuesday, Sept. 19 6:30-8 pm #5700-F17 1 session - $30 Inver Grove Heights Middle School, IGH

Wednesday, Oct. 11 6:30-8 pm #5701-F17 1 session - $12 South St. Paul High School, SSP

Tuesday, Oct. 17 7:15-8:15 pm #6707-F17 1 session - $12 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Complex Estate Planning Made Easy


The increasing cost of health care is a growing concern for current and future retirees. 25 years ago, retirees spent almost twice as much on food as health care; now the amounts are nearly equal. We will discuss Medicare coverage and the traditional medical expenses, longterm medical care expenses and strategies for addressing uncovered expenses. The contents of this presentation are for informational purposes only. Instructor: Stacey Bartelson


Adult Enrichment

Optimizing Your Retirement

Planning for retirement today can pose unique challenges and requires a well planned strategy. How do I efficiently use my savings? How do I plan with inflation risk, market volatility, or unexpected life events? Leave class with a retirement income distribution framework that accounts for time horizons, needs, and goals. Instructor: Kevin Schwartz

Retirement and Your Money

Retirement is just around the corner: what options do you have? Learn the solutions to get the most out of retirement! Have you asked all the right questions? What goals have you set for retirement? Learn how your retirement might be different, if you consider the right questions and plan for your retirement. Instructor: Damien Cannaday Wednesday, Oct. 18 6-7:30 pm #5721-F17 1 session - $12 South St. Paul High School, SSP

Getting the Most From Social Security

How you select your social security is one of the most important decisions you will have to make for your retirement. This workshop will show you how to get the most from your social security benefits and how they fit into your overall retirement strategy. You will learn more about how your benefits are calculated, the options for taking your benefits and strategies to maximize your benefits. We will explore some of your key concerns about social security and when to start taking the benefits. We will have handouts of information for you to take and will have time for questions as well. Instructor: Damien Cannaday Wednesday, Nov. 1 6-7:30 pm #6717-F17 1 session - $12 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Thursday, Nov. 16 6:30-7:30 pm #5712-F17 1 session - $12 South St. Paul High School, SSP

Script Your Family’s Future: Why you need an Estate Plan

Many tend to put off or ignore developing a sound estate plan, but it’s one of the most important things an advisor can create. Learn more about: what to consider when creating a will, benefits of trusts in estate planning, how to help reduce taxes on your estate and how insurance can help protect your family. A local attorney will also be present. Instructor: Stacey Bartelson Tuesday, Nov. 21 #5713-F17

6:30-8 pm 1 session - $12

Why you can’t trust your Trust Keeping the Cabin in the Family

You loved going to the cabin every summer or working in the family business or on the farm growing up! Now it's time to decide what to do with it and division of the estate can lead to bitter battles between siblings and impact relationships forever. Learn how to keep your cabin, business, or farm in the family without creating a family conflict. We will discuss ways to ensure your children receive equal inheritance, the impact of taxes and how to properly position your assets for the next generation. Instructor: Damien Cannaday Thursday, Oct. 26 6-7:30 pm #5714-F17 1 session - $12 Inver Grove Heights Middle School, IGH

Do you know what the most oversold and misunderstood legal product on the market is today? The answer is a Revocable or Living Trusts. Trusts are oversold as the end all to fit all. They are full of legal wording that only attorneys understand. Most people believe that their trust shields the assets from the nursing home and creditors. In MN, Revocable Trusts are subject to the nursing home and creditors. If you can change the trust, the nursing home and creditors can access the money in the Trust. In this class you will earn what the pros of a revocable trust are and if it's the right fit for you. Come learn other options and bring questions. Instructor: Steve Ledin Wednesday, Nov. 8 6:30-8 pm #5704-F17 1 session - $12 Inver Grove Heights Middle School, IGH

How to Pay for the Nursing Home, an Attorney’s Perspective

We all come into the world with nothing and leave with nothing. The biggest fear for most baby boomers is how to pay for the nursing home and still leave the next generation with something. With ever changing estate planning laws and great increases in nursing home costs the fear is real. Is long term care insurance for you? What about home care? Should I gift my money away? Would I qualify for Medicaid? Learn the answers to these questions and much more at the workshop. Instructor: Steve Ledin Wednesday, Dec. 6 6:30-8 pm #6715-F17 1 session - $12 Henry Sibley High School, MH SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



Adult Enrichment

Public Speaking for the Timid or Terrified


For many people, speaking before a group can cause fear and anxiety. This course is aimed at those who want to develop more confidence in expressing their views or knowledge. In the 4 sessions of this course, you will learn techniques for managing communication anxiety and have an opportunity to practice them in a nonthreatening, supportive environment. Skip date of Sept. 27. Instructor: Donna McCarthy Wednesdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 11 7-9 pm #5452-F17 4 sessions - $40 Inver Grove Heights Middle School, IGH

Body Language Workshop: How To Deal With NEW Difficult People

Dread confrontations? Feeling awkward when someone becomes difficult? Join us to get a jump-start on de-escalating situations like a pro. You will begin working on your nonverbal awareness training for a more fulfilling social life to improve your career, business and relationships. A certificate of attendance will be available. Instructor: Josh Gretz Monday, Nov. 27 6:30-8:30 pm #6464-F17 1 session- $39 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Advanced Body NEW Language Training - One On One Session

Can you hear your body talking? What’s your body language saying about you? Discover the subtle nonverbal cues that trigger us to instantly like or dislike and trust or not trust the people in your life. You will walk away from this training knowing how to read and project strong confident, likeable body language that helps you instantly connect with others. Instructor: Josh Gretz This class is only available by calling our office at 651-403-8312 to schedule a private session. Each session will cost $77 for private training.

SPECIAL EVENTS The Real Paranormal


Join us for a special evening with the Dakota County Paranormal Society as they talk about how a real team investigates the paranormal. They’ll show you their specialized equipment and describe how it’s used on their investigations. They will also present some of the evidence that they’ve gathered on their investigations. You won’t want to miss this! Instructor: Juli Glazebrook, Founder of the Dakota County Paranormal Society Thursday, Oct. 26 1 session - $2 #6805-F17 6:30-8:30 pm Henry Sibley High School, MH

Spirituality: Teachings and Practices Within Society & Current Events


Through offering a window into different religious traditions, this series intrigues learners to get to know the diversity around us. We’ll view what each religion has to offer as well as the challenges that people within that community face. You’ll learn from panelists representing each tradition, learn basic tenets, counter stereotypes and explore what it means to build a more harmonious and cohesive society. Instructor: Joan Haan MA & Sadaf Rauf Shier PhD - Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) Facilitators Section A - Islam Monday, Oct. 2 #5850-F17A Simley High School, IGH

1 session - $5 6-8 pm

Section C - Native American Spirituality Monday, Dec. 4 1 session - $5 #5850-F17C 6-8 pm Simley High School, IGH


Section B - Buddhism Monday, Nov. 6 #5850-F17B Simley High School, IGH

1 session - $5 6-8 pm

TECHNOLOGY Photo Organization - Print & Digital

Having organized photos assures peace of mind. Learn about a system to once and for all get every printed photo, digital photo and your memorabilia organized. Learn about scanning for slides, movies, prints, backing up cloud storage & scanners. We will also demonstrate easy ways to repair old photos. You’ll leave with a plan for a system that allows you to access every photo you own in seconds! Instructor: Kathy Povolny Monday, Oct. 2 7-9 pm #6316-F17 1 session - $20 Henry Sibley High School, MH

WELLNESS Hypnosis to Lose Weight or Stop Smoking

All lasting behavioral changes must occur at an unconscious level. With hypnosis, you can make that change! The experience is relaxing and you are fully aware, conscious and in control at all times. Dress comfortably and bring a pillow or blanket for added comfort. Stop cravings for sweets, chocolate, bread, pastries, salty and greasy foods. Stop snacking and overeating. Stop smoking. Get motivated to exercise! 6pm - Introduction for both weight loss and smoking cessation 7pm - Weight Loss Hypnosis 8pm - Stop Smoking Hypnosis Fee includes session, reinforcement tape and a lifetime membership for free future classes if reinforcement is desired. Part of the fee is donated to the American Lung and Heart Association. Instructor: Dr. Mary Fischer Wednesday, Oct. 4 6-8:45 pm #5108-F17 1 session - $60 for one topic / $120 for two topics Inver Grove Heights Middle School, IGH

Hands-on Healing Energy

Learn how you can harness and channel energy from the earth and the universe to help people who are in pain or need extra energy to heal an illness or other difficulty. You will have ample opportunities to experience and try a number of healing techniques including faith based healing, angel healing, sound healing, Reiki, and other methodologies. You will leave the first class with the tools to do energy work on friends or family. Instructor: Connye LaCombe

Hands-on Healing Energy: Level 2

Build on the skills learned in the first Handson Healing Energy Class in this course which goes deeper into advanced healing methodology. This class does not offer certification in any one method of healing, but offers more advanced skills in a variety of modalities. Instructor: Connye LaCombe Tuesdays, Nov. 14-Dec. 5 7-9 pm #6107-F17 4 session - $75 Henry Sibley High School, MH

Tuesdays, Oct 3 - 24 7-9 pm #6106-F17 4 sessions - $75 Henry Sibley High School, MH SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



Adult Enrichment

French for Travelers


Need a crash course for survival in France? You’ll learn practical skills such as asking/ understanding directions, learning how to read a menu and order food, dealing with money and learning numbers. No prior French experience needed. Students will receive a helpful booklet/study guide. Instructor: ALLIANCE FRANCAISE Thursdays, Sept. 14-Oct. 12 5 sessions - $185 #5001-F17 6-8pm Inver Grove Heights Middle School, IGH

Chinese: Level 1


This foundation course will give you your first glimpse into Chinese language and culture. In this class you will learn daily conversation skills and prepare you to travel to China for leisure or business. You will learn to communicate with native Chinese speakers and learn about their culture. Students will receive helpful handouts, a brush to write Chinese characters and a CD to take home. A materials fee of $10 is due to the instructor in class. Instructor: Youmei Hou Mondays, Sept. 25-Oct. 30 6 sessions - $99 #6000-F17 6:30-8:30 pm Henry Sibley High School, MH

Spanish for Beginners NEW

Habla Español? Hola


De Nada

Have you always been intrigued by learning Spanish but have had very little exposure to the language? Join this class to practice common greetings, review numbers, learn how to identify yourself and others, and express emotions. Taught by an experienced teacher from Xperitas, a non-profit specialising in language and cultural immersion programming. A $15 supply fee is due to the instructor for the course workbook at the first class. Instructor: Silverio Ríos Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24 (No class Oct. 17) 5 sessions - $125 #5003-F17 6:30-8:30 pm South St. Paul High School, SSP

Spanish for Travelers


Want to learn a bit of Spanish before you take your next cruise or trip? This course will teach you to how to introduce yourself, greet people and communicate your basic needs as a traveler such as asking for directions. You will also learn vocabulary and expressions related to restaurants, shops, hotels and more! This class will inspire you to start planning your next trip to Latin America, the Caribbean or Spain as soon as possible! Instructor: Paulino Brener Thursdays, Oct. 26-Nov. 16 4 sessions - $100 #6002-F17 6-8 pm Henry Sibley High School, MH






Storytime for Babies

Evening of Art

Weaving of Traditions

Stories, songs, bounces and playtime make this storytime perfect for children newborn to 24 months and their caregivers. Ages: 0–2.


Tuesdays, 10:30–11:15 am Sept. 5–26, Oct. 3–31, Nov. 7–28, Dec. 5 & 12


Thursdays, 10:30–11:15 am Sept. 14–28; Oct. 12–26; Nov. 9, 16 & 30; Dec. 7 & 14

Sensory-friendly Saturdays

Explore books, music, movement and play in a sensory-friendly setting that welcomes children ages 3–8 of all abilities including those who have difficulty in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive to sensory overload. One registration required per family. An adult must accompany each registered child. Siblings welcome.


Saturdays, 10:30–11:15 am Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Dec. 2


Saturdays, 10:30–11:15 am Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 16

Discover your inner artist by exploring a variety of art activities and enjoying music by the SloJammers, a local freeform fiddling group focused on old-time music. Geared for ages 3 and older. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A Minnesota Mosaic program. Thu, Oct. 26, 6–8 pm Wescott

Fix-it Clinic

Bring up to five small household electronics, clothing, jewelry or other items to get help repairing them at this first come, first served fix-it event. Sat, Nov. 18, noon–3 pm Wentworth

Explore the influence of Native American music on the world of jazz through a flute performance by Bobb Fantauzzo. Enjoy the music of jazz musicians with Native American heritage – legends like Dave Brubeck (Modoc), Don Cherry (Choctaw), Miles Davis and Duke Ellington (Cherokee), and Jim Pepper (Cree/Kaw). Thurs, Sept. 21, 6:30–7:30 pm South St. Paul

Karen Mueller

Enjoy the Celtic and Appalachian styles at the heart of award-winning multiinstrumentalist Karen Mueller through a repertoire of complex traditional melodies on the Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp and guitar. Tue, Oct. 10, 7–8 pm Inver Glen

Services for Veterans

Drop in to chat with Dakota County Veteran Services staff and learn about the many resources available to veterans and their families. Wed, Nov. 8 Wescott

10:30 am–7:30 pm

The Octopus, the Diver and Treasure

Explore beneath the waves, investigate shipwrecks and sunken treasure, and meet the ocean's strangest creature, the octopus. Science teacher Rob Ellos uses props, theatrical techniques, humor and audience participation to delve into these amazing things under the sea. Ages: 4–10. Wed, Oct. 18, 2–2:45 pm Wentworth SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



These driver improvement courses are taught by MN HWY Safety and Research Center trained instructors. The class will explore changes in laws, the latest vehicle technology and provide you with easy to use defensive driving tips. In addition, we will explore traffic safety and accident prevention. Course completion allows for a 10% reduction on automobile insurance premiums for those age 55 and over. An eight hour course is initially required, followed by a four hour refresher class every three years. All driver improvement courses must be refreshed every three years to keep the discount in force. No written or behind-the-wheel tests will be given. Please bring your driver’s license and a pen to class.

Registration required: call 1-888-234-1294 or visit

South St. Paul Central Square Center Four Hour Course - $22 Friday, Sept. 15 Friday, Sept. 22 Monday, Oct. 16 Monday, Oct 23 Saturday, Nov. 11 Tuesday, Dec. 12 Friday, Jan. 5

9 am-1 pm 5 pm-9 pm 9 am-1 pm 5 pm-9 pm 9 am-1 pm 9 am-1 pm 9 am-1 pm

Eight Hour Course: Nov. 6 (Part I), Nov. 8 (Part II) Jan. 15 (Part 1), Jan. 16 (Part II)

5 pm 5:30 pm

Inver Grove Heights Veterans Memorial Community Four Hour Refresher Course - $22 Tuesday, Sept. 12 Wednesday, Sept. 20 Tuesday, Oct. 10 Tuesday, Nov. 14 Thursday, Nov. 16 Tuesday, Dec. 12

8-hour course: Oct 17 & 19

1-5 pm 5:30-9:30 pm 1-5 pm 1-5 pm 5:30-9:30 pm 1-5 pm


5:30-9:30 pm

Thompson Park Activity Center, West St. Paul Four Hour Refresher Courses - $22 Thursday, Sept. 7 Thursday, Sept. 21 Thursday, Oct. 5 Thursday, Oct. 26 Thursday, Nov. 2 Thursday, Nov. 16 Thursday, Dec. 7

Central Square Community Center 100 Seventh Ave N South St Paul, MN 55075

12-4 pm 12-4 pm 12-4 pm 12-4 pm 12-4 pm 12-4 pm 12-4 pm

Initial Eight Hour Courses: (made up of two 4 hour classes) $26 Wednesday, Sept. 13 (part 1 of 2) 12-4 pm Thursday, Sept. 14 (part 2 of 2 ) 12-4 pm Wednesday, Nov. 8 (part 1 of 2) Thursday, Nov. 9 (part 1 of 2)

12-4 pm 12-4 pm


Class Locations IGH VMCC

Veterans Memorial Community Center

8055 Barbara Ave E Inver Grove Hts, MN 55077


Thompson Park Activity Center (TPAC) 1200 Stassen Lane West St. Paul, MN 55118



Central Square Community Center Central Square Community Center

100 Seventh Ave. N, SSP 651-366-6200

Shannon Young Senior Coordinator Senior Center Hours 8 am-3 pm Monday-Friday

About the Senior Center

The South St. Paul Senior Center promotes and provides opportunities in the areas of socialization, recreation, education, and health to residents age 55 and up. For information on these and other Senior Center programs, call 651-366-6200.

Happy Feet Foot Service:

Happy Feet is scheduled the third Wednesday of each month at 9 am. A qualified nurse will soak and treat foot ailments from trimming, corns, calluses and walk away with a soothing foot massage. Call for appt. 763-560-5136

Fashion Show

Come and see new fall fashions provided by Taylor Marie’s Apparel and modeled by our very own Senor Center models! The clothes are fun, beautiful, fashionable and priced under most department stores. After the show we will enjoy a catered lunch and desserts! Spring Fashion Show begins at 11 am Lunch 11:30am Thursday Sept. 14th $13

The Little Gift Shop

The Little Gift Shop located at the Central Square Community Center offers a wide selection of handcrafted items made by seniors and is open Mon.-Fri. 10 am to 3 pm. Senior Crafters and volunteers are needed and welcome!

Out to Lunch:

Join us as we visit local restaurants to enjoy a tasty lunch and to get acquainted with other Seniors! Lunch is ordered off the menu at each location. Sign up is at Central Square Community Center. Transportation is on your own or if you need to carpool please check box when signing up.

Penny Bingo meets twice per month! Spend a FUN afternoon with us playing Penny Bingo! So, what is Penny Bingo you ask? It’s a fast paced, easy card game that everyone will enjoy! It's very casual play leaving plenty of time to socialize and laugh throughout the games. Bring your Pennies! Meets Sept. 4, 18, Oct. 2, 16, Nov.6, 20, Dec. 4, 18 and Jan. 15

Classic Movies

Join us every third Tuesday of each month for a stroll down memory lane. Movies are shown at 1 pm. Popcorn and ice cream are provided, donations are appreciated.

Senior Aqua Interval

A lower intensity class using cardiovascular training as well as sections focusing on strength and balance exercises. 2 days/week: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30-11:15 am 1 day a week: Fridays, 10:30-11:15 am

YogaFit Senior

500 and Pinochle Wednesdays and Fridays, 12 pm

This safe and slower-moving class is designed for seniors. We work gentlly to increase strength, range of motion in shoulders, back, hips and legs to develop better balance and core awareness. Monday's class focuses on core work. Wednesday's class focuses on strength and stretching. Chair support is offered for safety. Participants must be able to get down on the floor. Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-10:15 am

Woodcarvers Tuesdays, 9 am

Silver Sneakers R Classic

Sept. 21 Mississippi Pub

11:30 am

Cribbage Mondays, 12:30 pm

Penny Bingo:

Many of our classes listed below are included with your sSilver and Fit R or Silver Sneakers R memberships

Become a Member For Only $10/Year

Increase strength, bode tone and balance. Chairs will be usd for sitting exercises and for balance during standing exercises. 2 days/week: Tuesday/Thursday 9:35-10:15 am

Become a Member for Only $10/Year Receive an annual membership card and monthly “Active Times” newsletter by signing up at the SSP Senior Center front desk at Central Square Community Center. M-F 9 am-3 pm.

Senior Center Board Meetings The Senior Center Board meets the third Wednesday of the Month. Meetings begin at 9:30 am If there is an idea or something you would like to see at the center please join us and provide us with your ideas! All are welcome! SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



Inver Grove Heights

Aging Mastery Program City of Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation

Veterans Memorial Community Center 8055 Barbara Avenue Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077

We are excited to announce that Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation has been awarded a grant from the National Council on Aging to host the Aging Mastery Program (AMP)! This is a comprehensive and fun approach to aging well that encourages people to take actions to enhance their health, financial well-being, social connections, and overall quality of life. We offer various sessions Lunch and Learn, Dinner Date to Educate and Fast-Track Fridays which all include a full meal and $60 worth of educational materials. Participants in the AMP course go through a 10 core program that encourages mastery developing sustainable behaviors over time. Register one week before program starts.

Active Adults 55+ Coordinator Jessica Anderson (651) 450-2469

Sept. 12 – Nov. 14 Tuesdays: Lunch & Learn Individual: AS-F100 Couple: AS-F101

Program Registration

Sept. 12 – Nov. 16 10 weeks Thursdays: Dinner Date to Educate 6:30-8 pm Individual: AS-F102 Couple: AS-F103

Call the Parks and Recreation Office, (651) 450-2585 or visit Please note some programs may require contacting a partnering organization if noted, or may not be available for online registration.

10 weeks 11:30 am-1 pm

Oct. 6 – Nov. 3 (5 weeks) 11 am – 3 pm Fast-Track Fridays (two sessions a day) Individual AS-F104 Couple AS-F105 $39 individual / $59 couple Veterans Memorial Community Center

“Dressing Your Figure: Styles for All Body Types” Fall Fashion Show

Join us for a new twist on our annual fashion show. This event will be geared towards understanding how to dress your body type. Learn how to identify your body type, how to dress your body, and provide real life examples using models of all types of body structures. A pop-up clothing boutique will be created displaying a large collection of affordable, fashionable sizes from Petite to 3X. A delicious catered meal will kick-off the event followed by the fashion show and shopping. Register by September 1. Friday, Sept. 8 12-3 pm AS-F109 $15 Veterans Memorial Community Center

Local Tours Series: Water Treatment Facility Tour

One-Act Radio Show

Come watch a small, one act play written and directed by a local artist that will be performed by community members, many of them people you know! Set in the mood of the 1940s, this fast paced show is part murder-mystery, part comedy. Enjoy scrumptious pie and coffee during intermission when you help “guess” the ending.

Curious about how the fresh water gets to your tap? Come learn the inner workings of Water Treatment Facility in Inver Grove Heights. The tour generally lasts one hour. Meet at the facility at 2015 75th Street East. Some parking available in the front lot otherwise park on 75th Street and meet group at front entrance. Pre-register by September 15. Friday, Sept. 22 10 am AS-F110 FREE Water Treatment Plant, IGH

Thursday, Sept. 28 1-3 pm AS-F115 $7 Veterans Memorial Community Center


Community Round Table Sessions

We want to hear it! You are invited to share your thoughts and ideas on current and future programs and services for adults 55+ in Inver Grove Heights. These round table-style forums will assist staff with developing a strategic map of programs to fulfill the evolving and diverse interests of adults in the community. Input from participants will help identify specific needs and interests. Pre-registration encouraged, light refreshments provided. A gift card drawing to a local business will be held at each session. FREE Event. Pre-register one week before attending. AS-F106

Monday, Oct. 9

6-8 pm


Tuesday, Oct. 24

7-9 pm

AS-F108 Wednesday, Oct. 25 10 am-12 pm Veterans Memorial Community Center

Women’s Expo & Craft Show

Learn about health, beauty, and other important services for women along with jewelry, clothing and other goods tailored to stylish women. This is a fun event with over forty vendors! Interested in becoming a vendor to promote or sell your goods and services? Email to receive Registration Information. Booth fee is $40, returning vendors have priority registration beginning August 1 – 25, new vendors begins Aug. 28 with final deadline September 29.

ACTIVE ADULTS 55+ Inver Grove Heights

Saturday, Oct. 7 9am-2pm

Landmark Tours Travel Show

Are you interested in traveling with a group to places throughout the United States in 2018? We are working with Landmark Tour Company to provide this service! Sign up for the Travel Show where a member from Landmark Tours will talk about trips for 2018! Register by Monday, September 25. Friday, Sept. 29 11 am-12:30 pm AS-F111 FREE

Senior Club Join Inver Grove Heights Senior Club and save money on social cards and monthly luncheons sponsored by the Club. Membership is $8 for a year of discounts on Club activities organized by members who help plan, decorate and provide snacks and coffee. To register for Senior Club, call the Inver Grove Heights Park and Recreation Office at (651)450-2585. Monthly Luncheons held third Monday of month, 12-2pm in Community Room 2. September 18 Homemade Potluck & Bingo

No fee or registration required.

October 16 Catered lunch with Sherwin and Pam Linton $13 members/$15 non-members. Register by October 9.

November 20 (Special time: 1pm) Elections, Pie & Ice Cream No fee or registration required.

Social Card Games

500, Mondays, 1pm Bridge, Wednesdays, 12:30 pm Euchre, Thursdays, 1 pm Penny Bingo, 3rd Tues. of the month, 1 pm

To Register for the Senior Club: Call the Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation Office at (651) 450-2585. Register early for luncheons as space is limited. No need to register for participating in social card games, simple show up!

December 8 Annual Holiday Party with Live Christmas Music $10 members only. Register by December 1. SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017


OLDER ADULT Thompson Park Activity Center

SPECIAL EVENTS TPAC’s Annual Waffle Breakfast and Craft Sale

1200 Stassen Lane West St. Paul, MN 55118 651-403-8300

Join us for TPAC's Waffle Breakfast, which includes a craft and bake sale fundraiser. Breakfast includes homemade Belgian waffles, choice of flavored toppings, sausage, juice and coffee. We are looking for vendors for our sale, if interested call 651-403-8300.

Registration Online: By phone: 651-403-8300 By mail or in person: 1200 Stassen Lane West St. Paul, MN 55118

Sunday, Oct. 8 Tickets on sale now. $9/all you can eat. Free - Children under 5


9 am-1 pm

Waffle Breakfast Volunteers Needed!

Sign up for email updates about Thompson Park Activity Center at

Please call TPAC to sign up to volunteer for our Annual Fundraiser on Sunday, Oct 8. There are various times and jobs available. Please support our center! 651-403-8300.


Partial scholarships for some classes may be available. For more information, please call 651-403-8302.

Opportunities to Volunteer Events Committee Diversity Outreach Umbrella Project TPAC Garden Club

Call TPAC for more info at 651-403-8300. Looking for a volunteer to work as a Receptionist at our Front Desk on Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons in January Please call 651-403-8302.

TPAC will be closed:

Panama Canal Then & Now

The Panama Canal’s expansion project, Third Set of Locks Project, was completed on June 26, 2016. This project doubled the capacity of the Panama Canal by adding a new lane of traffic, allowing for a larger number of ships and increasing the width and depth of the lanes and locks allowing larger ships to pass. Wednesday, Nov. 8 1 pm #1385-F17 $10 Register by Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Sept. 4 Oct. 19, 20 Nov. 23, 24 Dec. 22-Jan. 1

Jane’s Button Collection

Come and hear more about Jane’s menagerie of buttons. Jane will share more about her buttons, ranging in age from one year to 100 years old. She will share new pieces of art and give suggestions on how you can be creative with buttons yourself. Wednesday, Nov. 15 1-2 pm #1400-F17 $5 Register by Thursday, Nov. 9.


Entertainer Jim Berner

Jim plays and sings hits from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s to present. He has a great voice with a very large range of sound. He has wonderful songs along with marvelous stories. Audiences say “What a great voice and we love the stories!” Wednesday, Sept. 13 1 pm #1370-F17 $7 includes dessert Register by Tuesday, Sept. 5.


Thompson Park Activity Center

Metro Dining Cards Beginning late September, Metro Dining Cards (MDC) will be available at TPAC for $24. Use the cards two or three times and they pay for themselves. The cards make great gifts.

AARP TAX-AIDE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR 2017 SEASON AARP Tax-Aide, is seeking volunteers to help people by preparing and filing their tax returns. Experience with accounting or tax preparation IS NOT necessary. We supply training and computers. We also need facilitators to help clients’ organizing documents. For more information call David at 651-485-8680 or email:

Join a Community Conversation

Join together with local residents in a community conversation! Voice your thoughts about the type of community you wish to live in and how to make it come to life. Your feedback will inform the services provided by local agencies. This event is sponsored by TriDistrict Community Education and Dakota County Library. Tuesday, Oct. 17 4:30-6 pm No registration needed. Free Thompson Park Activity Center

You can also stop in to see Joe at Thompson Park on Monday mornings. He can answer questions and assist you with the sign up in the Thompson Park computer lab.

Tis the Season with “Just Dorothy”

Come for holiday entertainment. Hear and see movie pics & clips while Dorothy Fleming talks about movies, from Miracle on 34th Street to A Christmas Carol and more. Hollywood lifts our spirits with films of faith, hope, love and splendor of the stars with settings that deliver. Wednesday, Dec. 6 1:30 pm #1393-F17 $7 includes dessert Register by Wednesday, Nov. 29. SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017


OLDER ADULT Thompson Park Activity Center TPAC Hours

9 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday

Weekly Activities Technology Learning Center (new hours)


1:30-3:30 pm $8 per session

Sept.12 - Celtic Sacred Sites Oct. 10 - Robert the Bruce Nov. 14 - Viking Britain Dec. 12 - A British Christmas Please pre-register

Mon. 9-11 am

A Matter of Balance:


Managing Concerns About Falls

Mon. 9:30 am

This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage the risk of falls and reduce the fear of falling. Participants learn to: view falls as controllable, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, increase strength and balance to prevent falling, and set realistic goals for increasing activity. Who should attend? Anyone who: is concerned about falls, has fallen in the past or fears falling, or is interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength. Instructors: Mary Bang and Michelle Parker

Knitting/Crocheting Club Mon. 1 pm

Home Before Dark

Mon. 3 pm, through Nov. 13

3x3 Fitness

Tues. 9:15 am/Thur. 9:30 am

Open Watercolor Painting Tues. 9:30 am-12 pm/$2

Duplicate Bridge

Mondays, Sept. 18-Nov. 6 1-3 pm #1376-F17 8 sessions - $15 Register by Monday, Sept. 11.

Wed. 9 am-12:30 pm/$8

Wednesday Walkers Wed. 9 am Ends Oct. 25

Line Dancing

Thurs. 9 am/$2 Class will resume on Sept. 14.

Mah Jongg

Thurs. 1-3 pm

Open Bridge

Fri. 12:30-3 pm/50 cents

500 Club

Fri. 1-3 pm/50 cents

500 for Fun

Food Waste Prevention

Learn about the amount of food that is wasted in the United States, why it matters, and what we can do about it. Learn ways to reduce food waste in your household by smart shopping, proper food storage and clever ways to use leftovers. Take home a smart shopping list and a food storage guide. Presenter: Cassandra Schueller, Recycling Coordinator for the City of West St. Paul. Tuesday, Sept. 26 10 am #1392-F17 $3 Register by Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Fri. 1-3 pm/50 cents

TED TALKS Discussion

TPAC will be closed: Sept. 4 Oct. 19, 20 Nov. 23, 24 Dec. 22-Jan. 1

i d ea s w o r t h s p rea d i n g

Call 651-403-8300

for information or to register 30 SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017

(Technology, Entertainment and Design) The first 20 minutes is spent watching a popular pre-selected TED TALK Video. Next, our facilitator, Tom Johnson, will lead a discussion by posing a few questions to get the conversation started and the group will do the rest. Topics and speakers are announced ahead of time via bulletin board and the TPAC e-newsletter. Third Tuesdays

1-2:30 pm

Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19 $1 donation at the door. No registration needed.


Thompson Park Activity Center

Climate Change, What Does it Mean for West St. Paul?

Join Suzanne Savanick Hansen for a presentation and discussion of the climate change and West St. Paul. Suzanne was an official observer to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany in 2014 and took students to the UN climate talks in Paris in 2015. She will discuss the international and local challenges posed by climate change and discuss what is currently underway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the local level. Join the discussion and see what you can do to help. Wednesday, Oct. 4 9:30-10:30 am #1394-F17 $5 Register by Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Climate Change Part II - Tour of Macalester College

Join us for a tour of climate change projects underway at Macalester College. Macalester's president signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment and has committed to climate neutrality by 2025. The college has already saved money by investing in energy efficiency. The college also has installed electric vehicle charging stations and solar panels. Participants should meet at the TPAC parking lot at 9 am sharp if interested in carpooling. If you are able to drive, please let us know when registering. Presenter: Suzanne Savanick Hansen, Sustainability Manager for Macalester College Wednesday, Oct. 11 9:30-10:30 am #1395-F17 $5 Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul Register by Wednesday, Oct. 4.

WWII German POW Camps in the United States

During World War II, thousands of prisoners, both German and Japanese, arrived on the shores of the United States and were sent across the country for housing. This presentation will concentrate on the German POWs that arrived in the United States and were housed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Presenter: Matt Carter, Executive Director of the Dakota County Historical Society. Thursday, Oct. 12 9:30 am #1387-F17 $5 Register by Thursday, Oct. 5.

Dinosaurs—What Made Them So Special?

In the past few decades, a wealth of information has been generated about those fascinating creatures called Dinosaurs. We’re going to run through 160 million years of dinosaur evolution in less than an hour. Instructor: Gary Gray Wednesday, Oct. 25

10-11:30 am #1389-F17 1 session - $5 Register by Wednesday, Oct. 18. SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017


OLDER ADULT Thompson Park Activity Center Ongoing Activities Breakfast for the Brain

1st & 3rd Fri. 10-11:30 am/50 cents

Brain Fitness

2nd Mon. 12-1pm

Great Decisions

TPAC LEARNING & DISCUSSION ACTIVITIES Women's Study Group NEW! This group meets for a social get-together and for a short presentation on topics of interest. The wives of US Presidents is this year's topic. Come and check out our group. All women welcome. Group is meeting at TPAC in September and October. Monday, Sept. 11 1-3 pm Monday, Oct. 9 1-3 pm No registration needed.

2nd Mon. 1:30-3:30 pm

Red Hot Peppers 1st Tues. 10:30 am

Mystery Book Club 2nd Tues. 10:30 am

TED Talks

3rd Tues. 1-2:30 pm $1 donation

Dementia Support Group 4th Tues. 10:30 am-12 pm

Book Ends

(Wentworth Library) 4th Tues. 10:15 am

Penny Bingo

Aging in Place: How to Prepare your Home.

Many people would prefer to stay in their home as long as possible as they age. Learn how to prepare your home and surroundings to meet this goal. Participants will be given a checklist to use as a helpful tool. This presentation will include information and a discussion led by Jess Luce, Communities for a Lifetime Initiative Program Manager, Dakota County Public Health. Thursday, Nov. 16 10-11 am #1396-F17 $3 Register by Thursday, Nov. 9.

4th Tues. 1-3 pm/50 cents

Discover Group

3rd Wed. 10 am/$1 donation

Colored Pencils

3rd Wed. 1:15-2:30 pm/$2

Caregiver Support

2nd Wed. 1:30-3 pm

Cooking Capers 3rd Thur. 11 am

Out & About Travel 4th Fri. 9:30 am

TPAC Birders

call for information 651-403-8300.

Your Identity and Genes How You Got To Be You!

American Politics in the Age of Trump

Donald Trump's election as President in November 2016 shocked many and it portended a significant shift in American politics. This talk looks at the Trump election and presidency one year later, asking what we can learn from it and how America has changed as a result. Presenter: David Schultz, Hamline University Professor of Political Science and author of more than 30 books and 150 articles on American politics. He is a frequent political commentator and analyst in the local, national and international media. Tuesday, Nov. 28 9:30-11 am #1398- F17 $12 Register by Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Why should we care about genes, genetics and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s)? Because we want to know if we or our descendants are candidates for inherited diseases and, given the continuing population explosion, how are we going to get sufficient food for everyone. Instructor: Gary Gray Wednesday, Nov. 29 10-11:30 am #1389-F17 1 session - $5 Register by Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Hand & Foot Card Group NEW! Hand & Foot is a card game played between two-to-six players, that uses multiple decks of cards. It is similar to Canasta and very fun and social. Come and learn to play! We will start with 1/2 hour of instruction each week and then begin playing at 9:30. Friday 9-11:30 am #1401-F17 $.50 at the door Begins Sept 22. Please register in advance.


The ABCs and 1-2-3s of Tending Our Treasures

This presentation takes an entertaining look at valuing your possessions. It will answer questions like: What determines value? How do you know what things are worth? How does the market influence value? What are the best avenues for selling treasures? Instructor: Sort Toss Pack Wednesday, Dec. 6 10 am #1399-F17 $5 Register by Wednesday, Nov. 29.


Thompson Park Activity Center


Mendota Heights Active Adults Senior Tour of Homes

Tour four senior living communities in Northern Dakota County in a fun, entertaining way. The route will showcase independent living, assisted living, a residential home and memory care. During the day you’ll receive refreshments, lunch, transportation, marketing information on each site visited and prizes. Seats are limited. Registration required. Tour provided by Choice Connections (advocating for seniors to have independence and control in their home choice as they age). After completion of the tour, Eunice from Choice Connections will follow up with you regarding additional information or resources you may need. Tour meets at TPAC and includes visits to The Sanctuary in WSP, Gramercy in Inver Grove Heights, Westwood Ridge in WSP and Heart to Home in Mendota Heights. Wednesday, Sept. 27 9:15 am-2:45 pm #1377-S17 1 session - $15 Register by Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Crafting Schedule:

3rd Monday, 11 am-12 pm Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18 Mendota Elementary 1979 Summit Lane, Mendota Heights

Book Club


3rd Wednesday, 10-11:30 am Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20 Call Murray for information on the group's next reading title. 651-554-6805.

Free Technology Support at TPAC’s Tech. Learning Center

1:1 Computer, Smartphone and Tablet Mentoring. No appointment needed. Bring your own laptop/phone/tablet or use one of our computers. Our mentors will individually help you with your questions. Learn computer basics to more advanced skills. Our older adult mentors speak your language and are very patient and friendly using hands-on teaching methods. Please note new hours. Monday Mornings

Crafting for a Cause

Help Meals on Wheels by joining with us to decorate paper bags. We start with plain bags and turn them into warm wishes for neighbors receiving their "Meals on Wheels." No RSVP necessary, all are welcome. Supplies provided.

9 am-12 pm

Senior Surf Day

You are invited to a session on learning to use a computer and surf the internet! • Type in a web address and navigate pages. • Determine if a website is secure. • Use search engines to get information. • Access internet sites. • Get familiar with a computer (mouse, keyboard and desktop). Senior Surf Day is sponsored by the Minnesota Board on Aging. Please register in advance. Monday Sept. 18 2-4 pm #1225-F17 1 session - $5 Register by Monday, Sept. 11. Monday, Nov. 13 2-4 pm #1225-F17 1 session - $5 Register by Monday, Nov. 6.

Heritage Society Lunch & Learn Series A Partnership of DARTS and Thompson Park Activity Center (TPAC)

Car Care - September 19, 2017 Experts present the basics on keeping your car safe during the winter. Guest Speaker: Signal Hills Garage | Location: TPAC Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 13

Caregiving - October 17, 2017 Learn what caregivers need to support themselves and their loved ones. Guest Speaker: Tabatha Barrett | Location: DARTS Please RSVP by Wednesday, October11

Stand Up/Fall Prevention - November 21, 2017 Get tips to keep your balance in any season or condition. Guest Speaker: Tandem Strength & Balance | Location: TPAC Please RSVP by Wednesday, November15

All session are 11:30am - 1pm Prepay $5 fee (includes lunch) Contact either location


1645 Marthaler Lane West St. Paul, MN 651-455-1560



1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul, MN 651-403-8300 www.tridistrict.thats SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017


OLDER ADULT Thompson Park Activity Center


Registration Online: By phone: 651-403-8300 By mail or in person: 1200 Stassen Lane West St. Paul, MN 55118


Sign up for email updates about Thompson Park Activity Center at

Fitness and Balance for Life

Brain Fitness

Thursdays #1404-F17 Sept. 6-Oct. 25 Nov. 8-Nov. 20

2nd Monday of each month 12-1 pm Dates: Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11

A combination of yoga and Tai Chi that focuses on range of motion and balance. Participant chooses chair or standing position. No floor exercise. Instructor: Phyllis Cooper 9:30-10:30 am 8 sessions - $56 7 sessions - $49

Learn tips, tricks and games to keep our minds active as we age. There will be fun give-away items and prizes, and healthy brain-power snacks will be provided. Sponsored by Brookdale Living.

No registration needed. $.50 donation

Balance and Brains


Request for cancellation and refunds must be received by our office 7 days prior to the first class session. A $10 service charge will be added if you must cancel a class. No refunds are issued after the first session or deadline.

Services Free Memory Screening provided by DARTS Call 651-403-8300 Free Legal Services Call 651-224-7301 Foot Care by Happy Feet Call 763-560-5136 for appointment and fee. Free Health Insurance Counseling: provided by Metro Area Agency on Aging Call 651-403-8300

A one hour class designed for the unique needs of older adults desiring to remain active, agile and mentally sharp. Each class will consist of: strength training, cardiovascular exercise, balance and brain training games. Exercises aim to improve balance, strength and improve memory, reasoning and problem solving skills. Please bring your own exercise mat or towel or choose to use a chair. Space is limited so register early. Instructor: Angela Croisant Wednesdays #1404-F17 Sept. 6 - Oct. 25 Nov. 8 - Dec. 20

9:30-10:30 am

Fridays #1332-F17 Sept. 8-Oct. 27 (no class Oct. 20) Nov. 10-Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 24)

9:30-10:30 am

8 sessions - $56 7 sessions - $49

7 sessions - $49 5 sessions - $35

Mobility & Balance™ NEW!

Strength, balance and physical endurance are sure to improve in this 1 hour class. With the goal of improved daily living, an ideal participant has functional impairments or is unable to stand for 30 minutes, or unable to get down to the floor and back up. Modifications are provided for all exercises and seating is available. Instructor: Angela Croisant Fridays #1397-F17 Sept. 29 - Free Intro Oct. 6 - Oct. 27 (no class Oct. 20) Nov. 10-Dec. 15 (no class Nov. 24)


11 am-12 pm Register by Friday, Sept. 22. 3 sessions - $21, Register by Friday, Sept. 29. 5 sessions - $35, Register by Friday, Nov. 3.

ART & MUSIC CLASSES Beginning Watercolor

Introduction to the joys of painting with watercolor. Learn fundamental watercolor skills and much more! Materials not included. A materials list will be emailed upon registration. Instructor: Linda Stout

Watercolor Wednesdays #1191-F17

Instructor: Linda Stout

OLDER ADULT 1-3 pm Drop-in $25

Sept. 6-27

4 sessions - $50

Oct. 4-25

4 sessions - $50

Sept. 5-26 4 sessions - $50 Register by Tues., Aug. 29.

Nov. 1-15, 29

4 sessions - $50

Oct. 3-31 5 sessions - $62.50 Register by Tues., Sept. 26.

Dec. 6-20

Tuesdays #1302-F17

1:30-3:30 pm Drop-in $25

Register by Wed., Aug. 30. Register by Wed., Sept. 27. Register by Wed., Oct. 25. Register by Wed., Nov. 29.

3 sessions - $37.50

Registration Online: By phone: 651-403-8300 By mail or in person: 1200 Stassen Lane West St. Paul, MN 55118


Sign up for email updates about Thompson Park Activity Center at

Nov. 7-28 4 sessions - $50 Register by Tues., Oct. 31. Dec. 5-19 3 sessions - $37.50 Register by Tues., Nov. 28.

TPAC will be closed: Sept. 4 Oct. 19, 20 Nov. 23, 24 Dec. 22-Jan. 1


Request for cancellation and refunds must be received by our office 7 days prior to the first class session. A $10 service charge will be added if you must cancel a class. No refunds are issued after the first session or deadline.

Painting with Colored Pencils Beyond the Coloring Book

For the beginner who wants to learn shading, layering, blending and many, many more techniques that will turn any picture or photograph into an original work of art. Class includes over $37 worth of supplies that you will own. Participants will leave class with a unique framed collage of six completed colored pencil works of art; see above. As a retired occupational therapist JoAnn creates a warm, welcoming learning environment for all ability levels. Instructor: JoAnn Ellingboe has completed several advanced art education courses. Tuesdays 1-3pm #1390-F17 Sept 19 Free Intro! Register by Sept. 12 Sept. 26-Oct. 31 6 sessions - $48 Register by Sept. 19

Please note that mailed registrations may not be guaranteed. Please call your Center to check availability on a trip before mailing in your registration. SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



Trips & Tours


South St. Paul

SSP Senior Center 100 Seventh Ave. N. South St. Paul, MN 55075 651-366-6200

West St. Paul

Thompson Park Activity Center (TPAC) 1200 Stassen Lane West St. Paul, MN 55118 651-403-8300

TRIPS & TOURS DayTrippers Dinner Theatre - Bloomington “Monky Business”

The fun-loving monks of Saint Bernard’s monastery are in a jam. Abbot Costello and his four beleaguered brethren have just learned that a real estate developer is about to turn their monastery into a gambling hall called Bernie’s Casino Royale. Unless the merry Men in Brown can raise $250,000 by midnight, they are done for. Luckily, the Brothers have a divine plan. They have rented religious radio station WGOD for the night and are hosting a radiothon fundraiser with plenty of singing, dancing and vaudeville routines. Abbot Costello, Brother Lee Love, Brother Brooks, Brother Clarence and Brother Forte all take turns strutting their stuff, and the pledged donations from the listeners started streaming in. But, unbeknownst to the other four, one of the monks is really a devil in disguise and is out to sabotage their plan. Good and evil race to beat a midnight deadline in this hilarious hit musical. Thursday, Nov. 9 Depart TPAC at 11 am / Return 4:15 pm Depart SSP at 11:15 am / Return 4 pm Depart IGH at 11:30 am / Return 3:45 pm $59 includes transportation/lunch/show Register by Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Inver Grove Heights IGH Activity Center 8055 Barbara Ave. Inver Grove Hts, MN 55077 651-450-2585

Registration form on page 55

Please arrive and check in 15 minutes before scheduled trip departure. A $10 service charge will charged if you cancel a trip. No refunds will be issued after the trip registration deadline. Trips will fill when maximum numbers are reached or at registration deadline. All trips are subject to change until the itinerary is posted.

Please note that mailed registrations may not be guaranteed. Please call your Center to check availability on a trip before mailing in your registration.

Octagon Victorian House at Christmas

This unusual eight-sided house, located in Hudson, Wisconsin, was built in 1855 and has recently been beautifully restored. It was home to Judge John Moffat who came to Hudson from New York. It is furnished with artifacts and antiques from early life in the St. Croix Valley. The Octagon House will be decorated for Christmas, both inside and out, including the carriage house. It is truly a marvelous sight to see. The tour includes a holiday buffet at Lake Elmo Inn. Tuesday, Dec. 19 Depart IGH at 10 am / Return at 3:30 pm Depart SSP at 10:15 am / Return at 3:15 pm Depart TPAC at 10:30 am / Return at 3 pm $72.00 includes transportation/lunch/tour Register by Tuesday, Nov. 21.



Trips & Tours


South St. Paul

“FOREVER ELVIS” Enjoy “Forever Elvis” at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud. Elvis tribute artist Art Kistler and the EP Boulevard Show Band have catapulted this classic, popular entertainment genre to an entirely new level in a performance titled – “Forever Elvis: The Spirit Lives!” complete with dazzling, authentic costumes and a wide variety of timeless, classic tunes. Art Kistler is a formally trained vocalist and recording artist and has performed all over the USA and internationally. With heart and with the soul of a true entertainer, the entire room becomes Art’s stage as he interacts with members of the audience, respectfully recreating illusions of the look, signature moves, energy and powerful sounds of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The trip includes lunch at Ciatti’s Restorante. Tuesday Feb. 14th Depart IGH at 9 am / Return 5:30 pm Depart SSP at 9:15 am/ Return 5:15 pm Depart TPAC 9:30 am / Return 5 pm Cost: $75 Register by Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

SSP Senior Center 100 Seventh Ave. N. South St. Paul, MN 55075 651-366-6200

West St. Paul

Thompson Park Activity Center (TPAC) 1200 Stassen Lane West St. Paul, MN 55118 651-403-8300

Inver Grove Heights IGH Activity Center 8055 Barbara Ave. Inver Grove Hts., MN 55077 651-450-2585

Registration form on page 55

State Capital Tour

Begin with an arrival at The St. Paul Hotel, Minnesota’s Landmark Hotel, before enjoying the Sideboard Luncheon Buffet at M St. Café located inside. After lunch walk across the street and preview historic Rice Park, the center stage for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Finally, arrive at the Minnesota State Capital and partake in a 45minute guided tour highlighting the massive restoration and overview of Capital history, art and state government. Friday, January 26 Depart IGH at 10:00 am / Return 4:15 pm Depart SSP at 10:15 am / Return 4:00 pm Depart TPAC at 10:30 am / Return 3:45 pm Cost: $63.00 includes transportation/lunch/ tour Register by Friday, Dec. 18.

TRAVEL SHOW Thursday, Sept 28th, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Join us as Landmark Tours presents several inclusive 2018 travel opportunities including many NEW offerings! If unable to attend, call for a catalog or questions: 612-230-2040

SOME OF THE FEATURED TRIPS: • • • • • • • • •

Tournament of Roses Parade - NEW! Islands of Hawaii 4-Island Cruise ICELAND: Land of Fire & Ice - NEW! Savannah, Charleston, & Asheville Autumn in New England SAN JUAN ISLANDS: Whales/Wildlife NEW! New York City: The Big Apple Alaska: Wild Denali Adventure The Canadian Rockies - And More!

Please arrive and check in 15 minutes before scheduled trip departure. A $10 service charge will charged if you cancel a trip. No refunds will be issued after the trip registration deadline. Trips will fill when maximum numbers are reached or at registration deadline. All trips are subject to change until the itinerary is posted.

Save in 2018: Book Early and SAVE!

up to $400 per couple - call or come to show for details! Show located at Thompson Park Activity Center: 1200 Stassen Lane, W St. Paul, MN 55118 SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



Early Childhood Family Education ECFE Registration & Information

You may attend any of the activities offered even if they are not held in your school district. Register for classes online at

Sliding Fees ECFE tuition is based on a sliding fee scale.

Inver Grove Heights

IGH Early Learning Center 3203 68th St E Inver Grove Heights MN 55076 651-306-7503

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

For Families with Children Birth through Pre-Kindergarten Classes and Activities for You and Your Child

ECFE classes are designed to strengthen families and support children’s healthy growth and development. We know parents are their child’s first and most important teachers and our staff will work with you to meet your parenting needs to build a great relationship for learning. A typical ECFE class includes adult/child interaction time and separation in which parents join their discussion group and children remain in the early childhood classroom to explore with the staff. All teachers are licensed through the Mn. Dept of Education and have a variety of experiences. Most classes offer child care for siblings who are eight weeks through five years of age not enrolled in the class. Join us!

ECFE Home Visits

ECFE offers home visits to support in parenting, our most important role! Who doesn’t need a helping hand once in awhile especially during pregnancy and with your infant or adopted little one? Get information and tips on YOUR daily needs as well as those of your baby. We will bring a welcome package, check your baby’s weight and provide information you may need on sleep, baby care and development, community resources, feeding and infant cues.

South St. Paul

Get ready for school success! Make an appointment for Early Childhood Screening

SSP Family Education Center 102 Fifth Avenue South South St. Paul, MN 55075 651-457-9418

West St. Paul, Mendota Hts, Eagan

Early Learning and Family Resource Center 1970 Christensen Ave West St Paul, MN 55118 651-403-8353

Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School

Early Childhood Screening is an opportunity for parents and the school staff to prepare for your child's school success. It is a great chance for families to find out about the variety of resources available in the years before Kindergarten. Screening is: • Best completed at 3 1/2 years of age • Free of charge and takes about one hour • Held at your convenience by appointment all through the year. Early morning appointments and later afternoon times available to accommodate your schedule. • Includes a check of vision, hearing, health history, motor and language skills, speech and concept development as well as helping parents access health care services

1436 Lone Oak Rd Eagan, MN 55121


IGH Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) offers a variety of classes and activities designed especially for your and your child! New baby? Join our free classes or request a home visit! Registration begins August 11 for all IGH ECFE classes

Open House

Wednesday, September 6 9 am-11 am and 5:30-7:30 pm IGH Early Learning Center.

• Mandated by the Department of Education as a requirement for school entrance • Completed by a licensed staff member who does the entire screening and gets to know your child • Information obtained is based on your child's age at the time of screening • Children should be screened in the attendance area (district) in which they live If your child has been screened in another district or at Head Start, please call and let us know.

Call for information or to make an appointment: Inver Grove Heights - District 199 - 651-306-7520 South St Paul - District 6 - 651-288-6897 West St Paul, Mendota Hts, Eagan - District 197 - 651-403-8363

Get a peek of the brand new site for South St. Paul ECFE Register for classes and meet the staff. Thursday, Sept 7 5:30-7 pm Family Education Center 102 Fifth Ave. S. For further information, call 651-457-9418 JOIN US!

District 197 ECFE

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) offers a variety of classes and activities designed especially for you and your child! New baby? Join our free Baby Drop-in classes or request a home visit! Registration begins August 18 for all District 197 ECFE classes offered at the Early Learning and Family Resource Center and Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School.

Call us for more information or to schedule a visit. We look forward to seeing you! 38 SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017

Preschool Opportunities for Your Child

Preschool provides an environment that encourages each child to reach optimal social, intellectual, emotional and physical growth. Our preschool environments foster a love of learning through active exploration, discovery and experiences in an engaging learning environment. The curriculum is closely aligned with each district’s kindergarten curriculum.

Registration for 2017-18 preschool is open

Registration will continue until classes are full. To find out what classes are still available for this year, call your district’s Early Learning Office.

See page 40 for South St. Paul Kids' Choice Preschool Care program options for 4 year olds.

NEW 5 Day and All Day Options

Now available in West St. Paul and South St. Paul Contact your early learning office for more information


Join Our Mailing List

We serve families with children from birth to kindergarten enrollment. If you have a child in that age range and are not receiving our Early Learning brochures in the mail, please call to ensure that your child is included on the census. Once you sign up, we will send you our catalog filled with wonderful activities for you and your child

Preschool Registration & Information

PreKindergarten (PreK) classes

for children who will be four by September 1, 2017

PreK exposes children to a variety of experiences that promote social skills and enhance learning. Children learn and grow in a structured and playful environment that fosters readiness skills and help them prepare for kindergarten.

IGH 651-306-7503 S St Paul 651-457-9418 W St Paul 651-403-8353

Register for classes online at


Fees for Preschool are listed in our Early Learning brochures or online at Limited scholarships are available.

Preschool Locations Inver Grove Heights

South St. Paul

West St. Paul, Mendota Hts, Eagan


Salem Hills Elementary



Lincoln Center

Early Learning and Family Resource Center

5899 Babcock Trail E, IGH

357 Ninth Ave N, SSP

Hilltop Elementary

Kaposia Education Center

3201 68th St E, IGH

1225 First Ave S, SSP

IGH Early Learning Center

4 year old Preschool Care available Call 651-306-3631

3203 68th St E, IGH

1970 Christensen Ave., West St. Paul

Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School 1436 Lone Oak Rd., Eagan

Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School 217 Moreland Ave W., West St. Paul SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



To Register, visit us online at For more information on classes, visit


SPARTAN KIDS' CARE Inver Grove Heights Schools

West St Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan

2017-2018 School Year

KIDS’ CHOICE PRESCHOOL & SCHOOL-AGE CARE South St Paul Schools Kids’ Choice Preschool Care For 4 year olds

Kids’ Choice Preschool Care is offered before and after preschool for children enrolled in the SSP Community PreSchool program.

Extra Innings School Age Care Grades K-4

Extra Innings School-Age Care is a childcare program sponsored by West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Public Schools and TriDistrict Community Education.

Grades K-5 Inver Grove Heights School-Age Care is a Community Education program brought to you by TriDistrict Community Education and the Inver Grove Heights Schools. We provide quality care before and after school and on selected non-school days.

Full day care is offered on most days when Preschool is not in session. Engaging activities support learning through play and school readiness. Child care fees are in addition to preschool fees. Flexible scheduling is available most days.

Encore SAC For Grades 5-8

Encore provides a safe and nurturing environment for students where students are able to choose activities such as sports activities, gym time, arts, crafts, billiards and cooking. The students also take part in many community service activities.

Spartan Kids' Care

For more information please call 651-306-7502 or visit our website at

District 197 School Age Care

Located in:

For more information please call 651-403-8054 or visit our website at

Hilltop, Pine Bend and Salem Hills

Located in:

Before School: 6 am - Start of the school day After School: End of the school day-6 pm Non-School Days: 6 am-6 pm Summer Hours: 6 am-6 pm

Garlough Environmental Magnet Mendota Elementary Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet Pilot Knob STEM Magnet Somerset Elementary St Joseph's School Trinity Lone Oak


Monday - Friday Mornings: 6:30 am until the start of the school day Afternoons: After school until 6 pm Non-School Days: 6:30 am-6 pm



Kids’ Choice 2017-18 Program

Kids’ Choice is a before, after and non school day program offered at each of the elementary buildings. Kids’ Choice offers a variety of STEM activities, service learning, gym time, outdoor play, computer time and time to work on homework. A healthy afternoon snack is provided. Flexible scheduling is available. Call 651.306.3631 for more information.

South St Paul Kids' Choice

For more information please call 651-306-3631 or visit us online at

Located in:

Kaposia Education Center and Lincoln Center


Monday-Friday Mornings: 6:30 am until start of school day Afternoons: After school until 6 pm Non-School Days: 6:30 am-6 pm


Cuidado de niños en edad escolar Para horarios y registrarse


West St Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan

Extra Innings y Encore

Cuidado para Niños de Edad Escolar en West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan El Distrito 197 ofrece cuidado de niños antes y después de la escuela para los grados k-8 a través del programa de Cuidado de Niños. Las horas antes de la escuela son de 6:30 hasta que comienzan las clases e incluye el desayuno. El programa después de la escuela es hasta las 6 de la tarde y los niños hacen manualidades, obtienen ayuda con la tarea, van al gimnasio, cocinan y se juntan con sus compañeros para compartir un bocadillo.

District 197 School Age Care

Para inscribirse: Visite Para obtener informacion adicional llame al: 651-403-8054

SPARTAN KIDS' CARE Inver Grove Heights Schools Año Escolar de 20172018

KIDS’ CHOICE PRESCHOOL & SCHOOL-AGE CARE South St Paul Schools Año Escolar de 2017-2018

Spartan Kids’ Care ofrece un programa para cuidar a sus niños antes y después de la escuela. Ofrecemos este programa para los niños de kínder y hasta el quinto grado. En estas sesiones se dá a los niños la libertad de elegir una variedad de actividades: arte, ciencias, gimnasio, computación, lectura y mucho más.

Kids’ Choice es un programa de alta calidad que promueve un ambiente seguro, cooperativo, comprensivo, divertido y creativo. Además promueve la apreciación personal positiva, de autoestima, trabajo de en equipo y respeto. Para niños en Preescolar de cuatro años y hasta sexto grado.

Spartan Kids' Care

Kids' Choice School Age Care

Para inscribirse: Visite Para obtener información adicional llame al: 651-306-7502

Ubicado en:

Kaposia Education Center y Lincoln Center

Ubicado en:

Hilltop, Pine Bend y Salem Hills


Para inscribirse: Visite Para obtener informacion adicional llame al: 651-306-3631

Antes de la Escuela: De 6 a.m. hasta el comienzo del día escolar Después de la Escuela: Desde que termina la escuela hasta las 6 p.m. Días que no hay clases: De 6 a.m. a 6 p.m


Antes del día escolar: De 6:30 a.m. hasta el comienzo del día escolar Después del dia escolar: Desde que termina la Escuela hasta las 6 p.m. Días que no hay clases: De 6:30 a.m. a 6 p.m.


Antes de la Escuela: De 6:30 a.m. hasta el comienzo del día escolar Después de la Escuela: Desde que termina la escuela hasta las 6 p.m. Días que no hay clases: De 6:30 a.m. a 6 p.m.

Ubicado en:

Garlough Environmental Magnet Mendota Elementary

Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet Pilot Knob STEM Magnet Somerset Elementary St. Joseph's School Trinity Lone Oak SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



TriDistrict Community Education is pleased to announce a partnership with the YMCA in West St. Paul to offer Lifeguard Training. This course will follow the blended format combining both in person and online class format. Please note the follow prerequisites below: Prerequisites

• Must be 15 years old on or before the final day of the course. • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may use front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. • Complete the following events in 1 minute, 40 seconds: • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Face may be in or out of the water. • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object. • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. • Exit the water without using a ladder or steps. Training will take place at the YMCA in West St. Paul, 150 Thompson Ave, E. WSP. The training schedule is listed below. Please call the YMCA in West St. Paul with questions at 651-457-0048. Register online here: This course costs $200. Friday, Sept. 22: 4 pm-10 pm Saturday, Sept. 23: 12 pm - 8 pm Sunday, Sept. 24: 9 am-3 pm



Driver Education Classroom and Behind the Wheel Our Driver Education program is taught by certified licensed instructors. The state of Minnesota requires anyone under the age of 18 wishing to obtain a MN Driver’s License to complete an approved course in driver education. This course must include a minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. The classroom includes lecture, class discussion, guest speakers, films, written work from textbooks and written tests. Behind-the-wheel training allows a student to practice driving on public streets and highways with an instructor in a dual-control (two brake) car.

The fee is $375. Payment can be made in full at the time of registration or pay $175 at the beginning of class and $200 at the end of the 30 hours prior to the student receiving the 'blue' card. To register and make a payment plan, please call our office at 651-306-7870. To register by phone call with a credit card 651-306-7870 for Simley and South St. Paul High School.

South St. Paul High School, SSP

Henry Sibley High School, WSP

Mon-Thurs., Sept. 11-26 #4300-F17A

2:45-5:45 pm

Monday- Friday, Sept. 11- 22 #7302-F17A

3:15-6:30 pm

Mon-Thurs., Sept. 27-Oct. 12 #4300-F17B

2:45-5:45 pm

Monday- Friday, Oct. 2- 13 #7302-F17B

3:15-6:30 pm

Mon-Thurs., Nov. 27-Dec. 12 #4300-F17C

2:45-5:45 pm

Monday-Friday, Nov. 27-Dec. 8 3:15-6:30 pm 7302-F17C

Mon-Thurs., Jan. 8-24 #4300-F17D (No class Jan. 15)

2:45-5:45 pm

Simley High School, IGH Mon-Thurs., Sept. 6 - Sept. 21 #3300-F17A

2:45-5:45 pm

Mon-Thurs., Oct. 23 - Nov. 7 #3300-F17B

2:45-5:45 pm

Point of Impact Parent Class

Parents are invited to attend the Point of Impact, Teen Driver Safety Awareness Program. This course is FREE to parents. The goal of this program is to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and deaths involving novice teen drivers by increasing parent awareness of teen driver safety issues and enhancing parental involvement in developing safer teen drivers. You do not need to pre-register for this class. Parents who attend can reduce the required 60 hours of behind the wheel driving time to 50 hours. Students do not have to attend. Sept. 19 7 pm Simley High School Jan. 17 7 pm South St. Paul Secondary April 17 7 pm Henry Sibley High School

Mon-Thurs., Jan. 29 - Feb. 13 2:45-5:45 pm #3300-F17C


This class provide an introduction to the ACT format, strategies for answering questions and instruction for the specific subject areas tested. Focal points of the program include diagnostic testing, vocabulary development, intensive mathematical review, reading comprehension improvement, and anxiety and time management. Students who complete a course may repeat the course as often as they wish, free of charge. For more information, call 612-222-5108 or visit

Central Square Community Center 9 am-12 pm 4 sessions - $140 Saturdays, Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14 #4301-F17147

IGH Simley High School 5:45 PM-8:45 pm 4 sessions-$140 Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 17 3301-F17-116

Saturdays, Nov. 4, 11, 18 and Dec. 2 #4301-F17247

Tuesdays, Nov. 14-Dec. 5 3301-F17-216

Henry Sibley High School 5:45-8:45 pm 4 sessions - $140 Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 11 #7301-F17A Wednesdays, Nov. 8-Dec. 6 (Skip Date of Nov. 2) #7301-F17B SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017




Chess (Grades K- 6)

For those who want to learn or those who want to learn the tactics and strategies of one of the world's oldest and most popular games. Instructor: Bill Heinemann Fridays, Sept. 22-Dec. 15 3:30-4:30 pm (No Class: Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov 25, Dec. 1) #3114-F17 9 sessions - $75 Salem Hills Elementary, IGH

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New Class! Create an arcade-style side scrolling platformer! Students will learn to create a web-based platformer using Construct 2, a visual coding platform that teaches student the basics and structure of programming. Create custom enemies, obstacles, and challenges in this exciting class. Bring a USB drive, snacks and drink each day. Instructor: Computer Explorers Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 18-19 #3110-F17 IGH Middle School

9 am-12 pm 2 sessions - $75



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Simley High School Knowledge/ Quiz Bowl (Grades 9-12) Taking a class or going to a TriDistrict event? Share your experience by using #lifelonglearning on Facebook!

Knowledge Bowl is a series of interdisciplinary academic competitions designed for students in grades 9-12. Teams consisting of four members work cooperatively, developing teamwork and joint decision making, as students acquire knowledge and critical thinking skills in many areas. Quiz Bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for which players attend periodic practices and then represent their school at varsity tournaments. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration. Instructor: Sally Dietzenbach Tuesday, Oct. 24 #3120-F16 IGH Middle School, Rm 6101


2:35 pm $80



One Day Class! Certified Babysitter’s Training (Ages 11 and up)

This course is designed to provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. Youth will learn skills in four core areas: leadership and professionalism,safety, basic care for infants and children and first aid. Babysitter’s Handbook is included with the fee. Please bring a nut free bag lunch and a beverage. Instructor: Deb Gutzman Central Square Community Center 9 am-2:30 pm 1 session - $70 #4202-F17A Thursday, Oct. 19 #4202-F17B Saturday, Dec. 2

IGH Middle School 9 am-3 pm 1 session - $80 #3204-F17 Friday, Dec. 1

Safekids 101-Preparing Kids to Stay Safe at Home or in the Community (Ages 10 and up)

Safe Kids 101 helps kids with the next step in independence and helps parents rest in the knowledge that this course will help their child stay safe at home and in the community. Topics Include: Responsibilities when staying home alone, how to decide whether to answer the door, simple first aid and identifying fire safety rules. Understanding safety in unfamiliar scenarios: around guns, online safety and near aggressive dogs. Knowing the truth about abuse, abduction and stranger danger. Instructor: Deb Gutzman 9-11:30 am 1 session - $30 #4203-F17A Friday, Oct. 20 #4203-F17B Saturday, Nov. 18 Central Square Community Center

Yoga (Grades 6-8)

Strengthen and lengthen your muscles in a casual relaxing environment after school! Please bring a yoga mat or towel and water. Members of the Grove enjoy a $10 discount. Instructor: Jenna Staloch, Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation Tuesdays, Oct.24-Nov. 28 3-4 pm #3810-F17 8 sessions - $39/49 IGH Middle School

Zumba (Grades 6-8)

Get your groove on with the Grove after school. Zumba is a combination of Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, and other fun Latin dances infused with Hip-Hop. Please wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothing, bring water. Members of the Grove enjoy a $10 discount. Instructor: Kiyomi Helland, Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation IGH Middle School Wednesdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 29 #3811-F17

3-4 pm 8 sessions - $39/$49 SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



PERFORMING ARTS Creative Dance (Ages 3-5)

Mommy and Me (18 mos. – 2 yrs.)

Tuesdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 7 (No Class Oct. 31) #3718-F17A

Tuesdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 7 (No Class Oct 31) #3716-F17A

A combination of Jazz, Tap, Ballet and creative movement. This class will work on basic locomotor skills while sometimes utilizing fun props. Instructor: Short Dance Studio

Tuesdays, Sept. 26-Nov. 7 (No Class Oct. 31) #3718-F17A Short Dance Studio

4:15-4:45 pm 6 sessions - $55 2:30-3 pm 6 sessions - $55

Parents have fun creating wonderful memories with your little one. Help them learn to be in the classroom while learning creative dance skills. Instructor: Short Dance Studio

8:30-9 am 6 sessions - $55

Wednesdays, Sept. 27-Nov. 1 (No Class Oct 31) 8:30-9 am #3716-F17A 6 sessions - $55 Short Dance Studio

Private Guitar Lessons (8 years and older)

One-on one weekly half hour guitar lessons.(electric or acoustic accepted) Suitable for students of any level. Content of class is geared to each student's goals and interest. Students must bring their own instrument. Make-up lessons for missed lessons are to be arranged with the instructor. Instructor: Drew Druckrey Thirty minute individual lesson times begin at 4pm. To schedule a lesson time please call 651.306.3631 On-line registration is not available. Thursdays, Sept 28-Nov 30 (no lesson on Oct 19 and Nov 23) #4708-F17 8 sessions - $130 (Thirty minute lessons) Kaposia Education Center

Stink Band! (Grades 7-12)

This course is designed for students who already play an instrument and would like to learn a SECONDARY wind instrument. Students would need to provide their secondary instrument (purchase reeds, if applicable) and Essential Elements Book 1. The exception would be school band instruments- Tuba, Baritone and French Horn. It is recommended that the students choice of secondary instrument be in the same family of their current instrument i.e., woodwind or brass, allowing the class to move at a faster pace. Instructor: Rufino Ochoada, Simley HS Band Director Thursdays, Sept. 14 - Nov. 16 (No Class Oct. 19) 2:40-3:45 pm #3710-F17 9 sessions - $80 Simley High School Band Room

Everyone CAN! (Grades 7-12)

Here is your chance to be part of a novelty percussion ensemble performing on items such as - Garbage Cans, Buckets, Brooms, Chairs, Wooden Poles, etc. This is a course designed for non-percussion band students or young percussion students. Students will learn basic skills, techniques, rhythms and sticking patterns that are part of percussion vocabulary. Emphasis will be placed on rhythmic timing, sticking, and visual choreography. Students will need to purchase sticks ($10.50) *It is recommended that students can read basic/intermediate rhythms. Instructor: Rufino Ochoada, Simley HS Band Director Wednesdays, Sept. 13 - Nov. 16 (No Class Oct. 18) 2:40-3:45 pm #3711-F17 9 sessions - $80 Simley High School Band Room




A.C.T. (Awesome Children’s Theatre) Presents: Beauty and the Beast (Grades 3-8)

Beauty is misunderstood by all the villagers in this non-musical version of the classic. She longs to escape her hum-drum life – until that’s exactly what she gets. In an attempt to save her father, she ends up locked in a castle and must ultimately befriend the Beast to save both their lives. Directed by Cassidy Hall. Monday-Friday, Sept 18-Oct 4 6:15-8:15 pm #4724-F17 15 sessions - $100 Performances on Oct. 5 & 6 at 7 pm Tickets available after Sept 21 $4 in advance at the Community Education office 517 Marie Ave. SSP (8am-3pm M-F) $5 at the door on performance nights Kaposia Education Center

A.C.T. (Awesome Children’s Theatre) Presents “A Snow White Christmas”

The familiar story of Snow White comes alive in an enchanting new way – it’s Christmas time, and suddenly there’s much more at stake than ever before as Snow White is tempted by a delicious red apple that could change the course of the season. Join the forest animals and elves as they assist Snow White in defeating the Evil Queen and saving this special time of year! Directed by Cassidy Hall Rehearsals Monday-Friday, Nov. 27-Dec. 13; 6-8 pm Saturday, Dec. 9; 10 am-4 pm #3702-F17 $100 Performances Thursday, Dec. 14 & Friday, Dec. 15; 7 pm Simley High School Performing Arts Center 2920 80t St. E. Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 Tickets available after Dec. 1 $4 in advance at the District Office, 2990 80th St. E., IGH (8 am-4 pm, M-F) $5 at the door on performance nights

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Simley Theatre Presents: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Shakespeare’s classic comedy, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," full of lovers, bumbling would-be actors, and fantastical fairies, comes to life at Simley Theatre this fall, open to students grades 6 - 12. Featuring dramatic choreography and a magical forest setting outside of Athens, the richness of Shakespeare’s language as well as some of his most memorable characters promise both the passion of youth as well as the slapstick shenanigans of Bottom and his friends; and of course the prankster antics of Puck, Titania, and Oberon. Auditions: Wednesday, Sept. 6 and Thursday, Sept. 7 at 2:45-5 pm Performances Senior Citizen/Staff Preview Wed. November 8, 3:30 pm General Public Performances Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 pm Friday, Nov. 10, 7 pm Saturday, Nov. 11, 7 pm Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 pm SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017



SPORTS & REC CheerAmerica (Grades K-7)

Cheer America is an exciting cheerleading and dance program. Students learn popular cheers, chants, jumps, leaps, choreographed pom pom/ dance routines, parade marching techniques and other skills involved in performances, competitions and school cheerleading team tryouts. The program also promotes improved coordination and physical fitness, personal esteem and working as a cooperative team member with other children on the cheerleading squad. Please call Jeff Wood at CheerAmerica for pricing on pom-poms and uniforms(optional) 952.997.7732 Instructor: CheerAmerica Ages 5-8 Tuesdays, Sept. 26-Dec. 19 6-6:45 pm (No class Oct. 17, 31, Nov. 17) 10 sessions - $71 #4800-F17A Kaposia Education Center

Ages 9-14 Tuesdays, Sept. 26-Dec. 19 7-7:45 pm (No class Oct. 17, 31, Nov. 7) 10 sessions - $71 #4800-F17B Kaposia Education Center

Kung Fu (Age 5 – Adult)

Learn the lifelong benefits of Kung Fu. Not just a punching, kicking, self-defense class, Kung Fu teaches awareness of self and surroundings and improves self-esteem and confidence. Join a FUN, progressive, full participation class that focuses on helping students develop leadership, discipline, concentration and coordination skills for a healthy mind and body. Improve your strength, flexibility and endurance. Parents: Don’t just sit at the sideline. Sign up and participate with your child in class. This is a skill building progressive training program for beginners through Black Belt. Optional uniform and certification from White to Black Belt are available. Instructor: National Treasure Kung Fu,Inc. Beginner - White Belt Mondays, Oct. 2-Nov. 27 6:15-7 pm (No class Oct. 16, Nov. 20) 7 sessions - $81 #4802-F17A Lincoln Center Elementary

Vertical Endeavors (Ages 6-12)

Yellow - Black Belt Mondays, Oct. 2-Nov. 27 7-7:45 pm (No class Oct. 16, Nov. 20) 7 sessions - $81 #4802-F17A Lincoln Center Elementary

These half day camps offer kids the opportunity to learn proper climbing techniques in a controlled setting that is fun, safe and exciting! Activities may include top rope climbing, knot tying, rappelling and climbing games. Your child will leave camp with a renewed sense of self-reliance and accomplishment, as well as a deeper sense of respect for the rock climbing community. Please bring snack/lunch/beverage and water to the camp. *All participants need a signed waiver by a parent or a court-assigned legal guardian Instructor: Vertical Endeavors 855 Phalen Boulevard, St.Paul Registration deadline: Oct. 3 Thursday, Oct 19 #4804-F17A

9 am-1 pm 1 session - $55

Friday, Oct 20 #4804-F17B

9 am-1 pm 1 session - $55


Inver Grove Heights Schools Referendum District residents will vote on two questions: one that increases the operating levy and another that creates a capital projects levy.

If both are approved, students will have more vocational and technical opportunities and expanded college prep courses, keeping the district more competitive with its better funded neighbors.

More Information: Prepared and paid for by Independent School District No.199 (Inver Grove Heights Schools), 2990 80th Street East, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076.

All infor InverGrove! VOTE Nov. 7

>Career-Focused. >College-Ready. >Competitive.

South St. Paul Public Schools Minnesota’s First K-12 IB World Schools District

• 2-Year AA Degree Program in partnership with Inver Hills Community College

• Internationally Focused Programming PreK-12 • 1:1 Mobile Devices for Students in Grades 6-12 • All Day Preschool & Childcare Options

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Do you want to maximize your child's opportunity to: • • • • • • •

learn in a technology-driven environment build relationships within a diverse learning community develop the necessary skills to become a lifelong learner study a strong and stimulating curriculum explore the district's gifted and talented program excel towards his or her highest potential achieve success in a diverse society?

Enroll your child in the Inver Grove Heights Schools today!

651-306-7800 • • •

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Schools School District 197

Our highly-qualified, caring teachers: • Personalize each student’s education • Enhance curriculum with the latest technology tools and resources

• Challenge students to be creative problemsolvers and criticial thinkers

• Prepare graduates to be successful in an interconnected world . 651.403.7000

TriDistrict FALL Famil y Programs

Serving those in the Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights-Eagan School district!

View pages 2 & 3 for Family Programs available in your area! Here are a few suggestions: Boo Bash - A Halloween Movie Night Join us for a little "Hocus Pocus" while wearing your creative costumes. We'll have a costume contest with prizes for the top three fan favorites. View page 3 for more information

Skeletons in the Closet - In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre This bilingual (Spanish and English) puppet show is a tender story of children who are remembering their grandparents who have passed away. The story is a celebration of love and the cycle of life. Preregistration is not required but greatly appreciated. View page 3 for more information

Marvel Universe Live!: Age of Heroes

Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family, LIVE! View page 3 for more information

Check out our Online Learning Options! We’ve got classes in technology, languages, writing, business and more! These classes are taught online by instructors with Ed2Go. Register at Online Classes start monthly and include: • Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2010 • Introduction to InDesign CS6 • Introduction to Photoshop CS6 • Effective Business Writing • Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 • Introduction to Illustrator CS6 • Beginning Writer’s Workshop • Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera • Speed Spanish • Instant Italian • Discover Sign Language • Luscious, Low-Fat, Lighting-Quick Meals and many many more!

Our students, our schools, our community The South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) are committed to making decisions that strengthen our schools, our students and our staff. Our vision is to prepare each and every student for their next step.

But did you know: • SSPPS currently receives $450 less in per-student voter-approved funding than the average of all Dakota County school districts? • Our local education funding is among the lowest in the county. To help provide the learning environment our students deserve, residents will vote on two school funding requests on Tuesday, November 7.

Learn more:

Question 1 is a request to increase

Question 2 is a no-tax increase request

• help the district retain quality teaching staff • fund programs to help students who struggle academically

• help fund technology for teaching and learning • give students exposure and access to technology tools

the district’s operating levy to:

to renew the district’s technology levy to:



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Early Childhood Screening SSP - 651-306-3623 IGH - 651-306-7520

MS IGH Middle School 8167 Cahill Ave SH

Salem Hills Elementary School 5899 Babcock Trail E


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SSP High School - Park in east lot off of Sixth Avenue. Enter the main door. Lincoln Center - Park in Fourth Street parking lot. Enter door 4. Simley High School - Park in front lot of the school. Enter main doors facing 80th Street. IGH Middle School - Enter off of Cahill Avenue, and park in the east lot. Enter the doors facing east.

Facility Use

Community members and organizations are invited to apply to use district facilities in accordance with the Community Use Policy adopted by each School Board.

Youth Programs SSP - 651-306-3631 IGH - 651-306-7870

IGH: Go to You may also call 651-306-7870 or stop by the facility scheduler’s office at 2990 80th Street E., Inver Grove Heights. Permits must be completed online or printed, completed and submitted to the scheduler at the address above.

School-Age Care

SSP: Go to You may also call 651-306-3632 or stop by the facility scheduler’s office at 517 Marie Avenue in South St Paul. Permits must be completed online or printed, completed and submitted to the scheduler at the address above.

SSP - 651-306-3631 IGH - 651-306-7502

Facility Scheduling SSP - 651-306-3632 IGH - 651-306-7870

WSP-MH-Eagan: Go to You may also call 651-403-8313 or stop by the facility scheduler’s office at 1897 Delaware Ave in Mendota Heights. Complete the form and return it with the $20 application fee to Community Education at 1897 Delaware Ave., MH



West St Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Facilities 1. Community Education Office (District Office) Henry Sibley High School 1897 Delaware Ave Mendota Heights

8. Somerset Elementary School 1355 Dodd Road, Mendota Heights

2. Friendly Hills Middle School 701 Mendota Heights Road Mendota Heights

10. Early Learning & Family Resource Center 1970 Christensen Ave, West St Paul

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5. Mendota Elementary School 1979 Summit Lane, Mendota Heights

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4. Garlough Environmental Magnet School 1740 Charlton Street, West St Paul

7. Pilot Knob Elementary School 1436 Lone Oak Road, Eagan

West St.Paul Mendota Heights Eagan

9. Thompson Park Activity Center 1200 Stassen Lane, West St Paul

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) 651-403-8353



651-403-8353 Yankee Doodle Rd.

School Readiness 651-403-8353

Community Resources

360 Communities (Formerly the CAC) 952-985-5300 Central Square Community Center 651-366-6206 Child Care Resource & Referral 952-985-4045 Community Action Programs (CAP) 651-322-3500 Crisis Nursery Program 651-641-1300 Dakota County Childcare Assistance 651-554-5790 Dakota County Community Development 651-675-4400 Dakota County Employment/ Economic Assist 651-554-5611 Dakota County Public Health 651-554-6100 DARTS 651-455-1560 Eagan Parks and Recreation 651-675-5500 First Call For Help 651-291-0211 First Call Minnesota 800-543-7709 Head Start (CAP Agency) 651-322-3500 Hearing Impaired Voice/TTY 711

Early Childhood Screening Inver Glen Library Inver Grove Heights Parks and Rec Mendota Heights Parks and Recreation Metro Transit Mothers and Children (MAC) Nutrition National Association on Mental Illness Neighbor’s, Inc South St Paul HRA South St Paul Parks and Recreation South St Paul Public Library United Way First Call for Help Veterans Memorial Community Center Voting Info (MN Secretary of State) WeSt St Paul Parks and Recreation Wentworth Library

651-554-6840 651-450-2585 651-452-1850 612-373-3333 651-484-8421 651-645-2948 651-455-1508 651-554-3270 651-366-6200 651-554-3240 612-340-7400 651-450-2480 651-215-1440 651-552-4150 651-554-6800


Youth Programs 651-403-8313



School-Age Care 651-403-8054

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Life Long Learning

Fee Assistance

Community Education is committed to serving the residents of our community through affordable learning and enrichment classes. Call Community Education for information.

Tobacco-Free Environment

Community Education supports the growing national movement toward a tobacco-free environment. Use of tobacco products in school buildings and on district grounds is prohibited.

Need more information?

See page 52 and 53 for building locations and program contact information. Give us a call. We're happy to assist you!

Adult Programs are open to everyone age 15 and older unless otherwise noted.

Register Now

Registration begins when you receive your catalog and remains open until each class is filled or cancelled. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to register early!

Assume you are in!

You will only hear from us in the event of a class change, cancellation or if the class is full


Requests for a refund by individuals who need to cancel must be received by our office seven days prior to the first class session. A $10 service charge may be added if you must cancel a class. No refunds are issued after the first class session.

Class & Activity Cancellation

Weather Cancellations

Classes may be cancelled due to inclement weather or for other unavoidable reasons. These sessions are made up whenever possible. Cancellations due to severe weather are announced on WCCO Radio (830 on the AM dial), Channel 4 (WCCO), Channel 5 (KSTP) and Channel 11 (KARE). You will be contacted by Community Education.

Photograph Use Policy

Photographs, videos and other documentation taken at school or Community Education activities may be submitted to newspapers, used on district web sites, social media sites or appear in publications. Written requests not to publish photos of specific students will be honored.

If there is insufficient enrollment for a program, you will be notified by phone or e-mail and you will receive a full refund. Please include a phone number on your registration form where you can be contacted during the day. Community Education assumes no responsibility for reaching registrants who do not provide a daytime phone number. 54 SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017


UCare members may be eligible for a $15 discount on most classes in this catalog. If a class is less than $15, the member may take the class free of charge. UCare for Senior members are limited to one $15 discount per calendar year. Members must be on UCare at the time of registration and through the duration of the class(es). Members need to include their UCare ID number when registering and must register by phone or mail. For more information, call 612-676-3351.

Income Tax Deduction and Credit for Education Related Expenses

The MN deduction allows parents to subtract from their taxable income up to $2,500 for qualifying expenses on behalf of each child in grades seven to 12 and up to $1,625 for each child in grades kindergarten to six. The list of qualifying expenses includes all Community Education classes, tutoring, academic summer school and camps and up to $200 of the cost of a computer or education-related software.


Register Online

This secure site is available 24/7 and accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover

Community Education Registration

By Phone

Formulario de Registro de Educación Comunitaria

Full Name:____________________________________________ Grade (If applicable): ________ Nombre Completo

Grado (si aplica)

Address:_ ______________________________________________________________________ Dirección

City:_____________________________________________ Zip:__________________________ Código postal


Phone:_________________________________ W Phone: _______________________________ Teléfono de casa

Teléfono de trabajo

Email: ______________________________ Member ID : ______________________ Número de identificación del miembro

Correo electrónico

Please list any concerns that the instructor should be aware of:_ __________________________ Por favor anote cualquier preocupación que el instructor debe saber

______________________________________________________________________________ If you currently have a spouse on active duty in the military please call to register to receive 15% off your class. Si actualmente tiene un cónyuge en servicio activo en el ejército por favor llame para registrarse y recibir 15% de descuento en su clase.

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IGH: 651-306-7870 SSP: 651-306-3631 WSP-MH-Eagan: 651-403-8313

-- In Person

7:30 am-3 pm, Mon.-Fri. Visit us at the addresses listed on page 52-53

By Mail SSP and IGH

Community Education District Admin. Offices 2990 80th St E Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

WSP, MH and Eagan Voluntary Questions: Collecting this information helps us provide programs/services that meet the needs of our entire community. Preguntas voluntarias: La información recaudada nos ayuda a proporcionar programas/servicios que satifacen las necesidades de toda nuestra comunidad.

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Community Education District Admin. Offices 1897 Delaware Ave Mendota Hts, MN 55118

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If you are in need of another registration form, visit website at Click on About Us and then Registration. If you do not have access to the internet please stop in our office or call to register. Entre a la página busque espanól, haga click en "sobre nosotros" y después en "registro". Si usted no tiene acceso a internet, por favor visítenos en nuestra oficina o Ilámenos y pida hablar en español. SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER 2017


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UPCOMING DATES Would you like to save money on your grocery bills this month? Fare For All is a smart way to save up to 50% off fresh fruits, vegetables, and frozen meats. We pass on our bulk savings to anyone who wants to stretch their food budget. OPEN TO EVERYONE! • Fare For All is community supported. The more people who participate, the more saving passed on to customers. • There is no need to register in advance. • Fare For All accepts cash, credit, debit and EBT cards. • Come between 4-6 p.m. to participate.

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Produce Pack $10 – Often contains potatoes, onions, along with additional varieties of fresh fruit and vegetables. Mini Meat Pack $11 – (Formerly known as the Meat Only) Includes a variety of 3-4 frozen meat items such as: turkey, beef, chicken or fish. This pack is often pork free. Combo Pack $20 – (Formerly known as Regular Pack) Save an extra $1 by combining the Produce Pack and the Mini Meat Pack. Mega Meat Pack $25 – Includes a variety of 7-8 Frozen meat items such as: beef, chicken, fish, pork or turkey

Central Square Community Center 100 7th Ave. North, South St. Paul Tuesdays 4 - 6 p.m. For more information visit or call 763-450-3880 or 1-800-582-4291.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION ADVISORY COUNCIL Adiani, PK (Prakesh) Arnold, Marjorie Bauer, Andrea Beaves, Carol Bennett, Marcia Blomquist-Dege, Bailey Bjorklund, Patricia Campbell, Dylan Coyne, Kristin Grathen, Lisa Lucca, Diana

Hernandez, Alberto Salgado Lowe, Katie, YMCA Mandell, Paul Pierce, Barb Schilman, Janell Schwab, Byron Taurinskas, Jill Wilson, Murray Tresselt, Shirley Zehnder, Jeanne

The combined Community Education Advisory Council for South St. Paul Public Schools, Inver Grove Heights Community Schools and West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools promotes the philosophy and concept of Community Education. Members represent citizens, School District employees and municipal representatives who advise Community Education staff members in the planning, implementation and evaluation of departmental activities and programs. The council meets at 4:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of September, October, November, January, March and May. The meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in joining the Community Education Advisory Council, please download an application at or call 651-306-7870.

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2017 TriDistrict Fall Adult Catalog  
2017 TriDistrict Fall Adult Catalog