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  • Downsizing in the Current Housing Market

    Have you been thinking that now might be the time to downsize but aren’t sure where to start, how to do it, or what your options are? Bonus-all attendees receive the Downsizing Made Easy guide PDF - A $24.95 value. Access to preferred service providers and discount coupons provided to all attendees as well as a no cost home evaluation for those who want to know the value of their home and recommended suggestions to make more sellable. Instructor: John Mazzara
  • Fostering? Is This For you...

    NEW! Do you live in Sherburne County and have an interest in learning more about Foster Parenting? We would love to have you join our Information Meeting where we will present information on the Licensing process, helpful information and be able to answer questions you may have. We will also have a currently licensed and experienced Foster Provider at the meeting to be able to provide direct information about what it entails to be a Foster Parent. Instructor:Chelsea Doherty Tues. | Feb 28 | 6-7:30 pm The HUB 11952 Hancock St SE, Becker, MN Course 243W | FREE: Must Register - Please provide email and contact information when registering.
  • Guided Autobiography

    NEW! Write the Story of your Life...two pages at a time! Have you ever been meaning to write down some of your life story and experiences, but can never quite find the time? Or perhaps the thought of it is far too overwhelming. Designed to assist individuals recall, organize and share the contents of their life experiences, these classes will help evoke memories through a variety of life themes such as 'family work/career, health, spirituality'. Participants will write and share their life stories with one another in a small group setting, finding new meaning in their life and putting past significant life events in perspective. It is also an ideal way to pass along valuable lessons, stories and history to your family/friends and future generations. No writing experience is necessary. Instructor: Bill Marsella Your Facilitator: Bill Marsella has a passion for helping people share their life stories so they know their lives have made a difference and will be remembered. Bill's own life of service has made a difference in the world. After earning a Masters Degree in social work, Bill applied his love of people and his gift for storytelling to two long careers in the Army Reserve Medical Corps helping soldiers manage extreme stress on the battlefield, and as a professional fundraiser inspiring thousands of donors to give to causes and charities they care about in the community. Bill is a trained Legacy Facilitator and has his certification in Guided Autobiography Instruction from the Birren Institute for Autobiographical Studies. Bill and his wife Cathy have 5 children, 14 grandchildren and live in Monticello Mn.. Bill has taught numerous GAB classes in the area that have been well received by students who have taken the class:"The Guided Autobiography class more than met my expectations! Bill Marsella is a warm and enthusiastic instructor, using both humor and personal life experiences to engage his students...I really wish the class could have been longer...""I started a memoir in January 2021 but got stalled. I need motivation and some new ideas and certainly got them in this class. As a bonus I gained some new friends!" What Students are saying about their GAB Experience!! “My mother-in-law kept journals for years and how we cherish her written words. We have talked for years about writing our life stories but didn’t know where to start. This class made it easy-our facilitator Bill was amazing-such great ideas, and so encouraging! Don’t wait! Take his class. We don’t know how much time we have left..” “I have always wanted to write my family stories. This class helped me to remember and organize them. It gave me a window into other people’s lives, customs, and traditions” “The Guided Autobiography class MORE than met my expectations! Bill Marsella is a warm and enthusiastic instructor, using both humor and personal life experiences to engage his students…I really wish the class could have been longer!” “I started a memoir in January of 2021 but got stalled. I needed motivation and some new ideas and certainly got them in this class. As a bonus I gained some new friends!” “Although I have only known Bill Marsella for a couple of short months, he has influenced my life significantly. I have for a long time wanted to write about my life for my family and he has given me an avenue to do so. I hope this Guided Autobiography Program continues because I am certain there are many like me who can use his help” “This has been an amazing class. I feel like I have a great start in telling my life story.I have enjoyed writing my life story and have enjoyed sharing it with friends and family. I would highly recommend it–We all have a story to share!”
  • Hatha & Vinyasa Beginner Gentle Yoga

    NEW! This beginner Hatha & Vinyasa class is a gentle yoga class focusing on flowing from pose to pose and linking the movement with the breath. The instructor will offer a variety of modifications to encourage participation of everyone. We’ll do sitting, standing, and inverted postures, along with suggested variations for more intermediate students. Class participants should wear comfortable workout attire along with yoga grip socks (or barefoot). One will need a yoga mat and yoga block (optional). Instuctor: Joelyn Barrett
  • Hawaii Islands

    NEW! Hawaii 3 Island Adventure Ever wanted to tour Hawaii but unsure of how to? Join us as we partner with Premier World Travel and leave the details to them! Fly into Honolulu and spend 3 days touring. Day 4 you'll fly to Hilo on the Island of Hawaii (The Big Island). So many things to do! Day 6 fly Kona to Maui- Lahaina where you'll view spectacular waterfalls and tour many majestic areas of Maui. Days 7-8 Maui touring and leisure. Accommodations, meals, admissions, professional tour director and motor-coach transportation + more is provided. Further details located in the Community Office. Trip Travel Details: Tues-Wed, Feb 21-Mar 18 Nights/9 Days $5,345 per person/double occupancy
  • Healthy Weight Management/A Better You

    Do you want to become a healthier you? If so, this is the class that can launch this for YOU! We will delve into many components of health that can help you manage your weight, lose your weight, give you energy and talk about the things you need to work on. This is a GREAT time to start working on YOU - right after the holidays. I have done it myself - losing 138 pounds. Instructor: Charlene Bzdok
  • Heartsaver CPR & AED Community Class

    This Heartsaver CPR & AED class, in collaboration with Big Lake Community Education is designed for community members, child care providers, businesses, etc. This 4-hour class teaches one how to recognize the signs of cardiac arrest or other emergencies, and how to respond quickly and effectively. This American Heart Association class teaches CPR and Airway Obstruction, as well as the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for adults, children and infants. Save a life! Effective CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival. Easy to learn, easy to retain  Adult and Infant/Child CPR certification in one class, not two  Re-certification every two years instead of one with American Heart Association certification  Training based on the latest scientific research  Dynamic classes with time for hands-on practice. Upon class completion - community participants will receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver for Adult, Infant and Child, CPR and AED certification which is valid for two years. Instructor: Joelyn Rumpca-Barrett
  • How to Win with Investment Properties

    Ever considered becoming a landlord or investing in real estate but needed more information? Learn about opportunities in today’s Twin Cities marketplace, how to analyze a property, tax considerations, and things to put in a lease. We review all aspects of becoming a landlord from buying, selling, and renting. Instructor: John Mazzara
  • Iceland Explorer

    NEW! June 7, Overnight you will fly into Reykjavik, Iceland. Day 2 you will enjoy a panoramic Reykjavik City Tour and visit Iceland’s National Museum. Day 3 is the Golden Circle Tour which encompasses many of Iceland’s famous landmarks. Explore Reykjavick on your own and spot some whales. Next in line; South Coast Tour, Bessastadir, Keflavik and the Blue Lagoon. Grab a brochure in our office for complete details. Trip Travel Details: Tues-Wed, June 7-13 5 Nights/7 Days $4,499 per person/double occupancy
  • Instant Piano for Busy People Ages 13+

    In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. Learn to play piano the way professionals do-using chords. Since this class is being held online with ZOOM, you will be able to sit at your piano or keyboard at home and take this course with no pressure at all. Since this course includes an online book and online follow-up video lessons, you will be able to continue your practice and study on your own. An optional periodic online question and answer session is also included. A recording of the class is included as well. This course if partly lecture/demonstration and partly hands on instruction. Materials fees are included in this class. Instructor: Craig Coffman Topics include: How chords work in a song | How to get more out of sheet music by reading less of it | How to form the three main types of chords | How to handle different keys and time signatures | How to avoid "counting" | How to simplify over 12,000 complex chords
  • Introduction to Senior Housing

    NEW! Explore alternatives to single family living from cooperatives, subsidized apartments, market rate independent rentals, and housing complexes that offer a continuum of care ranging from independent living to assisted living. Come with your questions to decide what will work best for you and what are your next steps? Instructor, John Mazzara
  • Irish History Tour of St. Paul, O'Malley's Pub, Sweet Chocolat Shop

    Irish History Tour of St. Paul, O'Malley's Pub, Sweet Chocolat Shop Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | $99 | Class Code #239W4 ITINERARY: 9:30 a.m. Leave Eastview Elementary, 9375 Fenning Ave. No., Monticello. Load in parking lot. 9:45 a.m. St Michael Elementary - 101 Central Ave W, St Michael 55376 - Pick up in the parking lot on the front of the building. 10:45 a.m. A costumed tour guide will board the motor coach for an informative riding tour around the city of St. Paul. You will learn about the most notorious figures of Irish descent in St. Paul. The Irish immigrants influenced the city’s architecture, politics, religion and more. The first Irish to settle were three soldiers from Ft. Snelling. They became the first settlers in the area of downtown Saint Paul. Helped by Archbishop John Ireland, thousands of Irish immigrated to St. Paul from Ireland. The Irish dominated local politics; from 1932 to 1972 nine out of ten Mayors of St. Paul were Irish. A large portion of the St. Paul Police Department has been Irish since the 1850’s. You will learn the answers to many questions regarding who really laid out the streets of St. Paul and if notorious figures in the community were of Irish descent. Irish played an integral part in the founding and the growth of the city of St. Paul. It is a fun and informative day in St. Paul. 12:45 p.m. Drop off your Irish Guide. 1:00 p.m. At O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Woodbury. Be seated in handcrafted booths. Most of the walls, floors, the fireplace, and the bar were also built by hand, in memory of Tim O’Malley, by family friends and neighbors. Choose at sign up: 1. Homemade Shepherd's Pie - Diced choice sirloin and vegetables in savory gravy, topped with homemade spuds and fresh parmesan cheese. Baked until golden brown. 2. Fish & Chips - Hand-battered cod in our own Harp beer batter. Served with “chips,” tartar and coleslaw. Order a N/A beverage 2:30 p.m. Leave O’Malley’s Irish Pub. 3:00 p.m. Stop at Sweet Chocolat in Arden Hills to purchase some special candies. 3:30 p.m. Leave Arden Hills. 4:15 p.m. Estimated return time to St. Michael. 4:30 p.m. Estimated return time to Monticello. Registration Deadline: Monday, March 20th, 2023
  • Jay Grammond's - A "Cure" for Cabin Fever

    Are you feeling like you have had enough of Winter? Can’t wait to get out of the house? Join Professional Photographer, Jay Grammond as he leads us on a photographic journey of possibilities that will get you out of the house and into your own yard, or local park this Spring and Summer. You will learn to see and compose creatively; how to create or look for great backgrounds; what subjects to focus on; and helpful Apps and Resources that could help you create your best images yet!
  • Jay Grammond's - A Road Trip Around Minnesota Veteran Memorials

    Minnesota is home to a fantastic variety of Veteran Memorials. Everything from street names; to granite monuments, to statues, and other ways to honor our Veterans. Join our instructor as he guides us around the state to see some of these memorials that he has discovered through his travels. Why not make a road trip plan to go see some of these? Zoom Link will be sent 1 week in advance of class. Instructor: Jay Grammond.
  • Jay Grammond's - A Tour of Minnesota Barns & Barn Quilts

    Minnesota is filled with countless numbers of Barns, most from a bygone era. However, there are still a bunch in operation as well. Professional Photographer and Amateur Historian, Jay Grammond has traveled the state capturing images of barns of all shapes, sizes, and conditions. There is just something about a barn! There are some areas of the State where the barns are adorned with something called a Barn Quilt. Barn Quilts are pieces of art on the side of a barn, shed, or house that usually tell some sort of story. These places are all visible from the roadways, so once you know about them, you can go check them out!
  • Jay Grammond's - A Tour of Minnesota Barns & Barn Quilts

    Minnesota is filled with countless numbers of Barns, most from a bygone era. However, there are still a bunch in operation as well. Professional Photographer and Amateur Historian, Jay Grammond has traveled the state capturing images of barns of all shapes, sizes, and conditions. There is just something about a barn! There are some areas of the State where the barns are adorned with something called a Barn Quilt. Barn Quilts are pieces of art on the side of a barn, shed, or house that usually tell some sort of story. These places are all visible from the roadways, so once you know about them, you can go check them out!
  • Jay Grammond's - Barn Quilt Trails

    Minnesota is fortunate to have several Barn Quilt Trails. Pieces of art that adorn the side of barns and buildings throughout the state are set up to not only pay homage to heritage or interests; but to bring people into an area. Jay will lead you around the state to give you a sampling of what is out there in hopes that you will make your own road trip! Zoom links will be sent out one week in advance of this presentation. Instructor: Jay Grammond
  • Jay Grammond's - Barn Quilt Trails

    Minnesota is fortunate to have several Barn Quilt Trails. Pieces of art that adorn the side of barns and buildings throughout the state are set up to not only pay homage to heritage or interests; but to bring people into an area. Instructor Jay Grammond will lead you around the state to give you a sampling of what is out there in hopes that you will make your own road trip! Zoom Link will be sent 1 week in advance of class.
  • Jay Grammond's - Cabin Fever Cure

    Are you feeling like you have had enough of Winter? Can’t wait to get out of the house? Join Professional Photographer, Jay Grammond, as he leads us on a photographic journey of possibilities that will get you out of the house and into your own yard, or local park this Spring and Summer. You will learn to see and compose creatively; how to create or look for great backgrounds; what subjects to focus on; and helpful Apps and Resources that could help you create your best images yet! 1-hr Live Zoom Class links will be sent out one week in advance. Please provide current contact information. Instructor: Jay Grammond
  • Jay Grammond's - Fading Ads of the Twin Cities

    Do you remember seeing those old painted ads on the sides of buildings for Coca-Cola, Grain Belt Beer, grocery stores, warehouses, etc. Our instructor, Jay Grammond has been drawn to Fading Ads, or “Ghost Signs” for quite some time. In the Summer of 2020, that interest became so much more when he signed a book deal to publish a book about the topic. Join Jay as he takes you on a virtual walk around the Twin Cities to view this sort of “Art Gallery” that surrounds us. You will also learn a bit about the history of some of these companies that date back into the 1800’s. Zoom Link will be emailed 1 week in advance of class date.
  • Jay Grammond's - Fading Ads of the Twin Cities

    Do you remember seeing those old painted ads on the sides of buildings for Coca-Cola, Grain Belt Beer, grocery stores, warehouses, etc. Our instructor, Jay Grammond has been drawn to Fading Ads, or “Ghost Signs” for quite some time. In the Summer of 2020, that interest became so much more when he signed a book deal to publish a book about the topic. Join Jay as he takes you on a virtual walk around the Twin Cities to view this sort of “Art Gallery” that surrounds us. You will also learn a bit about the history of some of these companies that date back into the 1800’s.
  • Jay Grammond's - Minnesota Lakes & Waterfalls

    Raise your hand if you are ready to take a day or weekend Road Trip around the State in the Spring! We could almost feel the breeze from all the hands shooting up! Join Professional Photographer, Jay Grammond as he takes you on a Virtual Road Trip around the state to learn about some of Minnesota’s largest in-land lakes; and fantastic Waterfalls - which were so vitally important to travel and trade in bygone days. In today’s world, these same waterways are vital to the State and local community economies; as well as to the citizens as a form of recreation and relaxation. After participating in this class, you should come away with the seeds of your own road trip ideas planted for one last Fall road trip.
  • Jay Grammond's - World War II Veteran Stories Part 1

    Members of the “Greatest Generation” are leaving us at an alarming rate. Photographer and Amateur Historian, Jay Grammond planned and facilitated a WWII History Series in Elk River for 13 years. In that time, he got to know numerous people that lived during that time in history. Holocaust, and Japanese-American Internment Camp Survivors; Homefront Workers; Allied POW’s; Veterans from all branches and Theaters, and in one case, even a German Soldier who fought the whole war on the Eastern Front! In this presentation, Jay is going to tell you about some of these people who participated in his History Series, and are sadly, no longer here. One Veteran even stated, “This will probably be my last time telling this story.” Don’t miss this unique insight into the lives of these amazing people.
  • June Gossler-Anderson's - History and Hauntings of the Emerald Isle

    Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while experiencing history with a paranormal twist on an armchair tour through Ireland. Ireland is famous for its “thin places,” a membrane or a thin layer between worlds that cross over each other. From pagen times to present, Ireland’s dark history has been recorded in its abbeys and churches, forts and castles, jails and graveyards by those who lived during those turbulent times and often perished because of them. Their ghosts are eyewitnesses to this history. Sometimes, they are the history. June Gossler Anderson has traveled from her hometown of Anoka, the Halloween Capital of the World, where ghosts abound (and she leads Ghost Tours) to Ireland, to check out their ghostly residents as well. In researching these haunted places, she has found the history that produced these earth-bound spirits to be as fascinating as the ghosts themselves. Instructor, June Gossler Anderson Zoom link will be emailed 2 days before class date - please provide current email and contact information when registering.