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  • 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
  • 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.
  • June Gossler-Anderson's - Holiday in Krakow Poland

    NEW! Join us for this presentation of the Old World. We will partake of the wonders of the medieval Market Square alive with Christmas and Santa Claus, and visit the open-air cloth market filled with wonderous gifts. We’ll view a 1,100 year- old church that has sunk up to the 2nd floor, and the Church of the Virgin Mary that was the scene of a deadly competition between two brothers as they vied to build the tallest tower. And no visit to Krakow would be complete without a visit to Wawel Castle where we will encounter the fire-breathing statue of Smok, the Polish dragon, that lived in a cave underneath the castle. As part of our Christmas adventure we will join a gala VIP event, attend a New Year’s Eve concert, and sample the cuisine in one of Krakow’s historic restaurants. And throughout our virtual armchair tour of a Krakow Christmas we will be exploring some of the history and legends that make up the rich tapestry of Polish culture. Instructor: June Gossler-Anderson, Anoka County Historical Society Zoom link will be emailed 2 days before class date - please provide current email and contact information when registering.
  • June Gossler-Anderson's - How to Publish Your Book Without Going Broke!

    So, you’ve written a book. Now what? Whether you’ve written the great American novel and want to share with the world; or your memoirs to pass on to family and friends - this class is for you. In the first session you will learn how to prepare your manuscript for publishing; the business of selling your books; and some tips on marketing and promotion. The second session will be a hands-on learning experience of preparing your manuscript and cover in Microsoft Word, setting up a Kindle Direct Publishing account, uploading your files and publishing your book on Amazon. Updated Guide book included. Instructors: Junes Gossler Anderson, has written and published a dozen books of her own and helped countless other people publish theirs as well. Todd Anderson has over 30 years experience in the book printing industry. Now retired, he has helped dozens of people publish their books.
  • June Gossler-Anderson's - Minnesota Medal of Honor Recipients

    NEW! What better way to celebrate this national holiday than with the stories of our nation’s heroes. The biographies of the 72 Minnesota men who have been awarded this honor were written and researched by members of the Daughters of the American Revolution in chapters throughout the state. Presenter, June Gossler Anderson, Anoka County Historical Society, was one the 27 DAR women participating in this project. During her hour long presentation honoring the heroes, you will meet the 14 year old orphan who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Civil War battle; the schoolmaster who took his students to war, dooming their hometown to oblivion; the Commander of the USS Arizona who went down with his ship at Pearl Harbor; Hungarian Freedom Fighter who signed up to fight Commies in Vietnam; and a host of other brave men who fought and died for their country. Zoom link will be emailed 2 days before class date - please provide current email and contact information when registering.
  • Line Dance: Mamma Mia

    ABBA’s classic song just invites you to move your feet and sing along! So grab some friends and enjoy an hour of fun that will have you dancing the night away! No partner needed. Instructor, Monica Mohn
  • Medicare 101 Zoom Presentation by Minnesota Senior LinkAge

    Medicare is a federal health insurance program that covers millions of older adults and people with disabilities and is available for people age 65 and older. Understanding Medicare can sometimes be complicated and overwhelming. Join us for any of Minnesota's Senior LinkAge’s FREE Medicare presentations. Call to register for one or more of these informational presentations and view them right from your home. Call Senior LinkAge at 1-800-333-2433 to register and provide email and contact information. Direct link to preview and see what these plans are all about. It's never too early to start gathering information at: https://mn.gov/senior-linkage-line/older-adults/medicare/ Contact Minnesota Senior LinkAge for zoom presentation dates. Once registered, they will email you the zoom link to view this presentation.
  • Moving Mom & Dad - 5 Common Mistakes Children of Aging Parents Make & How to Avoid Them!

    Many baby boomers today are facing the tough decision of finding appropriate housing options for their parents. Moving mom and dad is often a challenge, especially when mom and dad are reluctant to address the issue. In this class we will discuss and give an overview of the housing market in general for those considering buying or selling a home. We also proved a guide called Moving Mom & Dad, a $24.95 value. The guide covers the five common mistakes children of aging parents make and how to avoid them. The guide also includes the following topics: Conversation starters for discussing late-life housing choices with aging parents, Solutions for remodeling homes designed for aging-in-place, Descriptions for common senior living options and 55+ communities, Key questions to ask when researching assisted living and long-term care communities, Tips and criteria for hiring key service providers, Frequently Asked Questions and much more. 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 it more sellable. Instructor: John Mazzara
  • Mystery Quilting Adventure

    NEW! If you like quilting but hate to drag your machine to class, this is the “class” for you! This will be a mystery quilt - so you won’t know what the final project will look like until the last stitch has been made. Clues will find their way to your email or your US mail box (provide email or mailing address with your registration). Your choice. Follow the weekly directions in the clues in the privacy of your own home and by the end of 9 weeks (sometimes a little longer) you will have a completed quilt or quilt top. I will give you both my email address and phone # so you can reach me with any questions. We will end this class with a show and tell to be held in Montgomery in April, the date is still TBD. This is optional. Instructor: Karen Parsons Begins Jan 24, 2023 | Class code: 241W 9 Weeks, $35
  • NEW! Candle Making

    NEW! Candle Making Come one, come all! Join us for this exciting experience of candle-making! You will learn the basic ins and outs of poured candle-making, creating your own clean-burning soy wax candles, incorporating cotton wicks and fragrance oils. You’ll have the option to make either TWO (2) 4oz. candles or ONE (1) 8oz. candle to take home. All supplies will be provided, including jars. You will pick out your own scents and can name your own candle. The candle making itself will take 30 minutes, then take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to dry - this is a good time to mingle and grab food/drinks! Instructor, Marissa Powers
  • No Sew Bunny Gnomes

    NEW! Every home should have a holiday gnome, Here’s your chance to make one. Come join Alicia for a fun night of crafting, and socializing in a unique workshop. No sewing involved, all materials provided. Choose from either a male or female Bunny Gnome, just in time for Easter. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. Reserve your spot now. Instructor: Alicia Thesing-Coleman
  • Paint Your Barn Quilt ~ Stacked Star

    Barn Quilts are an original Appalachian art form. The first barn quilt originated in Ohio, and the quilt pattern was the Ohio Star. The initial idea was to brighten up the countryside as people were traveling in their vehicles. Soon, barn quilt trails were formed, and they can be found throughout the United States. Barn quilts are not just for barns, they can be displayed on out-buildings, garages and homes. The pattern for this class is a Stacked Star, with a slight variation of the quilt pattern. It will be painted on a 2 ft. x 2 ft. piece of plywood that has been primed. The pattern will be on the primed board just waiting for you to paint. In class, we will go through the process of completing your barn quilt from painting to sealing. Additional Items to bring to class. *Acrylic paint - (2 fl. oz size. You will need 5-6 colors and can be purchased from Hobby Lobby or Michaels) *Hair Dryer | *Extension Cord | *Apron (old one you don't care if you get paint on it) | *12 inch turn table | *Scissors | * Bag Lunch Instructor: Susan Edwards