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  • Me to We: Financial Considerations

    For couples looking to create a financial future together. Discover how to establish a solid financial foundation and partnership for marriage. Identify values and attitudes about money, set goals – individually and as a couple – and discover tools to help you achieve your goals. Only one person per couple needs to register (price is per pair). "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
  • Mediterranean Chicken and Homemade Hummus

    Liven up your dinner rotation with fresh and flavorful Mediterranean food! Learn how to make delicious chicken and rice, quick salad dishes, plus amazing homemade hummus for snacking. Recipe handouts provided. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program.
  • Mendota Walking Tour

    Stroll through early Minnesota History with a walking tour of the City of Mendota. Learn about the geological history of the land and also the abundant wildlife that finds its home there. We'll learn about the Native American history of the area through the early European-American settlers up to the present day. And take in historic sites including St. Peter's Catholic Church, the Sibley Historic Site, and the main street buildings of Mendota. Tour will cover approximately 1.5 - 2 miles. Wear good hiking shoes as the banks of the river can be muddy. The tour meets in the public parking lot off of Sibley Memorial Highway, Just north of St Peter's Catholic Church,1405 Sibley Memorial Highway, Mendota Heights, MN 55150. https://goo.gl/maps/JAZhLUMWon7aPkMA6 Tour Activity Rating: 4 (Demanding - Extensive walking/stairs/standing) "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
  • Metal Casting with Sand Molds for Beginners

    The ancient art of sand casting can be used to create objects or art with bronze or aluminum. Design and create your door/drawer handle, light switch/door-bell plate or wall hook with plasticine clay, found objects, or a wood/foam pattern. Choose bronze or aluminum to pour your mold, and learn how to clean and treat your casting. $5.00 per pound of finished metal will be assessed at class and is payable to the instructor. Participants are required to bring and wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth while at class. Gloves will be made available, and all tools and work-spaces will be sanitized. Class is at the WOW Mobile Metal Lab - an MTC bus turned metal casting workshop on wheels - located at the Casket Arts Carriage House. Parts of class will be outside.
  • More Than Sad: For Educators - Online Course

    This suicide prevention education for teachers and other school personnel teaches educators to recognize signs of mental health distress in students and refer them for help. This suicide prevention program complies with the requirements for teacher education training in many states. This program focuses on high school teachers and other school personnel. This class is being offered using the Zoom online platform. Before registering, make sure your device meets the minimum requirements; view minimum requirements here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux. The morning of your class you will receive an email with your online meeting information. If your class has handouts those will be sent with your meeting information. Please see your “Class Confirmation” email for more information on joining meetings.
  • Mystery Tour

    North, South, East, or West, which route will be best? Wear an adventuresome spirit and give your normal routine a rest. Travel with us for a day of mystery. Admission, delicious lunch and new territory put to the test. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Register by and no refunds after July 6, 2022. Fee: $94 includes: admissions, lunch, motorcoach transportation and guide. Guide: S. Mansee Tour rating 3 - Active, able to do some steps and/or stairs Pick-up Times and Sites: 8:00am–Oxford Community Center, 270 N Lexington, Pkwy (Please park on east side of lot away from building 8:30am - Battle Creek Recreation Center, 75 S Winthrop. Approximate Return Time: 4:00pm "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
  • On-Site Sketching Crash Course

    An on-site sketching class for people who want an intensive! This is suitable for beginning drawers or seasoned artists who want to return to purely observational drawing. Join us at Como Lakeside Pavilion with a sketchbook, pencil, pen or marker, and an eager mind. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program
  • Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway

    Ride the vintage train along the beautiful St. Croix River valley! Our ride will take us from Osceola along the beautiful St. Croix River valley. See waterfalls, wildlife, native vegetation, and golden sandstone bluffs. Experience railroading history. A Turkey sandwich box lunch will be served on board as we travel along the valley. Registration and no refunds after July 27th. Tour fee. $73 Tour Rating 1 Tour includes: Train ride, motorcoach transportation, box lunch, guide Pick-up Sites 9:00a Oxford Community Center 270 N Lexington Ave 9:25a Battle Creek Recreation Center, 75 Winthrop Ave S Approximate return time 2:30pm "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
  • Piano Lessons - Online Course

    Ages 16 and up. Adult beginners welcome! Learn or review the basics of reading notes, rhythm, technique and harmony. These are individual half-hour lessons. Before your first online lesson your instructor will contact you to discuss your current skill level and goals, as well as compositions or curriculum books you may need. You will need access to a piano or keyboard for your lessons and practicing. This class is being offered using the Zoom online platform. Before registering, make sure your device meets the minimum requirements; view minimum requirements here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux. Please see your Class Confirmation email for more information on accessing your online class.
  • Repairs, Renovations & Staging vs. Selling Your Home As-Is:

    How to get the Best Return on your Investment! Is it worth it to remodel to increase the selling price or should you sell ‘as is’? Receive guidance to help you get the best “bang for your buck” without overspending - you may not need to do as much as you think. We welcome questions on your current house or on your next home during or after class.” "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
  • Saints and Sinners: The Prohibition Era in St. Paul

    Imagine a time when the Saintly city wasn’t always so saintly. Stroll through downtown and discuss the local impact of Prohibition, when Saint Paul was a hot spot for bootleggers and familiar landmarks took on a new life. Learn about Saint Paul’s beer history, and today’s boom in craft beer. Tour Rating: 4 (Demanding - extensive walking/stairs/standing) Meet at the Science Museum of Minnesota Plaza at 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55102. See your Class Confirmation email for more information. "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
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    Samosas and Pakoras - Online Course

    Please note the following date change for this class. Samosas & Pakoras - Online Course changed from July 11th to July 13th. Samosas, a delicious fried or baked pastry with a savory filling of potatoes, onions and peas, are a popular snack, appetizer or entrée in many parts of the world. Spend an evening on a virtual culinary journey as we make scrumptious samosas plus Nepali-style “aloo pakoras,” a potato fritter-style dish using the same samosa filling. This class will run through Zoom video conferencing. Please test Zoom on your device before the day of the class. To login to the class, copy and paste the meeting ID into your browser. If you have trouble getting into the class the day of, please email commed@spps.org and staff will do their best to assist you in a timely manner.
  • Savor & Stroll: A Culinary Walking Tour of Downtown Hudson

    Experience the unique tastes and unforgettable charm of historic downtown Hudson, WI during this three-hour guided tour. Discover Hudson’s rich history, stroll along the banks of the scenic St. Croix River and make stops at six popular downtown destinations. Sample nearly a dozen (food and drink) tastings including Latin-inspired and classic American dishes. Grand Fete will provide a tasting and demonstration on how to make the perfect vinaigrette. Enjoy a fun craft cocktail tasting and demonstration at Pedro’s del Este and try stunning desserts at the newly-opened St. Croix Baking Company. End on a sweet note at Knoke’s Chocolate shop for a sampling of signature handmade chocolates and ice cream. Tour will begin from the Phipps Center for the Arts (https://thephipps.org/) - 109 Locust St, Hudson, Guests can meet in the lobby and there is ample parking across the street, both in the lakefront lot or on the street Transportation to and from Hudson is on your own. Fee includes: 6 tastings, guide. Guide: by Hudson Food Walk. Tour Rating: 4 (Demanding - extensive walking/stairs/standing) "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
  • Say Yes To No: Why Kids Need Loving Boundaries and How to Set Them - On Demand Course

    Clarify your limits, avoid power struggles, and follow through with consistency and care. Setting limits and avoiding power struggles is a challenging part of parenting. Learn why setting clear boundaries with your children helps them manage their own behavior, consider others, and work through their big feelings. This self-paced online class will help you clarify your limits, learn how to communicate them, and gain the skills you need to follow through with consistency and care. Spark 1 - Why Your Child Needs Limits Spark 2 - How to Set Them Spark 3 - Troubleshooting Best for parents of kids ages 2-10. Three modules or “Sparks” plus three month access after class initiation. On demand courses can be taken at your leisure. You'll receive your link for your class through Spark and Stitch. See your Registration Confirmation email for more information.
  • Senior LinkAge Line® - Who We Are and What We Do

    The Senior LinkAge Line® (SLL) is a service of the Area Agencies on Aging in partnership with the Minnesota Board on Aging. Discover the role of the SLL in providing resources to enable seniors to stay independent in their homes as long as possible. How does staff and volunteers connect consumers to programs and services, direct attendees to the SLL for comprehensive, objective information about Medicare and health insurance options to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages. Come and get Linked in "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
  • Smartphone 2

    Can you power on and off, receive calls and send text messages, but want to do more? Learn to download and use applications, surf the Internet, text pictures, send email and more. Prerequisite: Getting to know Your Smartphone or equivalent skills. Bring your smartphone to class. "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
  • Smartphone 3

    For those who have taken smartphone 1 and 2 classes or have equivalent skills. Do a deeper dive into email settings, file/storage management, how the device can interact with a computer and more. Bring your smartphone to class. "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
  • Smartphone 4

    For those who have taken Smartphone 3 or have equivalent skills. Discover additional uses for texting, organizing/managing photos, file organization and account management on your phone. Get more on how to transfer files from your phone whether using the cloud or a computer. Bring your smartphone to class. "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
  • Summer Day Watercolor Painting

    The instructor works with you step by step to create this beautiful 11"x15" watercolor painting that lets you appreciate Summer on your walls all year long! A $15 supply fee is included in the class cost. Supply fee includes watercolor, paper and miscellaneous supplies. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program
  • Summer Produce in the Air Fryer - Online Course

    Got an air fryer? You’ve got the tool to turn your summer abundance into tasty treats! From garlic-roasted tomatoes and tapas-style peppers to fresh berry crisp and zucchini fries, keep your kitchen cool and eat well this summer. Extensive handout with additional recipes included. Class is virtual and also recorded so you can follow along at your convenience.Keep your kitchen cool and your tastebuds happy this summer! This class is being offered using the Zoom online platform. Before registering, make sure your device meets the minimum requirements; view minimum requirements here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux Please see your Registration Confirmation email for your online meeting information and more information on joining meetings.
  • Swimnastics

    This healthful and relaxing activity includes exercises for stretching, agility and a light aerobic workout that is done in shallow water. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program.
  • The Day after Retirement

    What will your life look like once you don't answer the call of the alarm clock? Having a sense of purpose is an important key to satisfaction. We'll focus on how to put your arms around the changes inherent in retiring, and explore a variety of ways to identify what is significant to you in establishing a purpose-filled life in retirement. "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
  • Understanding Medicare Benefits

    Utilizing, and understanding, Medicare benefits is one of the most important topics retirees face. Get a better understanding what coverage is right for you. Topics include: Medicare overview, Enrollment, Costs, Medicare Supplement/Medigap Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans and MN examples. This class is best suited for those who are not yet on Medicare. "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."
  • Understanding Social Security

    Gain a clearer picture of Social Security and discover ways to maximize your benefit amounts. "All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program."