Community Education

 

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ADULT ENRICHMENT

Adult Dance Fit
Mondays & Wednesdays
January – May
5:15-6:30 p.m.
Where:  Merritt gym/MPR
Cost:  $50.00 for 6 weeks 

Chisholm Pickle Ball Open League for Adults
18 years and Up
Tuesdays, January 9th thru May 22nd
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Vaughan Steffensrud School Gym
Cost: $1.00 per night
Bring your tennis shoes, paddle if you have one, and be ready for some fun. Questions call: Community Ed. Office at 254-1431.

 

Community Technology Trainings
Thursdays
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Tech directors classroom at the High School
Cost:  Free/ must register
The trainings will be 1 hour long.  30 minutes of training and 30 minutes of work time/questions.  January 11th – Gmail 101
January 25th – Google Calendar 101
February 8th – Google Docs 101
February 22nd – Intro to IPads & IPhones (BYOD)
March 8th – Microsoft Word 101
March 22d – Microsoft Excel 101
April 5th – Internet Searching 101
April 19th – Intro to Facebook
May 3rd – Intro to Pinterest

Roller Derby Fitness
Thursdays, January 18 – March 15, no class Feb. 22
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where:  Merritt MPR
Cost:  $20.00 per person, paid at the door for entire session.
Register by:  January 16th
Off skates fitness class to reawaken muscles needed for roller derby.  All ages and genders are welcome.  Bring a water bottle and yoga mat (something for floor exercises)

Five Money Questions for Women
Monday, January 22nd
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Merritt Library
Cost:  Free/Must register
Shares perspective on a process women can use to identify financial goals and set a strategy.  Discusses Rule of 72, systematic investing, employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAs as strategies for saving.

Retire Wisely – Income Tax/ Investments
Tuesday, January 23rd.
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Merritt Library
Cost:  Free/must register

Build your own Snow Shoes
Ages 16 to Adult
Wednesdays, January 24th and 31st
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Merritt MPR
Cost:  $150

Bead Classes
Thursdays
January 25thPenguin
February 22ndBlue Jay
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where:  Merritt
Cost: $13.00 per class/ plus $8.00-$10.00 for suppliesInstructor:  Diane Netzloff

Outsmart the Scammers
Thursday, February 15th
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Merritt Library
Cost: Free/ must register
This presentation will help give attendees the information they need to Outsmart the Scammers.

 

Muffins for Moms/Donuts for Dads
Thursday, February 1
8:00-8:30 a.m.
Where:  Merritt MPR
Cost:  Free/Must register  

Valentine Acrylic Collage
Tuesday, February 6th
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Merritt
Cost:  $15.00
Create a beautiful Valentinesque work on canvas using acrylic paint and a variety of reference materials from the Victorian era.

Valentine Cookie and Cupcake Decorating
Thursday, February 8th
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where:  MIB High School FACS room
Cost: $20.00
In this class, we’ll learn how to decorate cookies and cupcakes in a variety of techniques to create something extraordinary and to delight you loved ones.

Beginning Knit and/or Crochet
Wednesdays, February 14, 21
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Where: Merritt ECFE Parent room
Cost: $10.00

 Advanced Knit and/or Crochet
Wednesday, February 28th
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Where: Merritt ECFE Parent room
Cost: $10.00

 Financial Strategy Basics
Tuesday, February 27th
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Merritt Library
Cost:  Free/ must register

Apple Strudel Demonstration
Thursday, March 1st
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Where:  HS FACS room
Cost:  $10.00
Limit 10
Have you always wanted to learn how to make apple strudel that delicious flaky, buttery, apple filled pastry?  This class is for you!  You will have the opportunity to watch how the dough is stretched and have that “hands on” experience too!  After completing making the strudel, sampling will be encouraged.  Hosted by Croatian Lodge 238 Gilbert. 

Scandinavian Cooking
Monday, March 19th
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where:  MIB High School FACS room
Cost: $20.00
Join Chef Crystal Meyer on how to cook and elegantly display an authentic dish from each of the Scandinavian countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

 Ready or Not? Preparing for the Unexpected:
Monday, March 26th
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Merritt Library
Cost:  Free/must register
Shares tips on how to develop a proactive strategy for protection and preparing for the unexpected.  Strategies include having an emergency fund and review insurance/liability protection.

Defensive Driving Class
Monday, April 9th
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where:  High school cafeteria
Cost:  $14.00 to be paid the night of class/ Must register

 Introduction to Acrylic Painting
Ages: 12 to Adult
Mondays April 9th & 16th
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Merritt Elementary
Cost:  $25.00
All materials are provided.  Using acrylic paint on canvas board you, the artist, will create an original landscape with the guidance of the art instructor Mrs. Wertanen.

 

Minnesota Watercolor Lake Scenes
Tuesday, April 10th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where Merritt
Cost:  $35.00
Each participant will make 4 cards while learning basic watercolor painting skills.  Simple techniques to create classic Minnesota reflective lake scenes.

 

Earth Fest
April 20 & 21
Where:  Merritt 

Advanced Estate Strategies
Tuesday, April 24th
6:00 – 7:30
Where:  Merritt Library
Cost:  Free/must register

Watercolor Botanicals
Thursday, April 26th
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Merritt
Cost:  $15.00
Learn to paint the black walnut, prairie rose, and other plants of the northern and plains areas in Victorian botanicals style while learning more about watercolor washes and techniques.

Adult Conversational Spanish
Thursdays, April 5,12,19,26 May 3,10
Advanced - 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Merritt Library
Cost:  $25.00 per class

 

 

YOUTH ENRICHMENT

 Kids Dance Fit
Boys & Girls Grades 1-6
Tuesdays, January 23, 30 February 6,13,20,27
2:45- 3:30
Where:  Merritt MPR
Cost:  $5.00

 

Pony Stick Puppets
Grades 2-6
Wednesday, January 31st
2:45-4:30 p.m.
Where:  Merritt
Cost:  $14.00
Make a cute paper rodeo, carousel, or circus pony with moveable parts operated by the stick principle, and decorate with sparkles, paper cutouts, google eyes and more.

 

Homework Help
Tuesdays, January 16th thru February 20th (6 weeks)
Grades 3-6
2:45- 4:30
Where: Merritt
Cost:  Free/must register

 

 

STEAM
Thursdays, Jan. 18, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12
Grades K-3
2:45-4:30
Where:  Merritt
Cost: $10.00

 

STEAM
Thursdays, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 22, April 26
Grades 4-6
2:45-4:30
Where:  Merritt
Cost: $10.00

 

Game Quest
Mondays
February 26, March 5,12,19,26
2:45-4:00 p.m.
Where:  Merritt
Cost: $5.00

 

Family Movie Night
Friday, February 23 – CoCo
Friday, April 6 –
Where:  Merritt

 

Balloon animals
Grades 4-6
Wednesday, February 28th
2:45-4:30
Where:  Merritt
Cost:  $14.00
This balloon animal workshop will teach you how to make a variety of delightful balloon sculptures such as dogs, monkey on a palm tree, googly eyed fish, cat, horse, turtle, teddy bear on a heart, and a variety of hats using quaalatex balloons in a rainbow of colors.

 

CREATIVE MUSIC
Grades K-4
Thursday, March 1st
2:45- 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $7.00
Where:  Merritt MPR
Join us as we make and decorate musical instruments.  We will try them out in an impromptu band.  Snack included.

 

Drivers Training
March 19,20,21,22,23,26,27,28, April 3,4,(5,6)
3:30- 6:30 p.m.
Where:  High School Cafeteria
Information on the class is available in the High School office. 
To register please call 749-8926
Parent Meeting will be held March 28th
5:00- 6:30 p.m.

 

Cartooning Fantasy
Grades 2-6
Wednesday, March 28th
2:45-4:30 p.m.
Where:  Merritt
Cost:  $14.00
Learn to draw trolls, fairies, dragons, sea monsters, mermaids, fairy princesses and swashbuckling Vikings with this cartooning class!

 

Youth Spanish
Grades 3-6
Wednesdays, April 4, 11,18,25
2:45-3:45
Where:  Merritt Library
Cost:  $5.00

 

Minnesota Big Eyes Wild Animal Drawing
Grades 2-6
Wednesday, April 25th
2:45-4:30
Where:  Merritt
Cost:  $14.00
Learn to draw a wolf, fox, deer, raccoon the wildest way possible using drawing pencils and a variety of dry media such as oil pastels, chalk pastels, charcoal and more.  Then surround him in his native habitat of trees and forest and stream.  The latest techniques in traditional drawing will be combined with some cartooning options as well.

  

Babysitting Training
MUST BE 11 YEARS OLD BY APRIL 1, 2018
April 9-11
2:45-5:00 p.m.
Where:  Merritt Library
Cost:  $50.00
Instructor:  Anna Amundson
This fun, interactive course will teach you everything you need to know to be a great babysitter!  First aid, safety skills, decision-making-making techniques, basic care routines and much more.  Please bring along a healthy snack and water bottle.  Includes certificate and book

 

Kindergarten Sneak Preview
Thursday, May 10th
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Merritt Elementary
Cost:  Free must register
This event is for children who will enter Kindergarten the Fall of 2018 and their parents.  Childcare will be provided.

 

Prairie Fire Children Theater – Cinderella
May 14-18
Where:  Merritt
Registration will be sent home at a later date.