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  • "100 Things to Do in the Twin Cities Area" - Online Course

    Start your day with Minnesota Public Radio former host Tom Weber. He will be speaking about his book, "100 Things to Do in the Twin Cities Before You Die." His book is a guide to the most rewarding list of things to do in the Twin Cities. Even if you are familiar with the Twin Cities, several of his suggestions will be a delightful surprise! Copies of Tom's book will be available after class for purchase and signing. This class will be held online. You will receive an email 2 days prior to the class date with directions on how to join the class.
  • "Come From Away" at the Orpheum Theatre, Sunday, September 26

    On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all. The true story of the small town that welcomed the world, Broadway’s "Come From Away" has won Best Musical all across North America! The show takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran tight, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don’t miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony® nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by 2017 Tony®-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, “It takes you to a place you never want to leave!” * Fee includes coach transportation and main floor theatre ticket (MF3 Z-AA, and MF4 L-R, BB) * 10:30 AM Depart Northrop Parking Lot * 5:30 PM Approximate return * No refunds after Jun 1 * Fee: $99
  • "Linda & Company" at the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington

    Linda & Company features the songs of Linda Ronstadt, spanning the entirety of her career in folk, rock, jazz, and country, plus her legendary collaborations with artists such as Dolly Parton and the Eagles. Lunch: Roast Beef in Gravy, Roadside Potatoes, Vegetable Du Jour, Caesar Salad, Dinner Roll, & Dessert. Fee includes coach bus transportation, lunch, and theater ticket. * 10 AM Depart RCTC Sports Center Parking Lot * 5:30 PM Approximate return * No refunds after Aug. 10 * Fee: $99
  • A Historic Ride on the Orphan Trains - Online Course

    Dorothy A. Lund Nelson will guide you through a part of American history when children were placed out into homes across the country. Over a period of 75 years, over 400,000 children traveled by train to find new parents and families. Learn why the children traveled, what conditions they left behind, and who assisted them in finding a new family. Through a PowerPoint, videos, and many orphan train riders’ stories, you will find you'll want to learn more about these children. This class will be held online. You will receive an email 2 days prior to the class date with directions on how to join the class.
  • An Introduction to Reiki

    Reiki is an alternative therapy that uses gentle touch to help the individual relax, enabling the body systems to move into a state of balance and harmony. It is gaining popularity as a standalone alternative therapy or in conjunction with other treatment modalities. We will discuss the origins of Reiki, energy principles in relation to Reiki, and the tenets of living a Reiki life. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience five minutes of hands-on Reiki healing.
  • Asian Brush Painting--Beginning and Continuing

    When executed with masterful technique, a single ink brushstroke is capable of conveying vitality, delicacy, and contemplation—the essence of Chinese philosophy and spirit. It is this “life force” or chi (pronounced chee) that the artist aspires to capture and express through brush painting. Unlike European-trained artists, those trained in traditional Chinese brush painting techniques do not try to create a realistic rendering of the external appearance of a subject, but instead seek to capture its inner spirit. The essence of the subject is retained in the artist’s imagination, and it is this image that is painted in a moment of spontaneous inspiration. It is thought to prevent dementia, promote longevity and good health. A $25 supply fee will be collected the first night for all required supplies (2 brushes, ink, 60 sheets of rice paper).
  • Avoid the Pitfalls and Weight Gain of Perimenopause/Menopause - Online Course

    Perimenopause starts around the age of 35 for most women and can last 10-15 years. Common symptoms include fatigue, mood swings, weight gain, water retention, depression, sleep disturbances, joint aches, hot flashes, migraines, fibroids, exaggerated PMS and more. Once you understand exactly what is causing all the troublesome symptoms, they are much easier to correct. You will leave with multiple tools and techniques for restoring health and well-being. This class will be held online. You will receive an email 2 days prior to the class date with directions on how to join the class.
  • Beginner Organic Gardening - Online Course

    This class is designed for the beginner and will give you the basics of plant biology in simple terms. We’ll also discuss how to prepare your growing places, and how to choose the best garden for you. Upon completion of this class, you’ll have a list of possible produce to grow tailored to your own particular space and to the amount of time you want to devote to your garden. Cosponsored with Lowertown Neighborhood. This class will be held online. You will receive an email 2 days prior to the class date with directions on how to join the class.
  • Blacksmithing: Crafting the Tools of the Trade

    Learn to create your own blacksmithing tools while developing and expanding your skills at the forge. Course projects will include tongs and fire tending tools. We will discuss forging, heat treatment, fire types and more. Chisels and punches will be crafted as time allows. This class is appropriate for beginners and those interested in advancing their skills. Mark will provide all necessary equipment and supplies; plus snacks and beverages. You will need to wear/ bring: long pants, leather shoes (boots preferred), gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, face mask, and your lunch. You may bring your own hammer/tools if you prefer. Prerequisite: none Location: Homestead Arts Farm, Pine Island A $125 supply fee will be collected at the class.
  • Driver Improvement Associates: 55 Plus First Timers

    Establish first-time eligibility for a 10% premium reduction to drivers 55 years and older. Topics include today's driving environment, new laws, compensating for the physical changes typically associated with aging, and selecting a safe vehicle. Small group discussions and experienced instructors contribute to enjoyable, meaningful sessions.
  • Driver Improvement Associates: 58+ Plus Refresher

    This class is for drivers ages 58 and older that have previously completed a state certified eight-hour class and have been eligible for the 10% insurance premium reduction. Up-to-date safe driving recommendations with emphasis on the aging factors that typically affect older drivers (reduced vision, response time, etc.) will be covered. Class completion will extend the insurance reduction for three additional years.
  • Easy Breezy Freezer Meals

    Do you have great intentions of planning meals to decrease dinner time stress, yet find yourself still wondering what to cook? In this workshop you will learn tips to make meal prepping and eating healthy super simple. Each participant will leave this workshop with 10 healthy freezer meals in around 2 hours. Each meal serves approximately 6 people and costs about $3.50 per serving, with a few additional items needed at cooking time. You can stop worrying about what you are feeding your family and enjoy having extra time for what matters most to you! **An email will be sent to all participants two weeks before class for meal selection. An additional $180-$220 fee (depending on the kit selected and meat prices) is required for groceries 10 days prior to this workshop. All groceries will be prepped, cut, bagged and prepared prior to class. Contact Aletha Drenth to submit payment by email or phone: leedrenth@gmail.com or (507) 381-4782. No refunds 10 days prior to class.
  • Electric Vehicles – They Are Coming, But Are They For You?

    This course will introduce you to the world of electric vehicles (EVs) with the first night being a one hour education session and the second night, an opportunity to drive a variety of electric vehicles. Some of the topics include: the history of EV’s, battery chemistry, charging, range, calculating individual cost savings, calculating emissions savings, available vehicles, and the future. Whether you are considering purchasing now or in the future, this course will help you decide what vehicle is best for you and what the benefits are by going electric. Sponsored by Rochester Public Utilities (RPU).
  • FatChanceBellyDance®Style - Level 1

    FatChanceBellyDance®Style (formerly called ATS®) is an improvisational style of dance inspired by Middle Eastern and other Folkloric dance movements. Developed by FatChanceBellyDance® in San Francisco, FCBD® consists of a movement vocabulary that allows dancers to perform together without choreography. This beginning course will teach the basics of the dance, including dance posture and body consciousness, level one FCBD® movements, formations and improvisation. Physical demands will be moderate and self-paced. The course is open to women and men, 16 years or older. Students and instructor will be required to wear face masks while in class together.
  • FatChanceBellyDance®Style - Level 2

    FCBD®Style Level 2 will expand upon the dance vocabulary learned in Level 1. The emphasis will be on learning intermediate moves, dancing in formation, including variations, and learning combinations of moves. Students should have taken at least two sessions of FCBD®Style Level 1 or by permission of the instructor. Physical demands will be moderate and self-paced. Students and instructor will be required to wear face masks while in class together.
  • Funeral Service Options

    Paul will discuss the values of traditional funeral services, review current costs, disposition alternatives, governing rules, regulations, and setting up arrangements. This is an informative behind-the-scenes tour of a mortuary facility at a less stressful time in your life. This tour will include the crematorium, embalming room, and traditional funerals. If facilities are in full use, the class will be rescheduled for the following week. Please call 289-3600 the day before class to confirm the meeting date. www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
  • Getting Started in Real Estate Investing

    There's so much more to real estate investing than rental property and flipping houses; come learn more! Melissa will cover types of real estate investing, choosing your market, financing your first deal, and finding property worth your investment money. Class information will be presented with a heavy dose of stories from the trenches woven in! www.melissagregg.com
  • Glorious Garden Lover's Adventure to Iowa's Mennonite Greenhouses

    Calling all garden lovers, are you ready to dig in the dirt? We will be joined by Olmsted County U of M Master Gardener Vickie Hennessey and gardener Deb Roos. We’re heading back to Iowa this year where we will spend a full day browsing garden-related shops and greenhouses. So, grab your gloves and get ready to dig into this year's garden lover's adventure! We will be visiting four greenhouses! Please bring cash, checks (not all greenhouses take credit cards) and totes with covers for your purchases. Social distancing and masks are required. *Fee includes coach bus transportation, and tour guides. Bring your lunch! *9 AM Depart RCTC Sports Center Parking Lot *4 PM Approximate return *No refunds after Apr. 10 *Fee: $59
  • Golda Meir: "The Journey Home" - Online Course

    How does a girl born in the Ukraine, raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, travel a path that will lead her to become Prime Minister of Israel? What was it like to emigrate to a country where you didn’t know the language, not once, but twice? This informative, entertaining program, developed by Jessica Michna, explores that rather circuitous route. What roadblocks and detours were thrown in Golda’s way and how did she overcome them? The journey is a fascinating one, filled with joy, sorrow, seriousness and humor. Let Golda, as portrayed by Ms. Michna, tell you in her own words. Cosponsored with RCTC's Learning Is Forever (LIFE) Program. This class will be held online, using the Zoom platform. You will receive an email 2 days prior to the class date with directions on how to join the class.
  • Historical Hike of Quarry Hill Park

    The lands of Quarry Hill Park were once part of Rochester’s historic State Hospital grounds. Join other adults on a guided walking tour of the park to visit some of the interesting historic features that remain from a century of State Hospital use. For example, did you know that the hospital farmed over 1,000 acres and provided all the food required for all of their patients? From the cave to the cemetery to quarry operations, the history is rich and intriguing! We will cover about a mile and a half of up and down terrain. Participants should wear good walking shoes. Meet at the main nature center building. In response to Covid-19, participants will be required to wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and be asked screening questions upon arrival.
  • Indian Cooking Made Easy

    In this class Ashwini will take the mystery out of Indian cooking. Recipes include: Aloo Gobi (cauliflower and potatoes with fresh ginger, cumin seeds, and seasoning), Murgh Korma (tender pieces of chicken cooked with yogurt, herbs, and aromatic spices); Dal Makhani (black lentils and kidney beans cooked with cream, herbs, and spices); Jerra Rice (steamed basmati rice cooked with cumin seasoning), Puffed Poori (deep fried Indian wheat bread), and Masala Chai (Indian tea made with tea leaves and tea spice).
  • Instant Pot Basics - Online Course

    Get ready for fun, interactive, demonstration online from the comfort of your home! Aletha will be demonstrating how to use the instant Pot for three different easy meals. Have your Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot in front of you. During the class, we will review the different functionality of the pots, tips and tricks, and time saving techniques to help you in the kitchen. After class, three meal packets and a shopping list will be mailed out to you to use in your upcoming meal planning. If you have any dietary restrictions, please be sure to note this to the instructor when registering for the class. There are no refunds 10 days prior to class because food products are ordered in advance. This class will be held online. You will receive an email 2 days prior to the class date with directions on how to join the class.
  • Introduction to Fly Fishing

    Learn the basics of fly casting and fishing, and where and how to fly fish in southeast Minnesota for trout and other species. This class will get you started with indoor casting instruction and practice, fly fishing knots, stream entomology, flies for this area, reading the water, and more. Following this class, you'll be prepared for the fishing season. Additional assistance provided by Hiawatha Trout Unlimited members.