Classes and Talks

REGISTER for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at the Center, or Online through this website.  To register online, click on the name of the class or talk you wish to attend.

CPR and First Aid and AED Training
Tue, Dec 5
3:30 – 6:30pm
Become CPR and First Aid Certified

Fee: $10 for Staff/Monitors, $45/nm, $30/m, $10//plat equiv
Instructor: TJ Heinrcy

Join Jessica Petok and her St Olaf students for up to three lectures and discussions from her Psychology class on the Aging Brain and Cognition.  This will be a unique opportunity to  sit in on an upper level college class and participate in discussions  where we as older adults provide the most important perspective. Attendees will be offered the opportunity to access and read the materials assigned to the students though not required to do the readings.

Aging Brain and Cognition – Can we “undo” aging, and should we? (Topic: Ethics and Policies)
Tue, Jan 9
11am – 12:30pm
Aging Brain and Cognition – Can we “undo” aging, and should we? (Topic: Ethics and Policies)

Capacity: 16
Fee: $5/nm, $5/m, $0/plat equiv

Aging Brain and Cognition – Does ‘older’ really mean ‘wiser’? (Topic: Social Cognition & Wisdom)
Tue, Jan 16
11am – 12:30pm
Aging Brain and Cognition – Does ‘older’ really mean ‘wiser’? (Topic: Social Cognition & Wisdom)

Capacity: 16
Fee: $5/nm, $5/m, $0/plat equiv

Aging Brain and Cognition – How do we age successfully? (Topic: Lifestyle Factors of Successful Aging)
Tue, Jan 23
11am – 12:30pm
Aging Brain and Cognition – How do we age successfully? (Topic: Lifestyle Factors of Successful Aging)

Capacity: 16
Fee: $5/nm, $5/m, $0/plat equiv

Aging Brain and Cognition – Student Presentations
Tue, Jan 30
11am – 12:30pm
Aging Brain and Cognition – Student Presentations
Presentations from Jessica Petok’s St Olaf students Psychology class, Aging Brain and Cognition.

No Fee

Playing with Purpose 1
Tue/Thu, Jan 9,11,16,18,23,25
10am – 12pm
Whether you’ve never been in a play but always thought it might be fun, whether you’ve been in many plays and want to tune-up ‘the actor’s instrument’, or whether you have no interest in acting but are still interested in staying young at heart and remaining in touch with your inner child, this is a course for you.  In the fun of playing we will incorporate mental and physical exercises that actors draw on to stimulate imagination, concentration, intentionality and memory, to overcome inhibition, and to strengthen their creative abilities. Come with a desire to have fun along with a willingness to let yourself go a little and explore no end to possibility.
Capacity: 16
Fee:  $108/nm, $84/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor: Philip Spensely
NOTES: This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Creative Journaling
Fri, Jan 12
10 – 11:30am
Whether you are writing a to-do list or an epic fantasy novel, the foundation of collecting your thoughts likely falls back to a form of journaling. Journaling is a low stakes entry point into creative writing. Journals can be the springboard for fiction and non-fiction writing, and can fill the void when you feel blocked as a writer. This class will provide creative writers several tools to guide them while journaling. Students will leave with new ideas for journaling styles and types.
Capacity:10
Fee: $13/nm, $10/m, $0/plate equiv
Instructor: Emily Urness
NOTES: This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

 

Exploring Creative Writing
Every Mon, Jan 22,29, Feb 5,12,19
1 – 3pm
Ever want to try some creative writing, but don’t know where to get started? This class is for you. The aim of this course is to provide a foundation in creative writing concepts and to allow students to try out different styles in a fun and safe environment. We will examine the craft of writing through directed readings, short lectures, discussions, and writing prompts. The class will cover fiction, non-fiction and other genres. The only prerequisite is a curiosity to explore!
Capacity: 8
Fee: $90/nm, $70/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor: Emily Urness
NOTES: This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

 

Humor Writing
Wed, Jan 24
6 – 7:30pm
Everyone has a funny story. Learn how to tell it on the page. This class will look at a variety of humor writing samples, have lively discussion, and students will try their hand at humor-based writing prompts. The aim of this class is to give students a foundation in a humor writing for further exploration after the class is done. The creativity and laughter should extend well beyond the class session.
Capacity: 8
Fee: $13/nm, $10/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor: Emily Urness
NOTES: This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Playing with Purpose 2
Tue/Thu, Jan 30, Feb 1,6,8,13,15
10am – 12pm
This course builds directly on Playing With Purpose 1 and is more focused on role playing, particularly how to create a role and to develop a character.  Through scene playing, participants will incorporate clues found in the text concerning their character’s goals and tactics:  “what does my character want? what prevents me from getting it? and what am I willing to do to get it?  Also we will consider the influence of place, time of day, temperature, age, physicality, outlook, and other factors that may affect character behavior.

Come with a desire to have fun, to take joy in ‘make-believe’ and to be willing to try on the actor’s mantle “to make the humble gesture of emptying yourself to make room for another person.”
NOTE: Priority of enrollment will be given to those having taken Playing With Purpose I, although this course may also be taken by those who have some acting experience, if there is room at the time the course begins.  Second-course-only enrollees will therefore be wait-listed.
Capacity: 16
Fee:  $108/nm, $84/m, $0/plat equiv
Instructor: Philip Spensely
NOTES: This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.