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Take a new class in 2015

By Anna Erickson

Ring in the New Year by taking in a new class through Park Rapids Community Education. Many new classes start in January for every interest from cooking to computers.

Sari Mabbett is offering a new series called Culinary Creations. She is offering three cooking classes Wednesday evenings during January.

Making Healthier Bread is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7. Imagine making bread in 10 minutes. The instructor will demonstrate how to make this tasty, easy rise, no-knead bread.

Cheese Making is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14. Mabbett will discuss how to make Mozzarella, Paneer and Queso Blanco.

Simple Soups is offered at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. ‘Tis the season for soups – learn how to make soup base that is delicious and nutritious.

Several exercise classes start in January to help with those New Year’s resolution.

Embrace Your Curves is offered starting at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5. Start with a general fitness coarse aimed toward personal goals. Exercise for the health of it to be fit from the inside out.

Pilates is offered starting at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5. Pilates is a series of exercises designed to strengthen the core and provide expanded flexibility. These exercises can be done by all ages and all fitness levels. Curious about pilates? Try the first night for free.

The instructor brings years of experience to the class and donates his time. All proceeds will go toward scholarships for youth programs.

The Wellness Challenge begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Join a fun and informative Wellness Challenge to help reach wellness goals. Discussions during this six week course include nutritional topics, meal planning and helpful tips and information on good nutrition and long-term health in a fun atmosphere.

Zumba starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6. Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba is a “feel-good” fitness program designed to take the “work” out of working out! With its Latin-based dance moves and amazing music, it is one of the fastest growing dance-based fitness crazes in the country. Designed for weight loss and/or toning, Zumba is perfect for all weight and fitness levels as it is easy to modify the movements for ease or intensity. This class is a combination toning and Zumba dance.

Experience the world of aqua exercise. Swimming is a great workout. Punch cards are offered at Community Education for people to use during open lap swim times. The pool is open for lap swim from 6:30-8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Call the pool at 237-6410 to hear the daily voicemail to confirm the schedule.

People are also welcome to walk in the Century School hallways. All walkers must preregister to receive a schedule, walker’s badge and map of the approved routes. With added security concerns, please remember to wear the badge and not walk between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Each person will receive a list of dates the schools are closed when registering.

The next defensive driving course is offered Jan. 20-21. The next refresher course is Jan. 19. Minnesota law requires insurance companies to give a 10 percent discount to people over 55 who complete this course. First time participants need the eight hour course, which is two days. Preregistration is required.

Most defensive driving classes fill quickly. Call 237-6600.

Several computer courses are offered in January. Microsoft Word is at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7. Windows 8 is at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7. Other courses include iPad Tips and Tricks for Parents at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, Beginning Computer at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, Blogging with Word Press at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 and Microsoft Publisher at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14.

A class on meditation is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. Meditation is a wonderful and healthy way to deal with day to day stress. The session will start with a mindful meditation moving into a guided meditation and ending with mantra and more mindful meditation.

A class on Living Well with Chronic Conditions is at 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12. The class is designed for adults of all ages who want to take charge of ongoing health problems and get relief from pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. Developed by Stanford University, this evidence based curriculum aims to teach participants to be the best self-advocates they can be while managing their particular health condition or that of a family member. Sessions include goal setting, problem solving, healthy eating, communicating with doctors and other health care professionals, managing medications, and much more.

Interested in history? A class is being offered about the Human Migration Out of Africa at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. All non-African humans can be traced to a single woman, and a single man, who left Africa around 85,000 years ago in a group of about 250 persons. And all humans whatsoever can be traced to a single woman and a single man 70,000 years earlier in Africa. By combining genetic, archeological, paleontological, tectonic, geographic, climatological, and linguistic research (and being the only one to do so), Stephen Oppenheimer, author of “The Real Eve,” has shown that there was a single departure across the southern tip of the Red Sea that peopled the whole rest of the world. John Hitchcock will present material from “The Real Eve” (and other sources).

Call Community Education at 237-6600 or go to to sign up for a class.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561