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Adult Educational Programs

Drop-in E-reader Class

Join us for a drop-in pop-up class for seniors. Kay from the Brooklyn Park Library will be in the Senior Lounge to teach you how to use the "eReader" for reading books. This free class is designed for the 50 plus community.

Class date

Thursday, March 16, 10 a.m. to noon




Sign up in the Senior Lounge.

Genealogy 101

Get started in genealogy research: basic forms, computer software options, what types of information to look for and where you might find it. Take the next step in putting the pieces together, looking for clues to other records and where to go to get records (as known as Breaking through my Brick Wall: How I Solved a 25-year Search for My Grandfather). The instructor is Cathi Weber.

Class date

Thursday, March 30, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.



How to Avoid Common Financial Scams

Genevieve Gaboriault, a supervising attorney at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, will present about common financial scams that seniors encounter. You will learn how to identify scams and what to do if you or someone else falls victim to one.

Class date

Monday, April 10, 1 to 2 p.m.



Technology Open House

Education and exploration into the world of technology. Come meet local experts who work with technology and the 50 plus community. We will have refreshments and door prizes.

  • What is exciting?
  • What is new?
  • What can help you?
  • Learn how to avoid or prevent what will not be helpful to you

Class date

Wednesday, April 12, 9:30 to 11:30


Free, but please register.

Basic Computer 101

This class is designed to introduce you to using a computer. Maybe you are brand new? Maybe you want to understand more? This is the class for you. Instructor Abby Key will take you through a 4-week series to increase your skills and understanding at a pace designed for seniors.

Class dates

All classes are 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • April 24, Basic computer parts and functions
  • May 1, Web and email
  • May 8, Devices and programs
  • May 15, Recap and questions



Makeup Revival

For women 40 and better

When is the last time you updated your makeup and beauty regime?  Has your skin changed over time? What about your hair color? Join this “boot camp” to update your look with tips and techniques for ageless beauty. Learn about a variety of products (some may be completely new to you), application and the latest trends in makeup and skin care. Julie Sherman is a makeup artist with 20 years experience. This class is essential for busy, beautiful women who could use a little updating.No products or services will be sold!

Class date

Tuesday, May 2, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.



Watercolor studioWoman holding up her finished watercolor artwork

A continuing adventure

Instructor Barbara Boulka continues the Watercolor Studio with all new paintings in every session, done in a fun and relaxing atmosphere! We will explore different ways to use watercolor, learning at your own pace through one-on-one instruction. Patterns provided. No drawing skills required; materials are furnished (a $20 materials fee will be payable to the instructor). If you are new to this class, please request a supply list when you register. Remember to bring a bag lunch.

Class dates

  • Thursdays, May 4 and 18, June 1 and 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursdays, July 6 and 20, August 3 and 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Planning Your Move

Whether you're thinking about selling your home this Fall or next Spring, now's the time to get thinking about one of your biggest investments and what it means for your future. Planning Your Move will bring in three experts to teach you about getting your home ready to sell. Hear from local Realtor, GRI Renee Miller of Keller Williams Classic Realty; she'll touch on understanding home values, timing your move, market statistics and how Realtors market your home. Joe Van Orsdol, chief home inspector and owner at Right Home Inspections will share tips on what to expect from a home inspection and how to prepare for it. Finally, what to do with all of your treasures as you downsize and how to prepare for a physical move are important steps to consider as well. Cathy Matrejek, owner/move manager for Changing Lifestyle Solutions, will share her expertise to round out your day. Guaranteed to get you inspired and organized for your next steps.

Class dates

  • Thursday, May 18, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, August 3, 10 a.m. to noon



Online Banking Bill Pay for Beginners

Instructor Stephanie Lipetzky will offer an easy-paced class on what you need to know to start online banking.


  • Push vs. pull
  • General approach
  • Getting your banking online
  • Getting your payees set up
  • Managing your bank balance
  • Financial management software

Class date

Monday, May 22, 1 to 2 p.m.



Defensive Driving

Age 55 and up driver improvement classes

Minnesota Highway Safety Council is offering defensive driving classes presented by a certified instructor. This course will save you 10 percent on your auto insurance for 3 years! There are no written or behind the wheel tests.


The fee is collected at the class by the instructor and certificates will be issued upon class completion. Register by call 1-888-234-1294.

Day Date Time Hours Location Cost
Monday April 3 1 to 5 p.m. 4 Community Activity Center $20
Wednesday April 19 1 to 5 p.m. 4 Community Activity Center $20
Monday May 1 5 to 9 p.m. 4 Community Activity Center $20
Wednesday May 31 1 to 5 p.m. 4 Community Activity Center $20
Monday June 5 1 to 5 p.m. 4 Community Activity Center $20
Wednesday June 21 1 to 5 p.m. 4 Community Activity Center $20
Monday and Tuesday July 10 and 11 1 to 5 p.m. 8 Community Activity Center $24
Wednesday July 26 1 to 5 p.m. 4 Community Activity Center $20
Monday August 7 1 to 5 p.m. 4 Community Activity Center $20
Wednesday August 16 1 to 5 p.m. 4 Community Activity Center $20
Monday August 28 5 to 9 p.m. 4 Community Activity Center $20
Wednesday September 6 1 to 5 p.m. 4 Community Activity Center $20
Monday September 25 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4 Community Activity Center $20


College classes

North Hennepin Community College (NHCC)

Interested in getting more experience with computers or other classes? Minnesota state colleges now offer tuition at $20 per credit for seniors 65 and older. North Hennepin Community College is a local, affordable college option; come check us out! We have evening, online, and weekend classes.

The spring semester begins January 9, 2017.

More information

For more information, call the College Admissions office at 763-424-0724.

Apply at North Hennepin Community College

Honoring Choices Workshop

This 2-part series is designed to guide you through the process of an advanced care planning program called Honoring Choices. Our first class will talk about who will make decisions for you, in case you can’t. We will discuss the medical terminology used in a directive and what it all means. We will talk about goals to spur family conversations about future health care preferences. We will share resources, next steps and follow up. This workshop is led by Lyla Pagels, RN Coordinator Faith Community Nurse Program for Mercy and Unity Hospitals, Allina Health.

Class date

Wednesday, June 7 and 14, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.



Contact us

Community Activity Center (Recreation and Parks Department)

5600 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to the Community Activity Center

Office hours

Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

June through August office hours

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, closed unless we have a scheduled event or activity.
Hours may vary based on events and activities.

Phone and email

Contact Recreation and Parks Staff

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