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Adult Educational Programs

Watercolor studio Woman 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.

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. No products or services will be sold!

Planning Your Perfect 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.

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 Fall semester begins August 22, 2016.

More information

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

Apply at North Hennepin Community College

Creative Painting for Everyone Painting of a cardinal perched on a tree with snow falling

If you have always wanted to paint, but not sure how, this can be your chance. Join us for an afternoon of creativity, fun, relaxation and giggles! Wanda Mitchell with Creative Painting MN will show you step-by-step, how to paint a beautiful painting, called Winter Cardinal on 16" x 20" canvas with acrylic paints. Everything is provided; simply sign up!

Online Selling: A-Z with Abbey Key

This class examines the various aspects of online selling. Throughout the four-week course, students will learn how to research a saleable item, decide on a suitable marketplace, photograph and describe the item, and create an online listing for the venue of their choice. We will discuss the selling process, the professional packaging of your product, the choice of a shipper, proper cataloging and tax responsibilities. Basic computer skills required. Personal laptops are recommended for optimal learning experience.

Leaving a Legacy

What every senior should know about estate planning!

Attorney Chuck Roulet will present and says, "You won't hear a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo, just straight talk."

He will tell you exactly:

  • The differences between a will and a trust
  • What probate is and how it works
  • Planning for incapacity
  • Federal and State estate taxes: what they are, how they work and how to plan to pass the maximum amount of your estate to your family
  • Long-term care planning including government benefits such as MNCare and Medicare and long-term care insurance
  • Leaving a real legacy - capturing your greatest wealth; your human, spiritual and intellectual assets and passing them to the next generation and more!

Plus, individual questions will be addressed during question and answer time.

Navigating Medicare

Presented by Senior Community Services

Thinking about or getting ready to retire? Are you a family member/caregiver to someone who has Medicare coverage? Already have Medicare and just want to know what is going to happen with it? This is a chance for everyone to learn about Medicare. We will discuss Medicare Parts A, B, C and D coverages. This class is an educational opportunity only; it is not a sales pitch.

Elder Justice

Presented by Marit Anne Peterson, program director for MN Elder Justice Center

As our communities grow older, it is important to consider the best ways to keep ourselves and our friends, family members and neighbors safe from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Unfortunately, these crimes affect all Minnesotans and often go unreported by victims.

This session will teach how to recognize when abuse or exploitation may be taking place, discuss warning signs of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation, and will discuss what to do if you or someone you know may be experiencing abuse or exploitation.

In addition, participants will explore strategies to prevent abuse, neglect and financial exploitation, and learn about resources available to those who would like to learn or do more!

Senior Driving

55 plus driver improvement class

Minnesota Highway Safety Council is offering defensive driving classes presented by a certified instructor. This course will save you 10% on your auto insurance for 3 years! There are no written or behind-the-wheel tests. Register toll free at 1-888-234-1294. The fee is collected at class by the instructor and certificates will be issued upon class completion.  

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

Summer 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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