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Adult Educational Programs

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Register with Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks unless otherwise noted.

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Apple iPad Workshop

If you are new to iPad and the Apple world of technology with little to no experience, then this 2-hour hands-on practice workshop summary is perfect for you! Basic overview of the iPad and usage along with importance of its settings, buttons, accessories, icons, common apps, commands and controls will be the highlight of the class.

This workshop will get you started to become familiar with most common iPad use so you can enjoy using your smart device while exploring more of its functionalities. You will become comfortable using your iPad once you complete this great workshop. You'll be browsing the web and be comfortable with security, privacy, passcodes, photos and video activities.

Instructor

Class taught by "Stephanie, Sane and Simple"

Location

Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Class date

Friday, October 6, 9 to 11 a.m.

Cost

$35

Deadline to register

September 29

College classes

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 and Hennepin Technical College are local, affordable college option; come check them out! They have evening, online, and weekend classes.

Fall semester begins August 21.

Apply

North Hennepin Community College
College Admissions Office
763-424-0724
Apply at North Hennepin Community College

Hennepin Technical College
952-995-1300
Apply at Hennepin Technical College

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. Certificates will be issued upon class completion.

Location

Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Dates, times and cost

The fee is collected at the class by the instructor.

Day Date Time Hours Cost
Wednesday August 16 1 to 5 p.m. 4 $22
Monday August 28 5 to 9 p.m. 4 $22
Wednesday September 6 1 to 5 p.m. 4 $22
Monday September 25 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4 $22
Wednesday November 1 1 to 5 p.m. 4 $22
Monday November 13 1 to 5 p.m. 4 $22
Wednesday November 29 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4 $22
Monday December 4 1 to 5 p.m. 4 $22
Wednesday December 20 1 to 5 p.m. 4 $22

 

Registration

Register by calling 1-888-234-1294.

Dynamic Aging

Dynamic Aging shifts the conversation from exercising to moving. No matter where you're starting, if you change how you move, you can change how you feel.

Join us to learn more about moving through life better by optimizing body function and minimizing pain and discomfort. Using whole-body alignment and basic exercises, movements and adjustments, we can learn to move in a way that creates more mobility, reduces tension, heals tissues, decreases pain/inflammation, and builds strength and stability. This class is based off a whole-body movement practice designed by biomechanist and founder Katy Bowman. Movements will be completed in socks or bare feet.

Check it out, Google: Nutritious Movement, "Super-Agers" and Katy Bowman (on The Today Show).

Location

Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Class date

Monday, October 2, 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost

$10

E-reader drop-in class

Curious about accessing library resources on your electronic device?

Here's your chance for some one-on-one help. Bring your iPad, Kindle, smartphone, Nook or Android and we'll help you get it "library ready." Join us for a drop-in pop-up class for seniors.

Instructors

Classes are taught by staff from the Brooklyn Park Library

Location

Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Class dates

Thursday, September 14, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 12, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost

Free

Registration

Sign up ahead of time in the Senior Lounge; however we can work around your convenience/preference.

Email Workshop

This 2-hour hands-on email workshop is for people with little to no experience who are challenged with working with their email account access and limited management (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.). The class will cover several common online email account options including new account, contact list, folders, writing new email, reply, forward, and download emails attached media/ files. Also, security management, Internet connection, and a few email control settings will be among the highlighted points.

You will become comfortable using your email account system once you complete this workshop summary. You will manage with confidence your emails, contact list and messages, and learn how to identify and avoid suspicious hackers. You will learn how to connect to Wi-Fi networks, print and access cloud technology.

Instructor

Class taught by "Stephanie, Sane and Simple"

Location

Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Class date

Friday, December 1, 9 to 11 a.m.

Cost

$35

Deadline to register

November 24

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. This class is essential for busy, beautiful women who could use a little updating. No products or services will be sold!

Instructor

Julie Sherman is a makeup artist with 20 years experience.

Location

Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Class date

Tuesday, October 10, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Cost

$15

Preserving your past: home archiving

Learn to preserve photographs, letters and emails, video recordings and more as staff from the Hennepin County Library's Special Collections Department guide you through the process of home archiving. We'll cover organization, storage, preservation and access.

Instructor

Staff from Hennepin County Library's Special Collections Department

Location

Brooklyn Park Library, 8500 W Broadway

Class date

Saturday, October 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost

Free

Registration

Reserve your place in a class by calling 612-543-6225

Senior Surf Days

Learn computer basics, how to navigate and search the Internet and how to access websites of interest to seniors. Get hands-on computer experience.

Instructors

Representatives of the Senior LinkAge Line®. Collaborator: Minnesota Board on Aging and Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.

Location

Brooklyn Park Library, 8500 W Broadway

Class dates

Tuesday, September 9, October 10, November 14, 10 a.m. to noon

Cost

$35

Registration

Reserve your place in a class by calling 612-543-6225

Smartphone Workshop

This 2-hour hands-on smartphone (cellphone) workshop is for people with little to no experience who are challenged with working with their smartphones (iPhone or Android). The class will cover most common cellphone options including texting, calls and security management. Several of the main cellphone settings, Wi-Fi, security, maps, photos/videos, accessories, icons and apps management, commands and controls will be among the highlighted points.

You will become more comfortable using your cellphone once you complete this two-hour workshop session. You will be able to better handle with confidence your calls, messages, texts, browse the web, and launch many fun apps like GPS, music, news, weather and Google search. You will learn how to connect or remove Wi-Fi networks.

Instructor

Class taught by "Stephanie, Sane and Simple"

Location

Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Class date

Friday, November 3, 9 to 11 a.m.

Cost

$35

Deadline to register

October 27

Street Smart for Seniors

Hoarding disorder: what is it? What to do about it!

Hoarding is a mental health disorder that has public safety implications. Learn how to understand what hoarding is, how hoarding behaviors create unsafe homes, and how to help a loved one who hoards.

Instructors

Workshop is presented by Janet Yeats, LMFT LLC. Gail Trenholm, Brooklyn Park Environmental Health Specialist and Diane Gambrel, Professional Organizer, Smarter Spaces, both on the MN Hoarding Task Force, will be there to share information and resources.

Location

Brooklyn Park Police, North Precinct, training room, 5400 85th Ave. N.

Class date

Wednesday, October 25, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost

Free

Registration

Space is limited so you must pre-register by emailing by contacting Terry Dehmer.

Phone and email

Terry Dehmer
Crime Prevention Specialist
763-493-8277
Email Terry Dehmer

Understanding Medicare

Medicare open enrollment is just around the corner! Learn what's covered by Parts A, B, C and D. Find out about supplemental options and extra help for prescription drug costs. Discover how to navigate Medicare with help from the Senior LinkAge Line®

Instructor

Staff from Senior LinkAge Line®

Location

Brooklyn Park Library, 8500 W Broadway

Class date

Tuesday, November 7, 2 to 3 p.m.

Cost

Free

Registration

Reserve your place in a class by calling 612-543-6225

Watercolor studioWoman holding up her finished watercolor artwork

A continuing adventure

Explore different ways to use water color through one-on-one instruction. Learn at your own pace in a fun and relaxing atmosphere! No drawing skills required. Patterns are provided and you get a new painting in every session. Materials are provided.

If you are new to this class, please request a supply list when you register. Remember to bring a bag lunch.

Instructor

Barbara Boulka

Location

Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Class dates

Thursdays, September 7 and 21, October 5 and 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursdays, November 2 and 16, December 7 and 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost

$70, plus a $20 material fee payable to the instructor

What is my dog saying?

Dogs have a rich language that most people don't understand. They talk to other dogs and they talk to people! Learn to communicate with canines for better safety around dogs and an improved life with your pets. No dogs, please.

Instructor

Certified professional dog trainer Julie Humiston

Location

Brooklyn Park Library, 8500 W Broadway

Class dates

Saturday, September 23, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Cost

Free

Registration

Reserve your place in a class by calling 612-543-6225

Register

Register with Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks unless otherwise noted.

Sign up for adult education programs

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

763-493-8333
Contact Recreation and Parks Staff

 
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