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Adult Education Programs

From art to technology, we offer all kinds of educational opportunities!


Register with Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks unless otherwise noted.

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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.


North Hennepin Community College
College Admissions Office
Apply at North Hennepin Community College

Hennepin Technical College
Apply at Hennepin Technical College

Defensive Driving

Age 55 and up driver improvement classes

Minnesota Highway Safety Council offers defensive driving classes with 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.


Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Dates, times and cost

The fee is collected at the class by the instructor.


Register by calling 1-888-234-1294.

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.


Classes are taught by staff from the Brooklyn Park Library


Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Class dates

Second Thursday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon




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

Smartphone Workshop

This 2-hour introductory workshop covers some of the most common and basic usage of a smartphone. You will become familiar with:

  • Important cellphone concepts
  • Its use in our society
  • Smart device interface
  • Buttons
  • Ports
  • Status bar
  • Accessories
  • Call, voice, and text messaging
  • Emergency SOS
  • Sound settings
  • Simple apps management
  • Airplane mode
  • Wi-Fi and hotspot search and internet connections
  • Light web browsing
  • Security awareness
  • Camera use, how to take photos and share via texting
  • Clock, alarm, stop watch, and world clock settings

We will answer a few questions you may have. We will also look at outside resources to help you learn more about smartphone use.


Class taught by “RayTheComputerGuy”.


Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Class date

Friday, January 18, 9 to 11 a.m.



Deadline to register

January 17

Watercolor studio

Adult Watercolor

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.


Barbara Boulka


Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Ave. N.

Class dates

Thursdays, January 3 & 17 and Februry 7 & 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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


Register with Brooklyn Park Recreation and Parks unless otherwise noted.

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Senior resource room

Located at the Community Activity Center, we have resources to help guide families to local senior services.

Information includes

  • Community and civic participation
  • Public spaces and transportation
  • Housing and health
  • Social services

Senior services resources

Senior LinkAge Line: 1-800-333-2433

CEAP, Meals on Wheels: 763-566-9600

Happy Feet Foot Care: 763-560-5136

Minnesota Seniors Online: 763-780-0309

Metro Mobility: 651-602-1111

Transit Link: 651-602-5465, email Transit Link

HOME (Household and Outside Maintenance for Elderly): 952-746-4046

Senior Outreach Caregiver Services: 952-767-7888

CareNextion: 612-770-7005

Medicare and health insurance counseling: 952-767-7887

Senior Partners Care (supplemental insurance assistance): 952-767-0665