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  • 50+ Lifelong Learning Resources & Partner Programs

    Sign up here to request more information about any of the programs or topics listed below. Your contact information will be shared with the people or organizations who are hosting the classes and activities in which you indicate an interest. GPS: Grandparents Parenting Support - Education and support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren meets the first Thursday of each month from 6:30-8pm at Faith Lutheran Church. Memory Cafe - Opportunities for people who have been diagnosed with memory loss and their caregivers to engage and receive support in a relaxed environment. The group meets the first Thursday of the month from 10-11am at the Forest Lake Senior Center. Sponsored by Act on Alzheimers. Memory Loss Support Group - Friends and family members of people living with dementia will have the opportunity for education and support. This group meets the third Saturday of each month from 10-11:30am at Cherrywood Pointe. Sponsored by ACT on Alzheimers. Golden Age Pass - People age 62 and over can attend any Forest Lake Rangers varsity sport regular season home event for FREE. Must show ID when purchasing tickets. Do you have ideas or requests for information or classes that should be included in our 50+LL programs? Contact Laurie Drolson at Ldrolson@flaschools.org or (651) 982-8334.
  • Gift Certificate - Adult

    Give someone special an experience! Give the gift of swim lessons, yoga, a painting class, a baseball league, a drama workshop... The classes and opportunities you can use a gift certificate with are nearly endless. Purchase in the amount of $25, $50, $75 or $100. Your gift certificate will be mailed the next business day or you can request to pick it up in person at the Education Center in Forest Lake. If you have any questions, please call (651) 982-8110.
  • GED Testing

    MAKE AN INVESTMENT - Adults who have their degree make more money and are prepared for college! The GED® test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. After you pass the GED® test, your diploma or credential will be issued by your state but you’ll receive a GED® transcript to apply to college, start training, or get a better job. Visit www.ged.com to learn more or to make an appointment to take the test.
  • Senior Fit Club

    This 45 minute class, designed especially for older adults, offers a variety of exercises designed to increase muscle strength, range of movement and improve activities for daily living. A chair is used for seated exercises and standing support. Bring hand-held weights, small ball and resistance band. Wear comfortable clothes, athletic shoes and bring a bottle of water.
  • Yoga - Hatha Flow

    Build strength while you lengthen and stretch your body by aligning ligaments through this gentle yoga practice. Yoga postures are connected with fluid movements that synchronize with your breathing to help reduce stress and improve balance. This class is most appropriate for people with experience in yoga. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat and a bottle of water. Drop-in fee is $10. Please register for S20A for the in-person class, and S20B or a webinar class.
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)

    Adult Basic Education classes are: Designed for adults Learner centered Offered year round Confidential Free of charge Self-paced Flexible on-going start dates Basic Skills Refresher – Are you preparing to enter college or wanting to brush up on your reading, writing or math skills? Based on your individual needs, you will be guided through activities and materials to help you meet your educational goals. English as a Second Language – Are you or someone you know interested in improving their English? Foreign-born adults are welcome to work one-on-one or in small groups with teachers or tutors to improve their English skills. Students can enter the program with any level of English language skill and move through the program at their own pace. Family Learning - This is an ideal program for parents with young children who want to work on their own learning goals. Children attend preschool or childcare programs while parents participate in parent education classes and work on goals that may include GED, English or basic skills. Families enjoy lunch together, participate in guided learning experiences and get ideas for home activities. Call for enrollment information. Sep-May Tue & Thu 11:15-3:30pm
  • GED Test Preparation

    Work individually or in small groups with the guidance of a licensed teacher to prepare for taking your GED tests. We will determine where you need extra support in order to pass all four sections of the GED test. You will have access to instructional materials and timed practice tests. You and your instructor will determine when you are prepared to take each section of the computer based version of the GED. GED-i online test preparation is available on a limited basis to learners who qualify.
  • Forest Lake Area Schools: Bus Driving 101

    If you have ever thought, “I could never do that,” the trainers from the Forest Lake Area Schools Transportation Department will answer all your questions. Our students need caring people like you to become quality drivers in our community. We would love to meet you and provide the facts and information you need to believe, “I can do this!” If time allows, we will have a bus on site to provide a driving experience. This is the best paying, family friendly, part-time job in the area.
  • Paint Your Pet

    Create a unique portrait of your pet! Once you sign up for the class, email us a clear, high quality photo of your pet. The better the photo, the easier it will be to paint from. One pet per canvas please. Any animal is possible; dog, cat, chicken, horse or whatever creature you love. Instructor, Tree Croyle Johnson, will have a sketch of your pet outlined on a 11 X 14 canvas ready when you arrive for your class. You will be guided step-by-step through the process to help you capture the likeness of your pet. No experience is necessary. Come ready to have fun and please be advised the paint can stain your clothes. Photo must be emailed to Janet at Jnutter@flaschools.org at least one week prior to class. You are welcome to bring snacks and beverages. A supply fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at class. Hallberg Center for the Arts is located at 5521 East Viking Blvd, Wyoming. The classroom at Hallberg Center for the Arts is not wheelchair accessible. If you require accessibility, please call (651) 982-8110 two weeks prior to the start of class and the class will be moved to a FLAS art room. Photograph (before) Painting (after)
  • Yoga - Balance & Strength

    Energize your body while gaining flexibility and strength through the practice of yoga. Using yoga poses, you will stretch and tone muscles while strengthening joints and improving your balance. This class is designed for people of all abilities. Kyoshin Ryu has a new location at 143 Lake Street N, Forest Lake. Please park in the municipal parking lot at the back of the building. Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat and a bottle of water.
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Fitness/Yoga

    Take your workout to the water on a stand up paddle board. Build strength and improve your balance and focus. Starting with a short paddle, we’ll find the perfect spot to anchor. Your total body workout will include body weight and strength exercises, conditioning drills and cardio bursts. End each session with a short flowing sequence of yoga and relaxing on the water. All participants must be 18+ years of age, sign a liability waiver and are required to wear a life jacket, whistle and leash. Please wear a swimsuit or workout wear you are comfortable getting wet and swimming in (no cotton, please). Bring sunscreen and a bottle of water. All equipment is provided. Small group size with certified instructors allows for individual attention. Students may bring their own life jackets.
  • Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson

    Learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding. Start with an introduction on dryland to learn about equipment, safety, launching, form, balance and turning. Next, move to the water starting on your knees and gaining confidence and skills to progress to standing on the board. SUP improves balance, core strength, endurance and is fun for all fitness levels. All participants must be 18+ years of age, sign a liability waiver and are required to wear a life jacket, whistle and leash. Please wear a swimsuit or workout wear you are comfortable getting wet and swimming in (no cotton, please). Bring sunscreen and a bottle of water. All equipment is provided. Small group size with certified instructors allows for individual attention. Students may bring their own life jackets.
  • 5 Keys to Retiring Fearlessly

    Whether you are approaching retirement or in retirement, the risk remains the same. You need to have a strategy to manage your assets in volatile markets. This workshop will provide five keys to building a retirement plan that will give you confidence to face the daily swings in the market.
  • Social Paint Night

    Anyone can be an artist - yes, including you! No art experience is necessary to create a 16 X 20 acrylic painting on a canvas you can take home. Step by step instruction by professional artist, Tree Croyle Johnson, will guide you through the creation of the featured painting in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Creativity, fun and mess-making are encouraged! The paint can stain your clothes. Aprons will be provided, but please dress accordingly. You are welcome to bring snacks and beverages. Each session will feature a different painting. A supply fee of $5 is payable to the instructor at class. Hallberg Center for the Arts is located at 5521 East Viking Blvd, Wyoming. The classroom at Hallberg Center for the Arts is not wheelchair accessible. If you require accessibility, please call (651) 982-8110 two weeks prior to the start of class and the class will be moved to a FLAS art room. May-Swan Lake June- Canoe on a Lake July- Flowers in a Jar August- Hummingbird
  • Painting Buddies - Ages 6-Adult

    Parent and child pairs will work together to create an acrylic painting on two canvases (grandparents/grandchildren are welcome too). Step by step instruction from professional artist, Tree Croyle Johnson, will help ensure every painting is a masterpiece! This is a great opportunity to have fun and be creative in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The paint can stain your clothes. Aprons will be provided, but please dress accordingly. A supply fee of $10 per pair is payable to the instructor at class. Hallberg Center for the Arts is located at 5521 East Viking Blvd, Wyoming. The classroom at Hallberg Center for the Arts is not wheelchair accessible. If you require accessibility, please call (651) 982-8110 two weeks prior to the start of class and the class will be moved to a FLAS art room. Painting Buddies May-Butterflies June-Unicorns July-Jellyfish August-Dandelions
  • Pickleball Lessons - Intermediate/Advanced

    Please bring hand sanitizer. The size of the class will not exceed the maximum group size allowed by MDH.It’s time to improve your pickleball game. Learn proper techniques for three different serves, cross court attack dinks and the all-important third shot (drop). Learn how to play against "bangers" and the secrets of winning doubles strategies. Open to all players who know how to keep score, hit a forehand and backhand shot and understand the basis of the dink shot. Participants will drill and play to achieve maximum improvement. PPR Coach and multi-Gold Medalist, Michael Lammer, will instruct this fun filled class. Wear comfortable clothes, athletic shoes and bring a bottle of water. Michael will have demo paddles available for use. Fenway Fields Pickleball Courts are located at 5530 206th St N, Forest Lake.
  • Pickleball - Advanced Skills & Drills

    Please bring hand sanitizer. The size of the class will not exceed the maximum group size allowed by MDH. Better players practice with better drills to improve their playing skills. PPR Coach and multi-Gold Medalist Michael Lammer will provide specific skill drills to improve your serve, your return of serve, your dink technique and placement. Develop your third shot drop, along with learning how to hit a punch kill shot and an offensive lob from the NVZ. Court position strategies will be taught as well as how to play against “bangers.” Open to 3.5 plus students. Class drills will be modified to address the needs of the participants. Fenway Fields Pickleball Courts are located at 5530 206th St N, Forest Lake.
  • Pickleball Lessons - Beginner

    Please bring hand sanitizer. The size of the class will not exceed the maximum group size allowed by MDH.Join the fastest growing sport in America by learning to play pickleball. This beginner class is designed as a drill and play format. You will learn how to keep score, serve and return the serve along with hitting forehand, backhand, dinking, lobbing and court strategies. This course is taught with passion and humor by PPR Coach and multi-Gold Medalist, Michael Lammer. Wear comfortable clothes, athletic shoes and bring a bottle of water. You do not need to purchase a paddle before class. Michael will bring a variety of demo paddles for you to try. Fenway Fields Pickleball Courts are located at 5530 206th St N, Forest Lake.
  • Medicare 101

    Planning for Medicare is intimidating. If you or a family member is nearing the age of 65, you should plan on attending this course to learn the basics of what Medicare is, how it works, how to avoid penalties and what you need to know to prepare yourself for this process. The instructor, Charles Taylor, is the owner of Four Points Advisory LLC. Investment and Advisory services offered through World Equity Group Inc., member of FINRA/SIPC. This class will be held in person (with appropriate social distancing) or canceled depending on guidelines we receive from the State of Minnesota and the Department of Education. Decisions will be made and participants will be contacted by May 1.
  • Social Security: Timing is Everything

    As you approach retirement, now is the time to determine how you'll support yourself. Find out how you can optimize Social Security and know how much you can expect to receive from other income sources.
  • Social Paint Night

    Anyone can be an artist - yes, including you! No art experience is necessary to create a 16 X 20 acrylic painting on a canvas you can take home. Step by step instruction by professional artist, Tree Croyle Johnson, will guide you through the creation of the featured painting in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Creativity, fun and mess-making are encouraged! The paint can stain your clothes. Aprons will be provided, but please dress accordingly. You are welcome to bring snacks and beverages. Each session will feature a different painting. A supply fee of $5 is payable to the instructor at class. Hallberg Center for the Arts is located at 5521 East Viking Blvd, Wyoming. The classroom at Hallberg Center for the Arts is not wheelchair accessible. If you require accessibility, please call (651) 982-8110 two weeks prior to the start of class and the class will be moved to a FLAS art room. Sept - Black-eyed Susans Oct - Sunset Nov - Swans Dec - Snowmen