Lifelong Learning Classes

Register for these programs: by phone (507-664-3700), in person at FiftyNorth, or by clicking on the title of the class

Please pre-register and check-in for all classes no matter your membership levels. It is also important to check-in at the front desk when you arrive for your class.  We use attendance data for grant applications, insurance reimbursement, space planning and determining whether or not to cancel a class.
Scholarships are available to help defray the cost of classes for those who find the cost a financial hardship.
If you are interested in teaching a Lifelong Learning class or if you have an idea for a new class offering, please contact Patty Ciernia at 664-3709

A Necessary Writing Task: An Obituary

Monday & Friday
February 6 & 10

When a death is reported in the newspaper, accompanied by an obituary for the deceased, how does that obituary happen?  In many cases, stressed family members scramble to meet a deadline set by a funeral home or other site for a service, hoping to capture the essence of the deceased person as well as important information about memorials. Much of the anguish associated with this task can be eliminated by advance planning.  This two-session course will give participants a chance to determine the key elements of an obituary and prepare a draft.  We will meet on a Monday morning from 9-11 to map out the necessary features of an obituary and resume on Friday at the same time to work in pairs on provisional drafts. The goal: preparation of a reasonable draft for someone, perhaps yourself, as well as appreciating the details of this written form.

Instructor: Carol Rutz
Capacity: 12
Cost: $18 nonmbr, $14 mbr, $0 plat
Space: 106
Note: Carol Rutz retired from Carleton College after 30 years, including writing obituaries for the alumni magazine as well as teaching writing to undergraduates. She has also written obituaries for family members.

CPR and First Aid

Tuesday, February 21

Students will receive expert training in First Aid and Basic Life Support CPR (adult) including Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). This 3-hour class includes instruction, demonstrations and hands-on activities and culminates in the students earning an American Heart Card. It is appropriate training for Certified Nurse Assistants, healthcare workers, childcare workers, teachers, instructors, and volunteers. Many health care facilities require this training of their employees.

Instructor:  Jon Bolster
Capacity:  10
Cost:  $72 nonmbr, $65 mbr, $0 platinum

Potholes and Pitfalls in Estate Planning

Monday, February 27

When it comes to estate planning, One Size does not fit all!  Let’s talk about the steps you can take to address your goals, your family make-up and the nature of your assets.

Presenter: Jacqui Dorsey
Capacity:  25
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  Room 103

True Minnesota Gold

Wednesday, March 15

Minnesotans have long been known for their humble nature and work ethic, and as such have long taken great pride in our state’s rich sports heritage. Patrick “Packy” Mader’s two books feature compelling stories told by more than 100 Minnesota athletes participating in the Olympics, World Championships, and World Cups from 1948 – present. Packy presents an engaging multimedia program as he shares the fascinating conversations he had with these remarkable men and women who honored their sport, their state, and their country on the world stage over the last seven decades and now “give back” to their sport and community. Discover true Minnesota gold!

Presenter: Patrick “Packy” Mader
Capacity:  25
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  Room 103