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

CPR and First Aid

Tuesday, October 10

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
Space: room 106


Thursday, October 19

Minnesota is known for Lake Superior Agates, but that isn’t the only rocks that can be found in Minnesota. The glaciers helped to move many beautiful rocks into our farm fields, lakes, streams, mines, and on our beaches. Join Sandra Dockstader to learn more about the rocks you can find in Minnesota and take home a Lake Superior agate of your own. Sandra will be bringing rocks to view including amazing Lake Superior agates, Mary Ellen jasper, benthamite, geodes and thundereggs. Sandra has traveled around the nation finding many different types of rocks. If you are interested in rocks, come see some great examples and learn more about where they were found.

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


Friday, October 20

In part one (September 8), there was a presentation and discussion about the events surrounding the Northfield raid and its aftermath.   Now, in part 2, we go deeper behind the scenes to discuss the myths, stories, and controversies about the raid and its participants?  We will discuss those infamous “bullet holes” at the bank.  Did Jesse really die or was it a hoax?  Did Jesse and Frank bury their money somewhere in the Ozarks.  What did Heywood do to cause Frank James to shoot him?  That’s just a taste of what’s to come in this story behind the raid.

Bio: For thirty years Earl Weinmann has been a tour guide, teacher and an instructor for all aspects of the James and Younger Gang and their association with Northfield.  He has assisted students in publishing three books about Northfield history and the Raid.  His programs have been featured in national publications, radio, television and his expertise was recently featured on the History Channel in the Jesse James documentary, “I Was There”.

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


Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 24, 26, November 2, 7, 9, 14

Participants are invited to join sessions led by St. Olaf Chinese majors about a wide variety of Chinese cultural topics including games, art, and food. Each week we will learn basic Chinese language to accompany each topic, the history behind each topic, and a hands-on activity.
Individualized sessions. Come to one or all six.

  1. Oct. 24th Topic: Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival)
  2. Oct. 26th Topic: Tea culture
  3. Nov. 2nd Topic: Chinese board games
  4. Nov. 7th Topic: Chinese paper cutting
  5. Nov. 9th Topic: Calligraphy
  6. Nov. 14th Topic: Food (Boba tea)

We hope you will join us! No class October 31.
(6 sessions)

Presenters:  St. Olaf students majoring in Chinese
Capacity:  12
Cost:  free
Space: 102