Lifelong Learning

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.


Story Quilt: Women of the Plains

Wednesday, August 28
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Jewell Wolk stitched eleven story quilts and after she passed away in 2011, her daughter, Jean Wakely, inherited these quilts and shares the stories they tell.  Women of the Plains is her moist revered and acclaimed quilt. It is a tribute to the women who nutured a culture and softened the hardness of life on the Great Plains of Montana. It is also dedicated to the three young Blackfoot sisters who visited Jewell’s home and shared their stories.  She created the quilt to tell the Native American Blackfoot women’s history and to begin a conversation of understanding

Instructor:  Jean Wakely
Capacity:  30
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat-equiv



CPR and First Aid

Tuesday, September 10
1:00pm to 3:30pm

Students will receive expert training in First Aid and Basic Life Support CPR (adult) including Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). This 2 and half-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, teachers, childcare workers and volunteers. Many health care facilities require this training of their employees.

Instructor: Jon Bolster
Capacity:  9
Cost:  $62 nonmbr, $55 mbr, $0 plat-equiv/instructor



Aging Mastery Program

Mondays, September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18
1:30pm to 3:00pm

Aging Mastery Program (AMP) is a fun, innovative, person-centered program developed by the National Council on Aging. This cutting-edge health and wellness series offer the opportunity to hear local experts in the fields covered in the courses discuss the latest research and findings and present modest lifestyle changes to empower and support health, longevity, financial security and well-being.  This is a unique opportunity to be a part of this movement to put more life into our retirement years.    Register soon as space is limited.

Instructor:  various
Capacity:  24
Cost:  $50 nonmbr, $50 mbr, $15 plat-equiv



Make Your Home Safer

Wednesday, September 18
9:00am to 11:00am

Learn ways to make your home a safer place for you to live as you grow older. In this class you will be taught what you can do now to make your house safer for stability issues, fall risks, and accessibility. Marcy will talk about tricks you can do yourself, and today’s technology that will help you stay independent.

Instructor:  Marcy Kramer
Capacity:  10
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat-equiv



Universal Home Design and HomeFit Solutions

Wednesday, September 25
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Traditionally, many homes were designed for an imaginary “average” person – a healthy, fit, young male of average height. Now, Universal Home Design has become a more popular and practical approach to home building and remodeling.  As we age, many of us find that our current home has features that negatively impact safety and create barriers to everyday living. Universal design creates flexibility of spaces, simplicity to make everyday tasks easier, safety features for changing mobility and individual style and comfort. Whether you are looking at making changes to your current home to enable you to age in place or to purchase a new home, this program will give you an understanding of the options and features of universal design and the AARP HomeFit resource.

Instructor:  Architect and AARP HomeFit presenter, Gene Nicolelli
Capacity:  30
Cost: Free and open to the public.



ABCDs of Medicare

Monday, October 14
5:30pm to 7:30pm

If you are soon to be turning 65 and eligible for Medicare you need to become Medicare savvy. This class presented by Chad Wojchik from the Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Aging, will help you understand more about this program, how to get the most from your Medicare benefits, and the how to make choices for supplement parts C and D.

Pre-registration is required.
Instructor:  Chad Wojchik
Capacity:  24
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat-equiv



Fraud Watch: Scam Proof Your Life

Monday, November 4
10:00am to 11:30am

Scams, identity theft and consumer fraud are the most frequently attempted crimes every day in the United States. Millions of Americans are losing billions of dollars to scams. Technology has made it easier for criminals to access personal information and financial accounts from anywhere in the world. These criminals know how to “cover their tracks” and most investigations lead to dead ends, meaning the only way to fight these crimes is for people to recognize and avoid them in the first place.

This presentation is based on analysis of undercover FBI recordings of con-artists in action, consumer protection laws and reports from crime victims. The discussion can include a variety of topics depending on the audience’s interest: scams, identity theft, credit card fraud, cyber security and online safety, investment fraud, consumer protections, abuse within families and more.
Jay Haapala is Associate State Director of Community Engagement with AARP Minnesota and leads the state’s Fraud Watch Network which serves to educate consumers about fraud, scams and identity theft.

Instructor:  Jay Haapala
Capacity:  24
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat-equiv


If you are interested in teaching a Lifelong Learning class or if you have an idea for a new class offering, please contact Chris Ellison at 664-3707

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