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.
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

 

Meet the Author: Elsie Ohm Slinger

Thursday, November 5
1:30-2:30pm

Author, Elsie Slinger will introduce her latest book “Murder, Mysteries & Misfortune in Rice County”. Northfield’s dark history comes alive in my book, especially in the Trilogy of Murder I 1969, when law enforcement and the community work together to solve three brutal killings. Throw in a bootlegger’s family illegal run with authorities, add a child napping story plus good ol’ Jesse James and you won’t disappoint your depraved appetite for intrigue!

Morristown, Lonsdale, Faribault, Northfield, Webster share one thing in common between these pages – hate, crime and blood. With so many stories over the last 150 years, only 30 were shared in this 240 page book. It’s an opportunity to read about how the crimes were committed, solved (or unsolved) and dealt with throughout the 20th century.

Presenter: Elsie Ohm Slinger
Capacity:  18
Cost: $0
Space:  103/105

 

 

 

New offering for classes in partnership with the Senior Learning Network. November offerings are virtually via Zoom (with registration deadlines). Starting in December we’ll offer both viewing together here at FiftyNorth and virtually via zoom.

 

ONLINE – Spanish Missions in Texas (Zoom)

Thursday, November 5
1:00-2:00pm

Why did the Spanish attempt to build Missions in Texas? What effect did this have on the Native Americans living in Texas? Were these Missions a success or a failure? Explore these questions alongside a museum educator with maps, timelines, and historical information.

Presented by: The Senior Learning Network
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline: November 3

 

 

ZOOM 101

Friday, November 6
10:00-10:30am

Never tried Zooming? Are you curious how this all works? If you have a smart phone, tablet or computer, that’s all you need. If you don’t, that’s OK too! You can call in with a traditional phone and listen in.
We’ll take you through the simple steps of using Zoom for the first time. We’ll join a live Zoom meeting and explore how it all works.

Presenter:  Patty Ciernia
Capacity:  10
Cost:  $0
Space:  104/106
Please pre-register; space is limited

 

 

ONLINE – I Want My Mummy! – Penn Museum (Zoom)

Tuesday, November 10
1:00-2:00pm

Mummies, intentionally or naturally preserved human (or animal) remains, hold a special fascination in popular culture. The very word, “mummy” typically brings to mind a mysterious ageless land, ancient Egypt, where mummification of the dead in preparation for a successful afterlife persisted for millennia. However, when we think of ancient Egypt’s mummies, we commonly associate them with books and movies that portray them as reanimated, vengeful monsters returning from death to wreak havoc upon the living. Where did such notions come from, and why? This workshop addresses that question by engaging participants in a close examination into the at least 500-year history that led to why ancient Egypt’s mummies hold such a special fascination in our own culture. Unpublished images of actual ancient Egyptian mummies, including royal mummies such as Ramses II as well as human remains recovered as part of Dr. Phillips’ own excavations in Egypt, are used to illustrate how and why the Egyptians mummified their dead (including their pets!). Please note: This program includes photography of human remains.

Presented by: The Senior Learning Network
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline: November 8

 

 

ONLINE – Wright Brothers National Memorial (Zoom)

Thursday, November 12
1:00-2:00pm

How did small barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina become the site of the first successful flights of human history? In this presentation by the rangers at Wright Brothers National Memorial, you’ll learn about what made two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, travel to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina and how they used the perfect conditions of the Outer Banks to conduct their flying experiments and make the impossible possible.

Presented by: The Senior Learning Network
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline: November 10

 

 

ONLINE – Life and Legacy of George Washington Carver (Zoom)

Tuesday, November 17
1:00-2:00pm

Explore the incredible life of George Washington Carver-  from his birth into slavery during the Civil War to his 47-year career at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
Following the program, stick around! Just for fun, we will answer this question: Can you milk a peanut?!! Join a park ranger in making milk from peanuts. George Washington Carver found this milk substitute in 1919 and shared it with impoverished people in the Belgian Congo, where most of the cattle and goats had died from disease.

Presented by: The Senior Learning Network
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline: November 15

 

 

ONLINE – Red Rock Canyon Park (Zoom)

Thursday, November 19
1:00-2:00pm

A Walk Through Time on the Desert View Trail”.
Join us as we explore the climate change that has occurred at Red Rock Canyon over the millions of years including the beginning of the drying period approximately 12,000 years ago. We will then discuss the various animal fossils found and how mother nature goes through a system of change and adaptation.Learn about general flora and fauna and how the Native Americans used various plants for medicinal purposes. Discover the Three Hundred Year Flood the park experienced in 1997, including a a story told by one of our past volunteers that was camping at the park with his grandson during the flood.

Presented by: The Senior Learning Network
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Registration deadline: November 17

 

 

ZOOM 101

Friday, November 20
10:00-10:30am

Never tried Zooming? Are you curious how this all works? If you have a smart phone, tablet or computer, that’s all you need. If you don’t, that’s OK too! You can call in with a traditional phone and listen in.
We’ll take you through the simple steps of using Zoom for the first time. We’ll join a live Zoom meeting and explore how it all works.

Presenter:  Patty Ciernia
Capacity:  10
Cost:  $0
Space:  104/106
Please pre-register; space is limited

 

ONLINE ZOOM – Christmas with the Roosevelts!

Tuesday, December 1
1:00-2:00pm

A program from the FDR Presidential Library and Museum- and it’s a special one! Do you remember Bing Crosby and White Christmas, then you won’t want to miss this presentation! Jeff Urbin uses music, humor and storytelling to explain how FDR celebrated Christmas. It is nothing like what is done today, it was a much simpler time!

Presenter:  Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  12
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  November 29
The Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

ONSITE – Christmas with the Roosevelts!

Tuesday, December 1
1:00-2:00pm

A program from the FDR Presidential Library and Museum- and it’s a special one! Do you remember Bing Crosby and White Christmas, then you won’t want to miss this presentation! Jeff Urbin uses music, humor and storytelling to explain how FDR celebrated Christmas. It is nothing like what is done today, it was a much simpler time!

Presenter:  Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  12
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Space:  104/106

 

ONLINE ZOOM – Mitchell Caverns Virtual Tour

Thursday, December 3
1:00-2:00pm

Mitchell Caverns, within the Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve, is a trio of limestone caves, located on the east side of the Providence Mountains. For many years the caves were thought to be “dead”, that is, the formations were no longer growing. However, recent studies have found some signs of life. Numerous paleontological and archeological finds have been made in and around the caverns. Scientists have found the remains of several prehistoric animals, including a sloth. The caverns were a sacred place for the Chemehuevi Indians, and a number of tools and fire pits have been found.

Come join us for a virtual tour with California State Park Interpreter Andrew Fitzpatrick, taking us through a crash course in desert and cave ecology & local history of the Mitchell Caverns in the Mojave Desert.

Presenter: Senior Learning Network
Capaci
ty35
Cost:
$9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  December 1
A Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

ONSITE – Mitchell Caverns Virtual Tour

Thursday, December 3
1:00-2:00pm

Mitchell Caverns, within the Mitchell Caverns Natural Preserve, is a trio of limestone caves, located on the east side of the Providence Mountains. For many years the caves were thought to be “dead”, that is, the formations were no longer growing. However, recent studies have found some signs of life. Numerous paleontological and archeological finds have been made in and around the caverns. Scientists have found the remains of several prehistoric animals, including a sloth. The caverns were a sacred place for the Chemehuevi Indians, and a number of tools and fire pits have been found.

Come join us for a virtual tour with California State Park Interpreter Andrew Fitzpatrick, taking us through a crash course in desert and cave ecology & local history of the Mitchell Caverns in the Mojave Desert.

Presenter:  Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  12
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Space:  104/106

 

ONLINE ZOOM – Mystic Seaport and Museum Part 1: Navigation through the Great Explorers

Tuesday, December 8
1:00-2:00pm

We love the Mystic Seaport!
Join us to learn about navigation through the lens of famous explorers. We will examine the instruments and tools used by Columbus, Magellan, and other famous navigators. Ultimately, we will make a connection between technological improvements and safer, more precise movement around the globe.

Presenter:  Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  35
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Registration deadline:  December 6
Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the program.

 

ONSITE – Mystic Seaport and Museum Part 1: Navigation through the Great Explorers

Tuesday, December 8
1:00-2:00pm

We love the Mystic Seaport- and we are back!
Join us to learn about navigation through the lens of famous explorers. We will examine the instruments and tools used by Columbus, Magellan, and other famous navigators. Ultimately, we will make a connection between technological improvements and safer, more precise movement around the globe.

Presenter:  Senior Learning Network
Capacity:  12
Cost:  $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 plat
Space:  104/106

 

AARP Safe Driving Classes

Are you looking for AARP Safe Driving Classes?

Click me!