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

AUTHOR TALK – Nancy Noyes Silcox presents – Samuel Wilbert Tucker: The Story of a Civil Rights Trailblazer …

Friday, June 21
10:30-12:00pm

America’s Earliest Civil Rights Sit-in
Samuel Wilbert Tucker: The Story of a Civil Rights Trailblazer and the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-in
Refused a library card at the public library, twenty-six-year-old African American lawyer Samuel W. Tucker organized a sit-in to protest the library’s whites-only policy in 1939. He defended the protesters when they were arrested for disorderly conduct. Facing down Virginia’s “massive resistance” to school desegregation after the 1954 Brown v Board decision, he continued to fight unrelentingly for fairness, equality and justice.

Author Nancy Noyes Silcox’s presentation includes details about the sit-in and Tucker’s career as a civil rights lawyer. She shares stories of her research journey that led her to unexpected connections and information.

Silcox wrote Tucker’s biography to help young readers understand that change requires the determination and courage of many ordinary people, not only the ones who become famous.

Growing up in New Ulm, Silcox now lives in Northfield.  As a Peace Corps volunteer in 1968, she served in Guyana, South America.  She has been a school librarian in Alexandria, Virginia, Egypt, Belgium and Ukraine.

Currently, Silcox is working on A Place Called Home: The Story of German Immigrants from Cincinnati, Ohio to New Ulm, Minnesota 1856-1862. It’s a coming-of-age historical fiction about adjusting to change, experiencing tragedy during the US-Dakota War of 1862 and learning to survive and build a community in a new place.

For more information, visit her website: www.nancynoyessilcox.com

Samuel Tucker books will be on sale after the presentation.

Presenter: Nancy Noyes Silcox
Capacity: 50
Cost: Free
Space: Room 103

TOUR THE LIBRARY OASIS!

Tuesday, July 16
10:30-11:00am

Take a tour with FiftyNorth members to learn about all the resources available at The Library Oasis. We’ll gather in the lobby of FiftyNorth at 10:20 or meet us at the Oasis for a 10:30 tour.
The Northfield Public Library Oasis now offers: 

  • 24-hour access to return books and pickup holds
  • Access to comfortable and inviting indoor and outdoor space for public use
  • A collection of high interest materials and resources with self-checkout kiosk
  • Staff expertise and support 
  • Access to computers and wifi
  • Ability to browse, borrow, and request materials from all over the state
  • Space and services in a location that is accessible and welcoming to area residents who live, attend school, work, and/or receive services on the south end of town

The Oasis is staffed daily providing full service Monday through Friday, from 8-12. The space is open to the public anytime the building is open, typically between 7 am and 5 pm, Monday-Friday via the Community Action Center entrance.

Tour guides: Library employees: Alexus and Karin
Capacity: 20
Cost: $0
Space: Northfield Library Oasis, Northfield Community Resource Center (north end of building)

CPR and First Aid

Tuesday, July 23
9:00-12:00pm

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 102

Bike Laws, Bike Safety & Bike Lanes

Wednesday, 7/24/24
1:00-1:45pm

In this presentation, Officer Murphy-Smith will be covering some basic Bike Laws, Bike Safety and Safety around bike lanes from the perspective of someone using the bike lanes, as well as, from the aspect of a motorist and right of ways. Officer Murphy-Smith will welcome any questions you have pertaining to bikes and any other questions you may have regarding policing in Northfield.

Instructor: Officer Murphy-Smith
Capacity: 30
Cost: Free
Space: Room 103

All Aboard! Discover the Joy of Train Travel

Friday, July 26
1:00-2:00pm

Calling all adventurous seniors! Ditch the car keys and join us for an exciting exploration of train travel. In this fun and informative class, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know about embarking on unforgettable journeys by rail. Join us for an informative presentation designed specifically for seniors curious about train travel. We’ll cover everything you need to know, from the different types of trips available to what to expect on board. Learn about exciting destinations you can reach by train, and discover the ease and comfort of rail travel.
Join us and:

  • Ask all your questions: Travel With Us agents will be happy to answer your questions.
  • Get inspired: Discover exciting destinations you can reach by train.
  • Share your travel stories: Connect with other like-minded seniors who love to explore.

*Watch a train travel video from Rocky Mountaineer Experience HERE
Don’t miss out on this chance to learn, be inspired, and embark on your next train adventure! TravelWithUs.vacations   Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok

Presenters: Leah and Shanna from Travel With Us
Capacity: 20
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 102

Noontime Organ Recital & Cemetery Stroll at Valley Grove Church

Wednesday, August 7
11:45-2:00pm

We’ll start the afternoon enjoying an organ recital performed by Noah Klein. Noah graduated from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with a BM in Organ Performance, studying under Dr. Janette Fishell. He was the Musical Intern for Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Back home in Northfield, Minnesota, Noah plays for local churches in the area as well as organ recital series throughout southern Minnesota.
Join local historian, author, and FiftyNorth member Jeff Sauve as he takes participants on a 40-minute stroll through the historic Valley Grove Cemetery. Stops along the way will feature history of the two church buildings, explanations of headstone symbolism and stories of interesting people from the past.
*Meet at 11:45 in the FiftyNorth parking lot. We will carpool to Valley Grove Church. Please eat lunch before you come.
*There is a port-a-potty on the premises.

Leader: Jeff Sauve
Cost: $9 Nonmbr, $7 Mbr, $0 Platinum
Space: Valley Grove Church

Spanish I

Mondays & Thursdays
September 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30,
October 3, 7, 10, 14, 21, 24, 28, 31    *No class on October 17
November 4, 7, 11, 14
10:00-11:00am

This class is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Spanish. The Spanish 1st year textbook Realidades will be used and will be available for purchase at the first class for $25. Students will also receive a link to the workbook and answer key (if requested, FiftyNorth can print copies for those that would like a physical copy). Students will progress from learning the alphabet, basic greetings, numbers, colors, etc. to acquiring the vocabulary and grammar skills to form simple sentences in the present tense and to talk about daily activities and interests. Culture points from the Spanish-speaking world will also be presented and discussed. This class is the first in a series of three 10-week “trimesters” and will meet Mondays and Thursdays from 10a.m. – 11a.m.

Instructor: Chris Kauffeld
Capacity: 15
Cost: $171 Nonmbr, $133 Mbr
Space: Room 106

CPR and First Aid

Tuesday, September 10
9:00-12:00pm

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