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

Parkinson’s 101

Thursday, September 23
1:00-4:00pm

Around 50,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease each year. One in 10 are diagnosed before the age of 50. Parkinsons is a central nervous system disease that disrupts the dopamine in the brain.
Marcy Kramer, doctor of physical therapy will be presenting a talk on Parkinsons Disease. Learn what is Parkinson’s disease, how does it affect the person with this disease and what are ways to help treat the symptoms of Parkinsons.

Presenter: Marcy Kramer
Capacity: 25
Cost: $18 nonmbr, $14 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: room 103

Ukulele for Non-Dummies!

Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16
4:00-5:00pm

Have you always wanted to learn to play the ukulele? Then this is the class for you! We will begin by covering basic playing techniques, including tuning, chording, and strumming and finger picking patterns. Then, we will quickly move on to playing well-known folk, popular, and rock songs. Most people do not realize what lovely music this beautiful Hawaiian instrument is capable of creating. Bring your own ukulele and prepare to wow and amaze your friends!
(7 sessions)

Instructor: Randy Ferguson
Capacity:  max 8, min 6
Cost: $65 nonmbr, $50 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  Room 102

Intro to the Guitar

Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16
5:15-6:15pm

By the time this class is finished, you will have become an accomplished rock star, (at least in your own mind)! In this introductory class, you will learn basic guitar techniques, including chording in different keys, strumming and finger picking, as well as a few famous lead guitar riffs, (you will be surprised at how simple some of these are). We will also be playing several songs in different styles, such as folk, pop, and rock. In addition, we will discuss several different types of guitars and techniques of playing. The goal is to give you a foundation to take off and keep learning on your own.
(7 sessions)

Instructor: Randy Ferguson
Capacity:  max 8, min 6
Cost: $65 nonmbr, $50 mbr, $0 platinum
Space:  Room 102

CPR and First Aid

Thursday, October 7
1:00-4:00pm

Description of Program:  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, teachers, instructors, and volunteers. Many health care facilities require this training of their employees.

Instructor:  Jon Bolster
Capacity:  8
Cost:  $72 nonmbr, $65 mbr, $0 platinum

Protect Yourself from Fraud and Identity Theft

2 Options to participate

Financial crimes including scams, identity theft and consumer fraud are the most frequently attempted crimes every day in the United States. In this presentation, we share an inside look at how scammers think, how to safeguard against identity theft and fraud, and what to do if you or someone you know has been a victim.

Presenter: AARP MN Representatives
Capacity:  25
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum

Group Zoom at FiftyNorth
Protect Yourself from Fraud and Identity Theft

Wednesday, October 13
1:00-2:00pm
Space:  103

Zoom from home
ZOOM – Protect Yourself from Fraud and Identity Theft

Wednesday, October 13
1:00-2:00pm
Space:  Online

Medicare 101
2 Options to participate

MEDICARE 101: Learn about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D and additional insurance options. We’ll help you understand the enrollment process and options that affect personal costs.

Instructor:  Chad Wojchik- Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Aging
Capacity: 20
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum

Group Zoom at FiftyNorth
Medicare 101

Thursday, October 21
1:00-2:30pm
Space:  103

Zoom from home
ZOOM – Medicare 101

Thursday, October 21
1:00-2:30pm
Space:  Online