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

ROCK HUNTING III: Heading South for Warm Weather and New Adventures

Thursday, March 23

Sandy Dockstader returns for a third presentation to share her recent experience in Arizona and New Mexico.

Arizona and New Mexico are not only a popular location to visit in the winter, it offers many opportunities for rockhounding. The desert and the mountains hold many treasures. All over the area there are abandoned mines and the ruins of sleuths. Join me to see the variety of rocks I found while in the desert and in the mountains. I dug through mine tailings to find amethyst, honey calcite, pyrite azurite, chrysocolla, agates, carnelian, rainbow wood, wonderstone, fluorite, galena, and cave specimens. The adventures include climbing rough roads, wandering the desert, walking washouts, fighting sand storms and even a blizzard. A winter rockhounding
adventure somewhere warm.
NOTE: In February, Sandy will display a collection of rocks from this trip in the lobby at FiftyNorth.

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

CPR and First Aid

Tuesday, April 18

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

AFN Housing Presentation Series #3: Downsizing and Decluttering

Wednesday, April 19

Downsizing and decluttering… So Why Does All This Matter?
The largest amount of people EVER requiring healthcare (boomers & their parents).
• Two generations attach PRIDE to their STUFF because of hard work & memories.
• An impending shortage of affordable housing for downsizing.
• Rising costs of healthcare: more services provided within the home.
The #1 thing that impedes people from leaving their home and/or getting healthcare into their homes is THE STUFF.

Meghan from AARP MN will discuss helpful tips on downsizing and decluttering and the reasons behind people hanging on to stuff. Northfielder, Stacey Greer will share experiences from her business The Neighbor Lady and Malcom Watt will give information on how to get rid of stuff. This will be a fun presentation you won’t want to miss! Treats provided.

Meghan Redmond; AARP Minnesota | Associate State Director
Stacey Greer; The Neighbor Lady
Malcom Watt; The Junk Truck
Capacity:  25
Cost: Free
Space:  Room 103

Protect Yourself from Fraud

Wednesday, April 26

Mark Kohn, Private Investigator with the Northfield Police Department will be joined by Cea Grass, Outreach Specialist from the MN Senior Linkage Line. Cea will present an overview of the services offered at the Senior Linkage Line including where to get the right help with Medicare and Medicaid questions and the widespread problem of older adult fraud and scam prevention.

Together, they will cover healthcare fraud, waste and abuse, as well as identity theft and scams. Mark will share his experiences with fraud and scams in the Northfield area. Learn how to recognize these and protect yourself from them as well as how to report them if they occur.
Q&A following presentation.

Presenters: Cea Grass, Senior Linkage Line
Investigator Mark Kohn, Northfield P.D.
Capacity:  25
Cost: $9 nonmbr, $7 mbr, $0 platinum
Space: Room 103