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  • Backyard Maple Syruping: Zoom Class & Backyard Visit (Southwest) ONLINE & IN-PERSON

    Do you know how many gallons of sap it takes to make a gallon of pure maple syrup? Only Mother Nature can answer that question, but Amy Perkins of the Come On Over Sugar Bush can share her experiences setting up and running her own backyard maple syruping operation. This two-part class includes a Zoom session to learn the basics of making your own maple syrup from tree to table. Session two is a backyard visit to see Amy's evaporator operation in full swing (small group visits of 1-1.5 hours). NOTE: Date of session two may be adjusted due to weather and sap flow.
  • Be A Visitor In Your Own City (Jefferson)

    Enjoy exploring all that Minneapolis has to offer, whether you're new to the city, or have been here forever. Join Michael Hernandez, Director of the Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center, as he spotlights the many activities available to local residents and visitors alike here in your own backyard of Minneapolis. This class is scheduled to take place in person. If we are unable to hold classes in person or are limited in what locations we can use, this class will be moved to an online platform at the same date and time. In that event, a Community Education staff will share information about attending through an online platform.
  • Chinese New Year Celebration - IN-PERSON (Southwest)

    Join two Chinese instructors as we celebrate the music, the rhythms and the traditions of Chinese New Year. Dressed in festive costumes, they will entertain us with Chinese ethnic dancing and Chinese yoyo, share favorite New Year recipes, and demonstrate the beautiful art of Chinese calligraphy. Together we will share the rich history of Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated in China, around the world and right here in the Twin Cities. You must pre-register to join this in-person event. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Chinese New Year Celebration - ONLINE (Southwest)

    Now on Zoom, too! Join two Chinese instructors as we celebrate the music, the rhythms and the traditions of Chinese New Year. Dressed in festive costumes, they will entertain us with Chinese ethnic dancing and Chinese yoyo, share favorite New Year recipes, and demonstrate the beautiful art of Chinese calligraphy. Together we will share the rich history of Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated in China, around the world and right here in the Twin Cities. You must pre-register to join this hybrid event. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Dog Sledding (Southwest)

    Join us for our Minnesota Mushing Experience! First, we'll hear an introduction of dogsled driving and equipment and meet the Siberian Huskies. Then, we'll send groups out for a dogsled run while the rest play with the huskies, visit animals in the newly remodeled horse arena. The dogsledding trail takes you through horse pastures and across a pond with many opportunities for picture taking. Dog Sleds can hold 1 or 2 adults. *During in-person outdoor classes participants must agree to wear a face covering, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others at all times, do an At-Home Daily Health Assessment and answer the health screening questions upon arriving at the class. Participants with any signs of illness are to stay home.
  • Dog Sledding: Moonlight Dog Sledding (Southwest)

    NOTE: Dates are Feb 3rd or Feb 24th (printed brochure incorrectly listed February 10th). Join us for our Minnesota Moonlight Mushing Experience! After an introduction of dogsled driving and equipment we'll meet the Siberian and Alaskan Huskies. On an evening when the moon is almost at its fullest, you will make two dogsled runs on a 1/2 mile route--once as a rider and once tryng your hand at driving the sled! When you are not sledding you will have more time to play with the huskies. Dog sleds can hold 1 or 2 adults. Masks required. Class meets at Lakes Byllesby Regional Park near Cannon Falls. *During in-person outdoor classes participants must agree to wear a face covering, maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others at all times, do an At-Home Daily Health Assessment and answer the health screening questions upon arriving at the class. Participants with any signs of illness are to stay home.
  • Meet the Author: When Minnehaha Flowed with Whiskey (Southwest) ONLINE

    Dance halls, secret saloons, wild behavior, lawsuits and whiskey. Historian Karen Cooper shares the lost history of Minnehaha Falls where all this mayhem occurred a hundred years ago. Crooks, landowners, saloon owners, and hoteliers went to the Falls to turn a profit or to raise a little ruckus. The conflict between moral upright society and the dissipated partiers at the Falls is a fascinating and forgotten story. Karen's new book: When Minnehaha Flowed with Whiskey - A Spirited History of the Falls is set to release this May. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Minneapolis Jigsaw Puzzle Contest J-term (Lake Harriet) ONLINE

    Team work will be key as you race to be the fastest group to finish a 500 piece puzzle in the Team of 2 or Team of 4 Divisions. After the simultaneous puzzle reveal online, each team will strive to finish first to win fun prizes and the claim to the Jigsaw Championship Crowns. Information will be provided regarding puzzle pick up.
  • Polar Plunge Minneapolis: Spectator (Southwest)

    Cheer on your Southwest team as they jump in a frigid Bde Maka Ska in the statewide event to raise money for the Special Olympics of Minnesota. The team will jump around 1pm. Day festivities include food trucks, warming area, local merchants, an indoor kids area and live music! Search "Southwest Community Education" at plungemn.org to donate.
  • Tour - The Quietest Place on the Planet & The World's First Digital Recording Studio (Southwest)

    NOTE: NEW DATE ADDED ON FEBRUARY 18th. Orfield Laboratories built an anechoic chamber that is so quiet that no-one can bear to be inside for more than 45 minutes. Join us as we tour the room that the Guinness Book Of World Records deemed the quietest place on earth – tests measured background noise in the chamber as -9.4 dBA. This space is also home to Sound 80, the world's first digital recording studio and the site for recordings by artists such as • Bob Dylan • Dave Brubeck • Flamin' Ohs • Michael Johnson • Leo Kottke • Lipps Inc., Funkytown • Prince, demos • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra • Cat Stevens, Izitso, 1977. (Regular tour price is $125/person).) Meet at Orfield Labs located at 2709 East 25th Street, Minneapolis, MN. Masks required. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Tour-Bus: Guided Eagle Viewing, Lark Toy Store & Marine Fine Art Museum (Southwest)

    Travel along the winter wonderland of the Mississippi River. Our first stop will be downtown Winona for our guided tour of the MN Marine Fine Art Museum. Next up is a short stop is the Famous Lark Toy Store (named one of the 10 best toy stores in the world) where you can shop, view the workshop, grab lunch at their cafe and take a ride on a one-of-a-kind hard-carved carousel. Then we'll head to Wabasha located at the convergence of the Chippewa and Mississippi Rivers where guides from the National Eagle Center (with their high powered equipment) will take us on a 3-hour tour to the best spot for viewing eagles. Winter is the best time of year for spotting eagles! Price includes coach bus transportation, guided eagle viewing & Marine Museum tour, coffee, rolls & snacks on the bus, Lunch is on your own (options to order a boxed lunch in Winona, try the Lark Toy Store Cafe or bring your own.) Ages 18+. Price includes transportation, coffee and treats on the bus. Must wear a mask on the bus and indoors. The coach bus will board at Southwest High School's Chowen Ave. parking lot at 7:30 am. Bus departs at 7:45 am and returns at 6:45 pm.
  • Tour-Bus: St. Paul Literary Tour (Southwest)

    St. Paul has the unique distinction of being home to over a dozen colleges and universities and has been home to world class writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, August Wilson, Vince Flynn, Wm. Kent Krueger, Kao Kalia Yang and many more. On this narrated tour you'll earn about the city they lived and loved in and listen to selections of some of their finest works! Includes a stop at Selby and Western Aves where you have the option to visit W.A. Frost or Nina's Cafe. An absolute must for Book Clubs and literature lovers! Price includes transportation, coffee and treats on the bus. Must wear a mask on the bus.
  • Tour-Bus: Stick-on-the-Ice Hockey Tour (Southwest)

    The puck drops here! Learn the origins of hockey and our part in it here in the State of Minnesota. On this narrated tour you'll hear about the Minnesota advantage on the ice and how hockey was developed on the pond and beyond. Hear stories of the glories of the formidable University of Minnesota Women’s Hockey Team. Sites include Herb Brooks childhood home, Schultz Arena, the Hippodrome, the Wilkins, Mariucci Arena, Xcel Energy Center, Tom Reid’s and end with a stop at Herbie’s on the Park where you can buy a refreshment, if you like. Bus boards at 12:45 pm at the Southwest High School Chowen Ave. parking lot. Price includes transportation, coffee and treats on the bus. Must wear a mask on the bus. Ages 12+.
  • Tour-Native American: Our Home Exhibit-Minnesota History Center (Southwest)

    Dakota, Ojibwe, as well as people from other tribal nations — have dwelled in this area for thousands of years and still live here today. The current Our Home exhibit shares their stories, enduring presence, and deep connection to the land. Includes 1/2 hour guided tour of exhibit and your admission to explore the rest of the museum at your own pace. Meet at the Minnesota History Center located at 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN. Masks Required. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Tour-Walking: Immigration & the (Re)Making of Saint Paul's East Side (Anwatin) Outdoor

    Examine the role of immigration in the making and remaking of St. Paul's East Side over the last 150 years. Explore Swede Hollow and its role as the first site of settlement in the 1850s, Then onto Payne Avenue, a center of immigrant life from Swedish, Italian, and German immigrants of the 19th century, to the Hmong, Mexican, and Salvadoran immigrants of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Tour will leave promptly from the Eastside Freedom Library at 1105 Greenbrier Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106. For more information or help registering contact Laura at 612-668-2478.
  • Tour: Historic Wabasha Street Caves (Southwest)

    Come hear and see the history of these sandstone caves. You will explore the original mined caves and see the finished caves (once a romantic night club called The Castle Royal). Hear the legends of the mobster massacres and ghostly lore in the most unique setting from Chicago to San Francisco. Caves are handicap accessible with ramps and bathrooms. Transportation to the caves is on your own. Ages 16+ register with an adult. Cost of Tour is $19. Register online or call 612.668.3100.
  • Tour: Karmel Mall (South)

    Discover a piece of Somalia right in Minneapolis. Our tour will take you through the sprawling array of stores selling traditional clothing, jewelry, prayer rugs, perfume and fabric. Discover the dozens of small businesses that include everything from tax preparation to barber shops to henna application. We will finish at a café where you can purchase Somali tea and snacks. Meet at the front entrance of the mall, located at 2848 Pleasant Ave. Register online or call 614-596-7110. No discounts.
  • Tour: Somali Cultural Experience: Dining, History & Dance (Southwest)

    Minnesota has the largest population of Somali people in North America. Discover the rhythms, the flavors, the culture and the faith of our Somali population. We'll meet Mohamoud Mohamed at Quruxlow (means 'beautiful') to hear about traditions around food and try samples of some of their best dishes. Then we will walk across the street to tour the Somali Museum of Minnesota, hear Mohamoud share stories and perspectives of Somali culture and watch a performance by the Somali Dance Troupe. Ages 13+. Meet at 1:00 pm at Quruxlow Restaurant located at 1414 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (near Lake and Bloomington - parking lot available).
  • Tour: Waldmann Brewery Tour "How Lager Beer Saved America" (Southwest)

    New Class Fee of $25. Tom Schroeder, an attorney and owner/developer of Waldmann Brewery in Saint Paul, will discuss American drinking habits in the early 19th Century, the German diaspora following the failed central European constitutional movements of 1848, German brewers' introduction of lager beer to the United States in the 1840s, the subsequent "lager beer craze" of the 1850s, the unique cultural institution of the German lager beer saloon and biergarten, the social conflict these institutions created in regions dominated by Yankees, nativists and other socially conservative politicians with their so-called "blue laws,'' the ultimate Americanization of lager beer as the nation's number #1 beverage, and the plummeting of per-capita alcohol consumption coinciding with these events. Tom's decade-long project restoring and re-opening Waldmann, Saint Paul's oldest surviving commercial building and its only remaining Civil War-era saloon, provides a backdrop to the discussion, including photos of its restoration, archeological artifacts and biographical information about Anton Waldmann and his wife Wilhelmina, the saloon's original owners. NOTE: We will meet upstairs in the Buffalo Room which is not ADA accessible. Class includes historical presentation, appetizers and brewery tour. Beer is additional. Transportation is on your own.