Community Ed tries new format

Community Education’s Tsunami Swim Club program is a popular course offering during the fall and winter months. For a complete list of upcoming classes and activities, see last Sunday’s Town & Country Shopper.

Community Education’s Tsunami Swim Club program is a popular course offering during the fall and winter months. For a complete list of upcoming classes and activities, see last Sunday’s Town & Country Shopper.

Milaca Community Education is trying a new way to notify area residents of its course offerings this year. Rather than publish a full brochure highlighting the latest crop of courses and activities, the local family education center has printed its full menu of classes in last week’s Town & Country Shopper.

“We’re trying a different way to get it out there,” said ECFE’s Youth, Adult and Kids Town Coordinator, Nikki Hartung.

The organization is also trying social media to reach out to digitally connected residents for immediate updates, notifications and reminders.

“We just started a Facebook page, so people can ‘like us’ on Facebook,” she said.

New classes this year featured a couple adult cooking courses, “Dazzling Desserts” and “Real Food, Real Fast.” Each course is a two-hour session in the high school FACS room at just $10. The new classes are being offered to meet requests residents had made.

“People had asked about them,” Hartung said.

Community Education is again offering a forensics class for sixth through eighth-graders this March. It was available last summer, but was canceled due to lack of participation. Organizers are hoping offering the course during the school year will generate more interest.

Adult physical fitness classes are among the most popular course offerings, according to Hartung. The most attended courses are the water aerobics and Zumba dance classes. Community Education has added a kickboxing course to its work-out list for those attempting to achieve new year’s resolutions.

“We have lots of opportunity in the classes going on,” Hartung said. “They help you to be fit and healthy.”

While toning the muscles and trimming the fat, people can also beef up their cultural intake this year through a couple of theater trips through ECFE. A $15 ticket buys folks a trip Friday, Feb. 15 to the Children’s Museum to see “Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore!” For a grown-up adventure, Community Education invites folks to the Old Log Theater Wednesday, Jan. 30 for dinner and a show. “Perfect Wedding” by Robin Hawdon will be playing. The cost is $58 and includes the bus ride, a meal and the show.

Hartung also reminds area residents that the high school pool is open one Saturday a month for open swim. Cost is $3 for children age 2 and younger and $5 for children age 3 and up.

Those interested in making suggestions for new courses this summer are encouraged to call Hartung at 320 982-7307. For a full list of classes, see last week’s Shopper, or visit www.milaca.k12.mn.us.

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