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Community Theater “Forever Plaid”
          see page 10
                                                                Fall 2010
  Registration forms for soccer, 5-6 Volleyball, Football             Computer Classes at Library
  are at Rippleside School and on                     See Pages 6.

           Love and Logic Classes coming in September....See Page 6

                                  Butch Thompson Concert
                                   Friday, August 27th - 7:00 p.m.
                                                    Tickets: $8
                                     Call in advance 218-927-2115, ext. 118
                                          or at door (seating is limited).
                                Enjoy Butch Thompson, one of the world’s top
                                 jazz and ragtime performers, a concert pianist
                                who connects easily with his audience. You may
                                know him from his long run on A Prairie Home
                                   Companion. His roots are deep, and he has
                                                                                       Join the Walk
                                 played his personal style of traditional jazz and     Wed., Oct. 6th.
                                      ragtime from Kansas City to Cairo.                See page 7
                                Concert at: First Lutheran Church, Aitkin               for details.

                        Bus Trip: Old Log Theater - “Jeeves in Bloom”
                          Jeeves in Bloom follows the uproarious mishaps and misadventures of the
                       loveable, loopy Bertie Wooster, who manages time and again to put himself in
                       socially precarious situations, only to be rescued by his brainy butler, Jeeves.
                       Now Bertie finds himself dodging romantic entanglements with a starry-eyed
                       young woman, eluding an enraged chef wielding a meat cleaver, and
                       begrudgingly helping his Aunt Dahlia to commit a burglary. Thank heaven
                       Jeeves is there to save the day!
                          This area premiere comedy is based on the writings of best selling author,
                       P.G. Wodehouse and is great fun.
                       Thursday, October 21st
                       Bus leaves Aitkin across from Moose Lodge at 8:45 a.m.
                       Cost: $61, includes bus, theater, lunch and gratuity.
                       Lunch choices include: Roasted Chicken Breast, Smoked Windsor Chop,
                       Walleye Pike Almandine, Vegetarian Lasagne.
      Aitkin School District #0001               COMMUNITY EDUCATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
  COMMUNITY EDUCATION OFFICE                    The CE Advisory Council represents the citizens of District 0001.
  AITKIN HIGH SCHOOL - ROOM 118                 The Council meets bimonthly to help identify, coordinate and evalu-
           306 2ND ST NW                        ate the educational, recreational, social and cultural opportunities
          AITKIN, MN 56431                      for District residents of all ages. Council members welcome your
   PHONE: 218- 927-2115, Ext. 118               ideas and suggestions.
          FAX:218- 927-4234
          OFFICE HOURS:
                                                         Rev. David Becker          Kathy Hakes Fastner
          Monday-Thursday                                Pam Brand                  Deb Otto
          8:30 am -4:30 pm                               Steve Hughes               Judy Turner
          OFFICE PERSONNEL                               Kim Clement                Joy Janzen
RUTH REEVES, Community Education Director                Jan Moriarty               Julie Miller
 JULIE MILLER, Children’s Center Coordinator             Dawn Wilke                 LeeVae Hakes
JUDY ANAKKALA, Community Education and
      Aitkin Children’s Center Secretary
 DAWN WILKE, EXTRA! for kids Coordinator                 REGISTRATION INFORMATION
       PAM BRAND, Youth Programs                PLEASE . . . note starting dates of each class. Registration
                                                should be completed at least five days prior to the first class
                                                LATE REGISTRATION . . . Please contact Community
          Table of Contents                     Education to check on the possibility of late registration. Do
                                                not simply show up at the class- it may have been cancelled.
                                                CLASSES . . . are filled on a first-come, first-served basis
Page 3         Registration information         with payment. All classes have a minimum number. If we do
               and forms.                       not reach that minimum, we will call you.
Page 4-5       Yoga, Karate, Water Aerobics,    EARLY REGISTRATION . . . with payment assures that
               Archery Club, 5-6                classes will be held and that your place is reserved.
               Football & Volleyball, Bike      PHONE CALLS . . . Your registration is complete only
               Tour 2010, Gymnastics,           when you submit a registration form and payment.
                Hockey, Soccer, Ice Skating.    A phone call does not hold your place.
Page 6         Love and Logic Classes,          YOU DO NOT . . . need to be an Aitkin School District
                Computer classes at Library.    resident to attend Community Education classes here.
Page 7         Walk To School, Quilting,        YOUR INPUT . . . is valued. Let us know how we can
                Dance, Oil Painting.            improve our offerings.
Page 8-9       Jaques Art Center, Friends of
               Arts, Great River Strings             *There will be no confirmation of registration. Assume you
                Orchestra, 55 Alive Classes.    are in a class unless we notify you of cancellation.
Page 10        Community Theater, Early              *All fees will be refunded if a class is cancelled due to
               Childhood Screening, Youth       insufficient enrollment, or if the class is filled.
               Babysitting.                          *If you cancel your enrollment at least 48 hours before start
Page 11        Basic Reading, Adult             time, your money will be refunded less a $3 handling fee. Cancellation
               Education, Central Lakes         with less than 48 hours notice entitles you to a refund less a $5.00
               College Internet Classes, CPR.   administrative fee.
                                                     *There will be no refunds once a class has started.
Page 12        Friends Movin’ On, EXTRA!,
                                                     *Early registration with payment is encouraged so that the
               Bus to Mall of America,
                                                instructor may prepare materials accordingly.
               0-4 Census.
Page 13        Head Start, Kinship, Library,    Thank you for your interest and participation. Call Community
               Operation Community Connect      Education at 218-927-2115, Ext. 118, with questions or
Pages 14-15    Aitkin Children’s Center         comments.
                              Save the Dates for Aitkin’s All Class Reunion IV - 2011
                                 Plan are underway for Aitkin’s All Class Reunion IV. The event will run
                              from Saturday, June 25 through Sunday, July 3, 2011. Committees are working
                              on many fun events. If you’d like to volunteer to chair or help on a committee,
                              stop by The Beanery, Aitkin Independent Age, Security State Bank, Bremer
                              Bank, Members Cooperative Credit Union or People’s National Bank and
                              check out the red binder containing a list of the committees and sign-up
                              sheets. If you have any questions, call Kirk Peysar at 218-927-2861 or Gary
                              Tibbitts at 218-927-6263, or check out

    The Aitkin Community Education publication is delivered Feb 15, May 15, Aug 15 and Nov 15.
                Copy deadlines are January 25, April 25, July 25 and October 25.

                     To Register . . .
                     Mail registration form with payment to:
                           Community Education
                           306 2nd St NW
                           Aitkin, MN 56431

or bring to the High School , Rippleside Elementary in Aitkin or Palisade
Elementary offices.

Please make checks payable to: Community Education.                           Thank You!

CLASS #         CLASS TITLE                                                   START DATE        FEE
________         ________________________________________                     ____________    $________

________          ________________________________________                 ____________ $________
AGE (please check): 0-5 (child) ______ Youth (grade) _______ 19-54 ________ 55+ _______

Name _______________________________________________________________________________

Address _____________________________________    City _____________ Zip Code ___________

Day Phone ______________________________ Evening Phone ______________________________

CLASS #         CLASS TITLE                                                   START DATE        FEE
________         ________________________________________                     ____________    $________

________          ________________________________________                 ____________ $________
AGE (please check): 0-5 (child) ______ Youth (grade) _______ 19-54 ________ 55+ _______

Name _______________________________________________________________________________

Address _____________________________________    City _____________ Zip Code ___________

Day Phone ______________________________ Evening Phone ______________________________
                                     RECREATION & FITNESS
Yoga for Health and Well-being
   Learn methods of relaxation and stress reduction,     WATER AEROBICS FOR ADULTS
including Yoga techniques.                                  Tone up your body and improve cardio-
Dates:                                                   vascular fitness while having fun exercis-
Session I: Mondays, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11,            ing in the water. No swimming skills required. Commu-
18, 25.                                                  nity Education 927-2115, Ext. 118, for more informa-
Session II: Mondays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13.      tion. All classes held at 40 Club Inn, Aitkin.
No class Nov. 22.                                        MONDAY-WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY 8:30-9:30 am
Time: 5:00-6:00 p.m.                                     TUESDAY-THURSDAY 5:00-6:00 pm
Cost: $34.00 per session                                 Cost: $4.00 day -- pay at the 40 Club Desk
Minimum#: 6 Maximum #: 10
Location: St. James Catholic Church behind County
Instructor: Judy Maqueda
Bring a yoga or exercise mat. Please do not eat an                 EXTRA MORNING
hour or two before class.
                                                             Looking for supervised care for your k-6 students
FIT CITY AITKIN -- FALL EVENT                            before school?
   The Fit City Aitkin spring 5K, fitness and educa-         EXTRA for Kids will be offering school aged care
tion classes, disc golf course grand opening, mountain   at Rippleside in the morning. Program opens at 7:00
biking and other fun was a huge success. Committee       a.m. Students will go to their classrooms at 8:15. Cost
members are now planning a fun Fall event.               is $3.00 per morning, you must preregister. For more
    Mark your calendar for                               information or forms call Community Education 927-
    Saturday, September 25                               2115, ext. 118.
Watch for details in the Aitkin Age, on KKIN and
around town.
Adult Co-Ed will begin with practice nights in
October. Team play begins in November.
Registration forms will be mailed to team contacts
from last year’s teams. If your contact person has                              AUTHENTIC JAPANESE
changed, please contact Community Ed 927-2115,                                  KARATE
ext. 118. Due to space limitations, we will not be
                                                                                      Are you looking for a fun
adding any new teams this year. Individuals who
                                                                                 way to gain fitness and flexibility?
wish to join the league should call Community Ed
                                                                                 This class might be the opportu-
and we will make every effort to get you placed on a
                                                            nity for you. In this class you will learn authentic
                                                            Japanese karate, self-discipline and self-defense in a
Teen and Adult Archery Winter League                        nonviolent environment. Improve your concentration
    Shooters choose their own teams then compete            and conditioning. Rank examinations and tourna-
against different teams each week. Polish your skills       ments available in Brainerd and St. Cloud to those
and have fun. Members 12 and older are invited to           interested. Makes a wonderful parent-child activity.
join. Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7 p.m.,                Children must be 7 years or older.
Sunday nights at 6 p.m.                                     #1603 Session I: Mondays Sept. 20-Oct. 25
Open House Signup Dates:                                    #1604 SessionII: Mondays Nov. 1-Dec. 6
Members, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 5-7 p.m.                         Time: 6:30-7:20 p.m.
Nonmembers, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 5-7 p.m.                    Rate per session: $42 first family member; $22
For more info call Glenn Gunn 218-845-0123.                 each additional family member.
Page 4 Aitkin Community Education Fall 2010                 Instructor: Sempai Neil Westerlund
                              YOUTH RECREATION & FITNESS
                    K-6 YOUTH SOCCER                                      C-I-A Grizzlies
         Basic practice drills and scrimmage games for
           elementary youth. Forms are at Rippleside                   Amateur Youth Hockey
 School or at the Rippleside Entrance Conferencing on             *Quality equipment provided for ages 4-10
   Sept. 7th-8th. Form also available on the website               *Serving the Crosby-Ironton-Aitkin area Deadline to register is Sept. 10.                  *Affordable entertainment
                     The fee is $15.                                 *Supporting boys and girls ages 4-15
     Call 218-927-2115, ext. 117 with questions.                *Fantastic coaching staff teaching great skills
                                                               *Work hard and have fun while learning to skate
                                                              Registration is Sept. 15-16, 6:30-8:30 at Hallett Ctr.
TACKLE FOOTBALL GRADES 5-6                                    Kids 8 years and under who are new to association
Registration for 5-6 football will be at entrance                           may register for FREE!
conferencing on Sept. 7th-8th. Form is also at Rippleside            For info call Tom 218-821-0216.
or on school website. Students must have a sports                Website:
physical--forms available at the High School office. Cost
is $20. Open to boys and girls.                                 GIRL SCOUTS
     EQUIPMENT HANDOUT: The football shed on                        If your girl would like to be a part of the Girl
the north end of Woock field will be open on Tues.              Scout Leadership Experience, attend our
and Wed., Sept. 7 & 8, 8 am-4 pm. for students to               recruitment night Wed., Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m. at
get fitted for equipment.                                       Rippleside. Contact Jolene at 218-851-7149 for

VOLLEYBALL GRADES 5-6                                                            YOUTH ONLY
Volleyball for grades 5-6 will begin on Sept. 14-15 this
year. Registration forms will be at entrance conferencing                        ARCHERY LEAGUE
Sept. 7th-8th. Form also available at Rippleside and on               We sponsor a well attended Youth open
the website Cost is $15.                      shoot on Saturday mornings beginning in
                                                                    January through March. This is a very
      Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association 7th Annual                     popular winter activity in our community. All
     Bike Tour 2010 - Saturday, Sept. 11                            kids of nonmembers as well as members
   Support the bike trail system by riding in the tour,             under the age of 11 are invited to join us.
volunteering to help or being a sponsor. More info on               Club equipment is available for those who or call Jenny at 218-545-4545.             just want to give the sport a try. Many
The ride will begin and end at the Deerstand Sports Bar &           adults are on hand to coach the kids on
Grill in Deerwood.                                                  safety and proper shooting technique.
                                                                    The Aitkin Archery Club offers a
                                                                    reduced rate for youth (under 18).
     These basic tumbling/gymnastics classes focus on               OPEN HOUSE sign up dates for the
stretching and coordination. Using tumbling mats, children          2010-11 season: Members, Tues., Nov. 23,
learn basic moves and forward and backward rolls,                   5-7 p.m.
stretches, cartwheels.These classes do not involve                  NonMembers, Wed., Nov. 24, 5-7 p.m.
advanced equipment or moves. Classes are offered in 8-              For info call Glenn Gunn 218-845-0123.
week sessions. Students must re-register for each session
during the school year. No unsupervised siblings allowed--
let’s keep this fun for all! The EXTRA program is avail-                   Ice Skating Lessons
able for after school care until 6 p.m.                      Looking for youth ice skating lessons? They are
Dates: Wed., Sept. 22-Nov. 10                                offered at the Brainerd Area Civic Center 218-232-
Grades: K-5 Fee: $43                                         4001 or the The Hallett Center in Crosby 218-546-
Information/registration fliers are at Rippleside and        2616.                                                    Aitkin Community Education Fall 2010 Page 5
  Aitkin Community Education Presents America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training

                Becoming A Love and Logic Parent
              A five-week parent-training program designed by the Love and Logic Institute, Inc.
                            Would you like to feel more confident as a parent?
                     Would you like to have more fun parenting your toddler or teen?
                        Would you like to feel more relaxed at the end of the day?
                                              Answers to:
            -How can I get my teenage daughter to come home at the agreed-upon time?
            -How do I get them out of bed in time to catch the school bus?
            -How can I stop my children from bickering and fighting?
            -How do I get my children to help with the chores without an argument?
            -Is there a way to discipline my toddler in public without a creating a scene?
            -How do I get him to stop spitting his peas and whining at dinner?
            -Any other day-to-day parenting challenges.....

  This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately for
  children of all ages!
          Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19 Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
          Location: Rippleside Elementary School
          Cost: $25 (includes a handbook for you to keep) * If you are in need of financial assistance, please
  contact Community Education regarding scholarships.
          Instructor: Julie Jensen, Family Support Counselor
  Please register using a form on page 3 of this booklet. Checks payable to Community Education.

                          You MUST register in advance with Community Education.
                                              $5 fee per class.
                BASIC COMPUTER                                        BASIC MICROSOFT WORD
      Monday, September 20, 10:00 am-Noon                       Tuesday, September 28, 10:00 am-Noon
   This is a hands-on class for those with little or no     This class will introduce terminology relating to word
     computer experience. The class will introduce            processing using Microsoft WORD. We’ll create
  terminology specific to computers (hardware) and            and save a document, use beginning functions to
programs (software). Participants will practice using a      modify the document, and use a spell and grammar
 mouse, opening software programs and saving files.         checker. Participants are required to be familiar with
Participants are not required to be familiar with using a   using a mouse and have some computer experience.
 mouse nor have any computer experience. Limit 12                          Limit 10 people: Fee $5.
                     people. Fee $5.
            BASIC INTERNET/EMAIL                                   INTRO TO DIGITAL CAMERAS
    Wednesday, September 22, 10:00 am-Noon                    Wednesday, September 29, 10:00 am-Noon
    This class will introduce terminology specific to        Explore the world of digital cameras. If you have a
 email, internet use and web browsers. We will set up       camera, you may bring it along, although a camera is
   a web based email account. We will use a search            not necessary. This class addresses the technical
 engine, browse websites including the library site, and        aspect of digital cameras, not the artistry of
    discuss email and online safety. Participants are         photography. It will include terminology, taking a
  required to be familiar with using a mouse and have       picture, viewing photos, deleting photos, settings and
 some computer experience. Limit 12 people. Fee $5.                    options, transferring photos, etc.
Page 6 Aitkin Community Education August 2010
                                                                           Limit 10 people: Fee $5.
                                  Join the Walk on Wednesday, October 6th
                               Students and adults will be gathering at locations around Aitkin before school.
                               They will walk to school as part of the International Walk to School Day. The
                                Aitkin County Wellness and Active Living Coalition (WALC) is planning this
                               event to increase physical activity and to improve the safety conditions for all
                               walkers and bikers. You are invited to join the Walk to School--rain or shine.
                                          Watch for more information or call 927-2115, ext. 118.
Public Speaking
TOASTMASTERS                                              FITNESS WALKING
   Are you uncomfortable speaking in front of                     The halls at Rippleside Elementary School are
groups? If you would like to speak to others with         open for fitness walking from 3:30-6:00 p.m. on school
confidence and ease, Toastmasters meetings can            days. Walkers must register on the sheet across from the
help. In this low-cost learning experience, you’ll        office.
discover how to say what you mean in a confident,                                    DANCE CLASSES
clear manner. Curious about how Toastmasters                                           Have fun learning different
meetings are run? Come to a demonstration                                        styles of dance in an informal
meeting at the Aitkin Public Library.                                          setting. Learn the basics and be
Thursday, August 26, 6:00 p.m.                                               ready for that next wedding dance or
For more info call Heather 927-1361.                                       just a fun evening out. No partner
                                                                          necessary. Instructor Pat Rinde of
QUILTING                                                                 Heartland Performing Arts Center. This
“Grandma Kept It Going:                                              makes a great couples or parent/child activity,
Quilts from 1900-2010”                                         or come with a friend. Students must be 16 years or
    This program explores the history and artistry       older if not accompanied by a parent.
of more than a century of quilt making. Many quilts      #1034: Intro to Salsa and Swing
and related artifacts will be on display.                Date: Saturday, October 9th
Date: Saturday, Sept. 25 Time: 1:00 p.m.                 Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: Aitkin Public Library Fee: None                Fee: Student $8; Adult $10; Couple $15
This project is funded in part or in whole with money
                                                         #1035: Intro to Country Dancing
from the vote of the people of Minnesota, which
dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and
                                                         Date: Saturday, October 23
cultural heritage.                                       Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
                                                         Fee: Student $8; Adult $10; Couple $15

                                             OIL PAINTING
#1042 Beginning Oil Painting                                     OIL PAINTING with The Sunday
   Everyone can paint! Oil painting is fun. Learn how to         Painters
create a beautiful landscape from start to finish. Beginners        Bring out your hidden artistic talent while
will learn to practice using brushes, brush care and color       painting with an experienced oil painter. Students
mixing. Challenging techniques in perspective, shading and       work independently with suggestions and guid-
highlighting will be used in painting skies, trees, land and     ance from instructor. The class will focus on old
buildings.                                                       barns, still life, and drawing.
   If you are new to painting, your basic supplies will cost     Dates: Sundays, Oct. 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
about $75. Call for a supply list 927-2115, ext. 118.            Time: Noon-3:00 p.m.
Dates: Thursdays, Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18                Cost: Pay instructor at class, $7 per day.
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.                                             Location: Jaques Art Center
Fee: $60 Location: High School Art Room                          Instructor: Caroline Parson
Instructor: Annette Zilverberg-Russell                           Supplies needed: oil paints, brushes, turpentine.
Open to anyone ages 14 and older (or call to inquire)            Limited supplies available from instructor.
                                                                                                       August 2010 Page 7
                      Register for all workshops & classes at the Jaques
                    121 2nd St NW, Aitkin, MN 56431 or call 218-927-2363:


       Harvest Dinner at the Farm                                          St. Nicholas Tea
               “Homegrown Chefs”                                Mon., Dec. 6th, 10 am & 2 pm seatings
                  Sat., Sept. 11                                     Tues., Dec. 7, 10 am seating
                  Tickets $39
    Holiday Dinner & Silent Auction                                     “A Hunter’s Vision”
     at 40 Club Convention Center                                        Buzz Balzar, Wisconsin
                    Sat., Nov. 13                                         August 27-October 2
                                                                   Artist’s Reception, Thurs., Aug. 26
                Holiday Pie Sale                                             4:00-7:30 p.m.
           Fri., Nov. 19, 9 am until gone                             Free and Open to the Public

               Cider & Donuts
                                                                         “Art By The Yard”
          after Fish House Parade
                                                                          Judy Mans, Curator
                     Fri., Nov. 26
                                                                         October 8 - November 6

    Jaques Christmas Marketplace                                          “Winter Wonderland”
           November 11- December 23                                         Entries due Oct. 1

                            Art Classes for kids 8+ every first Saturday of each month!
                                               $10 - 10:00-11:30 a.m.
                                   Sept. 11: Magic Windows
                                   Oct. 2: Animation with Duane Barnhart

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AARP Minnesota Driver Safety Program
          (formerly called 55 Alive)                           AARP MN Driver Safety Program
             ONLINE CLASSES                                            formerly 55 ALIVE
AARP now offers the Driver Safety Program
 online. If you have access to a computer and
                                                           No phone calls please....mail your registration
  the internet you can now take this course at
                                                              request with payment (payable to AARP):
 your convenience! Go to and
                                                                            Mail to: R. Wigton
click on the Driver Safety Online. Completing                   33514 Dove Street, Aitkin, MN 56431.
this course may qualify you for a reduction on             Cost is $12 AARP members, $14 nonmembers.
 your insurance. Check with your agent, then              PRE-REGISTRTION IS A MUST! NO PHONE
 check out AARP’s website for more details.                                CALLS ACCEPTED.
                                                        Taking this class is an easy and sure way to reduce your
                                                        motor vehicle insurance premiums. State law requires all
            MUSIC                                       auto insurance providers to reduce premiums by 10% for
                                                         policyholders who are 55 or older, when a certificate of
             Great River Strings                         class completion is provided to them. If you have never
                 Orchestra                              taken the class before, you need to take the initial 8-hour
                                                       class first, and then every three years the 4-hour refresher
              Great River Strings welcomes            is taken. No tests are given. All participants will be issued a
             experienced players to join them.           certificate at the end of the class. These are valid for a
                For more information call             10% reduction for each of the next 3 years. You must have
                 Lynn Foote 678-3034.                    a valid driver’s license with you at the beginning of the
                                                                  class so that a certificate can be issued.
                                                      Register early....classes fill quickly. A confirmation note will
Open to all string instrument players. Just
                                                          be sent to you. Please include date of class and phone
beginning? Used to play? All welcome to join
                                                       number on your check, as well as a second choice in case
us for some Orchestra Fun!
                                                         class is full. For emergency cancellation call 927-3811.
Dates: Tuesdays, Beginning Sept. 21 with
                                                                Sponsored by the Grange 692 , AARP,
concert Nov. 13 and 14.
                                                                         Aitkin Co. Senior Office.
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Crosby High School
Cost: None (must provide own instrument)                      Make checks payable to: AARP
Contact: Lynn Foote 678-3034
                                                      Aitkin        Sept. 15, 12:30-4:30            Dorn
                                                         Refresher Above Aitkin Eyecare Ct.
                                                      Aitkin October 13-14, 5:00-9:00 pm -Turner/Knopik
       Aitkin Friends                                   Refresher   Aitkin Public Library
                                                      Waukenabo     October 21, 12:30-4:30 pm - Kingsley
        of the Arts                                     Refresher
                                                                    Waukenabo Community Center
                                                                    October 21, 12:30-4:30 pm - Holten
   Please consider becoming a member of the
     Friends of the Arts. Besides having an             Refresher   Grace Lutheran Log Church
 opportunity to experience a variety of events in     Glen          November 9, 12:30-4:30 pm -Knopik
our local community, often at a discounted price        Refresher   Glory Baptist Church
 for members, you will help bring entertainment       Aitkin        November 17, 12:30-4:30 pm - Moilanen
and cultural events to Aitkin. In the past year the     Refresher   Above Aitkin Eyecare Ctr.
   Friends of the Arts have sponsored several         Aitkin        December 15, 12:30-4:30 pm - Moilanen
   events in the area. Numerous activities are          Refresher   Above Aitkin Eyecare Ctr.
 planned for the upcoming year. If you’d like to
   be a part of this vibrant organization, please     Watch the Aitkin Age for updates. If a class is filled,
        contact: Aitkin Friends of the Arts,          someone will call you.
       c/o Michele Plagman 218-927-3544.                                  Fall 2010 Aitkin Community Education Page 9
                EARLY CHILDHOOD                                      EDUCATION
                The Aitkin School District, in cooperation                       YOUTH
               with Public Health and Lakes and Pines                            BABYSITTING
               Headstart, will be offering a health and
developmental screening program for preschool children                           CLASS- Ages 11 and
between the ages of 3 and 5 years of age. The Early                              older
Childhood Screening (ECS) includes a simple, careful               This class includes information on first aid,
check for: height/weight, speech/language, general              emergency procedures, age appropriate activities
development, immunization update, motor skills, ages            and general babysitting. Class is ideal for boys
and stages survey, vision/hearing, nutrition and lead           and girls who babysit outside of home or care for
screening. The visit concludes with a parent summary            younger siblings at home. Students will have the
of the results of the screenings and information                opportunity to work with Baby Anne resuscitation
regarding any concerns.                                         manniken. Students should bring a large doll to
  This is an important screening to help identify any           class for practice if they have one.
potential problems that could be addressed by early             Date: Saturday, Nov. 6th
referrals or treatments.                                        Time: 8:30 am-2:30 pm
  Participation in Early Childhood Screening is required
for children to attend kindergarten. A record of the
screening needs to be presented prior to a child’s
entrance into kindergarten in any public school in
  As an alternative to the school district’s early childhood
screening, parents may meet the requirements listed
above by having a health care provider/physician or public
health agency provide an appropriate developmental
  The screening takes approximately 2 hours if your child
participates in all the components. Screening is conducted      Aitkin Community Theatre presents....
by certified, trained staff. This is a special time for                  FOREVER PLAID
parents and children. Parents are encouraged to leave
                                                                              Written by - Stuart Ross
siblings at home so that they may participate more easily.
                                                                            Directed by Bryan Johnson
   If you have questions, please call Aitkin County
                                                               One of the most popular and successful musicals in
Public Health, 927-7200 or Rippleside Elementary,
                                                               recent memory, this deliciously goofy revue centers
928-4838. You may have your child attend screening at
                                                                 on four young, eager male singers killed in a car
any of the sites listed below regardless if you plan to
                                                                  crash in the 1950s on the way to their first big
enroll your child at that school. Dates and sites for the
                                                                  concert, and now miraculously revived for the
school screening are as follows:
                                                                  posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and
      Rippleside Elementary School                               perform the show that never was. Singing in the
        Aitkin Children’s Center:                                closest of harmony, squabbling boyishly over the
  September 27 - 12:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.                          smallest intonations and executing their charmingly
                                                                    outlandish choreography with over-zealous
   September 28 - 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.                            precision, the “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash,
  Hill City screening Sept. 24, 9:00 a.m.                         with a program of beloved songs and delightful
  McGregor screening Oct. 1, 8:00 a.m.                            patter that keeps audiences rolling in the aisles
           (Spring screenings will be held                       when they’re not humming along to some of the
   in Aitkin on Feb. 7 and 8; Hill city on Feb. 11;                     great nostalgic pop hits of the ’50s.
                                                                     Dates: Oct. 21, 22, 23 Time: 7:30 p.m.
              McGregor on Feb. 18.)
                                                                           Aitkin High School Auditorium
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                                                                  Tickets go on sale Sept. 1st at the Aitkin Age.
                        Improve Your Skills......
              ADULT BASIC/
              CONTINUING ED                                #1303 HEARTSAVER CPR
                   A program for individuals who have         This course is for the lay rescuer who needs
                educational needs below the high           documented completion of a CardioPulmonary
                school completion level in basic aca-      Rescue course. The course teaches CPR and relief
                demic skills such as math, reading,        of choking for adult and infant. It also covers risk
writing, basic life-coping skills, GED preparation and     factors, injury preventions and signs of need for
English as a second language.                              action. It serves for new certification as well as
   Also available are classes in writing resumes, job      recertification.
interview skills and introduction to the Internet.         Date: Tuesdaay, Nov. 9th
Location: AEOA Office - 321 Minn. Ave N                    Time: 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Times: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30               Cost: $24.00
p.m.                                                       Max #: 12 (if fills, another class may be added)
Call 1-218-927-5635 or 1-800-243-3209 to                   Location: Aitkin Rehab Center at Aicota
register.                                                  Instructor: Lorelie Robinson

                                    Study for the GED Online
                           Who?......... People with work, transportation or child-care conflicts.
                           What?....... Study for the GED exam.
                           Where?..... Anywhere with internet access
                           When?...... Study any time, night or day.
Adult Basic Education      How?........ Call for registration information
                                         749-4352 or 1-800-662-5711 ex 400.
                           Why?........ Because you have been meaning to do it for so long!

                           CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE

                        Central Lakes College - Web Based Classes
     Central Lakes College makes it easy and convenient for you to take college classes via web courses
   taught on the internet. Course work can be completed at times and locations that fit your busy schedule.
   Many classes fulfill requirements leading toward the Associate Degree while other courses will enchance
     and improve valuable employment and personal skills. It’s easy to get started. Contact an admission
  counselor at Central Lakes College 1-800-933-0346. Please visit the college website at
          for the latest information on applications, schedules, registration and possible financial aid.
                                                                     Aitkin Community Education Fall 2010 Page 11
                     #1202 BUS TRIP TO
                     MALL OF AMERICA                        Friends Movin’ On
                        Enjoy a trip to the Mall         Friends Movin’ On is a program that offers weekly
                     of America for a little           activities for adults and teenagers with developmental
                     Christmas shopping or              disabilities. Activities are open to all members of the
                     siteseeing. If you haven’t                              school district.
been to the Mall lately, or even if you go              Friends Movin’ On keep busy year ‘round attending
regularly, you’ll enjoy the relaxed ride and the         community events as well as the following special
convenience of weekday shopping. Coupon                                         activities:
books may be purchased at the Mall. This trip                           Water Aerobics at the 40 Club
fills quickly.                                                           Choir Practice and Concerts
Date: Friday, December 3                                               Scavenger Hunts at the City Park
Leave from Aitkin: 8:00 a.m.                                           Holiday and Special Event Crafts
Leave from Mall: 6:30 pm - return to Aitkin                                            Bingo
9:15 pm                                                                     Bowling at Aitkin Lanes
Location: Bus leaves from parking lot across              For more details on Friends Movin’ On contact
from Moose Lodge in Aitkin.                              Pam Wilson at Oakridge Homes 218-927-3946.
Cost: $25.50
Maximum #: 47
                                                                                    Come for fun
                                                                                    with friends.....
          OF 0-4 YEAR OLDS
 School District #0001 Census
     If you are new to the Aitkin community
 or if you have a child 0-4 years in your
 family, please contact Aitkin Children’s
 Center, 927-4838 ext. 202 or complete the
                                                   EXTRA! for kids
                                                     EXTRA! for kids is an optional after-school program
 form below and return to the Aitkin
                                                   for students at Rippleside School. To enroll your children
 Children’s Center at Rippleside Elementary
 School.                                           for EXTRA!, fill out a form with health and emergency
     This information will help keep our           information to have on file at the EXTRA! program.
 preschool census correct and assure that            Once enrolled, you may register your children simply
 you will receive the information regarding        by filling out a registration calendar and submitting it with
 early childhood screening and kindergarten        payment to the Rippleside, Palisade or Community
 registration.                                     Education offices. Cost is $3.00 per hour, per student, with
                                                   a minimum of $3.00 per day.
 Name__________________________                      EXTRA! is open only on days when school is in
 Address________________________                   session.
 _______________________________                     We will accept children on a first-come, first-served
 Phone__________________________                   basis as space allows. A snack is provided each day. For
                                                   more information, call 927-2115, ext. 118.
 Names/birthdates of children 0-4 years              COMING SEPTEMBER 8....EXTRA MORNING!
 ________________________________                    EXTRA for kids will be offering supervised care for k-6
 ________________________________                  students at Rippleside before school. Cost is $4.50 per day.
             Thank you!                                Students must be preregistered. Call Comm Ed for
Page 12 Aitkin Community Education Fall 2010                         info 927-2115, ext. 118.
                            OPERATION COMMUNITY CONNECT
                                          Thursday, October 21 - 9 am to 3 pm
                    Westside Church, Aitkin For More Info or to arrange transportation Call 866-631-6748
                                                         “Connecting People       to Services They Need”
 -Free lunch served 11 am-1 pm                  Employment Assistance              Childcare Resources
 -Free childcare during event                   Information for Children           Applications for County Services
 -Free coat distribution                        Disability Information             Housing Information
 -Free children’s dental services,              Information for Veterans           Much, much more!
  haircuts, quilts and more!                    Legal Aid Resources

                                        Lakes and Pines Head Start
      Do you have children ages birth to 5 years, or are you a pregnant mom? Are you looking for more fun, learning
experiences to have with your child? Head Start is a FREE preschool program offered in the counties of Carlton, Mille Lacs,
Kanabec, Pine, Isanti, Chisago and Aitkin.
    In the Aitkin area, Lakes and Pines Head Start offers a Home Based Option which includes:
   ...You and your child spending individual time with a Head Start Home Visitor for 1 1/2 hours a week in your home. This
is a great opportunity to plan and do fun learning activities with your child at their level involving their interests. As
another part of this option, families and staff meet every other week for a socialization. Although not required, this is a
wonderful way to get together with other children and families that your child may go to school with. Head Start partners
with you to plan fun classroom themes, activities, field trips.

       For more information on how to sign up please call Lakes and Pines Head Start at 1-800-832-6082, ext. 144.
                                          We take applications year ‘round.

           Have Some Fun!                                       AITKIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
                                                                  Library hours: Monday-Friday 9:30-5:30
Do you enjoy working with elementary students?
   Call Community Education and ask about                          Tuesday 9:30-7:30; Saturday 9:30-3:30
 volunteer opportunities with the EXTRA after
  school program and other school activities.
           218-927-2115, ext. 118                                         COMPUTER TUTOR
                                                                          AITKIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
                 KINSHIP                                           *Need help learning a software application?
                                                                      *Want to set up a free e-mail account?
                  BE A MENTOR--                                  *Have a question about a computer equipment
                  MAKE A DIFFERENCE                                                 purchase?
                      Kinship of Aitkin County                       *Like help learning to navigate the Web?
                  is a nonprofit mentoring and youth              We’ve got help for you!! A computer tutor is
development program that matches children ages 5-17                  available at the Aitkin Public Library
with adult role models. The match then spends a few                        Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m..
hours a week together doing activities that they both          Call the library 927-2339 to ask for a 30-minute
enjoy.                                                                            appointment.
   Kinship is in need of adult mentors for both boys
and girls ranging in age. Some of these kids have
waited for over a year for an adult who cares. We are
                                                                FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
hoping to get all of our children matched soon.
                                                                   Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, 1:30
   If you are interested in becoming a Kinship mentor,
                                                                p.m., at the library.
please contact Kim at the Aitkin Kinship Office, 927-
4039.                                                                          Fall 2010 Aitkin Community Education Page 13
              Offering programs that serve children and families from
                            infancy through preschool.
                                     Connected to Rippleside Elementary School
                                     225 2nd Avenue SW/218-927-4838, ext. 202
Aitkin Children’s Center offers a variety of programs that serve children and families from infancy through
preschool age. Classes include: Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) , Three’s and Four’s Preschool ,
School Readiness Child Care Home Visits, Weekly Family Fun Nights, and Early Childhood Special Education

       The mission of Aitkin Children’s Center is to offer high quality early childhood programs
               that meet the developmental needs of young children and their families.
                                   EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!

                                                         SCHOOL READINESS PRESCHOOL
                                                         3’s Preschool - Children who are 3 years of age by Sep-
Come to school with your child!!                         tember 1, 2010 can enroll in the center’s preschool classes.
   ECFE offers parent and child classes to all par-      Three year old’s attend preschool one time per week for
ents and children from birth to 5 years on a weekly      an hour and a half.
basis. Classes usually include parent and child cen-     4’s Preschool - Children who are 4 years of age by
ters, circle time, and a short parent discussion fo-     September 1, 2010 are encouraged to enroll in the
cused on various parenting topics. Special speakers      center’s preschool classes. Children can attend one or
or events are also planned. See the adjoining page       two days per week for two and a half hours per day.
for a complete list of class offerings. Fees are based
on a sliding schedule but may be waived if unable to     Tuition for all preschool classes is based on a sliding fee
pay. Call 927-4838, ext. 202 to learn more.              schedule. Monthly payments are accepted and scholar-
                                                         ships for families in need are awarded.

                                                         CHILD CARE HOME VISITS
                                                                 The center offers free visits made by an Early
FAMILY FUN NIGHTS                                        Childhood teacher to licensed childcare sites in the Aitkin
   Family Fun Nights are offered weekly at the center.   area. Visits are designed for children 3-5 years of age
Families with children from infancy through preschool    and may include music, guided read alouds, crafts, and
are encouraged to attend. Learning activities feature    other small group activities. Licensed childcare provid-
different weekly themes. Come one week or all nine       ers may call 927-4838, ext. 202 to learn more.
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        Become                                   FALL SEMESTER 2010
        involved                       ECFE Early Childhood Family Education Classes --
     for your child                       A Good Start for Children and Families
         & stay
                                                  To Register call 218-927-4838, ext. 202
      involved for
                           Shakers & Movers           8:45-10:00 am             Sept. 13-Dec. 13
                               This class is designed for the youngest toddlers and their parents. The class
                           includes parent/child interaction time, short circle time, snack and parent discussion
                           time. Sibling care available. Cost: See sliding fee schedule.
                           Young Explorers            10:30-11:45 am            Sept. 13-Dec. 13
                               A class for 2-3 year olds and their parents. The class includes parent/child
                           interaction, circle time, snack, and parent discussion time. Sibling care available.
                           Cost: See sliding fee schedule below.
                           Mixed Ages        1:30 a.m. -2:45 pm Sept. 13-Dec. 13
                               A great time for children ages 3-5 and parents. A typical class includes parent/child
                           interaction time, group circle activities, a snack, and parent discussion time. Sibling care
                           available. Cost: See sliding fee schedule below.

 WEDNESDAYS: Baby & Me Class 4:30p.m. - 5:30 pm, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3
     A special hour for babies & parents to meet other families and share the joys & challenges of the tiniest
 learners. Cost: FREE.
THURSDAYS: Fall Family Fun Nights 6:00-7:15 pm Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 28, Nov. 7, Dec. 2, 9, 16
    Families are invited to bring the entire family for a fun night of learning and socialization. Each week will
feature a special theme. Come to one or come to all! No sibling care provided.

Suggested Sliding Scale Fee Schedule for Fall Weekly Sessions:
____$60 per semester (Over $50,000 income)                It is the policy of the Children’s Center that no
____$48 per semester ($30,000-$50,000 income)             family will be denied participation because of
____$24 per semester ($20,000-$30,000 income)             inability to pay. Call 218-927-4838 ext. 202 to get
____FREE per semester (under $20,000 income)              more information.
____$12 is the suggested fee for sibling care per family. _____ Please waive my fee

                  Please detach and return to Aitkin Children’s Center: Fall 2010

  Parent/Guardian Name(s) ____________________________________ Home Phone _______________

 Address ___________________ City _____________ Zip __________ Work Phone ______________

ECFE Class Attending:                           Child Enrolled               Child’s Birthdate Fee
________________________                  ______________________             _________________ __________

________________________                  ______________________             _________________          __________

________________________          ______________________ _________________ __________
Sibling Care: Children’s names/ages: _____________________________    total $___________

 Return to: Aitkin Children’s Center, 225 2nd Ave SW, Aitkin MN 56431, Phone 218-927-4838, ex 202
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