Community Education – Alexandria Echo Press

Darn those socks – literally! Community Education will be offering a mending course in July as well as a number of other courses including swimming, robotics, photography and more.

To register for these courses offered by Alexandria Public Schools or others, visit or call 320-762-3310, ext. 4272.

Movie Night: “The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild”
For adults and students with disabilities, this film will air on Thursday, July 7. The recording starts at 5:45 p.m. and the film at 6 p.m. sharp “The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild” continues the escapades of the opossum brothers Crash and Eddie who set out to find a place of their own. $5 per attendee, Grand Arbor Theater, masks will be required.

Monthly Craft Club (ages 6-90)
This monthly craft club for adults and students with disabilities meets from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12. It offers an art project for each month with a seasonal or home decor theme. All materials are provided. $19, design station.

Summer outdoor dance party
Outdoor dance and socializing for adults and students with disabilities in the Voyager Elementary School parking lot. DJ Sabrina will provide music and games. There will be sweets and drinks. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. $10. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19.

Lap swimming
Discovery Middle School’s 8-lane, 25-meter pool is open 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, July 1 through July 29, except July 4. The monthly subscription costs $31.

Diving Clinic (Grades 6-12 entry)
This course at Discovery Middle School covers foundation skills and helps students develop core strength and work toward competitive dives in all categories. Previous diving experience of any kind is preferred. See website for dates and prices.

Summer swimming lessons
There are still a few openings for swimming lessons at Discovery Middle School. Four sessions cost $67.

Summer discovery advantage (Gr. 6-8)
Discovery Middle School will provide four weeks of fun with weekly themes for students entering grades 6-8. Every fun with weekly themes. Students can choose to participate in a variety of activities each week and also choose which week they wish to participate in. Weeks include breakfast, hot lunch, snacks and field trips.

Getting to Know Your Android Phone and Tablet – Online
This course will start with the basics and proceed one step at a time so that students are not overwhelmed. $28, online, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 6.

Draw in the garden
Discover the pleasure and the challenge of drawing from observation. This course explores the tradition of nature journaling. Students will develop skills to draw what they see using pencil, watercolor and ink. Classes will be held at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum Garden. All drawing skills are welcome. $75, Legacy of the Lakes Museum, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, July 7-August 4. No class on July 14.

Introduction to Darning – Online
Students will learn how to mend holes in socks, t-shirts and other garments with mending, a beginner-friendly hand mending technique that involves weaving the holes in with interlocking stitches. $39, 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 8.

Using Google and all it has to offer – Online
What is Google for? Google offers Gmail, Chrome, Maps, Drive, Spreadsheets, Youtube, Calendar… and much more! They are also free to use. The class is $28, from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 12.

Kyle and Phil from Walking Plants Orchard will teach winemaking starting with growing the berries, followed by primary fermentation, secondary fermentation, stabilization and clarification, and bottling. The course will end with making wine from a wine kit. The class is $49 and is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 15.

dog obedience
This is a basic obedience class that will take place outdoors for dogs 12 weeks and older. Commands covered will be Heel, Sit, Stay, Come, and No. But more importantly, his lessons on dog behavior and the basics of training will help owners keep training their dogs. $55, Voyager Elementary School parking lot, 5:30-6:00 p.m. Mondays, July 18-August. 15.

First Tech Challenge robotics camp (Gr. 7-8)
The FRC 3313 Mechatronics high school team invites all students to come and learn how to design, build and program Vex robots. In this camp, students develop critical thinking and team building skills and have the opportunity to complete assignments. $99 at Discovery Middle School, 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, July 18-21.

Start photography on iPhone with Nature Walk
This beginner’s course will show students how to take effective, meaningful, and beautiful photos with their iPhone. Classroom learning will be followed by practice on a “Golden Hour” nature walk in Big Ole Central Park. No prior photography experience is required. $28, fine arts, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 18

Acrylic Painting for Tweens (11-15 years): Open Studio
This course will cover acrylic painting techniques, composition while you paint, color theory, color palette selection and brush handling tips. This is a welcoming classroom environment for all levels of painters. Check the supply list online. $74 in the Discovery Middle School Art Room from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays from July 26 to August 16.

Cardinal Pride Running Club (Grades 5-8)
Children are encouraged to run this summer to get in shape for fall sports. Cost is $15 at Dean Melton Fillmore Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 7 through August. 11, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Introduction to Baseball/Softball (5 years)
This program is designed to expose 5 year olds to the game of baseball/softball. Must be 5 by June 13. Six one-hour sessions will be held at the AAHS Softball Complex. Kids will learn how to hit, throw, catch, run with a base, and the concept of the game of baseball/softball. $30, softball field 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from July 11 to 27.

Youth athletics camp
This four-day basic introduction to the sport for girls and boys will feature long jumps, high jumps, shot puts, hurdles and more for kids entering grades 4-5 and 6-8 year. $60 at AAHS Stadium and Track, 1-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday, July 11-14.

Rally Kid Youth Tennis (5-7 years old)
Tennis instruction for all ability levels, providing the basics and fun. Age-appropriate tennis rackets will be available or players can bring their own. Participants MUST wear tennis shoes (no sandals). July 12-29, Alexandria Area High School Tennis Courts. Check the website for times and price.

Yoga in the gardens
Yoga also strengthens and stretches, increasing flexibility and repairing muscles. It’s about relaxing. This class is without competition or comparison and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. $28 at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum from 5:15-6 p.m. Wednesdays, July 13-August. 3. No class on July 27.

Cardinal Youth Football Camp
Led by current football coaches at Alexandria Cardinal, the camp is for all students interested in playing football. They will learn offensive and defensive position, alignment, footwork and agility, blocking and tackling, passing, receiving and road running, offensive and defensive play. Check the website for age groups, costs, dates and times.

Alexandria Girls Basketball Skills Roundup Camp (Gr. 1-6)
Athletes will work with the Cardinal Varsity coaching staff on advanced offensive and defensive skills and techniques. The first session of third year will focus on basic skills and concepts. The fourth-fifth session will work on intermediate skills and team execution. $55 at Discovery Middle School gymnasium, Monday through Thursday, July 25-28. Check the website for times.


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