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  • ACT Test Prep Course (Gr. 10-12)

    To help prepare for ACT testing, we are offering this intensive test preparation workshop coaches high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to do their best on the ACT. In the five-hour ZAPS seminar, students will learn strategies for using partial knowledge to eliminate wrong choices, gain tips for improving in all four sub-tests: English, Math, Reading, Science; understand the most strategic ways to use limited testing time, take shortened practice tests that mirror the actual testing experience, reduce their test anxiety and gain confidence. Students receive a comprehensive study guide and 24 practice test workouts with detailed answer explanations. Students will also get suggestions for individualized study in the days leading up to the test. The vast majority of students who take this class say that they believe it helped them improve their test score!
  • Advanced 5 Swimming Lessons

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Swimmers must be able to stand independently in 4 feet of water. Instructors will be instructing from the pool deck.Successful completion of Intermediate 4 and/or demonstration of all Intermediate 4 completion requirements on the first day of lessons. Advanced 5 refines coordination of Intermediate 3 and 4 skills and increases endurance by treading water for longer as well as swimming farther distances. Swimmers will learn the following: * Rotary breathing * Flutter kick (on front and back) in streamline position for 25 yards * Breaststroke kick (on front) for 25 yards * Dolphin kick for 25 yards * Scissors kick on side for 25 yards * Freestyle (with rotary breathing) for 50 yards * Backstroke for 50 yards * Elementary backstroke for 50 yards * Breaststroke for 25 yards * Sidestroke for 25 yards * Butterfly for 15 yards * Freestyle and backstroke open turns * Treading water (in deep water) for 2 minutes * Shallow dive * Head-first surface dive to retrieve a submerged object in deep water (approx. 7 feet) * 4-minute swim utilizing any of the six strokes * Front float (survival float), face in water, for 2 minutes * Back float, ears in water, for 2 minutes * Learn how to call for help and the importance of knowing first aid and CPR * Learn basic safety guidelines/risks at pools, waterparks and waterfronts
  • Advanced 6 Swimming Lessons

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Swimmers must be able to stand independently in 4 feet of water. Instructors will be instructing from the pool deck. Successful completion of Advanced 5 and/or demonstration of all Advanced 5 completion requirements on the first day of lessons. Advanced 6 polishes strokes to allow swimming with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Swimmers will be introduced to more advanced stroke technique and will be required to demonstrate proper and efficient body position and movement for each stroke, as well as competitive swimming skills such as flip turns, proper finishes, starts and utilizing a pace clock. Swimmers will learn the following: * Flutter kick (on front and back) in streamline position for 50 yards * Breaststroke kick (on front) for 50 yards * Dolphin kick for 50 yards * Scissors kick (on side) for 50 yards * Freestyle (with rotary breathing) for 100 yards * Backstroke for 100 yards * Elementary backstroke for 50 yards * Breaststroke for 50 yards * Sidestroke for 50 yards * Butterfly for 25 yards * Freestyle and backstroke flip turns * Dive from a starting block * Utilize competitive swim equipment including pull buoys, paddles, fins and reading a pace clock * 6-minute swim utilizing any of the six strokes * Tread water for 5 minutes * Demonstrate the HELP and Huddle positions for 2 minutes * Demonstrate a survival float in deep water for 5 minutes * Discuss basic safety rules for open water environments and boating
  • Art Studio

    Are you stuck on a painting or drawing and would like a concentrated period of time to receive feedback and work on it? Then this might work for you! Each session will begin with a 30 minute demonstration on a technique and subject of choice by the instructor. Students will then receive individual critiques and input on a drawing or watercolor painting they are working on. Bring your own supplies and the painting or drawing you want to begin or have an opportunity to finally finish!
  • Artisan Breads II

    Explore the stages of bread making, creative intermixing of recipes, and guidelines for converting standard recipes into no-knead refrigerated recipes. We will start with some basic recipes, introduce the levain method for sourdough, and bake many variations of breads from refrigerated or frozen dough that is prepared in advance of baking. This course requires the ability to stand for periods of time.
  • August 2020 E Fit - Online Personalized Training

    August Membership (August 3 - August 31, 2020) Location: Your Home Easy, Effective, Energizing Exercise for Every “Body”! Gym is closed and looking to stay in shape? You can do it from the comfort of your own home and still receive the personalized training you need! You can E Fit! You can change your body! Natalie will help you reach your fitness goals. This class has easy to follow instructions and routines that will boost your metabolism, burn fat and strengthen and tone all muscles in your body. This is a high intensity, low impact, cardio, tone & stretch class. All fitness levels are welcome. Fitness Your Way! Purchase the number of sessions per month you would like to access from home and receive this training virtually!
  • Back to School Memory Board: Take Home Kit

    Create this awesome back to school memory board at home together! You and your child can use this chalk-style board to record their school year details and dreams every year. This will be a fun addition to your family memories! This would also make a perfect gift for your favorite family. Register by August 6!
  • Be Prepared NOT Scared (Gr. K-3)

    Have you been in or near an emergency situation where someone was hurt? Imagine being able to help out in a situation where first aid is needed. Children can make a difference in an emergency situation. It is important to let them know basic first aid steps in different situations. Topics include: recognizing an emergency and knowing what to do, calling 911, basic first aid techniques, personal safety tips, tricky people, basic gun and fire safety.
  • Beginner 1 Swimming Lesson

    At this time, due to social distancing, instructors will be instructing from the pool deck. Parent/Guardian will be required to be in the water at all times for Beginner 1. This class is for those who have passed our Preschool levels OR for new, inexperience and/or cautious swimmers ages 5 and older. Beginner 1's will have the opportunity to experience basic water exploration and learn a variety of water adjustment skills that lead to assisted swimming. Students must be comfortable in the water without parents and should come prepared to learn to put their faces in the water for retrieving objects. The objective is to give swimmers success with fundamental skills, with only minimal assistance from the instructor. Swimmers will also receive orientation to deep water with support. Prerequisite: Must be at least 5 years of age on or before the first day of class. Children who have passed PS2 level (taken previously with Lakes Area Rec) but are only 4-years-old may be advanced to Beginner 1 at the discretion of the Community Education Facilitator. Please contact the Community Education Facilitator if this applies to you. Swimmers will learn the following: Enter and exit water independently Jump in from the side into chest-deep water Submerge whole head and retrieve objects underwater while holding breath for 5 seconds Bob 5 times while blowing bubbles and taking a breath Front float, with face in water, for 10 seconds Front glide, with face in water, for 2 body lengths and recover to vertical Back float, with ears in water, for 10 seconds Back glide, with ears in water, for 2 body lengths and recover to vertical Roll over from front-to-back and back-to-front Flutter kick (on front and back) for 3 body lengths Introduction to freestyle and backstroke (combined arms and flutter kicking) for 3 body lengths Introduction to elementary backstroke and breaststroke arm and leg actions Explore treading hand and arm actions in chest-deep water (no life jacket) Orientation to deep water Learn how to recognize an emergency and call for help; recognize the lifeguard Learn to look carefully before entering the water Learn how to put on a life jacket and what it is used for
  • Beginner 2 Swimming Lesson

    At this time, due to social distancing, instructors will be instructing from the pool deck. Parent/Guardian will be required to be in the water at all times for Beginner 2. Beginner 2 will help swimmers successfully manage fundamental skills as they progress toward swimming unassisted. Swimmers must be comfortable on their own, and be able to fully submerge in an area where they can touch. Skills from Beginner 1 are progressed in this level. Rotary breathing, sitting dives, and treading are introduced. In order to pass Beginner 2, swimmers must be able to perform ALL skills unassisted by the instructor. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Beginner 1 and/or demonstration of all Beginner 1 certification requirements on the first day of lessons. Swimmers will learn the following: Jump in from side in to chest-deep water and return to the edge Submerge whole head and retrieve objects underwater while holding breath for 5 seconds Bob 10 times while blowing bubbles Introduction to rotary breathing Front float, face in water, for 15 seconds Front glide, face in water, for 2 body lengths, turn and swim back to wall Back float, ears in water, for 15 seconds Back glide, ears in water, for 2 body lengths, roll over, turn and swim back to wall Flutter kick on front with arms at sides OR in streamline position for 3 body lengths Flutter kick on back with arms at sides OR in streamline position for 3 body lengths Breaststroke and dolphin kicks; 5 yards of each kick Freestyle for 10 yards Backstroke for 10 yards Elementary backstroke for 10 yards Breaststroke arm and leg actions for 3 body lengths Tread water for 15 seconds in shoulder-deep water Sitting dive Orientation to deep water Learn how to perform simple, non-swimming assists (out of water) Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation
  • Beginning Drawing

    Artists are observers who see the world around them in different ways. Learning how to draw requires first learning to "look" with preconceptions. Students will practice the instructor's way of looking and drawing from observation and experiment with a number of drawing techniques that have been used by artists for centuries. This class is geared toward beginners but is suitable for those who wish to refresh their drawing skills or just need a class assignment to get them started. All supplies provided by instructor.
  • Botanical Drawing-Let Nature Be your Teacher

    This course will teach you how to use plants as the subject of art with easy approaches and many visual examples. You will learn how to observe and approach subjects for drawing, creatively transfer what you see to paper, how to use elements of line, shape, and space to make a composition and layer color pencil for tonal accuracy. All drawing abilities are welcome-including beginning drawing!
  • Build Your Own Fishing Lures (Ages 5 & Up)

    Why do fish chase after one lure but ignore the next one? Do they see every color, certain colors or none at all? Adam Hjelm, from Sauk River Watershed, will be talking about and looking at a wide variety of gadgets and lures, as well as giving you a chance to make your own lure to take home and try out! All the supplies and materials are provided, just bring your creativity! Students 10 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Camera Handling, Light and Composition

    If you love the outdoors and capturing destinations with your camera, this class is for you. Class will focus on handling your camera, light and composition. Jim Umhoefer is the author and photographer of four outdoor guidebooks on Minnesota and Wisconsin. He also does contract photography for the U.S. Forest Service, Minnesota DNR, and a variety of resorts and vacation properties.
  • Carlos Creating Learners (3 and 4 Year Olds) M-F AM

    Carlos 3 and 4 Year Olds. M-F AM. Must be 3 by September 1, 2020 Your 3 and /or 4 year old child will enjoy the same benefits of our Alexandria preschool programming in a convenient location -Carlos Elementary School. Individualized support from a caring professional in convenient environment might be the right fit for your developing child. Opportunities for exploration in music, science, and art enrichment activities will support the budding curiosity of your preschooler.
  • Carlos Creating Learners (4 Year Olds) M-F All Day

    Carlos 4 Year Olds. M-F All Day. Must be 4 by September 1, 2020. Your 4 year old child will enjoy the same benefits of our Alexandria preschool programming in a convenient location- Carlos Elementary School. Individualized support from a caring professional in a favorable location might be the right fit for your developing child. Opportunities for exploration in music, science and art enrichment activities will support the budding curiosity of your preschooler.
  • Creating Learners (3 Year Olds) Half Day MWF AM

    3 Year Olds Monday/Wednesday/Friday (AM). Your three year old is discovering a love for school and building confidence in their abilities during our 2 or 3 day a week programming. Your child will gain social skills, pre-academic skills and independence with the help of supportive staff and a warm, safe environment.
  • Creating Learners (3 Year Olds) Half Day T/TH PM

    3 Year Olds Tuesday/Thursday (PM). Your three year old is discovering a love for school and building confidence in their abilities during our 2 or 3 day a week programming. Your child will gain social skills, pre-academic skills and independence with the help of supportive staff and a warm, safe environment.
  • Creating Learners (3 Year Olds)Half Day T/Th AM

    3 Year Olds Tuesday/Thursday (AM). Your three year old is discovering a love for school and building confidence in their abilities during our 2 or 3 day a week programming. Your child will gain social skills, pre-academic skills and independence with the help of supportive staff and a warm, safe environment.
  • Creating Learners (4 Year Olds) All Day MTWHF

    4 Year Olds All Day Monday through Friday Four and five year olds are preparing their minds and bodies for their experience in Kindergarten. Let us support your child as they put their natural curiosity to use to discover problem solving strategies, cause and effect relationships, pre-writing and reading skills and more complex social skills.
  • Creating Learners (4 Year Olds) All Day T/TH

    4 Year Olds All Day Tuesday, Thursday Four and five year olds are preparing their minds and bodies for their experience in Kindergarten. Let us support your child as they put their natural curiosity to use to discover problem solving strategies, cause and effect relationships, pre-writing and reading skills and more complex social skills.
  • Creating Learners (4 Year Olds) Half Day MWF AM

    4 Year Olds Half Day Monday, Wednesday, Friday Four and five year olds are preparing their minds and bodies for their experience in Kindergarten. Let us support your child as they put their natural curiosity to use to discover problem solving strategies, cause and effect relationships, pre-writing and reading skills and more complex social skills.
  • Creating Learners (4 Year Olds) Half Day MWF PM

    4 Year Olds Half Day Monday, Wednesday, Friday PM Four and five year olds are preparing their minds and bodies for their experience in Kindergarten. Let us support your child as they put their natural curiosity to use to discover problem solving strategies, cause and effect relationships, pre-writing and reading skills and more complex social skills.
  • Creating Learners (4 Year Olds) MWF All Day

    4 Year Olds All Day Monday, Wednesday, Friday Four and five year olds are preparing their minds and bodies for their experience in Kindergarten. Let us support your child as they put their natural curiosity to use to discover problem solving strategies, cause and effect relationships, pre-writing and reading skills and more complex social skills.