South Ridge Community Education                                                
Lenny Johnson, Coordinator   (218)345-6720                               
6623 Evergreen Lane, Alborn, MN  55702  
Website:, click on “Community Education” under “Quick Links for Community”.
Register for a class online or by emailing or calling Lenny Johnson well in advance of the date listed. Send registration form and class fee (checks should be made payable to ISD #2142 Community Education) to the address listed above or drop off at the South Ridge office in an envelope marked “Community Education”.  Register early; classes cancel 1-2 days before the class due to low enrollment.   Supply fees are paid to the instructor on the first day of the class.  Class information and downloadable registration form are also available on the school website.


GREASE IS THE WORD! - Motor Coach Trip to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s
Matinee Performance of “Grease”
- Carol Andrews, Trip Escort                         
Fancy a nostalgic afternoon full of greased-up hair, jukebox jingles, and bobby-socks. The most popular, fun-filled musical in the history of Rock ’n’ Roll is packed with explosive energy, vibrant 1950’s pop culture, and unforgettable tunes: “Summer Nights”, “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”, “We Go Together”, “Greased Lightnin’,” “Beauty School Dropout”, AND added songs made popular in the beloved film: “Grease (Is The Word)”, “Hopelessly Devoted to You”, and “You’re the One That I Want”.  Join Sandy, Danny, those groovy T-Birds, sassy Pink Ladies, and the whole gang at Rydell High for an affectionate satire of high school life in the '50s.  It’s a high-octane Rock ‘n’ Roll party that entertains from start to finish.  Join us at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre on this day trip with Community Education.
The cost of this day trip includes deluxe motor-coach, roundtrip, bus fare, lunch at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, and the show ticket. Reservations are limited to 30 people. There are no refunds for cancellations unless seat can be sold to another party. All patrons will be refunded if the trip is cancelled due to lack of registrations. Please contact Lenny Johnson for an itinerary, more information, or to register. Students must be 5 years old and up; 17 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  All seats must be reserved and paid in full by Friday, April 7, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. 
This escorted trip is Saturday, May 20, 2017; bus leaves South Ridge parking lot at 7:30 A.M. and returns to South Ridge at 7:30 P.M.; $129 per person.
I Want to Use My Computer to _______ Without Asking My Kids or Grandkids!
Fill in the blank with your own word(s).  The topics covered by the class will be decided by the class registrants.  Prepare a list of 10 items you want to learn in this class and submit them with your registration.  Examples could be:  type and print a document in Windows 10, make a DVD of my pictures, Skype my grandchildren, organize my files using Google, etc.  Bring your laptop computer if you have one.  Computers will be provided for those without a laptop.  (Please indicate this when registering also.)
Wes Berntson
Room 202                             Thursdays                             Feb. 2, 9, 16, & 23
$40 fee                                  4 Nights                                 6:00-7:30 P.M.

Shade & Fruit Tree Pruning
We will focus on the biology of trees, pruning techniques, and methods to promote tree health.  We will have a short class then prune the trees at South Ridge.  If you have a step ladder or hand saw you can bring, please mention when registering for the class.  The instructor will have some tools to use.
Robert Dunsmore
South Ridge Parking Lot                    Sat. Apr. 8                             10:00 A.M. - Noon
$5 fee

Fitness Center
Work out with Treadmills, Ellipticals, Recumbent Elliptical, Bikes, Free Weights, Kettlebells, and Nautilus Machines.  
Hours: 6-8:00 A.M. and 2:00-7:00 P.M. M-F
Enrolled students: free.
18-year-olds/adult :  $20.00 a month
Couples:  $25.00 a month
Family:  $30.00 a month 
Hero’s discount: firefighters and police officers pay ½ fee. 
Buy 3 consecutive months in advance, and get the next month free! 
Pay as you go:  $4 per time!
Remember that the Little Panthers Program is available from 6-8 A.M. and 3-6 P.M. on school days for parents who want to exercise and need a place for their children to go; fill out forms ahead of time and pay the Little Panther fees.
To register, stop by the Fitness Center during open hours and get a registration form from the Fitness Center attendant.
Cross-Country Skiing
Thinking about skiing?  Check out our Facebook page for "South Ridge School Trails" for the latest trail-grooming information.
Weight-Training Basics
Learn the proper techniques for weight-training using free weights, barbell weights, and various weight machines and determine what will work for your particular body to strengthen it and prevent injury.  There will be a question-and-answer session at the end of class.  Instructor has a degree in exercise science and has worked at local gyms and fitness centers for several years.
Brock Wilton
Fitness Center                       Sat.                         Jan. 28
$5 fee                                     1 morning              10:00 – 11:30 A.M.
Karate North Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do is a great way to gain physical and mental benefits such as increased flexibility, poise, endurance, focus, and strength. It is a great sport offered for ages 8 to adult. Parents of new students should be there for the first half of the first day. Check us out on Facebook: or direct questions to: ; Testing for belts, pads, and uniform have an additional fee. We have a discount for families: first person pays $65, second pays $55, third pays $45, and fourth pays $35.  No class 4/13. 
Ryan Niesen & Nic Mathiowetz
                   Beginning Tae Kwon Do          
Choir room                  Tues. & Thurs.               Jan 31 – Mar. 30
See fees above             first session                   4:00-5:00 P.M.                    
Choir room                  Tues. & Thurs.               Apr. 4 – June 1
See fees above             second session              4:00-5:00 P.M.
Advanced Tae Kwon Do    
Choir room                 Tues. & Thurs.                Jan. 31 – Mar. 30
See fees above            first session                 5:00-6:00 P.M.                       
Choir room                 Tues. & Thurs.            Apr. 4 – June 1
See fees above            second session               5:00-6:00 P.M.
CCC Exercise Club (Calisthenics, Conversation, and Coffee)
For beginner-to-intermediate fitness levels, follow videos for low-impact walking-in-place, light weight-training with free weights, and stretching exercises for cardiovascular, muscle, and joint health.  All exercises performed at beginner or intermediate levels but can be adapted to standing or sitting in a chair for those with limited abilities or to more strenuous levels with heavier weights. Stay after class for conversation and coffee.  Join the class at any time during the session and pay a pro rata fee. 
Lenny Johnson 
Fitness Center       M, T, TH and F                   Jan. 30 – Mar. 31
$35 fee                  first session                          8:00-9:00 A.M.
Fitness Center       M, T, TH and F                   Apr. 3 – June 2
$35 fee                  second session                      8:00-9:00  A.M.
Fitness Center       M, T, TH and F                    June 5 – Sept. 1
$40 fee                  summer session                    8-00-9:00 A.M.   
Gentle Yoga
Please watch for the start date and information on the school website at
Kitchen Cupboard Wellness
An onion is good for what?!  The sweet relief of honey.  Take the time for Thyme.  Sage wisdom.
That’s “mint! “ (OK, how many of you dated yourself with that one!?)  Ginger-ly, or not.  Cinnamon is a cinch!
Cayenne you see how warming spices can help you be healthy?  There are more- but I’ll stop here ! J
If you would like to:   learn about common herbal remedies you have right in your kitchen (what they are and why they work), learn easy recipes, try some FREE SAMPLES, have some FUN, AND assist your body in balancing to prevent and relieve symptoms of colds and flu and support  your wellness all winter long, this is the class for you!
Stacey Quade
Room 202                             Wed.                       Feb. 22
$20 fee                                  1 night                    5:30 – 7:30 P.M.
Free Salad! And More . . .
First-aid and herbs packed with nutrition that nature plants for you!  Identify and use the herbs nature planted in your yard and the woods around you.  Become familiar with plants (weeds!) and herbs to add to your meals and give you basic nutrients and herbal first-aid.  We will be walking along the South Ridge School trails to identify some of  these plants, so wear appropriate footwear.
Stacey Quade
South Ridge Ski Trails                        Wed.                       May 10
$20 fee                                                  1 night                    5:30 – 7:30 P.M.
Indoor Walk
Get your exercise by walking indoors at the school from 6:30-7:30 A.M. and 6:00-9:00 P.M.  Building is not open when school is not in session.  Please bring clean dry shoes.  $5 fee for the year.

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Presents “Beauty and the Beast”

Scores of South Ridge children will present Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical version of the classic tale of love and redemption, “Beauty and the Beast.” 
Auditions:  Monday, April 3 from 3:15-5:15 P.M.; open to anyone age 7 and older; bring a snack from home; $5 fee.
Rehearsals:  Begin Monday after the auditions and continue all week after school; a complete rehearsal schedule
                will be given out on Monday.
Performance:  Friday, April 7 at 7:00 P.M.  Admission:  $5 per person with a $20 maximum for a nuclear family.
Little Panthers Program
Before-and-after-school safe activities for grades pre-K to grade 6.
6:00-8 A.M. and after school until 6:00 P.M.
Activities full of learning, exercise, and fun.
Convenient location in your child’s school.              
Leadership by experienced and caring adults.            Fees (due Friday of each week):  Morning session - $2 per child per day; Afternoon session - $5 per day for first child and $4 per day for each additional child.  Call Lenny Johnson at 345-6720 for more information or email: ; All students must have a registration form on file before attendance (available online at and click on “Community Education” or from the office).  Please note that we will be strict in charging a $5 per week late fee on all balances not paid by Friday of the week your child attends.
Wednesday Kids’ After-School Camps
Join in the fun of learning new activities with other kids from your school!  Students in grades 1-6 are welcome.  Preregistration is required; space is limited.  Students can be sent to Little Panthers after Camp ends but must be picked up by 6:00 P.M.  (No additional fee is required for this, but you must give us advance notice.) 
Students will meet in the forum as soon as school is dismissed, have a light snack (we provide), and begin camp according to the following schedule:
Passport to the World – Feb. 8 & March 15 – Grab your passport and pack your bags because we are going on an adventure!  Come explore the four corners of the world with us!  Students will earn stamps in their passports and collect souvenirs as they travel the world through a series of fun, cultural games, arts and crafts, and foreign language activities.  They will learn about world geography and landmarks, currency and language, foods and music, and more!  This is a great way to foster global awareness and help your child to become a global citizen! Instructor is Lyndi Sakuray, who holds a B.A. in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound, with minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies.  She is fluent in Spanish and is competent in everyday Japanese.  Register one week before each class.  Room 202, 2:15 to 4:15 P.M.; $10 fee.
Spring Krafts for Kids – Apr.12 – Lynn Johnson  - Come to this after-school camp and make a spring craft to take home.  We will meet in the Forum after school, have a snack (we provide), and then begin making our craft.  Space is limited; register by Apr. 5.  Elementary art room, 2:15 to 4:15 P.M.; $10 fee.
Kids’ Taste of the World – May 3 - Lyndi Sakuray - Do you like learning about the countries and people of the world?  Do you enjoy cooking and trying new foods?  Join us for a culinary journey as we explore the country of Japan with our taste buds!  We will learn about Japan and then prepare a traditional meal from that area!  Bring the recipes home to try with your family.  Register by Apr. 28.  FACS Room, 2:15 to 5:15 P.M.; $15 fee. 
Panther Dance
Calling all girls and boys who share a love of dance!  You will learn dance basics in a fun, friendly environment.  We will work hard to learn at least one dance and will have opportunities to perform during the school year.  Students will meet in the forum right after school releases.  They may have a snack from home and prepare for dance.  Please be sure that each dancer has appropriate clothing that allows for stretching and moving.  Shoes are required; no bare or stocking feet. 
$35 for the first child; second and third child in the family each pay $21.00.  An additional fee for a simple uniform is paid directly to instructor.  No class on 4/5.
Mandi Ellefson
Choir room                 Wednesdays                                   Mar. 1 – Apr. 19                                 
$35 fee                                                                                  2:30-3:30 P.M.           
Camping Safety & First Aid
This course is designed for the young camper/wilderness explorer.   Topics covered include water safety, fire safety, safe use of camping tools, and what to do if you become lost, as well as basic first aid for injuries.  Students will assemble a small first aid kit and make their own trail mix as part of this class.  Ages 7 – 12.  Register by May 3.
Emergency Outfitters
Room 202                             Wed.                                       May 10
$25 fee                                  1 day                                      2:15 – 5:15 P.M.
American Red Cross Swimming Lessons
Dates and times for lessons in May and June at Herb Drew Pool in Cloquet to be announced; please check our school website at and watch for information to be sent home from school.


Basic Drawing              
This class is developed to enhance your skills through the basic fundamentals of drawing.  When building a house, you must start with a solid foundation, and the same can be said for drawing.  At one point or another, all great artists started drawing at the same level as the rest of us. The study of their craft and countless hours of dedicated practice honed their abilities.  We can all achieve better results through continued study and practice.  Topics covered:  drawing choice, graphing technique, shading, composition, horizontal level, perspective, and vanishing points.  Fee includes all four nights of class plus supplies, including paper and drawing pencils, but you may bring your own 8 ½” x 11” drawing pad if you wish.
Denis Sawyer                       Wednesdays                         Jan. 4, 11, 18, & 25
Art Room                              4 nights                                  6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
$25 fee (for all 4 nights and includes supplies)

Traveling to Alaska is Easier than You Think
Hear an informative two-hour presentation geared to folks interested in traveling to Alaska on their own or with the help of experienced travelers Sharon and Alan Finifrock.  They will share their 20-plus years of Alaskan living, traveling to, from, and within Alaska to help you create a plan for the trip you have been dreaming of. Topics will include: When and how to travel; best times to plan your travel; airline reservations; Alaska Highway ALCAN travel; food, lodging, and  travel options and costs; free and inexpensive activities; hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing; websites to visit; travel brochures; and developing a budget. They will also highlight three areas that are of interest for those who have limited time for travel:  The Kenai Peninsula, to include Seward, Homer, Soldotna, and Kenai; The Interior, to include Palmer, Wasilla, Talkeetna, Denali, Fairbanks, and North Pole; and East Central, to include Palmer, Glennallen, Copper Center, Valdez, Prince William Sound, and Whittier. The insights presented will help you plan and travel wisely.
Alan Finifrock
Room 202                                             Thurs.                     Feb. 2
$10/person or $15/couple                  1 night                    6:00 P.M.
Cake Decorating 101
Learn the basics of cake decorating, and impress your family and friends by decorating your own cakes for birthdays or other special occasions.
Cheryl Johnson
FACS Room                                         Thurs.                     Apr. 6
$13 fee                                                  1 night                    6:00-7:30 P.M.
Scandinavian Sami Bracelet
Come and learn to craft a beautiful Scandinavian Sami-inspired bracelet using traditional Sami techniques. 
Sami people are indigenous to northern Scandinavian countries and northern Russia.  Materials we will use:  imported 4% silver Scandinavian thread, reindeer leather, and shed reindeer antler button; all materials imported from Sweden.  These bracelets are custom-made; you will need the wrist measurement.
Cindy Ericksmoen
Art room                                Tues., Apr. 25 & Thurs., Apr. 27
$25 fee                                  2 nights                  6:00 - 9:00 P.M.
+ materials fee of $45 payable to instructor (additional materials kits will be available for $45 each.)

Training Your Bird Dog 
Learn basic commands which will be beneficial for the family dog as well as more advanced techniques which will improve your day in the field with your bird dog.  This class will include birds, demonstrations, training equipment, and a question-and-answer session.
Dean Fries, Clearcut Kennel
Forum and South Ridge Practice Field            Thurs.                     May 4
$15 fee                                                                  1 night                    6:00 P.M.
Community Choir
If you love to sing, join us each week to practice for the occasional community event.  We do need to prepare for you, so
please call Lenny Johnson at 345-6720 or email: to register.  
Deb Neuman
Choir room                           Wednesdays         4:30 – 5:30 P.M.
$5 fee for all year                Weekly
Piano Lessons
Learn to play piano or improve upon what you have learned in the past during ½-hour lessons beginning at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesdays.  Register early to get your preferred time slot.  Fee will be $18 for a half-hour lesson, payable in advance, plus a $5 Community Education fee for the entire semester.  You are responsible for the cost of books. 
Ruth Beckwith
Band room                           Wednesdays                         Sign up for lesson times                     
$18 per half-hour lesson plus $5 fee per semester, payable in advance.
The instructor will teach 2 separate beading classes which are chosen by the class on each date; limited to the first 10 that sign up and pay the fee for each class.  The supply fee is not yet known.  Come at 8:30 to pick out beads.  Vegetarian potluck.
Diane Netzloff
Cotton Community Center               Class Dates:  Mar. 11 and Apr. 8 (both Saturdays)
$18 fee per class date                                                         8:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Book Club
Join our book club as we enjoy reading and discussing a book together once per month.   
Conference Room                               Thursdays                             First Thurs. of each month
$5 fee for the year                               Monthly                                                                7:00 P.M.
Watercolor:  Red Barn Winter Scene
Learn to paint a winter scene with a red barn using watercolors.  You will finish an entire painting in one night.  Supply fee includes a 16”x20” mat. 
Gail Peterson
Art room                                        Fri.                  Feb. 10
$5 fee & $24 supply fee              1 night                           5:00 P.M.
Watercolor:  Bird Series
Learn to paint the bird of your choice from Gail’s bird series using watercolors.  You will finish an entire painting in one night.  Supply fee includes a 16”x20” mat. 
Gail Peterson
Art room                                        Fri.                  Mar. 10
$5 fee & $24 supply fee              1 night                           5:00 P.M.
Watercolor:  River Landscape
Learn to paint a river landscape using watercolors.  You will finish an entire painting in one night.  Supply fee includes a 16”x20” mat. 
Gail Peterson
Art room                                        Fri.                  Apr. 21
$5 fee & $24 supply fee              1 night                           5:00 P.M.
Watercolor:  Summer Landscape
Learn to paint a summer landscape using watercolors.  You will finish an entire painting in one night.  Supply fee includes a 16”x20” mat. 
Gail Peterson
Art room                                        Fri.                  May 5
$5 fee & $24 supply fee              1 night                           5:00 P.M.
Learn to turn wood on a lathe and make a wooden bowl, vase, platter, or wooden treasure of your choice to take home.  Class size is limited to 2 each night.  
Jerry Maly           
Industrial Arts Room                     Tues.           Choose one:  Apr. 4, Apr. 11, or Apr. 18
$30 fee & $10 supply fee                                  6:00-8:00 P.M.
Perennial Plant Exchange
Divide your flowering perennials, berry plants, and shrubs and bring your extra starter annuals to South Ridge to exchange with other gardeners.
Lenny Johnson
South Ridge Parking Lot                    Sat.                         June 3
No Fee                                                   1 day                      9:00 A.M.

MN Firearms Safety & Hunter Education

Minnesota law states that all persons born after 12/31/1979 must provide proof of successful completion of a firearms safety or hunter education program in order to purchase a MN hunting license.  This course, along with the accompanying field day, satisfies this requirement.  The purpose of this MN DNR Hunter Education/Firearms Safety course is to: promote the safe and responsible use of firearms and hunting equipment and to emphasize the importance of wildlife management and regulations.  Cost: $7.50 for class supplies paid to Pheasants Forever on the first day of class, and $7.50 will be paid to the MN DNR upon successful completion of the course in order to obtain your Hunter Education/Firearms Safety certificate.  Parents are required to attend for the first 30 minutes of the first day of class to complete paperwork.  Participants MUST have their driver’s license or social security number and date of birth for this paperwork on the first day of class.  Must be 11 or older as of first day of class.  Attendance to all classroom dates and field day are MANDATORY in order to comply with MN law.  Course limited to 18 students.  **PLEASE: DO NOT BRING ANY FIREARMS/AMMO ONTO SCHOOL PROPERTY OR TO CLASS**
Pheasants Forever of St. Louis/Carlton County
Room 202             Thursdays (7 classes)         Feb. 23-Apr. 6
$7.50 fee payable to Pheasants Forever         5:00 -7:00 P.M.
                                                                Field day:  Apr. 8, 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED Training
This course is designed for those who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements or for those who have a desire to learn the techniques of CPR and the use of an AED.  This classroom, video-based, instructor-led course teaches adult, child, and infant CPR/AED as well as choking management.
Emergency Outfitters
Room 202                                             Wed.                       May 10
$65 fee (includes text book and card)                             5:30 – 9:30 P.M.
Youth ATV Safety Training Class
This is the DNR-approved class for youth ages 12-15. Once the student has completed the class, they can ride on public land on a separate ATV when accompanied by an adult 18 or older. The student must complete the at-home study course on-line ( and print the certificate of completion prior to attending the class.  Pre-registration is required. Student must bring proper riding attire to the class as well as a DOT-approved helmet. Students should bring their own ATV if possible. Adult participation is strongly encouraged. Any questions regarding the class, call Wayne Laakso @ 218-391-4972.
Wayne Laakso,  North Shore ATV Club
South Ridge Forum and Parking Lot               Mon.                      July 17
$29.50 DNR on-line fee                                     1 night                    5:00-8:00 P.M.
55+ Driver Improvement Courses
The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering 55+ Driver Improvement Courses at South Ridge School.  Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10% discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law.  First-time participants must complete an initial eight hours of training to get the 10% discount and then complete a four-hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10% discount.  The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A Minnesota Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver safety, new laws, and vehicle technology. This class has something for everyone.  To register or get more information, visit or call toll-free 1-888-234-1294.
      8-Hr., First Time Participant Course:
David Greeman
Room 202                             Wed. & Thurs.                      Feb. 8 & 9                                            
$26 fee                                  2 nights                                  5:00-9:00 P.M.
Register at or call toll-free 1-888-234-1294.
     4-Hr. Refresher Course:
David Greeman
Room 202                             Wed..                                      May. 3                                  
$22 fee                                  1 night                                    5:00-9:00 P.M.
Register for either class at or call toll-free 1-888-234-1294.