South Ridge Community Education
Lenny Johnson, Coordinator (218)345-6720
6623 Evergreen Lane,
Alborn, MN 55702


Register for a class online at, (click on “Community Education” under “Quick Links for Community”) 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”. 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 at under “Community Education”.
Classes are open to everyone, not just children and families of South Ridge students!




Free Community Dinner and Presentation on “Opiates & MN: Identify Opiates, Their Use & Overdose Reversal”

Enjoy a free dinner with your fellow community members and learn about the impact of the opiate epidemic in our state, current opiate trends, and overdose deaths. You will be able to identify possible opiate use and learn how to potentially save a life from an opiate overdose.
Stephanie Devich , LADC, CPP, Narcan Trainer & Harm Reduction Specialist, Valhalla Place/Meridian Behavioral Health
South Ridge Forum    Mon., Mar. 19, 6:00 P.M.
No fee

NEW! - Guitar Lessons - John OstlundJohn Ostlund

Beginning-to-intermediate lessons on acoustic or electric guitar available for 5 weeks on Tuesdays starting on February 27 and ending on March 27.  Lessons will be Tuesdays after school starting at 3:00 P.M.  Register early to get your preferred time slot.  You must provide your own guitar; $65 fee.

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. 14, 10:00 A.M. - Noon
$5 fee


Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers in Minnesota!

Minnesota is battling many aquatic invasive species. Some say we are losing the battle, others say we are winning. The truth is that informed students, teachers, boaters, anglers, lake advocates, counties and agencies are working together to help protect Minnesota waters from the harmful impacts of AIS on our environment, recreational heritage, and economy of communities that depend upon healthy lakes and rivers. Come learn about aquatic invaders in our backyard and what you can do to help prevent their spread.
Doug Jensen, Extension Educator and AIS Program Coordinator,University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program,Duluth
Room 202        Thurs., May 10, 6:00-7:00 P.M.
No fee






The South Ridge Fitness Center is now certified for insurance reimbursement with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Partners, Preferred One, UCare, and Silver Sneakers. Pay your membership fee, come and work out, and get reimbursed for your membership fee while getting healthier! Work out with Treadmills, Ellipticals, Recumbent Elliptical, Bikes, Free Weights, Kettlebells, and Nautilus Machines.

Hours: 6:00-8:00 A.M. M-F and 2:00-7:00 P.M. M-F

Rates: Enrolled students-free; Adults Age 18 and Older-$20.00 a month; Married Couples-$30.00 a month; Family (defined
as members of an immediate family, i.e., married adults and any children under 18 or children who are full-time college students age 22 and under living in the same household)-$40.00 a month. Pay as you go -$5 per time! To register, stop by the Fitness Center during open hours and get a registration form from the Fitness Center attendant.


CCC Exercise Club (Calisthenics, Conversation, and Coffee) - Lenny Johnson

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. Fitness Center; M, T, TH and F, 8:00-9:00 A.M.; $20/month fee. ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT!

Cross-Country Skiing

Thinking about skiing? Check out our Facebook page for "South Ridge School Trails" for the latest trail-grooming information.

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.

Ryan Niesen
Beginning Tae Kwon Do
Choir room              Tues. & Thurs.            Dec. 5 – Mar. 1
fees above                Second session           4:00-5:00 P.M.
room              Tues. & Thurs.            Mar. 6 – May 31
fees above                Third session              4:00-5:00 P.M.
room               Tues. & Thurs.           June 5 – Aug. 23
fees above                 Summer session        4:00-5:00 P.M.

Advanced Tae Kwon Do

Choir room               Tues. & Thurs.           Dec. 5 – Mar. 1
fees above                 Second session          5:00-6:00 P.M.
Choir room               Tues. & Thurs.           Mar. 6 – May 31
fees above                 Third session             5:00-6:00 P.M.
Choir room               Tues. & Thurs.           June 5 – Aug. 23
fees above                 Summer session         5:00-6:00 P.M.


Yoga for Core Strength and Stability

Build a practice with breath exploration, sun salutations, standing and seated poses as well as beginner inversions and arm balances. This class will focus on better alignment of the pelvis and spine to facilitate functional movement. Somatic exercises will be included to release chronically tense muscles. Relaxation and meditation will close out each session to create space in the body and mind for change to occur. Some yoga experience preferred but modifications and props will be provided to assist all levels. Please bring a water bottle and mat if you have one. If you don’t have a mat, there will be extras on site. Props and blankets provided. This class is taught by Tiffany, 200 RYT, who has previously taught beginner, vinyasa, yin, power and fusion yoga at locations such as The Lotus Center, The Well, and Snap Fitness Lakeside. No class on 2/19, 3/5, or 4/2.
Tiffany Winchenbach
Library                 Mondays              Jan. 29 – Mar. 26
$60/session          First session         6:30-7:30 P.M.

Library                 Mondays              Apr. 9 – May 21
$60/session          Second session     6:30-7:30 P.M.

Drop in at any yoga class for $9 per class.


    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.




South Ridge Ski and Snowshoe Club

Students from 1st through 6th grade are welcome to join the club. We will ski and snowshoe the South Ridge groomed ski trails on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:00 P.M. and a couple Saturdays throughout the season. Ski/snowshoe gear and after- school snacks will be provided. Adult volunteers are welcome - adults please bring own skis or snowshoes.
Robert Dunsmore
Ski Trails                 Thursdays                3:30-5:00 P.M.
Class fee: $5 payable to ISD #2142 and $10 payable to South Ridge School Nature Club



This class offers beginning gymnastics on Mondays for girls and boys in grades K – 6. Class will be taught by Erin Jackson, a paraprofessional at South Ridge who was a gymnast for 14 years and has been coaching the sport for the past 5 years. This class will be an introduction to the basic techniques of gymnastics. Students will learn beginner tumbling and balance beam skills, strength, and flexibility. Cost is $70 for the first child in the family, $60 for the second child, $50 for the third child, and $40 for the fourth child. Meet in the Forum after school. Bring a light snack to eat at that time. Please wear leggings or shorts and a tight t-shirt or a leotard. All long hair must be worn in a ponytail. Bring your own water bottle. Students in Grades 2 – 6 will be supervised in the choir room hallway or room 202 by the Little Panthers staff until their class time. Students can go to Little Panthers after their class until parents can pick them up (must be picked up by 6:00 P.M.). The cost for Little Panthers is included in the rates above.
Erin Jackson
Choir Room           Class will meet on Mondays: Feb. 26, Mar.12, Mar. 19, Mar. 26, Apr. 16, Apr. 23, Apr. 30, May 7, and May 14.

Grades K–1from 3:30-4:25 P.M

Grades 2-3 from 4:30-5:25 P.M.
 4–6 from 5:30-6:25 P.M.

Fees as stated above


Balloon Rocket Car Fun (Grades K-6)

America’s Fun Science and “Dr. Fun” present an introduction to basic rocket theory, wheel and axle design, and construction in a fun, hands-on setting. Learn about Newton’s Third Law and its application to balloon rocket car design as you assemble your own colorful rocket car and race to the finish! Then take your Balloon Rocket Car home to impress friends and family. Open to students in grades K-6. Registration required by Mar. 15 in order to prevent class from cancelling. Class is Mar. 23.
America’s Fun Science
Room 202        Fri., Mar. 23, 3:15-4:15 P.M.
$20 fee

Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Presents “Alice in Wonderland”

Venture down the rabbit hole and meet some of the most colorful characters in children's literature as scores of South Ridge students present Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical version of the classic tale of “Alice in Wonderland”.

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Auditions: Monday, April 9 from 3:15-5:15 P.M.; open to anyone age 7 and older; bring a snack from home; $10 audition/participation fee.

Rehearsals: Begin Monday after the auditions and continue all week after school; a complete rehearsal schedule will be given out on Monday.

Performance – Open to the Public: Friday, April 13 at 7:00 P.M. Admission: $5 per person with a $20 maximum for a nuclear family.


Babysitting 101 - DATE CHANGE!!!

This course follows the American Academy of Pediatrics – Babysitter Lessons And Safety Training (BLAST). Students learn current practices for safety and injury prevention, first aid basics, feeding and caring for infants, how to handle behavior problems, and how to manage their babysitting business. Students receive a reference book, recipe and game handouts, babysitting bag, and first aid kit. Ages 9 and up. Register by Apr. 20 to prevent class from cancelling. Class is Apr. 28.
Emergency Outfitters
Room 202      Saturday, Apr. 28,  8:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M.
$56 fee 


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.





Drawing 101

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
Art Room                       Wednesdays Jan. 3, 10, 17 & 24 (4 nights0, 6:00–8:00 P.M.
$25 fee (for all 4 nights and includes supplies)



The instructor will teach 4 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: Jan. 6, Feb. 10, Mar. 10, & Apr. 7 (all Saturdays), 8:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M.

$18 fee per class date 


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., Jan. 18, 6:00 P.M.

$10/person or $15/couple 

Loon Painting with Acrylics

Instructor will lead participants in the creation of a loon painting on a 16 x 20 stretched canvas using acrylic paints. All supplies included. You will leave class with a completed painting. No experience necessary.
321 Art Studio
Art Room               Fri., Feb. 9, 6:00-7:30 P.M.
$35 fee (includes all supplies) 


Tulip Painting with Oils

Instrucotr will lead participants in the creation of a flower painting on a 11x14 canvas panel using water-miscible oil paints. All supplies included. You will leave class with a completed painting. No experience necessary.
321 Art Studio
Art Room               Fri., Mar. 9, 6:00-7:30 P.M.
$35 fee (includes all supplies) 



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
Arts Room         Tuesday,  Choose one: Apr. 10, Apr. 17, or Apr. 24, 6:00-8:00 P.M.

$35 fee & $10 supply fee 


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 


   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.


Book Club

our book club as we enjoy reading and discussing a book together once per month.
Conference Room               Thursdays        First Thurs. of each month, 7:00 P.M.
$5 fee for the year





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             Tuesdays (7 classes), Feb. 20-Apr. 3, 5:00-7:00 P.M.
                              Field Day:  TBD

$7.50 fee payable to Pheasants Forever 


    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 TBD           Tues. & Wed. (2 nights), Mar. 13 & 14, 5:00-9:00 P.M.
$26 fee s 

Register at or call toll-free 1-888-234-1294.


4-Hr. Refresher Courses:

David Greeman
Room 202             Thurs., Mar. 8, 5:00-9:00 P.M.

$22 fee  

Room 202              Thurs., May. 3, 5:00-9:00 P.M.
$22 fee 

Register for either class at or call toll-free 1-888-234-1294.