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  • Christmas at the Country Church NEW!

    Bringing History to Life:Doug Ohman is a popular speaker, historian, and great storyteller. He is also an expert photographer with deep roots in Minnesota.Explore the beauty and history of many of the state's oldest churches during the holiday season. Doug will take you to his favorite locations and share the best photographs and stories from around the great state of Minnesota.
  • Conversational Spanish: Let's Socialize and Celebrate

    Hola! Learn to introduce yourself and others, converse socially, dine out and engage in cultural celebrations. Appropriate vocabulary, grammar and cultural context are included with each interactive lesson.  No previous Spanish is required.
  • Donut Make you Wonder: Armistice Day - Nov 20 - NEW!

    Donut Make You Wonder?     Wednesdays, 10-11:30 am Join us at Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive N, Crystal, for coffee, discussion and donuts. A $2 fee is payable at the door, but you must sign up in advance at rdale.eleyo.com or call 763-504-6990. This series is a cooperative effort of the cities of Brooklyn Center, Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale and Robbinsdale Community Education.Armistice Day Storm of 1940November 11, 1940 started with unseasonably high temperatures; however, as the day wore on temperatures dropped sharply, the wind picked up, then rain, followed by sleet, and then snow began to fall creating a raging blizzard. Snowfalls of up to 27 inches, winds of up to 80 mph, 20-foot snow drifts, and 50-degree Fahrenheit temperature drops occurred. In Minnesota, 27 inches of snow fell at Collegeville and the Twin Cities recorded 16 inches. Join us as Dan Hartman walks us through the Armistice Day Blizzard, ranking #2 in Minnesota's list of top-5 weather events of the 20th century. Register by Nov 15.
  • Donut Make you Wonder: Travelogue to Costa Rica - Sep 18 - NEW!

    Donut Make You Wonder?     Wednesdays, 10-11:30 am Join us at Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive N, Crystal, for coffee, discussion and donuts. A $2 fee is payable at the door, but you must sign up in advance at rdale.eleyo.com or call 763-504-6990. This series is a cooperative effort of the cities of Brooklyn Center, Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale and Robbinsdale Community Education. Travelogue to Costa RicaAlthough small, Costa Rica has incredible biodiversity. Explore the various types of rain forest and the multitude of birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants. Join Lee Ann Landstrom, retired director of Eastwood Nature Center, to learn about the plants and animals, as well as the tourist activities and local culture in this popular country. Register by Sep 13.
  • Effective Use of familysearch.org - NEW!

    Probably the most used free resource for researching family history, familysearch.org is well known to genealogists. However, there are aspects of this resource that are frequently overlooked and under-utilized. In this class you will learn to take advantage of all the features this resource has to offer to perform simple searches through indexed genealogical resources. Topics will include the wiki, non-indexed digital resources, communities, collections, books, and more.
  • Genetic Genealogy - NEW!

    Genetic genealogy can add a new dimension to your family history efforts. It provides a concrete biological grounding that can be used to confirm your paper trail, to indicate new lines of research, to connect you to cousins that you may not have known about, and more. This class will cover the basics of biology that apply as well as practical advice on testing options and interpretation of results.
  • Liberian and West African Culture NEW!

    Who are Our Neighbors?Our communities are always changing as new immigrants arrive bringing with them new foods, languages, and traditions. With each wave of immigration our communities have only grown stronger and more diverse. In these monthly sessions, you will have the opportunity to increase your understanding of a local immigrant culture which is part of the fabric of our community.This series is provided as a collaboration between Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education and Achievement and Integration, Careers and Colleges.Liberian and West African CultureWe are lucky enough to have the largest population of Liberians outside of Liberia living here in Minnesota. Discover information about the culture of your Liberian neighbors including their history, customs, religion and ways of life.
  • Malaria: From Ancient Greece to Today - NEW!

    Seminars by Dan HartmanDan Hartman is a military historian who has taught many seminars throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area for senior centers, community education programs, and assisted living and senior housing developments. He holds a Masters Degree from Mankato State University in Political Science and has taken courses in government from Hamline University. He has taught college level classes throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.“Dan's classes are always fun and informative. Also, he encourages interaction with/from the class attendees. We all learn together.” - Participant, Spring 2018Malaria from Ancient Greece to TodayMalaria is an ancient disease studied by those as far back as Hippocrates, that we are still trying to find a cure for today. Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease that affects humans and other animals. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever, tiredness, vomiting, and headaches. In severe cases it can cause yellow skin, seizures, coma, or death. In those who have recently survived an infection, re-infection usually causes milder symptoms. This partial resistance disappears over months to years if the person has no continuing exposure to malaria. 
  • Mapping and Genealogy - NEW!

    Historical maps can be used to enrich understanding of your ancestors as well as the larger social contexts in which they operated. We will explore various on-line resources that you can use to acquire historical maps, to analyze land ownership/transfer, and to portray custom representations of the locations of importance to your ancestors.
  • Murder in Chisago County - Oct 9 NEW!

    LOCAL AUTHOR SERIES The cities of Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Golden Valley and Robbinsdale, and Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education are offering a “Local Author Series” at the Crystal Community Center (4800 Douglas Drive N, Crystal). A $3 fee is payable at the door, but please signup in advance by calling 763-504-6990 or online at rdale.eleyo.com. Murder in Chisago County - Oct 9  -  7-8:30 pmOn April 11, 1933, neighbors and firefighters arrived at the farmhouse of Albin and Alvira Johnson to find a smoldering heap where a seemingly happy home once stood. Beneath the ruins, hundreds of searchers, including the illustrious Pinkerton Agency, combed the area and even crossed into Canada in pursuit of Albin, who was indicted in absentia for murder. But he was never found, dead or alive. What happened to the Johnson family and what part, if any, Albin played in the tragedy remain a mystery. Twin Cities journalist Brian Johnson tells the story that has beguiled the community for generations.
  • Mystery Book Club

    Are you interested in joining a book club with others who love to read mysteries? Join a community book club that will meet once a month on the 4th Tuesday of the month, initially September – November. The book selection for September is Little Girl Gone, the first book of the Afton Tangler Thrillers series written by Gerry Schmitt which is set in Minnesota. A list of discussion questions will be sent out in advance of the meeting. Come and join the fun. Fall meeting dates are Sep 24, Oct 22 and Nov 26.
  • Saluting the Civil War - Minnesota's Role

    Bringing History to Life:Doug Ohman is a popular speaker, historian, and great storyteller. He is also an expert photographer with deep roots in Minnesota.What role did Minnesota play in the Civil War? Learn how important Minnesota was to the Union cause. Hear the stories of those from Minnesota that served in this tragic but most interesting chapter in American history.
  • The History of Smallpox - NEW!

    Seminars by Dan Hartman Dan Hartman is a military historian who has taught many seminars throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area for senior centers, community education programs, and assisted living and senior housing developments. He holds a Masters Degree from Mankato State University in Political Science and has taken courses in government from Hamline University. He has taught college level classes throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.“Dan's classes are always fun and informative. Also, he encourages interaction with/from the class attendees. We all learn together.” - Participant, Spring 2018The History of SmallpoxSmallpox was an infectious disease caused by one of two virus variants. The last naturally occurring case was diagnosed in October 1977 and the World Health Organization (WHO) certified the global eradication of the disease in 1980. The risk of death following contracting the disease was about 30%, with higher rates among babies. Often those who survived had extensive scarring of their skin and some were left blind. Join us to learn about the history of and the story of the eradication of this disease.
  • The History of the HIV/Aids Epidemic - NEW!

    Seminars by Dan HartmanDan Hartman is a military historian who has taught many seminars throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area for senior centers, community education programs, and assisted living and senior housing developments. He holds a Masters Degree from Mankato State University in Political Science and has taken courses in government from Hamline University. He has taught college level classes throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.“Dan's classes are always fun and informative. Also, he encourages interaction with/from the class attendees. We all learn together.” - Participant, Spring 2018History of the HIV/AIDS EpidemicHuman immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In 2016 about 36.7 million people were living with HIV and it resulted in 1 million deaths. Learn about the history of this baffling disease and our ongoing fight against it.
  • They Chose Minnesota: Early Settlers - NEW!

    Bringing History to Life:Doug Ohman is a popular speaker, historian, and great storyteller. He is also an expert photographer with deep roots in Minnesota.Take a visual tour of Minnesota through the eyes of the early immigrants. Who were they? What drew them to the North Star state? Where did they settle? Doug Ohman will highlight stories and history from many of the early immigrant groups that made Minnesota their home including French, English, German and other early pioneers.
  • They Chose Minnesota: Immigration from the 1860's and beyond - NEW!

    Bringing History to Life:Doug Ohman is a popular speaker, historian, and great storyteller. He is also an expert photographer with deep roots in Minnesota.Learn about the second major wave of immigration to Minnesota which started in the 1860's through photographs and stories. What brought these Scandinavian, Czech, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, and other immigrants to the North Star State? Why did they settle where they did? What traditions did they bring with them? Join us to learn all this and more.
  • Uncovering the True History of Thanksgiving NEW!

    Who are Our Neighbors?Our communities are always changing as new immigrants arrive bringing with them new foods, languages, and traditions. With each wave of immigration our communities have only grown stronger and more diverse. In these monthly sessions, you will have the opportunity to increase your understanding of a local immigrant culture which is part of the fabric of our community.This series is provided as a collaboration between Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education and Achievement and Integration, Careers and Colleges.Uncovering the True History of ThanksgivingWe’ve all heard the story of “the first Thanksgiving.” Join us to learn what really happened when members of the Wampanoag Nation encountered the Pilgrims. You’ll be surprised to learn how much the real story differs from what you learned in school.
  • What Does It Mean to be a Latino in America? NEW!

    Who are Our Neighbors?Our communities are always changing as new immigrants arrive bringing with them new foods, languages, and traditions. With each wave of immigration our communities have only grown stronger and more diverse. In these monthly sessions, you will have the opportunity to increase your understanding of a local immigrant culture which is part of the fabric of our community.This series is provided as a collaboration between Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education and Achievement and Integration, Careers and Colleges.What Does it Mean to be a Latino in America?We start our series during Hispanic Heritage Month by exploring the diverse experiences and challenging issues facing Latinos in America. Celebrate the history, culture and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.