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  • *NEW* Cedar Adirondack Chair

    Looking to add style and personality to your outdoor space? Adirondack chairs offer the perfect place to unwind and lounge back in comfort. These chairs are made from Cedar and only take four hours to make.
  • *NEW* Easy Oil Painting Using the Bob Ross Method: Spectacular (Ages 12+)

    Don’t think of yourself as an artist? Our Bob Ross style trained instructor will lead you through instruction to create your own work of art. This class will demonstrate how easy and fun working with oil paints can be. Bob Ross, is enjoying a pop culture revival. His big hair, cheerful, calm, and encouraging personality inspired generations of people to take up painting in the 80's and 90's. All materials provided to create a 16 X 20 canvas masterpiece ready to frame for display at home. Frames will be available for purchase at class if you are interested from instructor.
  • *NEW* Fun with Epoxy Art

    Come learn the basics of working with Epoxy. No artistic talent required. Decorate your own wall plaque, choose from several shapes (Minnesota, heart, dragon, seasonal). It’s easy and fun to do. Additional plaques or custom designs can be made in the same class for an additional $20 each. Please contact Makerspace at whitebearmakerspace@gmail.com or 651-245-6400 if interested in this potential option. Epoxy needs to cure for 24 hours so projects will need to be picked up on a different day.
  • *NEW* Gluten-Free Baking 101

    Are you new to being gluten-free or have a loved one or friend who is gluten-free, either due to health challenges or lifestyle choices? In this hands-on class, we will go through the basics of gluten-free living, be introduced to the different flours, and prepare a couple of simple gluten-free recipes including chocolate banana muffins and almond flour brownies. Recipes, flour information sheet, and a tip sheet will be provided to start your gluten-free journey.
  • *NEW* Handcrafted Wood Platter

    Craft a centerpiece or platter for everyday use décor, or parties. A pre-stained, wooden circle will be provided for crafter and additional stain may be added during class. Crafter will put on hardware for handles and paint the word “gather.”
  • *NEW* Hello Spring Decor

    Craft a door decoration to welcome spring. A 12 inch diameter, wooden circle will be used for the craft. Crafter will paint on “Hello Spring” using a stencil. Board will be painted prior to class and additional staining may be added during the class. Decorative ribbon provided. Price includes appetizers. Beverages on your own.
  • *NEW* Introduction to Wood Burning

    Socialize, relax and recharge with an art soiree. No experience necessary to have fun and enjoy. You’ll receive a beautiful piece of wood to work on, several design templates to choose from, and the tools to complete your project. Practice first with different burning tips on a training board, pick a design to transfer to wood, and finally complete your project. You can even add some color with watercolors to really make your piece pop.
  • *NEW* Lake Elmo Park Reserve

    Join us as we explore Lake Elmo Park Reserve. This 3-5 square mile area has 80 percent of its acreage set aside for preservation and protection. The landscape is varied with forests and prairies. We will be taking the 3.8 mile Eagle Point Lake Trail which is one of the reserve’s highlights. Many find themselves away from the business of other areas in the reserve on this trail. You may catch an eagle roosting on a dead limb and there are plenty of songbirds along the marshy edges of the lake. The prairies along the path have been semi-restored with varieties of wildflowers and grasses. Instructions for meeting location near the hike’s starting point will be emailed prior to hike. For those interested afterwards we will gather at Angelina’s Kitchen for refreshments on your own.
  • *NEW* Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

    Maybe grab mom or grandma to celebrate their special day together. Best known for its beautiful display gardens, award-winning tree collections and natural areas, the Arb features miles of trails. We will take the three-mile walk which “provides an excellent overview of the grounds”. We will be exposed to woods, wetlands and prairies. Enjoy sweeping views of the Red Barn. After the hike, for those interested, enjoy time at the School of the Wise Coffee & Sandwich Shop in Victoria for lunch on your own.
  • *NEW* Quilt Shop Hop: Central/South Central Cities

    We were still able to find two quilt shops in the state that have not been included in one of our shop hops. We will start our day in Randall at The Old Creamery Quilt Shop. Just as the name implies, the shop is nestled in a former creamery building. They carry a wide selection of fabrics as well as yarn and wool. If you want to grab an espresso on the way out to keep you energized for the morning they have an espresso bar with a variety of flavors. Next we will head to Alexandria to visit Dawn’s Quilt Shop. It should be noted that Alexandria’s downtown area near Dawn’s suffered a devastating fire in February, destroying several businesses and impacting many others. While the quilt shop was not destroyed it had to overcome some damage. Finally, we’ll end our day together returning to what many of you noted as a favorite shop, the Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe. The shop has a real cozy feel and features a variety of fabrics including 30’s, Civil War reproductions, and baby prints. They also design a number of their own projects using a variety of techniques. We will lunch (on your own) in Alexandria at Angelina’s Restaurant. District vans will transport you. Meet at the Centennial District Offices near the visitor parking.
  • *NEW* St. Paul Cave and Gangster Tour

    Our first stop for the day will be the Wabasha Street Caves for a 40 minute cave tour. Walking is on flat ground with not many steps. If you want to sit this part out, there is an area to sit. After the cave tour we will head to Josephs for a buffet lunch, bring you appetite. The buffet includes ham and turkey, stuffing, potatoes, a vegetable, salad, dinner roll and coffee or water. Other beverages are available for purchase. We'll wait for dessert and enjoy a treat when we head back to the caves to pick up our tour guide for a 2-hour narrated Saint Paul Gangster Tour. You will hear about a couple of gangsters, but you will also hear about the other Bad Boys, Good Time Girls, Irish Scoundrels, and Scandinavian Scoundrels, and your guide will be one of them! Fee includes transportation, tour, lunch, and step on tour. Please register by July 6. No refunds after July 6.
  • *NEW* Why You Can't Always Trust Your Trust

    The trust is a very popular component and tool to be used in our Estate Planning. However, there is a variety of vastly different Trust options to be used and the question arises: "Am I using the right Trust for my needs and goals?" Often used Trusts include: Living Trusts, Testamentary Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts, each serves a different purpose, each has a different result. One common problem that often needs addressing is the over-utilization of the Living Trust for goals or problems that it does not resolve. For example, "Does my Living Trust protect my assets against Medicaid and the nursing home?" The answer is probably not. The Irrevocable Trust and the Testamentary Trust each have their strengths and weaknesses as well. We will clearly define the strengths and weaknesses of these different types of Trusts and when to use them. Explore your goals and wishes to see where they fall in the realm of Trusts. Class encourages questions and we hope to provide answers that will set your mind at ease or assist you in the decision making in this area.
  • *NEW* Willow River State Park-Dog Friendly Hike

    Enjoy this western Wisconsin park located in Hudson. We will hike to the centerpiece of the park, Willow Falls, observing it from below and then from the overlook. The trail there travels along the shores of Little Falls Lake and the Willow River. We plan to extend the hike along a snowshoe trail that offers some beautiful scenery. Instructions for meeting location near the hike’s starting point will be emailed prior to hike. For those interested after weather permitting we will gather at the Urban Olive & Vine for refreshments on their dog-friendly patio. The trails we are taking are dog-friendly. Please have your dog on a leash and plan to clean up after them as needed
  • Al & Alma's Lake Minnetonka Boat Cruise and Lunch

    Join us for a 1.5 hour lunch cruise on Lake Minnetonka. We will be cruising with Al and Alma's. The first dinner cruise from Al and Alma's took place in 1973, after the supper club started back in 1956. Al and Alma's is a true Lake Minnetonka institution. Your trip will include lunch (a sandwich, salad, chips, and dessert). Coffee or tea included, other beverages will be available for purchase. On our way home, we'll make a stop for a treat at Honey & Mackies Ice Cream in Plymouth. With a list of homemade ice cream a mile long, you'll have a tough decision to make. Ice Cream is on your own. Fee includes transportation, boat trip and lunch. To receive this great price for the boat and lunch, we do have an early registration deadline of June 12. No refunds thereafter. Please register early to secure your spot.
  • Centennial Community Band (grade 11+)

    Part of the Centennial Community Since 2003. Own a band instrument? Looking for a place to play? Come experience the joy of ensemble music making with a wide variety of symphonic band literature, even if it has been a while since you played. This non-audition band, under the direction of Barry Zumwalde, is comprised of musicians from the Centennial area and surrounding communities. Instrumentalists are welcome in percussion, low brass and horn, double reed and tenor/baritone sax sections. Interested musicians are invited to try up to three rehearsals without obligation. Visit the band website, www.centennialcommunityband.org for further information. Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. in the Centennial High School West Building band room (occasionally in the Middle School band room) during the school year. Concert Dates: Winter concert, Friday, February 21; Spring concert, Friday, May 1. Both are at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Information listed here is for your information only. No online registration.
  • Custom Engraved Beverage Carrier & Grill Cleaner

    Looking for something for your next family picnic or tailgating event? How about a custom engraved beverage carrier and grill cleaner that you made yourself? Learn some woodworking basics while you assemble your new personalized treasures complete with the engraved message of your choice. Cost includes supplies and gift card to purchase your first beverage.
  • Defensive Driving: 4-Hour Refresher

    Drivers who have taken a state approved 8-hour Defensive Driving Course (55+) in the past can renew their 10 percent, 3-year car insurance discount by taking this state-approved, 4-hour refresher. There's no driving and no test. Receive a certificate of completion to provide to your insurance company after class.
  • Defensive Driving: 8 hour (ages 55+)

    Save money on car insurance premiums and become a better driver. Minnesota law requires insurance companies to offer a 10 percent reduction for three years for drivers who complete the National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Course, taught by professional, certified instructors. No driving or test required. Receive a certificate of completion to provide to your insurance company after class. Attendance on both dates required to receive credit.
  • Fourth of July Crafting-String Art

    Enjoy a night out with friends crafting and making a string art to celebrate the 4th of July. To begin your string art, a board will be cut and a template will be ready for you to begin hammering in the nails to create your image of choice. Then complete your project by zig zagging string in and around the nails. Go home with your completed project to display at home or work or to share as a gift.
  • Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Certification

    Designed for the lay rescuer Learn adult, child and infant CPR, choking and AED skills. Participants are not required to have any medical training prior to class. Receive a Heartsaver CPR AED Completion Card and student workbook (a $22 value).
  • Music on the Lake - It's Golden

    Enjoy a few Thursday summer nights with a free concert at Golden Lake Park in Circle Pines. Information listed here is for your information only. No registration required. Simply show up with your lawn chair ready to listen to some good tunes. June 11, 7-8 pm - Centennial Community Band This 60 plus member community band formed in 2003. They work under the direction of Barry Zumwalde and perform several concerts a season. July 30, 7-8:30 pm - The Floras A husband and wife singing duo with decades of performing experience. Mark knew this farmer’s daughter was meant to be his beloved. The constant call of 50s and Americana music has brought them into singing for a living. August 6, 7-8:30 pm - Maple Street Ramblers A six-piece traditional jazz band who has been entertaining audiences in the Twin Cities area for years with versions of that old (and new) New Orleans Jazz called Dixieland.
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  • NEW Fourth of July Wood Sign Décor

    Craft a door decoration to welcome the fourth of July holiday. A 12 inch diameter, wooden circle will be used for the craft. Crafter will paint on “Welcome” using a stencil. Board will be painted prior to class and additional staining may be added during the class. Decorative ribbon will also be provided.
  • Pilates in the Park

    This conditioning class focuses on body alignment and breathing. Exercises cover all core powerhouse muscle groups including: abs, lower back, shoulders, thighs and glutes. Bring a mat. Pilates benefits include: strengthen torso-abdominals, back, pelvis, hips, spine, shoulders and neck improve joint function and ease of movement flatten abdominal area restore height lost due to spinal compression improve posture and skeletal alignment develop body awareness that transfers to other forms of movement relieve chronic joint pain gain athletic functioning through retraining of faulty movement patterns increase sense of well-being and self-esteem Drop-in rate option of $8 per class given to instructor. Cash or check payable to District 12 accepted.
  • Rice Creek Canoe/Kayak Adventure

    Rice Creek is a canoeing/kayaking gem just minutes from downtown. The Rice Creek flows twenty-one beautiful miles on its way to the Mississippi River. We will paddle seven miles of the most scenic and wild sections. Bring your own boat or rent one from us. Space and boats are limited. Identify on registration form if you are renting a kayak or canoe. Location: Lino Lakes area to Shoreview area. The exact route will be determined the week prior to the trip as water levels play a major factor. Todd will contact all participants the week prior with specifics and answer any questions. Date: Wednesday, August 5, 12-4 p.m. (approx.) Price: $18/individual; $29/couple, or family up to 4 (identify how many when registering) Rental: Add an additional $15 if renting a canoe or kayak (kayaks are 1-person, canoes can seat 2 adults and 1 small child). Some life jackets available. Due to the need to manage boat space, online registration has been disabled. The "Full" notation below is not a true indicate of availability. Please call 763-792-6100 for details.
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