Adult Classes

Learning About Becoming a Foster Parent

Wed., Jan 31               6:30-8:00pm    Resource Center             Free

Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent but was not sure where to begin? The need for safe and caring homes in Minnesota is now greater than ever. Kindred Family Focus will be hosting an informational meeting for those interested in finding out more on how to become a licensed foster care provider or adoptive parent. Contact Julie Soderberg to RSVP at 612-816-3851 or


Watercolor Botanicals of the Northern Landscape

Thurs. Feb. 8               6:30-8:30pm   H.S. Cafeteria           $22.00

Illustrations based on the book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: Frontier Landscapes that Inspired The Little House Books by Marta McDowell

Using watercolors and watercolor pencil, paint botanicals of the field and prairie in Victorian vintage style like those mentioned in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books.  Try the prairie rose, black walnut, pokeberry or wild anemone. You can also bring in your own reference materials.   Some color theory and watercolor techniques will be taught.  All levels of instruction are welcome.  All supplies provided by the instructor. Instructor: Rebecca Koepke


Retire Wisely-Income Tax Investments

Tues., Feb 13         6:00-7:30 pm                 Resource Center             Free

We will discuss Income Tax Strategies for Retirement. Will you have enough to retire, and will your retirement income last? Also we discuss how your Assets are protected. Instructor: Greg Krog


Diane’s Beading Classes

Tues. Jan. 16                5:00-8:30-pm       T-126                    $13.50 Tues. Feb.27           5:00-8:30-pm       T-126                     $13.50

Tues. Mar. 27                5:00-8:30-pm       T-126                     $13.50                                         Tues   April 17      5:00-8:30-pm        T-126                     $13.50

Join Diane and make a unique beaded bracelet that you will be sure to cherish for years to come. Diane instructs you step by step to create this treasured masterpiece! Supply fee paid at class. Instructor: Diane Netzloff


Winter Cleanse Class- Natural Food Co-op

Tues. Jan. 16       5:30-7:00 pm   Natural Food Co-op   $13-member $15 non-member

Why winter detox? Re-vitalize after the holiday season. Improve your immune system, metabolism and wellness all winter long. “To detox or not to detox” is not the question…it’s “how to safely do it in a gentle supportive way during the time of year when your body needs to be nurtured and supported.” What makes a good cleanse? Critical components, dos and don’ts. What happens during a cleansing process? It’s not just physical. How to decide if you need to do a full cleanse or just modify nutrition and habits. Join instructor, Stacey Quade to learn about different detoxifying foods, herbs, and techniques that are easy to incorporate into your daily life.      Email, to register


Herbal Remedies for Winter Wellness

Thurs. Jan. 18       5:30-7:30 pm   Natural Food Co-op   $20-member

$22 non-member

Explore an herbal approach to winter wellness with instructor, Allie Austin. In this hands-on class you will learn how to strengthen the immune system and deeply nourish your body during the cold winter months using simple but effective herbal remedies. You will learn to make immune boosting syrups, herbal cough drops, nourishing winter infusions, and more. Students will each take home a recipe booklet and remedies they have made in class. Cost includes Supplies.

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Healthy Meals

Thurs. Jan. 25     5:00pm-7:00 pm   Natural Food Co-op   $16-member

$18 non-member

Come learn about the importance of healthy fats, adequate protein and healthy carbohydrates for the preparation of healthy meals, snacks and desserts for your family. You’ll get a meal and a dessert with this class, along with recipes, and snack ideas. This information will be given by, Angela Reimer, a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.                           Email, to register


DIY Herbal Skincare

Thurs. Feb. 8     5:30pm-7:30 pm   Natural Food Co-op   $20-member

$22 non-member

Join Allie Austin for this hands-on workshop as you learn to make your own herbal skincare products at home! Students will learn to make a variety of organic products including body butters, scrubs, herbal masks, serums, and more! Students will each go home with their own skin care product they make in class, along with a step-by-step booklet, which includes herbal skincare recipes and a detailed guide to making herbal skin care products at home.

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Nutritional Therapy

Monday                   6:00-7:30pm      H.S. Cafeteria                            $40

Join Angela Reimer, a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, as she informs you about Nutritional Therapy, Sports Nutrition, Staying healthy during the Flu season, and fixing foods for a picky eater, grocery tours and reading labels. Class dates are 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 & 2/19



Caricature Drawing-

Tues. March 6                6:30-8:00pm       H. S. Cafeteria                   $15

Bring in a photo of a friend, relative, or your favorite media personality, famous or infamous.  We will draw a portrait while exaggerating one feature and achieving a likeness in pen and ink.  You can even bring in a picture of a pet.  Don’t leave your sense of humor at home!  All supplies provided by the instructor.

Instructor: Rebecca Koepke


Traveling to Alaska is Easier Than You Think

Thurs. Feb. 15    6:00-8:00 pm   Resource Center      $10 per person/$15 per couple


This is 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 will share their 22 plus years of Alaskan living, traveling to, from, and within Alaska to help you create a plan for the trip you have been dreaming about. Topics will include: When and how to travel; best times to plan your travel; airline reservations; Alaska Highway (ALCAN) travel; food- lodging- travel options and costs; free and inexpensive activities; hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing; websites to visit; travel brochures; developing a trip 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 .East Central, to include Palmer, Glennallen, Copper Center, Valdez, Prince William Sound and Whittier.The insights presented will help you plan and travel wisely.


Defensive Driving Class (4 hour refresher)

Monday Feb. 5                5:30pm-9: 30pm                                             MN. Dept. of Trans.    $12

Monday Mar.12               5:30pm-9: 30pm                                             Mn. Dept. of Trans.     $12

Tuesday April 17            5:30pm-9: 30pm                                             MN. Dept. of Trans     $12

Monday May 21              5:30pm-9: 30pm                                             MN. Dept. of Trans     $12

You must be 55 or older to participate. This class is for the individual who has had a previous 8-hour class. Participants will receive a reduction in their car insurance after completing this class. All materials are provided by the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation. Pre registration is required by calling the Virginia Community Ed Office at 742-3990. Trooper Peter Goman, Instructor.


Finnish Squeaky Cheese Class

Thurs. Feb. 15     5:30-7:30 pm   Natural Food Co-op   $13-member

$15 non-member

Diane Childs from our very own Iron Range has been making Juustoa, Finnish Squeaky Cheese, since 1981. With over 30 years’ experience and more than 1000 cheeses under her belt, Diane has not only perfected the process, but shortened it as well – all without compromising the texture or flavor. In this class, you will learn how to make Juustoa from skim milk with Diane walking you through step by step from start to ‘Finnish’. Be prepared to take a step back in time and experience the ‘squeak’ this cheese is so famous for! This is a demonstration-based class. Cost includes Supplies.

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Basic Knife Skills Demonstration

Tues., Feb. 120              5:30-7:00pm       Messiah Lutheran Church $13-member $15 non-member

The knife is the most important tool in your kitchen. Come learn how to chop, dice, and mince, julienne and more! Everyone is welcome from novice cooks to seasoned professionals.  Food will be chopped, cooked and sampled. Students are welcome to assist in the process.  Instructor: Jenna Ballinger Email, to register


Five Money Questions For Women

Thurs. March 8               6:00-7:00pm             Resource Center     Free

This seminar conducted by Tom Dean shares perspective on process women can use to identify financial goals and set a strategy. Discusses Rule of 72, systematic investing, employer-sponsored retirement plans and IRAS as strategies for saving.


Outsmart the Scammers

Mon. March 12                6:00-7:00pm       Resource Center     Free

This presentation by Tom Dean will help give attendees the information they need to outsmart the Scammers.


Financial Strategy Basics

Tues., March 13             6:00-7:30pm       Resource Center           Free

Do you have a financial strategy? Financial preparation can help save you money, meet your financial goals and protect your family’s financial security. Greg Krog, Instructor


Ready Or Not? Preparing for the Unexpected

Mon. Mar. 19                  6:00-7:00pm       Resource Center              Free

This Seminar conducted by Tom Dean shares tips on how to develop a proactive strategy for protection and preparing for the unexpected. Strategies include having and emergency fund and review insurance/liability protection.


Introduction to Calligraphy

Tues. April 10         6:30-8:00pm             H.S. Cafeteria                $20

Learn the basics of fancy lettering and how to create uniform letters in Chancery Cursive, Book hand and other scripts on parchment paper and tracing paper.

We will practice various italic alphabets, letters, as well as simple sentences using a calligraphy pen and parchment.  Emphasis on forming beautiful and consistent letters, creating layouts, and spacing while holding the pen correctly to achieve the right angles.  Great for creating gift tags, lettered plaques, and beautiful cards or gifts.  All supplies provided by the instructor.



Retire Wisely-Income Investments

Tues. April 10                 6:00-7:30pm       Resource Center             Free

Topics that will be discussed by Greg Krog include: Income Tax Strategies For Retirement. Will you have enough to Retire? Will your retirement income last? Are your Assets protected?


Minnesota Winterscapes in Watercolor Collage

Thurs., May 3           6:30-8:00pm              H.S. Cafeteria                      $22

Create a beautiful winter scene using watercolors and cutout shapes from reference materials and found objects while learning to work the line and define spaces.  Color theory and various techniques will be taught, along with the use of salt to achieve special effects.


Coffee, Computers & Conversation

Thursdays                   9:00–10:30 am         Starts Jan.                Free

Come and have a cup of coffee at the Urban Edge and get help with your ipad, iPhone, or computer questions! Students from the Virginia Student Tech Support class will be there, willing and able to help you. Bring your device and your questions! Please call to reserve your morning or with any questions 742-3990

Call for appointment. Class is offered once a month.

  • Virginia Minnesota Public Schools
  • ISD 706
  • 411 South 5th Ave.
  • Virginia, MN 55792
  • Phone: 218-749-5437
  • Fax: 218-741-8522