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2015 Spring Adult Enrichment Classes

“iPad Academy”

In this two-night class, learn how to get the most out of your iPad. Discover how to take advantage of this technology: setup your IPad and navigate the screens; connect to a Wi-Fi or mobile data network; surf the Internet and use email; use built-in apps; download apps from the Apple Store; and work with photos/video/music. This will open your world and you'll wonder how you ever lived without an iPad! Bring your iPad to class. Call 632-2396 to pre-register. 

Mondays, March 2 & 9



WDC Middle/High School 

Instructor: Tabitha Petrowski


“iPad Basics - Learn How to Use an iPad”

WDCB Community Education is excited to bring FREE computer classes to your community! This class is for community members who have never had or operated an iPad. The Wadena-Deer Creek Schools’ Technology Department will give a hands-on demonstration using the school’s iPads. You will see first-hand what an amazing apparatus they are. This will give you the opportunity to see what WDC students are using in their daily studies. Pre-registration is required by calling (218) 632-2396. Must have a minimum number of participants to hold class. 

Bluffton Community Center: 

Tuesday, March 10 


*must sign up by March 2.


Deer Creek Community Center: 

Wednesday, March 11 


*must sign up by March 3.


Humphrey Manor:

(3rd floor, east side meeting room)

Thursday, March 17 — *** New date!!!


*must sign up by March 13.


“Retirement Basics”

Most of us imagine retirement as a happy time, a reward for a lifetime of hard work, full of possibility and potential. We have good reason to see retirement in a positive light. Americans are living longer, healthier lives that ever before. For some of us, retirement will make up a full third of our lives. This means that our retirement assets will have to do more for us over a longer period of time. This makes planning for our retirement essential.

Tuesday, March 10



WDC Middle/High School

Instructor: Andrea Seelhammer


“Social Security”

When should you begin receiving your Social Security retirement benefits? As you near retirement, one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll need to make is when to begin receiving your Social Security retirement benefits. With pensions disappearing, Social Security remains the major source of guaranteed lifetime retirement income for most Americans, so it’s important to take the time to explore your options and make an informed, well-reasoned decision.

Tuesday, April 7


Instructor: Andrea Seelhammer


Location: Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School



“Estate Basics”

An estate plan is a map of how you want your personal and financial affairs to be handled in the future. An effective estate plan can help ensure that your family’s financial needs will be taken care of, and that your personal wishes will be carried out in the manner you intended. It’s a critical part of your overall financial plan.

Tuesday, April 21



Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School 

Instructor: Andrea Seelhammer



“Defensive Driving - Full Class”

This class is for those who have never taken a defensive driving class before. If you are 55 and over, Minnesota law requires insurance companies to offer a 10% reduction for three years if you complete a certified defensive driving course. You will receive a certificate of completion to give to your insurance company. Pre-register by calling 632-2396. 

March 10 & 11



WDC Middle/High School

Certified instructor: Audrey Stearns



“Defensive Driving - Refresher Class”

This class is for those who need only the Certified Defensive Driving Refresher class. If you have already taken the 55-plus course, you can renew your 10%/three-year insurance discount by taking the state-approved class. Completion certificate will be given at the end of class. Call 632-2396 to pre-register.

Tuesday, April 21



WDC Middle/High School

Certified instructor: Audrey Stearns




“Identifying, Growing & Preserving Mushrooms”

Learn how to identify, grow and preserve mushrooms that grow in Minnesota, such as wine cap, shiitake, maitaki, oyster and others. Learn about the health benefits of mushrooms too. To preregister, call (218) 632-2323.

Saturday, March 14



WDC Middle/High School – Room 1014

Instructor: Ron Stelck 




“Running Your First 5K”

You may be asking, “How far is a 5K?” A 5K is 3.1 miles. This class will help you run your first 5K. Too many people have been turned off to running simply by trying to start too fast. Their body’s rebel and they wind up miserable, wondering why anyone would want to run in the first place. This class is designed to ease you into running so you can run your 5K in two months. Come join the group and be ready just in time to run Tri-County Health Care’s “Sunnybrook Stomp” on June 19. We’ve even included the Stomp registration in the class fee — a $15 value and a free T-shirt! What are you waiting for! Lace up your shoes and let’s hit the ground running!

Mondays starting April 6 for 8 weeks

5:30pm - Meet in the WDC MS/HS Commons

$30 (includes Sunnybrook Stomp $15 registration and Free T-shirt!)

Ages: 12 and up

Instructor: Susan Kreklau




“Canning 101”

This class is filled with everything you need to know to get started in canning and preserving your own foods. By the time you finish this class, you will be well on your way to making and storing foods like you have thought about for so long! You will learn about the tradition of canning and preserving, how to get started, deciding what to can and preserve the various methods of canning and preserving water bath and pressure canning, tools of the trade. You will also learn all about the importance of reducing safety risks and about all the benefits of taking part in this age-old tradition. Call (218) 632-2396 to pre-register.

Monday, April 27


Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School


Instructor: LeAnn Evans



Summer 2015 Day Trips:

Akeley’s Woodtick Theater

This is the year to go to the Wood Tick Theater in Akeley! We will enjoy the music and comedy in the North Woods their repertoire of country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and comedy that has made this show one of the most sought after attractions in northern Minnesota. The day will start with a visit to Walker. You will have time to explore the quaint shops in their downtown. We will eat at Chase on the Lake, then off to the theater! 

Wednesday, June 17

8:30 am-6:30 pm

$48 includes charter bus, play and lunch


State Fair Trip

Come and join us for our annual trip to the “Great Minnesota Get Together!” You will ride in the comfort of an air-conditioned charter bus to arrive at the fair refreshed and ready to enjoy the day. Fee includes your ride and admission to the fair. 

Saturday, Aug. 29

Leave 7am. Depart fair 7pm. Arrive home about 10pm.



What is Community Education?

Wadena-Deer Creek Schools provide and sponsor numerous Community Education programs which involve many participants each year in various classes, trips, programs and activities, including the following:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • GED
  • Early Childhood Family Education
  • Youth Development/Youth Service
  • Kids Club
  • Prairie Fire Theater
  • Year-Round Recreation programs
  • Community Band
  • Peer Helpers
  • Summer W.I.N. program
  • Arts Enrichment
  • Wadena Co. Historical Society
  • Book Club Evening Enrichment Classes and Activities
  • 7th-Grade Orientation Trip to Inspiration Point


For more information, contact:


WDC Community Education Director
 Sandie Rentz
Phone: (218) 632-2396
Email: srentz@wdc2155.k12.mn.us