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  • Conversational Chinese for Beginners

    Explore conversational Chinese in a fun and modern way. Learn pin-yin, simple words, phrases and sentences, and sing fun Chinese songs.A list of local mandarin/Chinese groups where you can find partners to practice regularly after the class will be provided.
  • Fundamentals of Fiction Writing

    This course focuses on understanding seven basic principles of excellence in creative writing: vision and imagination, conflict, captivating story, compelling characters, emotion, mystery, and showing versus telling. Students will independently complete short writing exercises designed to illustrate how each of these literary techniques is achieved. In addition, excerpts from published literary works will be studied to gain an understanding of how successful authors master each of these techniques. Both the instructor and fellow students will critique each student’s responses to the writing drills.
  • Genealogy Basics

    Tracing your family's history is a fascinating journey. This course will help you understand the genealogy research process and the way we interpret the information we find.  Click here to register for this online course Do not use the Enroll Now ButtonIf you have any questions or difficulty registering please contact the Program Manager for Adult Programs at 952-401-5055
  • History and Tea

    Join military historian Dan Hartman for tea, coffee and history. Get your history fix with these informative lectures and discussions in an informal setting. Come to all 4 or choose the topics that interest you.Washington at Valley Forge Valley Forge was the military camp where the American Continental Army spent the winter of 1777–78 during the American Revolutionary War. Starvation, disease, malnutrition, and exposure killed more than 2,500 American soldiers. September 19The Black Death in Europe (The Plague) The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of millions of people in Europe in the 1300s, creating a series of religious, social and economic upheavals. October 24French & Indian War The French and Indian War comprised the North American theater of the worldwide Seven Years' War. The dispute erupted into violence during which Virginia militiamen under the command of 22-year-old George Washington ambushed a French patrol. November 14Immigration in America Immigration to the United States is a demographic phenomenon that has been a major source of population growth and cultural change throughout the history of the United States. December 12
  • Instant Instincts! Featuring Jodi Livon

    Learn to identify the difference between an intuitive YES and an intuitive NO and how instinct and intuition can help you navigate through life. This event includes readings on spontaneously chosen audience members. We live in a fast paced, electrifying world where instant gratification is the norm. We can do almost anything online but in the pursuit of searching for certain answers, there is nothing like trusting our own gut instincts. This event has been created for those absorbed in the wonderful world of spiritual instruction and for those who are interested in learning to use their intuitive instincts but are not as into the study of metaphysics as the typical spiritual seeker.This event will be held in the Deephaven Room at the Minnetonka Community Education Center (4584 Vine Hill Rd, Excelsior 55331)
  • Introduction to Spanish

    In this class designed for beginners and those who need a refresher, you will learn how to use basic greetings, farewells, and expressions of courtesy and practice the use of articles, prepositions, and pronouns to build simple sentences. This course is taught by a native Spanish speaker.
  • Minnesota Starwatch Party with Mike Lynch

    A night with the stars, constellations, planets, star clusters, nebulae and more. We’ll head outside to get close up views of celestial wonders in our night skies using large reflecting telescopes.Make the stars your old friends as we watch the great celestial show in the skies over Minnetonka. The night starts off with an indoor orientation followed by quality time outside under the heavens. Get to know the constellations like The Big Bear, Cygnus the Swan, Pegasus the Winged Horse, and some of their great stories behind them. We’ll also use large reflecting telescopes, including two giant 20 inch reflectors that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota for close up views of celestial wonders in our night skies. For some telescope targets it’s even possible to take photos with cell phone cameras.You’ll get a great handout packet with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, websites, a telescope-buying guide and more!
  • Writers' Workshop

    Designed to assist writers who are working, or beginning to work, on a specific creative writing project, including short stories, novels, memoirs, and biographies. Writing will be critiqued by the instructor and fellow writers based on adherence to seven principles of literary excellence. The workshop will also cover editing techniques, writer’s block, and publishing opportunities. Writing will be critiqued on the seven principles of literary excellence: vision and imagination, conflict, captivating story, compelling characters, emotion, mystery, and showing versus telling. There are two prerequisites for registration in this workshop: 1) all students must have a specific writing project in progress or ready in mind and must be committed to working on the project during the workshop, and 2) all students must either have completed Fundamentals of Fiction Writing or obtain an exemption from the instructor.