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Creative Hearts Art Classes, by Katie Feldt

Katie offers free STEAM classes to elementary students as an after-school opportunity.  Classes are offered monthly with a variety of themes and abilities.  Like her Creative Hearts Facebook page to keep up to date on the latest offerings.

Fun With Clay!, Instructor Sarah Douglas

Mesabi East Community Education is excited to offer “Fun With Clay,” the second in a series of ceramics courses for anyone age 10 and up.  This will be a continuation from the fall course, but NEW students are welcome!  *Students ages 10-17 must be accompanied by an adult.  Class minimum 20 / maximum:  40.

Cost of the course is $50 per person. This covers instructor fees and material costs. We MUST have at least 20 students to run the class, so bring a friend!  Students will be able to keep any and all ceramic pieces you create or donate the ones you don’t want to the Art department. All donated items will directly benefit Mesabi East art students.  Payment can be made to the Community Ed Dept.

The course will run over two weeks, and meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday ONLY of each week. Course dates are April 25-27 and May 2-3. Time will be from 4-7 pm nightly, with direct instruction starting at 5:00 each day.  Stay for the whole 3 hrs, or come and go as you please - this will be a very laid-back course with a flexible schedules.  Please try to be there at 5:00 on the first night for course introductions. The last day, Thursday, March 10 will be for pick-up only, no structured class.  Held in Room #297 at M E High School.

If you have any questions about the class, please contact:  Sarah Douglas, 229-3321x297 or email

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 - or call Cherie Grams at 229-5330 or email


STARTS: March 14 and March 21, 2022 (1st 3 days skills prerequisite test and introduction)

ENDS: March 18, 2022 / March 25, 2022

TIME: 4:00 - 6:00 PM

PLACE: Mesabi East Pool

COST: $100 / RENEWAL COST: $75

REQUIREMENTS: Must be 15 years old and a strong swimmer - see attached form (lifeguardinfo.pdf )   10 Student maximum.

Questions about this course contact:

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Complete online form and make payment to Cherie Grams in the Community Education office. Checks should be made payable to:  Mesabi East.   *DUE March 11*

Bent Willow Chairs/Rustic Furniture, Instructor, John Bajda

May 14, 2022 - 8 AM - 4 PM  :  Orientation Meeting Wednesday, May 4th - 5:30 PM

ME School - Room #295

$75 (1 chair, 2 participants may work on 1 piece).  Can make your choice of bent willow, rocker or garden bench.

John has been teaching rustic furniture and bent willow classes since about 2000. He has been a hobby woodworker for many years, and started building the rustic furniture after retiring from teaching for 32 years in McGregor High School. After making a few projects, he was asked to teach a class for community education at McGregor School, and after teaching the first class there, it expanded to teaching classes in many of the community education programs in the area.  Classes have been held as far away as Hinkley and also the Folk School in Ely. His rustic furniture building is not done as a business, but as a hobby with most projects which he makes, given away to friends or donated for benefits. 

Most of the classes are held in two sessions.  The first session, (usually about 2 hours) is a discussion of materials used, identification of willow or other sticks, where to harvest, tools needed, and then a demonstration of a project constructed for the class. 

After the demonstration session, the class participants are given a period of time(usually a week or two) to decide on a project, collect their material and then return for a one day work session. Most participants can finish their projects in 5 to 7 hours.  

Most tools are provided by the instructor, but class participants are asked to bring tools they may need if they have them.  We encourage all participants to work with a partner.  Usually the partners participate in the classes with no fee.  Partners make it much easier to build projects since it is pretty difficult to bend the willow for a chair without someone holding the end.  It also makes the class more enjoyable by having a partner to share the knowledge with.

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Or call Cherie Grams at 229-5330 or email

Checks payable to Mesabi East

OUTDOOR FLOWER PLANTER CLASS, Instructor Rachel Doherty                                                                                                                                                 $25 Class Fee + plant costs (vary depending in size and type)

           Thursday, April 21, 2022, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

            Mesabi East Environmental Center

What a better way to kick off summer than your very own flower planter!  Bring your own container or we will offer pot containers for sale.  We will help you select the proper flowers and plants based on your needs and budget.  All materials needed will be supplied to you, so you can leave the mess here and take your beautiful creations home by May 20th and enjoy them all summer long! 

Minimum 5 / Maximum 25 Participants.  Checks payable to Mesabi East

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Or call Cherie Grams at 229-5330 or email


Date:  Spring 2022


These lessons are for children who cannot swim at all.  The goal of this class is to increase the child’s comfort level in the water and for the participants to be able to float on their front and back. After these skills are accomplished we work on the front and back glides and keep building from there. Safety Skills will be emphasized throughout the lessons. Ages 4 and up are encouraged.   Class size is limited to 10.


These lessons are limited to children who have a comfort level in the water where they don’t need an instructor right next to them. They must be able to swim two body lengths (this is for safety purposes as class size is increased to accommodate more swimmers).  The goal of this class is to keep building on basic skills and introducing the front crawl, water entries and overall confidence.   Class is limited to 15.

SUNNIES:  Must swim 3 body lengths.  Class is limited to 15.                                                                                                                          SHARKS:  Must swim half a length of the pool.  No class limit.

SESSION I:      April 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13                                                      *NOTE:  LEVELS NOT ACCORDING TO AGE BUT ABILITY

                 Tadpoles                            3:30 - 4:00 pm                                                                                                   Tadpoles                            4:05 - 4:35 pm                                                                                                 Minnows                           4:40 - 5:15 pm

SESSION II:    April 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, May 2, 3                                                                 

                        Tadpoles                            3:30 - 4:00 pm

                        Tadpoles                            4:05 - 4:35 pm

                        Minnows                           4:40 - 5:15 pm 

SESSION III:   May 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19

M-TH           Minnows                           3:30 - 4:00 pm

                        Sunnies                              4:05 - 4:35 pm

                        Sharks                               4:40 - 5:15 pm 

COST:       $20.00 per child - payable to Mesabi East.  You must pre-register!

REGISTRATION:  First come, first serve basis (Class sizes limited).  *Registration opens Saturday, March 26, 2022.  *Registration is not complete without payment

PROVIDE YOUR OWN:  Transportation and Towels/Swimsuit


Use links above to register or call Cherie Grams at 229-5330 / email


      DATE:  June 6 - July 22 (M-F)   *Not the Week of July 4th*

      TIME: Advanced Swimmers:   9 - 10:30 AM                                                                                                                                                                                    Novice Swimmers 10:30 - Noon

      LOCATION: Mesabi East Pool

     COST:   $60 (2nd child $50/add't children $40). 

*Training Effectively; Swimming Efficiently; Having Fun!

To register call Cherie Grams in the Community Education office at 229-5330, email or click the following link for online registration:


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Safe Home Alone Course Registration:

Babysitting Course Registration:


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