Community Building – Alexandria Echo Press

Damn those socks – literally! Community Education is offering a darning course in July along with a range of other courses including swimming lessons, robotics, photography and more.

To enroll in these courses offered by Alexandria Public Schools or others, visit or call 320-762-3310 ext. 4272.

Movie Night: “The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild”
For adults and students with disabilities, this film will be screened on Thursday 7th July. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the film at 6:00 p.m. sharp, The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild, continues the escapades of the opossum brothers Crash and Eddie as they set out to find a place of their own. $5 per attendee, Grand Arbor Theater, masks are required.

Monthly Craft Club (Ages 6 – 90)
This monthly craft club for adults and students with disabilities meets on Tuesday, July 12 from 4pm to 5pm. He offers an art project for each month with a seasonal or interior theme. All materials are provided. $19, the design station.

Outdoor summer dance party
Outdoor dancing and socializing for adults and students with disabilities in the Voyager Elementary School parking lot. DJ Sabrina provides music and games. There will be treats and drinks. Beach chairs or blankets are recommended. $10. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday 19 July.

swim lap
Discovery Middle School’s eight-lane, 80-foot pool is open Monday through Friday, July 1 through July 29, 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. except July 4. Monthly membership costs $31.

Diving Clinic (entry grades 6-12)
Covering foundational skills, this class at Discovery Middle School helps students build core strength and work towards jumps for competitions from all categories. Any previous diving experience is preferred. See website for dates and prices.

Swimming lessons in summer
There are still a few spots left for swimming lessons at Discovery Middle School. Four sessions cost $67.

Summer Discovery Advantage (Size 6-8)
Discovery Middle School offers four weeks of fun with weekly themes for students in grades 6-8. Everyone’s fun with weekly themes. Students can participate in a variety of activities each week and choose which week to participate in. The weeks include breakfast, hot lunch, snacks and excursions.

Get to Know Your Android Phone and Tablet – Online
This course starts with the basics and goes step-by-step so students don’t get overwhelmed. $28, online, Wednesday, July 6, 10am-12pm.

Sketching in the garden
Discover the fun and challenge of drawing from observation. This course explores the tradition of the nature journal. Students develop skills to draw what they see with pencil, watercolor and ink. Classes take place in the Legacy of the Lakes Museum Garden. All drawing skills are welcome. $75, Legacy of the Lakes Museum, 6:30pm-8pm Thursdays, July 7-August 4. No classes on July 14th.

Introduction to Darning – Online
Students will learn to repair holes in socks, t-shirts, and other clothing items by darning, a beginner-friendly hand repair technique that uses interlocking stitches to overweave holes. $39, 6-8pm Friday, July 8th.

With Google and everything it has to offer – online
What is Google for? Google offers Gmail, Chrome, Maps, Drive, Spreadsheets, Youtube, Calendar… and much more! They are also free to use. The course is $28, Tuesday, July 12, 10am-12pm.

make wine
Kyle and Phil from Walking Plants Orchard will teach winemaking, beginning with growing berries, followed by primary fermentation, secondary fermentation, stabilization and clarification, and bottling. The class ends with making wine from a wine kit. The class costs $49 and is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

obedience of the dog
This is a basic obedience class held outdoors for dogs 12 weeks and older. The commands covered are “walk”, “sit”, “stay”, “come” and “no”. More importantly, the lessons on dog behavior and training fundamentals will help owners continue to train their dogs. $55, Voyager Elementary School parking lot, 5:30-6:00 p.m. Mondays, July 18-Aug. fifteen.

First Tech Challenge Robotics Camp (Gr. 7-8)
The FRC 3313 High School Mechatronics team invites all students to come and learn how to design, build and program Vex robots. In this camp, students develop critical thinking and team building skills and have the opportunity to complete missions. $99 at Discovery Middle School, 1-4pm Monday-Thursday, March 18-21 July.

Start iPhone photography with Nature Walk
This beginner’s course shows students how to use their iPhones to take effective, meaningful, and beautiful photos. Learning in the classroom is followed by practice during a “Golden Hour” nature walk in Big Ole Central Park. No prior knowledge of photography is required. $28, Fine Line Arts, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, July 18

Acrylic Painting for Tweens (ages 11-15): Open Studio
This course covers acrylic painting techniques, composition in painting, color theory, color palette selection and brush handling tips. This is a welcoming classroom environment for painters of all levels. Check the delivery list online. $74 in the Discovery Middle School Art Room from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, July 26 – August 16.

Cardinal Pride Running Club (Grades 5-8)
Kids are invited to run this summer to get in shape for fall sports. The cost is $15 at Dean Melton Fillmore Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 7th to August 8th. 11, from 8-9:30 a.m

Introduction to baseball/softball (5 years)
This program is designed to introduce 5 year old children to the game of baseball/softball. Must be 5 by June 13th. Six hour-long sessions will be held at the AAHS softball complex. Kids will learn batting, throwing, catching, base running and the concept of baseball/softball play. $30, Softball Field 3 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, December 11-27 July.

Youth Athletics Camp
This four-day introductory sport for girls and boys features long jump, high jump, shot put, hurdles and more for kids in grades 4-5 and 6-8. $60 at AAHS Stadium and Track, 1-3pm Monday-Thursday, November 11-14 July.

Rally Kid Youth Tennis (Age 5-7)
Tennis lessons for all levels with basics and fun. Age-appropriate tennis rackets are available or players can bring their own. Participants MUST wear sneakers (no sandals). July 12-29, Alexandria Area High School Tennis Courts. Check website for times and prices.

Yoga in the Gardens
Yoga strengthens and stretches in equal measure, increasing flexibility and repairing muscles. It’s all about relaxation. This course is non-competitive and non-competitive and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. $28 at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum from 5:15-6:00 p.m. Wednesdays, July 13-Aug. 3. No classes on July 27th.

Cardinal Youth Football Camp
Led by current Alexandria Cardinal football coaches, the camp is open to all students with an interest in football. You will learn offensive and defensive stance, alignment, footwork and mobility, blocking and tackling, passing, receiving and route running, offensive and defensive play. Check website for age groups, costs, dates and times.

Alexandria Girls Basketball “Skills Roundup” Camp (Gr. 1-6)
Athletes work with the Cardinal Varsity coaching staff on skills and advanced attack and defense techniques. The first through third grade session focuses on the basic skills and concepts. Fourth through fifth graders will work on advanced skills and team execution. $55 at Discovery Middle School’s Gym, Mon-Thurs, May 25-28 July. Check website for times.

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