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  • 55+ - Driver Improvement Program - Refresher Course - NEW!

    **PLEASE NOTE: The date for session #2 has CHANGED FROM MAY 1st to APRIL 22nd** The Driver Improvement course is a state approved accident prevention/insurance discount course that is open to the public; pre-registration is required. A MN Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. By utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, participants will be provided the latest information in regards to driver and traffic safety, new laws and vehicle technology. This class has something for everyone! Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10% discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First time participants must complete the initial eight hours of training and a four-hour refresher class every three years to maintain the 10% discount.
  • A Parent's Guide to TikTok - ZOOM CLASS

    Have you heard about the latest new app called TikTok? Learn how it's used and how parents can also help their kids stay safe while on it. You'll leave the class with helpful action items with your family, to help gain a better understanding on what to do/what not to do within the app. The class will help set up a healthy foundation for technology habits your family members can use for the rest of their life whether in school or in their professional careers.
  • Adventure Club

    PARTICIPANT INFORMATION: Parents and their 2-5 year olds CLASS OVERVIEW: Meet at Whipple Beach and explore the outdoors with us! Parents and children will hike, make nature suncatchers and find living things! Children attend with a parent or guardian. Child's age on class start date determines class enrollment. No one will be turned away because they cannot afford to pay the fees that are listed. Refer to the reduced fee schedule in each item for eligibility. Cancellation policy: You must cancel class at least 3 business days prior to the first day of class to receive a refund, after that date no refunds are provided. Registration Questions? Call the ECFE office at (218) 454-5430.
  • April 24th

    The Brainerd Public School system regularly offers early childhood screening clinics during the school year for all children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. The state of Minnesota recommends this at age 3 and requires this for kindergarten entrance. Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is learning and growing. The screening includes a developmental assessment, social emotional questionnaire, vision and hearing tests, height and weight measurement and an immunization and health history review. The purpose of the FREE screening is to identify children who may need additional time and experiences to be ready for school. The sooner we get started, the more likely your child will begin school with the necessary skills to succeed. Here’s what screening does for you: Helps you find out how your child is doing and answers parenting questions Connects you to community services Registers your child for kindergarten =================================================================================================================================================== REQUIRED FORMS for screening **You also need to bring copies of your child's Birth Certificate and current Immunization Record Forms can be emailed to: jennifer.lindholm@isd181.org
  • April 25th

    The Brainerd Public School system regularly offers early childhood screening clinics during the school year for all children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. The state of Minnesota recommends this at age 3 and requires this for kindergarten entrance. Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is learning and growing. The screening includes a developmental assessment, social emotional questionnaire, vision and hearing tests, height and weight measurement and an immunization and health history review. The purpose of the FREE screening is to identify children who may need additional time and experiences to be ready for school. The sooner we get started, the more likely your child will begin school with the necessary skills to succeed. Here’s what screening does for you: Helps you find out how your child is doing and answers parenting questions Connects you to community services Registers your child for kindergarten =================================================================================================================================================== REQUIRED FORMS for screening **You also need to bring copies of your child's Birth Certificate and current Immunization Record Forms can be emailed to: jennifer.lindholm@isd181.org
  • Arts & Craft Festivals

    Annual Arts & Craft Festivals The Spring Arts & Craft Festival is full and no longer accepting registrations. Interested vendors can register to be on the waitlist. Entry Fee: Application fees are non-refundable once accepted. Vendors will receive an email confirmation of show acceptance. If an application fee cannot be processed at that time, you will be notified via phone call or email to complete the application fee. Failure to pay the application fee will result in removal from the show. Rental Fee: Please review rental spaces below. All spaces include approx. 4' of depth, with the exception of the 12'x12' spaces. Booth Sizes & Pricing 8’x4’ $85 16’x4’ $105 24’x4’ $125 32’x4’ $145 12’x12’ $150 Table Rentals(6’ or 8’) $5/table Please indicate the space you would like and the number of tables needed on your registration form. Number of Exhibits Exhibitors will be placed in the cafeteria, commons area, and hallways of the high school. We reserve the right to limit the number of exhibitors in a category (ie: photography, painting, sewing, etc.) to ensure a variety of handmade products. Please indicate the category of your products when filling out the registration form. *Exhibition placement will depend upon when the registration was submitted and at the coordinator's discretion. Please turn in your registration promptly as shows may fill quickly and before the deadline. Marketing of Event The shows are marketed through Brainerd Community Education, the Brainerd Dispatch, local radio stations, and through flyers at area schools and businesses. Vendors are encouraged to take part in promoting the event through flyers, word of mouth, social media, clubs, etc. Show flyers will be sent out with your space assignment number at least one week prior to the event. Handmade/Crafted Items Only Items must be handmade or handcrafted by you or a family member and must not include items or articles made from commercial kits or items purchased for resale. Any food vendors (jellies, jams, nuts, etc) must show proof of a state license with their registration. Vendors violating this rule will be asked to leave and will not be allowed in future shows. Tables & Chairs Two chairs are provided at each space for no additional cost. Table rentals are available at $5/table for either a 6 ft. or 8 ft. table and are provided on a limited first come, first serve basis. Tables should be covered. Vendors are allowed to bring their own tables or displays as long as they do not exceed the allotted space. Please request additional space on your registration form for any extra equipment or space such as signs, easels, etc. Set-Up & Hours Vendors can start setting up their spaces Saturday morning at 6:30 AM. All tables must be completely set up by 8:45 AM. Dependent on district activities, Friday night set up may be possible. Please check your email one week prior to the event about set up information. Once you have arrived to the space for set up, check the flyers and table numbers to find your location.The show coordinator will be there to assist anyone with questions and finding their locations. Once tables have been set up, you will be responsible for your own items. Carts are not provided. The general public is not allowed into the space until 9:00 AM. Please do not bring friends of family through the event beforehand as this time is meant for vendor set up only. Permits & Licenses All permits and licenses required by the State of MN or the Federal Government are the sole responsibility of the vendors. For more information, call Minnesota Department of Revenue, Corporate and Sales Tax Division, 651-296-6181 or check their web site at www.taxes.state.mn.us Sales Tax Information Any required sales tax and remittances are the sole responsibility of the vendors. According to state law, you must have a sales tax number and collect 7.875% MN sales tax; this includes a one-half of one percent sales and use tax for the city of Brainerd and one-half of one percent sales tax for Crow Wing County. A copy of your sales tax certificate or sales tax letter must be included with your application for each festival or your application will be rejected. Refreshments & Admissions A refreshment and/or concessions are TBD. There is no admission charge to the public. District Building Info & Events: All district policies & regulations are followed at events houses in district buildings. All items sold at the event must be appropriate and adhere to district policies. Please keep in mind that other events may be going on in the High School at the same time as the craft show (sporting events, community education classes, meetings, etc.). Questions: If you have further questions, please contact Alexis Weber, Craft Fair Coordinator, at 218-454-6953 or alexis.weber@isd181.org. Hotel/Motel Information (Brainerd/Baxter area)
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    Basketball - Adult Pick-Up League

    Sunday night pick-up basketball opportunity at the high school. Come play some competitive 5 on 5 basketball, get in shape and meet others in the Brainerd basketball community. Bring your own white shirt and a dark color shirt or reversible jersey.
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    Beginning Band Start-Up Lessons 6th Grade

    Students interested in joining 6th grade band for the 2024-2025 school year must undergo a two-part process. First, students, accompanied by their parents, will have an opportunity to try band instruments in an individually scheduled ‘band screening’ with one of the band directors. Band screening appointments will take place from March 19-May 24th. Band screening information was emailed to parents on March 8th. Please email the band director at chuck.carlson@isd181.org if you did not receive that information. Second, students will attend the beginning band group start-up lessons for 2 days on Aug 21/22 or Aug 29/30 to learn the basics of how to start playing their new band instrument. We are offering the same lessons over 2 different weeks to accommodate family schedules. Please choose ONE of the two day sessions (Aug 21/22 OR Aug 29/30). The start-up lessons allow the instructors to cover all of the initial information and skills that are needed when school starts such as; how to put their instrument together, produce the first sound on the instrument, how to read music and learn to play the first five notes in their beginning band book. Each day’s lesson is one-and-a-half hours with other students who play the same instrument. For families that know they will not be available for either week of group start-up lessons, you may sign up for individual summer band lessons during June and July (more information available at band screening). CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS: Option #1 - Aug 21/22 (Wed &Thurs) Students attend BOTH days: 8-9:30am - percussion & saxophone 9:45-11:15am - clarinet & trumpet 11:45-1:15pm - flute & trombone/baritone Option #2 - Aug 29/30 (Thurs & Fri) Students attend BOTH days (PLEASE NOTE TIMES ARE DIFFERENT EACH DAY to accommodate teacher workshop schedules) Thursday, Aug 29th: 12:30-2pm - percussion & saxophone 2:15-3:45pm - clarinet & trumpet 4:00-5:30pm - flute & trombone/baritone Friday, Aug 30th: 8-9:30am - percussion & saxophone 9:45-11:15am - clarinet & trumpet 11:45-1:15pm - flute & trombone/baritone
  • Buy Smart: Free Homebuying Class

    Thinking about making a move? Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how the process works, right from the experts. Learn about the home buying process from beginning to end, including searching for, and financing your dream home. We will cover the pre-approval process, what you need to apply for a loan, what you can expect when working with a real estate agent, and more! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the experts at Wings Credit Union along with local real estate agent Rod Windjue and home inspector, Doug Haataja.
  • Cell Phones and Parenting - OH MY! - ZOOM CLASS

    When your child has a smartphone - there are key things you should know in order to keep them safe and secure. In this class you'll understand recommended safety settings on popular social media apps, parental apps for your child's smartphone and more! You will leave this class with a confident plan to simplify the technology so that you and your child can use the phone safely without worry.
  • Cheer - Warrior Spring Session

    Warrior Cheer Spring Session is held for students in grades 6-11 that are interested in learning more about Warrior Cheer. Students will learn cheers, stunts, dance & jumps to prepare them for the upcoming team placements.
  • Date Night Dance Class

    Grab your sweetheart and add a little twist & flare to any night out. Pump it up with moves of the Swing and slow it down with moves of the Rumba. This is a couples dance class and registration covers both you and your partner.
  • Driver Ed Parent Course

    A primary driving supervisor (usually a parent) will be responsible for supervising a majority of the teen’s driving. The State of Minnesota requires all driver education programs to offer a 90-minute parental course for the primary driving supervisor covering GDL info, safety risks of teen drivers, adult influence on the teens, etc., This course will be covered by student tuition at NO EXTRA CHARGE. If your son or daughter did not take the driver education program through Brainerd Community Education, the cost is $25. Primary driving supervisors must keep track of dates and driving times on a MN State Driving Log Sheet. If the primary driving supervisor completes the 90-minute parent course, 40 hours must be completed on the log and 15 of these must be night driving. If the primary driving supervisor chooses not to complete the 90-minute parent course, the driving log must then verify 50 hours of driving, with 15 hours at night. Our 90-minute parent class will help you to know your responsibilities and to understand all of the graduated driver's license laws. A decision must be made by parents about who will be the primary driving supervisor. This is the person who will do most of the 40 or 50 hours of required driving practice. This is the person who should attend our 90-minute parent class. A State of Minnesota Certificate of Completion will be presented to parents who register for and complete the 90-minute parent course. Any parent who logs less than 50 hours of driving with their son or daughter must show this certificate before the student will be allowed to take the driver's test. Student tuition money must be paid in full in order to register. Any questions please contact: Greg Swenson 218-820-4882 Drivers Education Coordinator Brainerd Community Education
  • Driver Ed Permit Knowledge Test

    This driver permit test is ONLY open to students who have taken their driver education course through Brainerd Community Education. The test will be administered on sight and online at Brainerd High School in room B112. Upon registering, you will be placed on a waiting list until we verify your completion of OUR Community Education Driver Education class and all of the requirements. Once verified, you will be moved in to the class, and charged $10. PLEASE NOTE: All students MUST BRING TO CLASS WITH THEM, their BLUE CARD, as well as their social security number.
  • Driver Education-Youth

    Offered throughout the school year and summer by Brainerd Public Schools Community Education Taught by college-trained Department of Education certified instructors. Let our Brainerd teachers help you meet the State Driver Education requirements! To complete the classroom portion of the program DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, students will meet three times a week; Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for three hours each day. Students registered for one of our SUMMER SESSIONS will meet five times a week; Monday through Friday for three hours each day. Attendance each day is mandatory to gain the 30 hours of classroom training which is required by state law! Students must be 14 years old and provide proper identification specified in the Minnesota Driver’s Manual. The next four sessions will be on the simulator. All simulator classes are 2 hours. *Missed simulation classes result in the need for extra driving time to meet state requirements. If one simulator class is missed, the student must pay for 1/2 hour of extra on-street driving at the cost of $30 in order to meet the requirements. **Students will be allowed to register for behind the wheel dates at the end of simulation or drive at a later date. After completing 30 hours of classroom, and eight hours of simulation, four hours of behind the wheel are required. The behind the wheel dates are made by appointment (an instructor will call). Students will drive four hours with a licensed instructor. These will be scheduled usually two times, for two hours each time. Most people will be done driving 3-6 weeks after simulation unless they choose to wait. Students will complete the entire course within one year of their first classroom session. A $60 fee will be assessed to those waiting longer than a year. Anyone waiting 18 months or longer will pay $90 and $5 per month thereafter. Students who cancel or wish to move to another section with less than seven business days notice, prior to the class start date will forfeit $120 of their tuition. If a student withdraws from the program after beginning classroom they will forfeit $120 of their tuition. If a student withdraws from the program after beginning simulation, $210 will be forfeited. To ensure that this driver's education program is safe and appropriate, please indicate on the registration form whether the student has any special needs or requires any accommodations to be successful in this program. Class size is limited, so register early! Note Policy Change! In order to be reimbursed for canceling a class or to be moved to another section, you must notify the Community Education office at least seven business days prior to the start of class. Students who don't show up for scheduled behind the wheel driving appointments will be charged $37. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours before the driving is scheduled. Any remaining balance or additional charges incurred after the first date of the class must be paid by cash or credit card; no checks will be accepted. We offer a 90 minute parent course free of charge if your child is enrolled in our Driver Education program. This parent class is for the "Primary Driving Supervisor". Click here for parent class registration. If your student is NOT enrolled in our Driver Education program - the cost of the class is $25. This agreement/contract constitutes an agreement/contract between the program and the student/parent and no verbal statements or promises will be recognized.
  • Family Night Out

    Family Night Out! Designed for the whole family Children ages birth-3rd grade Come for an hour of family fun. Let us do the planning and you do the playing. Whether you play, paint, read, or create; the investment of time is immeasurable! Register for one, two, three or all sessions! When you register, please let us know how many children you plan on bringing and their ages.
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    How to Pay for the Nursing Home: An Attorney's Perspective - ZOOM

    ONLINE class using Zoom -- participants will need a computer. The biggest fear for most baby boomers is how to pay for the nursing home and still leave an inheritance for the next generation. How will I meet my nursing home goals? Is Long Term Care Insurance for me? What about home healthcare? Would I qualify for Medicaid? Does my current trust protect my assets and avoid the nursing home? Get the answers to these questions and others!
  • How to Present Social Media Analytics with Ease - ZOOM CLASS

    Expand your skills as you learn the basics to discuss social media analytics from Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. This critical skill is a must for anyone of all ages, whether you're an employee, small business owner, volunteer, etc. You will learn a step-by-step process so that you can get started today and confidently present and discuss how a post performed on social media.
  • Intermediate Pickleball for Adults

    This class is for adult intermediate players. Join us for this popular class! Learn to improve your Pickleball skills and strategy as well as learn new techniques, practice drills and review the rules along the way. Lots of movement and gameplay will be included. Bring your favorite paddle or we will provide one for you.
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    Journaling with Julie Jo

    Journaling with Julie Jo takes participants on writing adventures using a variety of prompts to spark creativity. Through "The World Around You," "Minnesota Magic," "Self Awareness," and more, participants will use prompts to start their own daily journal. Several journaling styles will be presented, so participants can choose their favorite. Classes are for writers of all levels. Pens and journals will be provided. Sharing of writing is not a requirement of this class.
  • Kickbox2-Self Defense for Women

    This summer, enjoy nights out with your closest friends as you discover your own inner lion, merging intro to fitness kickboxing with practical self-defense techniques found in American Kenpo. Techniques learned include proper footwork to maintain distance, rhythm and timing while combining jab/crosses and kicks. Kicking sets will include round, hook, side, tornado, tsunami and more! Kenpo techniques teach women to use their body mass over muscle to defend themselves, encouraging a rebuilt mindset that bolsters willpower to accomplish anything on and off the karate mat! Hand wraps and pads provided in class with t-shirt and snack box. Certificate and white belt provided at the completion of the 4th class.
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    Lacrosse for Boys Gr 6-8

    The mission of this program is to foster, promote and perpetuate the game of lacrosse. There will be 18 practices and 5 in-house games, and possibly 1 scrimmage against Big Lake's middle school program. Helmets are provided, but participants are responsible for purchasing the rest of the protective gear which includes; shoulder pads (NOCSAE approved), elbow pad & gloves. Also a complete lacrosse stick (short, long pole, goalie - based on age/position), cleats/sneakers and mouth guard. Registration closes April 19th. For questions, please contact Adam Extrand at adam.extrand@isd181.org.
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    Lacrosse for Girls Gr 5-8

    The mission of this program is to foster, promote and perpetuate the game of lacrosse. There will be 18 practices and 4 in-house games. Goggles are provided, but participants are responsible for purchasing the rest of the protective gear which includes; gloves, complete lacrosse stick (short, long pole, goalie - based on age/position), and cleats/sneakers. Registration closes April 19th. For questions, please contact Adam Extrand at adam.extrand@isd181.org.
  • May 15th

    The Brainerd Public School system regularly offers early childhood screening clinics during the school year for all children between the ages of 3 and 5 years. The state of Minnesota recommends this at age 3 and requires this for kindergarten entrance. Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is learning and growing. The screening includes a developmental assessment, social emotional questionnaire, vision and hearing tests, height and weight measurement and an immunization and health history review. The purpose of the FREE screening is to identify children who may need additional time and experiences to be ready for school. The sooner we get started, the more likely your child will begin school with the necessary skills to succeed. Here’s what screening does for you: Helps you find out how your child is doing and answers parenting questions Connects you to community services Registers your child for kindergarten =================================================================================================================================================== REQUIRED FORMS for screening **You also need to bring copies of your child's Birth Certificate and current Immunization Record Forms can be emailed to: jennifer.lindholm@isd181.org