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By Tony Reimers, Community Education Director

By the year 2020, there will be 65 million people living in the United States over the age of 65. In 2020, Minnesota will have more people over the age of 60 living in it than at any time in history. With improvements in healthcare and nutrition, people over the age of 60 will find many more years of productive pursuits. In Community Education, we are excited about these statistics!

One of our goals at Morris Area Community Education is to create a program that supports all residents. Research tells us that social activities, healthy living programs and classes, support groups, volunteer opportunities, and advocacy opportunities are needed for a healthy community of people over the age of 60.

Morris Area Community Education is proud to offer the following opportunities in the coming months.

•Adult Basic Education Classes – Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

•Literacy Classes – Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

•English as a Second Language Classes – Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

•Community Meal – Served Monday, Feb. 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (an opportunity to cook, serve, or clean-up)

•MORRIS COOKS! cooking series – March 6, March 20, April 3

•Physical Defense Class (RAD) – March 17, 24, 31, and April 7

•Microsoft Excel – Monday, March 3

•Microsoft PowerPoint – Monday, March 17

•Microsoft Publisher – Monday, March 24

•Apps and Smartphones – Monday, March 31

•Money Matters; Social Security: Strategize to Maximize – Thursday, March 6

•Umpire Training – March 17 and March 24

•Guitar Lessons – Can be scheduled Monday-Thursday between 3:30 and 6 p.m.

•FREE Movie Matinee – Friday, March 14 at 2 p.m.

•Yoga For You – Spring session is from Mar. 18 – May 1 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

To register for these classes, or to learn more about these classes, please give us a call at 320-589-4394 or check us out online at and click on the Community Education tab.  You can register and pay for most classes and programs online.

Morris Area Community Education is offering 97 different classes during the winter and spring 2014 session. In 2013, we offered 96 different classes. What is even more impressive to me is that 28 of the 97 classes offered in 2014 were different from the classes offered in 2013.

At MACE, we want to hear from you! Do you have an idea for a class? Would you like to facilitate a class? Do you know someone who would like to facilitate a class or series of classes? If so, we want to hear from you. Please send me a note at or give me a call at 320-589-4394.  MACE would like to collaborate with you in your productive pursuits!