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Expand your horizons with Community Education

District 206 Community Education offers a variety of classes for all ages year round. Below are just a few of the upcoming classes. For a complete class listing, more information or to register, call Alexandria Community Education at (320) 762-3310 or go to

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Take a trip to see a comedy show

Community Education is planning a bus trip to The Wonder Bread Years at St. John’s University in Collegeville on Saturday, February 22 as part of its 1960s series.

The Wonder Bread Years walks the line between standup comedy and theater. Written by and starring Seinfeld writer Pat Hazell, this show invites the audience to take a field trip back to childhood.

The show recalls Hula Hoop contests, lawn darts, Kool-Aid, Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots, Big Wheels, Eskimo Pies, Clackers, Tuffskin Jeans and riding in the “way, way back” of the Country Squire station wagon.

Hazell is a veteran of The Tonight Show, a critically acclaimed playwright and a contributing commentator to National Public Radio. He is recognized for his American humor and his salute to pop culture.

Registration includes charter bus transportation and the show. Registration deadline for this trip is Friday, January 24.

Learn about the history of the Vietnam War

The public is invited to take a Community Education course as the 1960s series continues with two sessions on Vietnam.

Session one will be held on Monday, January 20 at 5 p.m. at the Grand Arbor Community Room in Alexandria.

It will examine the origins of the Vietnam War, major events that shaped America’s position on the conflict and how the war affected the foreign and domestic policies of subsequent presidents.

Session two will be held on Monday, February 17 at 5 p.m. at the Grand Arbor Community Room.

It will examine the lives of an entire generation touched in many different ways by the Vietnam War. It will also cover how the war impacted the lives of this generation, those who fought in Vietnam and the men and women whose lives were permanently changed because of the war.

Ken Howell, a former American history teacher in Alexandria, will be the instructor.

Learn a new oil painting technique

Have you ever wanted to learn a fun and fast way to paint with oil paint?

Rag Painting with Oil is a class for beginners to advanced painters that will teach an effective oil painting technique.

The wipe-away technique (otherwise known as the wipe-out technique or rag painting) has been around for centuries and used by many master artists, including Rembrandt.

Instructor Leanne Larson is an artist and owns a local art studio. She is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris and creates custom original oil paintings, including portraiture and landscapes.

All material costs are included in the cost of the class. The cost is $39.

Class is Thursday, January 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria.