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Community Education

In January, community education classes will teach students how to make butter, how to survive the winter and how to make table runners, among other topics. Alexandria Public Schools will offer the classes beginning in January. To register for these classes or others, visit or call 320-762-3310, Ext. 4272.

Tai Chi

Instructors say tai chi is an easy-to-learn way to increase strength and protect joints, which will reduce pain. It also improves mobility with flexibility exercises and boosts stamina, important for overall health and proper function of heart, lungs and muscles. The class is open to all physical conditions and ages. Cost is $50 for eight sessions at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 1 at the Nelson Wellness Studio/Classroom, 1220 Nokomis St.

You Butter Believe It! (Gr. K-5)

Annie Skoglund from the Douglas County Historical Society will demonstrate and explain how easy it is to churn fresh butter. This is aimed at elementary-age students, who will be able to make and taste fresh homemade butter. The class costs $9 and will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15 at the Runestone Museum, 206 Broadway St.

What is Natural Medicine

The instructor will explain what it means to be a naturopathic doctor, which includes taking into account not just physical, but also mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental and social factors. The one-session class costs $15 and will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Discovery Middle School, Room D200 Media Center.

Dance Camp - Trolls! (Ages 4-7)

Dancers of all levels are welcome to this Trolls-inspired dance camp, led by Crystal Hoepner, director of Just For Kix dance studio. Dancers will learn a dance routine from the movie soundtrack and make a craft. Parents may watch during the last 10 minutes of camp. The class costs $9 and will be divided between younger and older groups. Dancers ages 4-7 will meet 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the Discovery Middle School cafeteria. Dancers in Grades 2-5 will meet from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 in the same cafeteria.

Braided Runner

This one-session class will help participants make table runners, starting with a focal print for the outer border, blenders light to dark for the center square and braid, ending with a zingy color for a narrow border and binding. This runner is quilted as you sew. The class costs $29, including the pattern, and takes place from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18 in the Discovery Middle School Room D249, the sewing room.

Life on the Ice

Students will learn to not only survive, but embrace winter months from local experts. Topics include basic ice safety, winter camping, and historic tactics to surviving the cold. Presenters include Wilderness Inquiry, DNR, and Jack Driscoll. The class costs $9 and takes place from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Legacy of the Lakes Museum, 205 Third Ave. W. in Alexandria.