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Is Your Gut Healthy? Live Online


with Erika Barnhill

Calendar Sep 23, 2020 at 6 pm

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tuition: $15

If you missed this class the first time it was offered, you will not want to miss it again to start getting healthier.

Do you have any of the following symptoms: bloating, acne, low energy levels, or fatigue Gut health is extremely important when it comes to having a healthy body. If the gut is unhealthy then the rest of the body is generally unhealthy because your system is not functioning well, and you're not getting the nutrition your body and brain need to do well. In this class the pitfalls of having poor gut, how important it is to build a healthy gut, and ways to do that.

About the Instructor: Erika Barnhill has a passion to share her knowledge about nutrition and good health with others. She recognizes that we live in a world where people are not experiencing the healthy vibrancy they are meant to. In fact, the opposite is true: people are often sick and over-medicated, yet still unaware how much diet and lifestyle are responsible. 

Erika says, “I worked  in a hospital setting with cardiac and pulmonary patients with many people who needed change and needed answers. A health crisis led me to learn how to take a more holistic approach to healing my own body through research, study, and prayer. I have a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and certification as a health and wellness coach. I’m happy to say I am healthy and well today with a busy life as a wife, mother, and health coach while  homeschooling four amazing children.. Finding balance in our busy lives is so important, and it is possible to live every day to the fullest, feeling healthy and well.


Create a Unique Beaded Bracelet


with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Sep 26, 2020 at 1 pm

Saturday, September 26, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15

You will create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind multi-strand bracelet with beads of your choice and memory wire. This is a simple project for even the inexperienced beader. Kay will teach you how to plan your design and show you techniques to give it a professional finish. The completed project is perfect for dressy occasions, but also adds a bit of flair when worn with jeans.

Students will work from a kit that includes the materials needed to complete the project. A variety of beads and colors will be available to choose from, and additional kits will be available to students at a discounted rate.

Kay will be wearing a mask while teaching and all participants will be asked to do so also. COVID safety precautions will be in place. 

About the instructor: Kay Vandervort retired to Ely in 2014 and has become very involved in the community. She participates in AAUW (American Association of University Women,) works part-time at the Dorothy Molter Museum, and is involved in a book club, writing group, and a number of local discussion groups.

Kay enjoys experimenting with many types of craft media, is a wizard with color and jewelry design, and has taught a variety of creative jewelry classes at the Ely Folk School.

Live Online: Butternut Squash & Poblano Pepper Tacos


with Lacey Squier

Calendar Sep 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Saturday, September 26, 2020
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Online Zoom class - Live!

Tuition: $20

Lifelong friends pair up to bring you these delicious vegetarian tacos with homemade flour tortillas, accompanied by honey orange margaritas, if you so choose. If you have never had tortillas made from scratch or well-spiced tacos that are not meat-based, you are in for a treat. 

Lacey and Beth will have fun teaching together. They won't require you to work in pairs...but they do encourage you to invite a friend to join in for twice the fun...maybe a friend who lives halfway across the country! 

You will receive the Zoom link as well as supplies and equipment list when you register.

About the instructors: Lacey Squire and Beth Jerabek have been friends since they were 12 years old. Nowadays, even though they live five hours apart, they often exchange recipes and cooking ideas and inspiration. Lacey loves cooking food of all kinds. She is an amateur cook who spends much of her free time learning how to recreate dishes from her favorite restaurant and travel experiences. These vegetarian, butternut squash and poblano pepper tacos are one of Beth's favorite things to make when hosting guests. 

It is liberating to realize you can have anything you want for dinner ... as long as you're willing to make it yourself!


Capturing Fall Colors


with Ken Hupila

Calendar Sep 27, 2020 at 9 am

Sunday, September 27, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuition: $70

Be a part of an autumn tradition in the North Country – observing and photographing fall color! This class will provide a one hour orientation on techniques and equipment utilization while in the field. We’ll then take our gear into the Superior National Forest and look for numerous vistas, unique perspectives, cozy vignettes and macro work. With luck we may come across some forest critters as a bonus!   

Bring lunch, camera and gear; manual, all lenses, tripod, remote release, circular polarizer (if you have it), and rubber boots. Dress for the weather. COVID precautions will be observed.

About the Instructor: Ken Hupila has been chasing wildlife around and enjoying the outdoors in northern Minnesota for over 60 years. He took his first wildlife image in 1964 and has been working on his craft ever since.

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Herringbone Beaded Bracelets


with Kay Vandervort

Calendar Sep 30, 2020 at 1 pm

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $20  Materials: $15

This lovely bracelet, which is also sometimes called a chevron bracelet, is easy to make and elegant to wear with any outfit. It utilizes jump rings to create the unique herringbone design. Once you master the technique, you can whip up a bracelet in less than an hour.

About the instructor: Kay Vandevort remembers, “As children we could get out of doing dishes, but only if we we read a lot. And, we could watch television if we had a project to work on, so I developed the habit of having a lap project---jewelry making, embroidery, sewing, or experimenting with a variety of artistic media. Kay creatively combines media and has exhibited art to wear and three dimensional, mixed media wall hangings in galleries in three states. She shows students the way to explore textures, colors and layers to create unique, wearable pieces of art.

Kay has a degree in secondary education and taught both in high school and technical college before moving to a career in not for profit management. She has trained at both regional and statewide conferences on topics related to non-profit marketing, volunteer management, and volunteer recruitment and screening. She has taught several jewelry and polymer clay classes in the past at the Ely Folk School.


Online Class: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic


with Les Conrad

Calendar Oct 23, 2020 at 10 am

Friday, October 23, 2020       10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday, October 28, 2020   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuition: $60

This class is for all of you photographers who want to improve your photographs...and who doesn't? Whether you are just beginning or deeply experienced, this class will help you to better understand Adobe’s popular photography editing program, Lightroom Classic.

All photographers need to organize, edit and share their photography. Lightroom can do it all (well almost all).This is a hands-on class. We will explore many of the most important tools in Lightroom. Key topics include but are not limited to Import, Organize and Rank photos, Basic and Intermediate Editing Tools, Lightroom workflow, Adding Watermarks and Exporting photos and much much more.

No experience with Lightroom Classic needed. Learning will be enhanced if you are able to use your computer with Lightroom Classic installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. I’ll provide sample images to work on.

This is live Zoom class, so you will able to interact with the instructor, Les Conrad. You will receive the Zoom invitation to join the class after you register and 24 hours before the start of class.

About the instructor: Les Conrad is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world. Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les turned his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes, with particular attention to the night sky. Les moved from the Twin Cities to Ely when he retired.

Les has many years of experience teaching beginning adult photographers including a two-day session at the International Wolf Center. He also presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors, MN. He knows how to simplify explanations using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.


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