Youth Activities

Mike Lynch’s Minnesota Star Watch”

You’re invited to bring lawn chairs to make yourself comfy!

 Make the stars your old friends as we watch the great celestial show in the skies over Cold Spring and vicinity. This night will be filled with the stars, constellations, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and more! We start off with an indoor orientation followed by quality time outside under the heavens. Get to know the constellations like the Big Bear, Gemini the Twins, Leo the Lion, and some of the great stories behind them. We’ll also use large reflecting telescopes, including two giant 20 - inch reflectors that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota for close up views of planets, the moon,  star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other wonders in our winter/spring skies.  Learn about basic celestial photography. Weather permitting we’ll also use a new astronomical camera-telescope system for extra special views of our more distant universe.  You’ll also get a great big handout package with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, apps, websites, a telescope-buying guide, and more!  

Mike Lynch is a meteorologist at WCCO Radio and has been hosting star watch parties and teaching astronomy classes for 45 years. He also writes a weekly stargazing column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and is the author of the book; “Mike Lynch’s Minnesota Star Watch” that’ll be available for purchase at a discount. Even if it’s cloudy you’ll learn a lot, have a great time and get a Mike Lynch “Cloud Check” for a future Minnesota.


Date: Friday, March 24

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Fee: $20 Individual or $50 per family

Location: DEF Commons

Instructor: Mike Lynch


GYMNASTICS:  4-5 year olds

Bring your little one to learn balance, flexibility, strength on balance beam, mini-tramp, low-bar and more. We also do some music and games.

Session I:  Wednesdays, March 1 - 22: 5 - 5:50pm    

Session II: Wednesday, April 5 - 26: 5 - 5:50pm

Location: DEF

Fee: $25 per session

Instructor:  Kelly Warzecha, Tiny Tumblers


GYMNASTICS: K - 3rd grade

Students will work on basic tumbling from cartwheels to somersaults and back walkovers. Learn some jumps, leaps & dance skills to improve flexibility & strength. Get your groove on with some zumba dance too. 

Session I:  Wednesdays, March 1 - 22: 6-7pm

Session II: Wednesdays, April 5 - 26: 6-7pm

Location: DEF

Fee:  $35 per session

Instructor: Kelly Warzecha, Apollo H.S. Head Coach


Babysitting/Home Alone Clinic     

This clinic is a preparation course for boys and girls ages 11 and older undertaking the responsibility of childcare and/or preparing to stay home alone.  The course will cover child development, basic first aid, how to handle various emergencies, managing a child’s behavior, games to entertain, and the basics of newborn and toddlers.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring a sack lunch.   

Date:  Sat., April 8

Time:  9 am - 2:30 pm            

Location:  ROCORI H.S. Rm. A114    

Fee:  $25

Instructors:  Rachel Schwartz & Anna Christensen    



This course covers different shooting positions, safe handling of a firearm.  It introduces hunting and good sportsmanship. Saturday class will be at a gun range. Must be age 11 prior to the start of class.  Must produce a birth certificate when filling out forms. To register for class please do so by bringing your birth certificate into the Community Ed. Office and filling out some paperwork.                                    

Dates: March 28, 30, April 4, 18, 20, Tues. & Thurs.  & Sat., April  22 (Sat. time to be announced)                                                  Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Location:  DEF                                                 Instructor: Jacob Willenbring  Mark Dockendorf, Dave Linz, Larry Statz, John Maile, Mike Hetherington      John Anderson, Brian Smith                              Fee:  $7.50 with an additional                         $7.50 paid online to the MN DNR to receive your certificate                                                       

KARATE for Kids   *  All sessions of Karate have been CANCELED due to the instructor having a back injury

BEGINNER KARATE FOR KIDS Ages 6 years and older.  This is an introduction to the traditional martial art of Okinawan Karate. Basics of punching, kicking and striking will be taught. Students begin to learn the bones in their bodies and start to understand the concepts of self discipline, awareness, concern for others, and principles for the class and for life. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. 

Time:  6:30 – 7:00pm

Session I: Tuesdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Session II: Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7

Session III: Tuesdays, March 21, 28,  April 4, 11, 18

Fee: $35 per session

Location: DEF

Instructor: Beverly Gustafson of    St. Cloud Karate/T’ai Chi Instruction


INTERMEDIATE KARATE FOR KIDS  *All Sessions of Karate have been CANCELED due to the instructor having a back injury

After completing at least two courses of the Beginning Karate for Kids and demonstrating those skills learned, students can join this section. They will learn to use the strikes and the kicks from the beginning courses while emphasizing growth in self control, self confidence, & self esteem. Partner drills are introduced and practiced during these sessions. Students that have taken this course in prior years are encouraged to sign up for these classes again and continue their study in this martial art.

Time: 7:00 - 7:30 pm

Session I: Tuesdays Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Session II: Tuesdays,  Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7th

Session III: Tuesdays,   March 21, 28,  April 4, 11, 18

Fee: $35 per session

Location: DEF

Instructor: Beverly Gustafson of      St Cloud Karate/T’ai Chi Instruction

EXTREME LEGO: Clowns and Cranes

New and returning students are welcome. You read it right.  Build a clown face and use pulleys to rotate his facial expressions from happy, to sad, to knocked out.  Build a crane and use it to hoist other LEGO projects.  Students build multiple LEGO projects and use those projects to investigate basic pulley concepts including: direction of rotation, increased speed, a fixed pulley, movable pulley system, and compound pulley. We may even try to build the world’s longest conveyor belt made of LEGOs at the last class! How cool is that?  

Dates: Thursdays Feb., 2, 9, 16, 23 

Time: 3:15 - 4:15 pm

Location: CSE  Ages:  K - 3

Fee: $45

Instructor:  Youth Enrichment League


EXTREME LEGO: ‘Copters & Spy Planes

Never ever before seen projects.  Build a helicopter, egg beater, paddle boat and spy plane.  Use your projects to investigate basic engineering concepts including: gear ratio gearing up, gearing down, and more.  Get in gear, sign up today!

Dates: Thursdays, April 20, 27, May 4, 11

Time: 3:15 - 4:15 pm 

Location: CSE    Ages: K - 3

Fee: $45

Instructor:  Youth Enrichment League

Introduction to Printmaking

In this basic introduction class, students will learn about printmaking. They will create a mandala collagraph that will then be printed onto paper. Students will also learn to use linoleum cutting tools to create their own stamp to be printed onto either paper or clothing. All materials will be provided.

Date: Monday, March 13 & 20

Time: 6 -  8 pm

Location: DEF       

Grades: 6 -  8

Fee: $40 registration/$20 for materials night of class

Instructor: Laura Ruprecht



New and returning students are welcomed.  Youth Enrichment League (YEL) chess continues to evolve.  We have new worksheets and new lessons crafted by Women’s International Master and former Russian Chess Champion Sima Sokolovskaya.  YEL chess lessons are designed to engage beginners through advanced students.  Our winter session focus is on continuing chess concepts (Double check, Opposition, Forks, Pins, etc.) as well as preparation for Chess Tournament Season.  YEL students often perform well at the highest levels in local and state tournaments.  Join this “sport of the mind” and be part of your school’s chess club. Sign up and create a checkmate today! 

Day:  Tuesdays

Dates: January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 3:15- 4:15 pm

Location: CSE Ages: K - 5

Fee: $68

Instructor:  Youth Enrichment League



Bring your chess dollars and get pumped and prepped for your school’s year-end, in-school tournament.  Youth Enrichment League (YEL) has 50+ chess lessons and our spring focus is on skewers, pawn endgames, doubled rooks, etc. Our lessons are crafted by Women’s International Master and former Russian Chess Champion Sima Sokolovskaya.  Join this “sport of the mind” and be part of your school’s chess club.  Sign up and create a checkmate today!

Day:  Tuesdays

Dates: March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11

Time: 3:15 - 4:15 pm

Location: CSE   Age: K –5

Fee: $68

Instructor:  Youth Enrichment League


Central Performing Arts Dance Studio

Spring Performance Theme: 

“Under the Big Top”

Get ready for a Spring Gala full of an exciting dance based on circus performers and carnival fun!

Performance date: May 27th.

We hold a professionally staged show with conservative costuming.  Classes are also open to students not interested in performing at the show.  Please notify C.P. Arts upon registering of your non-performance status. 

* Register for classes by January 20th

* Shoe fitting & Costume Fitting/Measuring Night: January 23rd 4:45 – 7pm DEF Building 

* A $45 costume deposit per class registering for is due at January 23ndfitting, payment to be made out to C. P. Arts.

* Tumbling skills class – 12 classes January 31st – May 1st.

All classes begin the week of January 30th and run through May 27th at the DEF building.


Class Descriptions

Ages 3 – K: Explore ballet through creative movement and imaginative stories.  Students will gain the basics through rhythmic warm-ups, constructive activities, creative play with props, and gross motor development with song & dance.  Tap technique included in 1 hr. classes.

Elementary Levels 1 – 4:  Learn the fundamentals of classical ballet & tap technique with the focus on movement of execution, vocabulary, and creative expression through various dance styles. 

Ballet/Pointe/Lyrical:  Fundamentals focus is on classical ballet technique. Gain in strength, flexibility, balance, skills, endurance, and knowledge expansion of body placement & vocabulary ballet terms.  Ballet is the foundation of all dance!

Jazz/Tap/Hip-Hop:   Technique progression in various styles, with the execution of leaps, turns, and combos in center and across floor skills.


2017 Class Schedule

Monday Classes:

4:00 – 5:00 Elem. Grades 1 – 2  $160

5:00 – 6:00 Elem. Grades 3        $160

5:00 – 6:30 Elem.  Gr. 4 Performance & Tap technique $190

6:00 – 8:00 Tap & Jazz Lev. 1 Tech. & Per. class (Gr.  5-6) $240

Tuesday Classes:

3:45 – 4:30 Tumbling Skills Lv. I (ages K-2)   $95

4:30 – 5:30 Tumbling Skills Lv. II (Gr. 3-4)  $120

5:30 – 6:15 Caterpillars (No Tap) (ages 3-4) $120

6:15 – 8:15 Jazz & Tap II Tech. & Per. class (Gr. 7-9) $240

Wednesday Classes:

4:30 – 5:30 Butterflies (ages 3 & 4)   $160

5:30 – 6:30 Elem. Grades K - 1  $160

6:30 – 7:30 Elem. Grades 2 - 3   $160

7:30 – 9:30 HS Jazz & Tap  (Gr. 10-12) $240

8:00 – 9:30 HS Jazz  (Gr. 10-12) $190

Thursday Classes:

4:45 – 5:15 Pointe II (grade 7-9)   $100 (must take Ballet II)

5:15 – 7:15 Ballet II Tech. & Per. (Gr. 7-9)      $240

5:45 – 7:45 Ballet III Tech. & Per. (Gr. 10-12) $240

7:45 – 8:15 Pointe III (Gr. 10-12)  $100 (must take Ballet III)

Friday Classes:

4:15 – 5:45 Ballet I technique only (Elem. Gr 4)  $190

4:15 – 6:15 Ballet I  Tech. & Per. (Gr. 5-7) $240

C.P.A. Gymnastics

Is your child constantly doing cartwheels in the house, and stacking pillows to roll over on!

Well it is time to learn how to do those tumbling skills properly.  Students will be instructed by a duel experienced team of instructors through the Central Performing Arts dance school.  It’s time to strengthen those skills, increase flexibility and build your child’s confidence.

3:45 – 4:30 Tumbling Skills Lv. I (ages K-2)   $95

4:30 – 5:30 Tumbling Skills Lv. II (Gr. 3-4)  $120

Tuesdays, January 31st – May 1st

 No Classes:  March 14th and April 11th

Attire:  Leotard, biker shorts and your bare feet.  Hair pulled back into a low ponytail.  No Jewelry.


20% OFF DISCOUNT for Students taking Ballet and Tap/Jazz Levels I, II, or III.

                 ($384 for both classes)

20% OFF DISCOUNT for Students taking Elem. 4 Performance/Tap Technique and Ballet I. 

                 ($304 for both classes)

20% OFF family discount for ages 3-grade 3 taking 3 or more dance classes (Tumbling NOT included)

*Call 685-8631 to take advantage of discounts


Swift Kids Running Club

Boys & Girls grades 3-6.  Partake in fun fitness activities and running.  We will discuss healthy habits and fitness ideas.  All fitness levels encouraged!  Fee includes t-shirt.  Can use this class as prep for the Old Glory Run.

Days:  Mondays & Wednesdays

Date:  April 24 - May 24

Time: 3:15 - 4:30 pm

Location:  CSE

Fee: $29 includes a T-Shirt


Indoor Soccer Boys & Girls

2nd - 6th Grade

The soccer camp’s goal is to teach young athletes to become better soccer players through the use of proper skills and technique.  There will be a good combination of game play and skill training.

Dates:   Wednesdays, Jan 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1 & 8

Times:   2nd - 4th  grade 3:05-4:00 pm

5th & 6th grade 4:05-5:00pm

Location: CSE            

Fee: $25

Instructor: Brian Kothrade


Sports Sampler

In this diverse multi-sport program, 4-5 year old children will be introduced to a different sport, learn new skills, and then separate into teams to play a game. Sports include volleyball, soccer, kickball and bowling. Students will also play an array of other great games to keep them involved in a world of movement, variety, and fun.

Days:   Wednesdays

Session I: February 1, 8, 15, 22 Time:  5-5:50 pm

Session II: May 3, 19, 17, 24 Time:  5-5:50 pm

Location:  Richmond Elem.

Fee: $25  per session

Instructor: Emily Schmitz


Mother’s Day Project

We can’t tell you which project we will be making, because Mom might be reading this class description, but she will love her present! We will hide our gift in a pretty package and make a card, so Mom will feel very special on Mother’s Day. All supplies included 

Date: Tuesday, May 9

Time:  3:30 - 5:30

Age: Grades 1-5

Location:  CSE

Fee:  $20

Instructor: Erin Tronbak


Open Art Studio

This is an opportunity for students to explore different mediums used in art. Students can sign up for either one day or all four sessions. During the sessions, students will experience up to 4 different mediums through the four sessions, choose one or all 4. 

Painting - Monday, April 24

Collage - Monday, May 1

Printmaking - Monday, May 8

Mosaics - Monday, May 15

Time: 6 - 8 pm

Grades: 6 - 8

Location: DEF

Fee:  $12 each or $40 for all 4

Instructor: Laura Ruprecht


Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Basketball Academy

The Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Basketball Academy and ROCORI Community Education is proud to offer a basketball clinic designed to improve the skills of youth boy’s and girl’s basketball players of all levels. Players will improve their individual offensive and defensive fundamentals, practice habits, and teamwork. Players will feel the energy while working hard and having fun. Each participant will receive: A free ticket voucher for a 2016-17 Wolves game, an exclusive Wolves/Lynx poster and other cool Wolves/Lynx prizes!

(There will not be a Wolves player in attendance).

Join us for a afternoon of FUN!

Date:  January 27 (early out day)

Times: 12:30-2 will be for 4th-8th grade

 2:30-3:30 will be for  K-3rd grade

Location:  ROCORI MS Gym

Instructor:  Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Academy Staff

Fee: $30

Lifeguard Training

3 days required:  Friday, March 3  5-9pm,

Saturday, March 4  8am-5pm & Sunday, March 5 11am-4pm

Location:  Sartell Middle School room 675 and Pool 

Fee:  $190

*Register with ROCORI Community Education

If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard - this is the course for you! This is a blended online class. You will need to complete the online portion before the in-person sessions. Once registered the online information will be sent to you. 

This course will provide candidates with the skills and knowledge to become an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard. Lifeguards will be trained to prevent and respond to emergencies.
Be at least 15 years of age on or before the last scheduled day of class;  Swim 300 yards continuously.
Timed-Skills Test: Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return to surface, swim back to starting point with the 10 pound object and exit water using ladder or steps within 1 minute 40 seconds.