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PR-B Community Education classes listed

Pine River-Backus Community Education offers the following upcoming classes. Register online at or call 218-587-2080.

• Crazy, Creepy, Creative Halloween Fun: 3-5:15 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 11 and 25. Meet in Pine River-Backus High School Room 255. Fee: $10.

Students will make up stories and create fun Halloween decorations. Each class has different activities.

• How to Use Essential Oils with Gemstones: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, Thrifty Living on Barclay Avenue in Pine River. Fee: $5.

This class instructs students to help understand healing properties of stones and oils. Attendants will also learn about vibrational frequencies from positive thoughts, love, joy as well as stress, fear and despair. The class will focus on self-healing and a connection with nature and the elements. Registrants will create an essential oil and gemstone mix of their choice. Instructor will be Nancy Wood.

• Fitness Fun and Games for grades K-2: 3-4:15 p.m. See below for dates. Pine River-Backus outdoors. Fee: $15 or $5 per class.

Tuesday, Oct. 16: recess and outdoor games.

Tuesday, Oct. 23: sports and physical education favorites.

Tuesday, Oct. 30: surprise activities day.

Participants will enjoy fun physical activities through indoor and outdoor games and sports geared to younger players. They will stay active with a variety of games and activities over three days.

Classes will meet in the Pine River-Backus commons for snacks. Student pick-up will happen at Door 33 at Pine River-Backus School. Instructor is Jordan Ackerman..

• Sugared Up: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, Pine River-Backus High School FACS Room 49. Fee: $10.

This class will talk about sugar, the highs and lows, impacts on the body (mood, weight, energy, focus), how to read labels as a sugar detective, why you might limit sugar, how to limit sugar and better alternatives.

Instructor will be Quinn Swanson.

• FIRST LEGO League - mid-level robotics for grades 5-8: 3-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 29-Dec. 15. Fee: $45.

Guided by adult coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.

This year's challenge is Into Orbit: Prepare for Blast-Off. This season will transport the teams into space to explore, challenge and innovate in the vast expanse of space.