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

• Natural Stress and Anxiety Relief: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in Pine River-Backus FACS Room 49. Fee: $15.

Learn ways to relieve stress and anxiety using reiki and aromatherapy. The group will discuss different types of anxieties and how to manage them. Learn the power of self healing, meditation and how aromatherapy can be used to help with stress and anxiety. Paper handouts and an essential oil blend for each participant will be given out at class.

• Living Soil Lunch and Learn: Noon-1 p.m. on three different days listed below, Hunt Utilities Group Campus, 2331 Dancing Wind Road S.W., Pine River. Fee: free.

Participants will think about soil and challenges, technological advances and opportunities associated with soil resources. Pre-register with the PR-B Community Education or call Happy Dancing Turtle at 218-587-2303.

Session 1: Wednesday, Jan. 23, David Montgomery presents Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life.

Session 2: Wednesday, Feb. 27, Jack Gilbert presents the Earth Microbiome Project.

Session 3: Wednesday, March 27, Ray Anchuleta presents Healing the Land: Our Heart, One Mind at a Time.

• Papier-Mache Penny Banks: 3-5:15 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24 and 31, Pine River-Backus High School Room 255. Fee: $10.

Class will choose one of five animals - a pig, cat, dog, rabbit or bear - and learn to make a papier-mache penny bank of their own. This class uses latex balloons and is a two-part class for drying time. The second part of the class will be all about painting and decorating the banks. Instructor will be Amber Haegele.

• Basics of Wire Wrapped Art: 1-3 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and March 24, Backus American Legion. Fee: $10 per class or $30 for three sessions plus $5 for supplies.

Students will learn to create art that represents their personal style. Many materials will be provided through the $5 supply cost. Students with access to jewelry making supplies are encouraged to bring them in addition to bottles and/or beads they would like to incorporate.

Jan. 27: Class will wrap wine bottles for indoor/outdoor display or to be used as bird feeders.

Feb. 24: Students will create suncatcher mobiles.

March 24: Students will create a butterfly or dragonfly.