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

  • Bottle Bugs: 3:15-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, Pine River-Backus Elementary Room 34. Fee: $5.

Many bugs are still to be discovered, and you can create one of them. Instructor is Mary Jo Litke.

  • Snow Paintings: 3:15-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Pine River-Backus High School room 255. Fee: $5.

Students will stay warm while painting winter pictures. Instructor will be Amber Heagele..

  • Fairy Tale Readers Theater grades two through four: 3:15-5 p.m. p.m. Mondays, Jan 13 and 27, Feb. 10 and 24, March 16 and 30, April 13 and 27 and May 11, Pine River-Backus school grounds. Fee: $45 for all nine sessions.

Children who like to hear “Once Upon a Time” may enjoy this after school class. While enjoying classic literature, students will also build collaborating, reading and storytelling skills. Each class consists of a short story time, a new Fairy Tale Readers Theater (a short play requiring no memorized lines, set or props) and some fun improv theater games. As with all after school offerings a snack is included. Instructor is Tessily Gregory.

  • Nature club grades 1-4: 3:15-5:15 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 13 and 27; Feb. 10 and 24; March 16 and 30, April 13 and 27 and May 11, Pine River-Backus school commons. Fee: $45 for all nine sessions.

Join Happy Dancing Turtle Staff members for outdoor fun. In each session, the class will explore a new part of nature through games, lessons, activities, crafts and more. Class will be mostly outside, so dress for the weather. Snacks will be provided.