Upcoming Courses


Grab your friends and twist away to create a festive 4th of July star using wood, a few nails, and colorful string. At the end of class, you will walk away with a beautiful piece of art.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, ER Rm 202 Door A
Let the paint and your creativity flow as we learn the art of acrylic pouring. This project is a messy and fun painting craft that produces beautiful results. You will leave with a painted canvas to bring home.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022, ER Rm 202 Door A
Bowling, pizza and pop -- what a great way to spend your evening!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Zimmerman Bowl
Grab your buddies and trek to Otsego Park for a picnic dinner of subs, chips, and dessert, and fishing the shores of the Mississippi River. Fishing poles, bait, and fishing supplies will be provided; however, feel free to bring your own fishing pole if you have one! If there is inclement weather, the class will be rescheduled.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022, Otsego Regional Park
Spend the morning making handmade cards to send overseas to our Troops. We are pulling all of our crafting materials to make these cards special, so dress for a mess! All the finished cards will be mailed overseas to a special group of men and women with connections to Handke Center staff! Breakfast snacks will be provided during class.

Saturday, June 11, 2022, PE Cafeteria Door 3
Create a custom water tumbler during this DIY workshop! When registering, add a note with your favorite color so we can paint your tumbler prior to class. At class, you'll add a custom sticker with your name and a variety of stickers and bling to your pre-painted tumbler! After class, the instructor will apply a special coat of epoxy to the tumbler to make your creation waterproof and last for a lifetime! The finished tumblers will be available for pick-up at Handke Center starting on August 2nd or during the next HOPE class.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022, ER Rm 202 Door A
Take a stroll through Otsego Park and visit stations along the way where you can assemble a colorful stained glass kite window, a Japanese fish kite, and custom-color a flyable kite! At the end of the trail, gather with your friends to fly your kites and enjoy a light snack together.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, Otsego Regional Park
Follow our instructor on a magical journey to create a unique and whimsical fairy garden or Dino Park. Choose from a variety of creatures and plants to build your dream fairy garden or Dino Park!

Thursday, June 16, 2022, ER Rm 202 Door A
Join your friends and create a whimsical fall wreath that will be perfect decoration to welcome in the fall season changes. You will work side-by-side with our instructors to make this adorably festive wreath.

Thursday, August 11, 2022, ER Rm 202 Door A
Grab your girlfriends and enjoy a tasty dinner of Pizza Ranch chicken and potatoes, dessert and girly crafts! We will have an assortment of supplies to make earrings, hair barrettes, and scrunchies while we have a night out with the girls.

Thursday, July 14, 2022, ER Rm 202 Door A
Become a rockstar during Karaoke with Friends! Invite your friends for a fun night of karaoke singing and snacks. Even if you don't want to sing, come to cheer and dance along with your friends as they perform favorite songs from the past and present. Bring a list of your favorite songs, or choose one from your DJ's list. Dress in your best rockstar outfit to really shine! The spotlight is yours!

Thursday, June 9, 2022, ER Rm 352 Door H
Dress comfy and stretch out across the lawn and watch a favorite movie outdoors! Please bring a lawn chair, blanket, or beach towel to lay on the grass. Beverages, popcorn, and candy will be provided. Make sure to take a nap before coming -- the movie starts at sunset!

Friday, July 15, 2022, HC Nature Explore Classroom Door 5
Blueberries, strawberries, apples and cinnamon, oh my! Cook along with our instructor and make enough muffins to enjoy at the end of class plus store in your freezer for a perfect fall morning treat.

Thursday, August 25, 2022, ER Rm 352 Door H
Whip up these tasty no-bake desserts just in time for 4th of July! We'll make three delicious desserts: Strawberry Cheesecake in a jar, Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza, and Red, White and Blue Trail Mix. Enjoy the Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza with your friends while the other treats chill in the freezer. The treats will be ready to bring home by the end of class.

Thursday, June 23, 2022, ER Rm 352 Door H
Get your friends together and have a blast playing BINGO with a patriotic theme! There will be red, white, and blue decorations and some great new prizes and treats!

Thursday, June 30, 2022, ER Rm 352 Door H
Come enjoy a BBQ picnic, outside yard games, and connecting with friends! Meet the newest HOPE program coordinator and provide input into the fall class offerings.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022, Otsego Regional Park
Blend together your favorite fruits to make a tasty smoothie! A wide variety of ingredients will be provided; you choose your ingredients to make an award-winning combination. While the smoothies chill in the freezer, mix up ingredients for homemade granola bars.

Thursday, July 28, 2022, ER Rm 352 Door H
This set of strawberry Mason jars is a cheerful addition to your home or makes a wonderful gift. They are perfect as candle/votive holders or small centerpiece jars for an event. You will paint two jars and finish them with jute rope for a perfectly rustic look.

Thursday, May 19, 2022, HC Rm 111 Door 5
Explore the beautiful trails around Elk River while going on a Scavenger Hunt! Take a leisurely walk on the paths and look for items on the checklist. Suitable for wheelchairs, the trails are mostly flat but have some hills.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022, Meadowvale Heights Park
The jungle is jumpin' with jazz in this exciting Disney classic! Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie, and the rest of the pack as they go on a wild adventure to restore peace to the jungle and stop the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Enjoy a pizza dinner with friends before the show. Showtime for this local production is 7:00pm.

Thursday, July 21, 2022, ER Rm 352 Door H
Get colorful with your new HOPE logo t-shirt! You will receive a t-shirt with the new HOPE logo and a pair of socks to tie dye. Then share your finished design with your HOPE friends while enjoying a light snack and refreshments.

Thursday, July 7, 2022, ER Rm 202 Door A
Take a stroll through the trails and collect sprigs, stems, flowers, bark, and grasses which will be used to make impressions in clay. As you create your clay masterpieces, enjoy refreshments and snacks with your friends!

Tuesday, August 9, 2022, Woodland Trails Park
Chill out! Kick back with your friends and make the most of a beautiful spring evening! We'll have an ice cream treat for you to enjoy while we listen to some music and play a few yard games.

Thursday, May 26, 2022, HC Nature Explore Classroom Door 5
Thursday, August 18, 2022, HC Nature Explore Classroom Door 5
Custom paint a WELCOME sign with seasonal shapes perfect to display all year round. Paint the sign, WELCOME letters and each seasonal shape during class. While the paint is drying, enjoy light refreshments with your HOPE friends.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, ER Rm 202 Door A