Upcoming Courses


Create two whimsical driftwood wind chimes guaranteed to add color to your decor and put a smile on your face! Keep your wind chime outside or hang it inside on a window; keep both for yourself, or give one to a friend.

Thursday, August 31, 2023, HC Blesener Cmty Rm Door 5
Get your friends together and have a blast playing BINGO! Up and down or across, four corners or blackout -- what's your favorite way to win?

Thursday, July 27, 2023, VM Cafeteria Door N
Bocce Ball is a yard game played with teams of two people. Each player uses two large balls called bocce and a smaller ball called the pallino. Whether you are a beginner or experienced Bocce Ball player, you are guaranteed to have a fun night! We'll begin by pairing up in teams and reviewing the game rules, and will fit in as many games as possible during the class. Bring a water bottle.

Thursday, June 29, 2023, Otsego Regional Park
In this step-by-step acrylic painting class, you'll create a whimsical cat and moon scene on canvas. This is the perfect acrylic painting class for beginner painters. You'll leave with a finished 16x20 painting, ready to display.

Thursday, September 14, 2023, HC Art Rm Door 5
Meet your pals at the pumpkin patch! Visit Dehn's Pumpkin Patch in Dayton and spend the afternoon exploring the corn maze, tossing kernels in the corn pit, sliding down the gunny sack slide, and relaxing on a hayride. You will need to provide your own transportation. Early Registration Deadline: September 15.

Saturday, October 7, 2023, Dehn's Pumpkin Patch
Join your friends for some swimming and fun in the evening sun! The Elm Creek swim pond offers filtered, chlorinated water, a sand beach, changing shelter, and bathroom facilities. Eat dinner beforehand or bring a picnic dinner. We'll enjoy an ice cream treat during the evening. Concession stands are available if you want to bring extra money. Don't forget your towel!

Thursday, August 17, 2023, Elm Creek Park Reserve
Game on! Get together with HOPE. friends to play board and card games such as Uno, SkipBo, Sorry, Jenga, Yahtze, Memory, and more!

Tuesday, June 20, 2023, VM Cafeteria Door N
Tuesday, July 11, 2023, VM Cafeteria Door N
Tuesday, August 22, 2023, VM Cafeteria Door N
A garden stepping stone is a wonderful way to add color to your garden or yard area. Create your personalized garden stepping stone using mosaic glass tiles, stones, and other materials. You will receive a 12-inch circle saucer as a mold for the stepping stone.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023, VM Art Rm Door N
Join us to get the upcoming season's HOPE flyer hot off the press!

Thursday, August 10, 2023, VM Cafeteria Door N
Who else misses KFC in Elk River?! In this edition of "Let's Cook," we will prepare a copycat version of the famous KFC Bowl. These bowls bring all of our comfort foods together -- popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn. We won't forget the brown gravy and shredded cheese to complete the bowl! We'll enjoy our finished meals together as a group.

Thursday, August 24, 2023, VM Rm 244 Door N
Learn how to make classic stuffed peppers filled with flavorful seasoned ground beef, diced veggies, and rice. Top them with cheese, and bake until tender. You will prepare and cook three stuffed peppers and have time to eat a pepper or two at the end of class! You'll also learn how to store the leftovers!

Tuesday, July 18, 2023, VM Rm 244 Door N
Try your hand at Mandala Dot Art! Mandala dot art uses patterns created with many small colorful dots. The patterns and technique are usually quite simple; however, you will never run out of ideas and color schemes. We will learn the technique and practice during class, then create a final project to frame and take home.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023, VM Art Rm Door N
Did you know that August 3rd is National Watermelon Day? Enjoy the dog days of summer by treating yourself to some refreshing watermelon lemonade and delicious watermelon while creating a set of 4 watermelon rope coasters.

Thursday, August 3, 2023, VM Art Rm Door N
We have combined two of our favorite things: root beer floats and bingo! Everyone's a winner with great prizes and cool treats during this evening of fun!

Thursday, June 8, 2023, VM Cafeteria Door N
Create the softest slime you have ever squeezed! Get your hands dirty while mixing up a batch of cloud dough and butter slime. Personalize your slime by adding fun charms and beads. Finish class with a glass of lemonade and a lemon-flavored treat!

Thursday, July 20, 2023, VM Art Rm Door N
Draw, splatter, and stamp with paint to create a custom-designed tea towel set. Choose from a variety of fabric markers, paint, and stamps to make your own original designs. The towels will make a great addition to anyone's kitchen! You will leave class with two decorated towels.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023, HC Blesener Cmty Rm Door 5
Join us for a fun night of mini-golf, go-karts, waterslide, and batting cages at SummerLand in St. Cloud! Each HOPE participant, assistant, and/or family member will enjoy unlimited use of the family fun park and picnic shelter from 5:00-8:00pm. Registration is required by June 30. We'll serve a picnic dinner consisting of sandwiches, chips, fruit, and drinks in the picnic shelter. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Summerland.

Thursday, July 13, 2023, Summerland Family Fun Park
Lace up your tennis shoes and meet us on the trails every Wednesday this summer! Explore the beautiful trails around Elk River and Otsego! Parks and trails are suitable for wheelchairs; the trails are mostly flat but have some hills. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring a water bottle, and don't forget the sunscreen! We'll reschedule if the weather is bad. OPTIONAL: Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy after class.

July 12-26, 2023, Bailey Point Nature Preserve
August 2-30, 2023, Otsego Regional Park