Instead of facing off against rival universities, Augsburg College athletes tackle a different opponent in the summer: boredom. Led by camp director and Augsburg College head football coach Frank Haege, the Augsburg All-Sports Camps pair the school's athletes and coaches with youths in grades 1–9 for camp sessions packed with fun drills and games. Every day begins with a throw-and-catch activity to shake loose any video game controllers lodged in campers’ palms before jumping into speed, strength, and agility training. From there, campers get to practice three sports of their choice, such as touch football drills, soccer, tennis, or hockey, with a break for lunch and a sportsmanship activity. Before heading home for the day, every camper lines up for a friendly all-camp activity, which can include ultimate Frisbee.
Instead of facing off against rival universities, Augsburg College athletes tackle a different opponent in the summer: boredom. Led by camp director and Augsburg College head football coach Frank Haege, the camps pair the school's athletes and coaches with youths for sessions packed with fun drills and games. Depending on the age group, each camp focuses on a different level of offensive and defensive instructions; younger kids’ non-padded, non-contact camps are peppered with motivational sessions, and high schoolers’ conditioning testing strengthens them for full-contact drills. All-day middle-school camps are also non-contact and instill a sense of friendly competition with flag-football matches and other activities such as dodge ball.
The encouraging instructors and professors at Vesper College, a graduate school of fine arts and architecture, sharpen students’ understanding of design and bolster their respect for ecological balance. With a two-year curriculum, their MFA program in Ecological Architecture guides participants to mastering such disciplines as interior design, landscape design, construction management, and public-installation art. The school also hosts classes for the community, getting toes wet in various forms of art including brass sculpture and reshaping crowbars into clef notes.
The inspiring trainers with MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Fun sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use your instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Since the pass sets a five-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimen by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
At schools, art studios, and museums across the city, Minneapolis Community Education fosters not only fun and practical skillsets, but also a sense of togetherness for students and teachers alike. While standing in a gym full of exercising neighbors, director Jack Tamble explained the social element of his organization, stating, “Community education is more than just about learning. When people gather together like they're doing behind me in this room, they get to know each other, and they really get to enjoy living in Minneapolis.” The network of community-recruited teachers has been serving the area for more than 40 years, and today teaches various skills ranging from basic computer navigation and multicultural cooking to advanced woodworking and fluency in Pig Latin.
In the midst of an industry so saturated in emerging technology that fierce competition is law, the Twin Cities Photography Group operates as a cooperative to nurture the artistic development and technical skills of amateur and professional photographers. To expand the photographic community and foster a passion for creativity, the group keeps a clean studio space for picture snappers to host shoots and workshops.
Skilled instructors educate the public on basic photography fundamentals and camera-specific tips that allow students to get the most from advanced equipment without threatening to cut its weekly allowance. Regular meet ups assemble members for photo walks at area parks and photogenic seasonal events, such as air shows and free outdoor concerts.