Just for Fun

Registration Begins Monday, January 3 at 8:00 a.m.

Programs are filled on a first-pay, first-served basis, preregistration by the published deadline is required. Payment can be made by credit or debit card by phone or by check or cash in person. Online Registration also available. All classes are subject to 6.5% sales tax. Please call the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center for more information at 626-7081.

Learn the basics of working with wire, tools, designing and creating a marvelously wonderful wire sculpture. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #116583
Date: Thursday, February 10
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Aaron Johnson
Fee: $20.00 plus supplies
Preregister by: February 7
Min/Max Enrollment: 1/6

Join Maleah Eschenbaum, Miss Missouri Valley, and an American Sign Language Interpreter as she introduces basic sign language skills. Maleah will teach participants the ASL alphabet, numbers, basic introductions, and basic vocabulary. This class is designed for participants with no or minimal knowledge of ASL. All fees collected will be donated to the Miss South Dakota Scholarship Foundation. Ages 14 and up.
Activity #117532
Tuesdays, February 1 - 22
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Instructor: Maleah Eschenbaum
Fee: $40.00
Preregister by: January 26
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/12

In this three-week class, participants will learn how to traditionally bead, using seed beads, and a beading loom, to make a beautiful beaded keychain. Ages 14 and up.
Activity #116500
Dates: Wednesdays, February 23 - March 9
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Cassandra Mraz
Fee: $40.00 plus $20.00 Supply Fee Payable to Instructor
Preregister by: February 16
Min/Max Enrollment: 3/8

Did you know you can see a galaxy 2 ½ million light-years away with your unaided eyes? Craters on the Moon with binoculars? Countless wonders await you any clear night. The first step in astronomy for beginners is simply to look up and ask, “What’s that?” This class will introduce you to a lifetime of enjoyment viewing the night sky. Bring your binoculars, telescope or nothing. People wishing to participate should put their name on the interest list at The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Office by March 10, by calling 626-7015.
Activity #136500
Dates: Tuesdays, March 15 - 22
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
Location: ARCC - 225 3rd Avenue SE
Preregister by: March 10

This 5-week class is based upon the book Women, Food and Hormones written by Dr. Sara Gottfried. The book lays out a health plan that integrates an evidenced based approach to the ketogenic diet for women that has been proven to help women lose weight, sleep better and have more energy. Ages 40-90.
Activity #117300
Dates: Tuesdays, January 11 - February 8
Time: 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Instructor: Janene Papendick
Fee: $35.00 plus supplies
Preregister by: January 6
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/16

Take an Art Break! Come to the ARCC for weekly gatherings to wind down through art. Try out art journaling, coloring, creative drawing from pattern recognition, zentangle art, and creative writing. Bring your own projects from home to work in a relaxing, stress free atmosphere. Some supplies will be provided, or you can bring your own! Ages 18 and up.
Dates: Thursdays, January 13 - April 28
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This 6-week class will focus on practical hands-on applications for real-life situations. Participants will gain self-confidence as they begin to recognize and put to use basic survival instincts and natural reactions in potentially threatening situations. Participants should wear clothes suitable for low impact exercise. Ages 12 and up.
Activity #138500
Session A: Wednesdays, February 16 - March 23
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Session B: Saturdays, March 5 - April 9
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Mark Hamson
Fee: $60.00
Preregister: 3 days before session begins
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/15

The two-step is a basic dance move done by singles, partners and groups. This class will cover the basic two step as adapted to Country Music. Instruction will focus on the basic moves, footwork and turns. Get off your chair and onto the dance floor! Ages 15 and up.
Activity #159507
Dates: Mondays, March 7 - 28
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.    
Instructors: Ray Payer & Karen Lane
Fee: $30.00 per person
Preregister by: March 2
Min/Max Enrollment: 6/12

Come join John for a mini workshop on his 5 different camping trips. He will cover his research and use of different bikes, bag systems, camping equipment and route planning.
Ages 16 and up.
Activity #130800
Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: John Kersten
Fee: $10.00
Preregister by: March 30
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/10

An introduction to digital photography. Learn the basic rules of photography including the use of the camera, lighting, composition, as well as tricks and tips for different situations and how to tell a story with your photography. Perfect for all areas of photographic interest. Participants must have their own DSLR camera. Ages 14 and up.
Activity #119508
Dates: Wednesdays, January 19 - February 23
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructors: Alethiea & Jerome Wild
Fee: $60.00 plus supplies
Preregister by: January 13
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/12

Do you have some senior photography sessions coming up and you’re not quite sure what to wear, bring, or how to prepare? Well this 1-day workshop is just for you! Alethiea Wild, with Wildfire Studios will cover some of the basic ins and outs of preparing for an upcoming photography session. This workshop is co-sponsored by Wildfire Studios and the Aberdeen Recreation & Cultural Center. Ages 16 and up.
Activity #119050
Session A: Thursday, January 20
Session B: Monday, February 7
Session C: Thursday, February 24
Session D: Monday, March 7
Session E: Thursday, March 24
Session F: Monday, April 4
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Alethiea Wild
Fee: $20.00
Preregister by: 3 days before session begins
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/12

Intro to darkroom photography: learn about the basics of photo sensitivity and darkroom chemistry without all the fancy equipment. Students will explore historical photography processes and dip their toe into modern darkroom chemistry. Family friendly class. Grade 5 and up with an adult partner.
Activity #119509
Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Tiffany Straley
Fee: $15.00 plus $10.00 supply fee/pair
Preregister by: March 29
Min/Max Enrollment: 4/12

Private, semi-private, and group lessons from professionally trained advanced level artists and educators, will be offered in Acrylics, Drawing, Oil Painting, Pottery, Sculpture, Watercolor, and many other artistic media. Lessons will be held in designated ARCC studios, during business hours when space is available. Private lessons are available for participants ages 16 and up pending chosen field of study, and ages 18 and up for Glasswork, Electroforming and Metal Work. Participant may be under 16, pending instructor approval and availability. If there is an artistic media not listed that you are interested in or have further questions, please call the ARCC at (605) 626-7081
Fee: $30.00 per one-hour private lesson (for groups of 2+ please add $7.50 per each additional person) Fees may vary, pending chosen field of study, does not include supplies.
Registration: Call the ARCC at (605) 626-7081.

On each Thursday of the month, space will be set aside to come in and work on your own projects in an open studio setting with other artists. All supplies are to be provided by participants; however, some equipment such as paper cutters, scissors and other items may be used upon permission. Participants must check in with the front desk on studio location each week. Participants must schedule an orientation time prior to the first time working in the studio.
Dates: Thursdays, January 13 - April 28
Time: 12:00 (Noon) - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: No Charge

  1. Aberdeen Recreation & Cultural Center

    Physical Address
    225 3rd Avenue SE
    Aberdeen, SD 57401

    Phone: 605-626-7081
    Fax: 605-626-7989

How to Register:

  • In Person: ARCC       225 3rd Ave SE
  • Over the Phone: (605)626-7081