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How Can I Get Help? Community Resources

WeCAN is a social service agency located in Mound that provides individual and family support services to those in need in 12 western Hennepin County communities, including Mound, Minnetrista, Spring Park, Navarre, Minnetonka Beach, Maple Plain, Independence, Loretto, Rockford, St. Bonifacius, Tonka Bay and Greenfield. Call WeCAN at 952-472-0742, email  or visit  to find out… How Can I Get Help? Community Resources

Starting Wednesday, March 18, the Orono Community Education office will be closed until further notice. Please email with any questions regarding Community Education classes or programs. We will likely be unable to answer and reply via telephone. However, our staff will be checking email and voicemail messages frequently and will respond as soon as possible.… Office Closure & How to Reach Us

Important Update – COVID-19

In coordination with the current Orono Schools K-12 closure from March 16 to March 29, all Community Education activities, programs and classes (including those held off-site) have been cancelled until further notice. More information on rescheduling and/or refunds will be sent directly to those enrolled in specific classes/programs. If your student(s) is enrolled in an… Important Update – COVID-19

Summer Registration is now OPEN!

Registration for Summer 2020 is now open! Go to to register online or call 952-449-8350. Click here to view an electronic version of the Summer 2020 brochure.

Tickets on Sale for Willy Wonka Jr.

Orono Community Education has partnered with Stages Theatre to present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr., a winter musical featuring Orono Middle School students in grades 6-8. Performances at the Orono High School Auditorium. Friday, March 13 at 7 pm Saturday, March 14 at 1 pm & 5 pm Sunday, March 15 at 2 pm Reserved Seating available online… Tickets on Sale for Willy Wonka Jr.

Orono Students Succeed at Youth in Government

On January 9-12, 2020, 38 Orono students in grades 8-12 attended YMCA’s Youth in Government: Model Assembly Session 2020. Our students debated bills, passed proposals, and sat on the jury for their court cases. We had several students serve for elected and appointed positions. Anne Guidera (11th grade) was elected to be the GOVERNOR for… Orono Students Succeed at Youth in Government

Winter Spring Registration NOW OPEN!

Registration for Winter Spring 2020 classes and programs is here! Brochures will arrive in mailboxes on December 13 or shortly after! We have classes for all ages, birth to senior citizen, taking place January thru May 2020. View the brochure here! Register online at or call 952-449-8350. We’re proud to be empowering your learning!

Food Drive Collects 1,000+ Pounds!

Orono School’s participated in the ME to WE initiative, WE Scare Hunger Food Drive for the 7th year. From October 28 – November 8, students in grades K-12 brought in non-perishable food and hygiene items to school that were donated to the Maple Plain Food Shelf and the Spartan Basic Needs Closet. Members of the… Food Drive Collects 1,000+ Pounds!

Stained Glass Studio Helps Celebrate IOCP

On Saturday, September 14, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) celebrated 40 years of service in the community. LaDonna Hoy, IOCP’s founder and executive director, was gifted a stained glass window created by Orono Community Education’s Stained Glass Studio. Cindy Bergstrom, stained glass instructor, led the project. Other artists assisted in the window’s creation including:… Stained Glass Studio Helps Celebrate IOCP

The Sheridan Story

The Sheridan Story

Orono Schools and Community Education are excited to partner with The Sheridan Story to offer their free weekend food program to all students. The Sheridan Story is a nonprofit organization that strives to make a difference in children’s lives by focusing on food gaps like weekends and extended school breaks. There are no qualifications for… The Sheridan Story