Seniors Ongoing Activities

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All events take place at Brookview Community Center, unless otherwise noted.

The following is an overview of activities throughout the year from the Golden Valley Seniors Program and its partners. For the most up-to-date information on upcoming events, view the Seniors Calendar.

View the Winter 2017/18 Park & Rec catalog. To view past offerings, browse older issues of the Park & Rec catalog.

Arts, Crafts, Entertainment, Music & Dance

+ Holiday Tea

Friday Open Painting Studio

@ Brookview Community Center

Fridays, ongoing
9–11:30 am
payable at the front desk

Looking for a creative start to the week? Michelle has experience in watercolors, acrylics, and oil. She is here to guide you through your project. Bring your favorite medium and project to class as we prepare for our Art Display at the Golden Valley Library in May.

Cards & Games


Wednesdays, 1 pm. Free.


Tuesdays, 12:15 pm. $4 for three games.
Texa-Tonka Lanes, 8200 Minnetonka Blvd, St Louis Park


Thursdays, 6:30 pm, Free.
Fridays, 9 am, Free.


Tuesdays, 1 pm. Free.


Mondays, 1 pm. Free.


Thursdays, 1 pm. Free.

Sports & Fitness


INDOOR | Equipment available on a limited basis. Gym shoes required.
Sundays beginning Sept 10, 3–5 pm
@ Davis Community Center
$4/at door, $28/10-time punch pass

OUTDOOR | Bring your paddle and play with other enthusiasts. All courts are reserved during open pickleball.
Tuesdays, 9–11 am
@ Medley Park

Pickleball is a game played on a badminton or tennis court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. This is not a league...come when you can...just drop in. Participants MUST CHECK-IN at front desk for indoor pickleball. Call the senior office at 763-512-2339 with questions.

+ Daytime Yoga With Annette

Education & Discussion

Coffee Talk

4th Wednesday of the month, 9:45–11 am
@ Brookview Valley Room North

Join us on the fourth Wednesday of the month for juice, sweet rolls, donuts, informative programs and, of course, coffee! Call the Seniors Office to register two days in advance. $2 (payable at door)

Wed, Jan 24 - Germany
Wed, Feb 28 - History Of The American Flag
Wed, March 28 - Caring For The Caregiver

Defensive Driving

Adults age 55+, save up to 10%, 3-year discount on car insurance premiums and become a better driver by taking a state-approved National Safety Council Defensive Driving course. These classes are taught by professional certified instructors and offered by the Minnesota Safety Council. No tests are given but attendance is required to receive the certificate of completion.

Registration & Certificate of Completion:
To guarantee certificate at class completion, register at least 7 days in advance with the Minnesota Safety Council. Make checks payable to “Minnesota Safety Council” and mail to: 474 Concordia Ave, St. Paul, MN, 55103. Call 651-291-9150 to register with Visa or MasterCard.

@ Brookview Valley Room North
Sat, March 3 & 10 (must attend both days) | 9 am–1 pm | $18/person

@ Brookview Valley Room North
Thur, Jan 11, Feb 8, March 8, or April 12 | 9 am–1 pm | $18/person

Driver Improvement Programs

This is a Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center
(MHSRC) Driving Improvement Program for those over 55. Clases are taught by a certified instructor from the Minnesota Highway Safety Center. Minnesota State Law allows a 10 percent reduction in auto insurance premiums for three years upon completion of the course.

To register, visit the Minnesota Safety Center website at www. or call toll free at 1-888-234-1294. Fees collected day of class.

@ Brookview Valley Room North
Tue & Wed, March 27 & 28 (must attend both days)
5:30–9:30 pm

@ Brookview Valley Room North
Wed, Jan 24, March 7, or April 25 5:30–9:30 pm

Money Matters

3rd Thursday of each month, 10–11:15 am
@ Brookview Valley Room North

With rising consumer costs, finances and investments are of more interest than ever. Join us as we hear speakers from companies dealing with finances and investments present information important to today’s investor. Donations accepted for refreshments. No pre-registration required.

Thur, Jan 18 - 2018 Tax Changes
Thur, Feb 15 - Investing 105 - Market Update 2018
Thur, March 15 - How Am I Going To Pay For This?
Thur, April 19 - Are You Getting All You Can Get Out Of Social Security?
Thur, May 17 - Home Care Options

Golden Valley Library Events

Meditation For Beginners
Sept 20 • 6–7:30 pm
Guthema Roba, librarian at Golden Valley Library and mystic poet, will lead basic mindfulness meditation blended with poetry and music. Learn how to practice and cultivate positive energy such as kindness, love, and gratitude; how to work with whatever arises in daily life; and how to be mindful and present with everything you do.

Traditional Publishing For Writers
Oct 7 • 1–2 pm
You've written and polished your book, so now how do you get it published? Learn about how traditional publishing works, from finished manuscript to bookstore shelves, and learn how to craft a query letter and in-person pitch to get agents and editors excited about your book.

NaNoWriMo: Get Ready
Oct 24 • 6–7 pm
Learn the importance of short, regular, repeated writing sessions and establish a writing habit that will stick with you through November and beyond. Taught by writing and creativity instructor and author Rosanne Bane. Stay to write, share ideas, and connect with fellow Wrimos.

Upcycled Book Art
Nov 5 • 2–3:30 pm
Learn easy and creative ideas for upcycling used books into fun and useful items. See examples of many used book creations and make a folded book project to take home. Materials provided.

NaNoWriMo Write-In
Nov 7 • 6–8 pm
November is National Novel Writing Month! Join fellow writers for encouragement, advice, and practice, whether you are finishing your epic or starting from scratch. Group writing exercises at the start, then open writing in a quiet space. Supplies and encouragement provided. Drop in for an hour or stay for the whole time.

+ Golden Valley Reads

Health & Wellness

Blood Pressure Screenings

4th Wednesday of the month, 11-11:30 am

This FREE service is provided by the Ambassador Good Samaritan Home Health Nurses. Bring your card to be updated. No screening in November and December.

Helping You Through The Medicare Maze: Medicare And Health Insurance Counseling

2nd Thursday, by appointment at 10 am, 11 am, or noon
@ Brookview Rice Lake Conference Room

Going to retire and need your Medicare questions answered? Just out of the hospital and have forms that need filling out? Make an appointment with Marsha to answer your Medicare Insurance questions, assist you with insurance forms or guide you through supplemental or Part D insurance. She'd love to work with you. Call at least three days in advance of appointment date.

Happy Feet Foot Care Clinic

2nd Friday of each month, 10 am–3 pm
$34, pay to Happy Feet day of service
@ Brookview Twin Lake Room

Happy Feet are now available to you! The foot-care clinic is conducted by licensed nurses specialized in routine foot care for elder and diabetic feet. They work on corns, calluses, thick or curled toe nails and ingrown nails, if they are not well advanced. A foot soak and massage are provided with each visit. Please bring a bath towel. Fee of $34 is payable to Happy Feet Footcare, Inc. and due at time of service. Call Happy Feet at 763-560-5136 to schedule your half-hour appointment. If you need to cancel, you must call Happy Feet at least 24 hours in advance or you may be charged a fee.

Living Wise & Well

1st Thursday of each month, 2–3:15 pm
@ Calvary Center Cooperative Prairie Room

It’s a fact! People are living longer and healthier. Join us for this program that offers information each month for a happy, healthier you. No pre-registration required. Co-sponsored with Calvary Center Cooperative.

Thur, Dec 7- Holiday Decorating Made Easy
Thur, Jan 4 - Philip Brunelle
Thur, Feb 1 - Songs And Stories Of The Music from the '50s–'70s
Thur, March 1 - How To Protect Your Photos Before Disaster Strikes


Remember When?...with Jan

4th Thursday of each month, 1–2:30 pm
Dover Hills Apartments, 2400 Rhode Island Ave N

We all have special memories and we usually start by saying “Remember when?...” Let’s go back and enjoy that time in our life with our friends. No need to register, just come and enjoy!

+ Mary Wanderers Travel Show


Mondays with Mary

Mondays, 9:30–11 am (No Jan 15, 29, Feb 5, 19)
@ Brookview Valley Room South

Join Mary on Monday mornings to make door decorations, greeting cards, party favors and more. We work on projects for Ambassador Care Center, Dinner At Your Door, Senior Dining,Golden Valley Seniors and Mary Wanderers. We'll supply the materials and coffee, you bring your time and talent. As we say, "The more the Mary-ier". See the Senior Newsletter for meeting dates.

Ladies make a May Day craft
fiesta dance