Are you retired or thinking about retiring?
There are many seminars and classes on how to prepare financially but very few about what to do in retirement.

Upcoming Events

Throughout the year, join us for a variety of events, including speakers on topics related to retirement, service opportunities, fellowship events, or travel. 


Below are some resources for download from the"Grand Ideas for Grandparents" event grouped by child age. Each PDF includes ways to build relationships through conversation,  activities at home, and experiences outside the home, as well as fun extras. Enjoy!

Toddler and Preschool


Tweens and Teens


Affinity Groups

There are a variety of "Affinity Groups" that meet regularly for social outings, and events for all seniors, or "Older Kids" including a monthly potluck. Make your retirement purposeful! Learn something new, start a hobby or begin a new routine.

Grandparent Grandfriend

Feed My Starving Children: Bring Your Grandkids/Grandfriends”
Tuesday, August 15 // 9:30 - 11:30 am

Here's a great opportunity to volunteer with or without your grandkids/grandfriends, ages 5 and above. Join us at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan on Tuesday, August 15 to help package food for children in need worldwide. Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Share this joyful volunteer experience with your own grandkids or bring a grandfriend, or come on your own and be paired with a child. Every child must be paired with an adult at the event. 

Questions? Please contact either : Phyllis Paetznick, or Kathy Larson,

Book Club

The Book Club is intentionally choosing a diverse selection of books, including some classics. Please join us in the atrium/narthex of Shepherd of the Valley Church from 10:00 am until noon, on the first Tuesday of each month.  Coffee and treats provided.

July 11, The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain by Gene D. Cohen, MD
August 1, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee September 5, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
October 3 & November 7,  Sacajawea by Anna Waldo

If someone would like to join the book club and cannot get the book at the library and are unable to buy the book please call Susan Arko at 612-387-5363 or email

Questions: Jackie Hagen,; Susan Arko,; Charles Quinn,

The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain by Gene D. Cohen, MD (July 11)

The Mature Mind delivers good news for those in the second half of life, with an extraordinary account of cutting-edge neuroscience, groundbreaking psychology, fascinating vignettes from history and case studies, and practical advice for personal growth strategies. Gene Cohen, a renowned psychiatrist and gerontologist, draws from more than thirty years of research to show that surprising positive changes in our brains have the powerful potential to enhance, not diminish, our lives after fifty.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (August 1)

Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird, a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. This Pulitzer Prize winning classic is written through the eyes of Atticus's children, and explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930's.  

Lunch Group

Mark your calendar & join us for good food and fellowship!

Fri, Jul 14, 11:45 am, David Fongs, 4321 Egan Drive (Cty Rd 42), Savage. Reservation deadline: Jul 12.
Wed, Aug 9, 11:45 am, Chianti Grill, 14296 Plymouth Ave, Burnsville. Reservation deadline: Aug 7.
Wed, Sep 20, 11:45 am, Granite City, 3330 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Reservation deadline: Sep 18.

Contact Joni Smith at by the reservation deadline so we have an accurate count for the restaurant. Invite a friend to come too!

Biking Group

Wednesday, June 7 at Gateway Trail in St. Paul

Do you love to bicycle along beautiful traffic-free trails?  Join us and bring a friend to our monthly rides during the warmer months.  Both experienced and beginning cyclist will find the outings enjoyable as the length of each ride is designed to be flexible.  After biking, we relish lunch together at a restaurant near the trail.

Tuesday, July 18, 10 am

 Where:  Mississippi River Trail in South Saint Paul.  We will meet at Simon’s Ravine Trailhead in South Saint Paul and bike to the Swing Bridge Trailhead (or further if you wish) and back to Simon’s Ravine.  The trail is 11 miles to the Swing Bridge round trip and mostly flat. 
Address:  1308 North Concord Street, South Saint Paul
Parking Fee: $5
When:  Be ready to ride at 10 am
Lunch:  We will lunch at wishFULL Restaurant, 229 13th Ave S, South St. Paul 55075 after the bike ride.  Phone: 651-552-4088

More information and maps of the trails can be found at these websites:

As always, please RSVP if you are planning to attend so we can alert the restaurant that we are coming.  Please wear your helmet.  In case of inclement weather, we will cancel the ride by 8 am on the morning of the ride. If you have additional questions, please email Ardell at or John or Helen at


Travel Group

CRUISIN' DOWN THE RIVER . . .Ship Ahoy Mateys!
Thursday, July 13
Meet at SOTV at 9:15 am to carpool
Cost: $38.70

 Join us Thursday, July 13th on a 4 hour “Lunch and Lock” cruise on the Padelford riverboat down the Mississippi River. Take in the beautiful sites along this historically narrated cruise, which travels through the Ford Lock and Dam from St. Paul into Minneapolis and returning to Harriet Island. Delight in live Dixieland music while feasting on a delicious, buffet lunch. 

Board at 10:30 am, depart at 11:00 am and return at 3:00 pm.  Advanced, prepaid reservations are required. Our group rate cost per person is $38.70. In order to guarantee your "passage" and our group rate, call the cruise company directly at 651-227-1100 by July 6th and tell them you are with the group under the name Phyllis Paetznick at SOTV.

If interested in carpooling, meet at SOTV at 9:15 am.  Parking is plentiful and free at the site, which is located on Harriet Island West.  Go to this link for directions to the Padelford Riverboat location -

Historic Minnesota River Valley Fall Tour with Dave Bredemus
Thursday, September 28
Leave SOTV by bus at 8:00 am SHARP;  Return to SOTV at 8:30 pm
FEE PER PERSON: $90, includes fee/tip for our guide, the bus, bakery stop, dinner and admission to all historic sites.
Registration is full. Call Shepherd of the Valley (952-432-6351) to be placed on a wait list.

The Travel Group at SOTV invites you on an historic fall tour through the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. As we head to Redwood Falls, we'll travel through New Prague, Montgomery, Le Suer and Morton, MN, and include a stop for a treat at a 106-year-old bakery.  We'll see the Cosgrove House (founder of Green Giant), the original Mayo House and we'll see some of the oldest rocks in the world.  We will learn about the causes of the Dakota Uprising as we make stops at the Fort Ridgely Battlefield, Lower Sioux Interpretive Centers, and Birch Coulee, the site of one of the hardest fought battles of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 . In Redwood Falls we'll visit the Little Yellowstone of MN – Alexander Ramsey Park and Ramsey Falls.  We'll also tour the Gilfillan Historic Farm and stop for a delicious dinner along the way.

There are only a few spots remaining for this tour. Register soon to ensure your spot! If you have questions, please email Jane at C'mon along for an informative history lesson while enjoying beautiful fall scenery!


Film, Food and Fun

Join us at the movies once a month at various locations, preceded or followed by a meal at a nearby restaurant. Please pass on your email address to Linda to get updated information as soon as possible.

Upcoming movie dates,times and locations will be provided via email the Friday before the event. All movies will be matinees.

Questions? Linda Soderlund, or Jim Hedin,


Cross Country Skiing

Questions? Jim or Cindy Winslow, or 651-686-0530

Spanish Class

Contact:  Linda at or call 952-432-8170 with questions. Hasta luego...

Fall 2016 Conversational Spanish Class led by Linda Prince

Purposeful Retirement Yoga

Jane Stubblefield,