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. 

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

Please contact either : Phyllis Paetznick at or Kathy Larson at

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


Dare to Downsize (new affinity group) 

Downsize to Right Size Your Home – Timing is everything!
Saturday, January 6
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

More details available soon...

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 12:00 pm, on the first Tuesday of each month.  Coffee and treats provided.

January 9,  In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park
February 6, First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents by Bonnie Angelo
March 6, The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens  
April 3, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson  
May 1, Infidel  by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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

Contact: Jackie Hagen at, Susan Arko at, or Charles Quinn at

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park (January 9)
In 2007, the thirteen year-old malnourished Park and her mother fled to China from North Korea. Park details the total mind control, fear and starvation which constituted the nightmarish daily life under North Korea’s Kim dynasty. Once in China, the pair thinking they had reached freedom, or at least food, found they were now victims of human trafficking. “We had come to a bad place, maybe even worse than the one we had left.”  Eventually Park finds her way across Mongolia to South Korea. Following a painful period of adjustment to a new life, Park finds her footing, gets an education  and is now a leading human rights advocate. Park’s remarkable and inspiring story shines a light on a country whose inhabitants live in misery beyond comprehension.

Cross Country Skiing

As some of you probably remember, cross-country skiing in the metro area is not a sure thing.  If there is enough snow for a good skiing experience, we will follow the schedule below. 

Questions, lunch ideas, suggestions, comments....e-mail or call Cindy and Jim Winslow at (651) 686-0530.

Thursdays at 10:00 am
12/21/17,  Lebanon Hills Regional Park
1/11/18,  Spring Lake Park Reserve (Scharr's Bluff)
1/25/18,  Cleary Lake Regional Park
2/8/18, Whitetail Woods Regional Park
2/22/18, Ritter Farm Park
3/8/18, Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Lunch Group

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

Wed, Dec 20, 11:45 am, Jensen's Supper Club, 3840 Rahncliff Rd., Eagan. Reservation deadline: Dec 18.
Fri, Jan 12, 11:45 am, Doolittle's, 2140 Cliff Rd., Eagan. Reservation deadline: Jan 10.
Fri, Feb 9, 11:45 am, Andiamo, 1629 Lena Court, Eagan. Reservation deadline: Feb 7.
Mon, Mar 12, 9:00 Breakfast, Original Pancake House, 14351 Nicollet Ct, Burnsville. Reservation deadline: Mar 10.

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


Travel Group

Save the dates!

Italian Travel Chat
Monday, February 19, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm (at SOTV in the Chapel)

Roads Scholar
Monday, April 23, 2018
10:00 am -
12:00 pm (at SOTV in the Great Hall)

Stillwater Boat Cruise
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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?  Contact Linda Soderlund at or Jim Hedin at


Spanish Class

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

Fall 2016 Conversational Spanish Class led by Linda Prince

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.

Join us next summer as we explore more fun Minnesota trails!

Ardell Bengtson & Helen & John Eidem