Retirement

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. 


Resources

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

Elementary

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
Register

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, phyllispaetznick@gmail.com or Kathy Larson, kathy.larson@charter.net


Book Club

All meetings will be held 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.

June 6, Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
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 s.arko@live.com

Questions: Jackie Hagen, jaclyn_hagen@msn.com; Susan Arko, s.arko@live.com; Charles Quinn, cpequinn@charter.net

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario (June 6)

An astonishing story that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. This book is based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography.
  
Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers.

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.

Lunch Group

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

Wed, Jun 14, 11:45 am, Doolittles, 3140 Cliff Road, Eagan. Reservation deadline: Jun 12.
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 joni.smith@yahoo.com by the reservation deadline so we have an accurate count for the restaurant. Invite a friend to come too!

 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 June 15th 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 -http://www.riverrides.com/pages/misc/maps.html.


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.
Register

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.

You will need to register and pay the fee by May 31 to guarantee your place on the tour.  A minimum of 35 people is required to ensure the trip will take place.  If you have questions, please email Jane at janestubblefield@hotmail.com. C'mon along for an informative history lesson while enjoying beautiful fall scenery!

Travel with the Senior Choir to Scandinavia in May of 2018

Would you like to visit Bergen, Stockholm and Helsinki, experience the fjords by bus, boat and train, and celebrate Syttende Mai in its country of origin?  Mark Ertl and the SOTV Senior Choir are inviting our Travel Group to accompany them on their trip to Scandinavia on MAY 14 - 23 of 2018.  You will find all the details in the attached flyer.  Please note that when you open the attached pdf, you are able to click on the hotel names and other highlights and then be directed to websites with more information! The choir has used Seminars International very successfully to make their travel arrangements for several European trips.

The choir members have first priority for spots on the trip, but non-choir members will be able to fill any open spots.  We will know by May 5 how many open spots are available. If you are interested in this trip please call or email me on/about May 5 to find out availability, and then be prepared to have a deposit of $100 per person to SOTV by May 24, 2017 to reserve a spot(s) on this trip. In the meantime I will try to answer questions you may have, but I will be unavailable to respond from April 7 through April 15.

Jane Stubblefield (SOTV)
janestubblefield@hotmail.com
952-432-2718

 

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, lrsoderlund@comcast.net or Jim Hedin, ritaandjim@aol.com

 

Tuesday, 6/21/16 at Douglas State Trail

Biking Group

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.

Wednesday, June 7, 10 am — Ride and picnic lunch

 Where:   Gateway Trail, Saint Paul.  We will start at the Pine Point County Park “Trailhead for the Gateway State Trail”, 11900 Norell Ave N, Stillwater, MN 55028.
Parking Fee: $7
When:  Be ready to ride at 10 am
Lunch: We will have a picnic lunch together after our bike ride at Pine Point County Park where our cars are parked.  Please bring a dish to pass.

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:

https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks/Documents/BigRiversSummerTrailMap.pdf

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/gateway/index.html

https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks/parksTrails/MississippiRiver/Pages/default.aspx

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 ambengt@gmail.com or John or Helen at eidem@intregra.net

 

Cross Country Skiing

 

Questions? Jim or Cindy Winslow, cindyjwinslow@hotmail.com or 651-686-0530

 

Spanish Class

Contact:  Linda at lkprince@charter.net or call 952-432-8170 with questions. Hasta luego...

Fall 2016 Conversational Spanish Class led by Linda Prince

Purposeful Retirement Yoga

Jane Stubblefield, janestubblefield@hotmail.com