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

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


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 the Christmas Decorations
Monday, December 4
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Meet at 10:00 am in the south parking lot

Join us at SOTV as we donate to "ReUse MN" Arc Village and recycle Christmas tree lights to Dakota County Recycling Zone. They will be delivered to ARC that day. Two SUV's will be available but let us know if you would be willing to drive your vehicle as well.

Bring your:

  • Christmas decorations of all kinds - in bags or boxes
  • Artificial trees in good condition without lights or ornaments (under 6 ft only)
  • Artificial wreaths in good condition - preferably in bags
  • Holiday lights (or any type of string lights) to be recycled

Coffee and refreshments will be served after collection of items

  • We will be viewing a short TED video by Graham Hill - "Less Stuff, More Happiness"
  • Details and discussion about upcoming events

 Questions, contact Jeff or Bev Kile at or

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.

December 5, Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
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

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

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (December 5)

Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree... where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they'll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties.

But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn't much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn't bargain for...

A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a charming and hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained in our holiday tradition.

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 phone 651-686-0530.  Cindy and Jim Winslow

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 - noon (at SOTV in the Chapel)

Roads Scholar
Monday, April 23, 2018
10:00 am - noon (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? Linda Soderlund, or Jim Hedin,


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