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

"Grand" Conversations - A Round Table Discussion: The Delicate Art of Communicating with Grandchildren and their Parents
Thursday, May 3
10:00 - 11:30 am
Registration coming soon!

YEEHAW!  We are looking to round up all grandparents and grand friends for a round table discussion on the joys and challenges "grands" have communicating with in-laws, out-laws (adult children and their spouses) and their buckaroos of all ages (grandchildren).  Come hear from others as well as share your  own experiences in navigating the wonderful but sometimes tricky world of conversing with your loved ones. Gain some new strategies and ideas on how to improve your communication as a grand.

Contact Phyllis Paetznick 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) 

February Downsizing Group Event: Tour and educational experience at the Dakota County Recycle Zone
Tuesday, February 27
2:30 - 4:30 pm

Please plan to join us  to learn what items can be accepted at the recycle zone, the proper way to package them along with a visit and explanation of the reuse area where residents can pick up paint, cleaning products, fertilizer and much more for free!

Tour is limited to 25 participants, so please reply by email ASAP to if you want to join us.

We will meet in the south parking and carpool to the recycle center.  We have two SUV’s but if more space needed, let us know if you would be willing to drive your vehicle as well.

Questions?  Contact Bev & Jeff Kile,

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.

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

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens  (March 6)
College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same.

Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran—and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl's life, especially Carl's valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. 

Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (April 3)

In this award winning masterpiece, Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson beautifully chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.  This migration has been described as an “unrecognized immigration” within our own land.

From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.
With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, a sharecropper who in 1937 left Mississippi for Chicago where she achieved quiet blue-collar success; George Starling who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem; and Robert Foster who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career.

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
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!

Monday, March 12, 9:00 Breakfast, Original Pancake House, 14351 Nicollet Ct, Burnsville. Reservation deadline: March 10.
Friday, April 20, 11:45, Rascals Bar and Grill, 7721 147th St W,  Apple Valley. Reservation deadline: April 18.
Wednesday, May 16, 11:45, Roasted Pear, 14200 Nicollet, Burnsville. Reservation deadline: May 14.
Friday, June 22, 11:45, Chart House, 11287 Klamath Trl, Lakeville. Reservation deadline: June 20.
Monday, July 23, 11:45, Olive Garden, 1451 County Road 42 W, Burnsville. Reservation deadline: July 21.
Friday, August 17, 11:45, Bonfire, 1555 Cliff Road, Eagan. Reservation deadline: August 15.

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


Traveling Shepherds

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

Holden Village Trip
June 17-21, 2019

Questions?  Contact Jane at

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!

Contact Ardell Bengtson & Helen & John Eidem