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.

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. A reminder email will be sent out before each event. Questions, lunch ideas, suggestions, comments .... e-mail or phone 651-686-0530. 

Thursday, February 14, 2:00 pm, Ritter Farm Park

Wednesday, February 27, 10:00 am, Cleary Lake Regional Park, lunch Harry's Cafe, Lakeville

Ancestry Group

Have you ever wondered who your ancestors are? Why they came to America? How to share stories with future generations? Join us to learn about genealogy resources and tools, and to share and connect with others in areas of ancestry and faith.

Ancestry Working Group & Lunch
Wednesday, February 27
2 pm at Galaxie Library
Lunch, 1 pm at IHOP (across the street from the Library)

Please join us at the Galaxie Library computer lab for an internet genealogy help session with Librarian Christine Larson. Christine will provide individualized assistance with our projects, whether we are just getting started or seeking more specialized guidance. The library has computers available or you may bring your own if it can connect to the library’s WiFi. Please RSVP and let us know if you'll be joining us for lunch.

Please hold Saturday, April 13 at 10 am for DNA Basics for Family History Researchers-Unlocking our Family History, a presentation by board certified genealogist J.H. Fonkert.  More information is coming.

Contact Sue Wenberg at or Coleen Brady at to be added to this group or if you have questions.


Questions?  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

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.

February 12, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah  March 5, Educated by Tara Westover 
April 2, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin   
May 7, Tall Grass: A Novel  by Sandra Dallas 
June 4, Beneath A Scarlet Sky: A Novel  by Mark Sullivan 

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 Great Alone by Kristin Hannah  (February 12)

In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.

Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Cora will do anything for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, has little choice but to go along, daring to hope this new land promises her family a better future.

In a wild, remote corner of Alaska, the Allbrights find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the newcomers’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.

Educated by Tara Westover (March 5)

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard.

Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when an older brother became violent.

When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

Lunch Group

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

Friday, February 22, 11:45 am, Porter Creek Grill,  14201 Burngarten Dr, Burnsville. 

Monday,  March 18, 11:45 am, Green Mill, 1940 Rahncliff Ct, Eagan 

Thursday,  April 11, Breakfast 9:00 am, Taste of Scandinavia, 401 W 98th St,  Bloomington (inside Festival Foods)

Thursday,  May 23, 11:45 am, Red Lobster, 1301 County Rd 42 W, Burnsville

Contact Rachel Ferguson at two days prior to the event so we have an accurate count for the restaurant.  Invite a friend to come too! If you have questions, call me 651.463.1280 or email.


Traveling Shepherds

Travel Chat on Vietnam
Tuesday, April 16
10:00 am

More information to come!

 Questions about the Traveling Shepherds? Contact Jane at


Traveling Shepherds in Galena - Fall 2018


Dare to Downsize

We meet monthly September to May and spend the summer months applying the “action items”. This summer we are working on our “death cleaning” and will continue addressing this topic when we resume this fall. We would love to have you join us!  

This group plans “action” events that focus on downsizing and decluttering our lives accumulations, with a purpose to recycle when possible, re-purpose with purpose, and reduce, so your heirs won’t have to.

De-cluttering Event
Tuesday, February 12
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Questions?  Contact Bev & Jeff Kile,

Matinee Movie Group

Join us once a month at a local theater to enjoy a movie on the big screen and an opportunity for discussion afterword at a nearby restaurant. Please pass on your email address to Jim or ask to join the “Matinee Movie Group” on REALM CONNECT 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 Jim Hedin at or Linda Soderlund at

Spanish Class

Contact Linda at or call 952.432.8170 with questions. Hasta luego...

Fall 2018 Conversational Spanish Class led by Linda Prince

Biking Group

Do you love to bicycle along beautiful traffic-free trails? Join us and bring a friend to our monthly rides. 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.

Check back next spring for our 2019 schedule!

Contact Ardell Bengtson, or Helen & John Eidem,