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, December 20, 2:00 pm, Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Thursday, January 3, 2:00 pm, Spring Lake Park Reserve (Scharr's Bluff) 

Thursday, January 17, 10:00 am, William O'Brien St. Park, lutefisk dinner at Christ Lutheran, Marine on St. Croix 

Thursday, January 31, 10:00 am, Whitetail Woods Regional Park, lunch Guiseppe's, Rosemount

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.

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

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 8, The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton   

February 5, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah   

March 5, Educated by Tara Westover 

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 Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton (January 8)

In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.

But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.

With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.

Lunch Group

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

Tuesday, December 18, 11:45 am, Casper’s Cherokee, 4625 Nicolas Rd, Eagan

Wednesday, January 16, 11:45 am, LaFonda, 3665 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan

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

 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.

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


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

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,