Adult Recreation

Current Catalog:

Winter 2016/17

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Other Adult Recreation Opportunities

Defensive Driving

Adults age 55+, save up to 10%, 3-year discount on car insurance premiums and become a better driver by taking a state-approved National Safety Council Defensive Driving course. These classes are taught by professional certified instructors and offered by the Minnesota Safety Council. No tests are given but attendance is required to receive the certificate of completion.

Registration & Certificate of Completion:
To guarantee certificate at class completion, register at least 7 days in advance with the Minnesota Safety Council. Make checks payable to “Minnesota Safety Council” and mail to: 474 Concordia Ave, St. Paul, MN, 55103. Call 651- 291-9150 to register with Visa or MasterCard.

Brookview Community Center
Sat, Mar 11 or 18 | 9 am–5 pm | $19/person

Brookview Community Center
Thu, Dec 8, Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, or Apr 13 | 9 am–1 pm | $18/person

Local Author Series 2016-17

Two Minnesota local authors will be featured during the evenings of February 8 and April 12. Sponsored by Brookdale Home Health and the Cities of Brooklyn Center, Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale, and Golden Valley and Robbinsdale Area Schools. Register by the Friday before the event by calling 763-512-2345.

@ Crystal Community Center (4800 Douglas Dr N)
$3/person/event (includes refreshments)

Wed, Feb 8 | 7–8:30 pm
The Art of Rome by Greg Pulles
Greg Pulles has visited Rome some 13 times. He has written and photographed an 800-page book, Sacred Places: Rediscovering the Churches of Rome; a guidebook to Rome entitled Du Centi Luoghi; and a book on the Tuscan sculptors Nicola and Giovanni Pisano. This presentation is a virtual tour of all the art in Rome. It takes you from the ancient classical to the early Christian, through the dark ages, interrupted by the 9th century Carolingian, to the revival beginning with the Cosmati stonecutters in the eleventh century, the early Renaissance, the high Renaissance, and finally the baroque. You will experience all the eternal city has to offer in art and architecture and learn of the great artists, sculptors, and architects, including Torriti, Arnolfo, Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Caracci, Bernini, Borromini, and da Cortona. If you have been to Rome, this talk will bring back pleasant memories. If you have not been to Rome, it will take you there. Register by Feb 3.

Wed, April 12 | 7–8:30 pm
Minnesota Byways (series) by Doug Ohman
Join us for an evening with nationally known photographer, author, and storyteller Doug Ohman. He was commissioned by the Minnesota Historical Society to photograph a series of books called, The Minnesota Byways Series. This presentation covers his books Barns of Minnesota, Churches of Minnesota, Libraries of Minnesota, Courthouses of Minnesota, Schoolhouses of Minnesota, and Cabins of Minnesota. Ohman will share the stories behind the books and his stunning photographs of many of Minnesota's vanishing landmarks and treasures. Register by April 7.

Golden Valley Library Programs

All programs listed below are held at the Golden Valley Library (830 Winnetka Ave N) unless otherwise noted. Please call 612-543-6375 or visit the website at www. for information.

Audiobook Club
4th Monday of the month at 6:30 pm
Join our discussion of new and interesting audiobooks. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Copies of this month's audiobook on CD will be available at Golden Valley Library. Sponsor: Friends of the Golden Valley Library.

Author Talk: Barry ZeVan The Weatherman
January 23 at 6:30 pm
Inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2013, ZeVan is an award-winning broadcaster, actor, singer, and producer. He will relate stories from his book Barry ZeVan: My Life Among The Giants, A Memoir. Books will be available for purchase. Sponsor: Friends of the Golden Valley Library.

Book Club
2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 pm
Join our discussion of new and interesting titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Lending copies may be picked up at the service desk prior to meeting. Sponsor: Friends of the Golden Valley Library.

American History Discussion Group
3rd Thursday of the month at 10 am
Read, watch, or listen to something about a period in American history, then come share and discuss what you learned. Need help finding resources about the time period? Ask your librarian. Sponsor: Friends of the Golden Valley Library.

Act Out For Adults: Intro to Shakespeare
January 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Delve into Shakespeare with an experienced Guthrie teaching artist. Learn about his plays, speak his language, and comprehend the poetry. No experience necessary. Registration is required. Collaborator: Guthrie Theater. Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Adaptive Recreation

Learn more about adaptive recreation, including full inclusion into Golden Valley Park & Recreation activities and additional programs through REACH for Resources, Inc.