55+ Adult Ongoing Activities

All events take place at Brookview, unless otherwise noted.

The following is an overview of activities throughout the year from the Golden Valley 55+ Adult Program and its partners. For the most up-to-date information on upcoming events, view the 55+ Adult Program Calendar.

Special Events

+ Golden Valley Library Events

+ Golden Valley Reads

Weekly Card & Game Groups

New players are always welcome. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time to get set up. All groups meet at Brookview in the Valley Room. No pre-registration required.

Mon, 1 pm - Dominos

Tue, 1 pm - Cribbage

Wed, 10 am - Hand & Foot (does not meet 4th Wednesday)

Wed, 1 pm - 500

Thu, 1 pm - Euchre and Poker

Fri, 9 am - Bridge

Sports & Fitness

Pickleball

INDOOR | Equipment available on a limited basis. Gym shoes required.
Sundays through May 19, 3–5 pm
@ Davis Community Center
$5/person, $40/10-time punch pass

Pickleball is a game played on a badminton or tennis court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center. It is played with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. This is not a league...come when you can...just drop in. Participants MUST CHECK-IN at front desk for indoor pickleball. Call 763-512-2345 with questions.

Senior Golf Leagues

Senior Par 3 League
Men and women ages 55 and older are invited to play at the Brookview Par 3 course on Thursdays, May 2–Sept 12. Tee times start at 7:30 am with weekly sign-up. The $5 league fee is collected at the kick-off meeting April 25. Call 763-512-2305 for information.

Senior Patron 18-Hole Regulation League
This senior golf league will play the 18-hole course at Brookview. The $20 league registration is due before your first week of play. League plays on Tuesdays, April 30–Aug 28. NOTE: You must be a valid Brookview Senior Patron card holder to register and play. Call 763-512-2305 for information.

+ Pedal Pushers

+ Happy Hour Yoga On The Green

+ Yoga Flow With Laura

+ Lawn Bowling Clinic

+ Lawn Bowling League

Education & Discussion

Coffee Talk

4th Wednesday of the month, 9:45–11 am
@ Brookview Valley Room North

Join us on the fourth Wednesday of the month for juice, donuts, informative programs and, of course, coffee! $2 (payable at door-register ahead of time by calling 763-512-2345)


Wed, March 20 - Downsizing Made Easy
Wed, April 24 - Judy McConnell
Wed, May 22 - Norman Mitchell
Wed, June 26 - Use Of Body Cameras
Wed, Aug 28 - Take Me To Target Field

Defensive Driving

Adults age 55+, save up to 10 percent, 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.

4-HOUR REFRESHER COURSES
@ Brookview Valley Room North
Thur, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, or Aug 8 | 9 am–1 pm | $18/person

Driver Improvement Programs

This is a Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center (MHSRC) Driving Improvement Program for those over 55. Clases are taught by a certified instructor from the Minnesota Highway Safety Center. Minnesota State Law allows a 10 percent reduction in auto insurance premiums for three years upon completion of the course.

To register, visit the Minnesota Safety Center website at www. mnsafetycenter.org or call toll free at 1-888-234-1294. Fees collected day of class.

8-HOUR FIRST TIMERS COURSE
@ Brookview Valley Room North
Wed & Thur, March 27 & 28 (must attend both days)
5:30–9:30 pm
$26/person

4-HOUR REFRESHER COURSES
@ Brookview Valley Room North
Wed, April 3 | 12:30–4:30 pm
Wed, June 12 | 5:30–9:30 pm
(only need to attend one day)

$22/person

Money Matters

3rd Thursday of each month, 10–11:15 am
@ Brookview Valley Room North

With rising consumer costs, finances and investments are of more interest than ever. Join us as we hear speakers from companies dealing with finances and investments present information important to today’s investor. Donations accepted for refreshments. No pre-registration required.

Thur, March 21 - Revocables Trust
Thur, April 18 - Reverse Mortgages
Thur, May 16 - Anatomy Bequest Program
Thur, June 20 - Top 10 Do's And Dont's Of Estate Planning
Thur, Aug 15 - Safe Guarding Our Seniors

Local Author Series

Former Star Tribune reporter Joe Kimball, who has covered the case from the beginning, discusses the inside story of the infamous murder of Elisabeth Congdon, the wealthy Duluth dowager who was smothered in her bed in the 39-room Glensheen Mansion. Her night nurse was beaten to death with a candlestick holder on the mansion's grand stairway as she tried to protect the partially-paralyzed heiress. Police immediately suspected Congdon's adopted daughter and her new husband of the crime. They said the motive was to speed up the inheritance. The husband was convicted but the daughter, Marjorie Congdon Caldwell Hagen, was found not guilty of charges that she helped plan the murders. But that's not the end of the story. Marjorie has been in the news, and in prison, in the years since the mansion murders. Bigamy charges, two arson convictions, charges of another murder, and the mysterious death of an elderly man she befriended in Arizona have kept her story alive. Come and hear all about this infamous mystery!

Offered in cooperation with the Cities of Crystal, Brooklyn Center, Golden Valley, New Hope, Robbinsdale, and Robbinsdale Area Schools. Fee includes refreshments. Pre-registration is required by calling 763-512-2345 by Fri, Apr 5.

Crystal Community Center
Wed, Apr 10
7–8:30 pm
$3/person payable at the door

Health & Wellness

Helping You Through The Medicare Maze: Medicare And Health Insurance Counseling

Thur, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug 8 | Appointment times are 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm
@ Brookview Rice Lake Conference Room

Going to retire and need your Medicare questions answered? Just out of the hospital and have forms that need filling out? Make an appointment with Marsha to answer your Medicare Insurance questions, assist you with insurance forms or guide you through supplemental or Part D insurance. She'd love to work with you. Call 763-512-2366 at least three days in advance of appointment date.

Living Wise & Well

1st Thursday of each month, 2–3:15 pm
@ Calvary Center Cooperative Prairie Room

It’s a fact! People are living longer and healthier. Join us for this program that offers information each month for a happy, healthier you. No pre-registration required. Co-sponsored with Calvary Center Cooperative.

Thur, April 4 - Jewlery Maintenance and Appraisals
Thur, June 6 - Gratitude
Thur, Aug 1 - Elements of Fiction

Volunteering

Mondays with Mary

Mondays, 9:30–11:30 am
@ Brookview Valley Room

Join Mary on Monday mornings to make door decorations, greeting cards, party favors and more. We work on projects for Ambassador Care Center, Dinner At Your Door, Senior Dining,Golden Valley Seniors and Mary Wanderers. We'll supply the materials and coffee, you bring your time and talent. As we say, "The more the Mary-ier". See the Senior Newsletter for meeting dates.

Ladies make a May Day craft
fiesta dance