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Vision Loss Resources offers monthly recreational, educational, and social activities to our clients with vision impairment or blindness. From a private tour of a museum, to dinner club at a favorite restaurant; from card games and book clubs to dance lessons, knitting, quilting, and pottery, we are interested in just about everything!

Would you like to join the fun? Read on! If you’re new to our services, please schedule an appointment with one of our specialists by calling (612) 871-2222 or (651) 224-7662.

 

 

Community Center Calendar, June and July 2017

June: Calendar Grid of Activities or Listing of Activities

July: Calendar Grid of Activities or Listing of Activities

Register, Questions, and Cancellations: Call or Email 612-843-3439   rsvp@vlrw.org

RSVPing for events in July will begin 7:00 AM on Monday, June 26th.

VLR offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day!

To listen to an audio version of the calendar, call the Activity Line at 612-253-5155.

Please RSVP for all activities every month. We ask that you RSVP at least 3 working days prior to event to ensure that we have enough registered participants, supplies, and volunteers.

VLR Severe Weather Hotline: 612-284-8107

SPECIAL SUMMER EVENT! Save the date!

Summer Picnic at the Walker & Sculpture Garden!

Friday, July 14th

12:30pm-4pm

Please join us for a free picnic lunch and free tour of the Walker Art Center and newly renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Friends and family are welcome to join us for this fun afternoon!

We will gather in the Sculpture Garden for a picnic lunch, donated by one of our corporate partners, and then enjoy guided tours of both the Walker and the garden. Volunteers will be available to assist during the lunch and tours. Join us for this special summer event!

RSVPs accepted beginning now! More info/address to follow in July’s Calendar. Call/email the RSVP hotline to reserve places for you and your friends and family.

 

*Abbreviations: MPLS=Minneapolis, SP=St Paul

6/12 (M): Walking Group

9:00-11:30. No charge.

Come join your friends as we walk for an hour, break for coffee and conversation, then walk for another hour at your own pace, paired with your own volunteer. It’s a fun, easy way to get up and moving! Space limited.

Address: Door 13, Southdale Mall, Edina

6/12 (M): Hearts

12:00-2:00. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Come in and enjoy some coffee and cards.

6/13 (T): Advanced Mobile Tech: Exploring the Apple News App

10:00-12:00. In MPLS. Cost: $10.00

In this more advanced tech class, we will explore the Apple News App so you can find out what’s happening in the world from the palm of your hand. The first 1.5 hour is instruction, and the last half hour is reserved for questions. Have your Apple password on hand!

6/13 (T): Movie Matinee

1:00-2:45. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Join us for a fun movie matinee, with popcorn.  We will be playing the audio-described movie “Hope Springs.” Featuring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a middle-aged couple who attend an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship, after thirty years of marriage. As they shed their hang-ups, they find that the real challenge is reigniting the spark that originally brought them together.

6/14 (W): Reader’s Choice Book Club

1:00-2:30. In MPLS. No charge.

After the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, four diverse women take shipyard jobs in Michigan to help the war effort. They all struggle with personal problems: Virginia tires of pampering her ungrateful husband; Helen loses her faith; Rosa adjusts to life with her new in-laws; and Jean yearns to go to college. This describes A Woman’s Place by Lynn Austin (DB067644)

6/14 (W): BINGO

5:00-7:00. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Everyone loves BINGO! Bring your friends and family for a night that is sure to be fun.

6/15 (TH): Calendar Assembly

9:00-11:00. In MPLS. Treats served. No charge.

Join the many helping hands that work together to assemble the Community Center Calendar mailing.

6/15 (TH): Craft: 3D and Abstract Paintings

1:00-3:00. In SP. Cost: $5.00

Join us for a fun afternoon of creating unique 3D and abstract paintings using paints and a variety of materials. There will be various colors and items to add to canvases to create a three dimensional piece of art. Snacks will be served. Come for a fun, creative afternoon and no experience is necessary. Space is limited.

6/16 (F): Featured Event: Shopping Day

10:30-2:00.

Join us at Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan for a fun day of shopping! We will have volunteers to assist you with finding gifts or items to get ready for summer. Lunch is on your own. Drop off and pick up at the bus drop across from the parking ramp by the Tommy Hilfiger Store. Please plan your pick-up ride for 2:00pm-2:15pm.

Address: Twin Cities Premium Outlets, Eagan Outlets Parkway, Eagan 55122

6/19 (M): Cribbage

12:00-2:00. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Come in and enjoy some coffee and cards.

6/20 (T): Beginning Tech 101: Amazon Echo

10:00-12:00. In MPLS. Cost: $10.00

A perfect class for iPhone/iPad beginners! This class, we will learn how to use the Amazon Echo and what’s new with Alexa, the helpful voice behind the device! The first 1.5 hour is instruction, and the last half hour is reserved for questions. Have your Apple password on hand!

6/21 (W): Continuing Education

11:15-12:30. In MPLS. No charge.

Join us for our first Armchair Traveler session with Jen Roehl as she describes her adventures in China. She will provide the history of China, interesting facts and a description of her two visits to this amazing country, most recently in December of 2016. Jen will share stories about her travels in Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian, including her visits to the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors. She will also have some interesting items to pass around for attendees to feel and experience.

6/22 (TH): Fitness is Fun!

5:30-6:30. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Get your body moving in our fitness center and stay on track with your fitness goals. Work on the various equipment and get guided instruction and ideas on how to improve your health through exercise. All levels of experience are welcome!

6/23 (F): Pottery

10:00-12:00. In SP. Cost: $5.00

Join us as we work on hand-built clay projects. Come make plates, cups, or create whatever comes to the imagination. No experience necessary.

6/27 (T): Advanced Mobile Tech: Apple TV and Other Streaming Services

10:00-12:00. In MPLS. Cost: $10.00

In this more advanced tech class, we will learn how to use the Apple TV and explore what other options you have for streaming services. The first 1.5 hour is instruction, and the last half hour is reserved for questions. Have your Apple password on hand!

6/28 (W): Featured Event: Let’s Go Fishing!

10:00-12:45. No charge.

Join nine of your friends for catch and release fishing on

Lake Riley in Eden Prairie. Everyone needs to get their own fishing license in advance if you want to fish (MN DNR 651-297-1230, online, or at local vendor). You can get a license for free with a current doctor’s statement that you are legally blind.  If you are over 90, you do not need a license. Everyone will need to sign a Liability & Photo Approval Release form before boarding the boat. Check the hotline for cancellations due to weather. Please plan your pick-up ride for 12:45pm-1pm.

Address: 9300 Riley Lake Road, Eden Prairie 55344

JULY EVENTS:

*Abbreviations: MPLS=Minneapolis, SP=St Paul

7/3 (M): Games Extravaganza

10:00-12:00. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Come for lively fun with board and trivia games. There’s plenty of time for games, laughter, conversation, and a light snack.

7/5 (W): 3Fs: Fabric, Fiber, and Friends

1:00-3:30. In MPLS.

Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, quilting, or creative hobbies? Then come in and bring your own project to work on as you enjoy the company of others. We donate many of our handmade items to local charities! This group also meets on the 12th, 19th, and 26th. No charge.

7/6 (TH): 500 Cards

10:00-12:00. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Enjoy some coffee and cards. Also meets on the 27th.

7/6 (TH): Beginning Yoga

10:00-11:00. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Stretch out your limbs in an introduction to yoga class! This class will focus on proper body alignment, finding your balance in postures, and breathing techniques that will encourage you to be empowered in accessing the inner wisdom of your own body. This class is an hour long and all levels are welcomed. Please arrive 10 minutes early to discuss any needs or questions you may have. Also meets on the 20th. Max: 5.

7/10 (M): Walking Group

9:00-11:30. No charge.

Come join your friends as we walk for an hour, break for coffee and conversation, then walk for another hour at your own pace, paired with your own volunteer. It’s a fun, easy way to get up and moving! Space limited. Address: Door 13, Southdale Mall, Edina

7/10 (M): SPECIAL EVENT: Mississippi River Canoe Day Trip

9:45-4:00. Meeting in MPLS at 9:45. Buses leave at 10:00. This event is FREE! Join us for an exciting canoe day trip down the Mississippi River with Wilderness Inquiry!  We will depart on buses from VLR Minneapolis at 10am and head to Hidden Falls Regional Park where we will receive a paddle and safety talk. Then we will head out in 24-foot Voyageur canoes and stop to enjoy lunch at Crosby Farms. We will paddle from there to Harriet Island where we will jump back on buses and head back to VLR in Minneapolis. Please plan your pick-up ride from VLR Minneapolis for 4pm-4:15pm. You will need to bring your own lunch and snacks; coolers will be available to store food. A waiver release form must be signed and returned the day of the event and a packing list will be available to those that sign-up.

7/10 (M): Hearts

12:00-2:00. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Come in and enjoy some coffee and cards.

7/11 (T): Movie Matinee

12:30-2:30. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Join us for a fun movie matinee, with popcorn. We will be playing the audio-described movie “Secretariat.” Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery–with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin–manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time. Please note the time change and feel free to bring your lunches.

7/11 (T): DeafBlind Beading

4:00-7:00. In SP. Cost is $5 for the month, plus your kit.

This is an arts and crafts group for DeafBlind consumers. Support staff (SSPs) are provided. Also meets on the 18th and 25th (VLR/DBSM closed on the 4th).

7/12 (W): Reader’s Choice Book Club

1:00-2:30. In MPLS. No charge.

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leory (DB080674) is about black-on-black crime in southcentral Los Angeles and the detectives who devote their lives to seeking justice for its victims.

7/12 (W): BINGO

5:00-7:00. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Everyone loves BINGO! Bring your friends and family for a night that is sure to be fun.

7/13 (TH): Alumni Group

12:30-2:00. In MPLS. No charge.

This group is for alumni graduates of the VLR Rehabilitation Program. Bring food or drink to share if you can, but don’t let that keep you from joining us. This month, we have a guest speaker joining us to speak about Adaptive Cycling. Please RSVP to the hotline at 612-843-3419 or email rsvp@vlrw.org so we have an idea of how many to expect for food.

Please note: Vision Speaks is taking July off! See you in August!

7/14 (F): SPECIAL EVENT: Walker and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Lunch & Tour

12:30-4:00. No charge.

Please join us for a free picnic lunch and free tour of the Walker Art Center and newly renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Friends and family are welcome to join us for this fun afternoon! We will gather in the Sculpture Garden for a picnic lunch, donated by one of our corporate partners, and then enjoy tours of both the Walker and the garden. Volunteers will be available to assist during the lunch and tours. Please note that coats, backpacks and large purses are not allowed inside the galleries. There are lockers near the entrance that you may use for storage.  Please plan your pick up ride for 4pm-4:15pm.

Address: 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis 55403

7/17 (M): Cribbage

12:00-2:00. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Come in and enjoy some coffee and cards.

7/18 (T): Beginning Tech 101: Top 10 Apps

10:00-12:00. In SP. Cost: $10.00

A perfect class for mobile device beginners! This class, we will review the Top 10 Best Apps (updated!) for low vision and blind mobile users! This class is for both Apple and non-Apple devices. Have your App Store password on hand. Please note, in July we are meeting in the Saint Paul office!

7/18 (T): Lunch Bunch

11:30-1:30.

Please join us for a fun lunch at Dixie’s in St. Paul. Dixie’s offers the best in southern comfort food and casual dining in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Try their award-winning barbeque sauce. Come for the food, stay for the hospitality! Sandwiches start at $12. Due to the size of our group, gratuity will automatically be added to each bill. Please plan your pick-up ride for 1:30pm – 1:45pm.

Address: 695 Grand Ave., Saint Paul 55105

Please note: No Peer Mentoring or Continuing Education in July. See you in August!

7/20 (TH): Calendar Assembly

9:00-11:00. In MPLS. No charge. Treats served.

Join the many helping hands that work together to assemble the Community Center Calendar mailing.

7/20 (TH): Craft: Yarn Stars

1:00-3:00. In SP. Cost: $5.00

Let’s celebrate summer with some fun Yarn Stars that make a great décor item and can stay up all year long. There will be a variety of yarn colors available, and we will wrap cardboard templates to create fun star decorations to keep and decorate your home or give as gifts. They are great on their own, attached to glasses, baskets, wreaths and more! Snacks will be served and no crafting experience is necessary. Space is limited.

7/25 (T): Advanced Mobile Tech: Writing/Dictation

10:00-12:00. In SP. Cost: $10.00

In this more advanced tech class, we will learn the best ways to type on your iPhone to write down information and how to use dictation features. The first 1.5 hour is instruction, and the last half hour is reserved for questions. Have your Apple password on hand. Please note, in July we are meeting in the Saint Paul office!

7/27 (TH): Fitness is Fun!

5:30-6:30. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Get your body moving in our fitness center and stay on track with your fitness goals. Work on the various equipment and get guided instruction and ideas on how to improve your health through exercise. All levels of experience are welcome!

7/28 (F): Pottery

10:00-12:00. In SP. Cost: $5.00

Join us as we work on hand-built clay projects. Come make plates, cups, or create whatever comes to the imagination. No experience necessary.

COMING ATTRACTIONS AT VLR:

Save the Date! VLR Fantasy Football Draft Party

Date: Wed, August 16, 1:00-4:00

Location: VLR Saint Paul

Cost: $5.00 for pizza

Do you like football? Join us in Saint Paul for a pizza party and draft picks! Fantasy Football is a competition in which participants select imaginary teams from among the players in a league and score points according to the actual performance of their players each week during the football season. 10 spots available in this fun championship! Winner takes home the cup! Contact Renee W. at 612-843-3403 or rwaclaw@vlrw.org with any questions and to get your name on the list.

Caregiver Support Groups at VLR

Connect with other caregivers and get resources to support yourself and those you care for! The Minneapolis Group will meet Wednesday, July 12th, and the next Saint Paul meeting will be Tuesday, August 1. All meetings from 5:00-6:30pm. No reservation required, though it’s helpful to know how many we may be expecting for snacks! No charge. Contact Megan at 612-843-3416 with questions.

VLR Low Vision Support Groups

VLR offers numerous low vision support groups in the Twin Cities for individuals to meet for support, comradery, and information. Want to get connected? Contact us at 651-224-7662. You may be asked to complete a free in-home assessment before attending so we can get to know you and match you to the right group!

Independent Living Skills Course at VLR-

Need some help learning how to manage your vision loss? Take our 4-week Independent Living Skills course, which covers the Emotional Impact of Vision Loss, Orientation and Mobility, Technology and Communication, Organization & Labeling, Writing, Ways to Enhance Remaining Vision, Food Prep Techniques, and Money Management. Lunch is provided.

July Dates: July 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 10am to 3pm at our St. Paul location.

To register: Call 651-224-7662. Ask about transportation options!

Yarn Donations Wanted!

If you have extra yarn (whole or partial skeins ok), or would like to purchase yarn to donate to our 3F’s knitting group, we would be very grateful! We in turn donate these handmade items to local charities, such as crisis nurseries, women’s shelters, schools, and more! Contact Christina at 612-843-3419 or email christina@vlrw.org for more info

EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Retreat for Women with Vision Loss

The Oasis Center for Hope invites you to Utah for a close-knit retreat called Daring to Own Your Story with 10 women who are experiencing vision loss. Begin your journey of wholehearted living with the Daring Way curriculum facilitated by Nicole Wall, LCMHC, CDWF. Connect and share with other women experiencing vision loss and learn the importance of empathy and self-compassion. Retreat attendees will stay at the Country Inn & Suites in Bountiful, Utah, and activities will take place at Becky’s home and office in Bountiful and a morning/lunch in Salt Lake City, Utah with a hike to Ensign Peak.  Airfare, lodging, and some meals are not included in the retreat cost. August 10-13. $395 More info at http://oasiscenterforhope.com/retreats/. Contact: becky.lpc@gmail.com.

Beep Baseball

Outdoor beep baseball every Saturday at 10am, at Cretin High School! Interested? Call Dennis Stern at 651-452-5324 or email him at dennisstern@hotmail.com.

Adaptive Cycling in the Twin Cities

The brand new Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling Program, located on the Greenway, has adaptive bikes and is looking for riders! Please visit the website www.tcacycling.org or call at 612-423-4681 for more info.

The Blind Fellowship Outreach

Free monthly event for the visually-impaired. Enjoy a free meal, Bible study, friendship, and music. 2nd Saturdays from 12:00-2:00 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3430 E 51st Street, Minneapolis. Please RSVP about 2 weeks prior to an event by calling 612-729-5463. Have questions? Please contact Carol Zemke at: 612-799-5782 or czemke@usa.net

COMMUNITY CENTER POLICIES:

RSVP and Cancellation Policy: You must RSVP for all activities. We ask that you RSVP at least 3 working days prior to event to ensure that we have enough registered participants, supplies, and volunteers. Registrants will be notified when classes are canceled due to low enrollment or weather conditions.

RSVP line: 612-843-3439 or rsvp@vlrw.org

VLR Hours: Please schedule your Metro pickups as close to the activity end time as possible. VLR’s hours are 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday (except when there are evening classes and activities). Please schedule your pick-ups before the building closes. Thank you!

Severe Weather Days: Please call the VLR Weather Hotline at 612-284-8107 to see if VLR offices and activities are open for that day. The hotline will be updated by 6:00 AM if VLR is closing for severe weather. Participants who have RSVPd for a class will also be notified.

Refund Policy: All events that need to be pre-paid are marked on the calendar. To hold your spot for these events, we must receive your money. If you need to cancel when a ticket is purchased in advance, you will be charged for the ticket unless someone on the waiting list can take your place. If you need to cancel please call the RSVP line at 612-843-3439 or email rsvp@vlrw.org.

Scholarships: No one is denied participation due to inability to pay. Full and partial scholarships are available. Please leave your scholarship request on the RSVP line.

Visitor Sign-in: Please sign-in and sign-out at the front desk in MPLS.

Photo Policy: When you attend an event at VLR, your image may be recorded for use by VLR. This use may include printed media, social media, or online uses. If you have any questions about this Policy, please contact Iris at VLR: 612-843-3425.

VLR CONTACT INFORMATION:

Christina Tucker–Program Coordinator, Community Services, 612-843-3419, christina@vlrw.org

Jen Roehl– Community Center & Volunteer Specialist

612-843-3421, jen@vlrw.org

Minneapolis Office: 1936 Lyndale Ave S. 55403

Main Line: 612-871-2222

St. Paul Office: 216 S Wabasha St., 55107

Phone: 651-224-7662

Please note: For those being dropped off, parking, or needing an accessible ramp at the Saint Paul office, please use the back entrance (215 Starkey St).

Activity Line: 612-253-5155 to listen to an audio version of the calendar.

RSVP: 612-843-3439 or rsvp@vlrw.org

Website: www.visionlossresources.org