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Community Center Activities, January 2017

January: Calendar Grid of Activities or Listing of Activities

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

Call 612-843-3439 or email to RSVP!

RSVPing for events in January will begin 7:00 AM on Tuesday, December 27th (after Christmas).

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.

Holiday Hours: VLR Offices will be closed on Monday, January 2nd. Happy New Year’s!


*Abbreviations: MPLS=Minneapolis, SP=St Paul

1/3 (T): Games Extravaganza

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

(Moved to Tuesday due to New Year’s holiday.) Come for lively fun with board and trivia games. There’s plenty of time for games, laughter, conversation, and a light snack. New people are always welcome!

1/3 (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 10th17th, 24th, and 31st.

1/4 (W): 3Fs: Fabric, Fiber, and Friends

1:00-3:30. In MPLS. No charge.

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. This group also meets on the 11th, 18th, and 25th.

1/5 (TH): 500 Cards

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

Enjoy some coffee and cards. Also meets on the 26th.

1/9 (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! Address: Door 13, Southdale Mall, Edina

1/9 (M): Hearts

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

Come in and enjoy some coffee and cards.

1/10 (T): Tech 101: Using VoiceOver, Part 1

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

VoiceOver is a gesture-based screen reader that lets you enjoy using an iPhone with vison loss. VoiceOver is already on your iDevice, built into the accessibility features. Learn how to activate, use the VoiceOver gestures, and–by the end of the second January class on the 24th–send text messages using VoiceOver.

1/10 (T): Movie Matinee

1:00-3:15. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00

Join us for a fun, audio-described movie matinee with popcorn featuring “The Hundred Foot Journey.” This uplifting story bursts with flavor, passion and heart. When the chilly chef proprietress of a Michelin-starred French restaurant in southern France gets wind of a culinary immigrant opening an Indian restaurant just 100 feet from her own, her icy protests escalate to all-out war between the two establishments. Two worlds collide and one young man tries to find the comfort of home in every pot–wherever he may be.

1/11 (W): Reader’s Choice Book Club

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

January’s book to discuss is “The Round House” by local author Louise Erdrich (DB075641). A haunting, powerful story of a family and community nearly undone by violence that not only untangles our nation’s history of moral and judicial failure, but also offers a portrait of a community sustained by its traditions, values, faith, and stories. This book won the 2012 National Book Award.

1/11 (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.

1/12 (TH): Alumni Group

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

Recent VLR Rehabilitation Program Alumni – bring a dish to pass and join us for a potluck lunch! Listen to other VLR rehab alumni and share around topics of blindness, advocacy, education, employment, and living the life you want! Please RSVP on the hotline or email.

1/12 (TH): Vision Speaks Communication & Speaking Group

2:00-3:30. In MPLS. No charge.

Improve your speaking and communication skills in a fun, supportive group setting! We will be seeking out opportunities in the community to speak about VLR and educate individuals about vision loss. Everyone is welcome and no previous speaking experience is necessary.

1/16 (M): Cribbage

12:00-2:00. In MPLS. Cost: $1.00. Come in and enjoy some coffee and cards.

1/17 (T): Lunch Bunch


Please join us for a fun “brunch” at The Original Pancake House in Edina! All of their original recipes are hand prepped from scratch with only fresh ingredients. For those “brunch” types who may be looking for breakfast and lunch, they serve an excellent lunch menu also. Breakfast specialties start at $8.95 and sandwiches start at $6.25. 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: 3501 W 70th Street, Edina, 55435

1/18 (W): Continuing Education

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

The Pin Doctor, Mats Sexton, will join us to share information about his unique Macular Regeneration & Vision Repair program. His goal is to identify and to correct the underlying causes of vision difficulties using a unique hand and foot-based acupuncture systems (NO needles go in your eyes), nutrition education, herbal supplementation, acupressure, and other exercises. The program is appropriate for wet or dry macular degeneration, Stargardt’s, retinitis pigmentosa, macular pucker (epiretinal membrane) and diabetic retinopathy.

1/19 (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.

1/19 (TH): Craft: Chinese New Year Mason Jar Lanterns

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

The Chinese New Year starts on January 28, so join us for a fun and festive craft to celebrate the start of the new year. We will be creating colorful gold and red lanterns using mason jars, tissue paper and paint. While we craft, we will learn about the Chinese culture and enjoy some Chinese snacks and desserts–direct from Jen’s trip to China over Christmas! Join us for a fun, crafty, cultural afternoon. No crafting experience necessary.

1/20 (F): Outing: Mill City Museum

1:00-3:00. Cost: $4.00

Join us as we tour the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis. Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis. Please make sure to plan your pick-up ride for 3pm-3:15pm. Address: 704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

1/24 (T): Tech 101: Using VoiceOver, Part 2

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

Continuation of the VoiceOver series. VoiceOver is a gesture-based screen reader that lets you enjoy using an iPhone with vison loss. VoiceOver is already on your iDevice, built into the accessibility features. During class we will learn how to activate, use the VoiceOver gestures, and–by the end of this second January class–send text messages using VoiceOver.

1/24 (T): Outing: The Raptor Center


Cost: Seniors (62+): $5.50; Adults (18-62): $8.00

Join us for an educational program at The Raptor Center.  We will explore the different raptors found in Minnesota and their role in the environment in a 45 minute presentation. At least three raptors, such as a vulture, hawk, owl, or falcon will be brought in and hands-on teaching tools such as feathers, wings, skulls, and feet will be presented. There will also be a 15 minute tour of the facility, for those interested. Everyone will leave feeling inspired and empowered, having learned specific things they can do to help protect raptors and the environment. Please make sure to plan your pick-up ride for 2pm-2:15pm.

Address: 1920 Fitch Ave, St. Paul, 55108

1/26 (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!

1/27 (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.



Independent Living Skills Course Resumes in January

Come join us to learn a wide variety of low vision skills and adaptive techniques taught by experienced and encouraging instructors. Meet new people who, just like you, are looking to remain independent. Exchange ideas, tips and new product discoveries with your fellow classmates on how to most easily accomplish daily tasks.

This course 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. By the end of the course, you’ll think of new ways to accomplish daily activities and remain independent. The classes will meet every Thursday in January from 10am to 3pm at our St. Paul location. Lunch is provided. Please call Kristin at 612-843-3415 to register for the course. Class size is limited so please call soon. Please also talk with us about transportation.

Concerned about Vision Loss? We Can Help!

Many people experiencing vision loss show some of the following signs: discontinuing activities once enjoyed (like reading the paper, knitting, or going out with friends), trouble reading small print, such as on a medication bottle, difficulty distinguishing colors (mismatched clothes or socks), increased sensitivity to light or glare, and tentative walking (bumping into objects and people, missing steps or falling). Vision Loss Resources is here to help.

Call us at (612) 871-2222 to learn more about affordable services, including: an Initial Visit with comprehensive, professional evaluation and resources, recommendations on lighting and adaptive equipment, continued instruction on adaptive techniques for living independently, and digital literacy classes for older adults. We do not require a doctor’s referral, health insurance, or a specific diagnosis. We serve anyone in the 9-county metro area whose vision loss impacts their ability to perform the activities they need or want to do.


4th Player needed for Nickel Poker

Meets every other Friday. Contact Tom Heinl for more information! 651-489-8609



RSVP and Cancelation 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

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 5:30 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

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.


Christina Tucker, Program Coordinator, Community Services



Jen Roehl, Community Center & Volunteer Specialist



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 Ave).


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

RSVP: 612-843-3439 or