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Community Center Activities, September 2017

September: Calendar Grid of Activities or Listing of Activities

Register, Questions, and Cancellations: Call or Email 612-843-3439

RSVPing for events in September will begin 7:00 AM on Monday, August 28th.

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

*Abbreviations: MPLS=Minneapolis, SP=St Paul

“…September days are here,

With summer’s best of weather,

And autumn’s best of cheer.”

–Helen Hunt Jackson (1830 – 1885)

Please note: VLR offices will be closed on Monday, September 4th for Labor Day!


*Abbreviations: MPLS=Minneapolis, SP=St Paul

9/5 (T): Games Extravaganza

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

(Moved to Tuesday due to Labor Day.) Come for lively fun with board and trivia games. There’s plenty of time for games, laughter, conversation, and a light snack.

9/5 (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 12th, 19th, and 26th.

9/6 (W): Outing – Meet the Artist and Lunch at the Ames Center

10:30-12:30. No charge.

Come and enjoy an art discussion and picnic lunch with one of our participants at her first solo art exhibit at the Ames Center in Burnsville. Annie Young will meet with us to share about her artwork, and she will have a number of pieces available that can be touched as well. Annie’s work is also described online with audible navigation of the work, and there are large print and Braille descriptions also available. After checking out this art exhibit, we will then enjoy a picnic lunch in this beautiful facility together.  Please bring your own lunch since there is not a restaurant onsite and lunch is on your own. Limit: 10

Address: 12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337

9/6 (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. We donate many of our handmade items to local charities! This group also meets on the 13th, 20th, and 27th.

9/7 (TH): 500 Cards

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

Enjoy some coffee and cards. Also meets on the 28th.

9/7 (TH): Yoga

10:00-11:00. In MPLS. No charge.

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 21st. Limit: 5.

9/11 (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

9/11 (M): Hearts

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

Come in and enjoy some coffee and cards.

9/12 (T): Tech: iPhone 101 – Sending/Receiving Emails

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

A perfect class for mobile device beginners! This class is in Minneapolis location. We will learn the basics of sending and receiving email on both iPhone and Android phones. Please have your email/phone password on hand.

9/12 (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 “Max.” Max, a military dog, serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. When things go wrong, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max is unable to remain in service. Shipped stateside, the only human he is willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, who isn’t interested in taking care of Max. But Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to his brother, and Justin begins to appreciate his canine companion. As the pair race to unravel the mystery, they find more excitement and danger than they bargained for.

9/13 (W): Outing: Let’s Go Fishing

10:00-12:45. No charge.

Rescheduled from earlier this summer, 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. 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

9/13 (W): Reader’s Choice Book Club

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

In the summer of 1961, thirteen-year-old Frank Drum experiences a lot of death. A neighborhood boy is hit by a train, a hobo is found dead, and a member of Frank’s family is murdered. This is the setting for Ordinary Grace by local author William Kent Kreuger (DB078187).

9/13 (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.

9/18 (M): Cribbage

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

Come in and enjoy some coffee and cards.

9/19 (T): Tech 101 – Seeing AI Talking Camera App

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

A perfect class for mobile device beginners! This class is in Saint Paul. We will learn all about the Seeing AI app for both Apple and Android. Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of Artificial Intelligence to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text, and objects with audio. Please have your app store password on hand.

9/19 (T): Lunch Bunch


Join us for lunch at Red Cow in the 50th and France area. Red Cow is known for providing a sophisticated twist on the classic neighborhood tavern and they celebrate finely crafted eats and drinks with a focus on gourmet burgers.  Gourmet burgers start at $10.75.

Address: 3624 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

9/20 (W): Continuing Education

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

Rescheduled from March, Dacia VanAlstine from the Department of Employment and Economic Development will join us to discuss the Connect 700 Program and the Supported Worker Program. These two programs were revamped, due to an executive order by Governor Dayton, to help increase state employment of individuals with disabilities. Dacia will explain both of these programs and how they may help individuals with vision loss secure jobs, job coaching and other supports.

9/21 (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.

9/21 (TH): Craft: Burlap Sunflowers

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

Join us to make burlap sunflowers that will brighten up your home this fall season. We will use pieces of sunny, yellow burlap and other materials to make a bunch of bright and happy sunflowers that will never wilt!  Snacks will be served and no crafting experience is necessary. Space limited.

9/22 (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.

9/26 (T): Advanced Tech: Using the iPhone Rotor


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

In this more advanced tech class, we will be focusing on using the rotor function on your iPhone. The rotor is a small “dial” that can be used to select and edit your settings for reading content aloud. Please have your Apple password on hand. We’ll be meeting in Minneapolis for this class.

9/28 (TH): Fitness is Fun!

5:30-6:30. In MPLS. No charge.

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!


Calling All VLR Craft Fair Vendors!

We need to hear from you! Are you interested in having a table to sell your handcrafted items at VLR in November? Please let us know. If we have enough interest, we will host a Holiday Craft Fair in November! Let us know on the RSVP line or email. More info in October’s calendar.

11th Annual Twin Cities 5K VisionWalk

Join Foundation Fighting Blindness at beautiful Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, for the 11th Annual Twin Cities VisionWalk. Raise money for FFB’s research and have fun while you’re at it!

When: Sunday, September 24th, 8:30 AM
Where: Lake Harriet Band Shell – 4135 E Lake Harriet Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55419
If you want to be on VLR’s team, join “Team Vision Loss Resources” when you register at and RSVP to VLR so we know you’re coming. Volunteers are limited, so it is helpful if you can bring a family member or friend along to escort you along the walk around the lake. Event is rain or shine, unless there is lightning.

Save the Date – Local Author at VLR in October!

Life aboard a Navy Destroyer, “Tin Can,” in the Korean War is difficult for a young Greek-American. Following an ill-fated attack, he becomes an unlikely and unwilling Navy hero. This is the setting for the largely autobiographical novel Dark Blues by local author, Peter Georgas, who will be coming to VLR on Friday, October 13 to speak to us.

Caregiver Support Groups at VLR

Connect with other caregivers and get resources to support yourself and those you care for! September’s meeting will be in Minneapolis on Wednesday, September 13th 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.

September Dates: September 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 10am to 3pm at our St. Paul location.

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


SSB Career Workshops – Volunteers Needed!

Within the next school year, State Services for the Blind will be offering workshops that correspond to Minnesota Career Fields. The purpose of the workshops is to promote career exploration and mentoring opportunities for those with vision loss. High school and college students will learn from adults with a vision loss who are already working in the following fields:

  • Business, Management, and Administration
  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Arts, Communications, and Information Systems
  • Engineering, Manufacturing, and Technology
  • Health Science Technology
  • Human Services

If you have experience in these fields as a visually-impaired individual and are interested in volunteering at one of these workshops, please contact with your job title and employer name. Sheila will follow up with specific workshop information.

Adaptive Cycling in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling Program, located on the Greenway, has adaptive bikes and is looking for riders! Please visit the website 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


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 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

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 a VLR activity, your image may be recorded for use by VLR and/or our community partners. 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, 612-843-3419,

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 St).

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

RSVP: 612-843-3439 or