Event News and Policies

Other groups and events at Vision Loss Resources

As of March 23, 2020, these services are temporarily unavailable as a proactive measure against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Read details and updates here.

Independent Living Skills Courses

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.

Learn more and register: Call (651) 224-7662.

Ideas for Upcoming Classes

Are you interested in learning folk dancing or beginner’s American Sign Language? Please leave a message on the hotline at 612-843-3439, or email rsvp@vlrw.org letting us know, or ask any questions that you have about them.

Low Vision Support Groups

Vision Loss Resources offers low vision support groups in the Twin Cities for individuals to meet for support, comradery, and information. Call (651) 224-7662.

Online Low Vision Support Group

Vision Loss Resources has started an online support group for people with vision loss. Email Sarah Mayberry or Renee Waclaw to learn more.

Online Diabetes Support Group

Are you interested in joining an online support group for persons with diabetes? Email Paul Deeming at pauld@dbsm.org.

Events in the community

Blind Bowlers

Blind bowling is on Saturdays at 9am at Memory Lanes in South Minneapolis. It will run for 28 weeks and it costs $10 per week to participate. For more info, please contact Janice Erkilla at (612) 722-3041.

2020 Census

The National 2020 Census is coming up. Make sure that you get counted! More information will be coming soon.

Blind and Low Vision Computer Users Group

They meet every month at various locations to discuss many relevant technology topics! For more info contact Bill Herzog at (612) 408-9415 or email bill.herzog@hennepin.us.

The Blind Fellowship Outreach

Free event for the visually impaired of all denominations. Enjoy a free meal, Bible study, friendship, and music. 2nd Saturdays monthly from 12:00-2:00pm at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. RSVP 2 weeks prior by calling (612) 729-5463. Have questions or need help with transportation? Please contact Carol Zemke, (612) 799-5782 or Beth Pursley, (952) 221-4717.


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

No Early RSVPs: RSVPs that are submitted before 7:00am on the listed date they begin will not be accepted. If you want to attend any events you must submit your RSVP through the RSVP hotline or RSVP email.

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

No-Show Policy: For activities identified as “Space is limited”, if you accumulate three no-shows in six months, you will be unable to sign-up for activities for one month. Our intention is to continue to make our activities available to everyone who wishes to attend, so please make sure to cancel if you are unable to join us for any reason.

Severe Weather Days: Please call the Vision Loss Resources Weather Hotline at (612) 284-8107 to learn whether offices and activities are open for that day. The hotline will be updated by 6:00am if Vision Loss Resources is closing for severe weather. Participants who have RSVP’d 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.

Scholarships: No one is denied participation due to inability to pay. Full and partial scholarships are available.

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

Photo Policy: When you attend a Vision Loss Resources 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.