Special Interests and Trips
Join us for book club from 1-2:30 p.m. Meet at Robbinsdale City Hall, 4100 Lakeview Ave N, Sixth Corner Room. Books are listed below or click on the hyperlink to view a printable flyer.
February 3- The Boy by Tami Hoag
March 3- The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
April 7- The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
May 5- Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
June 2- Still Life by Louise Penny
For more information or to register call 763-531-1272
1. Check out books from a library or purchase from a bookstore.
2. Participants are encouraged to attend all discussions but are free to attend when their schedule permits or only those books that are of interest.
3. Read the book and come with 2-3 points you’d like to discuss. Examples: clarification, points of interest, agree - disagree, characters, values, dilemmas, issues, significant, emotions, feelings-thoughts about the book, author’s style, characters, etc.
4. If you do not read the books consider coming to the group anyway; you may like to listen to the discussion. However, please don’t expect the book to be summarized.
5. Express thoughts with your personal point of view. Expect and enjoy differences of opinion.
6. Encourage others to speak their thoughts about the book.
7. Everyone is encouraged to take a turn as book co-leader and/or host/hostess (book-leadership is not a requirement to join the discussion group.)
8. Make a donation to the refreshment kitty.
Join us on the third Wednesday of the month from 10:00 - 11:30 am for informative programs, coffee, and, you guessed it, donuts! The program is held at the Crystal Community Center (4800 Douglas Drive). The $2 fee is payable at the door, but you must register in advance to ensure we have enough refreshments and donuts for everyone.
Call 763-531-1272 or stop by Robbinsdale City Hall to register for this fun educational opportunity.
February 19 - Hats off to Magic
Enjoy a morning with friends while you watch Annette Fragale present her comedy magic show. Annette has been presenting her shows for over 25 years. Her sense of humor and magic illusions are sure to delight and amaze you. Annette performs at county fairs, churches, schools, libraries, community events and many other events. She stars in the award winning TV show “Magic Book Nook” and hots “Yoga on the Go.” Annette’s motto is: “If you don’t have wrinkles, you haven’t laughed enough.” Come and start the winkles.
March 18 - Hit or Error? Official Scorekeeping for the MN Twins & Timberwolves
Stew Thornley is one of the official scorers for Major League Baseball, along with Gregg Wong and Kyle Traynor, doing the scoring on Minnesota Twins home games. Stew is part of the four-member MLB Official Scoring Advisory Committee. Stew also is an official scorer for Minnesota Timberwolves games and can discuss the difference and similarities in the jobs. He will show plays and let the audience vote if they think it was a hit or error. What a fun topic leading up to the Twins baseball season!
April 15 - Rare Place, Rare Wildlife: New Zealand
New Zealand. Here is the sperm whale, the nesting royal albatross with 12-foof wingspans, the yellow-eyed penguin-rarest on earth, the flightless, pear-shaped kiwi bird who break dances when food-happy. There they live in accessible, protected areas for thousands of years pocketed among earthquakes, world-famous architecture and the “Lord of the Rings” countryside. Hear from Melanie Shipman on the rare beauty of this island nation without the long plane trip!
May 20 - 1936 Berlin Olympics-Nazi Games
The 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin are notorious for the tightly controlled image the Nazis presented to the world. But, these Games also became a blueprint for future Games that is followed to the present day. David Jones will share the history of the Olympics and the complicated legacy of the 1936 Games.
The Friendly Robins is a group of adults, ages 55+, who play 500, Bunco, Wii Golf and other fun games every Wednesday. We also provide simple refreshments.
We meet at the Robbinsdale Public Safety Building located at 4101 Hubbard Ave N, Robbinsdale in the lower level Community Meeting Room.
Games begin at 12:30 pm. Plan to come a little earlier so you can meet a few other members. We will do our best to make your first visit very special!!!
Each Wednesday there is a $1 fee for refreshments and coffee.
Got more questions? Call Robbinsdale Recreation Services at 763-531-1272
Did you recently get an iPad, iPhone or Android device and need some help learning how to use it? Have you had it for a while and have questions? This class is for you! Instructor Duff Watson will provide information on the device, and allow time for questions and one on one help. Bring your charged iPad and/or iPhone.
Tuesday, January 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. at New Hope City Hall; 4401 Xylon Ave N
Activity #431201 (click to register)
Join us on Thursdays (dates listed below) and enjoy an afternoon of great movies and snacks. Movies are shown on a projection screen with surround sound. Robbinsdale Recreation Services will show a mixture of classic and recent releases. Have a request? We’d love to hear it! So pull up a chair, feel free to bring a pillow for added comfort, sit back and enjoy our feature film on the big screen.
When: THURSDAYS (Dates listed below) from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Approximate, depends on length of movie)
January 23 The Age of Adaline
February 6 Some Like It Hot
February 20 Forever Young
March 5 The Lion King
March 19 My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Where: Police and Fire Building, Community Meeting Room (lower level); 4101 Hubbard Avenue North, Robbinsdale
Fee: $1.00 (covers cost of refreshments, movie license, and movie)
Register: To register or for more information, please call 763-531-1272
January 9 Marley & Me
Director: David Frankel 2008 115 minutes Starring: Owen Wilson & Jennifer Aniston
As the snow falls on their wedding night, newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan decide to leave behind the harsh winters of Michigan and head south to begin their new lives in West Palm Beach, Fla. They obtain jobs as journalists at competing local newspapers, buy their first home, and begin to make their way through the challenges of a new marriage, new careers and, possibly, the life-changing decision to start a family. Unsure of his preparedness for raising children, John confesses his fears to his friend and fellow journalist Sebastian, who comes up with the perfect solution: John should get Jenny a puppy. The Grogans adopt the cute, 12-pound yellow Labrador, who in no time at all, grows into a 100-pound steamroller of unbridled energy that turns the Grogan home into a disaster area. He flunks obedience school, chews off dry-wall, takes a bite out of the sofa, overturns garbage cans, steals a Thanksgiving turkey, consumes pillows and flowers, drinks toilet water, and chases the UPS guy. Even a newly-purchased, expensive necklace isn't safe from Marley's voracious antics. Amidst the mayhem he generates through the years, Marley sees the Grogans through the ups and downs of family life, through job and home changes, and most of all, through the myriad challenges of a growing family. As John and Jenny come to realize, Marley--"the world's worst dog"--somehow brings out the best in them.
January 23 The Age of Adaline
Director: Lee Toland Krieger 2015 112 minutes Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, & Harrison Ford
After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.
February 6 Some Like It Hot
Director: John Huston & Billy Wilder 1959 120 minutes Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, & Jack Lemmon
Two Struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. Jerry and Joe cross-dress into an all female band. In addition to hiding, each has his own problems; One falls for another band member but can't tell her his gender, and the other has a rich suitor who will not take "No," for an answer.
February 20 Forever Young
Director: Steve Miner 1992 102 minutes Starring: Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, & Elijah Wood
In this three-hanky romantic melodrama, a test pilot, distraught over the death of his girlfriend, volunteers to be a subject in a risky experiment and allows himself to be cryogenically frozen for 12 months. The year is 1939 and he is to come out in 1940. Unfortunately, something goes wrong and he is forgotten. Fifty years later, a pair of kids find the remains of the test facility and thaw him out. He comes out just fine and ends up having a wonderful effect on the lives of one of the kids and his attractive single mother while trying to adjust his new world. The sad part comes when he learns that his lover from long ago was only in a coma and fully recovered.
March 5 The Lion King
Director: Jon Favreau 2019 110 minutes Starring: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Billy Eichner, & Seth Rogen
From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau's all-new "The Lion King" journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother-and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.
March 19 My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Director: Joel Zwick 2002 95 minutes Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Michael Constantine, & Lainie KazanToula
Portokalos is 30, Greek, and works in her family's restaurant, Dancing Zorba's, in Chicago. All her father Gus wants is for her to get married to a nice Greek boy. But Toula is looking for more in life. Her mother convinces Gus to let her take some computer classes at college (making him think it's his idea). With those classes under her belt, she then takes over her aunt's travel agency (again making her father think it's his idea). She meets Ian Miller, a high school English teacher, WASP, and dreamboat she had made a fool of herself over at the restaurant; they date secretly for a while before her family finds out. Her father is livid over her dating a non-Greek. He has to learn to accept Ian; Ian has to learn to accept Toula's huge family, and Toula has to learn to accept herself.
In this edition of our Local Author Series, take a culinary journey around Lake Superior with author James Norton and photographer Becca Dilley, creators of the travel book Lake Superior Flavors. Norton and Dilley will share photos from their journeys to (and around) the lake, and tell stories of fruitcake-baking monks, intrepid herring fishermen, a bread bakery hidden in the northwoods of Michigan, Finnish diners, and much more at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive N.
The fee is $3, payable at the door. Register by calling Ryan Parks at 763-531-1272 to ensure a seat. Register by April 17.
A copy of the book will be available to purchase on site. The book is also available through the Hennepin County Library (https://www.hclib.org) if you would like to check it out prior to this event.
This programs is sponsored by the cities of Robbinsdale, Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, and Robbinsdale Area Schools.
Book Synopsis: “From the founders of the popular food website Heavy Table comes Lake Superior Flavors, a celebration of food culture around the shores of the greatest of the Great Lakes. Author James Norton and photographer Becca Dilley take readers on a culinary tour around Lake Superior, hitting high-traffic tourist spots and cultural institutions as well as off-the-beaten-path discoveries.
Norton and Dilley also meet food producers and artisans—fishermen, cheesemakers, brewers, and more—and explore the culinary history and current food culture of four distinct regions. Along the North Shore of Minnesota, Norton and Dilley ride along with a herring fisherman struggling to preserve his way of life. In Thunder Bay and Ontario, the authors investigate the roots of the locavore movement in a remarkable conversation with an Ojibwe woman about native food. In the remote Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, the pair encounters a group of philosophical gourmet monks who make jam from foraged berries. And along the south shore of the lake, they talk with a Wisconsin cheesemaker and goatherd who takes his flock on a nightly walk—cocktail in hand. Alongside Norton and Dilley’s travelogues are capsule reviews of restaurants, insightful tasting notes, and sidebars featuring important dishes of each region—from smoked fish and skillet-popped wild rice to pannukakku (Finnish pancakes) and cudighi (Italian meatball sandwiches).
Showcasing the wild beauty and rugged authenticity of the places and people along the circle tour, Lake Superior Flavors is ideal for local foodies and for visitors who want to learn about food traditions through delicious eating and lively traveling.”
The purpose of Roving Minds is to explore and discuss subjects of interest to the group, to enjoy learning together, and to take what they have learned back to the community. Refreshments provided. The theme for Roving Minds is based on Historical Places. During the first meeting in September, the specific topics and discussion leaders for each date will be determined.
- Express thoughts from your personal view only.
- Everyone is encouraged to share thoughts and opinions about the subject.
- Respect those who wish to just listen to the discussion.
- Encourage others to share their thoughts.
- Differences of opinion are accepted respectfully.
- Help keep the discussion geared to the subject.
- Avoid starting a side conversation with someone next to you.
- Let everyone have a chance to be heard.
- Keep an open mind, and enjoy learning from each other.
- Cultivate and share your sense of humor.
Location: the Minnesota Room in the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive, Crystal. Become a member or welcome to come a time or two just to see what Roving Minds do!
Third Tuesday each month from September 2019-May 2020 (Sept. 17; Oct. 15; Nov. 19; Dec. 17; Jan. 21; Feb. 18; Mar. 17; Apr. 21 & May 19)
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $10/year or $2.00/time
Call 763-531-1272 for more information or to registerRoving Minds Flyer
Is social media confusing to you? Are you interested in learning how to safely post information? Do you want to understand who sees what? Learn about the different types of social media platforms, why you might want to have an account, and how to set up various types of accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Bring your charged device to class if you have one (smartphone, laptop, tablet).
Tuesday, March 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. at New Hope City Hall; 4401 Xylon Ave N
Activity #131202 (click to register)
Fitness, Exercise & Sports
Come join us on Friday mornings at the Robbinsdale Police and Fire Building Community Room to see how much fun we’re having! Nancy Stoneberg, Certified Personal Trainer and owner of StoneFitness has dedicated much of her time in training and educating 55+ and helping them realize that it’s never too late to make a positive difference in strength, balance and overall wellness. These classes are for all levels and abilities…. Nancy’s motto is “YES, YOU CAN!” Who: Adults
Fridays from 9:00–9:45 am (ongoing, will not meet on major holidays) in the Community Room located at the Robbinsdale Police & Fire Building; 4101 Hubbard Ave N
Fee: $30 for 5 class punch pass
If you are interested in receiving a copy of the bi-monthly Newsletter with information about programs and activities for adults ages 55 and older there is a $5/year subscription fee or download a copy by clicking below titles. To sign up, please call 763-531-1278.
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Join the Senior Commission!
The Senior Commission is an advisory commission to the City Council on matters relating to the status and needs of seniors, age 55 and over, in the city and ways in which the needs of seniors may be met. Currently the Commission meets at 1:30 pm on the First Monday of the January, February, March, April, May, June, October, November and December. Commission members are actively promoting both pedestrian and bicycle safety, helped create an emergency medical form and have researched older adult recreational programs.
If interested in membership, you can download the application from the City’s website: http://www.ci.robbinsdale.mn.us/city-government/city-commissions or call Recreation Services, 763-531-1278.
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