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March 2017 Newsletter

A note from our President…..

We’re over the hump and on our way to spring! I hope we won’t be punished later for this great weather we’ve been having. Regardless, don’t let the last weeks of winter keep you inside. Come along with us for all the fun.

Coffee Break—meet us at the Edina Grill for breakfast or a mug of something warm

Games People Play—join us for fun and games at Elaine’s

Night-Time Book Talk—discusses The Shipping News

Explorerstours the State Capital followed by lunch at the Happy Gnome

Luncheon—let’s try again to head to Nona Rosa’s for great Italian

Walking Club—meet at Southdale for an hour of exercise

            See you there!



COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, March 8th, 10:00AM—Edina Grill

5028 France Ave. S.

This is a great meeting/eating place anytime of day. Their breakfast menu is interesting and so good. Come hungry.

RSVP by Monday, March 6th to


LUNCH BUNCH: Friday, March 10th, 11:30 Departure—Nona Rosa’s Ristorante

4168 West Broadway, Robbinsdale

A family owned, warm and homey Italian restaurant. Their authentic food is inspired by the owners/chefs growing up in their Italian grandmothers’ homes.  Located in the heart of Robbinsdale’s historic district.

A carpool will leave Sally’s (4501 Claremore Ct.) at 11:30AM. Email her at if you wish to join and/or willing to drive.  Otherwise, meet us at the restaurant at noon.

RSVP by Wednesday, March 8th to

Directions: Hwy 100 N. to 42 Ave. Turn RIGHT (E) to Broadway, turn RIGHT (S). Restaurant is on east side of Broadway.


GAMES PEOPLE PLAY: Tuesday, March 14th, 7:00PM—at the home of a member

There’ll be lots of fun and laughs. Please bring a snack or beverage to share.

RSVP by Saturday, March 11th to

Directions: #494 east to Portland Ave. exit. Turn RIGHT (S) and follow to 98th Street. Complex is on your RIGHT at NW corner of 98th/Portland.


NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, March 20th, 7:00PM—Byerly’s Mezz

Lunds and Byerly’s, France/Hazelton Rd.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News is a vigorous, darkly comic, and at times magical portrait of the contemporary North American family. Quoyle, a third-rate newspaper hack, with a “head shaped like a crenshaw, no neck, reddish hair…features as bunched as kissed fingertips,” is wrenched out of his workaday life when his two-timing wife meets her just desserts. An aunt convinces Quoyle and his two emotionally disturbed daughters to return with her to the starkly beautiful coastal landscape of their ancestral home in Newfoundland. Here, on desolate Quoyle’s Point, in a house empty but for a few mementos of the family’s unsavory past, the battered members of three generations try to cobble up new lives.”

Beverages at Happy Hour prices are available until 7:00PM.  Feel free to bring food or snacks up from the store.

RSVP by Saturday, March18th to


EXPLORERS: Thursday, March 23rd, 10:15AM Departure—Capital Tour and Lunch at Happy Gnome

75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, St. Paul           498 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul

Our 11:00AM tour will last 45 minutes. The tours are free but a $5.00 free will donation per person is suggested.  After the tour we will go to lunch at The Happy Gnome.

A car pool will leave S. Mpls. at 10:15AM or meet us at the Capital at 10:45AM, or the restaurant at Noon. Please indicate if you plan to car pool and are willing to drive. 

RSVP by Tuesday, March 21st to


 WALKING CLUB: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30AM—Southdale Center

Need motivation to get out, move, and beat that cabin fever? Join us for an hour (3 laps) of walking inside Southdale–or as much as your schedule and legs allow. Gather at the new Hennepin County Service Center (moved from the library) which is located on the East side of Southdale. Use the center’s main entrance between the Penny’s and Herberger’s entrances on the lower level. Be on time–we’ll start walking promptly!    



 AFTERNOON ON THE TOWN: Wednesday, April 19, 10:30AM Departure—Lunch and A Play

Eli’s—1225 Hennepin                 The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove St., 612-813-5300

Let’s start our fun at Eli’s restaurant. Classy yet casual, classic yet fresh, Eli’s has outstanding food in a warm, friendly atmosphere.  The ambiance takes one back to the 1950’s and the prices won’t break the bank! This one was voted as a favorite by some of our members.  Menu at

After lunch – we will head to The Woman’s Club for the 1:00PM performance of “Unsung”

Some people will do anything to be famous!  This rousing, touching and funny musical centers around a trio of immensely gifted but unheralded female back up singers who become the heart and soul behind the greatest hits of the 60’s and 70’s.  Enjoy a glimpse beyond the glare of the spotlight in this original story of love, friendship, and inspiration.  Featuring the music of Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Elton John, John Denver, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Jackson Browne and more.

A carpool will leave Edina at 10:30AM, or meet us at Eli’s at 11:00AM, or the theater at 12:45PM.

Theater tickets are $20.  Your check must be received no later than Monday, April 10 – by mail or drop off. Contact for instructions.


BOOKS & BOOZE: April Date TBA: Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Olivia Donatelli’s dream of a “normal” life was shattered when her son, Anthony, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Understanding the world from his perspective felt bewildering. And just as Olivia began to realize that happiness and autism could coexist, Anthony died.