Monthly Archives: September 2017

October 2017 Newsletter

 A Note from our President –

These chilly days and nights mean summer’s really winding down. Come along with us and enjoy our Minnesota autumn, along with all the “colorful” and fun activities we have planned…..

Lunch Bunch—enjoy “chefs in training” gourmet food at St. Paul College

Garden Tour—explore Caponi Art Park

Coffee Break—you won’t feel guilty eating “healthy” treats and breakfasts at French Meadow Bakery

Afternoon on the Town—take in lunch and a fun play

Books & Booze—discuss The Residence at Macy’s

            See you there!         Sally Ebnet



LUNCH BUNCH: Thursday, October 5th, 11:00AM Departure—The City View Grille

St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Ave., St. Paul

The City View Grille is an on-campus restaurant operated by the Saint Paul College Culinary Arts program. It has a view of Downtown St. Paul, the State Capitol, and the Cathedral of St. Paul. Each semester Tu-Th the students prepare ala carte culinary delights are very low prices. The menu changes daily. Entrees with sides run $7-10, salads, soups, desserts only a couple dollars more.

A carpool will leave Edina at 11:00AM or meet us there at 11:30AM. Please indicate to Carol if you wish to carpool. We will need extra drivers. NOTE: Sally will not be carpooling.

RSVP by Friday, September 30th (space is limited–we need an accurate count early to make our reservation) to Carol at

Directions: Hwy. 100 N to Hwy. 62 E. Continue on Hwy 55 E. Keep Left onto #110 toward #13 N. Turn Left and take ramp onto #35E N. Take exit 206B toward Kellogg Ave., turn Left. Turn Left on John Ireland Blvd. Turn Right onto Marshall Ave. $1 parking (with validated ticket) in lot at Marshall Ave. entrance



GARDEN TOUR: Monday, October 9th, 10:30AM Departure —Caponi Art Park

1220 Diffley Road, Eagan (

Put your Chi in harmony by exploring Caponi Art Park with us.  This is an outdoor sculpture garden designed, within an oak landscape, as a single, unified work of art the meandering trails follow the topography of the grounds like contour drawings animated by everyone who walks them, and the rock walls and shaped hills are the sculpture into which conventional works are integrated.  Afterwards, we will have lunch at Andiamo Italian Ristorante, 1629 Lena Ct Ste 100, Eagan, MN (651-289-2000)

A carpool will leave S. Mpls. at 10:30AM or meet at the Park at 11:00.  

RSVP by Saturday, October, 7th to Please indicate if you plan to car pool.  



COFFEE BREAK:  Wednesday, October 12th, 9:30AM Departure—French Meadow Bakery & Cafe 

2610 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 870-7855

Come join us at this family favorite for coffee or a late breakfast. Menu at

A carpool will leave Edina at 9:30 AM, or meet us there at 10:00AM. Please indicate to Ann if you wish to carpool.

RSVP by Monday, October 10th to

Directions: Hwy. 100 to exit Cty. 25 East to West Lake St. Turn RIGHT (E) to Lyndale. Turn LEFT (N) to #2610 left side of the street. Off-street parking is available in the two lots adjacent to the North and South sides of the building.


AFTERNOON ON THE TOWN:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 10:30AM Departure—Lunch and Play

Mandarin Kitchen, 8766 Lyndale Ave S, Bloomington  (952) 884-5356

The Ives Auditorium, 11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington 612-440-7529

Let’s do lunch and go to “A funny, feel-good show!” We’ll start at the Mandarin Kitchen, an award-winning Chinese restaurant highly recommended by Andrew Zimmern, chef and food connoisseur. Check out the menu at:  Specials from $6.55 – $8.95.

Then we’ll head to The Ives for the 1:00PM performance of “Be My Baby”. This comedy is about an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman thrown together on the journey of a lifetime.  When his ward and her niece decide to adopt a newborn baby, the older pair must travel 6,000 miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home to Scotland.  The problem is, John and Maude despise each other.  To make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and must jointly care for the helpless newborn.  There they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love.

Advance Group Tickets are $23. 

A carpool will leave Edina at 10:30AM or meet us at the restaurant at 11:00AM. Please indicate if you plan to carpool.

RSVP by Monday, October 9th to 



BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, October 24th, 3:45PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grill

Macy’s Southdale—Lower Level

The Residence by Kate Bower

Journalist Brower managed to track down numerous former White House staffers and moves by theme in presenting their memories—“Controlled Chaos,” “Discretion,” “Extraordinary Demands,” “Dark Days,” etc. There is an irresistible, charmingly pell-mell quality to the arrangement of these dashy stories.

Drinks First, Book Discussion, then Food. Macy’s has great Happy Hour food and drink specials.  Meet us at the big, round table in the back corner. Come even if you have not read this great book.

RSVP by Sunday, October, 22nd to


WALKING CLUB: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30AM—Centennial Lakes 

Need motivation to get out, move, and exercise? Join us as we walk around Centennial Lakes.  Spring has sprung – so meet us at the “Big Clock” outside of the Hughes Pavilion.  Walk around the lake or as much or as little as your legs allow. Be on time–we’ll start walking promptly!  If it rains – we meet at Southdale outside the Hennepin Country Service Center.

No need to RSVP – just come.


 NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:  Monday, November 20th, 7:00PM

Miss Hazel & the Rosa Parks LeagueJonathan Odell

Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, and inspired by his Mississippi childhood, Jonathan Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida – one wealthy and white and the other poor and black – who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.
Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi’s racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can’t keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene while gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Hazel’s husband hires Vida to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife and to care for his sole surviving son. Forced to spend time together with no one else to rely on, the two women find they have more in common than they thought, and together they turn the town on its head. It is the story of a town, a people, and a culture on the verge of a great change that begins with small things, like unexpected friendship.

Beverages at happy hour prices are available until 7:00 pm.  Feel free to bring food or snacks up form the store.  . Please come even if you haven’t read the book.
RSVP by Saturday, November 18th to

BOOKS & BOOZE–December 2017 

“The Grave Soul” by Ellen Hart (MN author)

When Guthrie Hewitt calls on restaurateur and private investigator Jane Lawless, he doesn’t know where else he can turn. Guthrie has fallen for a girl—Kira Adler. In fact, he was planning to propose to her on Christmas Eve. But his trip home with Kira over Thanksgiving made him uneasy. All her life, Kira has been haunted by a nightmare. In the dream, she witnesses her mother being murdered.