Monthly Archives: November 2017

December 2017 Newsletter

 Note from our President –

            Things are starting to move into high gear with the countdown to Hanukkah and Christmas underway.

So, my annual gift to you is this advice: Let go of just a little this year, and take more time for you! If only I can follow my own advice! Join us at all, or some of the wonderful activities we’ve planned—they’re guaranteed to relieve a little stress, put you in the holiday spirit and help you touch base with busy old and new friends.

Holiday Lunch & Play—come laugh along with us

Holiday Luncheon—meet us at Lela’s for this festive gathering

Coffee Break—come gather ‘round the tree at Sally’s

Books & Booze teetotalers and non-readers are always welcome

See you there!





HOLIDAY LUNCHEON AND PLAY:  Friday, December 8th, 2017, 11:45 Departure—

Day Tripper’s Theatre, Bloomington Eagles Club

9152 Old Cedar Ave. Bloomington

Let’s start the holidays with a festive buffet luncheon and “A Nutty Show!”   Buffet Features:

Pork Loin with Cherry Glaze

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Wild Rice Pilaf

Tossed Green Salad

Pistachio Salad

Rolls and Butter

Christmas Cupcakes

Coffee and Tea

Luncheon at 12:15PM , play at 1:15PM       Cost – $34.00  (includes T & T) 

“Ridiculous, charming, adorable, hilarious.”  In The Nutcracker’s Nuts residents of the Simon’s Rest retirement community are tired of the same boring production of “The Christmas Carol.” Scrooge can’t remember his lines any more, and Tiny Tim is six feet tall. When they lose their director, they pick a new script and plan a production of “The Nutcracker.” When the residents discover it has a ballet, it’s too late to back out — the show is sold out and the show must go on! “Think of it as you’re only chance to see the Nutcracker performed with walkers!  It’s a real crowd pleaser–especially the second act’s ‘ballet’.”

A carpool will leave Edina at 11:45AM or meet us there at Noon.

Group discount tickets are $34.00  Your check to Anne must be received no later than Wednesday, November 29th. 


Directions to Theater: Hwy. 494 to 77 South (Cedar) exit. Turn Right (W) at Old Shakopee Rd. Go one block just past the Shell gas station. The Eagles Club is on the NW corner of Old Shakopee Rd and Old Cedar Ave.



COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, December 133h, 10:00AM—at the home of a Member

‘tis the season! Please bring a favorite holiday pastry or snack to share.

RSVP by Sunday, December 11th to




HOLIDAY LUNCHEON: Tuesday, December 19th, 11:30AM—Lela’s

5601 W 78th St., Bloomington   (Sheraton—former Sofitel) 952-656-5980

Don’t miss our annual holiday outing. Lela’s special 3-course prix fixe menu is only $15 (including T & T). It will be hard to choose just one from each of the tasty course offerings:



lobster deviled eggs


simple salad


bolognese pappardelle

wild mushroom ravioli

romaine caesar salad with 4 oz. chicken breast

cup of soup + 1/2 sandwich


tres leches cake

raspberry chocolate mousse

RSVP by Friday, December 15th with your check. Email for instructions.


BOOKS & BOOZE: Thursday, December 28th , 3:45PM—Macy’s Lakeshore Grill

Macy’s Southdale—Lower level

“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.

Drinks first, book discussion, then food. Meet us at the big, round tale in the back corner. Fabulous appetizers, wine and beer from $3 – $5.   Just come even if you have not read this great book.

RSVP by Tuesday, December 26th to



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

Let’s not sit around!  Need motivation to get out, move, and exercise? Join us as we walk around Southdale Shopping Center.  Time goes fast when you are talking with friends. Walk around the mall or as much or as little as your legs allow. Be on time–we’ll start walking promptly!   No need to RSVP – just come.

We meet at Hennepin County Service Center–NE side of Southdale, Door 13




NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK:  Monday January 15, 7:00 PM – Byerly’s Mezzanine,

Hazelton and France Ave.
Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.
Beverages at happy hour prices are available until 7:00 p.m.  Feel free to bring food or snacks up from the store.  Please come even if you haven’t read the book.