A Note from our President –
November marks the start of a busy holiday season with Thanksgiving coming on the 28th. Even though it’s bound to be busy we hope you save some time for fun activities with your Wanderers friends!
Volunteer Project—participate in a one-time community service project at VEAP
Theater Outing—see “Ripcord”at the Masonic Ives Theater
Coffee Break—enjoy coffee and bakery treats atA Taste of Scandinavia
Flicks & Fun—see “Harriet” and enjoy happy hour afterward at a nearby restaurant
Nighttime Book Talk—discuss “Lilac Girls” at Lunds and Byerlys Mezz
Lunch Bunch—enjoy good food and conversation at the Barnes and Noble Kitchen
Needlecrafters—join other Wanderers doing knitting and crocheting at Patisserie Margo
See you there!
Sally Ebnet Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org
WALKERS: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30AM—Southdale Center—East Side
Need motivation to get out and move before the holidays begin? Join us for an hour (3 laps) of walking inside Southdale–or as much as your schedule and legs allow. Gather at the bench outside Jimmy John’s just inside Henn. Co. Service Center entrance. Just come!
VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Wednesday, November 6th,1:50PM Departure-5:15PM—at VEAP
9600 Aldrich Ave. So., Bloomington. We need to arrive by 2:15PM, check in through door A, and ask for Courtney.
VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)provides food for people in need in the community. We will be sorting and quality checking donations, sorting and bagging produce, and performing other warehouse tasks, as needed. You should wear closed toed shoes, such as tennis shoes, and clothing that’s okay to get dusty or dirty. It’s also suggested that you bring a water bottle.
Carpooling is highly recommended as parking is limited. Carpoolers will meet at Sara’s house
RSVP Saturday, November 2nd to Sara5217@aol.com Please indicate If you plan to carpool and if so, if you are willing to drive. Or meet us there at 2:15PM.
Parking Directions:Drive to the west side of the building (overlooking 35W) and park further back if possible. (They like to keep closer rows open for people using the Food Shelf.) Enter at Door A marked “VEAP Volunteers and Staff.” A volunteer will buzz people in. Overflow parking is available across Lyndale Avenue at US Bank.
THEATER OUTING: Thursday, November 7, 1:00PM—“Ripcord” at the Masonic Ives Theater, 11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN 952-948-6500
Cranky Abby and cheerful Marilyn match wits in this hijinks-laden comedy! When cantankerous Abby is forced to share her room in assisted living with endlessly chipper Marilyn, the two women make a seemingly harmless bet that quickly escalates into a hilarious game of practical jokes and one-upmanship, revealing hidden truths that neither wants exposed.
There are two options.
- Lunch and production is $47.00 (which includes all taxes and fees). Lunch is served in the downstairs dining room at 11:30AM. We will meet as a group in the lobby around 11:15AM to go downstairs for lunch. Lunch is: Creamy Chicken Breast, Roasted Red Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Cold Salad—Chef’s Choice, Dinner Roll, Assorted Desserts, Coffee, Hot Tea, Water.
- Production only is $27.00 (which includes all taxes and fees). We will meet in the Ives Theater lobby at 12:30PM.
RSVP ASAP to SHoffman7@comcast.net
COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, November 13th, 10:00AM—Taste of Scandinavia in Festival Foods
401 West 98th Street, Bloomington.
Taste of Scandinavia is a local favorite for many of us. Menu items range from bakery to full breakfasts. We’ll have a reservation for 10 under Gail’s name and adjust that as we get a better count. RSVP to this one since they will set places for an exact count.
RSVP by Tuesday, November 12th to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org
FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday, November 19th— “Harriet.”
Time and theater will be announced when they become available.
“Harriet” isa tribute to Harriet Tubman who was a pivotal figure in American history. Shewas an abolitionist and activist who,after escaping slavery in 1849, led 70 other slaves to freedom. According to Vanity Fair,“‘Harriet’ is a vaster, more interesting film than it will get credit for. This isn’t merely a movie about the path from slavery to freedom. It’s a movie about the tensions between blacks who were born free versus those who were born in chains, about the gendered work of abolitionism, about laws shifting under the nation’s feet and paving the path to Civil War, making the lives of the formerly enslaved more dangerous by the minute.”
Later we’ll go to a nearby restaurant for happy hour and conversation about the movie.
RSVP by Monday, November 18thto LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org
NEEDLECRAFTERS: Mondays, November 11th& 25th, 1:30PM—Patisserie Margo
4510 Valley View Road, Edina
Whatever your knitting, crocheting, or craft skill level, join us! You can even bring your mending! Come to learn or just chat over your project. Enjoy coffee, food/bakery treats, and great conversation.
NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, November 18th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
The Lilac Girlsby Martha Hall Kelly
“Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades. NY socialite Caroline has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But her world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939 and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away, Kasia, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she’s drawn deeper into the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences. For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power. The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages.
RSVP by Friday, November15th to Sara5217@aol.com
LUNCH BUNCH: Thursday, November 21st, 11:30am—Barnes and Noble Kitchen
at the Galleria in Edina.
Come and join us for a casual but elegant lunch at the Barnes and Noble Kitchen. If you google the cafe and peek at the menu you will see a selection of lunches from simple and quick to more substantial and hearty. The cafe has received 41/2 stars from reviewers. And their juicy brisket burger was rated one of the Top 10 Best Burgers in Minneapolis by the Star Tribune in 2018! Lynn and I have eaten there often and love it. After lunch you can browse the bookstore.
RSVP by Tuesday, November 19th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR/AKA UGLY SWEATER NIGHT: Sunday, December 8th, 3:30-6:30PM—
at Anne’s Home
“HO, HO, HO” Let’s party! Don’t forget to wear that horrible holiday sweater you’ve saved in your closet. There will be a prize for the ugliest sweater! So make it really UGLY! Bring a heavy appetizer as this will be dinner for most of us – and OH YA – wrap a white elephant gift (if you so desire) in your finest paper – so your gift will be selected first! We want to drool over all the gifts. Come with your holiday spirit and laughter.
Wine and water are available – bring other beverages if you desire!
RSVP by Friday, December 6th to AnneS@TheWanderersMSP.org.
Directions to Anne’s: HWY 100 to 77th street exit. Turn RIGHT (W) and follow 77th St.—as it becomes Edina Industrial Blvd.—to 78th St. Turn RIGHT at 78th. Turn RIGHT at Delaney Blvd Turn RIGHT at Pondwood Drive.
BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, December17th, 3:30PM—Cahill Bistro
7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill)
The Nestby Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives. Every family has its problems, but even among the most troubled, the Plumbs stand out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving.
NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, January 20th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato
“8-year-old Edgar remembers nothing of the accident people still whisper about. He only knows that his father is gone, his mother has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear: not even the line between the living and the dead.”