A Note from our President –
Help ring in another great year of welcoming women to our group. Don’t forget to bring a guest! In the meantime, have a Happy New Year!
Flicks and Fun—See the movie “Little Women”followed by happy hour at PF Chang’s
Coffee Break—Enjoy bakery treats and good conversation at YUM!
Night-Time Book Talk—Discuss Edgar and Lucywith the group at Byerlys Mezz
Lunch Bunch—Enjoy lunch at The Mandarin Kitchento honor the Chinese New Year
See you there! Sally@TheWanderersMSP.org
To RSVP simply click on the red email addresses below
WALKERS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30AM—Southdale Center
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 Hennepin County Service Center entrance on the East side of Southdale. Just come!
FLICKS & FUN: Tuesday, January 7th—AMC Southdale Theater
Little Women Time will be announced when it becomes available.
“Little Women” received a 98 percent favorable rating from 45 critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Their consensus: “With a stellar cast and a smart, sensitive retelling of its classic source material, this adaptation of “Little Women” proves some stories truly are timeless. The classic novel, and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, unfold as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflectsback and forth on her fictional life. The beloved story of the March sisters—four young women each determined to live life on her own terms—is both timeless and timely. Afterward we will go to PF Chang’s for happy hour.
RSVP by Monday, January 6th to LynnJ@TheWanderersMSP.org
COFFEE BREAK: Wednesday, January 8th, 10:00AM—YUM! back room
4000 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park.
The menu changes often and everything is made from scratch. Service is friendly and parking is attached.
RSVP by Monday, January 6th to GailS@TheWanderersMSP.org
NEEDLECRAFTERS: Mondays, January 13th & 27th, 1:30PM—Patisserie Margo
4510 Valley View Road, Edina
Do you knit, crochet, needlepoint, do bead work or any other portable craft? Or, would you like to learn? If so, join us. Enjoy coffee, bakery treats, food, and great conversation at Patisserie Margo. Just show up!
FUN & GAMES: Wednesday, January 15th, 4PM-7PM—BINGO & Meat Raffle
Richfield VFW, 6715 Lakeshore Drive, Richfield MN 55423 (66th/Lyndale)
We’re trying a new venue, as the Legion has discontinued its meat raffles. This raffle starts at 4PM ($1). BINGO starts at 5PM. A packet of cards is $11 (10 games, 3 cards each game), or you can buy individual games for $1. We must use dabbers, which can be purchased at the bar.
RSVP by Tuesdsay, January 14th to ConnieL@TheWanderersMSP.org
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.”
RSVP by Saturday, January 18th to Sara5217@aol.com
LUNCH BUNCH: Thursday, January 30th, 11:30 AM—The Mandarin Kitchen
8766 Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington, 952-884-5356. Please park at the restaurant’s designated spots or on the street
In honor of Chinese New Year 2020 we will dine at The Mandarin Kitchen where our group has had lunch before and liked it. This restaurant has been a staple of food connoisseurs for years. My Chinese friend, whose family ran a highly successful Chinese (Cantonese) restaurant for years, tells me she thinks it’s the best in town. It looks small from the outside, but inside it’s huge with an extensive menu, The portions are large so likely you will be able to enjoy leftovers, and their prices seem very reasonable.
RSVP by Tuesday, January 28th to firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Wednesday, February5th, 2:30PM to 5:15PM—VEAP
9600 Aldrich Ave., Bloomington. Must arrive by 2:15PM. Check in at door A, with Courtney.
VEAP 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. Wear closed toe shoes, like 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. Let Barb know if you will carpool and are willing to drive, or will meet us there. Carpoolers will meet behind AMF Southtown Lanes, American Boulevard and Knox, for a 1:50PM departure. Parking info: 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 through Door A on the west side marked “VEAP Volunteers and Staff.” A volunteer will buzz people in. Overflow parking is available across Lyndale Avenue at US Bank.
RSVP by Saturday, February 1st to BarbD@TheWanderersMSP.org
Note: We plan to volunteer at VEAP every other month so please add this activity to your calendar.
BOOKS & BOOZE: Tuesday, February 25th, 3:30PM—Cahill Bistro
7078 Amundson Ave., Edina (70th/Cahill)
Rosemary – The Hidden Kennedy Daughterby Kate Clifford Larson (Adult non-fiction)
They were the most prominent American family of the 20th century. Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter, Rosemary, attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet, Rosemary was intellectually disabled—a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family. Major new sources—Rose Kennedy’s diaries and correspondence, school and doctors’ letters, and exclusive family interviews—bring Rosemary alive as a girl adored but left far behind by her competitive siblings. Kate Larson reveals both the sensitive care Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then—as the family’s standing reached an apex—the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly intractable in her early twenties. Finally, Larson illuminates Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three, and the family’s complicity in keeping the secret.
NIGHT-TIME BOOK TALK: Monday, March 16th, 7:00PM—Lunds & Byerly’s Mezz
France Ave. at Hazelton Road, Edina
Elephant Companyby Vicki Constantine Croke
In 1920, Billy Williams came to colonial Burma as a “forest man” for a British teak company. Mesmerized by the intelligence and character of the great animals who hauled logs through the jungle, he became a gifted “elephant wallah.” Elephant Companychronicles Williams’s growing love for elephants as they provide him lessons in courage, trust, and gratitude. It’salso a tale of war and daring. When Japanese forces invaded Burma in 1942, Williams operated behind enemy lines. His war elephants carried supplies, helped build bridges, and transported the sick and elderly over treacherous mountain terrain. Cornered by the enemy, his company attempted a risky trek over the mountainous border to India, with a bedraggled group of refugees in tow. Part biography, part war epic, Elephant Companyis an inspirational narrative that illuminates a little-known chapter in the annals of wartime heroism.