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  • *NEW* MN Masonic Heritage Center Lunch and Concert

    The MN Masonic Heritage Center is located in Bloomington and is a "working tribute to the concepts and contributions of Freemasonry." We will arrive about 10:30, and have a volunteer guide tell us about the Center. Then you'll have some time before lunch to explore the exhibits and learn about its rich history. Lunch is at 11:30, which will consist of meatloaf served with mashed potatoes, vegetable du jour, dinner rolls, cold salad (chef’s choice), assorted dessert (chef’s choice), coffee (regular or decaffeinated), and hot tea. Special dietary meals available by request ahead of time. Then we will enjoy a wonderful concert from about 1-3 pm. In the 70s an exciting new style of rock music emerged in Southern California. Known for evocative lyrics, catchy guitar licks, and luxuriant harmonies, “Sounds of the Seventies” evokes memories of those carefree, open-road years through the music of Fleetwood Mac, America, the Eagles, Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, the Doobie Brothers, and more! Price includes admission, lunch, concert and transportation. Registration deadline August 29 - no refunds thereafter. Motor coach will depart from The Rookery Activity Center at 9:15 am and return at approximately 4 pm.
  • *NEW* Nashville Getaway

    Saturday, Oct 8-Saturday, Oct 15 Grab your friends and your cowboy boots. Community Education is heading to Nashville! Saturday, Oct. 8: Sit back and relax and let us do all the driving. We’ll travel by motorcoach beginning Saturday morning with a first stop in Austin, MN to pick up other participants. A stop to purchase food/snacks at a bathroom stop is also included. We’ll stop at a dinner buffet at Fiddlesticks in Hannibal, MO and then head to the Drury Inn St. Louis for an overnight stay. Sunday, Oct. 9: Before leaving St. Louis, we’ll visit the famous Gateway Arch, (admission, movie and tram ride and lunch included). Dinner is included this evening when we arrive in Nashville, at Nicky’s Coal Fired Pizza. Once in Nashville, get ready for a variety of famous and exciting sights and sounds in this thriving musical city. Our accommodations will be at the Drury Inn Nashville which includes a free hot breakfast and a free kick back happy hour, including hot food and cold drinks, daily. Nashville Highlights: Monday, Oct. 10: A tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame in the morning, the rest of the day is on your own. Tuesday, Oct. 11: A tour of the Andrew Jackson Hermitage historical museum in the morning, lunch is included at the Bavarian Brewhouse, then to Grand Ole Opry in the evening for a show. Dinner at the Drury Inn happy hour or on your own. Wednesday, Oct. 12: A tour of the Ryman Auditorium in the morning, lunch is included at Puckett’s, which is a short walk away. A tour of the Belle Meade Historic Site & Mansion is included for the afternoon. Dinner is at the Drury Inn happy hour or on your own. Thursday, Oct. 13: Spend the day at your own leisure. In the evening we’ll board the General Jackson showboat, which includes dinner and a show. Friday, Oct. 14: Depart Nashville in the morning, lunch will be included. We’ll stop at Coralville, Iowa for overnight accommodations at Spring Hill Suites. Dinner is on your own, with a hotel shuttle available to dining options at a nearby mall. Saturday, Oct. 15: Breakfast is included at the hotel. Arrival in Austin, MN is approximately noon and Blaine approximately 2:30 pm. Price: Double Room Occupancy: $1,549 per person $349 initial deposit, plus payments of $300 due May 1, June 1, July 1 and August 1. Single Room Occupancy: $2,109 $349 initial deposit, plus payments of $440 due May 1, June 1, July 1 and August 1. No refunds after August 1. A refund request at any time before August 1, 2022 will incur a $50 cancellation fee, per person. If registering after an installment payment due date, initial deposit plus missed payment will be due at time of enrollment. (ie: If registering on May 23, initial deposit plus May 1 payment due at time of enrollment). All hotel breakfasts included 5 Lunches and all dinners provided (some at Drury Kickback) except dinner on our return trip 7 attraction admission/tickets 7 nights hotel accommodations 2 trip chaperones and Motor coach transportation included
  • *NEW* Photography Basics

    Join professional nature photographer, Don Tredinnick, for an instructional photography webinar that will cover a variety of topics designed to help you get the most from your camera. Topics include, understanding exposure, camera modes, focusing techniques, lens selection, white balance, and several other topics. Time for questions and answers will be provided. No experience necessary, all camera types welcome including phone cameras. After Thursday’s webinar we will head out to Como Park in St. Paul. We will spend time on the grounds outside the conservatory taking some landscape photos before heading into the zoo to photograph some of the animals. Directions and meeting location will be sent upon registration. A Zoom link for the webinar will be sent to email used to register.
  • Minnesota Twins Baseball Game

    Come out and cheer on our boys of summer, as the MN Twins take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Our seats are in section 203, along the first base line. We do have some accessible seats available, please let us know if you need to reserve an accessible seat. We plan to arrive around 11:15 am for the noon game, so you'll have some time to explore before the game begins. Fee includes transportation and game ticket. Please register by June 28. No refunds thereafter. Pick up/drop off at The Rookery Activity Center (fka Lino Lakes YMCA).
  • Music on the Lake - It's Golden

    Enjoy a few Thursday summer nights with a free concert at Golden Lake Park in Circle Pines. Co-sponsored by Centennial Community Education and the City of Circle Pines. Information listed here is for your information only. No registration required. Simply show up with your lawn chair ready to listen to some good tunes. Centennial Community Band Thursday, June 16 7-8 pm This 60 plus member community band formed in 2003. They work under the direction of Barry Zumwalde and perform several concerts a season. Family DJ Dance Party Thursday, June 23, 6-7 pm Join our DJ, Brett of Special Works DJ, who has arranged a play list full of appropriate songs that are just made for dancing. Songs will span the generations to appeal to all ages. So grab your family and friends and let’s bust a groove. Brady Pearl Thursday, July 14, 7-8:30 pm Brady is an American singer-songwriter of modern and traditional Americana from the Twin Cities. His grandparents owned the first musical night club on Lake Minnetonka in the 1940s, music is a part of Brady’s family history. The Revolution 5 Thursday, August 18, 7-8:30 pm The Revolution 5 is Minnesota’s premier Beatles Tribute. Their extensive set list includes hours of Beatles tunes and boasts virtually every chart-topping hit sprinkled with a handful of deeper tracks for the true enthusiast. Join our DJ, Brett of Special Works DJ, who has arranged a play list full of appropriate songs that are just made for dancing. Songs will span the generations to appeal to all ages. So grab your family and friends and let’s bust a groove.
  • NEW* "GRAND" Day Party

    Hey Grandkids, make some GRAND memories with Grandma or Grandpa at this Grand Day Party. Make some memories with the Grands by decorating a frame and completing a fun fact sheet together, hop on over to the Grand Day backdrop for a photo, go on a short but Grand Adventure together in search of some Grand things, and end this Grand morning with cupcakes and lemonade.
  • Steele County Fair

    Hop on the bus for a trip to Southern Minnesota. We'll start with a tour of the Faribault Woolen Mill. Today, in a historic mill nestled along the Cannon River in Minnesota, a 156 year-old story is still being woven. The Mill endures as one of the last vertical woolen mills in America. Here, fifth generation craftspeople take raw wool and create blankets, throws, scarves and accessories of remarkable comfort and quality. Irreplaceable century-old machinery stands side by side with modern technology. Do you love the MN State Fair, but hate the crowds and walking? Or maybe you've never been. Well, we have a great option for you. The Steele County Free Fair in Owatonna, MN is an amazing fair. It has everything the MN State Fair has to offer in a much smaller, less crazy environment. Senior Day is August 18. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enjoy food, vendors, animals, music, shows, and tons more! We'll get you to the fair by noon so you can have plenty of time to eat! Register by August 1. No refunds thereafter. Transportation will depart from The Rookery Activity Center at 8:30 am and return approximately 5:30 pm.