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Country Walkers , The
The Country Walkers Company offers walking tours to 56 destinations in the US and abroad for singles, families, and senior travelers.

Contact information:
www.countrywalkers.com/


Dance Magazine
Dance Magazine, available on newsstands or online, features the latest dance news and resources.

Contact information:
www.dancemagazine.com


ElderTreks
ElderTreks is the first adventure travel company to offer worldwide travel tours for people 50 or over, in small groups of 16 or less. Their all-inclusive land journeys focus on adventure, culture and nature.

Contact information:
www.eldertreks.com


Expedia.com
A general travel site on the Internet, Expedia.com is a one-stop travel site that provides secure online reservations for air, car, hotel and vacations. Visitors can access a vast database of destination and other travel information.

Contact information:
www.expedia.com


Frommers.com
The Frommers.com website offers authoritative commentary and recommendations for travel to both domestic and international destinations. The site includes information on budget travel packages, airfare, cruises, lodging, and car rentals. It includes messages boards for communication to other travelers, a bookstore and subscriptions to a newsletter.

Contact information:
www.frommers.com


Goldstein Museum of Design
An internationally recognized teaching museum located on the U of M ‘s St. Paul Campus, the Goldstein Museum collects, preserves, and documents late 19th- and early 20th-century clothing, textiles, decorative arts, and a graphic arts. The Goldstein mounts four or five special exhibits per year, some of which feature accompanying lecture series.

Contact information:
goldstein.che.umn.edu/


Gorp.com
The Gorp.com site has other information concerning National Parks in the U.S., facilities, and recreational activities.

Contact information:
www.gorp.com/gorp/resource/US_National_Park/main.htm


Guthrie Theater
Founded in 1963, this theater presents both classical literature and new work from diverse cultures.

Contact information:
www.guthrietheater.org/


Independent Traveler
This site has travel bargains and information resources for people who prefer to plan their own trips, rather than take pre-arranged tours or self-contained packages.

Contact information:
www.independenttraveler.com


International Qigong Alliance
International Qigong Alliance is a network of Qigong schools, instructors and practitioners, a nonprofit organization, and a global grass roots community. Membership is free and open to all who have interest in Qigong and other forms of subtle-energy cultivation. Contact us for information on the heath and life extension benefits of practicing Qigong; teacher referral and Qigong Tours to China & Tibet.

Contact information:
www.qigong-alliance.org


Kairos Dance Theatre
Kairos Dance Theatre is a Minneapolis-based intergenerational dance company whose performers range in age from 4 to 90 years old. Led by Artistic Director, Maria Genne, Kairos performs locally and nationally, reaching intergenerational audiences in nursing homes, community centers, parks, libraries, and schools. Through its program, "The Dancing Heart: Vital Elders Moving in Community," Kairos Dance Theatre partners with community organizations to offer older adults and caregivers an interactive, creative experience that combines opportunities for artistic expression and learning with the health-enhancing benefits of dance and music. Program formats include workshops, residencies, and performances.

Contact information:
www.kairosdance.org


Loft Literary Center, The
The Loft Literary Center offers classes, programs, and services for readers and writers. Accomplished writers teach classes and workshops throughout the year. The Loft offers classes in poetry, short story, memoir, fiction, and many other forms. There are practical classes to introduce you to the realities of a writing career: working with agents, submitting to publishers, and more. There are no grades or academic requirements. Tuition is based on a sliding fee scale, with both scholarship and work-study opportunities available.

Contact information:
https://www.loft.org/


MacPhail Center for the Arts
MacPhail Center for the Arts, located in Minneapolis, is a comprehensive community resource for education and performance experiences in the musical arts that includes people of all ages, abilities and economic circumstances. This organization offers a variety of music lessons, performance experiences, master classes and other opportunities for the entire family.

Contact information:
www.macphail.org/


Maple Grove Parks and Recreation
The Maple Grove Parks and Recreation Board offers classes in humanities, arts, discussions and computers year around for all interested adults. The classes are scheduled on a quarterly basis.

Contact information:
www.ci.maple-grove.mn.us/#


Mapping Your Retirement
Mapping Your Retirement helps you plan a retirement based on your values, interests, and resources. The guide provides information and worksheets on three critical elements of a meaningful retirement: Living Your Life, Maintaining Your Health, and Managing Your Money.

Contact information:
www.mappingyourretirement.org


Metronet
Metronet, a site sponsored by Minnesota libraries, has a listing of recreation and sports activities that include the following categories: Associations, Professional Sports, Recreation Areas, College Sports, Cycle and Motor Sports, Water Sports, Winter Sports, and other activities.

Contact information:
www.metrolibraries.net/index.html


Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The MIA's permanent art collection includes eighty thousand objects, spans five thousand years, and represents the world's cultures. The MIA has seven curatorial areas: Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; Architecture, Design, Decorative Arts, Craft, and Sculpture; Asian Art; Paintings and Modern Sculpture; Photographs; Prints and Drawings; and Textiles.

Contact information:
www.artsmia.org/


Minnesota Department of Tourism
State websites such as exploreminnesota.com provide local information. At this site you can enter a range of dates, a city, or a region to access destination activities, locate scenic byways, investigate specials, search lodging and camping sites, and learn about things to do such as festivals and events. You can also order publications to assist your planning.

Contact information:
www.exploreminnesota.com


Minnesota Artists Online
Minnesota Artists Online offers a way for Minnesota-based artists to gather and share their work with each other and the community at large. It is a free service where artists can post contact information and images of their work. The site was developed by a partnership between the McKnight Foundation and the Walker Art Center's New Media Initiatives group.

Contact information:
www.mnartists.org/


Minnesota Museum of American Art
Founded in 1927, this art museum in St. Paul focuses on American art and artists, past, present, and emerging.

Contact information:
www.mmaa.org/


Minnesota Museums
This site includes a partial listing of museums in Minnesota and a list of U.S. museums by state.

Contact information:
www.museumlink.com/minnesot.htm


Minnesota Orchestra
Founded in 1903, orchestra performs nearly 200 concerts each year. It also broadcasts concerts, to more than 120 radio stations nationwide, reach approximately 200,000 people each week.

Contact information:
www.minnesotaorchestra.org


Minnesota Watercolor Society
The Minnesota Watercolor Society, one of the largest associations of watercolor artists in the Midwest, sponsors monthly meetings, a newsletter, exhibits, demonstrations, "paintouts," and workshops for artists of all ages.

Contact information:
www.minnesotawatercolors.com/


National Park Service
The National Park Service site has information that that includes the following categories: Visit Your Parks; Links to the Past: Histories, Cultures, and Places; Nature Net: Nature and Science in the Park; Park Smart: Education and Interpretation; and Info Zone: Servicewide Information.

Contact information:
www.nps.gov


North Star Ski Touring Club of Minnesota
The North Star Ski Touring Club is a ski and canoe/kayaking club in Minnesota.

Contact information:
www.north-stars.org/index.html


Northern Clay Center
The Northern Clay Center focuses on the advancement of the ceramic arts. Their exhibitions feature the work of contemporary ceramic artists and also historical and architectural ceramics. They offer classes for children and adults, lease studio space, and sell the work of many ceramic artists in their shop.

Contact information:
www.northernclaycenter.org/index.php


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, Clearwater & Polk Counties
Northern Exposure offers spring and fall programming on a variety of programs presented by local experts. For more information, contact Alan Goldberg at 218-444-8339, Judy Engebretson at 218-776-3112, or Ann Beck at 218-694-3232.

Contact information:
218-444-8339
udeygoldberg@msn.com


Orbitz.com
A general travel site on the Internet, Orbitz.com is a one-stop travel site that provides secure online reservations for air, car, hotel and vacations. Visitors can access a vast database of destination and other travel information.

Contact information:
www.orbitz.com


Senior Cycling
Senior Cycling offers bicycle tours for seniors, ranging in age from 50-80. They range from short and easy to long and strenuous.

Contact information:
www.seniorcycling.com


Senior Tennis Players Club of Minnesota
The Senior Tennis Players Club welcomes players 50+ with free lessons and drills. The primary purpose of the STPC is to provide tennis playing opportunities to people 50 and older for their mental, physical, and social well-being; and to support the growth of tennis.

Contact information:
www.seniortennismn.com


Southwest Ed-ventures
Southwest Ed-ventures offers adventurous and affordable outdoor learning vacations for families and adults in the American Southwest. College credit is available.

Contact information:
www.sw-adventures.org/


St. Paul Parks and Recreation
St. Paul Parks & Recreation schedules a variety of activities, classes, and sports for all ages, including 55 and over.

Contact information:
www.ci.stpaul.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=3711


State of Minnesota Tourism Recreation
The main website for the State of Minnesota includes a "recreation" link with information about state parks, trails, bicycling, and much more.

Contact information:
www.exploreminnesota.com/


Swimming Holes East
The Swimming Holes East database lists about 400 select swimming spots in America's east coast. All are fed by fresh, running water.

Contact information:
www.swimmingholes.org


Textile Center
This organization dedicates itself to promoting and preserving the excellence of textiles. It offers classes in textile media, such as knitting and dyeing, as do its member organizations, such as the Upper Midwest Bead Society and Contemporary Quilters. Individuals can also be members and receive various discounts as a result.

Contact information:
www.textilecentermn.org/


Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory
The Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory is a guide to official tourism information sources such as: official government tourism offices, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and other agencies which provide free, accurate, unbiased travel information to the public. Their database contains more than 1400 entries.

Contact information:
www.towd.com


Travel Companion Exchange
Travel Companion Exchange helps solo travelers find partners. Paid membership ensures only those who are really serious about finding a compatible travel partner gain access.

Contact information:
travelcompanionexchange.com


Travelocity.com
A general travel site on the Internet, Travelocity is a one-stop travel site that provides secure online reservations for air, car, hotel and vacations. Visitors can access a vast database of destination and other travel information.

Contact information:
www.travelocity.com


VBT Bicycling Vacations
VBT Bicycling Vacations is a leader in European bicycling vacations, with a choice of packages with airfare or land-only options. Lodging, meals, and the bicycle are included.

Contact information:
www.vbt.com


Vacations That Can Change Your Life
This book is sectioned into five major categories of life changing vacation destinations: Holistic Vacations, Spiritual Vacations, Healing and Health Promoting Vacations, Self-Improvement Vacations and Learning Vacations. Each section lists retreat centers, workshops and other resources. Readers can plan a vacation to soothe the mind, the body, or the spirit, is adventurous, or satisfies their spiritual curiosity. Lederman, E. (1998). Vacations that can change your life. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks. ISBN-13: 978-1570713910


Walker Art Center
Founded in 1927, the Walker Art Center was the first public art gallery in the Upper Midwest. The museum has focused on modern art since the 1940s. The organization also offers performing arts, film, and educational programs.

Contact information:
www.walkerart.org/index.wac


Wilderness Inquiry
Wilderness Inquiry provides outdoor adventure for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. They also need volunteers to assist them in their programs.

Contact information:
www.wildernessinquiry.org


Women in the Wilderness
Adventure travel, from Arctic to Amazon, for women of all ages. Writing workshops (Iceland, Yucatan, MN) also open to men. Some trips for "elders" but travelers on all trips are mostly over 50, many over 60.Northern Minnesota, Lake Superior, Amazon and Macchu Picchu, Utah deserts. Oldest women's wilderness program in the country. No experience needed.

Contact information:
www.womenswilderness.org/womens_programs.html


 

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