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July 7, 2015
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
7500 York Avenue South
Edina, MN

This 6-week small-group education program (Tuesdays, July 7 through August 11, 2015) is designed to help you with a wealth of self-care tools that will help you take care of yourself while taking care of others. You will learn to reduce stress, improve your self-confidence, balance your life, better communicate your feelings, increase your ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources. This program is facilitated by volunteers who have gone through training and preparation through the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. The $60 suggested contribution includes a $30 workbook. Register by calling Mary Cordell at 952-929-1697 x28.  Download the flyer.

July 9, 2015
The Music Man: VAN's Night at the Guthrie
7:30 PM
Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

musicman_small_182Join the Vital Aging Network for a night at the Guthrie Theatre on July 9, 2015!

Excellent seating, with reduced ticket price of $38.00 (value: $56) for the performance of The Music Man, Meredith Millson's play about the fast-talking salesman and his money-making scheme to form a boys band in small-town Iowa. Overflowing with heart and a parade of toe-tapping songs including “Goodnight, My Someone,” “Gary, Indiana,” “Till There Was You” and “Seventy-Six Trombones,” this Tony-winning classic is family entertainment at its best.

Limited number of seats available.  Order by July 3.

Register now

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August 23, 2015
Dakota in the Twin Cities: Summer Bdote Field Trip
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Minnesota Humanities Center
987 Ivy Ave East
St. Paul, MN 55106

Spend the day visiting local sites of significance to Dakota people and learning about them from a Dakota perspective. As you experience these places, you will challenge assumptions made about Dakota history and identity and gain a deeper understanding of the significance of places like Pilot Knob, Wakan Tipi, and Mounds Park to this land's first people. Cost: $90 per person, includes transportation to sites, lunch, and materials. Register online

September 18, 2015
Speaking of "Being Mortal"
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saint Paul RiverCentre Ballroom
175 W Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, MN 55102

Dr. Atul Gawande explores the limitations of health care delivery and what really matters in end-of-life care. In a deeply personal exploration, Dr. Gawande talks about the fact that end-of-life care has shifted from the family home to hospitals and nursing homes - where caregivers are often unequipped and ill prepared to help individuals live a meaningful life to their last breath. Moderating the discussion will be Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer. Tickets $35 includes a free copy of Being Mortal. Register online.

September 25, 2015
The Arts Access Chautauqua
The Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota

VSA Minnesota is conducting this two-day gathering to celebrate artists with disabilities and advancements in accessibility to the arts in light of civil rights provided in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law 25 years ago on July 26, 1990. In showcases and a public performance, Minnesota artists with disabilities will perform as musicians, actors, storytellers, dancers, and writers. Visual artists with disabilities, identified partly through our Emerging Artist Grant program (funded for 18 years by the Jerome Foundation), will also have their work exhibited. For further information, contact Shelia Bland,

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