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  • 101st Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote!

    Freedom, Democracy, Equality, Civil Rights, a Voice! Those were the issues, so worthy of the fight. How did they do it and what can we learn from their struggle today? Join local historian Lois Glewwe on a picture-rich flashback of how the women's suffrage movement evolved and impacted our state, country, and democracies around the world. Tues, Nov 2 1-2:30 pm $8 Register by Tues, Oct 26
  • 2021-2022 Thompson Times

    2021-2022 Thompson Times Subscription Subscription year runs from September 2021 through August 2022 and is printed six times per year. Price is pro-rated as year progresses.
  • A Visit with Author Tom Weber - Minneapolis: An Urban Biography

    In his succinct and thought-provoking book, "Minneapolis: An Urban Biography", Tom Weber provides a biography of the City of Lakes, starting with Bdote, the confluence of the Mississippi and the Minnesota Rivers and a sacred place for Dakota people who have lived here for millennia. Since the city's beginnings in the 1850s, Minneapolis has experienced continual collapses and rebuilding. Some collapses were real, as when the falls were nearly destroyed; some are metaphorical, as when corruption and the mob threatened to overtake the life of the city. Weber highlights stories of immigrants, milling, the American Indian Movement, the KKK, the university, business innovators, the vibrant arts and music scene, powerful sports teams, and a wealth of other topics. Books will be available. Wed, Sept 15 10-11:30 am $5 Register by Wed, Sept 8
  • Alive and Kickin'

    Al!ve and K!ck!n A musical experience like no other! Al!ve & K!ck!n' is theTwin Cities premier Rockin' Senior Vocal Ensemble. It is made up of 34 senior members. Al!ve & K!ck!n's musical talents bring to life some old standard favorites and explore the new music of today as they sing and dance in a series of performances. The group is managed and directed by award-winning performing arts professionals. A show not to be missed! Wed, Oct 20 1-2 pm $10.00 includes dessert Please register by Friday, October 15th.
  • Black is Beautiful

    For centuries, we have been told by the beauty, fashion, and movie industries that lighter skin is more desirable and more beautiful. Our society implicitly benefits those with lighter skin, and represses those with darker complexions. This toxic idea that darker is somehow less than, has very real consequences. The BeautyWell Project strives to reverse these messages, while also lifting up leaders within these communities to create a culture that will work to end skin-lightening practices for good. Please support your BIPOC friends and neighbors by attending cultural opportunities like this and help create a world where the beauty of all skin tones is celebrated. All are welcome. Presenter: Amira Adiwa Tues, Oct 19 11am-12pm $5 Register by Tues, Oct 12
  • British History with Terry Kubista

    Terry Kubista is a British historian, educator, and presenter. He has been running a very successful monthly program at the Minnetonka and Plymouth Senior Centers. The major purpose of Kubista's courses is to stimulate your thinking and inspire you to ask questions. The classes are fun, relaxed and a combination of oral presentations, videos and participant questions. Join us at Thompson Park In-Person on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Please register in advance. . The Changing City of London Aug 10 London has undergone massive changes since it was first named and settled by the Romans 2000 years ago. We'll be able to touch on only a few of them. Media: “London Now and Then” DVD
  • Caregiver Support Group

    Join us for an information session with discussion. Caregivers come together with trained facilitators to learn about topics relevant to and affecting caregivers. Please register in advance.
  • Chad Lewis Presents: Mysterious Creatures of the Midwest

    Chad Lewis Presents: Mysterious Creatures of the Midwest (Zoomed & available on site) Chad Lewis is a researcher, author, and lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. His background is in Psychology and for the last 20 plus years he has traveled the globe in search of unique and bizarre stories and history. Join Chad as he shares his research on creatures of the Midwest. Attendees will meet at TPAC and Chad will join the group on-screen via Zoom. Presenter: Chad Lewis Offered via zoom, - join us at TPAC Thurs, Oct 28 10-11:30 am 1630-F211 session - $8 Register by Thur, Oct 21
  • Climate vs Weather: What Do You Know?

    Come, listen and ask questions of someone who knows Minnesota weather and climate both past and present, better than we ever will. It's imperative that we understand all that there is to know about this topic so that when you break the ice with, "How about this weather?", you may truly understand. Presenter: Luigi Romolo, Ph.D., State Climate Office, MN DNR Mon, Oct 4 11am-12:30 pm 1579-F21 1 session - $5 Register by Mon, Sept 27
  • Colored Pencil Bathing

    Immerse Your Senses In Colored Pencil Painting In this technology-isolating world, we need a place to let out our inner artist by indulging our senses and connecting with others who have common interests. Join us as your busy schedule allows. Bring your favorite pencils, art supplies and projects to work on, or use the supplies provided. An activity, from a line drawing for painting to trying other mediums such as painting with acrylics, will be provided along with soothing music and friendly, welcoming members. The fee is $15 per person per trimester.
  • Cooking Capers

    Join us for socially-distanced conversation and recipe sharing. Bring your a new or favorite entree, veggie or dessert with recipe to share with everyone!
  • Crafting for a Cause

    This Service Group decorates bags for Meals on Wheels on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Bags are provided. We won't be sharing supplies for the foreseeable future, so please bring your own inspiring and creative decorating supplies!
  • Dementia Friends MN

    Dementia Friends is led by a Dementia Friend Champion. After participating in a Dementia Friends session, participants will be able to describe dementia and know the most common types of dementia. The five key messages about dementia: Dementia is not a normal part of aging Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain Dementia is not just about having memory problems It is possible to have a good quality of life with dementia There's more to the person than dementia Presenter: Sheri Salloway Yarosh Thur, Sept 30 9:30-10:30 am $3 Register by Thur, Sept 23
  • Discover Discussion Group via Zoom

    The Discover Group via Zoom Join Ph.D. Biochemist Gary Gray each month to engage in discussion on articles from the latest issue of Discover magazine. So much is happening so fast - climate change, medical breakthroughs, space exploration, and more! 3rd Fridays 10-11:30 am Mar 19, Apr 16 Online via Zoom 1574-W21 Registration required Registration deadline one week prior to each class
  • Donations to Thompson Park Activity Center

    Nestled in the midst of a beautiful Dakota County park, Thompson Park in West St. Paul is home to Thompson Park Activity Center, where we provide services and programs for adults of all ages and from all communities. TPAC is located at 1200 Stassen Lane, just off Butler Avenue and offers programming Monday - Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. We welcome you, so visit us soon! Thompson Park Activity Center graciously accepts tax-deductible donations. If making a donation over $25, please indicate if you would like to have your name acknowledged in the Thompson Times publication.
  • Hand & Foot Cards

    Hand and Foot is a North American game related to Canasta, in which each player is dealt two sets of cards - the hand, which is played first, and the foot, which is played when the hand has been used up. There are numerous variations of this game and no standard rules. Fridays 9:30 –11:30 am $15 per trimester Register in advance
  • Home Before Dark (Bridge)

    Home Before Dark is a group of bridge players who enjoy playing for fun, so being the best player is not the goal. The only qualification is that you have a partner. Join us if this style "suits" you! We start playing at 3 pm so we can be Home Before Dark. Mondays 3-6 pm $15 per trimester Registration in advance is required Space is limited
  • Inspirational Art & Gardens

    Inspirational Art & Garden Arrive at Kim Norlien Fine Art Studio in Clearwater, MN. Meet master artist, Kim Norlien. Hear about his work and enjoy viewing the remarkable pieces he has created. Some paintings are inspired by memories of being with his parents and grandparents enjoying nature, fishing, and the lake cabin. Complementing his detail, are hidden images within some painting. His award-winning wildlife scenes give attention to minute details with breathtaking realism and uncompromising authenticity. He began his career as a commercial artist, and painstakingly researches every detail, whether it is architecture, landscape, or wildlife. After the tour, take time to shop. Browse the full collection of prints or choose canvas art of tranquilly and peace. Select affordable tabletops and miniatures, or inspirational and encouraging faith reflections. The giftware features great work on mugs, puzzles and note cards. Of course, you can also own a Kim Norlien original. 1:45PM Arrive at the Munsinger and Clemens Gardens nestled along the shores of the Mississippi River. Enjoy these prestigious and nationally renowned gardens that attract visitors from all over the world. Stroll among the beautiful colors and inhale the garden fragrances. The Virginia Clemens Rose Garden features a series of gardens reminiscent of European gardens. [This is a self-guided tour that will require walking. Wear durable and comfortable footwear to walk through gardens.] Thursday, August 12 $60.00 Depart TPAC 8:30am / Return 4:30pm Depart SSP 8:15am / Return 4:45pm Register by July 16
  • Introduction to Watercolor Painting

    Start learning how to paint with watercolors! Explore materials and basic watercolor techniques as well as color theory and color mixing. Create a painting or two you'll be proud of! Supplies may be purchased from the instructor. A supply fee of $40 is due at the at class. This introductory class is for those who are new to watercolor painting and is a prerequisite for Watercolor I and Watercolor II, offered here at Thompson Park. Instructor: Linda Stout
  • Landmark Tours: Plan a Trip of a Lifetime!

    2021-22 Landmark Tours Travel Show Are you ready to explore the world again? Landmark is! Join us at TPAC to learn more about the exciting world of excorted travel. TPAC collaborates with Landmark Tours, a local, family-owned tour operator. For more information call 651-403-8300 or stop by and pick up a catalog of the exciting 2021-22 trips! Presenter: John Lyons Thur, Nov 11 1-2 pm 1592-F21 1 session - free Register by Thur, Nov 4
  • Mah Jongg

    Similar to the Western card game rummy, Mah Jongg is a game of skill, strategy, and luck. Everyone is welcome! If you've never played and are interested in learning, call 651-403-8300 to set up a time to try it out and we'll teach you! Begins Sept 2nd. Thursdays 1-3:45 pm $15 per trimester Register in advance
  • Medicare Seminars: Are You New to Medicare?

    Are You New to Medicare? This seminar is for you if you are turning 65 or are over 65 and going off your company's health insurance plan. What if you are not sure if you should go on Medicare or stay on your company's plan? YES, this seminar will also assist you with that decision. We will review the ABCs of Medicare. Types of Medicare health care and prescription drug programs, along with factors to consider when choosing a Medicare health plan and timelines for initial enrollment and annual Medicare open enrollment. Presenters: Harvey Perle, Owner and Principal of Perle & Co., & Sheri Salloway Yarosh, MBA licensed insurance agent from Partners Senior Advantage l Thur, Sept 16 9:30-10:30am $5 Register in advance
  • Medicare Seminars: Considerations for Those Turning 60

    Considerations for Those turning 60 - Financial, Health and Lifestyle Topics to Review This seminar offers attendees a checklist of topics to explore as they reach this milestone birthday. Topics such as financial checkups, health care checks, healthcare program reviews, and lifestyle considerations will be presented as points to begin contemplation and discussions with significant family members and professionals. Topics to be covered: Retirement income check up - when to begin to take social security benefits, wills and healthcare directives, health risks, life insurance and final expense insurance, long term care options, Medicare, employee health care vs. Medicare healthcare, housing options, and important document organization and storage. Presenters: Harvey Perle, Owner and Principal of Perle & Co., & Sheri Salloway Yarosh, MBA licensed insurance agent from Partners Senior Advantage l Thur, Sept 2 9:30-10:30am $5 Register in advance
  • Medicare Seminars: What is New for Medicare 2022?

    What changes are anticipated for Medicare program recipients in 2022 with the new plans? Will the premiums for Part B increase? Do I need to review my Medicare health plan and prescription drug plan vs the new program options? What new benefits are being offered by various Medicare advantage programs? This seminar will address all these questions but no specific plan data will be shared. Presenters: Harvey Perle, Owner and Principal of Perle & Co., & Sheri Salloway Yarosh, MBA licensed insurance agent from Partners Senior Advantage l Thur, Oct 14 9:30-10:30am $5 Register in advance