1 KEYSTONE HAPPENINGS FOR THE 50-PLUS GENERATIONS April, May, June 2018 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Welcome Back Jill...2 Qualify for SNAP...2 Upcoming Speakers and Events Ongoing Exercise...5 Ongoing Activities...6 Free Movies...7 Volunteer Luncheon...7 Ongoing Services...8 Calendars Art Show...12 Keystone Thriving Times is published quarterly by Keystone Active Seniors, a program of Keystone Community Services for adults 50 and up who want to keep their minds alert, bodies healthy, and spirits energized. Merriam Park Community Center West 7th Community Center keystoneservices.org Key for Event Locations: This symbol means events are held at Merriam Park Community Center. This symbol means events are held at West 7th Community Center. Grant Provides Opportunity to Offer New Technology for Seniors Have you seen the changes to the senior lounges at both sites? We have made some technology updates in our lounges because of a generous grant from Charter Communications. We have added computer labs to each lounge, and a big-screen television to the West 7th lounge. We have purchased laptop computers and an ipad that will be available for classes for our participants. We have also improved our digital infrastructure so we can offer more technology based classes and activities in the future. This grant and the equipment allows us to expand our Cyber Seniors program so that we can reach more students and now offer it at both sites. It also allows for a permanent computer lab in each lounge. Movie viewing and programs like TED-talks and sing-a-longs are just a few of the wonderful new activities we will implement with the new equipment. Technology allows us to learn and connect with others in so many fascinating ways but it can be overwhelming if you aren t familiar with it. With the new equipment Keystone can provide you access to these opportunities along with training and guidance. If learning how to access Facebook, Skype, YouTube, , or texting intrigue you, we invite you to sign up for one of our upcoming computer classes. The computers will be publicly available very soon. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis when the lounge is not busy with a program. We ask that you limit your time on them to 1-hour if someone else is waiting to use it. More details on using the computers will be available in the computer labs. If you have thoughts or suggestions for future classes or equipment needs, please tell us. This is your space and we want you to enjoy it! MERRIAM PARK COMMUNITY CENTER 2000 St. Anthony Avenue St. Paul, MN WEST 7TH COMMUNITY CENTER 265 Oneida Street St. Paul, MN keystoneservices.org Find us on Facebook
2 Your Opinion Matters! Having quality programs is important to everything we do at Keystone. Equally important is giving you a chance to tell us how we are doing. We often ask you to participate in assessments and surveys which help us measure our success and identify areas for improvement. Our funders care about these evaluation results but we also want to design programs that reflect the needs and interests of our community. In the next edition of Thriving Times, we look forward to sharing some of evaluationrelated findings and plans with you. Stay tuned! Welcome Back, Jill! We are delighted to welcome back our Fit and Fabulous instructor, Jill Gilfillan. Jill has taught our classes in the past, but took a short hiatus in order to gain even more teaching credentials for us! Jill will be teaching at both W7th and Merriam Park on Mondays and Wednesdays. Fridays exercise class will be a video until further notice. We hope you will come check out this vibrant and inclusive exercise group. Jill works hard to adapt everything to meet everyone s needs and abilities, so no matter what your activity level is currently, Jill will accommodate for you. We also are a Silver and Fit certified facility. If your medical insurance covers that plan, your class cost may be greatly reduced. Inquire at the front desk to find out more details. DO YOU KNOW IF YOU QUALIFY FOR SNAP? SNAP is the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program that was formally known as food stamps. It is a federal program that comes in the form of a debit card that can be used to buy food at grocery stores, convenience stores and some farmer s markets and co-op food programs (including Fare for All). People of all ages can use SNAP. Eligibility is determined by your family size, your income, citizenship status, and certain other expenses. If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), General Assistance (GA), or Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) please call the food helpline to find out where to apply for SNAP. Otherwise, look at the income guidelines to see if you qualify. If you have questions or need help applying for SNAP, contact one of our senior program social workers. INCOME GUIDELINES FOR 10/1/17 9/30/18 Number of people in the household Monthly income before taxes 1 $1,659 2 $2,233 3 $2,808 4 $3,383 Merriam Park West 7th 2 VISIT OUR WEB SITE: KEYSTONESERVICES.ORG
3 Upcoming Speakers & Events Author Book Reading and Signing Chris Bremicker is a West 7th neighborhood resident and author. He will be on hand to read selections from his book: My Medicine Cabinet and Other Stories. In addition to writing, Chris has done everything from working as a page at the Hill Reference Library, to a Special Forces medic at Ft. Bragg NC. He has a BA in English and an MBA, each from the University of Minnesota. Retired, he is a now a handball player, downhill skier, grouse hunter and a sales associate at Walgreens in St. Paul, MN. His friend, mezzosoprano, Megan O Leary, who will help keep the afternoon lively, will join Chris! Wednesday, May 2 2:30 p.m. Bunco Join us once a month, for a fun, easy dice game called Bunco; played with four dice and four friends, rotating tables and players as you play. Socializing is encouraged. 1st Wednesdays, April 4, May 2 & June 6 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Craft Class: Summer Greeting Create beautiful summer themed greeting cards with our instructor Eileen Herbst, to give to friends and family. Guaranteed to be beautiful and easy to make. See samples in display case at Merriam Park Community Center. Wednesday, June 13 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cost: $5 Sing-a-long Everyone can sing; don t let anyone tell you any different. It is scientifically proven that music is therapeutic; it heals the body and the spirit. And it is fun! Join us as we sing our little hearts out using YouTube for our melodies and lyrics. Song requests will be taken and prepared for the next sing-a-long. 3rd Wednesdays, April 18, May 16 & June 20 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Art Class: Heart Pin/ Brooch Button Art Make a beautiful heart pin/brooch using needle and thread, buttons and beads. A gift or keep it yourself. All supplies provided. Sign up early. Class limited to 6 participants. Wednesday, April 11 1:00-2:30 p.m. Cost: $10 Join old and new friends for a luncheon SPONSORED by the Neighborhood Network for Seniors, our local Living at Home Block Nurse Program. Eat delicious food while learning about their services, especially for Caregiver Support! Buca di Beppo (Italian) will cater the luncheon. Brief hand massages will be offered. Thursday, May 10 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Call to reserve your spot. Lunch N Bingo Sponsored by the Wellington and Stuart Co. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Bingo starts at 12:00 Noon Thursday, April 19 Register by April 16 Menu: Skinner s Pizza, Salad and Dessert Thursday, May 17 Register by May 14 Menu: Taco Bar and dessert in celebration of Cinco de Mayo Thursday, June 21 Register by June 18 Menu: Skinner s Pizza, Salad and Dessert Cost: $7 for lunch, paid in advance. $1 for each bingo card. *Vegetarian meal options are available upon request at registration. Spring Luncheon Please call us to sign up: (W7) or (MP) THRIVING TIMES 3
4 More Speakers & Events BROWN BAG SERIES TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment & Design converged, and today covers almost all topics from science to business to global issues. Each month we will watch a collection of pre-selected TED talk videos with a common theme and then have time for discussion. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy while we watch and discuss the videos. Themes for viewing: Seniors April: Cyber Spirituality In this 4-week class, you will learn how to use your computer, tablet or smart phone. You will May: learn all about Facebook, Skype, and more. The mysterious world of plants Bring your tablet, smart phone or use one of the computers in our lab. June: Space: the final frontier Thursday, April 12, May 10 & June 14 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Wednesdays, May 16-June 6 1:00-3:00 p.m. Call for more information and to register or stop in at Merriam Park Senior Center. Half-hour appointments. Cost: $25 per session Note change in cost. 1st Mondays, April 2, May 7 & June 4 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Call to make an appointment. 1st Thursdays, April 5, May 3 & June 7 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Call to make an appointment. Sundae on Friday Join us after Fit and Fabulous, or stop in, to enjoy a delicious Banana Split Sundae. Take some time to enjoy ice cream and friends, and meet our Social Work intern, Shelby, before you head out for the rest of your day. Friday, April 20 11:00 a.m. - Noon Merriam Park West 7th 4 VISIT OUR WEB SITE: KEYSTONESERVICES.ORG
5 Ongoing Exercise Programs Licensed Arthritis Foundation exercise instructors will provide this low-impact, joint safe exercise. It has been documented to help pain, relieve stiffness while increasing flexibility and range of motion. 8-week session Tuesdays and Thursdays continuing through May 4 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon Break: May 7 June 4 Beginner and advanced matches are played for fun and include similar levels of play. You can get a good workout while having fun! Drop in and check it out. Meet new people! Program runs through May 31. There is no during the summer. Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:15-11:00 a.m. Cost: $3 per session Specially designed group fitness classes for ages 50+ and all abilities. Class will include stretching and warm up, work on endurance, cool down, guided relaxation and fun! Classes are offered at two locations: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-9:45 a.m. Monday and Wednesday 10:30-11:15 a.m. 8-week session Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning June 5 through July 24 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon Cost: $1 per class (Check to see if this class is covered under your health insurance policy; if so, it is free.) Fridays 10:00-10:45 a.m. Cost for classes is $10 per month. For Silver & Fit Insurance Members $25 per year. Registered participants can attend class at either Merriam Park Community Center or West 7th Community Center. Call the center or stop by to register. Spring With or without sticks, walk this spring in the gym. 19 times around is a mile! Bring your tennis shoes, headphones, sticks or whatever supplies you need. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:45-10:30 a.m. Join the Keystone Advance Beginners line dancers for an afternoon of fun. Stop by and try it out. Mondays, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Cost: $6 per person/per week Ch uan offers many health benefits, including stress relief, lower blood pressure, more relaxed breathing, improved balance and lower body strength, and help with pain management for even beginning students. Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m. Cost: $12 per class or $45 per month This class is especially designed for people with larger bodies. Join instructor Vicky Dim and experience happy yoga practices with people like yourself while gaining flexibility, balance, and sense of well-being. Wednesdays, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Cost: $40/month; $10/class; start anytime Nordic Stick Walking Bring your walking stick and walk with others in the neighborhood. Beginning April 5, weather permitting. Meet in the MPCC lobby. Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Cost: Free Please call us to sign up: (W7) or (MP) THRIVING TIMES 5
6 Ongoing Activities ALL Grant money and donations are available to defray the cost of classes. Please speak with Senior Service Staff if cost is a concern for you. Knit, crochet and needlecrafts. All skill levels & fabric craft types welcome. We are always looking for new members! Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Mexican Train Come play with other Mexican Train friends or come and learn the game. It s a great group and a fun afternoon! 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month 1:00-2:30 p.m. Keystone Book Club Join us for a lively discussion and make new book loving friends. Call Joan Dion at if you are interested in joining the book club. 2nd Thursdays, April 12, May 10 & June 14 6:00-8:00 p.m. Bridge Brush Up Play Thursday mornings: You can play and discuss your hands, refreshing yourself with the game. Thursday afternoons: for intermediate players. Thursdays (Brush-up) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon Thursdays (Intermediate) 12:30-3:00 p.m. Relax and enjoy a good game of cribbage. Everyone is welcome. Mondays, 12:30-3:00 p.m. Keystone will be closed the following holiday dates: Monday, May 28, 2018 Keystone Krafters/Artists Bring your art supplies and spend an afternoon with your fellow crafters. Coffee, tea and conversation are free and available! Check it out! Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Call with questions. Card Games: 500/65 Fridays, 12:30-3:00 p.m. Play two games or play four games depending on whatever your day will allow. Ongoing. Fridays, 11:30 a.m. Merry Monday Join us on the 1st Monday each month (or close to it in case of holidays) after exercise class for a social hour to have a snack, visit, and celebrate the month s birthdays. Please join us if you are able. 1st Mondays, April 2, May 7 & June 4 10:00-10:30 a.m. Merriam Park West 7th 6 VISIT OUR WEB SITE: KEYSTONESERVICES.ORG
7 Free movies for your enjoyment! All showings are 12:15-2:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (Mystery, PG13) What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. Thirteen strangers all become suspects, and one man must race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again. Starring: Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer. Wednesday, May 23 VICTORIA & ABDUL (Drama, PG13) Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria s golden jubilee. The two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. Starring: Judi Dench and Ali Fazal Wednesday, June 27 THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (Drama, PG13) Tom is a WWI veteran who maintains a lighthouse off the shore of Australia with his wife Isabel, a woman desperate to have a baby. Her prayers are answered when an infant washes up on shore in a rowboat. Tom gives in to Isabel s wish to keep the girl, but fate strikes when they meet the child s biological mother on the mainland. Starring: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz Fare for All Fare for All buys fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meat in bulk to save you up to 40% off grocery store prices. This program is open to everyone and you can save on meats, produce and other quality grocery items. Fridays, April 6, May 4, June 8 Fare for All comes to the West 7th Community Center once a month from 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Mobile Menders The Mobile Menders are a group of volunteer sewers and menders, that do basic clothing repair to keep you wearing your favorite items. They can add buttons, do hemming, fix zippers, etc. If you have something that needs repair, bring the clean item(s) to West 7th during their sewing clinic to get fixed. Mondays, April 23, May 21, June 18 Mobile Menders come to the West 7th Community Center once a month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon In 2017, 588 people of all ages volunteered in the Keystone senior program. In total, those volunteers donated 10,389 hours helping the senior program thrive! We are immensely grateful for all of our volunteers! We will be celebrating all Keystone volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 24. Volunteers, please watch for your invitation. April 24, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Please call us to sign up: (W7) or (MP) THRIVING TIMES 7
8 Ongoing Services Health Insurance Counseling FREE health insurance counseling is available by appointment only. A trained volunteer will help you determine your best options. Appointments last approximately one hour. 2nd Thursdays, April 12, May 10 & June 14 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon Pre-registration required. Call rd Thursdays, April 19, May 17 & June 21 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call Blood Pressure Checks The Merriam Park Senior Center has a Blood Pressure Check station that is available to you every day. Staff can assist you with taking your blood pressure. Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Massage Clinic Full body massage by licensed massage therapist. 2nd Fridays, April 13, May 11 & June 8 2:00-4:00 p.m. Cost: $25 per half hour Call to schedule an appointment. Service Information & Referral Do you have questions or need assistance with services you or a family member might need? Call and talk to Holly S. at the senior center at Merriam Park or Holly B. or Judy at West 7th SNAP Food Support Program Call Holly B. at to see if you would be eligible. Meals on Wheels Fresh nutritious and delicious meals. Fresh hot, cold or frozen meals are available on a daily basis. Cost is based on a sliding fee scale. Meals are available to all who need nutritious food in their lives. Call Metro Meals on Wheels at with questions or to sign-up. Merriam Park 8 AARP Smart Driver Program Four-hour refresher course: Wednesday, April 11 12:00-4:00 p.m. Call ASAP to reserve your spot. Thursday, May 17 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Call ASAP to reserve your spot. Cost: $20 Senior Specialty Legal Advice Melanie Liska of Tarrant & Liska, PLLC offers FREE one-time 15-minute consultations on the third Thursday of each month to assist with elder law issues. Pre-registration required. Call rd Thursdays, April 19, May 17 & June 21 3:00-4:00 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call Pension Rights Counseling Pre-registration required. Call rd Tuesdays, April 17, May 15 & June 19 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon AARP Tax Services Federal, State & Property Taxes Mondays & Wednesdays, April 2-16 By appointment only. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Federal, State & Property Taxes Mondays & Wednesdays, April 2-18 By appointment only. 9:00 a.m. - Noon Property Tax Only Wednesday, April 18 No appointment needed. 9:00 a.m. - Noon Property Tax Only Wednesday, May 16 - September 12 By appointment only. 9:00-11:30 a.m. Call (West 7th) or (Merriam Park) for information and appointments. West 7th VISIT OUR WEB SITE: KEYSTONESERVICES.ORG
9 Both Locations Merriam Park West 7th April Events 2018 FOR ACTIVE SENIORS MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY AARP Taxes Merry Monday AARP Taxes AARP Taxes Mobile Menders Krafters AARP Taxes Bunco Fare for All & Krafters Mexican Train AARP Taxes Art Class Smart Driver & Ted Talk Health Insur. Counseling Book Club Massage & Krafters Pension Rights Counseling Sing-a-long AARP Taxes Health Insur. Counseling & Lunch n Bingo Ask the Lawyer Banana Split Sundaes No & Krafters & Mexican Train Volunteer Luncheon Movie 30 Check your current issue of Thriving Times for specific information about the calendar listings.
10 Both Locations Merriam Park West 7th May Events 2018 FOR ACTIVE SENIORS MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY Merry Monday Mobile Menders CENTERS CLOSED Krafters Bunco Author Reading ART SHOW Krafters & Mexican Train ART SHOW ART SHOW Spring Luncheon & Ted Talk Health Insur. Counseling Book Club Krafters & Pension Rights Counseling Sing-a-long Cyber Seniors Health Insur. Counseling Smart Driver & Lunch n Bingo Ask the Lawyer Krafters & Mexican Train Cyber Seniors Movie Krafters & Cyber Seniors Fare for All ART SHOW & Massage Check your current issue of Thriving Times for specific information about the calendar listings.
11 Both Locations Merriam Park West 7th June Events 2018 FOR ACTIVE SENIORS MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 1 Merry Monday Mobile Menders Krafters Bunco Cyber Seniors Heavy Weight Yoga Stick Walking & Massage Fare for All Krafters & Mexican Train Craft Class Stick Walking & Ted Talk Health Insur. Counseling Book Club Krafters Pension Rights Counseling Sing-a-long Stick Walking & Health Insur. Counseling & Lunch n Bingo Ask the Lawyer Krafters Mexican Train Movie Stick Walking Check your current issue of Thriving Times for specific information about the calendar listings.
12 NONPROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID TWIN CITIES MN PERMIT # St. Anthony Avenue St. Paul, MN RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED tel keystoneservices.org Merriam Park Community Center 2000 St. Anthony Ave, St. Paul, MN tel Senior Center West 7th Community Center 265 Oneida Street, St. Paul, MN tel ART SHOW 10TH ANNUAL KEYSTONE ART EXHIBIT & SALE The 10th annual Keystone Senior Art Exhibit of art and crafts produced by the Keystone Seniors will be on display in the Merriam Park Senior Center. The Keystone Krafters work hard all year long so this is a chance to see their beautiful work. Stop by to view a wide variety of arts and crafts items! Many items will also be available for purchase so you can get a special item for a special person in your life. The craft fair is just in time for any gifts you may purchase in honor of Mother s Day. Tuesday Friday, May 8 May 11, :30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.