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We 💚 our Seniors!

IGH Parks & Rec offers seniors many opportunities to stay active and and engaged at the Veterans Memorial Community Center and find a sense of community and friendship in the IGH Senior Club. Senior Center programming is provided in partnership with the ISD 199 Community Education Department.

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Spring & Summer

55+ Driver Safety Class - Virtual & In-Person

(ages 55+) Certified instructor teaches this class. Those who complete the class qualify for a 10% discount on auto insurance. The Driver Improvement courses are open to the public and held at the VMCC; Pre-registration is required through the MN Highway Safety & Research Center

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Upcoming Courses

  • 4-Hour Refresher Courses: $24
    • April 5: 1-5 p.m.
    • May 10: 1-5 p.m.
    • May 18: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
    • June 7: 1-5 p.m.
    • July 20: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
    • Aug. 16: 1-5 p.m.
    • Sept. 13: 1-5 p.m.
    • Sept. 21: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
  • 8-hour First Time Course: $28 (must attend both sessions)
    • April 13 & 14: 5:30-9:30 p.m. each night

Tips from a Master Gardener | Fri, April 22 | FREE

Get tips from master gardener Marsha McCain. 

Register by April 20: Call 651-450-2585 or online.

CareAparent: Balance | Thu, May 10 | FREE

Learn how to maintain or improve balance.

Register by Friday, May 6: Call 651-450-2585 or online.

Chat with the Chiefs | Thu, May 19 | FREE

Visit with Police Chief Melissa Chiodo and Fire Chief Judy Thill.

Register by Mon, May 16: Call 651-450-2585 or online.

Assisted Living: What is it? | Tue, June 14 | FREE

Michael Albertin from Vista Prairie at River Heights will be discussing assisted living.

Register by Fri, June 10: Call 651-450-2585 or online.

Hospice, a Special Type of Care | Thu, July 26 | FREE

Provides an overview of the basics of hospice care and common misconceptions.

Register by Fri, July 22: Call 651-450-2585 or online.

Good Grief - When Your Loved One Dies | Tue, Aug. 23 | FREE

Coping skills and support will be discussed.

Register by Fri, Aug. 19: Call 651-450-2585 or online.

Swim Lessons

Call 651-554-3423

Learn to Skate Program

Call 651-450-2468

Specialty Fitness programs 

are on a set, short-term schedule with smaller class sizes at budget-friendly prices for members and non-members of the VMCC:

  • Back to Balance
  • Food & Fitness
  • Strength Training
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis
  • Yoga
  • Walk with Ease

Register for available sessions online or by calling 651-554-3423.

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Spring & Summer

Weekly Card Games

Join us in the Senior Center, Community Room 2 for FREE weekly card games. Coffee, bottled water and packaged snacks will be provided.

  • 500 - first, second and fourth Monday - 1 p.m.
  • Hand & Foot - first, third and fourth Wed - 9 a.m.
  • Bridge - Wednesdays - 12:30 p.m.
  • Euchre - Thursdays - 1 p.m.
  • Cribbage - Fridays - 1 p.m.
  • Penny Bingo - Third Tuesday of the Month - 1 p.m.

Fiction Book Club

Meets every SECOND TUESDAY of the month at the VMCC from 10-11 a.m. Discuss selected books with this free, drop-in group, no registration is required. For more information, view 'The Scoop' section of the current Parks & Rec brochure

Note: Room location will be posted in the VMCC on day of club.

  • April 12:Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • May 10: The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah 
  • June 14:Beneath the Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
  • July 12:Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • Aug. 9:A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

History Book Club

Meets every FOURTH MONDAY of the month at the VMCC from 10-11 a.m. Discuss selected books with this free, drop-in group, no registration is required. For more information, view 'The Scoop' section of the current Parks & Rec brochure

Note: Room location will be posted in the VMCC on day of club.

  • April 25:The First Conspiracy - The Secret Plot to Kill Washington by Brad Meltzen
  • May 23:Into the Arms of Strangers : Stories of the Kindertransport by David Cesarani
  • June 27: Five Equations that Changed the World - The power and poetry of mathematics by Michael Guille
  • July 25: The Warm of Other Suns: The Epic Story of the Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Aug. 22: Dodge City: Wyatt H. Earp, Bat Masterton, and the Wickedest Town in the West by Thomas Clavin

Knitting and Needle Arts/Crafts Group

Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the month | 2 p.m.

Please join this group for a pleasant afternoon of conversation and sharing your love of fiber and textile arts/crafts. The group is free and informal. Please contact Diane Fitzgerald by email if you have questions: dmfbeads@bitstream.net No registration necessary, just show up!  

Sleeping Mats for the Homeless Project

First Tuesdays of the month | 1p.m.

Put those plastic grocery bags to good use and keep them out of the landfill by joining us in making sleeping mats for the homeless. Mats are crocheted out of plastic bag yarn (PLARN). Jobs include: cutting (bring your own scissors), sorting and crocheting (please bring your own 16mm or size (Q) crochet hook). Directions will be provided. Mats will be donated to Friday Night Street Gang, an organization that supports the homeless. If you have any questions, email: joann@usfamily.net

Day Trips

Lake Minnetonka Boat Cruise | Thu, May 26 | $82

Depart VMCC at 7:30 a.m.–Return 3 p.m. 

Register by Friday, April 22: Call 651-450-2585 or online.

Rochester Trolley Tour | June 8 | $86

Depart VMCC at 8:15 a.m.
Return to VMCC at 3:30 p.m.

Register by Friday, May 6: Call 651-450-2585 or online.

U.S. Mail Boat Tour | Wed, July 20-Fri, July 22

Don't miss out on this three day, two night trip to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin!

  • $625 per person (two per one room)
  • $780 per person (one per one room)

Depart VMCC Wed, July 20 at 7:15 a.m. 
Return to VMCC Fri, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Register by Monday, May 30. Call 651-450-2585 or online.

Taylors Falls Boat Cruise | Aug. 10 | $77

Depart VMCC at 8:30 a.m.
Return to VMCC at 3:15 p.m.

Register by Friday, July 15: Call 651-450-2585 or online.

Chanhassen Dinner Theater: Footloose | Sept. 14 | $105

Depart VMCC at 10:30 a.m.
Return at 4:45 p.m.

Register by Friday, Aug. 12: Call 651-450-2585.

VMCC Activities

Outdoor Activities

Golf Course

Pickleball Courts

Off-leash Dog Park - Purchase a Pass


Spring

Summer

Fall

  • Pickleball- a fun, semi-competitive league for teams of two players. Gold, Silver or Bronze divisions.
  • Women's Volleyball - League is not officiated; standings recorded. Single elimination playoffs. 
  • Co-Rec Volleyball - Two levels of play; not officiated; standings recorded. Single elimination playoffs. 

Winter 2022-23

  • Broomball
  • Pickleball
  • Women's Volleyball - Jan-mid-April. League not officiated; standings recorded. 16-18 games and double elimination playoffs.
  • Co-Rec Volleyball - Jan-mid-April. Two levels of play; not officiated; standings recorded. Double elimination playoffs.

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Free Agent Registration 

If you want to play in adult leagues but can't find teammates, you can register as a free agent. Complete and submit the Free Agent Registration Form.

Weather Impacts to Programs, Events and Activities led by the City of IGH*

Wondering if an event or your practice/game is still on due to inclement weather?

Call the IGH Weather Hot Line at 651-450-2595 to check the status for city-led program and events due to inclement weather. We strive to update by 4:30 p.m. After hours, it is up to the coaches and instructors to make the final decision.

*We cannot make weather-related decisions for other league associations or events held in our community by other businesses or organizations.

Dakota County Parks Adult Programs

For details and registration on programs with Dakota County Parks visit their website: https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks/Lists/Calendar/calendar.aspx.