Local Encore Initiatives Launching This Fall

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This fall, boomers who are looking for meaning and direction, or are interested in exploring encores, have several new options–right here in the Twin Cities. See below to learn more about these programs, and how to apply. University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) initiative UMAC brings boomers to campus for a period of self-reflection and learning as they figure out the next stage of their lives. This two semester fellowship experience is an innovative pathway to transition from career jobs into …

AARP Local Discounts: Summer 2017 Theater Tickets

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It’s a great time of year to check out local theater productions.  The Twin Cities performing arts scene is unique, world-class, and great to indulge in–especially on a hot or humid day. This summer, AARP Minnesota is excited to provide AARP members and their guests with discounted tickets to two upcoming shows. Sunday In The Park With George Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis See the musical that was inspired by George Seurat’s famous painting, and written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. AARP members and their guests will …

Hit the Trails at an AARP Bike Ride

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This summer, stay active and engaged with AARP Minnesota.  Join us for a bike ride along the Mississippi or around the Chain of Lakes.  These events are great opportunities to spend some time outdoors, get some exercise, and meet and connect with other AARP members. Ride the River with the National Park Service Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Harriet Island Pavilion 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55101 Join AARP, the National Park Service and Bike …

Hometown Hero Marcia Ballinger: Changing the Job Landscape Through Connections

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One could refer to Marcia Ballinger in many ways.  Among other things, the Twin Cities native is an award-winning author, a Doctor of Organization and Management, the co-founder and principal of a search firm, and a French bulldog owner.  In 2016, Ballinger earned an additional title when she was named one of Minnesota’s 50 Over 50 winners. Ballinger’s career journey is rooted in Corporate America.  The holder of a degree in Business Administration, a master’s in Speech-Communication, and a doctorate …

Talking Caregiving with Holly Robinson Peete

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Join AARP Minnesota, Twin Cities Jazz, and host Freddie Bell for a night of entertainment and inspiration at the Capri Theater.  Actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will share her personal story of balancing life as a family caregiver while working and raising a family. This event is a great opportunity for those who love jazz music, are interested in connecting with other caregivers, or simply want to learn more about caregiving. Tuesday, May 23rd 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Capri Theater 2027 …

50 Over 50 Stories: Bee Yang

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In 2016 AARP Minnesota and Pollen launched Minnesota’s first ever 50 Over 50 list.  Journalist Seth Jovaag interviewed some of the honorees and we are re-sharing these stories as part of the nomination period for the 2017 50 Over 50 Minnesota list. Earlier this year, the writer Kao Kalia Yang published a book called The Song Poet. It’s a story about her father, Bee Yang, an artist from Cannon Falls who was recently named a “50 Over 50” arts honoree. The book spans Bee’s youth …

Spring 2017 AARP On Tap Events

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This spring, let AARP Minnesota buy you a beer.  We’re partnering with local breweries for multiple AARP On Tap events, and you won’t want to miss out.  These events are great opportunities for those who want to meet and connect with other members, learn more about AARP, or just enjoy a free brewery tour. Help AARP fight hunger in the Twin Cities while you enjoy some local craft beer.  Make sure to bring a non-perishable food donation, and in exchange, we’ll …

50 Over 50 Stories: Rebecca Rom

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In 2016 AARP Minnesota and Pollen launched Minnesota’s first ever 50 Over 50 list.  Journalist Seth Jovaag interviewed some of the honorees and we are re-sharing some of these stories as part of the nomination period for the 2017 50 Over 50 Minnesota list. Rebecca Rom is a third-generation resident of Ely, Minnesota. Even when it hasn’t been popular, she and her family have fought to preserve the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for decades. Recently selected as a 50 Over 50 Nonprofit honoree, AARP Minnesota’s …

Hometown Hero Marie Knapp: Newcomer Joins the Fight Against Senior Isolation

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Marie Knapp knows what it’s like to be lonesome.  As someone who has moved frequently, she has felt what she calls “the sting of loneliness” that comes with a new town.  Born in Haiti and adopted by a couple from the United States, Marie spent her childhood moving around Michigan with her family, who often had to relocate for her dad’s job.  Once Marie graduated from high school, she continued to move—Georgia, Mississippi, Ghana, and Jamaica, among many other locations.  …