AARP North Dakota and the Missouri Valley Family YMCA have formed a new partnership to promote healthy living and volunteerism in Bismarck-Mandan.

Join us at one or more of several events planned through the end of the year.

Cooking for Two
Get cooking tips, recipes and ideas to help you prepare nutritious meals for one or two from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. Learn planning and food purchasing techniques from the NDSU Extension Service to make your meals healthy and economical. Explore new foods and taste the creations prepared by the culinary artists at the BisMan Food Co-op. Space is limited and registration is required.

Safe Driving Class
Brush up on your driving skills from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the YMCA in Bismarck. By taking a driver safety course you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, and is open to people of all ages. Registration is required. Call 701-258-2534 to register.

Holiday Party
Ring the bells, deck the halls and bring in the holiday season with us in style from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Ramada Hotel. Join us for a fun and festive holiday party complete with dining, drinks and entertainment! This event is for people ages 21 and older. Registration is required by calling 701-751-9722 or online at


The pickleball craze is sweeping the nation, including Bismarck-Mandan. Join in from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. every Monday and Friday in the YMCA gym. Pickleball is a paddle sport for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn. The program is free to YMCA members. A punch card is required for non-Y members.

Group Fitness Classes
A variety of fun and challenging group fitness classes are being offered daily at the Y. Class options include Zumba, Powertone, yoga and more. A punch card is required for non-Y members.

PUNCH CARDS: Non-members can pick up a punch card at the east member service desk at the YMCA. The punch card will allow non-members to participate in pickleball or group fitness three times. After the three times, non-members may purchase a daily pass. You’ll also receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last) when you pick up your punch card.

YMCA contact: Katie Peterson at 701-751-9722
AARP contact: Doreen Riedman at 701-355-3643

Watch this website and our Facebook page for other events and activities!

Brought to you by a community partnership of the Missouri Valley Family YMCA and AARP, with an aim to promote healthy living and volunteerism in Bismarck-Mandan.

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