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.

Life Reimagined Checkup
Sometimes life takes you in unexpected directions. But it is never too late to make a change – and we can guide you. At this free Life Reimagined Checkup you can reflect on your goals and aspirations, harness your underlying personal strengths, and receive tools and inspiration to take the next step. Join us from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the YMCA. Space is limited and registration is required.

Art and Wine Class
Uncork your creativity at Theo Art School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Enjoy this guided art-making experience, and bring your own wine. Not sure of your artistic talent? New to art? No problem! Our instructor will guide you step-by-step through the evening’s project. Just show up ready to laugh, talk, and have fun! Registration is required.

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.

Walking Wednesdays
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. we’ll meet in the east main lobby at the YMCA for an outside walk. (Beginning Oct. 4, the walking group will meet at 10 a.m.) If the weather isn’t cooperating, we’ll walk on the indoor track at the Y. It’s easier to get motivated when you are surrounded by others. Come and meet new people, get fit and stay healthy. Go at your own pace and to your ability. Register at the YMCA or on the Y website. Pick up your free t-shirt at the Y if it’s your first time with the group (while supplies last).

Coffee and Conversation
Enjoy warm conversation over a hot cup of coffee between 10:30-11:00 a.m. every Tuesday morning in the east main lobby at the Y. It’s a fun way to sit, relax and enjoy a conversation over a cup of coffee with your peers! No registration is required.

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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