— 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 …

— By Pamela Schmid When it comes to helping kids read, Shirley Dolland has an arsenal at her disposal: ballerina and car stickers, a giant green die for word bingo, even books she made herself about trips to the zoo and ice cream shop. “The challenge is trying to make things interesting for them,” said Dolland, 70, of Bloomington, a retired corporate manager who spends three afternoons a week tutoring kindergartners and first-graders at Hiawatha Leadership Academy’s Northrop campus in Minneapolis. …

— 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 …

— Grab a seat on the bleachers or bring a blanket for a screening of the movie The Sandlot at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at CHS Field in St. Paul, home of the St. Paul Saints baseball team. The free screening of the 1993 coming-of-age baseball movie is a great way for families and people of all ages to spend a summer evening. You can explore the park, stroll along the field, sit on a blanket in the outfield or …

— By Maery Rose On September 13, I rode in the St. Paul Classic Bike Tour. This is noteworthy because I have never participated in a group ride before. I’ve been a bit leery of organized rides — afraid that I wouldn’t fit in with what I imagined as more athletic and youthful riders. I visualized myself madly trying to keep up and hurting myself in the process. It’s not that I don’t ride regularly. Whenever my work schedule permits, I ride my bike …

Experience Corps

—   As I approached becoming an empty nester 18 years ago, I began working on an MBA in Nonprofit Management while managing a Creative Kidstuff toy store.  While it’s a great company with a strong mission, I knew that retail sales was not the best match for me.  I celebrated my graduation in 1999 by taking my two daughters on a trip to Italy.  It was on that trip that I decided to quit my job immediately and spend the …

Experience Corps

— AARP recently joined forces with Experience Corps, one of the nation’s most highly regarded service programs, which engages older adult volunteers to help improve K-3 literacy in underserved schools. The new relationship supports the priorities of both organizations: AARP Experience Corps will be able to increase its ability to tap into the experience and dedication of older Americans who want to give back to their communities, and it will offer AARP members a new way to engage in one of …