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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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Winter 2023

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

Register

Upcoming Courses

  • 4-Hour Refresher Courses: $24
    • Jan. 10, 2023: 1-5 p.m.
    • Jan. 18, 2023: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 7: 1-5 p.m.
    • Feb. 15: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
    • March 7: 1-5 p.m.
    • March 15: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
    • April 4: 1-5 p.m.
  • 8-Hour Course: $28
    • Wed. & Thu, April 12-13: 5:30-9:30 p.m. each night (must attend BOTH sessions)

Adult Swim Instruction

For adults looking to learn or fine-tune their swimming techniques. View available courses

Hidden Recipes | Feb. 16 | FREE!

To register, call 651-450-2480 or online

Tips From a Master Gardener: Winter | March 16

To register, call 651-450-2480 or online

GRATEFUL Planning Series | March 21-22 | $40

TWO DAY workshop.

To register, call 651-450-2480 or online

Tips From a Master Gardener: Flowers | April 13

To register, call 651-450-2480 or online

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
  • Functional Fitness & Balance
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis
  • Yoga

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

Swim Lessons

Call 651-554-3423

Learn to Skate Program

Call 651-450-2468

Spring 2023

The senior center is CLOSED Sunday, April 9 for the Easter holiday.


Save the Date for the Healthy Living Fair: April 19 at the VMCC

Winter 2023

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. 
  • Cribbage - Tuesdays - 1 p.m.
  • Hand & Foot - Wednesdays - 9 a.m.
  • Bridge - Wednesdays - 12:30 p.m.
  • Euchre - Thursdays - 1 p.m.

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.

  • Jan. 23: The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
  • Feb. 27: THe Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz
  • March 27: The Lost City of the Monkey GOd: A True Story by Douglass Preston
  • April 24: The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
  • May 22: The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff

Sleeping Mats for the Homeless Project

First Tuesday 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

Senior Club - Fiction Book Club

Meets every SECOND TUESDAY of the month at the VMCC at 1 p.m. Learn more in the Senior Club tab on how to become a member. 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.

  • Jan. 10: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
  • Feb. 14: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  • March 14:Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo
  • April 11:Walking Across Egypt by Claude Edgerton

Day Trips

Memphis and the Meantimes at Ives Auditorium | March 23 | $95

Depart VMCC: 11 a.m.
Return to VMCC: 3:45 p.m.

Register by Friday, Feb. 17: call 651-450-2480 or online.

The Music of Bobby Darin at Paramount Theater, St. Cloud | April 25 | $96

Depart VMCC: 8:45 a.m.
Return to VMCC: 6 p.m.

Register by Friday, March 17: call 651-450-2480 or online

Historic Fort Snelling & Sibley House | June 14 | $93

Depart VMCC: 9:15 a.m.
Return to VMCC: 3:45 p.m.

Register by Friday, May 12: call 651-450-2480  or online

VMCC Activities

Outdoor Activities

Golf Course

Pickleball Courts

Off-leash Dog Park - Purchase a Pass

Winter 2022-23

  • Women's Volleyball Jan. 10-early April. League not officiated; standings recorded. 16-18 games and double elimination playoffs. REG CLOSED.
  • Co-Rec Volleyball - Jan. 12 early AprilTwo levels of play; not officiated; standings recorded. Double elimination playoffs. REG CLOSED. 
  • E-Sports Leagues Jan. 23-March 17, register by Jan. 16 (ages 8+)
    • Madden 23
    • Fortnite: 1v1
    • Rocket League: 1v1 or 3v3
    • Super Smash Bros
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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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.