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Giving Voice Chorus

Giving Voice is a new choral ensemble created especially for people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Co-founders Mary Lenard and Marge Ostroushko were struck by recent discoveries about the powerful effects of music on the lives of people with dementia, especially the findings that individuals with Alzheimer’s are able to sing and enjoy music even as their disease progresses, especially if they sing familiar music. When they learned about choirs for people with Alzheimer’s in New York and Oregon, Lenard and Ostroushko began investigating how to create a similar chorus in the Twin Cities. After receiving funding to launch a pilot, they formed an advisory group to bring people together around this concept. In the late spring, they had the opportunity to partner with professional musician Jeanie Brindley-Barnett and MacPhail Center for Music to get the ball rolling. The group began weekly rehearsals on September 10, 2014, with 30 participants.

When: Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1-3 p.m.
Where: MacPhail Center for Music, 501 South Second Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Cost: $50.00 
For more information or to sign up, contact Anna Ostroushko at 612.767.5553 or to register call 612.321.0100.

Northern Clay

Northern Clay Center's mission is the advancement of the ceramic arts. Ongoing programs include exhibitions by contemporary regional, national, and international ceramic artists, as well as historical and architectural ceramics; classes and workshops for children and adults at all skill levels; studio space and grants for artists; and a sales gallery representing many top ceramic artists from the region and elsewhere.

When: Gallery Hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.­6 p.m.; Thursday: 10 a.m.­7 p.m.; Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.; Monday: CLOSED
Where: Northern Clay, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, MN  55406
Cost: Galleries are free. Introductory Wheel throwing Classes is $175.00. If you become a member for $35.00 classes are discounted.
Contact: To register for classes or a tour of the gallery, contact Chris Singewald at 612.339.8007 x 313 or chrissingewald@northernclaycenter.org.



KairosAlive! Is a nationally recognized program, which vitally engages older adults of every ability – including those who are physically frail, with Parkinson’s, mid-to-late stage Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia – in weekly arts participation and health education through interactive dance and storytelling. These 90-minute sessions put elders at the center of community activities, and have shown to positively improve the health of participants.

When: Dates and times vary each week. Contact KariosAlive! for current schedule
Where: Program to come to your facility/organization
Prices determined based upon location and timeframe.
Contact: To learn more and schedule a session, contact KairosAlive! at 612.926.5454.

Bakken Museum

A one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world. Inspiring a passion for science and its potential for social good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism.

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.­5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.­8 p.m., Closed on Sunday, Monday and Major HolidaysClosed on Sunday, Monday and Major Holidays
Where: Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55416
Cost: Adults $10, Seniors $8.00
Contact: To schedule a tour, contact 612.926.3878.

We Can Ride

We Can Ride is an equine-assisted therapeutic riding for individuals from six years old to 70 years young. Classes are taught by PATH international certified therapeutic riding instructors with the help of their therapists. With many therapeutic benefits of being on a moving horse, their goals are to enhance our client’s skills and well being through challenging programs of therapeutic horseback riding. Clients may also learn to groom, lead, saddle, and mount their horses. Class sizes are from three to six people and include the use of one to three volunteers per client. We can Ride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is serving children and adults living with physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disabilities.

When: Sessions start March 12-25 and continue March 28-May 8
Where: We Can Ride, 14300 County Rd 62, Minnetonka, MN 55345
Cost: $45
Contact: To make an appointment or view the facility, contact 952.934.0057.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts - Discover Your Story


The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota are proud to present a free interactive tour program for people with memory loss called Discover Your Story. These tours are designed for groups of visitors with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and their friends or care partners. Held in the museum’s galleries, tours encourage participants to discover themselves and one another through conversations about artworks and their life stories. Assisted listening devices and wheelchairs are available for tour participants.

When: Public tour are offered on the second Friday and Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Groups of three or more individuals with memory loss can call to schedule a museum private tour.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Contact: Pre-registration is required at least one week in advance to the tour date. To register a person with memory loss and a friend, call 612.870.3140.

Minnesota Historical Society
James J. Hill House Introduces New Sensory Tour for People with Memory Loss
As the nation's population ages, the number of people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia is expected to grow. The Minnesota Historical Society is in a unique position to offer sensory-based tours that can help enrich the lives of people suffering memory loss.

The James J. Hill House will offer 45-minute guided tours designed to inspire guests to remember their own story, to think about their own past in new ways and to spark conversations with their loved ones.

When: First Tuesday of every month, starting September 2, 2016
Where: James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul MN 55102
Cost: FREE
Contact: Reservations: 651-259-3015 or email hillhouse@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society preserves Minnesota's past, shares our state's stories and connects people with history in meaningful ways, for today and for tomorrow. Because history matters!

We're part of Minnesota's rich history. Since 1849, we've grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious historical societies in the country. We play an important role in our state's historic preservation, education and tourism; and provide the public with award-winning programs, exhibitions and events.
Free general admission at 26 MNHS historic sites and museums in Minnesota, including Split Rock Lighthouse, Mill City Museum, and more!

Free or discounted tours, family activities, pub crawls, classes, and other special events.
10% discount at all MNHS museum stores, Cafe Minnesota and Mill City Cafe, on Gale Family Library services and MNHS Press purchases.

Award-winning Minnesota History magazine and app, and MNHS magazine to keep you updated about upcoming events.
Exhibit previews and members-only events.
Discount on Minnesota History Center parking.
Time Travelers reciprocal benefits at nearly 250 historical societies nationwide.
A portion of your membership is tax-deductible.

When: Hours vary at each Museum- please check website or call.
Where: 345 Kellogg Blvd W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Cost: Basic Membership $50.00/person per year
Contact: 651-259-3131 or 1-888-293-4440

Walker Art Center - Contemporary Journeys

Contemporary Journeys offers tours and hands-on art making experiences, art labs, for people with early or mid-stage dementia and their care partners. The Walker provides a space in which people can connect to art and each other. Through conversational morning tours that tap multiple senses and all-day art labs that introduce myriad ways of seeing the world, participants have the opportunity for self-expression and community building.

When: Contemporary Journeys experiences are made available in two ways. Groups can schedule a tour or art lab in advance according to their needs, or individuals with memory loss and their care partner, family member, or friend can register for our regularly scheduled Contemporary Journeys morning program. The morning program takes place on the last Wednesday of each month from 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Cost: Per-person tour fee: $10/adult, $8/senior, and $3/children (infant through college). Care partners are FREE. Per-person art lab fee: $5/seniors and adults and $3/children (infant through college). Care partners are FREE. Capacity is 10 participants (up to five visitors with memory loss plus care partners/family members). Discounts are available for multiple visits.
Contact: To register for more information, contact 612.375.7609 or education.resources@walkerart.org.

Weisman Art Museum

There’s always something interesting to see and do at WAM.
Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions.

When: Monday -Closed
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Where: 333 East River Road Minneapolis, MN 55455
Cost: Admission to all exhibitions and public programs is free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted). All self-guided tours are free.

Contact: 612.625.9494 or waminfo@umn.edu

Taiko Drumming

Taiko is a Japanese performance art that involves beating drums (taiko) with large, cylindrical drumsticks (bachi). It is both the name for the drum and for the art-form of ensemble drumming. Learn the art of Taiko drumming using buckets along with a taiko drum that all will get a chance to experience. Join other older adults and their family and friend caregivers who want to stay active. Come together for coffee, a bite to eat, conversation, music and movement.

When: Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., January 9 through February 13, 2016
Where: Wider Community Center for Aging, 650 Marshall Ave, St. Paul MN
FREE. Donations are welcome.
To reserve your seat, contact 651.280.2273

Let's Go Fishing

Let’s Go Fishing serves communities by focusing on the camaraderie of bringing older adults on fishing trips, sharing the fun of the catch. By reaching out to older adults, veterans and the disabled, Let’s Go Fishing brings people to nature and contributes to their health and well being.

When: May 18 – September 30 (All trips are 2 hours long, Monday through Saturday at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays additional evening trips at 6:00 p.m.)
Where: There are chapters throughout the Minnesota (check website for local locations)
Cost: FREE (Free to fish, but you might have to pay for a fishing license http://licenses.dnr.state.mn.us/)Contact: To schedule an outing with a local LGF Chapter near you, see the LGF Chapters link on the website and click on the chapter nearest you. You can also reach them at 320.796.5555 or 888.235.8448.


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision: A world without Alzheimer's disease®.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.