Community programs

Creekside Community Center is home to a variety of programs for all ages.


 

Youth & Family Programs

Creekside F.U.N. (Family Ultra-fun Nights)

Discover why the family that plays together has the most fun! New themes and activities for the whole family, the second Saturday of each month. No registration required to attend these free programs.

List of upcoming F.U.N.

Creekside Open Rec
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Get the kids out of the cold and burn off some energy at Creekside Open Rec the last Sunday of every month, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All kids 8 years of age and younger can enjoy activities that use physical and motor skills like tumbling, building, bowling, scoring on a 360 goal, bags, and tag.

The fee is only $2 per child and a parent or guardian must be present at this drop-in program.

Music & Dance Recess
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Kids 5 years of age and under are invited to indoor recess at Creekside the first Tuesday each month, 10:15 - 11 a.m.

An early childhood educator will lead kids and parents in singing songs, dancing, playing instruments, using props and having fun!

This free class is in partnership with Bloomington Public Schools' Early Learning Services. No registration required.

English as a Second Language

 
ESL class

English language learners are invited to practice and improve their language skills at Creekside Mondays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

This program provides small group tutoring in a relaxed and informal setting. A variety of skills are taught including writing, basic conversation and daily life skills. Stop by class to see if this is the right class for you.

This program does not provide English proficiency testing. Open to all ages and free to attend.

Food programs

City Diner

Creekside contracts with Optage Senior Dining to provide delicious, catered meals served at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday at Creekside. Reservations are required by noon, two working days before meal.

Anyone aged 60 and older may pay a suggested contribution of $0 – 3.50 for regular lunch meals and $0 – 4.50 for special lunch events with a completed NAPIS (National Aging Program Information System) form. Those who choose not to fill out the form or are under the age of 60, must pay $7.25.

Contact Creekside to make reservations and for NAPIS form.

Optage Home Delivered Heat and Eat Meals

With the choice of more than 65 home-delivered meals, enjoy the freedom to dine when you want to. These meals are ordered and delivered weekly on Wednesdays.

Heat and eat meals are available to Bloomington residents ages 60 and older and adults with disabilities. Meals are available through private pay at the cost of $6.75 for a complete meal and $4.75 for an entrée, waiver programs, and other subsidized programs based on qualification.

For more information, go to Optage Senior Dining Choices or call 651-746-8200.

Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes is serving takeaway meals for everyone in need, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Monday - Friday outside the south entrance of Creekside.
Contact the Loaves & Fishes main office at 612-377-9810 for daily meal updates, volunteering, or to make a donation.

A free evening meal is served to all ages and incomes Monday – Friday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Creekside. If you are interested in dining at Loaves and Fishes, come in and have a seat, no reservations needed, no questions asked.

Meals are sponsored by local businesses and organizations that purchase, prepare, serve, and clean-up each night. If you or a group are interested in volunteering or donating to this site, contact Bloomington Loaves & Fishes at 952-948-0746 or go to Loaves & Fishes.

Menu and volunteer group are subject to change without notice. 
This page will be updated with any Loaves and Fishes closings.

Fare For All

Fare For All is open to everyone. This food distribution program can save you up to 40 percent on brand-name groceries. Items include fresh produce, frozen meat, and other basic groceries. There are no income guidelines. Cash, credit, debit and EBT are accepted.

Fare For All 2020

Tax assistance

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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites service suspended until further notice

AARP Tax-Aide

Creekside Community Center partners with AARP Tax-Aide to provide free tax preparation services to individuals and families with middle to low income on a first-come, first-served basis. Taxpayers with complex tax returns are advised to seek paid tax services.

2020
Monday and Tuesday
February 3 - April 14
9 a.m.

Representatives from AARP Tax Aide can be reached at 952-858-9040 for specific tax related questions and concerns.

Prepare + Prosper

Prepare + Prosper has relocated to VEAP at 9600 Aldrich Ave. S., Bloomington. Appointments are still necessary to receive tax assistance by either calling 651-287-0187 or going to prepareandprosper.org

Looking for tax forms or instruction books?

These can be obtained by visiting IRS.gov and Revenue.State.MN.US.