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Programs for Ages 50+

Designed to keep ages 50+ and all adults with a disability actively engaged in the community, these programs serve those seeking opportunity to become involved and stay connected.

Bloomington offers a unique opportunity for those who are 50+ participants and want to be involved and leaders in the planning, developing and implementing of activities and programs. 

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Arts and Crafts

Art Classes

Offered in partnership with Artistry, these classes are led by skilled professionals with subject matter expertise and a commitment to each student's development. No previous art experience required. All materials provided.

List of upcoming classes

Ceramics

Select from an assortment of greenware and bisque to paint or glaze. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fees apply for materials used.

Creative Crafts

Finish incomplete projects or challenge your inner artist and create something beautiful with donated supplies we have on hand. Mondays, beginning July 15, 2 - 4 p.m. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate or be accompanied by an adult. Donations of craft supplies accepted.

Leatherworking

Check out leatherworking and learn to make crafts and works of art out of leather Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Tools, leather, and dyes available to use.

Needleworkers

Socialize while creating blankets, scarves and other clothing items Thursdays, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Each year, local charities and schools receive an average 4,000 items are donated from this group.

Quilting

Share your talents with this group Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Crafts and quilts are made using donated materials. Many of the items are donated to various charities.

Rock Shop (Lapidary)

Cut and polish rocks and gemstones into decorative pieces. Training and supplies are provided. There is a $1 fee per visit. Open Tuesdays, 1 – 4 p.m. and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Woodcarvers

Learn the art of woodcarving Wednesdays, 9 – 11 a.m. Carve various items. Participants must provide their own wood.

Woodshop

This fully equipped wood shop is available to those looking to design and work on various projects. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 8 – 11 a.m. There is a $1 fee per visit. Participants must pass a proficiency test and wear an ID badge.

Cards

Duplicate Bridge

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, 12:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. $0.50 to play.

Social Bridge

Thursdays, 12:15 – 3:15 p.m. $0.50 to play.

Women's Evening Bridge

First Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 10 p.m. $2 to play.
To join, contact Lois at 952-890-3086.

Club 500

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 1 – 3:30 p.m. $0.50 to play.
Tournaments held throughout the year on Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. $3 to play.
Lessons (by appointment): the first Monday of even months, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Cribbage

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:45 – 3 p.m. $1 to play.
Tournaments held the third Saturday of each month, 1 p.m. $3 to play.

Euchre

Wednesdays, 9 – 11:30 a.m. $0.50 to play.
Tournaments held throughout the year on Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. $2 to play.
Lessons (by appointment): the first Monday of even months, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Hand and Foot Canasta

Mondays, 12:30 – 4 p.m. $1 to play.

Hearts

Hearts tournaments held the first Monday of each month, 12:30 – 3 p.m. $2 to play.
Lessons (by appointment): the first Monday of even months, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Pinochle

Single deck. Mondays, 1 – 4 p.m. $0.50 to play.
Lessons by appointment.

Education

AARP Smart Driver Program

Refresh your driving skills and perhaps qualify for lower insurance rates. Held monthly, daytime and evening, 8-hour initial class and 4-hour refresher courses. Registration required. Fees apply. 

Byte Syte Advanced Computer User Group (ACUG)

Experienced computer users meet to discuss various topics and participate in demonstrations the second and fourth Friday of each month, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Dakim BrainFitness System

This touch screen computer program gives you a fully personalized workout to maintain brain fitness and slow the effects of cognitive decline. Stop by Creekside for a quick demonstration, complete an application and begin your personal brain fitness program today.

Library

The Creekside Library has an extensive collection of books and puzzles available for anyone to borrow.

Open Computer Lab

Bring your technology questions to Open Computer Lab Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.. $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents per visit.

Writers Club

Writers of all skill levels welcome. Bring out the best writer in you in whichever genre you prefer. Meets at 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday, January – October and the third Thursday, November – December.

Fitness

Bone Builders

This class focuses on strengthening muscles and promoting balance and stability. Hand and ankle weights are provided. A medical release form is required prior to joining the class. Space is limited. No cost to participate.

  • Tuesdays, 6 – 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 – 10 a.m.

Chair Yoga

A modified form of yoga, using exercise principles of traditional yoga to increase participant's health and fitness by replacing a floor mat with a chair. Offered on Fridays in 6-week sessions. Fee for classes.

Session 9, 9 – 10 a.m. 
Session 10, 10 – 11 a.m. 

Upcoming classes:
July 12 - August 16
August 30 - October 4

Gentle Mat Yoga

Learn a gentle form of yoga with modified movements and proper breathing techniques. Offered on Thursdays in 6-week sessions. Fee for classes.  

Session 10, 10 – 11 a.m.

Upcoming classes:
July 11 - August 15
August 29 - October 3

Session 11, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Upcoming classes:
August 29 - October 3

Line Dancing—Country Kickers

This fun and instructor lead beginner's class will help increase balance and memory while exercising as a group. Free and open to men and women of all ages and dancing abilities.

  • Tuesdays, 8 – 8:45 a.m.

Low Impact Exercise

Offering a light and moderate way to exercise, this class focuses on balance, low impact aerobics and strength training at not cost.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 – 10 a.m.

SAIL (Stay Active Independent for Life)

A group based exercise and education program focusing on strengthening muscles and promoting balance and stability. This program includes a combination of aerobic conditioning, progressive strength training, and balance exercises shown to impact risk of falling. Hand and ankle weights are provided. Space is limited. No cost to participate. Class is taught by trained RSVP Wellness leaders.

  • Mondays, 1 – 2 p.m. and Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.

Silver Sneakers® Flex

Drop in classes. Fee may apply.

Cardio and Strength
Improve cardiovascular fitness, as well as maintain or increase bone density, flexibility, range of motion, muscle tone and coordination. Bring your own mat.

  • Tuesdays, 9 – 10 a.m.

Strength and Balance
Exercise will be performed while holding onto a chair or sitting in a chair. This class combines light cardio and strength training for individuals who want to improve muscle tone, flexibility, range of motion, balance and coordination.

  • Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 – 10 a.m. 

Health

Bloomington Public Health

Clinic Services

Foot Care

Meet with professional foot care nurses Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. to address personal concerns regarding thickened and fungal nails, corns, calluses, bunions, nerve and circulation deficits and other matters. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Happy Feet at 763-560-5136. Fees apply.

Health Insurance Counseling

Schedule an appointment with Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 (Monday – Friday, 8 – 4:30 p.m.). Health insurance counseling is provided by state-certified health insurance counseling volunteers and is available at no cost. Health insurance counselors assist clients with:

  • Understanding the basics of Medicare and Medical Assistance
  • Choosing a Medicare supplement
  • Choosing a Medicare Part D plan
  • Ensuring proper processing of Medicare and medical assistance claims
  • Assisting with health insurance forms
  • Exploring ways to lower prescription drug costs

Hearing Testing

Get your hearing tested by a Bloomington Public Health nurse by appointment the second Wednesday of even months, 12 – 1 p.m. Appointment required.

The Nurse Is In

Talk with a Bloomington Public Health nurse one Wednesday per month at 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (call for dates) regarding:

  • Fall prevention education
  • Medication review
  • Blood pressure check
  • Active aging
  • Understanding lab results
  • Education with diagnosis
  • Safety
  • Healthy living tips
  • Assistance
  • Contacting your clinic
  • Assistance contacting your insurance company
  • Resources

Leadership

Creekside Memorial Trust Fund

The Creekside Senior Memorial Trust Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that assists individuals who desire to create a memorial to someone, living or dead, in the following ways: encouraging donations to fund the memorial, maintaining memorial books and distributing trust funds for the general benefit of the 50+ Program.

Board members review proposals from 50+ Leaders to determine if the request will benefit Creekside programs.

50+ Leaders

Become involved in the planning, developing and implementing of activities and programs for the 50+ Program.

Music

Music groups are available for performances in Bloomington and the greater metropolitan area.

The Bloomingtones

A mixed choral group who sing a wide variety of music from all eras for pleasure and entertainment. Rehearsals are Fridays, 9:30 a.m. September - May.

Classic Country Music Jam

Join, listen or dance as a group of musicians provide a FREE country concert Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Creekside Community Center.

Creekside Crickets

This band plays and sings oldies, country, polkas, waltzes, and show tunes at various venues in the area. Welcoming new members of all abilities that have an interest in music. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 9 a.m. September – May.

Recreation

Bocce Babes

A women’s social group playing bocce ball and other activities such as boat trips, pool parties, farmers markets, and more June – January. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877. Fees may apply.

Bocce Ball

Leagues held at Creekside every Wednesday, 9 – 11 a.m., May through October, weather permitting.

Born Again Jocks

Men’s sports leagues including bocce ball, bowling, tennis, golf, softball, table tennis and volleyball. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877. Fees may apply.

Garden Club

Create and design flower containers and gardens at Creekside. Donations of plants and gardening tools are accepted and can be picked up by volunteers. Monthly group meetings the 4th Monday of each month, January through October, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Holds an Annual Plant Exchange the first Saturday in June 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. every year.

Informal games and equipment

Puzzles, card and board games in the library. Bocce ball, shuffleboard, table tennis, and Nintendo Wii (bowling, tennis, and golf) equipment to check out and use at Creekside.

Normandale Lake Flower Club

Plant and maintain flower beds at Normandale Lake. May through November, weather permitting.

Pool (Billiards) 

Calling ALL pool players! $12 annual membership fee.

  • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Ladies: Thursdays, 1 p.m.
  • Tournaments: Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. and Thursdays, 6 p.m.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation made due to lack of enrollment: 100% refund

Cancellation by participant:
  • Prior to registration deadline: 100% refund, less $5 processing fee
  • After registration deadline: NO refund