Activity Center - Ongoing Activities

The Activity Center has a wide variety of fun and educational opportunities going on every week. A summary of offerings is listed below. Call the Activity Center for dates and times, and to register.

Cards & Games

poker hand

Join us on Thursdays for poker.

  • Mondays
    • Bridge - Fun for everyone!
    • Scrabble
  • Tuesdays
    • Cribbage
  • Thursdays
    • 500 Cards
    • Poker
  • Monthly
    • Bingo events following lunch buffets
  • Hand & Foot
  • Stay & Play Bingo—varies
  • Bridge & 500 Lessons—beginner refresher available

Computer Interest/Technology

  • Before & After Computers: A hands on computer discussion
    Frequent Card Holder free; Others $2
    Lively discussion each meeting on something of interest to the beginner as well as the expert computer person.
  • Beginning Computer: Designed for the Beginning PC User
    Others call fofr class fee
    A beginning computer class.
    Word processing
  • Digital Camera Lab
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2/hour
    Get the most out of your digital camera. Learn how to edit your photos. Instructor: Glen Keener
  • Open Computer Lab
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2/hour
    Personal tutoring at your level. Bring your computer questions, word processing, database, scanning, or explore the internet & email. Instructor: Mark Nelson
  • Tablet-1st & 3rd Tuesdays
    Get to know your portable hand-held display, whether it is an iPad, Nook or Kindle. Our volunteer, Ron, will help you understand and use your device better.
  • Photo Scanning--NEW!
    Frequent Card holders $5 per CD; Others $8 per CD
    Quickly scan your shoeboxes of treasured photos to CD or DVD using our Kodak Picture Saver Scanning System to capture and digitally archive your photos. The scanner accepts multiple print sizes from wallet to 8x10. Once your entire batch of photos is saved, you can then take them home on a CD/DVD (approximately 200 photos per disk) or copied onto a flash drive. Volunteer Cheryl will be there to assist you through the process. Call for an appointment.

Crafts & Arts

two women scrapbooking

Scrapbooking

  • Helping Hands
    Every stitch makes a difference! Join the group for a charity knit or crochet-along. 4-ply yarn donations needed.
  • Open Artists Studio
    Work on individual projects (paint, draw, crafts, etc.)
  • Preemie Blanket Bee
    Make comforting quilts for babies in our local hospital.
  • Primitive Rug Hooking
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2
    Enjoy social time while rug hooking.
  • Scrapbooking Club, Evening
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2
    Get your photos out of unsafe albums and into scrapbooks. The Cricut machine is available for use—a fun way to cut shapes and letters. Scrapbook leader: Trudy.
  • Walker Bag Project
    Sew a simple walker bag for our local hospital. Kits available at the Hopkins Activity Center
  • Backpack Project
    The Hopkins Activity Center is broadening our service to the community to include Haiti. Visit www.lovefromhaiti.com that documents the journey of Kristi & Nate Bucher as they serve in Haiti (Kristi is a former City of Hopkins employee). We can help by sewing a simple drawstring backpack for school children in Haiti. A pattern is available.

Dance with Us

  • Afternoon Squares
    Frequent Card holders $4/wk; Others $6/wk
    The Afternoon Squares have square danced at the Hopkins Activity Center for 30 years. Caller Abe Maier does mainstream and plus calls. Visit www.afternoonsquares.com.
  • Community Ballroom Dances
    Enjoy ballroom dances in May & October. Co-sponsored by Hopkins Community Education, Minnetonka Community Education, Minnetonka Senior Services, and Hopkins Activity Center. Call 952-401-6800 to register. Dances held at Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center.
  • Dancing For Fun
    Frequent Card holders $4/wk; Others $6/wk
    Learn basic round dances, have fun dancing and enjoy the fellowship of others. A dance partner is needed. Instructors: Ken & Barb LaBau.
  • Intermediate Line Dance Lessons
    Frequent Card holders $5/wk; Others $6/wk
    Get up and dance to your favorite line dance song! Prerequisite: beginning line dance lessons.
  • Jazzberries
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2
    Volunteer senior performance group with a touch of tap and jazz.
  • Tap Dance Lessons
    Frequent Card holders $68; Others $72 for 8 classes
    Learn tap steps and routines with some great music! Instructor: Stephanie Stockton.

Educational Opportunities

  • Cell Phone Lab
    Frequent Card Holder free; Others $2
    Discover different areas of your phone so you can understand and use it better. Cell phone users of all wireless companies welcome. Instructor: Lisa of T-Mobile
  • Defensive Driving Class
    Defensive Driving courses for people 55-years old+, taught by Bud Emerson from the MN Safety Council. Course includes lecture, films, and discussion. After participants complete the course, they are entitled to a 10%, 3-year discount on their auto insurance. Advance registration required. Call 952-939-1333 or email activitycenter@hopkinsmn.com to register. Visa or MasterCard required for phone registration. For cash or check, visit the Activity Center and register in person.
    • 4-Hour Refresher Class (prerequisite: 8-hour class)
      Frequent Card holders $18; Others $21 General Public
      Take this course to continue to qualify for the senior auto discount. (Prerequisite: completion of 8-hour course.)
      • Tuesday, January 14, noon-4 pm
      • Wednesday, February 19, 6-10 pm
      • Wednesday, March 19, 6-10 pm
      • Tuesday, April 22, noon-4 pm
      • Wednesday, June 18, 6-10 pm
    • 8-Hour Class: This 8-hour class qualifies for the senior auto insurance discount.
      Frequent Card holders $27; Others $30 General Public
      Qualify for a 10% auto insurance discount with this course for ages 55+, developed by the National Safety Council.
      • February 22, 9 am-5:30 pm (1/2 lunch break included)
      • May 21 & 22, 6-10 pm
      • October 29 & 30, 6-10 pm
  • Facebook Review
    Call for times; Frequent User Members Free; Others $2
    Lisa will give you a taste of communicating through "Facebook," a free-access social networking website to connects you with family and friends. Already have an account? Lisa will answer your questions. Find the Hopkins Activity Center on Facebook--become our fan!
  • Know Before You Throw Antiquing
    Frequent Card holders FREE; Others $2
    Call to schedule your antique appraisal and discover information about your special treasure. Call for dates.
  • The Art of Seeing: Photography Class & Slide Presentation
    Have fun while improving your picture taking skills. Call for dates.

Fitness

  • Soft Aerobics
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2
    A one-hour fitness class formatted for seniors.
  • Enhance Fitness
    UCare for Senior Members free; Frequent Card holders $3/class; Others $4/class.
    Evidence-based exercise program that focuses on stretching, flexibility, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training exercises. Instructor: Ben Walker.
  • Walk the Gym
    Walk on our measured course in the gym. Call for available times.
  • Fitness Equipment
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2
    A treadmill, elliptical machine, recumbent bikes and weights are available for use, with a TV for viewing.
  • Nancy's Fit & Fun Aerobic Walk
    Wednesdays, 1:45 pm; Try your first class free!
    Join this indoor multi-muscle walking class that is basic, boosts your metabolism and burns a lot of calories. It is a 45 minute workout/walk and is done to fun, upbeat music.
    *Fitness Fees are deposited into your account and can be used at both Enhance Fitness classes & Nancy's Fit & Fun Aerobic Walk classes. This gives you flexiblity on when you can attend class.
    Frequent User Members-$3/class; Others-$4/class.

Health & Wellness

  • Blood Pressure Screenings
    1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10:15-11:15 am. Free. Dee Lerman, R.N.
  • Foot Care
    Frequent Card holders $35; Others $38
    Participants receive a foot assessment, foot soak, trimming of toenails and maintenance of corns, calluses and ingrown nails. Provided by Happy Feet Foot Care, Inc. Call for appointment.
  • Hearing Screening & Hearing Aid Service
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2
    Hearing testing and/or cleaning of hearing aids. Call for your 15 minute appointment.
  • Managing Your Meds
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2
    Pharmacy consultation with area pharmacist. Bring your medication list. Call for your 15 minute appointment.
  • T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly)
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2
    A doctor directed diet group that is non-commercial and non-profit.

Leisure & Entertainment

  • Book Club
    Monthly. Call for book and time.
  • Coffee Clutch
    Enjoy a free cup of coffee and treats sponsored by Golden Living Center Hopkins, Ridgepointe, Home Care Assistance, Shalom.
  • Library
    Large print, paperbacks, audio books, children's videos, and jigsaw puzzles are available to check out at the Activity Center.

Quality of Life

  • Alzheimer Support Group
    For caregivers & family members of those with Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss.  Co-sponsored by Open Circle.
  • Legal Consultations
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2.
    Provided by area attorneys. Call for appointment.
  • Mens Discussion Group
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2.
    Discussion of current issues and interests to men age 55+.
  • See resources & assistance

Senior Sports

Men's volleyball players

Senior men's volleyball players

  • Bicycling
    • Minnetonka/Hopkins Senior Bicyclers
      April-October. Visit www.martywirth.com for biking schedule.
  • Bowling
    • Senior Bowling   
      Frequent Card holders $6/wk; Others $6/wk plus $9 registration fee.
      Enjoy fun, fitness, friendly competition & free coffee! Join at anytime. Call to register. Held at Tuttles Bowling Bar & Grill, Hopkins.
  • Indoor Golf
    • Senior Indoor Golf
      $20/week plus $6 registration fee
      Season runs from November-April at Bunker Indoor Golf Center, 14900 Hwy 7, Minnetonka.
  • Softball
    • West Metro Senior Softball League
      Season is May–Sept. 55+ call Bob at 612-922-8687 and 70+ call Jack at 952-922-6623.
  • Open Gym
    • Senior Open Gym
      Frequent Card holders free; Others $2
      Shoot hoops in a non-competitive environment.
  • Pickleball
    • Pickleball (drop-in for age 50+)
      Mondays, 1:30 pm, Tuesdays, 11:30 am, Thursdays, 5 pm
      Drop in to play this exciting mini-tennis game which is a combination of ping-pong, tennis and badminton and is played on 2 indoor courts in our gym. Players will rotate in and out of games. No experience necessary. Call to register. Some equipment available or bring your pickle-ball racquet.
      Frequent User Members, free; Others, $2/time
  • Tennis
    • Senior Tennis Players Club of Minnesota
      Opportunities for seniors 50 and older for their mental, physical and social well being, and to support the growth of tennis.  Call Dottie at 612-827-4918 or www.seniortennismn.com.
  • Volleyball
    • Senior Men's Volleyball
      Frequent Card holders free; Others $2
      Season is Sept–Apr for men age 55+. Enjoy fun, camaraderie, exercise and some friendly competition.

Indoor Pickleball - Age 50+

Players age 50+ can drop in to play this exciting paddle game on the Hopkins Activity Center's two indoor courts. Players rotate in and out of games. Bring your Pickleball racquet, though some equipment is available. No experience necessary & pickleball is easy to learn! Beginners welcome!

Cost: Members free; Others $2/time
Hopkins Activity Center, 33 14th Ave N, Hopkins

Winter Court Times:

  • Mondays,1:30 pm
  • Tuesdays,11:30 am
  • Thursdays, 5 pm

Contacts

  • Hopkins Activity Center
    33 14th Ave N
    952-939-1333

Hopkins Activity Center...and Beyond!

The Hopkins Activity Center brings quality programs and experiences beyond our
brick walls.

  • Mizpah First Tuesday Lunch
    Enjoy soup, sandwich, dessert & beverage at Mizpah United Church of Christ, 412 5th Ave N, Hopkins. Cost: $5 adults; $2.50 kids. No reservation needed.