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
  • Wednesdays
    • Mah Jongg (classes available)
  • Thursdays
    • 500 Cards
    • Poker
  • Monthly
    • Bingo events following lunch buffets
  • Bridge & 500 Lessons—beginner & refresher available
  • Evening Card group—Wednesdays or Thursdays, call if interested

Computer Interest/Technology

  • Before & After Computers: A hands on computer discussion
    Members free; Others $2
    Lively discussion each meeting on something of interest to the beginner as well as the expert computer person.
  • Digital Camera Lab
    Members free; Others $2/hour
    Get the most out of your digital camera. Learn how to edit your photos. Instructor: Art
  • Instagram—Get Posting!
    Second Thursdays of month, 10am-12pm
    Capture and share life’s moments with your family and friends. Gain an understanding of using Instagram with volunteer instructor Jacob. Call to register.
    Members free, Others $2
  • Open Computer Lab
    Members 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
  • Photo Scanning
    Members $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. Staff is here to assist you through the process. Call for an appointment.
  • Tablet Lab—Getting to know your device
    1st & 3rd Thursdays, 10am
    Get to know your iPad, Kindle or Nook better. Volunteer Jacob will be there to help you understand how to use your device. Call for ½ hour appointment.
    Members free, Others $2

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
    Members free; Others $2
    Enjoy social time while rug hooking.
  • Scrapbooking Club, Evening
    Members 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. 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 $5/wk; Others $7/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 $5/wk; Others $7/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 $7/wk
    Get up and dance to your favorite line dance song! Prerequisite: beginning line dance lessons.
  • Jazzberries
    Members free; Others $2
    Volunteer senior performance group with a touch of tap and jazz.
  • Partner Pattern Dancing - NEW!
    Members free; Others $2
    Grab a partner and learn the basic steps of partner pattern dancing—a combination of round dancing and line dancing.
  • Tap Dance Lessons
    Frequent Card holders $70; Others $74 for 8 classes
    Learn tap steps and routines with some great music! Instructor: Stephanie Stockton.

Educational Opportunities

  • Cell Phone Lab
    Members 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
  • Connect to Learning Videoconferences
    Frequent Card holders free; Others $2
    Connect to some remarkable people and programs during a LIVE INTERACTIVE videoconference. Varied monthly educational topics. Call for programming and registration. Some videoconference talks to date have been with Denali National Park, Minnesota Historical Society, Hallmark Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame, and the National Archives.  
  • 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 by calling 952-939-1333 or emailing activitycenter@hopkinsmn.com . Credit card payment required for phone registration. For cash or check, visit the Activity Center and register in person.
    • 4-Hour Refresher Class (prerequisite: 8-hour class)
      Members $18; Others $21 General Public
      Take this course to continue to qualify for the senior auto discount. (Prerequisite: completion of 8-hour course.)

      2015 Dates:

      • Tuesday, April 28, 2015: noon-4 pm
      • Wednesday, June 17, 2015: 6-10 pm
      • Tuesday, September 15, 2015: noon-4 pm
      • Monday, November 9, 2015: noon-4 pm
    • 8-Hour Introductory Class: This 8-hour class qualifies for the senior auto insurance discount.
      Members $27; Others $30 General Public
      Qualify for a 10% auto insurance discount with this course for ages 55+, developed by the National Safety Council.

      2015 Dates:
      • May 13 & 14, 2015: 6-10 pm
      • October 28 & 19, 2015: 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
    Members FREE; Others $2
    Call to schedule your antique appraisal and discover information about your special treasure. Call for dates.

Fitness

  • Fitness Equipment
    Members free; Others $2
    A treadmill, elliptical machine, recumbent bikes and weights are available for use, with a TV for viewing. Mondays—Thursdays, 8:30 am-4:00 pm.
  • Soft Aerobics
    Mondays, 9:00 am. A one-hour fitness class formatted for seniors.
    Members free; Others $2
  • Fitness Focus
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00 am
    A varied exercise program that focuses on stretching, flexibility, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training exercises. Instructor: Ben Walker.
    Members $3.50/class; Others $4.50/class*.
  • Yoga
    Tuesdays, 10:15 am
    Incorporates yoga poses designed for older adults to focus on improving flexibility, balance, strength, posture and breathing. Bring a mat or towel. Instructor: Jessica.
    Members $3.50/class; Others $4.50/class*. 
  • Chair Yoga Class
    Wednesdays, 9 am
    Jessica leads the class in a gentle form of yoga and is practiced sitting in a chair or the chair is used for support and balance.
    Members $3.50/class; Others $4.50/class*.
  • Nancy's Fit & Fun Aerobic Walk
    Wednesdays, 1:45 pm
    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.
    Members $3.50/class; Others $4.50/class*.
  • Qigong: An Integration of Physical Postures, Breathing Techniques and Focused Intentions
    Wednesdays, 7 pm
    De-stress, relax and recharge with Qigong. Qigong is a gentle, easy to learn exercise and meditative practice that anyone can learn. The goal is to provide a technique for people to help themselves and others in the healing of the mind, body and spirit. Participants sit or stand during the movements and meditation (bring a cushion or blanket if preferred). Practice leaders guide the class through the gentle movements. Bring a water bottle. Call for information or to register.
    Members FREE; Others $2.
  • Walking Group
    Mondays, beginning March 30, 4 pm
    Walking is a fun, free workout! Meet at the Hopkins Activity Center entrance to walk with others to explore the local Hopkins trails or walk indoors at the Activity Center. Record your steps and earn rewards for progress! All fitness levels welcome. Volunteer walking leader: Emily. Call to register. Event Sponsor: Walgreens.

* Try your first class free! Fitness Fees are deposited into your account and can be used at Fitness Focus, Yoga, or Nancy's Fit & Fun Aerobic Walk classes. This gives you flexibility on when you attend class.

Hopkins Activity Center is a contracted facility with American Health Fitness (Silver & Fit) and Healthway’s Fitness to offer fitness opportunities for eligible health plan members. Contact the office for more information.

Health & Wellness

  • Blood Pressure Screenings
    1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10:15-11:15 am. Free. Dee Lerman, R.N.
  • Foot Care
    Members $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
    Members free; Others $2
    Hearing testing and/or cleaning of hearing aids. Call for your 15 minute appointment.
  • Managing Your Meds
    Members free; Others $2
    Pharmacy consultation with area pharmacist. Bring your medication list. Call for your 15 minute appointment.
  • Optical Care Service
    3rd Mondays of Month, 10am
    Betty’s Mobile Optical will provide eyeglass adjustment and cleaning. Call for appointment.
    Members free; Others $2
  • Qigong: An Integration of Physical Postures, Breathing Techniques and Focused Intentions
    Wednesdays, 7 pm
    De-stress, relax and recharge with Qigong. Qigong is a gentle, easy to learn exercise and meditative practice that anyone can learn. The goal is to provide a technique for people to help themselves and others in the healing of the mind, body and spirit. Participants sit or stand during the movements and meditation (bring a cushion or blanket if preferred). Practice leaders guide the class through the gentle movements. Bring a water bottle. Call for information or to register.
    Members FREE; Others $2.
  • T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly)
    Members free; Others $2
    A doctor directed diet group that is non-commercial and non-profit.
  • WEIGH-TO-GO
    Wednesdays, 9:30 am weigh-in; 10 am meeting

    WEIGH-TO-GO is a casual, social group who will help you set goals and reach them in a healthy way. Join us, make some friends and have some fun while reaching your goal.  Members free; Others $2.

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.
  • Veteran’s Connections
    2nd Tuesdays of Month, 9:30am
    Gather and connect monthly to discuss life & military experiences. Gain knowledge about resources available to veterans.
    Call to register.
    Members free; Others $2

Quality of Life

  • Caregivers 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
    Members 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
      Members free; Others $2
      Shoot hoops in a non-competitive environment.
  • Pickleball
    • Varied weekday court times. See informational box below.
  • 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
      Members 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

Summer Pickle Ball Schedule

  • Mondays,1:30–3 pm
  • Tuesdays,11:30 am–1 pm
  • Wednesdays, 3:30–5 pm (June–August)
  • Thursdays, 2:45–4:45 pm (June–August)

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.

  • Bowling League at Tuttle’s Eat, Bowl, Play
  • Golf League at Bunker Indoor Golf Center
  • Raspberry Sundaes at Music in the Park
  • Senior Softball Leagues
    55+ League: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am, at Van Valkenburg Park, Edina. Call Bob at 612-922-8687.

    70+ League:
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 am, at Big Willow Park, Minnetonka. Call Jim at 952-935-1001.