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October 4, 2020
Hopkins Activity Center News & Notes

Revel in Nature's Beauty & Friendships

One doesn't have to look too far outside their kitchen window or view from their car to find a treasure in sight...the beauty of fall. The colors of fall are in full splendor, including the sounds of birds and squirrels busily preparing, and even the even flavors or smells (think pumpkin spice) bring about a nostalgia to embrace the season coming into full swing. Whether the weather is cool or mild, we have a travel experiences to share with you that are available for enjoyment either indoors or out. Speaking of nostalgia... we hope you revel in seeing the friendly faces of participants featured in the above photo, which harkens back to a Bingo event held in 2015. 

Fall Color Reports

From the MN Landscape Arboretum

Sugar maples are leading the way to magnificent fall colors at the Arboretum, and yes, it's not your imagination, the colors have started changing earlier this year! Learn more about this year's fall colors from director of operations Alan Branhagen, who share's a Fall Color Report weekly on their website. If you prefer to venture out to see the colors in person at the Arboretum, be sure to make a reservation to visit.

State Park Fall Color Finder

Many northern parks within the state have already reached 75-100% peak colors. Check out the moste recent photos of the glorious fall foliage, track the color changes, compare to previous years trends, or get an in person viewing of the magnificent colors and #optoutside!

Education Through Travel 

Journey through the habitats of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem – the alpine, forest, mountain meadow, and plains/basin environments. Be immersed in these unique habitats the area animals adapt to with the seasons and their environment. Join this presentation by the Draper Natural History Museum in this week's Connect to Learning

Do you enjoy exploring history or have a pension for nostalgia? Why not visit the Pacific War museum or the SPAM museum? Here you can get a tour of both museums virtually!

Visit San Diego Remotely

West of downtown San Diego, lies scenic Point Loma and Shelter Island, an area filled with restaurants, activities, and stunning views of San Diego’s skyline. Take a tour with experienced guide Mark Jacobson, who will fill your senses with beautiful vistas looking out at SAN DIEGO BAY, FISHERMAN’S LANDING and AMERICA’S CUP HARBOR,. Click here to register for this live tour and future culinary adventures in and around Mark's native California.

In October, Get Together

Here's what's happening, and how you can stay
Active and Engaged" with the Hopkins Activity Center:

Sign up early to attend one of our upcoming virtual educational topics, join a fitness class, or meet up in the community with a social group. Visit our website and look for the "Raspberry Registration" link:, or click on the calendar below.

Whimsical Writings for Well-Being


With so much in the world changing around us daily, sometimes life can feel like it is spinning out of control. With journaling, we have a powerful tool to keep our thoughts centered and grounded, a place to document our inner thoughts and desires for the world, and ourselves.

Through The Benefits of Journaling one can experience a sense of well being by reducing stress, improving immune system and improve cognitive function.

Join us at the top of each month with a Whimsical Writing prompt
to bring about a mindfulness through journaling.

Are you one of those people who is an avid list maker? Some of us utilize writing a list for our daily "To Do" tasks, making a grocery list, an errand list, or a wish list of books we want to read...and the list of lists we make goes on. Well, here is a Whimsical Writing to spark your journaling path: Make a list of 30 things that make you smile!

Digging Deeper:  From your list, select one item that made you smile today, and expand on that topic in your journal writing. Pick something from your list that makes you smile, which you would like to do for someone else to make them smile too!
A news update from the City of Hopkins about in-person senior programming.
Hopkins Activity Center in the News - Check out the Line Dance group featured in the Sun Sailor news article.
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