Subject: Registration open for October opportunities through 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten

Stay Engaged this October through 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten!

Greetings from the 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten team!  We miss seeing you and hope you are enjoying the last days of summer.

2nd Half with Lyngblomsten has a great lineup of online opportunities planned for October.  Check out the list below and sign up for something that interests you!  Even during the pandemic, there are fun ways to stay active and engaged with others.

Visit for registration information.  Space is limited, so sign up early!  More offerings are being planned for the rest of the year, so check your email inbox frequently.  And if you think a friend, family member, or neighbor would like to participate, share this email with them!
Opportunities at a Glance
October 2020

Education & the Arts
  • Armchair Traveler: Ancient Kingdoms and Modern Cities in Southeast Asia
  • Books-Cheese-Wine with Author Gloria VanDemmeltraadt
Social & Outings
  • Can We Talk? (discussion group)
Health, Wellness, & Spirituality
  • Nature's Healing Connection: Seasons of Change
  • Stay Healthy and Fit through Juniper Online Classes
Resources & Support
  • Caregiver Services
  • Memory Loss Caregiver Support Groups
  • Older Adult Ministry Forum: Ambiguous Loss in the Time of COVID
Education & the Arts
Armchair Traveler: Ancient Kingdoms and Modern Cities in Southeast Asia
Thursday, October 22
1-2:30 PM

Jack and Judy Schulukebier traveled to Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. They had stops in the modern cities of Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Phnom Penh. Hong Kong is an ultramodern city with 7.5 million people and over 8,000 skyscrapers. Bangkok has over 8 million people but is not as modern. Stops were made in several small villiages as well. In one such village they met a woman who hunts and sells tarantulas. In another they met a Hmong shaman, visited the elementary school, and visited the women's weaving center.

Presenters: Jack and Judy Schulukebier, members of Salem Lutheran Church in West St. Paul and world travelers.

Registration required by October 21.

Books-Cheese-Wine with Author Gloria VanDemmeltraadt
Darkness in Paradise
Thursday, October 15
5:30-7 PM

Darkness in Paradise captures both the horrors and the humor of Onno VanDemmeltraadt's (the author’s husband) early life in World War II–ravaged Indonesia. Stories tell the pains of war, but are filled with hope. Inspiring both tears and laughter throughout, the book reveals layers of human compassion during the awful times of World War II and gives a sense of the diverse cultures of the country.

Gloria VanDemmeltraadt discovered her writing prowess after her retirement by writing her own memoir. After four nonfiction works, one of them award winning, she discovered the joy of writing mystery books. Gloria is actively working on number three in her mystery series.

Fee:  $5
Registration required by October 14.

Social & Outings
Can We Talk?
Tuesdays, October 13–November 17
9:45–11 AM

There have been many unprecedented events that have impacted our lives in so many ways since March 2020. Having the opportunity to share with others helps to sort out our feelings, needs, and possible repsonses to such events. This six-week virtual/phone series is an opportunity to come together to talk, ponder, and learn from each other as well as the collective wisdom of the group while building relationships too. Join us for the chance to share. Group size is limited to eight; participate through Zoom either online or via phone.

Registration ongoing; no deadline.

Health, Wellness, & Spirituality
Nature's Healing Connection: Seasons of Change
Wednesdays beginning October 7
10–11:30 AM

Join us for this three-part online series and connect with others through nature.
  • October 7: Healing and Restorative Powers of Nature. Learn how nature can help us heal.
  • October 14: Nature Connects Us. Discover how nature brings us together.
  • October 21: Everyday Nature. Explore ways to bring nature into your everyday life.
In each session we will explore a nature topic, share our nature observations, and take part in an engaging activity. Between sessions there will be optional nature activities available to do. 

Presenter: Patty Nelson, Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach and nature lover.

Fee: $15
Registration required by October 5.
Stay Healthy and Fit through Juniper Online Classes

Juniper is a Minnesota-based organization that brings evidenced-based health and wellness classes to older adults, helping them stay well, improve their balance, prevent falls, and get fit! Until six months ago, these classes met face to face with groups of people and an instructor. Now these classes are being offered online, meaning a course might be offered in Paynesville and someone 90 miles away in Brainerd can take it!

2nd Half with Lyngblomsten has partnered with Juniper in the past to offer in-person classes, so we’re excited to share these online opportunities with you! If you are struggling with diabetes, chronic pain, heart disease, depression, or any other chronic condition, one of the Living Well classes might be just right for you. If you are concerned about your ability to get around safely and you want to avoid falling, check out the Tai Ji Quan or the Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) class.

Visit to learn about opportunities and sign up. For more information, contact Becky Hulden, Faith Community Nurse with 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten, at or (651) 632-5335.

Resources & Support
Caregiver Services

Being the best caregiver you can be means caring for yourself. The 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten Caregiver Services team is here to help you on your caregiving journey. Our staff is providing support and resources remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, including via email, on the phone, and through online meetings. Services include:
  • Memory Loss Caregivers Support Groups: Open to persons caring for someone experiencing Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia (scroll down for more information).
  • General Caregiver Support Group: Open to anyone serving as a caregiver.
  • Caregiver Coaching—REACH (Resources for Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health): Learn more about REACH on our website.
  • Telephone Support: Speak over the phone with a member of our team. We will listen, provide reassurance and guidance, and/or provide resources for your caregiving journey.
  • Daily Emails with Activity Suggestions: Are you looking for fun activities to do with a person you care for who has dementia? If so, sign up to receive our daily email for dementia caregivers, which will contain tips, activity ideas, and more.
For more information about any of our Caregiver Services, email us at or contact Jeanne Schuller at (651) 632-5320. Additional information is available at

Lyngblomsten Caregiver Services are funded in part by the Older Americans Act Title III-E National Family Caregiver Support Program in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.

Memory Loss Caregiver Support Groups

Family and friends who are caring for someone experiencing Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia are welcome to participate. All groups are open to caregivers in the community via Zoom (online video communication tool) or telephone. Each session lasts approximately one hour.
  • 1st Tuesday of each month at 10 AM
  • 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9 AM
  • 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1 PM
  • 3rd Thursday of each month at 10 AM
  • 4th Tuesday of each month at 10 AM
Registration required. To sign up, contact Jeanne Schuller, Caregiver Program Services Manager, at (651) 632-5320 or

Older Adult Ministry Forum: Ambiguous Loss in the Time of COVID
Thursday, October 8
10 AM–Noon 

Living through a pandemic involves many changes and losses. So many that we can barely account for them: loss of routine, loss of community, loss of time with family and friends, loss of jobs, loss of privacy, loss of home, loss of safety, to name a few. These losses are especially difficult for older adults who are already living with so much ambiguity around finances, relationship changes, retirement plans, family roles, and health.

In this practical session, living well with ambiguity and ambiguous losses in the midst of a pandemic will be addressed. Adjustments and adaptations of previous practices will be interwoven with information about care of self and care for others.

Presenter:  Ted Bowman is an educator and consultant who specializes in change and transition. For more than 40 years, he has been a trainer, consultant, and speaker with many groups throughout Minnesota, the United States, and other countries. Ted was an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Fee: $12
Registration required by October 6
Click here to register.
Learn more: Contact Becky Hulden, RN, at (651) 632-5335 or
Funding & Support

2nd Half with Lyngblomsten is supported, in part, by gifts made to the Lyngblomsten Foundation. In an effort to keep programs affordable for all, the fees charged cover a fraction of the actual cost to run the programs. We invite you, as you're able, to make a contribution to the Lyngblomsten Foundation so we can continue offering these types of life-enriching programs now and in the future.

Thank you in advance for your support!
very donation makes a difference!

NOTE: When you make your donation to the Lyngblomsten Foundation, designate your gift to "2nd Half with Lyngblomsten" from the drop-down of options.  If you prefer to mail your gift, make checks payable to "Lyngblomsten Foundation" and send to Lyngblomsten Foundation, 1415 Almond Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108.

Registration, Payment, & Cancellations

The following registration, payment, and cancellation policies apply ONLY to programs in which registrations are taken through Lyngblomsten. Some programs have special registration instructions through a partner organization.

Register for programs online or by phone.
  • Online: Click here to register online for opportunities.
  • Phone: (651) 632-5330. If you leave a message, we will follow up to confirm your registration as soon as possible. Messages are picked up Monday—Friday.

2nd Half with Lyngblomsten accepts both credit card and check payments.
  • To pay by credit card: You'll be instructed to enter your credit card information as you register for class(es) online. Sorry, we are not able to accept credit card payments for registrations that are made over the phone.
  • To pay by check: After registering (online or by phone), make your check payable to Lyngblomsten Services and mail to:

    2nd Half with Lyngblomsten
    c/o Mary Deaner
    1415 Almond Ave
    St. Paul, MN 55108

    Please indicate the name of the class(es) on the memo line of the check. 

Cancellations & Refunds:
2nd Half with Lyngblomsten will refund any class that is cancelled due to lack of enrollment or other unforeseeable circumstances. If a participant cancels a registration before the registration deadline, a refund less $2.00 will be given for credit card payment. If you pay by check, your check will be returned. No refunds will be given after the registration deadline.
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