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Bridging Hearts offers an organized event once a month for a more personal interaction. Members also plan and host events for their Bridging Hearts friends.

Upcoming Events

Mini Golf at Como Mini Golf - CANCELLED | Friday, July 26

Tubing is available on Saturday the 27th and we have a yard game party on August 3rd.

Yard Games, Bonfire, Ice Cream | Saturday, August 3, 2019 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Celebrate summer with the best of summer; yard games, a bonfire, and ice cream!  This will be in partnership with MICC (formerly Minnesota Life College).
Cost:  Free
Make some new friends and let's take on MICC in a friendly competition of bean bag toss!
Enjoy a relaxing Saturday evening outdoors.

The Jason Show! | Monday, August 5, 2019 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Last minute event:
Tickets have become available for us to see the Jason Show on August 5th. This is a live show which airs on Fox 9 Mon. - Fri.  Our board member John Sugimura will be a guest that day.  There are additional details on the forum.  For this event, you have a short time to decide and make plans to attend as John needs to know how many tickets are needed 10 days in advance. 
Deadline for putting your name on the list is Sunday, 7/21. I will need your first name, last name, and email address.  You will also need a picture ID when going through security at the studio.
We will meet at the studio.
The Jason Show is a fun show that you will enjoy!  Check it out this week. 

This event is wheelchair accessible.

Happy Hour! (Parents/Caregivers/Siblings) | Friday, August 9, 2019 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Simply Social!
Parent, caregivers, siblings, (no members) please join us in a beautiful backyard setting for an evening of relaxation.
This is about us; our interests, passions, ways we relieve our stress.
Thanks to Karen and Joe for hosting this event.

Date & Time:  Friday, August 9 from 7 – 9
Gin & Tonics, water, and pop will be provided.  If you don’t like gin, please BYOB or the beer/wine you prefer.  However, these G&Ts are good and may make a convert out of you!  Denise will be providing the G&Ts (leftover from her retirement party) and you will have a selection of craft gin. She will be also sharing information about the gin selected.
Please bring an appetizer or happy hour snack to share.
RSVP to this event newsletter.  Thanks!


Camp Knutson! | Friday, August 23, 2019 1:00 PM - Sunday, August 25, 2019 4:00 PM

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED.  We are over our limit and cannot accommodate any more members.
Here we go again! Our annual trip to Crosslake MN and Knutson Point Retreat Center is August 23, 24 & 25. Our accommodations are comfortable, spacious, bunk-bed style cabins. We will have many outdoor group activities such as boating, water games, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, archery and campfire fun.
Cost is $175.00/person which includes bus transportation, a 2-night stay and 5 meals. To reserve your spot, you must write a check out to Bridging Hearts and send to: Bridging HeartsP.O. Box 103Carver, MN 55315
There is a suggested packing list in the forum.  Please check it out.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

Adaptive Yoga (6:45-8 PM) | Friday, September 27, 2019 6:30 PM-8:00 PM

Yoga is a wonderful way to reduce and release stress, improve concentration, and find balance and relaxation. Mind Body Solutions will be leading an adaptive, gentle, supportive yoga class for Bridging Hearts members. It is a wonderful way to try something new in a safe, supportive environment. This yoga studio has great reviews!
Cost: $15/ per person

Scavenger Hunt/Centennial Lakes Park and dinner at Q.cumbers | Saturday, October 5, 2019 2:00 PM-6:00 PM

Join us for a fun afternoon at the park.  You are welcome to participate in any activities that are available in October and we will form teams for a lively scavenger hunt!  These are always a favorite!  Meet at the fountain at the circle drive.
Our park activities will be followed by a dinner buffet at Q.Cumbers at 4:30.  This is a buffet restaurant and vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.  They have delicious food and great selections.  
Cost: $14.75 for buffet dinner.  That includes beverage/dessert/everything.  A small tip can be left if you would like.
See you in the Park.

Recent Events

Cupcake Basics | Friday, May 17, 2019 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Want to learn some baking basics? Join us for a night of cupcake baking and decoration. Bridging Hearts will be collaborating with That Cooking School to bring a seasonal cooking class to our members, beginning in May 2019.

Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Cost: $25 per person (CASH ONLY)

For more information, visit:

This event is wheelchair accessible.

My Body, My Choice | Monday, April 29, 2019 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

We are partnering for some education classes with Learning Exchange which represents the school districts of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, and Richfield Community. They are offering customized classes for adults with learning disabilities.  Included in this partnership is MICC (formerly Minnesota Life College). The presenter for the first class will be Nina Jonson who is familiar to many as a dynamic health educator.  She formerly worked at a west metro health counseling clinic and also MICC. This is a very important topic due to our vulnerabilities. We have heard much about sexual abuse in the news recently.
 Course description:
Feeling safe is important.  At some point, most of us have been confused by someone touching us, whether it was a stranger in a crowd or a relative who hugged us too long, or other examples. Let’s discuss how to claim our power to feel safe with our bodies. 
 This is a two-night class.  The first night we will discuss the physical boundaries of your body, how to respect your and other people’s boundaries, and what to do if someone touches you in a way that you don’t want them to. Bring your questions. Information handout provided.  Led by Nina Jonson, Relationship and Social Skills Consultant.  The second night, let’s review and do role-playing, led by actors from Combustible Company.  You can watch role plays and participate as you choose. Come enjoy interacting to review and practice skills in a safe environment.
Dates/Time: Monday, April 15 AND April 29, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location:  Jefferson High School; Media Center; 4001 W. 102nd Street; Bloomington
Cost: $15 for two-class session, Checks payable to Bridging Hearts
We are trying a new registration to streamline the process for BH. You can now register through our website on the event page. Registration will close on April 1.  You can pay the fee to Bridging Hearts the night of the class.  We will cover the registration expense up through the deadline.  However, if you register and don’t attend, you will still need to pay for the class as it will be paid in advance.
Register by: April 1; minimum 6, maximum 25
Lower price thanks to a grant from the Bloomington Crime Prevention Association.

This event is wheelchair accessible.