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EVENTS

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

Gaming Exhibit at Science Museum of MN | Sunday, March 24, 2019 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

IF YOU HAVE NOT RSVP'D FOR THIS EVENT, PLEASE DO! TICKETS HAVE BEEN PURCHASED FOR 20 INDIVIDUALS. IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, WE WILL NEED TO PURCHASE MORE PRIOR TO THE EVENT. 

We will be meeting in the lobby at the Science Museum at 12:45.

Join us at the Science Museum of Minnesota for the Game Changers Exhibit from 1-3 pm
COST: $3 per person

Play your way through the evolution of gaming with:
• 100+ playable games• Arcade classics • Immersive multiplayer experiences• Rare concept art• In-depth interviews with game designers• And much more!
 
 


This event is wheelchair accessible.

Parent/Family Connect | Sunday, March 24, 2019 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

Let's try this again.  Hopefully it will be snow free.

You are invited to join us for discussion and social time.  Come connect with other parents, siblings, grandparents, and guardians of Bridging Hearts members! We all have similar circumstances. Discussions will include; the shared joys and challenges of special family dynamics, and how Bridging Hearts can better support you. We would like to plan programming for parents/siblings and members that is relevant and needed by all.  We would love your input!

Pizza and flatbreads will be served.

This is NOT for members.

We hope to see you!

Adaptive Indoor Climbing | Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE: THE FEBRUARY 23 CLIMBING EVENT HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 13. and THE LOCATION HAS CHANGED TO VERTICAL ENDEAVORS, SAINT PAUL, MN.  The former host has closed as of April 1 so the event site has changed. Those who RSVP'd and planned to attend the February event are all set to climb in April. If you cannot make this date, please indicate that on the RSVP tab, so that a space can open up for someone else. Thank you!

Calling all climbers and adventurers! Vertical Endeavors will be hosting a fun, safe 2-hour adaptive climbing workshop for Bridging Hearts. All materials and gear are supplied. PLEASE NOTE: there is a cap of 15 climbers for this initial workshop so please only sign up if you know you are able to commit to being there! We will organize another climbing workshop if there is more interest. Also, if we have more than 15 people, a waiting list will be kept.

Cost: $20/per person

For more information, please go to:
https://www.verticalendeavors.com

My Body, My Choice | Monday, April 15, 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.

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


For more information, visit: https://thatcookingschool.com/


This event is wheelchair accessible.

Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Event in Conjunction with Minnesota Independence College and Community | Friday, June 28, 2019 6:00 PM-7:30 PM

End the week on a generous note by volunteering with Feed My Starving Children. Bridging Hearts will be helping to pack food at the Eagan location from 6 - 7:30 pm.  We will be joined by volunteers from the Minnesota Independence College and Community so it's a nice way to socialize and connect and contribute to a great cause.


This event is wheelchair accessible.

Recent Events

Grief Support Group | Wednesday, February 27, 2019 6:30 PM-8:00 PM


Mark your calendars for our 4th Annual Grief Group. This has been a favorite event of the year as everyone leaves the meeting feeling better than when they arrived.

We have several members dealing with grief and loss whether it is the death of a loved one or parent, a life-threatening illness within the family, or even grieving loss of independence and opportunities due to their own disability.

Our facilitators, Jenny and Katie, both have master's level education and special training in grief work. They work for Fairview Hospital in Grief Support for families and also Camp Erin.

Every year has been a little different from the previous year. You have an opportunity to share your stories if you choose to do so, learn to understand what you are feeling, learn healthy and unhealthy ways to express those feelings, and talk about what might have changed since the death of someone close to you or even after a diagnosis of a serious life-threatening illness in your family.  

You can also just come and listen as all of us have or will experience loss and sadness whether it is the loss of a pet, grandparent, other relative or even a parent. 

Light refreshments will be served and cost is free. 
 

Parent/Family Connect | Sunday, January 27, 2019 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

This event is CANCELLED due to weather.  This has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 10,  from 4 - 6 at the same location.  This event is not for members.  It is for parents, siblings, grandparents, caregivers.  Stay warm and safe.

Walker Art Center Tour and ART LAB Experience | Saturday, January 26, 2019 12:45 PM-3:00 PM

TODAY'S EVENT IS STILL ON, EVEN THOUGH THERE IS A LIGHT SNOW AND COLD.

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CAPPED AT 30 PARTICIPANTS AND THERE IS NO MORE SPACE AVAILABLE. IF YOU DID NOT RSVP, THE EVENT IS FULL AND PLEASE DO NOT PLAN TO ATTEND TODAY. WE CAN ALWAYS SCHEDULE ANOTHER GROUP IF THERE IS INTEREST.

Start 2019 in a creative way -- join us on a winter Saturday for a guided tour of the Walker Art Center's art collection followed by a fun, guided creative activity and exploration in the ART LAB. No experience is necessary - just an open mind and a desire to have fun and do something together! There is also a great cafe located on site at the Museum, so members can feel free to grab a quick bite to eat or a snack before or after the event. 

PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE BY 12:45. OUR TOURS BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 1 PM. WE WILL NEED TO COLLECT THE $10 EVENT FEE AND DIVIDE INTO TWO GROUPS SO WE ARE READY TO START AT 1 PM! 

Thanks! 


This event is wheelchair accessible.