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Fun Events and New Friendships are all part of our "Fresh Starts Social Club" Meetup Group!!! :)

The Group includes those who are Single / Separated / Divorced / Widows or Widowers / Couples who are empty nesters, anyone who have been somewhat socially alone, all now wishing to begin a fresh start with a fun Social Club of really nice members.

Events are Fun, with a pleasant low key way of meeting others like yourself looking to develop a new positive beginning in life. Events are always safe in an environment of trust designed for healing and moving forward during the painful transitions of divorce, loss of a loved one, the ending of a long term relationship or dealing with just being alone.

The Social Events are set up for laughing, having fun, making new friends or meeting old friends at Picnics, Walks, Biking or Boat Rides, Dances, Game Nights, Happy Hours and lots more... The activities will be held at various venues and locations all over the Twin Cities area.

The most important goal is to support all of our Group Members for "Fresh Starts" in any aspects of their New Life!!! Great way to make new friendships in a safe positive social group environment.

Welcome to our group!!! :)

PS: Feel free to invite a friend to any event or have them join our group to include them in all of our event postings.

PSS: Includes Kids or Dogs at any of our Picnics!!! :)

Upcoming events (3)

Memorial Day Weekend Picnic :) 130+ Signed Up! Mendakota Park & Pavilion Rented!

May 26th Memorial Day Weekend – Mendakota Park – Mendota Heights 2000 Mendakota Dr, Mendota Heights, MN 55120 Look for the Bright Yellow Balloons & American Flags!!! :) Just RENTED the Mendakota PARK & PAVILION. Easy location to get to with a ton of Parking just for us. The Reason with 130+ people signed up I decided to make sure there was parking for everyone. Eagan High School is having a Graduation Picnic there that same day and they have 500+ kids plus parents. My concern was zero parking. 14 Fun Summer Picnics Listed Below: May 26th Memorial Day Weekend – Mendakota Park – Mendota Heights June 8th – Minnehaha Falls -Mpls June 13th – Hyland Bloomington Thursday Night Barbeque June 22nd – Como Zoo – St Paul June 30th – Lakefront Park Sunday Hudson WI 4th of July - Mendakota Park…RENTED the PARK & PAVILION All Afternoon and Evening!!! July 20th –Lake Nokomis July 25th - Minnehaha Thursday Night Barbeque August 3rd –Elm Creek Park August 8th - Como Zoo Thursday Night Barbeque August 17th –Keller Regional Park August 25th - Lakefront Park Sunday Hudson WI Sept 2nd Labor Day - Lebanon Hills -Eagan - Jensen Park Picnic Area Sept 14th –Mendakota -Mendota Heights Sept 28th –Barn Dance 70-150+ people signed up for every picnic last year! Fun Social Picnic Games: Croquet, Volleyball, Badminton, Ladder Toss, Bean Bag Toss, Bocce Ball, Lawn Darts, T-ball, Crazy New Kickball Croquet???, Fun New Team Relay Races (Participate or Cheer) The Potluck Picnic has tons of Fabulous Salads, Entrées, Desserts and Beverages. Rules of the Game (besides having fun): • There are Potluck Menu suggestions posted below. Please sign up in the “Comments” area for a Food, Beverage, or Dessert item to let us know what you will be bringing. • Bring a lawn chair, sunglasses, cap and your youthful playfulness. • Free Parking is available at all locations but some locations will be nuts so you may want to arrive early. • Picnic Events will last 4+ hours. • Picnic Registration & Potluck Food Drop Off begins at 12:00 Noon (unless you’re on the Walk 10:00AM) • Pay $5 fee when you Register and get your Name Badge. Plates, Silverware, Glasses, Serving Pieces & Utensils, Event Games, Decorations, etc… will be provided (that is what the $5.00 covers). Organized Fun Picnic Activities: Volunteers to help set up Games, Stage Food, Grilling or loading things up are appreciated. Please put what you would like to bring from below in the “Comments” area. Menu Signup! • ICE & COOLERS – Beverages: • Cases of Bottled Water • Canned Pop – Diet/Regular Pepsi, 7up • Ice Tea, Lemonade, etc. – Vegetable Appetizers: • Veggie Platters & Dips • Deviled Eggs • Carrots, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Peppers, Sugar Snaps, etc. Cut Fruit: • Cut Fresh Fruit Trays or Bowls- • Cut Seedless Watermelon - • Fresh Grapes or Cherries, etc – Picnic Snacks: • Chips & Salsa – • Trail Mix & Nuts- • Sliced Cheese & Crackers - • Potato Chips, Cheetos or Doritos, etc – Salads & Side Dishes: • Salads –Leaf Salads, Summer Salads, -Lettuce Salads, Cold Slaw etc. • Potato Salads – • Pasta Salads, Chicken Pasta Salad, Vegetable Salad, etc • Fruit Salads - For the Grill: • Charcoal & Fluid – • Hamburgers & Buns – • Chicken - • Brats & Buns – • Hot Dogs & Buns – • Baby Dill Pickles– • Ketchup, Mustard, Pickles Desserts: • General Desserts- • Cookies, Bars, – • Brownies- • Cakes or Pies – #1 Goal is to Picnic, Play and have a Great Summer!!!

4th of July Picnic, Great Food, Games, Dancing, Fantastic City Fireworks!!! :)

4th of July - Picnic in the Park!!! :) RENTED the PARK, the PAVILION for the ENTIRE AFTERNOON and EVENING!!! :) Great Food, Fun Games, Dancing in the Pavilion, with Fantastic City Fireworks only 300 yards from the Picnic!!! :) Celebrate America!!! Salute our Service Members, Veterans and our Fallen. Plan on wearing something Red, White or Blue Look for the American Flags & our Bright Yellow Balloons !!! :) May 27th Memorial Day – Lebanon Hills -Eagan - Jensen Park Picnic Area June 8th – Minnehaha Falls -Mpls June 13th – Hyland Bloomington Thursday Night Barbeque June 22nd – Como Zoo – St Paul June 30th – Lakefront Park Sunday Hudson WI 4th of July - Mendakota Park…RENTED the PARK & PAVILION All Afternoon and Evening!!! July 20th –Lake Nokomis July 25th - Minnehaha Thursday Night Barbeque August 3rd –Elm Creek Park August 8th - Como Zoo Thursday Night Barbeque August 17th –Keller Regional Park August 25th - Lakefront Park Sunday Hudson WI Sept 2nd Labor Day - Lebanon Hills -Eagan - Jensen Park Picnic Area Sept 14th –Mendakota -Mendota Heights Sept 28th –Barn Dance 185 people attended our biggest 4th of July Picnic at the same Mendakota Park!!! Really Fun Social Picnic Games: Croquet, Volleyball, Badminton, Ladder Toss, Bean Bag Toss, Bocce Ball, Lawn Darts, T-ball, Crazy New Kickball Croquet???, Fun New Team Relay Races (Participate or Cheer) The Potluck Picnic has tons of Fabulous Salads, Entrées, Desserts and Beverages. Rules of the Game (besides having fun): • There are Potluck Menu suggestions posted below. Please sign up in the “Comments” area for a Food, Beverage, or Dessert item to let us know what you will be bringing. • Bring a lawn chair, sunglasses, cap and your youthful playfulness. • Free Parking is available at all locations but some locations will be nuts so you may want to arrive early. • Picnic Events will last 4+ hours. • Picnic Registration & Potluck Food Drop Off begins at 3:00 • Pay $5 fee when you Register and get your Name Badge. Plates, Silverware, Glasses, Serving Pieces & Utensils, Event Games, Decorations, etc… will be provided (that is what the $5.00 covers). Organized Fun Picnic Activities: Volunteers to help set up Games, Stage Food, Grilling or loading things up are appreciated. Please put what you would like to bring from below in the “Comments” area. Menu Signup! • ICE & COOLERS – Beverages: • Cases of Bottled Water • Canned Pop – Diet/Regular Pepsi, 7up • Ice Tea, Lemonade, etc. – Vegetable Appetizers: • Veggie Platters & Dips • Deviled Eggs • Carrots, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Peppers, Sugar Snaps, etc. Cut Fruit: • Cut Fresh Fruit Trays or Bowls- • Cut Seedless Watermelon - • Fresh Grapes or Cherries, etc – Picnic Snacks: • Chips & Salsa – • Trail Mix & Nuts- • Sliced Cheese & Crackers - • Potato Chips, Cheetos or Doritos, etc – Salads & Side Dishes: • Salads –Leaf Salads, Summer Salads, -Lettuce Salads, Cold Slaw etc. • Potato Salads – • Pasta Salads, Chicken Pasta Salad, Vegetable Salad, etc • Fruit Salads - For the Grill: • Charcoal & Fluid – • Hamburgers & Buns – • Chicken - • Brats & Buns – • Hot Dogs & Buns – • Baby Dill Pickles– • Ketchup, Mustard, Pickles Desserts: • General Desserts- • Cookies, Bars, – • Brownies- • Cakes or Pies – #1 Goal is to Picnic, Play and have a Great Summer!!!

GameNight! Trifecta... Taps, Tapas, and Tabletop games! At Union 32 Craft House!

• What we'll do We're going to do our weekly GameNight! thing at a special, NEW location this time... way, way, waaaaaaaaaay down in EAGAN. That's in Minnesota. Yep, for sure, you betcha! If they have a 55121 zip code, then I say they are close enough to go to. Don't argue, just grab a ride and get headed south of the city line. LOL. I went here recently and saw that this place would be perfect for a GameNight! Not only are they fairly new, but they have a cool concept, "pour your own beer". So what? Well, they have 32 different taps to choose from. Four that they brew themselves on the premises. That makes them an official brewpub. (So you know I can't resist.) Then there is a full bar, and finally they have a food truck ON PREMISES! (Sorta) It's really just a kitchen behind what LOOKS like a food truck window, but that is so awesome anyway. Great menu choices too, I can't wait to try some of the food, and it's at reasonable prices, you know, LIKE A REAL FOOD TRUCK. They have a unique beer payment system for all that great beer also...... You get an electronic card that keeps track of what you pour, how much you take, what it will cost, the total that you've spent, and TELLS YOU WHEN YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH! Genius! (even if a little big brother-ish scary. Lol.) But wait. there's more..... I made arrangements with the management that for this first time, we can get a tour of the brewery as long as we can have a group of ten or more. Cost is $10, and that includes a complimentary flight of beer ($7.50 value) ... so, CHEAP! The beer tour will start at 5:30pm, so come early. (& stay late?) Even though the main room is big enough for all of us on a Sunday night to play our boardgames, they have a private party room, and it's reserved just for us. Separate, quiet, well-lit, lots of table space, what more could a boardgames group want? It's even next to the rest rooms, for quick breaks from Settlers of Catan, or whatever you're playing! Lots of parking space, since this IS in the suburban outskirts of Saint Paul, and I think we will be happy as clams. Or meeples. Whatever. Your assignment, is find a way to get there. Yes... I know that Eagan is a long-distance phone call from your home. So use a car instead. My trip will take an extra 15 MINUTES to get there. OMG! Your mileage may vary (YMMV). Come on, it's not every week that you'll get such a cool chance to have SIX HOURS of fun for the price of a burger and beer. I think you will like this spot as much as I did, even if you don't drink a drop of the 32 well-chosen beers they have to offer. Need more convincing? Here is a few links to their website, their menu (for dinner), all their beers they have available, and their Facebook page..... https://www.union32crafthouse.com/ https://www.union32crafthouse.com/dinner/ https://www.facebook.com/U32Crafthouse/ https://www.facebook.com/U32Crafthouse/ Good enough? Great, let's get together this coming Sunday night at a NEW spot to place some boardgames! • What to bring Bring yourself, any friends you would like to have along, maybe some boardgames that you own and want to play with other folks. Money to support the location with food and beverage purchases is always thoughtful too! • Important to know We have the party room reserved just for us. Go to the hallway past the tapwall (towards the restrooms) See the curtained off doorway? There we are! Call/text Chris at[masked] if you need extra help or information.

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