News & Community Events at The Fields at Arbor Glen in Lake Elmo, Minnesota

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Enjoy fun with neighbors in our resident-led activities or a community celebration hosted by our team. There's always something to do or keep busy with at The Fields at Arbor Glen.

Imagine life at The Fields at Arbor Glen. It is Saturday morning and you are enjoying a cup of coffee from your rocking chair on the patio of your new home. Your grandkids are playing in the nearby bocce ball courts and there is a friendly came of pickleball being played with friends. Feel the warm morning sun on your face as you engage in Tai Chi in the garden. Smell the food cooking on the community grill and feel the excitement of people headed over to the neighborhood potluck. Hear the sweet sounds of a harpist, pianist, or singers during special afternoon concerts as you listen with friends and family from the comfort of your new home.

Learn a new hobby or join that “group” you have been meaning to join. Meet people with similar interests and a zest for life just steps away from your front door. Grab a friend and take a boat cruise down the beautiful St. Croix River. Or pack a picnic and take an afternoon bike ride on one of our beautiful trails. Feel the comfort and warm welcome from the people of Lake Elmo as they greet you on your afternoon walks around The Fields at Arbor Glen and our nearby trail system.

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You're Never Too Old

As the adult child of a senior who may have been living alone, the decision for Mom or Dad to move into one of Ebenezer's senior living communities takes many worries off of your shoulders. Safety and security are the main things, of course, but beyond that, one of the most powerful benefits of your parents moving into one of Ebenezer's senior living communities is the world-class programming we offer.

It’s Never Too Late

We believe it's vital to challenge our minds, our bodies, and our spirits at all times in our lives. It's never too late to discover a new passion, learn a new skill, or just have fun trying. For seniors, continuing education opens up their lives, allows them to go down new roads, and gives them the excitement of learning. And one of the best parts of it all is they're not doing it alone. They'll be surrounded with new friends along the way.

Ebenezer’s Life-Long Learning Initiative

Ebenezer’s Life-Long Learning Initiative is a collection of coordinated arts and education programs designed to foster growth and creativity for seniors. Life-long learning is the process of keeping the mind, body, and spirit engaged—at any age—by actively pursuing knowledge and experience. But make no mistake about it, these aren't run-of-the-mill basket weaving classes. At Ebenezer, we are fortunate enough to take advantage of the vast and sophisticated arts expertise that Minnesota has to offer, making these programs second to none.

Programs

Here are some examples of the programs available at our various locations.

  • Northern Clay Center. A teaching artist from Northern Clay Center provides ceramic arts classes in partnership with the Ebenezer Ridges Campus in Burnsville. Northern Clay Center is a recipient of a learning program grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and The Wallace Foundation.
  • MacPhail Center for Music — Music for Life program. Instructors from the MacPhail Center for Music teach participants about music through singing, playing instruments, music composition and patterns. At times the kids from our onsite child care programs join their Grandfriends in collaborative musical experiences. Together, the seniors and children learn about music education through this unique program, celebrating creative aging and life-long learning.
  • Visual Arts. Many sites offer watercolor and acrylic painting. Resident art decorates our walls and has been featured in a Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) documentary as well as public exhibits and art shows.
  • Creative Writing. Memoir writing and poetry classes help residents record their ideas on paper. The “Make Yourself Heard'' project allows residents to be heard, both within the context of their living communities, as well as in the broader community. It combines artistic learning and expression with health-enhancing benefits provided through the purposeful, engaging, and creation of personal and group poetry, as well as capturing these special artistic moments on video. “Make Yourself Heard'' has taken place at Ebenezer Minneapolis and Ebenezer Martin Luther in Bloomington with Ebenezer Ridges in Burnsville’s program ready to start at the end of July. “Make Yourself Heard'' is facilitated by teaching artists from Alzheimer’s Poetry Project — Minnesota and COMPAS and made possible through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
  • Continuing Education — Augsburg College. Programs include Augsburg’s College of the Third Age, interdisciplinary discussions hosted by retired professors, which help educate residents on a wealth of topics ranging from the history of Baroque Europe to multiculturalism and world religions.
  • Horticultural Therapy. Our Horticultural program is one of Ebenezer's most popular programs. Our residents love to get their gardening on! You'll create seasonal fresh-cut floral arrangements, learn about transplanting and growing from seeds, cooking with produce you've grown and even attracting birds and butterflies! We also take garden- and nature-related excursions.

Living Well

We also offer Everactive Exercise Classes at most of our sites. Exercise is crucial to you staying healthy and active, and we make it fun. Our Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) group exercise classes include low to moderate aerobics, strength training, and flexibility and balance exercises that you can do seated or standing.

Life Is About Learning

Who knows? Your parent might find a whole new second career in the arts at Ebenezer! It's never too late!

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