Programs to Engage – Connect – Learn

Engage – Connect – Learn

All activities are subject to cancellation

Lunch and Learn Returns

Enjoy a free lunch from while listening to the experts!

Registration opens January 3rd and is required for these free events. 


Lunch and Learn: Brighton Hospice

Brighton Hospice was founded in 2011 and serve patients in Blue Earth, Nicollet and Le Sueur counties. Their mission is to provide the best physical, emotional and spiritual care for their patients and families. Brighton Hospice recognizes that no one knows and loves a patient more than their family. This program will cover a brief overview of hospice, myths about hospice, how to care for and support your loved one during this process and help with grief support. (Max. 20). Erberts and Gerberts lunch will be served. 

Hosted by Brighton Hospice. 

Ashley Brown, Hospice Care Consultant, Brighton Hospice

Thu., Jan. 26, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free, Register by Jan. 19. 


Lunch and Learn: Last Mans Club

The Last Mans Club has grown in numbers since its inception in 2011. Learn about their mission, the annual golf tournament (sold out since September!) and how you can get involved. Chicken and wild rice soup, bread and dessert will be served. (No Maximum). 

Hosted by Last Mans Club, Vietnam War Era, St. Peter Area

Mon., Mar. 20, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free will donation, Register by March 13 


Senior Luncheons at Gustavus!

Enjoy buffet luncheons at Gustavus this spring!

Three Crowns Room, 2nd floor of Johnson Hall, Gustavus Adolphus College

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., buffet starts at 11:45

Registration is required. 

Cost is $10 per person, payable at the Recreation Office or at the door. Min. 25, Max. 50


Tuesday, January 10              Pork tenderloin and Chicken

Tuesday, February 14            Pasta Bar with Valentine desserts      

Tuesday, March 14                 Roast turkey and beef

Tuesday, April 11                    Chicken and salmon

 This program is made possible by Gustavus Catering and the Recreation Department. 

The luncheon will be cancelled if the minimum number is not met. 


Leadership from the City of Saint Peter

Hear the latest information from leaders of Saint Peter, including the Hospital CEO, City Administrator, Chief of Police, and School Superintendent. Bring your questions!


State of the Hospital: River’s Edge Hospital CEO Paula Meskan

Paula Meskan, River’s Edge Hospital CEO

Tue., Jan. 17, 11 a.m., SPPC Rm. 219, Free


State of the City: City Administrator Todd Prafke

Todd Prafke, City Administrator, City of Saint Peter 

Tue., Jan. 31, 11 a.m., SPPC Rm. 219, Free


State of the Police Department: Chief of Police Matt Grochow

Matt Grochow, Chief of Police, Saint Peter Police Department

Tue., Feb. 7, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


State of the School District: Superintendent Bill Gronseth

Bill Gronseth, Saint Peter School District Superintendent

Tue., Feb. 21, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Engage - Connect - Learn

Adult Winter Reading Program 

Track how many minutes you spend reading in the months of January and February. Fill out bookmarks and turn them in to be entered in a grand prize drawing later this spring. 

Jan. 2—Feb. 28, 2022, SPPL, Free


Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people who are touched by dementia.

Kelly McDonough, LSW, Program Developer, Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging

Tue., Mar. 28, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


National Vietnam War Veterans Day 

On March 29, Americans come together to commemorate the service and sacrifices made by the nearly 3 million service members who served in Vietnam. Join this annual Saint Peter program by recognizing Vietnam Veterans. 

Tue., Mar 29, 5 p.m., Saint Peter Community Center Gym, Free


Transitional Learning Programs


Understanding Grief

Insight into grief and the grieving process associated with death and loss. How grief processing impacts our wellbeing and the care we provide. 

Laura Mellgren, Care Transition Coordinator, St. Croix Hospice

Wed., Apr. 5, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 217, Free


Understanding Caregiver Stress 

Changes and challenges that cause caregiver stress, and healthy coping mechanisms.

Laura Mellgren, Care Transition Coordinator, St. Croix Hospice

Wed., Apr. 12, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 217, Free