The Lodge News

April 2020

NEW! The Chaska Lodge Facebook Group

Calling all LODGE-AOA Friends!

We are missing you! You are missing us! And you are missing each other!

In order to create a more immediate and interactive connection within our Lodge-AOA group a NEW Facebook group has been created. Content will include daily inspirational messages, live AOA fitness classes from our CCC instructors, wellness tips, and more!


Please note: A personal Facebook account is required. You will be prompted with 3 questions and you must agree to the City of Chaska’s Social Media Policy.

We are asking for your help in spreading the word about this new group for our Lodge-AOA Friends. Please share this information.

If you have questions about our new Facebook group and how to use, contact Joan Seedorf at 952.227.7760 or

Greetings from The Lodge Staff

Hi All,

First, we want everyone to know we miss YOU! What I wouldn't give to be walking into the Lodge at 9:25 make our morning announcements, to hear the roar when Karen calls B-12 during Monday bingo, or feel the energy of a busy Friday morning! We understand that this is a stressful time in our lives - our routines have changed, our desire for "normalcy" is being challenged, but it is everyone's responsibility to slow the outbreak and protect ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our community. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor's Stay at Home Order, The Lodge will remain closed until further notice. Although the building is closed and we are not gathering in a shared space, we can continue to socialize, stay connected, be healthy and support each other. I am hearing many stories of connectivity as people play online mah jongg, send a cheerful text or card to each other, chat on facetime, create a zoom meet-up, or reach out on Facebook! Keep it up!!

During the closure, we will continue to provide programming and resources but just in a more "socially distant" kind of way! It is time for us to get creative, think outside-the-box, and embrace this challenge! We can still exercise, we can still travel, we can still learn, and we can still socialize... check it out!!

If you need assistance, resources, have a question or a comment, or are looking for a friendly chat, I would love to hear from you! Please don't hesitate to email or 952.227.7760.

As my coffee cup says "good vibes only!"

Please take care!


Oh My Lanta! HELLO from Karen L.

Many of you may have heard from Karen in the last couple of weeks... there is nothing better than a cheery hello, a fun laugh, and a good "oh my lanta" to make our days brighter! She has been at home, reaching out to many, but if you haven't heard from her and would like to connect. She is available at or 952.456.1985.

Keep Moving from Missy

Calling all SilverSneakers and Silver& Fit Members! Maintain social distancing by working out from the comfort of your own home. Below are some virtual workout options for Active Older Adults:

SilverSneakers GO™, (mobile app) or SilverSneakers On-Demand™ videos.

Silver&Fit® has launched Fit at Home Facebook Live exercise series M-F, 12-12:30PM! Tune in for Facebook Live exercise class.

We hope you are finding ways to stay active at home and outside. There are many videos you can look up on YouTube to get some ideas for home workouts. You can also check out a few videos our instructors put together on the Chaska Community Television YouTube Channel by clicking the link below.

Chaska Cares

Chaska has always been a community that cares. We pride ourselves on being the best small town in Minnesota. That means we take a personal interest in each and every member of our community.

We care about being a welcoming and inclusive community, which is why we launched our Chaska Cares initiative. Watch Chaska Cares Launch Video.

Let’s show how we are helping each other out. Let’s create positive memories. Let’s encourage optimism and a sense of hope that keeps us looking out for one another.

To showcase our community’s stories, we’re going to be using the hashtag #ChaskaCares. We’d like to encourage you to do the same when you’re sharing your stories on social media.

We want to make sure this is a community-wide effort, so we would love to hear how we can help. Email us your requests for help, questions, and suggestions and we’ll do our best to help any way we can.

The entire City of Chaska organization takes great pride in serving you each and every day. That’s because we care!

View the first two initiatives : Adult Coloring Books and Birthday Patrols

Community Resources

Visit the Carver County website to view resources available to help residents find access to:

  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Childcare
  • And more

You can also call the Carver County help line at 952-361-1559.

Happy Birthday April AOA Birthdays!

If you are celebrating a birthday in April please complete the linked google form to qualify for a (you guessed it!) - FABULOUS prize!

We will celebrate all our AOA April birthdays on April 30th which also happens to be Karen L. Campbell's birthday!

Stay tuned for more virtual birthday details!

What's Cooking with Sydney?

No better time for recipe swapping then NOW! Yep, we are creating a Lodge cookbook. Share your favorite recipes! Whether it is an ol' family recipe or something you stumbled upon during this "stay at home" time. Our mouths are watering! We will collect recipes of a different type each time with the newsletter and share them back as a group.

Submit a Baked Goods recipe today! Sydney's favorite is cookies.

Have questions or just tired of typing, logging in or filling out forms contact Sydney at 952.227.7752. or She would love to hear from you!

Coffee with a Cop


I miss our “Coffee with a Cop” meetings and wanted to reach out to all of you regarding the numerous scams surrounding COVID-19.

Remember, that scammers always follow the headlines and use fear to prey on victims. This is the perfect time for scammers as people are vulnerable with social isolation and unable to see their loved ones, are afraid if they have health risks or are financially or emotionally drained.

There have been over 14,000 reports nationwide of COVID-19 scams with $10 million in losses. The FTC has received 152 in Minnesota. Reported fraud is just the tip of the iceberg as many do not report.

The most common are fake sellers of masks and other products, stimulus checks, grant and unemployment scams.

They come in the form of phone calls, texts and e-mails. Some scammers say it is mandatory testing and they will come to your home.

The scammers prey on fear and often the messages look or sound official.

Remember you can always call me at 952-448-4200 and leave a message and I will get back to you. You can also e-mail me at:

I hope to see you soon!

View more information and tips on COVID-19 Scams.

Stay healthy and take care,

Officer Julie

On the road again...

While right now, we can't hop on a motorcoach and check out the latest show or ball game! We can still tour a museum, listen to a concert, or visit a zoo! Enjoy!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Minnesota Orchestra

San Diego Zoo Live Cams

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