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Doug Ohman

Pioneer Photography

Doug does presentations at senior communities where he shares stories and interesting historical information about some of Minnesota's most treasured buildings. Many of these buildings and sites have been featured in his book series “Minnesota Byways.” For a listing and description of Doug's presentations, click here.

“I believe that bringing a little sunlight to the older adult is an opportunity and an honor we all can all be a part of.” ~Doug

Cafe Melange Music


Brian & Sheralyn Barnes have performed together for nearly 20 years. With guitar, mandolin and voice, they present classic swing, latin tunes, movie music, and international melodies. Plus, for history buffs and fans of a good story, in every show they include fun history and interesting trivia behind the instruments, the songs and songwriters. 

Together, and individually, Brian and Sheralyn make their livings in the arts. Brian is a professional musician with a career spanning more than 30 years. His credits include radio, television and film music, plus tours to more than 15 foreign countries performing a wide variety of music. In addition, he researches and writes about culture and music history.

Sheralyn Barnes has performed for nearly 25 years. In addition to music, Sheralyn is an accomplished professional fine artist, author and illustrator.











Ten New Ways to Play BINGO!
These ten ways to play Bingo was shared by Pam Hayle at the Fall 2013 Conference "Top 30" pre-session.
Click here for list.

Let's Go Fishing With Seniors
1025 19th Ave SW
Willmar, MN 56201

Let's Go Fishing is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals through fishing and boating excursions that strengthen communities, build relationships and create memories.
Fishing and boating is such a common past-time for Minnesotans and we may often take for granted how easy it is for many of us to enjoy our state's beautiful lakes and rivers. LGF returns the outdoor experience to those whom might not otherwise have the opportunity to fish, boat or enjoy time with friends on the water. Since our inception in 2002, we have served over 91,000 seniors, youth, veterans and disabled adults. Today 30 LGF chapters exist throughout Minnesota and 1 in Wisconsin.

Mark Peterson, President
8014 Highway 55, Suite 130
Minneapolis, MN  55427

Dedicated to providing resource services for individuals of ALL ages, the MN Field Trip Library & EXPO offers a website, a printed, annual guide, monthly emails and the Annual Field Trip EXPO (held each August) - all of which are free for activity professionals and staff who plan educational, recreational and leisure programming for Retirement Communities, Adult Day Programs, Group Homes, Special Care for Seniors, Community/Senior Centers, Tour Planners & Operators, and Retirement & Church Organizations.

Simply go to the password-free website - to begin your planning. From there you'll be able to discover all types of ideas and programs, download brochures & flyers (free of charge), sign up for our monthly newsletter that tells about new field trips and programs we discover, and RSVP for the annual MN Field Trip EXPO where you'll be able to meet the people on the other end of the phone!

Finally, when you go to the Download Center on our website, go to our download carousel and open the MN FIELD TRIP GUIDE! That is this year's issue of our annual “hands-on” resource for you. 

As you see, we have numerous ways to discover a whole range of activities that fit your needs like a glove!

TTrost Collection Inspiring Memories
Tim Trost


A native of Minnesota, Tim Trost enjoys exploring the natural world of the woodlands, lakes, and prairies. He is also passionate about satisfying foods and sustainable living. Tim's illustrations are uniquely designed into detailed culinary and botanical works. With colored pencils and drawing paper, he creates an awareness of the remarkable memories created in everyday life. Through this art he creates a visual awareness of the connection between families and their culinary traditions, inspiring memories and evoking feelings of time and place. His work has been featured in a variety of publications, and has been part of regional, national and international group exhibitions.

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Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists.

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