The Twin Cities Center was officially formed in May 2002. However interested individuals and families had been carrying out activities for 4-5 years prior. Currently there are over 150 families actively involved in various activities.
The activities of the center depend upon volunteer work by its members. Currently, the Center is engaged in conducting the following activities;
Classes are conducted for school age children, for 2 hours every week during the school year. There are also presentations and celebration of important festivals, events. Children above 4 years of age may enroll in Balavihar.
The class is divided into:
Classes begin with common assembly in which children learn and recite various shlokas selected from Hindu scriptural texts.
After the Assembly, children group into appropriate age groups and learn more about Hindu culture and scriptures. It is done using stories, art projects, skits, open discussions etc.
After the cultural class, students (Ages 5 & above) regroup to learn a language of their choice. Currently Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telegu languages are taught. The classes empahsise conversational speech.
Annual Day Program
The year concludes with an elaborate Vedic Graduation ceremony for the outgoing class of 12th graders.
Adult Study Groups
While the Bala Vihar classes are in session, parents are in either in a discourse conducted by an Acharya or in a study group led by a volunteer. Study groups use literature prescribed for the study of Vedanta.
Jnana Yajnas (Discourses)
The Center invites various Acharyas, Brahmacharis and Brahmacharinis from Chinmaya Mission to deliver discourses on Vedanta literature. These lectures are free to all people (members and non members).