Senior center to host award-winning photographer on Aug. 21

Thanks to Wright County Area United Way for the funding they are providing, Doug Ohman is back! Doug is an award-winning photographer and author and will be presenting a different educational program at the senior center each month from August through December. The first program he will be presenting will be on Monday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. and is called, “Escape to the Lake, Cabins of Minnesota.” Doug will take you on a relaxing and scenic journey to the heart of Minnesota lake country. See photographs of some of Minnesota’s most interesting and unique cabins. The pictures will help bring back those wonderful memories of spending time at your favorite getaway. Doug will share stories, history, and memories of this long-time tradition. People are asked to sign up if they plan to attend and can do so by calling 763-295-2000.

You can also call us if you can bring a pie or vanilla ice cream to the senior center’s Pie & Ice Cream Social that will be held on Wednesday, August 23. This fundraiser will take place in the community center Mississippi Room from 2-6 p.m. on the 23rd. In past years this event went until 8 p.m., but because there will be no band playing this year and attendance is quite low in the evening, the senior center Board of Directors decided to set 6 p.m. as the ending time. It is great that the County Line Square Dancers graciously agreed to perform during the Pie & Ice Cream Social from 2:30-4 p.m. again this year. This is a great opportunity to have some delicious pie and watch some great dancing. The cost is just $3 for a slice of pie topped with ice cream and served with coffee and lemonade.

The cost is just $4 for one of our delicious Dinner Program meals and people age 55+ and spouse regardless of age are welcome. Thanks to four wonderful restaurants, noon meals are served at the center Tuesday thru Friday.  Tuesday meals are provided by Chin Yuen, Wednesday meals by Russell’s on the Lake, Thursday meals by VFW Post 8731, and Friday meals by the Cornerstone Café. People do need to sign up at the senior center at least one day in advance by 1 p.m. and must pay for the meals they order. A big thank you goes out to the four restaurants for providing these high quality meals!

People age 55+ completing an AARP driver safety course are eligible for a 10% auto insurance discount. The cost is $17 for AARP members and $22 for non-members and you must sign up and pay at the senior center in advance. Included in this cost are the AARP materials and a facility/host fee. AARP members should bring their membership card to class and everyone should bring his or her driver’s license. Please note that refunds will not be given for no-shows. Those taking a driver safety class for the first time must take an eight-hour class and then a refresher course must be taken every three years in order to be eligible to continue receiving the insurance discount. Classes are held every month at the senior center and you can give us a call at 763-295-2000 for dates and times.

You can also call us if you want to go on our trip to Grand Casino on Monday, August 7. The bus will depart the community center at 8:30 a.m. and return at about 3:30 p.m. There is a $16 charge for this trip and everyone going will receive $20 in Grand Play.

There is no charge for people to attend the Parkinson Support Group that will be held on Tuesday, August 1 from 1:30-3 p.m. It is designed for people with Parkinson Disease and their care partners. Heidi Ewing does an excellent job facilitating this group and has done so for many years. Each meeting includes education and support.

The senior center card tournaments are designed for people to have a good time with a little friendly competition. Gerald Cramer was the winner of the last cribbage tournament. Jim Weisner came in second place and Bill Lansing and Marlo Samuelson tied for third. Ellie Rademacher won the 500 tournament and Marian Feather took second. The euchre tournament winner was Alice Kantor, with Ketzel Domke coming in second and Gordy Ramerth third.

The senior center is on Facebook so please check it out and like us. The more we get the word out about our programs, the more people we can serve. And of course, that’s a good thing.

Activities the week of July 27-Aug. 4:
Thurs. – 7 a.m. Pickleball; 9 a.m. River City Riders; noon dinner; 1 p.m. bridge, dance
Fri. – 10:30 a.m. Women’s Pool; noon dinner; 1 p.m. euchre tournament
Sat. – 8-11 a.m. center open
Mon. – 7 a.m. advanced Pickleball; 9 a.m. pool tournament; 1 p.m. bridge
Tues. – 7 a.m. Pickleball; 9:30 a.m. cribbage tournament; 10:30 a.m. choir; noon dinner; 1 p.m. Hand and Foot; 1:30 p.m. Parkinson Support Group; 2 p.m. line dancing
Wed. – 9 a.m. ceramics; 10 a.m. Bible Study; 11 a.m. bingo; noon dinner; 1 p.m. 500
Thurs. – 7 a.m. Pickleball; 9 a.m. River City Riders; noon dinner; 1 p.m. bridge

Dinner Menu the week of July 31:
Mon. – no dinner today
Tues. – teriyaki chicken, mixed vegetables, fried rice, fortune cookie
Wed. – pulled pork and rolls, cheesy augratin potatoes, vegetable, cole slaw
Thurs. – pork roast, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable, applesauce, dinner roll
Fri. – chicken & vegetable penne pasta, Caesar salad, dinner roll