Volunteers needed for Senior Center Board of Directors

By Pam Loidolt
Senior Center

Volunteers are needed to fill two seats on the Monticello Senior Center Board of Directors. These are three-year terms, which will begin on January 1, 2018 and the election will take place on September 22. Nominees need to have participated in center activities a minimum of 12 times over the past year and must fill out a Letter of Intent by September 8. The letters are available at the senior center. The board members are the decision makers for the senior center and fill a very valuable role. Please give me a call at 763-295-2000 if you have questions about what being a board member all involves.

One role that board members have is to decide what fundraisers the senior center will sponsor. The Craft & Bake Sale fundraiser will take place on Saturday, November 4 and registrations are currently being taken for people to reserve a table to sell their crafts. Adults of all ages are invited to reserve an eight-foot space at the senior center to sell their craft items. People selling commercial products will not be allowed to participate in this sale and handmade craft items only will be acceptable. Each person can reserve one eight-foot space and vendors will be provided with a table and chairs if needed. There is no charge to sell your crafts, however donations to the senior center would be appreciated.

VFW Post 8731 members made a generous donation to the senior center last week. We were presented with a check for $419. Thanks, VFW members, for your contribution! We are so fortunate for the financial support you show our center.

Fall is fast approaching and unfortunately so is flu season. Flu shots will be given at the senior center on Friday, September 29 from 10-11:30 a.m. and appointments are not required.

Anyone age 3+ is eligible to get the shot. Health insurance companies, including Medicare, will be billed for this service, so be sure to bring your insurance card with you.

The cost to get this shot is $36 for people without insurance. Getting your flu shot at the center is very convenient, so please mark your calendar so you don’t miss it.

If you grew up on a farm or just have an interest, you won’t want to miss the “Icons on the Farm – Silos and Windmills” presentation. Award winning photographer and author Doug Ohman will take you on a rural journey around Minnesota exploring the most iconic silos and windmills. This presentation will be held on Friday, September 8 at 10:30 a.m. and I hope you can make it. Please call us at 763-295-2000 to let us know you are coming to Doug’s presentation.

You can also give us a call if you want to ride the coach bus to Grand Casino Hinckley on Monday, September 11. The bus will depart the center at 8:30 a.m. and return at about 4:30 p.m. There is a $16 charge and everyone going will receive $20 in Grand Play.

There is no charge for people to come and watch our monthly Movie Matinee features, which are shown on the community center’s big screen. We will be showing, “Pure Country: Pure Heart” on Wednesday, August 30 at 1 p.m. For Ada and Piper Spencer, singing is as natural as breathing. Blessed with talent and determination, these sisters hope to fulfill their dream of performing on the stages of Nashville. In his younger years, their dad chased his own musical dreams before he met their mom, joined the marines, and lost his life in Iraq many years ago. Ada and Piper never got to know their father. As they learn the truth about their dad and the choices he made, they also get a better understanding of themselves and the special bond that holds their family together. This movie is rated PG and fresh popcorn will be served.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid provides a great service at our center every month. If you are 60 years or older you can get help with legal problems involving Medicare, Social Security, housing problems, public benefits, family law issues, nursing home problems, home care services, powers of attorney, health care directives and more. There is no cost for these services, which will be available at our center on Monday, August 28. Appointments are required and are made by calling us at 763-295-2000. Please note that no help is provided for criminal matters, wills, estate planning, or estate transactions.

AARP helps us provide another valuable service at our center. 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. A refresher course must be taken every three years to be eligible to continue receiving the insurance discount. You can give us a call for class dates and times.

Jan Belsaas won last week’s bridge tournament, with Wanda Bohan coming in second place and Mary Prasch third. The last cribbage tournament winner was John Otterson. Bill Lansing earned second place honors and Jess James third. Marv Kuechle was the last euchre tournament winner, with Alice Kantor coming in second and Jim Weisner third.

Have you been to the Monticello Farmers’ Market? It is located in the library parking lot, just across from the community center and is open on Thursdays from 3:30-7 p.m. The vendors have a wide variety of items you can purchase and there is always a lot of activity going on over there. Check it out!

Activities the week of Aug. 24-31:
Thurs. – 7 a.m. Pickleball; 9 a.m. River City Riders; 10 a.m. Photo Club; 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; noon dog days of summer dinner; 12:30 p.m. Legal Aid (by appt. only); 1 p.m. bridge tournament
Tues. – 7 a.m. Pickleball; 9:30 a.m. cribbage tournament; 10:30 a.m. choir; noon dinner; 1 p.m. Hand and Foot, Writing Group; 2 p.m. line dancing
Wed. – 9 a.m. ceramics; 10 a.m. Bible Study; noon dinner; 1 p.m. 500, Movie Matinee
Thurs. – 7 a.m. Pickleball; 9 a.m. River City Riders; noon dinner; 1 p.m. bridge

Dinner Menu the week of August 28:
Mon. – no dinner today
Tues. – chicken chow mein, egg roll, white rice, fortune cookie
Wed. – BBQ ribs, macaroni & cheese, vegetable, pasta salad, dinner roll
Thurs. – pork roast, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable, applesauce, dinner roll
Fri. – stuffed pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, garden salad


Pam Loidolt is the director of the Monticello Senior Center.