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Providing seniors a place to connect

The Park Rapids Senior Center’s mission is: To provide seniors a place to connect, share, learn and laugh.

It has been a great few months at the Park Rapids Senior Center. We were blessed with many, many donations of time, talents, furniture, décor, goodies, and monetary donations from individuals and businesses in the community. It is for these same reasons I never want to leave the Park Rapids area. I was born and raised here as were my parents. We are a community that truly cares about people and it shows, in my everyday life, and for seniors in particular.

The doors opened May 23, 2016. The Center is open at 10 a.m. every morning Monday-Friday for coffee, goodies, visiting, Cribbage, book exchange, current PR Enterprise and magazines. Also available are free cable TV and Wi-Fi. A progressive jigsaw puzzle table is always set-up, you can find a piece or two while visiting or waiting for someone shopping on Main Street or stay a few hours and finish it up. We have a bit of a difficult one on the table right now. It is proving to be quite a challenge. You are invited to come and check it out anytime. The afternoons are already filled with Mah Jongg on Mondays; Bridge on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays; Tuesday mornings is the Craft and Chat at 8 a.m. and Dominoes at 9 a.m.; Friday morning greets us with a small but lively group of Whist players. Park Rapids City bus is offering to pick up players at each of the four senior apartment complexes for just 75 cents round trip. For members and visitors coffee and goodies are a freewill offering. Cold bottled water is available for a quarter.

Friday, Aug. 19, Shannon Barnett will once again be in the house to answer technology questions from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Bring in your IPad, smartphone or laptop and of course your questions.

Friday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. Living at Home will be here to talk about all the services for Seniors that are available to them not only from Living at Home but the many resources available in our area.

There will be time for questions and answers at all events. Coffee and goodies will be served.

Monday, Aug. 29, is our first fundraiser. It is a bridge tournament being held at Blueberry Pines. We have people signed up from all over the state. If interested in playing or volunteering at the event please call Karen Cole 1-651- 366-7046.

We have signed up over 100 new members since opening for a grand total to date of 142, the highest it has ever been. If you would like to become a member and are 50-plus years old, please come on down to the Center and we will sign you up. Membership is $10 a year but we never turn anyone away because of inability to cover the cost. We have several scholarships to cover dues. Our fiscal/membership year goes from January to December. Once a member, you are welcome to use the Center on weekends for a family get together, shower, birthday party, etc. Please contact Connie at 218-252-0086. For non-members that are interested in renting the

Senior Center for your event call Connie and she will fix you up.

We are in need of members both existing and new; to volunteer to open the Center one or two times a month. If interested contact Karen Cole at 1-651- 366-7046 and she will sign you up for a morning or two that fits into your schedule. Our financial sustainability and ability to keep the doors open depends solely on volunteers, donations and fundraisers.

Whew! That is a lot of information. Until next time I think that is all for now. Watch for updates on events and activities to be added to the calendar. Monthly activity calendars are available at the Center. The Senior Center will have its own website up and running soon. Living at Home adds all of our events to their Facebook page as well. I Hope to see you for coffee soon!

(Carmichael is secretary of the Park Rapids Senior Center

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