Weekly Senior Center Columns from the Cold Spring Record

2/20/18 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Law Enforcement Appreciation Lunch: Please join us in the senior center THIS Wednesday, February 21, at Noon for our annual law enforcement appreciation lunch.  We’re having a Mexican fiesta!  The menu of hard and soft shelled tacos, fajitas, rice, tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole and bars is $5 per person.  However, police officers (and their significant others) eat free!

First Wednesday lunch. Our next First Wednesday 5 Buck Lunch will be on March 7 at Noon.  The menu will be lasagna, garlic bread and lettuce salad.  Please sign up by Friday, March 2, and join us!

Overnight trip to JackPot Junction: we are heading to Jackpot Junction in Morton on Sunday, March 18, to Monday, March 19.  Pricing is $80 for one person in a room and $60 per person for two people sharing a room ($120 per couple).  Package includes:  round trip coach bus transportation, one night hotel stay at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, AND each person gets $50 in free play on their player’s card.  Anyone with a free night hotel coupon from Jackpot Junction may be reimbursed up to $30 for using their coupon AFTER the trip; only one free coupon per hotel room.  The bus leaves the community education parking lot by Door 1 at 10:00 AM on Sunday, March 18, and leaves Jackpot Junction at 1:00 PM on Monday, March 19, to return to the community education parking lot at approximately 2:45 PM.  I reserved both the small and large buses, but, we’re hoping to fill the big one!  You do not need to be a member, but, you must be age 18 or older to come along on this trip.  Please sign up and pay by Thursday, March 8!

Spring Overnight Trip to the Metro. Here’s the scoop for our April 5 – 6 overnight trip to Minneapolis.  We’ll leave the center on Thursday morning and head down to Bachmann Floral and tour their Ideas House and have a little time for shopping.  Then we’ll have a quick lunch before heading over to the science museum and watch “Dream Big – Engineering our World” in the OmniMax theatre.  We’ll then check into our hotel in Mounds View, have a nice restaurant meal, and go to the Lyric Arts Theatre in Anoka for the musical, She Loves Me.  Friday morning, after breakfast, we’re headed to the Fox9 studio to be their live studio audience for The Jason Show!  Then we’ll grab a quick lunch and head over to the Mall of America for a few hours of shopping before heading home late Friday afternoon.  Depending on traffic, we should be back by 5:30 PM.  The package cost is $219 per person (sharing a room) or $438 for couples.  The cost for singles (not sharing a room) is $265.  The package includes bus, hotel, musical production, Thursday and Friday lunches, Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast, entrance fees to all attractions, and host and driver gratuities.  The deadline to sign up and pay is Wednesday, March 7.  The bright yellow sign-up sheet is on the little desk.  You don’t need to be a senior citizen or a member to participate.  This trip should be really fun!

Folks are really happy that Jennifer has added another day per month for the Foot Clinic. She is now coming on the 1st and 4th Tuesdays of every month.  Please call her direct at 612-356-0207 to schedule your appointment.

Also, please remember, tax preparation assistance is scheduled direct with Tri-Cap at 251-1612 and Defensive Driving is a community education class. The senior center has NO involvement with either program.

Have a great week … Nadine

2/13/18 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

First Wednesday lunch. We served around 25 people last Wednesday for our First Wednesday Five Buck Lunch!  It was a really nice gathering of regulars and new members!  Please plan to join us for the next First Wednesday $5 lunch on March 7.  The sign-up sheet will be available in mid-February.

We had another educational week of Mah Jongg! Jane is doing a great job of teaching newcomers the rules and strategy of the game.  They’re meeting at the senior center on Thursdays from 9:00 AM to Noon.  Mah Jongg is a tile-based game of skill, strategy, calculation and chance.  There is no cost to play; please join us!

New Medicare Cards! Medicare will be issuing new cards with a new Medicare number that is unique to you instead of using your Social Security number.  This change will help prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and protect private information. Some people will start receiving new Medicare cards in April and all will be replaced by April of 2019.  We also heard from Megan McClure at a Chamber luncheon last week that Medicare has some other big changes coming next year.  I’ve invited Megan to speak to us late summer or early fall to inform us of what’s changing.  Megan is waiting for more information to come from the government before we pick a date.  So, please stay tuned!

Law Enforcement Appreciation Lunch: Please join us in the senior center on Wednesday, February 21, at Noon for our annual law enforcement appreciation lunch.  We’re having a Mexican fiesta!  The menu of hard and soft shelled tacos, fajitas, rice, tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole and bars is $5 per person.  However, police officers (and their significant others) eat free!  Please sign up by Friday, February 16.

We canceled our trip to the Looney Lutherans play in Sauk Rapids due to low interest. Maybe another time.

Spring Overnight Trip to the Metro. Things are coming together nicely for the April 5 and 6 overnight trip to Minneapolis.  We’ll leave the center on Thursday morning and head down to Bachmann Floral and tour their Ideas House and have a little time for shopping.  Then we’ll have a quick lunch before heading over to the science museum and watch “Dream Big – Engineering our World” in the OmniMax theatre.  We’ll then check into our hotel, have a nice restaurant meal, and go to the Lyric Arts Theatre for the musical, She Loves Me.  After breakfast, I “hope” we can visit the Jason Show, but, that’s still up in the air.  If we can’t visit the Fox 9 studio, we’ll visit another popular attraction.  Then we’ll grab a quick lunch and head over to the Mall of America for a few hours of shopping before heading home late Friday afternoon.  We should be back by 5:30 PM.  The package cost is $219 per person (sharing a room) or $438 for couples.  The cost for singles (not sharing a room) is $265.  The package includes bus, hotel, musical production, Thursday and Friday lunches, Thursday dinner, entrance fees to all attractions, and host and driver gratuities.  The deadline to sign up and pay is Wednesday, March 7.  The bright yellow sign-up sheet is on the little desk.  You don’t need to be a senior citizen or member to participate.

2/6/18 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Wednesday lunches. We had so much fun with our Warm-Up Wednesdays in January that I thought we should continue on a monthly basis.  I realize this is spur of the moment, but, we’re serving pulled pork sandwiches, kettle chips and cole slaw TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 7.  The cost is only $5 per person.  Call the center TODAY if you want to join us.  After that, we’ll plan on having a “Five Buck Lunch” on the first Wednesday of every month.

We had a successful first week of Mah Jongg! The group started last Thursday at the beginner level and they all agreed they learned a lot. Jane said she’ll start another table of beginners if new people show up.  So, don’t be worried if you missed the first session.  They’ll be meeting at the senior center on Thursdays from 9:00 AM to Noon.  Mah Jongg is a tile-based game of skill, strategy, calculation and chance.  There is no cost to play; please join us!

Law Enforcement Appreciation Lunch: Please join us in the senior center on Wednesday, February 21, at Noon for our annual law enforcement appreciation lunch.  We’re having a Mexican fiesta!  The menu of hard and soft shelled tacos, fajitas, rice, tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole and bars is $5 per person.  However, police officers (and their significant others) eat free!  Please sign up by Friday, February 16.

Sign-up for the Looney Lutherans play on February 23 in Sauk Rapids has been slow. We may cancel our reservations depending on how long they’ll hold our tickets.  The cost is $25 for the play, $15 for lunch and $5 for your volunteer driver.  Please let me know ASAP if you’re interested.

Here’s a teaser for our next “non-casino” overnight trip. I have tickets reserved for “She Loves Me” on Thursday, April 7, at Lyric Arts Theatre in Anoka.  “This Tony Award-winning musical is set in a 1930’s European perfumery, where we meet two shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, more often than not, don’t see eye-to-eye. What they don’t know is that they both responded to the same “lonely hearts” advertisement in the newspaper. They each live for the love letters they receive from each other, without knowing that the other is the one writing them.  Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance.”  Similar to the Trinity Heights and Duluth trips, I’m planning a Thursday/Friday schedule, leaving the senior center on Thursday morning and coming back late Friday afternoon.  I’m trying to get a group reservation for us to be in a live studio audience on Friday morning and I’m figuring out what other metro attractions we’ll visit.  Please let me know if you have suggestions.  I’m hoping the full schedule will fall into place over the next few weeks, so, please stay tuned!

We’re looking for volunteers to help with the Quilt Bingo on Saturday, April 14. The Blue Heron will be serving a nice lunch starting at 11:00 AM.  Bingo will start at 1:00 PM.  Please let me know if you’re able to volunteer that day.

1/30/18 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Have you signed up for Mah Jongg yet? It starts this Thursday, February 1 at 9:00 AM!  We’re starting a Mah Jongg group at the center on Thursdays from 9:00 AM to Noon.  Mah Jongg is a tile-based game of skill, strategy, calculation and chance.  No worries if you don’t know how to play!  Jane Hanzsek has volunteered to help people get started for the first two or three weeks.  A sign-up sheet is available on the small desk because we’d like to have a ball-park idea how many people to expect.  There is no cost to play; please join us!

No update on the weight loss program yet. I’m still waiting to hear back from the company.  I’ll let you know whether we can do it as soon as I hear back from them.

We’ve started the sign-up for the Looney Lutherans play in Sauk Rapids on Friday, February 23. I’m trying to keep the cost for this event to a reasonable amount so I’m asking for volunteers to drive.  I have a 7-passenger van and I’m looking for a few other people to also drive.  I’m collecting an additional $5 per person to pay each driver for volunteering to drive.  The cost of the play is $25 and our lunch is $15.  Adding the $5 driver tip, the total will be $45.  Please sign-up ASAP and indicate on the sheet whether you’re willing to drive.  We’ll be leaving the senior center at approximately 9:00 AM.

Warm-Up Wednesdays: We dined on chicken tortilla soup last week!  Please plan to join us this Wednesday for our LAST soup lunch.  We’re making ham, bean and vegetable soup, biscuits and dessert.  The sign-up sheet is on the little desk so please get your name on the list today!

Zumba for Seniors: ROCORI Community Education and the senior center are partnering to offer two four-week Zumba classes for seniors in February and March.  Zumba will be offered on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM on February 6, 13, 20, and 27.  It will be offered again on Thursdays at 4:00 PM on March 1, 8, 15, and 22.  The fee for each four-week series is $25, however, if you are a paying member of the senior center, community education will reduce your fee $5 and the senior center’s CentraCare Health Foundation grant will contribute $10.  So, your total cost will be only $10!  Please register for Zumba in the community education office or call them at 685-8631.

Community Closet: The community certainly has embraced the Community Closet idea and donated used clothing in a big way.  The Closet is in Room 237 of the DEF building and is open on Mondays from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  If you or your family is in need, please go to the Community Closet!

Note: We always get lots of calls at the senior center from people inquiring about defensive driving classes and Tri-CAP’s tax preparation program.  Neither of these programs is coordinated by the senior center.  Please call ROCORI Community Education at 685-8631 for information about defensive driving and call Tri-CAP at 251-1612 to schedule your tax preparation appointment.  Tri-CAP will be in the DEF building every Wednesday from March 7 to April 11.  Please call them direct.

1/23/18 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

New activity at the senior center! We’re starting a Mah Jongg group at the center on Thursdays, starting February 1, from 9:00 AM to Noon.  Mah Jongg is a tile-based game of skill, strategy, calculation and chance.  No worries if you don’t know how to play!  Jane Hanzsek has volunteered to help people get started for the first two or three weeks.  A sign-up sheet is available on the small desk because we’d like to have a ball-park idea how many people to expect.  There is no cost to play; please join us!

Do you want to eat healthy and lose weight? I am negotiating with a popular, successful and healthy weight loss program to offer a 12-week series at the senior center.  Due to their marketing policy, I can’t include their name in any public notices.  We need at least 15 pre-paid participants to offer it here.  We also need to limit participants to senior center members, which would be easy because people age 55 and older can join the center for just $5 per year.  My preference is to offer the meetings over the lunch hour so members who still work can join us.  Please let me know if you’re interested and I can share more details with you.  No start date has been identified at this time.

Warm-Up Wednesdays: We dined on Broccoli Cheddar soup last week!  As usual we served more people than expected.  Please plan to join us on the remaining Wednesdays in January for home-cooked soup, a bread/cracker item, a simple dessert and coffee and lemonade; all for only $5!  This week’s soup will be Chicken Tortilla and Grand-style biscuits.  Please call the center at 685-4935 to see if we can still squeeze you in for tomorrow.  We’d like to have an accurate dinner count by Monday of each week.  Next week’s menu will be Ham, bean and vegetable soup, biscuits and dessert.

Zumba for Seniors: ROCORI Community Education and the senior center are partnering to offer two four-week Zumba classes for seniors in February and March.  Zumba will be offered on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM on February 6, 13, 20, and 27.  It will be offered again on Thursdays at 4:00 PM on March 1, 8, 15, and 22.  The fee for each four-week series is $25, however, if you are a paying member of the senior center, community education will reduce your fee $5 and the senior center’s CentraCare Health Foundation grant will contribute $10.  So, your total cost will be only $10!  Please register for Zumba in the community education office or call them at 685-8631.

Community Closet: The community certainly has embraced the Community Closet idea and donated used clothing in a big way.  The Closet is in Room 237 of the DEF building and is open on Mondays from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  If you or your family is in need, please go to the Community Closet!

Note: We always get lots of calls at the senior center from people inquiring about defensive driving classes and Tri-CAP’s tax preparation program.  Neither of these programs is coordinated by the senior center.  Please call ROCORI Community Education at 685-8631 for information about defensive driving and call Tri-CAP at 251-1612 to schedule your tax preparation appointment.  Tri-CAP will be in the DEF building every Wednesday from March 7 to April 11.  Please call them direct.

1/16/18 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Warm-Up Wednesdays: We dined on Chicken Dumpling soup last week!  As usual we served more people than expected.  Please plan to join us on the remaining Wednesdays in January for home-cooked soup, a bread/cracker item, a simple dessert and coffee and lemonade; all for only $5!  This week’s soup will be Panera Bread’s copycat Broccoli Cheddar with ham sandwiches.  Please call the center at 685-4935 to see if we can still squeeze you in for tomorrow.  We’d like to have an accurate dinner count by Monday of each week.  Next week’s menu will be Chicken Tortilla soup, Grand biscuits and dessert.

Zumba for Seniors: ROCORI Community Education and the senior center are partnering to offer two four-week Zumba classes for seniors in February and March.  Zumba will be offered on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM on February 6, 13, 20, and 27.  It will be offered again on Thursdays at 4:00 PM on March 1, 8, 15, and 22.  The fee for each four-week series is $25, however, if you are a paying member of the senior center, community education will reduce your fee $5 and the senior center’s CentraCare Health Foundation grant will contribute $10.  So, your total cost will be only $10!  Please register for Zumba in the community education office or call them at 685-8631.

Overnight Jackpot Junction trip: we are heading to Jackpot Junction in Morton THIS Sunday, January 21, to Monday, January 22.  Pricing is $80 for one person in a room and $60 per person for two people sharing a room ($120 per couple).  Package includes:  round trip coach bus transportation, one night hotel stay at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, AND each person gets $50 in free play on their player’s card.  Anyone with a free night hotel coupon from Jackpot Junction may be reimbursed up to $30 for using their coupon AFTER the trip; only one free coupon per hotel room.  The bus leaves the community education parking lot by Door 1 at 10:00 AM on Sunday, January 21, and leaves Jackpot Junction at 12:00 PM on Monday, January 22, to return to the community education parking lot at approximately 1:45 PM.  We didn’t have enough to fill the larger bus, so, we’re taking Richmond’s 29-passenger Heritage shuttle.  As a result of the bus change, we need to leave Jackpot one hour earlier on Monday to get the driver back to Richmond.  So, our Monday departure from Jackpot is Noon instead of 1:00.  You do not need to be a member, but, you must be age 18 or older to come along on this trip.  Please sign up and pay ASAP!

We are tentatively planning to have our Beat the Blah’s taco and fajitas buffet on Wednesday, February 21, at Noon. I’m still waiting to hear back from the police department to see if the date works for them as we’re honoring our local law enforcement officers on that day, also.  Stay tuned for confirmation of the date.

1/9/18 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Warm-Up Wednesdays: We served 18 people for soup lunch last week!  Please plan to join us on the remaining Wednesdays in January for home-cooked soup, a bread/cracker item, a simple dessert and coffee and lemonade; all for only $5!  This week’s soup will be Chicken Dumpling.  Please call the center at 685-4935 to see if we can still squeeze you in for tomorrow.  We’d like to have an accurate dinner count by Monday of each week.  Next week’s soup will be Panera Bread’s copycat Broccoli Cheddar on January 17.

The senior center hosted the Cold Spring Area Chamber After Hours event last Thursday. We invited the city governments from Rockville, Cold Spring, and Richmond, as well as other organizations who have shown support to the center over the years.  Since part of our grant application to CentraCare Health Foundation included membership recruitment and marketing, our grant funds were used for the After Hours hospitality.  We had a small group, but, we figure the frigid temps had something to do with that.  So, we all ate well, with leftovers to spare!

Zumba for Seniors: ROCORI Community Education and the senior center are partnering to offer two four-week Zumba classes for seniors in February and March.  Zumba will be offered on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM on February 6, 13, 20, and 27.  It will be offered again on Thursdays at 4:00 PM on March 1, 8, 15, and 22.  The fee for each four-week series is $25, however, if you are a paying member of the senior center, community education will reduce your fee $5 and the senior center’s CentraCare Health Foundation grant will contribute $10.  So, your total cost will be only $10!  Please register for Zumba in the community education office or call them at 685-8631.

Overnight Jackpot Junction trip: we are heading to Jackpot Junction in Morton from Sunday, January 21, to Monday, January 22.  Jackpot Junction raised their room rates for 2018, so, pricing is now $80 for one person in a room and $60 per person for two people sharing a room ($120 per couple).  Package includes:  round trip coach bus transportation, one night hotel stay at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, AND each person gets $50 in free play on their player’s card.  Anyone with a free night hotel coupon from Jackpot Junction may be reimbursed up to $30 for using their coupon AFTER the trip.  The bus leaves the community education parking lot by Door 1 at 10:00 AM on Sunday, January 21, and leaves Jackpot Junction at 1:00 PM on Monday, January 22, to return to the community education parking lot at approximately 2:45 PM.  We’ve reserved a full-size coach bus so participation is limited to 56 people.  You do not need to be a member, but, you must be age 18 or older to come along on this trip.  Please sign up and pay ASAP!

Prior to the recent ROCORI referendum election, Superintendent Scott Staska came to provide information about the referendum. We agreed it would be nice to have a regular update on the school district, so, he will come to the center again on Friday, January 19, to share school news after our coffee social at 9:00 AM.  Please join us!

1/2/18 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Happy New Year! We’re back to our regular schedule.  Here’s a quick update on what’s happening at the center over the next few weeks.

Warm-Up Wednesdays: Our first Warm-Up Wednesday is tomorrow, January 3 at Noon!  Please plan to join us every Wednesday in January for home-cooked soup, a bread/cracker item, a simple dessert and coffee and lemonade; all for only $5!  This week’s soup will be Chicken Wild Rice.  Please call the center at 685-4935 to see if we can still squeeze you in for tomorrow.  We’d like to have an accurate dinner count by Monday of each week.  Next week’s soup will be Chicken Dumpling on January 10.

Our Tuesday and Thursday exercise classes are planned to continue for the next few months. Shirley Bell has agreed to continue leading the stretching and flexibility class on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM and Ron Trester will lead the seated exercise classes on Thursdays at 10:30 AM.  There is no cost for either of these programs.  There’s no excuses now if becoming more active was one of your New Year’s resolutions!

Zumba for Seniors: ROCORI Community Education and the senior center are partnering to offer two four-week Zumba classes for seniors in February and March.  Zumba will be offered on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM on February 6, 13, 20, and 27.  It will be offered again on Thursdays at 4:00 PM on March 1, 8, 15, and 22.  The fee for each four-week series is $25, however, if you are a paying member of the senior center, community education will reduce your fee $5 and the senior center’s CentraCare Health Foundation grant will contribute $10.  So, your total cost will be only $10!  Please register for Zumba in the community education office or call them at 685-8631.

Overnight Jackpot Junction trip: we are heading to Jackpot Junction in Morton from Sunday, January 21, to Monday, January 22.  Jackpot Junction raised their room rates for 2018, so, pricing is now $80 for one person in a room and $60 per person for two people sharing a room ($120 per couple).  Package includes:  round trip coach bus transportation, one night hotel stay at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, AND each person gets $50 in free play on their player’s card.  Anyone with a free night hotel coupon from Jackpot Junction may be reimbursed up to $30 for using their coupon AFTER the trip.  The bus leaves the community education parking lot by Door 1 at 10:00 AM on Sunday, January 21, and leaves Jackpot Junction at 1:00 PM on Monday, January 22, to return to the community education parking lot at approximately 2:45 PM.  We’ve reserved a full-size coach bus so participation is limited to 56 people.  You do not need to be a member, but, you must be age 18 or older to come along on this trip.

Prior to the recent ROCORI referendum election, Superintendent Scott Staska came to provide information about the referendum. We agreed it would be nice to have a regular update on the school district, so, he will come to the center again on Friday, January 19, to share school news after our coffee social at 9:00 AM.  Please join us!

Happy New Year! See you at the center,   Nadine

12/26/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Warm-Up Wednesdays: Our first soup for Warm-Up Wednesdays will be Chicken Wild Rice on January 3.  Please plan to join us every Wednesday in January at Noon for home-cooked soup, a bread/cracker item, a simple dessert and coffee and lemonade; all for only $5!  Please sign up soon.  We like to have a dinner count by Monday of each week.

We found out recently that the DEF building will be open on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, December 27 and 28. The Pinochle and Quilting groups will be in at 9:00 AM Wednesday morning.  The 500 group will play on Wednesday afternoon at 1:15 PM as usual.  And, on Thursday, the Painting Pals will come in at 12:30 PM.  We are closed on Friday, the 29th and Monday, January 1.  We’re back to our regular schedule starting January 2.

We reported last week that the ROCORI Dollars for Scholars quilt was won by Kaity Kramer from the Red River Inn. She was delighted when it was delivered.  Congratulations Kaity.  Many thanks to our senior center quilters for producing yet another beautiful quilt for such a worthy cause.  And, special thanks to our favorite character, Vern Goebel, for selling so many chances every year!

Tom and Jerry Recipe. Here’s an old-fashioned seasonal recipe that can be served with alcohol or without.  It’s one that my family made for many years and beats anything you can buy in the store!  Ingredients:  One dozen eggs, one pound of powdered sugar (4 cups), 2 cups white granulated sugar, and one 15-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk.  Directions:  Separate the eggs and beat the whites until stiff.  Add the granulated sugar and half of the powdered sugar.  In a separate bowl, beat the yolks until thick and add the remaining half of the powdered sugar and the condensed milk.  Combine the contents from both bowls and mix together gently.  To mix the actual Tom and Jerry drink, fill a coffee mug 1/3 of the way with the batter.  Add a shot of liquor (whiskey, brandy, or rum) if using alcohol, and fill the rest of the cup with bowling water.  Mix and top with a sprinkle of nutmeg.  Store the leftover batter in the fridge.  Obviously, this recipe was created before the concerns about eating raw eggs.  But, I’ve always believed the boiling water took care of any problems.  At least that’s my story (and I’m sticking with it).

Have a safe and enjoyable New Year!

12/19/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Warm-Up Wednesdays: Our first soup for Warm-Up Wednesdays will be Chicken Wild Rice on January 3.  Please plan to join us every Wednesday in January at Noon for home-cooked soup, a bread/cracker item and a simple dessert; all for only $5!

We found out recently that the DEF building will be open on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, December 27 and 28. The Pinochle and Quilting groups will be in at 10:00 AM Wednesday morning.  The 500 group will play on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 PM as usual.  And, on Thursday, the Painting Pals will come in at 12:30 PM.  We are closed on Friday, the 29th.

The ROCORI Dollars for Scholars quilt was won by Kaity Kramer from the Red River Inn. She was delighted when it was delivered.  Congratulations Kaity.  And, many thanks to our senior center quilters for producing yet another beautiful quilt for such a worth cause.

Have a safe and enjoyable New Year!

12/12/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Last Call for the Catered Christmas Lunch at Noon this Thursday, December 14. The crew at Granite Edge in Rockville will be bringing chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, baby carrots, rolls and butter, pineapple-upside-down cake, coffee and lemonade for $10 per person.  Please contact the center TODAY if you want to come!  The Granite Edge catered for us last year and it was delicious!

We always draw the winner of the ROCORI Dollars for Scholars quilt at the annual Christmas lunch. Did you buy your ticket(s) yet?  They’re only $1 each and it’s a very worthy cause.  The quilt is on display in the senior center.  Noon on December 14; don’t miss out!

We had 51 people on the Duluth trip. It was a great time!  We could not have asked for better weather with being outside for an hour at Bentleyville.  The light displays and Christmas music were beautiful.  Glensheen Mansion had 25 Christmas trees and the mansion was elegantly decorated.  The aquarium was also very interesting and many of us watched feeding time when the scuba divers got in the big tank.  Our meals were quick and tasty, even at Wendy’s and especially at Toby’s in Hinckley, who served our meals as people sat down.  Of course, it helped to call ahead to both places with what everyone ordered.  We even survived the confusion with where we needed to board the train, LOL!  All in all, we heard lots of positive comments and folks are ready to go along on the next trip, wherever or whenever that might be.  So, please follow this column for details as plans are finalized.

Join us at a play on Friday, February 23. “The Looney Lutherans” are a trio of wacky gals on tour promoting their new cookbook, “USE YOUR FOOD, a guide to healthy living inside and out, from our kitchen to yours, EAT LIKE A LUTHERAN!”  Using music, comedy, and some help from the audience, these talented ladies share some of their age-old wisdom for living a long and healthy life.  The play is in the Sauk Rapids/Rice Community Arts Center at 10:00 AM.  I’m planning an itinerary where we’ll leave around 9:00 AM, watch the play at 10:00, and have lunch somewhere in Sauk Rapids.  Please watch the column for details.

We’re receiving another grant! Centra-Care Health Foundation (Cardio-Vascular Center) will be matching the Stearns Operation Round-Up grant to complete the purchase of an AED that will be installed in the hallway outside of the center.  Thank you CentraCare!  And, we applied again to be one of the Charities of the Week at Crafts Direct in Waite Park.  Organizations that are selected can receive donations that range from $3000 to $7500 or more.  We applied in 2016 and 2017, but, have never been selected.  Keep your fingers crossed that 2018 will be our year!

Well, winter is definitely here. So, please stay warm and drive safely.  And, have a great week!

12/5/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Catered Christmas Lunch: The sign-up sheet is out for our annual catered Christmas lunch at Noon on Thursday, December 14.  The crew at Granite Edge in Rockville will be bringing chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, baby carrots, rolls and butter, pineapple-upside-down cake, coffee and lemonade for $10 per person.  The Granite Edge catered for us last year and it was delicious!  We need to give them an accurate number a few days before, so, please sign up and pay by the end of the day on Monday, December 11.

The Cold Spring Area Historical Society has invited Ray Tuholsky to speak at their next History Series on Friday, December 8, at 9:30 AM. Tuholsky will speak about his book “All Fishermen are Liars, Except You and Me, and Sometimes I Wonder About You.”  Please come early and have coffee and a snack at the weekly senior center social at 8:30 AM preceding the presentation.  Fifty cents for a bottomless cup of coffee!

We always draw the winner of the ROCORI Dollars for Scholars quilt at the annual Christmas lunch. Did you buy your ticket(s) yet?  They’re only $1 each and it’s a very worthy cause.  The quilt is on display in the senior center.  Noon on December 14; don’t miss out!

Trivia Contest: How many times a month do we sponsor a foot clinic?  It’s a trick question because it just recently changed.  Put your name and the correct answer on a slip of paper and drop it in the drawing container before 11:00 AM on Monday, December 11.  The winner will receive a $10 certificate to the Cold Spring Bakery.

The senior center and ROCORI community education will be partnering on offering two four-week senior Zumba classes on Tuesday afternoons in February and March. Zumba traditionally involves music.  It’s like salsa dancing without a partner.  We haven’t worked out all the cost and schedule details yet.  Grant funds will be used to defray some of the costs.  We’ll share more as details are finalized.

Recent Donations: Thank you to Rockville Lions Club, Cold Spring Lions Club and Stearns Electric Operations Round-Up for their very generous donations.  Each organization donated $500 to the senior center.  The Stearns donation is specifically ear-marked towards the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  We have applied to another granting agency to fund the remaining amount needed to buy the AED.  It will be installed in the hallway right outside the senior center.  Currently, the closest AED is downstairs near the gym, so, having one closer to the center will certainly help should someone experience a cardiac event.  Thank you to these exemplary organizations.  They are wonderful assets in our community!

11/28/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Stretching/flexibility Update: We had originally thought there would be no class the two weeks that Shirley Bell will be gone.  However, Connie Rausch volunteered to lead the class in Shirley’s absence.  So, there will be class today (November 28) at 10:30 AM in the DEF Commons.  Shirley will be back again on December 5.  Thanks for stepping up, Connie!

Catered Christmas Lunch: The sign-up sheet is out for our annual catered Christmas lunch at Noon on Thursday, December 14.  The crew at Granite Edge in Rockville will be bringing chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, baby carrots, rolls and butter, and pineapple-upside-down cake for $10 per person.  We need to give Granite Edge an accurate number, so, please sign up and pay by the end of the day on Monday, December 11.

Duluth Christmas Trip, November 30 to December 1: The deadline has passed, but, we still have one seat (for two people) left on the bus.  Copies of the itinerary are in the senior center on the sign-up table.  The itinerary is also on our website:  rocoriseniorcenter.com in the Special Events section.  Please contact me as soon as possible at 685-4935 if you want to go along and I’ll check if the hotel still has rooms available at our discounted group rate.  The total all-inclusive price is only $199.  Let’s fill the bus!

The senior center and ROCORI community education will be partnering on offering two four-week senior Zumba classes on Tuesday afternoons in February and March. Zumba traditionally involves music.  It’s like salsa dancing without a partner.  We haven’t worked out all the cost and schedule details yet.  Grant funds will be used to defray some of the costs.  We’ll share more as details are finalized.

The date has been set for Quilt Bingo! It will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 14, at the Blue Heron in Cold Spring.  The Blue Heron will sell lunch from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  Get this date on your calendar.  You won’t want to miss it!

Good Recipe: Everyone loved the chicken and wild rice casserole that Rachel Mueller brought to the Thanksgiving potluck.  Fortunately, she was willing to share it with us.  Ingredients: 4 cups of cut-up rotisserie chicken or other cooked and seasoned chicken, one 6.25 oz. package of white and wild rice cooked as directed, one cup of chopped celery, one 8 oz. can of sliced water chestnuts, two cans cream of mushroom soup, ¼ cup chopped onion (optional), ¾ cup mayonnaise, and one cup of crushed potato chips.  Directions:  mix soup and mayonnaise together, add remaining ingredients, except for potato chips.  Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.  At this point, you can cover it and refrigerate it overnight.  When ready to bake, cover with the crushed potato chips and bake at 325 degrees for about an hour and a half.  Rachel says she usually uses Uncle Ben’s rice and one rotisserie chicken.  Thanks for the recipe Rachel.  It was delicious!

11/21/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

We had almost 35 people at our Thanksgiving potluck. As usual, there were so many choices to make while going through the buffet line.  Or, you could be like me and take a little of everything, LOL!  We often pray before our meals but, since we have an American flag in the center, we recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  Another special treat was having Carolyn and Gordy Bauer come for lunch.  Many of us hadn’t seen Carolyn for several months while she recuperated from a serious illness.  We’re so happy to have you back Carolyn!

Duluth Christmas Trip, November 30 to December 1: The deadline has passed, but, we still have one seat (for two people) left on the bus.  Copies of the itinerary are in the senior center on the sign-up table.  The itinerary is also on our website:  rocoriseniorcenter.com in the Special Events section.  Please contact me as soon as possible at 685-4935 if you want to go along and I’ll check if the hotel still has rooms available at our discounted group rate.  The total all-inclusive price is only $199.  Let’s fill the bus!

Stretching/flexibility Update: We had originally thought there would be no class the two weeks that Shirley Bell will be gone.  However, Connie Rausch volunteered to lead the class in Shirley’s absence.  So, there will be class today and next week (November 28) at 10:30 AM in the DEF Commons.  Shirley will be back again on December 5.

The senior center and ROCORI community education will be partnering on offering two four-week senior Zumba classes on Tuesday afternoons in February and March. Zumba traditionally involves music.  We haven’t worked out all the cost and schedule details yet.  Grant funds will be used to defray some of the costs.  We’ll share more as details are finalized.

I’m looking into scheduling our next overnight casino trip; likely in January. We have a few options to consider.  We’ve always gone on a Sunday/Monday schedule.  We might switch to a Thursday/Friday schedule so it doesn’t interfere with everyone’s weekend plans.  Let me know what you think about that.  Also, we might go to a different casino.  Stay tuned to the column for more details!

The date has been set for Quilt Bingo! It will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 14, at the Blue Heron in Cold Spring.  The Blue Heron will sell lunch from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  Get this date on your calendar.  You won’t want to miss it!

The center will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

11/14/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Congratulations to the ROCORI School District on the successful passage of the information technology referendum! You may not know that the senior center benefits greatly from the school district’s wi-fi network because we have a desk-top computer and my laptop that access the internet.

The pinochle group had three tables of players and played all day last Thursday. They also had a potluck lunch with lasagna and an abundance of other goodies. This was their second “marathon” and I’m sure it won’t be their last as everyone had lots of fun.

The Thanksgiving potluck lunch is this Thursday at Noon. Please bring a dish to share and join us!

Duluth Christmas Trip, November 30 to December 1: The deadline has passed, but, we still have a few seats left on the bus. As of last week, we had 51 people signed up. We can take up to 56. Copies of the itinerary are in the senior center on the sign-up table. The itinerary is also on our website: rocoriseniorcenter.com in the Special Events section. Please contact me as soon as possible at 685-4935 if you want to go along and I’ll check if the hotel still has rooms available at our discounted group rate. The total all-inclusive price is only $199. Let’s fill the bus!

The last trivia contest winner was Anita Krebs. It was an easy question this time! She successfully answered that the senior center is going to Duluth later this month. Anita won a $10 gift certificate to the Cold Spring American Legion. Watch this column for the next question!

Shirley Bell said the stretching and flexibility class will happen as scheduled for today, Tuesday, November 14. However, she’ll be gone the next two Tuesdays, November 21 and 28. So, no class the last two weeks in November. Class will resume again on December 5.

Holiday closure schedule: The senior center always follows the ROCORI School District schedule for the holidays. The center will be closed November 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will also be closed from December 25 through January 1.

I’m looking into scheduling our next overnight casino trip; likely in January. We have a few options to consider. We’ve always gone on a Sunday/Monday schedule. We might switch to a Thursday/Friday schedule so it doesn’t interfere with everyone’s weekend plans. Let me know what you think about that. Also, we might go to a different casino. Stay tuned to the column for more details!

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts! With a 2% rebate until the end of the year, they add up fast. We have two new quilts set up again and we have a new Thomas Kincaid puzzle on the table now. We also increased the display area for the discounted greeting cards. Where else, but the senior center, can you find a greeting card for 50 cents? Stock up now!

Happy belated Veterans’ Day last Friday. Thank you for your service! Have a great week!

Dates to remember:

Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
November Foot Clinic: Nov. 28
Overnight Duluth Trip: 11/30-12/1
Foot Clinic: Dec. 5
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14
Foot Clinic: Jan. 2
Chamber After Hours: January 4

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place: Ron Glynn
2nd Place: Verna Kalthoff
3rd Place: Del Wirtzfeld

500
1st Place: Alice Schreiner
2nd Place: Del Wirtzfeld
3rd Place: Janice Althoff

11/7/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Today is Election Day! Have you voted yet? The only thing on our ballots this year is a school referendum question. Polls are located at Rockville and Cold Spring City Halls and the Richmond River Lakes ice arena.

Pinochle Marathon: the pinochle group has planned to play all day this Thursday, November 9. They’ll start playing in the senior center at 9:00 AM, have a potluck lunch, and then move over to Room 252 to play for the rest of the day. Please feel free to bring a dish to share and join them!

Thanksgiving Potluck: The sign-up sheet is out for the Thanksgiving Potluck lunch scheduled for Noon on Thursday, November 16! Please sign up soon and note what you’ll be bringing (so we don’t end up with a dozen green Jello salads). Actually, we’ve always had a great variety and way more food than we’d ever need. Please join us!

Duluth Christmas Trip: The deadline has passed, but, we still have several seats left on the bus. As of last week, we had 47 people signed up. We can take up to 56. Copies of the itinerary are in the senior center on the sign-up table. The itinerary is also on our website: rocoriseniorcenter.com in the Special Events section. In a nutshell: we leave the center at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 30, for Duluth and return around 4:00 PM on Friday, December 1. We’re eating a quick lunch in Duluth, touring Glensheen Mansion, shopping at Miller Hill Mall, riding the train to and touring Bentleyville, spending time at the Duluth Aquarium the next morning, and eating lunch at Toby’s in Hinckley on the way home. The cost of $199 per person (sharing a room) includes both lunches, Thursday pasta dinner, Friday breakfast, ALL tours and train ride, coach bus, hotel, and all gratuities. The cost is $249 for anyone not sharing a room. This tour will require lots of walking! There are no elevators in Glensheen Mansion and we’ll be touring three floors. Getting to and on the train has a few steps as well. Special Note: Bentleyville is an outside 12 acre Christmas display with three to four million lights. You will need winter apparel and footwear! Please contact me as soon as possible at 685-4935 if you want to go along and I’ll check if the hotel still has rooms available at our discounted group rate. Let’s fill the bus!

The Nordic Walking group is done for the year. A HUGE thank-you to leader Linda (Alg) Lemke for volunteering her time and poles each week for the season. See you again in the spring!

Everyone raved about the delicious Slow Cooker Apple Crisp that Connie Rausch brought to our fall lunch. Connie found the recipe on Pinterest and she shared it with us: Two, 21 ounce cans of apple pie filling, or Connie said she peeled and sliced 8 large apples, mixed with 2/3 cup of white sugar and one and one-half teaspoon of cinnamon. Spray the inside of the crockpot with non-stick spray and spread the apple mixture evenly on the bottom of the cooker. Sprinkle one box of white or yellow “dry” cake mix on top of the apples. Pour one stick of melted butter on top of the dry cake mix. Cover the slow cooker and cook on High for two and one-half hours. Remove the cover and cook an additional one-half hour. This makes the topping crunchy. Serve with ice cream or whipped topping.

Holiday closure schedule: The senior center always follows the ROCORI School District schedule for the holidays. The center will be closed November 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will also be closed from December 25 through January 1.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts! Have a great week!

Dates to remember:

Pinochle Marathon: Nov. 9
Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
November Foot Clinic: Nov. 28
Overnight Duluth Trip: 11/30-12/1
Foot Clinic: Dec. 5
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14
Foot Clinic: Jan. 2
Chamber After Hours: January 4

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place: Rich Schreiner
2nd Place: Verna Kalthoff
3rd Place: Adah Ebeling

500
1st Place: Rich Schreiner
2nd Place: Lorraine Engelmeier
3rd Place: Janice Althoff

10/31/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

We had almost 40 people at our Fall lunch last Wednesday. The timing worked well. The quilters stayed late and the 500 players came early. We ate the last of our donated Gold’n Plump chicken patties, homemade (from scratch) beans, chips and LOTS of dessert. People commented how we should do it more often. We’ll try to get more on the calendar after our Thanksgiving potluck and our catered Christmas lunch. And, don’t forget we also have Warm-up Wednesdays in January!

Duluth Christmas Trip: Sign up now! As of last week, we already had 39 people signed up. We can take up to 56. Information about the trip was shared with 11 other senior centers. Copies of the itinerary are in the senior center on the sign-up table. The itinerary is also on our website: rocoriseniorcenter.com in the Special Events section. In a nutshell: we leave the center at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 30, for Duluth and return around 4:00 PM on Friday, December 1. We’re eating a quick lunch in Duluth, touring Glensheen Mansion, shopping at Miller Hill Mall, riding the train to Bentleyville, spending time at the Duluth Aquarium the next morning, and eating lunch at Toby’s in Hinckley on the way home. The cost of $199 per person (sharing a room) includes both lunches, Thursday pasta dinner, Friday breakfast, ALL tours and train ride, coach bus, hotel, and all gratuities. The cost is $249 for anyone not sharing a room. Everyone is on their own for luggage handling. We have a quick deadline! Payment is required by Wednesday, November 1, as the hotel needs our rooming list the next day. This tour will require lots of walking! There are no elevators in Glensheen Mansion and we’ll be touring three floors. Getting to and on the train has a few steps as well. Please sign up as soon as possible as this trip is being shared with other senior centers. Checks should be made out to ROCORI Senior Center, 527 Main Street, Cold Spring, MN 56320. No refunds after November 3. Let’s fill the bus! Special Note: Bentleyville is an outside 12 acre Christmas display with three to four million lights. You will need warm shoes or boots!

Starting in December, Jennifer with Pedi-Care is adding an extra day each month that she’ll have the foot clinic at the ROCORI Senior Center. She will be coming here on the first and fourth Tuesday of every month. The December schedule is a little different because of the holiday closure over the Christmas break. Here are the foot clinic dates for the next several months: November 28, December 5, January 2, January 23, February 6, and February 27. She’ll be working out of the senior center on the first Tuesday of the month and she’ll be in Room 248, across the hall, on the fourth Tuesday of the month. You can call her at 612-356-0207 to schedule your appointment.

Nordic Walking Update: The group is meeting at the Wakefield Township Hall at 22295 Frostview Road in Cold Spring today, October 31. As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk. It will be week by week once November rolls around. They will meet at the senior center at 8:30 AM every Tuesday morning, weather permitting.

Holiday closure schedule: The senior center always follows the ROCORI School District schedule for the holidays. The center will be closed November 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will also be closed from December 25 through January 1.

Get this date on your calendar! The senior center will host a Cold Spring Area Chamber Business After Hours on Thursday, January 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Our CentraCare Health Foundation grant was divided into three projects, with one of them being to increase public awareness of our center. So, we’ll use some of our grant funds to provide non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Chamber members and senior center members are welcome!

Seated Exercise Class! Ron Trester is leading the group every Thursday morning at 10:30 AM until December 21. The class may be extended into the new year if participation is still strong. Ron is a certified personal trainer who also trains clients at Snap Fitness in Cold Spring. The class is held in the commons area of the ROCORI DEF building (same place as the stretching and flexibility class). The class lasts about an hour, but, may be shorter the first few weeks until participants feel comfortable to go the full hour. People can join the group at any time!

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts! Have a great week!

Dates to remember:

Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
November Foot Clinic: Nov. 28
Overnight Duluth Trip: 11/30-12/1
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14
Foot Clinic: Dec. 5
Foot Clinic: Jan. 2
Chamber After Hours: January 4

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place: Joanne Wolf
2nd Place: Stan Marple
3rd Place: Kathy Glynn

500
1st Place: Adah Ebeling
2nd Place: Rich Schreiner
3rd Place: Kathy Glynn

10/24/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Duluth Christmas Trip: Sign up now! Copies of the itinerary are in the senior center on the sign-up table. The itinerary is also on our website: rocoriseniorcenter.com in the Special Events section. In a nutshell: we leave the center at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 30, for Duluth and return around 4:00 PM on Friday, December 1. We’re eating a quick lunch in Duluth, touring Glensheen Mansion, shopping at Miller Hill Mall, riding the train to Bentleyville, spending time at the Duluth Aquarium the next morning, and eating lunch at Toby’s in Hinckley on the way home. The cost of $199 per person (sharing a room) includes both lunches, Thursday pasta dinner, Friday breakfast, ALL tours and train ride, coach bus, hotel, and all gratuities. The cost is $249 for anyone not sharing a room. Everyone is on their own for luggage handling. We have a quick deadline! Payment is required by Wednesday, November 1, as the hotel needs our rooming list the next day. This tour will require lots of walking! There are no elevators in Glensheen Mansion and we’ll be touring three floors. Getting to and on the train has a few steps as well. Please sign up as soon as possible as this trip is being shared with other senior centers. Checks should be made out to ROCORI Senior Center, 527 Main Street, Cold Spring, MN 56320. No refunds after November 3. A minimum of 30 are required. We’re already over 20 people. Let’s fill the bus!

Nordic Walking Update: Last week, part of the group walked at Rich Spring Golf Course and the other part walked at St. John’s University. This week (today), they’re meeting at the senior center and possibly carpooling to Quarry Park. Others can walk in town, their choice. October 31, they’re meeting at the Wakefield Township Hall at 22295 Frostview Road in Cold Spring. As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk. It will be week by week once November rolls around. They will meet at the senior center at 8:30 AM every Tuesday morning, weather permitting.

Seated Exercise Class! We have 15 people signed up for the FREE nine-week seated exercise class. Ron Trester is leading the group every Thursday morning at 10:30 AM until December 21. The class may be extended into the new year if participation is still strong. Ron is a certified personal trainer who also trains clients at Snap Fitness in Cold Spring. The class is held in the commons area of the ROCORI DEF building (same place as the stretching and flexibility class). The class should last about an hour, but, may be shorter the first few weeks until participants feel comfortable to go the full hour. People can join the group at any time!

Trivia question: what Minnesota city is the senior center traveling to for an overnight trip on November 30? Write your name and the correct answer on a slip of paper and toss it into the drawing container before 11:00 AM on Monday, October 30. The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Cold Spring American Legion.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts!

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:

October Foot Clinic: Oct. 24
Fall Lunch: Oct. 25
Referendum talk: Oct. 27
Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
November Foot Clinic: Nov. 28
Overnight Duluth Trip: 11/30-12/1
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place: Verna Kalthoff
2nd Place: Del Wirtzfeld
3rd Place: Ron Glynn

500
1st Place: Rosie Leither
2nd Place: Bonnie Sweet

10/17/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Duluth Christmas Trip: Sign up now! Copies of the itinerary are in the senior center on the sign-up table. The itinerary is also on our website: rocoriseniorcenter.com in the Special Events section. In a nutshell: we leave the center at 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 30, for Duluth and return around 4:00 PM on Friday, December 1. We’re eating a quick lunch in Duluth, touring Glensheen Mansion, shopping at Miller Hill Mall, riding the train to Bentleyville, spending time at the Duluth Aquarium the next morning, and eating lunch at Toby’s in Hinckley on the way home. The cost of $199 per person (sharing a room) includes both lunches, Thursday pasta dinner, Friday breakfast, ALL tours and train ride, coach bus, hotel, and all gratuities. The cost is $249 for anyone not sharing a room. Everyone is on their own for luggage handling. We have a quick deadline! Payment is required by Wednesday, November 1, as the hotel needs our rooming list the next day. This tour will require lots of walking! There are no elevators in Glensheen Mansion and we’ll be touring three floors. Getting to and on the train has a few steps as well. Please sign up as soon as possible as this trip is being shared with other senior centers. Checks should be made out to ROCORI Senior Center, 527 Main Street, Cold Spring, MN 56320. No refunds after November 3. A minimum of 30 are required. We’re already over 20 people. Let’s fill the bus!

ROCORI Superintendent Scott Staska will share a brief presentation about the upcoming referendum election after coffee on Friday, October 27 at 9:00 AM.

Nordic Walking Update: Last week, part of the group walked at Rich Spring Golf Course and the other part walked at St. John’s University. This week (today), they’re meeting at the senior center and possibly carpooling to Quarry Park. Others can walk in town, their choice. October 31, they’re meeting at the Wakefield Township Hall at 22295 Frostview Road in Cold Spring. As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk. It will be week by week once November rolls around. They will meet at the senior center at 8:30 AM every Tuesday morning, weather permitting.

Seated Exercise Class! We have 15 people signed up for the FREE nine-week seated exercise class. Ron Trester is leading the group every Thursday morning at 10:30 AM until December 21. The class may be extended into the new year if participation is still strong. Ron is a certified personal trainer who also trains clients at Snap Fitness in Cold Spring. The class is held in the commons area of the ROCORI DEF building (same place as the stretching and flexibility class). The class should last about an hour, but, may be shorter the first few weeks until participants feel comfortable to go the full hour. People can join the group at any time!

Trivia question: what Minnesota city is the senior center traveling to for an overnight trip on November 30? Write your name and the correct answer on a slip of paper and toss it into the drawing container before 11:00 AM on Monday, October 30. The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Cold Spring American Legion.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts!

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:

October Foot Clinic: Oct. 24
Fall Lunch: Oct. 25
Referendum talk: Oct. 27
Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
November Foot Clinic: Nov. 28
Overnight Duluth Trip: 11/30-12/1
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place: Verna Kalthoff
2nd Place: Del Wirtzfeld
3rd Place: Ron Glynn

500
1st Place: Rosie Leither
2nd Place: Bonnie Sweet

10/10/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Fall lunch: please join us on Wednesday, October 25, at Noon for a quick bite to eat! We’ll have grilled chicken patty sandwiches, chips, homemade baked beans, bars and beverage for only $3. The sign-up sheet is on the little desk.

Key fobs to Door 5 are still available. If you are an active senior center member, you can complete the key fob application form and give it to Nadine with $10 cash or your check addressed to the ROCORI School District. You should get your fob within a few days.

Planning for the Duluth Christmas Trip is coming along well. Trying to fit everything in has been challenging to say the least. Unfortunately, I had to bump the Christmas Carol play from the itinerary because there were no afternoon performances. However, I’ve included a tour of Glensheen Mansion and the Duluth Aquarium into the trip. Glensheen will be decorated for Christmas so that should be really special. The hotel I’m thinking about is right across the street from the Miller Hill Mall so people can do a little holiday shopping during our free time on Thursday afternoon before we head over to Bentleyville. I’m trying to keep the cost under $200 per person. As with our trip to Iowa in September, the package should include everything except for the Thursday evening meal. However, the hotel has a complimentary reception with appetizers and beverages from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday and that might be enough to tide many of us over for the evening. Plus, there will be complimentary beverages and marshmallows to roast at Bentleyville. It sounds like people are really interested so maybe we can fill the bus! I need to stress that there will be a lot of walking during this trip to please plan accordingly. Right now things are still a work in progress so please stay tuned to this column as details are finalized.

Nordic Walking Update: This morning, October 10, the group is starting in the Marnanteli’s parking lot and on October 17 they will be at Rich Spring Golf Course. As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk. A trip to Quarry Park and St. John’s University is also planned for this fall.

Seated Exercise Class! Ron Trester will be leading a nine-week seated exercise class every Thursday morning at 10:30 AM, starting on October 19 and running until December 21. The class may be extended into the new year if participation is still strong. Ron is a certified personal trainer who also trains clients at Snap Fitness in Cold Spring. The class will be held in the commons area of the ROCORI DEF building (same place as the stretching and flexibility class). Please sign up in the senior center so we will know how many resistance bands to purchase before the class. The class should last around an hour, but, may be shorter the first week or so until participants feel comfortable to go the full hour. Any questions, please ask Nadine.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts, especially now that Teals has doubled the rebate until the end of the year! Also, in addition to our weekly schedule; low calorie snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:

October Foot Clinic: Oct. 24
Fall Lunch: October 25
Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
November Foot Clinic: Nov. 28
Overnight Duluth Trip: 11/30-12/1
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place: Patty Czech
2nd Place: Galen Kabe
3rd Place: Stan Marple

500
1st Place: Tom Jonas
2nd Place: Bonnie Sweet
3rd Place: Adah Ebeling

10/3/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

The Tuesday morning stretching and flexibility class is going strong! Please feel free to jump in whenever it works for your schedule; 10:30 AM every Tuesday in the DEF Commons. Mats are available in the cabinet in the hallway outside of the senior center. Unfortunately, the sales associate who sold me the microphone and speakers was flawed in his understanding of the equipment’s capabilities. After Shirley and I tried to figure it out, with no success, I brought it back to the store. A different sales associate confirmed the equipment was not going to work for our needs. So, I’m back on the prowl for a suitable setup. I hope I have something that works for this week’s class.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 25, at Noon for a quick bite to eat! We’ll have grilled chicken patty sandwiches, chips, homemade baked beans, bars and beverage for only $3. The sign-up sheet is on the little desk.

Key fobs to Door 5 are still available. If you are a senior center member, you can complete the key fob application form and give it to Nadine with $10 cash or your check addressed to the ROCORI School District. You should get your fob within a few days.

I’m dinging around trying to put a few ideas together for an overnight Christmas-themed trip. I’m looking at a Thursday/Friday timeline, possibly November 30-December 1, in Duluth. I’m planning an itinerary that includes watching the play A Christmas Carol, visiting Bentleyville, and riding the Christmas Train. Bentleyville is downtown Duluth near the lakefront and is advertised as having between three and four MILLION lights. I’m getting hotel quotes now and I’m looking for one or two other attractions we can visit. We might even see a little casino action if our hotel is near Fon-du-Luth or Black Bear casinos. Everything is very tentative at this time! But, I’m working fast so hopefully everything will fall into place with enough time to fill a bus. I’ll keep you posted!

Nordic Walking Update: This morning, October 3, the group will gather at the senior center. October 10, the group is starting in the Marnanteli’s parking lot and on October 17 they will be at Rich Spring Golf Course. As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk. A trip to Quarry Park and St. John’s University is also planned for this fall.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts, especially now that Teals has doubled the rebate until the end of the year! Also, in addition to our weekly schedule; low calorie snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:

October Foot Clinic: Oct. 24
Fall Lunch: October 25
Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
November Foot Clinic: Nov. 28
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place: Adah Ebeling
2nd Place: Ron Glynn
3rd Place: Verna Kalthoff

500
1st Place: Lorraine Engelmeier
2nd Place: Verna Kalthoff

9/26/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

We had 22 people participate in Shirley Bell’s new stretching and flexibility class last Tuesday! The class started September 19, at 10:30 AM, but, people are still welcome to join. The class lasts between 45 minutes to an hour in the carpeted commons area of the DEF building, down the hall from the senior center. There is no cost for Shirley’s class. Half of the time will be spent on the floor; yoga mats are available, or you can bring your own mat or a beach towel. I picked up a wireless microphone and speakers to help amplify Shirley’s voice because it’s a big room. Shirley incorporates a variety of movements and really stresses safety throughout the routine. She encourages everyone to do only what they feel comfortable doing. Please feel free to join the group; 10:30 every Tuesday morning!

Key fobs to Door 5 are still available. If you are a senior center member, you can complete the key fob application form and give it to Nadine with $10. You should get your fob within a few days. Coming in Door 5 is a whole lot closer to the building than coming in Door 1 in the middle of winter. Brrrrrrr!

We filled the smaller bus for our trip to Jackpot Junction on Sunday and Monday of this week. Hopefully we all came back as millionaires! We may take another overnight casino trip between Thanksgiving and Christmas if we can get the dates to work with the casino and bus company. It’s possible we may pick a Thursday/Friday combination so that our precious pre-holiday weekends are still preserved. We usually get back to the center around 2:45 and that would be perfect on a Friday afternoon. Keep watching this column for details.

The most recent trivia contest winner was Anita Krebs. She correctly answered that the annual senior center support fee is only $5 per person. Anita won a $10 gift certificate to the Cold Spring Bakery. Keep reading this column for the next trivia question.

Nordic Walking Update: This morning, September 26, the group will gather at Centennial Park in Richmond. As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk. A trip to Quarry Park and St. John’s University is also planned when the weather cools off.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts! Also, in addition to our weekly schedule; low calorie snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:

September Foot Clinic: Sept. 26
October Foot Clinic: Oct. 24
Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
November Foot Clinic: Nov. 28
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place: Joanne Wolf
2nd Place: Stan Marple
3rd Place: Adah Ebeling

500
1st Place: Janice Althoff
2nd Place: Bonnie Sweet
3rd Place: John Hooper

9/19/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

The senior center board met with representatives of the ROCORI Area Community Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation during the September 12 board meeting. After seeing the healthy return on investment (8.8%) with our small “starter” fund, the board decided to move the funds from our CD’s into the ROCORI Senior Center Fund. The project is moving forward as the CD’s renewal dates get closer. We certainly hope you’re keeping the senior center in mind as you’re doing your estate planning. Leaving your legacy by ensuring the sustainability of the ROCORI Senior Center would be a huge benefit to our community!

Key fobs to Door 5 are still available. If you are a senior center member, you can complete the key fob application form and give it to Nadine with $10. You should get your fob within a few days. Coming in Door 5 is a whole lot closer to the building than coming in Door 1 in the middle of winter. Brrrrrrr!

We’re already at 20 participants for Shirley Bell’s new stretching and flexibility class! The class starts September 19, at 10:30 AM. Shirley plans for the class to last for 45 minutes and she said at least 20 minutes of that time will be on the floor using mats. Chairs are available if you need something (or someone) to help you get off the floor. You can bring your own yoga/floor mat if you have one or bring a beach towel. The senior center also purchased ten new yoga mats with CentraCare Health Foundation grant funds. Shirley said you will have your shoes off, and, you should wear loose/flexible clothing. The class will meet in the carpeted commons area of the DEF building, down the hall from the senior center. There is no cost for Shirley’s class, however, we’d like to know how many people to expect the first time. So, please indicate your interest by signing up in the senior center by Friday, September 15.

As of last week’s Record deadline, we had 23 people signed up for the overnight trip to Jackpot Junction. The dates are Sunday, September 24, to Monday, September 25. Pricing is $75 for one person in a room or $55 per person for two people sharing a room. Package includes: round trip coach bus transportation, one night hotel stay at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, AND each person gets $50 in free play on their player’s card. Anyone with a free night hotel coupon from Jackpot Junction may be reimbursed up to $30 for using their coupon AFTER the trip. The bus leaves the community education parking lot by Door 1 at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 24, and leaves Jackpot Junction at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 25, to return to the community education parking lot at approximately 2:45 PM. If we don’t get several more people signed up, we’ll need to downsize our bus to the smaller 29-passenger bus. You do not need to be a member, but, you must be age 18 or older to come along on this trip. Please sign up and pay ASAP!

Nordic Walking Update: This morning, (September 19), the group gathered at the senior center and then carpooled to Quarry Park. September 26 will start at Centennial Park in Richmond. As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk. A trip to St. John’s University is also planned when the weather cools off.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts! Also, in addition to our weekly schedule; low calorie snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:

Stretching Class begins: Sept. 19
Jackpot Junction: Sept. 24-25
September Foot Clinic: Sept. 26
October Foot Clinic: Oct. 24
Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place: Joanne Wolf
2nd Place: Ron Glynn
3rd Place: Galen Kabe

500
1st Place: Lorraine Engelmeier
2nd Place: Bonnie Sweet

9/12/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Last call for Trinity Heights! There’s still room on the bus for our trip to Trinity Heights in Sioux City, Iowa, leaving this Thursday, September 14, to Friday, September 15.  The cost for two full days of activities is $175 per person sharing a room ($350 for couples) or $250 for singles.  The hotel is honoring our discounted group rate for last minute sign-ups, so, please jump on board with us!  You do not need to be a member to participate.  We’re currently at 32 people and there’s plenty more room for last minute travelers!  Please call Nadine at the senior center as soon as possible at 685-4935 if you are interested.

Have you registered and paid your $10 deposit to get a key fob to unlock Door 5, closest to the senior center? Right now, senior center members have been able to enter the DEF building through Door 1 if they don’t have a key fob for Door 5.  However, ROCORI is updating their building security system this fall, and, entering via Door 1 will start requiring a picture ID later this fall.  If you’d like to order a Door 5 key fob, please complete the form in the senior center.  Key fobs only need to be held near the red light on the door lock and the lock releases temporarily for several seconds.  Fobs are programmed to work between 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  You must be a senior center member to order a fob.  It usually takes several days for the fobs to come from the ROCORI District Office, so, please plan ahead.

We’re already over ten people for Shirley Bell’s new stretching and flexibility class! The class starts September 19, at 10:30 AM.  Shirley plans for the class to last for 45 minutes and she said at least 20 minutes of that time will be on the floor using mats.  Chairs are available if you need something (or someone) to help you get off the floor.  You can bring your own yoga/floor mat if you have one or bring a beach towel.  The senior center also purchased ten new yoga mats with CentraCare Foundation grant funds.  Shirley said you will have your shoes off, and, you should wear loose/flexible clothing.  The class will meet in the carpeted commons area of the DEF building, down the hall from the senior center.  There is no cost for Shirley’s class, however, we’d like to know how many people to expect the first time.  So, please indicate your interest by signing up in the senior center by Friday, September 15.

We also want to accommodate people who aren’t able to get on and off the floor. So, we’re planning to start a seated exercise program once a leader is identified.  Please let me know as soon as possible (685-4935) if you’re interested in leading the class or know of a possible leader.  We’ll purchase resistance bands and small weights once we know the class is going to happen.

Overnight Jackpot Junction trip: we are heading to Jackpot Junction in Morton from Sunday, September 24, to Monday, September 25.  Pricing is $75 for one person in a room, $55 per person for two people sharing a room, and $52 per person for three people sharing a room.  Roll-a-way beds cost an additional $10 per room.  Package includes:  round trip coach bus transportation, one night hotel stay at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, AND each person gets $50 in free play on their player’s card.  Anyone with a free night hotel coupon from Jackpot Junction may be reimbursed up to $30 for using their coupon AFTER the trip.  The bus leaves the community education parking lot by Door 1 at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 24, and leaves Jackpot Junction at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 25, to return to the community education parking lot at approximately 2:45 PM.  We’ve reserved a full-size coach bus so participation is limited to 56 people.  You do not need to be a member, but, you must be age 18 or older to come along on this trip.  Please join us!

Nordic Walking Update: The group is meeting this morning, Sept. 12, at the senior center.  Sept. 19, the group will gather at the senior center and then carpool to Quarry Park.  Sept. 26 will start at Centennial Park in Richmond.  As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk.  A trip to St. John’s University is also planned when the weather cools off.

Trivia Contest! The winner for our last trivia contest was Lorraine Engelmeyer.  She received a pint of homemade jam for successfully answering that First National Bank is the name on the big senior center clock.  Here’s the new question:  How much is the annual support fee (per person) to become a member of the ROCORI Senior Center?  Hint:  It’s really inexpensive for the benefits you enjoy!  Please write your name and answer on a slip of paper and toss it into the drawing container by 11:00 AM Monday, September 18.  We’ll draw a slip during the Pinochle activity.  The winner receives a $10 gift certificate to the Cold Spring Bakery.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts! Also, in addition to our weekly schedule; low calorie snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:
Trinity Heights Trip: Sept. 14-15
Stretching Class begins: Sept. 19
Jackpot Junction: Sept. 24-25
September Foot Clinic: Sept. 26
October Foot Clinic: Oct. 24
Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14

Card Results:

No Pinochle on Labor Day

500
1st Place Tie: Joanne Wolf &
Tom Jonas

9/5/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

School has started so that means Door 5 closest to the senior center will be locked on school days. If you’d like to register and pay the $10 deposit for a Door 5 key fob, please complete the form in the senior center.  Key fobs only need to be held near the red light on the door lock and the lock releases temporarily for several seconds.  Fobs are programmed to work between 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  It usually takes several days for the fobs to come from the ROCORI District Office, so, please plan ahead.

Sign up has been strong for our new physical activity! Shirley Bell will begin leading a new stretching and flexibility class every Tuesday morning, starting September 19, at 10:30 AM.  Shirley plans for the class to last for 45 minutes and she said at least 20 minutes of that time will be on the floor using mats.  Chairs are available if you need something (or someone) to help you get off the floor.  You can bring your own yoga/floor mat if you have one or bring a beach towel.  The senior center also purchased ten new yoga mats with CentraCare Foundation grant funds.  We’ll buy more if needed.  Shirley said you will have your shoes off, and, you should wear loose/flexible clothing.  The class will meet in the carpeted commons area of the DEF building, down the hall from the senior center.  There is no cost for Shirley’s class, however, we’d like to know how many people to expect the first time.  So, please indicate your interest by signing up in the senior center by Friday, September 15.

We also want to accommodate people who aren’t able to get on and off the floor. So, we’re planning to start a seated exercise program once a leader is identified.  Please let me know as soon as possible (685-4935) if you’re interested in leading the class or know of a possible leader.  We’ll purchase resistance bands and small weights once we know the class is going to happen.

It’s canning season! Does anyone have a favorite recipe they’d like to share?  Here’s a good one I got from Jan Mick in Rockville.  Hot Dilly Beans:  Two pounds of fresh green beans, one teaspoon cayenne pepper, four cloves garlic, four heads dill, 2 1/2 cups water, 2 1/2 cups white vinegar, 1/4 cup salt and one bay leaf.  Pack beans lengthwise in hot jars.  Leave 1/4 inch headspace to each pint.  Add cayenne pepper, garlic, dill & vinegar.  Combine rest of ingredients and bring to boil.  Pour over beans.   Seal the jars with lids and rings and seal in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.  The jars need to be completely covered with water!  Let stand for two weeks then try them.  This recipe makes between four and six pints depending on how tightly you’re able to pack the beans.  Very tasty!

Overnight Jackpot Junction trip: we are heading to Jackpot Junction in Morton from Sunday, September 24, to Monday, September 25.  Pricing is $75 for one person in a room, $55 per person for two people sharing a room, and $52 per person for three people sharing a room.  Roll-a-way beds cost an additional $10 per room.  Package includes:  round trip coach bus transportation, one night hotel stay at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, AND each person gets $50 in free play on their player’s card.  Anyone with a free night hotel coupon from Jackpot Junction may be reimbursed up to $30 for using their coupon AFTER the trip.  The bus leaves the community education parking lot by Door 1 at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 24, and leaves Jackpot Junction at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 25, to return to the community education parking lot at approximately 2:45 PM.  We’ve reserved a full-size coach bus so participation is limited to 56 people.  You do not need to be a member, but, you must be age 18 or older to come along on this trip.  Please join us!

Nordic Walking Update: The group is meeting this morning, Sept. 5, at Rich Spring Golf Course.  Sept. 12, they’ll start at the senior center.  Sept. 19, the group will gather at the senior center and then carpool to Quarry Park.  Sept. 26 will start at Centennial Park in Richmond.  As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk.  A trip to St. John’s University is also planned when the weather cools off.

There’s still room on the bus for our trip to Trinity Heights in Sioux City, Iowa! The trip is from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15.  The cost for two full days of activities is $175 per person sharing a room ($350 for couples) or $250 for singles.  The hotel is honoring our discounted group rate for last minute sign-ups, so, please jump on board with us!  You do not need to be a member to participate.  Please call Nadine at the senior center as soon as possible at 685-4935 if you are interested.

Trivia Contest! The answer to last week’s trivia question was “First National Bank”.  As the hint implied, they’ve changed their name to Granite Community Bank.  The bank graciously donated the huge clock to the senior center when the bank changed their name and location.  Our weekly Record deadline is Thursday at Noon so check this column next week to learn who won the delicious pint of homemade jam.   I’ve been told this jam would likely win a prize if entered at the State Fair, LOL.  And, please watch this column for the next trivia contest!  It will be for a $10 gift certificate to the Cold Spring Bakery.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts! Also, in addition to our weekly schedule; low calorie snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Hope you had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend. Please watch out for our students and school buses when you’re out on the roads.  Have a great week!

Dates to remember:
Trinity Heights Trip: Sept. 14-15
Stretching Class begins: Sept. 19
Jackpot Junction: Sept. 24-25
September Foot Clinic: Sept. 26
October Foot Clinic: Oct. 24
Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place – Tony Czech
2nd Place – Patty Czech
3rd Place – Verna Kalthoff

500
1st Place – Adah Ebeling
2nd Place – Bonnie Sweet

8/29/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

New Stretching and Flexibility program starting soon!  Shirley Bell will begin leading a new physical activity every Tuesday morning, starting September 19, at 10:30 AM.  Shirley plans for the class to last for 45 minutes and she said at least 20 minutes of that time will be on the floor using mats.  Chairs are available if you need something to help you get off the floor.  You can bring your own yoga/floor mat if you have one or bring a beach towel.  The senior center also purchased ten new yoga mats with CentraCare Foundation grant funds.  We’ll buy more if needed.  Shirley said you will have your shoes off, and, you should wear loose/flexible clothing.  The class will meet in the carpeted commons area of the DEF building, down the hall from the senior center.  There is no cost for Shirley’s class, however, we’d like to know how many people to expect the first time.  So, please indicate your interest by signing up in the senior center by Friday, September 15.

We also know we need to accommodate people who aren’t able to get on and off the floor. So, we’re planning to start a seated exercise program once a leader is identified.  Please let me know as soon as possible (685-4935) if you’re interested in leading the class or know of a possible leader.  We’ll purchase resistance bands and small weights once we know the class is going to happen.

School will be starting soon so we’ll have kids in the building again. That means Door 5 will start to be locked to ensure the security of our students.  If you’d like to register and pay the $10 deposit for a Door 5 key fob, please complete the form in the senior center.  Key fobs only need to be held near the red light on the door lock and the lock releases temporarily for several seconds.  Fobs are programmed to work between 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.  It usually takes several days for the fobs to come from the ROCORI District Office, so, please plan ahead.

Love working with kids? Community Education is currently hiring Aides to work in their new early childhood Kid Care program.  Senior citizens are welcomed to apply.  Hours are part-time, before/after school.  Come work in an energetic setting with three to five year old students.  Please apply as soon as possible in the Community Education office if you are interested.

Overnight Jackpot Junction trip: we are heading over to Jackpot Junction in Morton from Sunday, September 24, to Monday, September 25.  Pricing is $75 for one person in a room, $55 per person for two people sharing a room, and $52 per person for three people sharing a room.  Roll-a-way beds cost an additional $10 per room.  Package includes:  round trip coach bus transportation, one night hotel stay at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, AND each person gets $50 in free play on their player’s card.  Anyone with a free night hotel coupon from Jackpot Junction may be reimbursed up to $30 for using their coupon AFTER the trip.  The bus leaves the community education parking lot by Door 1 at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 24, and leaves Jackpot Junction at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 25, to return to the community education parking lot at approximately 2:45 PM.  We’ve reserved a full-size coach bus so participation is limited to 56 people.  You do not need to be a member, but, you must be age 18 or older to come along on this trip.  Please join us!

Nordic Walking Update: The group is meeting this morning, August 29, in the Marnantelli’s parking lot.  As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk.  Watch for some “field trips” to Quarry Park and St John’s Arboretum in September when it cools off.

The ROCORI Senior Center is traveling to Trinity Heights, Iowa, from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15. The cost for two full days of activities is $175 per person sharing a room ($350 for couples) or $250 for singles.  There is still room on the bus!  The hotel is honoring our discounted group rate for last minute sign-ups, so, please jump on board with us!  You do not need to be a member to participate.  Please call Nadine at the senior center as soon as possible at 685-4935 if you are interested.

Trivia Contest! The answer to our last trivia questions was “two”.  There were two quilts set up on stands in the center two weeks ago.   Leo Pohl answered the question correctly and his name was drawn.   Leo won a $10 gift certificate to the Cold Spring American Legion.  Our next trivia question is “what is the business name on the large clock above the desk at the senior center?” Hint: the business changed their name a few years ago.  Please put your name and your answer on a slip of paper and toss it into the trivia drawing container by 9:00 AM on Friday, September 1.  Incidentally, Cherrywood Advanced Living supplies rolls on the first Friday of every month!  We’ll draw after the coffee social.  The winner will get one pint of homemade jam.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts. Also, in addition to our weekly schedule; low calorie snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Hope you have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend. Take care of yourself!

Dates to remember:
Trinity Heights Trip: Sept. 14-15
Stretching Class begins: Sept. 19
Jackpot Junction: Sept. 24-25
September Foot Clinic: Sept. 26
October Foot Clinic: Oct. 24
Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place – Del Wirtzfeld
2nd Place – Joanne Wolf
3rd Place – Tony Czech

500
1st Place – Bonnie Sweet
2nd Place – Janice Althoff

8/22/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Love working with kids? Community Education is currently hiring Aides to work in their new early childhood Kid Care program.  Senior citizens are welcomed to apply.  Hours are part-time, before/after school.  Come work in an energetic setting with three to five year old students.  Please apply as soon as possible in the Community Education office if you are interested.

Overnight Jackpot Junction trip confirmed! We are heading over to Jackpot Junction in Morton from Sunday, September 24, to Monday, September 25.  Pricing is $75 for one person in a room, $55 per person for two people sharing a room, and $52 per person for three people sharing a room.  Roll-a-way beds cost an additional $10 per room.  Package includes:  round trip coach bus transportation, one night hotel stay at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, AND each person gets $50 in free play on their player’s card.  Anyone with a free night hotel coupon from Jackpot Junction may be reimbursed up to $30 for using their coupon AFTER the trip.  The bus leaves the community education parking lot by Door 1 at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 24, and leaves Jackpot Junction at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 25, to return to the community education parking lot at approximately 2:45 PM.  We’ve reserved a full-size coach bus so participation is limited to 56 people.  You do not need to be a member, but, you must be age 18 or older to come along on this trip.  Please join us!

Nordic Walking Update: The group is meeting this morning, Aug 22, at Chapel Hill in Cold Spring.  Aug 29 will be starting from Marnantelli’s parking lot.  As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk.  Watch for some “field trips” to Quarry Park and St John’s Arboretum in September when it cools off.

The ROCORI Senior Center is traveling to Trinity Heights, Iowa, from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15. The cost for two full days of activities is $175 per person sharing a room ($350 for couples) or $250 for singles.  There is still room on the bus!  The hotel is honoring our discounted group rate for last minute sign-ups, so, please jump on board with us!  You do not need to be a member to participate.  Please call Nadine at the senior center as soon as possible at 685-4935 if you are interested.

Get these dates on your calendar! Our annual Thanksgiving potluck lunch is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, and our catered Christmas lunch is Thursday, December 14.  We are having the Granite Edge Café in Rockville cater the Christmas lunch again, same delicious menu!  Both meals will be at Noon in the center.

Community Education class discounts: The ROCORI Community Education department is offering class registration discounts to senior center members who have paid their annual senior center support fee.  The community education brochure will be mailed soon, so check whether the class you’re interested in is offering a discount.  The decision to offer the senior center discount was made just recently, so, there aren’t that many discounted classes in this brochure.  However, the brochure that comes out in January will likely have more discounted classes.  Thank you ROCORI Community Education for this wonderful benefit!

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts. Also, in addition to our weekly schedule; low calorie snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:

August Foot Clinic: Aug. 22
Trinity Heights Trip: Sept. 14-15
Jackpot Junction: Sept. 24-25
September Foot Clinic: Sept. 26
October Foot Clinic: Oct. 24
Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place – Stan Marple
2nd Place – Janice Althoff
3rd Place – Rich Schreiner/Ron Glynn

500
1st Place – Adah Ebeling
2nd Place – Lorraine Engelmeier

 

8/15/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Jackpot Junction trip! We are tentatively planning to take an overnight trip to Jackpot Junction in Morton from Sunday, September 24, to Monday, September 25.  I’m still waiting to hear back from the casino and bus company for confirmation.  If our visit is confirmed, I anticipate it will be the same package as in the past.  Pricing is $75 for one person in a room, $55 per person for two people sharing a room, and $52 per person for three people sharing a room.  Roll-a-way beds cost an additional $10 per room.  Package includes:  round trip coach bus transportation, one night hotel stay at Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, AND each person gets $50 in free play on their player’s card.  Anyone with a free night hotel coupon from Jackpot Junction may be reimbursed up to $30 for using their coupon AFTER the trip.  The bus leaves the community education parking lot by Door 1 at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 24, and leaves Jackpot Junction at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 25, to return to the community education parking lot at approximately 2:45 PM.  Participation is limited to 56 people.  You do not need to be a member, but, you must be age 18 or older to come along on this trip.  Please watch this column or check the senior center’s website at RocoriSeniorCenter.com for confirmation of the dates and trip pricing.

Nordic Walking Update: The group is meeting this morning, Aug 15, at Riverside Station in Richmond.  Aug 22 will be at Chapel Hill in Cold Spring.  Aug 29 will be starting from Marnantelli’s parking lot.  As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk.  Watch for some “field trips” to Quarry Park and St John’s Arboretum in September when it cools off.

The ROCORI Senior Center is traveling to Trinity Heights, Iowa, from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15. The cost for two full days of activities is $175 per person sharing a room ($350 for couples) or $250 for singles.  Please call Nadine at the senior center as soon as possible at 685-4935 if you are interested.  There is still room on the bus!  We’ve already had to send the hotel our rooming list, however, we may still be able to reserve you a room at the discounted group price.  You do not need to be a member to participate.  Please join us!

Get these dates on your calendar! Our annual Thanksgiving potluck lunch is scheduled for Thursday, November 16, and our catered Christmas lunch is Thursday, December 14.  We are having the Granite Edge Café in Rockville cater the Christmas lunch again, same delicious menu!  Both meals will be at Noon in the center.

Great news! The ROCORI Senior Center fund that is with the ROCORI Area Community Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation experienced an 8.8% return on investment over the last 12 months.  Our fund is definitely in good hands!

Trivia Contest! Winner receives a $10 certificate to the Cold Spring American Legion.  Question:  How many quilts are currently set up on stands in the senior center?  Write your answer and your name on a slip of paper and throw it in the Trivia contest drawing container before 9:00 AM this coming Friday, August 18.  We’ll draw the winner after Friday morning coffee.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts. Also, in addition to our weekly schedule; low calorie snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:
August Foot Clinic: Aug. 22
Trinity Heights Trip: Sept. 14-15
Jackpot Junction: Sept. 24-25
September Foot Clinic: Sept. 26
Thanksgiving Potluck: Nov. 16
Christmas Catered Lunch: Dec. 14

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place – Kathy Glynn
2nd Place – Adah Ebeling
3rd Place – Janice Althoff

500
1st Place – Del Wirtzfeld
2nd Place – Janice Althoff

 

8/8/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Thank you to the 13 vendors who participated in the senior center craft sale at the end of July. We had a wonderful assortment of items!  The quilters were able to sell a lot of donated fabric and quilted items.  And, many things in the Craft Corner left for the low, low price of a free-will donation.  The rest of the Craft Corner items were donated to St. Boniface for their fall rummage sale.  The Craft Corner is now empty and will be repurposed for other activities.  Thank you to all our customers for your patronage of the Craft Corner over the years.  Please stop in soon to see what is planned for the space.  Right now it’s a work in progress.

Last week’s trivia contest was won by Judy Frampton. She won a pint of homemade raspberry/rhubarb jam by correctly answering the question, “What activity is scheduled every Monday at 1:00 PM at the senior center?”  The activity is line dancing.  I hope you enjoy your jam, Judy!  The next trivia contest will be in another week or two and the prize will be a $10 gift certificate to the Cold Spring American Legion.  So, keep reading our weekly column!

Nordic Walking Update: The group is meeting this morning (August 8) at the Wakefield Township Hall on Frostbite Road off County Road 83.   Aug 15:  Riverside Station in Richmond.  Aug 22:  Chapel Hill, more directions coming for where to park.  Aug 29:  Marnantelli’s parking lot.  As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk.  Watch for some “field trips” to Quarry Park and St John’s Arboretum in September when it cools off.

The ROCORI Senior Center is traveling to Trinity Heights, Iowa, from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15. The cost for two full days of activities is $175 per person sharing a room ($350 for couples) or $250 for singles.  Please call Nadine at the senior center at 685-4935 or stop by the center to pick up a trip flyer if you are interested.  Sign-up and payment deadline is Wednesday, August 9, if you want to be guaranteed a room.  After August 10, the hotel puts any unreserved rooms from our block of rooms back into their inventory for use by the general public.  We may still be able to reserve you a room after our trip deadline, but, it could be at the regular price instead of our discounted block of rooms.  You do not need to be a member to participate.  Please join us!

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts. Also, in addition to our weekly schedule; low calorie snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:
August Foot Clinic: Aug. 22
Trinity Heights Trip: Sept. 14-15
September Foot Clinic: Sept. 26

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place – Rich Schreiner
2nd Place – Patty Czech
3rd Place – Ron Glynn

500
1st Place – Adah Ebeling
2nd Place – Bonnie Sweet

 

8/1/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Nordic Walking Update: The group is meeting at the senior center this morning, August 1.  Meet in the parking lot between the DEF building and the church.  On Aug 8, meet at Wakefield Township Hall on Frostbite Road off County Road 83.   Aug 15:  Riverside Station in Richmond.  Aug 22:  Chapel Hill, more directions coming for where to park.  Aug 29:  Marnantelli’s Parking lot.  As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk.  Watch for some “field trips” to Quarry Park and St John’s Arboretum in September when it cools off.

Please thank Mike Austreng from the Cold Spring Record the next time you see or talk to him. We are so fortunate to have a “home town” paper in our community.  Mike has always been very generous with space each week for the weekly senior center column and any extra articles I ask him to include.  His generosity is invaluable to non-profit organizations!  I often wonder if being his ROCORI classmate from a “few” years ago sometimes helps my chances at getting front-page locations.  In any case, THANKS Mike!

I hope you’re enjoying a snack or two every time you visit the senior center. The snacks, juices, and bottled water are compliments of a grant we received from CentraCare Health Foundation.  I look for snacks that are around 100 calories each.  And, I try to have fresh fruit available every week.  I’m looking for new ideas of items to buy that are healthy, affordable and individually packaged.  Becky from community education and I were brainstorming last week and she offered several good suggestions.  Please let me know if you have any ideas.  I’ll add them to the shopping list.

I did a two-minute promo on behalf of the senior center during the defensive driving refresher class last week. It was pretty impromptu, but, with the instructor’s permission, I took advantage of a captive audience of senior citizens.  I hope they all grabbed the weekly activity slips I left on the handout table!  If you will be attending an event with primarily seniors, please let me know and I can greet your group or give you activity slips to hand out.  More people need to know about our wonderful senior center!

The ROCORI Senior Center is traveling to Trinity Heights, Iowa, from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15. The cost for two full days of activities is $175 per person sharing a room ($350 for couples) or $250 for singles.  Please call Nadine at the senior center at 685-4935 or stop by the center to pick up a trip flyer if you are interested.  Sign-up and payment deadline is Wednesday, August 9.  You do not need to be a member to participate.

Craft Corner Sale: Everything in the Senior Center Craft Corner is now available for a free-will donation.  The craft corner space is being repurposed for other programming and to expand our greeting card display.  Stop in as soon as possible.  Whatever is left will be donated to another local non-profit.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts. We’ve been averaging between $50 and $70 per month from the receipts.  That is a huge benefit for our little budget.  Thanks Teals for making this program available to non-profits.   Also, in addition to our weekly schedule; healthy snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Trivia Contest:   What senior center activity happens every week at 1:00 PM on Mondays?  Write your name and answer on a slip of paper and put it in the Trivia Contest container by 9:00 AM this Friday, August 4th.  You can only enter once.  If your name is drawn, and you have the correct answer, you will win a pint of homemade raspberry rhubarb jam.  It’s good stuff!

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:
August Foot Clinic: Aug. 22
Trinity Heights Trip: Sept. 14-15
September Foot Clinic: Sept. 26

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place – Galen Kabe
2nd Place – Janice Althoff
3rd Place – Joanne Wolf

500
1st Place – Adah Ebeling
2nd Place – Verna Kalthoff

 

7/25/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Come and shop in air-conditioned comfort this Friday, during Hometown Pride Days, at the ROCORI Senior Center Craft Sale. Items will be available in the center at 527 Main Street in Cold Spring from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  There’s really a nice variety this year!  We’ll have “Nettie’s Crafts”, which includes crocheted hats, dish cloths, scrubbies, embroidered dish towels and other items.  We’ll also have bird houses, towel toppers, decorated antique windows, quilts and quilted items, pillows, fabric, American Girl doll clothes, teddy bears, jewelry, stone coasters, homemade breads, framed photographs, knitted baby sweaters, scarves and numerous other items.  The Painting Pals and Cold Spring Area Historical Society will also have displays in the building.  Please call the center at 685-4935 if you have any questions or want to reserve a table.

I’m happy to report that a few of you read our column last week! We had some fun with the trivia question and the winner was Joanne Wolf.  She answered the question correctly for who took first place in 500 in the July 11 column.  It was a trick question, because the weekly column always reflects card results from the week before and the center was closed the week of the 4th.  So, the answer was “no one”.  We can’t afford to have the trivia contest every week, but, we have enough certificates for the Cold Spring Bakery and the Cold Spring Legion to do it monthly.  I might even supplement the prize selection with some jars of my homemade jam.  So, please keep reading the column and look for the next trivia question.

Nordic Walking Update: The group is meeting at Westbrook Road today (South on County Road 2, turn right on Westbrook Road and park).  Here’s the schedule for the upcoming weeks.  August 1: ROCORI senior center, meet in the parking lot between the DEF building and the church.  Aug 8:  Wakefield Township Hall on Frostbite Road off County Road 83.   Aug 15:  Riverside Station in Richmond.  Aug 22:  Chapel Hill, more directions coming for where to park.  Aug 29:  Marnantelli’s Parking lot.  As always there will be poles to borrow and good conversation on the walk.  Watch for some “field trips” to Quarry Park and St John’s Arboretum in September when it cools off.

The ROCORI Senior Center is traveling to Trinity Heights, Iowa, from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15. The cost for two full days of activities is $175 per person sharing a room ($350 for couples) or $250 for singles.  Please call Nadine at the senior center at 685-4935 or stop by the center to pick up a trip flyer if you are interested.  Sign-up and payment deadline is Wednesday, August 9.  You do not need to be a member to participate.

Craft Corner Sale: Everything in the Senior Center Craft Corner is now 50% off!  Anything that’s left in the corner, starting the day of the senior center craft sale on July 28, will be available for a free-will donation.  The craft corner space will then be repurposed for other programming and to expand our greeting card display.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts. And, in addition to the weekly schedule; healthy snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, Craft Corner, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:
July Foot Clinic: July 25
Senior Center Craft Sale: July 28
August Foot Clinic: Aug. 22
Trinity Heights Trip: Sept. 14-15

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place – Verna Kalthoff
2nd Place – Stan Marple
3rd Place – Patty Czech

500
1st Place – Joanne Wolf
2nd Place – Bonnie Sweet
3rd Place – Lorraine Engelmeier

 

7/18/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Come and shop in air-conditioned comfort during Hometown Pride Days on Friday, July 28, at the ROCORI Senior Center Craft Sale. Items will be available in the center at 527 Main Street in Cold Spring from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  There’s really a nice variety this year!  We’ll have “Nettie’s Crafts”, which includes crocheted hats, dish cloths, scrubbies, embroidered dish towels and other items.  We’ll also have bird houses, towel toppers, decorated antique windows, quilts and quilted items, pillows, fabric, American Girl doll clothes, teddy bears, jewelry, stone coasters, homemade breads, framed photographs, knitted baby sweaters, scarves and numerous other items.  We’re still accepting crafters if you are interested.  We provide the table and the fee is 10% of your sales.  The Painting Pals and Cold Spring Area Historical Society will also have displays in the building.  Please call the center at 685-4935 if you have any questions or want to reserve a table.

Special thanks go out to the cities of Richmond, Rockville and Cold Spring, the ROCORI School District, the Cold Spring Record, and the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce for their willingness to include a link to the new RocoriSeniorCenter.com website on their website. It really helps to launch a site when others share your link.  If you or friends and family members have a business website in our community, please include our link on your page.

Here’s a trivia question from last week’s senior column; it might be a trick question.  Who took 1st place in 500 in my July 11 column?  If you know, please write your answer and your name on a slip of paper and drop it in the clear plastic container on my desk by Thursday, July 20.  We’ll randomly draw one slip out during Friday coffee and if it has the right answer, the winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Cold Spring Bakery.  You can enter only once.  Maybe now you’ll start reading my column, huh?   PS:  the answer is also on the RocoriSeniorCenter.com website.

Nordic Walking Update: The walkers are meeting at Rich Spring today.  And, they’re gathering by the Westbrook development sign, south of Cold Spring on County Road 2, on July 25.  Alg is still bringing a few sets of poles for newcomers to use at no charge.  What are you waiting for?

The ROCORI Senior Center is traveling to Trinity Heights, Iowa, from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15. The cost for two full days of activities is $175 per person sharing a room ($350 for couples) or $250 for singles.  The package includes hotel, bus transportation, baggage handling, gratuities, Thursday picnic lunch, Friday breakfast and lunch, and tours of Trinity Heights, Palmer Candy Company, Jolly Time Popcorn, and Blue Bunny Ice cream.  Sign up and payment deadline is Wednesday, August 9.  A few of you were wondering why we have such an early sign-up and payment deadline.  That’s our contract requirement with the hotel in order to hold our block of rooms.  Please call Nadine at the senior center at 685-4935 or stop by the center to pick up a trip flyer if you are interested.  You do not need to be a member to participate.

Craft Corner Sale: Everything in the Senior Center Craft Corner is now 50% off!  Anything that’s left in the corner, starting the day of the senior center craft sale on July 28, will be available for a free-will donation.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts. And, in addition to the weekly schedule; healthy snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, Craft Corner, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:

July Foot Clinic: July 25
Senior Center Craft Sale: July 28
August Foot Clinic: Aug. 22
Trinity Heights Trip: Sept. 14-15

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place – Ron Glynn
2nd Place – Del Wirtzfeld
3rd Place – Rich Schreiner

500
1st Place – Rich Schreiner
2nd Place – Alice Schreiner

 

7/11/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Welcome back to the senior center! Hopefully you found enough other activities to keep you busy while the center was closed last week. This will be a short column as I’m working from home and there’s not much to report this week.

Nordic Walking Update: The walkers are meeting at Centennial Park in Richmond today, July 11. They’ll be back at Rich Spring on July 18. And, they’re gathering by the Westbrook development sign, south of Cold Spring on County Road 2, on July 25. Alg is still bringing a few sets of poles for newcomers to use at no charge. What are you waiting for?

The ROCORI Senior Center is traveling to Trinity Heights, Iowa, from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15. The cost for two full days of activities is $175 per person sharing a room ($350 for couples) or $250 for singles. The package includes hotel, bus transportation, baggage handling, gratuities, Thursday picnic lunch, Friday breakfast and lunch, and tours of Trinity Heights, Palmer Candy Company, Jolly Time Popcorn, and Blue Bunny Ice cream. Sign up and payment deadline is Wednesday, August 9. Please call Nadine at the senior center at 685-4935 or stop by the center to pick up a trip flyer if you are interested. You do not need to be a member to participate. In fact, please let me know of any senior groups in central Minnesota who you think might be willing to share our trip info. I already emailed a copy of the flyer to a representative of the Golden Smiles senior group in Richmond. We really want to fill our bus, which holds 56 people, for this trip. Please join us!

We’re still taking table reservations for the senior center’s craft sale that is held in conjunction with the Cold Spring Hometown Pride Days’ breakfast at St. Boniface Parish Center on Friday, July 28. The craft sale starts at 8:00 AM and runs until 1:00 PM. The fee to have a table is 10% of your sales that gets donated to the senior center. We provide the tables. Preference will be given to actual crafters. Vendors will be accepted if space is available. Please call me if you’re interested. The historical society and Painting Pals will also have displays in the building.

Craft Corner Sale: Everything in the Senior Center Craft Corner is now 50% off ! Anything that’s left in the corner, starting the day of the senior center craft sale on July 28, will be available for a free-will donation.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts. And, in addition to the weekly schedule; healthy snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, Craft Corner, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:

July Foot Clinic: July 25
Senior Center Craft Sale: July 28
August Foot Clinic: Aug. 22
Trinity Heights Trip: Sept. 14-15

No card results from last week

 

7/5/17 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

I hope you had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday!  I’m actually enjoying this week working from home because the senior center is closed because of ROCORI’s annual district-wide week-long holiday closure.

Many thanks to Cold Spring/Richmond Police Chief Jason Blum and Officer Jamie Revermann, who spoke at the senior center on June 23. We always appreciate them sharing what’s happening in the department!

Last week I developed a new respect for professional website developers. I’ve always fancied myself as being fairly technologically savvy.  Surprise, surprise!  With our grant from CentraCare Health Foundation, part of the funding was earmarked to help grow our membership by reaching out to the Baby-Boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1964).  I’m a Boomer and while I have embraced social media like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, I had never created a website from scratch.  I didn’t realize how many steps were involved and how many different providers I would need to work with.  You might not realize that you first need to purchase the website name, which is called a domain name.  We bought our domain name rocoriseniorcenter.com from GoDaddy.  We bought the rights to use that name for the next five years.  Once you have the domain name, you then need to find a company to host your site.  I researched many hosting companies and read a lot of customer reviews before selecting Bluehost.  I became very familiar with the staff in Bluehost’s technical support department as I connected with them online four times via their “live chat” service.  I joked on Facebook how my frustration led me to hit the fruit snacks pretty hard that day.  Once I got our domain name pointing to Bluehost, I then needed to “build” our page.  That was another interesting process.  I had partially built our site two months ago using a company called Weebly, which was advertised as being a free service.  However, when I tried to go “live” with our domain name, Weebly wanted to charge me a fee.  That resulted in another bag of fruit snacks!  I then contacted Bluehost again and they directed me to install WordPress, which is free through Bluehost.  I started the process of re-building the site using WordPress and I’m pretty happy with the results.  We have photos and lots of drop-down menus with a lot of information about the senior center.  There’s still a little fine tuning I want to do, mostly formatting issues like spacing and font (text) sizes.  I encourage you to visit the site at rocoriseniorcenter.com and dig into the menus.  Please let me know if there’s other things you’d like to have on the site.  I know one thing I especially want to add is a history of the center that was thoughtfully compiled by Ann Stone and it chronicles the over 25 years the center has been open.  In conclusion about the website, as Forrest Gump always said, “that’s all I have to say about that”.

Nordic Walking Update: The walkers are not getting together this week.  They’re meeting at Centennial Park in Richmond on July 11.  They’ll be back at Rich Spring on July 18.  And, they’re gathering by the Westbrook development sign, south of Cold Spring on County Road 2, on July 25.  Alg is still bringing a few sets of poles for newcomers to use at no charge.  You can’t go wrong with this deal.

The ROCORI Senior Center is traveling to Trinity Heights, Iowa, from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15. Trinity Heights offers more than two dozen shrines, memorial garden spots and quiet corners for prayer and reflection amidst 14 acres of spacious walkways and soft green spaces. It sits on the spacious grounds of former Trinity College and high school. The website is trinityheights.com if you want to check it out.  The cost for two full days of activities is $175 per person sharing a room ($350 for couples) or $250 for singles.  We’ll be staying at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, which is across the street from the Hard Rock Casino.  The package includes hotel, bus transportation, baggage handling, gratuities, Thursday picnic lunch, Friday breakfast and lunch, and tours of Trinity Heights, Palmer Candy Company, Jolly Time Popcorn, and Blue Bunny Ice cream.  The only thing not included is your evening meal on Thursday.  Sign up and payment deadline is Wednesday, August 9.  No cancellations after that date.  Please call Nadine at the senior center at 685-4935 or stop by the center to pick up a detailed information sheet if you are interested.  You do not need to be a member to participate.  Please join us!

We’re still taking table reservations for the senior center’s craft sale that is held in conjunction with the Cold Spring Hometown Pride Days’ breakfast at St. Boniface Parish Center on Friday, July 28. The craft sale starts at 8:00 AM and runs until 1:00 PM.  The fee to have a table is 10% of your sales that gets donated to the senior center.  We provide the tables.  Preference will be given to actual crafters.  Vendors will be accepted if space is available.  Please call me if you’re interested.  The historical society and Painting Pals will also have displays in the building.

Craft Corner Sale: Everything in the Senior Center Craft Corner is now 50% off !  Anything that’s left in the corner, starting the day of the senior center craft sale on July 28, will be available for a free-will donation.  We haven’t received many recent donations for the corner, so the space will be repurposed later this summer.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts. And, in addition to the weekly schedule, healthy snacks, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, Craft Corner, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a great week!

Dates to remember:
Week of 7/3-7/7: Closed
July Foot Clinic: July 25
Senior Center Craft Sale: July 28
August Foot Clinic: Aug. 22
Trinity Heights Trip: Sept. 14-15

Card Results:

Pinochle
1st Place – Ron Glynn
2nd Place – Stan Marple
3rd Place – Tony Czech

500
1st Place – Verna Kalthoff
2nd Place – Joanne Wolf
3rd Place – Janet Galloway

 

6/27 Cold Spring Record Senior Center Article

Can you believe it? The Fourth of July is next Tuesday already!  The summer is literally flying by.  I hope you’re squeezing all that you can into your summer, yet, you still have time to come to the center.  Other than the week of the Fourth of July, we’re open for business all summer long.

Nordic Walking Update: The walkers are gathering at 15699 241st Street in Cold Spring this morning at 8:30 AM.  They’re not getting together on July 4.  They’re meeting at Centennial Park in Richmond on July 11.  They’ll be back at Rich Spring on July 18.  And, they’re gathering by the Westbrook development sign, south of Cold Spring on County Road 2, on July 25.  Alg is still bringing a few sets of poles for newcomers to use at no charge.  Give it a try!

The senior center is very happy to announce that Painting Pals is moving into the senior center starting July 13! They have usually operated as an independent group in the past, without a home in either community education or the senior center.  The senior center recently made the invitation to operate under the center’s umbrella and the group readily accepted the invite.  With this transfer, the painters also decided on a different schedule.  They will be gathering every Thursday afternoon from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.  We think the senior center space will work well for the Painting Pals with the abundance of natural light, plenty of tables, running water, and adequate storage.  The only downside is it’s a little further to walk to the rest room.

The ROCORI Senior Center is traveling to Trinity Heights, Iowa, from Thursday, September 14 to Friday, September 15. Trinity Heights offers more than two dozen shrines, memorial garden spots and quiet corners for prayer and reflection amidst 14 acres of spacious walkways and soft green spaces. It sits on the spacious grounds of former Trinity College and high school. The website is trinityheights.com if you want to check it out.  The cost for two full days of activities is $175 per person sharing a room ($350 for couples) or $250 for singles.  We’ll be staying at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, which is across the street from the Hard Rock Casino.  The package includes hotel, bus transportation, baggage handling, gratuities, Thursday picnic lunch, Friday breakfast and lunch, and tours of Trinity Heights, Palmer Candy Company, Jolly Time Popcorn, and Blue Bunny Ice cream.  The only thing not included is your evening meal on Thursday.  Sign up and payment deadline is Wednesday, August 9.  No cancellations after that date.  Please call Nadine at the senior center at 685-4935 or stop by the center to pick up a detailed information sheet if you are interested.  You do not need to be a member to participate.  Please join us!

We’re still taking table reservations for the senior center’s craft sale that is held in conjunction with the Cold Spring Hometown Pride Days’ breakfast at St. Boniface Parish Center on Friday, July 28. The craft sale starts at 8:00 AM and runs until 1:00 PM.  The fee to have a table is 10% of your sales that gets donated to the senior center.  We provide the tables.  Preference will be given to actual crafters.  Vendors will be accepted if space is available.  Please call me if you’re interested.  The historical society and Painting Pals will also have displays in the building.

Foot Clinic Reminder: Jennifer takes appointments for the fourth Tuesday of every month.  You can schedule your time with her by calling (612) 356-0207.  She charges $20 for a 30-minute appointment.

Craft Corner Sale: Everything in the Senior Center Craft Corner is now 50% off !  Anything that’s left in the corner, starting the day of the senior center craft sale on July 28, will be available for a free-will donation.  We haven’t received many recent donations for the corner, so the space will be repurposed later this summer.

Please remember to save your Teal’s Market receipts. And, as always, the Cold Spring Record, puzzle table, Craft Corner, and discounted greetings cards are always available.

Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday! We’ll see you back in the center on July 10.

Dates to remember:
Week of 7/3-7/7: Closed
July Foot Clinic: July 25
Senior Center Craft Sale: July 28
August Foot Clinic: Aug. 22
Trinity Heights Trip: Sept. 14-15

Card Results:

Pinochle from 6/19
1st Place – Lorraine E & Janice A.
2nd Place – Patty Czech
3rd Place – Del Wirtzfeld

500 from 6/21
1st Place – Alice Schreiner
2nd Place – Tom Jonas