Weekly Senior Center Columns from the Cold Spring Record

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