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KYMN Live at the Senior Center – Tuesday, Nov 18

KYMN radio will be broadcasting live from the Center this Tuesday evening, photo (9)6 – 7pm, in conjunction with our Gallery Opening Reception (5 – 7pm).  The KYMN hour will include interviews of the artists, Jeanne Miller and Nancy Rechtzigel, entertainment by musicians (Randall Ferguson, classical and flamenco guitar; Earl Beals on keyboard; Helen Forsythe and Cliff Martin; Harv Schuldt on accordion), and poetry readings by Riki Kolbl Nelson and Karen Wee.  Come down to be a part of these festivities!



Hot Topic: Homelessness

Wed, Nov 12, 10 – 11:30

homelessPresenters: Herb Frey, retired Exec. Director of Alliance Housing in Minneapolis, and Sybil Betsinger, who works for the Northfield Community Action Center.

Herb Frey worked to solve problems of homelessness in Minneapolis for over 25 years.  He will talk about the causes of homelessness, and “how we can end it, if we want to.”  Sybil Betsinger will informa us about homelessness in the greater Northfield area.

Pajama Sale Supports Christmas Sharing

Come to the Senior Center between 9am and 1pm on Wednesday, Nov 12.  DSCF0418Bring your Christmas list with you and buy cute, cozy flannel pajamas for everyone on your list.  The cost is only $20 a pair and sizes range from child size 1 to adult size Large.  All pajamas size 1 – 12 are top and long pants; larger sizes are pants only.  There are also a limited number of pajamas with matching doll p.j.s for $35 a set.

All money raised will be used by the Community Action Center Pajama Committee to buy fabric for Christmas Sharing 2015.

Consider treating yourself to a pair of long pants.  They make perfect lounge pants!

Hot Topic: Flooding

Once a year we offer conversations with experts on topics that areDSC_0009 prominent in the news.  This series will look at these broader topics, with special attention to how we are witnessing them locally, and/or personally.
Mon, Nov 3, 10 – 11:30A
Steven Pahs, District Manager of Rice County Soil and Water Conservation District
Gary Wagenbach, Carleton Professor Emeritus of Biology.
The presentation will cover the recent flooding that has hit Northfield, and the changes we are seeing world-wide in storm intensity and frequency.  What trends do the keepers of records and climatologists have for us?  What can and is being done locally to adapt to a new normal?  
Fee: $3

Living Well at Home

homeTuesday, October 28, 10:00-11:30

Free and open to the public

Do you want to remain in your own home as you grow older?  Learn how to assess personal risk factors and actions you can take now to make it possible to live at home successfully and safely for years to come.  Presented by the Southeast Minnesota Area Agency on Aging.




Motorhead Saturday

Sat, Oct. 18, 8A- 12Pimages
Drive on in to the front parking lot and have your car get a winter season check-up. While your car is getting its fluids, tire pressure, lights and belts checked; the mats and carpets vacuumed; and the dash and console wiped down, you can relax and enjoy coffee, muffins or popcorn. You will receive a checklist of what was done and any suggestions for follow-up care by your car dealer or repair shop.
Cost: $5

Why Wills Don’t Work (On Their Own)

Wed, Oct. 15, 10-11:30Ajacqui Dorsey
Most of us have a will (or know we should.) but a will is not enough if you want to insure that your assets are distributed as you intend. Learn about the importance of ownership and beneficiary designations on your assets, whether you need to worry about estate tax, and how to manage your assets in case of incapacity.  Attorney Jacqui Dorsey will explain wills, revocable living trusts, letters of instruction and durable financial power-of-attorney forms.
Presenter: Jacqui Dorsey
Cost: $6 Please preregister   Register ONLINE or by phone, or in person at the Center.

The Impact of Social Media on the Current Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

Friday, October 10, 10:30-12:00images

Stephen Bennett, PHD candidate in Journalism at the University of Minnesota will present an interactive discussion of the current situation with Palestine and Israel and how social media has changed how the citizens of those 2 countries and the world view events.

Demystifying Dementia: A Special 4-part Class

We have planned an exceptional 4-part series on the topic of Alzheimer’s.  Because this class will include small group discusposter small.titlesions, enrollment is limited to 35.  Three outstanding speakers will be highlighted in each of the first three weeks, and there will be a related video following the presentation along with discussion questions.  The final week will bring together a panel of people representing resources in the community.   The aim of the series is twofold: 1) to provide information about a disease that is now the 6th leading cause of death in the US, and 2) to help those who know someone with the disease find the resources they seek.

The class meets Tuesdays, 10 am – noon, on October 7, 14, 21 and 28.                                     Cost for the class is $24.    SIGN UP ONLINE, or in person at the Center (507-664-3700).

Featured speakers will be: Lori LeBey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks; Gretchen Ehresmann, local physician; and Kari Berit, author of The Unexpected Caregiver.   Read more…

Aging with Gusto

Starting Wednesday, Sept 24, Rose and Marv Kormann will be leading four weekly  discussions on “aging with Gusto,” developing a new more positive perspective on this period of life.

Topics will include: What it means to age, Societal views of aging, and Moving from ageism to aging with gusto.

Whether we’re 6, 60 or 106, it’s happening to all of us… if we’re lucky. That’s not going to change. But what can change is how we view aging and how we treat one another and ourselves as we age.

Aging with Gusto

It’s no secret: our society favors youth and shies away from aging. Prejudice against people as they age comes with a twist: It is discrimination against our future selves.

Sept 24, Oct 1, 8, and 15

Fee for this 4-week course is $18     SIGN UP ONLINE or in person at the Center