Inter-Agency Connections

Verna attended an interagency zoom meeting and noted several items that will be of interest to our seniors.

In the last 5 months, St Vincent De Paul Organization has helped 71 families in Beltrami county to the tune of $14,000.00. Which is about $200.00 each. They help with repairs, food, basic needs.

Northwood Caregivers offer respite services for people who are taking care of a loved one. Many of our members are taking care of brothers, sisters, spouses & parents. This agency offers support groups and respite services where they come watch your person while you have a break.

CRC-Community Resource Connections- is offering to host a Medicare 101 class from Senior LinkAge Line. This class is offered free to seniors who have questions or are navigating the Medicare system. The classes are in zoom but because many seniors don’t know how to access zoom, the CRC is hosting a class in April where they will have a large screen and people can sign up, go to the CRC building and take the class. Although there is no day or time scheduled yet, if you are interested you should call 218-333-0880 to sign up for this class.

B.E.D. Classes

Monday, March 20th at the Bemidji Senior Center at 9:30 am, Walter (Bear) Hartell will give a presentation about BED (Brain Enhancement Dancing).

We will have a sign-up sheet for those interested in taking this free 6-week class. To preregister text Bear at 218-831-5458.

His first series of classes will begin Monday, March 27 at 9:30-11:30 continuing each Monday, April 3rd,10th, 17th, 24th & May 3rd held at the Bemidji Senior Center at 9:30 am-11:30 am. The class size is limited to 20 but Bear plans to offer the class once a season or every 3 months roughly. 

AARP Tax Preparation

AARP Tax Preparation began Monday, February 6 and runs Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays through April 14th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. This is on a walk-in system and is first come first serve. We have been filling up fast so I recommend you get here by 9:00 am to get in for the day.

More information is available at the Bemidji Senior Center if you are interested please call us at 218-751-8836.

Thrivent Choice Dollars

Thrivent Financial has a program whereby Thrivent customers can quarterly or annually designate “Thrivent Choice Dollars” to a charity or non-profit organization of their choice.  The customer must have paid insurance premiums of $750.00 or more during the year and own an annuity worth at least $20,000.00.

The charity to receive eligible annual funds (“Thrivent Choice Dollars”) for a Thrivent customer must be designated by March 31st of the following year or the funds go back into the Thrivent grant fund.  The Bemidji Senior Center is already listed an an approved charity by Thrivent.

For more information, call your Thrivent agent, go to or call Thrivent at 800-847-4836 and choose option #6 (Thrivent Choice).

Spring Art Classes

Due to scheduling conflicts and grant dates, we had to change the times for a couple of our spring art classes. The “Alcohol Ink” art class dates are April 7, 14, and 21. The dates for the “Ceramics” classes are April 28 and May 5, 12, 19, and 26. The “Hand Knitting” class has moved to May 3rd.

Classes fill quickly so SIGN UP NOW!


Please help the Bemidji Senior Center by donating Our Family brand labels with the bar code attached.  Look for this brand at Lueken’s Village Foods, Marketplace Foods and Teal’s Market.  500 labels/barcodes equals $25.00 for our Center.  Every little bit helps!

You may drop labels off at the hostess desk of the Bemidji Senior Center Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.   The Bemidji Senior Center is located at 216 3rd St NW, Bemidji.

Pancake Breakfast price increased to $7.00

Come on down to the Bemidji Senior Center Pancake Breakfast for the best hot cakes in the state served at the Senior Center on the second Saturday of each month from 8 am to 10:30 am. The “Best Pancakes in Town” are just $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. The meal includes juice, coffee and two sausages in addition to the pancakes. The Senior Creations Gift Shop will also be open.  Fundraiser proceeds go to support the Bemidji Senior Center. 

The Bemidji Senior Center is located at 216 3rd St NW, Bemidji.  Call 751-8836 for more information.