Generations Read and Reader’s Theater
Generations Read connects senior volunteers with elementary school students in the Bemidji area. Based on the needs of the students and teachers, the volunteer reads to one or more children or listens to a child read for more focused attention. Everyone involved benefits from this program which was brought to the Senior Center in 2017. For more information and volunteer opportunities, contact Ardis Lucken at (218) 751-8836 ext. 208
Reader’s Theater is a program in which seniors can interact with children at each of Bemidji’s seven elementary schools. It involves scripting a children’s book as a short play, rehearsing lines, and performing–if you like to have fun and you have a voice that’s loud and clear, consider joining! For more information, contact Ardis Lucken at (218) 751-8836 ext. 208
Do you need to get someone a gift, but can’t think of what to get them? Come visit our gift shop! Members of the Senior Center use the gift shop to sell amazing quilts, cards, baby clothes, wood carvings, pillows, puzzles, and much, much more for outstanding prices! The money that comes from it goes right back to those who made it and the Senior Center. If you would like to volunteer to run the gift shop, just contact Linda Vigen by calling the Senior Center at (218) 751-8836, and she’ll let you know more!
Served Monday through Friday, the lunch service features homemade meals that include a main dish with sides, dessert, coffee and milk. Baked goods and bread are also available at no cost, donated by the local food shelf. This is a great chance to socialize and enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal! The service is provided by Lutheran Social Services and is paid for with a suggested donation of $4 for those over 60 and fee of $8.00 for those under 60. Volunteer opportunities are also available! To reserve a spot or learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Sandi at (218) 444-3987 or stop by the LSS office near the back of the center.
Mahjong and Game Day
Come join us at the Senior Center every Monday at 12:30pm to enjoy playing games like Mahjong, a fun tile-based game. If you don’t know how to play, this is a great opportunity to learn. There are also many other games to play like scrabble, cribbage, and much more. You can also enjoy putting together a puzzle or just drink coffee and visit with other seniors in the community.
Music and Dancing
If you enjoy listening to live music, come to the Senior Center at 1:00 p.m. every Thursday (except for the 2nd Thursday of the month which is at 1:30 p.m.) local musicians come to play. Join us to listen, dance, or play. Coffee and treats are provided.
Driver Safety Program
The Driver Safety Program works in coordination with the Senior Center and the Minnesota Highway Safety Research Center to offer necessary defensive driving skills for our changing streets. Not only do participants benefit from the added feeling of safety when on the road, many are able to receive a direct discount on their car insurance for participating. When asked how they felt about the class, participants described it as “very useful” and an excellent active learning experience. Participants receive classroom training and resources such as test booklets and instructional videos.
If interested, please contact 1-888-234-1294 to sign up.
Do you struggle with the complex and often convoluted language of tax returns? Do you want to understand how to enhance your tax time experience? Available for seniors over 55 and those with low to moderate income, this service allows participants to maximize the benefits of both income tax returns and property taxes.
AARP Volunteer Tax Preparers assist income tax returns from February to April 15th on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Additionally, they go over property taxes or renter’s rebates from May through August on the second Monday of each month from 9:15 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Call the Center at (218) 751-8836 for more information.
Do you have a creative side? If so, come join some amazing people for card making on Mondays at 8:30 a.m. We meet in the conference room on the main floor next to the dining room. Donations of used cards and some crafting supplies donated by the Senior Center are all you need to make a heartfelt card. The cards are sold for 75 cents at the Senior Center, Birchhaven, and Northview Manor! All this goes back into the Senior Center to help fund all the other great activities that are offered.
Laptop/Tablet/Smartphone Question and Answer Session
The first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. is a laptop/tablet/smartphone question and answer session. Participants are asked to bring their personal device and specific questions to the session. There is no charge for this class. You may attend the class as often as needed, provided there is enough space. The class size is limited to allow for individualized attention.
Are you interested in becoming a healthier you? Every Monday at 8:30 a.m. Weight Watchers holds a lively and informative meeting at the Center. This is a supportive program that will help you get healthier and make some friends along the way. The weekly meetings consist of what things have been working to be healthier for other members, weekly weigh-ins, interesting food recipes, and an overall uplifting community that supports you through your Weight Watcher setbacks and triumphs. *Membership with Weight Watchers is required but Senior Activity Center membership is not required.
Silver Stretchers is a exercise group here at the Senior Center in Bemidji. At 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays the group exercises for about an hour. The program uses weights and balls to maintain flexibility and range of motion. This is a great way for anyone to stay active. This group takes place in the dining room.
Chair yoga is offered at the Senior Center on the first Friday of each month at 9:00 a.m. in the dining room. The class is led by a local, experienced yoga instructor and there is no charge for this class. The low impact class is designed to improve flexibility and is adapted to individual needs.
Intro to Tai Chi
Intro to Tai Chi is offered monthly at the Center, please check the activity calendar for dates and times. The class is led by a local, experienced Tai Chi instructor. The low impact class offers the benefits of slow exercise; the importance of posture, breath and intention; Harvard-approved warm-up exercises; and simple, flowing movements that are easy to learn. This class meets in the basement of the Senior Center for a quiet environment that is free of distractions.
Are you interested in decorative wood carving? Come join the Bemidji Woodcarvers Club at the Center on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in the basement activity area. This is a great group for all skill levels of wood carving, and is a great time for everyone involved. If you have your own tools, please bring them.
Have concerns regarding safety and security in the Bemidji area? Come meet with local law enforcement and emergency services on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 12:30 p.m. Local law enforcement will update you on important information about the community and will be available to answer questions and address your concerns.
Blood Pressure Checks
Come to the Senior Center to have your blood pressure checked. Blood Pressure Clinics are held most weeks at 11 a.m. in the conference room. See the monthly activity calendar for specific days offered each month. Stop by to make sure your blood pressure stays within a normal range.
Come enjoy BINGO with other members of the community the 4th Friday of the month at 1 p.m. A fun and exciting time for all who participate! Bring a household item or dry food item to donate as a prize to be eligible to play.
Enjoy Hildur Lamon’s famous made-from-scratch (best in Bemidji) pancakes at the pancake breakfast on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 8-10:30 a.m. Enjoy your meal while you socialize with other community members. The cost of $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for kids 12 and under includes a meal of sausage, pancakes, and milk. Proceeds go to the Senior Center. This is also a great volunteer opportunity. If interested in volunteering, contact Michelle at (218)751-8836.
Senior Activity Center Board Meetings
Held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m., these meetings are an excellent opportunity to become informed on upcoming events and plans for the Senior Center. Members are encouraged to attend and meetings are open to the public.
Program Committee Meeting
Local seniors meet the 1st Monday of every month at 10 a.m. to discuss recent events held at the Senior Center, talk about details of upcoming events, and plan for future events. If you would like to contribute your thoughts on the activities that are put on by the Center, come join us at a meeting.