PLANT SALE AND COLLECTIBLE PLATE & FIGURINE SALE

The Bemidji Senior Center will have a plant sale and collectible plate/figurine sale on Saturday, June 5th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Senior Center.

There will be a variety of perennial plants for sale and the collectible plates and figurines include:  Norman Rockwell, Hummel, Donald Zolan, Gerda Neubacher and many others.

Volunteers are needed to help set up on Friday, June 4th from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Volunteers are also needed to help the day of the sale from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.  Call the Center at 751-8836 or stop in at the front desk to sign up.

The fundraiser proceeds will be used to support Bemidji Senior Center programs. 

MUSIC JAM SESSION

The weekly Thursday afternoon music jam session is back beginning Thursday, June 3rd from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

If you are interested in performing, stop in the Senior Center and visit with Randy, the event’s lead volunteer or call 751-8836. 

Everyone is welcome to attend this much loved event.  There is space to sit and listen to the music or dance if you wish.  Coffee will be available.

MAHJONG MONDAYS

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play Mahjong or are you looking for a group to play with?  Beginning Monday, June 7th, Mahjong Mondays are back at the Senior Center! 

Every Monday at 12:30 pm, friends gather together to play this tile based puzzle game. The objective of the game is to collect tiles to form a Mahjong hand.  Players take turns picking one tile from the wall and discarding one tile. When a player picks up a tile that gives a valid Mahjong hand, the player wins.  Not only is the game fun, but research studies have shown that playing Mahjong has a positive impact on memory!

The group has several Mahjong sets and extra cards, so you don’t need to bring anything to start out.  However, if you are interested in playing regularly with the group, you will need to purchase your own card.

SENIOR CENTER EXPANDING HOURS BEGINNING JUNE 1ST

The Bemidji Senior Center and Senior Creations Gift Shop will expand our hours of operation to Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm, beginning June 1st.  Large group music events will resume June 1st as well.  Every Thursday from 1:00pm-3:00pm local musicians have a music jam session and the second Wednesday of every month from 1:00pm-3:0pm Classic Country Band performs a free concert.  There is space for people to dance or sit and listen to the music.  All are welcome.  The Senior Center is located at 216 3rd St NW, Bemidji.  Stop in or call 751-8836 for more information.

The Best Online Tools for Downsizing Your House the Easy Way

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Written by Andrea Needham

Are you planning a move? Whether you’re moving to a retirement community or downsizing to an age-friendly home, moving is different in your senior years than when you were younger. Not only is calling friends for moving help no longer an option, but older adults have different needs when buying a home.

That’s no reason to shy away from downsizing! While some aspects of moving may be harder this time around, there are lots of digital tools to help along the way. Bemidji Senior Center shares the online resources every downsizing senior needs.

Shopping for a House — at Home!

Moving used to require a lot of legwork. These days, homeowners do most of the work online. Here’s how you can start your house hunt from the comfort of home.

  • Searching real estate listings online is easier than ever with websites like these.
  • Some real estate sites even include virtual house shopping extras like 3D walkthroughs and live video open houses.
  • Neighborhood apps like NeighborhoodScout and AreaVibes help senior homebuyers find safe, livable neighborhoods.
  • Older adults can also start their senior living search online with the use of review sites and other tools.

Hiring Downsizing Help Online

When you’re ready to sell your house and downsize, where do you turn for help? You don’t have to go far with online resources like these.

  • Older homeowners benefit from working with a Realtor who specializes in seniors. Search for a local Senior Real Estate Specialist online.
  • A Senior Move Manager, meanwhile, helps older adults with the logistics of decluttering, organizing, and downsizing.
  • How do you choose a reputable moving company? After finding movers in your city online, read reviews and verify credentials before making a final decision.

Online Tools for Planning Your Move

The hardest part of downsizing is deciding where to start. These checklists take the effort out of downsizing your home.

  • The best thing you can do when downsizing is to start early. The second best thing is to use this downsizing checklist to guide the process.
  • Homeowners also need to prepare their houses to sell. From setting the price to making repairs, don’t skip these steps for sellers.
  • If you’re buying a home to age in place, put these design features high on your priority list.
  • What should you bring when moving to assisted living? Every community is different, but this packing list covers the basics.

Your back isn’t what it used to be, but that doesn’t mean downsizing has to be a burden. From digital house hunting tools to real estate professionals, there are plenty of resources to make your downsize a breeze!

PRICE OF HANDCRAFTED GREETING CARDS WILL BE $1.00 EACH BEGINNING MONDAY, MAY 3RD, 2021

The Bemidji Senior Center‘s handcrafted greeting cards will increase from $.75 per card to $1.00 per card beginning Monday, May 3rd.  The price increase is due to the rising cost of craft supplies.

Our greeting card recycling program/fundraiser consists of a dedicated group of senior citizen volunteers that devote many hours each week to sort through donated greeting cards, then craft them into something very beautiful and unique. The money raised from the greeting card sales goes back to the Senior Center to support our mission of enriching the lives of our Bemidji area senior citizens.

The handcrafted greeting cards are available for purchase Monday-Friday from 10:00am-2:00PM at the Senior Center, located at 216 3rd St NW.

LOCAL ARTIST OFFERS FREE ART CLASS AT BEMIDJI SENIOR CENTER

Local artist, Mary Therese, invites Bemidji Senior Center to be a part of her project “Visions, Hopes and Dreams” to create and share art with people.  “I am so grateful to the Minnesota State Arts Board for a grant that will serve in making and keeping a connection to my community during the pandemic.”

 The local artist will guide participants in meditation, visualization, and the creation of a drawing with the theme of “Visions, Hopes and Dreams!” The artist will distribute packages containing colored pencils and paper triangles and ask the participants to use colors and words of expression within their design. She will then collage all the drawings together on a large sign board which will travel back to be shared with the participants and the larger community. Working from the inspiration of the collage and the combined vision, she will design and paint a mural to be placed on the exterior wall of Harmony Food Coop in downtown Bemidji.  Her hope is that the simple act of sharing with the greater community, the “Visions, Hopes, and Dreams” of people from many diverse backgrounds will help to create a world where everyone feels included and appreciated.

The free art class will be held at the Bemidji Senior Center on Friday, April 23rd at 12:00pm. Materials are provided. Space is limited, so participants must pre-register by calling 751-8836.

St. Cloud State University DRIVER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM at the Bemidji Senior Center

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UPCOMING CLASSES OFFERED AT BEMIDJI SENIOR CENTER, 216 3RD ST NW, BEMIDJI:

Apr 10 (4 Hr Refresher) 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Apr 21 (4 Hr Refresher) 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM
May 8 (4 Hr Refresher) 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
May 15 (4 Hr Refresher) 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

“Our Family” Direct Your Labels Program

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 – 2:00 pm.   The Bemidji Senior Center is located at 216 3rd St NW, Bemidji.