Opinion

Fall happenings at the Senior Center

Kim Nelson

As summer is winding down we are feeling the coolness in the air. With that, we locals realize that in just a month there is a break in the economy and soon we can focus on hobbies, reading, and other activities we have put off until summer’s end. At the Senior Center we are trying to encourage you to try something new, a hobby, places to see, or gathering with new friends.

This month Betsy Bowen is opening up her studio and expertise to us, showing us how she creates her beautiful art. Later in the month, we will try our hand at linoleum block printmaking. Join us, and get a head start on your Christmas cards!

Did you know the Senior Center is starting a book club? We meet the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at the center. This month’s book is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. The setting is in World War II with the lives of two sisters who in their own way make a difference in the devastation around them. Discussion centers on characters, plot, writing style, and anything else that compels us to share.


Card playing before the picnic lunch at Grandview Park. Darrellyn Barrett, Fred Schmidt, Geri Jensen, Linda Johnson, Tom Hedstrom, and Kaye Kaft. 
Photos courtesy of Cook County Senior Center Card playing before the picnic lunch at Grandview Park. Darrellyn Barrett, Fred Schmidt, Geri Jensen, Linda Johnson, Tom Hedstrom, and Kaye Kaft. Photos courtesy of Cook County Senior Center Trips and travel this month takes us to the Duluth Depot and lunch at Red Lobster. The National Railroad Museum, Ojibwa gallery, Art Institute, Veterans Memorial Hall, Forest Industry Museum, wood carving and ballet exhibits, the Immigration room, and the County Built on Iron exhibit are housed in the Duluth Depot building.

Everyone’s favorite is the fall color tour trips, not to disappoint; we will be doing a Fall Color Tour and lunch at Trestle Inn towards the end of the month.

We have two day-trips planned for the Grand Portage Casino leaving at 9:45 a.m. and returning at 2:30 p.m. Savings when the participation level reaches 12 participants.


Step Up Daycare (Marja Conlon, daycare provider) and Senior Center adults sharing a picnic lunch together at Grandview Park. Step Up Daycare (Marja Conlon, daycare provider) and Senior Center adults sharing a picnic lunch together at Grandview Park. Everyday activities at the center include cards/500, quilting, bingo, and Wii bowling!

Calling all grandparents of toddlers/children…

Are you currently providing daycare for your grandchildren? Would you like to gather with us for some “Art across the Ages” programs once or twice a month? This is a chance for you to connect with other grandparents and children. Give Kim a call at the Senior Center 218-387-2660 for more information.

Cook County has a vibrant and active community of elders. Each week we offer Senior News to highlight our senior citizens. This week’s submission is about the Cook County Senior Center, courtesy of Programs and Service Coordinator Kim Nelson.



Alcohol ink pendant art class at the Senior Center with Susan McCormick, Gwen Neumann, Vicky Arndt and Jackie McKenzie. Alcohol ink pendant art class at the Senior Center with Susan McCormick, Gwen Neumann, Vicky Arndt and Jackie McKenzie.

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