Lakes Area Senior Activity Center. Do the citizens of the Brainerd Lakes area know what this great non-profit organization has to offer? Our current membership is 1,100 and we feel that many more area seniors could enjoy and benefit from membership, costing only $10 per year. Area residents who are 50 and older are welcome to join us. Our mission statement is "to have a senior center that is a community focal point on aging. It will be a place where older persons can meet together and participate in activities, classes, programs, and receive services that will support their independence and enhance their dignity and quality of life."
Lakes Area Senior Activity Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1 - 5 p.m. We offer a variety of classes, including computer classes, and a lovely gift shop where members can market their crafts, which is open to the public. There are weekly scheduled card groups where members can play bridge, progressive 500, and cribbage, as well as bingo, music and even poker games. We have free blood pressure checks, and sponsor Meals on Wheels. A hot lunch program is offered Monday through Friday.
Thursday is Donut Day! Our volunteer crew arrives at 4 a.m. to make delicious, old fashioned donuts, which sell for $3.50 a dozen. This is a major fund-raiser that many people in the community support with their weekly orders. Give them a try, they're wonderful! We also hold fund-raising dinners once a month open to the general public, great food at reasonable prices. We have comfortable meeting rooms that are available too. The Great Room is a fine place to host wedding receptions, anniversary parties, or business gatherings. We also operate the Kingwood Community Center offices, which is excellent space available to non-profit agencies to use for their organizations, at a very reasonable fee.
The Brainerd Area Senior Activity Center sincerely thanks the city of Brainerd for having the foresight to establish and generously help to fund this community center. During March 2004, we will celebrate 25 years of serving the Brainerd Lakes Area. We could not continue to operate without your support; come in and visit, look around, and enjoy the fellowship and activities that we offer. Don't forget to stop and shop in the Golden Years Gift Shop while you're here. We look forward to having you join us!
(Rasmussen is a former Brainerd postmaster and member of the Brainerd Dispatch's advisory board.)
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