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  • Vol. 15 No. 3 Mary-June 2016

    Helping Hands Outreach 101 Plymouth St PO Box 293 Holdingford MN 56340

    Active Adult Activities Abound!

    When asked what they consider to be major factors in maintaining a good

    quality of life as they grow older, people rank living independently and remain-

    ing active right at the top of the list.

    Research has shown that social interaction offers older adults many benefits.

    Staying socially active and maintaining interpersonal relationships can help

    maintain good physical and emotional health and cognitive function. Relation-

    ships and social interactions even help protect against illness by boosting your

    immune system

    We love helping make Holdingford and St. Stephen socially active, and in turn,

    enjoyable communities for living. And we invite everyone to join us at our events.

    Holdingford Lunch: every Tuesday, noon, enjoy a hot lunch at the Holdingford City Cen-

    ter. Our cook Kathy Gerads is a great cook dessert is always something special. Join us

    for just a $4 suggested donation. Immediately following are rousing games of 500 Rummy.

    Lunch & Learn Program: This program includes entertainment, education and a hot meal.

    All are welcome.

    Holdingford: first Wednesday of month from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Holdingford Legion Club.

    St. Stephen: third Tuesday of month from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the St. Stephen Church.

    St. Stephen Card Party: every Monday 1 - 3:30 p.m. at the St. Stephen City Center join

    the group for an afternoon of cards.

    Exercise Programs:

    Exercise and line dancing: every Wednesday from 9:1510:45 a.m. at the Holdingford City

    Center. Loretta Fischer leads the exercise and Irene Schmidt leads the dancing.

    Exercise class: every Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. at the St. Stephen Church Hall, pro-

    gram leader Lorene Deford knows how to make exercise fun.

    Outings: throughout the year we offer opportunities to travel together and enjoy a concert

    or other event. These events are available at a low cost and sometimes free when grants

    are received. Our bicycle surreys are available free to older adults throughout the season

    and for rent at very low cost to everyone (see related stories inside this issue).

    Frank Haynes Executive Director

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    Check us out online at: and our Facebook page, Holdingford Helping Hands.




    Helping Hands

    thanks the Cen-

    tral Minnesota Community Foundation

    Womens Fund for their grant supporting

    our direct services, health education and

    caregiver programming in support of elder


    The Women's Fund was established to sup-

    port programs that enhance the lives of all women and children, involving women as

    leaders and donors in the process.

    Thank you for your support!

    Enjoy the

    trail with us!

    Helping Hands is of-

    fering several oppor-

    tunities to get out

    and enjoy the Lake

    Wobegon Trail this

    summer. All ages

    are welcome.

    Walking Club: starting Monday, May 2nd at 6:00 pm we will meet at the Wobegon

    Trailhead. Join, Donna Nentl, Joan Wenning

    and Shirley Willoughby most Mondays for

    some chatter and fun. We will meet the

    first, third, fourth, and fifth Monday of eve-

    ry month, not the second week.

    Biking Club: starting Tuesday, May 10th at

    6:00 pm. Join Norb Kollodge and Shirley

    Willoughby at the Wobegon Trailhead. This

    club will meet the second Tuesday of each


    Lets go fishing

    Helping Hands has access to a pontoon

    boat through Midwest Outdoors of Melrose.

    We are wondering if there is enough inter-est to reserve the boat for an afternoon


    Call us if you are interested. The date and

    time will be determined based on those

    who are interested. Call 746-9960.

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    Our Office Phone 320-746-9960 Our Office Fax 320-746-8132

    Outing Opportunities: On the road again!

    Contact us now to reserve your seats on our next two outings:

    Ole & Lenas 50th wedding anniversary show: Tuesday May 10,

    Paramount Theatre, St. Cloud. $25 which includes a ticket and trans-portation.

    Sisters of Swing (A tribute to the Andrews Sisters): Tuesday June 28th, Paramount Theatre, St. Cloud. Free to the first 20 people to contact us, funded by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board and a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Her-itage Fund.

    All trips depart at 11:45 from Helping Hands, 12:15 from St. Stephen Catholic Church and return around 4:00. Please pay fees (if applicable) when signing up because we have to order the tickets early. Call 746-9960 to get on board.

    Koll a kind,

    caring volunteer

    Lisa Koll has been a volun-

    teer with Helping Hands in

    St. Stephen since Feb, 2014.

    Lisa is a kind compassionate person.

    She provides transportation to medical

    appointments, errands and even helps

    with shopping. She also waits at doctor

    appointments and provides support to

    those who need it. Our clients love her

    and we do too. Gods Blessings to you!

    Central Minnesota Arts Board

    funds summer programming!

    Helping Hands was chosen to receive funding

    that will bring several arts opportunities to

    residents of Holdingford and St. Stephen. This

    programming includes:

    Bus outings to the Paramount Theater in St.

    Cloud in June and July (see June event

    above, July event to be announced later).

    Holdingford Daze: afternoon concert featuring

    Kristofer Keltgen and the Riverbend Dutch-

    men, Saturday July 9th on Main Street.

    Community Concert: Paul Imholte folk singer,

    date and time to be determined.

    These events are supported by the Central

    Minnesota Arts Board and a legislative appro-

    priating from the Arts and Cultural Heritage


    Headly Hardware delivers

    In support of our older adults and adults with

    disabilities Headly Hardware will deliver pur-

    chases made at their store free within a 10 mile radius of Holdingford. Simply let them

    know you would like your purchase delivered.

    You can reach Headly Hardware at 746-2973.

    Board member opportunity

    We are looking for a few dedicated people

    willing to submit their name for nomina-

    tion to our Board of Directors. The Board meets on the last Wednesday of the

    month (10 months) to review Helping

    Hands activities and guide the future of

    the organization. If you would like more

    information or to submit

    your name call us at 746-

    9960. Elections are in June

    with the new year begin-

    ning in July.

  • Upcoming Events Feet First Clinic: Holdingford City Center 1st Tuesday of the month. Con-tact Lenore Dawson, 320-249-7240 to arrange for a foot check-up.

    Exercise and Line Dancing every Wednesday: Holdingford City Center, 9:15-10:45 am You will love how Loretta Fischer makes this a fun class!

    Water aerobics/ Lap Swimming: Wednesdays 7:008:00 pm, Holdingford High School, fee is reduced for seniors.

    Holdingford May Lunch: Wednesday May 4th, 2-4 pm, Holdingford Legion; program, 3:30 lunch. Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, Special music

    St. Stephen May Lunch: Tuesday 17th, 13 pm, St. Stephen Church; program, lunch, Bingo

    Holdingford June Luncheon: Wednesday June 1, 2-4 pm, Holdingford Legion; program, lunch at 3:30, we will announce the 2016 City Mother & Father.

    St. Stephen June Lunch: Tuesday 21st, 13 pm, St. Stephen Church; program, lunch, Bingo. Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration.

    Senior Lunch Program: Every Tuesday, Holdingford City Center, noon, $4 for a hot meal

    and great conversation.

    Water aerobics: This is held in the pools shallow end, No swimming ability is necessary. Life guard is on duty. May Wednesdays: 5/4,11,18,257:00-8:00pm June-August:

    8:009:00pm Sr Citizen Discount is half price, Call Community Ed: 746-4465.

    Walking Club: Starts Monday, May 2nd @ 6:00 pm@ the Wobegon Trailhead (see re-

    lated story in this issue).

    Biking Club: Starts Tuesday, May 10th @ 6:00 pm at Wobegon Trailhead (see related

    story in this issue).

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    Helping Hands Outreach 101 Plymouth St PO Box 293 Holdingford MN 56340

    Its Surrey Season!

    Helping Hands has three bicycle surreys available for rental during the

    bike riding season. These surreys make it easy to take an enjoyable

    ride along the Lake Wobegon Trail and they are great entertainment for out-of-town company.

    Surreys are available every day of the week. Simply call our office at 320-746-9960 dur-

    ing regular business hours to make your reservation.

    We have surreys capable of carrying from two to six people. Rental rates are just $20 per

    hour. We also have our surreys available at area community celebrations. If you have an

    organization or communit