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Prime Time | Diane Engel: Rummage sale followed recipe for success

Attendees and volunteers are shown during the Senior Center Rummage Sale at the Eckles Community Center.

By Diane Engel

What is the recipe for success?

Start with a great idea, add generous donations and hard-working volunteers, and mix well. Pour donations onto tables and hold a rummage sale. The public comes from miles around, browses and find treasures they have been searching for or something they didn’t know they wanted. Top with a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of laughter and a dash of smiles. This is the recipe for success for our rummage sale we held in August.

Thank you to everyone who generously donated items for the sale. Thank you to the volunteers for all their help. Thank you to the Eckles Community Center. Thank you all for supporting the Senior Center.

RSVP donations

If you have some jewelry or a purse that you don’t use anymore, you can donate them to benefit the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. You can drop them off at our front desk of the Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center.

Come eat with us

Hungry? Try the tasty food with generous portions at LSS Senior Dining. The noon meal is only a $3.85 donation for persons 60 and older (or for persons with a spouse who is 60 or older) or a $6.60 charge for persons younger than 60. Meals are also available for take-out. Please call 444-3987 the day before to make a reservation.  LSS Senior Dining is located in the Senior Center but is a separate business. Come in and smell the aroma of fresh bread and a nutritional lunch cooking.

handmade in Gift shop

Looking for that special gift, something handmade or something unique? The Senior Creations Gift Shop, located in the Senior Center, has many unique handmade items such as quilts, baby items, kitchen linens, woodcarvings, greeting cards, clothing, jewelry and much more. The gift shop is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the second Saturday of each month from 8-10:30 a.m. during our Pancake Breakfast.

55 and older

Who is a senior? There are many differing opinions out there, but typically the term can refer to anyone about age 55 and over. We never like to admit that we are aging. We always like to feel like we are in our 20s and young at heart. There are ways to age without getting “old.” That’s a secret that the patrons of the Senior Center know very well. It’s kind of a Fountain of Youth effect. If you stay active, keep your mind active, eat well and keep that young-at-heart attitude, then you will age well without getting “old.”

 We have many activities to keep you young, so check out our website at or stop in and see what we have to offer.

We always have the coffeepot on and treats available for a donation of 50 cents each. Jokes, stories and laughter are free. You are invited to stop by and join us.

The Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center is located at 216 Third Street NW in Bemidji.

If you have questions, call 751-8836.


DIANE ENGEL is executive director of the Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center.