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Diane Engel: Class reunion: Words of terror or opportunity?

“Melissa? Oh, my stars!  I haven’t seen you in years!  How are you doing?”  

That’s the reaction we have when we go to class reunions.

We dig deep into our memories to find someone’s name that matches their face.

Some people don’t go to their class reunions because they may have gained a few pounds, lost some hair or don’t think they are successful enough.

Those are our insecurities floating to the surface but in reality, our classmates are in the same boat.

We all age and change. Going to your class reunion is an opportunity to see old friends and reminisce.

It’s also an opportunity to make a connection again that may have been broken from too many miles between you or a busy schedule.

When you see your old friends from high school, it’s fun to talk about some of the crazy things you did, who you had a crush on, funny things that happened or remembering a special teacher who may have touched your life.

It’s interesting to find out your friends are grandparents or where they have traveled.

It’s fun to find out who has bumped into each other out there somewhere.

“Who would’ve thought you would run into him in an elevator in the Twin Cities?”  

It’s healthy for us to reconnect with our friends so don’t miss the opportunity, even if you can’t lose those last pesky “five pounds.”

Rummage Sale

Donate Your “Stuff” to benefit the Senior Center.

We will be having a rummage sale and all proceeds will benefit the Senior Center.  

If you have some gently used “stuff” that you would like to donate to benefit the Senior Center, you can drop it off at the front desk  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We will accept donations until 4 p.m., August 1.

No late donations will be accepted.  

We cannot accept large appliances, baby furniture, microwaves, animals, computers, or stained, torn or broken items.

You can also receive a receipt for your donation for tax purposes. Thank you for your generosity.

The Rummage Sale and Bake Sale to Benefit the Senior Center will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the Senior Activity Center.

Quilt Raffle

The Senior Activity Center is selling Raffle Tickets for $2 each to benefit the Senior Activity Center.

Tickets are sold at the front desk.

The Raffle drawing will be at 10 a.m., on Dec. 13  during our Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.

Our top three prizes are a Queen Size Quilt, a Faribo blanket, and $100 cash. Thank you to those who have contributed prizes for our raffle.

State Fair Bus Trip

If you have the itch to travel, we also offer a one-day bus trip to the State Fair on August 25 for $50 for 2014 Members and $60 for Nonmembers.

Deadline to sign up is Monday, Aug. 11.

This trip includes your transportation on the bus and your ticket into the Fair. All ages are welcome.

Let us take care of the details, traffic and parking. Sit back, relax and enjoy the trip.

You can register at the front desk of the Senior Center, 216 3rd Street NW, Bemidji, to reserve your seat. If you have questions, call 218-751-8836.

The Senior Activity Center is located at 216 Third Street NW, Bemidji.

Diane Engel is the executive director of the Senior Activity Center