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Prime Time: Happy Birthday, Paul Bunyan

How do you celebrate the birthday of a man who stands 18 feet tall? Well, you celebrate it in a big way of course. The Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center celebrated Paul Bunyan's birthday by hosting a Lumberjacks and Flapjacks Pancake Breakfast d...

Pancake Breakfast Volunteers
The Pancake Breakfast Volunteers stand in front of a quilt donated by Ida Toffle as the Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center celebrated Paul Bunyan's birthday with Paul-size pancakes last month.

How do you celebrate the birthday of a man who stands 18 feet tall? Well, you celebrate it in a big way of course.

The Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center celebrated Paul Bunyan's birthday by hosting a Lumberjacks and Flapjacks Pancake Breakfast during Polar Daze.

We decorated the dining room for the occasion. We had received some red-and-black plaid wool table scarves, donated from Woolen Mills, to decorate the tables. Then we put up two red-and-black plaid bows on the doors. A handmade quilt, made and generously donated by Ida Toffle, was draped from the ceiling, sporting the birthday boy himself, Paul Bunyan, and his buddy, Babe the Blue Ox. The Pancake Breakfast Volunteers donned as much plaid as they could muster in honor of Paul.

When we opened the doors, people came in the spirit of the occasion. Some wore shirts with embroidered pictures of Paul and Babe. Some wore plaid shirts or pants with suspenders. Some were dressed in red-and-black plaid jackets, vests or shirts. Most everyone who came in the door was dressed in honor of Paul.

What about the pancakes? Well, they were about as big as Paul Bunyan and all you could eat. Even Paul with his big appetite walked away full.

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The Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center would like to wish Paul Bunyan a very big Happy Birthday. We are glad that you are here in Bemidji, Paul.

Be sure that you come and taste "Bemidji's Best Pancakes" on the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with all-you-can-eat pancakes served with two sausages, juice and coffee.

The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children age 9 and younger. The Senior Creations Gift Shop is also open during Pancake Breakfast for your shopping pleasure.

Thank you, Ida Toffle, for the donation of the beautiful unique quilt. Thank you, Bemidji Woolen Mills, for the festive table scarves. Also, a big thank you goes to the Pancake Breakfast Volunteers who work as a team to serve the many pancakes.

We are looking to the public for information about a past fundraiser that occurred in the early to mid- 1990s. If you have a certificate for the purchase of one square foot of the Senior Center, please bring it to the Center so we may copy it as part of our history.

Senior Nutrition, located in the Senior Center, is a great place to have a nutritious noon meal. The cost is a $3.50 donation for a person age 60 and greater, and $6.50 charge for a person under age 60. Check out our website for the menu at www.paulbunyan.net/users/bccoa/lsslunchmenu .

The Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center is located at 216 Third Street NW in Bemidji. If you have any questions, please call 751-8836.

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

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