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Partners in Living Well: Keeping the warmth in the holiday season with fun and entertainment

The first few snowflakes have been flying around today.  Am I the only one that suddenly feels like a kid full of anticipation of the social holiday season? It may be cold and dark outside but what better way to counteract it than with comfort food, social gatherings and entertainment! Here is a glimpse of what to look forward to with Socially Active Seniors:

Friday, Nov. 8 --  Harvest dinner from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Two Harbors Community Center. Enjoy excellent home cooking! Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, rolls, bars, and a beverage for only $8.  If you are an avid hunter, stop in and eat first before going to the hunting shack. Mothers, take a break from cooking at home.  This is a fund raiser and our way of enjoying your company.

Wednesday, Nov. 13 --  Navigating medicare  at 1 p.m. at the Two Harbors Community Center A workshop will be presented by Mary Hellman of the Senior Linkage Line. This event is presented by Community Partners and is their way of helping families understand what is available to seniors.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 --  Native American flute playing, 1:30 p.m. at the Two Harbors Community Center. This program will be presented by Jeff Hinner. As we approach Thanksgiving, how appropriate it is to learn more and appreciate the Native American culture in our area. Refreshments served.

It may seem far off, but after the turkey is eaten, Christmas begins.  You may already sign up for December events by calling Arna at 218-525-4534. These include:

 There will be a Christmas Tea on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church. Please call in your reservation by Dec. 1.. The cost is $6.

You've heard about the SAS Cookbook that has been in the works. Well, it will be available for sale at the time of the Christmas Tea. Think of it is a possible gift giving item. It will be available to purchase for $10.

This  year's  trip to the Duluth Playhouse on Sunday, Dec. 15 is to see "Peter Pan or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up". Originally written by J.M. Barrie , this is a new version that incorporates elements from the different story lines. It promises to surprise and be unlike anything you have ever seen.

The Playhouse describes the play this way: "Let your imagination run wild and get ready to be whisked away on a breathtaking, high-flying adventure to the mysterious and enchanting Neverland! Join the Darling children on this heartfelt journey full of fantasy and wonder, and be there as they realize what homesick really means amidst dangerous encounters with hungry animals, wild natives, and swashbuckling pirates. By the time the curtain falls, you too will believe in magic!

I hope you'll consider joining us. Cost for ticket and transportation is $30.  An all inclusive cost at Grandma's is $11.99, from a limited menu for the food, beverage, tax and tip.

Stay warm and no slipping on ice!  I'm looking forward to seeing you at these upcoming events

Arna Rennan, Activity Director and Kirsten Cruikshank, MSW, Community Partners write the Partners in Living Well column.