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Partners in Living Well: Snow day aftermath

I was able to celebrate my birthday this week by having a snow day at home with the kids. We live on a quiet road in the country that wasn't plowed until late afternoon, so we stayed home shoveling, playing in the snow and taking care of household chores. I'm thankful that we can physically deal with the snow and enjoy it.

I know for some people a sidewalk full of snow is a big challenge. I'll be honest here - at the Community Partner's office it is difficult for us to find volunteers to shovel snow. We don't have a handy list of shoveling volunteers - though I wish we did! We encourage (and appreciate) neighbors and friends who pitch in and help to keep sidewalks clean and safe for everyone. We love to hear stories about the neighbors who snow-blow the sidewalk up and down the whole block. We also keep a list of people who move snow as a business so that we can give out names for hire. If you would like to volunteer, or if you have a business removing snow, please call our office at 834-8024. There are many who could use your help.

Speaking of snow storms, this week's storm caused some rescheduling. The SAS Christmas Tea has been rescheduled to Friday, Dec. 6 at noon at Evangelical Free Church. The cost is $6. Please call Arna at 218-525-4534 for more information. The THHS Band and Choir Concert has been rescheduled to Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

More upcoming activities:

• Have you been to Bentleyville yet? Save yourself from the hassles of driving and parking and take the "Age to Age" bus to Bentleyville. The bus leaves Silver Bay at 4 p.m. and Two Harbors at 5 p.m. on Dec. 12. Cost is $5. Kids under 2 are free, and those age 65 and over are free with a grandchild or youth. The registration deadline is extended to Dec. 9. Sign up online at, or call the Community Education Office 218-834-8201, ext. 8230.

• The United Way Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 7:30- 11 a.m. at the Moose Lodge. Tickets are $6 and children under five eat free. Santa and Clifford the Big Red Dog will be there for the kids to enjoy. There will also be a silent auction. This is a fundraiser for the United Way, and will help local non profit organizations including Community Partners and SAS.

• SAS is sponsoring a trip to see Peter Pan at the Duluth Playhouse on Sunday Dec. 15. The playhouse says, "Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up is a show about the excitement and cost of adventure, and, even as the play is a fantasy, this production will be rooted in real consequences." The matinee begins at 2 p.m., with the bus leaving Two Harbors at noon. The cost is $30 for the bus ride and theatre ticket. Afterwards, the group will eat at Grandma's in the Sandpiper Room. The cost for the meal is $11.99 which includes the beverage, gratuity and sales tax. For reservations call 218-525-4534.

If events aren't your thing maybe you would like to help a local child win the "Shop Local" contest in Two Harbors. True Value is hosting this Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event in which local children with the most points will win wonderful prizes. Anyone who spends money at a local store during December can bring his or her receipts to True Value and get points for the child of their choosing. Just write the child's name on the receipt and drop in the box so they get the points.

I hope you have a chance to participate in some of the fun activities going on in our community for the holidays. Stay well and enjoy the season!

Kirsten Cruikshank is the director of Community Partners in Two Harbors. She writes the Partners in Living Well Column with Arna Rennan, Activity Director of Socially Active Seniors.