When you’re struggling with that one person on your shopping list — the family member or friend who has everything they could want and is impossible to shop for — there is an option that may be more thoughtful than a gift card or more useful than flowers or another sweater: a gift to a charity in their name.
The Winona Friendship Center Activity Council, Inc., an independent nonprofit organization, supports the programs of the Winona Friendship Center. The center is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults in the Winona area by providing affordable activities, and a place of social gathering.
Please consider giving a birthday, Christmas, or memorial gift in honor of your loved one that can be used to provide a membership to the Friendship Center ($29 per year), the Wellness Center ($76 per year), or an activity card ($35 for 10 sessions) for those older adults in the community who struggle to afford those fees. You may also give a general donation gift to support the center’s many programs in successful aging.
Contact the Winona Friendship Center at 454-5212 for further details. Open building hours are on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; on Tuesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Events at the center
Senior advocates Lori Paulson and Marite Olmstead will facilitate a session on Medicare 2020 on Tuesday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to noon; on Thursday, October 24, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.; and on Tuesday, November 19, from 11 a.m. to noon.
It’s Medicare open enrollment season for 2020. Advocates will go over the basics of Medicare Part A, Part B and Part D. All sessions will be identical; pre-registration is required. Sessions are free.
Teleconference: Trappers, Traders, Trailblazers: Mountain Men of the Rocky Mountain West
Explore the adventurous culture of the West during the time of the trappers, traders and trailblazers. The presenter will introduce hands-on collection pieces relating directly to the life of the mountain men during this teleconference on Wednesday, November 6, from 11 a.m. to noon. This session is offered by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and is free for members.
Mn Safety Council defensive driving 55+ refresher course
This class is for those who have already taken the initial eight-hour class. there is no driving and no test. You will receive your certificate of completion for the insurance company at completion. Wisconsin residents must ask their insurance agent if they will cover the 10-percent discount.
Pre-registration and payment is due at the time of registration. Registration ends on November 8.
The class will be held on Monday, November 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost for members is 417; for non-members it is $26.
The Winona Friendship Center is open to all individuals age 55 and over. For more information about classes, hours, or nominal class or participation fees, please stop in or call 507-454-5212.
The Senior Advocacy Program provides information and assistance to people over age 60. If you need assistance, please call 507-454-7369.