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Senior program providing additional services

The West Fargo Senior Program has added additional services in the form of educational presentations, craft projects and entertainment opportunities. The events are currently scheduled to occur on either Tuesday or Thursday and are held at Faith Lutheran Church or the West Fargo Library. More information can be found in the Valley Senior Service Silver Quill or in handouts provided at Faith Lutheran Church.

Past presenters include: Cass County Board President Darrell Vanyo, flood protection; Judy Drew, health and nutrition; Cass County Electric, energy efficiency; Salvation Army, Red Kettle Campaign and program services. Craft projects have included activities such as the Create a Christmas Ornament challenge. Upcoming events include the movie "How to Train Your Dragon" scheduled to be shown at the Library on Dec. 28, at 10:15 a.m.

Program coordinators Marlene Batterberry, Stacy Kalvoda and West Fargo Librarian Sandra Hannahs have been collecting ideas for future presenters and programs. Hannahs indicated, "Utilizing the resources offered by the library as part of the Senior Committee program provides for exposure of the library within the community. We want to increase our volume of users through our partnership with the senior committee. The close proximity of the two locations is also truly convenient for what we are trying to accomplish."

Kalvoda has previously volunteered as part of the Meals on Wheels program. She said, "I was looking for a volunteer opportunity of a couple hours each week. Meals on Wheels was certainly fun, as I could take my kids with and we were able to develop relationships with those we saw on a regular basis. Working with the senior committee is a little more challenging as the program is just starting. It is exciting to be a part in development of the program."

The senior committee invites all people sixty years of age or older to participate in the West Fargo Senior Program. The program is meant to bring people together, spark conversations between the participants and provide entertainment and education opportunities. A regular participant of the meal program indicated he enjoys the food but he enjoys the conversation more. Having the ability to meet on a regular basis to share thoughts and memories with others is a true delight for him.

A noon meal is provided Monday through Friday for the donation cost of $3.50. Meal service begins at noon at Faith Lutheran Church, 127 2nd Ave. E., West Fargo. Those intending to dine are asked to call 293-1440 at least 24 hours before you plan to attend.