Easy accessibility is just one of the reasons the Cambridge Senior Activity Center (SAC) is looking to relocate to City Center Mall.
The Isanti County Commission on Aging is encouraging everyone in the community to help support the SAC’s move into City Center Mall.
The Spaghetti Feed & Silent Auction Fundraiser, with live music by Kenny Krona and Lyle Swedeen, will be held Friday, May 3, at Christ the King Catholic Church Parish Hall in Cambridge.
Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. for viewing of the silent auction items, with the dinner served 4-7 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at the SAC or at the door the evening of the event. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children 5-12, and under 5 are free.
Commission on Aging Board Member Judy Ziebarth explained the cost of the move into City Center Mall and necessary improvements is approximately $200,000.
“A few of the benefits by moving into City Center Mall includes better parking, access to bus service, no steps or ramps and being in a more secure building,” Ziebarth said. “We are excited about this move and ask for the community’s help in making this possible.”
A few of the silent auction items will include a stay at a resort on Mille Lacs; tattoo gift certificates; quilts; afghans; male-, female- and children-orientated gift baskets; a stay at Metropolis Resort in Eau Claire, Wis.; and more. Silent auction items are still being accepted. For donation and/or pick up arrangements, call the SAC at 763-689-6555.
Commission on Aging Board Member Tammy Koosman said the organization works to promote and safeguard the health and independence of Isanti County seniors.
“We arrange many necessary services and provide many meaningful social and recreational options that enhance our seniors’ lives,” Koosman said. “We need everyone to join with us as we make this transition into our new senior enrichment center.”
Besides the daily lunch offered at the SAC, provided by Catholic Charities, there are several activities offered at the SAC, which includes exercise classes, nutrition classes, legal presentations, cards and games, knitting, crafts and other activities.
Ziebarth explained, besides the cost of the move, improvements will have to be made inside City Center Mall in regard to plumbing, electrical and various renovations. Local contractor BJ Baas Builders will be doing the renovation work.
Ziebarth and Koosman said the Commission on Aging is working on grant applications to apply to various agencies in hopes of obtaining funding to help with the cost of the move.
The SAC currently hosts Friday morning breakfasts at 7:45 a.m., open to all in the community at its current location at 332 Third Ave. NW, Cambridge.
“Our Friday breakfasts can range from 20 people during the winter to 60 or 70 people in the spring and summer,” Ziebarth said. “We serve from 7:45 to 9 a.m. and people usually start showing up around 7 a.m. I’ve been doing the cashiering every other week for three years at the breakfasts, and I can tell you it’s really the social event.”
Ziebarth and Koosman explained there will be other fundraising events coming up to support the move to City Center Mall.
“There are more and more of us becoming seniors every day, and we need to have a place and resources to help us stay independent,” Ziebarth said. “We are excited about this move to the City Center Mall and are asking for the community’s help to make this possible.”