The Cambridge Senior Activity Center is continuing its fundraising activities to support its move into City Center Mall.
All are invited to an Oktoberfest fundraiser Oct. 17 at the Senior Activity Center, 332 Third Ave. NW, Cambridge. A German dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. consisting of German style roast beef, boiled red potatoes, gravy, wurst with kraut, sweet and sour red cabbage, green beans, Mae’s rolls and apple strudel. Cost is $15 per person. Pre-sale tickets are available by calling 763-689-6555, or tickets will be available at the door the day of the event.
The dinner will also feature music by the duo Down Home, who will perform until 8 p.m. Down Home plays a wide variety of music that will appeal to all ages.
“We are continuing our fundraising activities to support our move to City Center Mall,” said Mary Sarault, chair of the Isanti County Commission on Aging. “We are still several thousand dollars short to help fund the remodeling that will be needed for our relocation to the mall.”
Sarault said the Senior Center has set up a fund at Minnco Credit Union for those wishing to make a financial contribution to help support the move to the mall. Donations can be made at any Minnco location payable to “Isanti County Commission on Aging.”
“We are hoping any praying for individuals or business donors,” Sarault said. “We welcome any size donation, large or small, and all donations are tax deductible.”
Sarault said the Senior Center is looking to relocate to the Mall for a variety of reasons, including better and easier accessibility, safer and more convenient parking, and being in a more centralized location.
“Our goal is to be in a more centrally located space for our meetings, lunches and all the other activities we offer,” Sarault said. “Our vision is for individuals or businesses to stop in and have a cup of coffee, meet new friends and participate in our various activities.”
Sarault said the number of visitors to the Senior Center decreases during the winter due to the snow and icy conditions.
While Sarault noted Catholic Charities offers Meals on Wheels for home-bound seniors, there are benefits to coming together for a meal.
“The socialization for our seniors to come together is such an emotional health benefit for them,” Sarault said. “Sure, you can always invite your friends to your home, but it can be a lot of work to clean and prepare food for your gatherings. With our Senior Center, you can invite your friends here to play cards, enjoy a meal, knit together or whatever else you like to do. We want our Senior Center to be a place where you feel comfortable and welcome to stop in at any time.”
Sarault noted being located in the mall allows the seniors to be close to Dollar General, Family Pathways Thrift Store and City Center Market. She also said they are looking forward to working with Cambridge Center for the Arts when that organization relocates into City Center Mall.
Sarault said the Center appreciates all the support it has been given by local officials.
“I would like to praise our Isanti County Board of Commissioners for all the support they’ve given to the Senior Center over the years,” Sarault said. “The city of Cambridge, the Cambridge City Council and Mayor Marlys Palmer have also been very supportive in working with us to find a way to move into the City Center Mall and make a location available for us. We appreciate the support everyone has given to us.”
Sarault said the Center is continuing to apply for different grant opportunities to help finance the move to the mall.
“We see the Senior Center as a place where seniors can come together and socialize, share stories and pass on our heritage,” Sarault said. “We also would like to offer more educational opportunities, speakers and other fun activities. We continue to be excited about our move to City Center Mall.”
Another fundraiser to support the Senior Activity Center’s move to City Center Mall will be a craft and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Senior Activity Center. If interested in renting a table for $15, call 763-689-6555. The Friday morning breakfasts, served from 8-9 a.m., also benefit the move to City Center Mall.