Learn to crochet

Jeannie Winselman and Audrey Clough
SAC’s Enrichment Center

What activity relieves stress, inspires creativity and promotes well-being? The answer is crocheting. Crocheting is the process of hooking yarn or thread to create fabric. It began in 1500 B.C. as a type of nun’s work. Women soon realized that chains worked in a pattern would hang together without background fabric.

There are numerous benefits of learning how to crochet. The calming, repetitive movement produces a soothing effect. Working through the various stitches keeps your fingers nimble. Crochet is portable and can be worked on while watching television, traveling or visiting. This hobby is a great outlet for creativity and helps stave off Alzheimer’s. Another health benefit is that, because of the constant varying in focus, crocheting keeps your eye muscles toned. The rhythmic, repetitive movements help prevent stress, pain, and depression. Learning how to crochet has proven effective in long-term pain management.

One of our experienced crocheters, Ginger, has agreed to teach a class on crocheting at SACs. It ill be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, beginning June 13. All you need to bring is a crochet hook (G, H, or I), and SACs will provide the yarn for your first project, which will be a dishcloth. If you are interested, call us at 763-689-6555 to register so we will have yarn available for you.
“Chain four, join, and turn.” These words will signal the beginning of your new project. Come learn to crochet with us. We promise you will derive great satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment once your first project is completed!

In Memoriam
We lost a wonderful friend and co-worker at SAC’s Enrichment Center and are praying he is in a better place. Reid Larson, our dishwasher, died on Thursday, May 25. He was a very kind, intelligent and friendly person. Reid will be greatly missed. It was a joy to know him. Rest in peace friend.

Weekly Activities
Thursday, June 8
• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.
• Noon – “500” cards.

Friday, June 9
• 7:30-9:30 a.m. – Breakfast.
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Lunch.

Monday, June 12
• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.
• 9:30 a.m. – Wellness Walking.

Tuesday, June 13
• 10 a.m. – Adult Coloring.
• 10 a.m. – Knit & Stitch.
• Noon – “Hand and Foot” Cards.

Wednesday, June 14
• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.
• 9 a.m. – Cribbage.
• 1 p.m. – Medicare Class.

Thursday, June 15
• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.
• Noon – “500” cards.

Upcoming Events
• Wednesday, June 21: Let’s Go Fishing. Leave SACs Enrichment Center at 8 a.m. via Heartland Express to Rush Lake. Equipment, bait and snack is provided. Return by 1 p.m. Lunch at Flickerbird’s. Cost is $2 for bus ride and you buy your own lunch. There are eight seats available on pontoon. We’ve gone many times in past, and a good time is had by all. Call 763-689-6555 for a spot.

• Wednesday, June 28: Stroke and Falls Education. The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and Minnesota Stroke Association will be providing education about stroke and falls prevention through the Stroke and Falls Education (SAFE) Program. SAFE covers stroke prevention, what a stroke is, recognizing signs and types of stroke, revising risk factors and treatment and what might happen to an individual after stroke. SAFE also covers falls prevention outcomes link to falls, who is at risk, risk factors for falls, and tips to prevent falls. (Last week I misprinted the date.)

• Wednesday, July 12: Midwest Country Show, Angie Senser, Billye Jane Kruse. Leave at 10:15 a.m. and return by 5 p.m. Lunch at Cassidy’s. There will be time to check out the Ben Franklin and shop at the little boutique across the street from theater.

• Wednesday, Aug. 16: Plymouth Playhouse: Heartsongs. Leave SACs at 10:15 a.m. and return by 4:30 p.m. Call to make reservations ASAP.

• Monday, Sept. 18: SAC’s is offering an awesome day trip. Join us as we take in the beautiful sites along the mighty Mississippi River on a 4-hour cruise aboard the Jonathan Padelford River Boat. This historical narrated cruise travels from Harriet Island in St. Paul through the Ford Lock and Dam – Lock No. 1 from St. Paul into Minneapolis and returning to Harriet Island.
As we cruise we will feast on a buffet of BBQ chicken, pulled pork, potato salad and all the “fixins.” As a bonus, if we get 50 people on the guest list, the cruise line will provide a delightful live Dixieland band. Oh, and there may be a little surprise stop after the cruise. What a great way to welcome autumn in Minnesota. The all inclusive cost is $74 per person. Call SAC’s (763-689-6555) or Sandie (763-706-7562) to add your name to our guest list.