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Senior center Digging in the dirt is good for the soul

By Sara Schaffer

Gardening is active living. It offers the opportunity for lifelong participation and can be a positive contributor to the environment. 

Numerous studies have shown that regular physical activity reduces your risk of premature death, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, depression and colon cancer. Gardening and yard work contribute to healthy living and are part of all three types of physical activity — endurance, flexibility and strength exercises. Heavy yard work, such as raking and carrying leaves, contributes to both endurance and strengthening activities, while all those stretches and contortions in the garden helps with flexibility. 

Studies have shown that just looking at trees and plants reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and relieves tension in muscles. Given all this, it is no surprise that one study concludes: "Those who are involved in gardening find life more satisfying and feel they have more positive things happening in their lives."

We have a special guest from Dolan’s Landscape and Spas on Thursday. Amy Whiteaker will be doing a potted-garden class. This is the first in a two-part series we are working on with Riverland Generations. Whiteaker will show how you can have a garden even if you don’t have a backyard. On May 17, Riverland will host a bus trip to the arboretum in Chanhassen, Minn. The bus will leave Riverland’s West Building parking lot at 8 a.m. and return by 5 p.m. Call the senior center at 433-2370 to reserve a spot.

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Help with tax rebate

The advocates are taking appointments to help people file Minnesota property tax rebates. You need to bring in your income information from last year, 2006 federal income tax return and your new, blue property tax statement. Make an appointment by calling Annie at 433-3462 or Nancy at 433-8376.

Upcoming events

Monday — Movie "Chocolat" at 3 p.m.

Tuesday — Hormel retirees breakfast of an egg bake, hash browns, sausage, fruit, juice, milk, and coffee; 9 a.m.

Will Gold financial counseling, 10 a.m.

Wednesday — UCare, 10 a.m.

12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Defensive driving; $16 for members; $19 for non-members.

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Thursday — Patio gardening, $5 fee, 10 a.m. A spaghetti lunch is available for an additional $2; hearing clinic, 3:30 p.m.

Friday — Used-A-Bit Shop $2 bag sale on all clothing and miscellaneous items. This sale does not include craft Items.

Weekly card results

Weekly 500 (April 27) — Eddie Hall, Bernice Thompson, Lois Anderson, Virginia Christensen.

Friday Cribbage (April 27) — Ethel Hoffman, Jack Curan, Loretta Prantner.

Whist (April 23) — Les Hoffman, Clayton Kearns.

Friday Bridge (April 27) — Betty Jorgenson, Phyllis Helgeson, Lois Johnson, Pat Swenson.

Monday Bridge — Vandy Newman, John Allen, Dick Hansen, Gayl Schmidt.

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Pinochle — Dorothy Schloo, Jaynard Johnson, Bob Lewis.

Weekly Cribbage (April 25,) — John Allen and Ethel Hoffman, Loretta Prantner, Elliot Larson, Lynn DeRemer.

Tuesday 500 (April 24) — Dave Solomonson, Mildred Ballantyne, Jessie Swain, Willard Ballantyne.

Tuesday night bridge — Jean Schupp, Betty Jorgenson, Bud Higgins, John Allen.

Semcac daily meals

Tuesday — Hot beef sandwich (noon).

Wednesday — Brats or burgers.

Thursday — Spaghetti.

Friday — Roast turkey.

Sara Schaffer is the director of the Mower County Senior Center.

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