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CAL celebrates Active Aging Week with full slate of activities

WORTHINGTON — Worthington’s Center for Active Living will celebrate Active Aging Week with a full week full of special events.

Led by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), Active Aging Week is an annual health promotion event. The weeklong observance celebrates adults ages 50 and older as fully participating members of society and promotes the benefits of leading an active, healthier lifestyle. It also highlights the ability of older adults to live well, regardless of age or health conditions.

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In Worthington, the celebration begins Sunday with a community motorcycle ride led by Simon Koster. Participants will leave at 4:30 p.m. from the parking lot of W-2 Meats. A community-wide cookout will follow in the W-2 parking lot. Burgers, bratwursts, sides and drinks will be served, and there will be yard games and music. All ages are welcome. A fee will be charged for the meal.

Other events throughout the week are as follows:


Registration for a golf tournament begins at 10 a.m. at Prairie View Golf Links, with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. There will be door prizes and a cash payout.


The Minnesota West Lifelong Learning Department will host a glass-etching class at 4:30 p.m. at BenLee’s Cafe, 212 12th St.

A Wine and Canvas Event will begin at 6 p.m., also at BenLee’s. Participants will create a painting called “Blossoming Tree in Moonlight.” There is a fee for either class.


Sanford Worthington is organizing a Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center for Active Living. Various businesses will have booths and information. Glucose and cholesterol screening will be offered from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Southwest Hearing Technology will do visual ear inspections; Sanford Cancer Center will offer skin screening; and Sanford Home Health will do balance screening for fall prevention.

There will also be four speakers throughout the day: 10 a.m., “Motion is Lotion,” by Sanford physical therapist Becky Zylstra; noon, “Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing and You,” by Naomi Bach, certified nurse practitioner; 2 p.m., “Falling for Desserts — Warm, Healthy and Delish!” by Sanford Worthington Dietary Manager Chris Schmitz; 4 p.m., “The Doctor Is In,” by a Sanford Worthington Family Medicine physician.

Lunch will be available with advanced reservations.

THURSDAY, Sept. 25

Former KARE 11 news anchor and HGTV personality Joan Steffend will speak at 6 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Her presentation is free to CAL members; with a fee for non-members. Tickets are reserved seating and can be picked up at Memorial Auditorium.

FRIDAY, Sept. 26

Retirement issues will be addressed by speakers throughout the day: 10 a.m., estate planning, will vs. revocable trusts, power of attorney and other legal considerations; noon, a representative from the Social Security Administration will be on hand to update on changes and answer questions; 1:30 p.m., “Welcome to Medicare,” presented by the Senior Linkage Line; 3 p.m., an expert on investments will explain how to plan for the future; 4 p.m., “Own Your Own Future,” presented by Senior Linkage Line.

SATURDAY, Sept. 27

The CAL’s first Pickle Ball tournament will include men’s, women’s and mixed doubles play in both recreation and competitive divisions.

For more information or to register for Active Aging Week activities, stop by the CAL, 211 11th St.; phone 376-6458; or email