New event takes the place of Spring Fling

WORTHINGTON -- Quinoa and essential oils may be the buzzwords of the decade, but what are they and why is everyone talking about them? To answer those questions and more, plan to attend "Living Your Best Life" an event offered from 3 to 8 p.m. Ma...

WORTHINGTON - Quinoa and essential oils may be the buzzwords of the decade, but what are they and why is everyone talking about them?

To answer those questions and more, plan to attend “Living Your Best Life” an event offered from 3 to 8 p.m. May 1 at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave., Worthington.

Formerly known as the Spring Fling for Seniors, organizers have planned an event this year that is open to people of all ages. Anne Foley, District 518 Community Education Director, is helping to coordinate the program with community ed’s adult advisory committee.

Foley said Spring Fling was a great event, but there had been feedback from a lot of people who either work or volunteer during the day and couldn’t attend. By moving the event to late afternoon and into the evening, there’s hope for a larger audience.

“We looked at the Spring Fling model and we tried to do a couple of changes,” Foley said. “With the new beginning, we looked at changing the time of the event, what we’re doing and what we’re providing.”


The result is “Living Your Best Life,” an event that includes a variety of break-out sessions, a taco/nacho bar and a motivational speaker all planned within a five-hour block.

The keynote speaker is Karen Schwaller, founder of Schwaller Agri-Stories and family farmer from near Milford, Iowa, with her husband, Dave. Schwaller is a newspaper columnist and book author who speaks from the heart with a message that entertains, inspires and motivates her audience. She will speak at 7 p.m.

Attendees are welcome to come for the entire event or join in after work, Foley said. There will be 30-minute break-out sessions from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., and again from 6 to 7 p.m. Seven different topics will be featured, including essential oils, healthy foods, Project Lifesaver, healthy eating for special diets, acupuncture, chair yoga, using herbs and fresh produce in cooking and a cultural program planned by the Nobles County Integration Collaborative.

The break-out sessions will take place inside the classrooms, while the keynote address will be given in the sanctuary.

“We have planned an event that anyone is welcome to participate in if they are willing to come for an evening,” Foley said. “We’re hoping that with the time change, we’re going to entice people to leave an hour early from work or get there when they get there.”

A variety of businesses and agencies will have booths set up throughout the event, and most will have door prizes to give away, along with information or services.

“Sanford has done blood pressure and glucose checks and people really enjoy having that available,” Foley said. “The door prizes are always very nice.”

Registration is now open for “Living Your Best Life,” and people may call District 518 Community Education at 376-6105 to register. There is a reduced fee for those who register and pay by April 24. Registration may also be done online at, or by stopping at the community education office in the West Learning Center, 117 11th Ave., Room 134, Worthington.


The first 100 people to register will receive a little May Day basket at the May 1 event. The basket will include a cup with a fresh herb growing inside - provided by Bill Brandt of Brandt Gardens and Greenhouse, rural Lakefield.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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