Betsy Shallbetter, Aging Eyes Initiative Community Partner, will join us at Buckham West today, August 10th at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the resources available in our community through the Aging Eyes Initiative. This free program is open to the public. Drop-ins are welcome

Vision loss due to conditions like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other age-related eye conditions can be a frustrating and difficult part of aging. The good news is that while it may require learning some new skills and making some adaptations, vision loss need not destroy quality of life, ability to live independently, or ability to be involved in the community.

The Aging Eyes Initiative is an award-winning program of Minnesota State Services for the Blind.  The program partners with individuals and organizations throughout Minnesota to help seniors adjust to vision loss by providing:

  • information about eye conditions common to seniors
  • low-vision aids and devices at no charge
  • referrals for more extensive assistance at State Services for the Blind


WWII-Iconic Drawings and Women of War

On Wednesday, August 31st beginning at 1:30 p.m., Buckham West is hosting a special program featuring an extraordinary collection of pencil drawings by premier pencil artist Al Smith. The program will feature scenes and images that portray WWII soldiers and also the women who have served in the armed forces.

Artist Al Smith will present a program based on his drawings of those who served during time of war. He found that by drawing their pictures and telling their stories, he could express his respect and appreciation for them.  This is one way he honors all veterans.

The program is open to the public; pre-registration required by calling 332-7357. There is no cost for Buckham West members and $3 for non-members which is payable at the door.


Medicare 101

If you are turning 65 or going on Medicare soon, here is an opportunity for you to get the information you need. “Medicare 101” will be held at Buckham West on Tuesday, September 27th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The workshop will cover the parts of Medicare- hospital, medical and drug options; including original/ traditional Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare advantage plans, Part D prescription drug coverage and preventive benefits.

The class instructor will be a certified State Health Insurance Program Counselor and specialist with the Senior LinkAge Line®. This is a free event which is open to the public. There is a minimum of 10 participants for this class to be held, so sign up is necessary by calling 332-7357


Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Are you caring for a family member, friend or neighbor? Caregiving responsibilities are broad, but those routinely helping or caring for someone near or far-away, are considered caregivers. If you are a caregiver and in need of support, consider signing up for “Powerful Tools for Caregivers”.

Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Buckham West, along with Catholic Charities, is hosting a free, six-week wellness program, designed for those who provide care for a loved one. Workshop sessions will be held at Buckham West each Tuesday for six weeks.

In this workshop you will learn practical skills proven to reduce stress, communicate more effectively, improve self-care, make effective decisions and access community resources for caregivers. Participants also benefit from meeting other people with similar challenges and learning how to cope together. Registration is required as seating is limited.

Registration for this program can be done by calling Buckham West at 332-7357.


Plastic Recycling

On Wednesday, August 24th between 9:30-11:00am, the Faribault Lions Club will be at Buckham West to accept your donation of household plastics.  This Plastic Recycling Project is a fund-raiser for community projects. Once they have collected enough materials, they will be made into a bench made from composite materials. The plastics must be clean, dry and free from food and another residue.

Please note the times that the Lions volunteers will be in the building so that you do not miss your drop off with them. Also, we ask that you do not bring bags in on other days, as we will not be storing them here. If you cannot be here on August 24, they will be back again on September 2nd and September 28th.


Gardening Experience

On Tuesday, August 30th at 10:00am Buckham West members are invited to register for a free educational program and tour of the University of Minnesota Extension’s “Teaching Garden”. A project of the U of M’s Master Gardener Program, this experience will allow participants to view plants that do well in our area, learn about seed trials that happen in the garden, and ask questions of the Master Gardeners.

Lorrie Rugg, Master Gardener Coordinator, plus additional local Master Gardeners will be our guides. Pre-registration is required for this member-only, free event and can be done by calling 332-7357. All those that are registered will be asked to meet at the garden on the Rice County Fairgrounds.


Trips Added

Buckham West is now partnering with the Owatonna Senior Center for all trips. Please sign up by calling 507-444-4321. There are flyers with all details available at Buckham West.


  • Treasure Island with Bingo Option on Sept.14, 2022 and again on Nov. 9, 2022

Buckham West pick up 10:00am, return 4:50pm

Price: $30 BW member or $40 for non-member, includes a $3 food voucher and $15 of free slot play money. Bingo is not included in the price of this trip.

  • Fall Sightseeing River St. Croix River Boat Cruise on Sat., Oct. 8, 2022

Buckham West pick up 9:15am, return 4:45pm

Price: $60 BW member or $70 for non-member

  • Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the MN Zoo on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

Buckham West pick up 4:00pm, return 9:10pm

Price: $60 BW member or $70 for non-member