It’s that time of year again when our gently-used clothing store, Fashions on Central, brings out the fashions for fall and winter.  We are continuing to add many new items for those days when the temperature begins to drop.  Fashions on Central, located in downtown Faribault, is open for shopping Tuesday-Fridays from 11:00-5:00pm.


Make and Take Painted Wood Pumpkin

Pumpkins are in prime time in the fall and this wooden pumpkin will last from year to year. Joy Zimmerman will be the class instructor. Look forward to seeing the special embellishments she adds to this design and the interesting items she uses for the stem of the pumpkin.  Finished sample is available to view at Buckham West. Preregister so that material can be prepared; $6.00 fee includes all supplies except glue. (Bring your own glue or glue it at home.) Class will be held on Wed, September 28th at 1:30 p.m.


Salsa Contest Results

Thank you to all of the contestants that participated in our first Salsa Making Contest. We had seven entries in the Buckham West member category with Lynda Boudreau and John Slettedahl taking home prizes. In the celebrity category, Fire Chief Dustin Dienst was the winner.  He also received a prize for this entry, along with the bragging rights that he has earned.

We were delighted to have Chef Jeff Labeau take time from his busy work schedule to be with us as well. He did a cooking demo by making fresh pico de gallo and left us with some to taste. The Depot also donated gift certificates for our winning entries- thanks so much!


Senior Solutions

Buckham West has partnered with Holly from Westbrack Marketing to provide a new service for Faribault’s older adults called Senior Solutions. Twice a month, Holly will be available by appointment to assist with your technology questions.

Some of those questions that you may have may include: Facebook, email, purchasing tickets online, issues related to your cell phone and more.  Please note that questions on connecting printers or anything that would involve a home visit will not be addressed.

In order to access this service, please call Buckham West at 332-7357 to make an appointment.   You will be scheduled for a one-half hour slot and there is a $20 fee which will be payable directly to Holly at the start of your visit. Please call for dates and times of when she will be here.


Aging Eyes Support Group

In response to recent classes offered by Buckham West on vision loss, we now are hosting a support group twice a month for individuals who are searching for assistance in dealing with their vision concerns. The group will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at Buckham West. This free program is open to the public and we ask that you call to sign up. Drop in are also welcome. The group’s leader, Betsy Shallbetter, is retired from teaching at the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind in Faribault and is a volunteer with the Aging Eyes Initiative.


New Member Incentive

As an incentive to add new members for the remainder of 2022, we are kicking off a special Membership Drive beginning September 1st.  If you are 50 years or older, we would like to invite you to become a member for the remainder of 2022 and all of 2023 for only $45. Next year’s individual’s dues are $40 per year, so for just $5 more you can join for the last 4 months of 2022 and all of 2023. Look at this as a way to support this important non-profit and save yourself some money.

If you are already a Buckham West member, your annual renewal process will begin in November for the 2023 membership year.


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 5:00-6:30 p.m. (please note corrected time)

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.


Plastic Recycling

Once again, the Faribault Lions Club will be at Buckham West to accept your donation of household plastics. On Wednesday, Wednesday, Sept. 28 between 9:30-11:00am, volunteers from their group will be on hand to accept a variety of household plastics.  This Plastic Recycling Project is a fund-raiser for community projects.

  • From the store: produce bags, store bags and ice bags
  • From your pantry: Ziploc and other reclosable bags, cereal box liners, bread bags and packaging overwrap
  • From your front door: newspaper sleeves, dry cleaning bags and bubble wrap

The plastics must be clean, dry and free from food and another residue. Please do not bring bags in on other days, as we will not be storing them here.


Advanced Care Planning

If you had a health crisis and were unable to communicate with your loved ones and medical care providers, who would make decisions for you? Advance care planning is a process of thinking about what’s important to you, talking with those who matter to you, and writing down your wishes for health care and treatment in a Health Care Directive.

Don’t know where to start? Attend this free Honoring Choices Advance Care Planning education series to learn more. This 2-session course will walk with you through the process of advance care planning and facilitate the completion of your health care directive. Plan to attend both sessions as you will be asked to complete activities between the sessions.

  • Session 1: Advance Care Planning and Your Health Care Agent

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 10 – 11 am

We will address the 6 W’s of advance care planning (Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How)

  • Session 2: Completing Your Health Care Directive

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 10 – 11 am

Continuing the discussion on the Honoring Choices Health Care Directive, we will answer your questions and provide guidance as you complete a directive.


Registration is required for these free classes. Class size is limited. Please call Buckham West at 332-7357 to sign up.