Beginning on Thursday, September 15th at 1:30 p.m., Buckham West will launch another Great Courses presentation titled “The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World”. Great Courses is a series of college-level courses covering a wide range of topics. This program is presented by experts in the field and will be facilitated locally by Bob Irby.

In “The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World” try to imagine you’re a Greek soldier marching into battle in the front row of a phalanx. Or an Egyptian woman putting on makeup before attending an evening party with your husband. Welcome to the other side of history, the 99% of ordinary people whose names don’t make it into the history books—but whose lives are no less fascinating than the great leaders whose names we all know.

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars to experience the texture of daily life in these civilizations. You’ll be delighted by the ways you’ll identify and empathize with people from another world.

This program will be a video viewing and discussion format held for 6 sessions. Please note that there will be no class on Sept 29th. Pre-register by calling 332-7357; free for Buckham West members, $3.00 for non-members


Senior Solutions

Exciting news! 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.


Author Visit

In his book “Journey by the Book: A Guide to Tales of Travel”, Northfield resident and author Dan Van Tassel discusses a vast sampling of travel literature. If the story uses a voyage, pilgrimage, or journey as essential for its meaning and structure, it will figure prominently in the stories he shares.

The book discusses a range of travel reading and writing from imaginary journeys to very real ones, including:

  • The Odyssey
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner
  • Road trips by Twain and Steinbeck
  • And assorted other tales of travel

Please pre-register for this free class, which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13th at 1:30 calling Buckham West at 332-7357.


Salsa Making Contest

The best thing about summer is the abundance of fresh vegetables that are available. Well now is the time to put that fresh produce to good use and enter our salsa making contest!

There are two ways to participate. One is to enter the contest by submitting your own salsa. The other way is to come and taste the salsa entries and help us choose the winners.

There will be two groups of entries: Buckham West Members and invited local celebrities. Full contest details are on the entry form which is available for pick up at Buckham West or on the website at There is no fee to enter and there will be prizes awarded which are sponsored in part by The Depot.

The taste-testing and voting will happen on Wednesday, September 14th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Buckham West. Join the fun and submit your own entry. Outside of the celebrity entries, we ask for Buckham West members only, please.


Special Appearance by Chef Labeau

In addition to Buckham West members that will be competing in our upcoming salsa contest, we are happy to announce that we will also have a special appearance by The Depot’s renowned chef, Jeff Labeau. Chef Labeau, along with his culinary staff, will be sharing their own homemade salsas for our sampling. They will also be doing a cooking demonstration while they are here.  Please make sure that you are in attendance for this special event.

There will also be more celebrity cooks in attendance that are willing to share their own salsa recipes. A representative from the Faribault Fire Department, Faribault Police Department, Faribault Parks and Recreation Department and Rice County Administration will be competing against each other for a prize, along with bragging rights!

Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 14th from 10-11am.


Bridge Marathon

Members of the Buckham West bridge marathon group are seeking individuals who are interested in being on a list of substitutes. If you are an experienced bridge player, who is a Buckham West member, and would like to get on this sub list, please call Connie at 334-4257 (do not call Buckham West to be placed on this list).


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 those individuals who are searching for assistance in dealing with their vision concerns. 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.

People attending the group can expect to participate in helpful conversations with others living with a similar condition, discover resources available locally, and expand their circle of friends while learning and sharing strategies for daily living.

The group will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at Buckham West, with the first meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 13th at 10:00 a.m. 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.  Vision-impaired herself, she hopes to provide reassurance to those who live with vision loss and to help them simplify and improve their quality of life


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


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