On Thursday, October 13 from 9:30-11am, you are invited to join us at Buckham West to learn more about aging in place from occupational therapy assistant student, Bree Papow. We will discuss potential home modifications as well as community resources and relationships you may need to live the way you want for as long as possible – with an emphasis on living independently and maintaining autonomy.  This will be an informal display, and not a formal presentation, so please come when you can. No sign up necessary.


Money Smart

Please consider attending an upcoming program presented by Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota, called Money Smart for Older Adults   This free, two-hour presentation, scheduled for Wednesday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m., is for older adults concerned with protecting their assets and finances.

Participants will be taught to recognize and reduce the risk of financial exploitation, guard against identity theft, plan for the loss of decision-making capacity, and other helpful tips about recent scams and common fraud.

Following a recent workshop, a participant wrote: “It spurred me on to review the plans I had put in place maybe 20 years ago. I found out that choices I had made then were not what I want now.  Once I made changes regarding financial matters I moved on to updating my end-of-life wishes and made funeral plans and have had good conversations with family. It has given me peace of mind.”

Registration is being accepted by calling Buckham West at 507-332-7357 before October 10


Flu Shot Clinic

Rice County Public Health has announced its Flu Shot Clinic schedule for 2022 which includes one adult Flu Shot Clinic at Buckham West on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 10-11:30am. If you are receiving Medicare or MA, there will not be any out of pocket cost for you and your paperwork will be filed.  Please bring your Medicare card with you. This shot clinic is open to all area adults with no appointment needed.


Pop-Up Shoppe Returns

The “Pop-Up Christmas Shoppe” returns for a third time prior to the 2022 holiday season, with all proceeds used to support the programs and services of Buckham West. This event is set to kick off on Saturday, Nov. 26th.

In order to stock the shop, we are now actively soliciting donations from our members and other supportive community members. These donations will then be priced, displayed and sold at the Shoppe. Items that we are looking for include:

  • Newly purchased or unused store-bought items
  • Hand crafted items for home or personal use
  • Gift certificates to local stores or restaurants which can be added to theme baskets
  • Stocking stuffers
  • Items identified and priced just right for youngsters to buy for a special adult in their life.
  • Bundles or baskets of themed items (for example home décor, holiday, hobbies, etc.)

In order to have artisan and boutique quality items, we will not accept previously opened or used items. We also will not be selling clothing at this event, but would always be happy to accept donations of clothes at Fashions on Central, our second-hand clothing store.

Please drop off your donated items to Buckham West beginning on Monday, October 3rd and no later than Friday, November 18th. If you have questions, call us at 332-7357.


Holiday Raffle

Beginning on Monday, October 3rd, we are holding a special raffle to celebrate the spirit of the approaching holiday seasons. You may win a specially decorated pumpkin, just in time to add to your Halloween festivities or grace your Thanksgiving table. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each with three prizes drawn beginning with the largest pumpkin. The drawing will be held at Buckham West on October 31st. Need not be present to win.


Hobby Display

What is a tongue drum?  Tongue drums are hollow chambers with a solid piece of wood that has been carved into several long shapes that can produce sounds. Come and visit with Faribault resident Dave Gerhart who will share his hobby of creating musical instruments crafted from wood.  Along with Dave, we’re hoping to have Mary Nayakew join us. Mary is from Sudan and can play and sing along with the instruments that Dave has made.  This activity will be held on Wednesday, October 12th beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Commons Area.

Do you have a hobby that you’d like to share? Let us know and we’ll arrange for a time for you to visit.


New Member Incentive

As an incentive to add new members for the remainder of 2022, we are kicking off a special Membership Drive during September and October.  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.


Political Turbulence Following WWI

On Thursday, November 3 beginning at 1:30pm we are honored to be hosting Dr. Brian Libby, retired European History instructor from Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, when he shares with us a presentation on the three famous families of 1914 Europe.

In 1914 the bulk of Europe was ruled by three families: the Romanovs, the Hapsburgs and the Hohenzollerns. But by the end of 1918 the hears of two of these families were living in exile; the third was dead.  In the presentation, you will examine whether the collapse of three ancient houses resulted in improvement or the reverse for their former subjects.

About the presenter: Mr. Brian Libby was born in Maine, educated at Johns Hopkins and Purdue University, and taught European History at Shattuck-St. Mary’s from 1978-2016.  His main fields of expertise and interest are European military and diplomatic history, and modern Germany. He has self-published five novels.


Help in Rice County

Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) has been in our community for over 3 years now.  We have a very dedicated volunteer base that is assisting with companionship, grocery shopping, handy work, housekeeping, snow removal and transportation.  We are thankful for our volunteers and hope that we can instill others wanting to help with the needs in our community as well.  If you are interested, please contact Buckham West at 507-332-7357 and ask for Anne Pleskonko.  All volunteers receive a national background check, at no cost to the volunteer.

If you are a Rice County resident who is living independently and are currently looking for help with fall clean up and snow removal, you are encouraged to call Buckham West 507-332-7357 and ask for Anne Pleskonko, Senior Service Coordinator for NHN.  We have local services providers’ right here in Rice County. These services are based on your ability to pay.


  • Technology assistance service for Faribault’s older adults by Holly from Westbrack Marketing. Call 332-7357 to make an appointment for a one-half hour slot. Fee: $20
  • Aging Eyes Support Group 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 from 10-11:00am. This free program is open to the public, please call to sign up. Drop in are also welcome