Join us at Buckham West for a Mini-Pop Up Concert, July 14th at 9:30am.  Although this is very short notice, we can’t be more excited than to welcome Laura O’Connor to sing for us.  Laura is the lead singer of a group called Pop Prohibition which performs reimagined pop songs into the different vintage styles like jazz, blues, ragtime and more. As always, our Coffee and Music sessions are free and open to the public. We’ll also have free coffee and a cookie!


Great Courses Summer Session

You still have time to sign up for the summer session of the “Great Courses” series.  Beginning tomorrow, July 14 at 1:30 p.m., Buckham West will launch another Great Courses presentation on the “History of Eastern Europe”. 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.

The “History of Eastern Europe” topic was chosen because of the current conflict in the Ukraine, which is located in this region.

This program will be a video viewing and discussion format held in 6 sessions. Pre-register by calling 332-7357; free for Buckham West members, $3.00 for non-members.


Have you heard?

Once again, the Faribault Lions Club will be at Buckham West to accept your donation of household plastics. On Wednesday, July 27th 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. Once they have collected enough materials, they will be made into a bench made from composite materials. Below are examples of the plastics that can be used for this recycling project.

  • 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. The Lions Club will be in our building twice a month and members will be bringing a donation bin with them each time. Please do not bring bags in on other days, as we will not be storing them here.


A Visit with David Sauer, CIA Retired

David Sauer, of Faribault, is a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer who served as chief of station and deputy chief of station in multiple overseas command positions in East Asia and South Asia.

Because of his role in that area of the world, he is particularly well-versed in issues that are currently happening with China and Taiwan. Join us on Tuesday, August 2nd at 1:30 p.m. at Buckham West when we will hear his insights about this situation and we’ll also hear how a local youth came to work for the CIA, what that career looked like, and what has brought him back to Faribault. Open to the public; pre-registration is requested

Buckham West member free; non-member $3.00


Fashions on Central

Cleaning out your closets? Why not donate your gently-used women’s clothing to Fashions on Central? You can be assured that we will treat your clothing and accessories with the same love you bought them with. Remember that all proceeds from sales at Fashions on Central are used for the operation of Buckham West. Our store hours are Tuesday-Fridays from 11:00-5:00pm for shopping and donating.


Senior Spotlight Day

Coming up next week is the Rice County Fair with Senior Spotlight Day scheduled for Thursday, July 21st. There are many things planned for those in attendance, including:

  • A shuttle ride from the parking lot and around the grounds.
  • Many senior specials throughout the fairgrounds
  • 11:30 am- Spotlight meal in Straight River Room at minimal cost
  • 1:00 pm – Presentation of the Rice County Outstanding Senior Volunteer in the Straight River Room or on the Sellner Stage as weather allows.


Defensive Driving

AARP has now opened up their classes to the community. The classes are open to the public and there is a fee that is payable when you sign up. Please call Buckham West at 332-7357 to sign up.

4 hr. classes:

Wed., Aug 17 from 12:30-4:30pm

Tue., Aug 30 from 4-8pm

Thur, Sept. 29th from 12:30-4:30pm

8 hr. classes:

Wed, July 27th & Thur, 28th from 4-8pm

Next offering of the 8-hour session will be in October, 2022.



Buckham West is now partnering with the Owatonna Senior Center for all day trips, you may sign up by calling 507-444-4321.

  • “The Elvis Show” at the Ives Auditorium in Bloomington on Sunday, Sept. 11; Register by Aug. 24.
  • The Church Basement Ladies in “Plowin’ Thru” on Wednesday, Sept. 28; Register by Sept. 6.