It’s time again to celebrate Night to Unite — come downtown to Buckham Center’s annual party! Hosted by the Buckham West, the Faribault Chamber of Commerce, Buckham Memorial Library and Faribault Park and Recreation, the evening promises to be a fun night to get out of the house, to strengthen neighborly bonds, and make a new friend or two.

It will be a night complete with free food, live music and activities for kids and adults. Crime prevention mascots, the K-9 unit from the Faribault Prison, emergency personnel and their vehicles will also be present. New this year will be the RAD Zoo and a few of their reptiles and amphibians from around the world! Make it a fun evening out with family and friends at Buckham Center’s Night to Unite party, Tues. Aug. 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00pm


Plastic Recycling Today

Today, July 27 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.

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.


Retired CIA Officer

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. The cost will be Buckham West member free; non-member $3.00


Health Care Directive

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, August 2, 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, August 16, 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.


Coping with Vision Loss

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

Betsy Shallbetter, Aging Eyes Initiative Community Partner, will join us at Buckham West on Tuesday, 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. Please pre-register by calling Buckham West, 332-7357.Drop-ins are welcome


WWII-Iconic Drawings and Women of War: A Special 2-Part Presentation

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.


Defensive Driving

AARP 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 register.

4 hr. classes:

Wed, July 13th from 4-8pm

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

Tue., Aug 30 from 4-8pm



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.