BY THE NORTHERN SUN NEWS STAFF
On Oct. 25, the Red Lake District Adult Learning Centre will host the first of five Good Ol’ Saturday Night events at the Red Lake Legion, giving local seniors the opportunity to share their stories with the community and enjoy an evening of music and dancing.
“The driving force behind this is to get seniors to come out and tell their stories and a little bit about their lives and also to have fun in kind of an old-fashioned way,” explains Johanna White, program coordinator for both the Red Lake and Ear Falls Adult Learning Centre offices.
Throughout the event there will be little “infomercials” educating seniors about what programs and events are available for them in the area.
Anyone age 55 and up can participate as a speaker on different topics outlined by the event programmers. White hopes to see a strong attendance from the younger generations as well, though attendees must be 19 years or older since the event will be held on the bar-side of the Legion.
“We want everyone to come out…to understand what it was like [back then]. We have had fun—you kids don’t know anything about having fun,” she jokes.
White hopes that the event series will get seniors out of the house and also help to bridge the generational gap by giving younger attendees the opportunity to interact and learn from the area’s more seasoned locals.
The series of events is funded by a provincial Seniors Community Grant through the Ministry of Seniors and Community Support, and admission is free. For more information about who to contact if you would like to share a story, and to find out when the other four events are scheduled, turn to pg. 14 of the Oct. 15 issue of The Northern Sun News.