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Knock on wood – so far, so good

The current winter has shown the greater Minot area its fair share of mercy, at least when it comes to everyday-life-altering snow squalls. Sure, we’re not out of “the woods” yet, but mild temperatures persisting past the resumption of Daylight Savings Time show quite a bit of promise that spring will spring sooner than later.

And with the inevitable fountain of happiness that follows in hot pursuit of the sunshine, flowers and warmth comes the slew of springtime activities at Somerset Court.

Our Benefit Breakfast will be held Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Tickets will be on sale throughout March at Somerset Court, located at 1900 28th Street SW, and The Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry, located at 1725 W. Burdick Expy. Cost for the breakfast, which includes pancakes, smoked sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee, is $5 per person. Tables for collection of your generous donations of non-perishable items will be located in the Somerset Court lobby the day of the breakfast. In addition, volunteers from the staffs of Somerset Court and The Lord’s Cupboard will be holding a bake sale during the event. All proceeds and food collected for the Benefit Breakfast and bake sale will be donated to The Lord’s Cupboard, serving families of Minot and Ward County.

Somerset Court’s annual Volunteer Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 25. This event, held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week April 19-25, honors the more than 100 volunteers who have given their valuable time to entertain our residents over the past year.

“It’s our way of showing all our volunteers how very special they are to our residents,” said Ara Bruce, Somerset Court’s activities director.

The luncheon includes gift and door prizes for the volunteers, and is capped off by a “jam session,” which allows the various talented musicians and singers the rare chance to enjoy one another’s talents and even join together if they wish.

Then, on May 12, the Minot Senior Coalition, sponsored in part by Somerset Court, will host the 24th annual Salute to Seniors event at the Minot Municipal Auditorium at 9 a.m. This year’s event, themed “Salute to First Responders,” features Dan Wagner, who spectacularly pulls double duty as an impersonator of both Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

Other featured performers include Ed Schmaltz, the Bill Merck Band, Somerset Court’s own Ara Bruce, and the Des Lacs-Burlington School Band.

This event is regularly attended by more than 500 area seniors.

Tickets are $15 and include a noon meal provided by Homesteaders’ Restaurant. There are lots of door prizes, and plenty of senior living vendors to visit with throughout the day.

Also, our monthly All City Senior Dance is scheduled for March 27, featuring Larry Nelson, at 6:30 p.m. This event, as always, is free and open to all area seniors.

For more information and to see other activities being held at Somerset Court, go to somersetcourt.net.

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