Local senior citizens gathered at the La Crescent Community Center last Wednesday for the “Young at Heart” Christmas Party.

The party was organized by the Blandin Seniors Group, which works in La Crescent to enrich and lives of local seniors. Group members Ruth and Jerry Berns, Abby Dean, Cheryl Jostad and Susan Oddsen took turns emceeing the festivities on Wednesday.

The party opened with some rounds of bingo and cups of coffee, as seniors filled the tables that lined the room. Food for the party came from decorated tables covered with Christmas treats. “Pass the Parcel”, a musical gift unwrapping game, was played by attendees in between chatting and snacking.

“We’re so glad that we could have all of you here today,” said Jerry Berns, who dressed as Santa for the event.

“The seniors in this community are truly wonderful people, and it’s so nice to just be together, talk to each other, share experiences, and have some fun.”

“That’s what Christmas is all about, being together, sharing and having a little fun,” said Berns, before leading the group in a Christmas carol.

Ruth Berns, dressed as Mrs. Claus, took time to recognize some of the most helpful contributors to the party. Berns thanked Lenora Stoehr Jorstad, manager of senior dining, for transforming the community center room into a Christmas-themed spectacle. Also thanked was the afternoon’s pianist, Jane Welch. Ninety-year old Dora Albrecht, a regular to the weekly exercise class for seniors, was honored as the oldest person in the room.

Dean handed out homemade holiday gift bags to each senior on their way out the door

“We just wanted to do something fun for everybody, and our Blandin group decided this would be a perfect opportunity to bring everybody together, and actually have fun, instead of working,” she said. “Thank you all for letting us do this, and for actually showing up. It’s the most important part.”

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