First Annual Power of Aging Expo in Crosslake April 27
Web posted April 16, 2019
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent
Crosslake area seniors, their families and the general public will have a unique opportunity to become acquainted with services for senior citizens during the first annual Crosslake Power of Aging Expo to be held Saturday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Log Church in Crosslake sponsored by Crosslake Area Senior Services Inc. (Crosslake Cares).
The free event will feature keynote speaker Mark Rosen, recently retired WCCO sportscaster. He worked for 50 years at WCCO and has been named Best TV Sportscaster for City Pages several times and has been inducted into their hall of fame.
There will be over 35 exhibitors and four mini talks. Two of the talks will focus on seniors and two will provide updates on key Crosslake initiatives. The senior presentations are “Medication Mayhem” presented by Gail Smith, RN and Steve Kappes of Crosslake Drug. William Phillips, Minnesota State Director of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will also speak on “The Valuable and Outsized Contributions the 50 Plus Community Brings to our County, State and Area”. Community updates will be provided on the National Loon Center by Carla White of the National Loon Center Foundation and the new Crosslake Community School by School Director Todd Lyscio.
There will also be free food as area vendors present “Taste of Greater Crosslake” plus entertainment, a raffle and free giveaways.
Food vendors expected to participate include Valeri Ann’s, Lake Country Crafts and Cones, Crosslake Coffee, the Cedar Chest, Maucieri’s Italian Bistro Bar and Grill, Jitterz, Jr.’s No.19 BBQ, Manhattan Beach Lodge, Riverside Saloon and Eatery and Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar.
The Expo is organized by Crosslake Area Senior Services, Inc. Event sponsors include the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club, Crosslake Communications, Essentia Health, Frandsen Bank and Trust, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Whitefish at the Lakes, North Central Medical Supply, HomeInstead, RiverWood Bank, Golden Horizons, Harlan Johnson Agency, Chris Cullen RE Group and Advantage CS Services.
The doors and exhibits will open at 8 a.m. The mini talks run from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. followed by entertainment. A block of time from 10:45 to 11:30 has been set aside for attendees to enjoy the exhibits and the Taste of Greater Crosslake food vendors. Mark Rosen will speak from 11:30 to 12:45 followed by the raffle drawing and prize giveaways.
Crosslake Area Senior Services (Crosslake Cares), is a newly formed, local nonprofit 501c3 focused on connecting Crosslake area seniors with services that help improve their lives.
John Bruder, founder and president, said he is very excited about the first Crosslake Expo as it brings together the faith community, non-profit area health and wellness experts, and local business leaders to present “The Power of Aging” helping area seniors and their families celebrate that as seniors the best is yet to come, he said. He added thanks from the Crosslake Cares Board of Directors to all the volunteers and organizations who are helping make the Expo a reality.