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328 West Conan Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731

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Nov
12

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Nov
01

Festival of Trees

Northwoods Partners 16th Annual Festival of Trees

November 22 ~ December 2

Grand Ely Lodge

 

Lighting Ceremony ~ 5pm Thanksgiving Evening

Buy it Now options

Silent Auction

Christmas Boutique

Memorial Balls

Raffle

Welcome to Northwoods Partners 16th Annual Festival of Trees, where holiday magic transforms the lobby of the Grand Ely Lodge into a winter wonderland.  Complete with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and a holiday boutique.  This holiday event runs November 22 through December 2.

Festival of Trees opens at 5 pm on Thanksgiving evening with the Lighting Ceremony.  The community is invited to join us for refreshments & entertainment and an assortment of Buy it Now options.

Silent Auction for decorated trees and wreaths begins on Thanksgiving night and continues until noon on Sunday, December 2nd. The Festival also includes a Christmas Boutique with a wonderful selection of handmade gift items. Memorial Balls may be purchased throughout the holiday season to remember or honor a loved one.

This year’s Festival also includes a Raffle for a chance to win a handmade queen size quilt  – drawing to be held at noon on December 2nd.

While this holiday magic lasts only 11 days, it continues throughout the year in the hearts of those who participate and support the Festival of Trees.  Most of all, the magic continues in the lives of our area seniors that are helped by Northwoods Partners every day.

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Oct
08

Virtual Dementia Tour

Virtual Dementia Tour by Second Wind Dreams
This is an incredible opportunity to “walk in someone’s shoes” who has dementia. 
The tour is designed to change one’s perception of the disease
by trying to perform simple everyday tasks. 
This is accomplished by having participants wear
specialized gear meant to simulate the feelings caused by dementia. 
This can cause confusion, frustration, understanding and physical limitations
for the participants as they attempt to complete the tour.

 
Tuesday, October 16th
Ely Hospital Community Conference Room
 

Two Sessions are being offered
10 am – noon
1 pm – 3 pm

Space is limited – call to reserve your spot
218-365-8019

 
We hope you can join us for this life changing experience.
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Oct
03

Looking for Crafty and Creative People

Festival of Trees is just around the corner.

We are looking for crafty and creative people who are interested in decorating a tree or wreath and local artisans willing to donate items to the Holiday Boutique.

Call Northwoods Partners at 218-365-8019 for further information.

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Oct
03

Calling all Decorators and Creative Souls

Festival of Trees is just around the corner.

We are looking for crafty and creative people who are interested in decorating a tree or wreath and local artisans willing to donate items to the Holiday Boutique.

Call Northwoods Partners at 218-365-8019 for further information.

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Aug
13

Healthy Aging Expo

Northwoods Partners will be hosting the 9th annual Healthy Aging Expo (formerly Elder Expo Ely) on Thursday, September 20th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Amici’s Event Center. This event is dedicated to Senior Adults’ Healthy Lifestyles, Education and Caregiver Support.

Doors open at 9:00 so participants can pick up their punch card and visit over a dozen vendor tables with information and a variety of resources.  The Expo will conclude with completed punch cards being drawn for door prizes.

At 9:30 our Executive Director, Lisa Porthan, will kick off the Expo with an update on Northwoods Partners and the debut of our new video.  Speakers will begin at 10 am.

Lunch will be served. The cost of the event is $5. You can RSVP by calling the Northwoods Partners office at 365-8019.

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Jun
06

Thank You!

Thank You to 100+ Ely Women Who Care. 

On May 6, 2018 Northwoods Partners was selected as the charity to receive their donations totaling  over $7,000. 

Thank You!

For more information on 100+ Ely Women Who Care visit their web site 100elywomenwhocare.org

 

 

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May
01

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Tai Ji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance®  (TJQMBB)

Is a research-based balance training regimen designed for older adults (60+) and people with balance disorders. 

TJQMBB is an adapted 8 form Tai Chi routine that is intended to address common and potentially debilitating movement and balance issues.

Session consists of 24 classes – meeting twice a week for 12 weeks

Advanced registration is suggested.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Next session :

First Class:  June 5th, 2018

Date / Time:  Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 11am

Location:  Ely Recreational Center – 1034 Main Street

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Apr
30

Support Northwoods Partners

Purchase a one of a kind, hand painted T-Shirt at Gracie’s Plant Works and 100% of the profits will be donated to Northwoods Partners.  Gracie’s has collaborated with Stephanie Dillon of Fleur De Junk to give back to our community and support the efforts of Northwoods Partners.

https://www.facebook.com/Gracies-Plant-Works-Inc-117362171614634/

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Apr
10

Dementia Friendly @ Work Training

~ Lunch & Learn ~

Wednesday, April 25th

11:30 - 1:00pm

Ely Hospital Community Conference Room

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For staff of business and service organizations and all other community settings

More than 90,000 Minnesotans age 65+ are living with Alzheimer’s. The annual number of Alzheimer’s cases and other dementias is projected to triple by 2050. These numbers will touch us all because they represent family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, colleagues, clients, and customers. 

 

Training Objectives

Learn what dementia is and some Alzheimer’s facts
Recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s
Learn tips for communicating and interacting with a person who has dementia
Learn tips for creating a dementia-friendly physical space
Get familiar with resources in your community

 

By participating in this training, you will help your business or organization heighten its awareness of dementia and be equipped to respond warmly and effectively when serving people living with dementia and their families.

Lunch Provided

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Feb
22

FREE Senior Tax Preparation

 THUNDERBIRD MALL VIRGINIA
1401 S 12TH AVE
VIRGINIA, MN   55792
County: SAINT LOUIS
Program: AARP Tax Aide
Site Availability: 2/1/2018 - 4/17/2018

Open: 

TUESDAY 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

THURSDAY 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

SATURDAY 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Walk-In Only

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Nov
06

Festival of Trees

Northwoods Partners 15th Annual Festival of Trees

November 23 ~ December 3

Grand Ely Lodge

 

Lighting Ceremony ~ 5pm Thanksgiving Evening

Buy it Now options

Silent Auction

Christmas Boutique

Memorial Balls

Raffle

Welcome to Northwoods Partners 15th Annual Festival of Trees, where holiday magic transforms the lobby of the Grand Ely Lodge into a winter wonderland.  Complete with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and a holiday boutique.  This holiday event runs November 23 through December 3.

Festival of Trees opens at 5 pm on Thanksgiving evening with the Lighting Ceremony.  The community is invited to join us for refreshments & entertainment and an assortment of Buy it Now options.

Silent Auction for decorated trees and wreaths begins on Thanksgiving night and continues until noon on Sunday, December 3rd. The Festival also includes a Christmas Boutique with a wonderful selection of handmade gift items. Memorial Balls may be purchased throughout the holiday season to remember or honor a loved one.

This year’s Festival also includes a Raffle for a chance to win a handmade queen size quilt and pillow – drawing to be held at 1 pm December 3rd.

While this holiday magic lasts only 11 days, it continues throughout the year in the hearts of those who participate and support the Festival of Trees.  Most of all, the magic continues in the lives of our area seniors that are helped by Northwoods Partners every day.

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Oct
23

ACT: Community Meeting

 
Dementia Friendly Ely
Community Meeting
Thursday, November 2nd
1 - 2:30 pm
Ely Bloomenson Hospital Community Conference Room
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Anyone interested in helping make
Ely Dementia Friendly
is welcome to join us
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Please RSVP to Northwoods Partners @ 218-365-8019
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Oct
23

ACT Lunch and Learn: Senior Legal Issues

 
Lunch and Learn with Kristin Parendo,
Senior Citizens Law Project
Topic:  Senior Legal Issues
Wednesday, November 1st
11 am - 12:30 pm
Ely Bloomenson Hospital Community Conference Room
lunch will be provided
Please RSVP to Northwoods Partners @ 218-365-8019
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Aug
17

ACT: Dementia Training

 

 
Jenna Herbig from the Alzheimer's Association will be here to present the training session:
Effective Communication Strategies
Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behavior
Wednesday, September 20th
Two training sessions will be offered 1-2:30 and 5:30-7
Ely Bloomenson Hospital Community Conference Room
Refreshments will be served
Please RSVP to Northwoods Partners @ 218-365-8019
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Aug
17

reConvening: Ely

 
Cathy Wurzer is back in town on September 14th for a reConvening to follow-up last year’s successful Convenings event. The reConvening will feature Cathy and special guests for an evening of creativity, storytelling and meaningful conversation about living and dying well. The reConvenings event is free and open to the public.
 
Join us for this unique and powerful event on the evening of Thursday, September 14th 6:30pm at Vermillion Community College. It just might change the way you look at your life…and your death.
 
For more information, visit http://www.theconvenings.org/events/ or contact Sadie Rubin (Program Manager for The Convenings) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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Jul
18

Healthy Aging Expo

Northwoods Partners ‘Healthy Aging Expo’ on August 9

Northwoods Partners will be hosting the 8th annual Healthy Aging Expo (formerly Elder Expo Ely) on Wednesday, August 9th, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Amici’s Event Center. This event is dedicated to Senior Adults’ Healthy Lifestyles, Education and Caregiver Support. Doors open at 9 am so participants can pick up their punch card and visit over a dozen vendor tables with information and a variety of resources.  The Expo will conclude with completed punch cards being drawn for door prizes.

Speakers will begin at 10 am with our keynote speaker Dr. Terry Barclay Neuropsychologist, Clinical Director, Center for Memory and Aging, Health Partners. Dr. Barclay’s presentation is entitled ‘Check Up from the Neck Up:  Brain Health and Aging.’  Other topics include:  Why we get Fat and What we can do about it, Living Well with Chronic Conditions, Tai Ji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance, Advance Care Planning / Healthcare Directives, Medication Safety, and ACT ~ Dementia Friendly Ely Update.

Lunch will be served. The cost of the event is $5. You can RSVP by calling the Northwoods Partners office at 365-8019.  This event is presented by Northwoods Partners and made possible with the support of the Spiritwood ‘Forget Me Not’ Foundation and ACT on Alzheimer’s’.

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Jun
26

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Tai Ji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance®  (TJQMBB)

Is a research-based balance training regimen designed for older adults (60+) and people with balance disorders. 

TJQMBB is an adapted 8 form Tai Chi routine that is intended to address common and potentially debilitating movement and balance issues.

Session consists of 24 classes – meeting twice a week for 12 weeks

Advanced registration is suggested

Next session :

First Class:  July 11, 2017

Date / Time:  Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 11am

Location:  Ely Recreational Center – 1034 Main Street

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Jun
19

The Longest Day

The Longest Day is all about love.
Love for all those affected by Alzheimer's disease.
One Day - June 21, 2017
Thousands of People doing what they love
Raising Millions to honor those facing Alzheimer's

Join us at:

Front Porch Coffee & Tea Co.
343 East Sheridan Street - Ely


Front Porch will be donating 10% of all sales to the Alzheimer's Association.

Alzheimer's Information will be available
Door Prize Drawings

 

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May
31

Dinner to Donate ~ June 15th

Hope you will join us at the Northwoods Partners 9th Annual Dinner to Donate on June 15th. This year’s theme is ‘What’s on your Bucket List?’, and will be held at the Grand Ely Lodge.  The fun begins at 5:00 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction.  Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m..  Attendees will have plenty of time to buy raffle tickets for a variety of theme buckets filled with  items that can help you cross off some things on your bucket list. Our silent auction includes such things as pontoon boat rental, a wooden canoe paddle, Steger Moccasins, Class 5 Dirt, spa packages, and gift certificates to many local merchants and restaurants.  This year we will be playing a Heads and Tails game for a chance to win an outdoor wooden chair, table and ottoman. Dinner tickets are $35 each with thirty percent of the proceeds going to help support Northwoods Partners programs and services. Tickets are available by calling at the NP office at 365-8019. Call soon as remaining tickets are limited.

Attending our events is an excellent way to show your support for Northwoods Partners services in Ely and the surrounding communities.  Our mission is to provide resources that promote independence and healthy aging. These services include transportation to medical appointments, friendly visits, individual and group exercise programs, memory care support groups in Ely and Babbitt, and education, support and resources & referrals for caregivers and their families. Our vision is a community where people are able to age with dignity. Your support is crucial if we are to continue to successfully serve a growing aging client base in the greater Ely area. Your generous support of events, such as the fundraising dinner on June 15, will assist us in meeting the very real and basic needs of many.

We look forward to sharing the evening with you as well as celebrating what an amazing community we have to live in! 

Call Northwoods Partners TODAY to reserve your tickets!  365-8019 

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