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Ely, Minnesota 55731

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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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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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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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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:  October 3, 2017

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

Location:  Ely Recreational Center – 1034 Main Street

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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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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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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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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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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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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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AARP Tax-Aide

February 7 - April 15

FREE preparation of personal tax returns for taxpayers who are low-to-moderate income ($54,000 or less), seniors (age 60+), or disabled.

Donations are appreciated to help defray costs.

Vermilion Community College

1900 East Camp Street

218-235-2101  Call for information

This project is sponsored locally by Northland Volunteer Center/Arrowhead RSVP-AEOA

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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:  April 4, 2017

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

Location:  Ely Recreational Center – 1034 Main Street

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Legal Aid Senior Law Project – October 13, 2016

Legal Aid Senior Law Project,  Ely Outreach

Attorney Robin Raplinger will be available on Thursday, October 13th, between 9 AM and 2 PM at  the Government Service Building, 320 Miners Dr.,  Ely. The Senior Law Project serves people 60 and over. There is no charge. There is no income or asset maximum or limits for seniors. Walk-ins will be accepted, however appointments are preferred and will be given priority. If you want to set up an appointment, or have other questions, contact Mr. Raplinger at 218 749-3270 extension 405 or Toll-Free 1-800-886-3270 ext. 405.

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Tai Ji Quan

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:  September 27th

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

Location:  Ely Recreational Center – 1034 Main Street

Call NP to register:  218-365-8019

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Elder Expo 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Elder Expo Ely is an event dedicated to Senior Adults’ Healthy Lifestyles, Education and Caregiver Support.

The Expo will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm at Amici’s Event Center at 10 West Pattison Street in Ely.

This year’s Elder Expo keynote speakers will be Dr. Terry Barclay, Neuropsychologist and Michelle Barclay, Executive Co-Lead Act on Alzheimer’s.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 10:00 -10:30 Coffee & Vendor Table Viewing
  • 10:30 -11:00 Jill Dickinson, Respiratory Equipment Specialist, Essentia  ‘Know your options:  Home Medical Products and Solutions to staying in your own home’
  • 11:00 -11:30 Samantha Singer, Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss  ‘Living with Vision Loss’
  • 11:30 -12:00 Erica Chopskie, Falls Care Mgr., Essentia Institute of Rural Health  ‘STRIDE Falls Prevention Program’
  • 12:00 -12:20 Marjori Bottila, Senior Linkage Line  ‘What we can do for Consumers’
  • 12:20 – 1:00 LUNCH & Vendor Table Viewing
  • 1:00 – 1:30 Sandee Carlson, ACP Program Coordinator  ‘Advanced Healthcare Directive’
  • 1:30 – 2:00 Lisa Porthan, Executive Director Northwoods Partners  ‘ACT on Ely’
  • 2:00 – 2:30 Michelle Barclay, Executive Co-Lead Act on Alzheimer’s  ‘Creating Dementia Friendly Communities’
  • 2:30 – 3:30 Dr. Terry Barclay, Clinical Director, Center for Memory and Aging  ‘Living Well with Memory Loss:  Brain Health, Communication, and Resources’

Cost for the Expo is $5.00, which includes a light lunch.

Call Northwoods Partners at 218-365-8019 to reserve your spot.

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Feeling Stretched as a Caregiver?

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself.

This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Classes consist of six sessions held once a week.  Two experienced Class Leaders conduct the series (Lisa and Anne~Marie are experienced caregivers themselves, who have successfully applied the techniques they teach).  Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help you take the “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life.

You will receive a book, The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class.  Classes will be FREE, thanks to support from Spiritwood Foundation and Hoops for Hope.

Classes will be held at Ely Bloomenson Hospital-Conference Room B from 10 am to noon.  Sessions are held every Wednesday and begin on March 4th.  For more information or to register, contact Lisa at Northwoods Partners at 365-8019.  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

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Memory Support Groups in Ely & Babbitt

Northwoods Partners sponsors Memory Care Support Groups in Ely and Babbitt.

  • The Ely group meets the fourth (4th) Monday of each month from 10:00-11:30 am, usually in Conference Room B, across from the Hospital Cafeteria.
  • The Babbitt Support Group meets the third (3rd) Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm at Carefree Living Babbitt.

Both support groups provide supervised care for the care receiver.

If you have any questions about these groups, please contact us.

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NCP Certified by Charities Review Council

Northwoods Partners (NP) is proud to announce that it has been certified in accountability and awarded the Charities Review Council Meets All Standards Seal. The Certification and Seal indicate that NP meets all twenty-seven of the Council’s Accountability Standards.

NCP Executive Commitee (l-r): Trudy Staubitz, Susan Germek, Exec. Dir. Lisa Porthan, Debbie Mackie, and Jim Nicholas. Not pictured: Lora DeWeese & Jeanne Tomlinson.

“The Charities Review Council‘s certification process was a wonderful opportunity for NP to review its operations and make them even more transparent and accountable to our donors, partners, and clients” said Lisa Porthan, Executive Director of NP.  “We are proud to be officially recognized for the practices we have implemented and look forward to the positive future of NP and its work in Ely and nearby communities.”

The purpose of the Accountability Standards is to strengthen nonprofits’ commitment to accountable practices and provide meaningful information to the public so they can make informed decisions for their charitable giving and to help identify the most trustworthy organizations. The Accountability Standards were developed by a diverse group of donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, academics and community representatives. Additionally, the general public helped shape the Standards through focus groups and town hall forums. Nonprofit organizations such as NP earn the Seal by voluntarily participating in the Council’s online Accountability Wizard which is available to all nonprofit organizations. It addresses a nonprofit organization’s performance in four critical areasPublic DisclosureGovernanceFinancial Activity and Fundraising.

By participating in the Accountability Wizard, NP and other nonprofit organizations can demonstrate responsibilityintegrity and transparency and encourage greater confidence and public trust in their organizations. NP is now listed as a reviewed organization on the online Giving Guide of the Charities Review Council found at www.smartgivers.org. The Council’s Smart Givers site is a source of unbiased information where smart givers come for help and resources on informed giving. The giving public can investigate an organization’s mission statement and programs, so they can be sure of what their money supports and be sure that the organization meets widely accepted standards.

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Northwoods Partners Has a New Location

Northwoods Partners has moved to the old waiting room of the Ely Bloomenson Hospital.

In the fall of 2009, the Northwoods Partners moved offices back to the Ely Bloomenson Hospital after most of the renovations were completed there. The office can be found by entering through the Duluth Clinic-Ely front doors and take the corridor to the left towards the hospital. The office is right before the turn going into the hospital.

The new telephone number at the office is: 218-365-8019. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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