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Viewpoint: Golden Prom a popular event

Christine Osorio

Christine Osorio is the District 622 Superintendent.

On May 31, 390 senior citizens from across the area kicked up their heels at the 21st annual Golden Prom. This exciting event featured live music from the Big Band era by the Golden Tones.

Originally started as a collaboration between 622's Community Education's Senior Programming and Tartan High School, this event used to be held in Tartan's cafeteria. Since then, the event has grown into a formal event held at the Envision Center (formerly the Prom Center) in Oakdale.

Seventy-five students from North and Tartan high schools volunteer at the event. In addition to a live band and dancing, attendees enjoyed a formal catered meal, prom photos, bingo, and prizes.

The event is extremely is popular with senior citizens and people travel a significant distance to attend with their friends. This year's event saw individuals from out-of-district locations such as Prior Lake, Chaska, Lindstrom and Coon Rapids.

Staff at 622's Gladstone 55+ Center assist with registration and advertising, while registration is handled through Community Education's Gladstone 55+ Center. The event is advertised through local newspapers, Community Education catalogs, Gladstone 55+ Dateline Newsletter, and North and Tartan websites.

The Gladstone 55+ Center is a program of ISD 622 Community Education. The Center is open five days per week offering a variety of regularly scheduled activities, including: cards, dominoes, bingo, wood carving, knitting, and needlecrafts, and an assortment of exercise classes and special events. Fee based and free classes on topics relevant to seniors are scheduled throughout the year.

Gladstone also offers a Parkinson's Caregiver Support Group and an Alzheimer's Caregiver support group. The Alzheimer's caregiver support group is unique in that respite care is available for the person with Alzheimer's, thereby allowing the caregiver to attend without having to make other arrangements for care for their loved one. There is also monthly foot care with a registered nurse.

The Dateline Newsletter is published quarterly and is available at the Center, public buildings in the area, on the website, and can be mailed or emailed to individuals directly.

New this year, the District 622 Athletics Departments are pleased to offer residents of District 622 and out-of-district family members and interested fans, ages 60 and older, a free lifetime pass to enjoy any regular season athletic event held at North or Tartan High Schools.

Passes can be obtained at the North or Tartan Athletic Offices, Gladstone Community Center, or the District Education Center. Pass recipients will receive periodic news and information from School District 622.

For more information about senior programming for those 55 and over, visit our website at www.isd622.org or call 651-748-7252.

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