Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16. It is a time to celebrate the contributions that fathers and father figures make for their children’s lives.

The first Father’s Day was held in June 1910. Father’s Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon. There are a range of events which may have inspired its beginning. One of these was the start of the Mother’s Day tradition in the first decade of the 20th century. Another was a memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907.

People celebrate Father’s Day with a range of traditions. These include a phone call or greeting card to large parties honoring all of the father figures in an extended family. Father figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, grand-grandfathers and even other male relatives.

Father’s Day holds an entirely different meaning for anyone whose dad has passed away. Just because he is no longer with us does not mean that you have to stop honoring your dad on this special day. A few possible ways to honor him each year include visiting his grave, looking at photos, or maybe spending the day doing whatever it was that gave your dad the most pleasure in life—fishing, going to a sporting event, boating, etc. Whatever you choose to do on this special day should be something that will help celebrate his life, rather than mourn his death.

Here is one of our favorite Father’s Day quotes:

“A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely. In the hour of need, when all else fails, we remember him upon whose knees we sat when children, and who soothed our sorrows; and even though he may be unable to assist us, his mere presence serves to comfort and strengthen us.” --Emile Gaboriau

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father figures out there! We hope you have the most wonderful day that you deserve!

Weekly Events

Friday, June 14

• 7:30-9:30 a.m. - Friday Breakfast.

• 11 a.m. to 1:30 pm - Cafe lunch.

• Footcare - Call Rayette Heise, 612-360-0627.

Monday, June 17

Pork Chow Mein.

• 8:30 a.m. - Morning Stretch.

• 9 a.m. - Cribbage.

• 9:30 a.m. - Wellness Walking.

• 1 p.m. - Bridge.

Tuesday, June 18

Fresh Tomato Soup/Tuna or Egg Salad Sandwich.

• 10 a.m. - Adult Coloring.

• 10 a.m. - Knit & Stitch.

• 12 p.m. - “Hand and Foot” Cards.

• 1 p.m. - Board Meeting.

Wednesday, June 19

Chicken Monterey Over Rice.

• 8:30 a.m. - Morning Stretch.

• 8:30 a.m. - Let’s Go Fishing. Meet at the Center and ride Heartland out to Flickabird’s.

• 9 a.m. - Cribbage.

• 1 p.m. - Medicare 101.

Thursday, June 20

Corn Dogs/JoJo Potatoes.

• 9:30 a.m. - Wellness Walking.

• 12 p.m. - “500” Cards.

The Senior Activity Center is located at 140 Buchanan St. N., Suite 164, Cambridge and can be reached at 763-689-6555. More information can be found online at sacsmn.org.

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