September 21 is International Peace Day, established in 1981 by a United Nations resolution. Their goal was to make this “a day of non-violence and cease fire.” Wouldn’t it be nice if this one day succeeded and spread, country by country, day by day, until there is no more war or violence?

The International Peace Day also recognizes the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. To mark the day, the United Nations rings the Peace Bell and observes a minute of silence at its New York City headquarters. The Peace Bell is a gift from Japan, forged from coins donated by children across the world as a reminder of the human cost of war.

The theme for International Peace Day 2019 is “Climate Action for Peace.” Climate change causes threats to international peace and security. Natural disasters displace three times as many people as conflicts, forcing millions to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere. The salinization of water and crops is endangering food security. The Impact on public health is escalating. Growing tensions over resources and mass movements of people are affecting every country. So, the United Nations is asking everyone to take actions to tackle climate changes—from turning off the lights in your house to recycling packaging or planting a tree.

International Peace Day is important because it reminds us that, regardless of where we come from, we have more in common than differences. We get caught up in our daily routine, but thinking about actions we each need to take to make the world a better place helps broaden our perspective. Small actions by all of us really do add up to make our world a more peaceful place.

One of our favorite quotes is the one by Mother Teresa, “Peace begins with a smile.” Remember this every day as we strive for peace in the world!

Weekly Events:

Friday, Sept. 20

Lawrence Welk Show.

• 7:30-9:30 a.m. - Friday Breakfast.

• 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Lunch.

• 4:30 p.m. - A few seats are still available; call to make a reservation.

Saturday, Sept. 21

Lawrence Welk Show

• 4:30 p.m. - A few seats are still available; call to make a reservation.

Monday, Sept. 23

Baked Chicken.

• 8:30 a.m. - Morning Stretch.

• 9:30 a.m. - Walking.

• 1 p.m. - Bridge.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

French Dip/JoJo’s.

• 10 a.m. - Adult Coloring.

• 10 a.m. - Knit & Stitch.

• 12 p.m. - “Hand and Foot” Cards.

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Wild Rice Casserole.

• 8:30 a.m. - Morning Stretch.

• 9 a.m. - Cribbage.

Thursday, Sept. 26.

Baked Fish/Cheesy Potatoes.

• 9:30 a.m. - Wellness Walking.

• Noon - “500” Cards.

Events happening:

• Friday, Sept. 20 - Act V: The Lawrence Welk Variety Show at the City Center Mall. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m. and show at 6 p.m. Call to make reservations.

• Saturday, Sept. 21 – Act V: The Lawrence Welk Variety Show at the City Center Mall. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m. and show at 6 p.m. Call to make reservations.

• Wednesday, Oct. 2 - Bermuda Avenue Triangle - Thursday, Oct. 3. Cost is $55. Call SAC’s 763-689-6555 for reservation. Leave at 11 a.m. from Center and return around 4 p.m. Food is great and play is hilarious! We have seats available. RSVP ASAP so tickets can be ordered.

• Monday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m., Ives Auditorium. From the King, For the King: the gospel according to Elvis. Mick Sterling presents a unique performance of the legendary gospel songs of Elvis Presley in “From the King, for the King.” The show features the lead vocals of Mick Sterling, along with multiple singers performing the incredible vocal parts of Elvis’s Jordanaires, and a simple but powerful band providing the gospel energy needed to make this performance one you won’t soon forget. Group price: Lunch and Show - $50 per person – Transportation $15 – Total Cost: $65. Leave at 9:45 a.m. and return by 4 p.m. The Senior Activity Center is located at 140 Buchanan St. N., Suite 164, Cambridge, and can be reached at 763-689-6555.

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