concert, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. It was a huge success, with a sold-out crowd of over 600 people and just a wonderful show! Thank you to our major sponsors, First Farmers & Merchants Bank, Vasa-Spring Garden Mutual
Insurance, the Cannon Falls Lions Club, Merchants Bank and Freeberg Insurance. We also want to thank Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for matching funds, Mike Milligan from the Dairy Inn for supplying a delicious meal to the band, Hi-Quality Bakery for making some special “Cannon Falls Cookies” for the band, the Cannon Falls Police Department for security, all the volunteers and everyone who came out and enjoyed a night of entertainment in support of Shepherd’s Center. I can tell you that Ricky Skaggs and his band were very impressed with the people of Cannon Falls and the auditorium. As we visited after the show, Ricky’s manager commented that this was a great venue and a wonderful night, and “if you ever want us to come back again, we’d be happy to do
Our annual Book Buddies program has come to an end for this school year. This is a program coordinated through Shepherd’s
Center where volunteers read to first grade students at the Cannon Falls Elementary School once a week. Thank you to Gayle Prinzing, Phyllis Wilson, Jean Hawks, Bobbie Anderson, Donna Beckstad, Judy Dirckx, Dorothy Sladek and Karole Gehrke who were our volunteer readers thisyear.
Please plan on joining Shepherd’s Center for our next trip, when we head to Mackinac Island September 15th through the
21st. You’ll enjoy motorcoach transportation from Cannon Falls, a visit to Mackinac Island that includes a Guided Carriage Tour, plus Mackinaw City, a boat ride through the Soo Locks and plenty of free time for sight-seeing. The cost is only $609 and includes 6 nights lodging and 10 meals! To sign up, contact Shepherd’s Center at 507-263-2136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As I frequently mention, Shepherd’s Center survives solely on the support of the Cannon Valley area and we sincerely appreciate all donations. This past month, we received memorial donations in honor of Glenn Molstrom, Jim Olson, Merlyn Munson, Mildred Anderson and Harold Olson. Thank you so much for the donations given in memory of these individuals.
Unfortunately, our first “Adventures in Learning” was cancelled because of the weather recently. We are trying to reschedule and will keep everyone posted. Our next Adventures in Learning will be held on May 31st and we plan on meeting in Hannah’s Bend Park. Our featured speakers will be Cannon Valley Trail Director, Scott Roepke who will discuss the trail, and a presentation on the Bluebird Recovery Program will be conducted by Keith Radell and Steve Malecha. Everyone is invited to join us for this interesting program and a picnic style lunch will follow. It gets underway at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 31st at Hannah’s Bend, for those who
would like to attend, please RSVP by calling Shepherd’s Center at 507-263-2136 by May 24th. The cost is $8 and it includes
Better Breathers will start meeting again, with the next scheduled meeting on May 23rd. This is free and open to the public, especially for anyone who is dealing with breathing problems or has family members with breathing difficulties. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. and Lindsey Fleming of Lincare will be lining up speakers and providing refreshments.
I was sad to hear the news last week that
we lost country music legend, George Jones, who passed away at the age of 81. He
has left us with some wonderful music from throughout the years. I leave you
this month with this quote from George, “There are questions I'm still not wise
enough to answer, just wise enough to no longer ask.” – George