Elder Network’s mission is to utilize resources, services and education to provide optimal quality of life for individuals impacted by the effects of aging. Elder Network reaches out to individuals, as well as their caregivers and emphasizes the importance of keeping aging loved ones in the home.

 

Adolescence is a confusing time for young people. The inner turmoil of emotional growth and physical development is especially pronounced for students who are from different cultural backgrounds than their American peers. Many experiences are similar, despite cultural differences: the anxieties of grades, friendships, first loves and choosing a college. But adding in the pressure of a different culture can be especially overwhelming. Such is the case of the protagonist in Helen Chen’s young adult novel, “Jin-Ling’s Two Left Feet.”  

 

 

LEARNING WITH LEGOS

There’s nothing quite like robots to get kids excited about science and teamwork. Just a glimpse of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) tournament demonstrates how electric the learning environment can be. The tournament is run like a sporting event, and the kids radiate energy as they watch their Lego robots compete to accumulate points. 

FLL is a volunteer-led, after-school program that gets kids in grades 4-8 interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and careers through the use of Lego robotics. Kids meet weekly to practice computer programming and tone social skills before they compete at the tournament with robot runs, teamwork exercises and research project presentations. 

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Grow Where You Are Planted: Life as a newcomer in Rochester

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Written by Shweta Raikar Anavekar

 

In December 2008, I arrived in Rochester, Minnesota. When I stepped out of Rochester International Airport, the first thing I noticed was the bitter cold. It was so cold that I felt I would be warmer in the freezer with the frozen vegetables. The Minnesota cold is a cold that you just have to experience. I knew that my life would be different. I was excited to be embarking on a journey from India to the land of opportunity and freedom, but there were aspects of this transition which took me by surprise. 

The first surprise was when I finally reached my new home. It was different. There was no longer the smell of the hot Indian summer or the scent of incense in the air. I did not come home to a kitchen overflowing with the sounds of my mother and sister coordinating the preparation of a three-course meal. I realized that it was just my husband and me. I was also apprehensive when I realized that he would be working and would be apart from me for a significant portion of time. I didn’t realize it at the time, but now I appreciate the sacrifices he had made for me. 

 

Jan/Feb
2015

Rochester Author Abbie Williams: Newest novel “Heart of a Dove”

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Written by Catherine H. Armstrong

 

Rochester author Abbie Williams penned her ninth novel “Heart of a Dove,” the first in a new trilogy. Released by Central Avenue Publishing in December 2014, “Heart of a Dove” is a beautifully written novel about Lorie, a young woman who is orphaned in the days following the Civil War and sold into the slavery of prostitution at the tender age of 15. A former Confederate soldier—a customer—realizes that he knew her family in the days before the war. His southern honor will not allow him to leave her behind, so he rescues her. Together with two other men and a young boy, they begin their trek by wagon train toward a new life in Minnesota. 

Story about Love

Inspired by her favorite novel, “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry, Williams brings the sights, sounds and hardships of the wagon train to life through the eyes of its main character. Lorie is a gentle, educated young woman who is trapped in the life of a prostitute. Through Lorie, we are reminded of the inner strength that can see us through the most desperate of times and the healing that is found through unconditional love and acceptance.  

 

Nov/Dec
2014

Worth Singing About

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Written by Debi Neville

Southeast Minnesota a cappella Festival

It’s not about numbers. It’s not about size. It’s about notes—musical notes, that is. On November 11, 11 choirs will converge on Lourdes High School for the fourth annual Southeast Minnesota a Cappella Festival. The phrase, “a cappella” is Italian for “in the style of the chapel,” a style of singing without instrumental accompaniment. The event features high school, collegiate and post-collegiate choirs.

 

Nov/Dec
2014

When the cheering stops

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Written by Debi Neville

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The road home can be a long one for women who have served in the military. The transition is wrought with challenges common among all veterans, yet female service persons face unique challenges. The women featured in this article have had varying experiences, but they share a common thought: Each is glad she served our country and notes the strength it took to transition back into civilian life. The landscape of returning to “everyday routines and responsibilities” presents numerous hills and valleys of opportunities, concerns and physical and emotional adjustments.

 

Mar/Apr
2014

Environmental Affairs

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Written by Jennifer Gangloff

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Flo Sandok’s mission to protect the earth

 

As a young girl concerned about the world, Flo Sandok used to pick up litter she found scattered around the New York City neighborhood where she grew up. But it would be years before she considered herself an environmentalist.

Today, having spent more than 40 years in Rochester, Sandok has sealed her place in the community as a leader in environmental concerns. “Our own well-being is deeply tied to the well-being of others, everything we share with the earth,” she says.

 

Nov/Dec
2013

The Place for everyone to call home

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Written by Trish Amundson

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Celebrating Rochester’s new neighborhood-based family and youth center

September marked the long-awaited opening of the new neighborhood-based family and youth center: The Place. The 55,000-square-foot facility is the incredible outcome of collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester (B&GCR) and Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R). A nine-year vision, the new center is now home to both organizations where they simultaneously carry out programs for youth and families, help kids and ensure positive beginnings.

 

Sep/Oct
2013

Art Imitates Life

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Written by Rochester Women Magazine

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Touching Lanesboro production echoes familiar experiences

Memories…sibling rivalry… life choices…are some of the universal themes explored in the Commonweal Theatre’s production “The Memory of Water,” a heartfelt, inspiring comedy that runs Sept. 13 to Nov. 10 in Lanesboro.

 

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