Coon Rapids senior club bazaar is a tradition for 35 years

For more than 35 years, the Coon Rapids Super Senior Club has staged a bazaar to raise money for club projects.

Evelyn Vashaw (left) and her sister Dorothy Johnson (right) browse craft items at the Coon Rapids Super Senior Club’s annual bazaar at the Coon Rapids Civic Center Nov. 8. Johnson, a former Coon Rapids resident who once ran a jewelry store in the Red Owl (now Coon Rapids) Family Center Mall, was visiting her sister from Superior, Wis., where she now lives.

Evelyn Vashaw (left) and her sister Dorothy Johnson (right) browse craft items at the Coon Rapids Super Senior Club’s annual bazaar at the Coon Rapids Civic Center Nov. 8. Johnson, a former Coon Rapids resident who once ran a jewelry store in the Red Owl (now Coon Rapids) Family Center Mall, was visiting her sister from Superior, Wis., where she now lives.

The 2012 annual bazaar took place Nov. 8 at the Coon Rapids Civic Center, its home since the Coon Rapids City Center was built in the early 1990s.

But in its early days the bazaar took place in what was then the Coon Rapids Senior Center, a building in front of the former Coon Rapids City Hall on Coon Rapids Boulevard that also doubled as the city council’s chambers.

That building now houses Nucleus Clinic, while the former city hall is home to Anoka-Hennepin School District 11’s Crossroads Alternative High School.

But while the location may have changed since the Coon Rapids Super Senior Club launched the annual event, the day-long bazaar, itself, has not.

There were crafts made by club members as well as a bake sale of baked goods created by seniors who are members of the club.

In addition, the bazaar featured an arts and crafts room, Christmas room, books and jewelry, flea market, raffles and coffee break.

The club’s community projects include supporting local schools.

For example, some of the proceeds from the bazaar go to scholarships for graduating Coon Rapids High School students every year, according to Margie Rosendahl, club treasurer.

And she went to Hamilton Elementary School, Coon Rapids, to present a $500 check to the school for the purchase of clothes for children in need this coming Christmas season, Rosendahl said.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com


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