Coon Rapids Senior Safety Camp Sept. 11

Some 150 people are expected to attend the 14th annual Coon Rapids Senior Safety Camp Wednesday, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.

The event is hosted by Coon Rapids Senior Services as well as by the Coon Rapids police and fire departments.

As seniors arrive, a continental breakfast courtesy of Mary T, Inc. will be served, then Coon Rapids Fire Chief John Piper and Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise will kick off the camp with welcomes at 9:30 a.m.

Keynote speaker Jim Klobuchar will give his presentation at 9:45 a.m.

Retired after 45 years working in daily newspapers, radio and television and 30 years as a daily columnist for the Minneapolis StarTribune, Klobuchar has written 23 books, including his latest two years ago, “Alway$ on Sunday,” about the growth of pro football.

Klobuchar’s topic at the senior camp will be how he stays young at heart, active and makes the most of his golden years.

The safety camp will feature other presenters, including Det. Pat Carlson, Coon Rapids Police Department, who will give tips on personal safety.

In addition, there will be an expo that will include several senior housing facilities, the Emma B. Howe YMCA, Anoka County Community Action Program, a mental health counselor, the Anoka County Library and businesses like Walgreens, Beltone and State Farm Insurance.

The expo will focus on senior citizen issues, according to Kris Niebler, Coon Rapids Senior Services program specialist.

Entertainment at the safety camp will be provided by Larry Johnson, a keyboardist and singer.

Firefighters and police officers will join the seniors for the noon lunch, with at least one at each table, Niebler said.

In addition, police officers and firefighters will be serving lunch to the seniors, she said.

“That will be a new meaning for protect and serve,” Niebler said.

The $6 cost includes lunch, refreshments, speakers and door prizes.

For more information call 763-767-6473.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]