Activities & Events

Atwater Area Help for Seniors hosts a variety of social, educational, and wellness opportunities for our local seniors throughout the year. AAHFS also actively participates in community events and hosts fundraisers such as the annual Lloyd B. Hovey memorial golf tournament to raise awareness and funding for our program. Click here to view the 2023 event calendar.

Social Opportunities at AAHFS Office

Bingo every other Monday at 12:30 PM: May 8, May 22

Mexican Train Dominoes every other Tuesday at 12:30 PM: May 2,
May 16, May 30

Coffee and treats served; Lunch available prior to the activity at 11:30 AM; to order, please call our office at 320-974-8737 by noon the Friday before 

Men's Coffee Time every Thursday at 8:30 AM:
Coffee and treats provided 

Lunch & Learn: Diabetes Prevention & Management

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 | Atwater Community Center

Lucy R. Brink, a nurse practitioner and certified diabetes care & education specialist with CentraCare, presented on diabetes awareness, risk factors, symptoms, and types. Attendees learned useful information about the pancreas' role in insulin production, insulin resistance, diabetes' effects, and the importance of glucose management through exercise and healthy eating. AAHFS served a healthful meal of turkey sandwiches, vegetable tray, and fruit. For information on the services, resources, and diabetes self-management education offered by CentraCare Diabetes Care, visit their website.

Lunch & Learn: Falls Prevention and Balance Improvement

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 | Atwater Community Center

AAHFS hosted a free presentation by Sarah Tarleton that provided tips on fall prevention and demonstrated skills to improve balance, strength, and fitness for seniors. Sarah is a Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) program manager at Ecumen of Litchfield, as well as a Master Certified Trainer for Stay Active & Independent for Life (SAIL), an evidence-based fall prevention program for older adults. For more information about the SAIL classes offered by AAHFS, visit our Health and Wellness page.

Lunch & Learn: Senior Scams and Safety

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | Atwater Community Center

The Atwater Police Department and AAHFS hosted a free presentation by Detective Kent Baumann of the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office. More than 85 people attended and received information about frauds and scams active in our area, ways to protect ourselves from scam activity, and resources & next steps that scam victims can take. Resource information from Senior LinkAge Line was also provided (click here to download). Attendees also enjoyed a complimentary lunch from the Handle Bar provided by the Atwater PD.

Atwater Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 1, 2022

AAHFS participated in Atwater's Second Annual Oktoberfest by sponsoring a bean bag throwing competition. Thank you to all who stopped by to try their hand, and congratulations to the winners: Wyman Hovey - age 65 and older; Dylan Hoerchler - age 11-64; Elise Sage - age 10 and under

Wellness Expo

September 20, 2022 | Atwater Community Center

More than 90 people attended the 2022 AAHFS Wellness Expo and received valuable health & wellness information, enjoyed snacks and lunch, and had a chance to win door prizes. Nineteen vendors participated, including home care, long-term care, hospice, mental health, chair massages, funeral home services, Atwater public library, and Senior LinkAge Line. Free COVID home test kits were available from Kandiyohi County Public Health; blood pressure screenings were administered by Ridgewater College nursing students; and 40 people received a flu shot from Homeland Health. Additionally, more than 1,700 pills were taken in for medication disposal. Thank you to our attendees, vendors, nursing students, and volunteers for a successful event!

Annual Lloyd B. Hovey Memorial Golf Tournament 

July 16, 2022 | Island Pine Golf Club, Atwater, MN

The 2022 golf tournament raised more than $12,000 through golf team registrations, sponsorships, contest fees, and donations! Thank you to our golfers; golf hole sponsors and to all who gave donations; to Kevin Christoffers, Farm Bureau Financial Services, for sponsoring the hole-in-one opportunity; and special thanks to Josh Hagstrom, club pro, for putting together another flawless day of golf.

First Place Team

Zach Cunningham, Noah Cunningham, Aaron Lang, Josh Cunningham

Second Place Team

Dean Hovey, Nick Peterson, Jeff Linden, Eric Olson

Hole Contest Winners: Hole 1: Lauren Hultgren - Cooler bag w/snack items; Hole 3: Shannon Elton - Island Pine gift certificate; Hole 7: Jake Frericks - Quazar gift bag; Hole 9: Jake Frericks - Island Pine gift certificate; Hole 12: Lyle Gilberts - Quazar gift bag; Hole 14: Heidi Miller - Quazar gift bag; Hole 15: Jake Frericks - Island Pine gift certificate; Hole 18: John Cunningham - Quazar gift bag

Random Prize Drawings - Island Pine gift certificates: John & Carla Hagstrom, Lee & Deb Mickle, Larry & Sheila Rossell, Tom & Karen Jones

Raffle: Wick’s Meat Shoppe $100 gift card: Dean Hovey; portable fire pit donated by Jesse Hutchinson: Dawson Beck; handmade golf cart donated by Bruce Larson: Ron Garner