Designing cookies, chocolate loved by all, cold treats warm conversations made possible by auction basket winner

The smallest treat is often welcomed, like a small sugar cookie on “National Sugar Cookie Day,” said Shakopee Senior Program Manager Ali Brown.

Staff and participants talked about how to make sugar cookies- there are many recipes. “There was also talk about how each of us would decorate them.” Some would use sprinkles, some would use frosting, but others would keep it plain.

Who doesn’t like chocolate? There are some, but no one here passed up a fun-sized Hershey’s bar on National Chocolate Day, said Brown. “We all talked about our favorite kind of chocolate and when a good time to eat it is.”

What is better than having a cool treat on a steamy hot day? Brown asked. On Freezer Pop Day, Sundae Day and Refreshment Day people had to partake. Freezer pops, makeshift sundaes and lemonades were all around, and Brown said it was fun to see the smiles on all faces. Many said it was refreshing and cooled them down. The group discussed favorite flavors, toppings and colors.

All of Shakopee’s treats in July were made possible through proceeds from ProAct’s June Auction Basket winner. A big thank you was sent, and the winner was recognized as treats were handed out. “It is so appreciated!” said Brown.


Native American ‘God’s Eye’ magical, ‘Dork Day’ mismatches fashion

A fun and bigger project in July was “God’s Eye.” Participants enjoyed learning about the meaning, as Pueblo and other Native Americans wore these special creations as decoration, Brown said. “It was thought to be a magical item, bringing good luck and a long life.”

These creations consisted of fun and colorful strings and sticks. “It was fun to see the participants engaged and seeing all the unique styles.”

For the “Camp ProAct” project, Shakopee celebrated “Dork Day.” Many asked what it was or how they should dress. The answer? “Any way you want,” said Brown. “We saw many mismatched items, crazy hats, two different shoes, and more. This was a fun and gives us an excuse to be silly!”




Polka players spread joy, inspire dancing

Awesome polka players visit participants and staff on first Wednesdays, Brown explains. The 90-minute sessions bring joy to so many, she said, and people don’t want them to leave. Dottie says, “I just love them, they make me want to get up and dance baby!”