Minnesota Memo Summer 2021

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Catalina Martinez, Editor
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Apple support for people with disabilities
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Comcast Support For Persons With Disabilities
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Table of Content:
President’s Message By Janet Dickelman
ACB Conference and Convention Highlights from my perspective By Patty Slaby
Hot Dog By Dr. Gary Richter
The Year of History By Nicky Schlender
My Individual, Private Voting at Convention By Rabecca Kragnes
On to Omaha By Janet Dickelman
When I’m An Old Lady By Barbara Hall

The Recipe Corner
Lemon Greek chicken Submitted By Barb Appleby
Gazpacho a cold Spanish soup Submitted By Barb Appleby

The Crafty Corner
Aran Christmas Stocking Designed by J. Barrett
THE BIG ONE! From: C284 Santa’s Favorite Christmas Stockings

Calendar of Events By Marian Haslerud
Officers and Board of Directors
ACBM Standing Committee Chairs

President’s Message
By Janet Dickelman

Hello ACBM members and friends,
As I write this, we are just days away from our 2021 ACBM picnic and auction. The weather looks perfect and we have 52 people who will be joining us for fun and fund-raising.
Last month we held our first in-person quarterly membership meeting in 18 months. It was wonderful seeing many of you in person and I look forward to many other events.

ACBM membership is growing!
We have gained eight new members thus far in 2021.
I’d like to initiate a new member buddy system, stay tuned for details.

Calling all advocates: The Legislative and Advocacy Committee is looking for members. Are you passionate about accessible voting? Are you interested in transportation and web accessibility? Do you like staying connected with the latest state and local happenings as they pertain to blindness? Are you willing to reach out to legislators? If so, the Advocacy committee needs you!

Social committee: our newly appointed social committee is up and running and full of plans! Starting in September our coffee social will be held in person on the second Saturday of the month. The new home for this event is the Day By Day Café located at 477 W 7th Street in Saint Paul. In addition to the in-person coffee event ACBM will also host a zoom social call the 4th Wednesday of every month. Stay tuned for all the details!

Be safe and enjoy the rest of your summer.

I’d love to hear from you!
My inbox is always open and my phone answered to address your questions, concerns, comments, and suggestions.

Janet Dickelman, president
American Council of the Blind of Minnesota
(651) 428-5059
Learn more about us at www.acbminnesota.org

ACB Conference and Convention Highlights from my perspective:
By Patty Slaby

I thoroughly enjoyed numerous sessions by listening using my Alexa, phone, Victor Stream and/or via zoom. I recorded several because I did not want to wait for the podcasts although I will be downloading them as well.

I listened to over half of the Board meeting and meeting our new staff members. The FIA Showcase was very well performed and many people that performed I know.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Flight 93 Audio Tour even though it was time for some tears. The Mammoth Cave and the Campfire sessions presented by ACB Families were great. I listened to the opening session and most of the general sessions as I always look forward to the Angels, Life memberships, scholarship winners, and our other award winners.

The evening with the Audio Description presenters was fabulous. I learned so much. Another exciting evening was the Auction. I have people waiting for my cookies and Chex mix which they will receive very soon. Another of my favorite sessions was when people talked about segregation and integration of the schools for the blind. Peter Segal held my interest during the banquet when I enjoyed picnic food at my table. I treasure attending mass with Father Jamie who is very inspirational. It ended with the audio described Olympics which I was glued to the devices. I will never forget that wonder; like experience. I live in a rural area and do not have access to described audio productions. I just purchased a Firestick however so things will be changing. Voting was truly awesome and being a delegate along with Nicky was an experience we need to continue for all our members. Thank you to everyone who assisted in making the convention an exciting event that so many people enjoyed.

Hot Dog
By Dr. Gary Richter

it’s gearing up to be one of the hottest summers we’ve had in awhile. And while record-setting temperatures can be uncomfortable for you… Hot weather could be downright dangerous for your dog.

High temperatures can put your dog at risk for overheating, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke.
So today, I want to share a few simple DO’s and DON’T’s for keeping your dog cool — and safe — even on the hottest days…
That way, you can enjoy the summer with fewer worries.

Let’s start with the “DON’TS:”
DON’T rely on fans. Your dog primarily cools down by panting, and by sweating through their paws.
So while fans might feel good on your skin… That cool breeze doesn’t reach your dog’s paws, so it won’t do much for them — especially not on a super hot day.
(Keep on reading to learn what you should do instead!)

DON’T take the midday walk.
You’ve probably heard that hot pavement can burn your dog’s paws… but did you know that even 77 degree weather can heat up the pavement to those dangerous temperatures?
So if you can, try to go on walks in the early morning or late evening.
And if your dog has to go outside in the middle of the day, shoot for a grassy spot in the shade. That’s your safest bet!

DON’T let your dog go in the doghouse.
A dog house can provide shade for your dog… But it can also trap a lot of heat, making it way hotter than the outdoors. So, for the hot summer days, it’s best to block off your dog’s doghouse so they don’t get too hot too quickly.

And now that you know what NOT to do… Here are some things you CAN DO to help your pup cool down:

DO cool down your dog from the inside out.
Adding some ice cubes to your dog’s water bowl throughout the day can help cool them down…
And you can give them some cold treats, too.

Frozen blueberries make a great snack, or you can freeze Greek yogurt in an ice tray for some fun treats that will cool your pup down.

DO take water on the go.
Invest in a collapsible water bowl, or bring a small container for water when you go out.
Keep in mind, cups might not work so well. Some dogs aren’t crazy about sticking their snouts into a cup, and they won’t drink, even if they’re thirsty. So if your dog won’t drink water out of a cup, try a bowl instead. You could have better luck!

DO check the humidity.
Your dog pants to eliminate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body… So extra moisture in the air can make it harder for them to cool down efficiently. On days where the humidity is over 70 percent, it’s best to keep your pup inside for the most part. That way, they can stay cool and safe.

And there you have it,. By avoiding the sunlight, giving your dog a few cool treats, and keeping them hydrated… You and your dog can enjoy the great outdoors comfortably and safely.

To happy and healthy dog years ahead,
Dr. Gary Richter

P.S. There’s a quick way to tell if the pavement is too hot for your dog or not.
I call it the “7 second test,”:
Simply putting the back of your hand on the asphalt for 7 seconds is enough to let you know whether it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
(Yes, even 77 degree weather can make the asphalt too hot!)

The Year of History
By Nicky Schlender

This year’s convention was absolutely awesome! My convention week started on Saturday morning with the GDUI programming. I really enjoyed Christin Bane’s class lecture on how she has worked in all facets of the Guide dog training field all the way from puppy raiser to guide dog trainer for multiple schools. I was absolutely enthralled with Byron Lee’s 3d audio experience. It as so neat to hear the audio through headphones. Everything was so close like you were right on top of everything. I am one of I’m sure many who would like Waymo in the Twin Cities metro area and throughout the state of Minnesota. It was awesome hearing the on screen voice guidance. The Scuba Diving experience made me feel like I was in the water swimming with the whales. The Sister Power Hour with Debbie Hazelton and Pam Shaw was very inspiring. It’s cemented my long held thought about going back to school and going into some sort of helping career. The Get UP and Get moving campaign kickoff on Saturday evening was great as well. It inspires me to go up to the USABA and check out what is available. While I’m on the health topic, I listened to the ACBDA breakout sessions. I really enjoyed the nutrition and the fitness sessions.
Sunday night was exhilarating. It was a great privilege to be a part of the first ever in ACB history of 60 years to be able to vote totally independently without being at the physical convention. It is great to finally have the option for the whole membership to vote wherever they are in the country. It was an honor to be an ACBM delegate and be a part of the roll call votes. It was great to hear the affiliate roll call with the state facts

A couple other highlights were Joel Snyder’s ADP award on Thursday morning. and Peter Segal’s banquet address and the question and answer session that followed. I also really enjoyed Clark Rockfall and Kim Charlson’s preshow before the audio described opening ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Metro Mobility Grocery and Goods Delivery

Certified Metro Mobility customers can now order groceries and household essentials online from a store that has online shopping and local pick up. Metro Mobility will pick your order up and deliver to your house.
• The service is free – no fares for delivery.
• Book same day or in advance just like you book a ride for yourself.
• Receive your delivery within 60 minutes of the scheduled pickup time.
• Tell the store Metro Mobility is picking up and provide the reservationist your order number, if provided, as proof of purchase.
• Four-bag limit remains in effect.
• Pickups must be scheduled at a commercial location.
• Drivers will verify your photo ID at drop-off.
Book your delivery with your provider.

Frequently asked questions
We’ve put together some helpful hints and answers to some of the questions that we’ve already received.
Q: What if I am not given an order number?
A: Instacart, a third-party service used by several large retail chains in the Twin Cities, does not generate order numbers. Typically, food shelves also do not provide order numbers. We will only require the order number if you have received one. If you do not get an order number, it is essential that you confirm with Metro Mobility that the customer name we have on file is correct and that the order was placed in the customer’s name.
Q: Will you deliver from food shelves?
A: Yes. See above for flexibility regarding the order number requirements. The four-bag limit does still apply.
Q: Will you pick up from pet stores?
A: Yes, we’ll pick up from pet stores. This service includes groceries and essential household items. Food and supplies for pets and service animals would certainly qualify.
Q: Are you able to pick up my prescription?
A: Unfortunately, we are unable to pick up prescriptions. Most pharmacies offer the option to have your prescriptions mailed directly to your home. Check your pharmacies web page or call them directly for instructions.
Q: How do I pay for my packages?
A: Metro Mobility is not charging a fare for the delivery of your packages, so you don’t have to pay us. You do need to pay the store with a credit or debit card prior to arranging a pickup.
Q: My items are not all ready at the same time. What do I do?
A: You can arrange for multiple Metro Mobility pickups. We are aware that some stores, for example Wal-Mart, offer partial orders as goods become available. Metro Mobility is happy to make multiple deliveries for one order.
Q: My store requires a call upon arrival to pick up the package. Can you accommodate that?
A: Yes. We are aware that some stores, for example Kowalski’s, require a call upon arrival at the store. In these cases, drivers will contact dispatch when they arrive at these locations in order to fulfill the order.
Q: Can I use my EBT benefits for this service?
A: People who use the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can now purchase groceries online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards through Walmart and Amazon. These are currently the only online retailers approved by the United States Department of Agriculture available in Minnesota.
You can also contact Help At Your Door or call 651-642-1892 for EBT grocery delivery. Let their staff know that you are a Metro Mobility customer. This service is not guaranteed based on demand.
Contact us
If you have any further questions about the service, please contact Metro Mobility Service Center:
Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call 651-602-1111
TTY: 651-221-9886
Email metromobility@metc.state.mn.us

My Individual, Private Voting at Convention
By Rabecca Kragnes

I’m not the biggest convention enthusiast. I registered with just the basic $25 but I didn’t give to any affiliates or buy any merchandise or raffle tickets. I listened to most of the convention on ACB Media rather than going into Zoom rooms, because I had very little to say with my vocal chords.

However, for the first time this year, even though I didn’t go to convention, the leadership of the American Council of the Blind thought enough of me as a member to allow me to cast an individual, private vote for its officers, board of directors, and directors of its Board of Publications. I took part in all elections which were either contested or had a yes/no choice.

The first election was probably the most exciting, because it was the first. Two candidates were vying for the same office of First Vice president. After listening to the candidates’ forums and talking to people I respected, I made my choice. When President Dan Spoon said elections were open, I immediately went to my computer and found my voter registration code. After a couple false tries of getting my code placed, the radio buttons for selecting my choice made voting very simple.

Although I voted in all of the elections, the last election also felt very momentous to me. There was a motion made to adjourn the convention until august 14th, when meetings would commence to add language to our constitution and bylaws which would add this private individual voting as a permanent part of future conventions and still be in line with the nonprofit rules of the District of Columbia from 2010. When my voting code was not found on the computer, I decided to try the phone method. After calling the ACB Minnesota office, I learned I was reversing a couple of numbers. This time when I used the automated phone system, it took my voter code, and I was able to cast my yes vote to this motion.

In addition to my individual vote, I gave feedback to our affiliate delegate by phone on which way she should cast our votes. But something about voting individually and privately was a very powerful part of the convention experience. With all affiliates and over 98 percent of individuals voting yes to the aforementioned motion, I believe I can look forward to many more individual, private votes despite not being able to afford to go to convention. This attention to and focus on democracy touches me deeply, and I am so happy the American Council of the Blind thinks enough of its members to value their individual votes as input to the election process.

I Did It Myself
By Catalina Martinez

Bet you’re wondering what the title of this article is all about. Well, I’ll tell ya! It’s about Metro Mobility. Metro Mobility you say? Yup?

When you need to make a ride, either with Transit Team or First Transit, you just don’t know what reservationist you’re going to get. Are they in a bad mood, are they cranky or are they just not all there?

Several years ago, Metro Counsel allowed people to book rides online and it was great! A little clunky, sometimes difficult to use, but still great. Alas, they took it down for what ever reason and I was back to the grumpy cranky reservationists. At the numerous Metro Council meetings, we kept asking if the website is going to be up again, but we were told, soon, soon, soon.

Just this year the website was up and running again and oh wow, was I excited! Now it’s better than ever! Metro Counsel did a very nice job and it’s very accessible. It’s clean, not cluttered and easier to use. So, what I’m going to do is walk you thru it so you can also do it yourself.

First thing, you need to call Metro counsel customer service at 651-602-1111 and let them know that you are interested in booking your rides online. Your username will be your customer ID and you’ll need to come up with a password and give it to the customer service rep. Now you’re set.

Next step is to go online. Go to www.metromobility.org and look for “Book Your Trip Online” and press enter. You will then be on the log in screen. Enter your ID number and your password. Note: your password must be in all caps. Press on sign in and you are in! ? At this time, you can see your current and your past bookings.

To book a trip, look for “Book Trip” and press enter. The first edit field is “Pick Up Address”. This would most likely be your home address. If you arrow down in this field you should hear “registered Address”, which would be your address. Press enter on that address. The next field is “Unit” which should be already filled in. The next field is “Pick Up Call Back Number”, and this should be filled in as well.

The next section is Drop Off Details. The first field is “Drop Off Address”. type the address and arrow down. The system will give you several addresses to choose from. Just press enter on the one you want. The next field is “Unit”. Now, here’s a little trick I like to use. Type in the name of the restaurant, store or building you are going to. This will show up as part of the address. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to type in a note like the reservationist, but this is the only way I found you can do this. The next field is “Drop Off Call Back Number”. You can just type in zeros if you don’t have one.

The next section is “Date and Time”. Trip Date is a combo box. Arrow down to the date you want, and press enter. Next are radio buttons. Pick me up at or Appointment Time. Just press the space bar on the choice you want.

The next section is Trip Options. The first one: I will be bringing, has check boxes. Check the box of your choice. The check boxes are, service Animal, Oxygen, Walker and Lift Required., The last entry is Additional Passengers. Press enter and complete the edit boxes. And now the very last button, Book Trip. Press enter.

The next screen is going to show your trip and you can review it at this time. At the lower part of the screen, you will be given 4 choices. A pickup time and an approximate drop off time. Press enter on your choice. If you are not happy with your choices, press on either earlier trip or later trip and the system will adjust the times. The last screen will show your confirmation, or it will say that your trip could not be booked at this time. So, now you will have to call the reservationist. ? At this time, you can book a return trip or book a new trip.
At first it will be a little cumbersome but keep at it. You will be a pro in no time.

But wait! There’s more! When you are sitting there, patiently waiting on your ride, you can see when it is going to arrive! I kid you not! You can do this either on your PC or smart phone. Follow the steps listed above to log in. After you log in it should say, your ride arrives in xx minutes. Now this is pretty cool! Here is where it gets interesting. Sometimes the minutes stops counting down, so all you need to do is press on “reload” and it will refresh the screen. The minutes will count down to 0 and then change to “Vehicle Arrived”. Sometimes the ride would be there within minutes, sometime in a minute or sometimes the minutes will jump back up to 5, 3 or even 20 minutes. It will depend on the traffic or a lost driver.

So, there you have it. You too can do it yourself.

This Is me
By Bonnie Robertson

I was born Bonnie Schave on November 20 in Madison <,WI. I’m an only child because my mother died 3 days after my birth. I do have a half brother after My father remarried. I went to Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicap in Jamesville, WI for all of my 12 years of school. School was the best part of my life. I was a quiet happy child and staid out of trouble. After I graduated high school, I went to the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, WI. I majored in social work and had a minored in communications. But I did not complete school because I Wanted to go to work, so I left school. In 1976 I went to Arkansas Enterprises for the blind in Little Rock, AR. I was there for 6 months for rehab training and there is where I met Steve Robertson. After Little Rock, I went back to Madison and Steve went back to Louisiana. Steve and I spent a lot of time on the phone, so when I moved to Minneapolis, Steve decided to join me. We were married in 1983 and still going strong. In 1977 I moved to Minneapolis and completed Minneapolis Society for the Blind. Then I worked in the work shop for 2 years and I didn’t care for it. I was unemployed for a few years and trying to figure out what I wanted to do. In 1982 I went to Business Enterprise Program, (BEP), and I was a vendor for 34 years. I retired on October 2016 and now enjoying to life of leisure. I have a lot of interests and Hobbies: knitting, reading and music just to name a few. I like to play with different oils. My favorite foods are fried chicken, pizza and ice cream. I love going to ACB conventions every year. *** On to Omaha By Janet Dickelman Hopefully many of you were able to join ACB for the 2021 virtual conference and convention. It was quite amazing with 167 sessions, a virtual exhibit hall, audio described tours, and our first ever remote voting for all ACB members. Now our focus moves toward Omaha Nebraska. Convention dates are Friday July 1 through Friday, July 8 2022. Our convention home will be the Omaha Hilton. Room rates are $96.00 per night plus tax. Reservation information will be posted later this year. The hotel is located in downtown Omaha with an entertainment district with numerous restaurants very close to the hotel. Omaha is served by Amtrak, Greyhound and several airlines including: • Alaska Airlines • Allegiant • American Airlines • Delta • Frontier • Southwest • United The airport and bus and train stations are within close proximity of the hotel. We are already working on some exciting tour venues: BoysTown, The Lewis and Clark visitors center, a riverboat outing, and an adult beverage tour. If you can’t join us in person, we will definitely also have a virtual presence in 2022. *** When I’m An Old Lady By Barbara Hall When I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid, And bring so much happiness just as they did. I want to pay back all the joy they've provided. Returning each deed! Oh, they'll be so excited! When I'm an old lady and live with my kids. I'll write on the walls with reds, whites and blues, And I'll bounce on the furniture wearing my shoes. I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out. I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they'll shout! When I'm an old lady and live with my kids. When they're on the phone and just out of reach, I'll get into things like sugar and bleach. Oh, they'll snap their fingers and then shake their head, And when that is done, I’ll hide under the bed When I'm an old lady and live with my kids. When they cook dinner and call me to eat, I'll not eat my green beans or salad or meat, I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table, And when they get angry I'll run if I'm able! When I'm an old lady and live with my kids. I'll sit close to the TV, through channels I'll click, I'll cross both eyes just to see if they stick. I'll take off my socks and throw one away, And play in the mud 'til the end of the day! When I'm an old lady and live with my kids. And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh, I'll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes. My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping, And say with a groan, "She's so sweet when she's sleeping!" The Recipe Corner Lemon Greek chicken Submitted By Barb Appleby Ingredients: 4to 6 chicken thighs 8 small red new potatoes 1 fresh red pepper 1 sweet onion 1 box mushrooms sliced Sauce. Forth cup olive oil 2 lemons 1 minced garlic clove Zest from two lemons Juice from one lemon 1 tbl basil 1 tbl oregano Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Brush over chicken and veggies Bake covered 1 hour at 350 degrees *** Gazpacho a cold Spanish soup Submitted By Barb Appleby Ingredients: 1 clove garlic Half green pepper Half sweet onion 5 large ripened fresh tomatoes 1 cucumber 1 tbl tomato paste 6 tbl olive oil 3 tbl wine vinegar Half tsp cumin Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Put all ingredients in blender. Blend until consistency is what you want, I like mine with some chunks Serve in bowls *** The Crafty Corner Aran Christmas Stocking Designed by J. Barrett Materials 3 ounces worsted weight colored yarn Size 7 US (4.5 mm) needles Gauge: 4 sts and 7 rows=1 inch Size 14 inches long Beginning at top, cast on 70 sts. Row 1: k Row 2: bind off 14 sts at beg of row for hanging loop, k rem sts. Row 3: (ws) k1, (p1, k1) twice, pm, *k1, p6, k1 (for cable panel), pm, k1, (p1, k1) 5 times for popcorn panel, pm, rep from * once, k1, p6, k1 for cable panel, pm, (k1, p1) twice, k1 Row 4: k1, (p1, k1) twice, sl marker, *p1, sl next 2 sts to holder at front of work, k next 2sts, k2 sts from holder (front cable twist made), k2, p1, sl marker, k1 (p1, k1) twice, loosely k in front and back and front and back and front of next st (popcorn started), (k1, p1) twice, k1, sl marker, rep from * once, p1, front cable twist over next 4 sts, k2, p1, sl marker, k1 (p1, k1) twice. Slip markers each row. Row 5: k1, (p1, k1) twice, *k1, p6, k1, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p next 5 sts tog (popcorn made) k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once, k1, p6, k1 (k1, p1) twice, k1 Row 6: k1, (p1, k1) twice, *p1, k2, sl next 2 sts to holder at back of work, knit next 2 sts, k2 from holder (back cable twist made), p1, (k1, p1) 5 times, k1, rep from * once, p1, k2, back cable twist over next 4 sts, p1, (k1, p1) twice, k1 Row 7: work as for row 3 Row 8: k1, (p1, k1) twice, *p1, front cable twist over next 4 sts, k2, p1, k1, p1, start popcorn in next st (p1, k1) twice, p1, start popcorn in next st, p1, k1, rep from * once, p1, front cable twist over next 4 sts, k2, p1, (k1, p1) twice, k1 Row 9: k1, (p1, k1) twice, *k1, p6, k1, k1, p1, complete popcorn, (p1, k1) twice, p1, complete popcorn, p1, k1, rep from * once k1, p6, k1 (k1, p1) twice, k1 Row 10: rep row 6 Repeat rows 3-10 for pattern until piece measures 8" long, end with row 9 of pattern. Sides and Instep Row 1: continue in pat, work across first 24 sts, cast 8 sts onto right hand needle. Place next 8 sts from left hand needle on holder for instep and rem 24 sts on another st holder. Row 2: working on 32 sts on needle, k1, p6, k1; work in est pat across. Row 3: work in pat across, cast on 7 st st at end of row Row 4: k1, (p1, k1) 3 times, work in pat across. Row 5: work in pat across, cast on 4 sts at end of row - 43 sts. Row 6: k1, (p1, k1) 5 times, work in pat across. Row 7: work in pat across. Place these sts on a holder. Cut yarn. Slip 8 instep sts from holder onto needle. Attach yarn. Continue in cable pat for 4". Begin with row 10 of pattern stitch and end with row 8 of cable pat. Place these sts on holder. Cut yarn. Slip 24 sts from holder on to needle. Attach yarn. Work these sts for 7 rows as for other side, reversing shaping. Foot Row 1: Work in pat across sts on needle, then work in pat across sts on 2 holders - 94 sts. Work even in pat for 1" end wrong side row. Mark p st on each side of center cable. Next row: k1, SSK, work in pat to 2 sts before marker, SSK, work across to st after next marker, k2tog, work across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Next row: work even. Rep last 2 rows 8 more times - 58 sts. Bind off in pat. Finishing Sew instep edges to side sts. Sew center back and sole seams. Fold hanging loop in half; sew end to center back seam. *** THE BIG ONE! From: C284 Santa's Favorite Christmas Stockings Size: Heel to Toe is 13-1/2 inches and top to bottom is 22-1/2 inches (without cuff folded down). MATERIALS: Red Heart worsted weight yarn, 10 oz red; G hook; yarn needle. Row 1: Ch69, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across: 68. Rnd 2: Being careful not to twist Rnd 1, sc in first sc made on that rnd, sc in each sc around, place marker. Rnds 3-60: Sc in each sc around. Reposition marker after each rnd. BEGIN FOOT SHAPING: Rnd 61: Sl st in next st, place a marker on opposite side of this rnd. This will be known as the "heel marker"; ch12, (these chs form the toe) sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 10 chs, sl st in st at base of ch; sc in each st across to marker, 3 sc in marked st, reposition heel marker in center st of those 3 sc; sc in each sc across to first 11 sc, sc in unworked lp of 11 chs, sc once more in last ch, place marker in that st. Rnd 62: Sc in each st of toe and in each st of foot placing 3 sc in marked st of the heel and 3 sc in st at end of toe. Rnds 63-69: Sc in each st around, placing 3 sc at end of toe. Rnds 70-85: Sc in each st around, ending at tip of toe. Rnds 86-90: Sc 2 together at tip of toe, sc in each st across to heel, sc 2 together at heel, sc in each st across. Rnd 91: (Sc 2 together) around, join with sl st in next st. Ch1, turn stocking inside-out. Sc corresponding sts together. Fasten Off and weave in ends. Fold down part of the top of the stocking to form the cuff. Add a Christmas ribbon for a hanger. *** Calendar of Events By Marian Haslerud The following is a list of events of interest. If you wish to add an event, please feel free to contact me. My information is as follows: Phone number: 612-206-5883 Email: Marianhaslerud642@gmail.com ACBM board meetings: All meetings start promptly at 6:30 PM. The dates are as follows: August 16, 2021 September 20, 2021 October 18, 2021 November 15, 2021 If you wish to attend, contact Steve Robertson. His phone number is: 612-819-5222. His email is: Stevetrobertson4@gmail.com ACBM coffee will be held on September 11, 2021, and October 9, 2021, at Day-by-Day Café, located at 477 7th St. W., St. Paul, MN. A notification for the November coffee will be sent through email. The social committee will also hold a zoom get together on September 22, 2021, and October 27, 2021. Bowling begins on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Memory Lanes. The address for the bowling alley is 2520 S26th Ave., Minneapolis, MN. Contact Linda Hoeppner for more information. Her number is 952-857-9958 Audio darts begins in September. For more information, contact Chris Peterson. His phone number is 507-271-9250. The Minnesota Christian Fellowship will hold two meetings. The October meeting is the banquet. It will be held on October 9, 2021, at Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 Roselawn Ave. W., Roseville at 12:00 noon. The quarterly meeting will be held on November 13, 2021, at Summit House, 9850 Lyndale Ave. S., Bloomington. For more information call Suzanne Pauluk. Her phone number is: 763-53507123. Vision Loss Resources (VLR)has a calendar of events. For more information call the hot line at 612-843-3439. Have an enjoyable fall. *** Officers and Board of Directors President: Janet Dickelman, Saint Paul, MN First term ending 2023 | (651) 428-5059 E-mail: janet.dickelman@gmail.com Vice president: Michael Malver 1st term ending 2022 | (612) 673-0664 Email: mmalver@gmail.com Secretary: Jennifer Dubbin, Saint Paul, MN 1st term ending 2023 | (651) 334-8895 E-mail: lyndidog@comcast.net Treasurer: Patty Slaby, Arcadia, WI 1st term, ending 2022 | (715) 497-9849 Email: Pattyslaby135@gmail.com Board Of Directors Barb appleby, Maplewood MN Final term ending 2022 | (651) 238-0015 E-mail: barbaraaappleby@gmail.com Coleen Kitagawa, Richfield, MN 1st term ending in 2022 | (612) 964-2005 E-mail: kitagawa@mysero.net Therese Dahlberg, Eagan, MN 1st term ending 2023 | (612) 819-2904 E-mail: Thereseda1965@gmail.com Nancy Schadegg, Richfield, MN Final term ending 2022 | (612) 798-5178 Email Nancy.schadegg@comcast.net Dave Tanner, Burnsville, MN 1st term ending in 2023 | (952) 380-8088 Email david.tanner100@gmail.com *** ACBM Standing Committee Chairs To reach any of our standing committees, see chair info below. Membership: Nancy Schadegg (612) 798-5178 Email Nancy.schadegg@comcast.net Budget: Patty Slaby (608) 323-3614 Email Pattyslaby135@gmail.com Advocacy: Michael Malver (612) 673-0664 Email mmalver@gmail.com Editorial Committee: Catalina Martinez (612) 227-3011 E-mail: catalina229@gmail.com Social Committee: Michael Malver (612) 673-0664 Email mmalver@gmail.com