Many folks have been asking how the Center is doing on the building expansion project. We are making progress raising local funds and we want to thank the many individuals and businesses who even during these tough times have demonstrated their belief in this project by making donations from $10 to $1000. Every dollar and every donor counts. We have also created several naming opportunities as a special way to recognize our larger donors and we want to thank the two local businesses that have stepped forward: Cascade Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Browns Roofing.
While raising local dollars, we have also contacted many other funders including local grant sources, private foundations and our Oregon Senators. We aren’t leaving any boulder, stone or pebble untouched. We can again look to the United Seniors for a Senior Center for inspiration knowing that they started looking for a building in 1980 and it wasn’t until 1986 after three attempts did they finally receive the federal Community Development Block Grant that funded the construction of the Center.
But if it seems like we have both hands out, we do, because as we work to fulfill our dreams for the future we also have to support the present. We are working hard to provide a variety of activities and programs that give you opportunities to explore, connect and contribute. You can show your support by becoming an individual or business member for only $25 a year for individuals and $100 for businesses. Our goal this year is 500 members by the Center's Annual Membership Meeting in July. So if you haven't yet, jump on in; the water’s warm and it will be good for your body and soul.
Sometimes there is a deal that just slaps you across the face and says "Look at me!" and that is Community Concerts. Five excellent shows for only $55 and if you are 65+ another $5 off if you buy your ticket by May 30th. And if you are a new subscriber and purchase a season ticket before this season's last concert on May 18th, you will be able to attend that concert for free. Now if I can count that means six concerts for $50. For more information you can call Patti Blagg at 298-4352 or check out their website at www.midcolumbiacommunityconcerts.org.
But if you are more into the local sports scene, on Saturday May 16th, there is free admission for any senior 60 plus for the TDWHS baseball team's last regular season game against Crook County at Quinton Street Ball Park starting at noon.
On Monday, May 11th the Skip and Janet Show will take hikers to Tom McCall Point where the wildflowers will be dressed in their finest stuff. Meet and carpool from the Center at 1:00.
There is a new Coast Guard Auxiliary forming in The Dalles and you can learn more from Jim Gordon at the Center's Next Chapter Lecture on Tuesday May 12 at 11:00.
For Tuesday Night music you can’t have too much of a good thing. The Cherry Park Band is playing tonight and on the 12th Truman Boler is back again for your listening and dancing pleasure. Everybody is welcome at a price we can all afford: free, but donations are appreciated.
The Tough Talk Workshop is this Saturday from 9:00 - 12:00 with light breakfast snacks at 8:30. Gain new insights about communicating at the time when the parent and child roles have turned upside down and inside out.
The Center is considering a trip to Portland to attend the Sentimental Journey II: a full evening of all time Pops favorites performed by the Oregon Symphony on Tuesday May 26th 2:00 PM. If interested call the Center at 296-4788. Cost will be $60 including transportation.
That is another week. Until we meet again, for your mother’s sake, wash your hands, keep your nose clean and say your prayers.
“It's not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” Golden Girls - the television show
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