THE CENTER IS BACK OPEN.
Fundraiser Dinner and Auction - Friday, February 22nd $35 per person.
AARP Tax Aide Fridays from 2:00 - 6:00 and Saturdays from 9:00 - 1:00.
Bingo every Thursday and Saturday Nights. Doors open at 4:00 and games start at 6:00. New players encouraged to arrive by 5:30. Average payout is over $1300 each night. Minimum buy-in is $10.
And if common voting patterns hold true, those of us 65 and older will vote at the highest rate of any age group. According to a Census Bureau report, the turnout rate in the 2012 national election for adults 65 and over rose to 71.9% from 70.3% in 2008. In comparison, the rates among 18-to 24-year olds actually fell to 41.2% from 48.5% in 2008
There are many reasons given for why older adults 65+ vote at such higher rates.Some suggest it is basically self-interest: protecting government benefits such as Social Security and Medicare. But more recent analysis suggests several other reasons.
Older adults generally have more time to vote (although that is not as much an issue with mail-in ballots), and believe voting is their civic duty (How often have you heard “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain”.). But the key factor may be older adults are less mobile. They stay in one place longer and consequently are more connected to the local issues and candidates
But what about measure 33-80 to build a new pool in The Dalles? There is no question that the pool structure needs to be replaced. (You can find pictures and a video on The Dalles Public Pool and Splash Park Facebook page.) But do you replace a ‘38 Chevy with another ’38 Chevy? Or do you buy something affordable, but with newer features that will save money and provide a better driving experience. (I personally don’t want to go back to the days without power steering and air conditioning!)
That is why I am voting for the new pool. The new pool is affordable (just over $5.00 a month for a house accessed at $175,000); and will include several practical improvements that will increase the use of the pool including a moveable bulkhead and a water slide. Plus a new Parks and Rec office will be built at the pool to eliminate the cost of renting office space, and provide better oversight of the pool and the adjacent skate park.
I may be a little biased. I coached the summer swim team for several years and my two children swam. But that experience has also shown me how important swimming is - especially in a community that sits along the Columbia River.
I encourage you to thoughtfully consider this bond measure - because I know you are going to vote. It is our civic duty.
Last week I said I would step it up a notch. So this week’s music announcement for the Center is backwards - by letter this time. And then before you give your brain a rest, try counting backwards from one hundred – by 3’s and then 7’s.
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The often controversial author of the satirical comic strip Lil’ Abner, featuring the Yokums from Dogpatch, was Al Capp. (And this week’s winner of a free Saturday Breakfast on November 16th is Charlotte Adkisson.)
But this is Halloween week, with the spooks and goblins visiting the neighborhoods on Thursday. And even if you may not have been around in 1938, most of us have heard about the excitement generated by the Mercury Theater’s Halloween radio broadcast that simulated news bulletins of a Martian invasion at Grover’s Mill, New Jersey. The episode was directed and narrated by Orson Welles, but who was the author of the science fiction novel it was adapted from.
E-mail your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org, call 541-296-4788 or mail it with the original radio script for “The War of the Worlds” sold in 1988 for $143,000.
Well, it has been another week trying to catch the lost thought before it escapes the room. Until we meet again, “Live life as long as you live”. “Never take someone for granted.
"Hold every person close to your heart because you might wake up one day and realize that you’ve lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones.” Unknown
And for the second year there will be a silent auction - but bigger and better. There will be many fantastic items generously donated by local businesses plus some special ones: a Trailblazer pennant signed by all the players, and for football fans there are two tickets to the OSU-Washington football game on November 23rd including a tailgate party. And with both Washington (4-0) and OSU (4-1) off to great starts, it should be a pivotal game.
The Open Enrollment Period for Medicare, when you have the opportunity to review and make changes to your health coverage, occurs once again between October 15th and December 7th. In the meantime, you should be receiving in the mail your Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) from your current plan. Because the plan can change how they cover your care each year, take time to review it, even if you are satisfied with your current Medicare coverage. Check to see if there are any changes in the plan’s provider network, the drugs that are covered and increases in the costs for the coverage.
But don’t confuse the Medicare Enrollment Period with the enrollment period for the new Health Insurance Marketplaces or Exchanges (in Oregon called Cover Oregon) created by the Affordable Care Act. If you are enrolled in Medicare, the Marketplaces do not affect you. But the Affordable Care Act does create several new benefits for Medicare enrollees: the percentage you pay for drugs in the “donut hole” is gradually reduced; and Medicare now covers certain preventive services, mammograms or colonoscopies, without charging you for the Part B coinsurance or deductible.
Unlike Trix cereal, vaccines are not just for kids – or silly rabbits. Each year thousands of older adults die or have serious complications from vaccine preventable diseases. Consequently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends older adults receive the following vaccines: Shingles, Pneumococcal, Influenza (flu), and Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap). At the Center’s 11:00 Tuesday lecture on October 8th Jenny Tran, a pharmacist at Rite-Aid, will explain and answer any questions about these “Vaccines for Older Adults”.
And since the Flu season is unpredictable and can start as early as October, Jenny Tran will also be offering Flu Shots at the Center before and during lunch on Thursday October 10th.
Dennis Davis, the volunteer instructor for the AARP Driver Safety Class, wants me to remind everyone that the Driver Safety Class is offered EVERY month on the third Monday and Tuesday. (The next class is from 9:00 – 12:00 on October 21 and 22nd.) The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. You can sign up by calling the Center.
Three quick reminders in chronological order: Tuesday, October 1st starting at 7:00 PM, The Strawberry Mountain Band will be performing; the monthly iPad Users Group will meet on Wednesday the 2nd at 1:00 to discuss the new iOS 7.0 operating system; and Sandy Haechrel, AARP Money Management volunteer, will be at the Center on Thursday Oct 3rd at 1:30 to help anyone balance their checkbooks or answer simple financial questions.
Last week’s “Remember When” question was a tough one but the controversial cartoonist who created such countercultural characters as “Fritz the Cat” and “Mr. Natural” was Robert Crumb or more widely known as R. Crumb. (And the winner and only entry was Bill Van Nice.)
Sticking with a counterculture theme of the ‘60’s, what was the name of the third highest grossing film of 1969, starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson that depicted many of the societal tensions of the 1960’s as two bikers travelled through the American southwest and south? E-mail your answers to email@example.com, call 541-296-4788 or deliver it to the Center while riding the “Captain America” Harley Davidson specially designed and built for the movie.
Well, it has been another week waiting to sink my teeth into some Baby Back Ribs. Until we meet again, remember the advice of Robert Heinlein “Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig”.
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