Updated Thursday April 1st 2020
GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE WHO TYPICALLY DO NOT FILE FEDERAL TAX RETURNS
The latest from the Treasury Department.
If you receive Social Security and do not typically file federal tax returns, the treasury department has reversed its position and you will now NOT have to file a simple tax return to receive your Economic Impact Payment of $1200.
You can find more information by clicking on the link below to an article in the Washington Post.
ALL TOGETHER ALONE WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Center's Quilters have started a COVID-19 Homemade Face Mask project to help fulfill the need in the area. Click on the link below for patterns and directions, needed material and how the masks are to be collected. The quilters are prioritizing the Meals-on-Wheels drivers, long term care facilities and group homes while distributing over 230 handmade masks. If you personally want a mask call the Center at 541-296-4788 and we will put on the list.
The Center is closed, and all classes and activities are canceled except for MEDICARE HELP, call the local coordinator at 541-288-8341, and the MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN CLOSET call 541-296-4788 to see if we have the equipment you need and to schedule a time for pick-up.
TAX AIDE has been canceled indefinitely but the filing date has been extended to July 15th. I have not heard if or when the program will start up again but hopefully will have some idea by the first of May.
Meals-on-Wheels is delivering meals but is not serving meals in the dining room. If you want a take-out meal, call Meals-on-Wheels at 541-298-8333 before 10:00 and pick up your meal at noon but not before.
CIRCLES OF CARE
Circles of Care is looking for older adults who are self-isolating and need support during these difficult times. Because of the situation they are limiting their assistance to picking up groceries and check-in calls. They are also looking for volunteers to support older adults who are self-isolating because of COVID-19. Call Gracen 541-397-0724 or email her at email@example.com.
Aging Well in the Gorge July 28th 2015
You probably know the term "bucket list" from the movie of the same name starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman about two terminally ill men taking a road trip to fulfill their wish list before they "kick the bucket". And many of you may have a bucket list, but if you don't or you want to update your's, here are several suggestions by Al Bernstein, a noted psychologist who has written about "bucket lists".
1) Your bucket list can be more than visiting your ancestral homeland. Give yourself time to reflect on your interests first, before choosing your destinations.
2) Make a list for just one year - you can also keep a "sometime" list to review later.
3) Keep your list short and mix large and small goals. Or identify just one goal. When it is accomplished, choose another.
4) And stay real. Keep your list financially and physically within reach. You may have a goal of a two week tour of the historic sites of Scotland (where, I must modestly add, the modern world was invented) but unless you rob a bank, you may not be able to afford it.
Making a list gives you a chance to reflect on your dreams and goals - what is important to you, before you "kick the bucket". But don't spend all your time and energy creating your list. As Al Bernstein points out, "It’s not the listing, it’s the doing that’s important."
The Center's cozy NU-2-U Shop offers some of the best used clothing in the area and at the lowest prices. Rhonda Townsend sorts through the donated clothes every Monday so she can restock the racks with only the best clothes - in addition to the always popular small blankets she makes out of scrap material. The NU-2-U Shop is open from 10:00 - 1:30 Monday through Friday, and later upon request.
The Center has only two trips left this summer. The trip to Portland for lunch on the Portland Spirit is full - although we are still taking names for the waiting list. But there are still two seats left for the matinee performance of Wicked on Thursday, August 6th for $75 a piece Call or stop by the Center if you are interested.
Once again, thanks to Flagstone Senior Living for sponsoring the Cowboy Breakfast that served over a hundred adults and children. And to The Springs at Mill Creek for catering the delicious dinner served after the Center's Annual Membership Meeting.
At the Center on Tuesday, August 4th, Andre, KC and Tom will be performing. Doors open at 6:00, music starts at 7:00, everyone is welcome, and donations are appreciated.
The name of the Pulitzer prize winning humorist who poked fun at the shortcomings of celebrities and politicians and was best known for his long-running column in The Washington Post was Art Buchwald. (And the winner of three quilt raffle tickets is Neal Cassady.)
This week's "Remember When" question is from a post by Amanda Cecil on the Barnes and Noble's Nook Blog suggesting five books to put on your "bucket list". One of the books is based on this author's notes as he traveled across America with his friends in the late 1940's. What was the name of the author and the book he wrote - considered the defining work of the postwar Beat generation?
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org, call 541-296-4788 or mail it with the book's manuscript typed on a continuous, one hundred and twenty-foot scroll of tracing paper sheets.
Well, it’s been another week, trying not to strike out in the bottom of the ninth. Until we meet again, take time to celebrate each day of these bonus years.
"Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got." Art Buchwald
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