Updated May 16th, 2020
ALL TOGETHER- ALONE WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Center's Quilters are sewing Homemade Face Masks to help fulfill the need in the area. If you would like a mask, call the Center at 541-296-4788 and leave your name, phone number, address and the number of masks you need.
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 again.
The eligibility for a home delivered meal has changed to include anyone 60 and over. If you would like a home delivered meal call Meals-on-Wheels at 541-298-8333 or if you would like to pick up a meal call 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. Call Gracen at 541-397-0724 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that the summer months have passed and the Center, as well as most of you, are settling back into a more predictable routine, it is a good time to remind you of the many activities at the Center that nurture the mind, body and soul.
For the MIND, there are several opportunities.
On Mondays from noon to 1:00 there is “Lunch with TED”, whose title may be a little too vague because several folks have asked, “Who is TED?” TED refers to the TED Talks we watch which are short fascinating video presentations (less than 20 minutes long) about “ideas worth spreading”. Bring your lunch or purchase a delicious meal from Meals-on-Wheels.
After “Lunch with TED” is the Brain Fitness Club which goes from 1:00 – 2:00. We learn how to keep our mature brains running on all cylinders while better understanding how the brain functions and playing mentally stimulating games and puzzles.
On Tuesdays are the Tuesday Lectures from 11:00 – 12:00. You will have a chance to listen to both local speakers and taped national presentations on a variety of subjects. The topic for September 15th will be the Older Americans Act which was first passed in 1964 and has significantly improved the health and well-being of older Americans.
For the BODY, there are several classes that will keep you moving.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are busy days downstairs.
Debra Lutje starts off the morning leading the Chair Yoga class from 9:30 to 10:30;
Marsha Morrison teaches the Zumbo Gold from 11:00 – 12:00;
Corliss Marsh guides the Tai Chi class from 1:00 – 1:45 (Tuesdays only);
Strong Women lead by Fern Wilcox is from 2:00 – 3:00
and for those who enjoy friendly competition, there is Table Tennis from 3:00 – 4:00.
Upstairs on Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30, Jacquie Hashizume leads the clogging and Line Dancing class.
On Wednesdays and Fridays, Debra is back teaching the Seniorcise class from 9:15 – 1:00.
The costs range from $2.00 to $3.00 per class.
For the SOUL, there is nothing better than getting lost in the creative process.
Thanks to a Wasco County Cultural Trust grant, the Center once again offers a full schedule of classes.
Tuesday September 22nd from 1:00 – 2:30, Donna Gooch, local cake decorator, will show you how to use some simple decorating ideas with you own set of decorating tips.
Tuesday October 13th you will learn how to make lovely little handmade Henna Books for your thoughts using watercolors, ink and acrylics.
Tuesday November 10th you will learn about some decorating ideas and gifts to make for the holiday season.
The classes are from 1:00 – 2:30, costs $3.00 and all the materials are provided. Classes are limited to eight people. Call the Center to register.
At the urging of Barb Pashek, I went out on a limb and purchased 16 tickets for “Vicki Lawrence and Mama” at the Chinook Winds on Saturday, November 21st. And since we are all old enough to know not to try to drive to the coast and back in one day, I have reserved a block of rooms at the Liberty Inn in Lincoln City. The cost for this adventure is $70 for the transportation and show; and a room for two for one night is $99 which includes free hot and cold breakfast and a walk along the beach. Sign up at the Center and we will explain how to call Liberty Inn to reserve your room.
From 1934 to 1955, you could hear broadcast adaptions of stage plays and movies, including the Wizard of Oz, on the Lux Radio Theater. And for the know-it-alls, Dorothy’s last name was Gale.
I thought of this week’s “Remember When” question after reading a Facebook post by Mike Tenney. Who was the comedian with a grey beard most famous for portraying a ”Lovable Lush” on the Dean Martin Show? Email your answers to email@example.com, leave a message at 541-296-4788 or mail it with a frozen package of Foster Farms chicken strips.
Well, it’s been another week, feeling like I have four feet and they are all on the left side. Until we meet again, only in small towns do you know who’s inside by the cars parked outside.
Nationally, Senior Centers have been operating since the 1940’s but when the Older Americans Act was amended in 1972 there was a big push to build Senior Centers in order to provide community focal points for seniors. In 1979 a national celebration of Senior Centers was established, and in 1985 the first Presidential Proclamation celebrating Senior Center Week was signed by President Ronald Reagan. Then in 2007, the week was stretched into a month to allow more time to promote the important role of Senior Centers.
The Mid-Columbia Senior Center has been operating from its current location since 1987 with its mission to promote healthy aging by providing opportunities for all generations to explore, connect and contribute. Senior Centers may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are interested in exercising, dancing, creating and learning; enjoy sharing stories with friends new and old; or want to volunteer to help and support others, the Center is one place where you can find it all.
And now that it’s September, the Center is gearing up to return to its regular schedule of activities after the lazy, crazy days of summer. Next week, I will go into more detail about the Center’s fall schedule, but most of the classes and activities will return during the week of September 14th - except next week when the first of the fall series of Creative Arts classes will be held at the Center from 1:00 – 2:30 on Tuesday, September 8th. In this class you will make lovely little sachets for your drawers or closet. The class costs $3.00 which includes all supplies, and is limited to eight, so call the Center soon to sign up.
I mustn’t forget to remind everyone of the special September exhibition at The Dalles Art Center featuring the works of “The 3 Nancys”: Nancy Russell, Nancy Bishop and Nancy Rooper. The opening reception, which anyone can attend and there is no charge, will be from 5:00 – 7:00 on Thursday, September 3rd.
The Center is also where you can learn about other activities and classes in the community. One example is “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. It is an incredibly beneficial class proven to help caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a loved one or friend. The class will meet at the MCCOG Board Room located at 1113 Kelly Avenue from 9:00 – 11:30 every Wednesday for six weeks starting October 1st. Class size is limited and registration is required - call 541-298-4101 ext. 219. The suggested donation is $20 to defray the cost of the book, but is not required to attend the class.
The Center will be closed for the Labor Day weekend and there will not be Bingo this coming Thursday and Saturday Nights. But as always there will be Tuesday night music on September 8th, with Martin and Friends performing. Doors open at 6:00, music starts at 7:00, everyone is welcome, and donations are appreciated.
The car associated with James Bond, first seen in Goldfinger, was the Aston Martin; owned by Ford Motor Co. from 1994 until 2007 which is the reason the current lineup of Fords has an Aston Martin like grill design - and probably why I bought a Ford Fiesta, subconsciously thinking I was buying a $110,000 Aston Martin so I could be cool and sophisticated like James Bond. (This week’s winner is Bill Van Nice and last week’s winner, whom I forgot, was Sandy Haechrel.)
The idea for this week’s “Remember When” question comes from my old friend and compatriot John Mabrey who listens to Old Time Radio classics - which you can find on the Internet or Sirius radio. What live radio series broadcast adaptions of stage plays and movies from 1934 – 1955, including the Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland, and was sponsored by a brand of soap? And if you think you’re so smart knowing that answer, what was Dorothy’s last name? Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a message at 541-296-4788 or mail it with a pair of ruby slippers.
Well, it’s been another week, learning more and knowing less. Until we meet again remember the old Chinese proverb “If you don’t know what to say, tell an old Chinese proverb”.
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