Aging Well August 28th 2012

How would you like to have in one place, concise information about different facets of aging – from fall prevention to cooking for two; a list of community resources – from transportation providers to senior living options; plus dates and reminders of local events and activities, all locally created and produced – and for free?

The Wasco County Network on Aging, a collaborative effort to improve the health and well-being of older adults, is producing such an information guide in the form of a 2013 calendar that will be distributed to all adults over 65 in Wasco County. And the Network is now seeking information about local events to include in the calendar. I know some of us don’t think more than a week in advance – or even a day. (It is hard to think too far in advance when you can’t remember what day of the week it is!) But if you know of any 2013 events you would like included in the calendar, send the name of the event, date and time and a contact number to the Senior Center by phone, email or carrier pigeon before September 30th.

Thanks to the efforts of Barb Pashek and Sylvia Loewen, a Community Parking Lot Sale will once again be held at the Center (one of the busiest corners in The Dalles) on September 15th from 8:00 AM – 1 PM. This may be your last chance to pick up some spare change by ridding yourselves of those good used items hiding in the basement or garage – or just taking up space in the living room. You have until September 7th to reserve a space (approximately 9 feet by 20 feet) for only $25. (All the fees for the spaces will help support the Center.) For more information contact Sylvia Loewen at 541-298-4682 or pick up a reservation form at the Center.

Many of the Center’s classes took a break over the summer to allow folks to travel and enjoy the warm summer months. But classes like Strong Women, Serenaders, Digging Up Bones!, iPad Users Group, Tai Chi and others will be back in full stride by the second week in September. Call the Center for times and to sign up.

The Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society meets every second Saturday of each month at 1:00 PM in the downstairs meeting room of the Discovery Center. And on Saturday, September 8th, Lorna Elliott and Sandy Bisset will take an in-depth look at how City Directories offer many family research possibilities. Public and guests are welcome and membership is open to all ages. For more information call Sandra Bisset at 541-298-1240 or email Or you can go their website at

Tuesday Night music at the Center never stops and next Tuesday Andre and the Strawberry Mountain Band will be leading a parade of good music and fine dancing. And tonight the Dufur Boys from Dufur will be making a special appearance. (And to keep those brain synapses firing on all eight cylinders, see if you can read the rest.) Mauasaiac sataaaratas aat 7:00, eavaearayabaoaday ias waealacaoamae aanad daoanaaataiaoanas aarae acacaeapataead waiatah aa samaialae.

It was John Cameron Swayze who described the many wild tests demonstrating that a Timex watch could “take a licking and keep on ticking”. (And last week’s winner of a free Saturday Breakfast is Don McKinney.) But with such good response to the last two questions, I have to once again use another question from “Are You Smarter than a 60 Year Old” forwarded to me by Diana Weston. So for this week’s “Remember When” question, what three words completes the following lyric to this 1961 #1 hit song “In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the …”? Email your answer to the, call541-296-4788 or mail it with the “All Time Greatest Hits!” album by the Tokens.

Well, it has been another week, seeing how close I can fly past the flame without burning my tail feathers. Until we meet again, when worrying about the small stuff, remember, it doesn’t really matter.

Okay, I’m sorry about the spate of Winnie the Pooh quotes but the unassuming bear of little brain is one of my favorite characters from childhood fiction. So bear with me (that is not a pun) as I share one more quote that may explain why so much doesn’t make sense in the world these days.

“”I don’t see much sense in that,” said Rabbit. “No,” said Pooh humbly, “there isn’t. But there was going to be when I began it. It’s just that something happened to it along the way.”

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