Aging Well in the Gorge February 28th 2017

Sometimes it’s just nice just to get away for a day to explore and experience new places. The problem is that to go by yourself or to drive is often no fun. But the Center’s day trips offer the opportunity to get out of town with good company, while letting someone else do the driving.
The Center is again working on scheduling trips for this spring and summer, and would like to know if you are interested in any of the following ten possible trips: 
Sternwheeler cruise from Cascade Locks to The Dalles; 
the High Desert Museum in Bend; 
lunch at Hotel Condon; 
the Alder Creek Pioneer Carousel Museum with lunch at the Bluebird Inn, the oldest tavern in Washington, in Bickleton, Washington; 
The Wall That Heals – the touring 250 foot replica of Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial stopping in Goldendale in September; 
a tour of several Gorge wineries; 
the Chinese Gardens;
and the Japanese Gardens in Portland, 
as well as two musicals coming to Portland: Jersey Boys and An American in Paris.
If you are interested in any of these trips or want more information, call the Center or visit and look under the tab Day Trips.
As you may have read in the Chronicle’s front page article by Mark Gibson, the Center has met its fundraising goal of $400,000 with Dave Griffith Motors and Toyota taking us over the top. Thanks to ALL of you for contributing so the downstairs can be accessible to everyone.
And construction keeps moving ahead. Next Monday, March 6th, the roof trusses will arrive and put in place to cover the new addition in front of the Center. Consequently, there will be NO activities or meals served at the Center on that Monday. The front entrance will be closed, and parking will be limited. If you have Center business, please use the 10th street side entrance to the Deschutes Room.
On Friday, March 3rd, the Center will be open, but between 1:30 and 5:00 you will also need to use the 10th street side entrance. During that time the current roof covering the walkway to the Center’s front door will be removed.
But everything will be picked up by 5:00, so you will be able to see Nehemiah Brown performing at the Center from 7:00 – 9:00 on Friday, March 3rd. Nehemiah sings a wide range of music from pop standards to gospel, and has received rave review from folks who have heard him. Because of The Dalles Health and Rehabilitation Center’s sponsorship, tickets are only $3 per person – which is a good price for a nice evening of entertainment.
I’m looking for another band to play at the Center on the first Tuesday night of each month. As of now, I don’t have a band for the 7th, but I’ll keep looking.
The 1968 Beatle’s song that included the lyrics, “… don’t make it bad/ Take a sad song and make it better/ Remember to let her into your heart/ Then you can start to make it betterwas “Hey, Jude” written by Paul McCartney. ( I received correct answers from Sandy and Bob Haechrel, Tina Castanares, Marcia Lacock and Sue Ortega who is this week’s randomly drawn winner of a free quilt raffle ticket.)
This week I’m concluding a month of song lyrics with one more song from the 60’s –  specifically the summer of 1967. (Wow, I keep forgetting that some of my best memories are from a half century ago!)
This song was involved in some controversy when it was performed on the Ed Sullivan Show”. Jim Morrison, the lead singer, was asked to change the lyrics to “girl, we couldn’t get much better”; but when he sang the song live with the original lyrics, Ed Sullivan refused to shake his hand when he left the stage.
For this week’s “Remember When” question what was the title of the song that included the lyrics, “You know that it would be untrue/ You know that I would be a liar/ If I was to say to you/ Girl, we couldn’t get much higher”? Email your answer to, leave a message at 541-296-4788 or mail it with José Feliciano’s version of the song.
Well, it’s been another week, enjoying the balmy forty-five degree afternoons. Until we meet again, just because it is complicated doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
“Some people have a way with words, and other people . . . uh. . .not have way.” Steve Martin
Menu for The Dalles Meals-on-Wheels dinners served at noon at the Center.
Wednesday (1) Lemon Garlic Tilapia (Soup and Salad Bar)
Thursday (2) Oven Baked Chicken   
Friday (3) Philly Beef with Mushrooms and Onions (Soup and Salad Bar)
Monday (6) Pork Medallion   
Tuesday (7) Potato Bar with Chili

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