Aging Well in the Gorge September 8th

Anyone else tired of finding a Charter Spectrum or Dish TV advertisement in their mailbox? How long will it take before they realize I am quite happy with my TV Antenna and Netflix. But I promise when it comes to reminding you about activities and classes at the Center, I’ll won’t be so irritatingly insistent. So pay attention.

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, 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.

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