Aging Well July 17th

We come, we go, passing through The Dalles and thorough life with many stories to tell. And by fortune or luck, some of those stories are collected and remembered, so not to be forgotten, at the many historical sites in The Dalles. Stories of early settlers and their protectors, business people and farmers; civic leaders and people of faith, all who may mean little to us now, but were important threads weaved together through time to ake the fabric of The Dalles. And we continue to add our own threads and dyes and ribbons; creating new designs that enhance the warn fabric that’s often stretched and sometimes torn, but always mended, becoming stronger and more vibrant to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

And although during this week the big draw for many is the Ft. Dalles Pro Rodeo and Saturday’s 10:00 parade, there are many activities celebrating the stories and proud history of The Dalles. On Saturday video presentations will be shown at the Original 1859 Wasco County Courthouse including “Early Wasco County,” at 12 PM.; “Raising Wheat by Horsepower,” at 1 PM; “Farewell to Celilo,” at 2 PM and the “The Craft of Wheelwrighting,” at 3 PM; Family Fun Day from 10 AM. – 4 PM at the Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead including Aaron Auer of R.O.A.R. ministries re-enacting Rev. Jason Lee; Open House at the 1850 Rorick House (300 W. 13th St.) from 10 – 4 PM; and the School District Archive Museum (3601 W. 10th St. on the Wahtonka Campus – entrance by athletic fields) will be open 10 AM – 3 PM and every Saturday through September.

And if that is not enough, the Historic 1879 French & Co. Bank (later the 1926 Citizen’s Bank and now the current home of State Farm Insurance Agent Dean Dollarhide at 300 E. 2nd) will be open for tours from 9:00 – 6:00 PM through Friday.

It is also time for the Center’s Saturday Cowboy Breakfast from 8:00 – 10:00 sponsored by Flagstone Senior Living – serving Texas size French Toast (Can you use Texas and French in the same sentence?) with scrambled eggs, your choice of bacon or sausage plus fruit and your favorite breakfast beverage for only $5.00.

On Saturday the 21st it’s time for Old Fashioned Bingo starting at 3:00 (regular bingo starts at 6:00). There are small $5.00 cash prizes (except $25.00 for the last game) and only costs $3 a bingo card or two for $5. And since it is nothing complicated – no happy faces or chevrons – just the traditional straight up, across or diagonally, anyone seven and older can play.

I won’t try to rattle your brain by mixing up the words for this week’s music announcement. But if you want to give your brain a real work out, try doing a regular activity with different senses: unlocking a door with your eyes closed or eating a meal with friends using only visual clues. So this week instead of trying to decipher my jumbled letters, try reading this column while riding a bike; or read it with your eyes shut or better yet – on a bike with your eyes shut. But first you need to know that Truman is playing tonight, Jazz Generations on the 24th; the cost is a small donation or a large one if you have the spare cash. Doors open at 6:00; music starts at 7:00 and you are out before the sun sets. And everyone and their blue moon are welcome.

The legendary comedian who played the bratty toddler “Baby Snooks” on the radio and whose life was the storyline for the film “Funny Girl“ was Fannie Brice. (And the winner of a free breakfast is the P-51 gal – Anna Monkiewicz.) This week’s “Remember When” takes us back to the early days of television advertising. The Disney created character Bucky Beaver was the marketing icon and mascot for what brand of toothpaste that was the most popular U.S. toothpaste from the 1920’s through the 1950s? (And is currently the leading toothpaste in Turkey.) Email your answer to the, call 541-296-4788 or send it with a 1920’s recording of “Smiles” by the Sam Lanin Orchestra.

Well, it has been another week, remembering what I can and forgetting what I can’t. Until we meet again, to paraphrase Sydney Smith – correspondences are like a pair of loose pants without a belt, it is impossible to keep them up.

“In times like these, it’s helpful to remember that there have always been times like these.” Paul Harvey

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