Aging Well July 31st

The place to gather with friends and neighbors; where you can eat healthy but inexpensively, share stories and learn about current issues affecting older adults, is for many folks the senior meal sites. Pioneer Potlatch supports several of them: the Wasco meal site serving noon meals every Monday, Dufur every Wednesday, Tygh Valley every Thursday and Mosier every Monday and Wednesday. And the Sherman County meal site in Moro and Meals-on-Wheels here in The Dalles offer noon meals five days a week plus home delivered meals. With shoe string budgets and the love, sweat and laughs of many volunteers, these meals sites provide nutritious meals – and much more.

Two weeks ago I was able to visit the meal site at the Sherman County Senior and Community Center in Moro for lunch with their director Jan Byram. Besides learning about the many ways the Senior and Community Center supports older adults in Sherman County, I also learned about an exciting effort to build a Gazebo adjacent to the Center on the lawn between the Center and the Sherman County Historical Museum. They are asking for community support in both cash and labor to build the Gazebo that would host Center activities as well as other community events such as music performances. It is an exciting project and to volunteer or learn more about it you can contact Jan at 541-565-3191.

And speaking of Sherman County, why not “take a walk on the rural side” at the Sherman County Historical Museum. The Museum is open daily from 10:00 to 5:00 through October and exhibits over 15,000 artifacts from those used in local churches and schools to dry land wheat farming. It is quite a jewel in the middle of Sherman County.

Did you know you can call 1-800-354-7319, a statewide toll-free hotline, to answer your questions about canning, freezing, making jams & jellies or pickling? You would if you read Garden Highlights – the colorful gardening guide produced by Master Gardener Marty Miller. This month’s guide is planted with tips about harvesting, canning and storing your summer harvest, and much more. Join the 4700+ readers of this free bi-monthly electronic newsletter by emailing Marty at And if you don’t have email, stop by the Center and we will print you a copy.

From last week you know about Judy Merrill’s Foot and Nail Clinics at the Center, but also on the first Friday of each month, Debra Lutje, licensed massage therapist and the Center’s Seniorcise and Yoga instructor, offers 20 minute chair massages for only $20. If you have never had a massage, this is an inexpensive and modest (as in – you keep your clothes on).way to discover for yourself the benefits of a soothing back and neck massage. Call the Center to reserve a time slot between noon and 3:00 PM.

On Monday, August 6th from 5:00 – 8:00 cruise down to Burgerville and enjoy a burger, shake and Walla Walla onion rings. (Or a salad if you just can’t count the onion rings as a serving of vegetables.) The Center is partnering with Burgerville and 10% of everything run through the till between 5 and 8 will be donated to the Center.

“For The Good Times” will be playing tonight at the Center. And next Tuesday on the 7th, the Strawberry Mountain Band starts the month off once again. Doors open at 6:00; music starts at 7:00 and donations are suggested.

The name of the television game show that aired from 1961 to 1967 where celebrities would team up with contestants to guess secret words was “Password”. (And the winner of a free Saturday Breakfast on August 18th is Rayburn Parker.) For this week’s” Remember When” question, how about one more game show question – this time from the fifties. The original version of this game show, hosted by Bud Collyer from 1950 to 1961, featured couples who were required to perform a prescribed stunt within a certain time limit which was counted down on a large 60-second clock. Email your answer to the, call 541-296-4788 or mail it with a 1954 Sylvania Stratford 21″ television set with halo lighting.

Well, it has been another week, trying to stay cool while the summer sun shines. Until we meet again, as the late Steven Covey pointed out “there are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment … to live, to love, to learn, and to leave a legacy”.

”If it wasn’t for procrastination … I’d have nothing to look forward to tomorrow.” Tom Wilson

Wednesday (1) Salisbury Steak
Thursday (2) Oven Baked Chicken with Baby Red Potatoes
Friday (3) Fish or Chicken Nuggets
Monday (6) Chicken Breast on a Bed of Saucy Fettuccine
Tuesday (7) Lemon Pepper Fish

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