As we age, we should always try to keep moving since any exercise or physical activity helps improve our health and well-being. And what better way to move than to dance! Over the years I have mentioned the benefits of social dancing because as that wise sage “anonymous” once said “dancing makes us kinder and happier, more likely to love and be loved and less likely to go out and hang ourselves.”
But don’t take my word for it. Dr. Jonathan Skinner who studied the effects of social dancing among older adults found that “social dancing leads to a continued engagement with life – past, present, and future”, “contributes to the longevity of the dancers, giving them something to enjoy and focus upon – to live for” and “alleviates social isolation and quite literally helps take away the aches and pains associated with older age.”
In The Dalles there are many opportunities to dance: the Cherry Park Grange, the Civic and here at the Center on Tuesday nights (Martin and Friends are playing tonight and Truman on the 19th.) If you would like more information about dances or lessons, you can call Bill and Neva Reid (541-296-1570) or Steve Hudson (541-993-3540).
On Saturday, June 16th is the Arthur Higgins Memorial Art Auction supporting local charities including Mosier Valley Seniors and Pioneer Potlatch. Between 10:00 and 1:00 you can view Arthur’s remaining legacy sculptures, kinetic garden art, prints and some paintings with the auction starting at 1:15. Admission is a $5 donation and earns a raffle ticket for a selected piece. The auction is at the Oak Run Studio at 888 Marsh Cut Off Road – drive 3.5 miles east of Mosier on Highway 30 and turn right on Marsh Cut Off Road. There is limited parking so carpooling is recommended. For more information contact Kathy Long at 541-478-2910.
It is that time again – your chance to meet old friends and make new ones at the Center’s Saturday Breakfast from 8:00 – 9:30 AM on the 16th. The menu will include flapjacks, scrambled eggs, sausage and fruit plus the regular array of morning beverages – all for $5.00. As Jack always said, “Food tastes better when someone else cooks it.”
Also at the Center on the 16th, is Old Fashioned Bingo – a chance to play bingo just as you did when you were a kid. In fact bring your kids or grandkids for an hour of fun starting at 3:00 – and the Center will even provide root beer floats. The cost is $3.00 a card or two for $5.00 and the prizes are enough to make it fun: $5.00 for the winners of the first 9 games and $25.00 for winning the final blackout.
A Soul Portrait Workshop with author Sally McBain will be held at the Center on Tuesdays July 3rd and 10th from 10:30 till noon. Join Sally to create your own Soul Portrait which can enhance family communication about the future, serve as a memory aid, and personalize your legacy. You will need to sign up at the Center and purchase the book which is available at either Klindts or the Center.
Your local United Way, which supports many local human service programs including Meals-on-Wheels, is raising funds in partnership with Burgerville. On Monday, June 18th between 5:00 and 8:00 PM, Burgerville is kindly donating to United Way 10% of all sales and an additional 25 cents for strawberry desserts. Take that special person out to dinner, because as Jack always said, “Food tastes better when…” – hold it. I think I’ve already said that – but you get the idea.
Many folks answered Jack Nicklaus, but it was Arnold Palmer along with “Arnie’s Army” that was credited with helping to establish golf as a compelling television event. (Winning a free Saturday breakfast is Alex Currie.)
This week’s “Remember When” question returns to the Golden Age of Hollywood. What 1941 film is based in part on newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and is considered by many to be the greatest film of all time. Email your answer to the firstname.lastname@example.org, call 541-296-4788 or mail it with a picture of Hearst’s little ranch in San Simeon, California. (And don’t forget the Center’s second “Remember When” Team Trivia Night, Friday June 22nd from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.)
Well, it has been another week, looking over my shoulder for whatever is trying to catch me. Until we meet again, don’t try to ignore it, but work through it – and then move on.
“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Buddha