Aging Well November 27th 2012

Did you survive Black Friday (and Thursday and Saturday), and then Cyber Monday after catching your breathe on Sunday? It can wear you out! But most importantly, I hope you had a chance to enjoy the company of family and friends either over a traditional turkey dinner or – as my family did – by video conferencing using Skype. (And for all you geezer geeks, I discovered you can video conference with up to 10 people using Google+ Hangout. And it is free!)
But it is not only the beginning the holiday shopping season, we are also entering the time of the year for bazaars, open houses, concerts and other holiday treats – many supporting local non-profits.

On Saturday December 1st is the Annual Three Museum Holiday Open House from 11:00 AM until 4 PM at the Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead. Admission is free and you will find Santa for the grandkids, live Christmas music, a raffle drawing plus Christmas cookies and Hot Cider. And the Gift Shop will be open if you want to purchase a little history for the holidays.

Also on Saturday, Habitat for Humanity is holding their annual Christmas Bazaar at the United Congregational Church from 10:00 – 2:00. There will be vendors of all stripes and colors and baked goods to sink your teeth in.
And then there is the 33rd Annual Mosier Country Christmas Fair on Saturday – and on Sunday (in case you can handle only one Christmas bazaar a day) from 10:00 – 4:00 PM (Admission is $2.00 plus one can of food).
If bazaars aren’t your cup of hot chocolate, the Cascade Singers are presenting Gloria a Dios and Misa Criolla and Spanish Carols on Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM at the Zion Lutheran Church (admission is by donation).

The Center is planning for its Christmas Breakfast on December 15th sponsored by The Springs at Mill Creek who will be providing music by “Harmony of the Gorge”, gifts and a special appearance by Santa. And during breakfast, a raffle drawing will be held and the winner will take home one of the two distinctly different quilts hanging in the Center’s lobby. They are beautifully hand stitched and would make a great Christmas gift. Raffle tickets are available at the front desk

Because of the popularity of the affordable Kindle e-readers and tablets, the Center is starting a Kindle User’s Group on the first Wednesday of the month which in December is the 5th. The Kindle group will meet at 2:00 PM – right after the iPad User’s Group which meets at 1:00 also on the first Wednesdays. The purpose is to share information and help answer each other’s questions about these new-fangled devices.

People with disabilities are important contributors to the fabric of our communities. They may be your friends, neighbors and more often these days your co-workers. Consequently, would you like to better understand the various types of disabilities; develop more effective skills in assisting people with disabilities; and better understand how to respectfully communicate with people with disabilities? If so, you will want to attend the Tuesday Lecture at 11:00 on December 5th featuring Katie Maple discussing “Disability Awareness”. Katie works for the local non-profit Opportunity Connections that provides supports and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Tonight at the Center, “For the Good Times” will be performing for your dancing and listening pleasure. And during December, because of the holidays, there will be an abbreviated music schedule. The Strawberry Mountain Band will be playing on the 4th and Martin and Friends on the 11th. The music starts at 7:00, everyone is welcome – including any of Santa’s helpers, and donations are always appreciated.

The popular TV series that aired the famous “Moo goo goo goo” Thanksgiving episode in 1975 was The Bob Newhart Show. (And the winner of a Saturday Breakfast is Don McAllister who remembers seeing Bob Newhart substituting for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show.)

This week’s “Remember When” question is for the Boomers in the audience.  What satirical protest song (more aptly described as a 18 minute musical monologue) released in 1967, is the self described story of the son of a famous folk musician being arrested for dumping trash on Thanksgiving day and his ensuing efforts to avoid the draft. E-mail your answer to the, call 541-296-4788 or mail it with a copy of your 1960’s draft card.
Well, it has been another week, wishing the days could be a longer and the nights a little warmer. Until we meet again, keep the home fires burning. 

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