Aging Well September 16

Are you a right brainer: random, intuitive and subjective? Or are you a left brainer: logical, rational and analytical? Or are you in that third category: a no brainer – you lost your mind years ago and haven’t been able to find it since? At the Center we provide opportunities for all types of “brainers”.

For the right brainers, the Center is again offering the “Yes, You Can Draw!” class taught by Nancy Russell returning this Thursday, the 17th, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. The drawing class is for beginners and not-so-beginners and the cost is a suggested donation of only $2 per session plus the cost of some minimal supplies. Nancy has taught at Portland Community College and enjoys encouraging folks who are new to the world of drawing and are looking for a low stress environment to explore their creative side. (And The Dalles Art Center offers various classes with a 6 week beginners drawing class starting this Wednesday, the 16th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Call 296-4759 or for more information.)

And for the left brainers who are more interested in how it works than how it makes you feel, the Center is starting the “Geezer Geeks”. This is less a class and more a club where men and women (Are there geezer women?), the curious and the enthusiast can discuss and share what they have learned about computers, the Internet and other technological advances. What is Skype, Hulu or Google Voice? The first group meeting this Friday 11:00 – 12:00 downstairs in the computer lab.

With all the recent news about the flu, the Center has scheduled flu shots on Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6th from 11 – 2 pm. The shots will be administered by MCMC’s Occupational Health department and will be upstairs this year. And this Wednesday at 11:00, Mary Catherine Clites of the public health department will discuss this season’s flu outlook and what you can do to protect yourself.

Tonight at the Center’s Tuesday Night Music, Truman Boler’s one-man Country Gold is performing and next week the Jazz Generations will be playing dance music of the big band era and more. Admission is always free but donations are warmly accepted.

The Next Chapter Lecture series is back and next Tuesday at 11:00, Lynette Black from OSU Extension Wasco County will discuss how you can prepare for any possible emergency particularly focusing on the needs of folks 60+. I don’t imagine we will have too many hurricanes or tornadoes in these parts, but there is always the possibility of power outages, fires and snow events. And as the Scouts say, “Be Prepared”.

Another month has passed and it’s that time again to enjoy a Saturday breakfast at the Center. The Center will open at 8:00 and serve until 9:30 for the late risers. This month’s delicious breakfast includes flapjacks, bacon, fruit and your favorite beverages. Enjoy good food, meet and chat with friends, old and new, and help support the Center. And as Jack always said, “Breakfast tastes better when someone else cooks it”.

We had the great response to last week’s question. And the winner was Ron Sutherland who correctly answered the last time Oregon State played in the Rose bowl was 1965 under coach Tommy Prothro. (I shouldn’t, but I will, remind my beaver friends that Oregon’s most recent trip to the Rose Bowl was in 1995). Continuing with the football theme, Who threw the winning pass in what many consider the most exciting football game in University of Oregon history, a three-touchdown rally at UCLA? To win a free breakfast this Saturday, be the first to call in your answer to 296-4788 or email it to

Well another day, another quarter. Until we meet again, as you follow your path, keep your head up but don’t trip over any of those darn rocks you often find in the way.

“Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.” old farmer from Fossil

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