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North Whidbey’s 50-Plus Crowd

March 2012 | Vol. 3 | Issue 11

life . health . happiness


Volunteers are needed to help out at Ft. Ebey and Ft. Casey State Parks. Spring and summer help is needed with giving out information, answering the phones, and selling Discover Passes. The parks also need help in spring and summer with bundling firewood, clearing trails of debris, and minor odd jobs. For more information call Patty Anderson, South Whidbey State Park, 360-331-4559.

TECH TALK COMPUTER CLASSES Sign up for the ever-popular basic computer class series at the Oak Harbor Library. No previous computer experience required. Classes run Mondays, March 19 to April 9 from 10–11:30 am. Basics in Computer Use, Internet, and Microsoft Word will be taught. Class is limited to 12 students. Register by calling Roxann at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, 360-279-4583. Got a tech question? 30 minute “Book a Librarian” sessions take place Mondays through Saturdays at 9:30 am at the library, by advanced registration (call, email or stop by the library to register). You will work one on one with a librarian on any technology need, such as email or downloading a book from the library’s website.

COSTCO – MORE THAN BULK BUYING The Burlington Costco will be here on Monday March 12 at 1 pm with muffins, fruit & Costco Information for all in attendance. You can get a new Costco membership with a special offer – join today and receive a Costco Cash Card. Renew or upgrade your membership that day and get a free gift! Costco will have a representative from the Pharmacy, Hearing Aid and Optical departments. Please RSVP by calling the center at 279-4580.

FAMILY MATTERS WITH LONGTERM CARE Join us for our presentation, Family Matters with Long-Term Care on Wednesday, March 14 at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Hosted by Edward Jones Investments, Dave Goodman and John Hancock Life Insurance. You’ll learn how you can take control of your future long... More on Page 7

Thank you “Sunshine Lady” J

ean Barker, our Sunshine Lady, is retiring this month. The Staff and Members of the Oak Harbor Senior Center express their thanks for the many hours of service she has given. Whenever a member has been ill, underwent surgery, experienced a loss or made a donation, Jean sent a card. Twice a week Jean would check the list at the front desk for names then send a card. Whenever someone makes a donation to the Memorial Fund, Jean sends the thank-you card. Jean has been a member and volunteer at the Center since 1987. “I started taking exercise classes and thought, I ought to get involved.” Jean and her husband Frank came to Oak Harbor in 1965 with the Navy. Frank retired in 1978. When the Oak Harbor Senior Center opened in 1986, Jean volunteered at the Front Desk as a receptionist for several years until her husband Frank Jean Barker died in 1996. Frank was the Post Commander of the VFW and has spread a lot was carrying the American Flag during the 4th of July Parade in Oak of sunshine over the years. Harbor when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He did not let go of the flag as he was falling, until someone grabbed it. He would not allow the flag to touch the ground. Jean continued to serve on the Coordinating Committee, volunteer for special events, serving meals for the MOW program and participate in the exercise classes. She became our Sunshine Lady in 2001. Through all the challenges she has faced with health, loss, family, and financial, Jean brings sunshine into our lives with her smiles and love. Thank you Jean. Barb Spence, a new Wednesday afternoon receptionist, is our new Sunshine Lady. If you know of a member of the Center that could use a little sunshine, please call or stop by the Front Desk and let us know.

Senior Resource Fair

On Saturday, March 17, join us for the 8th annual Regency on Whidbey Senior Resource Fair. This event will be held between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, located at 51 Southeast Jerome Street Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Call the center at 360-279-4580. Come join us with questions regarding your health, well being and senior community resources. Stop by as professionals will be on hand to provide useful information related to health and wellness, estate planning, getting organized, creating a will, records retention, and help to reduce taxes. There will be tips for capturing oral histories, marketing your home and property management, improving

Inside this Edition Laughter and Events Pg. 2

Health Briefs & Announcements Pg. 3

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your mortgage situation and more! Do you have ‘Too Much Stuff?’ At 10 am learn how to simplify, organize and downsize your belongings. At 11 am learn how ‘Extra Help’ – a Medicare Savings Program – can reduce Medicare premiums, prescription prices, co-pays and deductions. What you need to know about personal and property appraisals, estate sales and auctions will be discussed at 12 noon. Pick up a copy of the new Spring Travel Brochure and preview upcoming trips. Enter the drawing for St. Patrick’s Day door prizes and enjoy refreshments. Open to the public.

Classes Pg. 4 Jackpot Bingo Fun & Games Pg. 4

Calendar Pg.5 Travel Pg. 6 Library Hosts Movies in March Pg. 5

Menu Pg. 3 Interest & Support groups Pg. 7

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the shortest distance “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

By Roxann Dunn-Terry There’s an email story where a man describes the wonderful retirement life he and his wife are enjoying in their new home. The first snow was so beautiful. They sat in their jammies, drinking hot cocoa and enjoying the snowflakes coming down. A White Christmas. The next morning it was exciting to be out shoveling snow, getting exercise, talking to neighbors. More snow, more shoveling and then the snow plows blocking the driveways, more shoveling. By the end of the story the wife had left and he was being medicated. Yeah? Well here’s my Oak Harbor version of being snow bound. Day One-Sunday: New Snow, church is cancelled. Have family

Snowbound prayer and scripture reading. Hot cocoa, Tomorrow is a holiday, no school, no work, get to sleep in. Maybe visit best friend in Alaska soon. It’s so pretty. Pot roast, vegetables and homemade rolls for dinner. Bedtime after midnight. Day Two: Monday: More Snow. Martin Luther King Day. No school. No work. No worries about getting to work. The Princess is excited to make Frosty. Granddad (Mr. Volunteer) goes out with her and Mama is taking pictures. Nana is making hot cocoa. Princess makes Frosty, gets cold and wet. Comes in. Gets in warm bath, has cocoa. Change of dry clothes. Snuggle and read books together. How fun. Real, quality family time. Pantry still well stocked. Snow will probably be gone tomorrow. Don’t think a visit to Alaska is in the future. Beef Stew and biscuits for dinner. Bedtime 10:00 pm. Day Three Tuesday: Snow is deep. School cancelled. Boss calls. Come in late. Let roads clear up. Get to work, find lone pool player. How did he get here? Para-Transit. Fifteen phone calls – “Are you opened?” “No, classes and activities are

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cancelled.” “Why?” “Because of the snow.” “You’re there.” “I’m staff.” “Can I come in?” “No, we’d rather you stay home and off the streets. It’s not safe.” Para-Transit calls, closing down for the day. Wait, gotta pick up lone pool guy. 2:00 pm, Boss sends us home. More snow on the way. Boss will call in the morning. Need dog sled. Princess made a baby for Frosty. Gets cold and wet. Comes in. Gets in warm bath, has cocoa. Change of dry clothes. Wish there was another gallon of milk just in case there’s still snow tomorrow. Snow Birding sounds fun. Roast chicken with rice pilaf tonight. Bedtime 11:30 pm. Day Four Wednesday: School cancelled. Call from Boss. Do not come in. Roads bad. Looking forward to a day with family? Princess wants to play in the snow. No one else does. Granddad takes pictures through patio window. Princess takes Frosty apart to build igloo for baby Frosty. Gets cold and wet. Gets in warm bath, has cocoa. Change of dry clothes. Twice. Frosty was re-built. Read stories, color, more stories. Make and decorate 18 cupcakes. Early bedtime. Peace and quiet. Half gallon

of milk left. Arizona anyone? Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches tonight. Bedtime 1:00 am. Day Five Thursday: School cancelled. Again. “Nana, wake up. It’s morning”. No. It is 6:00 am. Mean Nana won’t let Princess go out to visit the igloo. Call from Boss. Don’t come in. Watch movie, make popcorn. It’s too cold to go outside. Read stories. Build tent. Finally at dusk outside to check igloo. Gets cold and wet. Gets bath, no cocoa. Change into jammies ready for bed. Pizza? Too much snow. No deliveries. Milk is on ration. So are eggs, apple juice, hot cocoa and bananas. 14 cupcakes. Granddad’s voice is loud. Mama’s voice is loud. Nana’s voice is loud. Princess‘s voice is piercing ears. Frosty’s demise is not in the foreseeable future. San Diego looking real good. Top Ramen tonight. Bedtime 8:00 pm. Day Six Friday: School cancelled. No milk, no bread, no eggs, no juice, some hot cocoa and one banana. Depression sets in. Need chocolate. Boss calls. Come in. Relief. Joy. Hitch up dog sled in record time. Work past closing. Booking a Hawaii Cruise. What’s for dinner? Not my problem.

> March events spotlight

The Spring Travel Brochure will be mailed to current members of the Oak Harbor Senior Center. If your membership has expired, you AARP TAX-AIDE PROVIDES FREE TAX COUNTRY DANCE must renew by March 9 to be on the mailing RETURN PREPARATION A “Country Line Dance” will be held Friday, On Tuesdays, 12:30–6 pm AARP Tax-Aide Mar. 9 from 7–10 pm, at the Oak Harbor list. All others may pick up a brochure after will offer free tax return preparation at the Senior Center. Admission is $5 per person – March 16. Be among the first to know the new Oak Harbor Library this year. The service is a $9 per couple, $1 discount for Senior Center trips offered for spring and save on trip costs joint venture with the IRS to promote filing Members. Open to the Public. by renewing your membership. Remember, returns electronically and all returns that are Out-of-Town Guests or under 50 will receive able to be e-filed will be e-filed. This service is SENIOR NIGHT OUT available to taxpayers with low and moderate Ole! Senior Night Out will meet at Esteban’s, for the Member price on trips. income, with special attention to those 60 and fun, friendship and great food on Wednesday, Mar. 21 at 5 pm. RSVP by calling the Center, GROUP HEALTH MEDICARE older. AARP membership is not required. 279-4580 by March 16. (Gratuities not included.) ADVANTAGE PLAN OLD TIME FIDDLERS A Group Health representative will be at the The Old Time Fiddlers will play Friday, Mar. 2 SPRING 2012 TRAVEL SIGN UP at 6:30 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. It’s time to escape the winter doldrums! The Center on Friday, Mar. 23 at 2 pm to discuss Admission is by donation to the Old Time first day to sign up for Spring 2012 Travel will the 2012 Information RSVP by calling the Fiddlers. Everyone’s welcome. be Thursday, Mar. 22 from 8:30 am–3 pm. Center at 279-4580.

theBridge Editor | Roxann Dunn-Terry Oak Harbor Senior Center is located at 51 SE Jerome St. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Business Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

360-279-4580 Yearly Membership Dues - $30.00 Send comments/suggestions to: To advertise, call 360-675-6611.

{online at} Oak Harbor Senior Services Mike McIntyre Senior Services Administrator Roxann Dunn-Terry Program Coordinator Pat Gardner Administrative Assistant Travel Desk — 279-4587

The Bridge is a joint publication of Oak Harbor Senior Services and the Whidbey News-Times and is distributed to more than 7,000 North Whidbey homes monthly on the last Wednesday of the month. Printing any advertisement herein does not constitute an endorsement by the City of Oak Harbor Senior Services or its Senior Center. Opinions of columnists do not reflect the opinion of the City of Oak Harbor Senior Services or its Senior Center. Editorial content is compiled by the staff of the Oak Harbor Senior Center and design/ layout/printing/distribution by the Whidbey News Times.

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health briefs & helpful info. Senior Services of Island County Information and Assistance for Seniors: Job Bank, Free Notary Service and more. Call 675-0311.

HEALTH INFORMATION Living with Grief - Information and Support The Grief Support Group will meet Monday, March 12 from 1 pm–2:30 pm. Find healing and hope, and learn about helpful resources. Open to adults who have experienced the death of someone significant. Especially suitable for people who have recently had a loss. No charge. No pre-registration. For more information, please phone Hospice of the Northwest, 360-814-5550.

Alzheimer’s Support Group – Meets the first Thursday of the month from 2:30-4:30 pm at the Meeting House, just west of Home Place Special Care Center, 171 SW 6th Ave., Oak Harbor. Call 360-279-2555.

Parkinson’s Support Group – March 2 at Cherry Hill Club House, 547 NW 12th Loop, Oak Harbor. Group facilitator is Carolyn Hansen, 279-1785.

Foot Care Clinic Appointments are available for Wednesday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 27. To make an appointment, call the Front Desk at 279-

4580. Foot Care Clinic is held at North Whidbey Caregivers Cove.

Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service Free hearing tests and hearing aid repairs on Mondays, March 12 and 26 from 1–3 pm. For an appointment call the Center, 279-4580.

Vision Impaired Support Group Tuesday, March 20 at 2 pm. For information, contact Paul Bovey at 679-8293.

SHIBA Appointments are available on Wednesdays, from 9–11:30 am For appointments call the Center at 279-4580. SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) Help Line is a FREE service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, sponsored locally by Island Hospital. The volunteers are trained to inform people of their options regarding health insurance, Medicare (supplements, advantage plans or Part D) disability, individual, long term care, COBRA, VA. For assistance with claims or billing problems, please call the local SHIBA sponsors @ 360-675-2229 ext. 1342, and you will be directed to someone to help you.

“Living With Loss” Class This seminar is designed to help you work through the normal and needed process of grief that follows the death of a loved one. We

health & wellness | Page 3 are not alone in our grief. For many of us it is strengthening and comforting to gather with others who know the depth and “work” of grief. March 6 – April 10, 2012 (Every Tuesday evening 6:30–8:30 pm for 6 weeks) at Whidbey General Hospital Conference Room B. There is no cost for this seminar. To register: Call Dave Bieniek, BCC Bereavement Coordinator for Home Health Care & Hospice of WGH, at 678-7656 or 321-7656, ext. 8245.


The Senior Center Foundation’s Memorial Fund supports the Oak Harbor Senior Center. For those who donate $250 or more in memory of a loved one or friend, a leaf will be engraved with their name and put on the Remembrance Tree in the lobby at the Center. To make a donation, come to the Center or mail it to 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor, WA, 98277. Checks should be made out to “The Oak Harbor Senior Center Foundation.” For more information, call the center at 2794580.

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Turkey Souffle Chili Relleno Casserole

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Sweet & Sour Pork Salad Bar w/Herb Croutons Mixed Mushroom Strata Hearty Jambalaya Fish Alyeska

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Cranberry Meatballs Ham & Red Pepper Frittata Spinach Gorgonzola Ravioli Creamy Broccoli Soup Corned Beef & Cabbage

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Oven 'Fried' Chicken Chef Salad w/ham & turkey Marinated Beef Strips w/Broccoli Minestrone Soup & Salad Fish Sandwich w/Lettuce

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Pulled Chicken Sandwich Carrot Ginger Soup & Salad Pork Loin w/Apple Chutney Chef's Choice Vegetable Lasagna


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meal sites & hours Cam Bey Apartments 50 N. Main, Coupeville Mon.–Fri. at noon 360-678-4886

Oak Harbor Senior Center 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor Mon., Wed., Fri. at 11:45 am. 360-279-4580


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678-CARE • 360-321-6600 • 311 NE 3rd Street • Coupeville

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learn&grow Fun Fitness A Fun Fitness program conducted by the North End Fitness Center. Must be a paid member of the Oak Harbor Senior Center.

Winter Schedule: Yoga – M & W, 8:30 am Chair Conditioning (Seated Aerobics) M & W, 9:30 am Zumba Gold – T, 9 am Aerobics – TH, 9 am Zumba Gold – F, 9 am (held at North End Fitness Center) Gentle Yoga – F, 10:30 am (held at North End Fitness Center) • For the $16.31 (including tax) Unlimited Senior Class Card you may take all four classes held at the Senior Center. • As of February 1, for $21.74 (including tax) four classes held at Senior Center & Friday Zumba Gold & Gentle Yoga held at North End Fitness Center. • Also available – a full NEFC gym membership for $27.18 (including tax). This includes all the Senior Center and NEFC classes and 24/7 access to the Excalibur Gym. To register, call North End Fitness at 675-1111.

Wood Carving

Tuesdays 9 am with instructor Dick Weber. Classes are $5.00 a session and open to all levels of carving experience. New students welcome.

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Line Dance

Tuesdays, 1 pm with instructor Jean. $10.00 a month-Members. No partners needed.

games &fun

$25 Jackpot & Thursday Bingo

An Art Class for beginners and intermediate students, Mondays, from 9 am ‘til noon. Explore the FUN of painting with a variety of media drawing with pencil & ink, and painting with various medias. Cost per month is $35 Members/$45 Non-members. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

Feel Lucky? Harbor Tower Village Retirement Center will sponsor a $25 Jackpot Bingo game on Thursday, March 8; David Goodman of Edward Jones on March 15; and Banner Bank on March 23. Cards for the $25 Bingo game available at intermission for $1. Bingo is played on Thursdays, 12:15-3:30 pm. Packet $4. Soft cards for special games .50 cents each.

Art with Dottie Sanders

Nintendo Wii Bowling

Art with Anita Johnston

Painters from beginners to experts are invited to join a continuing painting class, Mondays, from 1-4 pm. Work in any and all paint medias. of Cost is $5 per sessionMembers / $10 Non-Members. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

Spanish For Seniors

Conversational Spanish, Wednesdays with Al Enriquez. Intermediates at 1 pm, Beginners at 2 pm. Maximum ten students. Costs: $30 a month payable first day of class. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

Hula Classes

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. Taught by Erlinda Gillett. Class fees are $20 for Beginners and $30 for Intermediates and Advanced students a month. Payable to teacher at the first class.

Tai Chi & Qigong

Jill Reed teaches Tai Chi on Mondays at 5:00 pm and Fridays at 9:00 am. To register, call Jill at 675-1464.

Mondays, Tuesdays (No Wii the first Tuesday of the month) and Thursdays, 9:30 am. Enjoy fun and exercise with Wii Bowling. No special shoes required or heavy balls.

Chess Players

Tuesdays, NEW TIME – 12 Noon.

Ping Pong

Wednesdays 1-3 pm and Saturdays 10 am-2 pm. Contact Eileen Billings, 678-1684.

Party Bridge

Wednesdays, 12: 30 pm. Must RSVP by 2 pm Monday afternoon.

Beginning Bridge Class

Wednesdays, 1 pm Beginning Bridge is held at Oak Manor for people who have never played, have little experience or have been in a previous class. To sign up, call Don at 679-8807.


Thursdays, 12:30 – 3:00 pm. Bring your cribbage boards.

Pinochle Fridays, 12:30 pm. Potluck lunch.

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For details or a comprehensive list of events, visit the Oak Harbor Senior Center at 51 SE Jerome Street or call 360-279-4580.




9 - Aerobic Exercises 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 10 – Creative Writing 12:15–3:30 –Bingo 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – SVC History Class 7 – Wire Wrap









8:30 – Yoga 15 149 – Lapidary; SHIBA

8:30 – Yoga 9 – Anita’s Painting Class 9:30 – Conditioning 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling LUNCH 1 – Knitting Circle 1 – Dottie’s Painting Class 5 – Tai Chi


25 Time to plant when the last frost is gone

8:30 – Yoga 9 – Anita’s Painting Class 9:30 – Conditioning 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling LUNCH 1 – COSTCO PRESENTATION 1 – Grief Support Group 1 – Knitting Circle 1 – Dottie’s Painting Class 5 – Tai Chi


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Anita’s Painting Class 9:30 – Conditioning 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling LUNCH 1 – Knitting Circle 1 – Dottie’s Painting Class 5 – Tai Chi


9 – Lapidary 9 – Zumba Gold 9-12 – Wood Carving 10 – Travel Committee 1 – Japanese Women Group 12 – Chess 1 – Line Dance

9 – Lapidary 9 – Zumba Gold 9-12 – Wood Carving 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 1 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 1 – Mac Seminar 7 – Stamp Club


9 – Lapidary 9 – Zumba Gold 9-12 – Wood Carving 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 1 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 2 – Vision Support Group


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9 – Aerobic Exercises 9:30 – Conditioning 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 10 – Sterling Medicare Seminar 10 – Creative Writing LUNCH 12:15-3:30 – Jack Pot 12:30 – Ping Pong Bingo-Harbor Tower Village 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – Beginning Bridge 1 – SVC History Class 1 – Intermediate Spanish 7 – Wire Wrap 2 - Beginning Spanish 3 - Hula 7 – Gem Club

9:30- Conditioning 9:30-3 – Foot Clinic (Day Break Bldg.) 10 – Managing Your Income In Retirement LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 - Intermediate Spanish 1 – Beginning Bridge 2 – Beginning Spanish 3 – Hula


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9:30 – Conditioning LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Intermediate Spanish 1 – Beginning Bridge 2 – Beginning Spanish 3 – Hula 5 – Senior Night Out!


9 – Aerobic Exercises 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 10 –Creative Writing 12:15-3:30 – Jack Pot Bingo-David Goodman 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – SVC History Class 7 – Wire Wrap


8-3 – Spring Travel Sign-Up 9 – Aerobic Exercises 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 10 – Creative Writing 12:15-3:30 – Jack Pot Bingo-Banner Bank 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – SVC History Class 17 – Wire Wrap


9 – Lapidary 8:30 – Yoga 9 – Aerobic Exercises 8:30 – Yoga 9 – Zumba Gold 9 – Anita’s Painting Class 9:30 – Nintendo Wii 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA Bowling 9-12 – Wood Carving 9:30 – Conditioning 9:30 – Conditioning 10 – Creative Writing 9:30 – Nintendo Wii 9:30 – Nintendo Wii LUNCH Bowling Bowling 12:30 – Cribbage 12:30 – Party Bridge 9:30-3 – Foot Clinic (Day LUNCH 1 – SVC History Class 12:30 – Ping Pong Break Bldg.) 1 – Knitting Circle 7 – Wire Wrap 1 – Intermediate Spanish 1 – Line Dance 1 – Dottie’s Painting Class 1 – Beginning Bridge 7 – Stamp Club 5 – Tai Chi 2 – Beginning Spanish 3 – Hula



9- Quilting 9 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle 6:30 – Old Time Fiddlers


9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle 7 – Country Western Line Dance


9 – Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle



10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle Saturday Matinee – “The Tempest” Oak Harbor Library 2 pm


10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle


9am–1pm Senior Resource Fair

NO Ping Pong/Pool/Pinochle



9 – Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle 2 – Group Health


9 – Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle


10am–3pm Japanese Women’s Group

NO Ping Pong/Pool/Pinochle


10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

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Women’s History Month Film Festival hosted by the Sno-Isle Libraries For adults and teens, shown at the Oak Harbor Library. “SOUL SURFER” Starring Anna Sophia Robb as Bethany Hamilton, a teen surf champion who

summons the courage to make a comeback after losing an arm in a shark attack. Rated PG. Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 3 pm “SONGCATCHER” If you love Celtic music, this love story

about a musicologist in rural Appalachia starring Janet McTeer and Michael Davis is for you. Rated PG-13. Wednesday, Mar. 14 at 3 pm “JANE EYRE” Stars Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell in the all time classic tale of triumph over terrible circumstances to eventually find love. Rated PG-13 Wednesday, Mar. 21 at 3 pm

“PRINCESS KAIULANI” The true story of a Hawaiian princess’ attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization. Rated PG Wednesday, Mar. 28 at 3 pm.

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march trips 3 - NW Women’s Show - Seattle 5 - Angel of The Winds 14 - Tulalip Casino 17 - Spring Nursery Shopping 20 - Angel of The Winds 24 - MAMA MIA! – Paramount 25 - Fraser Downs – Clover Dale, B.C. 28 - Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, Vancouver, B.C. 29 - Hibulb Cultural Center & Lunch 31 - Seattle Choice

2012 – 2013 SEASON SEATTLE OPERA! The Power of The Human Voice This season Seattle Opera will offer Turandot, Fidelio, Cinderella, La Boheme, and La Voix Humaine with Suor Angelica. Cost is $370 for people 65 + and $418 for people under 65 for all five operas. Save up to 28% over single ticket prices. Need $50 deposit, with balance by May 1. Transportation is due a week before each trip. Our seats are in First Tier at McCaw Hall. For more information stop by the Travel Desk.

The Bridge | March 2012 Complete description of all trips can be found in the 2012 Winter Travel Brochure. NORTHWEST WOMEN’S SHOW SEATTLE OR WESTLAKE CENTER Friday, March 2, 2012 Cost: $30 members /  $60 Non-members Departure:  8 a m  /  Return:  5:30 – 6 pm Grow Your Glow at the NW Women’s Show! If you happen to be one of those attendees who is lucky enough to ‘Get Glowed’ at the show, you will be given a gift for yourself and one that you will pass on to a stranger in order to spread the Glow! 400 exhibits, 4 entertainment stages, seminars on health, wellness, finance, fashion, cooking, guest celebrities and more. ‘Bling For Pets’ products!  This is always a tremendously fun day.  We come away loaded down with sacks of free goodies and tummies full from great samples.  Pay own admission. $15. There will be a drop-off and pick-up at Westlake Mall for those wishing to go there instead of the show. Bring your friends. 22 seats.

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EXTENDED TRAVEL FOR 2012: NEW ENGLAND/CANADA CRUISE WITH PRINCESS CRUISES ON THE CARIBBEAN PRINCESS 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS OCTOBER 20, 2012 Canada and New England cruise round trip from New York City. A great time for the Fall colors and “Leaf Peeping.” Includes half-day tour of Boston and half-day tour of Salem, Massachusetts. Round-trip airfare from Seattle, cruise, port charges, government fees, taxes, and transfers to/from ship, plus Halloween Cocktail Party with Prizes for All! PASSPORT REQUIRED. Final balance is due July 6, 2012. Brochures are available at the Travel Desk. Cabins still available.


ON THE AMERICAN QUEEN 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS DECEMBER 8, 2012 Enjoy a Mark Twain adventure with a little ‘Rollin’ On The River’ on the Mississippi! Nowhere can you embrace this special time of year more uniquely than aboard an elegant steamboat, decked out from stem to stern in Victorian holiday finery. Rates are per person, double occupancy, and include roundtrip airfare from Seattle, one-night luxury hotel stay with full American Breakfast, and transfers to the ship before your cruise, ALL shore excursions, complimentary bottled water and soft drinks onboard, complimentary wines and beers with dinner onboard, Captain’s champagne welcome reception and gala dinner, hot and cold canapés at cocktail hour every evening, meals on board, port charges, government fees, and taxes. Special Just Added $200 per Cabin Shipboard Credit, Prepaid Gratuities and a Welcome Bottle of Champagne. Final balance is due August 9, 2012. Brochures are available at the Travel Desk. Contact Roxann at 360-279-4583.

PASSPORT APPOINTMENTS Serving Families Since 1962.

OAK HARBOR • 360-675-3192

You can apply for a Passport book or card at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, at 51 S.E. Jerome St. Passport appointments available from 10 am–3 pm, Monday through Friday. For an appointment call 279-4580. For additional information call 279-4582 and/or visit

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> march interest groups New England Group Will meet Monday, Mar. 12, at 11:30 am at Applebee’s. Call Evelyn at 675-5106.


MAC Computer Seminar Monthly seminar scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 13 at 1 pm.

Whidbey Island Stamp Club Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 pm. New members welcome. Free evaluations on stamp collections provided. Contact Lee Dougherty, 675-9674.

Lapidary Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9 am.

Whidbey Island Gem Club Will meet Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 7 pm. There will be a general meeting of the membership. Interested and potential members, ages 8 to 100+ are invited to attend. Contact Chip Batcheller, 679-9397

Wire Wrap Thursdays at 7 pm. New people welcome. Create unique jewelry. A cab and the wire needed for your first project will be provided. May


Quilting Group Friday mornings, 9 am.

Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers meets at 2720 Heller Rd., at the fire station just north of Crosby Rd. Next meeting is Tuesday, Mar. 13 at 1 pm. Our program will feature Dr. Dave Thaler, of Microsoft, who will be teaching us about using “advanced US census from 1790 to 1840”. He is a specialist on this subject. There will be information for all, refreshments and raffles. All are welcome. Contact Ruth Hancock 360675-4086 or email randr.hancock@ for more information; Gordon Garnhart, 360-240-8875,; Betty Leitch 360-675-3722,

Dr. Peter Keating

purchase cabs and wire for future projects. Contact Dick James, 6759396.

Widows and Widowers of Whidbey Island Fun supportive people with common interests. Monthly dinner at NAS Whidbey Chief Petty Officer’s Club the second Friday of the month at 5 pm. Every Sunday, Call Phyllis Hofkamp, 675-3628 for breakfast location and call Roz Davis, 675-3171 for dinner location.

FEBRUARY EVENTS AT THE OAK HARBOR LIBRARY: The library is located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. For more information, please call 360-675-5115, or visit Oak Harbor Library opens at 9 am Monday through Friday, 10 am on Saturday, and 1 pm on Sunday. Book a librarian for free one-on-one help with any computer, technology or online question.

FRIENDS OF THE OAK HARBOR LIBRARY Become a member of the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library, an organization dedicated to helping the Oak Harbor Library with money and volunteers, and providing programs and information about the library. Dues are just $5 per year. Pick up an application form at the library.


Friday, Mar. 23 at 2 pm Share your love of reading! Join the discussion of “Namesake”.. Books available for check-out at the library.


Thursday, Mar. 29 at 3 pm Friends of the Oak Harbor Library invite you to choose any book

Join us in celebrating 10 years of caring for your hearing health and serving your hearing aid needs on Whidbey Island.

Redeem this announcement at either of our clinic locations for your gift!*

OAK HARBOR (360) 279-1229

380 SE Midway Boulevard

FREELAND (360) 331-1415

5570 Harbor Ave., Suite B *Limit one gift per household.

by Kate Atkinson and join the discussion.

FRIENDS OF THE OAK HARBOR LIBRARY MEETING Women In History: Brought To Life By AAUW Thursday, Mar. 15 at 3 pm For adults and teens. Presented by American Association of University Women, Oak Harbor branch. Funded by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

Do 1 Nice Thing Ideas for March 1. HOME OF THE BRAVE: Send a thank you card to a wounded service member. Address: MTD, Attn: Soldiers’ Angels, CMR 402, APO AE 09180. 2. HELP HOUSE gave out 553 food baskets in January. Greatly needed are more canned goods for these food baskets. Each food basket has an assortment of canned goods which consist of; tuna, a vegetable, a tomato product, fruit, pork & beans, soup, macaroni & cheese, oatmeal or cereal, a pasta or rice product, some eggs, three meat items, and a few snack items. Your donations are greatly appreciated. (There is a basket at the Senior Center for your donations and Help House picks them up.)

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you can take control of your future long-term care needs and help preserve your assets for yourself and generations to come. Refreshments will be served RSVP Connie Steadman at 360-240-8198 to reserve space for yourself and a guest at this event.

WINDSOR STERLING – MEDICARE PLAN Programs for People with Limited Income and Resources. If you have limited income and resources, you might qualify for help to pay for some health care and prescription drug costs. Learn how on Wednesday, March 7 at 10 am at the OHSC. Jim Ross, Enrollment Counselor, will share information on how you may qualify for the Extra Help program. Extra Help is a Medicare program to help people with limited income and resources pay Medicare prescription drug costs. You may qualify for Extra Help, also called the low-income subsidy (LIS) if your yearly income and resources are below the allowable limits. Resources don’t include home, car or any life insurance policies, or burial plot, up to $1,500 for burial expenses (per person). You may qualify even if you have a higher income (like if you still work, live in Alaska or Hawaii, or have dependants living with you). RSVP by calling the Center at 279-4583.

3. YOUR VOICE MAKES ME HAPPY! Call someone you miss.

Island Sewing&Vacuum VacuuM anD SEWinG MacHinE SalES SErVicE & rEPair


40 NE Midway Blvd. Oak Harbor 10% Discount for all WGH Employees, Police, Firefighters & EMS.

Senior Information and Assistance Office n FREE Referral/Assistance On Aging

for Self or Family

n Family Caregiver Support (Respite) n COPES Assistance (Medicaid) n Meals on Wheels

n Senior Drug Information


n Notary Services

Oak Harbor, WA 98277

n Senior Farmer’s Market Program n And More––Just Ask !!!

51 Jerome Street

(located in the OH Senior Center)

Around Here, Inspiration Appears Daily.

The Bridge - March 2012 Edition  
The Bridge - March 2012 Edition