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Naval Hospital Oak Harbor will be holding their annual beneficiary flu clinics on Nov. 1 and 8 from 1-6 pm at the Naval Hospital Oak Harbor.


“Building Your Caregiver Survival Toolkit” Caregiver Conference For Family & Professional Caregivers, will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, 9:30 am– 3:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland. Conference is free and includes lunch and coffee. Keynote speaker, Dan Koffman, who will present “Caregiving with a Smile”. Presented by Senior Services of Island County, Homeplace, Harbour Pointe Retirement, HomeWatch Caregivers, Maple Ridge Retirement and Dignity Visser Funeral Home. For more information/to register – 360-321-1600, ext. 2900.


Dr. Erika Tydor O.D. from Island Eye Care will present a slide presentation on macular degeneration signs and treatments on Nov 14 at 10 am at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. The presentation will last about 30 minutes. RSVP by calling 279-4583.


The Meals On Wheels program at the Oak Harbor Senior Center is in desperate need of volunteers to help serve meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and for drivers to deliver meals to home bound seniors. For more information and to sign up for the days you would be available, call Barbara at 279-0367.

November 2012 | Vol. 4 | Issue 7

Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show


ome join us for lunch and a Fall Fashion Show on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 11 am, at the Whidbey Golf & Country Club. Update your Fall wardrobe and holiday apparel with fashions from The Dress Barn. Door Prizes! Tickets are on sale for $25.00 at the Front Desk of the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Bring your friends and join us. Benefit for the Oak Harbor Senior Center.

Family Caregiver Support Program (fcsp) HELP FOR THE UNPAID CAREGIVER “I need a break!” When a caregiver shows signs of burnout, help is as close as the nearest Family Caregiver Support Program. The unpaid caregiver is the focus. This is a blessing for a caregiver responsible for helping another adult in the family with personal care needs, making meals or reminding about medications. One of the most used service of FCSP is the Respite Program, but there are also consultant services such as counseling and RN services. The Respite Program gives you a break where you can leave for a few hours and a trained person can care for your loved one in your home. Caregiver

Snow Man Quilt Raffle Love Later In Life: the

challenges and rewards



The 1st Annual Oak Harbor Veteran’s Day Parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at 2 pm. The parade route will run east to west starting at Skagit Valley College on Pioneer. Any veteran’s group or veteran interested in participating, please call Event Coordinator Terry Lacey at (360) 672-8339. Everyone is encouraged to come and honor our Veteran’s, POW-MIA’s.


The annual North Whidbey Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the Elks Lodge on Thursday, Nov. 25 from 11 am–5 pm. Besides turkey and ham, there are a variety of appetizers, traditional sides, beverages, and a dessert buffet not to be passed up. (Remember, there are no calories on holidays!). Join the community and enjoy an old fashioned Thanksgiving with family and friends. The dinner is free and donations accepted. Everyone is welcome. To volunteer, have a home delivered meal or request transportation, call 675-9909.

support reduces personal stress, stops negative self-talk, communicates your needs to family, doctor and others and deals with tough caregiving decisions, sets goals and develops practical problem solving. Another excellent resource is the Family Caregiver Handbook which is available free of charge. If you would like to talk to a FCSP specialist to determine if this program fits your needs, make an appointment with the Senior Services of Island County Representative Pati Brigman. She can be reached at 360-675-0311. Her office is located in the Oak Harbor Senior Center located at 51 SE Jerome Street in Oak Harbor.

Members of the Center Piecers display the beautiful hand appliqued Snow Man Quilt they made. Members were responsible for one or two squares of the quilt. Raffle tickets are $1and available at the Front Desk. Drawing will be held Friday, December 14 so winner will be able to enjoy it during the holidays.

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n this free interactive seminar you will take away skills and knowledge about how to approach new relationships or deepen the relationship you have. Some of the topics discussed will be: • Is it too late to learn how to better communicate with your partner? • What can you do about issues that are still there? • How do you start dating in your 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s and how is it different than your 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s? • How do you deal with an unhappy marriage versus leaving and being alone and lonely late in life? • If you choose to stay, how do you work with a marriage that hasn’t worked for you in a long time? The seminar will be held Monday, Nov. 26 at 1 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center with Jerome Rosen, M.Ed., LMFT. Jerome has over thirty years of experience as a child, couple and family therapist. He brings a broad expanse of training and experience to his work. His approach focuses on his clients’ strengths and values. The format of seminars and workshops he offers are ideal settings for you to build skills and knowledge. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

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The Bridge | November 2012

Keeping an “Attitude of Gratitude” the shortest distance “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

By Roxann Dunn-Terry It’s the time of year to break out and sing my Gratitude Attitude song from Disney‘s Johnny Appleseed: “Oh, the Lord’s been good to me. And so I thank the Lord, For giving me the things I need, The sun, the rain and the apple seed. The Lord’s been good to me.” Here are a few of the “apple

seeds” I’m thankful for, in other words, here is 2012 in review. I am still thankful for smiles, life, family, friends, volunteers, people with a sense of humor, hugs, tomato basil soup, chocolate and friends with chocolate. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve others. I am thankful for scriptures. I am thankful for prayer. I am thankful to still live on an island. I am thankful for the opportunity to travel. I am thankful for great music and musicals. I am thankful for the seats we had to see CATS. The expression on Valerie’s face when a couple of the cast members in their Cat costumes

came by and interacted with her, was worth the price of tickets. I am thankful we didn’t get evicted from the theatre when Mr. Volunteer snapped a picture. I am thankful I FINALLY got to see Man of La Mancha, even if it took 40 years. It was worth the wait. I even have a picture of me with the cast members. I am thankful for Neil Diamond. It was one HOT July night this summer. I am a Believer! I have the bumper sticker and t-shirt to prove it. This was his 40th Anniversary Tour. I saw him in 1972 at the Salt Palace. We’re all aging in place quite nicely thank you. I am thankful I didn’t fall asleep during the Perfect Game at Safeco

> November event spotlight OLD TIME FIDDLERS

The Old Time Fiddlers will play Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Admission is by donation to the Old Time Fiddlers. Everyone’s welcome.


A “Country Line Dance” will be held Friday, Nov. 9 from 7 - 10 pm, at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Admission is $5.00 per person – $9.00 per couple, $1.00 discount for Senior Center Members. Open to the Public.


OOWI is a support group for people living with an ostomy (colostomy, iliostomy or urostomy). On Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2 pm, we will meet at Service Alternatives in Coupeville.  Guest speaker will be a representative from CYMED who will talk about MicroSkin Pouches, a new innovative product.  There will also be a question and answer period with Michelle Beesley, Whidbey General Hospital’s WOCN Nurse.  For further information call 360-678-5019 or 360-202-5496.  


Senior Night Out will meet for lunch this month at The Football Bat, for fun, friendship and great food on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Meet at 11:30 am. RSVP by calling the Center, 279-4580, Nov. 9. (Gratuities not included.)


Pioneer Computers is now offering free computer training for those ages 55 and over. Come in to view

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.

training videos on Windows 7 and applications such as, eBay, Facebook, PayPal, Photoshop, iPad & iTunes and many, many more. Videos can be viewed as many times as you like. A comfortable chair and headphones are provided. Please call 679-3839 to schedule an appointment. We ask that you please limit yourself to 1- 2 hours at a time.


The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars invites the community to their 13th Annual Fundraising Auction on Saturday, November 17.  Tickets are $8 per person, sold at the door, beginning at 5:00 PM.  Hors d’oeuvres and other delicious delights are served during the Silent Auction. A live auction, featuring unique and valuable items,  offers you a chance to begin your holiday shopping – and support the Auxiliary’s veterans assistance and community service programs.  For more information, contact VFW Auxiliary President Shari Vogleman: 720-9415 or

HUMANA MEDICARE ADVANTAGE A Humana Medicare health care specialist will be here on Fridays, Nov. 2, 16 & 30 from 1-3 pm, heading up community meetings. The representative will be providing information pertaining to the Humana Medicare Advantage plans available in Island County and answer any health care related questions. Information relating to the enrollment process will be available. RSVP by calling the Center at 279-4580.

Field. Who knew boring could be so exciting. I am thankful I got to go to New Hampshire this summer and see my son get married in a lighthouse to a wonderful young woman. And what a kiss! The camera is still steamy. I am thankful for the opportunity to escort a group of wonderful people on the New England/Canada Cruise! That cruise is off my Bucket List! Got Panama Canal to do still. I am grateful for all of you that read my column. Glad we can share a chuckle. I’ve seriously thought of starting a blog. Let me know what you think. Yes, the Lord’s been good to me.

GROUP HEALTH MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN A Group Health representative will be at the Center on Mondays, Nov. 5 & 19 at 2 pm, to discuss the 2013 Information as the AEP-Annual Enrollment Period with Medicare starts October 15. The AEP time to change plans for January 2012 is October 15 to December 5. The AEP is shorter this year. RSVP by calling the Center at 279-4580.

STERLING HEALTH PLANS The Annual Enrollment Period for Medicare begins October 15. Find out how plans are changing for 2013 by attending a presentation offered by Sterling Health Plans. Jim Ross will explain how these changes may impact you. He’ll also discuss how to continue your health club membership through Silver and Fit on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 11 am and 1 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

COMMUNITY HEALTHFIRST MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN Patrick Ewing, with Community HealthFirst, will present information on the Community HealthFirst Medicare Advantage Plans on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 10 am. Benefits include low to no premiums, dental and vision coverage, emergency care, primary & specialist care. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

{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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games games &fun &fun

learn&grow November CLASSES: Fun Fitness

$25 Jackpot Bingos

Feeling Lucky? Welcome to our new First Thursday Bingo Sponsor, Regency on Whidbey will sponsor a $25 Jackpot Bingo on Thursday, Nov. 1; Harbor Tower Village Retirement Center on Thursday, Nov. 8; Edward Jones on Thursday, Nov. 15 and Banner Bank on Thursday, Nov. 29. Cards for the $25 Bingo game available for $1. Bingo is played Thursdays from 12–3 pm.

Nintendo Wii Bowling 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, 12 Noon.

NEW - Mah Jongg 2nd & 4th Wednesdays – 10 am–2 pm. Wright Patterson rules. Contact Linda Bruner, 675-8315 or Sandi Carrothers – 675-1306.

Ping Pong Wednesdays 1–3 pm and Saturdays from 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. For more information, call Don at 679-8807.

Bingo! Thursdays, 12–3 pm. Packet $4. Soft cards for special games .50 cents each.


A Fun Fitness program conducted by the North End Fitness Center. Must be a paid member of the Oak Harbor Senior Center to attend classes at OHSC. FALL Schedule: Yoga – M & W, 8:30 am Chair Conditioning (Seated Aerobics) – M & W, 9:30 am Zumba Gold – T, 9 am Aerobics – TH, 9:30 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 $21.74 (including tax) Unlimited Senior Class Card you may take all 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. To register, call North End Fitness Center at 675-1111.

Wood Carving Tuesdays 9 am with instructor Dick Weber. Classes are $5 a session and open to all levels of carving experience. New students welcome.

Line Dance Tuesdays, 1 pm with instructor Jean. $10 a month-Members. No partners needed.

Art with Dottie Sanders For beginners to experts, a continuing painting class, Mondays, from 1-4 pm. Work in any and all paint medias. Cost is $5 per session Members / $10 Non-Members. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

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

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

Angie Homola


Angie’s summary list of first term accomplishments:

Thursdays, 12–3 pm. Bring your cribbage boards.

Pinochle Fridays, 12:30 pm, Potluck lunch. Also on Tuesdays, 5:30 pm. All Games are held at Oak Harbor Senior Center unless otherwise specified. See Calendar on page 5 for more activities at the center this month.

• Made common sense cuts to balance the budget




• Protected services for seniors, children and vulnerable citizens • Improved support for veterans in need • Made county government transparent & accessible • Protected water quality and natural resources

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The Bridge | November 2012

november interest groups New England Group

Will meet Monday, Nov. 5, at 11:30 am at Applebee¹s. Call Evelyn at 6755106.


Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers meet h at 2720 Heller Rd., at the fire station just north of Crosby Rd. Next meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 1 pm. Patricia Younie and Ida McCormick of the Seattle Genealogical Soc. will tell us about preserving your research for future generations. We will cover archival procedures as well as protecting your research for future generations following your death. That includes where to deposit your research, steps you can take to protect your work from being destroyed, copyright protection for any written work you have completed, etc. Bring your questions and they will try to help you. There will be information for all, refreshments and raffles. All are welcome. Contact Ruth Hancock 675 -4086, randr.hancock@frontier. com; Gordon Garnhart 360 240 8875,; Betty Leitch 675-3722,

MAC Computer Seminar

Monthly seminar scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13, 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.


Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9 am.

Whidbey Island Gem Club

Will meet Wednesday, Nov. 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 purchase cabs and wire for future projects. Contact Dick James, 6759396.

Quilting Group

Monday and Friday mornings, 9 am.

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.

N. Whidbey Coupon Club

The North Whidbey Coupon Club invites all who are interested in saving money to our “Clip n’ Chats.” We meet at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 32630 SR 20, Fridays: 9:30-11:30 am and Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm. No meetings Nov. 22 or Nov. 23. All are welcome. Coupons, money-saving tools, fun conversation, and new friends. Our motto is “Good Meals, Better Deals”. We give you great ideas to eat better, for less. “Clip n’ Chats” are free of charge. Kids welcome.  Donate coupons to share with local families by bringing them to the Oak Harbor Senior Center or the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.  Expired coupons are sent to military families overseas (where the coupons are valid up to 6 months after their printed expiration date).  For further information, please call 360-675-2338.Connect to Whidbey Island Macaroni Kid. http://

October Events at the Oak Harbor Library The library is located at 1000 SE Regatta Drive. 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


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

with any computer, technology or online question.

Preventing Diabetes

Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 am–12 pm Or Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 1–3 pm. Sign up now to learn how to lower your risk for diabetes. Classes taught by Line Goulet, RN, certified diabetes educator. For adults; preregistration required.

Saturday Matinee

Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2 pm. If you love Stephanie Plum, you won’t want to miss this movie based on the first Janet Evanovich mystery, “One For The Money.” Free movie and popcorn provided by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. Rated PG-13.

Service Dogs Helping Veterans

Thursday, Nov. 8 at 3 pm. Presented by Summit Assistance Dogs.

Therapy Dog Certification

Thursday, Nov. 8 at 4 pm. Presented by Foundation for Pet Provided Therapy (Love on a Leash) and Pet Partners.

Oak Harbor Book Club

Friday, Nov. 16 at 2 pm. Share your love of reading! Bring a hot drink and join the discussion of “Faithful Place”. Books available for check-out at the library.

Business Advisory Sessions

Friday, Nov. 16 from 9 am–5 pm. Sign up for a business assistance session with Giselle Saguid from Community Capital Development, or 425-4239090.

Remembering the Songs: Music Traditions from the Zuni, Navajo, and Salish

Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 pm. Gary Stroutsos, master flautist, returns to Oak Harbor for this free concert and film. Made possible by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library, the Center for American Indian Policy and Applied Research at Salish Kootenai College, and the WK Kellogg Foundation. For all ages.

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NOVEMBER 2012 For details about items listed below or a comprehensive list of events, please visit the Oak Harbor Senior Center at 51 SE Jerome Street or call 360-279-4580.







9- Quilting 9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9:30 – Tai Chi 9:30 – Nintendo Wii LUNCH Bowling 12:30 – Pinochle 12-3 –Jack Pot Bingo– 1 – Humana Medicare Regency On Whidbey 6:30 – Old Time Fiddlers 12:30 – Cribbage 7 – Wire Wrap

10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle!




















8:30 – Yoga 9- Quilt Class 9:30- Conditioning 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling LUNCH 1 – Knitting Circle 1 – Dottie’s Painting Class 2 – Group Health Medicare 5 – Tai Chi

happy Veteran’s day SENIOR CENTER CLOSED




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 12 – Chess 1 – Mac Seminar 1 – Line Dance 7 – Stamp Club

8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9- Quilting 9 – SHIBA 9:30 – Nintendo Wii 9:30 – Tai Chi 9:30- Conditioning Bowling LUNCH 11 – Sterling Medicare 11 - Fall Luncheon & 12:30 – Pinochle LUNCH Fashion Show-Whidbey 7 – Country Line Dance 12:30 – Party Bridge Island Golf & Country 12:30 – Ping Pong Club 1 – Beginning Bridge 12-3 –Jack Pot Bingo– 1 – Sterling Medicare Harbor Tower Village 3 – Hula 12:30 – Cribbage 7 – Gem Club 7 – Wire Wrap

8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning 9:30 – Foot Clinic 10 – Macular Degeneration Seminar LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 3 – Hula

8:30 – Yoga 8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9 – Lapidary 9- Quilting Class 9 – SHIBA 9:00 – Zumba Gold 9:30- Conditioning 9:30- Conditioning 9-12 – Wood Carving 9:30 – Nintendo Wii LUNCH 9:30 - Nintendo Wii BowlBowling 12:30 – Party Bridge ing LUNCH 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Line Dance 1 – Knitting Circle 1 - Intermediate Spanish 2 – Vision Support 1 – Dottie’s Painting Class 1 – Beginning Bridge Group 1 – Grief Support 2 – Beginning Spanish 2 –Group Health 3 – Hula Medicare 5 – Tai Chi


8:30 – Yoga 9- Quilting Class 9:30- Conditioning 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling LUNCH 1 – Love Later In Life Seminar 1 – Knitting Circle 1 – Dottie’s Painting Class 5 – Tai Chi

Mitten Tree


9 – Lapidary 9:00 – Zumba Gold 9-12 – Wood Carving 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 1 – Line Dance 7 – Stamp Club

28 8:30 – Yoga

9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning 9:30 – Foot Clinic 10 – Community HealthFirst Medicare LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 3 – Hula The Bridge comes out

9 - Aerobic Exercises 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 12-3 –Jack Pot Bingo– Edward Jones 12:30 – Cribbage 7 – Wire Wrap

happy Thanksgiving SENIOR CENTER CLOSED

9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle 1 – Humana Medicare

National day of Holiday Shopping



9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 12-3 –Jack Pot Bingo– Banner Bank 12:30 – Cribbage 7 – Wire Wrap

It’s time to get out the needles and yarn (or stop by your favorite store) and create a little warmth for the children in our community. Our Mitten Tree will be up in December to collect mittens and hats for our Mitten Drive. Last year the ECAP program at Skagit Valley College was in need of hats and mittens for the children they serve. Children range in age from 3 to 5 years. Let’s help our little ones.


Friday, November 30 9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle 1 – Humana Medicare

10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle!

10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

SENIOR CENTER CLOSED No Saturday Activities

Carpets Cleaned

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november trips 5 – Angel of The Winds 7 – Holiday Bellingham Choice 13 – Cabella’s – Quil Ceda Village 14 – Bellevue Square Mall 15 – Wicked - Paramount 19 – Skagit Valley Casino 27 – Angel of The Winds 28 – Molbak’s Poinsettia Festival 29 – Mystery Lunch 30 – Victorian Country Christmas in Puyallup In consideration of those with allergic sensitivities, please do not wear any fragrances on the trips. Thank you!

The Bridge | November 2012 For a complete description of all trips, see the Fall 2012 Travel Brochure. occupancy. Price includes: motorcoach to/from cruise pier, cruise, one way, airfare from Fairbanks to Seattle, port charges, government fees, taxes and transfers to/from ship. (Travel Insurance available at additional cost). An initial deposit of $600 per person is required to secure reservations and assign cabins. Those who book early get the best prices and the best cabin locations. PASSPORT REQUIRED. Final balance is due May 28, 2013. Call Roxann, 279-4583.

$175 Per Person Deposit when you

GREAT DEALS - EXTENDED reserve by October 31! > HAWAIIAN ISLANDS CRUISE TRAVEL FOR 2013 Brochures available at the Travel Desk


with Princess Cruises, Coral Princess 11 Days / 10 Nights - September 10, 2013 Highlights include: Eight day cruise, Glacier Bay National Park National Park Rangers, an Iditarod champion, Alaskan storyteller, Mt. McKinley Express rail, Denali National Park, overnight stays at Princess Wilderness Lodges, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, College Fjord, Anchorage (Whittier) and Sternwheeler Riverboat cruise. Prices start with Inside cabin -  $2,970 per person, double

Norwegian Cruise Line, Pride of America 10 Days / 9 Nights 2 Pre-Nights in Honolulu with Touring October 24 - November 2, 2013 Prices start with Inside cabin - $3,357 per person, double occupancy. Included in package: RT airfare from Bellingham International Airport, 2 pre-nights at the beautiful Princess Kaiulani Hotel with tours of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial, Honolulu City tour and Polynesian Cultural Center, Cruise, Port Charges, Government Fees, Taxes, transfers to/from ship. Not included: Travel insurance, which is recommended

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and available at an extra cost; Gratuities aboard ship; All soda and alcoholic beverages. An initial deposit of $350 per person is required to secure reservations and assign cabins. Those who book early get the best prices and the best cabin locations. Final balance is due July 12, 2013. Roxann, 279-4583.


March 12 - 21, 2013 • 10 Days - 13 Meals Double: $3,169 (reg. $3, 319) Single: $3,619 (reg. $3,769) Celebrate the Wearin’ O’ The Green this year with St. Paddy! The Emerald Isle, a land renowned for its “forty shades of green”, is filled with rolling hills, warm people, stately castles and rollicking fun. Highlights include: Dublin; Irish Evening; Kilkenny; Waterford Crystal; Blarney Castle; Jaunting Car Ride; Ring of Kerry; Killarney Farm Visit; Limerick, Cliffs of Moher; Galway; Castle Stay. Included in price: RT Air from Seattle, Air Taxes and fees/Surcharges, Cancellation Waiver and insurance of $220 per person, Hotel Transfers. Pat Gardner, 279-4582.


April 29 - May 7, 2013 Double: $4,666 E Category Cabin Active or Retired Military and Educator can receive $100 off the cruise price. Extra nights are available in Paris at the end of your cruise for $199 per person. Combine time in France’s  marvelous capitol with discoveries of quaint towns along the Seine and in the picturesque Normandy region. Highlights: Paris, Bernon, Rouen, Les Andelys, Conflans. Price includes: cruise/land tour, base accommodations, port charges,  airfare from Seattle,  taxes and fees/Surcharges, meals as listed in itinerary and services of a professional tour guide. Cancellation waiver and insurance available upon request. $250 deposit needed ASAP, Cabins limited. Pat Gardner, 279-4582.


October 15 - 28, 2013 14 Days - 27 Meals Superior Cabin: $8, 499 (reg. $8,749); Junior Cabin: $9.099 (reg. $9,349); Balcony Cabin: $9,899 (reg. $10,149) Per Person Double. The trip of a lifetime! Highlights include: the “Lost City of the Incas”, Quito, Middle of the World, 5-Day Galapagos Cruise, Guayaquil, Lima, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Larco Museum. Included in

price: RT Air from Seattle, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Attraction Taxes, and Fees, Hotel Transfers. Not included: Cancellation Waiver and insurance of $305 per person. Pat Gardner, 279-4582.


2 Nights Accommodations in Las Vegas April 19 - 28, 2013 10 Days - 9 Nights Double: $855 Single: $1,193 A truly spectacular trip! Fabulous gaming and entertainment in Las Vegas plus one of America’s great treasures., the Grand Canyon. The Best Part? NO AIRFARE!!! Highlights include: World Center for Birds of Prey, Laughlin, Nevada, Grand Canyon National Park & the IMAX Grand Canyon movie, Pioneer Museum, Powerhouse Visitors Center, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument  Included in price: Motorcoach Transportation, video and restrooms equipped, 9 nights lodging including 2 consecutive nights in a Las Vegas Casino Hotel, 12 meals, Free day to shop, explore and discover Las Vegas, and gratuities. Not included: Cancellation waiver and insurance of $69 per person, $100 Deposit at time of sign up. Balance by February 15, 2013. (No Credit Cards). Contact Roxann, 279-4583.


Celebrity Millennium - Eastbound Panama Canal September 22 – October 7, 2013 The a wider Canal is being built. The original canal will be a thing of the past. This will be the last year  (2013) to see the magnificent original Canal that took so many years to make. Join Roxann and Mr. Volunteer, of Legacy Family Tree, for what will undoubtedly be an enlightening and rewarding journey. You will be able to attend 25 hours of Legacy Family Tree genealogy classes for free as a participant of this trip. Prices start with Inside Large Stateroom $2668.88 per person. Price includes Cruise fare, port charges, Taxes, Gratuities, Airfare from Seattle R/T, and Transfers. (Travel Insurance available at additional cost). An initial deposit of $400 per person is required to secure reservations and assign cabins. Those who book early get the best prices and the best cabin locations. PASSPORT REQUIRED. Final balance is due June 6, 2013. Roxann, 2794583.

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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health briefs & helpful info. Senior Services of Island County

Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service

Information and Assistance for Seniors: Living Wills, Medicare, Medicaid, Sample Wills, Dental, Trash cards, MOW/Ensure, Job Bank, Free Notary Service, DPOA, POLST and more– Call 675-0311.

Vision Impaired Support Group

Living with Grief Information and Support The Grief Support Group will meet Monday, Nov. 19 from 1 to 2:30 pm. The holiday season can be challenging for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. This workshop will address coping with expectations and emotions, taking care of yourself and planning alternative activities. 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, 360-8145550.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Parkinson’s Support Group November 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 Wednesdays, Nov. 14 & 28. To make an appointment, call the Front Desk at 279-4580. Foot Care Clinic is held at North Whidbey Caregivers Cove.

Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 2 pm. For information, contact Paul Bovey at 679-8293.


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.

Volunteer Drivers Needed

Volunteer Services, a Program of Senior Services Of Island County of Island County has a need for volunteer drivers to transport seniors and disabled to medical appointments. Volunteers use their own cars, but are reimbursed for fuel, and can state their preferences for remaining on Island, or traveling off Island and times they are available. This is a wonderful way to help those that can no longer drive, but desire to remain independent in their homes. There is a background, driving record and fingerprints check required. If interested, or if you have a need for transportation, please call Pat Weekley at 360-6784886 ext. 21.


2 - Make my day! Give someone a sincere compliment. 3 - “How’s it going?”  Reach out to someone.  You never know what might happen.

Take the time to connect with others during the holidays. You’ll be glad you did!

Prescription Expenses Assistance

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Spinach Gorgonzola Ravioli w/Marinara Ground Beef Stroganoff

Needing assistance with prescription expenses? Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey is a charitable organization providing immediate temporary help with uncovered prescription expenses to people living in zip codes 98277 and 98278. This small fund is supported by the donations of your friends, neighbors and local businesses, and administered by volunteers. In order to meet the needs of as many people as possible, we set limits on how much assistance is

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Turkey A La King Breakfast Quiche w/Red Pepper & Ham Matt's 'better than Ivar's' Clam Chowder Tomato Bisque Soup & 1/2 Tuna Sandwich Krab Cakes' and Rice Pilaf

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Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce Rueben Sandwich & Coleslaw Thanksgiving Lunch -Turkey & Fixins Minestrone Soup & Cheese Bread Seafood Fettucini Alfredo

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Homemade Beef Stew w/Carrots Salad Bar w/asst veggies Chicken Strips & Oven Baked Fries Happy Thanksgiving! Meal Sites Closed Happy Thanksgiving! Meal Sites Closed

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Cheese Enchiladas w/Salsa Portugese Bean Soup w/Kale & Sausage Swedish Meatballs w/Rice Chef's Choice Salmon Boat w/Hollandaise Sauce

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WEEK 5 of Island County

Senior Information & Assistance Meals on Wheels | Congregate Meals Adult Day Services | Caregiver Support Senior Activities | Travel and much more . . .

meal sites & hours:

Serving Island County Since 1973

South Whidbey (360) 321-1600

1 - Did you know? Help House has helped 350 more families this year than last year. Thank you for putting stew and chili on your grocery list for Help House.  

Oak Harbor (360) 675-0311

Camano Island (360) 675-0311

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


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 360-2792555.

Free hearing tests and hearing aid repairs on Mondays, Nov. 19 and 26 from 1-3 pm. For an appointment call the Center, 279-4580.

available to any one individual over the course of a year. Payments are made directly to providers. Bills already paid cannot be reimbursed. If you need help with prescription expenses, please call (360) 929-3328 and leave a message. A volunteer will call you back within 24 hours.

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The Bridge - November 2012 Edition  


The Bridge - November 2012 Edition