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Join Joel Bergsbaken, the Program Coordinator for the North Sound Office of the Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center, for a workshop on Communication and Hearing Loss. When working with and counseling individuals with hearing loss, the most challenging situations, after telephone use, is large gatherings, especially large dinners. The holidays are coming up and that means large gatherings of the people you care most about. For many, this creates fear of isolation and frustration. The workshop will discuss new ways to look at hearing loss, and approaches that can help people still connect at holiday gatherings. The North Sound Office of the Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center, a non-profit organization, has served individuals with hearing loss in Washington State for over 75 years. The workshop is Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 am at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Open to everyone, family and friends. RSVP by calling 279-4580.


Porcello Estate Buyers, a 60 year old Family owned business, specializes in Jewelry, Watches, Coins, and Sterling Antiques.  They are home-based out of Bellevue Washington. They offer appraisal seminars to all members of the community, free of charge.  People can bring in their jewelry, watches, coins, coin collections, Sterling Silver and the like, and their professional appraisers and nationally know numismatists evaluate the items and educate the consumer about today’s market value of their personal   possessions. They are Estate Buyers as well as appraisers, which means that if a client has an item that they may have no use for, if  it is broken or they simple don’t want it, they will offer to purchase it.   Porcello Estate Buyers has been offering this service for over 25 years. They will be offering a seminar at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 am–5 pm. Free to the public.


Whitehead-Muzzall Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7392 invites seniors to be our guest for our annual Seniors Christmas Luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 19. Lunch and festivities from 12 pm–3pm.  Share an afternoon of Christmas camaraderie with your community.   Santa Claus will visit, bringing a gift and Christmas cheer to all in attendance. The VFW Post is located at 3037 Goldie Road in Oak Harbor. (Para-Transit will dropoff and pick-up for this event. Make reservations early.)

Women of WWII Honor Flight O n Thursday, Oct. 18, three members of the Women of WWII of Oak Harbor, flew as guests of the Honor Flight Network to see the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. Eva Marie Brown, Patricia Ricketts, Dorothy Mae Nelsen and their escorts flew to Baltimore for two nights. Senator Bob Dole greeted the ladies when they visited the WWII Memorial. Senator Dole, one of the organizers in the efforts to build the memorial, tries to be on hand to greet everyone who attends the weekly Honor Flight program. Before touring Arlington Cemetery, they visited the Women’s Memorial that was celebrating its 15th Anniversary. This memorial is dedicated to women in military service for America. They saw the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflection Pool and the Changing of The Guard, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They received sweatshirts with the Honor Flight logo. Eva said after they sent their applications last September, they prepared themselves physically and emotionally for their adventure. Eva, a Navy veteran, just celebrated her ninetieth birthday. Pat, an Army veteran, is ninety-three and Dorothy, a Navy veteran, is 91.  They are often referred to as “The Greatest Generation”, the men and women who served and worked during WWII. There are several groups and organizations for men from WWII but not for the women who served. After the war, many women went quietly on to live their lives as wives and mothers. Most people are unaware of their military service until it appears in an obituary. Two of the founding members decided they wanted to meet other women

Honor Flight Network Honor Flight Network recognizes American veterans for their sacrifices and achievements by flying them to Washington, D.C. to see THEIR memorial at no cost. Top priority (for which applications are currently accepted) is given to World War II and terminally ill veterans, from all wars. In the future, Honor Flight Network will be expanded to include Korean War and Vietnam War veterans. In order for Honor Flight Network to achieve this goal, guardians fly with the veterans on every flight providing assistance and helping veterans have a safe, memorable and rewarding experience. If you know of someone who is a World War II veteran or a veteran with a terminal illness, please fill out an application and send it in. Every World War II veteran flies free. Donations will not be accepted from a World War II veteran. For further information, please call 937-521-2400 or email at

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Shown with the Women’s Memorial, from left to right are Eva Marie Brown, Patricia Ricketts and Dorothy Mae Nelsen.

who had served in WWII before they read of it in an obituary. Women of WWII had their first meeting April 25, 2007 at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, with 13 women having served in different branches. It is a privilege to hear their stories, young women who had courage, a sense of adventure and a desire to serve their country. They continue to meet the last Tuesday of every odd month at the Jumbo Buffet. For more information, contact Eva Brown at 675-8302.

Applebee’s dining out Christmas fundraiser event Give a gift to the Oak Harbor Senior Center while doing your Holiday shopping by stopping at Applebee’s for lunch or dinner! Invite all of your Friends & Family to dine any time on Thursday, Dec. 6 and Applebee’s will donate 15% of the proceeds to the Oak Harbor Senior Center. (To go and carside to go orders also applied!) Pick up your flyer(ticket) at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. You must have a Ticket for the Senior Center to receive 15%. This offer is good only at the Applebee’s at 31810 State Route 20 in Oak Harbor. A fun, tasty way to raise funds and best of all no dishes to wash!

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The Bridge | December 2012

Let Me Take You On A Sea Cruise the shortest distance “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

By Roxann Dunn-Terry Escorts on the Travel Committee, know that it is not going to be a ho-hum, same ol’ same ol’, run of the mill trip when I escort. I do organize and take care of details when I plan a trip. But… there’s always a little adventure. Totally un-planned. We had 18 wonderful people on our New England Cruise adventure and had a great time. Except for the airports. It started with a Red Eye out of SeaTac. Never again. I promise you. After

walking to Hell and back, we made it to our gate. Surely we’ll at least snooze. Wrong. We arrive at JFK and its another death march to baggage claim. At least this time we had two wheelchairs instead of just one. Then I saw the people mover trams. What??!?!?!?! We could have all rode instead of stumbling around half asleep? We board our tour bus and nearly two hours later (the drivers in NYC are maniacs) we make it to the diner for breakfast. Most of us were calling it brunch. Met up with our tour guide who kept promising a great tour. Well…it’s not everybody that gets side swiped by a rental truck in NYC and lives to tell about it. No one was hurt. The truck did take off the bus drivers side view mirror. Forty-five minutes later we board the replacement bus. Just part of the adventure we promise when you travel with the OHSC. We were stopped in front of a cheesy little souvenir shop so people got off and got some souvenirs, roasted

peanuts and coffee from MacDonald’s. We just wanted to get to the ship but the tour guide still wanted us to have a great tour of NYC. We did. Got to the ship and the next seven days were beautiful New England Fall days. I was prepared this time for JFK for the return flight. I knew what to do. I step up to the Delta counter and tell the young man I need three wheelchairs and two people movers. He swallows, looks me up and down and repeats back, “Three wheelchairs and two people movers?” I know I’m out of shape, did he really think it was all for me? So I point to the people behind me and say, “It’s for my group.” He tells me to wait a few feet away and someone would be there to assist us. Another gentleman comes and asks if I was the one needing three wheelchairs and two people movers while eyeballing Mr. Volunteer. I replied “Yes, for my Group.” He looks at my boarding pass and asks which gate. I didn’t know so I

> DECember event spotlight OLD TIME FIDDLERS

The Old Time Fiddlers will play Friday, Dec. 7 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, Dec. 14 from 7-10 pm, at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Admission is $5 per person – $9 per couple, $1 discount for Senior Center Members. Open to the Public.

TRAVEL PRESENTATION THE GRAND CANYON Get out of the rain and cold this winter! Join Roxann and Sandy for our Road Trip to the Grand Canyon, April 19-28, 2013, which includes two nights accommodations in Las Vegas, We will have a presentation Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 1 pm. The best part? NO AIRPORTS!!!! Stop by and pick up a brochure. Only $100

deposit is needed to hold your spot. Balance by February 15, 2013. (No Credit Cards). RSVP by calling 2794580.


Join Pat and Roxann the week of December 17–21 for Holiday Pin Week! We will be wearing our Holiday Pins all week. Wear ALL your pins, which ever day you come, so we may see them and take count. Enter your name in a drawing for a new Holiday Pin. Drawing will be held on Friday, Dec. 21 at 11 am.


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

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

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the children they serve. Children range is age from 3 to 5 years. Let’s help our little ones keep warm.


Feliz Navidad! Senior Night Out will meet for a Christmas Lunch this month at Esteban’s, for fun, friendship and great food on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Meet at 11:30 am. RSVP by calling the Center, 279-4580, Dec. 7. (Gratuities not included.)


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.

go ask the first man. He looks up when I ask for my gate number. He swallows and says Gate 2. I said thank-you but he knew I didn’t have any idea where Gate 2 was. He points at an entry five feet away and says, “You go through security and Gate 2 is right there.” I could see it. About that time one of group calls out, “Roxann, the gate is right there. We can walk it!” I hurry over to tell the second man we wouldn’t need three wheelchairs and two people movers. “Are you sure mam’?” Yes I’m sure. Mr. Volunteer is pretending he doesn’t know me. We made the five feet to Gate 2, caught our plane and got out of NYC one day before Hurricane Sandy hit. Yes, we promise excitement and adventure. Who wants to join me for Hawaii, Alaska or Panama Canal? It will be an Adventure– I promise!

TEDDY BEAR BREAKFAST The 2012 Festival of Tree’s Teddy Bear & Character Breakfast will be held Saturday, Dec.1 at the Oak Harbor Elk’s Lodge. There will be two seatings, 9 and 10:30 am. Tickets are $5 for 12 and under; $10 for 13 and over. Tickets are available at Alaska USA Mortgage Company, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, on line: Please bring a new stuffed animal to donate to a child in a crisis situation.


Coming soon o a neighborhood near you! Neighborhood Watch is an organized group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within their neighborhoods. If you are interested in learning more about Neighborhood Watch or would like to start a group in your neighborhood, please leave your contact information at the Front Desk of the Oak Harbor Senior Center or call the Center at 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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health briefs & helpful info. Senior Services of Island County

Alzheimer’s Support Group

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.

Living with Grief Information and Support The Grief Support Group will meet Monday, Dec. 10 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.


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.

Parkinson’s Support Group December 7 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, Dec. 19 & Jan. 2. To make an appointment, call the Front Desk at 279-4580. Foot Care Clinic is held at North Whidbey Caregivers Cove.

Prescription Expenses Assistance

Vision Impaired Support Group

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,

Free hearing tests and hearing aid repairs on Mondays, Dec. 10 & 17 from 1-3 pm. For an appointment call the Center, 279-4580.

Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 2 pm. For information, contact Paul Bovey at 679-8293.

Green Pepper Steak Potato Bar w/Meat & Cheese Fish Alyeska & Pasta BBQ Chicken Hearty Jambalaya w/Chicken & Sausage

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Turkey Broccoli Rice Casserole Hawaiian Pizza w/Canadian Bacon Chicken Caesar Salad w/Parmesan Carrot Ginger Soup & 1/2 Sandwich Pasta Primavera w/Italian Sweet Sausage

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Mom's Teriyaki Chicken & Rice Salad Bar w/Variety of Vegetables Holiday Meal: Pot Roast & Fixin's Potato Beef Casserole Tortilla Soup & Mexican Slaw

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Happy Holidays! Meal Sites Closed Happy Holidays! Meal Sites Closed Pulled Pork Sandwich on Kaiser Roll Chef's Choice Three Cheese Ziti Bake w/Marinara


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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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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.

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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 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.

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.


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

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The Bridge | December 2012

December trips & beyond! 1 – Seattle Choice Holiday Special 3 – Tulalip Casino 5 – Quiet Light Candles 8 – Scrooge The Musical-Tacoma 10 – Skagit Valley Casino 14 – Annual Bald Eagles Watch 18 – Quil-Ceda Creek Casino 19 – Mystery Lunch

A delightful lunch and cute fashions at the Fall Luncheon and Fashion Show held at Whidbey Golf and Country Club on November 8. (Model Carol Glover)

Complete descriptions found in the 2012 Fall Travel Brochure!

In consideration of those with allergic sensitivities, please do not wear any fragrances on the trips. Thank you!

GREAT DEALS - EXTENDED TRAVEL FOR 2013 Brochures available at the Travel Desk


with Princess Cruises, Coral Princess 11 Days / 10 Nights - September 10, 2013 HighlightsHighlights include: Eight day Inside Passage cruise, Glacier Bay National Park, Mt. McKinley Express rail, Denali National Park, overnight stays at Princess Wilderness Lodges, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, College Fjord, Anchorage (Whittier) and Sternwheeler Riverboat cruise. 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. Roxann, 279-4583.


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

10 Days / 9 Nights 2 Pre-Nights in Honolulu with Touring October 24 - November 2, 2013 Included: 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 and Cruise, 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 Celebrate the Wearin’ O’ The Green this year with St. Paddy! Highlights include: Dublin; Irish Evening; Kilkenny; Waterford Crystal; Blarney Castle; Jaunting Car Ride; Ring of Kerry; Killarney Farm Visit; Limerick, Cliffs of Moher; Galway and a Castle Stay. Pat Gardner, 279-4582.


April 29 - May 7, 2013 Active or Retired Military and Educator can receive $100 off the cruise price. 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 and Conflans. $250 deposit needed ASAP, Cabins limited. Pat Gardner, 279-4582.

Food, Fun, Fashions & Laughter at the Fall Luncheon & Fashion Show!

Photos by Roxann Dunn-Terry

WINTER TRAVEL SIGN-UP: HAWAIIAN ISLANDS CRUISE Norwegian Cruise Line, Pride of America Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013


October 15 - 28, 2013 14 Days - 27 Meals 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 One of America’s great treasures, the Grand Canyon plus fabulous gaming and entertainment in Las Vegas. 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: Motorcoach Transportation, video and restrooms equipped, 9 nights lodging with 2 consecutive nights in a Las Vegas Casino Hotel, 12 meals, $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 This will be the last year to experience the original canal that took so many years to build. Join Roxann and Mr. Volunteer, of Legacy Family Tree, for what will undoubtedly be an enlightening and rewarding journey. An initial deposit of $400 per person to reserve and assign cabins. PASSPORT REQUIRED. Final balance is due June 6, 2013. Roxann, 279-4583.

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Last Chance For Snow Man Quilt Raffle Final days to get your raffle tickets for the beautiful hand appliquéd Snow Man Quilt. Members of the Center Piecers were responsible for one or two squares of the quilt. Raffle tickets are $1 each and available at the front desk. Drawing will be held Friday, Dec. 14 so the winner will be able to enjoy it during the holidays.







9 – Lapidary 8:30 – Yoga 9:00 – Zumba Gold 9- Quilt Class 9-12 – Wood Carving 9:30- Conditioning 10 – Travel Committee 9:30 – Nintendo Wii 1 – Japanese Women Bowling Group LUNCH 12 – Chess 1 – Knitting Circle 1 – Line Dance 1 – Dottie’s Painting Class 9 – Lapidary 5 – Tai Chi


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


9:00 – Zumba Gold 9-12 – Wood Carving 12 – Chess 1 – Mac Seminar 1 – Line Dance 7 – Stamp Club


Holiday Pin Week! 9 – Lapidary 8:30 – Yoga 9:00 – Zumba Gold 9- Quilting Class 9-12 – Wood Carving 9:30- Conditioning 9:30 - Nintendo Wii Bowl9:30 – Nintendo Wii ing Bowling 1 – Line Dance LUNCH 2 – Vision Support 1 – Knitting Circle Group 1 – Dottie’s Painting Class 5 – Tai Chi


Christmas EVE Center Closed



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


Merry Christmas! Center Closed


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning 10 – Communication with Hearing Loss LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 3 – Hula 7 – Gem Club


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning LUNCH 11:30 – Senior Lunch Out at Esteban’s 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 3 – Hula


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning 9:30 – Foot Clinic 12 – VFW Christmas Lunch for Seniors LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 3 – Hula


Boxing Day 8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 3 – Hula The Bridge comes out

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9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi 9:30 - Aerobic Exercises LUNCH 9:30 – Nintendo Wii 12:30 – Pinochle Bowling 6:30 – Old Time Fiddlers 9 – Writing Class 12:15-3 –Jack Pot Bingo– Regency On Whidbey 12:30 – Cribbage 1-SVC History Class 7 – Wire Wrap


9 - Aerobic Exercises 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 9 – Writing Class 12:15-3 –Jack Pot Bingo– Harbor Tower Village 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – SVC History Class 7 – Wire Wrap


9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 12:15-3 –Jack Pot Bingo– Edward Jones 12:30 – Cribbage 7 – Wire Wrap


9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling No Bingo Today 12:30 – Cribbage 7 – Wire Wrap


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


Wear Your Holiday Pins Day! 9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle


9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi 11 – Holiday Pin Drawing LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle



10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

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10-5 – Porcello Estate Buyers NO Ping Pong, Pool or Pinochle today


10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle


10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

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

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December interest groups> New England Group

Will meet Friday, Dec. 7, at 11:30 am at The Whidbey Golf & Country Club for a Christmas Lunch. Call Evelyn at 675-5106.


Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers meet at 2720 Heller Rd., at the fire station just north of Crosby Rd. Next meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 1 pm. This is our bi-annual “Show and Tell” with Christmas party. Everyone is invited to bring family treasurers, pictures, stories, research successes or anything else you want to share with the group. You will have 5 minutes to share. Please call Ruth Hancock or Gordon Garnhart to let us know if you’ll be sharing. There will be information for all. Everyone is asked to bring  goodies for lunch. People bring all kinds of cold finger food including veggies, cheese and crackers, dessert, etc.  All are welcome.  Contact  Ruth Hancock 675 -4086.

MAC Computer Seminar

Monthly seminar scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 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.


Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9 am.

Whidbey Island Gem Club

Will meet Wednesday, Dec. 5 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.

The Bridge | December 2012 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. 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://

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December 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 with any computer, technology or online question.

Saturday Matinee

Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 pm. “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”. Free movie and popcorn provided by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. Rated PG-13.

Job Club

Mondays, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 1 pm. Drop in for free job-seeking help. Hosted by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Dept. of Social and Health Services.

Reducing Stress: PreHoliday Meditation Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 pm.

Holiday Celebration and Gift Book Gala

Thursday, Dec. 20 at 3 pm. Friends of the Oak Harbor Library celebrate with refreshments and a silent auction. Come hear about the best books of the season for all ages.

Small Business Counseling

Friday, Dec. 21 at 9 am. Sign up with Giselle Saguid from NW WA Women’s Business Center at email or call 425423-9090.

Senior Services Coupon Books These new books will be available at the Oak Harbor Senior Center for $12 each. Great savings at businesses on Whidbey Island! All businesses featured in the book are local and independently owned. Purchase of this book of ‘specials’ is a way of saving money while supporting the good work of Senior Services of Island County and Whidbey Island businesses.



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OAK HARBOR (360) 279-1229

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5570 Harbor Ave., Suite B


December 2012 | The Bridge

Remembrance Tree 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 infor mation, call the center at 279-4580.

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$25 Jackpot Bingos Feeling Lucky? Welcome to our Thursday Bingo Sponsors! Regency on Whidbey will sponsor a $25 Jackpot Bingo on Thursday, Dec. 6. Harbor Tower Village Retirement Center will sponsor on Thursday, Dec. 13. Edward Jones sponsors us on Thursday, Dec. 20. No Bingo Game on Thursday, Dec. 27. 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.

learn&grow Fun Fitness

A Fun Fitness program conducted by 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 Aerobics – T, 9 am, 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. For First Time Members – a full NEFC gym membership is $36.00 (including tax). This includes all the Senior Center and NEFC classes. To register, call North End Fitness 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. of Cost is $5 per session-Members / $10 NonMembers. 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 a 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.

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Chess Players Tuesdays, 12 Noon.

NEW - Mah Jongg 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 10 am–2 pm. Wright Patterson rules. Contact Linda Bruner, 6758315 or Sandi Carrothers, 6751306. This activity is held at North Whidbey Caregivers Cove.

Ping Pong Wednesdays 1–3 pm and Saturdays from 10am–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.

Cribbage 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 here. See Calendar on page 5 for more activities at the center this month.

Regency On Whidbey welcomes new member Regency on Whidbey welcomes Trina Barkhausen, RN. Trina joined the Regency on Whidbey staff on October 22nd, 2012 as the Director of Nursing Services. Trina is returning to Regency on Whidbey after earning her RN degree and spending the last three years working in the Medical Surgical and Obstetrics units at Whidbey General Hospital. Some of you may remember Trina when she worked with Regency as a caregiver, and then as an LPN. She is very excited to be returning to Regency and to have the opportunity to work with seniors, which is where her heart is. Before starting a career Trina Barkhausen, RN in health care, Trina served in the US Navy where she gained skills in management and leadership. When she is not engaged in her career as a Registered Nurse, Trina enjoys spending time with her husband of 12 years at their home in Oak Harbor where they have several animals and a large garden. Trina has two grown sons and a grandson that she sees quite frequently. Her other interests include traveling, scuba diving and various other outdoor sports.

This holiday season, may you receive great joy from the simplest of things.

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The Bridge - December 2012 Edition  
The Bridge - December 2012 Edition