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North Whidbey’s 50-Plus Crowd

February 2013 | Vol. 4 | Issue 10

life . health . happiness

Valentine’s Sweetheart Dance


Free tax return preparation and e-filing service, for taxpayers with low and moderate income, will be held at the Oak Harbor Library, Mondays from 9:30 am–2:30 pm and Tuesdays from 1–6 pm, Feb. 4 thru April 9, (no service Feb. 18). Priority will be given for people age 60 and up. Call 360-678-3000 to schedule an appointment. The library is located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr.


A series of three workshops, led by Jerome Rosen, M.Ed., LMFT, is designed for those who have participated in the Love Later in Life and Communication seminars, and others who want to strengthen their relationships. You will further develop and refine skills to help you make good decisions in choosing and strengthening relationships. Workshops will be at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, Wednesdays, Feb. 6,13, and 20 from 1-2:30 pm. The fee is $10 per workshop or $25 for all three. RSVP by calling 279-4580.


Oak Harbor’s new Police Chief is planning to re-organize the Citizens On Patrol and is looking for Volunteers interested in working with the Oak Harbor Police. People interested in volunteer opportunities and helping to protect their homes and neighborhoods, are encouraged to put their names on the Interest Sheet by calling the Oak Harbor Senior Center, 279-4580. A meeting is planned for March. Coming soon to a neighborhood near you! Neighborhood Watch, an organized group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within their neighborhoods.

Join in the fun at Harbor Tower Village at the Annual Valentine’s Dance.

Dust off those dancing shoes, and find that special red dress! You won’t want to miss this fun filled evening of dancing to the fabulous music of Oak Harbor’s own, “Nic Nicholai” as he takes us back in time with the captivating tunes of yesteryear! Harbor Tower Village and the Oak Harbor Harbor Senior Center are co-hosting this exciting event at Harbor Tower Village, Thursday, Feb. 14 from 7-9 pm. Grab your dancing partner, or find one here. We will have Navy Volunteers from VAQ 136, NAS Whidbey Island on hand to guarantee you an enchanted evening. Our dining staff, under the professional guidance of Leonilla Peoples, will prepare an amazing assortment of mouthwatering treats to tantalize your taste buds. If you aren’t a dancer, come anyway and just enjoy this special evening of incredible music, heavenly food and fun! Two dollar donation for Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Island County.

Book signing with author Penny Holland Come hear author Penny Holland share the story behind her recently released picture book, “The Adoption of Boris,” on Monday, Feb. 11 at 1 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. The story behind the creation of the book is touching. The love for dinosaurs Peggy saw in her adopted son Chris’s eyes, inspired Peggy to write the first draft in 1979. The story of young Chris adopting a toy dinosaur, Boris, was meant to help children understand adoption. Eleanor Holland did the paintings for “The Adoption of Boris” as a surprise for Penny in 1979. “I never was able to get it published or get anyone interested so it sat in my closet all these years,” Peggy said. Most children’s books publishers insist on finding their own illustrator for the text. She couldn’t imagine the book without Eleanor’s images, so she self-published through Amazon CreateSpace. Chris died in 1996 at the age of 21. Chris was a natural born artist and when cleaning out Chris’s apartment after his death, she found the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” Intrigued, she took it home and started doing the exercises. She fell in love with art, too, and her paintings

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The Cold & Flu season is upon us. It runs from October thru May. Take good care of yourself - some health protection tips: get your flu shot; wash hands frequently; avoid touching eyes and mouth; eat more fruits and vegetables; drink enough liquids; get plenty of sleep; stay 6–10 feet away from sick people; avoid large crowds. For the sake of others, please stay home if you are sick.

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Meet author Penny Holland and Boris with their new book. can be viewed at Peggy is a member of Dottie Sander’s Monday afternoon art class held at the Center. “The Adoption of Boris” will be available for $10 (includes tax) at the signing. Peggy will personally autograph your copy. The book can be purchased from Wind and Tide Bookshop in Oak Harbor, Kingfisher Books and Honey Bear in Coupeville, Moonraker Book Store in Langley,, and other online booksellers. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

48th annual rock & gem show

Come see Knapping and Primitive Tools at the Sweetheart of Gems Show.

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The Annual Sweetheart of Gems Show will be at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, Saturday and Sunday Feb. 9 and 10. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 9 am - 4 pm on Sunday. Vendors this year include Bend Beads, Natural Gold and Jade, RRR Sunstones, Colonial Lapidary, the Opal Guy, R & T Crystals and Ludermann’s Lapidary. Members of the Whidbey Island Gem Club have been cutting, grinding,

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polishing and sanding, in preparation. This event showcases collections of jewelry and other artifacts members have created. Demonstrations will be on-going both days in Silver Smithing, Cabbing and Intarsia, Stone Bead Making, Wire Wrapping, Knapping and Primitive Tools. There will be hourly door prizes, food snacks, displays, club rock sales, finished jewelry and

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The Bridge | February 2013

Year of the snake

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

By Roxann Dunn-Terry Happy Chinese New Year! It begins February 10 (depending on which web site you check out, one said 8 another 9. I went with the one that said February 10) and the celebration runs through February 24. What I’m excited about is this is The Year Of The Snake!!!!! This is the Year of Me! According to the Chinese zodiac, I was born in the year of the Snake. That’s right, I’m a Snake. This is my year! (Watch the comments people.) My lucky colors are red, pale yellow and black. Yellow I like but not crazy about the other

two. I never could understand when someone finally writes a song about me, Sting, “Roxann, Don’t wear your Red Dress”, he tells me not to wear a red dress to town. (Mr. Volunteer had to explain that one to me). I don’t have a red dress. When you have rosy cheeks like I do, and blush easily, I constantly clash with red. I looked up what the Chinese Zodiac said about Snake People. We are intuitive and private. Snake people represent the symbol of wisdom. They are intelligent and wise and usually regarded as great thinkers. There were some things I disagreed with such as materialistic, keeping up with the Joneses, have to have the best of everything and no patience for shopping. It said when stressed it is best to allow us our own space and time to return to normal. I wonder if I can tell people to buzz off? We prefer a peaceful life, need to spend lots of time to relax (I’ll see if Nap can be put in my job description).

People should pay attention to the health of snake people, especially senior members in the family. (I am the oldest daughter and a Nana). We are creative and intelligent. We don’t have a lot of friends, but the ones we do have we cherish and protect like valuable possessions. Easily jealous. We are best with Ox or Rooster bad with Tiger, Monkey and Pig. Now this explains the family dynamics. Mr. Volunteer is a Rabbit, compatible with Goat, Dog and Pig, not good with Rat, Ox, Dragon, Rooster or Horse; Beth is a Horse, good with Tiger, Goat and Dog, not good with Rat, Ox, Rabbit or Horse; Valerie is a Dog, good with Tiger, Rabbit and Horse, not good with Ox, Dragon, Goat and Rooster, Danny is a Tiger, good with Dragon, Monkey, Ox, not good with Goat, Horse, Rabbit or Rooster. No wonder it feels like I live in a Zoo! Mr. Volunteer gets along with Valerie, Beth gets along with her

brother and daughter, Valerie gets along with her uncle, grandfather and mother. Not sure who Danny gets along with, but evidently he doesn’t get along with his father or sister. Looks like I’m suppose to get along with everybody. When I informed Mr. Volunteer that this was my year, and all my wishes and desires are to be granted. Everything should go my way, after all, it is my year, he just looked at me and said, “What’s new? Sounds like how it usually is.” Smart man. Sorry we missed his Year of the Rabbit in 2011, but he can look forward to 2023 when it’s his turn again. RESOLUTION UPDATE: He’s done the dishes several times already. Wow. Love that guy. Happy 39th Anniversary Mr. Volunteer, after all these years, you’re still the one and we’re still having fun.





The Old Time Fiddlers will play Friday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Admission is by donation to the Old Time Fiddlers. Everyone’s welcome.

Senior Night Out will meet at the BBQ Joint for fun, friendship and great food on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Meet at 5 pm. RSVP by calling the Center, 279-4580, Feb15. (Gratuities not included.)

A “Country Dance” will be held Friday, Feb. 22 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.


Helping Hands, a ministry through Grace Community Church, will have their mobile trailer, at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, (51 Jerome St, Oak Harbor, Bus route #9) Wednesdays from 10 am – 12 noon. Toiletry/hygiene items are distributed free of charge to needy individuals and families. Assistance is given on a one time visit per month.


A Group Health representative will be at the Center on Friday, Feb. 22 at 2 pm, to discuss the 2013 Information. RSVP by calling the 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.

WANTED! Theater-lovers and readers of all ages! The Play Reading For Fun Troupe will meet on a regular basis to read plays. No experience necessary. With Stan Thomas, experienced director and board member at Whidbey Playhouse. Join us at the Oak Harbor Library on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 2–5 pm and Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 5–8 pm. Contact Jocelan at 360-544-8668 for more information.


A Document Meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 1 pm with Toren Forsberg, of Collette Vacations. People who are registered for these trips, or to learn more, RSVP by calling Pat at 279-4582.


A Conversation About Climate Change Join your fellow citizens for a screening of the movie “Carbon Nation.” Learn about the topics of climate change and fossil fuels in the future with the Whidbey Island Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby. Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 pm – view the film in the community meeting room. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 pm – join the discussion in the library’s Center for Lifelong Learning.


Breakfast will be served at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7392, Sunday, Feb. 24, from 10 am-12 pm. The breakfast features pancakes, eggs, hash browns, breakfast meats, and biscuits-n-gravy. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors (62 and over), $4 for kids (under 12). A chicken-fried steak breakfast is available for $9. All are welcome to come and enjoy breakfast. Breakfast proceeds benefit our local post, including our veterans’ assistance and community service programs. The Whitehead-Muzzall Post is located at 3037 N. Goldie Road. For more information, contact the Post at 360-675-4048 or at

{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. Living with Loss

This seminar is designed to help you work through the normal and needed process of grief that follows the death of a loved one. For many it is strengthening and comforting to gather with others. With videos and group discussion, we explore ways of coping with life’s changes, ways to remember our loved one, and ways that lead us toward growth and healing. Tuesdays, Jan. 29–March 5, 2013, from 1:30–3:30 pm 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.

Senior Services of Island County 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.

The Grief Support Group will meet Monday, Feb. 11 from 1–2:30 pm. The new year 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





Summerhill Assisted Living is located just east of HomePlace, same parking lot. Summerhill is handicapped accessible. Next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 7 from 2:30-4:30 pm. For information call Home Place Special Care Center, 360-279-2555..

Parkinson’s Support Group

Feb. 1 at Cherry Hill Club House, 547 NW 12th Loop, Oak Harbor. Group facilitator is Carolyn Hansen, 279-1785. Appointments are available for Tuesdays, Feb. 12 & 26. 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, Feb. 11 & 25 from 1-3 pm. For an appointment call the Center, 279-4580.

Vision Impaired Support Group Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 2 pm. For information, contact Paul Bovey at 6798293.


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Spaghetti w/Marinara Salad Bar w/Assorted Veggies French Dip w/Au Jus Sliced Ham & Pineapple Crispy Oven Baked Chicken

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'Krab' Cake & Rice Pilaf Supreme Pizza w/ Meat & Veggies Pork Chop & Garlic Mashed Potatoes Mikey's Ground Beef Stew Matt's Delicious Clam Chowder

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Holiday Meal Sites Closed Chef Salad w/Turkey & Ham Sesame Chicken & Rice Shrimp & Grits Vegetarian Chili & Coleslaw

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Cheese Manicotti w/Marinara Chef's Choice Pork & Snow Pea Stir Fry Salisbury Steak w/Gravy

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



Alzheimer’s Support GroupNew meeting place

Foot Care Clinic - New Days

Living with Grief– Information and Support

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experienced the death of someone significant. Especially suitable for people who have recently had a loss. No charge or pre-registration. For more information, please phone Hospice of the Northwest, 360-814-5550.


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, call the local SHIBA sponsors, 360-675-2229 ext 1342, and you’ll be directed to someone to help you.

Prescription Expenses Assistance

Need 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 available to 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.

Care Crossroads

Care Crossroads, www.carecrossroads. org, is an interactive Web site designed for both family and professional caregivers, where you can connect and learn from other caregivers and experts. It is the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) dynamic, interactive community of care specifically designed to meet the educational, emotional, practical and other emerging needs of caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Using whichever communication type fits your convenience and comfort level, you are invited to meet, learn and connect with caregivers and professionals to ease your care giving journey. Learn about Alzheimer’s disease, practical strategies and other issues you face each day. The Care Connection telephone support network offers caregivers support, education and connection to other caregivers and professionals. Special guest speakers and experts provide interesting and practical topics each month. Caregivers from anywhere in the U.S. can learn, listen and participate to their own comfort level. For more information about Care Connection as well as information about AFA’s other programs and services, call 866-232-8484 or e-mail


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

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>february interest groups New England Group

Will meet Monday, Feb. 11, at 11:30 am at Zorba’s. 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, Feb. 12, at 1 pm. Guest speaker will be Tom Trimbath discussing “Publishing Your Book”. Bring your questions and he will try to help you. There will be information for all levels of searchers, refreshments and raffles. All are welcome.  Contact  Ruth Hancock 675 -4086. randr. for more information; also, Gordon Garnhart,

MAC Computer Seminar

Monthly seminar scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 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, Feb. 6 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.

Saturday Matinee At The Library Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 pm. “Ground Hog Day” Starring Bill Murray and Andi Macdowell. Rated PG-13. Free movie and popcorn provided by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

History of the Boats of Western Norway Thursday, Feb. 21 at 3 pm. Friends of the Oak Harbor Library welcome master boat builder, Jay Smith, for a fascinating

presentation on the history of the boats of Western Norway 800 A.D. - 1800 A.D. Complete with photographs and illustrations, this program will appeal to anyone interested in history, boats, and lifelong learning in general.

Oak Harbor Book Group : “Girl in Translation” by Jean Kwok Friday, Feb. 22 at 11 am. Bring a cup of coffee or tea and join the discussion in the library’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Books available for checkout at the library. All are welcome.

Mystery Book Lovers : Susan Wittig Albert Thursday, Feb. 28 at 3 pm. Choose any book by the author and join the discussion. Funded by Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. Books available for checkout at the library.

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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 & 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.

North Whidbey Coupon Club

February Events at Oak Harbor library The library is located at 1000 SE Regatta Drive in Oak Harbor. For more information, please call 360-675-5115 or visit The Library opens at 9 am Monday through Friday, 10 am on Saturday, and 1 pm on Sunday. Book a librarian for a free one-on-one help session with any computer, technology or online question.

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Camano Island (360) 675-0311

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, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, Fridays from 9:30–11:30 am and Thursdays 6:30–8:30 pm. All are welcome to come receive coupons, moneysaving tools, have fun conversation and meet 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 at http://whidbeyisland.macaronikid. com for more ideas.


Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor is happy to accept your donations of womens’ and young adult girls’ clothing and accessories. They also accept household decor items, kitchen items (no electrical appliances) and books on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12 to 6 pm. Money raised goes to their mission, “To help women and girls in our local community and throughout the world.” Shop is located at 31780 SR 20 #3 in Oak Harbor. For more information call 360-240-0776.

Do 1 Nice Thing Ideas for February 1 - Lest we forget - our neighbors in Oak Harbor who need food. Thank you for remembering to put stew, chili, and soups on your grocery list. The Help House box is outside Roxann’s office. 2 - Lest we forget - join the “26 Acts of Kindness” movement in memory of the 20 children and 6 adults who lost their lives in Newtown, Connecticut in December. Any act of kindness that you do in their memory qualifies. 3 - Give someone a sincere compliment. We all need cheerful encouragement.

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



10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle 2 – Saturday Matinee– “Groundhog Day” at the Oak Harbor Library

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




47th Annual Sweetheart of Gems Show 9am-4pm at the Senior Center


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


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


President’s Day Senior Center Closed



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


9:00 – Zumba Gold 9-12 – Wood Carving 10 – Travel Committee 12 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 1 – Japanese Women’s Group


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


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning 10 – Beginning Spanish LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 1 – Building Relationships Seminar 3 – Hula 7 – Gem Club


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning 10 – Beginning Spanish Class LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 1 – Building Relationships Seminar 3 – Hula


9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9:30 – 3:00 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 10 – Creative Writing Class 12-3 –Jack Pot BingoRegency On Whidbey 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – SVC History Class 7 – Wire Wrap


Happy Valentine’s Day!

9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9:30-3 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 10 – Creative Writing 12-3 –Jack Pot BingoHarbor Tower Village 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – SVC History Class 7 – Wire Wrap 7 – Sweetheart Dance @ Harbor Tower Village







9 – Zumba Gold 9-12 – Wood Carving 12 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 2 – Vision Support Group

9 – Lapidary 9:00 – Zumba Gold 9-12 – Wood Carving 9:30 – Foot Clinic 12 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 7 – Stamp Club

9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 8:30 – Yoga 9:30-3 – Nintendo Wii 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA Bowling 9:30- Conditioning 10 – Beginning Spanish 10– Creative Writing Class 12-3 –Jack Pot BingoClass Edward Jones LUNCH 12:30 – Cribbage 12:30 – Party Bridge 1 – SVC History Class 12:30 – Ping Pong 7 – Wire Wrap 1 – Beginning Bridge 1 – Building Relationships Seminar 3 – Hula

8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning 10 – Beginning Spanish LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 1 – Document Meeting Collette Vacations 3 – Hula The Bridge comes out


9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle 4 – Rock Show Set-Up


47th Annual Sweetheart of Gems Show 9am-5pm at the Senior Center





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

9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle 2 – Group Health Medicare 7 – Country Dance

10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

10-12:30 – Pinochle, Ping Pong, Pool

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

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rough rock spinning wheel. The annual show is a great opportunity to find a piece of beautiful handcrafted jewelry or raw material to make your own. Free parking and free admission. The Whidbey Island Gem Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. There is a general meeting of the membership followed by door

prizes, a silent auction, coffee and cookies and program. Interested and potential members, ages 8 to 100+ are invited to attend. Contact Chip Batcheller, 679-9397. The Wire Wrap group meets Thursdays at 7 pm at the Center. 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. The Puget Sound Knappers meet Wednesdays from 9 am–1 pm at member’s homes. Contact Chip Batcheller, 679-9397. The Lapidary shop is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 am–11 am.

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february trips 4 – Angel of The Winds Casino Save Gas & Leave The Driving To Us! 13 – Mystery Lunch 14 – War Horse – Paramount 19 – Quil Ceda Creek Casino 21 – NW Flower & Garden Show – Seattle 24 – La Boheme – Seattle Opera 25 – Skagit Valley Casino 28 – The Music Man – 5th Avenue In consideration of those with allergic sensitivities, please do not wear any fragrances on the trips. Thank you!

WAR HORSE Broadway At The Paramount Thursday, February 14, 2013 Costs: $74 -Members / $104 -Non-members Departure: 9:30 am - Return: 6:30 - 7 pm A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship. England, 1914. As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring  music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness.  At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride. Main floor seats. Ticket & Transportation. No host lunch stop before show. 20 Seats.  $25 Deposit. Final payment by January 31.

NORTHWEST FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW or SEATTLE HOME SHOW Thursday, February 21, 2013 Costs: $30-Members/$60-Non-members Departure: 8 am -  Return: 5-5:30 pm Every Winter brings a Spring!” Here’s your chance to get ready for Spring. The annual NW Flower and Garden Show at the Convention Center in downtown Seattle. OR, if you prefer, the Century Link Field Event Center for the 68th annual housing extravaganza, America’s Biggest Open House–the Seattle Home Show. 22 Seats. Sign up with payment by February 15.

NORTHWEST WOMEN’S SHOW Century Link Events Center - Seattle Friday, March 1, 2013 Cost: $30 Members  /  $60 Non-members Departure:  8 a m  /  Return:  5:30 – 6 pm The 25th Anniversary will be bursting with entertainment, enlightenment and enrichment. 400 exhibits, 4 entertainment stages, celebrities, over 50 seminars, fun and trendy fashions, The Firemen, favorite authors, new food products, beauty and spa services and much more! 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 of $15. Bring your friends! 22 seats. Sign up with payment by February 25.

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

PARIS TO NORMANDY’S LANDING BEACHES 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. Call Pat Gardner, 279-4582.

The Bridge | February 2013 For a complete description of all trips, see the Winter 2013 Travel Brochure.

PASSPORT APPOINTMENTS 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–2:30 pm, Monday through Friday. For an appointment call 279-4580. For additional information call 279-4582 and/or visit the website

ALASKA CRUISETOUR WITH PRINCESS CRUISES ON THE CORAL PRINCESS 11 Days / 10 Nights September 10, 2013 Highlights 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.

FULL TRANSIT PANAMA CANAL CRUISE 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. Call Roxann, 279-4583.

THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS & MACHU PICCHU October 15 - 28, 2013 14 Days - 27 Meals The trip of a life time! 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. Call Pat Gardner, 279-4582.

HAWAIIAN ISLANDS CRUISE WITH NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES ON THE PRIDE OF AMERICA 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. Call Roxann, 279-4583.

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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.

games games &fun &fun

$25 Jackpot Bingos Feeling Lucky? Welcome to our Thursday Bingo Sponsors! Regency on Whidbey will sponsor a $25 Jackpot Bingo on Thursday, Feb. 7. Harbor Tower Village Retirement Center will sponsor on Thursday, Feb. 14. Edward Jones sponsors us on Thursday, Feb. 21. Mystery Sponsor on Thursday, Feb. 28. 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 from 9:30 am–3 pm. 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.

WINTER Schedule: Yoga – M & W, 8:30 am Chair Conditioning (Seated Aerobics) - M & W, 9:30 am Zumba Gold – T, 9 am Aerobics – TH 9:30 am 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 and Gentle Yoga class 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.

Art with Dottie Sanders

For beginners to experts, a continuing painting class, Mondays, from 1-4 pm. Work in any and all

Chess Players Mah Jongg 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 10 am–2 pm. Wright Patterson rules. Contact Linda Bruner, 6758315 or Sandi Carrothers, 675-1306.

A Beginning Spanish Class at 10 am with Al Enriquez. Maximum ten students. Costs: $30 a month payable first day of class. 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.

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


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

Fridays, 12:30 pm, Potluck lunch. No Tuesday evening games during Winter months.

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.

All Games are held at Oak Harbor Senior Center unless otherwise specified here. See Calendar on page 5 for more activities at the Oak Harbor Senior Center

Connecting Family, Friends & Community • Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation? • When you are in a group or in a crowded restaurant, is it difficult to follow the conversation? • Has someone close to you mentioned that you might have a problem with your hearing?

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

NEW TIME! - Spanish For Seniors

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

Ping Pong

Wood Carving

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


Tuesdays, 12 Noon.

paint medias. Cost is $5 per sessionMembers / $10 Non-Members. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

Line Dance

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We will work with you to find the hearing solution that best fits your individual needs.

OAK HARBOR (360) 279-1229

380 SE Midway Boulevard

Dr. Peter Keating Audiologist

FREELAND (360) 331-1415

5570 Harbor Ave., Suite B

Senior Services Coupon Books These new books are now 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.

Never Underestimate The Power Of A Smile.

The Bridge - February 2013 Edition  
The Bridge - February 2013 Edition