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North Whidbey’s 50-Plus Crowd

March 2013 | Vol. 4 | Issue 11

life . health . happiness


Need your eye glasses adjusted? Need new nose pads, ear piece covers, loose screws? Come see Becky, from Island Eye Care, on Friday, March 8 from 10:30 am–Noon at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Service is Free. No appointment needed.

THE HEIRLOOM REGISTRY Is there a story behind the oak table or clock you inherited from your grandparents? It’s not an heirloom without a story. Would you like to pass that story on? On Wednesday, March 13 at 10:30 am, Mike Hiestand, of “The Heirloom Registry”, will tell you how. When you record your heirloom history at “The Heirloom Registry” its story travels with it. Wherever it goes. Always. Three simple steps is all it takes. No annual fees, no required updates, for as little as 99 cents and 10-15 minutes of your time, there’s nothing more to do ever. RSVP by calling the Front Desk at 279-4580.

WHIDBEY ISLAND HAND & LYMPHEDEMA THERAPY A new way of thinking, aging doesn’t have to be painful. Whidbey Island Hand & Lymphedema Therapy offers classes and information to help reduce your pain. Learn more about the swelling of limbs as well as arthritis and pain management through manual lymphatic drainage. Pain is not normal, you don’t have to ignore it any more. They also offer a gentle yoga class that targets breast cancer survivors. The instructor has been doing yoga for many years and makes the effort for one-on-one time if necessary. The class is meant to be healing and soothing. Workshop is free. Join us at the Oak Harbor Senior Center Wednesday, March 20 at 10:30 am. RSVP by calling the Front Desk at 279-4580.

CONGRATULATIONS FOR 25 YEARS OF SERVICE! OAK HARBOR HEARING AID SERVICE Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service celebrates 25 Years of Service to our community. Hearing loss can negatively affect so many areas of your life, and if ... More on Page 7

Seniors’ crime prevention tips On Wednesday, March 27 at 10:30 am.. Oak Harbor Police Community Service Officer, Jennifer Yzaguirre, and Navy Federal Bank Manager, Dawn Shumate will give a presentation on how seniors can avoid being victims of Fraud, ID Theft, and Scams, including telemarketing scams. Please come and hear about the latest scams, and what you can do to avoid being a victim. In January 2013, Oak Harbor Police had 1029 calls for service, 12 residential burglaries, 10 vehicle prowls and 37 theft-related calls. Some of the residential burglaries occurred during the daytime. Please be on alert when you see suspicious people or activity that is unfamiliar in your neighborhood. Never hesitate to call 911 and

report suspicious activity. Counterfeit $10 bills have been passed in the Coupeville area in the last month. Both passed bills, though clearly fraudulent, could easily be mistaken for legitimate bills when receiving payment (particularly if it is not the only bill being exchanged) or distributing change. Stay Alert, Stay Safe. RSVP by calling the Senior Center at 279-4580. Officer Yzaguirre is also looking for citizen volunteers ages 18 and up who would like to assist the Police Department and the citizens of our City. She has various areas that you can be a volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 360-279-4667 to get more information.



Koetje Insurance will sponsor an AARP Driver Safety Class at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, Saturday, March 9 from 9 am–4 pm. They will provide coffee and donuts in the morning and cookies, coffee, soda and water in the afternoon. Class will be taught by Karen Bishop. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Bring a sack lunch. Class is limited to 20 students. RSVP by calling the Oak Harbor Senior Center at 279-4580.

Artist Barbara Spence Many of you know Barbara as one of our Wednesday afternoon receptionists. She is also our Sunshine Lady, the one who sends cards to members who are ill or in the hospital. Barbara is also an artist with a BA in Business and Human Relations, FBA Fine Arts, with emphasis in Printmaking and Painting. Several of her paintings were displayed at the Center during January with a slide show. “Making art is the most freeing and exhilarating experience of my life. There are no limits and no rules. There is only the process of moving toward new discovery and growth. My tools are endless, from paper

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On Thursday, March 21 at 3 pm, The Friends of the Oak Harbor Library invite the public to meet three famous women in history, brought to life by members of the Whidbey Island Branch of AAUW. Some portrayals may include Amelia Earhart, Abigail Adams and Sandra Day O’Conner. AAUW’s goal is to honor women, promote educational and equal opportunities for women. To be held at the Oak Harbor Library located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. Refreshments will be served.

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or canvas to brush, palette knife, sponge or finger. I use ink, acrylics and oils…whatever might suit me at that moment. There is a balance to my work between the accidental and deliberate. I seek energy, life and freshness to create what I refer to as referential abstracts. My paintings are about the process of creating, the reaction to the marks made and the surrender to the energy, colors and life I put into them. My work makes no profound contemporary statement. Instead, my statement is the energy and the breathtaking beauty and rhythm of the natural that surrounds our lives.”

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Barbara Spence Spreading sunshine through her art and volunteer duties at OHSC.

Calendar Pg. 5 Travel Pg. 3 Oak Harbor Library Activities Pg. 7

Menu Pg. 6 Interest & Support groups Pg. 7

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

By Roxann Dunn-Terry With all the Hoop-La over the Gun Fight at the OH Corral, and it being National Women’s History Month, I think it’s time to tell the story of a group of courageous women that were once here at the Senior Center. They were known as Grandma’s Girls. It all started when I was the Activity Director at Harbor Towers Village. We were asked to sponsor a Spaghetti Dinner and program at the newly opened Senior Center. I came up with the brilliant idea of a Talent Show. Several staff members at Harbor Towers Village and a few volunteers performed. Our theme was “The Stars Are Out Tonight!” I

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Grandma’s Girls was the emcee and introduced each act. I came up with another brilliant idea. I was not just any emcee, no, I was Grandma. I brought an over size rocking chair, wore my night clothes, stocking cap and a big book on Astronomy. I greeted the audience as if they were my grandchildren come to stay the night. We were going to a do a little stargazing. I introduced each act as a constellation in the midnight sky. After the show, I told the audience it was time for bed. Then all the lights went as I said “Goodnight boys and girls. Grandma loves you.” (The lights were out for only a few seconds.) Several months later when I was hired as the new Program Coordinator of the Oak Harbor Senior Center. word spread that Grandma was hired. On my first day when several people greeted me as Grandma. I was a little confused until someone reminded me of the talent show. A few of the ladies, who became Grandma’s Girls, were part of the Friday afternoon Crafty Ladies group and/ or they worked in the Boutique. You might remember a few. Ivy Palmer,

> March events AARP TAX-AIDE

Free tax return preparation and e-filing 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 1–6pm, 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.


The Old Time Fiddlers will play Friday, March 1 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, March 8 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.


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.

friendship and great food on Wednesday, March 20. Meet at 5 pm. RSVP by calling the Center, 279-4580, March15. (Gratuities not included.)


A Group Health representative will be at the Center on Friday, March 29 at 2 pm, to discuss the 2013 Information. RSVP by calling the Center at 279-4580.


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. We’re looking for your ideas and scripts. With Stan Thomas, experienced director and board member at Whidbey Playhouse. Join us at the Oak Harbor Library on Wednesday, March 13 at 5 pm & Friday, March 22 at 2 pm. Contact Jocelan at 360-544-8668 for more information.

SongShine - Gaining Vocal Strength Through The Power Of Music

Senior Night Out will meet at the Island Cafe for fun,


Thelma Kellogg, Berniece Hall, Lou Hodges, Mary Maylor, Elaine Bott, LaRaine Schlatter, Lynette Juliet, to name a few. I even had an activity – “Grandma’s Slumber Party”. We brought blankies and pillows, snacks, a video to watch and games. We slept on the couches, chairs, and some even on the floor. In the morning we all went out to breakfast together. Good Times. A year later, there was a break-in. Very little money was stolen because we don’t keep money in the building. Bridget’s office was broken into and ransacked. My office was untouched, but when the police opened my door and look concerned, Bridget told them it always looked that way, not to worry. The Crafty Ladies were furious. The burglar had stolen several items from the Boutique and Ivy and Thelma’s slush fund. Now, if you think a City Council room with a few concealed weapons is un-nerving, that’s nothing. Nothing compared to a bunch of Crafty Ladies wielding knitting needles and crochet hooks. Grandma’s Girls were not going to stand for it. Nobody was

This Program is for increasing vocal strength for those with Parkinson’s, stroke, other neurological

going to steal baby sweaters, booties, afghans, slippers, dolls, let alone Ivy and Thelma’s slush fund. And get away with it. They organized a Night Watch. They wanted to be known as the “Happy Hookers Patrol” due to their knitting needles and crochet hooks. We settled for Grandma’s Posse. On Friday, we gathered again with blankies and the comforts of home and laid siege in front of the windows by the bookcases. (That’s where the first break-in happened.) All I could think was heaven help the village idiot who tried to come back and grab the rest of the loot. At one point we thought we heard something. I’m afraid if Thelma had a gun, she would have shot first then asked questions. Her needles were out ready to deliver justice. It was pretty quiet the rest of the night. About 1:00 am when aches and pains and the longing for one’s own bed came, we called it a night. Good news, police caught the ones responsible. Word must have got out because it was several years before there was another break-in. Just a little warning, you don’t want to mess with Grandma’s Knitting Packing Posse. They’re real pistols.

disorders or aging voices. SongShine classes are designed to provide a positive learning experience. They provide an opportunity to join with others in allowing music to lift your spirit, touch your heart, release memories and strengthen your speaking voice. AND IT’S FUN! Class is every Wednesday from 1:30– 3 pm through April 10. It is located in the Fireside Room, (lower level parking) of the Anacortes Christian Church, 1211 N Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221. Their mission is to provide effective vocal therapy classes for persons whose speech has been compromised by Parkinson’s disease, other neurological disorders, or aging. For information, call Jerry Ramsey (360) 2932185.


Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor, is happy to accept your donations of women’s and young adult girl’s clothing and accessories. They also accept household decor items, kitchen items (no electrical appliances ) and books; Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 12–6 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, Oak Harbor, WA. For more information, call 360-240-0776.

{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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march trips Save Gas & Leave the Driving To Us! 1 - NW Women’s Show – Seattle 2 – The Mousetrap - Everett 4 – Angel of The Winds Casino 10 – Cirque Du Soleil “Amaluna” – Marymoor Park 14 – Mystery Lunch 17 – 7 Brides for 7 Brothers – McIntyre Hall 18 – Skagit Valley Casino 19 – Andre Rieu – Key Arena 24 – La Boheme – Seattle Opera 27 – HomeGoods / Alderwood Mall In consideration of those with allergic sensitivities, please do not wear any fragrances on the trips. Thank you!


Century Link Events Center - Seattle Friday, March 1, 2013 Cost: $30 Members / $60 Non-members Departure: 8 am / 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 your own admission of $15. Bring your friends! 22 seats. Sign up with payment by February 25.


McIntyre Hall, Mt. Vernon   Sunday, March 17, 2013 Costs: $43 member / $73 Non-member Depart: 12:30 pm / Return: 6:30 pm Back woods man Adam Pontipee struts down from his mountain to find himself a bride. It’s love at first sight for Milly, who happily marries him and returns home with him. And his six brothers? Add six abductions of the town beauties, an avalanche, and a long winter for one of the greatest dance shows in spring. Ticket & Transportation. No host meal stop. 18 tickets.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Cost: $29 Members / $59 Non-members Depart: 8 am / Return: 5 - 5:30 pm Visit to a great new store called HomeGoods. One-of-a-kind designer bedding, table linens, and dishes, leather chairs, brand name

Complete description of all trips can be found in the 2013 Winter Travel Brochure. kitchen essentials and decorative accessories to brighten your day! Pet stuff that will make tails wag and kid stuff that will earn you big bear hugs from your grandkids! Lunch will be on your own at Alderwood Mall where we finish our afternoon shopping. Or snag a ride across the street to Storables or World Market. Whichever way you shop you’ll have a great day! 22 Seats.


Paramount Theatre - Seattle Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Cost: $100. Members / $130. Non-members Depart: 4:30 pm / Return: 11:30 – 12 pm Celtic Women is an all female Irish musical ensemble conceived and assembled by Sharon Browne and David Downes, a former musical director of the Irish stage show Riverdance. This unique, all female, adult contemporary ensemble has achieved world renown success. No meal stop. You are welcome to bring something to have on the bus for coming and going. 20 tickets.  Deposits needed! Final payment by May 7.

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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.


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. Pat Gardner, 279-4582.


Norwegian Cruise Line, 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. 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–2:30pm, Monday through Friday. For an appointment or additional information call 279-4582 and/or visit

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


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.


with Princess Cruises the Coral Princess - 11 Days / 10 Nights September 10, 2013 Highlights: 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. Book early to get the best prices and the best cabin locations. PASSPORT REQUIRED. Final balance due May 28, 2013. Roxann, 279-4583.


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

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learn&grow Fun Fitness A Fun Fitness program conducted by the North End Fitness Center. Must be a paid member of the Oak Harbor Senior Center 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 & 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 6751111.

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 Non-Members. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

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games &fun

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

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

NEW TIME! - Spanish For Seniors

$25 Jackpot & Thursday Bingo

Feel Lucky? Regency on Whidbey will sponsor a $25 Jackpot Bingo on Thursday, March 7; Harbor Tower Village Retirement Center on Thursday, March 14; Edward Jones on Thursday, March 21. Mystery Sponsor Thursday, March 28. Cards for the $25 Bingo game available for $1. Bingo is played Thursdays from 12–3 pm.

Nintendo Wii Bowling

A Beginning Spanish Class starting on Wednesdays at 1 pm with Al Enriquez. Maximum ten students. Costs: $30 a month payable first day of class. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

Mondays, Tuesdays (No Wii the first Tuesday of the month), 9:30 am. Thursdays from 9:30 am–3 pm. Enjoy fun and exercise with Wii Bowling. No special shoes required or heavy balls.

Hula Classes

Tuesdays, 12 Noon.

Wednesdays, 3 pm. 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.

Chess Players Mah Jongg

2nd and 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 10 am-2 pm. Contact Eileen Billings, 678-1684.

Party Bridge

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

Beginning Bridge Class

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


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


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

Pinochle Photo by Mr. Volunteer (Jim Terry)

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

Spring is on it¹s way! Join us for great trips and activities at the Oak Harbor Senior Center! Membership dues are only $30 per year to join and reap many benefits, from group travel discounts to a full social calendar and new friends to meet.

Check out the Oak Harbor Senior Center calendar on page 5 for other fun social activities.

Join Us For Our Hearing Expo On March 15th & 16th At Our Oak Harbor Location • Guest Speaker • Topic Presentations • Interactive Technology Displays Your opportunity to explore & experience a wide variety of hearing innovations & to gain a better understanding of the latest in available hearing healthcare solutions. Call for details. FREE WORKS HOPS!

Dr. Peter Keating Audiologist

OAK HARBOR (360) 279-1229

380 SE Midway Boulevard

FREELAND (360) 331-1415

5570 Harbor Ave., Suite B

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




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



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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 1 – Grief Support 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 5 – Tai Chi


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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


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


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


9 – Lapidary 9 – Zumba Gold 9-12 – Wood Carving 12 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 7 – Stamp Club






8:30 – Yoga 9 – Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary 9:30-3 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 9 – SHIBA 10 – Creative Writing 9:30 – Conditioning Class LUNCH 12-3 – Jack Pot 12:30 – Party Bridge Bingo-Regency On Whidbey 12:30 – Ping Pong 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – Beginning Bridge 1 – SVC History Class 1 – Beginning Spanish 7 – Wire Wrap 3 – Hula 7 – Gem Club


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning 10:30 – The Heirloom Registry LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 1 – Beginning Spanish Class 3 – Hula



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


8:30 – Yoga 9 :30 – Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9:30-3 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 9:30 – Foot Clinic 10 – Creative Writing 9:30- Conditioning 12-3 – Jack Pot 10 – Hand & Lymphedema Bingo-Edward Jones Therapy Presentation 12:30 – Cribbage LUNCH 1 – SVC History Class 12:30 – Party Bridge 7 – Wire Wrap 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 1 – Beginning Spanish 3 – Hula

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9 :30 – Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9:30-3 – Nintendo Wii 9:30- Conditioning Bowling 10:30 – How to Avoid 10 – Creative Writing Fraud, Scams & ID Theft 12-3 – Jack Pot LUNCH Bingo-Mystery Sponsor 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Cribbage 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – SVC History Class 1 – Beginning Bridge 7 – Wire Wrap 1 – Beginning Spanish 3 – Hula The Bridge comes out

“The Great Oak Harbor Giveaway Day” The Twice-Yearly Free Clothing Swap! Shop for new-to-you clothing and household items– for free! Saturday, March 9, 10 am–3 pm Location: Oak Harbor Christian School, 675 E. Whidbey Avenue,


in Oak Harbor. All are welcome, whether you have items to bring or not. Please bring items in clean, usable condition. Mens’, womens’, kids and babies clothing & accessories. Kids are welcome to bring a book

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


9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi 10:30 – Free Eye Glass Care LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle


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


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



10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle


9-4 –AARP 55 Alive Driving class, Sponsored by Koetje Insurance 10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle


9-3 – Japanese Women’s Dinner NO Ping Pong/Pool/Pinochle


10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

Happy Anniversary Edna & Hans!!


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

Good Friday

to trade! Call 360-675-2338 for information, to donate or to volunteer Hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans Of Foreign Wars and Oak Harbor’s “The Heart Of Giving” in support of our community.


10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

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health briefs & helpful information Senior Services of Island County

Parkinson’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.

March 1 at Cherry Hill Club House, 547 NW 12th Loop, Oak Harbor. Group facilitator is Carolyn Hansen, 279-1785.

Living with Grief - Information and Support The Grief Support Group will meet Monday, March 11 from 1–2:30 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, 360-814-5550.

Alzheimer’s Support Group New meeting place– Summerhill Assisted Living, 165 SW 6th Ave, Oak Harbor, WA located just east of HomePlace, same parking lot. Summerhill is handicapped accessible. Next meeting is Thursday, March 7, 2:30-4:30 pm. Facilitated by Wendy Sines of HomePlace Special Care Center. For information call Wendy at 360279-2555.

Foot Care Clinic Appointments are available for March 5 & 20. To make an appointment, call the Front Desk at 279-4580. Foot Care Clinic is held at North Whidbey Caregivers Cove.

Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service Free hearing tests and hearing aid repairs on Mondays, March 11 & 25 from 1–3 pm. For an appointment call the Center, 279-4580.

Vision Impaired Support Group Tuesday, March 19, at 2 pm. For information, contact Paul Bovey at 679-8293.

SHIBA Appointments are available on Wednesdays, from 9–11:30 am For appointments call the Center at 279-4580. SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) Help Line is a FREE service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, sponsored locally by Island Hospital. The volunteers are trained to inform people of their options regarding health insurance, Medicare (supplements, advantage


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Macaroni & Cheese Cheeseburger and Oven Fries Mixed Mushroom Strata Chipotle Corn Chowder & 1/2 Sandwich Salmon Caesar Salad

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

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Rosemary Oven 'Fried' Chicken Oriental Chicken Salad w/Mandarins Beef Tips w/Pasta Italian Wedding Soup & BLT Beer Battered Fish & Chips

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Pulled Chicken Sandwich Salad Bar w/Herb Croutons Pork Loin w/Apple Chutney Chef's Choice Ground Beef Stroganoff


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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

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

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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.

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. They would welcome donations of tooth paste and tooth brushes in March.

Magazine Donations Magazine donations may be left on the table at the entrance to the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Please do not donate magazines older than three months. Thank you!

Coupons For Our Community Cut out Hunger on Whidbey Island! Your donation of coupon inserts will help food banks and families in our community. “Coupons For Our Community” is sponsored by Albertsons of Oak Harbor, MoneyandTimeSimplified. com, Whidbey Island Food Banks and Whidbey Island Coupon Clubs. Coupons being collected are: “SmartSource”, “RedPlum”, “Proctor & Gamble” and “General Mills” (found in weekend newspapers). To donate your coupon inserts bring them to Albertsons or the Oak Harbor Senior Center.

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

W.I.G.S. Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers meet at 2720 Heller Rd., at the fire station just north of Crosby Rd. Next meeting is Tuesday, March 12, at 1 pm. Guest speaker– a favorite of ours– Bobbi Sandburg, who lives on Whidbey and teaches at Skagit Valley College. She will speak on such topics as “Organizing Your Computer and Your Life,” and “File Management, etc.” Bring your questions. There will be information for all levels of searchers, refreshments and raffles. All are welcome. Contact Ruth Hancock, 675 -4086 or email randr.hancock@ for more information; also, Gordon Garnhart, garnhart@

MAC Computer Seminar Monthly seminar scheduled for Tuesday, March 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.

Lapidary Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9 am.

Whidbey Island Gem Club Will meet Wednesday, March 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.

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 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. Coupons, money-saving tools, fun conversation, and new friends. 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 or connect to Whidbey Island Macaroni Kid. http://

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

Saturday Matinee At the Library

Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm. “Moonrise Kingdom” Starring Bruce Willis and Bill Murray. This film is set off the coast of New England. It tells the story of two 12–year–olds who fall in love and run away to the wilderness and the search for them. Rated PG–13. Free movie and popcorn provided by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

First Monday Knitting Group

Monday, March 4 at 10 am. Knitters of all levels welcome! Share knowledge and build skills in the supportive atmosphere of the library’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Beginners, please bring a pair of #8 or #9 needles and a skein of worsted–weight yarn.

Free Citizenship Class

Mondays, Mar. 4 – Apr. 8 at 6 pm. Series of classes begins March 4. Preregistration required. Supported by the Sno–Isle Libraries Foundation and taught by an experienced volunteer.

25 Years of Service

Whidbey Island Earthquakes: What to Expect, How to Prepare

Wednesday, March 13, 2–3:30 pm. This 45-minute documentary is a ‘must see’ for all Whidbey Island residents. It was produced for the local Red Cross Chamber by the Island County 4-HD Video Editing Club. Free show, followed by public discussion and Q&A.

Dr. Doyle and Mr. Holmes: The Cultural Staying Power of Sherlock Holmes

Thursday, March 14 at 3 pm. Join Seattle Times arts journalist Tom Keogh for a conversation about Sherlock Holmes, his creation by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and why we, as a culture, remain so attached to a character invented in 1886. Made possible by Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau and the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

Small Business Counseling

Friday, March 15 from 9 am–4 pm (by appointment). Sign up for free business advice with Giselle Saguid from NW WA Women’s Business Center, giselles@ or 425–423–9090.

Oak Harbor Book Group: “Little Princes”

Friday, March 29 at 11 am. Share your love of reading. Check out a copy of “Little Princes” by Conor Grennan, grab a cup of coffee, and join the discussion in the library’s Center for Lifelong Learning.

Mystery Book Lovers: Steve Martini

Thursday, March 28 at 3 pm. Share your love of mysteries. Join the discussion of mysteries by Steve Martini. Books available for checkout at the library. Funded by Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

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you are already wearing a hearing aid, you know how much better life can be when you can hear clearly. To maintain good hearing it is important to have your hearing tested every 2-3 years to ensure that all of your hearing needs are being taken care of. You are invited to come in for a complimentary hearing screening and consultation to evaluate your current state of hearing. Hearing aid technology keeps getting better, making it more possible to enjoy a higher quality of life in all listening situations. Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service is located at 285 NE Midway Blvd., Suite 3 (across from the big log building Traders Village). Call 675-5195 for your complimentary appointment.

BEGINNING SPANISH LANGUAGE CLASS FOR SENIORS A new Beginning Spanish Class at 1 pm with Al Enriquez will start Wednesday, March 6. Maximum ten students. Costs: $30 a month payable first day of class. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

Do 1 Nice Thing Ideas for March

1. Help House has requested canned fruit and pork and beans for the month of March. They will, however accept any food items you would like to donate. The Help House box is outside Roxann’s office. 2. “Have a nice day!” Don’t forget to smile at friends and even strangers as you go about your busy day. 3. Soldiers Angels: If you have a little extra time and like to write or send cards, please check out the soldiers angels website for opportunities to support our military.

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The Bridge - March 2013 Edition  
The Bridge - March 2013 Edition