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North Whidbey’s 50-Plus Crowd

life . health . happiness

April 2013 | Vol. 4 | Issue 12


Active Aging at North End Fitness Center


ince 1986, Life Long Learning and Active Aging have been vital to the mission of the Oak Harbor Senior Center in serving people 50 years of age and older in our community. We have been very fortunate and pleased to partner with North End Fitness Center (NEFC) since 2010 in providing a physical activity program for our members. NEFC is locally owned and operated and offers the ‘Silver n’ Fit’ exercise program. Owner Yvette Esparza, is a Nationally Certified Senior Fitness Trainer and a Family Nurse Practitioner. The other ‘Silver n’ Fit’ instructors, Trish Hall, Karey Bachmann, and Mary Chan have all been educated and certified in their respective fields of expertise. NEFC doesn’t hire just anyone that looks fit. They require instructors to have a deep knowledge of physiology and fitness, as well as a friendly and understanding demeanor. The staff and owners at North End Fitness want you to work out, feel good about your self and be healthy! The North End Fitness Center opened in 1995 on Fidolgo Street as an aerobics studio then moved to 7th Avenue. They opened in their new location on Goldie Road in 2011. NEFC is a 24-hour access gym with state of the art equipment. The staff and instructors are very knowledgeable, friendly and personal. You will not be lost in a crowd. They strive to know all their members. They care about your fitness needs and want to make it convenient, fun, and affordable. NEFC offers a great opportunity for members of the Oak Harbor Senior

Bring your electric piano or keyboard, the music rack and headphones or speaker and learn how to play the songs you love. You will read the melody line and learn how to play chords in the left hand.  Add some special beats and sounds and you will be amazed at the music you can create.  Enjoy that old keyboard that has been sitting around collecting dust and get into music the fun, easy way.  Taught by veteran music teacher, Kathy Fleck. A special introduction presentation will be held Monday, April 15, at 1 pm.  A class will be held every Wednesday beginning in May from 10:30–11:30 am.  Only $30 a month.  Music book is $10. RSVP by calling the Front Desk, 279-4580.


Celebrate National Poetry Month with this unique opportunity to meet and hear poems from the 2012–2014 Washington State Poet Laureate, Kathleen Flenniken. Funded by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. As part of her effort to bring Poetry and Poets to all 39 counties before her two-year appointment ends in February 2014, Flenniken will appear at the Oak Harbor Library on Thursday, April 18 at 3 pm. This all ages event is supported by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. ... See Sidebar Briefs on Page 6


Stayin’ fit, “Stayin’ Alive” During a recent CPR refresher class, for members of the Travel Committee, the instructor, EMT Robert Mays, encouraged the group to use the Bee Gee’s song, “Stayin’ Alive” in timing the compressions. As the Line Dancers were arriving for class, Robert told them, “You keep doing what you’re doing, line dancing, and chances are you won’t be needing my services. People who are active, have a lesser chance of heart attacks and falls.” Regular physical activity is essential for healthy aging. Adults aged 65 years and older gain substantial health benefits from regular physical activity, and these benefits continue to occur throughout their lives. Promoting physical activity for older adults is especially important because this population is the least physically active of any age group nation wide, according to the Department of Health & Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines. Aerobic physical activity should be spread throughout the week. ... See STAYIN ALIVE on Page 7

Inside this Edition Laughter: The Shortest Distance Pg. 2

April Events Pg. 2

Classes Pg. 7

Photos by Roxann Dunn-Terry

It’s time to escape the winter doldrums! The first day to sign up for Spring 2013 Travel will be Tuesday, April 9 from 8:30 am–3 pm. The Spring Travel Brochure will be mailed to current members of the Oak Harbor Senior Center. If you do not receive the brochure your membership has expired. People may pick up a brochure after April 3. Be among the first to know the new trips offered for spring and save on trip costs by renewing your membership. Remember, Out-ofTown Guests or under 50 will receive the Member price on trips.

Center Front – Instructors Yvette Esparza, Mary Chan and Trish Hall surrounded by members of the Yoga and Muscle Strengthening Classes.

Center, they have waived the $75 enrollment fee, but you must be a current member of the Oak Harbor Senior Center ($30 a year). With the Unlimited Senior Class Card - $16.41 (including tax) a month, you may take all four classes held at the Senor Center; for $21.74 (including tax) all classes at the Senior Center and Gentle Yoga held at NEFC. Other membership and enrollment fees apply for participating in the variety of classes and levels offered at NEFC. To register, call North End Fitness Center at 675-1111 and become part of a team that cares about health and fitness!

TECH TALK: BASIC COMPUTER CLASSES Sign up for the ever-popular basic computer class series at the Oak Harbor Library. No previous computer experience required. Classes are 10– 11:30 am. Preregister by calling Roxann at the Oak Harbor Senior Center at 360-279-4583. Class is limited to 12 people. Monday, April 15: Computer Basics; Monday, April 22: Internet Basics and Monday, April 29: Microsoft Word Basics. Got a tech question? 30 minute “Book a Librarian” sessions take place Mondays through Saturdays at 9:30 am at the library, by advanced registration (call, email or stop by the library to register). You will work one on one with a librarian on any technology need, such as email or downloading a book from the library’s website at

Calendar Pg.5 Travel Pg. 4

Interest & Support Groups Pg. 3

Health Briefs & Wellness Info Pg. 6

Menu Pg. 6 Fun & Games Pg. 7

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The Bridge | April 2013

Five Bottles Of Wine On The Wall the shortest distance “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

By Roxann Dunn-Terry They belong to me. Five bottles of wine, three white, and two red. I will never drink them. I don’t drink because of personal and religious reasons. According to Pat, she’d never drink them either, it’s cheap wine. I told her, “Good, they’re not for you. They’re for The Raffle.” To be honest, they don’t belong to me. Here’s my ‘Casting bread upon the

waters, and you shall find it after many days’ story. Boy did I. I hold 20 Silver Screen Subscriptions for the 5th Avenue (for the Senior Center). In January I got a notice that if I was willing to re-new without knowing what the season line up was, I would receive a bottle of wine, my choice, red or white. Note the “a” -like in one- bottle of wine. I really got excited. I went in to Mike and asked if I could re-new the subscription before collecting deposits. He thought he’d lost his hearing when I explained I would get a bottle of wine. I think it was more like shock. Did he really think me, “The Designated Driver Of The World,” was going to start drinking? No, no, no! It’s not for me Mike, it’s for The Raffle. Then he got it. I’m known to raffle just about anything

for the Center. Someone wants to donate an item, I raffle it. A bottle of wine, paired with a gift card for cheese, and one to Olive Garden should make us a few bucks. Sandy wanted to know if it was red or white. I told her she could choose since as Escort to “The Music Man” she could pick it up. Sandy knows her wine. She wanted to know if they could open it on the bus and pass it around. No, Sandy, it’s for The Raffle. She brought in wine glasses for basket. When Sandy went to pick up the bottle of wine, the lady passing out the bottles saw my name, and asked Sandy if she had anyone with her. “Yes”, Sandy said, “why”? “Oh, you’re qualified for 5 bottles of wine”. Sandy thought she might be able to get away with a wine fest on the way home since I was only

> April event spotlight AARP TAX-AIDE

Last chance for assistance with income taxes. Free tax return preparation and e-filing for taxpayers with low and moderate income, will be held at the Oak Harbor Library, Mondays, Aprilil 1 & 8 from 9:30 am– 2:30 pm and Tuesdays, April 2 & 9 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm 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.

OLD TIME FIDDLERS The Old Time Fiddlers will play Friday, Aprilil 8 at 6:30 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Admission is by donation to the Old Time Fiddlers. Everyone’s welcome.

COUNTRY DANCE A “Country Dance” will be held Friday, Aprilil 12 from 7 - 10 pm, at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Admission is $5.00 per person – $9

per couple, $1 discount for Senior Center Members. Open to the Public.

SENIOR NIGHT OUT Senior Night Out will meet at the Seabolt’s for fun, fishing stories and great food on Wednesday, Aprilil 17. Meet at 5 pm. RSVP by calling the Center, 279-4580, Aprilil 12. (Gratuities not included.)

SENIOR TRANSITIONS: KNOW YOUR OPTIONS Tuesday, April 16 at 6 pm at the Oak Harbor Library. In this panel session, you will hear from experts who assist older adults in making informed decisions about their future needs and goals. Preregistration required. Sponsored by Master Builders Association.

PLAY READING FOR FUN BY WHIDBEY PLAYHOUSE WANTED! Theater-lovers and readers of all ages! We’re looking 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

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

your ideas and scripts. Directed by Stan Thomas of Whidbey Playhouse, an experienced director and board member at Whidbey Playhouse. Join us at the Oak Harbor Library on Friday, April 12 at 2 pm & Tuesday, April 30 at 5 pm. Contact Jocelan at 360-544-8668 for more information.

UPSCALE RESALE 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 360240-0776.

expecting one bottle. She picked out two red and three white. They did make it home, sealed. She couldn’t wait for me to walk into my office the next day. To my surprise, there were 5 bottles of wine on my desk. Mike was ready to take a picture for future blackmail purposes, and send them to my Bishop. The bottles, all five of them, are safely locked away in Mike’s office so I can avoid temptation until the raffle is held. The State Auditors told us we were suppose to keep our valuables resources safely secured. Now you know why Mike’s office door is locked when he’s out of the building. That’s where we keep the petty cash, Mike and five bottles of wine. Raffle tickets are $1 at the Front Desk. Drawing is May 10, in time for Mother’s Day! If it had been 5 boxes of chocolates, there would have been no raffle…

Do 1 Nice Thing Ideas for April 1. Let’s give Help House tuna and macaroni and cheese in April. Any food items you would like to donate is greatly appreciated. The Help House box is outside Roxann’s office.

2. Be a Cookie “Nice Person” - Make Mondays Sweeter. Carry a package of cookies with you each Monday and hand them out as you go about your day.  Not only will you make friends but you will brighten someone’s day. 3. Cook a meal for a friend recuperating from an illness or who just needs some love. 4. What have you done for “YOU” lately?  Buy a candle, listen to some music, or just take a walk and enjoy our Island.

{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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>april special interest groups New England Group Will meet Monday, April 15, at 11:30 am at China City. 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 April 9, at 1 pm. “Truth and Consequences of Genealogical Research” presented by Laura Pemberton Sparr. With this program, Laura again brings us her valuable insight and experience in genealogical Research. She is one of our favorite and most knowledgeable speakers. Bring your questions. There will be information for all levels of searchers, refreshments and raffles. All are welcome. Contact Ruth Hancock at 675-4086, email randr.hancock@ for more information; or email Gordon Garnhart at

MAC Computer Seminar Monthly seminar scheduled for Tuesday, April 9 at 1 pm.

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

Lapidary Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9 am.

Whidbey Island Gem Club Will meet Wednesday, April 3 at 7 pm. There will be a general meeting of the membership. Interested and potential members, ages 8 to 100+ are invited to attend. Contact Chip Batcheller, 679-9397

Wire Wrap Thursdays at 7 pm. New people welcome. Create unique jewelry. A

cab and the wire needed for your first project will be provided. May purchase cabs and wire for future projects. Contact Dick James, 6759396.

Quilting Group Monday and Friday mornings, 9 am.

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

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: 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://

APRIL 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 The Japanese Women’s Group Dinner held on March 16 was a well attended event with a Bento luncheon, dancing entertainment and a raffle.

Above, Honored Guest City Councilman Danny Paggao with raffle winner Valerie Gerdes. At left, authentic delicious food was served.

librarian for free one-on-one help with any computer, technology or online question. First Monday Knitting Group Monday, April 1 at 10 am. Knitters of all levels welcome! Share your 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. Facilitated by Pat Morse. Saturday Matinee At The Library Saturday, April 6 at 2 pm. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”. This inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, who can’t wait to start a family, but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, they learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts. Rated PG. Free movie and popcorn provided by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. “Storms of My Grandchildren:” A Movie Presentation for Our Future Sunday, April 14 at 2 pm. Join the Climate Reality Education & Advocacy Team (CREATe) as they

examine the science behind the growing number of extreme weather events and explore solutions to mitigate them. Film and discussion based on the book by James E. Hansen. Whidbey Reads 2013 - Meet the Author: Jonathan Evison Wednesday, April 17 at 7 pm. Award winning writer Jonathan Evison (West of Here, Algonquin, 2011, The Re-vised Fundamentals of Caregiving) is the featured author for Whidbey Reads 2013. Join us for the grand finale! Book sales and signing at event. Funding provided by Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library and many generous local sponsors. Mystery Book Lovers: Phillip Margolin Thursday, April 25 at 3 pm. Join the discussion of mysteries by Phillip Margolin. Books available for checkout at the library. Funded by Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. Oak Harbor Book Group: “The Sisters Brothers” Friday, April 26 at 11 am . Share your love of reading! Check out a copy of “The Sisters Brothers” by Patrick deWitt, grab a cup of coffee, and join the discussion in the library’s Center for Lifelong Learning.

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April trips Save Gas & Leave the Driving To Us!

3 – Tulalip Casino 4 – Grey Gardens - 5th Avenue 7 – Fraser Downs – B.C. 9 – Spring Travel Sign-Up 11 – Jersey Boys – 5th Avenue 16 – Silver Reef Casino 20 – Seattle Choice 14 – Mystery Lunch 27 – Trails – Everett Performing Arts 29 – Skagit Casino 30 – Naval History Center – Whidbey Island

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


Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Cost: $15 Members & Guests  /  $45 Non-members Departure:  9:45 a m  / Return:  2:30 – 3 pm The Naval History Center offers displays from the 1940s to present day conflicts like Afghanistan. There are exhibits about the early building of the naval air station on Whidbey and the attack on Pearl Harbor, including headlines from the Seattle Daily Times, and hats, letters, and even a teak deck piece from the USS Arizona and other ships lost during the attack. In the 1930s and 40s, the PBY Catalina was a workhorse of a seaplane and the most widely used multi-role aircraft of World War II. Former Kenmore Air mechanic Adolph “Mickey” Meisch thought the venerable seaplane’s legacy was worth preserving. His dream has become the must-see Naval History Center, operated by the all-volunteer PBY Foundation. A popular interactive exhibit is the flight simulator. Guests can fly the PBY or other aircraft over actual landscapes like Whidbey Island. It’s realistic and challenging. Of course, the gem of the exhibits is the PBY itself, which visitors can climb into with the help of docents. After the museum, we will have a drive through tour of NAS Whidbey, Ault Field with a step on guide. We will end our tour with a no-host lunch stop at the Bakerview Restaurant (CPO Club). Anchors Away! 20 seats. Sign up with payment by April 19.


Saturday Matinees 2 pm Cost: $205 Members /  $235 Non-members Transportation ($30) due one week before each show. Depart:  9:30 am / Return:  6:30 - 7 pm Great savings for subscribers – save 20% off single ticket price! With our

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Thursday Matinees 2 pm Cost: $150 - Members /  $180 - Non-members Depart:  9 am / Return:  6:30 - 7 pm Another great opportunity to save! Seven Shows for the price of Six. This season’s line up includes: Second Hand Lion; Anything Goes; Oliver; Spamalot; Little Shop of Horrors; A Room With A View and Porgy & Bess. Great savings with Thursday, Senior Matinees. Stop by the Travel Desk and pick up your copy of dates and times and sign up. First payment due May 1, second payment due June 1. We need 15 – 20 more people to order more tickets and take the big bus. Stop by the Travel Desk and put your name on the Interest Sheet.


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

South Whidbey (360) 321-1600

Group Discount, we save another 5%. Five shows for the price of four. This season’s line up includes: Zanadu; Les Miserables; The Foreigner; The Tutor and Funny Girl. Stop by the Travel Desk and pick up your copy of dates and times and sign up. First payment due May 1, second payment due June 1.

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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.

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. ... See more TRAVEL on Page 8 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 or additional information call 279-4582 and/or visit

April 2013 | The Bridge sunday


Here comes Spring!







Bring your favorite joke to share! 8:30 – Yoga 9- Quilt Class 9:30- Muscle Strengthening 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- Muscle Strengthening 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- Muscle Strengthening 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling LUNCH 1 – Keyboard Presentation 1 – Knitting Circle 1 – Dottie’s Painting Class 5 – Tai Chi



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

9 8:30-3 – SPRING

TRAVEL SIGN UP 9 – Lapidary 9 – Zumba Gold 9-12 – Wood Carving 9:30 – Foot Clinic (Day Break Bldg.)

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

22 Earth Day 23 8:30 – Yoga 9- Quilting Class 9:30- Muscle Strengthening 9:30 – Nintendo Wii Bowling LUNCH 1 – Better Hearing Presentation 1 – Knitting Circle 1 – Dottie’s Painting Class 5 – Tai Chi


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

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

30 9 – Zumba Gold 9-12 – Wood Carving 9:30 – Foot Clinic

APRIL 2013

(Day Break Bldg.)

1 – Chess 1 – Line Dance



8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 9:30- Muscle Strengthening LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 1 – Beginning Spanish 3 – Hula 7 – Gem Club


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 9:30- Muscle Strengthening LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 1 – Beginning Spanish Class 3 – Hula


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 9:30- Muscle Strengthening LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 1 – Beginning Spanish Class 3 – Hula


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 9:30 – Foot Clinic (Day Break Bldg.)

9:30- Muscle Strengthening LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Beginning Bridge 1 – Beginning Spanish 3 – Hula




49:30 - Aerobic Exercises 5

610-12:30 –-Ping Pong,

11 12 9:30 - Aerobic Exercises


18 19 9:30 - Aerobic Exercises


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

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

9:30-3 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 10 – Creative Writing Class 12-3 –Jack Pot BingoEdward Jones 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – SVC History Class 7 – Wire Wrap


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

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

9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle 1 – Book Signing-Ann Byron 7 – Country Dance

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

Pool, Pinochle

10-12:30 –-Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

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


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


10-12:30 –-Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

La Vita Vera Basket Raffle “The good life”

Raffle tickets for the ‘La Vita Vera’ (the good life) Basket, are available at the Front Desk for $1 each. This basket includes three bottles of wine to share with your friends, wine glasses, a gift card for cheese from Bayleaf, and other goodies. Drawing will be held May 10 at the senior center.

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The Bridge | April 2013

health briefs & helpful info Living With Loss - WGH

and more – Call 675-0311.

This seminar is designed to help you work through the normal and needed process of grief that follows the death of a loved one. We are not alone in our grief. For many of us it is strengthening and comforting to gather with others who know the depth and “work” of grief. Together, with the use of 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, April 2 – May 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 3217656, 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

The Grief Support Group will meet Monday, April 8 from 1 to 2:30 pm. Find healing and hope, and learn about helpful resources. Open to adults who have experienced the death of someone significant. Especially suitable for people who have recently had a loss. No charge. No pre-registration. For more information, please phone Hospice of the Northwest, 360-814-5550.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

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, April 4, 2:30-4:30 pm. Caregiver Grief and Anger will be discussed. Facilitated by Wendy Sines of HomePlace Special Care Center. For information call Wendy at 360-279-2555

Parkinson’s Support Group

April 5 at Cherry Hill Club House,

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Tortilla Soup w/Chips & Salsa French Dip w/Au Jus Garlic Lemon Chicken Ham & Scalloped Potatoes Seafood Fettucini Alfredo

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Italian Sausage w/Peppers& Onions on Bun Salad Bar w/Variety of Veggies Soft Tacos w/Ground Beef Beef Stew w/Carrots & Potatoes Sesame Chicken

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Meatloaf w/Gravy Hawaiian Pizza w/Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwich Matt's Clam Chowder & Salad Chicken Caesar Salad

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Green Pepper Steak w/Tomatoes Salad Bar w/Variety of Veggies Tamale Pie w/Ground Beef Baked Cod w/ Mango Salsa Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce




5 29 Chicken Strips w/Honey Mustard Dressing 30 Rueben Sandwich

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 a.m. 360-279-4580

Foot Care Clinic

Appointments are available for April 9 & 24. To make an appointment, call the front desk at 2794580. Foot Care Clinic is held at North Whidbey Caregivers’ Cove.

Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service

Free hearing tests and hearing aid repairs on Monday, April 8 from 1–3 pm. For an appointment call the Center, 279-4580. (RSVP for Jeanette’s presentation on April 22 and learn about new hearing aid technology.)

Vision Impaired Support Group

Tuesday, April 16 at 2 pm. For more information, contact Paul Bovey at 679-8293.


Appointments are available on Wednesdays, from 9–11:30 am. For appointments call the Center at 279-4580. SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) Help Line

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Every day is a new chance to improve your health. Find something fun you enjoy doing and you’ll reap the benefits!

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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Living with Grief - Information and Support

547 NW 12th Loop, Oak Harbor. Group facilitator is Carolyn Hansen, 279-1785.

Koetje Insurance will sponsor an AARP Driver Safety Class at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, Saturday April 20 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.


Hearing loss can negatively affect so many areas of your life, and if you are already wearing a hearing aid, you know how much better life can be when you can hear clearly. Join Jeanette Fiorini, of Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service, on Monday, April 22, at 1 pm, for a presentation on new hearing aid technology. Learn about new digital products that keep getting better making it more possible to enjoy a higher quality of life in all listening situations. RSVP by calling the Front Desk at 279-4580.


The Burlington Costco will be here on Monday April 29 at 1 pm with Muffins, Fruit & Costco membership information for all in attendance. You can get a new Costco Membership and receive a special offer– join today and receive a Costco Cash Card. Renew or upgrade your membership that day and get a free gift! Costco will have a Representative from the Pharmacy, Hearing and Optical Departments to answer your questions. Looking forward to a special day! RSVP by calling the Center at 279-4580.

e-Books Galore

Do you have a new eReader or tablet, and want to learn how to check out free eBooks from the library? Come to the Oak Harbor Library on Tuesday, April 30 at 3 pm. Register now to learn how to download free eBooks, audiobooks, movies, and music from the Sno-Isle Libraries’ website.

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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.

SPRING Schedule: Yoga – M & W, 8:30 am Muscle Conditioning – M & W, 9:30 am Zumba Gold – T, 9 am Aerobics – TH, 9 am Gentle Yoga – F, 10:30 am (held at North End Fitness Center) • For the $16.41 (including tax) With the Unlimited Senior Class Card you may take all four classes held at the Senior Center, and for $21.74 (including tax) classes held at Senior Center & Friday Gentle Yoga held at North End Fitness Center. • Also available – a full NEFC gym membership for $36 (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 paint medias. of Cost is $5 per session-Members / $10 Non-Members. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

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games &fun

NEW !! Swing Dance Tuesday evenings in April starting at 7 pm. One hour class, then play practice dance music for 1 hour +. Request a $5.00 donation, $4.00 for Senior Center Members.

Feel Lucky? Regency on Whidbey will sponsor a $25 Jackpot Bingo game on Thursday, April 4; Harbor Tower Village Retirement Center on Thursday, April 11; Edward Jones on Thursday, April 18. Cards for the $25 Bingo game available for $1. Bingo is played Thursdays from 12–3 pm.

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

Nintendo Wii Bowling:

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

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.

Spanish For Seniors

A Beginning Spanish Class at 1 pm 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.


$25 Jackpot & Thursday Bingo:

Chess Players: Tuesdays, 12 Noon. Mah Jongg: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 10 am–2 pm.

Wright Patterson rules. Contact Linda Bruner, 675-8315 or Sandi Carrothers – 675-1306.

Ping Pong:

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

Party Bridge: Monday afternoon.

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

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.


cents each.

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

Cribbage: Thursdays, 12–3 pm. Bring your cribbage boards. Pinochle: Tuesdays at 6 pm and Fridays, 12:30 pm. Potluck lunch.



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Research studies consistently show that activity performed at least 3 days a week produces health benefits. Spreading physical activity across at least 3 days a week may help to reduce the risk of injury and avoid excessive fatigue. Aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises are recommend for older adults. There is a variety one can do to increase their activity level such as, walking, dancing, swimming, water aerobics, jogging, aerobic exercise classes, bicycle riding (stationary or on a path), some activities of gardening, such as raking and pushing a lawn mower, tennis, golf (without a cart), exercises using exercise bands, weight machines, hand-held weights, callisthenic exercises (body weight provides resistance to movement), digging, lifting, and carrying as part of gardening, carrying groceries, yoga exercises, and tai chi exercises.

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? 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


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

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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.

Saxman’s Totem Pole Park and Cultural Center in Ketchikan is one of the shore excursions offered during the Alaska Cruise.

Let Us Take You On A Sea Cruise! Hawaii, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mississippi River Boat, and even a Columbia River Stern Wheeler! Trip to Reversing Falls in St. Johns, New Brunswick. If you want adventure, join us on some great upcoming trips, from white water rafting to kayaking, we have done it!

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The Bridge - April 2013 Edition