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Senior Services offering ‘Living Well’ workshop series By KATE DANIEL
Senior Services of Island County is offering a free sixweek interactive workshop to assist Whidbey islanders in living well with diabetes. The program, entitled “Living Well with Diabetes,” will be offered at the Coupeville Library. Senior Services offers about five to six such workshops each year, including “Living Well with Chronic Illness” and “Living Well with Chronic Pain,” the latter of which started in October and continues this month. The workshop series was developed at Stanford University after 20 years of study. Senior Services of Island County began offering the course on living well with chronic pain for about two years, though this is the first time the diabetes course will be offered on the island. All workshops are open to those with such conditions, their family members or caretakers ages 18 or older. Those with pre-diabetes are also welcome to attend the diabetes course. This workshop does not crossover or conflict with the
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Debbie Metz and Nancy Bolin are facilitators of the Living Well workshop series being offered by Senior Services of Island County. The program offers support and practical advice for those suffering from chronic conditions. diabetes support group at Whidbey General Hospital, according to course facilitators. The Living Well courses focus upon imparting practical knowledge intended to enrich the lives of those struggling with chronic pain or illnesses. The curriculum includes a proverbial toolbox of infor-
mation containing information on action planning, decision-making, coping and communication, as well as other helpful everyday tips for things like meal planning, for those with diabetes. Nancy Bolin, program coordinator and facilitator, had four years of experience leading Living Well classes
in Maryland prior to moving to Whidbey. Bolin has also been a participant in the classes, having first become acquainted with the program when she attended a course on living well with chronic illness. Bolin has diabetes. She and a fellow student were so impressed with the curriculum that they trained
to become leaders themselves shortly thereafter. When a program specifically for living well with diabetes was released, Bolin said she was “astounded.” “They finally had one just for me.” In the courses, students and facilitators form a bond, Bolin and Debbie Metz, nutrition director for Senior
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Services of Island County, said. Metz is also a course facilitator, and has herself attended a course on living well with chronic pain. “You meet so many interesting people, yet there’s a common denominator,” Metz said. “Everybody needs help in some way or fashion, and the support of others is so critical.” Bolin explained that a large part of the series’ effectiveness stems from the leaders’ personal experiences with these conditions, and their ability to relate. There is a high level of trust that is established, with the knowledge that stories and information shared in the workshop is confidential. Patient confidentiality rules apply as well. “You have people helping people,” Bolin said. The first “Living Well with Diabetes” class took place from 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Coupeville Library. The class meets once a week for six weeks, through Dec. 8. Registration is required. No registrants will be accepted after the second class in the series. Call 360-321-1600. ext. 23, to secure a place.
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Wednesday Night with the Stars, 5:30 p.m., Nov. 4, at the Coupeville Library. Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” is adapted in this musical inspired by a selection of Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Rated PG. Runtime is 125 minutes. Popcorn provided. Contact Leslie Franzen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-678-4911 for more information. Ready Readers: Baby & Me Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Nov. 4, at the Oak Harbor Library meeting room. Wiggle and giggle with your baby through silly stories, happy songs, rhymes and activities that inspire a love of reading. Playtime will follow. For children ages newborn through 24 months with
a caregiver. Call 360-6755115 for more information. CLA Estate Planning Workshop, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 4, at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. This free workshop will provide information for seniors on securing one’s estate and retirement planning. Attendees will receive a workbook and learn about long-term health care, tax reduction planning, how to avoid probate and pros and cons of wills and trusts. Seating is limited. Call 1-866-252-8721 to confirm your attendance. www. claestateservices.com
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Ready Readers: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Nov. 5, at the Oak Harbor Library. Let imaginations run wild
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Ready Readers: Preschool Storytime, 9:30 a.m., Nov. 5, at the Coupeville Library. Let imaginations run wild with books, sing-along songs and creative activities that prepare young minds for the adventures of reading. Playtime or crafting may follow. For children ages three to five years old with an accompanying caregiver. Tween STEAM Club: Electricity and Magnetism, 4 p.m., Nov. 5, at the Coupeville Library. Join fellow kids ages nine to 13 for STEAM workshops led by Grinnin
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Friday Nov. 6
“The Lion in Winter,” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6, at The Whidbey Playhouse. Stan Thomas directs this 1968 Academy Awardwinning historical drama set in 1168 in the court of Henry II. The show will run through Nov. 22. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Visit whid beyplayhouse.com or call 360-679-2237 for more information. Personal Rebranding for Career Transitions, 8 a.m., Nov. 6, at the Oak Harbor Library meet-
ing room. Learn how to effectively utilize online resources, print materials and networking to make a smooth career transition. 360-675-5115. Island County Historical Museum Autumn Auction honoring Nancy Conard and Janice Vaughn, 6 p.m., Nov. 6, at the Elks Lodge in Oak Harbor. This fundraising event will include live and silent auctions, dinner and a brief program. Mayor Nancy Conard and Janice Vaughm will also be honored. Funds collected will benefit the museum. The cost of admission is $75 and includes dinner and a drink ticket. Table discounts are available. Contact Rick Castellano at email@example.com or 360-678-3310 for more information. www.islandhistory.org
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Saturday Matinee @ the Library, 2 p.m., Nov. 7, at the Oak Harbor Library meeting room. This film stars Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt in a film adaptation of Stephan Sondheim’s play. Inspired by selections from the Brothers Grimm, the plot centers on a baker and his wife who incur the wrath of a vengeful hag. 360-6755115. “The Lion in Winter,” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 7, at The Whidbey Playhouse. Stan Thomas directs this 1968 Academy Awardwinning historical drama set in 1168 in the court of Henry II. The show will run through Nov. 22. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and
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