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Was de-cluttering and getting organized a goal for the New Year? Get your “Ducks In A Row” on Wednesday, February 9 at 10:00 am. Judy Lynn, owner of Consider It Done, has been a professional organizer since 1999. During this one-hour session Judy will talk about records retention (how long to keep bills, receipts, documents, etc), what legal documents are essential to have, and how to keep track of it all. She specializes in downsizing (with solutions for difficult decisions), residential and home office organizing, clutter clearing, and capturing oral histories. Hand outs will be available at no cost. RSVP by calling the Center at 279-4580.

BOND LEVY PRESENTATION Join Whidbey General Hospital’s CEO Tom Tomasino, Thursday, February 10 at 6:30 pm for a Public Meeting on the Bond Levy at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. The meeting will outline WGH’s strategic plan that calls for replacing the hospital’s 40 year old inpatient wing. Come hear Mr. Tomasino present WGH’s near and long term goals to continue to provide quality care on Whidbey Island. RSVP by calling the Center at 279-4580.

46th Annual Sweetheart of Gems Show


embers of the Whidbey Island Gem Club have been cutting, grinding, polishing and sanding, as they get ready for the 46th Annual Sweetheart of Gems Show. The biggest little rock show on the island will be held Saturday and Sunday February 12 & 13. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and 9 am - 4 pm on Sunday. Free parking and free admission. This event showcases collections of jewelry and other artifacts members have created. The Whidbey Island Gem Club came into existence in 1938. Originally part of the Holland Happening celebrations, the show has been held at the Oak Harbor Senior Center for the past 25 years. The annual show is a great opportunity to find a piece of beautiful handcrafted jewelry or raw material to make your own. There will be

MEMORY SCREENING Who should be screened? Memory screenings make sense for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; or who believe they are at risk due to a family history of Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness. Screenings are appropriate for anyone who does not have a concern right now, but who wants to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons. Note: A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other healthcare professional. The screening will be conducted by Susan Walker, MA from Whidbey General Hospital on Tuesdays, February 8 & 22 from 12 – 2:00 pm. Screenings are free. To make an appointment, call the Center at 279-4580. ... More on Page 5

Wire Wrap jewelry made by Dick James

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Polished cabs waiting to become Wire Wrapped jewelry

The Whidbey Island Gem Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 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 Knapping Art by Chip Batcheller potential members, ages 8 to 100+ are invited to attend. Contact Chip Batcheller, 679-9397. The Wire Wrap group meets Thursdays at 7:00 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, 675-9396. The Puget Sound Knappers meet Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at members home. Contact Chip Batcheller, 679-9397. The Lapidary shop is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.

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vendors from all over the Pacific Northwest in attendance. Demonstrations will be on-going both days with hourly door prizes. Lapidary is the art and skill of working with rocks. Two of the daily on-going demonstrations will be Wire Wrapping and Knapping. Members of the Thursday Wire Wrap class take cabs, crystals, polished stones or even arrowheads and turn them into beautiful jewelry with this twisted art form. The Puget Sound Knappers, part of the Whidbey Island Gem Club, will demonstrate knapping. Knapping is the art of making arrowheads for primitive weapons such as spears, arrows, bows and knives.


Photos by Roxann Dunn-Terry


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1 - Make Monday special. Carry a cookie or healthy snack with you and give them out as you go about your day. Not only will you make friends, but you will brighten someone’s day. 2 - Help “cut out” hunger on Whidbey Island by bringing your coupon inserts to the senior center and participating in “Coupons for our Community” . Your donation will help North Whidbey Help House. Coupons being collected are: “Smart-Source”, “Redplum”. “Proctor & Gamble”, and “General Mills” (found in weekend newspapers). 3 - Wounded warriors and their families are provided with a “living room” environment at Warrior and Family Support Center at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas. A note of appreciation and thank you for their service would be greatly appreciated. Send your cards of thanks, valentine, Easter, and other holiday greetings to Warrior and Family Support Center, 3138 Rawley Chamber, San Antonio, Texas 78219, Attn: Ms. Judith Marketz.

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CHOCOHOLICS UNITE! THE SHORTEST DISTANCE “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

BY ROXANN DUNN-TERRY HEADS UP! Before reading this column, do as my good friend Lora does and get yourself a cup of hot chocolate. You may go into withdrawals before finished reading. I am a Chocoholic. More than an excessive consumption of chocolate causes it. It is a love of chocolate in all its glorious forms. There is no such thing as Chocoholics Anonymous, because nobody wants to quit. I have spent years trying to convince people that Chocolate is not evil. I even had a t-shirt that said “Chocolate is the food of Angels”. Chocolate will not be served in H…. Too hot, it would melt. A Chocolatier will tell you heat is not good for chocolate. In my world the four basic food groups are milk

chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate and fudge. Science is finally catching up with what most of us instinctively knew. As he shared a Hershey Bar with me when I was a little girl, my father told me the story of how Mr. Milton Hershey, in 1909, founded the Hershey Industrial School for Orphan Boys. The Man was an absolute saint. Two dates that should become National Holidays (including day off with pay) are September 13, his birthday and October 10 when he passed away in 1945. Think what he did for us, honor his memory appropriately. Eat some chocolate that his legacy may continue. Some tips. HOLIDAYS - Did you ever notice how all the really good holidays are celebrated with chocolate in some kind of festive shape? HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Flowers wilt, jewelry tarnishes, and candles burn out. But chocolate doesn’t hang around long enough to get old. First Day of Spring - March 20! Another Flower & Chocolate Holiday!!! I use to take a lot of time picking out chocolate Easter bunnies until Mr. Volunteer told me that chocolate boy bunnies do not have more chocolate than girl bunnies. I buy my first round of Halloween candy early. Then, when I’ve eaten all of it, I buy more. Eat lots of chocolate to stretch your stomach out

in preparation for Thanksgiving! Chocolate makes a great Christmas or birthday gift. The recipient will no doubt share with you, unless they don’t like chocolate, in which case they will give it back to you. Either way, you get your share. The Christmas Chocolate Moose is my favorite holiday character. ADVISE ON LIFE – Celebrate Life with chocolate! If there’s more to life than chocolate it’s no big deal. Pity those beautifully slender bikini models, for they do not know the joy of chocolate caramel clusters. Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but she can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake. Can it be a mistake that “STRESSED” is “DESSERTS” spelled backwards??? Write important things down on candy bar wrappers. Not as neat as little yellow stickies, but far more likely to get attention. M & Ms really do melt in your hand, but nobody ever held them long enough to find that out. I taught my granddaughter to count using M & Ms. She could make it to 20 before starting pre-school, but I gained 5 pounds. Do you suppose the big chocolate companies hire tasters? If so, where do I sign up? ONE LINERS - Time, tide, and the last chocolate chip cookie wait for no man. Fudge works! Chocolate is nature’s


Now there are two adult day respite centers to serve the caregivers of North Whidbey Island! Flagship Adult Day Center is a program of North Whidbey Caregivers’ Cove. Located in the Regency on Whidbey cottages, C101. For more information contact: Kristi Huffman 360-279-4592. Email:


Come fiddle around with the Old Time Fiddlers for some great music and fun Friday, February 4 at 6:30 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Bring a plate of cookies if you like. Admission is by donation to the Old Time Fiddlers. Everyone’s welcome. Great family fun!


AARP Tax Aides will help you file your taxes. No appointment or forms needed. Just bring your tax paperwork and let a trained tax volunteer help you file online. You will receive a printout for your records. Free Tax Help will be available at the Oak Harbor Library, Room 113. Tuesdays, February 1 through April 12, 1pm – 6pm. First come, first served.

theBridge EDITOR | Roxann Dunn-Terry Reach The Bridge via mail at: 51 SE Jerome Street Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Business Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Send comments/suggestions to To advertise, call 360-675-6611.


Tom Glenn, tax expert with over 30 years of experience, will review the basics of dependents, grandparents, deductions, foreign spouses, small businesses and rental homes, and answer your questions about other common tax questions. Join us for this free informative session with a local tax expert ... before you file your taxes! Tuesday, February 1 and Thursday, February 3 at 6:00 pm at the Oak Harbor Library.


Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman check off the items on their list of things to do before they “kick the bucket”, Saturday, February 5 at 2:00 pm at the Oak Harbor Library. Rated PG-13. Free popcorn provided by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.


With Kurt Hoelting, Tuesday, February 8, 5:30 pm at Oak Harbor City Hall When Hoelting realized the gap between his convictions and his carbon footprint, he gave up traveling by car for a year and stayed within 100 kilometers of his Whid-

way of making up for Mondays. A good chocolate bar will never give you a busy signal. The worst chocolate beats the very best fruit salad. It’s never too early or too late for chocolate. There’s never too much chocolate. Eating chocolate is a good way to pass the time spent on ‘Hold’. HEALTH - Eating chocolate is not near as damaging as most fast food. Most fresh fruit is not in season this time of the year, you have to eat chocolate. An apple a day goes down much easier if it’s covered in chocolate caramel and nuts. Curling up with a good book can throw your back out, Curl up with chocolate instead. Sugar free chocolate is like ‘near’ beer and diet ice cream. Why bother? A balanced diet is a chocolate in each hand. Chocolate can improve mood and brain function. It has the “Bliss Molecule” which produces feelings of euphoria. Studies have shown that men who eat chocolate tend to live longer than those who do not. (The secrets out to why women live longer than men!) FRIENDS & LOVERS - Chocolate is something even single men can prepare without incident. Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate. If your friends are worried about eating too much chocolate, eat theirs. There’s nothing better than chocolate except a good friend with chocolate. Take heart. Go ahead, no guilt necessary! Eating chocolate is one thing the government cannot regulate.

bey Island home. Kurt’s free presentation and book signing takes place at the Oak Harbor City Hall, funded in part by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.


A Group Health representative will be at the Center on Friday, February 25 at 2 pm, to present the Medicare Advantage plans/products that Group Health has available beginning January 1, 2011. RSVP by calling the Center at 279-4580.


Whidbey Island’s ever-popular Old Time Radio show is coming to Oak Harbor Tuesday, February 15 at 7:00 pm. Join us for a lively and informative evening of Old Time Radio history and performance! This free event will be held at the Oak Harbor Library, in Hayes Hall room 113.


Start the New Year with Nina and the gang at Valle Azule, for an evening of food and friendship, on Wednesday, February 16. Meet at 5:00 pm. RSVP by calling the Center, 279-4580, by February 11. (Gratuities not included.)


Learn more about how eReaders work, and find out how to download free books from Sno-Isle Libraries web site. Tuesday, February 22 at 3:00 pm at the Oak Harbor Library.

{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. 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 Whidbey News Times.

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>february interest groups New England Group

MAC Computer Seminar

Will meet Monday, February 14, at 11:30 am at Zorba’s Restaurant. Call Evelyn at 675-5106.

Next seminar is Tuesday, February 8 at 1:00 pm, with instructor Tom Johnson. Q & A period and “What’s New?” Cost is $1. New attendees RSVP at front desk with your computer info. Check here for more info: http://www.

Red Hat Society Tuesday, February 1, 11:30 am at the Center. Bring a Brown Bag Lunch and the Valentines you have made at home. New members always welcome! For information call Queen Donna Crowley at 678-1657.

W.I.G.S. Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers meets the second Tuesday of the month at 2720 Heller Rd., at the fire station just north of Crosby Rd. Next meeting is February 8, at 1:00 pm. Our program is Mary Kathryn Kozy sharing the importance of chronologies, time lines and migration patterns, “Tracing People Through Time and Space”. Bring your questions. There will be information for all levels of searchers, as well as refreshments and door prizes. All are welcome. For more information contact Ruth Hancock, 675 4086 (may not be here in Feb.) , Gordon Garnhart garnhart@whidbey. net 360 240 8875 or Betty Leitch 6753722

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Valentines Day Social!

Whidbey Island Stamp Club Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. New members welcome. Free evaluations on stamp collections provided. Contact Lee Dougherty, 675-9674.

Lapidary Tues. and Weds. mornings at 9:00 am.

Whidbey Island Gem Club Will meet Wednesday, February 2 at 7:00 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 7:00 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, 675-9396.

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Quilting Group Friday mornings, 9:00 am.

Widows and Widowers of Whidbey Island

Saxophone Music & Refreshments!

Jim Haddon, Manager

Book Group: “The School of Essential Ingredients” Join Oak Harbor’s Highly Evolved Literary League, at the Oak Harbor Library, to discuss this moving memoir by Erica Bauermeister on Thursday, February 17 at 6:00 pm. Books available at the library. The library is located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. For more information, please call 675-5115, or visit

Mystery Book Lovers Share your love of mysteries and meet with other mystery buffs at the Oak Harbor Library. Read any book by the author Dick Francis and join the discussion on Thursday, February 24 at 3:00 pm. Books available at the library. Funded by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

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Ryan Rodgers will be playing all your favorite love songs on his saxophone. RSVP Wendy at 360-279-2555

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Fun supportive people with common interests. Monthly dinner at NAS Whidbey Chief Petty Officer’s Club the second Friday of the month at 5:00 pm. Every Sunday, Call Phyllis Hofkamp, 6753628 for breakfast location and call Roz Davis, 675-3171 for dinner location.

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Monday, February 14th 2:30 ‘til 3:30pm


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Meet Britney Steward Premier Caregiver Meet Britney Steward, one of Harbor Tower Village’s premier care givers. Britney has lived in Washington for 18 years. Born in Oregon, she moved to our wonderful state at the tender age of five years. Britney knew that she wanted to be a nurse by the age of twelve. Britney is currently serving the residents of Harbor Tower Village as a care giver during the day shift. She begins her RN studies in the fall of 2011. Britney’s favorite part of her job is the ability to make a positive difference in someone’s life every day. The residents she serves are her second family. Britney always goes the extra mile giving true meaning to the word service. Harbor Tower Village residents and staff were able to share in the celebration of Britney’s marriage to her husband Chris this fall. Residents and staff love being a part of each other’s lives. Please feel free to stop by and meet Britney. The first 10 people who visit Whidbey Coffee, located on highway 20 next to Wendy’s in Oak Harbor, and mention that Britney Steward is one of the premier caregivers at Harbor Tower Village will receive a free latte. See you at Harbor Tower Village and Whidbey Coffee.

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february trips 7 – Skagit Valley Casino 8 – IKEA 10 – Chinese New Year: Wing Luke Museum & Lunch 11 – Thrift Shop Hop 14 – Mystery Lunch 18 – The Hallelujah Girls at the Riverbelle Dinner Theatre 23 – Angel of The Winds Casino 25 – NW Flower Show

For a complete description of all trips, see the Winter 2010-11 Travel Brochure.

CHINESE NEW YEAR - WING LUKE MUSEUM & LUNCH Thursday, February 10, 2011 Cost: $68 - Members / $98 - Mon-member Departure: 8:30 am - Return: 4:00 -5:00 pm

Celebrate the Chinese New year by taking a guided tour of the acclaimed Wing Luke Museum, Seattle’s newest museum dedicated to the Asian Pacific American experience. We will celebrate the New Year with a special family-style Chinese lunch. Price includes entrance into the Museum, guided tour, Chinese lunch, and transportation. 22 seats - Sign up with payment by Monday, February 1.

THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS Riverbelle Dinner Theatre – Mt. Vernon Friday, February 18, 2011 Cost: $72.00 Members / $102.00 Non-members Departure: 5:30 pm / Return: 10:30 – 11:00 pm

The Bridge | February 2011 NORTHWEST FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW Friday, February 25, 2011 Costs: $30-Members/$60-Nonmembers Departure: 8:00 am - Return: 5-5:30 pm

The annual NW Flower and Garden Show at the Convention Center in downtown Seattle. This floral fun fest has thousands and thousands of flowers, plants and gardens in all their glory. Free seminars are available The “Wild Rafters� group from our July 2010 along with shopping at 350 exhibiwhitewater rafting trip. tions related to gardening and outdoor living. Pay own admission. Discount tickets are available at the Greenhouse in Oak Harbor. 22 Seats. Sign up with payment by February 18.

SEWING & STITCHING EXPO PUYALLUP FAIR GROUNDS Thursday, March 3, 2011 Cost: $40 - Members / $70 - Non-members Depart: 7:30 am. Return: 7-7:30 p.m.

Join us for one of the most comprehensive and educational Sewing and Stitching Expo’s in the United States! More than 400 booths. Pay own admission. 22 Seats. Sign up with payment by February 22.


Hilarity abounds when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia, decide to shake up their lives. The action in this rollicking Southern comedy takes place in SPA-DEE-DAH!, the abandoned church-turned day spa where this group of friends gathers every Friday afternoon. By the time the women rally together to overcome obstacles and launch their new, improved lives, you’ve got a sidesplitting, joyful comedy that will make you laugh out loud and shout “Hallelujah!�. Includes Show, Dinner, taxes, gratuity & Transportation. 20 Seats. $25 deposit, final payment by February 10.

As of June 1, 2009 the U.S. government’s new rules take effect requiring WHTI (the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative )-compliant documents for most U.S. citizens entering/re-entering the United States by land or sea (air travel requires a U.S. Passport book). You can apply for a passport book at: Oak Harbor Senior Center (51 SE Jerome) Passport Appointments 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, and/or to make a passport application appointment, call 360-279-4580. For more information regarding WHTI & passports visit

Whidbey General Hospital Would Like To Thank The Whidbey Island Community For Over 40 Years Of Support Whidbey General continually strives to ensure medical excellence in the services that Island residents need close to home.

Acute Medical Services for your in-hospital medical care needs Inpatient and Outpatient Surgery Services so your family can be close at hand All-Digital Diagnostic Imaging Center faster results to end the uncertainty

Neighbors taking care of neighbors, the best kind of healthcare there is. We Are One Team With One Purpose, Caring For You! PHYSICIAN REFERRAL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE

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For details about items listed below 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 9:30- Conditioning 9 – Oil Painting LUNCH 1 – Watercolor Painting 5 – Tai Chi



46th Annual Sweetheart of Gems Show 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning 9 – Oil Painting 10 – Hearing Tests 11:30- OH Elementary Choir LUNCH 1 – Grief Support Group 5 – Tai Chi

21 PRESIDENT’S DAY Center Closed



9 - Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary 9-12 – Wood Carving 10 – Travel Committee 11-3 – Penny Ante 11:30 – Red Hat Society 1 – Chess 1 – Line Dance


9 - Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary 9-12 – Wood Carving 10 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 11-3 – Penny Ante 12 – 2- Memory Screen 1 – MAC Seminar 1 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 7 – Stamp Club



8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Spanish For Seniors 1 – Beginning Bridge 7 – Gem Club


9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA 10 – Ducks In A Row LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 -Spanish For Seniors 1 – Beginning Bridge





9 - Aerobic Exercises 10 –Creative Writing 10 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 12:15 – 3:30 –Bingo 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – SVC History Class 4 – Band Practice 7 – Wire Wrap


9 - Aerobic Exercises 10 –Creative Writing 10 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 12:15 – 3:30 –Jack Pot Bingo-Harbor Tower Village 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – SVC History Class 4 – Band Practice 6:30 – WGH Bond Levy Presentation 7 – Wire Wrap

8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning 9 – Oil Painting 10 – Hearing Tests LUNCH 1 – Grief Support Group 1 – WGH Presentation – Heart Health 5 – Tai Chi







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

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

10-12:30 – Pinochle, Ping Pong, Pool

46th Annual Sweetheart of Gems Show 9:00 am to 5:00 pm











9 - Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary 9-12 – Wood Carving 10 - Nintendo Wii Bowling 11-3 – Penny Ante 1 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 2 – Vision Support Grp

9 - Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary 9-12 – Wood Carving 10 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 11-3 – Penny Ante 12 – 2- Memory Screen 1 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 7 – Stamp Club

8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Spanish For Seniors 1 – Beginning Bridge 5 – Senior Night Out!

8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Spanish For Seniors 1 – Beginning Bridge

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9 - Aerobic Exercises 10 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 10 –Creative Writing 12:15 – 3:30 –Bingo 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – SVC History Class 4 – Band Practice 7 – Wire Wrap

9 - Aerobic Exercises 10 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 10 –Creative Writing 12:15 – 3:30 –Jack Pot Bingo-Banner Bank 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – SVC History Class 4 – Band Practice 7 – Wire Wrap






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

Our Annual Sweetheart Dance, sponsored by Harbor Tower Village and The Oak Harbor Senior Center, will be on Friday, February 25 from 7-9:30 p.m. Dance to the music of Nick At Nite (with Nick Nicholai & Friends). A Sweetheart Desert Buffet will be provided by Harbor Tower Village. Public Invited. Admission is $3.


10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

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

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10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

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WHIDBEY GENERAL’S EDUCATION SERIES February is Health Heart Month – Nutrition Is Key

A key part to maintaining heart health is nutrition. It can be very challenging to balance budget, food preference and maintain taste. In this class you will learn how to enjoy heart healthy foods and maintain your overall weight and health goals. This is also a great opportunity to ask your credentialed dietitians about current trends in nutrition often discussed in the media. Presenter is Lori Taylor, MA/MS, CN, RD, CNSC. Public is invited on Monday, February 28, 1:00 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

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health briefs & info North Whidbey Caregivers’ Cove

North Whidbey Caregivers Cove, a non-profit group, offers a variety of support services including adult day services, care giving training/courses, a caregiver resource library, support group opportunities and more. Caregivers Cove provides services for adults, 18 years and older, who have chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s or related dementias, stroke, multiple sclerosis, are developmentally delayed or have other issues. The program emphasizes support of adult clients in need as well as their caregivers who are often tasked with 24/7 care responsibilities. The cost of services is income dependent, with rates determined on a “sliding scale” so as to allow those with limited incomes. Services are offered Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. For more information, call 279-4592. The goal is to keep folks Healthy, Happy and HOME!

Alzheimer’s Support Group Meets the first Thursday of the month from 2:30-4:430 pm at

the Meeting House, just west of HomePlace Special Care Center, 171 SW 6th Ave., Oak Harbor. Call 360-279-2555.

Parkinson’s Support Group Parkinson’s Support Group – February 4 at Cherry Hill Club House, 547 NW 12th Loop, Oak Harbor. Group facilitator is Carolyn Hansen, 279-1785.

Foot Care Clinic Appointments are available for Tuesday, March 8. To make an appointment, call the Front Desk at 279-4580. Foot Care Clinic is held at North Whidbey Caregivers Cove.

Grief Support Group Meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. Sponsored by Hospice of the Northwest. Call 360-814-5589 for more information.

Hearing Northwest Free hearing tests and hearing aid repairs on Fridays, February 4 & 18, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For appointments call the Center, 279-4580 or 1-800-770-8663.


Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service Free hearing tests and hearing aid repairs on Mondays, February 14 & 28 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon. For an appointment call the Center, 279-4580.

Vision Impaired Support Group Tuesday, February 15 at 2:00 pm. For more information, contact Paul Bovey at 679-8293.

SHIBA Appointments are available Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. To make an appointment call the Center at 279-4580. SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) Help Line is a FREE service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, sponsored locally by Island Hospital. The volunteers are trained to inform people of their options regarding health insurance, Medicare (supplements, advantage plans or Part D) disability, individual, long term care, COBRA, VA. For assistance with claims or billing problems, please call the local SHIBA sponsors @ 360-675-2229 ext 1342.

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REVERSE MORTGAGE Educational Seminar Sat, Feb 19th • 10:30 AM

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Learn about recent change to closing costs. Bring your questions. Steve McLean MLO#120173

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learn&grow Silver Sneakers Fun Fitness

The Joy of Painting

Silver Sneakers Fun Fitness program for people 65 + with Group Health, Humana, Sterling or some Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plans; with Medicare Parts A and B, the exercise program is free. For people 50 years of age and older, there are two options. Must be a member of the Oak Harbor Senior Center to take classes at the Center. 1 - $15 a month for an Unlimited Senior Class Card. You may take all the classes you want at the Center. 2 - $25 a month, you receive the Senior Class Card and unlimited use of the North End Fitness Center and Excalibur Gym which is open 24 hrs. Winter Schedule: Yoga – M & W, 8:30 am (Note Earlier time) Chair Conditioning (Seated Aerobics) M & W, 9:30 am Aerobics – T & TH, 9:00 am Zumba Gold – F, 11:15 am

Mondays, 9 am. SherylAnn Woodward, certified Landscape and Floral teacher, teaches the Joy of Painting—The Bob Ross method of oil painting. Class is $30 for six weeks payable to teacher at the first class.

(held at North End Fitness Center)

Line Dance

For more information and to register, call North End Fitness at 675-1111.

Watercolor Class Mondays, 1-4:00 pm Joan Brosnahan, instructor, Cost is $5/class payable to teacher.

Wood Carving Tuesdays 9:00 am with instructor Dick Weber. Classes are $5.00 a session and open to all levels of carving experience. New students welcome.

with instructor Jerry Scheppers. $10.00 a month-Members. No partners needed.

Tai Chi & Qigong Jill Reed teaches Tai Chi on Mondays at 5:30 pm and Fridays at 9:30 am. To register, call Jill at 6751464.

Mixed Media Class Has been discontinued. Joan Brosnahan, instructor, requests students join the Monday afternoon class.

Spanish For Seniors Wednesdays at 1:00 pm with Al Enriquez. Beginning level conversational Spanish. Maximum ten students. Costs: $30 a month payable first day of class. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm

games&fun $25 Jackpot & Birthday Bingo

Feel Lucky? Harbor Tower Village Retirement Center will sponsor a $25 Jackpot Bingo game on Thursday, February 10 and Banner Bank on February 24. Cards for the $25 Bingo game available at intermission for $1. Bingo is played Thursdays from 12:15 – 3:00 pm.

Nintendo Wii Bowling

First and Third Mondays, Tuesdays (No Wii the first Tuesday of the month) and

Thursdays, 10:00 am. Enjoy fun and exercise with Wii Bowling. No special shoes required or heavy balls.

Chess Players Tuesdays, 1 pm

Penny Ante

Tuesdays, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Potluck lunch.

Ping Pong

Weds. 1-3:00 pm and Sat. 10 am-2:00 pm. Contact Eileen Billings, 678-1684.

Party Bridge

Wednesdays, at 12:30 p.m. Must RSVP by 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.


There are 1,440 minutes in every day. Utilize just 20 of those minutes to start or maintain some physical activity!! The activity can include bicycling, walking, dancing, swimming or an exercise group. Regular exercise decreases the feeling of anxiety. Exercise not only will help to decrease anxiety but also to strengthen the body and improve your general fitness level. Courtesy of Sande Crank-Mulkey, Marketing Director, Regency on Whidbey

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Wednesdays, 1 p.m. 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.

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Thursdays, from 12:153:30 p.m. Packet $4. Soft cards for special games 50 cents each.


Thursdays, from 12:30 – 3:00 pm. Bring your own cribbage boards.


Fridays, 12:30 pm. Potluck lunch.

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