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August 2011 | Vol. 3 | Issue 4


Oak Harbor’s National Night Out Against Crime is Tuesday, Aug. 2 from 3 to 8 pm at Windjammer Park. This is a good night to get to know your neighbors. Help build a stronger, safer community by attending the annual evening in the park to celebrate safety and crime prevention success.

THE BOYS OF SUMMER MARINERS DAY! It’s Mariners Day at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Over 40 members of the Oak Harbor Senior Center will travel to Safeco Field on Wednesday, Aug. 3 to root, root, root for the home team. Everyone can celebrate by wearing your Mariners T-shirt and/or ball cap. It’s “Sodo Mojo!”

MEDICARE 101 SEMINAR You’re invited to a fun and educational Medicare seminar on Monday, Aug. 8 at 1:00 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. This onehour educational program covers the basics of Medicare A, B, C, D, eligibility, benefits, and other aspects of the Medicare “puzzle.” This is not a sales presentation. This event is only for educational purposes and no plan-specific benefits or details will be shared. The event is open to everyone. RSVP by calling the Center at 279-4580.

“A Bad Year For Tomatoes” Whidbey Playhouse Buy-Out Fundraiser


ed up with the pressures and demands of her television acting career, Myra Marlowe decides to chuck the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and head East to the tiny New England hamlet of Beaver Haven, Vermont. This is much to the dismay of her longtime Hollywood agent and good friend, Tom Lamont. Once settled in, Myra decides to embark on fulfilling two lifelong dreams: to write her autobiography and to grow the perfect tomato. But, alas, her aspirations are short-lived as she is subjected to two bothersome eccentric nosy neighbors, a crazy would-be witch with homicidal tendencies; and, last but not least,

Spaghetti Feed

“SEE EWE THERE!” AT THE ISLAND COUNTY FAIR! Whidbey General Hospital will have a booth at the Island County Fair August 18-21. They will be offering blood pressure checks, medication reconciliation (with a nurse to talk to you about medications), hand hygiene information, nutrition information all with clinical staff each day from 9 am to 9 pm. EMS will have a separate booth and will have car seat checks, basic first aid and emergency information with the paramedics. Thursday, Aug. 18 is Half Price Day. Donate two items for Help House and save half off any admission ticket. Enjoy a great Whidbey Island tradition.

available at the front desk of the Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome Street. Call 360-279-4580 for more information.

Applebee’s dining out fundraiser event We had such a great turn out in May that we’re doing it again! Invite all of your friends and family to dine with us any time on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Applebee’s will donate 15% of the proceeds to the Oak Harbor Senior Center. (To-Go and Carside-To-Go orders will also be applied!) Pick up your flyer (ticket) at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. You must have a ticket for the Senior Center to receive 15%. This offer is good only at the Applebee’s at 31810 State Route 20 in Oak Harbor. A fun, tasty way to raise funds and best of all no dishes to wash! We were $2 short of making $400. Just a couple of more people and we’ll go over the top!

“SIMONE” A Veteran’s Story

Circle the date, Saturday, September 17, for the Spaghetti Feed sponsored by Les Schwab, to benefit the Meals On Wheels program. Full details coming in the September Bridge.

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a Neanderthal backwoodsman. Follow along as Myra attempts to thwart her newfound “friends” neighborly advances by creating her own zany diversions. Will Myra write her memoir? Will she grow that perfect tomato? For the answers to these and many other questions, join us Thursday, Sept. 8 for this uproariously funny comedy/farce. We have 120 tickets – festival seating. Tickets are $25 for this Whidbey Playhouse Buy-Out Fundraiser to benefit the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Includes a dessert and fruit buffet at intermission and door prizes. Drawing for the Magic Circle Quilt Raffle will be held. Tickets are

Photo courtesy of Whidbey Playhouse


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Author S. J. Dennis, will be at the Oak Harbor Senior Center on Monday, Aug. 1 at 1 pm for a book signing of his debut novel, “Simone.” Mr. Dennis, who writes from a home near Coupeville, has written “Simone” as a tribute to men and women of the greatest generation. The story traces the travels of a Seattle area veteran who returns to the scene of the Battle of the Bulge for a unit reunion and uncovers long suppressed memories of the dark days of winter in 1944. He also finds Simone, a Belgian woman who nursed him back to health when he was wounded in the battle. Discovering Simone threatens to disrupt both of their predictable lives. Simone is available through his website (, or at Mr. Dennis will have several copies of his book for sale before and after the presentation for $10 each including tax. It is a “trade paperback.” That is the larger format book with a soft cover. We will raffle a copy of “Simone” for $1 per ticket with the drawing held the day of signing. All proceeds will benefit the Oak Harbor Senior Center. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

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Interest & Support Groups Pg. 3

Fun & Games Pg. 4

Menu Pg. 7 Health Briefs & Helpful Info. Pg. 7

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


Lady Egg Picker It started a couple of months back when I saw a class being offered on raising chickens in your own back yard. Wow, within city limits? I have a four-year-old granddaughter up at the crack of dawn. I don’t need a rooster too. Then recently the news featured raising chickens in the backyard in Seattle. One family had a regular little chicken coop and the other had what they called a “Condominium For Chickens.” These

The Bridge | August 2011 chickens really were laying eggs in the nest of luxury. I did learn roosters are not allowed in backyard operations, only hens. Good to know. Didn’t have to worry about Valerie trying to get up before the rooster. I remember reading in pioneer history, husbands let their wives raise a few chickens, and not just for the family to use but so the wife could sell eggs and have a little pin money of her own. Great idea, but my tastes have outgrown a little “pin money.” I don’t think there’s a safety pin big enough to pin my hidey-hole money underneath my hoop skirt. Hey, I don’t think I have a hoop skirt either. Just as I thought I’d be a real Lady Egg Picker and give those “wanna be farmers” playing Farmville a run for their money... I remembered the summer I was nine. We lived in a semi-rural area of Seattle. There was a farm store my friends and I used to walk to – couple of miles away. You can imagine the look of joy on my mother’s face the day I came home with my recent purchase – Chirpee. He only cost 25 cents and Mr. Bob gave me a sack of feed for him. I kept him in a discarded doll bed on the back porch until he learned to jump out. Chirpee became a free-range chicken before it was popular. He had free range of the back yard and the vacant lot until a neighbor’s dog tried to chew his leg off. My dad threatened to break the dog’s leg if he ever came into our yard again. Dad


Holly Chadwick, of Eidetic Film, has selected the Oak Harbor Senior Center for several scenes in her upcoming movie. The film crew will come from California and filming will take place in the evenings and one weekend during the first part of August. Once the film is produced, we will receive a copy and have a showing. Stay tuned.


Come fiddle around with the Old Time Fiddlers for some great music and fun Friday, Aug. 5 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!


A “Country Dance” will be held Friday, Aug. 12 from 7 to 10 pm, including a variety of workshops, at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Admission is $5 per person – $9 per couple, $1 discount for Senior Center Members. Open to the Public.


Join Nina and the gang at the Keystone Cafe, for an evening of fun, friendship and great food on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Meet at 5 pm. RSVP by calling the Center, 279-4580, August 12. (Gratuities not included.)


A Group Health representative will be at the Center on Friday, Aug. 26 at 2 pm, to present the Medicare Advantage plans/products that Group Health has available beginning Jan. 1, 2011. RSVP by calling 279-4580.


You could live to be 90. Can you say the same for your retirement savings? Retirement can be an incredible time of your life – but it can also last 20 or more years. So it’s important to consider if your retirement income will last as long as your retirement. When it comes to generating retirement income, one option to explore is an annuity. Join David Goodman, of Edward Jones, for the free

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told me to keep Chirpee penned. He became a “she” when my mom discovered an egg on the back step. I wanted to make a nest and watch it hatch. Mom explained no chick was coming out of that egg and it went into the garbage. When Chirpee met her fate, she didn’t go into the stew pot. After a proper burial, in a shoebox, with a hymn, a prayer, wailing and gnashing of teeth, we ran off to our next summer adventure. So ended my chicken career. Or so I thought until the winter after high school graduation. I got my first real job. With a paycheck. Taxes taken out. No babysitting children. I earned a whole whooping $99.36. I wanted to frame it, mom said to deposit it. I was working on a chicken farm just off Scenic Heights Road. First we had to prepare the cages, fix water lines, then the big day came and the hens came to roost. Being a girl, I only had to handle six chickens at a time using both hands to hold them by the feet. Carry them from the truck to the cages to put them in. The guys had to carry twelve chickens. It was noisy, dirty, cold, smelly and a whole lot of hen pecking. I was glad when school started. This was not the life for me no matter how cute the farm hands were. I almost didn’t tie the knot with Mr. Volunteer after he shared a story about a city spinster friend of his parents who moved to the country and thought raising chickens

would be fun. She bought 10 hens and 10 roosters so no one would be lonely. Two days later she couldn’t understand why there were only 1 and a half roosters left… He told me this after I showed him where I use to work. The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers are working together for legislation overseeing the living conditions of the 280 million hens involved in U.S. egg production as well as an extension of label requirements to inform customers if they are buying “eggs from caged hens,” “eggs from hens in enriched cages,” “eggs from cage-free hens,” or “eggs from freerange hens.” Eggs and egg products not meeting these standards would be barred from sale nationwide. Among the proposed standards for each chicken, environments that allow birds to express “natural behaviors” in boxes, scratching areas and perches, and a reduction in excessive ammonia levels in hen houses. Bob Krouse, chairman of the United Egg Producers and an Indiana egg farmer, himself said in a statement, “America’s egg producers have continually worked to improve animal welfare, and we strongly believe our commitment to a national standard for hen welfare is in the best interest of our animals, customers and consumers.” Chirpee would be so proud. I do think a backyard chicken coop would make a great hidey-hole.

Annuities and Your Retirement seminar on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 1 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. This is an educational program designed to help people better understand the basics of annuities so they can choose the options that make the most sense for their specific situation. Call the front desk at 279-4580 to RSVP.

of years and is especially effective for ailments such as arthritis, back and neck pain and knee pain. Come and learn about how this treatment modality can help you reduce your pain. During this presentation there will be an opportunity to observe a sample treatment provided by Carol O’Brien, Licensed Acupuncturist. Oak Harbor Senior Center Monday Aug. 22, from 1 to 2 pm. Call the front desk at 279-4580 to RSVP.


Aug. 20 at 7:30 pm, at the Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. A tasty entree of wildly comedic spontaneity by the Whidbey Improv Team served with a generous helping of assorted munchies and beverages. Tickets only $12.50 and will go fast for this evening of fun, food and drink. A “safer kids, safer roads” fundraiser by www.idipic. org. Tickets can be ordered by mail, visiting our site or call 672-8219 or email


Acupuncture For Pain Relief– Learning how to manage chronic pain effectively can greatly enhance your quality of life. Acupuncture is a proven treatment for pain that has been used for thousands


An Art Class for beginners and intermediate students will begin Monday, Sept. 12 from 9 am to noon. We will cover a variety of media and methods during the various classes. This will include drawing with pencil & ink and painting with various media: oil, watercolor, and/or acrylic. I want each student to have some experience with other media in order to help that person find his/her own best “match.” We will do some experimenting to learn about design and methods. Very importantly, we will explore the FUN of painting. Bring any art supplies you already have to the first class, at least a drawing pad, pencil, eraser, and ink pen. Cost per month is $35 Members/$45 Non-members. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

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>august interest groups MAC Computer Seminar

Next seminar is Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 1 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:

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, 6759674.


Meets Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9 am.

Whidbey Island Gem Club

Will meet Wednesday, Aug. 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. Â Contact Chip Batcheller, 679-9397

Wire Wrap

Meets 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, 675-9396.

Quilting Group Meets Friday mornings at 9 am.

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North Whidbey Coupon Club

North Whidbey Coupon Club will meet Tuesday evenings, 6:30 to 8 pm at Regency On Whidbey and Fridays in August, 9:30-11:30 am, at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce building. It’s “open house� style– guests are welcome to come by anytime between those hours, bring their coffee and get some great “$saving� info. North Whidbey Coupon Club will meet on Saturday, Aug. 13, 9:30 to 11:30 am at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce. “ The clubs are free, open to current couponers and those new to coupons. Coupons for Our Community is in need of coupon inserts.  Please donate yours at Albertons, the Oak Harbor Senior Center, or start a collection box of your own at your church, social club, neighbors, etc.  For more information call Amy at 360-675-2338.

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, 6753171 for dinner location.

July events at Oak Harbor Library:

Novel Destinations: Summer Reading For Adults– “Whole latte

reading!� Share your summer reads by writing book reviews– five reviews gets you a free $5 Whidbey Coffee card, courtesy of the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. You will also be automatically entered for other great prizes, including a color Nook EReader. Enter reviews online at or drop them off at the library.

Thursday, August 4th 2:30 - 4:30 pm

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2 pm. Leo DiCaprio stars as a man who can steal dreams for corporate espionage in this sci-fi action film. He must accomplish the impossible inception to get his life back. Free popcorn provided by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.

Mystery Book Lovers: Henning Mankell– Thursday, Aug. 25 at 3 pm.

Share your love of mysteries. Join the discussion of books by Henning Mankell. Books available for checkout at the library. Funded by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. Not familiar with Henning Mankell? Check out the Wallander series (BBC, starring Kenneth Branagh) at the library.

Friends of the Oak Harbor Library Fall Book Sale– Friday, Sept. 2, and

Saturday, Sept. 3 from 9 am to 5 pm. Thousands of gently used fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults, for sale at bargain prices by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. All proceeds support the library. Setup services provided by Whidbey Moving and Storage.

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Patience & Gentleness Abound Katelund has lived on Whidbey Island her whole life. As a matter of fact, she is a third generation Whidbey Islander. She was born at Whidbey General Hospital 22 years ago. Katelund definitely has the mentality of someone who has been so fortunate to live on the island their entire life. Patience and gentleness are perfect words for Katelund. Her easygoing and always pleasant personality lends itself well to being a wonderful caregiver at Harbor Tower Village. Katelund is presently finishing up her prerequisites prior to nursing school. We have no doubt she will be a great addition to the field of nursing. Her favorite part of her job is the ability to put a smile on another person’s face. Katelund has a great sense of humor (she even admits to laughing at her own jokes). A common thread here at Harbor Tower. Katelund enjoys spending time with her family, friends and boyfriend when not at Harbor Tower. She admits to passion for shopping and finding a great deal. All these qualities that describe Katelund make her a fabulous team player!! We are proud to have Katelund on the Harbor Tower team. Please feel free to stop by and visit Katelund. The first 10 people who visit Whidbey Coffee, located on Highway 20 next to Wendy’s in Oak Harbor, and mention Katelund and her gentleness and patience will receive a free latte. See you at Harbor Tower Village and Whidbey Coffee.

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games&fun $25 Jackpot Bingos

Feeling Lucky? Harbor Tower Village Retirement Center will sponsor a $25 Jackpot Bingo game on Thursday, Aug. 11, and Banner Bank on Aug. 25. Cards for the $25 Bingo game available at intermission for $1. Bingo is played Thursdays from 12:15 to 3 pm.

Nintendo Wii Bowling

First and Third Mondays, Tuesdays (No Wii the first Tuesday of the month) and Thursdays, at 10 am. Enjoy fun and exercise with Wii Bowling. No special shoes required or heavy balls.

The Bridge | August 2011 NEW GAME - Backgammon Group

An Interest Sheet will be at the Front Desk for people interested in playing Back Gammon on Thursdays from 1 to 3 pm. Group will start in September. RSVP at the front desk or by calling the Senior Center at 279-4580.

Chess Players

A Fun Fitness program conducted by North End Fitness for people 50 years of age and older. Must be a member of the Oak Harbor Senior Center to take classes at the Center.

SUMMER SCHEDULE: Yoga – M & W, 8:30 am (Earlier time) Chair Conditioning (Seated Aerobics) M & W, 9:30 am Aerobics – T & TH, 9 am Zumba Gold – F, 11:15 am (held at North End Fitness Center) For the $15 Unlimited Senior Class Card you may take all four of these classes.

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


Tuesdays, 1 pm.

Thursdays, from 12:15 to 3:30 pm. Packet $4. Soft cards for special games 50 cents each.

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


Party Bridge


Wednesdays, 12:30 pm. Must RSVP by 4 pm on Monday afternoon.

Learn&grow Fun Fitness

Beginning Bridge Class

For $25, take all these classes and have unlimited use of the North End Fitness Center and Excalibur Gym which is open 24 hours a day. For more information and to register, call North End Fitness at 675-1111.

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

Thursdays, 12:30 to 3 pm. Bring your cribbage boards. Tuesdays, 5:30 pm. Fridays, 12:30 pm. Potluck lunch.

Line Dance

Tuesdays, 1 pm with instructor Jerry Scheppers. $10 a month for members. No partners needed.

The Faint Hearted Painter Join this fun multi-media painting class, at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, with instructor, Deon Matzen. Choose watercolor, acrylic, or oil (we will have a non toxic classroom for those with solvent sensitivities). Instruction is on an individual basis at the skill level of the student, beginning thru advanced. To see her work go to Classes will be from 9-11:30 am on Wednesdays. Each session is $65-Members/$75-Non-Members,

payable at the first class. Materials list available at the Center. Next session: Aug. 3, 17, 24, & 31. (skipping Aug. 10). RSVP by calling 279-4580. Limit 12 per session.

Spanish For Seniors Conversational Spanish, Wednesdays with Al Enriquez. Intermediates at 1 pm, Beginners at 2 pm. Maximum ten students. Costs: $30 a month payable first day of class. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

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 675-1464.

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August 2011 | The Bridge sunday For details about items listed below or a comprehensive list of events, visit the Oak Harbor Senior Center at 51 SE Jerome St. or call 360-279-4580.



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Exercises 3 2 9 - Aerobic 1 9:30-8:30Conditioning – Yoga 9 – Lapidary

MARINER DAY! 8:30 – Yoga 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9-12 – Wood Carving 10 – Travel Committee 9 – Painting with Deon 9:30- Conditioning 1 – Japanese Women LUNCH Group 12:30 – Party Bridge 1 – Chess 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 – Line Dance 3-8 – National Night 1 - Intermediate Spanish 1 – Beginning Bridge Out! 2 – Beginning Spanish 6 - Pinochle 3 – Hula 7 – Gem Club

LUNCH 1 –Painting Studio 1 – Simone Book Signing 5 – Tai Chi


8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning LUNCH 1 – Medicare 101 1 – Watercolor Studio 1-3 – Hearing Tests 5 – Tai Chi


8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning LUNCH 1 – Watercolor Studio 5 – Tai Chi



9 - Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary 9-12 – Wood Carving 10 - Nintendo Wii Bowling 1 – MAC Seminar 1 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 6 - Pinochle 7 – Stamp Club


9 - Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary 9-12 – Wood Carving 10 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 1 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 2 – Vision Support Group 6 - Pinochle



49 - Aerobic Exercises 5 10 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 10 –Creative Writing Studio 12:15 – 3:30 –Bingo 12:30 – Cribbage 7 – Wire Wrap


9 - Aerobic Exercises FUNDRAISER! 10 – Nintendo Wii 8:30 – Yoga Bowling 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 10 –Creative Writing 9:30- Conditioning Studio 9:30 – Foot Clinic 12:15-3:30 – Jack Pot LUNCH Bingo-Harbor Tower Village 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Cribbage 12:30 – Ping Pong 7 – Wire Wrap 1 - Intermediate Spanish 1 – Beginning Bridge 2 – Beginning Spanish 3 – Hula


8:30 – Yoga 9 – Painting with Deon 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 - Intermediate Spanish 1 – Beginning Bridge 2 – Beginning Spanish 3 – Hula 5 – Senior Night Out!



9 - Aerobic Exercises 10 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 10 –Creative Writing Studio 12:15 – 3:30 –Bingo 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – Annuities Seminar 7 – Wire Wrap

9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle 7 – Old Time Fiddlers


9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle 7 - Country Western Dance


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


10-12:30 –-Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle



10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle


20 10-12:30 –-Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle 7:30 – Comedy & Canapés at Whidbey Playhouse











8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning LUNCH 1 – Watercolor Studio 1 – Hearing Tests 1 - WGH Education Program 1 – Grief Support Group 5 – Tai Chi

8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning LUNCH 1 – Watercolor Studio 5 – Tai Chi

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9 - Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary 9-12 – Wood Carving 10 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 1 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 6 - Pinochle 7 – Stamp Club

9 - Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary 9-12 – Wood Carving 9:30 – Foot Clinic 10 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 1 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 6 - Pinochle 7 – Stamp Club

Quilt Raffle Members of the Oak Harbor “Center Piecers” have made a beautiful quilt to raffle. The quilt design is called Magic Circles and is made from donated materials. Tickets are $1 and may be purchased at the Center. Drawing will be held at the Anniversary event planned for September 8. All proceeds go towards supporting programs at the Oak Harbor Senior Center.

8:30 – Yoga 9 – Painting with Deon 9 – Lapidary 9 – SHIBA LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 - Intermediate Spanish 1 – Beginning Bridge 2 – Beginning Spanish 3 - Hula

8:30 – Yoga 9 – Painting with Deon 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 - Intermediate Spanish 1 – Beginning Bridge 2 – Beginning Spanish 3 - Hula The Bridge comes out

9 - Aerobic Exercises 10 – Nintendo Wii Bowling 10 –Creative Writing 12:15 – 3:30 –Jack Pot Bingo- Banner Bank 12:30 – Cribbage 7 – Wire Wrap



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


10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

Page 6 | travel & trips

August trips 3 – Mariner Game! 4 – Pike Place Market Food Tour 6 – Glen Echo Garden-Bellingham 9 – Bellingham Choice Day 14 – Porgy & Bess-Seattle Opera 16 & 17 – Casino Hop 19 – Diablo Dam Boat Tour 20 – Camano Island Day Hike 22 – Deception Pass Kayak Tour 25 – San Juan Adventure Cruise 29 – Nooksack River Casino

The Bridge | August 2011 For a complete description of all trips, see the Summer 2011 Travel Brochure.


DIABLO LAKE BOAT TOUR Friday, August 19, 2011

Cost: $59 - Members / $89- Non-member Departure: 8 am - Return: 5:30-6 pm

Join us on the Diablo Lake Boat Tour and lunch. We drive the beautiful North Cascades Highway to Newhalem.   Enjoy the snow-capped mountains, abundant wildlife, scenic vistas, and waterfalls.   Learn the history of City Light’s hydroelectric project which began in 1918 and since 2005, has become the only electric utility in the U.S. to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.  At 10:30 am we will have a short orientation and history followed by a soup/salad/bread/dessert lunch from 11:00 am12:00 noon.  We will then board the Alice Ross III Boat for a 1.5 hour guided tour of the dam. Includes transportation, tour admission and lunch.

PASSPORT APPOINTMENTS 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 between 10 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday. For more information, and/or to make a passport application appointment, call 360-279-4580. For more information regarding WHTI & passports visit

GLEN ECHO GARDEN - BELLINGHAM Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cost: $35-Members / $65-Non-members Departure: 8:30 am / Return: 2-2:30 pm

“There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer and the morning more fragrant than ever again.” This is the


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dream Mr. Bosch created for Glen Echo Garden - a beautiful 7-acre, multi-themed botanical garden in a natural, wooded setting. Experience the peaceful atmosphere as you meander through gardens bursting with color! We’ll have a “Picnic” so please bring a sack lunch and beverage. (Various beverages will be available for purchase if you prefer.) During lunch, music from an “Exotic” instrument will be played. Includes Transportation and Admission.


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MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL Tour by Cirque du Soleil Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cost: $120 - Member /  $150 - Non-member Depart:  5:00 pm  /  Return:  12:30 – 1 am

This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production will combine Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity. A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down.  This World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson’s artistry before the eyes of the audience.  Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations. 20 tickets.  Sign up with $50 deposit. Final payment  Oct. 9.


Sunday – Wednesday, September 11 – 14, 2011

Cost: $440 per person double member /  $612  Single member Departure:  early TBA   /   Return:  TBA    PASSPORTS REQUIRED

Visit Victoria for a fun filled 3 nights & 4 days stay at the Embassy Inn conveniently located by the inner-harbor. Visit the Butterfly Exhibit on the way to Butchart Gardens for the afternoon – evening of music and fireworks. Victoria, the Provincial Capital of Canada, is a hub of arts and culture featuring live music, theatre, festivals, art galleries, museums, castle, heritage homes and more. Victoria is an easy fun walking town with plenty of sights, shopping and eateries or join us for a visit to the village of Sidney by-the- Sea with it’s waterfront walks.  ENJOY! Includes:  Bus, Ferry, Hotel, baggage handling, Butterfly Exhibit, Butchart Gardens & Escort. For more information, see Pat. PASSPORTS REQUIRED. Sign up with a $100 now with final payment by August 10.

BRANSON MUSICAL HOLIDAY November 10 - 14, 2011

Cost: $1,759 Double; $2,059 Single; $1,729 Triple.

Our Branson Musical Holiday Trip, with Collette Vacations, is scheduled for November 10 - 14, 2011. Christmas in the Ozarks is like no other; the air is aglow with holiday spirit and cheer. You will enjoy an array of fabulous Christmas performances, all unique and spectacular in their own right. Highlights include The Hughes Brothers; Silver Dollar City where an 1892 Christmas will unfold before your eyes; Andy Williams; Doug Gabriel; Stone Hill Winery; SIX-voted Branson’s Best Show; Yakov Smirnoff; Showboat Branson Belle; 5 Meals; Cancellation Waiver and Insurance; Hotel Transfers and Round Trip Air from Seattle. If we have 10 or more, round trip transportation between Oak Harbor and SeaTac included. Stop by for a brochure. Deposit of $310 by July 10. Limit 20 seats. Credit Cards accepted. Call Pat for more information at 279-4582.

CANADIAN TRAIN ODYSSEY April 23 – May 3, 2012

This cross-country train adventure across Canada begins in Toronto, ends in Vancouver, and includes beautiful scenery and fun-filled activities in some of Canada’s most popular cities. Jay, group manager of Globus/Cosmos is scheduling a presentation on this Train Odyssey at the Oak Harbor Senior Center in September.  Date to be advised.  If you are interested please phone Pat Gardner at 279-4582 and leave your name & number so she will notify you of the September date.  Brochures are available at the Travel Desk for your convenience to have & look over.

August 2011 | The Bridge

Senior Services of Island County Information and Assistance for Seniors: Job Bank, Free Notary Service and more. Call 675-0311.

Grief Support Group

NOTE: Group will meet once a month during the Summer. The Grief Support Group will meet Monday, Aug. 22 from 1 to 2:30 pm. Monthly drop-in group for adults coping with the loss of someone significant. New participants welcomed at any time. Informal discussion led by a facilitator. Share experiences & feelings, learn about the grief process, identify healthy coping skills. No charge. Registration not required. Sponsored by Hospice of the Northwest. Call 360-814-5589 for more information.

Alzheimer’s Support Group Meets the first Thursday of the month from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Meeting House, just west of HomePlace Special Care Center, 171 SW 6th Ave., Oak Harbor. Call 360279-2555.

Parkinson’s Support Group Aug. 5 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 Wednesday, Aug. 10 & Tuesday,

Aug. 30. To make an appointment, call the Senior Center front desk at 279-4580. Foot Care Clinic is held at North Whidbey Caregiver’s Cove.

Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service (New Times!) Free hearing tests and hearing aid repairs on Mondays, Aug. 8 and 22 from 1 to 3 pm. For an appointment call the Center, 279-4580.

Vision Impaired Support Group Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 2 pm. For more information contact Paul Bovey at 679-8293.

SHIBA Appointments are available on Wednesdays, from 9 to 11:30 am. For appointments call the Senior 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, and you will be directed to someone to help you.



health briefs & helpful info

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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 a.m. 360-279-4580

Do 1 Nice Thing Ideas for August 1. SECRET ADMIRER. Put a flower or flowers on a friends doorstep to brighten their day. 2. HELP Our Animal Shelter Dogs And Cats, by donating to W.A.I.F. Thrift. They always need items to sell. 3. Remember Help House when you go shopping. Tuna, macaroni & cheese, and peanut butter are always needed. 4. Packing party for our marine in Afghanistan on August 9 at 10 a.m. Call Helen at 679-9139 for more information.


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