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North Whidbey’s 50-Plus Crowd June 2011 | Vol. 3 | Issue 2

life . health . happiness

The first day to sign up for Summer 2011 Travel will be Thursday, June 23 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. The Summer Travel Brochure will be mailed to members of the Oak Harbor Senior Center. If your membership has expired, you must renew by Thursday, June 2, to be on the mailing list. All others may stop by and pick up a brochure after June 14. Be among the first to know the new trips offered for Summer and save on trip costs by renewing your membership. Remember, Out-of-Town Guests or under 50 will receive the Member price on trips.

APPLEBEE’S DINING OUT FUNDRAISER A BIG Thank You to Applebee’s and everyone who supported the Applebee’s Dining Out Fundraiser May 4. We had a wonderful turnout and raised some money for the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Good Food, Good Friends and the best part? No one had to the dishes!!!! Good Job everyone, thank you!

NOCHE ESPAÑOLA The next stop on our World Tour is Spain. Join Miguel Angel and Claudia Losada on Saturday, July 23 for Noche Española (Spanish Night). Enjoy an unforgettable night of Spanish sounds, colors and tastes. Miguel and Claudia will bring to your table the full Spanish experience with food, wine, flamenco dance and history. Sign up at the front desk with your $20.00 donation or buy a table of six by Friday, July 15. Seating is limited to this festive event.

OAK HARBOR LIBRARY ANNOUNCES NEW HOURS To better meet the needs of library customers, Oak Harbor Library will change hours of operation starting June 5, 2011, opening at 9:00 am and closing at 8pm on weekdays. Weekend hours remain the same. Changes in open hours are based on public feedback and recent patterns of library use, and were developed with the goal of improving service to our community. This is not a reduction in hours; in fact we are adding one hour per week to the total. The library is open 7 days per week: Monday through Thursday 9 am-8 pm; Friday 9 am-5 pm; Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday 1pm-5 pm.

White water fun in the sun


oin Tom Piper for the 2nd Annual White Water Rafting on the Wenatchee River, July 20 & 21! Enjoy a scenic ride over Steven’s Pass to Leavenworth. The many sights and ambient shops make this city a spectacular place to visit. After lunch, check into the hotel and relax. Join the group for dinner downtown or on your own. The alarm rings early (6 am) for a 7 am breakfast and packing up to meet our Wenatchee River Rafting guides. We will enjoy over 20 miles of white water rafting. This is a Class III rated river... not overwhelming but guaranteed to provide a thrilling “float.” Afterwards a BBQ lunch will be served at Monitor before drying off and changing into bus riding attire for the trip home. Should be plenty of exciting chatter as we recount our exciting two days together.

Includes Icicle Inn Hotel, Raft Trip, RT transportation, Breakfast at the hotel and a delicious BBO lunch. Cost: $235.00 Double-Member/$285.00 Single-Member. $295 – Double-Non-member/$345 Single-Non-member. 20 seats. No refunds after June 15. Final payment is due July 1. The 2010 trip was a total success!

Photos by Kathleen Schofield


More Summer Fun! Enjoy our beautiful Pacific Northwest this summer with trips found in our Summer 2011 Travel Brochure. Trips to Orcas Island, Balloon Rally in Processor, Overnight Casino Hop, Paddle Wheeler Lunch Cruise on the Fraser River, Whatcom Railway, Kayaking, Fireworks Competition in Vancouver, B.C., Friday Harbor and more. The good news is Seattle City Lights Diablo Dam re-opens this summer for tours. Remember, your guests go at the Member price. Bring your summer visitors. Leave the driving and gas costs to us.

Make your own zoo pal! QUILT RAFFLE


imon and Garfunkel sang it all was happening at the Zoo, but we’re bringing the Zoo to you! Come Fluff & Stuff your own Zoo Pal Friday, June 17 at 1:00 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center Senior. Each Zoo Pal is $13 and everything you need will be provided including a ‘Wish on a Star’ and birth certificate. Choose between a giraffe, monkey or lion, sign up with payment by June 3 at the Front Desk then spend a fun hour with everyone stuffing your Zoo Pal. Other pals are available for future Noah’s Ark Animal workshops. Great gifts for the special child in your life!

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Members of the Oak Harbor Center Piecers display the beautiful quilt the have made to raffle. The quilt design is called Magic Circles and is made from donated material. Tickets are $1.00 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.

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The Bridge | June 2011

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

By Roxann Dunn-Terry I knew it was an end of an era when I read: “ABC has canceled two of its longest-running daytime soap operas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Both programs have been on the network’s daytime lineup for more than 40 years. Research into what today’s daytime viewers want and changing viewing patterns, ABC is evolving the face of daytime television shows. The replacement shows will focus on health and food. The move leaves “General Hospital” as ABC’s only daytime drama. Shevonne -- our resident soap opera junkie -- is literally crying in the back of our office right now.”

Soap operas have slowly been fading as a TV force, with many of the women who made up the target audience now in the work force. “I haven’t had a chance for anybody to physically assault me yet,” ABC’s President of Day Time Programming, Brian Frons said. “But if you’re a passionate viewer of these shows, you can assume people are going to be really angry at me.” Well, duh? Then I read; “Nobody disputes the fact that the audience for soap operas is aging and shrinking, and that soaps are becoming economically unfeasible to produce. But ABC’s canceling of two 40-year-old institutions with practically no notice was a tremendous jolt to an extremely loyal audience. There are probably no fans more loyal than soap fans. Many of them schedule their day around what they affectionately call “my shows,” and a lot of them have done that for a long time, and have developed a very personal relationship with the characters in these shows. So it should be no surprise that this news has caused a profound sense of loss and anger among those viewers who are really going to miss their daily dose of soaps. Soon remaining fans will have

to say goodbye to characters as familiar as family members.” I could feel Shevonne’s pain. I didn’t appreciate the “aging and shrinking”. Anger? No. Sense of loss? Characters as familiar as family members? Yes and yes. Growing up we knew the half hour that ‘As The World Turns’ was mom’s time. It better be about blood, death or fire if you were to disturb her. I, too, became a Soap Junkie. It started with ‘Dark Shadows’. I would rush home after school to watch Barnabas Collins and his fiendish plots. This was in the olden days before DVR’s. ‘Dark Shadows’ was my own show. Then came ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life To Live’. I would have dropped out of school except dad threatened to throw out the TV. My teachers must have thought me a sickly child my senior year with all the school I missed. But hey, Phillip was being sent to Vietnam and didn’t know Tara was pregnant. Tara was told Phillip had been killed so Dr. Chuck Tyler married her to give her baby a name. What was she to do when Phillip was found and came home to find her married and with a baby? I tried the split personality thing, like Vickie on ‘One Life To Live’ but that only lasted a couple of days. I couldn’t keep what stories I told who straight. Mom informed me there never was an Evil Twin. She remembered quite well the day I was

> JUNE event spotlight OLD TIME FIDDLERS




Come fiddle around with the Old Time Fiddlers for some great music and fun Friday, June 3 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! Join Helen Bates Friday, June 3 at 1:00 pm for final sign up and information on our, 7 Day Alaska Cruise, aboard Holland America’s ms Oosterdam, roundtrip from Seattle. Trip is scheduled for September 18, 2001. Cruise Glacier Bay National Park, visit Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria. Rates include Roundtrip Transfers from Oak Harbor to Seattle Cruise Ship Terminal, Cabin accommodations, All meals in the Main Dining Room, Buffets and Room Service, Passports required. $350 per person deposit is due at time of booking. Your deposit is refundable until the final payment date of 6/5/11. Brochures available at the Travel Desk. For more information, RSVP by calling the Center, 279-4580.


A “Country Western Line Dance” will be held Friday, June 10 from 7:00-10:00 pm, including a variety of workshops, at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Admission is $5.00 per person – $9.00 per couple, $1.00 discount for Senior Center Members. Open to the Public.

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.

Join Nina and the gang at DH Buffet, for an evening of food and friendship, on Wednesday, June 15. Meet at 5:00 pm. RSVP by calling the Center, 279-4580, by June 13. (Gratuities not included.)

A Group Health representative will be at the Center on Friday, June 24 at 2 pm, to present the Medicare Advantage plans/products that Group Health has available beginning January 1, 2011. RSVP, 279-4580.


“Whole Latte Reading” begins June 21 through Labor Day. Read, review and reap rewards at the Oak Harbor Library. Submit five book reviews and receive a $5 Whidbey Coffee gift certificate. Funded by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.


Join Linda Bartlett to learn about local farmer’s markets and how to subscribe to a local farm for fresh produce on Tuesday, June 14 at 5:30 pm at City Hall. Part of the Green Living Series to teach fun ways to save money and have earth-friendly adventures in your kitchen and backyard! Held

born and no doctor stole my twin while she was on the delivery table. As a young wife and mother, babies nap time, and folding laundry was scheduled around my soaps. I knew I was going over the edge when during family prayer, I asked that Luke and Laura would be protected while hiding. Mr. Volunteer looked at me and asked who Luke and Laura were? When I didn’t answer, it dawned on him, “Is this like when Mary got shot?” One day he found me and our two-year-old sitting on the couch crying our eyes out. He kept asking what was wrong, what happened? I quit crying long enough to tell him “Mary got shot. They killed her.” He panicked. “Who? Mary? What Mary?” I told him Jeff and Mary. He said, “I don’t know a Jeff and Mary. Who are they?” I quit crying long enough to tell him about Jeff and Mary. They were expecting a baby and two burglars broke into their home and shot and killed Mary. Mr. Volunteer thought I was talking about someone in the mother’s playgroup. When he finally realized I was talking about ‘All My Children’, he was ready to throw out the TV. When the actress who played Mary, showed up on the ‘L’Eggs commercial, he’d just look at me and say, “I see Mary isn’t dead. Yet”. Soap will never be the same.

at Oak Harbor City Hall, 865 SE Barrington Dr. This event will be filmed for Oak Harbor TV.

WHIDBEY GENERAL’S EDUCATION SERIES Skin Cancer – What You Can Do to Prevent It As the summer starts to warm up, come learn about skin cancer and how to prevent it. Russell Johnson, MD, PhD is a dermatologist with offices in Coupeville and Anacortes. He has been on Whidbey & Fidalgo Islands for 13 years, seeing and treating patients with diseases of the skin. He has a special interest in skin cancer, and will present information about how to prevent skin cancers and how to identify it early. If diagnosed early, there is a better chance of cure and survival. Oak Harbor Senior Center Monday, June 27, from 1:00-2:00pm. Call the Front Desk at 279-4580 to RSVP.

FRUGAL FRIENDS COFFEE CHAT Join “Whidbey’s Frugalista”, Amy Hannold, for a morning of money-saving ideas and inspiration, Tuesday, June 28 at 1:00 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Bring your questions on where to find the best deal for what you’re shopping for.  We’ll help you spend less on items from your budget!  Amy will point you in the right direction and help you get the most from your money.   Concerns regarding consumer issues and “wiser-consumer” resources will also be featured.  You can email your questions ahead of time, if desired, to RSVP, 279-4580.

{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.

June 2011 | The Bridge

games &fun $25 Jackpot Bingo Games

Feeling Lucky? Harbor Tower Village Retirement Center will sponsor a $25 Jackpot Bingo game on Thursday, June 9 and Banner Bank on June 23. Cards for the $25 Bingo game available at intermission for $1. Bingo is played on 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.

Ping Pong

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

Party Bridge

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

Beginning Bridge Class

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


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


Thursdays, 12:30-3:00 pm. Bring your cribbage boards.


Tuesdays, 5:30 pm. Fridays, 12:30 pm. Potluck lunch on Fridays.. ... More fun on Page 5

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Fun Fitness

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, 9:00 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. 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.

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.

Line Dance

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm with instructor Jerry Scheppers. $10.00 a monthMembers. No partners needed.  

College and Senior Services of Island County at Bayview. 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 in 4 sessions from 9-11:30 am on Wednesdays starting June 1. Each session is $65-Members/$75Non-Members, payable at the first class.   Materials list available at the Center. First session: June 1, 15, 22, & 29.(skipping June 8). Second session: July 6, 13, 20 & 28. Third session: August 3, 17, 24, & 31. (skipping August 10). RSVP by calling 279-4580. Limit 12 per session.

Peter Keating, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology

FREELAND (360) 331-1415 1690 E. Layton, Suite A

OAK HARBOR (360) 279-1229 380 SE Midway Blvd

(Co-sponsored by Hospice of the NW)

Tuesday, May 24th 1 pm, Oak Harbor Senior Center Class size limited Pre-registration Required

Conversational Spanish, Wednesdays with Al Enriquez. Intermediates at 1:00 pm, New Beginners class starts June 1 at 2:00 pm. Maximum ten students. (No classes June 8.) Costs: $30 a month payable first day of class. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

Tai Chi & Qigong

Jill Reed teaches Tai Chi Mondays at 5:30 pm and Fridays at 9:30 am. To register, call Jill at 675-1464.



Retirement Perfected Now is the time to enjoy life on your terms! Come enjoy Choice, Independence, Fun and Laughter; a simplified life the way it is meant to be.

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).   Deon has been teaching painting for the past twelve years at Skagit Valley

We make a difference by listening to you.

5-Wishes Program

Spanish For Seniors

NEW CLASS!! “The Faint Hearted Painterâ€?Â


I only want the best for Mom... and I’ve found it at

Visit us today and discover Retirement Perfected . TM

(360) 331-1303

1767 Alliance Ave Freeland, WA 98249

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health briefs & helpful info Grief Support Group

offer on-going education, sharing of case assignments, and good fellowship. Â If you feel you would be interested in volunteering, please call Dave Bieniek, Volunteer Coordinator at 678-7605 or 3216659.

NOTE: Group will meet once a month during the summer.

The Grief Support Group will meet Monday, June 27 from 1:00 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.

Senior Services of Island County

Information and Assistance for Seniors: Job Bank, Free Notary Service and more – Call 675-0311.


Alzheimer’s Support Group

Seeking Hospice & Home Health Visiting Volunteers

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.

The Home Health Care & Hospice of Whidbey General Hospital is seeking volunteers to visit with patients and families.  Volunteers are trained by our staff and equipped for this rewarding work.  The work may include providing respite for the caregiver, companionship for the patient, light housework and meal preparation, or running errands for the family.  The work may also involve being with patients at the end of their life which is a great privilege.  Volunteers typically spend two to fours hours a week on their assignment.  Monthly meetings

Parkinson’s Support Group

June 3 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, June 8. To make an appointment, call the Front Desk at 279-4580. Foot Care Clinic is held at North Whidbey

Caregivers Cove.

Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service

Free hearing tests and hearing aid repairs on Mondays, June 13 and June 27 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon. For an appointment call the Center, 279-4580.

Vision Impaired Support Group

Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00 pm. For more information, contact Paul Bovey at 679-8293.


Appointments are available on Wednesdays, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For appointments call the Center at 279-4580. SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) Help Line is a FREE service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, sponsored locally by Island Hospital. The volunteers are trained to inform people of their options regarding health insurance, Medicare (supplements, advantage 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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Old Fashioned Hamburger Ham & Red Pepper Quiche BBQ Chicken

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Meatloaf w/Tomatoes Rueben Sandwich Turkey Rice Casserole Tuna Melt w/Tomato Oven Baked Chicken

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Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry Salad Bar w/Assorted Veggies Teriyaki Chicken Three Bean Soup & Salad 'Krab' Cakes

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Keilbasa & Kraut on a Bun Hawaiian Pizza & Salad Salisbury Steak w/Gravy Cheesy Tuna-Mac Chicken Caesar Salad

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Tomato Spinach Tortellini Salad Bar w/Assorted Veggies Oven 'Fried' Chicken Chef's Choice

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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

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.





June 2011

8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9:30- Deon’s Art Class LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 - Intermediate Spanish 1 – Beginning Bridge 2 – Beginning Spanish 3 – Hula 7 – Gem Club




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

9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle 1 – Alaska Cruise Presentation 6:30 – Old Time Fiddlers

10-12:30 –-Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle 2 –Free Saturday Matinee “Secretariat” at Oak Harbor Library






















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

8:30 – Yoga 9 – All Day Meeting in Arts & Crafts 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning 9:30 – Foot Clinic LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 - No Spanish Class 1 – Beginning Bridge 3 – Hula

8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning 8:30 – Yoga 9 - Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9:30- Conditioning 9 – Lapidary 9:30- Deon’s Art Class 10 – Hearing Tests 9-12 – Wood Carving LUNCH LUNCH 10 - Nintendo Wii Bowling 12:30 – Party Bridge 1 – Watercolor Painting 1 – MAC Seminar 12:30 – Ping Pong 5 – Tai Chi 1 – Chess 1 - Intermediate Spanish 1 – Line Dance 1 – Beginning Bridge 6 - Pinochle 2 – Beginning Spanish 7 – Stamp Club 3 – Hula 5 – Senior Night Out!

happy Father’s Day!


9 - Aerobic Exercises 9 – Lapidary 9-12 – Wood Carving 10 – Travel Committee 1 – Japanese Women Group 1 – Chess 1 – Line Dance 6 - Pinochle

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


8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning 10 – Hearing Tests LUNCH 1 – Watercolor Painting 1 - WGH Education Program 1 – Grief Support Group 5 – Tai Chi

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


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

8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9:30- Deon’s Art Class LUNCH 12:30 – Party Bridge 12:30 – Ping Pong 1 - Intermediate Spanish 1 – Beginning Bridge 2 – Beginning Spanish 3 - Hula


8:30 – Yoga 9:30- Conditioning 9 – Lapidary; SHIBA 9:30- Deon’s Art Class 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– Harbor Tower Village 12:30 – Cribbage 1 – SVC History Class 7 – Wire Wrap

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


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

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

9- Quilting 9:30 – Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 – Pinochle 1 – Zoo Pal Workshop

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

10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

10-12:30 –-Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle!

10-12:30 – Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

Farmer’s Market Seniors Coupons

The Senior Farmer’s Market vouchers will arrive in June, but the specific date has not been determined. Call the Bayview Senior Center the first week in June to check on the arrival date and distribution locations and times. (321-1600 or 678-3373). If you are 60 years old or older and your income is at or below $1679.00 per month for one person or at or below $2,268 per month for 2 people, you would be eligible for the program. Each eligible person will receive $40.00 worth of vouchers, which can be taken to participating markets to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

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june trips 6 – Skagit Valley Casino 11 – Day Hike & Lunch 14 –White Rock, B.C. 16 – Mystery Lunch 21 & 22 – Quinault Beach Resort & Casino 24 – Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop 27 – Angel of the Winds Casino For a complete description of all trips, see the Summer 2011 Travel Brochure.

NEW PRICE!!! QUINAULT BEACH RESORT & CASINO June 21 - 22, 2011 Cost: $125 - double-member / $165 single-member Depart: 7:30 AM  Return: 7-7:30 PM We’re heading to Ocean Shores to the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino. The resort is located directly on the beach. Great for beach combing. Ocean View rooms are tastefully decorated. (Smoking & Non-smoking available.) There’s a heated swimming pool, hot tub and exercise facility. Enjoy dining at Emily’s Oceanfront Restaurant. Try your luck at

The Bridge | June 2011 the international style casino featuring the latest electronic gaming machines and a complete array of table games. The next morning enjoy breakfast and a little more time for yourself before heading home. 16 seats. Sign up with a $50 deposit. Final payment June 1.

WESTERN WASHINGTON QUILT SHOP HOP Friday, June 24, 2011 Cost $35-Members/$65-Non-members  Departure: 8:00 am-Return: 6-6:30 pm The Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop is a quilter’s dream trip, and a fun filled day.  We will visit several quilt shops. At each shop you will receive a piece of coordinating fabric for this year’s theme quilt. There will be a no-host lunch break along the way. Transportation, Ferry & Lots of Fun! 20 Seats.  Sign up with payment by June 17.


Round Trip From Seattle Join Helen & Ken Bates  for  our, 7 Day Alaska Cruise, aboard Holland America’s ms Oosterdam, round trip from Seattle. Trip is scheduled for September 18 - 25, 2011. Cruise Glacier Bay National Park, visit Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Victoria. Rates include Round trip Transfers from Oak Harbor VICTORIA, B.C. to Seattle Cruise Ship Terminal, Cabin Sun-Weds,  September 11-14, 2011 accommodations, All meals in the Main Cost: $440 per person double Dining Room, Buffets and Room Service, member  /  $612  Single member Passports required. $350 per person Departure:  early TBA   /   Return:  TBA deposit is due at time of booking. Your PASSPORTS REQUIRED deposit is refundable until the final Visit Victoria for a fun filled 3 nights payment date of June 5. Credit Cards & 4 days stay at the Embassy Inn accepted. For more information,  RSVP conveniently located by the inner harbor.  Helen at 675-4201. Visit the Butterfly Exhibit on the way BRANSON MUSICAL HOLIDAY to Butchart Gardens for the afternoon– November 10 - 14, 2011 evening of music and fireworks. Victoria, Cost: $1,759 Double; $2,059 Single; the Provincial Capital of Canada, is a $1,729 Triple. hub of arts and culture featuring live Our Branson Musical Holiday Trip,


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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 deposit now with final payment by August 5.

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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 passports or WHTI, visit

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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.

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>june interest groups New England Group Will meet Monday, June 13, at 11:30 am at DH Buffet. Call Evelyn at 6755106.

W.I.G.S. Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers meet the second Tuesday of the month at 2720 Heller Road, at the fire station just north of Crosby Road. Next meeting is June 14, at 1:00 pm. Our program speaker is Steve Baylor, President of WA State Genealogical Society, who will discuss what you can find in directories and where to find them. He is also a member of the Stillaguamish Genealogical Society. Bring your questions. There will be information for all levels of searchers, as well as refreshments and raffles. All are welcome.  Contact  Ruth Hancock, 675 -4086 or email randr.hancock@frontier. com for more information; Gordon Garnhart, 360-240-8875 or email; Betty Leitch, 675-3722 or email

MAC Computer Seminar Next seminar is Tuesday, June 14 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: wimug

North Whidbey Coupon Club-New Meeting! North Whidbey Coupon Club now meets Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm at the Oak Harbor Albertsons. We also continue to meet Fridays, 9:30-11:30 AM, at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce building. Its “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, June 11, 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce. “Good Meals, Better Deals�, an intro/refresher class will be offered Saturday June 25 at 10 am ($10/ person).  The clubs are free, open to current couponers and those new to coupons. Whidbey Coupon Clubs are a part of Whidbey Island’s “Coupons For Our Community� project which provides coupons and money-saving skills to families in our communities.  You can support “Coupons For Our Community� by donating your weekend coupon inserts. Donation boxes are located at Albertsons and the Oak Harbor Senior Center. For more information call Amy at 360-675-2338.

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Harbor’s Highly Evolved Literary League on Thursday, June 16 at 5:30 pm. This month is “Pomegranate Soup� by Marsha Mehran. Books available at the library. All are welcome. Funded by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. The library is located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. For more information, please call 360675-5115. Share your love of mysteries. Join the discussion of books by Nevada Barr on Thursday, June 30 at 3:00 pm. Books available at the library. Funded by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. The library is located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. For more information, please call 360-675-5115, or visit www. Funded by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. The library is located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. For more information, please call 360-675-5115, or visit

Book Group Share your love of books with Oak

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 Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am.

Whidbey Island Gem Club Will meet Wednesday, June 1 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. Â 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. Friday mornings, 9:00 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 5:00 pm. Every Sunday, Call Phyllis Hofkamp, 6753628 for breakfast location and call Roz Davis, 675-3171 for dinner location.

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Meet Maria Chastain

Queen of Fun, Laughter and Happiness Maria Chastain rules the fun, laughter, and happiness at Harbor Tower Village!! When Maria is on the job as Lead Cook the atmosphere is as good as the food. You can hear her laughter throughout the whole community. Maria can turn an ordinary event into something special at the drop of a hat. Maria dances with the residents at happy hour, is the lead in the all birthday celebrations and is responsible for attracting a number of us to work at Harbor Tower-myself included (Ann Votava, Executive Director.) Maria and her husband, Kevin, moved from the Philippines to the United States in 1987. After two years in Missouri, they were stationed with the Navy in Japan for twelve years. Maria had her daughter Raean, last month’s care giver extraordinair, during their time in Japan. Maria and her family moved to Oak Harbor in 2001, where she mentored under Chef Brad Boyer. Maria’s favorite part of her job is the ability to infuse fun and laughter into the lives of the residents and employees. All of us at Harbor Tower Village feel privileged to call Maria a friend and coworker. Please feel free to stop by and meet Maria. The first 10 people who visit Whidbey Coffee, located on Highway 20 next to Wendy’s in Oak Harbor, and mention that Queen Maria will receive a free latte. See you at Harbor Tower Village and Whidbey Coffee.

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