Senior Times -- April 2017

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April 2017

Volume 5 • Issue 3

Six-story hotel opens at Legends Casino in Toppenish Casino attracts thousands of Tri-Citians annually BY KRISTINA LORD

New arts studio opens in Richland

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Sun Downs gears up for horse racing

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Trios Health seeks 70 volunteers Page 15

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The 7,000 people who hop aboard the free shuttle buses in the Tri-Cities to travel to Legends Casino in Toppenish each year won’t have to rush back home that same day. They now have the option of staying overnight with the opening of a six-story, 200-room hotel and conference center. “There’s a lot going on in the area with agritourism,” said Letisha Peterson, general manager of Legends Casino and Hotel. She said many travelers weigh the costs of a Vegas vacation against a more affordable staycation, and believes it’s a “good time for us” to open the hotel. Peterson, who has worked at Legends for 14 years, grew up in Toppenish and is a member of the Yakama Nation. She said the hotel prides itself on honoring tribal culture and pointed to the artwork in the hotel’s rooms and lobby featuring historical Yakama Nation photographs, as well as the huckleberryscented soaps and shampoos. The huckleberry has been valued by tribal people for centuries. The Legends Hotel, which opened Feb. 25, features valet parking, WiFi, an indoor pool and hot tub, and a fitness center, and soon will open a mini museum featuring items from the Yakama Nation Museum. The hotel offers free valet service to all guests. Those wishing to use the service can drive to the entrance of the hotel and an attendant will assist them. uLEGENDS, Page 14

Viola Lawler is one of many seniors who have benefited from People For People’s transportation services in Southeast Washington. Pictured with her are drivers Gilbert Escobar and Jamie Mauldin. (Courtesy People For People)

People For People offers seniors rides across 12 counties

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Madelyn Carlson knows what drives seniors to lead longer, more productive lives. “If they don’t have transportation services—if they can’t access critical services—they’re going to be institutionalized much earlier,” said Carlson, CEO of People For People, a nonprofit committed to empowering senior citizens with resources, such as medical transportation. “And when

they have to be displaced in an unfamiliar place and can’t participate in their community, their health declines more rapidly. I look at it as we’re able to maintain healthier individuals by keeping them in their home.” People For People has been around since 1965 and was originally founded as Yakima County Community Action Council with a focus on employment training services, Head Start programs and community action agency services. uTRANSPORTATION, Page 6

‘Smart home’ research aims to keep seniors in their homes longer BY KRISTINA LORD

In the not too distant future, “smart homes” could be as common as smartphones. A Washington State University researcher believes so-called “smart homes” might be a way to keep senior citizens independent and in their homes longer. “We want to provide intervention to increase independence,” said Diane Cook, whose research work in data mining and artificial intelligence focuses on the design of “smart homes” to provide health monitoring and intervention.

Her research has been noticed at the national level. Cook recently was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Diane Cook “Smart home” Washington research uses proState University grammed sensors — they look like smoke detectors — to monitor, predict and improve quality of life, particularly in elder care. uSMART HOME, Page 2


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SMART HOME, From page 1 As the U.S. population ages, using technology to address challenges is of increasing interest to senior citizens who wish to stay in their homes, care providers and government leaders, especially since assisted living costs can average $70,000 per year, according to a WSU release. Someday soon seniors might be able to rely on a “smart home” to alert their caregivers or loved ones if they fall or to provide them a snapshot of their week’s activities, Cook said. Cook works with “smart home” test sites that feature 25 sensors strategically placed throughout a home. One hundred different sites have been equipped, usually for about a month at a time. Roughly 30 “smart homes” are currently active, she said. The sensors are meant to be unobtrusive. They aren’t cameras, but infrared motion sensors — similar to the way a garage door sensor works, Cook said. Another kind of sensor monitors the opening and closing of doors, from a front door to a medicine cabinet door. Cook, a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is working to design software to analyze the sensors’ data to recognize activities and patterns in a “smart home.” When changes in routines or behavior occur, the system could dispatch a call for help or alert a caregiver. The “smart homes” may even be able to interact with seniors, alerting them to take their medicines during a meal, for example. Cook said she works closely with health care experts to interpret and label the data to make it more meaningful. When asked about a timeline for when “smart homes” could be commonplace, she said she expects to “see big changes within the next 10 years.” She also joked that the ideal “smart home” would be able to do laundry. Cook holds several patents in environmental sensor-driven activity model development. She cofounded Adaptelligence, a startup company that focuses on activity recognition using sensors in wearable and mobile devices. A former WSU graduate student also founded Behaviometrics, which is building a consumer product for elder care that uses an in-home sensing array developed in Cook’s lab. uSMART HOME, Page 3

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New Richland studio offers sanctuary for budding artists of all ages BY KRISTINA LORD

The owner of a new Richland integrative arts studio never planned to become an artist. “My life is a creative work in progress,” said owner Lexie Forbes with a laugh. Forbes recently opened Yellow Dog Integrative Arts Studio at 214-B Torbett St. She envisions the space being used for all kinds of classes — some she’ll teach, like acrylic painting — and others will be taught by community members. They all won’t be painting classes either, she said. They’ll range from fiber arts to water colors, to tai chi and yoga, to paper crafts and music. She’s also offering a weekly adult coloring circle from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $5 and reservations aren’t required. Forbes will provide a new design each week and access to colored pencils, markers and paint as well as tips on shading techniques. Music, coffee and tea also are available. “I want there to be a lot of activity going on here. I want independent artisans here to have a creative environment for all different kinds of healthy, creative things,” she said. SMART HOME, From page 2 “Cook is making a difference in people’s lives through her innovations in elder care and health monitoring,” said Don Bender, interim dean of the WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, in a statement. “This prestigious (fellowship) demonstrates the impact that she is having in addressing our nation’s biggest health challenges.’’ Ranked in the top 5 percent of her research peers, Cook is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is a recipient of career development and research initiation awards from the National Science Foundation. She received the Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award from WSU’s Voiland College and was a finalist for the 2016 Geekwire Geek of the Year award. She is co-director of the National Institute on Aging’s training program in gerontechnology and a director of its artificial laboratory. She has published more than 370 peer-reviewed articles. Cook will be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors on April 5 as part of the sixth annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors in Boston.

More teaching studios are needed in the Tri-Cities, said Gail Roadhouse, a retired painting therapist, full-time professional artist and part-time instructor who has lived in the Tri-Cities for 21 years. “I teach at The Reach and Allied Arts Gallery and the classes fill up quickly. We are in serious need of more teaching studios for all age groups. Our Tri-City area is very large and there is less and less art in our classrooms,” Roadhouse said. The airy Yellow Dog studio is family-friendly as teaching children is close to Forbes’ heart. She spent about eight months teaching acrylic painting classes — many to kids — at Kat Millicent Custom Art in the Richland Uptown Shopping Center, but she said she’s been dreaming about owning her own studio for years. The studio can be rented for $35 an hour for one to five hours a month, $30 an hour for five to 10 hours a month, or $25 an hour for more than 10 hours a month. It also can be rented for all-occasion parties and other events, Forbes said. Forbes, who grew up in the Palouse, said her path to becoming an artist began after her children finished high school. The Richland artist, 60, said she felt

her “creative life had taken a hit” and had been neglected. So, she started drawing and taking art classes. She also began connecting with other artists because “it fed my soul,” she said. She wasn’t a confident artist — she cried the first time her artwork was seen in public. Then, in 2002, she landed a job painting a 12-by50-foot mural for Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, Idaho. “I had gone from this crying over my stuff being seen to ‘I can paint in front of people,’” she said, explaining the Lexie Forbes, owner of Yellow Dog mural was a month long pub- Integrative Arts Studio in Richland, stands with her two dogs, Lucy, left, the studio’s lic process. namesake, and Bullet. She envisions the When her husband took a studio being used for all kinds of classes — job in Colorado, she began some she’ll teach — and others will be working for a nonprofit that taught by community members. A weekly did mission work in Ecuador. adult coloring circle is at 1 p.m. every There, she painted more Tuesday. murals. She soon started teaching “very consuming and rewarding and art to children after a co-worker who purposeful.” volunteered at a private school asked In 2012, her life took a new direcher for advice on how best to do it. tion when she woke up and heeded the She taught for more than 10 years, voice in her head that told her she had mostly in a remote log cabin north of thyroid cancer. Colorado Springs, and found it to be uART STUDIO, Page 16


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 • National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association lunch meeting: 11:30 a.m., Red Lion Hotel, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. Visit SATURDAY, APRIL 8 • All Things Poultry Event: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Building 3 and 4, Kennewick. Contact 509-582-6436. Free event. TUESDAY, APRIL 11 • Alzheimer’s Series: Effective Communication Strategies: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. RSVP 509-943-8455. Free event. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 • Rachel Road Alignment Study Open House: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Desert Hills Middle School cafeteria, 1701 S. Clodfelter Road, Richland. Contact 800-252-8929. Free event. • History of Uniforms and Weapons, presented by the Tri-City Genealogical Society: 7 – 9 p.m., Benton PUD auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Visit THURSDAY, APRIL 13 • Enhancing Oncology with Naturopathic Medicine: Noon, TriCities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Building A, Kennewick. RSVP 509-737-3427. Free event.

• Lawn Problems class, a WSU Extension Master Gardener Program: 6:30 p.m., Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Visit benton-franklin. Free event. APRIL 14 – 15 • Visual History of Washington Wine Tour: Noon – 5 p.m., Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, 2140A Wine Country Road, Prosser. RSVP 509-786-1000. Free event. APRIL 14 – 16 • Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Music Festival: Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Tickets 509-851-4287. SATURDAY, APRIL 15 • Indoor Garage Sale: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., TRAC, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Contact: 509-572-2999. • Spring Heritage Garden Workshop: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Contact Free event. TUESDAY, APRIL 18 • Senior Times Expo: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Contact 509-737-8778. Free event. • Live United Celebration: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 • Lourdes Legacy Luncheon: 11:30 a.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. RSVP 509-543-2412. Free event.

APRIL 22 – 23 • Lakeside Gem & Mineral Show: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 • Reason to Hope Breakfast, a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association: 7:30 a.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Tickets 509-280-7913. • Tri-Cities Community Lecture Series: Woody Guthrie in the Pacific Northwest/The Columbia River Songs: 7 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Free event.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 • Patriot Show & Shine: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Liberty Christian School, 2200 Williams Blvd., Richland. Visit Free event. • Cotik/Lin Duo Concert, presented by Camerata Musica: 8 p.m., Battelle Auditorium, 902 Battelle Blvd., Richland. Contact Free event.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21 • Spring Bazaar and Flea Market: Noon – 6 p.m., Kennewick Valley Grange, 2611 S. Washington St., Kennewick. Contact 509-948-7512. Free event. • Bunco Tournament: 1 – 3 p.m., Kennewick Senior Center, 500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick. Contact 509-585-4303. • Free Breast and Cervical Screenings: 1 – 4 p.m., Trios Care Center at Vista Field, 521 N. Young St., Kennewick. RSVP 509-737-3420. Free event. • Rolling Hills Chorus Friends & Family Concert: 7:30 p.m., Benton PUD Auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Contact Free event.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 • Tri-Citian of the Year: 6 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP tricitianoftheyear. org. • HeART of Healing art show, benefitting Cork’s Cares Fund: 6 – 9 p.m., Anthology Event Center, 706 Williams Blvd., Richland. Tickets 509-783-7416. SATURDAY, APRIL 29 • Overcoming Challenges & Adversity presentation: 10 – 11:30 a.m., Red Lion Hotel, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. RSVP 509-736-4005. • Colors of Sound presented by Bells of the Desert: 7 p.m., West Side Church, 615 Wright Ave., Richland. Contact bellsofthedesert. org.

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Senior Times • April 2017 uBRIEFS Kennewick seeking Yard of Season nominations

The city of Kennewick’s Parks and Recreation Commission is accepting nominations for homes and businesses with exceptional landscaping or lawn maintenance. A committee will judge nominations based on regular mowing, trimming and pruning, as well as the maintenance of flower beds and planting strips, and overall visual appeal. Awards are given for spring, summer and fall, with nominations due by April 7, June 7 and September 7, respectively. Visit for nomination forms, email nominations to or mail to: City of Kennewick, attention Sara Allington, P.O. Box 6102, Kennewick, WA 99336.

Fire department warns about potting soil fires

More fires in the U.S. are being caused by potting soil catching fire. Numerous fires in the Tri-Cities have been caused by people using planters full of potting soil to extinguish cigarettes, according to the Kennewick Fire Department. If cigarettes are not completely extinguished, the potting soil can ignite, causing a fire. Fire officials encourage area residents to use designated smoking areas and proper receptacles for cigarette disposal, not to use planters or flower pots as an ashtray, discard dead plants, maintain planters by keeping plants fresh and watered, and opt for clay pots instead of plastic planters.

Military Chaplaincy Fund dinner auction is April 29

The fifth annual U.S. Chaplaincy Fund dinner auction Fiesta! is from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Richland. Auction items include a week stay for 10 people at a home on Hayden

Lake, original Thomas Kinkaid oil painting, wine and Silverwood theme park tickets. Proceeds help fund chaplains for the military. Tickets are available for $25 at

Genealogical meeting to explore Revolutionary War

The Tri-City Genealogical Society’s meeting on Wednesday, April 12 will focus on the American Revolution. A basic genealogical class about tombstones is from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. in the Benton PUD Auditorium in Kennewick. At 7 p.m. Stan Willis, historian for the Sons of the American Revolution and custodian of the Spokane Flag Museum, will present. Call 509-943-9322 for more information.

AARP Smart Driver courses set for April

AARP will offer multiple Smart Driver courses throughout the region during the next month. Here’s the schedule: • 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. Call 509-545-3459 to register. • 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 17: SonBridge Community Center, 1200 SE 12th St., College Place. Call 509-

529-3100 to register. • 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 18: Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Call 509942-7378 to register. • 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 19: Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Call 509942-7378 to register. • 1 p.m. Monday, April 24: Walla Walla General Hospital, 1025 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla. Call 509522-2424 to register. • 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 25: Walla Walla General Hospital, 1025 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla. Call 509522-2424 to register. Cost is $20. There is a $5 discount for AARP members. Participants are encouraged to check with their car insurance agent for details about a discount that may be available for taking the course. For more information or to find more courses, visit or call 888-227-7669.

Reach Museum tour season begins this month

The tour season at the Reach museum runs April through September. Day tour topics include agriculture, hiking, alphabet houses and Ice Age floods. A Western Scablands of the Ice Age Floods full day trip with Gary Kleinknecht, local Ice Age floods


expert, is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 14. The tour includes an exploration of water’s erosive power in the Drumheller Channels and Frenchman Coulee and its shaping power in the ripples of West Bar, as well as a visit to Gingko Petrified Forest State Park. Cost is $87 and includes bus transportation, water and lunch. Contact the Reach museum at 509943-4100 or at for reservations or more information.

Regional art exhibition kicks off April 27

Tri Art for Giving, a regional art exhibition and contest hosted by the Arts Foundation of the Mid-Columbia is April 27-May 25 at local venues. The kick-off for the event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at John Dam Plaza in Richland. The free event is open to the public; food and beverages will be available to buy at food trucks and a wine and beer garden. Tri Art for Giving gives artists and businesses a chance to showcase art. The public and a jury will vote on their favorite art pieces as artists and participating venues vie for a grand prize of $1,000 each. Self-guided tour maps will be available at Interested artists and venues can get more information and an application by visiting


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TRANSPORTATION, From page 1 It began providing transportation in 1982. “Senior Services approached us and said, ‘We need someone who can provide transportation for our seniors to get to meals, to get to shopping,’ and we were able to get donations to purchase a couple of vans. That’s when we started providing transportation,” Carlson said. Whether a person is unable to drive due to health issues, such as impaired vision, or poor road conditions, or doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, People For People can get to remote areas to give seniors a ride to go shopping, or make medical

appointments. “Just being able to have that reliable transportation to access health care is so important, not only for the ongoing cost of health care — because every missed appointment is a cost we all absorb — but to not delay treatment or diagnosis for cancer or ongoing kidney dialysis,” she said. “It’s vital that individuals are able to get access as quickly as possible. We have a high population that has diabetes, and they need to make sure that is monitored on a regular basis.” Carlson said many people on their routes live in rural areas with limited access to core services. Community Connectors provide transportation

from Yakima to Prosser on a fixed route for a regularly scheduled trip. “We time it so we meet up with Ben Franklin Transit in Prosser so people can go even further to the Tri-Cities. We even had a grandma who lived in Selah use the Yakima Transit to get on the Community Connector to Prosser, and then get on Ben Franklin Transit to visit with her grandchildren in Pasco. She was able to do that for under $5,” said Carlson, adding that the Community Connector program offers free fares. There are also twice-monthly routes between Othello and Kennewick. People For People routes span across 12 counties and include door-to-door

service for qualified individuals in Yakima County. Altogether, the agency provides more than 132,000 passenger trips each year, traveling almost 900,000 miles between its 50 vehicles. The average cost per trip is $22 and includes gas, vehicle maintenance costs and salaries. People For People has an annual budget of $15.1 million, and the majority of that funding comes from federal, state and local sources. Only a small portion comes from donations, although Carlson said the agency gladly accepts donations of money and time. “The senior population is so giving,” she said, pointing out that although People For People serves seniors, there are many elderly volunteers. Programs such as Yakima County’s Meals On Wheels, which is run by People For People, provides more than 92,000 meals a year. Volunteers help ensure seniors receive a nutritious meal, either at one of the six senior/community centers where meals are delivered, or through door-to-door delivery. Last year in Benton and Franklin counties, Senior Life Resources Northwest’s Meals on Wheels delivered 173,000 meals. It also serves seniors at eight dining centers. Carlson said her agency has about 100 volunteers who help throughout the year in different capacities. Often volunteers get to know clients personally and can be instrumental in helping seniors maintain their independence. “If people are able to stay in their community with friends, family and church members, that is a supported environment for them,” she said. “We’re also able to save taxpayer dollars because they’re not having to pay for long-term health care.” Along with providing seniors with access to immediate medical care, People For People offers nonemergency medical transportation, which gives eligible individuals access to Medicaid services. “We are able to identify the most appropriate transportation for them. Whether it’s a bus voucher, gas voucher. We’re also contracting with providers to provide that direct service,” said Carlson, adding that the non-emergency medical transportation program is not just for seniors, but for individuals and children receiving Medicaid as well. For more information, call 2-1-1, a community line for anyone in need of services, whether it’s work force training, transportation services, senior services or to volunteer. For more information on People For People, including Community Connector routes and other transportation across Southeast Washington, visit the agency’s website at

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Horse racing fans gear up for busy season at Sun Downs in Kennewick Tri-City Horse Racing Association celebrates 30th year of racing at track BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

One of the three horse racing tracks in the Pacific Northwest opens for the season in Kennewick later this month. The annual race meet will run six dates over three weekends this spring – April 22, 23, 29, 30, May 6 and 7 – at the track at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick. The first race each day is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Highlights will include major challenge stakes races, and a celebration of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6, in which fans can wager on the sport’s biggest race. The challenge races are on the final weekend, either Saturday or Sunday. Winners of each challenge race, sponsored by the American Quarter Horse Association, will advance to the national finals later this fall in Los Alamitos or Ruidoso Downs. Admission is $5 and parking is free.

30th anniversary

Nancy Sorick, who heads up the nonprofit Tri-City Horse Racing Association, said she never thought about a legacy when she and eight other horse racing enthusiasts took over running Sun Downs race track in 1987. “I guess we wanted to save the race track back then,” she said. “We didn’t want it to go away.” The association celebrates its 30th

season of racing at the Kennewick track. Back in 1987, that local group of horsemen and women, owners and trainers approached Benton County about taking over running the track. The county didn’t want to be in the horse racing business anymore. “We went to the county and offered The Tri-City Horse Racing Association is preparing for this year’s Sun Downs horse racing season, which will be April 22, 23, 29, 30, May 6 to take over the track, paying the bills and 7. with a $40,000 trust account,” Sorick said. racing lineups during the meet, expect “Our commissioners are fully in Sorick is the only original member a large field of horses this season. support of Sun Downs,” said Doug of the nine-person TCHRA still “All of our new barns are filled,” Moore, executive secretary of the involved in the annual races. Sorick said. “The back side is probably WHRC. “Eastern Washington has a And that longevity of 30 years is three-quarters full overall. I’d say that long history in horse racing, especially pretty impressive, considering the state we have about 100 head of horses out quarter horse racing. The commissionof horse racing in the Pacific Northwest. there.” ers want to keep it alive.” Over the last 30 years, tracks in Sun Downs, Moore said, has a great Martin expects at least 54 entries Spokane, Yakima, Walla Walla, alone for the three challenge races. history. Dayton, Waitsburg and Les Bois in “A lot of great trainers, horses and “And we should have 35 to 40 Boise have all shut down. jockeys got their starts there,” Moore entries for the Pot O’Gold,” he said. Only Emerald Downs in Auburn, said. “From my perspective, that’s The Pot O’Gold is the meet’s signaPortland Meadows and Sun Downs in where people get their starts in the ture race, with usually features at least Kennewick are still operating in the business, at tracks like Sun Downs. I a $30,000 purse. It’s held on the final Pacific Northwest. equate it to a minor-league baseball day of the meet. “But the weather was so horrific this system.” That’s music to the ears of the comwinter that Portland had to cancel sevHorse racing also brings in money to missioners of the Washington Horse eral days of racing,” Sorick said. the community. Racing Commission. That bad weather did affect Sun uSUN DOWNS, Page 10 Downs, which normally opens around Feb. 1 for trainers to prepare their horses. Instead, the track opened Feb. 15.

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Pet health insurance could be money saver for those with furry friends BY JESSICA HOEFER for Senior Times

Three years ago, Perla Zepeda’s family lost a beloved family member. Their dog, Sandy, had swallowed an unknown object, causing internal damage. She was rushed to an emergency veterinary hospital in Yakima, but doctors couldn’t save her. “We grieved for about three months,” Zepeda said. They also faced more than $1,000 in veterinary bills. Shortly after their dog died, Farmers Insurance began offering pet insurance plans that could have defrayed the cost. Farmers joined forces with Pets Best to offer savings to those looking for health insurance for their cats and dogs in September 2014. The company recognized about 50 percent of the households in the United States are pet owners, and that the pet health insurance has grown into a $774 million industry since TV collie Lassie received the first pet insurance policy in the early 1980s. “A growing number of American pet owners are recognizing the financial and emotional benefits of insuring their four-legged family members,” said Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best. Today, the pet insurance market has more than 12 companies offering plans, and many also market and underwrite co-branded products. The North American Pet Health Insurance Association reports that more than 1.6 million pets were insured in 2015, representing an average annual growth of 12 percent over the previous year. “We saw a need for it,” Zepeda said. She’s been a Farmers insurance agent for more than a decade. “We had questions from customers like, ‘What if something happens to my dog, does my homeowners’ insurance cover it?’ ” A poll conducted by Farmers found that three out of 10 customers with pets expressed interest in adding pet insurance to their existing policies. Farmers pet policies are comprised of three levels, with various annual coverage and lifetime levels. The level one policy, for example, covers up to $5,000 a year and has a $100,000 lifetime coverage limit. The level three plan has a $20,000 annual limit and $200,000 lifetime cap. “All three will cover accidental illness and cancer,” Zepeda said. “We don’t see the importance of coverage until we lose our pets, but the coverage our plans offer are very good.” Plans do not cover pre-existing conditions, but do cover hereditary conditions, flea and tick treatment, and spay and neutering. There are also cancer-only plans, or accident-only

A growing number of pet owners are buying insurance policies for their furry friends and fueling a $774 million pet health insurance industry. Twelve companies currently offer plans.

plans. Customers can tailor their plans to fit their needs, she said, explaining that you can pick your co-pay and deductible, which can range from zero to $1,000. “There’s also alternative therapy coverage, which will cover chiropractic and acupuncture therapy. We do cover pregnancy, but it excludes breeding and the reproductive process,” Zepeda said. Farmers plans allow customers to visit any licensed veterinarian in the world. Reimbursements are calculated from the bill and claims are generally handled within two to five days. The insurance association reports that accident and illness plans are the

main drivers in the pet health insurance market, with less than five percent of pets insured with accident-only plans. It’s most common for customers to fill out a claim form and submit a reimbursement claim to their insurance company. However, Banfield Pet Hospitals, which are inside PetSmart stores, offers its own type of insurance with three levels. Feline plans range from $19.95 per month to $32.95 a month, while canine plans range from $25.95 to $42.95 per month. The basic plan includes two comprehensive exams per year, deworming, diagnostic testing and vaccinations. All three plans also offer discounted office visits from 10 percent

to 20 percent based on the level. Zepeda said she has not sold a pet insurance policy that costs more than $50 a month. Plus, Farmers customers benefit from a 5 percent discount in policy pricing — although you don’t have to have a current Farmers policy to buy pet health insurance. Recently, Zepeda’s family adopted a Yorkie Chihuahua they named Joaquin, a puppy who’s wiggled his way into their hearts. “Coverage for him only costs me $20 a month. I waste more on coffee — this is worth it. I love my furry friends,” she said, adding that even preventative care can be costly without insurance. “I can easily spend $300 in one (veterinary) visit with the shots they need. We have health insurance for ourselves, we should have it for our pets as well.” Farmers Insurance has an online form for people interested in coverage quotes, which can be found at: farmers. com/pet-insurance. While Zepeda works out of her office in Chelan, she services clients throughout the Northwest. Larry Rindlisbacher, a Farmers Insurance agent in Richland, can also talk to potential clients about the various plans and coverage amounts. Banfield plan information can be found at


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New CEO named at Tri-Cities Community Health BY SENIOR TIMES

Tri-Cities Community Health’s director of nursing has been named CEO of the agency. The Board of Directors of the Pasco-based clinic recently selected Jennifer Robinson as its new chief executive officer. She is the first female CEO in the organization’s 35-year history. “TCCH has a long history of providing primary care in our community for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. … We are group of highly skilled, caring individuals serving anyone who walks through our doors. That’s my passion, my love, for this organization, the staff, and the patients we serve,” she said in a news release. Former CEO Al Cordova retired from the clinic in October after five years and is credited with helping turn around a clinic that was struggling financially and operationally. Robinson has worked tirelessly and moved seamlessly through the ranks at Tri-Cities Community Health, according to a TCCH news release. When Cordova announced his retirement, the board conducted a number of interviews and ultimately

decided to promote Robinson. The clinic serves 24,517 patients a year and employs 296 people. It primarily serves a lowincome population as a federally-qualified health center, receiving state and federal money to provide Jennifer health care to Robinson low income people with limited resources. Robinson said Tri-Cities Community Health offers a full range of health-related services, such as primary medical care, adult and pediatric endocrinology, dental and mental health services, nutrition education; vision; pharmacy and translation services; care coordination and case management; and transportation. She joined Tri-Cities Community Health in May 2013 as the director of nursing, bringing with her a great deal of experience and a strong background in health care management. She previously served as director of nursing for Moses Lake

Community Health Center and practice manager for Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. Prior to her time spent in health care administration, she worked as an intensive care nurse. Most notably, she worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for four years after completing a rigorous year-long fellowship training for intensive care nursing. In addition to her clinical and administrative experience, Robinson holds a bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from Montana State University and a master’s of business administration from Baker College in Michigan. TCCH’s administration and support programs are expected to move into a new $1.8 million building at 800 W. Court St. by the end of March. The move of non-clinical staff is expected to free up space in the medical clinic and provide more patient and staff parking. Tri-Cities Community Health is a private nonprofit with offices in Pasco, Kennewick and Richland. It was incorporated in 1981.

SUN DOWNS, From page 7 During the race meet, the TCHRA employs 50 to 60 people, from program sellers to people working the wagering machines, to those working the gate. The last independent economic impact statement for Sun Downs was done in 2005. It reported horse racing brought in $1.9 million into the community through hotel/motel stays, restaurants, feed stores, grocery stores and farming. However, that was when the season spanned 10 days over five weekends. Now with the meet at six days over three weekends, the economic impact may be less than in 2005 but it is still a big contributor to the local economy, officials said. “If we can be close to the last couple of years, we’ll be fine,” Martin said. “The last couple of meets have been successful. I think we’ve averaged $61,000 in total (money wagered) a day these last few years.” Sorick has her usual goals for a great racing season. “Have a good, clean race meet,” she said. “And a lot of horses. And everybody comes out and enjoys the races. And they have a good time.” For more information, visit www.

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500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick • 509-585-4303 All activities are at the Kennewick Senior Center unless otherwise listed. For more information, call 509-5854303. • Bunco: 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Casual Woodcarving: Bring your supplies or borrow from the class. 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: 75 cents. 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost: $1. • Woodcarving Techniques: 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Dominoes: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents

per day. • Party Bridge: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost 50 cents per day. • Bridge Tournament: Second Sunday of each month, 2 to 6 p.m. Cost: $1. RSVP 509-586-3349. • Pinochle: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $1 per day. • Chinese Mahjong: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Clay Sculpting: Bring your own

supplies and projects. 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $1 per day. • Sewing: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Needle Art: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $2 per day. • Indoor Walking: 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. Location: Southridge Sports Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. • Hair Cuts & Clips: Hair cuts provided by Pam Eggers. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 9 to

11 a.m. by appointment only. Cost $1. Call 509-585-4303. • Line Dancing: 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, April 3-24. Cost: $24 for residents, $36 for others. Location: Highland Grange Building, 1500 S. Union St., Kennewick. Call 509-5854293 to register. • 50+ Wildflower Walk: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 1. Cost: $12 for residents, $17 for others, plus $10 supply fee for instructor. Location: west end of Columbia Park at the Marina. Wear good walking shoes. Call 509585-4292 for information.

First Avenue Center 505 N. First Ave., Pasco • 509-545-3459

Most of Pasco’s senior services programs are now housed at the new First Avenue Center at 505 N. First Ave., near the Amtrak station behind City Hall, unless otherwise listed. The city sold its senior center on Seventh Avenue to the Pasco School District because of dwindling senior attendance. It closed in December. • Basin Wood Carvers: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • Bridge: 9 a.m. to noon Thursday. Cost: 50 cents per day. • China Painting: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Cost: 50 cents per day. Location: Pasco City Hall Classroom 3, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. Bring your own project and supplies. • Cribbage: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Drop-In Snooker: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost:

$1 per day. • Drop-In Billiards: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. Location: Pasco City Hall Classroom 3, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. • Mexican Train Dominoes: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • Pinochle: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Call 509-545-3456 for location. • Wavemakers Aqua Fit: Class for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, muscle weakness, those who use a cane or a walker and anyone who loves the pool. Location: Oasis Physical Therapy, 6825 Burden Blvd., Suite D, Pasco. This class if offered on various days/ times. Call 509-545-3456 to register. • Enhance Fitness (40+): Class focuses on stretching, balance, low impact aerobics and strength train-

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Richland Community Center 500 Amon Drive, Richland • 509-942-7529 All activities are at the Richland Community Center unless otherwise listed. For more information, call 509942-7529. • American Mahjong: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Cribbage: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Billiards: 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $2 per day. Location: pool room. • Golden Age Pinochle: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Duplicate Bridge: Noon to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Party Bridge: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Dominoes: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Bridge Buddies: 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1. Location: game room. • ACBL Bridge: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Cost: $1. Location: game room. • Birthday Club Social: Second Tuesday of each month, Noon to 12:30 p.m. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Pie Socials: Third Tuesday of each month, noon to 12:30 p.m. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Root Beer Float gathering: Third Wednesday of the month, 2 to 2:30 p.m. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Greeting Card Recycling: 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Cost: free. Location: meeting room. • New Attitude Line Dancing Beginner: 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $22.75 for residents, $28.50 for others. Location: Riverview room. Call 509942-7529 to register. • New Attitude Line Dancing Improver: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays.

Cost: $22.75 for residents, $28.50 for others. Location: Riverview room. Call 509-942-7529 to register. • RSA Dance: Third Friday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $6 per person. Location: Riverview room. • International Folk Dancing: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays (location: Riverview room) and 6 to 9 p.m. the first Saturday of the month for a potluck and dancing (location: activity room). • Steppin’ Out with Jo: 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $22.75 for residents, $28.50 for others. Location: Riverview room. Call 509-942-7529 to register. • Patti’s Workout: 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: $28.50 for residents (drop-in rate $5), $35.75 for others (drop-in rate $6). Location: Riverview room. Call 509-942-7529 to register. No class April 25-26. • Slim & Sassy Body Shape: 5:05 to 6:20 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $26.50 for residents, $33.25 for others. Location: Riverview room. Call 509-

942-7529 to register. No class April 26. • Tai Chi: 7:35 to 8:35 p.m. Tuesdays and 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $23.50 for residents (drop-in rate $4), $29.50 for others (drop-in rate $5). Location: activity room. Call 509-942-7529 to register. No class Tuesday, April 25. • Fitness Room: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $2 per day or $8 per month. Location: Fitness room. • Foot Care for Fabulous Feet: Have a licensed registered nurse specializing in geriatrics care for your feet. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $30. Location: wellness room. Call 509-942-7529 for an appointment. • Tax Aide Program: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursday through April 13. Cost: free. Location: Richland Community Center. For more information call 509-942-7390.

West Richland Senior Center 616 N. 60th, West Richland 509-967-2847 All activities are at the West Richland Senior Center. For more information, call 509-9672847. • Potluck Dinner: 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. Bring your favorite dish or dessert. • Bunco & Pot Luck: Noon Wednesday, April 5 and noon Friday, April 21. • Bingo: Monday, April 17. Hot dog lunch starts at noon with a suggested $3 donation, Bingo at 1 p.m. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Fitness: 11 a.m. Thursdays. • Exercise: 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. A donation of $0.50 is appreciated. • Art: 1 p.m. Saturdays.

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Longtime community supporters named Kennewick Man, Woman of the Year

Retter’s long list of community service work includes leadership roles with the Benton-Franklin Humane Society, Trios Foundation, Kennewick police’s Community Care Program, Please Don’t Quit program at Columbia Basin College, Tri-City Development Council, Visit Tri-Cities and Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities. He’s a Veterans Day event sponsor, performing arts benefactor and recipient of the Boy Scout North Star Award. And the list goes on. “He lives the belief that being blessed means you must be a blessing to others. At his core Dave is a grateful, giving, caring person who feels blessed to live in Kennewick. Here he has prospered and been happy. Giving

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Rather than read about Kerr’s influence in her obituary, “I invite you, as her peers, to honor her now as Kennewick’s exemplary Woman of the Year,” her nomination letter stated. Kerr, a tireless servant-leader, “has contributed relentlessly to the Kennewick community since 1949; she has a matchless grace, empathy and service-ethic that would never seek accolades or awards. Yet she is the essence of a great Kennewick Woman of the Year,” the letter said. The letter includes a long list of the many ways she’s shown concern for others in Kennewick over the years.



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The 2016 Kennewick Man and Woman of the Year share a passion for bettering the community they live in and both have devoted countless hours to improve it. Dave Retter, 62, owner of Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty, was named Kennewick Man of the Year on Feb. 28. Joyce Kerr, 90, a widow with a heart for helping others, was named Kennewick Woman of the Year.

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LEGENDS, From page 1 “Many of our frequent visitors are senior citizens, and we’ve seen family members drop each other at the entrance for years,” Peterson said. “Valet parking makes a visit more enjoyable for all members of the family, and it’s another opportunity for us to welcome our guests.” The hotel is offering a $99 introductory room rate over the next few months. Hotel officials could not provide a price range for the rooms after the special expires. The 11 Cedar and six Huckleberry suites are named after culturally important items to the Yakama Nation. They feature 52-inch HDTVs, king-size beds in separate rooms and soaking tubs. The grandest guest room, the Celilo Suite, features more than 800 square feet of space with a dining area to seat eight, as well as a catering kitchen. It connects with a conference room. Pet-friendly rooms are available on the first floor. Free shuttle buses leave from the Tri-Cities to the casino seven days a week from the Pasco Walmart, Kennewick Sports Authority, Richland Community Center and Benton City Conoco.

Casino expansion

The construction of the hotel anchors a $90 million Legends campus expansion.

The expansion, scheduled to be completed later this year, is expected to add 200 new jobs to the current work force of 745 employees, Peterson said. When completed, the casino’s gaming floor will be expanded by more than 50,000 square feet. The casino features nearly 1,500 of the newest, most popular slots with 18 tables for guests who prefer blackjack, Spanish 21, roulette or craps. Keno and a poker room also are available. The casino began operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week on March 13. The newly revamped Legends Rewards Club offers special offers and discounts. About half of the club’s members are from the Tri-Cities. Improvements to the Legends buffet also were part of the expansion project. Seating was expanded from 230 to 375 seats. With the expansion of the buffet, additional stations can be offered — including Mexican, Italian, American and salads — in addition to the theme of the day. Lucky Shots espresso bar also was expanded for those seeking a specialty drink or baked goods. Because the casino and hotel are on the Yakama Nation reservation, no alcohol is served. Smoking is allowed inside the casino in designated areas. Peterson said the expansion project also is expected to improve air quality.

The Legends Hotel lobby features an intricate light fixture with cascading glass leaves. The Toppenish hotel prides itself on honoring tribal culture and soon will open a mini museum featuring items from the Yakama Nation Museum. The new 200-room Toppenish hotel opened Feb. 25.

Grants benefit Tri-Cities

Legends Casino awarded almost $30,000 in grants throughout the TriCities in 2016 to nonprofits like the YMCA, Pet Over Population Prevention and the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation as part of its Yakama Cares program. The casino donates 2 percent from some of its table games to this community impact fund and distributes the money each May. The contributions have increased annually since the program started in 2008. Additionally, grants awarded in the Tri-City area have increased each year as well. For more information about the casino and hotel, call 877-7-COME-11 or visit

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Trios Health seeks 70 volunteers to fill variety of roles


Trios Health is seeking a number of volunteers to fill a variety of positions. Volunteers are needed to work in the gift shop, in facility lobbies greeting and/or helping take patients to their appointments, as patient companions, and to help with office and clerical tasks. “We currently have about 130 volunteers working at least four hours per week in various capacities,” said Lisa Gallegos, director of volunteer services at Trios, in a release. “Their support in key areas has increased since we expanded to the Southridge campus, and as we seek to keep traditional staffing levels throughout the organization as lean as possible.” In return for the donation of their time, volunteers receive a free meal for every four-hour shift worked, free use of an embroidered volunteer jacket, free annual tuberculosis testing and flu shots (optional), quality training and educational opportunities and recognition activities. “All we ask is that our volunteers commit to working at least four hours per week so we can keep a regular schedule across the variety of work areas that rely on our support,”

Jeanne Dow has been a Trios Health volunteer since 2007. About 70 volunteers are needed to work in the gift shop, in facility lobbies greeting and/or helping take patients to their appointments, as patient companions, and to help with office and clerical tasks. (Courtesy Trios Health)

Gallegos said. The department’s goal is to increase the number of volunteers to about 200, while paying close attention to assigning people to work in areas where they can be most helpful and comfortable with the associated tasks. “It’s important to us that our volunteers are happy with the jobs they’re doing, because that’s when they’ll be at their best and feel most fulfilled by

their service,” Gallegos said. “We have a variety of different options for people to explore right now, so I invite anyone interested in volunteering to contact me and we’ll work together to find a good fit among the available positions.” Those interested in learning more about or applying for volunteer opportunities are encouraged to visit or call Lisa

Gail Deardorff has volunteered at Trios Health since 2014. Volunteers who work four-hour shifts receive a free meal for every four-hour shift worked, free use of an embroidered volunteer jacket, free annual tuberculosis testing and flu shots (optional) and training and educational opportunities. (Courtesy Trios Health)

Gallegos at 509-221-7771. Trios Health is the Kennewick Public Hospital District’s system of care serving the greater Tri-Cities.

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Meals on Wheels April menu Meals on Wheels is a program of Senior Life Resources Northwest and is supported by donations. For those 60 and over the suggested donation is $2.75 per meal. Meals may be purchased by those under 60 for $7.30. Menu substitutions may occur. For reservations, call between 9 a.m. and noon the day before your selected meal. For reservations in Richland, call 509-943-0779; Kennewick 509-5854241; Pasco 509-543-5706; Parkside 509-545-2169; Benton City 509-5883094; Prosser 509-786-1148; and Con-

nell 509-234-0766. • Tuesday, April 4: Beef stir fry, brown rice, apple cabbage slaw, wheat roll and cherry crisp. • Wednesday, April 5: Sweet and sour pork, confetti rice, salad with dressing, oriental vegetables and hot spiced apples. • Thursday, April 6: Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread and pineapple upside-down cake. • Friday, April 7: Grilled chicken sandwich, clam chowder, spinach salad with dressing, crackers and yogurt with berries. • Monday, April 10: Closed for staff training. • Tuesday, April 11: Swiss steak with tomato gravy, herbed potatoes,

seasonal vegetables, bread and oatmeal raisin cookies. • Wednesday, April 12: Spinach frittata, chuck wagon potatoes, carrot raisin salad, citrus salad and a blueberry muffin. • Thursday, April 13: Chicken fajitas, Spanish rice, black beans, grapes and a flour tortilla. • Friday, April 14: Beef stew, salad with dressing, biscuit, fruit salad and a brownie. • Monday, April 17: Pork cutlet, mashed potatoes with gravy, seasonal vegetables, bread and pears. • Tuesday, April 18: Chicken and white bean chili, spinach salad with dressing, chilled pineapple, crackers and a cinnamon roll.


Tuesday, April 18 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pasco Red Lion Hotel 2525 N. 20th Ave. • Pasco, WA

Come visit with exhibitors as they share products, services and ideas for senior living. There will be prizes, drawings, samples, giveaways and a Senior Times “Hunt for the Treasure” contest. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 18 and be sure to attend the 2017 Spring Senior Times Expo! SPONSORED BY

Becker Retirement Group

For more information call 509.737.8778 or visit

• Wednesday, April 19: Macaroni and cheese, sausage patty, seasonal vegetables, salad with dressing and cranberry fruit salad. • Thursday, April 20: Baked cod with dill sauce, herbed potatoes, dilled baby carrots, bread and apple crisp. • Friday, April 21: Birthday day! Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, Italian vegetables, wheat roll and ice cream. • Monday, April 24: Chicken ala king, green peas, salad with dressing, biscuit and oatmeal cookies. • Tuesday, April 25: Breaded fish sandwich, lettuce and tomato, corn chowder, carrot raisin salad and peach crisp. • Wednesday, April 26: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, seasoned peas, bread and a peanut-butter cookie. • Thursday, April 27: Turkey tetrazzini, broccoli Normandy, spinach salad with dressing, roll and a butterscotch square. • Friday, April 28: Harvest apple pork chop, brown rice, seasoned vegetables, bread and citrus salad. For more information about Senior Life Resources Northwest visit ART STUDIO, From page 3 “I figured if God was talking to me, I best listen,” she said. Doctors confirmed her suspicion and discovered it had spread to the lymph nodes. Her cancer treatments and subsequent recovery forced her to cut back her work hours as she struggled with fatigue, memory issues and a slow physical recovery. She said the cancer made her reevaluate her priorities and eventually brought her to the Tri-Cities to care for her aging 84-year-old mother and to open the new studio. Yellow Dog Integrative Arts Studio is named for Forbes’ 7-year-old dog Lucy, a lab mix, who used to be a regular visitor when she taught in Colorado. Lucy provided comfort to anxious children struggling to read. “They would put their hand on her and she would calm them down,” she said. Forbes said she hopes to work with seniors, retirement homes, cancer survivors, caregivers, children with autism and anyone who needs a creative release. “Sitting in creative community — it’s good for your health and good for your mental health. I see a benefit in that,” she said. An open house is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8. Drawings, activities and refreshments are planned. For more information about upcoming classes, call 719-510-1260, email or find Yellow Dog Integrative Arts Studio on Facebook.

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