Senior Times -- May 2018

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May 2018

Volume 6 • Issue 4

Columbia Park train team seeks new home, volunteers BY KRISTINA LORD

Vehicle auction business to open

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Richland eatery, bakery to expand

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WSU adds Senior Living program Page 9

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The colorful train that delights kids and adults on weekends in Columbia Park during the summer is in need of volunteers and a new home. Dick Nordness, chairman for the J&S Dreamland Express Committee, oversees the mighty but modest volunteer team which collects the tickets, drives the train and mans the caboose. “It’s perfect for retired people that are looking for something to do. We’re always looking for volunteers. When we operate the train during boat races, it’s the mode of transportation to the nearest gate. During that boat race weekend, we’re running 12 hours a day. We get a lot of people,” he said. The Kiwanis Club of the Horse Heaven Hills operates the 90-foot J&S Dreamland Express. Nordness is a Kiwanian, along with about 40 others. The train’s been operating since 2001 in the park. The Kiwanis club took it over in 2007. The $1 tickets sold to ride the train have added up over the years to raise $28,250 for scholarships for local students. Last year, the club collected more than $11,000 and recorded 935 volunteer hours for club members. It also reported 311 hours of volunteer service from those outside the club. In 2014, the club’s biggest year to date, more than $14,000 was raised toward the scholarship fund. The Kiwanians want to be able to continue to run and operate the train to seed the scholarship fund, but the train is in need of a home. The city condemned the building near Edison Street where it had been stored for about 10 years, Nordness said. uTRAIN, Page 2

Paul Labrie sculpts a glass octopus in his downtown Benton City studio, Labrie Glass Studios. The experienced artist recently opened the gallery and looks forward to the upcoming spring and summer tourism seasons when people visit to taste wines at nearby Red Mountain wineries.

Longtime glass artist opens gallery in Benton City BY ROBIN WOJTANIK for Senior Times

Few people can say their career took off by making unicorns. Paul Labrie credits the thousand or so sculpted glass unicorns he made while in college with helping cover his school expenses until he began working full time as a glass artist. Today, his work is featured in galleries across the country. Labrie, 60, recently opened Labrie Glass Studios in downtown Benton City, providing customers an oppor-

tunity to see his gallery or blow their own glass. The studio held a grand opening in April. “People are surprised when they come into Benton City and they find a glass blower. I think they’re appreciative of the fact that there’s an artist in town,” he said. Labrie said he is ready for his first full season of spring and summer wine tourism. The studio isn’t far from many of the popular wineries on Red Mountain. uGLASS, Page 8

New Pasco dance, martial arts school offers senior ballet classes BY LAURA KOSTAD for Senior Times

A Pasco retiree said she feels more graceful and balanced after taking ballet classes created just for senior citizens. One of the goals of a new dance and martial arts school in downtown Pasco, called Find your Center, is to provide more opportunities for seniors to stay active. It’s part of the new studio’s overall mission to make dance and martial arts accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability or background. “The ballet for seniors class on Friday afternoons is a great way for retired folks (to) keep their minds and bodies active and express themselves artisti-

cally,” said Kate Robins, who owns the studio with her husband, DeShawn Robins. Janet Tubito of Pasco said the class has been perfect for her. “Kate shares her expert ballet knowledge in a gentle, creative, respectful, and fun way. This is my first dance class ever and I don’t feel at all like this is beyond my ability because Kate focuses on making ballet accessible,” she said. Tubito also tried the martial arts class called capoeira (pronounced “kapooay-rah”) during the drop-in “roda” class available to Find Your Center members on Saturdays. uDANCE, Page 14


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TRAIN, From page 1 “We had been reaching out to different organizations and the Port of Kennewick was kind enough to let us use an old airport building to store it during the winter,” he said. However, driving the train to the old Vista Field facility isn’t an ideal option because it’s too far away. “That train is rather difficult to drive any real long distance. It’s almost impossible,” Nordness said, explaining it’s a slow process as the train’s top speed is 9 mph. It takes about an hour to get it there. “Because of way the train was originally built, it wasn’t built for comfort. There’s no shock absorbers and it’s rough on the train,” Nordness said. The ideal storage would feature doors wide enough so the train can be driven inside. “Our long-range plans are we want to build at the park,” Nordness said. But for now, the train will be parked in the Edison Street maintenance yard. The club’s temporary solution is to figure out a way to use three storage containers by cutting them so the train can drive through. The idea is one of about five possibilities the club has been considering over the past three months. “The thing with storage containers is they are not cheap. Even with

The J&S Dreamland Express, the colorful train that offers $1 rides at Kennewick’s Columbia Park on the weekends from May to September, is in need of a home and volunteers to help operate it. (Courtesy Dick Nordness)

volunteer labor, it’s nearly $8,000 for all three of them,” Nordness said. He said if a business has a warehouse near the park, “we’d love to use that.” “We’re actually looking at any possibility,” he said. Old airport baggage carts were transformed to make the train cars, with Lampson International of Kennewick helping to weld and put them together. The J&S Dreamland Express’ namesake is James Saunders, a

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We would like to thank the exhibitors and the many hundreds of seniors, family members and caregivers who attended our Spring Senior Times Expo held April 17.

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Washington State Patrol trooper killed in line of duty in 1999. The train begins its regular weekend schedule the first weekend in May, though it ferried passengers during the annual kids fishing event on April 21. The season ends the last weekend in September. Train hours are 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 509948-2433 or email rnordness@

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Senior Times • May 2018

New public car, truck auction business to open this fall in Pasco


Truck & Auto Auctions, a Musser Bros. affiliate, plans 8,000-square-foot facility BY KRISTINA LORD

Tri-City car and truck buyers can kick back in theater-style seats to bid on vehicles at a new Pasco auction business this fall. Trucks & Auto Auctions, a Musser Bros. Inc. affiliate, is building a new 8,000-square-foot facility just off Argent Road near Columbia Basin College. Cars, trucks, SUVs, ATVs and RVs will be offered at auction to the public and dealers. “It’s a great opportunity to buy cars and save money, and buy at auction prices,” said CEO Scott Musser. Located on 4.5 acres at 3135 Rickenbacker Drive, the new building will house offices and an auction room. Vehicles will be driven through the auction room onto a stage for bidders to see during the live auctions. “Auctions will be held as frequently as once a week on Tuesday nights, depending on the volumes,” Musser said. Trucks & Auto Auctions is a separate company from Musser Bros., which specializes in auctioning real estate and construction equipment, but they share resources and expertise, Musser said. Since 1956, Musser Bros. has been serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The company operates a Trucks & Auto business in

Nampa, Idaho, where about three auctions a month are held, attracting an average of 550 online and on-site bidders, Musser said. The Idaho facility employs 24 staff and when the Pasco site opens, total employment will number 50, Musser said. The new facility will be managed by owner/operators Jake and Josh Musser. Both men were involved with the launching of Idaho’s Trucks & Auto. “We are a family-owned and operated company and we attempt to treat all of our customers, both buyers and sellers, like family,” Jake Musser said. “Buying a car or truck at auction is exciting and exhilarating, and we’re excited to bring this to the Tri-Cities.” Scott Musser said the Tri-Cities used to have a wholesale auction dealer more than 25 years ago that serviced the needs of dealers and moved 500 to 600 cars a week. “Our difference will be it’ll be a public auction, not wholesale auction. We will sell for dealers, municipalities and the public,” he said, explaining wholesale auctions are open to licensed dealers only. MH Construction of Kennewick is the general contractor for the new building, valued at $947,900, according to public building records. The Trucks & Auto building isn’t the only construction project the Mussers have planned in Pasco. Construction is underway on a new

Musser Bros. Inc. CEO Scott Musser stands at the construction site of Trucks & Auto Auctions, a Musser Bros. affiliate. The company is building a new 8,000-square-foot facility just off Argent Road near Columbia Basin College in Pasco. Vehicle auctions will be open to the public.

9,000-square-foot airplane hangar. Musser Bros. recently sold its old hangar, built in 2008, and began building a new one adjacent to where the Pasco Trucks & Auto Auctions building will be. “We’re coming out of the ground with the hangar in about 45 days,” Scott Musser said. The hangar will be used to house company airplanes, which are used to

travel between the Pasco and Idaho businesses, and to host real estate auctions, he said. Musser Bros. sold its current office and hangar at 3035 Rickenbacker Drive to Tim Bush, a partner with Bush Car Wash, which has several express car wash facilities around the Tri-Cities, Musser said. Musser Bros. leases land from the Port of Pasco.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Bring your grandchildren and families to events with a star.


• WSU Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale: noon – 6 p.m., WSU Mater Gardeners Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509-735-3551.

MAY 4 – 5

• Cinco de Mayo celebration: Various times and locations in downtown Pasco. Visit: Free event.


• 42nd annual Swap Meet & Antique Car Display: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Visit: • WSU Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., WSU Mater Gardeners Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509-735-3551. • Strawberry Social: noon – 5 p.m., East Benton County Historical Museum, 205 W. Keewaydin Drive, Kennewick. RSVP: 509-582-7704. Free event. • Tri-Cities Columbia Chorale Spring Concert: 3 p.m., Kennewick First United Methodist Church, 421 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. Visit: Free event.


• Young Artists of Distinction, presented by Camerata Musica: 2 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Visit:


• Alzheimer’s Series Presentation “Living with Alzheimer’s for early stage caregivers:” 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. RSVP: 509-943-8455. Free event.


• Tri-City Genealogical Society monthly meeting: 7 p.m., Benton PUD Auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Visit: Free event.


• Fundraising Breakfast, benefiting Safe Harbor Support Center & My Friends Place: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., Meadow Springs Country Club, 700 Country Club Road, Richland. RSVP: 509-783-5734. Free event.


• Classy Chassy Show & Shine: 4 – 6 p.m., Columbia Drive, Kennewick. Visit: historickennewick. org. Free event.


• Classy Chassy Show & Shine: 8 a.m. Historic Downtown Kennewick, W. Kennewick Avenue. Visit: Free event. • Run for Ribbons: 8:30 – 11 a.m., Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon

Park Drive, Richland. Register: • Discover the Reach “Creatures of the Columbia River”: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Reach Museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. Visit: • Tea Party Luncheon & Style Show: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Meadow Springs Country Club, 700 Country Club Road, Richland. Tickets: SCBBMothersDay. • Asparagus Fest & Brews: 5 – 10 p.m., Middleton Six Sons Farms, 1050 Pasco-Kahlotus Road, Pasco. Tickets: middletonfarms. • POPP Fur Ball, benefiting Pet Overpopulation Prevention: 5 – 11 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets: popptri-cities. org. • Around the World with HIHO, benefiting Hands in for Hands on TriCities: 6:30 – 10 p.m., Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser. Tickets:

– 9 p.m., Memorial Park, 1520 W. Shoshone, Pasco. Visit:


• Hydroplane Spring Testing: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Lampson Pit area at Columbia Park, Kennewick. Contact: 509-783-4675. Free event.

• Community Lecture Series “How the Humanities Help Soldiers Find Meaning After War:” 7 p.m., Franklin County Historical Society & Museum, 305 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. Free event.


• Three Rivers Contra Dance: 6


• Rising Stars: A Tasting Experience of Washington’s Newest Wineries: 1 – 4 p.m., Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, Prosser. Tickets: • Mid-Columbia Symphony concert: 7:30 p.m., Richland High School Auditorium, 930 Long Ave., Richland. Tickets:

MAY 19 – 20

• Kidz Dig Rigz: 11 a.m., Columbia Park, 2701 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick. Visit: foundation.


• Vegetable Gardening 101: 6:30 p.m., Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Contact: 509545-5400. Free event.



• Old Fashioned Day: noon – 4 p.m., Sacajawea State Park, 2503 Sacajawea Park Road, Pasco. Contact: 509-366-1272. Free event.

Senior Times • May 2018 uBRIEFS Genealogical Society sets free class May 9

The Tri-City Genealogical Society is holding a free beginning genealogy class called “How to Use FamilySearch’s Tabs” from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 at the Benton County PUD Auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. The class will be followed by a program on researching Works Progress Administration records at 7 p.m.

Free skin cancer checks offered May 19

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick is holding a free skin cancer screening in partnership with Atomic Dermatology. The free screening is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19 by appointment only. The spot checks will be at the cancer center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave. Bldg A Kennewick Visit behealthygetscreened. com to schedule or call 509-7373420.

AARP schedules Smart Driver classes

AARP Smart Driver Courses are scheduled on the following days:

• May 8-9 at the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive. Call 509-942-7529. • June 5-6 at the Pasco City Hall. Call 509-545-3456. • June 25-26 at Solstice Senior Living, 8264 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Call 509-943-4979. Class fee is $20. There is a $5 discount for AARP members. Participants are encouraged to check with their automobile insurance agent for details about the type of discount they can receive for taking the course. For more information or to find other courses not listed here, visit or call 888-2277669.

for those of who returned to South Korea through the Revisit Program. The honor has since expanded to veterans who cannot make the long journey to Korea. Medals and certificates will be presented at a luncheon hosted by the consul general of the Republic of Korea at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 8 at the Red Lion Columbia Center in Kennewick, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd. RSVPs are required by June 1. Call 360-725-2154 with name and dates of service, along with the name of a guest for the luncheon, or email

Korean War veteran sought for medals

Franklin County is seeking local military veterans to serve on the county’s Veterans Advisory Board. The board will advise the Franklin County commissioners on the needs of local indigent veterans and resources available to them. Service on the advisory board is voluntary and members must be veterans of the Armed Forces. Members of nationally recognized veterans’ organizations are encouraged to apply. Counties in Washington receive funding through local property taxes to help pay for services for indigent

The state Department of Veterans Affairs seeks Korean War veterans in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas who served during the war from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, or who participated in United Nations peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955. Those who served may be eligible for the Korean Ambassador for Peace medal as a token of appreciation from the Korean government. The medal began to be presented to veterans as a special memento

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Meals on Wheels volunteers needed

Meals on Wheels seeks volunteers for the following positions: • Drivers and meal delivery: Central Cafe meal delivery has multiple weekday mornings available, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; the central kitchen needs a dining site meal transporter from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays; and Kennewick meal delivery help is needed 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursdays. • Kitchen help is needed at the Kennewick dining site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; Pasco dining site from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; the Central Café from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays; and central kitchen meal preparation and packaging help is needed from 8:30 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 509735-1911, or email prichter@


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Richland’s Frost Me Sweet cooks up expansion plans BY ROBIN WOJTANIK for Senior Times

Frost Me Sweet, a popular Richland bakery and eatery, is poised to expand by doubling the size of its restaurant seating and offering more dessert choices. Owners Megan and Jason Savely recently bought the building next door to their restaurant that was once home to a law office as part of their expansion plans in The Parkway. Work is scheduled to get underway this month, which will move the bakery and kitchen to the new building, reserving the existing space for restaurant seating only. “The restaurant is really popular, which we had never anticipated,” said Megan Savely, who originally planned to open only a bakery. “During the busy times, it gets so chaotic in here. People come in for desserts, to-go orders and lunch.” The expansion will increase the potential number of customers served at one time from about 32 to about 65. The remodel also will allow the restaurant to add separate bathrooms with multiple stalls instead of the single-use restroom available currently.

The Savelys said they originally opened Frost Me Sweet out of necessity after Megan’s love of baking had taken over their home. She was making cakes as a side-job for friends and co-workers. “I’d be making cakes all weekend,” she said. “We used to say our house is a ‘caketastrophe.’ (Jason) said, ‘You need to do this for a living, or cut down on work, but you can’t be baking all the time.’ And I said, ‘I think I want to do cakes.’ ” Megan grew up with a strong interest in baking. “When I got in trouble, my mom would ground me from the oven,” she said. That interest led to a natural talent in cake decorating as soon as she tried it out. “I’ve always been really artsy and into crafts. Painting and sculpting was huge for me. I never really married food and art until about 2006, and then I started playing around with fondant because I had seen people on TV and I thought, ‘That looks a lot like sculpting.’ So I did it and I was really good at it, and instantly I was like, ‘This is what I’m supposed to be doing,’ ” she said. The couple opened the original Frost Me Sweet in July 2010 in a

Frost Me Sweet owners Jason and Megan Savely stand in front of the two buildings they plan to combine to expand their popular Richland eatery. The couple recently bought the building next door to their restaurant, which was once home to a law office.

200-square-foot spot on Thayer Drive, now home to a coffee stand. Megan needed the location to start selling her creations because, at the time, Washington had not revised its “cottage food law,” which prevented people from selling “low-risk” foods, like baked goods, out of home kitchens. Though Megan describes those first months as an entrepreneur as a “scary, scary time” where the couple were mostly living on Top Ramen, the business took off significantly within six months, following a couple of appearances at bridal shows. “I was doing consults all the time and brides were throwing money at me, ‘Here, do my cake,’ and we only had one fridge, so if I wanted to do two wedding cakes in one weekend, I didn’t even have anywhere to put it,” she said. Megan quickly realized she had outgrown both her at-home baking and the shop on Thayer when the couple began scouting a new spot, knowing the expansion was a risk they hoped would pay off. “We invested everything we had made in the last year into this business and had our fingers crossed that it’s going to work,” she recalled. The restaurant at 710 The Parkway opened in April 2011, in the space where Smoovies once operated. The Savelys have a long history in the service industry and found the added square footage would allow them both to do what they loved, without being forced to make rent on just the bakery. Megan focuses on the baking while Jason does the cooking, alongside loyal support staff they often refer to as “family.” With its hallmark mint green exterior, the restaurant quickly became a popular destination in Richland, especially in the summer months

when patio seating is in use. “The success has been far more than we ever anticipated when we opened our business, so we’re grateful for that,” Megan said. The couple went from tenants to owners when they bought the Frost Me Sweet building three years ago. They knew the business was outgrowing its current space but didn’t want to move. “We love everything that The Parkway is and what The Parkway is becoming, and all the new businesses that are coming down here,” Megan said. “I feel like I saw that before we opened.” When the adjacent building became available, Megan took a closer look at just how many customers chose to eat elsewhere rather than wait for one of their limited number of tables. “I spent a lot of time in the front during lunch to see, ‘Are we turning away that many people?’ And I found, ‘OK, yeah, we’re having to turn away a lot of people.’ And that hurts as a small business owner,” she said. The crunch is even tighter during the leaner winter months when the restaurant can’t rely on its outdoor seating. The Savelys recently made the decision to buy the adjacent building at 710 ½ The Parkway, which originally was home to a credit union. The large walk-in safe inside remains and will be repurposed for storage. Most recently, the building had been used as a law office, but still retains its original vintage character. Megan said she’s inspired by its “funky ’60s vibe” and plans to rework the décor inside the original half of Frost Me Sweet as part of the overhaul. Remodeling will take most of the spring, with the expectation of a summer finish of the new combined sites. uFROST ME SWEET, Page 7

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Tri-City, Spokane radiology groups to merge practices this fall BY KRISTINA LORD

A Tri-City radiology group has announced plans to merge with a Spokane clinic. Columbia Basin Imaging of the Tri-Cities and Inland Imaging PS of Spokane are combining their professional radiology groups, effective this September. CBI will be folded into Inland Imaging as part of the merger. CBI, made up of a Tri-City-based group of physicians, has provided radiology services at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland for more than 30 years. “This partnership not only helps us better support radiology and imaging services throughout the region, it will also help promote the integration of services on the Kadlec campus by combining both interventional and diagnostic radiology services within the new group,” said Dr. Richard Nguyen, president of CBI, in a statement. Nguyen said Inland Imaging approached the group two to three years ago to consider a merger, but CBI declined because the demographics of CBI’s radiologists were older and they wanted to stay independent. FROST ME SWEET, From page 6 Work on the new building can mostly take place without interruption to the current restaurant. The couple anticipates an eventual one-week closure for demolition of the current kitchen and bakery storefront, which will both be replaced with dining room seating. A doorway will be cut out of the brick wall that divides the two buildings, allowing access between the two sides. “People ask us, ‘Why don’t you just open a second location in Kennewick or something instead of making this one bigger?’ But we love what we do. I love to bake and he loves to cook, and we love our employees and the family atmosphere here and we love being a small business,” Megan said. The couple likes to stay close to the product and fears that wouldn’t happen with multiple locations. “I would no longer be able to bake and he would no longer be able to cook. We would just be overseeing other people, and that’s not what we got in the business to do,” she said. Frost Me Sweet employs 30 people, including many who have been there since day one. Rather than raise prices to cover the additional overhead or increase to the minimum wage, the Savelys hope they

Today, the demographics are drastically different, he said. “It’s a very good move for the group and it was a unanimous decision by the shareholders,” he said. CBI’s sub-specialized and general radiologists provide professional interpretations for patients of Kadlec Regional Medical Center, free-standing emergency departments, urgent care clinics and physician offices. The growing practice expects to interpret close to 300,000 studies, or imaging results, by the end of the year and expects this number to grow by 10 percent in 2019, Nguyen said. Last year, the group interpreted 250,000 studies. “Part of the reason we wanted to merge with Inland is because they’re a bigger group. This move facilitates patient care in Eastern Washington as Inland has a lot of contracts and operations throughout Eastern Washington,” Nguyen said. “We heard the siren call from our local clinicians here in the Tri-Cities. They wanted their studies to be read at the sub-specialist level, which was going to be a challenge with 12 radiologists,” he said. Physicians who have sub-specialities in radiology means they receive special training and are experts in can simply seat more customers by adding about six additional employees. Once complete, Megan intends to have new offerings in her larger bakery, more on the scale of what’s found in a patisserie. She recently attended an exclusive training with French pastry chef Cédric Grolet, who’s been voted by the industry as best pâtissier in the world. “We have such a big following with our cupcake base but I just want to show people what else is out there, things you can’t currently find in the Tri-Cities,” she said. “Now we’ll be able to showcase amazing desserts even better.” This will include a bakery display viewable from George Washington Way. The Savelys look forward to building on their past accomplishments while staying in the spot that made them a success. “I’d always wanted a bakery in The Parkway. I felt like this area is so cute and I felt like this was our spot,” she said. Information: 509-420-4704, ext. 2;; 710 The Parkway;

acquiring and interpreting images for specific body parts. Nguyen said the merger means patients will have more peace of mind knowing their radiologists have specialized training, calling it “an immediate benefit for Dr. Richard Nguyen patients.” Inland Imaging has been operating in Spokane since 1930. The organization’s board-certified radiologists serve outpatient imaging centers, urban and rural medical centers, hospitals, clinics and private practices in western, central and eastern Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana. “By expanding our geographic footprint to more closely match that of our important health system partner, we are able to generate more effective ways to deliver services,” said Inland Imaging CEO Steve Duvoisin in a statement. “It allows us to see the region’s health care resources in a more global and holistic way. That broader point of view helps us imagine new ways to raise our quality

and efficiency while holding down costs by serving more patients around the region.” Nguyen said Inland Imaging’s “business know-how” is another benefit of the merger as the group navigates reimbursement challenges related to the Affordable Care Act. Combining the two groups allows a better connection to the region’s medical imaging technology, expertise and resources to improve the way patients are served, said Dr. Jayson Brower, president of Inland Imaging, in a statement. “The ultimate winner is the patient,” he said. In addition, Inland Imaging’s radiologists own Inland Imaging Business Associates, a company that provides various radiology business and IT services to clients throughout the Northwest.


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GLASS, From page 1 “Benton City isn’t really a destination; it’s more of an offshoot. People come here for the wines, so my studio is part of the opportunity to develop businesses that tie into that,” Labrie said. Labrie is the namesake of Labrie Glass Studios, located on Ninth Street in a building rented from the Port of Benton. He has been a glass artist since the mid-70s, when he left college to pursue the art. His start in glass blowing came when he got a job out of high school in the shipping and packing department at a scientific glass-blowing shop in California that made chemical lab apparatus, describing the items as “monster movie kind of stuff.” The company needed a worker to relocate to Texas, but none of the employees wanted to move. Labrie agreed to take the job if he could learn the glass-blowing trade, and 40 years later it remains his profession. Labrie has made numerous moves in the meantime, selling his handmade creations at art shows, in catalogs and through contracts with large companies like Merrill Lynch and FedEx. “A lot of my work is the whole corporate premium incentive awards. You know, the stuff you get and you put in the closet,” he joked. Labrie said his claim to fame was having one of his glass Merrill Lynch

bulls appear in the company’s annual Super Bowl commercial. “They have the bulls running down Main Street and everything’s shaking and one of my pieces knocked off the shelf,” Labrie said. He hadn’t been notified ahead of time that his art was going to be featured and saw the commercial for the first time along with the rest of the viewers. “I had to call my mom, of course,” Labrie said. Labrie’s dry wit and humble nature is apparent as his studio was once called Blow Hard Glass. He meant it in a comedic way, but found customers took the name the wrong way, and so he now does business as Labrie Glass Studios. Humor is present in many of his pieces, and it’s evident Labrie doesn’t take himself too seriously. A lot of his glass designs feature animals or anthropomorphism, such as pigs who fly, artichokes as people, or a piece called, “When Dragonflies go Bad,” which features a dragonfly who has stolen the pants of a glass man. “People laugh when they suddenly realize it’s anatomically correct,” Labrie said. Despite the creative pieces, lampworking for his wholesale line is what pays the bills. Lampworking is the kind of intricate sculpting work done with a torch instead of in an oven. Labrie ships out 90 percent of his

work, which include a lot of Pacific Northwest-focused aquatic designs, like whales, seals and octopi. He said about half his orders are for corporate customers. Labrie’s work is featured in 14 galleries around the country, including the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. His designs can also be found in catalogs like “Artful Home.” It’s a long way from Labrie’s early days, creating unicorns during the 70s when glass as an art form was at its height. “Glass was appreciated much more than it is now. It doesn’t have the same cachet it used to have,” he said. “Back then, everything I made, I sold. So it was an income stream that I could use to easily pay my bills.” Labrie said the popularity of glass was almost “too easy” and so he left college before finishing his oceanography degree. The first place Labrie sold his art was at a clothing store in Northern California, which let him set up a table and a torch in the middle of the lingerie section during Christmastime. Labrie laughed at the inherent liability risk it was to allow an open flame around flammable merchandise. “It was a different time,” he said. He also remembered how customers would stand and watch him for two hours straight, which is nearly unheard of today. “People don’t have that kind of attention span anymore,” he said. It takes about 15 minutes to create a small, handheld piece, like the unicorns, but can take hours for a larger, more sophisticated item. Customers who visit his Benton City studio for a glass-blowing class can expect to spend about an hour going over safety and creating a simple piece, like a paperweight, float or heart. “Glass blowing is the form that really captures people’s imagination,” Labrie said. Labrie previously ran a studio and gallery in Port Angeles. “Since we didn’t see the sun for

eight years, we moved to the TriCities, and now we haven’t seen the rain for eight years,” he said. He quietly kept studio space in Benton City for three years prior to opening the Ninth Street shop, but it wasn’t a retail business with a gallery. Having a location downtown “gives me an opportunity to mingle with people,” Labrie said. Running the retail side of his business has never been his passion, so Labrie had his three daughters selling his art beginning when they were as young as 5. Now, those daughters are grown up, yet one remains in the glass industry in the Seattle area, where there are fewer studios than the city once enjoyed. “That whole (Interstate)-5 corridor used to have more glass blowers per capita than any other place in the world. More than Murano, (Italy), or other locations known for glass-blowing. There were hundreds of glassblowing studios, like mine, in the I-5 corridor because of Dale Chihuly and the Pilchuk Glass School, but it’s become more difficult for people to the maintain the one-man glass-blowing studio. It’s just that times change, so Benton City seemed like a good place,” he said. Times change and design tastes change along with it. Labrie said there was once a time everything he made was clear glass, but now people want color. His pieces used to be mounted on burl wood, but now “I couldn’t sell a piece of burl if I tried.” Labrie’s studio shares a building with Branches and Vines country store in downtown Benton City, across from the former site of city hall. For those looking to blow their own glass, a single item costs $85, with each additional item costing $55, which also counts toward pieces made by a group. Labrie Glass Studios: 713 Ninth St., Ste. B, Benton City; 509-3624040; Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. WednesdaySaturday. Blow your own glass is by appointment.

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WSU hospitality school rolls out Institute for Senior Living BY JESSICA HOEFER for Senior Times

A Washington State University professor knows firsthand the importance of hiring well trained, qualified “senior living” professionals. Scott Eckstein lived in an assisted living facility for a while to help settle his maternal grandparents into one. He also believes living in one may have prevented his grandmother’s death. He knows the business side of the industry, too, as he used to develop senior living facilities and manage them. “Most students have no idea what senior living is about. They think it’s an old folks home, and they see it’s more like a hotel that grandma and grandpa are living in—not like a hospital. There’s so many similarities between hospitality and senior living, so I tell the students, ‘This is not calculus and English. This is about how senior living fits with everything else you’re learning.’ To understand senior living is to understand what daily living is: How you engage residents, what’s the customer experience like, marketing. The senior wants to be cared for,” Eckstein said. WSU recently launched an Institute for Senior Living through its Hospitality Business Management program. It comes on the heels of announcing the addition of an online senior living program to its hospitality business management curriculum in the fall. The demand is there. The industry needs to recruit 1.2 million new employees by 2025, according to one industry study. Managers are getting scarce to find and hire, with industry leaders resorting to stealing employees from each other, Eckstein said. Rather than continuing to spar

Scott Eckstein, clinical assistant professor of hospitality business management, takes program students on a field trip to gain real-world experience to help them better understand senior living. (Courtesy Washington State University)

over workers, competitors decided to come together and turned to WSU for a solution, he said. The new institute will focus on three major initiatives to develop the future work force: academic programs, industry partnerships and research. The WSU Senior Living Management program was originally developed in partnerships with Aegis Living, Merrill Gardens, Emeritus (now Brookdale), and Leisure Care. Additional industry partners, including NIC and Argentum, have helped shape and expand the senior living management curriculum from a single introductory course offered as an elective under the hospitality business management major, to courses offered across the state and the new, online senior living certificate option. The noncredit certificate program will help students gain a better understanding of the senior living industry with real-world industry experience through the school’s

1,000-hour internship graduate requirement. There are seven modules in the certificate program that range from finance and operations to leadership and risk management. The program is selfpaced and takes students on average seven to 12 weeks to complete. “We talk about international


senior living. I explain it’s not just a U.S. issue. I teach about the history of the business, I teach about the care, and then you go on a field trip,” Eckstein said. Further industry collaboration will help the institute eventually offer a new senior living major for undergraduate students, according to WSU officials. Eckstein said the millennial and X generations are really interested in having an impact on lives and the future, and jobs in senior living fulfill that need while providing students with incredible career potential. “Imagine every day you can go to work and make a difference,” he said. “You can make somebody’s life better every single day.” Interest in the classes and certificate program have been phenomenal, Eckstein said, and industry leaders are already seeing the benefits. Randy Cyphers, senior regional vice president of Brookdale Senior Living—the nation’s largest senior living provider that has facilities in the Tri-Cities, such as Brookdale Canyon Lakes and Brookdale Meadow Springs—is excited to see this program continue to grow. uWSU, Page 10

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WSU, From page 9 “At Brookdale, we are always looking to attract, develop and retain top talent,” he said. “We’ve seen firsthand some of the incredible graduates who’ve completed this program and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for the next generation of senior living leaders.” Eckstein started teaching senior living classes in spring 2016 and continues to do so at WSU’s Pullman, Vancouver and Tri-City campuses. He didn’t intend to focus on the senior living industry. He wanted to be a real estate developer just like his grandfather. So, after graduating from college, he headed off to Washington, D.C., and landed a job in the industry. Little did he know, the real estate market was about to crash, taking his dream along with it. “My job at the company was to figure out what to do if we were going to stay alive,” he said. “And I determined that we should be building for the senior market or the medical care office building market.” But it wasn’t long before the viability of the market became the least of Eckstein’s worries. His grandfather became ill, and the family had to figure out how best to care for him. “At the time, there was no assisted living. You went to a nursing home.

So my grandma would live in the to get into operations. apartment they’d lived in for eons, It worked, and he landed a job as and she’d visit my grandfather,” he the director of Sunrise Senior Living said, adding that despite being in Santa Monica. fiercely independent she, too, “I did that for a number of years suffered from medical issues. … then they transferred me to the “She ended up having an aneurism real estate side developing senior in her kitchen,” he said. properties. I ended up as a real estate Nine hours went by before guy − again,” he said. Eckstein’s grandmother was found. When Eckstein’s maternal She died on the grandparents way to the began having “At Brookdale, we hospital. medical issues, he are always looking to “That had a had to leave work attract, develop and major impact on to care for them, retain top talent.” me. If she were going so far as to around people, live in a senior Randy Cyphers, people would have community with senior regional vice them while they addressed it president of Brookdale got settled in. sooner. She Senior Living When he returned probably would have still been to California, he alive,” he said. received a phone call that would Eckstein decided to change career change his career trajectory yet paths and went back to school. He again, sending him toward a job that soon was hired by a company in encompassed the breadth of California—but it wasn’t in the knowledge he had gained in the position he’d hoped for. industry. “I didn’t get into the operations “My friend called and said, ‘Do side that I wanted to be on,” he said you have a master’s degree,’ and I with a laugh. “I got into the real said, ‘Yes,’ and he hung up on me.” estate side. That’s how I worked my Then he called me back a couple way into the business.” of days later and recruited him to His job took him overseas to Spain apply at WSU. and Portugal, but eventually Eckstein For more information about returned and started calling his WSU’s Senior Living Management contacts in the industry, determined program, call 424-262-1288.

uBRIEFS Kidz Dig Rigz seeks volunteers

The Kadlec Foundation is seeking volunteers for its major fundraising event, Kidz Dig Rigz, May 19-20 in Columbia Park in Kennewick. Event proceeds benefit pediatric patients through programs and services at Kadlec. Shifts for the event where kids can sit in and learn about all kinds of vehicles are available Saturday and Sunday. Meals and T-shirts are provided for volunteering. To inquire, call 509-9422661, email or online at

Food For Fines underway at Mid-Columbia Libraries

Mid-Columbia Libraries hosts its annual Food For Fines drive during the month of May. The libirary district hopes to boost donations to local food banks by inviting library customers to pay their overdue fines by donating non-perishable food items at any branch. Each item donated counts as $1 toward overdue fines, up to $10 per customer account. Fines aren’t required to donate, and all food will be donated to local food banks throughout the region.

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Kennewick Senior Center

500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick • 509-585-4303 All activities are at the Kennewick Senior Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-585-4303. • Bunco: 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Woodcarving: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: 75 cents per day. 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Bring supplies or borrow from

the class. • 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: 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $1 per day. • Chinese Mahjong: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Sewing: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1 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 and 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. • Taijuquan: 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Call 509-430-1304 for cost and to register.

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

Most of Pasco’s senior services programs take place at the First Avenue Center, unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-545-3459. • Basin Wood Carvers: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: Free. • China Painting: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Bring your own project and supplies. • Cribbage: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. • Drop-In Snooker: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day. • Mexican Train Dominoes: 12:30

to 3 p.m. Mondays. • Pinochle: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. • 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 is offered on various days/times. Call 509-545-3456 to register. No classes Monday, May 28. • Enhance Fitness (40+): Class focuses on stretching, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training. 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays

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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. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-942-7529. • 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: 6 to 8:30

p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Duplicate Bridge: 12:30 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. • Bridge Buddies: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1. Location:

game room. • ACBL Bridge: Various groups. For a schedule of each group, visit the Richland Community Center or call 509-942-7529. • 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. • Greeting Card Recycling: 9 to

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 509-967-2847. • Potluck Dinner: 6 p.m. second Tuesday of the month. Bring a dish to share. • Bingo: 1 p.m. third Monday

of the month. Hot dog luncheon at noon. $3 suggested donation. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Fitness: 11 a.m. Thursdays. • Exercise: A co-ed, light cardio class, led by exercise

video, is 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. A donation of 50 cents for members and $1 for others is requested. • Pinochle: 5 p.m. Mondays.

11 a.m. Mondays. Cost: free. Location: meeting room. • RSA Dance: Third Friday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $7 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). • 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.

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DANCE, From page 1 DeShawn, who teaches the class, said the Afro-Brazilian martial arts form was developed by African slaves in Brazil seeking freedom from their oppressors. Capoeira combines music, dance, acrobatics and fighting, which the slaves used to express and defend themselves. “Before I met DeShawn I didn’t even know what capoeira was,” Tubito said. “And now I get to learn something new, again, with another caring teacher who is an expert at what he does.” DeShawn discovered capoeira as a teenager growing up in Michigan. He took classes with his brother at the YMCA, training in the art form for eight years as he worked on his college coursework. Part way through graduate school, he felt the need to take a break from academics and his chosen career path to pursue his passion in martial arts. He moved in with master capoeira teacher, Gary Williams, who had recently come to the Detroit. Under his tutelage, DeShawn embraced an intensive training schedule, practicing six hours per day. It was at a salsa dancing class that he met his future wife, who was rediscovering dance after several years of focusing on her academic studies. From a young age, Kate had participated in competitive ballet. During her teen years, she performed with a company in lead roles, but ultimately decided to pursue university coursework instead of a career as a professional ballerina. “I took dance classes at the University of Illinois and realized I

Kate Robins, right, instructs Kirsten Grace, who is in her 60s, during the novice ballet class at Find Your Center. The new school in downtown Pasco aims to make dance and martial arts accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability or background.

could still enjoy ballet through teaching,” she said. The couple realized they could bring together everything they’d learned on their respective journeys by opening their own studio. “We found that despite the cultural distance between ballet and capoeira, we had essentially the same training in recognizing and striving for excellence. … We knew the constant everyday work that it takes to center yourself, lose your center and find it again,” Kate said. In addition to ballet and capoeira for all levels and ages, the new school offers lessons in flamenco, sevillanas, capo-ballet and conditioning. “We decided we wanted our own place in spring 2015,” DeShawn said. “We were both kind of stressed in our work environments. It caused us to

rethink things and prioritize, and we decided to start something new. We didn’t really doubt it; we knew we wouldn’t give up until we got the studio open, and here we are.” Kate said they were attracted to Pasco and the greater Tri-City area because of the region’s rapid growth and the opportunities opening up for new business owners. “It sounded like a good place to open a studio and raise a family,” she said. The couple contacted the Downtown Pasco Development Authority, and Executive Director Luke Hallowell recommended the 1,400-square-foot former “everything” store space in suite E at 411 W. Clark St. “We knew right away when we walked in that it was the right fit,” DeShawn said.

After helping the building’s owner make improvements to the interior and exterior, Find Your Center opened in mid-January. “It’s going really well,” DeShawn said. “Slow but steady growth.” The couple said they’ve had several people come and take advantage of their $20 trial class offer, with eight becoming members and more considering membership. As Find Your Center works to establish itself, DeShawn continues his work as geographic information systems administrator for the city of Pasco, while Kate runs the studio. Eventually, they both want to teach full time at the studio. In the meantime, while class sizes are small, students benefit from more one-on-one teaching. Kirsten Grace of Richland, a Pasco High School teacher in her 60s, said she started teaching herself ballet a year and a half ago. “But I had reached the limits of what I could learn from YouTube,” she said. Grace had been on the hunt for a studio to take classes but struggled to find any in the area that offered adult classes. Since joining Find Your Center’s novice ballet class, she said she’s improved a lot. “I couldn’t have gotten as far without Kate,” she said. Grace said the lower impact nature of ballet was a big plus, especially since she has wrist issues that make other forms of exercise difficult. She noted improved balance and flexibility as other benefits. uDANCE, Page 15

Senior Times • May 2018 uBRIEFS Cinco de Mayo festival expands to include health fair

The Pasco Cinco de Mayo festival returns to downtown Pasco for its 28th year. Here’s the schedule: • Friday, May 4: A night parade at 7 p.m. followed by a night festival that includes a dancing horse competition with more than 30 dancing horses adjacent to 204 W. Clark Ave. • Saturday, May 5: The kickoff of the 30th year of the Pasco Farmers Market. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon. The Cinco de Mayo festival on Fourth and Lewis streets features live performances from folkloric and flamenco dancers, mariachi, banda, norteño and other Mexican music styles. There will be a performance by Federico Villa, a living legend of mariachi and movie star who has appeared in more than 30 movies, and additional performances by local stars and nationally renowned artist Raul Casillas performing his Billboard hits, “A Poco” and “El Amor de Mi Vida.” There will be a carnival on the streets of downtown Pasco with lots of additional family activities, more than 50 vendor booths and every imaginable kind of Mexican street cuisine. • Sunday, May 6: The new Cinco de Mayo Family Health and Wellness DANCE, From page 14 Find Your Center’s basic enrollment package starts at $70 per month for one year, or $77 per month for six months. Members also can opt to pay for oneyear or six-month memberships upfront for greater savings. The price includes 80 to 90 minutes of instruction per week, 10 hours per week of shared practice space, a onehour capoeira practice roda per week, and a complimentary exercise journal. Membership plans for those looking for increased studio access also are available. Other member benefits include $5 off all special workshops and a 10 percent discount for family members who join. “Find Your Center is about finding a community and discovering you can do things you didn’t know you could do,” said Kate, who added it’s more important to her and her husband that students feel a personal sense of accomplishment. “When you achieve something, it’s a confidence booster … it’s so empowering and I want to share that with the community,” DeShawn said. The multilingual couple speak Spanish, French, Portuguese, Quechua and English. Find Your Center: 509-302-4866;; visit 411 W. Clark St., Suite E in Pasco.

Fair, presented by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the Healthy America’s Foundation, includes more than 30 health vendors providing cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, vision and dental screenings; and health and nutrition education. The event features live music, zumba, yoga, art and photo booths, a soccer clinic, drawings and giveaways. For more information, visit

Second annual George and Pat Jones Community Service Day is June 15

Tri-Citians and Tri-City businesses are encouraged to gather together to work on a community service project of their choice from 8 a.m. to noon. Friday, June 15. A barbecue rib-eye steak luncheon will be served at Columbia Park near the bandshell area at noon for the first 500 people who RSVP to participate in the second annual George and Pat Jones Community Service Day. Here’s how it works: Your company chooses a community service project to work on that day. To see available opportunities, visit Any business or individual wanting to attend luncheon need to RSVP at In 2017 more than 300 people par-


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ticipated in Community Service Day, completing more than 20 projects were completed in and around the Tri Cities. The event’s namesakes, George and Pat Jones, are avid community volunteers and fundraisers.

CBC fundraiser features classes on beef butchery

Columbia Basin College’s hospitality program will host its first ever fundraiser, an artisan butchery workshop, during three individual sessions June 20-22. The half-day, hands-on sessions will be held at Senior Life Resources Northwest’s kitchen in Richland and feature Tracy Smaciarz, an artisan butcher, and Pat Mallon, a beef producer and expert. The class includes tutorials on butchering, filleting, cooking and mastering beef know-how. Participants will take home tools of the trade: knife, apron, cutting board, beef chart and about 12 pounds of personally carved beef, plus an autographed photo with instructors. Sessions culminate in a family-style barbecue of freshly ground hamburgers. Each class is limited to 15 participants to ensure practical, hands-on experience. Sessions are from 2 to 7:30 p.m. at 1824 Fowler St., Richland. Cost is $350. For more information,

Chaplaincy leads region in cornea donations

Chaplaincy Hospice Care, a Richland-based nonprofit providing hospice care both in-home and at the community Hospice House, has been identified as a leading provider of cornea donation in the region by SightLife. Chaplaincy has helped more than 430 families honor their loved one’s wish to help others through cornea donation. That has potentially helped more than 860 men, women and children see again through those generous gifts. Chaplaincy Hospice Care has partnered with SightLife (formally known as the Northwest Lions Eye Bank) for more than 20 years. In 2017, Chaplaincy’s partnership with SightLife resulted in 34 cornea donors, restoring sight to 42 men, women and children. Chaplaincy is the leading cornea donation hospice program in Central and Eastern Washington; the fourth largest cornea donation hospice pro-

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Senior Times • May 2018

Meals on Wheels May 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 $7.15. 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 509-585-4241; Pasco 509-543-5706; Parkside 509-545-

2169; Benton City 509-588-3094; Prosser 509-786-1148; and Connell 509-234-0766. The Senior Dining Café serves soups, sandwiches and salads without a reservation. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The café is at 1834 Fowler St. in Richland and can be reached by calling 509-736-0045. • Friday, May 4: Beef tacos, fiesta corn, refried beans, salsa, sour cream and pineapple. • Monday, May 7: Macaroni and cheese, sausage patty, broccoli, salad with dressing and apple sauce. • Tuesday, May 8: Chicken enchilada casserole, Spanish rice, refried beans, Mexican slaw and a

cranberry oat bar. • Wednesday, May 9: Roast turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas and carrots, bread and pears. • Thursday, May 10: Beef stew, biscuit, salad with dressing, beets and a pumpkin bar. • Friday, May 11: Smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables, dinner roll and frosted cake. • Monday, May 14: Spaghetti and meat sauce, green beans, salad with dressing, dinner roll and an oatmeal cookie. • Tuesday, May 15: Grilled chicken sandwich, carrot raisin salad, pineapple and a blueberry oat

bar. • Wednesday, May 16: Pork loin with gravy, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, salad and chocolate pudding. • Thursday, May 17: Dijon chicken with rice, peas and onions, dinner roll, apricots and a cherry oat bar. • Friday, May 18: Birthday day! Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, Italian vegetables, dinner roll and ice cream. • Monday, May 21: Chili stuffed potato, mixed vegetables, salad with dressing, dinner roll and a brownie. • Tuesday, May 22: Tuna pasta salad, three bean salad, dinner roll, fruit cocktail and chocolate chip cookies. • Wednesday, May 23: Scrambled eggs and peppers, chuck wagon potatoes, sausage patty, blueberry muffin and Mandarin oranges. • Thursday, May 24: Teriyaki chicken, fluffy rice, oriental vegetables, bread and pear crumble. • Friday, May 25: Beef lasagna, broccoli, salad with dressing, dinner roll and applesauce. • Monday, May 28: Closed for Memorial day. • Tuesday, May 29: Fiesta chicken, refried beans, Spanish rice, steamed corn, bread and yogurt with berries. • Wednesday, May 30: Lemon pepper cod, herbed potatoes, mixed vegetables, pea and cheese salad and oatmeal raisin cookies. • Thursday, May 31: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli, bread and an apple pie bar. For more information about Senior Life Resources Northwest visit

uBRIEF Learn about Haiti ministry work at May 12 event

The founder of Upstream International ministries and local Tri-City servant leaders who recently traveled to Haiti will discuss the organization’s vision and answer questions about its work. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Reach museum, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. Tickets are $5 and can be bought online at upstream-international-informational-night. Food will be provided.

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