Senior Times -- April 2019

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April 2019

Volume 7 • Issue 3

Horse racing on track at Sun Downs

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The snowy start to this horse racing season delayed training for more than a month at Sun Downs Race Track in Kennewick. It also postponed the start of the annual six-day meet at Sun Downs. But don’t despair, horse race fans, the season is galloping near. “We’re now starting one week later, with Saturday, April 27, being opening day,” said Nancy Sorick, who heads up the nonprofit Tri-Cities Horse Racing Association, now in its 32nd year. This year’s season is April 27-28, May 4-5 and 11-12, all Saturdays and Sundays at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S Oak St., Kennewick. The first race is at 1 p.m. each day. Cost of admission is $5, while parking is free. Race cards – the number of races scheduled each day – vary between seven to 10. Traditionally, the track’s opening weekend always has been busy and well attended, with trial races for the Pot O’Gold Futurity. It’s the same story for the final weekend, with the Saturday Kentucky Derby wagering and the finals of the Pot O’Gold Futurity, as well as the stakes races. But the middle weekend has always been slow, as the faster horses take that weekend off to race in the big-money races on the final weekend. However, with the schedule change, uSUN DOWNS, Page 14

Susan Rimpler, left, leads seniors through a stretch exercise during a recent EnhanceFitness class in Kennewick. The free hourlong exercise class is designed to prevent falls among seniors. Benton County has one of the highest rates of fall-related hospitalizations in the state.

Building Balance EnhanceFitness classes focus on reducing falls



hen Zenaida Myers of Pasco took her 87-year-old mother to a new fitness class, she wasn’t planning to participate. But the 65-year-old said she and her mom both have benefited from the balance and strengthening class called EnhanceFitness. She said her mother Maria Austria of Kennewick fell three times last year, but thanks to the class, she’s

beginning to feel stronger. Falls send thousands of senior citizens to the hospital every year — especially in Benton County, which has one of the highest rates of fallrelated hospitalizations in the state. From 2010-15, the county recorded 1,897 per 100,000 people age 60 and older who were hospitalized after a fall, according to the state Department of Health. That’s why the EnhanceFitness uBALANCE, Page 2

AARP fights for lower drug prices BY SENIOR TIMES

AARP has launched a nationwide campaign to lower prescription drug prices, which have increased faster than inflation rate. Many prescription drugs have had substantial retail price increases every year since at least 2006, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. In 2015, retail prices for more than 750 prescription drugs commonly used by older adults increased by an average of 6.4 percent, more than 50 times higher than the general inflation rate of 0.1 percent. The goal of AARP’s Stop Rx Greed campaign is to help drive down drug prices by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive and regulatory

actions at the federal and state level. “Americans pay the highest brandname drug prices in the world,” said Doug Shadel, AARP state director, in a release. “Congress, the administration, and importantly, our own state legislators must take action now to lower prescription drug prices, the root cause of this problem.” As part of the campaign, AARP Research conducted a national survey of likely voters ages 50 and older. It found that significant majorities of self-identified Republican, Democrat, and independent voters shared concerns about the high price of drugs, and support common-sense policies that will lower prices. uAARP, Page 15


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classes are being offered for free to those 65 and older in Kennewick, Richland and Prosser, thanks to a state Department of Health grant administered through Southeast Washington Aging & Long Term Care Council of Government, or ALTC. It’s part of a five-year statewide action plan to reduce the rate of fallrelated hospitalizations by 5 percent and fall-related deaths by 3 percent among older adults. EnhanceFitness classes also are available in Pasco, but there’s a fee as they’re administered through the city of Pasco. The hour-long classes focus on increasing senior citizens’ strength and balance, which can help to prevent falls. The evidence-based falls prevention and physical activity program is developed specifically for older adults. “We’re trying to implement falls prevention and hopefully we can make an impact on some of the falls data that is high for our area to reduce hospitalizations and death rates,” said Emily Watts, program manager for ALTC. The Yakima-based ALTC promotes and develops a comprehensive system of services to help meet the needs of older adults and adults with disabilities in an eight-county area: Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Kittitas, Walla Walla, and Yakima counties. “Four of our counties fall in top 10 for falls for over 65 and Benton County is one of them,” Watts said. The three-day-a-week fitness program welcomes those using walkers or canes. Cuff weights that strap onto ankles or wrists are supplied and used during class. A typical class includes a short warmup followed by 20 minutes of aerobics, a short cooldown, 20 minutes of strength training and ends with a 10-minute stretch. Pat Hoinacki, 69, of West Richland, recently completed training to be an EnhanceFitness instructor after learning about it as an advi-

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To sign up for the free Kennewick class, which runs from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday, call 509-554-4636 or email enhance0219@ To sign up for the free Richland class, which runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, call 509-438-9470 or email rimpler411@ To sign up for the free Prosser class, which runs from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, call 509-396-8276 or email EhanceFitnessProsser@ To sign up for the Pasco class, which runs from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, call 509-545-3459 or Cost is $33 for Pasco residents, $41 for others.

More programs coming

More programs will be rolled out in the next four years to reduce the rate of falls in the region. Watts said Matter of Balance, an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels, will be offered in the coming fiscal year. ALTC also will offer the Otago Exercise Program, a series of 17 strength and balance exercises delivered by a physical therapist or a physical therapy assistant in the home, outpatient or community setting. The program reduces falls between 35 percent and 40 percent for frail older adults, according to the state’s falls prevention plan.

Instructors sought

Emily Watts, program manager for ALTC said instructors are needed to offer more EnhanceFitness classes, especially bilingual English-Spanish teachers. They receive a stipend for their work. “We want to implement more classes in Benton and Franklin counties and especially implement a bilingual class. We’re looking for fitness instructors or group exercise leadership to continue to grow the program,” she said. Interested trainers and group exercise leaders, may email résumés to

sory board member of Southeast Washington ALTC. The program is a way for Hoinacki to do what she does best: take care of people. She is a retired school and hospice nurse. “I just really like keeping people healthy; it’s just something I do,” she said. “It’s an opportunity at this point in my life — since I’ve aged out of hands-on nursing — to help people stay healthy. At my age level, I feel like I can set a good example. I really enjoy every day I’m there and I really enjoy fitness.” She even recruited her husband — who hasn’t been keen on a regular exercise routine — to take her class.

“It is a really good thing for men and women. The program is aimed to address all fitness levels; it welcomes the frail or the non-exerciser. They would be our ideal candidate,” Hoinacki said. Hoinacki said the class is taught at two levels, seated or standing. “Attendance is the most important thing to be successful with strength and balance training,” Hoinacki said. Myers said the class has helped her: “I feel like I have more energy now and am able to move around better,” she said. Austria said she appreciates the social aspect of the class as well.

Senior Times • April 2019


Use your sleuthing skills to avoid online scams

Employment scams were the riskiest con of 2018, according to the latest report from the Better Business Bureau. These scams topped the list for men and women, three of BBB’s six age brackets, and for both students and veterans, according to data from the BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report. The risk report has been published annually since 2016 and has provided Better Business Bureaus around the country with statistics and information to help elevate the education of consumer and businesses. In 2018, there were 50,559 scams reported with an average dollar loss of $152, which was a 33.3 percent decrease from 2017. The BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report uses the BBB Risk Index, a three-pronged measure of scam risk based on exposure, susceptibility and monetary loss. How likely are you to be targeted by a particular scam? What are your odds of losing money when exposed? If you lose money, how big will your losses be? Taking the second spot in top scams of 2018 was online purchase scams. This situation can happen in several different ways. A buyer makes an online purchase from an

individual or company. However, the items never arrive or in some cases a person sells an item online, but the check received Tyler Russell for payment is Better Business fake. Bureau The No. 3 riskiest scam is the fake check or money order scam, where a consumer receives a check that is “an accident overpayment” and they are requested to wire the money back. The check bounces and the consumer is on the hook for the money which is usually discovered much later. Age seems to have a factor in the susceptibility and dollars lost. For the younger consumers, ages 18 to 24, they have a susceptibility of 42.4 percent and a median dollar lost of $92. For consumers aged 65 and older, they have a susceptibility of 20.8 percent and an average dollar lost of $400. As we look at gender, men have a susceptibility of 29.1 percent and a median loss of $222, and women

have a susceptibility of 30.5 percent with a median loss of $120. The gender differences in susceptibility are small, but the dollar losses for men were much higher. Let’s look at how many of the employment scams work. In 2018, job scams often impersonated Amazon. The reason? The online retailer was frequently in the news with its high-profile search for a second headquarters. In 2017, only 24 BBB Scam Tracker reports were employment scams that mentioned Amazon. In 2018, that jumped to 564. Amazon scams and other employment cons typically follow the same pattern. Scammers contact victims by finding résumés posted online, posting phony job listings, or cold emailing targets. In most versions, the target starts corresponding with the “business” about a job opening. The pay is good, the job seeker can start immediately and no in-person interview is required. The catch, of course, is that job doesn’t really exist. The scammer may ask for an upfront payment for training or a background check. In other scenarios, the con artist asks

the job seeker to deposit a (fake) check and wire back part of the money. They may even get your bank account number to “direct deposit” your paycheck. Be cautious of any job that asks you to share personal information or pay money. Scammers will often use the guise of running a credit check, setting up direct deposit, or paying for training. If a job looks suspicious, search for it online. Google the title and company name. If the result comes up in many other cities with the exact same post, it may be a scam. Check out the business’ website. Scammers often falsely use the names of real businesses. Check on the business’s website or give them a call to confirm the position exists. For more information, go to BBB. org/RiskReport to learn more about the top scams of 2018 and ScamTips. If you’ve been targeted by a scam, help others avoid the same problem by reporting your experience online at

Tyler Russell is the marketplace manager for the Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific.

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• All Things Poultry: 9 a.m. — 5 p.m., Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Contact: 509-582-6436. Free. • Carnival of Culture: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Contact: 509-942-7680. Free.

APRIL 6 – 7

Three Rivers Pet Expo: 10 a.m. — 4 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Go to: Free.


• Alzheimer’s Education Series “Understanding and Responding to Difficult Behaviors”: 1:30 p.m., Kadlec Neurological Resource Center, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. Register: 509-943-8455. Free.


• Medical Adherence seminar by RX Pharmacy: 11 a.m. — noon, Affinity at Southridge, 5207 W. Hildebrand Blvd., Kennewick. Free.


• Sock Hop & Mystery Party,

benefiting Historic Downtown Prosser Association: 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., Princess Theatre Green Room, 1226 Meade Ave., Prosser. Tickets:

APRIL 13 – 14

• Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club Show: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Benton County Fairgrounds, 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick. Go to:


• Senior Times Expo: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Go to: Free.

APRIL 16 – 17

• Health and Safety Expo: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., TRAC, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco. Go to: Free.


• Masquerade Senior Prom: 2 – 5 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way, Richland. Tickets: • Community Lecture Series “Songs of Social Change”: 7 p.m.,

Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Free.


• SIGN’s 20th Anniversary Celebration: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., SIGN Fracture Care International, 451 Hills St., Richland. RSVP: 509-371-1107. Free. • Viva Las Vegas, benefiting The Arc of Tri-Cities: 5 - 9 p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 2525 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Tickets: 509-783-1131 Ext. 103.


• Celebration of Science: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Howard Amon Park Fingernail stage, 500 George Washington Way, Richland. Go to: Free. • Virgie Robinson Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament: 1 p.m., Sun Willows Golf Course, 2535 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Register: • Winemakers Loft Food Truck Rally: Benefit for Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., 357 Port Ave., Prosser. 21 and older. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door. Go to: heartlinks


• Kennewick Valley Grange Spring Bazaar: noon – 6 p.m., Kennewick Valley Grange #731, 2611 S. Washington St., Kennewick. Free.


• Benton City Spring Opener Car & Bike Show: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Ki-Be Middle School, 913 Horne Drive, Benton City. Visit: • Kennewick Valley Grange Spring Bazaar: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kennewick Valley Grange #731, 2611 S. Washington St., Kennewick. Free event. • Tri-Cities Craft Beer Festival: noon – 6 p.m., Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets: • Three Rivers Contra Dance: 7 p.m., Trinity Church Gymnasium, 1007 Wright Ave., Richland. Go to: TUESDAY, APRIL 30 • Memory Care Café: 10 a.m. – noon, Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Contact: 509-942-7680. Free.

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Family FUN

HORSE RACING Racing starts at 1 p.m.

Opening Weekend April 27 & 28

Kentucky Derby May 4 & 5

Final Weekend May 11 & 12

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Retirement looks much different than in decades past This isn’t our parents’ retirement. An estimated 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, and people 65 and older now outnumber teens for the first time since 1948. By 2029 the over-65 cohort will reach more than 71 million, or about 20 percent of the population. And yet as the ranks of seniors swell, recent polls show a high percentage of people do expect to continue working, either full or part time, past age 65. A recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder indicates that 50 percent of workers 60 or older expect to work until age 70, and 20 percent expect never to retire. In addition, a Harvard study reports that a quarter of retirees fail at retirement and “un-retire” by returning to some form of full- or part-time retirement. There are many reasons for this silver tsunami of workers. Money is the major reason. Despite the stock market boom of the last 10 years, millions have not fully recovered from the great recession of 2008. Many have found themselves ill prepared to live on savings, pensions or Social Security benefits. Also, the baby boomer generation will not go quietly into retirement. The “new” retirement model looks like this: • A shift from defined benefit plans, or pensions, to defined contribution plans like the 401(k). For example, in 2015 about 20 percent of the Fortune 500 companies offered pension plans, down from 59 percent in 1998. The onus on retirement planning has been placed our shoulders and many of us have not been up the task. Most of us

do not max our contributions or understand the nature of risk while investing for the long term. • Advances in health care means that we Gary Crawford Guest are living about Columnist 10 years longer than our parents, which means a greater chance that we will outlive our savings. • Wages have been stagnant for close to 40 years. Real median wages have only risen 9 percent since 1979. Real wages in the 25 years after the end of World War II rose 91 percent. • Lifestyle inflation. Our parents didn’t have three gas guzzlers in the driveway of McMansions. • Increased personnel debt has become a way of life. In 2016 the average household had credit card debt of $6,184. That is on top of auto, student and mortgage debt. You can’t save for retirement if you are in hock to the bank and MasterCard. • The rise in the cost of medical expenses and college tuition has been rising faster than inflation. Since 1978, college tuition has increased 1,120 percent, or four times faster than the consumer price index. During the same period, medical expenses have increased 601 percent, while food has increased 244 percent. Many of us still are paying for student loans taken out decades ago (not to mention the loans we co-signed for our children). The burden of medical debt is a

leading cause of personal bankruptcy. • We have become a “sandwich” generation with about 15 percent of middle-aged households providing financial support to an aging parent and a child, siphoning money away from retirement savings. • The restructuring of the American economy that shattered industries resulting in workers being fired from companies with whom they thought they would have lifetime employment. Millions of workers faced longterm unemployment, a savings reduction and lower wages and benefits. • Don’t forget the subprime mortgage crisis of 2007 and the subsequent great recession. A poll indicated that these events have left almost half of boomer households less prepared for retirement. OK, enough of that reality check. Let’s look at the flip side. There are numerous reasons to embrace the “new” retirement: • We are living longer, and we are healthier overall. The old model of retiring at 65 was started at a time when if you lived to 68, you were considered lucky. Working longer also has kept us active and engaged, strengthening our social network and staving off cognitive decline. • We are a more educated work-

force. In 1950, about 7 percent of the workforce had a college degree. By 1990, this increased to 24 percent. This education doesn’t expire when we turn 65. Put it to work. • Since the number of workers in trades and crafts has declined, there is a generational gap. If you have these skills and don’t mind grease under your fingernails, there will always be a place for you. • Current unemployment rates are low. Many employers appreciate the flexibility and work ethic of older workers. • The digital world and social media have made it easy to network, search for work and start businesses. Millions of baby boomers are approaching the end of their careers and many have decided that this is the time to start new businesses, pursue passions do launch encore careers. Working is not just about the money; it can be about providing a structure or sense of purpose that many miss after decades of traditional work.

Gary Crawford of Richland is an engineer who is approaching retirement. He writes about working and retirement at Email:


Senior Times • April 2019 uBRIEFS Vendors, sponsors sought for this year’s senior picnic The date has been set for this year’s 26th annual All-Senior and CommUNITY Picnic. This year’s event — which rotates each year between Pasco, Richland and Kennewick — will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the HAPO Center, formerly the TRAC, in Pasco. The popular event attracts hundreds of seniors and community members from the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. It features a meal, entertainment, vendor booths and prizes. The city of Pasco and Active4Life also are seeking sponsors for the event. Organizers want to be able to provide 1,000 free meals for senior citizens 60 years and older. To do this, sponsors are needed. To be a food sponsor would cost $1,000. Other sponsorship opportunities are available Vendor booths also are available. The event was formerly known as the All Senior Picnic but the addition to name was introduced in 2018 to be more inclusive to accommodate all ages. For more information, call Vince

Guerrero, recreation specialist with the city of Pasco, at 545-3459 or email

Health and Safety Expo set April 16-17 in Pasco

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Health and Safety Expo. The annual event is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 16- 17 at the HAPO Center, formerly TRAC, in Pasco. This year’s theme on transportation safety will include specialized displays, distracted driving and vehicle accident demonstrations, bicycle rodeos and free helmets for children. The expo will feature a variety of booths, displays and demonstrations to promote a proper work-life balance, improve organizational safety culture, expand safety awareness, inspire innovation and apply science to the topic of safety. There also will be breakout sessions on topics that include cyber education, the opioid crisis and proper use of car seats. Admission and parking are free. The Health and Safety Expo is supported by the Department of Energy, Hanford contractors and the Hanford unions. For more information, go to Expo or find on Facebook.

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More CBD stores on the horizon in Tri-Cities BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

If you let him, Donnie Lewis will talk your ears off about hemp and the virtues of CBD oil. He isn’t alone in his enthusiasm. Many people are turning to CBD to help with a variety of ailments, ranging from lack of sleep, anxiety and depression to pain relief. That’s why Lewis opened a CBD American Shaman franchise store in October at 6821 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite A, in Kennewick. “On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being most successful), it’s a 10,” Lewis said. “I still pinch myself every day.” CBD stands for cannabidiol, an active ingredient of the cannabis plant. Yes, that controversial plant. The one that produces marijuana. But most CBD comes from the hemp plant, a relative of the marijuana plant. While a marijuana plant has a higher percentage of THC — the ingredient that provides a high — CBD from the hemp plant has less than 1 percent of THC. The health benefits of CBD and marijuana have long been controversial. CBD may relieve pain from multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis; relieve anxiety, depres-


opened in 2014 in the Midwest. “I’ve been doing this close to two years now,” Lewis said. “I was involved in another CBD American Shaman store in Oklahoma. Me and my buddies started the first store in Tulsa in 2017. In Tulsa, 90 days after we opened, we did $92,000 of business in a month.” CBD is becoming big business around the country. The CBD American Shaman has 130 franchise stores around the country, according to its website. “But there are going to be over 300 stores, with many of them getting their paperwork completed, around the country soon,” Lewis said. The cost to open a franchise ranges Franchise owner Donnie Lewis said he plans to open three CBD American Shaman stores in the Tri-Cities within the next six months. His Kenne- from $25,000 to $45,000, depending wick store opened in October. upon the market area, according to the American Shaman website. sion and cancer-related side effects; medications. When the U.S. Farm Bill passed reduce acne; provide neuroprotective “CBD deals with the inflammation in December, it ensured that any properties; and benefit heart health, in our bodies,” he said. “People are cannabinoid derived from hemp will according to starting to realize that CBD oil can be legal, if the hemp is produced in a The website also cautions against be used right along with their pharmanner consistent with the Farm Bill, possible side effects, including tired- maceuticals, and it makes the medifederal regulations, state regulations, ness, diarrhea and appetite changes. cation more effective with the body. and by a licensed grower, according According to the Harvard Medical And maybe then people can go to to The Brookings Institution, a nonResearch website, CBD shouldn’t their doctor and say, ‘Can maybe we profit public policy organization. take the place of diagnosis, treatment, get rid of the medications that work Lewis moved last August from cure or prevention of any disease. the least?’ ” Oklahoma to the Tri-Cities to be Lewis will be the first to say that This isn’t Lewis’ first foray into CBD should complement traditional CBD American Shaman, which uCBD, Page 13


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uBRIEFS TRAC gets new name in $1M naming rights deal

Franklin County’s TRAC facility will now be called The HAPO Center. Franklin County announced March 12 that it has entered into an agreement with HAPO Community Credit Union for the naming rights of the facility. The agreement runs for a 10-year period and is valued at $1 million. “Franklin County is pleased to partner with HAPO in this endeavor as they are making a substantial investment in the community. This is a sig-

nificant contribution to the financial success of the facility, thus reducing the burden on county taxpayers,” said Keith Johnson, administrator for Franklin County, in a press release. The facility formerly known as TRAC, which stood for Trade, Recreation and Agricultural Center, opened in 1995. The complex at 6600 Burden Blvd. features a 38,184-square-foot exposition hall, 39,200-square-foot indoor dirt floor arena, atrium and three conference rooms, totaling more than 84,000 square feet of exhibit space. The HAPO Center will continue to be owned by Franklin County, with

operating support from the city of Pasco, and it will continue its mission of providing space for trade, recreation, agriculture and commerce events, Johnson said.

Youth Choir’s building fund. Tickets are from $30 to $60 and are available at The performance will be at Faith Assembly Church, 1800 N. Road 72, Pasco.

Opera star, pianist back home for benefit concert

Rock show April 13-14 at Benton County Fairgrounds

A Tri-City native who has performed for Prince Charles and at opera houses around the world returns home to perform at a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10 in Pasco. Rachel Willis-Sorensen will sing accompanied by award-winning pianist Stephen Beus, an Othello native. The show benefits the Tri-City

The Lakeside Gem & Mineral Club’s annual rock show will feature a variety of gems, minerals and fossils on display and available for purchase at the 23rd annual event. The show is Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14 in Building 1 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 14 free as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Visitors can watch demonstrations of how spheres are cut out of solid rock, how to crack geodes and the art of jewelry making. There also will be a junior rockhounds corner where children can experience discovering treasures and win prizes. This year will have 11 vendors offering for sale mineral specimens, fossils, jewelry, beads, gemstones and specialized equipment for cutting, polishing and displaying rocks. The show also is educational with about 40 displays provided by many club members and other collectors from Eastern Washington. There also will be a special fluorescent mineral display room. The event will have door prizes and silent auctions throughout both days at 30-minute intervals. The show opens at 10 a.m. on both days and runs until 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to lake or find the club on Facebook.

Kadlec transfers operations of Prosser OB/GYN clinic

Prosser Memorial Health began operating Kadlec OB/GYN Clinic on April 1. It will now be called Prosser Women’s Health Clinic. Dr. Brian Sollers and physician’s assistant Teresa Charvet will continue to provide care at the clinic at 336 Chardonnay Ave., and will be employed by Prosser Memorial Health. Current patients of the clinic will get official notification of the transition. There will be no care disruptions for patients during this process. In addition to this transition, Prosser Memorial Health will begin an extensive remodeling project at the Prosser Clinic next door. The remodel will convert the current unused pharmacy space into exam rooms and an imaging center. When complete, the clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week offering full laboratory and X-ray services.

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Fiber arts guild joins museum to show off sheep


Ewe must be kidding! Sheep grazing in pastures with Kennewick High in the background? The 1939 photo from our photo archive featured with this column was taken by John Gravenslund, who documented much of life in early Kennewick. The original Kennewick High School once sat near the irrigation canal off Dayton Street. The other building in the photo, the Washington Street K-8 school, was later replaced by senior high-rise apartments. The photo is one of more than 4,000 photos in the electronic photo archive that can be searched daily at the East Benton County History Museum in Kennewick. Photos can be searched by theme, date or even visually by what’s in them. On Saturday, April 6, a few sheep will be back on the lawn close to where this photo was taken, as members of Desert Fiber Arts Guild and the East Benton County History Museum share the history of shepherding in east Benton County with the public at their inaugural Junk In The Trunk Yard Sale and Vendor Fair. Some 80 years ago, wool was used locally at the Pendleton Woolen Mills, but much was sent to markets back East as well. The sheep business, and particularly the free-range sheep business, was nationally at its peak between 1930-40, but decreased rapidly after World War II, as moving sheep along highways became very difficult with the increased traffic of cars. Today, sheep production nationally is a tenth of what it was at its height. This is in part because wool clothing is less popular, replaced by synthetic fibers, and because people are eating more than 25 percent less lamb in their diets than they did in the 1960s.

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Sheep graze in a field not far from Kennewick High School, left, and Washington Street K-8 school, right, in 1939. (Courtesy East Benton County History Museum)

Shepherds would keep their flocks with a team of dogs. Usually there was a least one puppy in training throughout the process. Australian Shepherds were typically the breed of choice. Shepherding was a very cyclical industry. Late winter would begin lambing season with the first babies coming in late January. In March, shepherds could move their flocks to new spring grass. By April it was shearing season. Typically a travelling sheep-shearing firm with a crew containing six to eight shearers using electrical equipment could shear a whole flock in less than a week. As May and the summer arrived, flocks would be on their way toward the mountains, constantly in search of fresh food, not just grass, but often brush, like buck brush. When summer came to an end, the shepherd would start moving the sheep back down to their warmer and more stable winter grazing locations. And then the cycle would repeat.

Kennewick, which some say means “grassy place,” and also has been translated to mean “winter paradise,” was a popular place for shepherds in the colder months because of its agreeable climate. As part of the April 6 exhibition, the guild will be showing off its skills on the loom and spinning wheel and

members will discuss the process of taking wool from the sheep to its finished product. The Junk In the Trunk Community Yard Sale and Vendor Fair runs from 9 a.m. to noon in the museum’s east parking lot at 205 E. Keewaydin Drive in Kennewick. There is plenty of free parking and there’s no admission fee for the yard sale and fair. Sellers and vendors can rent a 10by-10 booth and sell yard sale items from their vehicle for a fee of $20. Museum members pay $10. Preregistration is required. Both the guild and museum will have items for sale. While at the event, be sure to catch a showing of the 1929 Buster Keaton classic, “Steamboat Bill Jr.” Movie admission is free with museum admission and multiple screenings are planned. The film, which is one of Keaton’s last independent film for United Artists, was selected in 2016 for preservation by the Library of Congress. The film is known for Keaton’s most famous film stunt, in which a house falls on top of him and he narrowly manages to escape. For more information, call 509582-7704 or go to

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Get a bite at Brazilian steakhouse opening in Kennewick Head meat server, Michael Dicenzo, stands with Ferdinand the bull inside Boiada Brazilian Grill, which is set to open in May. (Courtesy Boiada Brazilian Grill)

BY ROBIN WOJTANIK for Senior Times

It’s hard to contain the excitement and enthusiasm shared by two families planning to open what’s thought to be the Tri-Cities’ first traditional Brazilian steakhouse. “We want to bring the music, the culture, the happiness. Brazilians are happy people,” Thea Dicenzo said. “We want people who come to our restaurant to feel good.” Boiada Brazilian Grill will be at 8418 W. Gage Blvd. in Kennewick, tucked behind Summit Funding and close to Uncle Sam’s Saloon, in a building once occupied by nightclubs and a casino. The owners are native to Brazil. “We had a lot of people comment on the Facebook and say, ‘Oh, I hope the owners are Brazilian,’ and we are,” said Hisadora Ferriera, who is managing the hiring of new employees. “Boiada translates to ‘cattle,’ but for us, in Portuguese, it really is like a pack of bulls,” said Hisadora, who has worked at a Utah Brazilian steakhouse chain with her father, Adalberto Ferreira, for the past few years. The family moved to the Tri-Cities to open the restaurant with their longtime family friends, Dallas and Thea Dicenzo, who live in Benton City.

Adalberto has worked in the restaurant industry for nearly 20 years, in Brazil and most recently at Tucanos Brazilian Grill, which has its nearest location in Boise. He will be the “meat expert,” using his experience to focus on marinating and cutting the 17 kinds of meats and cuts that will be offered. Known in Portuguese as a churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse is unique in the way it serves meals. Meat servers will rotate through the restaurant with skewers filled with various types and cuts of charcoal-grilled meat and honey-glazed pineapple. Diners place a card on the end of their table indicating “green” as a request for more meat, or “red” if they are satisfied.

Dallas said most people consume an average of two pounds of meat during a Brazilian steakhouse meal. About a dozen skewer choices will be available at lunch with the full 17 options for dinner including sirloin steak, beef tenderloin, seafood, lamb and more. The options don’t end there, as side dishes and salads will be offered in a custom-built station topped with a life-sized metal bull named Ferdinand ­— crafted by a Brazilian artist. Calling it a “salad festival,” there will be cold and hot, sweet and savory salads, along with traditional Brazilian side dishes like black beans, deepfried bananas and Brazilian cheese bread, all made by Adalberto’s wife, Graziella, and her sous chefs.

The meal and sides include unlimited servings for a flat price. The owners are finalizing their menu rates but expect to charge around $26 for lunch and $36 for dinner. There will be discounts for children under 12 and senior citizens. Traditional Brazilian appetizers and desserts will be available as a separate purchase, and Boiada will offer a full bar with traditional Brazilian drinks. Non-alcoholic drinks will offer bottomless refills and include Brazil’s most popular soft drink, Guarana, and seven Brazilian lemonades. The families expect to hire about 50 employees who will wear authentic south Brazilian attire, including meat servers dressed as a gaucho, known as a Brazilian cowboy. The 6,000-square-foot restaurant can hold up to 182 people and will include a banquet room, and eventually outdoor seating as well as live music. Despite moving to the U.S. from Brazil decades ago, both families are passionate about introducing their heritage to the Tri-Cities. “We want to bring the experience to the Tri-Cities from Brazil where people can come up and say, ‘Wow, this is amazing,’ because this business is everywhere in Brazil,” Dallas said. The restaurant is targeted to open in late May.

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Kennewick Community Center 500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick • 509-585-4303

All activities are at the Kennewick Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and location subject to change. For more information, call 509-585-4303. • Bingo: 1 to 3 p.m., every Wednesday. Cost: $1. • Bingo Tournament: 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 15. Cost: $8 at the door. Advanced registration: $5. • Bridge Tournament: 2 to 6 p.m.,

second Sunday of each month. Cost: $1. RSVP 509-586-3349. • Bunco: 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. • Chinese Mahjong: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Clay Sculpting: 1 to 2 p.m., Mondays. Cost: $1 per day. Bring your own supplies. • Dominos: 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day.

• Hair Cuts and Clips: Hair cuts by Pam Eggers. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 9 to 11 a.m. by appointment only. Cost $1. Call 509-585-4303. • Indoor Walking: 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Cost: $1 per day, Southridge Sports Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick. • Party Bridge: 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: 50

cents per day. • Pinochle: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. • Sewing: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Woodcarving: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: 75 cents per day and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Bring supplies or borrow from the class.

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. • ACBL, Duplicate and Party Bridge: Various groups. For a schedule of each group, cost and location, visit the Richland Community Center or call 509-942-7529. • Birthday Club Social: noon to 12:30 p.m., Second Tuesday of each month, in lounge. Cost: free. • 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: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every other Monday. Have a licensed registered nurse specializing in geriatrics care for your feet. Cost: $30. Location: wellness room. Call 509-942-7529. • Golden Age Pinochle: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays. Cost: $1 per day. Location: game room. • Greeting Card Recycling: 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays. Cost: free. Location: meeting 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). • RSA Dance: Third Friday of the

month, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $7 per person. Location: Riverview room. • Pie Socials: Noon to 12:30 p.m., third Tuesday of each month. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Spring Book Sale: 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 25 for Friends of the Library members ($10 to join), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 26 and

Bag sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Purchase and fill a bag for $5. Richland Public Library Gallery. • Memory Care Café: Gathering for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their caregivers, 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 30. Richland Public Library conference rooms. Call 509-942-7680.

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Pasco 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 3 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. • EnhanceFitness (40+): Class focuses on stretching, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training. 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Call 509545-3456 to register. Location: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. • Foot Care for Adults (18+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed,

registered nurse. By appointment only, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Cost: $30. Call 509-545-3459. • Happy Feet program (60+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse. By appointment 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Cost: Free with suggested donation of $12 to $15 per person. Call 509545-3459. • Mexican Train Dominoes:

12:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays. Cost: Free. • 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. To register, call 509-5453456.

Prosser Senior Community Center 1231 Dudley Ave., Prosser • 509-786-2915 All activities are at the Prosser Senior Community Center unless otherwise listed. Activities, times and locations subject to change. For more information, call 509-786-2915. • All-you-can-eat breakfast: 8 to 11:30 a.m. the last full Sunday of each month. Cost: Adults $5 per person, children 12 and under $3. Location: dining room. Includes pancakes, eggs, ham, apple juice and coffee.

• Bingo: 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: 3 cards for $1. Location: dining room. • Birthday Celebration: Typically the third Friday of the month. Call 509-786-1148 to verify. Provided by Meals on Wheels. Cost: suggested donation of $2.75. Location: dining room. • Lunch and Learn Program: 1 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month. Subject changes every month.

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Cost: Free. Location: dining room • Mahjong: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: Free. Location: living room. • Meals On Wheels: 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: Suggested donation of $2.75. Location: dining room. For reservations, call 509-786-1148. • Monthly Potluck: Noon to 3 p.m. the third Sunday of every month. Cost: Free. Location: dining room. Bring a potluck dish to share. • Pinochle: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1. Location: living room. Bring potluck dish to share. • Pool: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Cost: free. Location: pool room. • Prosser Friendship Quilting: 1

to 4 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays. Cost: Free for members ($5 per year). Location: dining room. Bring sewing machine and project to work on. • Tia Chia Quan: 6 p.m. Mondays. Taught by Kraig Stephens. Cost: $50 per month, 65 and older get discounted rate. Beginners start the first Monday of every month. Wednesday and Friday open practice is at 5 p.m. which is free to club members only. Location: dining room. • Wellness Class: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Taught by Cheri Eisen of Sirius Therapeutics. Cost: $25 per month for members, $32 per month for others. Location: living room.

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. • Bingo: noon, third Monday of the month. Hot dog luncheon at noon. $3 suggested donation. • Bunco Potluck: noon, first Wednesday and third Friday of the month. • 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: 1 p.m. Mondays. • Potluck Lunch: noon, second Tuesday of the month. Bring a dish to share. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Fitness: 11 a.m. Thursdays.

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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 older, the suggested donation is $2.75 per meal. Meals may be purchased by those younger than 60 for $7.25. 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: 509585-4241; Pasco: 509-543-5706; Parkside: 509545-2169; Benton City: 509-588-3094; Prosser: 509-786-1148; and Connell: 509-234-0766. The Senior Dining Café at 1834 Fowler St. in Richland serves soups, sandwiches and salads without a reservation. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 509-736-0045. • Tuesday, April 2: Chicken & white bean chili, dilled peas, corn bread and yogurt/berries. • Wednesday, April 3: Baked ziti, broccoli, tossed salad/dressing, breadstick and fruit cocktail. • Thursday, April 4: Lemon pepper cod, rice, pea and cheese salad, bread and cranberry bar. • Friday, April 5: Chicken and rice casserole, glazed baby carrots, bread and chocolate cake. • Monday, April 8: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, tossed salad with dressing, bread and chocolate pudding. • Tuesday, April 9: Grilled chicken sandwich, lettuce, tomato, clam chowder, pea and cheese salad and apple slices. • Wednesday, April 10: Harvest apple pork chop, glazed sweet potatoes, broccoli Normandy, bread and brownie. • Thursday, April 11: Chicken alfredo, Italian

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starting gate, begins starting gate school in the next few weeks. “We’re a bit behind schedule, but actually with the meet starting one week later, we’re OK,” Martin said. Once again, Sun Downs will be simulcasting the Kentucky Derby on May 4 and local fans will be able to wager on the race. Also during the meet, Sun Downs will hold regional stakes races – the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Adequan Derby Challenge Finals, and the AQHA Distaff Challenge Finals – where the winners advance to the national finals later in the year in Los Alamitos Race Track in California. The biggest local race at Sun Downs will be the $30,000 Pot O’Gold Futurity. Trials are April 28, finals are May 12. “Right now we have 43 entries for that,” Martin said. Sorick has her usual goals for a great meet. “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.” She’s confident that will happen. “I believe people will be there to support us,” Sorick said. “The horsemen will be here. We’ll make it.” For more information, go to


Senior Times • April 2019 AARP, From Page 1 Survey findings include: • 72 percent say they are concerned about the cost of their medications • 63 percent say the cost of prescription drugs is unreasonable. • 90 percent support allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices. • 80 percent report taking at least one prescription medication. • Nearly 40 percent say they did not fill a prescription provided by their doctor with cost being the most common reason. AARP Washington is advocating this legislative session for the passage of Senate Bill 5292 aimed at providing increased transparency around prescription drug price increases. It’s already unanimously passed the Senate. The House Health Care & Wellness Committee held a hearing on it March 27. The measure would require the state Health Care Authority, or HCA, to compile an annual list of 10 prescription drugs that have a significant impact on state expenditures but are critical to public health. Drug manufactures would in turn need to provide price increase justification and other information about those drugs to the HCA. Under SB 5292, other entities in the drug supply chain like insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers also would have to provide information such as rebates received and retained, lists of the costliest prescription drugs, and the impact of prescription drug price increases on premiums.

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The West Richland post office has been renamed to honor a Marine from Richland who was killed in a cargo plane crash in Mississippi last year. The post office at 801 West Van Giesen St. is now named the Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman Post Office Building. Schmieman’s family and friends, Marine Corps brothers-in-arms and local leaders honored him during a March 20 ceremony. “It is our hope that the renamed facility will remind users not only of Dietrich, but of all those who have served under arms and given their all for our nation,” according to a statement from his parents Susan and Eric Schmieman. Schmieman, a Hanford High graduate, served in the 2nd Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, when his cargo plane crashed on July 10, 2017, killing 14 others on board. The crash was caused by a deteriorating propeller blade on the KC-130T, according to the Military Times. Congressman Dan Newhouse proposed the bill to dedicate the post office in Schmieman’s name. It was signed into law by President Donald Trump in December.

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Visit booths to learn about products, services and ideas for better senior living. Enter drawings, pick up freebies and fill out the “Hunt for the Treasure” contest to win prizes! The Senior Times Expo is FREE to attend.

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