Senior Times -- December 2017/January 2018

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Dec. 2017 / Jan. 2018 Volume 5 • Issue 11

Kennewick senior living community gets new name, managers BY SENIOR TIMES

Backyard bird feeding store opens in Richland

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Visit Santa at Columbia Center mall

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Tri-City bazaar listing Page 14

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The senior living community formerly known as Charbonneau is now called Solstice Senior Living at Kennewick. The change is the result of a national joint venture between the property’s ownership group, NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc., and Integral Senior Living, a national provider of senior living management services. Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed in the Nov. 16 announcement. “Living and working at Kennewick will only get better as we introduce new activities and culinary programs,” said Lori Taylor, Solstice’s regional director of sales and marketing supporting Kennewick, in a news release. “So, aside from getting used to a new name, residents, associates, family members and community friends should not expect any disruption in their day-today experiences.” Holiday Retirement Corp. of Portland, Oregon, began construction in 2002 on Charbonneau Gracious Retirement Living; it opened the following year. The recent joint venture, called Solstice Senior Living, has assumed management of 32 NorthStar-owned independent living communities nationwide. Each facility will be rebranded under the Solstice umbrella, with Integral Senior Living providing management and NorthStar maintaining business and real estate ownership of each property. Integral Senior Living, headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties in 22 states.


Columbia Basin Hearing Center is consolidating its Richland and Kennewick offices into a combined clinic at 4015 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick in 2018. (Courtesy Columbia Basin Hearing Center)

Longtime hearing clinic to combine offices at new Kennewick location BY KRISTINA LORD

Forty years after opening two separate hearing clinics, Columbia Basin Hearing Center will launch a combined clinic at the beginning of the year in Kennewick. Doctor-owners Shannon and Neil Aiello bought the old Center Vision Clinic building at 4015 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. The Richland office on Van Giesen Street and the Kennewick clinic on North Edison Street will close the last week of December. The new office opens Jan. 2. “The hearing care we will now be able to offer by having our whole team in one location will be unmatched in the Pacific

Northwest,” Neil Aiello said. Shannon Aiello said both offices were “pretty maxed out.” “We’ve outgrown both of our clinics in a big way,” she said. Expanding into a bigger 5,000-squarefoot building will allow staff to accommodate walk-in appointments, provide extended hours and house the team in one place. Columbia Basin Hearing Center employs 15 people in the Tri-Cities, including the Aiellos, a clinical audiologist and a hearing instrument specialist, and two others at its Walla Walla clinic. The Walla Walla office isn’t affected by the Tri-City changes. uHEARING, Page 15

Tri-City charity thrift stores support variety of causes BY LAURA KOSTAD for Senior Times

Tri-City thrift store shoppers can check out Kennewick’s newest shop, Tri-Cities Autism Thrift. The new store provides job skills training opportunities for those with autism and other cognitive disabilities. “I had been praying a long time for there to be a place for my 24-year-old daughter — who has high-functioning autism — to learn job skills,” said owner Laura Krahn. “Everything just fell into place. We are kind of a hub for resources; other nonprofits call us for information.”

Operating under the philosophy of “work, learn, grow,” Autism Thrift is seeking sponsors for economically disadvantaged perspective clients, which would enable them to come in for training two hours daily for 10 days. “We have workers who have made great strides in just two weeks,” Krahn said. Over the years, a number of other charity thrift stores have opened throughout Tri-Cities, which collectively benefit a number of local and regional causes, and some, like Autism Thrift, providing job training opportunities. uTHRIFT STORES, Page 8


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Wishing all of our readers happy holidays. Reminder: The Senior Times combines the December and January issues. Look for the next issue in early February.

SOLSTICE, From page 1 NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc., a public, non-traded real estate investment trust focused on the senior housing market already has ties to the Tri-Cities. It completed a $98.9 million acquisition of the Bonaventure portfolio in February in Washington and Oregon. It included five independent and assisted living facilities totaling 453 units in five senior housing facilities. Bonaventure of the TriCities is located on Bellerive Drive in Richland. Gerald “Gerry” Jackson has been named Solstice’s senior vice president. He has more than 30 years of experience in senior living, assisted living and behavioral health, including leadership roles in training, operations, and program and staff development. “Solstice will create value for our residents by optimizing operations and programming, with the goal of taking our residents’ experience to a new level,” he said in a statement. Activity and culinary offerings are widely recognized as key factors in seniors’ selection of an independent living community, and Solstice’s goal is to enhance these services. Solstice Senior Living at Kennewick, and all other Solstice communities, will feature Integral Senior Living’s “Vibrant Life” activity program as well as a newly devel-

The Charbonneau retirement community at 8264 W. Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick has a new name and is under new management. Solstice Senior Living at Kennewick is the result of a national joint venture between the property’s ownership group, NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc., and Integral Senior Living, a national provider of senior living management services.

oped culinary program called Elevate. The activity program will focus on seven core components, ranging from inspiration and wellness, to adventure and community connections. The program aims to promote experiences and opportunities to connect residents with family, friends and the Kennewick community. Elevate aims to provide Solstice residents with flexible and changing culinary options. It will include

monthly “Food for Thought” meetings, which have proved successful at other Integral Senior Living communities in engaging residents in culinary and menu-related decisions. Solstice Senior Living at Kennewick is at 8264 W. Grandridge Blvd. Information: solsticeatkennewick. com.

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Backyard birders’ store comes to roost in Richland


Couple opens Wild Birds Unlimited franchise to sell high-quality bird food

quality food for birds, other necessities for backyard bird feeding, and quality nature gifts. David and Hanna Goss knew they Backyard birding is the second most were on to something when they startpopular hobby in the United States, ed feeding their backyard birds with right behind gardening, according to seed sold by Wild Birds Unlimited the Department of Interior’s National Nature Shop. Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wild“Our neighbors started complaining life-Associated Recreation. because the birds weren’t coming over And there is big money in it. to their house anymore,” Hanna Goss Nearly 53 million people feed birds said. or watch wildlife in Apparently, word their backyard; $6.9 of beak spread “Our neighbors billion is spent throughout the bird started complaining annually on bird community. because the birds feeding and wildlife It’s just one of the watching; and $5 weren’t coming many reasons the billion is spent over to their house Gosses, married 25 annually on bird years, have decided anymore.” seed and wildlife to open a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature - Hanna Goss, feed, according to Shop franchise, the co-owner of Wild Birds the Wild Birds first of its kind in Unlimited Nature Shop Unlimited website. Jim Carpenter Eastern Washingunderstood how big ton. backyard bird feeding was 36 years The store, located at 474 Keene ago. Road in Richland in the strip mall adjaCarpenter founded Wild Birds in cent to Yoke’s Fresh Market, held its 1981 in Indianapolis as one of the first grand opening Nov. 3. The name Wild Birds Unlimited bird feeding stores in North America. Today, Carpenter is president and offers visions of a bird store filled with CEO of the company that has more parrots and parakeets. “Everyone thinks that,” Hanna Goss than 300 franchise stores. How the Gosses got involved was said. “That would be the Captive Birds through a phone call from a friend, who Unlimited.” No. This store is all about feeding said she was going to own a franchise. David Goss looked up the compabirds. ny’s website and became intrigued by The store will offer fresh, highBY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

David and Hanna Goss stand in front of their new Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Richland. The store opened in early November.

the franchise idea. “And we’ve always fed the birds,” said David Goss, who had taken an early retirement after 25 years in higher education. The couple moved from the North Carolina region to the Tri-Cities more than two years ago so Hanna Goss could take a communications specialist job. “I took an early retirement and we

moved here,” said David Goss, who had been looking for something to do. “So now what? Our friend’s call came at a perfect time. We checked out the first store. It was nice. Then we checked out the next one. It was nice too.” The couple have spent over a year doing their research, training and preparing for this new adventure. uBIRDS, Page 6

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Senior Times • December 2017 / January 2018

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


• Gifts of Christmas, presented by Tri-City Youth Choir: 7 p.m., Chief Joseph Middle School, 504 Wilson St., Richland. Tickets


• National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association lunch meeting: 11:30 a.m., Red Lion Hotel, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick. Visit • Kadlec Life Income Fund Informational Luncheon: Noon – 1 p.m., Meadow Springs Golf Course, 700 Country Club Road, Richland. RSVP 509-942-2661.


• Neurologic Disease Solutions presentation: Noon – 1 p.m., TriCities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick. RSVP 509-737-3427. Free event.

DEC. 8 – 9

• A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas: 7 p.m., Columbia Basin College Theatre, 2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco. Visit


• Merry Little Christmas Village: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Historic Downtown Kennewick. 509-582-7221. • Winterfest & Lighted Parade: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Kiona-Benton City High School, 1205 Horne Drive, Benton City. Free event.

• Pasco Winter Fest: 2 – 6 p.m., Volunteer Park, 1125 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. Free event. • The Coats Holiday Show: 7 – 10 p.m., Southridge High School, 3320 S. Union Loop, Kennewick. Tickets 509-528-5267. • Ring Noel, presented by Bells of the Desert: 7 p.m., Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Drive, Richland. Free event with suggested donation.


• A Celtic Christmas Concert: 7 – 10 p.m., Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Tickets


• Palliative Care: Who, What and When presentation: Noon – 1 p.m., Tri-Cities Cancer Center, 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick. RSVP 509-737-3427. Free event. • Tri-City Genealogical Society meeting: 7 p.m., Benton PUD, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick.


• Christmas Sing-Along with Sagebrush Sounds: 6 – 7 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate, Richland. Free event. • Rolling Hills Chorus Christmas Program: 6:30 – 8 p.m., Benton PUD, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. Visit rollinghillschorus. org. Free event.


• Tri-Cities Steel Drum Band Christmas Concert: 5:30 p.m., Bethel Church, 600 Shockley Road, Richland. Tickets • Desert Plateau Luminaria: 6 – 10 p.m., Desert Plateau Neighborhood, Road 44, Pasco. Visit Free event.

p.m., Red Lion Hotel, 802 George Washington Way, Richland. Contact 509-202-4292. Free event.


• Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s presentation: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. RSVP 509-943-8455. Free event.





• Community Lecture Series: “Dupus Boomer’s PREFABulous Richland:” 7 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Free event. • Ring Noel, presented by Bells of the Desert: 7 p.m., Kennewick First United Methodist Church, 2 S. Dayton St., Kennewick. Free event with suggested donation.


• Let’s Make An Opera: 7:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave., Richland. Tickets


• Let’s Make An Opera: 2 and 7:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre, 1300 Jadwin Ave., Richland. Tickets


• Victory Medical Solutions Town Hall meeting: 8 a.m. – 5

• Community Lecture Series: “Cycling Through Cuban History:” 7 p.m., Richland Public Library, 955 Northgate Drive, Richland. Free event. • 19th annual Crab Feed Fundraiser, benefiting BentonFranklin Humane Society: 3 – 7 p.m., St. Joseph Dillon Hall, 520 S. Garfield St., Kennewick. Tickets bfhs. com/events.


• Winter Weatherization Workshop: 5:30 – 7 p.m., Connell Community Center, 211 E. Elm St., Connell. RSVP Free event.


• Winter Weatherization Workshop: 5:30 – 7 p.m., Franklin PUD Auditorium, 1411 W. Clark St., Pasco. RSVP Free event.

Senior Times • December 2017 / January 2018 uBRIEFS Christmas nativity tradition continues at Richland church

Hillspring Church is offering several showings of the Living Nativity, a traditional telling of the Christmas story, with performances from Dec. 19-23 in south Richland. The local cast features Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, angels, Roman soldiers, majestic kings, and shepherd families. Live animals — including camels, sheep, cows, horses and donkeys — help tell the story. The Living Nativity journey begins with a modern retelling inside the church, but visitors should be prepared to bundle up as the Christmas story concludes outside, around the manger. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12 years old. Buy tickets online at The performance schedule is at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each evening Monday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 22; and at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23. Hillspring Church, formerly Cathedral of Joy, is at 1153 Gage Blvd., Richland.

Richland church’s singing tree celebrates season

The annual Living Christmas tree performance at First Baptist Church in Richland features 10,000 lights and more than 70 choir members. The choir’s heads appear as ornaments on a large Christmas tree as they sing familiar Christmas music. Also planned are skits and videos about the meaning of Christmas. The free performances are at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9; and Sunday, Dec. 10. The church is at 1107 Wright Ave. in Richland. Those who arrive early can enjoy complimentary warm beverages, cookies and kettle corn. For more information, call 509-9438421 or email

Kadlec Foundation offering free luncheon on K-LIFE

The Kadlec Foundation will host a free luncheon on Kadlec Life Income Fund, K-LIFE, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. K-LIFE is a charitable giving opportunity that pays donors an annual return on their donation of at least 6 percent for life. Individuals and couples must be age 60 or older to participate. Through K-LIFE, they receive financial benefits while also supporting the work of Kadlec well into the future. A free lunch will be provided at the

Meadow Springs Country Club so the public can learn more about the benefits of K-LIFE from certified public accountant Chris Porter, founding partner at PorterKinney PC in Richland. Reserve a spot by calling 509-9422661 or emailing foundation@kadlec. org.

Free classes to help those new to Medicare

Free classes on Medicare, Medigap and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans are being offered by Kadlec Healthy Ages on Monday, Dec. 4 and Monday, Dec. 11 at Kadlec Healthplex, 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland. To register and for times, call 509942-2700.

Women Helping Women raises more than $132,000

The 17th annual Women Helping Women Fund Tri-Cities collected $132,080 with 949 people attending the Oct. 12 event in Pasco. The money is used to fund grants aimed at addressing the unmet needs of women and children throughout the Columbia Basin. This year’s grant recipients are: • Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties’ Girls on the Run program. • The Children’s Reading

Foundation of the Mid-Columbia’s Ready! For Kindergarten training program for child care providers. • Columbia Basin College Foundation’s Support Women in Worker Retraining program for unemployed or underemployed women. • Elijah Family Home’s Transition to Success program, a program to help families emerge from homelessness. • Mid-Columbia Mastersingers’ Women’s and Boys’ choirs’ presentation of Gonzales Cantata performance, a program designed to empower women as several women’s groups will be invited to attend the performance. • Mid-Columbia Symphony’s Junior Strings Ensemble to train young musicians in grades 3-6 for the advanced repertoire of the Youth Symphony. • Second Harvest Inland Northwest’s mission to increasing access to food and nutrition education. • Perfect Image Leadership Foundation’s Leadership for Benton City Youth program to engage Benton City grade-school students in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities. • Safe Harbor Support Center’s The Incredible Years parenting class program. • Young Life Kennewick-Richland’s program for pregnant or parenting teen girls in the Tri-City area.


Grant recipients don’t yet know how much they’ll receive. The grants will be presented at a Dec. 6 reception. The annual luncheon, held at the TRAC facility, is the group’s sole fundraiser. Those who went to the annual luncheon paid a minimum of $100 to attend. More information available by calling 509-713-6553.

Bring cookies, heirlooms to genealogical society meeting

The Tri-City Genealogical Society’s next meeting will include the sharing of Christmas treats as well as heirlooms. The meeting, which starts with genealogy education from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., is Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Benton PUD auditorium, 2721 W. 10th Ave., Kennewick. The main program begins at 7 p.m. Those who attend are encouraged to bring family heirlooms, antiques, vintage items, as well as photographs and documents, highlighting their ancestors. They also may bring items from their personal hobbies or collections to display and collections inherited from their ancestors. In addition to the heirloom items, participants should bring Christmas cookies, candies, fudge, quick breads to share.


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BIRDS, From page 3 “We started looking at it in August of 2016,” said Hanna Goss, who will fill in on the weekends while her husband works as the full-time manager. “We got approved the weekend after Thanksgiving. It was a lot of work between August and November. We looked at this (store) space the first week of January. We went to 11 stores and talked to 12 owners. Just about every person said they’d do it again.” Franchise requirements indicate owners must have a minimum net worth of $300,000 and liquid capital of $40,000 to $50,000. Startup costs range from $146,000 to $228,000, according to the company’s website. Four percent of gross sales from a franchise goes to royalties, and half

a percent of gross sales go to the advertising fund. The average gross sales for stores open a full year was $541,755 in 2016. The couple did franchise-owner training in Carmel, Indiana, then got hands-on training at a store in Billings, Montana. They vetted the company and liked what they saw. “Year after year, it’s been one of the top franchises in the country,” Hanna Goss said. One of the reasons is because of the product. Apparently, birds are picky eaters. And most of the bird food sold in big bags at the box stores just isn’t that great. “It’s just filler,” Hanna Goss said.

“I’ve found sticks, twigs and rocks. They’ll kick it off, then it becomes weeds. Just how much of it is filler? All of ours is 100 percent good.” For example, her husband said, “we have special blends for quail. We want to help people enjoy the hobby. We want to help them solve problems, such as how to keep squirrels out of the bird food. And we can do that.” And yes, it is a serious hobby. “We know of people who drive to Coeur d’Alene to get good bird seed,” Hanna Goss said. That’s because before the Richland store opened, the closest Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop franchise was in the north Idaho city. “There are 11 on the west side of the state,” David Goss said. Another

recently opened in Wenatchee. But the Gosses hope to eventually add a store in Spokane, where they have the right of first refusal there. First things first. The Gosses want to get Tri-Citians to share their love of backyard birds. “We’re connecting people with nature,” Hanna Goss said. “One thing I’m excited about, is my backyard is an extension of my indoor space. We’re going to be able to provide some alternatives for people in their backyards. Service is going to be one thing that sets us apart.” Her husband agreed. “People have gotten in touch with us, wondering when we’re open,” he said. “Our customer shopping experience is not like most retail shops. The customer comes in already happy. What we try to do is share what we know about birds. It’s something we can provide to enhance their feeding of birds.” The two had to complete training to become certified birdfeeding specialists (their three employees are in the process of training). Certified birdfeeding specialists can help customers attract what they want according to their yard and habitat. That can be a lot of birds. The average backyard is visited by 15 to 20 bird species. But a birdfriendly backyard can attract upwards of 60 different bird species. David and Hanna Goss, the TriCities’ newest bird whisperers, stand ready to help. “People connect with birds almost like pets. They become attached,” David Goss said. “I’m excited. I’m looking forward to getting the seed in the store.” Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop is at 474 Keene Road. It open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 509-579-5440 or email wbu. Online at or on Facebook.

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Nominations are being sought for the 2017 Kennewick Man and Woman of the Year. Nominees must live or work in Kennewick and will be evaluated based on their public service. Professional merit and activities also will be considered. Nominations are due by Dec. 30 and the winners will be honored at a Feb. 26 banquet. Applications can be found online at

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Columbia Center decks the halls for Santa’s visit Book appointments for Santa photos online BY SENIOR TIMES

Avoid the lines for a photo with Santa at Columbia Center mall by reserving an appointment in advance. Children can share their Christmas wishes and get photos with Santa through Dec. 24 outside the Sears store. Parents can reserve times with Santa online at “One of the great traditions of holiday shopping at Columbia Center mall is the annual family visit to the Simon Santa photo experience,” said Meredith Reed, director of mall marketing at Kennewick’s Columbia Center, in a news release. “Santa can’t wait to greet children bringing him their holiday wishes.” Pets also can spend time with Santa. Pet Photo Night with Santa is from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, after the mall closes. Afterward, the Santa set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers.

Children can share their Christmas wishes and get photos with Santa through Christmas Eve outside the Sears store in Columbia Center mall. (Courtesy Columbia Center)

Columbia Center’s other holiday festivities include: • Guests can enjoy live holiday entertainment Dec. 5, 6, 12, and 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. • Holiday gift wrapping is available to benefit the Simon Youth Foundation and Rainbow Girls organization. The gift wrapping station is located near Macy’s. Santa’s visit is sponsored by Gymboree Group, a specialty retailer operating stores selling

apparel and accessories for children under the Gymboree, Gymboree Outlet, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8 brands, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Visit the Simon Santa Photo Experience and receive a “Despicable Me 3” activity sheet and watch highlights from the movie. For more information about Columbia Center mall events visit

Tri-City area artists open temporary Richland gallery

Five Tri-City area artists have opened a “pop-up” gallery space in Richland featuring a variety of photographs, paintings, postcards, calendars and glass art. The gallery, informally called Shooting Star Gallery because it will last just a short time, is at 450 Williams Blvd., Suite A in Central Richland. It will open be open through Christmas Eve. Five artists are featured at the gallery: Alice Beckstrom, who works in stained glass, mosaic and mixed media and repurposed glass art styles; Richland-based landscape photographer, Scott Butner; John Clement, an area landscape photographer, whose work can be seen in many public spaces around the state; Lene Kimura, who creates body art and otherworldly planet scenes in acrylic, watercolor and body paint; and Karen Powers, who creates composites of photographs, textures and colors. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Special events, including special “meet the artist” events and free ugly Christmas Sweater photos, will be announced throughout the monthlong run.

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THRIFT STORES, From page 1 “The benefits are threefold,” stated Chad Leinback, store manager of New Beginnings Thrift Store in Richland, which has been in business since 2007. “Number one, we provide opportunities to employ members of the community. … Number two, the opportunity to support the organizations … and number three, I feel we are really able to give people the opportunity to get things they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.” Tri-Cities charity thrift stores also share common practices of accepting donations on-site and being run primarily by part-time volunteers, who are in turn led by a handful of paid managers.

“There is a big need,” said Tanya Martin, store manager of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Bargain Boutique in Kennewick, which opened last June. “In 2016, there was over $3 million dollars worth of uncompensated care in Benton, Franklin counties alone.” All proceeds from the store’s sales benefit the uncompensated care of patients being treated at Seattle Children’s Hospitals. At Autism Thrift, workers pay a $5 per hour facility use fee and the client must bring their own job coach, which can be a parent or caregiver. Specialized work stations and posters directing clients allow them to work at their own pace. Autism Thrift works with the The

Arc of Washington and state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to accommodate the needs of clients. “We provide a supportive, positive and encouraging atmosphere,” Krahn said. After two weeks, successful clients receive a certificate of achievement and recommendation to future employers. Krahn said she hopes to achieve full nonprofit status by January. Autism Thrift accepts donations at its back door during regular business hours and provides tax-deductible receipts, but Krahn said customers will need to contact the shop to obtain their nonprofit ID number for this year’s tax return. Tri-Cities Autism Thrift is in a space

formerly occupied more than three years ago by neighboring business, Color Tile. It is in the same shopping center where Value Village (now Planet Fitness) used to be. An international thrift chain, which benefits charitable organizations such as The Arc of Washington, Value Village closed in March 2016 as a result of “local marketplace pressures,” according to Value Village spokeswoman Sara Gaugl. Goodwill Industries of the Columbia has been in the area since 1969 and operates four retail stores throughout Tri-Cities and one outlet store in Pasco, with its regional headquarters in Kennewick. Another big player in charity thrift stores is St. Vincent de Paul, which has been in the Tri-Cities since 1960, with one retail store in Kennewick. Both companies also provide community outreach. Many of the area’s charity thrift stores operate as nonprofits, though some, such as New Beginnings, make a regular financial donation to a charity of choice based on its sales. Leinback said New Beginnings partners with You Medical, formerly called the Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network, as well as local domestic violence service offices and area churches to provide vouchers for items in their store. uTHRIFT STORES, Page 9

Senior Times • December 2017 / January 2018 THRIFT STORES, From page 8 “We at one point had many organizations we were supporting, but felt we could really give more resources if we limited it to just the two we currently support,” Leinback said. Greta Dority, store manager at The Chaplaincy’s Repeat Boutique in downtown Kennewick, reported many donors like supporting smaller thrift stores and their charities. “We share with other nonprofit organizations as well,” Dority said. “The Veterans Opportunity Center, the (Union Gospel) Mission, the new Autism Thrift Store … if we receive more than we can use and accept, then we share with other people; we don’t just throw it away. We also help out homeless people who stop by.” Dority, Leinback and Martin all agreed that the heart of their stores is their volunteer base. “We’re always seeking new volunteers,” Dority said. Self-promotion and raising awareness about their stores and causes continues to be a challenge. In addition to rotating tag sales and other specials on overstocked merchandise, they try different strategies to lure in customers. “We don’t do many special events, but based on our low prices and goodquality items, we figure people will

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be attracted to that and are just going to come in and shop,” Leinback said. Martin said Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutique focuses on maintaining a “beautifully decorated, boutique atmosphere.” “We try to host at least one in-store event per month,” she said. Recently, the shop held a Sip & Shop event, partnering with Purple Star Winery to provide an after-hour RSVP-only wine tasting and shopping event. “It was a lot of fun,” Martin said. Two times a year, the Bargain Boutique holds a designer sale event where high-end clothing, purses and jewelry put aside from donations are brought out exclusively for the sale. “Why would anyone pay full price when they can help the kids?” Martin said. Dority attributed a lot of the success of Chaplaincy’s Repeat Boutique to its central location in downtown Kennewick. “The whole downtown area is so supportive of us,” she said.


Tri-Cities Autism Thrift Store opened its doors in early October with the mission of providing job skills training programs for autistic and intellectually challenged people. The store joins more than a dozen other charity thrift stores throughout region.

Dority said the store met its first yearly sales goal in five and a half months. “It’s been such a blessing to be here. It’s been great; we’re all just thrilled. We knew it was going to be good, but had no idea.”

The Repeat Boutique will be participating in the annual Girls Night Out event Dec. 5-7. The Chaplaincy Repeat Boutique and New Beginnings also hinted at future developments and expansions.

Tri-City thrift stores with nonprofit ties Here’s a list of other Tri-City charity thrift stores accepting donations and the organizations they benefit.

• New Beginnings Thrift Store Supporting: You Medical and Domestic Violence Services Address: 1016 Lee Blvd., Richland

• Atomic City Thrift Supporting: Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery and Mirror Ministries Address: 1420 Jadwin Ave., Richland

• Sails Outlet Supporting: Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery & Family Support Center Address: 408 N Fruitland St., Kennewick

• Chaplaincy Repeat Boutique Supporting: Chaplaincy Health Hospice Care Address: 22 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick

• Seattle Children’s Bargain Boutique Supporting: Seattle Children’s Hospital Address: 2810 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick

• Hobs Hospice Benefit Shop Supporting: Heartlinks Hospice Pediatric Palliative Care Program Address: 612 Fifth St., Prosser

• St. Vincent de Paul Supporting: Food, clothing, and emergency support to those in need Address: 120 N. Morain St., Kennewick

• Teen Challenge Supporting: Recovery services to young people who struggle with life-controlling problems Address: 1120 W. Sylvester St., Pasco • Tri-Cities Autism Thrift Store Supporting: Job training and organizations supporting the intellectually disabled Address: 731 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Suite 114, Kennewick • Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity ReStore Supporting: Sale of donated furniture, appliances, accessories, and home improvement materials fund outreach programs Address: 309 Wellsian Way, Richland


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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 your 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: 7 to 9:30 p.m.

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.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: 50 cents per day. 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $1 per day. • Chinese Mahjong: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Clay Sculpting: 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $1 per day. Bring your own supplies and projects. • Sewing: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $1 per day. • Indoor Walking: 9 a.m. to noon

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. Cost: Free. Bring your own project and supplies. • Cribbage: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: Free. • 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. Cost: Free. • Pinochle: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Cost: Free. • 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. • Enhance Fitness (40+): Class focuses on stretching, balance, low impact aerobics and strength training. 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost: $30 for residents,

$38 for others. Call 509-545-3456 to register. Location: Pasco City Hall Activity Center, 525 N. Third Ave., Pasco. No class Dec. 25. • Happy Feet program (60+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse. By appointment 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays,

Thursdays. Cost: Free with suggested donation of $12 to $15 per person. Call 509-545-3459. • Foot Care for Adults (18+): Get your feet cared for by a licensed, registered nurse. By appointment only, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $30. Call 509545-3459.

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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. • American Mahjong: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Cribbage: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Billiards: 1 to 4 p.m. Monday

through Friday. Cost: $2 per day. Location: pool room. • Golden Age Pinochle: 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. • Dominoes: 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost: free. Location: lounge. • Birthday Club Social: Second

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. • Bunco Luncheon: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6. Come at noon for a potluck luncheon and gift exchange. • Potluck Luncheon: 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 12. Bring a dish to share. White elephant gift exchange and entertainment by Gary Malner. Sponsored by Bonaventure. • Bunco: Noon Friday, Dec. 15. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Fitness: 11 a.m.

Thursdays. • Exercise: A co-ed, light cardio class, led by video. 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. A donation of 50 cents for members and $1 for others is appreciated. No class Dec. 21 and 26. • Art: 1 p.m. Saturdays.

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 11 a.m. Mondays. Cost: free. Location: meeting room. • RSA Dance: Third Friday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $6 per person. Location: Riverview room. • International Folk Dancing: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays (location: Riverview room) and 6 to 9 p.m. the first Saturday of the month for a potluck and dancing (location: activity room). • 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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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 located at 1834 Fowler St. in Richland and can be reached by calling 509-736-0045. • Monday, Dec. 4: Harvest apple pork chop, rice pilaf, brussel sprouts, dinner roll and pineapple. • Tuesday, Dec. 5: Chicken fettuccine alfredo, breadstick, mixed vegetables, salad with dressing and a brownie. • Wednesday, Dec. 6: Baked cod with dill sauce, herbed potatoes, broccoli Normandy, carrot raisin salad and a blueberry oat bar. • Thursday, Dec. 7: Chicken and

white bean chili, seasoned peas, cornbread and yogurt with berries. • Friday, Dec. 8: Beef stew, biscuit, seasoned green beans and a pumpkin bar. • Monday, Dec. 11: Macaroni and cheese, sausage patty, broccoli, salad with dressing and peaches. • Tuesday, Dec. 12: Chicken enchilada casserole, Spanish rice, refried beans, Mexican slaw and carrot cake. • Wednesday, Dec. 13: Roast turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, dinner roll and a cranberry oat bar. • Thursday, Dec. 14: Smothered pork chop, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed vegetables, bread and spiced apples. • Friday, Dec. 15: Birthday day. Roast beef with gravy, mashed pota-

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SATURDAY, DEC. 9 Winterfest Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kiona-Benton City High School, 1205 Horne Road, Benton City. Free admission. Confections Selection & Gift Emporium: 9:30 a.m. to noon, Grace United Reformed Church, 2500 W. Fourth Ave., Kennewick. Holiday baked goods available by the pound. Handmade gifts, jewelry, decor, etc. All proceeds go to You Medical. Visit Hawthorne Court Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hawthorne Court, 524 N. Ely, Kennewick. A variety of vendors selling clothing, crafts, baked goods and more. For more information call 509-783-8313. Free admission. Marché de Noel: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 2500 Chester Road, Richland. A French Christmas market with more than 30 vendors, food, kids crafts and more. Visit Free admission. CBRC Winter Bazaar: 1 to 6 p.m. at Columbia Basin Racquet Club, 1776 Terminal Drive, Richland. Gift items and crafts. Kids activities for ages 3-6. Pasco Winter Fest: 2 to 6 p.m. at Volunteer Park, 1125 N. Fourth Ave.,

Pasco. Food, homemade and retail vendors, entertainment and more. Free admission. SUNDAY, DEC. 10 West Richland Chamber Holiday Bazaar: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sandberg Event Center, 331 S. 41st, West Richland. Donations of nonperishable canned goods, new toys or new/ gently used clothing being accepted. Free admission. Bazaar with a Purpose: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clover Island Inn, 435 Clover Island Drive, Kennewick. Lots of vendors, raffles and a visit from Santa. Proceeds benefit the Family Resource Center of the Tri-Cities’ Christmas program. Free admission. SATURDAY, DEC. 16 Bazaar with a Purpose: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive, Richland. Lots of vendors, raffles and a visit from Santa. Proceeds benefit the Family Resource Center of the Tri-Cities’ Christmas program. Free admission. DEC. 23 - 24 Bazaar with a Purpose: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Family Resource Center of the Tri-Cities, 508 E. First Ave., Kennewick. Lots of vendors, raffles and a visit from Santa. Proceeds benefit the Family Resource Center of the Tri-Cities’ Christmas program. Free admission.

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Senior Times • December 2017 / January 2018 HEARING, From page 1 Neil Aiello’s father Francis Aiello opened the clinic in 1978. He has since retired. The Aiellos bought the Clearwater Avenue building. They currently lease the 2,200-square-foot office in Kennewick and the 1,600-square-feet clinic in Richland. The Aiellos have been married for seven years and they have a 6-year-old daughter. Their blended family also includes a 12-year-old son and two daughters, ages 23 and 21. Consolidating the offices also reduces other redundancies, Shannon Aiello said. “We will be able to provide better patient service by being under one roof,” she said. Shannon Aiello said she’s particularly excited about having a big conference room in the new facility. “Every month we do patient seminars on hearing health, or technology. Now we can host the public in our own facility,” she said. In the past the center has held these sessions at Brookdale Meadow Springs retirement center. Columbia Basin Hearing Center serves up to 60 patients a day in the Tri-Cities. Most of the patients are senior citizens, though more Boomers are starting to come in, Shannon Aiello said. Dal and Freeda Cervo visited the Richland office to adjust Dal’s hearing

aid before the busy Thanksgiving holiday. The 88-year-old Kennewick man has been a patient at the center for about 20 years. The couple keep returning because “the staff is very nice,” said Freeda Cervo. “A business is built upon the front office people. They make you feel good,” she said. Michele Chappell, an audiologist assistant, said it’ll be nice to have all the center’s staff at one location to help with patient overflow. “It’ll be good for the practice,” she said. The clinic’s team of audiologists work to minimize the effects of hearing loss with early detection, correct diagnoses, proper treatment, and a commitment to solving the problem. Services offered include evaluations for hearing loss, tinnitus and cochlear implants, as well as hearing aid services, hearing protection devices, pediatric testing, aural rehabilitation, hearing aid repairs and hearing aid fittings and counseling. “With hearing, you have to retrain the brain to process sound differently,” Shannon Aiello said. “Everyone likes to hear a little differently.” Medical insurance typically covers a hearing screening but not the hearing aids, which can cost $3,000 to $7,000. Giving back to those in need is important to Neil Aiello. He was scheduled to return from a trip to the Phillippines, where he participated in his fifth international hearing mission

Columbia Basin Hearing Center’s team of audiologists include Neil Aiello, from left, and Shannon Aiello, audiology doctors, Jennyfer Wright, clinical audiologist, and Laura Chapman, hearing instrument specialist. (Courtesy Columbia Basin Hearing Center)

with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, on Dec. 6. He and a team of about ten other volunteers fitted hundreds of Philippines with hearing aids daily. The mission team expected to fit more than 6,000 people with hearing aids. “Many of the people we fit travel by foot for days to receive their hearing aids. Many have lived their entire lifetime without the opportunity to hear. To be able to be a small part of this process is life changing,” Neil Aiello said. He has previously traveled internationally with the foundation for hearing

missions to Africa, Peru, Mexico and Indonesia. The Aiellos also have helped people closer to home through the foundation by fitting hearing aids for those living in poverty. To celebrate their new location, an open house is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 that will include tours of the new office, free hearing screenings, free cleaning of hearing devices and a chance to win a digital hearing aid. A grand opening is planned in May, which is Better Hearing Month.

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