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LIFE, HEALTH & HAPPINESS FOR NORTH WHIDBEY’S 50-PLUS CROWD VOLUME 1 • ISSUE 6 • NOVEMBER 2013

“Safety Nets” - Who Will Be There To Catch Your Fall?

Harvest Blessings Raffle Raffle tickets are available at the Front Desk for $1 for the beautiful Harvest Blessings Quilt the Center Piecers have lovingly created. Drawing will be held Friday, November 22.

SUPERINTENDENT DR. LANCE GIBBON A Special Invitation to Our Seniors to join us for an opportunity to meet with Dr. Lance Gibbon, the new Superintendent of Oak Harbor Schools, on Wednesday, November 13, from 10:30 – 11 am at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Learn more about where our schools are headed, educational priorities for kids, and what’s really up with youth today. Plus, it’s your chance to share what’s on your mind about education in Oak Harbor. Please RSVP by calling 279-4580. Light refreshments will be served.

The 2013 Caregivers Conference will be held Thursday, November 14 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm at the Family Bible Church, located at 2760 Heller Road, Oak Harbor. The theme this year, “Safety Nets” – Who will be there to catch your fall? is a networking opportunity for family, friends and professionals. Keynote speaker will be Linda Gipson, PhD RN, Whidbey General’s Chief Nursing Officer. There will be important presentations on Fall Prevention, Nutrition and Hydration, Caregiver Self Care, Medication Management, Resource Booths for Local Services,

Door Prizes and an appearance by Dr. StumbleMore, Hospital Caring Clown. This is a chance to meet other caregivers. Registration is $10 –includes a healthy box lunch. Make check payable to SSIC-Caregiver Conference. Some scholarships are available. For a list of respite providers contact: Senior Information & Assistance (360) 321-1600 ext. 27. To Register Call: 360-321-1600 ext. 29, Email: hestia@islandseniorservices.org, Online: www.whidbeygen.org. Transportation is available from Bayview Senior Center. Contact Wendy at 360-279-2555.

FRESH LOOK How does Pat Shelley spend his summer vacations? For the last nine years he has spent his summers painting city buildings, including city hall, the windmill, public restrooms and 105 storage doors at the marina. This summer one of his projects was the senior center. After twenty-seven years we got a fresh look. No, those are not new doors that greet you. It’s four coats of stain and polish and new handles. A BIG THANK-YOU to Pat for his hard work and our fresh look.

North Whidbey Community Thanksgiving Dinner The Annual North Whidbey Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the Elks Lodge on Thursday, Nov. 28 from 11 am - 5 pm. Enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast with turkey and ham, a variety of appetizers, traditional sides, beverages, and a dessert buffet not to be passed up. (Remember, there are no calories on holidays!). Join the community and enjoy an old fashioned Thanksgiving with family and friends. The dinner is free and donations accepted. Everyone is welcome. To volunteer, or request a home delivered meal or transportation, call 679-3816.

to remember all veterans who have served, are serving or retired regardless of the weather conditions? Veterans Day Parade participation is limited to veteran groups or special invitation groups (i.e., bands, ROTC or other groups as agreed by the Veterans Day Event Committee Staff). If you are interested in participating, please contact Event Coordinator, Terry Lacey, by email at laceytdl@ comcast.net for more information and/or to preregister. Everyone is encouraged to come and honor our Veteran’s, POW-MIA’s.

Veteran’s Day Parade The 2nd Annual Oak Harbor Veteran’s Day Parade will be held Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 2:00 pm. The parade will commence at 2 p.m. and is estimated to last 45 minutes to an hour. The Parade route will be West from Midway Blvd & Pioneer Way to Highway 20 ending in front of Ace Hardware. When Terry Lacey asked “Why don’t we have a Veterans Day parade in Oak Harbor?” after participating in the Burlington Veterans Day Parade, no one seemed to have an answer other than “the weather in November”. Our veterans did not stop protecting our FREEDOM because of the weather so why not celebrate Veterans Day

Step It Up-Date The 12 week Personal Best Challenge Step It Up, Summer Walking Program was a success! It started July 1 and ran through September 23. We celebrated on Monday, September 16 with a Cool Down Party. A BIG Thank You to Walmart, Northend Fitness, Regency on Whidbey, Sande Mulky, Tom Piper, Barb Spence and Island Drug for sponsorships and great door prizes. Sixty people registered and recorded their steps weekly. At the end of 12 weeks the final Step Count is 19,834,912! A great start to the Oak Harbor Senior Center’s Walking Revolution helping people to be happier and healthier. Until next summer – Move It, Move It, Move It.

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INSIDE THIS EDITION Laughter Pg. 2 Health Pg. 2 Events Pg. 3 Medicare Fraud & Scams Pg. 4 Classes Pg. 4 Calendar Pg. 5 Menu Pg. 6 Groups Pg. 6 Travel Pg. 7 Anniversary Celebration Pg. 8


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Health Briefs Senior Services of Island County Nadine Joy, Information and Assistance Family Caregiver Consultant can be reached by calling 675-0311 for assistance with Living Wills, Medicare, Medicaid, Sample Wills, Dental, Trash cards, MOW/Ensure, Job Bank, DPOA, POLST and more.

Alzheimer’s Support Group Summerhill Assisted Living, 165 SW 6th Ave, Oak Harbor, WA located just east of HomePlace, same parking lot. Summerhill is handicapped accessible. Next meeting is Thursday, Nov 7, 2:30-4:30 pm. Facilitated by Wendy Sines of HomePlace Special Care Center. For information call Wendy at 360-279-2555.

The Shortest Distance

Parkinson’s Support Group Nov 1 at Cherry Hill Club House, 549 NW 12th Loop, Oak Harbor. Group facilitator is Carolyn Hansen, 279-1785.

BY Roxann Dunn-Terry “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

Foot Care Clinic

A YEAR WITHOUT TURKEY

Appointments are available for Tuesday, Nov 5 & Wednesday, Nov 20. To make an appointment, call the Front Desk at 279-4580. Foot Care Clinic is held at North Whidbey Caregivers Cove.

Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service Free hearing tests and hearing aid repairs on Monday, Nov 25 from 1 - 3 pm. For an appointment call the Center, 279-4580. Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service, 675-5193.

We did have turkey. What we didn’t have was turkey leftovers, but we still think of it as the Year Without Turkey. It was the first year of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Mom just got out of the hospital a few days earlier recovering from minor surgery, and being good daughters, we thought attending the Community Dinner would relieve mom of the pressure of fixing a big dinner, give her a little rest. If you knew my mom, you knew you couldn’t keep her out of the kitchen, hers or yours. For the past couple of years she would hint how it would be so nice if she could go to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and not worry about cooking a turkey or cleaning up. With four grown daughters you would think someone could cook dinner. Wrong. When it came to Thanksgiving Dinner, it was mom’s way or the highway. We were allowed to bring a side dish only because we made it just the way she taught us. (I always got to do the apple/banana salad. (The one-year I used Cool Whip instead of mayonnaise, well, let’s just say it was quite awhile before I was asked to bring it again.) Mom loved cooking for her family and Thanksgiving Dinner was her culinary highlight. When one of us offered to host the family for Thanksgiving, she was greatly offended. “What, you think I’m too old to cook a turkey? I can still cook circles around any of you.” One year as everyone arrived, she asked, “Can you smell the turkey?” It was getting to be afternoon and no one could smell the turkey. Funny. Mom always had the turkey on by 6 am and dinner was at 1 pm. Finally, my nephew Scott went out to check the roaster to see how much longer till dinner. He came back and announced, “Nana, the roaster isn’t turned on.” Dinner was later than usual and mom kept muttering all day, “Well I never….” It became a family tradition the next few years to ask as we arrived, “Is the turkey on?” Mom got her wish. Someone else fixed Thanksgiving Dinner. We went to the Community Dinner and had a great time. All mom had to do was come and enjoy it. No dishes, no cleaning the house, no setting the table, no leftovers… You know the scene from The Christmas Story when the Bumpass Hounds break in and steal the turkey? It wasn’t quite that bad back at mom’s house but the awful realization that there would be no turkey leftovers, no turkey sandwiches with cranberry, no turkey dressing casserole, no turkey salad and worst, no turkey and dumpling soup was devastating!!!!! We weren’t such good daughters after all. One of the brother-in-laws ran to the store for pumpkin pie and we found a can of cranberry sauce in the pantry. Still, no turkey leftovers. A very sad day indeed. Mom has been gone for several years. Sisters have moved away. We still like to go to the Community Harvest Dinner to see friends and join together in giving thanks for our many blessings. An important lesson was learned. Turkey leftovers are as important as the original Thanksgiving Turkey dinner. I get up at 6 am to put the turkey on (just like mom did), we go to the Community Dinner to visit with friends, and while everyone else is out doing their Black Friday shopping, we have a turkey dinner, complete with leftovers to last a few days. Nobody goes without his or her turkey and dumpling soup. Nobody.

Vision Impaired Support Group Tuesday, Nov 19, at 2 pm. For information, call the Center at 2794580.

SHIBA Appointments are available on Wednesdays, from 9 – 11:30 am For appointments call the Center at 279-4580. SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) Help Line is a FREE service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, sponsored locally by Island Hospital. The volunteers are trained to inform people of their options regarding health insurance, Medicare (supplements, advantage plans or Part D), disability, individual, long-term care, COBRA, VA. For assistance with claims or billing problems, please call the local SHIBA sponsors @ 360-675-2229 ext 1342, and you will be directed to someone to help you.

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Annual Holiday Bazaar Harbor Tower Village, 100 E. Whidbey Avenue, is having their Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 2 from 9 am – 3 pm. Free admission. Bring your friends and do your Christmas shopping early. All proceeds go to the C.A.D.A. Vendors please contact Annie Webb, 675-2569 for space rentals.

Second Wind is a joint publication of the Oak Harbor Senior Services and the Whidbey Weekly It is distributed the last Thursday of the month to more than 7,000 homes. Printing any advertisement herein does not constitute an endorsement by the City of Oak Harbor Senior Services or it’s Senior Center. Opinions of columnists do not reflect the opinion of the City of Oak Harbor Senior Services or it’s Senior Center. Editorial content is compiled by the staff of the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Design and layout is by the Whidbey Weekly. Printing by Snohomish Publishing Co.

Editor | Roxann Dunn-Terry

Oak Harbor Senior Services

Oak Harbor Senior Center is located at 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor, WA 98277

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NOVEMBER EVENTS OLD TIME FIDDLERS The Old Time Fiddlers will play Friday, November 1 at 6:30 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Admission is by donation to the Old Time Fiddlers. Everyone’s welcome.

COUNTRY DANCE A “Country Dance” will be held Friday, November 8 from 7 - 10 pm, at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Admission is $5.00 per person – $9.00 per couple, $1.00 discount for Senior Center Members. Open to the Public.

SENIOR LUNCH OUT Meet with old friends and new! Senior Night Out is doing Lunch Out this month. Meet at Island Cafe for fun and great food on Wednesday, November 20 at 1 pm. RSVP by calling the Center, 279-4580, by November 15. (Gratuities not included.)

M.O.W. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Meals On Wheels program at the Oak Harbor Senior Center is in desperate need of volunteers to help serve meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and for drivers to deliver meals to home bound seniors. For more information and to sign up for the days you would be available, call Barbara at 279-0367.

LEGAL INFORMATION CLINIC A free Legal Information Clinic will be offered the third Tuesday of the month from 1 – 4:00 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Attorneys from the Skinner Law Firm will provide Seniors 30 minute pro bono sessions designed to respond to individual questions and concerns about specific legal matters. You are strongly encouraged to define your goal in specific terms to maximize the benefit of your session. To make an appointment (No walk-ins) call the Oak Harbor Senior Center, (360) 279-4580. You will be asked to briefly state the purpose of your visit. Purposes could include: Administrations of Estates, Wills and Trusts, Contract and Business Matters, Healthcare Directives and Durable Power of Attorney, Probate and Nonprobate successions, Real Estate and other properties, Small Claims and other litigation matters. Next clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19.

HUMANA MEDICARE ADVANTAGE A Humana Medicare health care specialist will be here on Fridays November 1 & 15 from 1-3 pm.

The representative will provide information pertaining to the Humana Medicare Advantage plans available in Island County. Information relating to the enrollment process will be available. RSVP by calling the Center at 279-4580.

GROUP HEALTH MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN A Group Health representative will be at the Center on Mondays, November 4 & 18 at 2 pm, to discuss the 2014 Group Health Medicare Advantage plan information / benefits for the AEP-Annual Enrollment Period with Medicare. RSVP by calling the Center at 279-4580.

DISABLED VETERANS SWIM FREE Starting October 1st, all qualifying veterans (a VA identification card that says, “service connected” or other qualifying ID) on Whidbey Island can swim free at the John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool located at 85 SE Jerome Street in Oak Harbor. Swim free during Lap Swims and Open Swim times! Aerobics classes, too! Towel and swim suit provided, if necessary! Sign up at the pool with identification. Contact the Veterans Resource Center at (360) 331-8081 with questions.

ON-SITE CHAIR MASSAGE

PET MEMORIAL

Relax your body, mind and spirit with a 15 minute on-site chair massage. Alin Kitchens, with Nuvo Health & Wellness Spa will be at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, Monday, November 25 from 1 – 4 pm for 15 minute chair massages. Chair massage relieves fatigue, lowers anxiety and hostility, strengthens immunity and lowers muscle tension and pain. It just feels good. Alin is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Preventive Massage and Wellness. To make an appointment, call the Front Desk at 279-4580.

“Pets are like Angels. They lighten up our lives with their love and affection. They leave a paw print on our hearts forever. Memories keep them alive.” The Oak Harbor Senior Center has a Pet Memorial where you can preserve the memory of you beloved pet. A silhouette of a dog or cathead can be engraved with your pet’s name for $150. Stop by the Front Desk for more information. The Pet and Tree Memorials support the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Thank-you.

VFW POST 7392 SUNDAY BREAKFAST

UPSCALE RESALE

Breakfast will be served at the VFW Post 7392, on Sunday, November 24 from 10 am to 12 pm. The breakfast features pancakes, eggs, hash browns, breakfast meats, and biscuits-n-gravy. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and children. All, including families are invited. A “Chicken Fried Steak” breakfast is available for $9. Breakfast proceeds benefit our local post, including veterans’ assistance and community service programs. The Whitehead-Muzzall Post is located at 3037 N. Goldie Road, Oak Harbor. For more information, contact the Post at 360-675-4048.

MITTEN TREE It’s time to get out the needles and yarn (or stop by your favorite store) and create a little warmth for the children in our community. Our Mitten Tree will be up in December to collect mittens and hats for our Mitten Drive. Last year the ECAP program at Skagit Valley College, was in need of hats and mittens for the children they serve. Children range is age from 3 to 5 years. Let’s help our little ones.

Soroptimist Thrift Store “Upscale Resale” Changing Locations! The store has moved to 210 SE Pioneer Way, next to Ace Hardware. Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor is happy to accept your donations of women’s and young adult girl’s clothing and accessories. They also accept household decor items, kitchen items (no electrical appliances) and books; Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 12 – 6 pm. Money raised goes to their mission, “To help women and girls in our local community and throughout the world”. For more information, call 360-240-0776.

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Medicare Fraud/Scams With the roll out of the new health care reform programs which began in October and Medicare’s open enrollment (October 15, 2013 – December 7, 2013), the scammers are back. This is an opportunity for con artists to prey on consumers. There have been many reports from local seniors, which are serious. The calls (mail and visits) are confusing and downright dangerous. Beware of bogus emails, phony website links, phone calls, and people who come to the door asking for your personal information who say it’s because of the new law. Some important tips to avoid scams for people with Medicare and for those without: Tips for people with Medicare • If you have Medicare, you do not need to purchase any coverage through our state’s insurance marketplace, called the Washington Healthcare Exchange. Your Medicare benefits satisfy the requirement to have health care coverage; you do not need to do anything. (It is actually illegal for someone who knows you have Medicare, to sell you a plan through the Exchange.) • You do not need a new Medicare card, Social Security card, or any other new identity card.

• You do not need to verify any of your current information. • No one from the government will contact you by phone or in person about the new health benefits. • When in doubt call the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-562-6900 8 am - 5 pm, Monday-Friday. Tips for people who don’t have Medicare • Remember that there is no “Obamacare” card or new national health care card. No one will go to jail or be in trouble with the law if they don’t have this phony card (as there is no card). • You can’t get a special low monthly rate for signing up early, and your income will determine your pre-

mium and your subsidy or tax credit to reduce the premium when you get your coverage through the Washington Healthcare Exchange. • You do not have to pay for help or for information about the new law. Help will be available from agents, health care providers, and from the Exchange to assist people signing up for the new benefits. • Don’t give anyone cash for health care coverage, or to anyone who says they are from the government. • Don’t sign anything you don’t understand, and get a second opinion from someone you trust. • Don’t give out your personal information to anyone you don’t know, especially over the phone. The Federal Trade Commission says, “Scam artists want your information to commit identity theft, charge

your existing credit cards, debit your checking account, open new credit cards, checking, or savings accounts, write fraudulent checks, or take out loans in your name.” For the best information go to www. wahealthplanfinder.org for information on Washington’s insurance marketplace. Be sure you are on one of these official websites and not a bogus site. Do not use a search engine to find the site, as many fake websites can show up. Instead, type in the web address directly. If you would prefer to call: 800-562-3022. Nadine Joy is the Senior Information and Assistance Specialist for North Whidbey Island. Her office is in the Oak Harbor Senior Center. For assistance of this topic or matters concerning seniors, you can reach her at 360-675-0311 M-TH 9-4:30. Call Chasity Smith for Assistance on South Whidbey Island 360 321-1600 x27.

NoveMBer activities & classes FUN FITNESS A Fun Fitness program conducted by the North End Fitness Center. Must be a paid member of the Oak Harbor Senior Center to attend classes at OHSC. Fall Schedule Yoga – M & W, 8:30 am

medias. of Cost is $5 per session-Members / $10 NonMembers. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

WOOD CARVING Tuesdays 9 am with instructor Dick Weber. Classes are $5.00 a session and open to all levels of carving experience. New students welcome.

LINE DANCE

Aerobics – T & TH, 9:30 am

Tuesdays, 1 pm with instructor Jean. $10 a monthMembers, $20 a month Non-members. No partners needed.

Gentle Yoga – F, 10:30 am (held at North End Fitness Center)

HULA CLASSES

For $16.41 (including tax) with the Unlimited Senior Class Card you may take all three classes held at Senior Center and for $21.74 (including tax) Senior Center classes and the Friday Gentle Yoga held at North End Fitness Center.

TAI CHI & QIGONG

Muscle Conditioning - M & W, 9:30 am

For First Time Members – a full NEFC gym membership is $36.00 (including tax). This includes all the Senior Center and NEFC classes. To register, call North End Fitness at 675-1111.

ART WITH DOTTIE SANDERS For beginners to experts, a continuing painting class, Mondays, from 1-4 pm. Work in any and all paint

Wednesdays, 3 p.m. Taught by Erlinda Gillett. Class fees are $20 for Beginners and $30 for Intermediates and Advanced students a month. Payable to teacher at the first class.

Jill Reed teaches Tai Chi on Mondays at 5 pm and Fridays at 9 am. You must call Jill at 675-1464 to register.

COUNTRY DANCE Tuesday evenings, with Charlie, starting at 7 pm. One hour class, then practice dance music for 1 hour +. Request a $5.00 donation, $4.00 for Senior Center Members.

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9:00-Quilting 9:00-Tai Chi 11:30-LUNCH 12:30-Pinochle 1:00-Humana Medicare Advantage 6:30-Old Time Fiddlers

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9:30-Aerobic Exercises 9:00-12:00-Wood Carving 9:30-Foot Clinic 10:00-Travel Committee 11:30-Chess 12:00-Line Dance 1:00-Japanese Women’s Grp. 6:00-Pinochle 7:00-Swing Dance

9:30-Aerobic Exercises 9:00-12:00-Wood Carving 9:30-Nintendo Wii Bowling 11:30-Chess 12:00-Line Dance 1:00-Mac Seminar 6:00-Pinochle 7:00-Country Dance 7:00-Stamp Club

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8:30-Yoga 9:00-Lapidary 9:00-SHIBA 9:30-Muscle Strengthening LUNCH 12:30-Party Bridge 12:30-Ping Pong 1:00-Beginning Bridge 3:00-Hula 7:00-Gem Club

8:30-Yoga 9:00-Lapidary 9:00-SHIBA 9:30-Muscle Strengthening 10:30-Community Conversation w/ Superintendent Dr. Gibbon LUNCH 12:30-Party Bridge 12:30-Ping Pong 1:00-Beginning Bridge 3:00-Hula

9:30-Aerobic Exercises 9:30-Nintendo Wii Bowling 10:00-Creative Writing Class 12:00-3:00-Jack Pot BingoRegency On Whidbey 12:30-Cribbage 1:00-SVC History Class 2:00-Healthy Living Class 7:00-Wire Wrap

9:30-Aerobic Exercises 9:30-Nintendo Wii Bowling 10:00-Creative Writing 12:00-3:00-Jack Pot BingoHarbor Tower Village 12:30-Cribbage 1:00-SVC History Class 7:00- Wire Wrap

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8:30-Yoga 9:00-Quilting Class 9:30-Muscle Strengthening 9:30-Nintendo Wii Bowling 11:30-LUNCH 1:00-4:00-On Site Chair Massage 1:00-Knitting Circle 1:00-Dottie’s Painting Class 5:00-Tai Chi

9:00-Lapidary 9:30-Aerobic Exercises 9:00-12:00-Wood Carving 9:30-Nintendo Wii Bowling 11:30-Chess 12:00-Line Dance 1:00-4:00-Legal Clinic 2:00-Vision Support Grp. 6:00-Pinochle 7:00-Country Dance

9:30-Aerobic Exercises 9:00-12:00-Wood Carving 9:30-Nintendo Wii Bowling 11:30-Chess 12:00-Line Dance 6:00-Pinochle 7:00-Stamp Club 7:00-Country Dance

8:30-Yoga 9:00-Lapidary 9:00-SHIBA 9:30-Muscle Strengthening 9:30-Foot Clinic LUNCH 12:30-Party Bridge 12:30-Ping Pong 1:00-Senior Lunch Out! 1:00-Beginning Bridge 3:00-Hula 8:30-Yoga 9:00-Lapidary 9:00-SHIBA 9:30-Muscle Strengthening LUNCH 12:30-Party Bridge 12:30-Ping Pong 1:00-Beginning Bridge 3:00-Hula

9:30-Aerobic Exercises 9:30-Nintendo Wii Bowling 10:00-Creative Writing 12:00-3:00-Jack Pot BingoEdward Jones 12:30-Cribbage 1:00-SVC History Class 7:00-Wire Wrap

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COMMUNITY VETERANS DAY PROGRAM The Oak Harbor Area Council, Navy League of the United States, is honored to sponsor the ninth annual community Veterans Day program, “A Musical Salute to our Veterans”. The program features musical performances by the An-O-Chords barbershop chorus, the Daybreak Trio, Oak Harbor High School’s Harbor Singers and Treble Choir, and the All-Island Community Band. Guest speaker will be CAPT Mike Nortier, Commanding Officer, NAS Whidbey Island. The time and date are traditional: 11:00 am on Monday, November 11, at the Oak Harbor High School Performing Arts Center, 950 NW 2nd Ave., Oak Harbor.

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November Special Interest Groups New England Group Will meet Monday, Novmeber 11, at 11:30 am at China Harbor. Call Evelyn at 675-5106.

collections provided. Contact Lee Dougherty, 675-9674.

Widows and Widowers of Whidbey Island

Lapidary

Fun, supportive people with common interests. Dinner, the second Friday of the month, 5 pm , at San Remos. Breakfast, every Sunday at San Remos. Dinner every Sunday night. Call Roz Davis, 675-3171 for dinner location. Phyllis Hofkamp, 675-3628 for information.

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9 am.

W.I.G.S. Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers (WIGS) meet at 2720 Heller Rd., at the fire station just north of Crosby Rd. Next meeting is Tuesday November 12, at 1 pm. Guest speaker is Bobbi Sandberg - “Up Against A Brick Wall?�. There will be refreshments and raffles.  All are welcome.  Contact  Ruth Hancock 675 -4086. randr.hancock@frontier.com for more information; also, Gordon Garnhart garnhart@whidbey.net.net

MAC Computer Seminar Monthly seminar scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 1 pm.

Whidbey Island Stamp Club Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 pm. New members welcome. Free evaluations on stamp

Whidbey Island Gem Club Will meet Wednesday, November 6 at 7 pm. There will be a general meeting of the membership. Interested and potential members, ages 8 to 100+ are invited to attend. Â Contact Chip Batcheller, 679-9397.

Wire Wrap Thursdays at 7 pm. New people welcome. Create unique jewelry. A cab and the wire needed for your first project will be provided. May purchase cabs and wire for future projects. Contact Dick James, 6759396.

Quilting Group Monday and Friday mornings, 9 am.

MENU - NOVEMBER WEEK 1 Fri

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November Events At Oak Harbor Library The library is located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. For more information, please call 360-675-5115, or visit www.sno-isle.org. Oak Harbor Library opens at 9 am Monday through Friday, 10 am on Saturday, and 1 pm on Sunday. Book a librarian for free one-on-one help with any computer, technology or online question. Saturday Matinee @ the Library Saturday, Nov 2 at 2 pm. Discover and explore the resources of the library with “Robot and Frank.� Concerned about him living alone, Frank’s children purchase a robot to help care for him. The retired cat burglar has other plans. Popcorn provided by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. Affordable Healthcare Act - What You Need to Know Wednesday, Nov 6 at 3 pm. Information on Washington’s newly created Health Care Exchange will be presented by the Opportunity Council. The presentation includes in depth information about what has changed with healthcare insurance, what the new mandate will require and qualifications for different programs, subsidies and expanded Medicaid. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Opportunity Council at 360-6796577 . Genealogy 101 Getting Started Thursday, Nov 7 at 2 pm & 6 pm. Interested in joining the fastest growing hobby in the United States? Confused on where to begin? This

class provides a gentle introduction to genealogical methods and resources. Join us and dig up your dead relatives!  Seating is limited by the availability of computers. Please preregister. Same session repeated at 2:00 and at 6:00 PM. NaNoWriMo Write-In Thursday, Nov 14 at 9 am. We are celebrating National Novel Writing Month by having Write-In’s with local authors at all our libraries! Join Deb Lund, author of “Dinosoaring�, and other local writers to work on reaching your word count for the day. Our author will also be happy to answer questions, and even sign a book if you bring one. GENEALOGY 201: Yesterday’s Papers — Exploring Online Newspaper Archives Thursday, Nov 14 at 2 pm. Digital newspaper archives are an essential research tool for genealogists. Wedding announcements, birth notices, and obituaries are all waiting to be discovered in a variety of online resources. This class will provide an introduction to online newspaper archives and basic search techniques. Preregistration required. Oak Harbor Book Group: Friday, Nov 15 at 11 am. Share your love of reading! Check out a copy of “The Art of Fielding� by Chad Harbach, grab a cup of coffee, and join the discussion in the library’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Play Reading for Fun Troupe Monday, Nov 18 at 3 pm and Monday, Nov 25 at 5 pm. Love reading and theatre? Celebrate the love of reading with others in the Play Reading for Fun Troupe. No experience necessary. Directed by Stan Thomas of Whidbey Playhouse. For all ages. Supported by Whidbey Playhouse. Astronomy for Everyone Monday, Nov 18 at 6 pm. Explore issues of current local, global and universal interest with the Island County Astronomical Society.

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November Trips PASSPORT APPOINTMENTS You can apply for a Passport book or card at the Oak Harbor Senior Center (51 S.E. Jerome St.). Passport appointments 10 am–2:30 pm Monday – Friday.   For an appointment or additional information call 279-4582 and/or visit www.travel. state.gov Save Gas & Leave The Driving To Us! NOVEMBER TRIPS 3 – Annie – McIntyre Hall 4 – Skagit Valley Casino 6 – Shop ‘Til You Drop 10 – Fraser Downs – Clover Dale, B.C. 19 – Tulalip Casino 22 – Alderwood Mall Complete descriptions found in the 2013 Fall Travel Brochure!

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McIntyre Hall, Mt. Vernon Sunday, November 3, 2013 Cost: $45-Members $75-Non-members Departure: 12:30 pm Return: 6:30-7 pm Leapin‚ Lizards! The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world‚s best-loved musicals. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan ANNIE charms everyone‚s heart. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of girls in the orphanage, ANNIE escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. No-host meal stop after the show. Ticket & Transportation. 20 Seats. Sign up with payment by now.

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP! Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Cost: $20-Members $50-Non-members Departure: 9:30 am Return: 4:00 - 4:30 pm Let‚s go shopping!! First, stops at two of our favorites, Dress Barn and Christopher and Banks at the Discount Mall in Burlington. Then a no-host lunch at Johnny Carinos. Next stop, Cascade Mall, the new TJ Max and where Macy‚s always has a sale. Have a fun day of shopping. 22 Seats.  Sign up with payment by November 1.

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Join us to watch the harness racing in Cloverdale, BC, while enjoying their fantastic Clubhouse Buffet from Noon to 2:30 pm. One of the best - with fifty assorted items to choose from including salads, vegetables, pasta, meats and fruits, carved turkey with succulent dressing, Virginia ham or stuffed pork, Baron of Beef, fresh vegetables, hot chafing dish entrees and ten different desserts! Races start at 1:15 and run till 4:30 pm.  If racing is not for you, there‚s also a casino where you can try your chances.   It‚s fun to try to pick the winners even though  you have no clue how to bet on the horses.  You will be seated in a beautiful room that is floor to ceiling windows and is terraced so every table has a great view. Includes transportation, buffet lunch, program and admission.   PASSPORT REQUIRED. 20 Seats.  Sign up with payment by November 4.

ALDERWOOD MALL Friday, November 22, 2013 Costs: $28-Members $58-Non-members Departure: 9:00 am Return: 5-5:30 pm Nordstrom, Chico‚s REI, Clearwater Creek, Macy‚s, The Walking Company, Christopher & Banks - and many more great stores and restaurants. Let‚s go shopping! Enjoy a day strolling Alderwood Mall. Lunch is on your own. 20 Seats available.  Sign up with payment by November 17.

EXTENDED TRIPS FOR 2014 Brochures available at the Travel Desk

SAN ANTONIO GETAWAY March 7 - 11, 2014 4 Nights / 5 Days - 7 Meals Double: $1,749 Single: $2,049 Relax Texas-style when you settle into your River Walk hotel on the

5-day San Antonio Getaway. Highlights include: Mission San Jose, the Alamo, El Mercado, South Texas Heritage Center, LBJ Ranch, Fredericksburg, Mayan Dude Ranch, Paseo del Rio Cruise, Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard. Included in price: RT Air from Seattle, Air Taxes and fees/ Surcharges, Hotel Transfers, 7 meals, hometown transfers, tours. Cancelation Waiver and insurance is $70 per person. See: http://collettevacations. com/link/579736

DISCOVER SCOTLAND June 9 - 18, 2014 9 Nights / 10 Days - 14 Meals Don‚t Miss Out! Book Now & Save $250 Double: $4,049 (reg. $4299) Single: $4,449 (reg. $4,699) From its rugged sea-sprayed islands to its stately castles drenched in history, Scotland’s treasures are diverse and compelling. Highlights include: Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, St. Andrews, Dunrobin Castle, Orkeny Islands, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye, Armadale Castle. Included in price: RT Air from Seattle, Air Taxes and fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers, 14 meals, hometown transfers, tours. Cancelation Waiver and insurance is $230 per person.

rado Springs, Pike‚s Peak Cog Railway, Garden of the Gods. Included in price: Cancelation Waiver and insurance of $175 per person, RT Air from Seattle, Air Taxes and fees/ Surcharges, Hotel Transfers, 7 meals, hometown transfers. See http://collettevacations.com/link/578355

ISLANDS OF NEW ENGLAND September 26 - October 3, 2014 7 Nights / 8 Days - 11 Meals Don‚t Miss Out! Book Now & Save $100 Double: $2,399 (reg. $2,499) Single: $2,799 (reg. $2,899) New England’s miles of sandy beaches, majestic coasts, and rolling surf invite relaxation. The Islands of New England tour spends eight days exploring New England’s charms. Highlights include: Providence, Newport, Boston, Cranberry Bog, Plymouth rock, Plimoth Plantation, Cape Cod, Martha‚s Vineyard, Nantucket, Hyannis, Provincetown, Whale Watch or Sand Dunes, Lobster Dinner. Included in price: RT Air from Seattle, Air Taxes and fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers, 11 meals, hometown transfers, tours. Cancelation Waiver and insurance is $175 per person, Brochure available. See http://collettevacations.com/link/580326

TRAINS OF THE COLORADO ROCKIES July 19 - 27, 2014 8 Nights / 9 Days - 12 Meals Don‚t Miss Out! Book Now & Save $100 Double: $2,674 (reg. $2,774 Single: $3.374 (reg. $3,474) Experience the majesty of the Colorado Rockies from four trains that celebrate the can-do spirit of the Old West. Highlights include: Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Georgetown Loop Railroad, Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument, Durango & Silverton railroad, Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Royal Gorge Railroad, Colo-

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Clover Dale, B.C. Sunday, November 10, 2013 Costs: $65-Members $95-Non-members Departure: 9:00 am Return: 7-7:30 pm

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27TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Volunteer of The Year, Marda Stitcher, with Director Mike McIntyre and Mayor Scott Dudley.

▲ History Instructor Debbie Wallin has taught at the Center for twenty-seven years.

The Oak Harbor Senior Center celebrated its 27th Anniversary & Volunteer Appreciation on Tuesday, September17, hosted at Regency on Whidbey for the third year. Kathy Fleck provided musical entertainment. Delicious Fruit and Pastry plates were at each table and Regency and Island Drug donated gift cards for door prizes. Coupons for the Apple Café were given to everyone in attendance from Island Drug. Mayor Scott Dudley and Senior Center Director Mike McIntyre awarded Volunteers of The Year, Bill and Marda Stitcher, a plaque for 27 years of Volunteer Service. Jean Owen received a plaque for volunteering with the Line Dance Group’s teaching and public appearances. Recognized at a later date, with family, class members and colleagues from Skagit Valley College, History Instructor, Debbie Wallin, received a plaque for 27 years of teaching at the Center. Thank you everyone for being an important part of the Oak Harbor Senior Center.

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The Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound Thursday, Nov 21 at 3 pm. Learn about the original “Eat Local” lifestyle. For thousands of years before the first foreign settlers appeared in our area local tribes enjoyed a diverse diet of wild vegetables, herbs, roots, berries and animal protein. This program explores some of those foods, including how they were gathered, hunted, preserved, stored and used in daily life. Presented by Rick Castellano of the Island County Historical Society. High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Levels and the Coming Coastal Crisis Thursday, Nov 21 at 6:30 pm. CREATe presents its second in a series of climate education programs. We will examine the science behind sea level rise and its global, national, regional and local impacts. Learn about adaptation measures already underway and those in the planning pipeline, along with important mitigation strategies. Sponsored by Climate Reality Education and Awareness Team and Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. The Harmonica Pocket Presents A Singing Thanksgiving Saturday, Nov 23 at 2 pm. The Harmonica Pocket celebrates with music and activity. This interactive program gets young and old alike singing American folk tunes including “Over the River and Through the Woods”, “Turkey in the Straw”, and “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain.” Dance, finger plays, a waltz with a pumpkin, and zany skits tie this program up into a thoughtful, playful package.

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