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National Senior Center Month

Experts At Living Well The theme for National Senior Center Month September 2013 is Senior Centers: Experts at Living Well. The Oak Harbor Senior Center has resources and tools to empower older adults to make choices that will enhance their lives and help them become Experts at Living Well. Senior centers, offer a variety of valuable programs, activities, and services for health and fitness, lifelong learning opportunities, travel, recreation and encourage involvement in the center and the community. Whether it’s trying Tai Chi, attending a watercolor class, or Wii bowling, these activities add richness to the lives of older adults in our community. This September, and every month, take advantage of the various programs, events and services offered at the Oak Harbor Senior Center that will enable you to Live Well.

Cool Down Party!

WOW! (Walk On Whidbey!) It’s been a great summer to Step It Up! The twelve-week summer walking program ends with a Cool Down Party on Monday, September 16 at 1:00 pm. join us for Madagascar’s “I Like To Move It!” We will have door prizes and refreshments. For twelve weeks people have been keeping track of their daily steps and reporting in weekly. There were a few glitches with pedometers. Some were lost. Some were accidently dropped in the toilet. A bat-

▲ Celebrating 27 Years of Travel!

Celebrate Oak Harbor Senior Center’s 27th Anniversary & Volunteers! AT REGENCY ON WHIDBEY

tery or two didn’t work. More were ordered. Everybody did a great job increasing his or her steps and getting America Moving here at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. A BIG Thank-you to Wal-Mart & North End Fitness, for sponsorship. Big Thankyou’s to Barb Spence and Tom Piper as Team Leaders.

Join us in celebrating the Oak Harbor Senior Center’s 27th Anniversary and Volunteers on Tuesday, September 17 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Regency On Whidbey. Members & Volunteers, of the Oak Harbor Senior Center, are invited to join us for a Dessert & Fruit Buffet, Entertainment, Door Prizes and fun as we honor 27 Years of Service to our community. We are encouraging car-pooling. You may park at the Center and ride our bus. Sign up at the Front Desk if you would like a ride. Bus will REGENCY leave the center at 1:45 pm. The Center will ON WHIDBEY be closed at 1:30 pm for the event. RSVP by RETIREMENT & ASSISTED LIVING calling 279-4580 by September 12. Bringing independence to living and quality to life A Regency Pacific Community

Harvest Moon Dance / Hunger Action Month Celebrate National Senior Center Month with Harbor Tower Village and join us for an “Ol’ Time Country Gathering” at Harbor Tower Village on Friday, September 20 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm at the Harvest Moon Dance. Grab your boots, hats and

favorite pair of jeans. No dance skill or experience is necessary to have a foot-stompin’ good time. DJ’s Unlimited, with Charlie Moore, will provide the boot scootin’ music. Cool your boots with delicious refreshments provided by Annie Webb


The Trade Winds Insurance will sponsor an AARP Driver Safety Class at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, Saturday September 28 from 9 am – 4 pm. They will provide coffee, donuts and water. Instructor is Karen Bishop. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Bring a sack lunch. Class is limited to 22 students. RSVP by calling the Oak Harbor Senior Center at 2794580.


The Oak Harbor Senior Center in partnership with the SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) program invites you to a free community presentation on the 2013 Medicare Open Enrollment Period on September 30, at 1:00 pm. Topics include changes to the 2014 Medicare Part D benefits, Extra Help program for the Part D benefits, how to choose a Prescription Drug Plan and a Medicare Advantage plan, and what to watch out for. Representatives from the SHIBA program will be presenting at this workshop. SHIBA is a free, unbiased service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. RSVP by calling the Oak Harbor Senior Center at 279-4580.

and Harbor Tower dining staff. In support of Hunger Action Month, Harbor Tower Village and the Oak Harbor Senior Center are supporting our local food bank, North Whidbey Help House, with a food drive. Bring a non-perishable food donation and come join us for a fun fall event.


“Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” is a six-week class for those who want to take charge of the life they are living and live with a higher quality of life! The program was developed by Stanford University Education Department so that people could learn to self manage some of the obstacles that can get in the way of living well.  The class will review nutrition, symptoms, relief, and stress management including meditation, exercise for fun & fitness, and planning for the future.  There will be those who are experiencing some of the same problems who are supportive and understanding.  The class includes a comprehensive book and CD that accommodate the lessons learned in class.   It’s a fun way to learn new lifestyles that will enhance your life. Class will be held Thursdays, Oct 3 – Nov. 7 and cost $12.00. RSVP by calling 2794580.


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September 2013

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

SLEEPS WITH THE FISHES It all started one summer, when the kids were little. Beth won a goldfish at the county fair and Danny wanted one too. I thought it would be nice to let them each have a goldfish in their bedroom. Danny’s fish bowl soon became a home for some baby catfish he found in a pond at a local park and several goldfish he bought at the dime store. Danny’s smaller goldfish soon became bait for the larger catfish. He convinced Mr. Volunteer (dad) that he wanted a ‘science corner’ on his dresser. Like a good dad, they went and got a small aquarium for Tinker, Danny’s snapping turtle he had found. Beth’s little Bubbles died but daddy replaced it during naptime so she

never knew that Bubbles One was really Bubbles Two until later. Life was good……..until. One morning Danny decided to change the catfish water all by himself. Did a pretty good job until he turned on the water, filled the bowl, and dropped the catfish in. Suddenly the catfish were bottoms up. Danny was upset; dad investigated the noise and broke the sad news, that the catfish had just been cooked. Hot water from the tap and little fish don’t mix. Beth woke up and went to feed Bubbles Two. Oh no, Bubbles was bottom up. Now the noise level in the apartment was at an all time high. Burials at sea complete with prayer, song and testimonials of how

Contnued from Page 1 Place bus. You may register or donate on line at Go to the Mt. Vernon location and the HomePlace Team.


First day to sign up for Fall 2013 Travel is Thursday, Sept. 26, from 8:30 am – 4 pm. Be among the first to know the new trips offered for Fall. The Fall Travel Brochure will be mailed to members of the Oak Harbor Senior Center. All others may stop by and pick up a brochure after Sept. 17. Save on trip costs by renewing your membership. Remember, Out-of-Town Guests or under 50, will receive your Member price on trips.

special those little lives had been, completed by eight o’clock am. During breakfast and sniffles, it was decided that Danny and dad would go back to the pond and Beth and mom would go to the dime store. Danny brought home tadpoles and Beth brought home Tarter Sauce and Fish Fry. Life was good………until.

ered that Guppy was a nibbler. Cleo did not have a burial at sea; she was bagged, taken back to the pet store for the autopsy-cannibalism and promptly buried next to her partner in life. Complete with an American flag. Guppy was in time out for bad behavior. We don’t eat our little friends.

One day after school, Danny came home and discovered several of his tadpoles missing. He accused me of taking them. While explaining my whereabouts during the supposed kidnapping, Mr. Volunteer arrived home from work. We all went to the bedroom to investigate, just in time to witness the culprit, Tinker, with the last tadpole going down his throat. A discussion about the Food Chain followed. Life was good … until Tarter Sauce and Fish Fry’s burials at sea……..

The summer event – Island Pet Store’s Annual Sidewalk Sale came. After consulting desktopgoldfish. com, Beth and the Princess were ready for Guppy’s new bowl mate. I should never, ever, have let them go un-supervised. What was I thinking; they would come home with a bigger desk top bowl and new fish??????? Wrong. First warning was the excited voice of the Princess, on the phone, telling me all about how Guppy was going to be sooooooo happy. Second warning, that almost sent me to my grave next to Goldie and Cleo, was coming home to the Shed’s Aquarium. ‘Mom, it was on sale!’ ‘Nana, we can have LOTS of friends for Guppy!’ There sitting in the Moose Room was a major piece of furniture that would not fit in the Princess’s little bedroom. (Unless we moved her out.) Two hours later I was finally able to speak. Beth offered to take it back. Princess was crying and Mr. Volunteer kept muttering, ‘Where are we suppose to put it?’

Did I learn anything? Apparently not. This summer I thought it would be nice for the Princess to have a little goldfish, in a little bowl, in her little room…….. Beth felt one little fish would get too lonely so a bigger bowl was bought and Goldie and Cleo came to live with the Princess. Life was good… until Goldie developed a swim bladder infection. Goldie never had a burial at sea two weeks later. No, Goldie was buried in the flower garden, complete with a funeral procession, wailing, gnashing of teeth and a tombstone drawn with her picture inscribed with I love you Goldie. After a respectful period of mourning (five minutes) it was off to the pet store so Cleo wouldn’t be lonely. Guppy came to live with us. Life was good….. until it was discov-

Suffice it to say, we now have a lovely aquarium in our entryway for everyone to enjoy, (suppose to lower blood pressure). The Princesses’ are bonding nicely. Bubbles III, Gilly, Sinbad and Mulan are playing nicely with Guppy. Life is good………. until…….

Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove Cookbook Raffle Raffle tickets are available at the Front Desk for $1 for an autographed copy of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove Cookbook. Fans of Debbie’s Cedar Cove series, as well as anyone who enjoys classic home cooking, will enjoy more than 130 treasured family recipes. Drawing will be held Friday, November 1.

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

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▲ Travel Escort Lauraine Brannan with author Debbie Macomber during lunch trip to Port Orchard.

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September 2013

HEALTH BRIEFS & HELPFUL INFORMATION Senior Services of Island County

Clinic is held at North Whidbey Caregivers Cove.

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.

Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service

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, Sept. 5, 2:30-4:30 pm. Facilitated by Wendy Sines of HomePlace Special Care Center. For information call Wendy at 360-279-2555.

Parkinson’s Support Group September 6 at Cherry Hill Club House, 549 NW 12th Loop, Oak Harbor. Group facilitator is Carolyn Hansen, 279-1785.

Foot Care Clinic Appointments are available for Tuesday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 16. To make an appointment, call the Front Desk at 279-4580. Foot Care

Free hearing tests and hearing aid repairs on Mondays, September 9 & 23 from 1 - 3 pm. For an appointment call the Center, 279-4580. Oak Harbor Hearing Aid Service, 6755193.

Vision Impaired Support Group Tuesday, September 24, 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 2794580. 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, longterm care, COBRA, VA. For assis-

tance 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.

Free Heart Screenings Free heart health screenings for women are available. Are you or your doctor concerned about the health of your heart? If you are a woman living on Whidbey Island and cannot afford health screenings, Whidbey General Hospital can help. Free Heartwise cholesterol and blood sugar screenings are available through a scholarship fund established by the three island Soroptimist groups. Learn your risk factors and preventive actions you can take to improve your heart health. To request your free Heart of a Woman screening, call 678-7656 ext. 2130. No doctor referral is needed.

Prescription Expenses Assistance

tion expenses? Medical Safety Net of North Whidbey is a charitable organization providing immediate temporary help with uncovered prescription expenses to people living in zip codes 98277 and 98278. This small fund is supported by the donations of your friends, neighbors and local businesses, and administered by volunteers. In order to meet the needs of as many people as possible, we set limits on how much assistance is available to any one individual over the course of a year. Payments are made directly to providers. Bills already paid cannot be reimbursed. If you need help with prescription expenses, please call (360) 929-3328 and leave a message. A volunteer will call you back within 24 hours.

National Falls Prevention Awareness Day The 6th Annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on Sept. 22, 2013 to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. This year’s

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September 2013

SEPTEMBER 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 Muscle Conditioning - M & W, 9:30 am Aerobics – T & TH, 9:30 am Gentle Yoga – F, 10:30 am (held at North End Fitness Center) For $16.41 (including tax) with the Unlimited Senior Class Card you may take all four 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. 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 medias. of Cost is $5 per session-Members / $10 Non-Members. 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 Tuesdays, 1 pm with instructor Jean. $10 a month-Members, $20 a month Non-members. No partners needed.

SPANISH FOR SENIORS Wednesdays, 1 pm. New class starting Septem-

ber 4. Beginning Spanish Class with Al Enriquez. Class full. Costs: $30 a month payable first day of class. RSVP by calling 279-4580.

HULA CLASSES 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.

TAI CHI & QIGONG 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.

Contnued from Page 3 theme is Preventing Falls – One Step at a Time, Every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an Emergency Department for a fall-related injury. Nationally, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65 and over. Moreover, the chances of falling and being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. Michele Renninger and Robert May, of Whidbey General Hospital, will present a SAIL class in October which promotes fall prevention and overall health of adults. Nadine Joy, Senior Information and Assistance Specialist located at the Oak Harbor Senior Center, shares safety tips for your home. “Slipping and Sliding….We’ve all done it…taken that step out of the tub or

shower and wooooosh! If you just take a few steps, you can live much more safely and independently in your home.” Floors: Remove or cover slick flooring with floors that provide a gripping texture such as textured vinyl sheets or tiles. Remove area rugs that could be a hazard for tripping. In the shower/bath: Bars are in order. Equip showers and surrounding walls with sturdy grab bars that are anchored to wall studs to support an Adult’s full weight. Consider installing non-skid tape or secure bath mats on the floor of the shower or bathtub. Consider a bath seat or a hand-held shower. (they even make waterproof medical alert buttons to keep in your shower) Lighting: Sparkly clean bathrooms offer all kinds of lighting hurdles to eyes challenged by glare and shadows. Try using some task lighting on the counter or under the cabinets, which may help you see better for grooming and eliminate some of the glare. If you have a window in your bathroom try replacing curtains or shades with frosted vinyl. You will get nice natural light which is easy on the eyes and does not create, or add to the glare. Seating: There are many choices available to raise-up your seat! Home improvement stores and mail order catalogs are great places to find risers for your toilet. Using a higher seat enables you to get on and off easier with little chance of a bad fall. Water: Make sure your water heater is no hotter than 120 degrees to reduce risk of scalding. Most of these changes cost little and truly reduce the risk of falling. It is really about staying safe, and most of all staying in your home as long as you like. A little change here or there in that one little room can help ensure it. Nadine Joy can be reached at the Oak Harbor Senior Center by calling (360) 675-0311. Her hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 4:30pm.

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30 8:30 – Yoga 9:00 - Quilting Class 9:30 - Muscle Strengthening 9:30 - Nintendo Wii Bowling LUNCH 1:00 - Medicare Open Enrollment 1:00 - Knitting Circle 1:00 - Dottie’s Painting Class 5:00 - Tai Chi


$25 Jackpot Bingos

Feeling Lucky? Regency on Whidbey will sponsor a $25 Jackpot Bingo on Thursday, September 5, Harbor Tower Village Retirement Center on Thursday, September 12; Edward Jones on Thursday, September 19;. Cards for the $25 Bingo game available for $1. Bingo is played Thursdays from 12 – 3 pm.

Patriots Day! 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 1:00 - Beginning Spanish Class 3:00 - Hula


9:00 - Lapidary 8:30 - Yoga 9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9:00 - Lapidary 9:00-12:00 - Wood Carving 9:00 - SHIBA 9:30 - Nintendo Wii Bowling 9:30 - Muscle Strengthening 11:30 - Chess LUNCH 12:00 - Line Dance 12:30 - Party Bridge 1:00-4:00 - Legal Clinic 12:30 - Ping Pong 1:30 - Closed For Activities 1:00 - Beginning Bridge 2:00-4:00 - 27th Anniversary & 1:00 - Beginning Spanish Class Volunteer Celebration – Regency 3:00 - Hula 6:00 - Pinochle 5:00 Senior Night Out! 7:00 - Country Dance


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

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 1:00 - Beginning Spanish Class 3:00 - Hula 7:00 - Gem Club


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


8:30 - Yoga 9:00 - Quilting Class 9:30 - Muscle Strengthening 9:30 - Nintendo Wii Bowling 9:30 - Foot Clinic LUNCH 1:00 - Cool Down Party! 1:00 - Knitting Circle 1:00 - Dottie’s Painting Class 5:00 - Tai Chi



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


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





9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9:00-12:00 - Wood Carving 9:30 - Nintendo Wii Bowling 11:30 - Chess 12:00 - Line Dance 2:00 - Vision Support Grp. 6:00 - Pinochle 7:00 - Stamp Club 7:00 - Country Dance



9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9:30 - Nintendo Wii Bowling 12:00-3:00 - Jack Pot Bingo Regency On Whidbey 12:30 - Cribbage 7:00 - Wire Wrap





8:30 - Yoga 8:30-3:00 - Fall Travel Sign Up 9:00 - Lapidary 9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9:00 - SHIBA 9:30 - Nintendo Wii Bowling 9:30 - Muscle Strengthening 10:00 - Creative Writing LUNCH 12:00-3:00 - Bingo 12:30 - Party Bridge 12:30 - Cribbage 12:30 - Ping Pong 1:00 - SVC History Class 1:00 - Beginning Bridge 7:00 - Wire Wrap 1:00 - Beginning Spanish Class 3:00 - Hula

10:00-12:30 Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle


9:00 - Quilting 9:30 - Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 - Pinochle 7:00 - Country Dance

TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! rrrrrrrr 9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9:30 - Nintendo Wii Bowling 10:00 - Creative Writing 12:00-3:00 - Jack Pot Bingo Edward Jones 12:30 - Cribbage 7:00 - Wire Wrap


7 9:00 - Quilting 9:30 - Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 - Pinochle 6:30 - Old Time Fiddlers

9:30 - Aerobic Exercises 9:30 - Nintendo Wii Bowling 10:00 - Creative Writing 12:00-3:00 - Jack Pot Bingo Harbor Tower Village 12:30 - Cribbage 7:00 - Wire Wrap


10:00-12:30 Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle


9:00 - Quilting 9:30 - Tai Chi LUNCH 12:30 - Pinochle 6:30-9:00 Harvest Moon Dance Harbor Tower Village


10:00-12:30 Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle

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9:00-4:00 - AARP Driving Class 10:00-12:30 Ping Pong, Pool, Pinochle


Wii Bowling Mondays, Tuesdays (No Wii the first Tuesday of the month), 9:30 am. Thursdays from 9:30 am – 3 pm. Enjoy fun and exercise with Wii Bowling. No special shoes required or heavy balls.

Chess Players Tuesdays – 11:30 am.

Mah Jongg 2nd & 4th Wednesdays –

10 am – 2 pm. Wright Patterson rules. Contact Linda Bruner, 675-8315 or Sandi Carrothers – 675-1306.

Ping Pong Wednesdays 1-3 pm and Saturdays 10 am-2 pm. Contact Eileen Billings, 6781684.

Party Bridge Wednesdays, 12: 30 pm. Must RSVP by 2 pm Monday.

Beginning Bridge


Wednesdays, 1 pm Beginning Bridge is held at Oak Manor for people who have never played, have little experience or have been in a previous class. To sign up, call Don at 679-8807.

Thursdays, 12 – 3 pm. Bring your cribbage boards.



Thursdays, 12-3 pm. Packet $4. Soft cards for special games 50 cents each.

Tuesdays at 6 pm and Fridays, 12:30 pm. Potluck lunch.

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September 2013

SEPTEMBER 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 Save Gas - Leave The Driving To Us! 4 Summer Day in Leavenworth 5

MOHI - Seattle


Skagit Regional Airport Air Show


Seattle Choice with a Sweet Surprise


Tulalip Casino


Fall Travel Sign Up!


Sucia Island Picnic



cover Seattle’s rich history. The Seattle story is told through thousands of rare objects and historic images, and cutting edge hands-on interactive experiences for all ages that make history come alive with the unforgettable stories of the men and women who built Seattle from wilderness to world city. Current exhibit is Still Afloat: Seattle’s Floating Homes. Enjoy a no-host lunch at MOHI’S Compass Cafe featuring local ingredients. Come explore Seattle past and present. Includes Transportation & Entrance. 20 Seats.


30 & Oct. 1 Casino Hop Complete descriptions found in the 2013 Summer Travel Brochure!


Seattle Past, Present & Future Thursday, September 5, 2013 Costs: $30-Members/ $60-Non-members Departure: 8:00 am Return: 5:30-6:00 pm The new MOHI is the place to dis-

Saturday, September 7, 2013 Cost: $20 Member / $50 Non-member Depart: 10:30 am Return: 4:30-5:00 pm Sky-high aerobatic stunts and planes from across the region will be back this September for Skagit Flight Test in the air and on the tarmac. Foods will be available to enjoy at this event. Free admission. So leave the driving to us and enjoy the day and bring a friend. 20 seats.


With a Sweet Surprise Saturday, September 14, 2013


55 and older $17/hour (Save $5) Applies to group rate • Call for details

Come in and play on our state-of-the-art Tru Golf simulators

Play over 50 of the top PGA courses. Try the famous Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, Kapalua Bay-Maui, Pinehurst Country Club, The Links at Spanish Bay or Torrey Pines just to name a few.

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Depart: 8:00 am Return: 5:30 - 6:00 pm Cost: $30-Member/ $60-Non-member A little sweet add on to our Seattle Choice trip. Hope you will enjoy. We will have free time at Pike Place, uptown or the waterfront - ride the Ferris Wheel – Enjoy the day! Enjoy Seattle! 20 seats.


Silver Reef Casino & Skagit Casino Monday, September 30 & Tuesday, October 1, 2013 Cost: $135 - Double-Membe $185 Single-Member Depart: 11:00 am Return: 5-5:30 pm Feeling Really Lucky? Join our Casino Queen, Edna, and friends, for a little Casino Hopping of luck and fun. The Silver Reef Casino & Spa was voted best of the Northwest 2012. You’ll find the hottest gaming action around. After a day of winning at the casino, relax in the luxury of their award-winning hotel. Rooms have beautiful views of Mt. Baker. Enjoy the spa and indoor pool. After the complimentary Silver Signature Breakfast, it’s time to Hop to the Skagit Casino and try our luck there before heading home. Includes Escort, Transportation, Hotel, Buffet Lunch, Buffet Dinner, Signature Breakfast vouchers, $5.00 Match Play. Bring home the winnings! 18 Seats.


Paramount Theatre Thursday, October 10, 2012 Costs: $90 - Members $120 - Non-member Departure: 9:30 am Return: 7-7:30 pm Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lauded new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ is an enchanting adaptation of the perennial MGM classic, totally remade for the stage. Following highly successful runs in London and Toronto, the show is embarking on the ever-winding Yellow Brick Road that is the USA! Containing all the beloved songs from the Academy Award-winning movie score, it fea-

tures all your favorite characters and iconic moments (plus a few new surprises along the way), including new songs. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and Toto, as they venture through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Boo and hiss at the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family. No-host lunch stop. Transportation and Orchestra Seat tickets. “Toto, we’re not in Kansas no more.” 20 Seats. $25 deposit. Final Payment by October 1.


Fully Charged Gold Edition Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 Costs: $35 - Members $65 - Non-member Departure: 9:00 am Return: 4-4:30 pm The Circus is coming to the Comcast Arena, Everett with plenty of animals, circus performers and fun. Ringmaster, David Shipman introduces audiences to an international cast of elite performers that generate eyepopping thrills. From fire juggling, drum playing, tap dancing to trampoline tumbling, this Fully Charged Gold Edition Show will entertain audiences of all ages. No meal stop. Ticket & Transportation. 20 Seats. Payment by September 12.

COLLETTE VACATIONS TRAVEL 2014 A representative of Collette Vacations will be at the Oak Harbor Senior Center on Tuesday, October 1 at 1pm to give a presentation on the following fun filled trips for 2014: San Antonio in March, Scotland in June, Trains of Colorado in July, New England in Sept – Oct. If interested in any please come in and put your name on the interest sheet at the Travel Desk. Questions see Pat or Roxann.

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September 2013

SEPTEMBER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS New England Group Will meet Monday, Sept. 16, at 11:30 am at Applebee’s. Call Evelyn at 675-5106.

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 Sept. 10, at 1 pm. Nate Cushman is our guest speaker and will discuss Heritage Quest access at the library There will be refreshments and raffles. All are welcome. Contact Ruth Hancock 675 -4086. randr.hancock@ for more information; also, Gordon Garnhart garnhart@

MAC Computer Seminar Monthly seminar scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1 pm.

Whidbey Island Stamp Club Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 pm. New members welcome. Free evaluations on stamp collections provided. Contact Lee Dougherty, 675-9674.

Lapidary Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9 am.

Whidbey Island Gem Club Will meet Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7 pm. There will be a general meeting of the membership. Interested and potential members, ages 8 to 100+ are invited to attend. 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 pur-

chase cabs and wire for future projects. Contact Dick James, 675-9396.

Quilting Group Monday and Friday mornings, 9 am.

Widows and Widowers of Whidbey Island 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.

September Events At The Oak Harbor Library The library is located at 1000 SE Regatta Dr. For more information, please call 360-675-5115, or visit 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. How to Start a Business Thursday, Sep 12 at 1 pm. Learn how to write a business plan using the Small Business Administration’s format. In the process you will boost your information literacy skills and discover some library tools that can save you hundreds of dollars. Seating is limited; please preregister at or by calling 360675-5115. Play Reading for Fun Troupe Monday, Sep 16 at 3 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, Sep 16 at 6:30 pm. Explore issues of current local, global and universal interest with the Island County Astronomical Society. ICAS is dedicated to general astronomy, education, and encouragement of public appreciation for the art and science of observing. Each meeting includes presentations of basic astronomy principles and other select topics. No experience necessary. Community Energy Challenge of Whidbey Island Thursday, Sep 19 at 3 pm. Develop the know-how to make your home more efficient. Join Melody Kuschnereit from Sustainable Whidbey Coalition as she guides you through the process of making cost-effective improvements. Partnerships include Sustainable Connections, Opportunity Council, Waste Wise, Friends of the Oak Harbor Library and more. Road and Mountain Bicycle Adventures Thursday, Sep 19 at 7 pm. Has the Tour de Whidbey got you thinking about bicycle touring? Join local expert Nick Stowe from Bikespot in Anacortes as he shares tips and routes for bicycle rides in Island and Skagit County. Learn about library resources to support riding, from choosing and maintaining a bicycle, to planning a route. Share your own favorite places to ride and meet other enthusiasts. Oak Harbor Book Group: “In the Garden of Beasts” Friday, Sep 20 at 11 AM. Celebrate the love of reading with others in our community! Check out a copy of In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, and join the discussion in the library’s Center for Lifelong Learning. Afternoon with the Authors: Marissa Meyer, Kevin Emerson and Jeanne Ryan Saturday, Sep 21 at 2 pm. Meet

young adult authors Marissa Meyer (Cinder), Kevin Emerson (The Lost Code), and Jeanne Ryan (Nerve) at this exciting event! They will talk about their work, answer questions, and sign books. Funded by Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. Book sales provided by Wind & Tide Bookshop. For teens and adults. Free Citizenship Class Mondays, Sep 23 through Nov 4, 6:30 – 8 pm. Whether you are just starting to apply for citizenship or already have an interview date, sign up for this series to help you prepare. Classes are free and taught in English by a library volunteer. Preregistration required. Mystery Book Lovers: Georges Simenon Thursday, Sep 26 at 3 pm. Celebrate your love of mysteries with others in our community. Join the discussion of mysteries by Georges Simenon. Books available for checkout at the library. Saturday Matinee @ the Library Saturday, Sep 28 at 2 pm. “Les Miserables” a stirring musical starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, is a testament to the survival of the human spirit. Popcorn provided by the Friends of the Library.

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September 2013

SEPTEMBER EVENTS Friends Of The Library Annual Used Book Sale Find some great bargains at the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library book sale! Friday and Saturday Sep 6 – 7, 9 am – 5 pm Thousands of gently used children’s and adult books, DVDs and CDs at bargain prices. All proceeds benefit the Library.

Old Time Fiddlers The Old Time Fiddlers will play Friday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 pm at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Admission is by donation to the Old Time Fiddlers. Everyone’s welcome.

Basic Drawing Class This is a basic beginners drawing class for all those who can but think they can’t draw. You will learn to draw by sight and not by what you think you see. The class will learn how to measure with their pencils, create shape and values and perspective. The teacher, Camille Brighten, new to the area, is a professional artist who has taught art in middle school and at an Arizona Senior Center. The six-week class will start Wednesday, September 11 at 10 am. Cost is $30 plus supplies for members and $40 plus supplies for non-members. Payable first day

of class. A discount is available for students at Gene’s Art & Frame in Oak Harbor. Supply list available at front desk. RSVP by calling 2794583.

Country Dance A “Country Dance” will be held Friday, Sept. 13 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 Night Out Meet with old friends and new! Senior Night Out will meet at The Pizza Factory for fun and great food on Wednesday, September 18. Meet at 5 pm. RSVP by calling the Center, 279-4580, by September 13. (Gratuities not included.)

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. Senior Services of Island County and the Oak Harbor Senior will welcome attorneys from The Law offices of Christon C. Skinner. 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 Non-probate successions, Real Estate and other properties, Small Claims and other litigation matters. Next clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Pet Memorial “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.

Upscale Resale 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.

Whidbey Playhouse: Too Soon For Daisies Three elderly ladies “escape” from

Eventide, a retirement home in rural England. Soon after, they find an empty house and dream about settling in - but then a visitor arrives who claims to be the new owner of the house. He dies suddenly of a heart attack and so the ladies decide to put the body down an unused well and carry on as the new owners of the house! Complications ensue with the arrival of a young woman who has come to meet her uncle at his new home The local doctor arrives and tells the old ladies that the new well must be tested and if the water is impure, the old well will have to be re-opened! They now have to dispose of the body and their efforts give rise to chills and thrills of pure enjoyment. Too Soon For Daisies opens Friday, September 6 with performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm through Sunday, September 22. The playhouse is located at 730 SE Midway Blvd in Oak Harbor. Season Tickets are the best way to see all the shows of the season at a discounted price. Season Tickets are on sale for a 10-15% discount over regular ticket prices with discounts for seniors and the military. For more information contact The Whidbey Playhouse at 360679-2237 or visit our website www. The Whidbey Playhouse is a volunteer-supported 501 c3 non-profit charitable organization, dedicated to providing quality theatrical experiences to people of all ages.

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