Young at Heart: December

By Lorrie Conyac

Hear ye, hear ye! Now is the time for all of you who are 50 or over and young at heart to pay your dues for 2016 membership to the Blaine Senior Center! If you pay by December 31, you could win six months of free Pancake Breakfast tickets. What’s more, there will be other prizes too. This year the dues are only $35, and Visa and MasterCard will be accepted for payment.

We are fortunate in Whatcom County to have a Norwegian Male Chorus that practices for most of the year in order to share their talents with our various communities. You are invited to lunch and wonderful music at the Blaine Senior Center on Tuesday, December 10. The music will begin at 11:50 a.m.

Now is the time to rummage through your closets and drawers to find your ugly Christmas sweater. Wear it to the Blaine Senior Center on Friday, December 11 at 12:30 p.m. and compete for the grand prize of $20! You don’t have a sweater to enter the competition? Well, I have it on good authority that you may find one at Value Village, Wal-Mart, or the Salvation Army store in Bellingham. Just between you and me, I think you might take any old sweater and add your own embellishments to make it truly ugly! Please come and join the fun.

Did you know that in the 1970s the Blaine Senior Center was one of the most popular places to ballroom dance? Well it was, and now you can learn to do all those fun dances again and revel in the excitement of whirling around the dance floor with your partner of choice. This three-week series will take place on Tuesdays, December 15, 22 and 29. Call 656-6416 or email to register. For only $27 you can learn to dance. For those of you that are intermediate or advanced, please come and join the group; the instructors will sharpen your skills.

The end of the year is quickly approaching, so don’t forget Friday, December 18 at 12:30 p.m., when the Senior Center will be hosting the last Early Bird Bingo game of 2015. For only a $10 admission, you will receive three cards each for eight games. This event is open to the public and even kids can play, but they must pay the admission.

This month we have two Volunteers of the Month: Bao Gallion and Jennifer Hawk. Bao keeps our greeting cards stocked and organized, keeps the coffee bar clean and stocked and even works a little on the computer. Jennifer is a lady “Jack of all trades” helping out in the kitchen, keeping the storage area organized and offering help throughout the Senior Center. But she truly shines as our resident gardener. Our plants, inside and out, have thrived under her care. Thank you both for all your help.

Blaine Senior Center is located at 763 G Street. For more information, call 322-8040.

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