Young at Heart: January

Senior_SG-11By Lorrie Conyac

Happy New Year to you all! Just like everyone else, the end of 2015 causes me to look back and assess successes and failures. We at the Blaine Senior Center had a great year of successful events, hundreds of happy hours getting fit, playing cards, learning about how to stay healthy, solving puzzles, playing pool, painting, needle crafting, socializing and much, much more.

Did we have failures? I choose to believe that we had opportunities to do some things better and that we were successful in making some needed changes.

2016 is a huge stage just waiting for us to produce a stunningly exciting new play. Our membership and partners are the actors that will bring everything together, so I’m asking for your help. Do you have a suggestion or observation that will help us continue to grow and meet your needs? Call us, write to us or come in and talk to us.

Do you know an adult that needs help with their literacy skills or is trying to learn English for the first time? Just imagine, as you go through your day, that you are unable to read or speak English. You can’t read the labels on groceries, you can’t understand anyone around you and you can’t even read the street signs. The Whatcom Literacy Council is looking for volunteers to train and match with learners to help them reach individual goals.

Come to the Blaine Senior Center on Tuesday, January 12 at 11:45 p.m. to discover if, perhaps, you are a candidate to become involved in this very worthwhile program.

Don’t forget to join us for pancake breakfast on Saturday, January 16, 8–11 a.m. Enjoy your choice of pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children.

Every day, Whatcom County residents look up at some point and see Mount Baker gracing our skyline with beauty and majesty. Michael Impero, author of “The Grand Lady of Mount Baker: A History of the Mount Baker Lodge from 1927–1931” is going to be at the Blaine Senior Center to talk about his book. Come for lunch at 11:30 a.m., or for the presentation at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20. Michael has researched the lodge and discovered hundreds of photographs, documents and artifacts. Best of all, he has the inside track on the history of this fabulous building and can probably answer any question you might have.

Join me in congratulating Dolores Holleman, our volunteer of the month for January. Dolores has been a Cookie Walk chairperson, board member, rummage sale volunteer and much more. She is also a very active member attending stretch class and many events and fundraisers. Thank you Dolores.

Blaine Senior Center is located at 763 G Street. Give us a call at 360/332-8040.

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