Young at Heart: March

By Lorrie Conyac

Today I’m looking out my window at sun, blue skies, winter migratory birds and water rippling in the wind. It can only be March and time for Wings Over Water (March 11–13, Friday through Sunday). Before you head out for all the festivities on Saturday, March 12, come to the Blaine Senior Center from 8 to 11 a.m. for a breakfast of scrumptious pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy or French toast plus scrambled eggs.

Easter is in the air – can’t you just taste the chocolate bunnies? Come to the senior center on Tuesday, March 15 at 11:45 a.m. and have lunch while our local bunny maker, The C Shop, tells the story of how they got started and their tradition of making chocolate. After lunch, (11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.) share chocolate samples and purchase The C Shop chocolates for your Easter celebration. Thank you to The C Shop for their generous donations to our Spring High Tea each year.

On Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the center will be hosting a canning and food storage workshop by WCP. Free to the public, sign up at the center. Printed materials are available for a donation to cover costs. You will learn about food handling, water-bath canning, freeze-dried foods, Mylar pouches, using food-grade sealable buckets, grinding your own flour, etc.

Bring your own bulk dry foods and canning jars to be vacuum pressure canned on the spot in less than two minutes. Extra jars will be available for a minimal donation. You can also make your own dry ingredient recipe pack to take home.

It’s tax season again and it’s time to put your cynical hat on when you receive threatening phone calls from anyone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It doesn’t matter what they tell you – just hang up. The IRS never calls people who owe money; they are always notified by U.S. mail. Don’t let scams catch you with your guard down.

Never give out personal information over the phone to someone you don’t know. Not sure if that email, letter or phone call is a scam? Before you give out any information, call Whatcom County Aging and Disability Resources at 360/738-2500 first and talk it over with them.

Our volunteer of the month for March is Romaine Olson. She joined the Blaine Senior Center to take an exercise class and boy, did she prove to be an inspiration to us all. She lost 40 pounds exercising at our center. She shares her recognition with another member, Nancy Keller.

They are both delivering Meals on Wheels now and find it very rewarding. Romaine says, “We get so much more out of helping than we feel we give. When we take lunches, we get so much appreciation – we feel like Santa Claus.” Thank you Romaine and Nancy for all you do for us!

Blaine Senior Center is located at 763 G Street, Blaine. You can call us at 360/332-8040.

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