Young at Heart

Published on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 by JoAn Newby

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Young at Heart

By JoAn Newby

What a wonderful and fully active summer was had at the Blaine Senior/ activity community Center. There were indoor and outdoor activities aplenty, such as kayaking, picnics and Bocce ball.

August brought with it three really outstanding outdoor events. There was that wonderful day at Hovander Park when seniors from all over Whatcom County and beyond met and enjoyed the magnificent surroundings, fellowship, fun, food, the many venders displays with their information and handouts and an afternoon of listening to the excellent Bellingham high school youth jazz band. Both Ted Onyon and Bob Eastman, Blaine members of the Blaine Center, were two of the many raffle winners.

The ride on the Plover was a thrill, as it always is. A ride on that historical boat was so appreciated. We have an interesting harbor, just the place for a scenic boat tour.

It was an ideal day at Bender field in Lynden, where the Bocce tournament brought Bocce players from surrounding senior centers. Eight of our fearless members participated in this event. The weather was great, just right moderate sunshine and picturesque clouds in a very special Bocce park ringed by lovely evergreen trees.

Now September and the winter months loom before us. How wonderful to have an active, friendly, senior/ activity center to alleviate those anticipated winter chills. Many Fall programs which will be returning during September.

Our continuing programs include china painting, stretch exercise, Bible studies, bridge, pinochle, tea and crafts, and blood pressure checks.

Stretch exercises, under the skillful supervision of Dolly Robb, continues to meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30. Bible studies are on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning at 10:30. JoAn Newby leads a caring group centering on faith and biblical principles. On Friday mornings Mary Lou Felts leads a study focusing on women of The Bible.

Come along and sing with Trudie’s sing-along. Trudi will be accompanying this gleeful clutch of singers, Tuesday afternoons starting at 1 p.m. The painting class will also be meeting again, and be listening to the gleeful singers Tuesday afternoons. The center features various works of art originating with this group. Come try your skills, they will be developed by Maxine Reynolds, and before long you may become a enthusiast.

The writing class with instructor Kay Dee Powell starts Wednesday, September 10. This group meets at 10 a.m.Wednesday mornings. Many interesting stories have emerged from this group, and of course, everybody has a story which needs to be written, and this group is ready and able to help. The china painting class meets Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. Don is a very patient teacher who will gladly help you with your projects. The afternoons bring crafts, tea and chatting time with Dolly.

A new beginners bridge lesson will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons. Maria Monks afternoons offers us a relaxing, rewarding easy yoga class Wednesday afternoons at 3 p.m.

Thursday mornings bring pool, stretch exercise, Bocce, blood pressure checks, and the afternoons have strength training opportunities, and the evening has pinochle.

Welcome yourself to the computer age, learn basic computer skills, open your own e-mail account and even learn to access the internet. Be sure to sign up on the sign-up list at the front desk.

Remember the Bible class beginning at 10:30 a.m., led by Mary Lou. This is sure to be interesting. Friday, September 5 will feature a picnic barbecue.

Remember the delicious pancake breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 8 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Pancakes or waffles, sausage, coffee and orange juice are offered for only $5, for adults and $3, for children.

Come, bring the family. Enjoy.