Young at Heart

Published on Wed, Aug 5, 2009
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Let’s welcome the month of August, one of those hot summer months - how fortunate that there is the Blaine Senior Center where a warm welcome awaits as well as a cooling air-conditioner. On some of these hot summer days the senior center has been a cooling center for the community as well as a welcome place for socializing and participation in many different activities.

July was truly a great month with lots of good times and, oh, what a splendid spectacular Independence Day celebration! How thrilling to see the outpouring of support and active participation of the community. There was a tremendous turnout for the pancake breakfast at the center and for the craft and food stands downtown. Our Blaine center expresses its appreciation to all the many volunteers who participated and made it all possible. The center had their own celebration of the summer dog days.

A number of very special pet dogs were attended by their doting people persons. Lunch, featuring “hot dogs” was served outside on the south lawn. All pet dogs and people persons agreed that it was a most pleasant setting under the protecting shade of canopies set up just for the occasion.

The senior center’s picnic at Peace Arch State Park was also extra special, with a cooling breeze gently blowing off the water and a cooling shade of majestic shade trees, making a pleasant reprieve from the record high temperatures we all have been experiencing.

Senior Day in the Park was on August 5 at Hovander Park - this has always been an enjoyable event, where senior centers and vendors from around the county join together in a beautiful park setting.

Old favorite accordion music by Carl Peterson is scheduled for noon, Monday, August 10. Senior information and assistance with brochures will be Thursday, August 13. Nail care will be available by appointment on Friday, August 13.

The center is well-known for our pancake breakfasts which include choice of pancakes, waffles, or biscuits and gravy with scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Adults are only $5, kids $4.

Elvis is alive and plans to attend the birthday lunch on Thursday, August 20. Mike Spinale will be the impersonator. Nobody should miss this one, for sure. Fire and Life Safety for Seniors will be presented by Jim Bleecker, fire marshal of North Whatcom Fire & Rescue on Tuesday, August 27 at noon. There will be readings by Frank Thompson on Thursday, August 27 at noon.

The summer schedule includes pool, stretch exercise and bridge games at 1 p.m. in the afternoons. The Tuesday afternoon painting class is closed in August but is looking forward to meeting again in September.

Wednesday morning is for china painting, with some great pieces being produced. Wednesday afternoons includes Pinochle. Blood pressure is measured by the friendly firemen on Thursday mornings. Friday includes crafts and tea in the afternoons and also ladies’ pool.

Seniors are having a wonderful summer, so don’t miss out - enjoy yourself and enjoy our center.