Senior center packed with September events

Published on Wed, Sep 1, 2010 by By JoAn Newby

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September has arrived as well as the Blaine Senior Activity Center, with its fresh beginning.  Summer was beautiful, hopefully it will linger through as long as possible with more summer-like days, but maybe just a little cooler, and may it ever so gently bring us into autumn. 

We thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful Western Washington summer with Peace Arch  and Hovander Park picnics, Bocce ball, gardening and those interesting local tours of our community.  Our bustling fall season brings the renewal of exciting events and interesting classes. 

Tai Chi for Seniors will be on Mondays 9 to 9:45 a.m.  New students can join Tai  Chi on Sept. 20.   This is a simple set of eight movements, with warm-ups and breathing exercises, which can help with strength, balance, flexibility, mental focus, and joint health if practiced regularly, and is just right for beginners.

On Tuesdays men’s pool in our terrific pool room, there are cues and expert players who will help you learn. Also join Dolly Robb for the popular stretching class for standing or chair. It’s easy and fun!  

Learn to paint with Maxine. Her painting lessons have been successful in getting beginners started with oil paints. You might join the bridge club at 1 p.m.

Wednesday’s China painting is at 9 a.m., come and create beautiful china pieces with Don Richendrfer .  The writing class with Kay Dee Powell resumes September 15. The fun and lively Pinochle group meets in the library at 1 pm and the photography group meets September 8 and 22.

Thursday, a time for men to play pool, do stretch exercises at 9:30 a.m. and maybe play Bocce ball if weather cooperates.

At 10:30 a.m., a very interesting genealogy class with Sharon Neem will help you explore your family roots.  Friendly firemen take blood pressure at 11 a.m. Bridge at 1 p.m. or crafts and tea.  In the evening, at 6 p.m., pinochle meets in the library.

Ladies pool meets on Fridays at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 1: Bingo with prizes sponsored by The Pizza Factory

Friday, September 3, 12:30: Movie and popcorn, Food Inc.  Oscar nominated documentary which explores the food industry’s detrimental effects on our health and environment. Our nation’s food supply, controlled by a handful of corporations, often puts profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer and the safety of workers.  You will want to see this.

Saturday, September 4 and Monday, September 6: Center closed in observance of Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 7, 11 a.m.: Canning and Preserving information with update information on time and procedures-equipment-samples.

Friday, September 10, 12:30:  movie, Our Man in Havana.  This hilarious political farce earned a Golden Glove Best Comedy nomination in 1960.

Saturday, September 11, 12:30 p.m.: Movie and popcorn, Sweet Home Alabama. New York fashion designer Melanie Carmichael suddenly finds herself engaged to the city’s most eligible bachelor.

But Melanie’s past holds many secrets, including Jake, the redneck husband she married in high school, who refuses to divorce her. Bound and determined to end their contentious relationship once and for all, Melanie sneaks back home to Alabama to confront her past, only to discover that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can never take the South out of the girl.

Monday, September 13. 10 a. m.: board meeting.  Also Scrabble Night 5:30 p.m., bring a friend and your favorite snack.

Tuesday, September 14, Noon Program: Medicare 101 with Linda Williamson.

Wednesday, September 15, 12:30 p.m.: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,  adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time.

Saturday, September 18 8 to 11 a. m.: Pancake breakfast, with pancakes, waffles, or biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice.  This is a great breakfast, a chance for community fellowship and service, for $5 adults; $4 kids.

Thursday, Sept. 23  10:30 to 2. pm.  Picnic at Peach Arch Park featuring Matt Audette.  Come play Bocce ball, eat grilled hamburgers and enjoy listening to Matt, guitarist and vocalist performing classic country music.

Friday, September 24: AARP Driving class,  sign up for this class at the front desk. Lives may be depending on it.
Saturday, September 25. 12:30 p.m.: Movie and popcorn, Pride and Prejudice, retelling of Jane Austin’s novel set in 19th Century England.  

Mrs. Bennet is eager to marrying her daughters to prosperous gentlemen callers, especially when a wealthy bachelor moves nearby. Her headstrong daughter meets her match in Mr. Darcy, but misinterprets his honorable intentions and jeopardizes her chance at love.

Tuesday, September 28, noon: Whatcom Fire & Rescue with Fire Marshall Tom Fields. He always gives good advice and shares timely information for all.

Tuesday. September 28: The new strength training class beings, 2 p.m. This class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays for 10 weeks.

Wednesday, September 29 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.:  Bingo with prizes  Sponsored by Horseshoe Gifts/ Antiques/Coins.
Sign up at the desk for our annual amateur hour (or less).  Last year was lots of fun, so start practicing your instrument, singing, or whatever talent you are willing to share.

Saturday, October 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Remember to rent a table for the fall community rummage sale, here at your Blaine senior activity and community center.  $15 per table, 30  spots are available for a limited time. Have your sale indoors. Open to all.