Happy 2011 everybody! Didn’t the 2010 year pass quickly? It just quickly and quietly slipped away, under cover of darkness, of course. Time, quietly marched on with no pause, no missing of a beat, so the old year went and a new year quietly has taken its place. Its memories of friendship and fellowship at the Blaine senior center, however, still lingers.
Arriving at the beginning of a new year gives time to think, to plan and to prepare for the adventures ahead. It brings a time to resolve, to feel the need to just do a little better. How are you doing with all your New Year’s resolutions? Well, don’t give up too quickly. There is much help at the center; plan to visit soon.
While walking in notice the activity, the bulletin boards, the calendar of activities, the friendly greetings, the informational bulletin boards, the beautiful decorations, the enticing needlework, and the wall display of paintings created by the painting class. And if your visit is on a Monday morning 9:30 to 10:30, you might observe the Tai Chi group. Everyone is welcome to join. Stay awhile, meet new friends and enjoy a delicious hot meal served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings visit the active pool room, and the well equipped weight-training room, which is just the thing for your preparation for a healthy new year. You may even try some bowling, Wii style. Be sure to stay for a friendly lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays you will have three options: (1) hot meal, (2) a ready-made dinner salad or (3) deli sandwich with salad. Tuesdays afternoons provide the opportunity to join a 1 p.m. painting class and begin painting your own personal masterpieces or painting keepsakes, or you may decide to play bridge in the in the well-stocked library.
On Tuesday, January 11, at 12:30 p.m., you can enjoy Ben Hickey Banjo and Vocals playing American folk music. On January 20 chase away the blues with Blues Day! Enjoy blues music at lunch with Andy “Badd Dog Koch” performing blues harmonica, piano and guitar. Wear your favorite blue outfit and be eligible for prizes at noon.
Tuesday, January 25 will bring Brian Lydiard, “The Money Man” from Edward Jones in Lynden. There will be info about fixed income CDs and ladders and answers to your money questions.
On another Tuesday the new strength-training class will begin on January 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. This class has a $60 fee and requires pre-registration and a doctor’s permission to participate. Be sure to get the needed forms in the office. The strength-training room is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for current center members who have completed the course.
Even more artistic experiences await you as you visit Wednesday mornings when a china painting class is in progress. Since the new year is an unwritten book ready for us to write out the story of our lives, the Wednesday morning 10 a.m. writing class is a great place to do just that. You will find inspiration, encouragement and assistance. Stick around and listen to some of their stories.
Be sure to stay to choose a refreshing lunch. On Wednesday afternoons you may play pinochle. Be sure to come on at 1 p.m. January 12 or 13 and learn more about newer cameras and photography by participating in an active photography group.
Surely you will want to come back on Thursdays, enjoy playing pool, or gain energy through the stretch exercises, do some more bowling, Wii style. Certainly you won’t want to miss the genealogy class at 10:30 a.m. and of course, you will want to have the friendly firemen measure your blood pressure, just before a delicious hot lunch to revive your energy. After lunch you should be ready to play bridge or maybe just visit or read or watch movies are usually shown on Fridays and Saturdays. The movie on Friday, January 7 is “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Legendary outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid display their gifts for perfect comedy timing and charisma as they pull off heist after heist.
Movie on Saturday, January 8 is “The National Treasure,” about modern treasure hunters led by archaeologist Ben Gates search for a chest of riches rumored to have been stashed away by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin during the Revolutionary War.
Friday, January 14, the movie is “The Snow Walker,” a survivalist movie adventure in which a cocky hotheaded bush pilot agrees to transport a critically ill Inuit woman to a hospital during a routine stop on a supply run.
Saturday, January 15, is the Pancake breakfast from 8 to 11. Pancakes, waffle or biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and OJ. Adults $6, kids $4.
Friday, January 21 is a screening of Earth, a Disney nature filmfueled by dazzling high-definition photography and stunning locations around the world.
On Friday, January 28, at 12:30 p.m. we will meet Joe Moser, a World War II fighter pilot in Buchenwald, as he tells his amazing story of capture, life in captivity and final release as the allies approached.
On Saturday, January 22, we will have still another movie with popcorn, “Extraordinary Measures.” This is a story of two young children who are diagnosed with a rare genetic disease.
The parent’s hopes are pinned on the work of an unconventional scientist.
On Sunday, January 22, plan for a class in making oil breads and a pizza class led by Ron Snyder. The fee is $10.
Have a wonderful healthy and happy New Year, everybody!