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Senior News: September 22 is National Fall Prevention Day

Gary Grossman at BiCoastal Media reminded me that “Brevity is the soul of Clarity” (I wonder what he was trying to tell me?). But that is good advice — particularly this week when there is so much to mention. So let’s turn off the lights and get the show started.

This month’s Passport to Happiness event is on Wednesday, Sept. 18, starting at 3 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center.

The focus is on the many faces of elderly abuse: physical, financial and emotional. If you are a victim of abuse or know someone who may be, contact the Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) office (1-800-452-2333) or the Area Agency on Aging (541-298-4101) to report your concerns. I have referred several people to APD and they have been both discrete and respectful in their investigations.

In what has become an annual event, the TDHS class of ’63 (I am told the best TDHS class ever) is sponsoring the center’s September “Back to School” breakfast on the 21st.

Because of their warm appreciation for all the teachers who instructed, scolded and dragged them through high school, they will pay for breakfast for all current and retired teachers who want to enjoy a menu of Texas French Toast, sausage, and scrambled eggs. Otherwise breakfast is $5 and $4 for center members. Breakfast is served from 8-9:30 a.m.. which may be a little early for some classmates who will be “reunionizing” Friday night.

Watch your step! National Fall Prevention Day is Sunday, Sept. 22, the first day of the fall season. The 11 a.m. Tuesday Lecture at the center on Sept. 24 will include a lecture by MCMC officials on “Falls and Osteoporosis.”

No matter if you are a beginner or an experienced “hoofer” you are ivited to join the center's “Trilogy Dancers” who are in the process of re-forming for the 2013-2014 season. This group of women gathers each Thursday morning from 10-11:30 a.m. to enjoy fellowship and practice three types of dancing: tap, clog and line. And since Ardyce Edling has retired, there is an opportunity for a volunteer to lead the tap section.

The Creative Arts class led by Debra Jones is returning after a summer break. This fall there will be four individual classes beginning with Chinese watercolor on Thursday Sept. 24 from 1-2:30 p.m.. You will learn basic brush strokes and why this quiet reflective method of painting is more about connecting to nature and your inner self. All supplies are provided and the cost is $2. But there is only room for eight, so sign up now by calling the center at 541-296-4788.

The local Money Management Program is available to help anyone who needs assistance with their finances — from balancing a check book to bill paying and money coaching. If you know someone who needs help, or would like to volunteer, contact the Area Agency on Aging at 541-298-4101 ext 202.

David Lee shared with me a project he and others are working on at the Oregon Veterans Home. They hope to construct a garden adjacent to the facility that is worthy of the veterans who reside there. But to move forward, they must convince the Oregon Department of Veteran’s Affairs it is a viable project. So far they have the Master Gardeners designing the garden, but they need to show they have the necessary volunteers when it is time to construct the garden. If you would like to support the project by signing up as a volunteer, or would like more information, call Lee at 541-993-9862.

On Sept. 24, starting at 7 p.m., “For the Good Times” will be playing at the center for your dancing and listening enjoyment. All ages are welcome and the suggested donation is $2 per person and $3 per couple.

“Look” magazine was the bi-weekly general interest magazine published from 1937-1971that emphasized photographs more than articles. (And the winner of a “Back to School” Breakfast on the 21st is Alex Currie.)

This week’s “Remember When” question goes back to the days when doctors and even Santa Claus were used to sell cigarettes. First introduced on a pack of popular cigarettes in 1945, what do the letters L.S.M.F.T. stand for? E-mail your answers to mcseniorcenter@gmail.com, call 541-296-4788 or send it with a video clip of Eddie "Rochester" Anderson singing the praises of this cigarette on the Jack Benny show.

Well, it has been another week moving sideways while trying to decide which way is up. Until we meet again, as they used to say in the old west, “Poor is having to sell the horse to buy the saddle.”

menu

Wednesday (18) Baked Ham

Thursday (19) Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Friday (20) Philly Beef with Sautéed Onions and Mushrooms

Monday (23) Salisbury Steak

Tuesday (24) Pub Battered Fish

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