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Senior News: Seniors should keep up with the times

We are all learning how to navigate this digital age, with its email addresses, numerous passwords, Facebook friends, and online banking.

Okay, not all of us. I know several folks who have resisted the temptation, and after spending hours trying to remember my passwords, they just may have the right idea.

But knowing that you can’t really turn back the hands of time, the Mid-Columbia Senior Center is trying to keep up with its own website at www.midcolumbiaseniorcenter.com.

If you have any questions about center activities, I would encourage you to visit it.

It is updated every week, usually by Wednesday morning, and has plenty of information including a Resource Guide for Older Adults, clues for the “Where in The Dalles is the Elevator” contest, plus the weekly newsletter.

I have to admit the site is not fancy, but like an old John Deere tractor, it gets the job done.

What do you get when you mix the band Barley Draught with an elevator on St. Patrick’s Day? Good music, great fun and over $1000 raised for the UpLifting Elevator Fund.

Thanks to the band for donating their time to rock the center with their high energy Irish music, and donating delicious Irish Soda Bread.

I also want to thank all the folks who helped make the evening such a success: Mary Murray, Kevin Ryan, Edna Chandler and Colleen Ballinger; Spookys, Papa Murphys and Pizza Hut.

Thanks also to Mark Powell at Clock Tower Ale for setting up the keg of Guinness Beer — because I didn’t have a clue.

After the rousing St. Patrick’s Day concert, I am looking forward to inviting “Barley Draught” back in the not too distant future to celebrate the addition of the new elevator.

The center is expanding its Creative Arts program by adding two new offerings this spring. The first is a Dynamic Drawing Class where you can learn how to draw or expand your knowledge of drawing.

Former university art professor, Joy Kloman, will teach old-master drawing techniques to create a lively composition. The cost is $50 for the four classes, plus $11 to purchase the supplies — available at the first class. The classes are on May 9, 23, 30 and June 6 from 1-3:30 p.m. downstairs at the center. To register call 541-296-4788.

The second offering is a Writer’s Tertulia. (Tertulia is a Spanish word meaning an informal gathering to talk about common interests.) In this forum, you will have a chance to explore a variety of writing experiences: stories from your life, short fictional stories, Haiku and poetry, chapbooks and 10-minute plays.

So whether you have been writing all your life, have always wanted to write or just want to explore a new talent, consider joining the tertulia. It will be facilitated by Robert Griswold and takes place downstairs at the Center on Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. starting April 4.

A quick reminder: the speaker for the 11 a.m. Tuesday Lecture on April 1 will be Taylor Haag from GREEN HOME Construction discussing the advantages of weatherizing your home.

I’ve upped the difficulty for the center’s April 1 music announcement. See if you can decipher it. .

Ereht si cisum ta eht Retnec yreve Yadseut morf 7- 9:00 p.m. Dna no Lirpa ts1, Eht Yrrebwarts Niatnuom Dnab lliw eb gnimrofrep. Dna sa a laiceps taert rof siht laiceps yad, Erdna lliw eb gniwohs rehtona edis fo sih lacisum stnelat yb gniyalp a edulerp, na edute dna neht na edutrenni rof eht lacissalc ratiug. Dna rebmemer enoyreve si emoclew dna snoitanod era syawla detaicerppa.

The brother and sister in the popular reading primers of the 40’s and 50’s were Dick and Jane along with their dog “See Spot run.” (And the winner of a Cherry Festival Breakfast is Gwenna McCarger.)

If you are sports fan, you know we are in the midst of basketball’s March Madness. So this week’s “Remember When” question is from the NCAA Basketball Championships long, long ago. From 1962 through 1964, Oregon State University played in the NCAA Basketball Tournament making it to the final four in 1963. Who was the OSU coach? And for bonus points who, according to Wikipedia, was the top scorer of the 1963 tournament? E-mail your answers to mcseniorcenter@

gmail.com, call 541-296-4788 or send your answers with two OSU 2014-2015 basketball season tickets.

Well, it has been another week enjoying the slow slide towards spring. Until we meet again, live without fear and with imagination.

“Children are often spoiled because no one will spank Grandma.” Seen on a wooden sign in The Breezeway Antiques and Gifts store on 2nd Street in The Dalles.

Menu

Wednesday (26) Meatloaf and Gravy

Thursday (27) Chicken Cordon Bleu

Friday (28) BBQ Chicken

Monday (31) Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday (1) Chicken and Dumplings

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