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Senior news: ‘­Tis the season to show appreciation

With Thanksgiving becoming another shopping holiday — Black Friday morphing into Black Thursday — I have begun to appreciate the perspective that comes from having lived these many years.

I have also learned to appreciate all of life’s little things.

During the winter months of early sunsets and cold temperatures, the Mid-Columbia Senior Center is adjusting its hours for Saturday Night Bingo. Beginning Dec. 6, bingo will start two hours earlier at 4 p.m. and the doors will open at 2 p.m. for the early birds.

The Thursday Night Bingo will continue at their regular time of 6 p.m.

Most of you should have received a mailing asking you to become a member of the center. Now I know some of you may have been “confused” by such a request because, to paraphrase Bernard Baruch, you are at least 15 years from being “old.”

While you may not be “old,” and even though you haven’t been “new” for some time, we still would like you to become a member.

By joining the center you are contributing to the health of the entire community.

While the center’s focus is supporting older adults, it’s really a community center — open five and often six days a week. There are no age restrictions for any of the activities, including the medical equipment loan closet, AARP Tax Aide, Tuesday Night Music, bingo or any of the classes. So whether you are old, new or someplace in between, please consider becoming a member today.

After the Thanksgiving holiday, don’t forget the Habitat for Humanity’s annual Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the basement of the United Church of Christ Congregational Church. There will be local craft vendors, but even better, there will be delicious baked-goods for sale and their world famous homemade soup lunch.

For the center’s Tuesday Night music on Dec. 2, Andre, K.C. and Tom will be performing. Everyone is welcome and donations are appreciated to feed the band and keep the heat on.

Many folks had fond memories of the Dobre Deli — the delicatessen that opened in 1977 and was located on Fourth Street between the CAP Office and the Williams Building.

(And the winner of a free Saturday breakfast on Dec. 20 is Virgil Choate who remembers it was also common meeting place for The Dalles Windbaggers in their bright yellow sports jackets.)

The inspiration for this week’s “Remember When” question, came from a friend of mine who named her new pup after this actress, comedienne and musical performer.

Who starred in several movie musicals including Nellie in South Pacific as well as starred in several of her own television specials in the 60’s and 70’s? E-mail your answer to, call 541-296-4788 or mail with the lyrics to “I’m’ Going to Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”.

Well, it’s been another week, thankful that the rain was not snow. Until we meet again, as overheard at the center, “There is no shame in being old, but it can be a real bother.”

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie


Wednesday (26) Philly Beef with Sauté Onions and Mushrooms

Thursday (27) Closed

Friday (28) Closed

Monday (1) Meat Loaf

Tuesday (2) Baked Ham


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