The look of retirement has changed over the last half-century. Today, many who reach retirement age want to keep working by finding a part-time “gig” for the personal satisfaction and additional income. The number of “gigsters” (older adults working part-time) is growing, particularly with the current high unemployment rate.

If you are willing to commit the time and the employer is willing to be flexible, it can be a win-win situation.

For example, CGCC is currently recruiting for part-time instructors, a perfect opportunity for qualified retirees. You can learn more by attending the Part-Time Instructor Job Fair on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at The Dalles Campus, Building 3. Alternatively, just visit

On the other hand, maybe you’d rather work for yourself as an in-home care worker or housesitter—or turn your hobby into a small business selling crafts at bazaars or on the website Etsy.

Whether you’re working part-time for an employer or yourself, being a “gigster” can be rewarding. It can keep you engaged and connected while bringing in a few extra dollars... as long as it doesn’t become a “real” job!

The Mid-Columbia Senior Center was rockin’ Friday night, with over ninety folks attending the “50’s, 60’s, and 70’s Dance Party”. We showed that older folks still know how to party—we just have to get to bed earlier now!

There were all generations on the dance floor, including several young adults from Dufur and Lucille Torgerson, the impromptu queen of the evening, with her escort Mike Ballinger. And everyone had a “groovy” good time.

But the evening would not have been possible without the vision and energy of Judy Merrill, Connie Krummrich, Widge Johnson, and master DJ Randy Haines, as well as Adie Jones, Cyndi Russell, Linda Jackson and everyone who donated finger foods.

I can’t forget the dance sponsors: The Springs at Mill Creek and Schultens Ford. And yes, we will do it again!

The Center’s February Celebration concludes with a dinner/auction fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 22, sponsored by The Springs at Mill Creek, Schultens Ford and Cousins Restaurant, who will be serving a Chicken Cordon Bleu dinner.

There will be some great auction items: A night at the Wildhorse Casino with dinner for two; a night’s stay at McMenamins Edgefield; Portland Trailblazer tickets; and 18 holes of golf at Chinook Winds. Tickets are $35, but we are only selling 100 of them. You can purchase yours at Klindt’s (only cash or checks accepted) or at the Center.

Also on our calendar, the Blue Zones Project is initiating a series of “Eat Wisely” events, starting with a Potluck Moai Lunch at the Center on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

A moai is a term used in Okinawa, Japan to describe a social support group engaged in a common activity while sharing stories, advice and life experiences. For the Potluck Moai bring a healthy dish to share. Then, over the next ten weeks, you can join a moai group of 5-9 persons meeting to share healthy meals and habits.

If you want to know more about cooking healthy foods, there will also be cooking demonstrations at the Center on the first and third Tuesdays of March and April. Call 541-288-4487 or email Amy Krol at with any questions.

We’re going to keep on a literary track for this week’s “Remember When,” but this time we’re taking the low road: What was the title of Jacqueline Susann’s first novel, published in 1966, which was panned by the critics but became the best-selling novel that year?

The mystery book has since sold more than 31 million copies in total, making it one of the best-selling works in publishing history. Email your answer to, leave a message at 541-296-4788, or return your answer written on a bottle of prescription barbiturates.

The 1962 book written by Rachel Carson that inspired the environmental movement is “Silent Spring.” I received correct answers from Carol Earl, Lee Kaseberg, Sandy Haechrel, Adie Jones, Ann Radford, Cheri Brent, Lana Tepfer, Jerry Phillips, Jeanne Pesicka, and Mary Haas, this week’s winner of a free quilt raffle ticket.

Well, it’s been another week keeping warm under the blankets. Until we meet again, you know you’re getting older when you begin telling a story with “I’ve probably told you this before, but...”

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”

—Carl Reiner


Thursday (14): Taco Casserole (Music by Tom Graff)

Friday (15): Roast Beef (Homemade Soup and Salad Bar)

Monday (18): Meatball Sandwich

Tuesday (19): Pork Roast (BIRTHDAY DINNER)

Wednesday (20): Meat Loaf (Homemade Soup and Salad Bar)

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