YoungAt Heart

Published on Thu, Sep 13, 2007 by JoAn Newby

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Young At Heart

By JoAn Newby

Now that the lazy days (or were they busy days) of summer are about to leave us, with autumn coming in before too long, we are looking forward to new and renewed programs here at the Blaine senior center.

Center hires new director

The Blaine senior activity center now has a new manager, and also a new activity director. Cam Oliver, who was the coordinator, is now at the Bellingham Senior Center. He returned August 27 and introduced us to Barbara Fisher, his replacement for the center.

Barbara is new to Washington state. She moved here from San Diego when her fiancee was transferred to Washington to work with the U. S. Customs and Border Protection department.

She has worked in the auditor’s office in the county courthouse as a recording clerk before her transition to Whatcom County. She comes with 10 year’s experience working in nursing facilities, and she is excited to be a part of creating a warm social environment for the seniors in the community.

She believes that the center is unique in that it serves all seniors through either the nutrition program, classes, games, exercise programs and fitness equipment or just plain visiting or reading.

New activity director

Our new activity director is Sheila Clemens, who has been our prep cook. We welcome both Barbara and Sheila to our staff, and look forward to the renewal of programs, which have been laid aside during the summer and some new programs and activities as well. One activity of the summer was to share in the community garden, those veggies look delicious!

Cancer support groups

The cancer support groups meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. This is a friendly support group for those whose lives have been affected by this problem.

Bowling, stretch classes

Also on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month the bowling for fun group meet at the Mt. Baker Lanes in Ferndale. They begin bowling at 2 p.m.

Stretch exercise class is Tuesdays and Thursday, at 9:30 a.m. The exercises are easy and fun so come give it a try. What a great warm-up for the strength exercise. There is a bible study group at 10:30 on Tuesday mornings.

Everyone is welcome to ponder over the book, which has influenced the world so greatly. Tuesday afternoon painting group meets at 1 p.m.

Maxine Reynolds is especially eager to start beginner painters, so don’t be timid, just come. This group enjoys visiting, snacking, and music to stroke by.

China painters, writing classes

Wednesday mornings bring China painters, and they have really created some lovely pieces. They have a very good instructor who will gladly show you just how to do it and the fee is just for the cost of the materials.

Writing class resumed Wednesday, September 12 at 10 a.m. Everyone has a story to tell, so feel free to share your store with the group.

Discount hair cuts

Haircuts are on Wednesday, September 15 at 10 a.m. This is new at our center, service is provided by Susan Brush, a professional hairdresser. She will take donations for her services.

Line dancing, computer classes

Line dance and computer classes will resume in October. The theater group will meet on Fridays at 10 a.m. Come join Toni, Sheila, and the rest of the troupe and help put on some neat plays and skits. Want to learn to knit? Talk to Dolly Robb, she will be setting up some knitting classes.

Pancake breakfast this Saturday

Pancake breakfast will be on September 15, 8 to 11 a.m. Pancakes or French toast, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee are offered. It is only $4 for adults, and just $3 for children.

Arts and crafts bazaar

Homemade arts and crafts Christmas bazaar is planned for Saturday, November 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Anyone is welcome to buy a table for $25. Santa will be there with hot chocolate and cookies for the kids.

Children must be accompanied by a parent. A photographer will be there to take photos, which the parents can order. There will be a raffle, door prizes, and a deli lunch.

It looks like another great year for the center with its many activities. Come join us!