Young At Heart: September activities at the Blaine senior and activity center

Published on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 by JoAn Newby

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As usually is the case, August brought to the Blaine senior and activity center some truly wonderful events.

There was that gorgeous day at Hovander Park. Seniors from all over Whatcom County and beyond met and enjoyed meeting old friends along in the pleasant atmosphere there. The weather cooperated with just the right temperature and numerous vendors and their displays provided a great deal of valuable and interesting information. Those vendors also distributed many small gifts and chances for many larger prizes which were distributed later on after the super band music.

Yes, Elvis made his appearance at the August birthday lunch! We do want to see much more of Elvis. Mike Spinale did a great job as impersonator. A Fire and Life Safety for Seniors program was presented by Jim Bleecker, fire marshal of North Whatcom Fire & Rescue.

After a wonderful summer, we come to September and the winter months loom ahead of us. The Blaine Senior Activity Center right here in the center of Blaine has many new and old friends waiting to greet you. No need to stay home, enjoy friends, fun, fellowship and an opportunity to connect and care for others plus a nutritious meal. It is great to have an active, friendly center to help weather the coming winter chills.

An eye-popping supply of programs and activities are planned for September. Our continuing programs include China painting, stretch exercise, Bible studies, bridge, Pinochle, tea and crafts, and blood pressure checks.

Beginning Tai Chi classes will be on Mondays mornings from 9 to 9:30. New beginners are welcome. Regular Tai Chi will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. There will be a practice group of Tai Chi students meeting on Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., beginning September 10.

Stretch exercises continues to meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Bible Studies are planned for Tuesdays and Fridays.

The painting class will also be meeting again in September. The center features various works of art originating with this group. China painting will be Wednesday mornings.

Don is a great instructor who will gladly help you with individual projects. Come try your skills, they will be developed and before long you may become a total enthusiast!

The writing class begins again this September. This group meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Everybody has a story which needs to be written, and this group is ready and eager to help.

Thursday mornings bring pool, stretch exercise, Bocce, blood pressure checks, and the afternoons have strength training opportunities, and the evening has Pinochle.

New strength training class will start Tuesday, September 22, sign up now. There is a $60 fee due the first day of class. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m. A completed physician’s release form and current membership at the center is required. Come in advance and pick up your forms, they are due before the first class.

Blaine Senior Center open gym is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays except when classes are in session. Completion of a 10-week training class is required prior to any use of the gym regardless of previous experience.

There will be a new photography group, Thursday, September 10 at 1 p.m. Come join us if you have an interest in photography. This is a preliminary meeting to determine what people would like to learn in the group. Date and time for future meetings could change. The sign up sheet is at the front desk.

Some other important happenings include:

• Friday, September 11, nail care by appointment.

• Tuesday, September 15, noon, Advanced Audiology talk by Dr. Jayna Williams.

• Wednesday, September 16, 1 p.m. Movie will be “Mamma Mia.”

• Thursday, September 17, noon, birthday lunch with country music, yodeling and guitar with Al Ulrich.

• Thursday, September 24, noon, Amateur (or less) Hour.

• Tuesday, September 29, Picnic at Peace Arch Park, Bocce at 10:30 a.m., lunch at noon with the Old Time Fiddlers.

• Wednesday, September 30, 1 p.m. Movie will be “The Sound of Music.”

The center needs help naming the Blaine Senior Center cookbook that is now being compiled. Suggest a name, and if it is chosen by the cookbook committee, you will win a free one when they are printed. Come, bring the family. Most of all, enjoy life and the senior center!