Young At Heart

Published on Wed, Feb 3, 2010 by JoAn Newby

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The Blaine Senior Activity Center has been enjoying the winter with an abundance  of indoor activities, good food and fellowship.  It has been wisely said that winter is the time for good food and warmth, and for the touch of a friendly hand.  The center is  all of this with many pleasant faces and friendly hands.

January brought us a pleasant mixture of rain and sunshine.   Now, February is swinging in, a kind of bridge between winter January and triumphant trumpeting March.  February, a mixture of nature’s hibernation and spring’s renewal.  Life is to renew, birds are to bring back their songs and flowers are to raise their heads in blooming brilliance.

February is to be celebrated.  The month is short, but filled with special days.

Celebrate each day of  February, make every day a holiday for every day is here for celebration.  Celebrate the beauty of the seasons and the wonder in our lives.  February is freedom month, revel in the wonder of America, and cherish our American freedom.  February is heart month, may our hearts be ever willing and strong.  

The Blaine Center is celebrating by some very special February events and classes in addition to the regular ongoing class and activities: Fridays and Saturdays AARP  Tax Assistance. call 332-8040 or come to the center to schedule the free service and pick up your packet of preparation information.

February 4: 12:30 p.m.Sing along with Trudi Norquist featuring old and new favorites, requests.

February 5: 1 p.m. Movie and popcorn  (Chariots of Fire). February 6, 13, and 27 at noon Saturday movies. Bring a sack lunch or snack, we’ll have popcorn. February 6 Chocolat (a great movie for Valentine’s day), February 13 Cool Runnings (a funny Winter Olympics story about a Jamaican bobsled team). February 27 Dance with the White Dog (a story about 50 year sweethearts).

February 6: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Chocolate gift giving. Learn techniques for molded chocolates, fudge varieties, and holiday treats. Participants will also make and take a gift bag for that special Valentine. $7. Includes all materials supplies, and handouts.  Instructor Lon Gardner has been a chocolate lover and gift giver for 30 years. Limited space, so sign up now.

February 11, 12, 18: 10:30 a.m. Beginning knitting class taught by Joni Bellanger. Knit a scarf and learn the basics of knitting. 

Or if you are stuck on a project, bring it with the directions and Joni will help. Bring size 13 needles and two balls of dollar store fuzzy yarn. Register by phone or in person at the Blaine Senior Center.

February  11: Noon. Sweetheart’s Day. Lucy Donaldson will sing some love songs, the Blaine Senior Center writing group will share short stories of sweethearts (others are welcome to share). Bring a picture or memento to share if you’d like.  Pictures with your sweetheart, (person, dog or cat) under our heart arch are $1 each.

February 15: President’s Day. Gym open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  No lunch.

February  17: 11 a.m.  Ron Cyr lineman video, Power line from Anchorage to Fairbanks

February 18: Noon. Guitar and Songs with John Haas, Water’s Edge Church pastor

February  19: 1 p.m. Movie and popcorn (Babe). Enjoy this movie in our new movie lounge!

February 20: 8 to 11 a.m. Pancake breakfast. Pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs and more.

February 23: 10 a.m. Cholesterol screening by appointment.

February 23: 10:30 a.m. Nutrition focus group led by Pam Relay nutrition program director. What kind of menus would people like?  What foods would people like to see included? Where they hope to see the nutrition program go in the next year.  How to increase participation in the program. Anyone can attend.

February 24: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Bingo with prizes sponsored by Meadow Greens!

February 25: Noon. In-home safety assessment - This presentation walks you through your home room by room giving advice on how to make your home the safest environment possible.  Learn how to help maintain your independence and remain in your own home.  Presented by Roxie Hunter Lean on Me at Home Care.

February 26: from 1:30 to 4 p.m. mud bottom cake and homemade ice cream class join Ron Snyder and Cathy Tagget in celebrating Ron’s birthday by learning to make this delicious chocolate cake and ice cream. Class is $5. Preregister.

February 26: 12:30 p.m. “Atherosclerosis and Aging Well by Dr. James Lohse, MD, a practicing vascular, general and trauma surgeon who will present information about vascular health and heart issues.