1701 22nd Street
Anacortes, Washington 98221
(360) 293-7473
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
P U B L I S H E D b y t h e AN A C O R T E S S E N I O R AC T I VI T Y C E N T E R F O U N D AT I O N
Computers .......................... 9
Creative Expression .......... 10
Donations.......................... 17
April 2015
Open House for the
Building’s 20th Anniversary
We hope you will join us for a very special Open House on Saturday,
Health and Fitness ............ 7
April 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. The lovely building that our Center resides
in is 20 years old this month, and we are throwing a big “birthday
party” in its honor.
Intergenerational ............... 5
Week and after week, month after month, our Center building
Games and Recreation ..... 13
Language & Discussion .... 12
New .................................... 3
News and Notices ............ 4
Public Service Notices ...... 14
Services ............................ 13
Special Events ................. 2
Support Groups ................ 17
Trash Talk ........................ 3
Trips ................................. 5
Volunteers......................... 14
Wanted ............................. 16
is filled with many activities and programs — from creative arts to
health and fitness — from language and discussion to games and
entertainment. Over 50 activities, currently meeting at the Center,
will show off what they do through displays and demonstrations.
When you visit the many displays and demos, you will be eligible to
win one of several great door prizes.
The Open House will also feature
a celebratory program at 2:30 p.m.
honoring the many people in
Anacortes who have contributed to
our success. Enjoy great food from
Gere-A-Deli and music by Ben
Starner. Everyone is welcome to this
free event. Hope to see you!
Apr. 14
2-4 pm
Ice Cream Social
1701 22nd Street, Anacortes, WA 98221
Phone: 360-293-7473 Fax: 360-293-7834
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
20th Anniversary
Open House –
Save the Date
Nonprofit Status
The Anacortes Senior
Activity Center will be celebrating the 20th year being in
our present facility with an Open House on Saturday,
April 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be displays and
demos of our nearly 50 Center offerings, door prizes,
refreshments provided by Gere-A-Deli and music by Ben
Starner on piano. All welcome. Please plan to join us.
The Anacortes Senior Activity
Center Foundation holds 501(c)(3)
status. Donations to the Anacortes
Senior Activity Center Foundation are tax deductible
within the limits of the law.
Senior Activity Center Staff
Sally Hill, Coordinator
Lea DeVere, Assistant Coordinator
Carolyn McManus, Nutrition Site Manager
Easter Luncheon and Bonnet Contest
ASAC Foundation Board
Jim Eberhardt, President
Debbie Savoya Vice-President
Michele Pope, Secretary
Susan Chenoweth, Treasurer
Charlie Drake, Nancy Halton, Jane Hyde,
Erica Pickett, Barbara Smart, Gael Varsi
Meal Service
Lunch: Monday–Friday , 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$3.50-$5.50 suggested donation. No reservation necessary. Meals on Wheels: For homebound seniors. Hot
meals delivered Monday through Friday; frozen meals
available for the weekend. $3.50 suggested donation.
Volunteer Opportunities
Join the 150+ volunteers working at the
Center. Contact Sally Hill for more information.
The Anacortes Senior Activity Center Newsletter is
published monthly and is distributed free at the
Senior Activity Center and at a number of locations
in town, including the Chamber of Commerce,
Library, Senior Housing, and Island Hospital.
Writers: Sally Hill, Lea DeVere
Editor/Layout/Production: Lea DeVere
Distribution: Kathryn & Lou D’Amelio, Leslie Krous,
Marji Odekirk, Elaine Oliphant, Lorraine Patmore,
George Strickert
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
Mark your calendars for the Easter Luncheon and
Bonnet Contest on Thursday, April 2. Don your best
bonnet or if you don’t have a bonnet, make one! We
will award prizes in a variety of categories, so be creative!
Entertainment by Nick and Judy Nicholai, the Just In
Time Duo, will begin at 11 a.m. The Bonnet Contest
will be at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon.
luncheon. The menu will include:
 Baked Sliced Ham
 Scalloped Potatoes
 Asparagus
 Strawberry Feta Salad
 Roll
 Decadent Dessert
Volunteer Appreciation Ice Cream Social
Join other Center volunteers and friends for a delightful
ice cream social on Tuesday, April 14, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Entertainment will be provided by Elliot Hofferth, an
Anacortes high-school student who has been performing
as a magician most of his life.
You don’t need to be a
volunteer to attend. Just join
us in honoring all of the
volunteers who make this
Center great! Please RSVP at
the Reception Desk or call the
Center at 293-7473.
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Ukulele Concert
and Workshop
On Friday, April 24,
Vancouver BC entertainer
Ralph Shaw will be at the
Center for a ukulele
workshop and concert. The
workshop, open to advanced
beginners and intermediate players, will begin at
3 p.m. The workshop theme will be “Ralph Shaw’s
Ukulele Songshop - l960s.” Music from the likes of
Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Dusty Springfield, Burt
Bacharach, Frank and Nancy Sinatra provides the
material for this workshop. Every song is handpicked
as a means for learning a variety of techniques and
strumming styles. Ralph will perform for the general
public in a concert at 5 p.m. In the style of the British
Musical Hall, Ralph is a witty raconteur with an
infectious joy of performing. As a gifted songwriter his
songs bring characters and situations to life with
brilliant word play. Tickets are $25 for the workshop
and $10 for the concert.
Tales for a Lazy Afternoon – A Reading
On Wednesday, April 29, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. a panel
of local authors from Anacortes will read and discuss
their tales from the recently published Skagit Valley
Writers League Anthology, Tales For A Lazy Afternoon,
at this free event. The authors will discuss their stories
and answer questions from the audience after the
reading. Contact Vince Henley at 588-9209 or email
him at [email protected] for additional
Bake Sale
The Bake Sale will be back at the Center on Friday,
April 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come by and get your
fresh, delicious baked goods. Homemade by our many
faithful bakers, these goodies
bring much enjoyment as
well as needed funds to help
support the Center’s
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
Mother’s Day Luncheon
Join us in celebrating Mother’s Day at the annual
Mother’s Day Luncheon on Thursday, May 7. The
festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. It will be lots of fun! Lunch
will be served at noon. Reservations are required. Please
call or drop by the Center to reserve your place. The
regular suggested donation of for those 60+ is $3.50
to $5.50; all others $6.
Let’s Talk Lentils
(And Eat Some Too),
Wednesday, April 29,
10 to 11:30 a.m.
See “Health and
Fitness” page 8.
Watercolor Batik:
Wednesday, April 22,
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
See “Creative
Expression” page 10.
Reiki Level II Class:
Fridays, April 17 and April 24, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
See “Health and Fitness” page 8.
“Newkulele” Class: starting April 9 at 2:45 p.m.
See “Creative Expression” page 11.
Anacortes Eagle Eyes and Ears:
Tuesday, April 28, 1:30 to 3:30.
See “Health and Fitness” page 7.
Lunch and Learn: Tuesday, April 16,
from 12 to 2 p.m.
See “Health and Fitness” page 8.
Creative Writing:
Tuesdays, April 7 through June 16, 9 to 11 a.m.
See “Language and Discussion” page 12.
The Realities of Advanced Medical Interventions:
Wednesdays, April 15, at 1:30 p.m.
See “Health and Fitness” page 7.
Fiction Writer’s Seminar Extended:
Fridays, April 3 through May 22, 9 to 11 a.m.
See “Language and Discussion” page 12.
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Pathway Project
ASAC Foundation
By-Law Changes/Election
There has been a plan in mind for some time to
install an accessible pathway on the south side of
the building to connect the exterior door from the
kitchenette, the shed, and the walkway on the southwest
corner of the building. The intention is to have better
access for volunteers and others walking in this area as
well as a safe exit from the kitchenette in case of
The ASAC Foundation
Board will be voting on
changes to the existing
by-laws at the April board
meeting. If you are
interested in learning
more about the proposed
changes, ask for a copy in the office.
One of the main changes being proposed regards
the procedure for electing new members to the
board. If approved, voting will be held by mail and
you will need to be on the Center’s mailing list in
order to vote. Anyone can be on the Center’s
mailing list. If you are not already on the list, or
if you’re not sure if you are, ask at the Reception
Desk to add your name and address.
The Board’s Nominating Committee is charged
with coming up with a slate of candidates for the
June election. If you are interested in being a
candidate or learning more about the role of the
Board at the Center, contact Sally and she will
put you in touch with the Nominating
Fire Drills
The Center holds fire drills four times a year. The
next one will be on Monday, April 6, at 10:30 a.m.
Everyone in the building at that time will be notified
just before the drill begins.
Once the alarm sounds,
everyone must exit the
building immediately. The
drill will take less than 15
minutes from start to
finish. If you have any
questions or want more
information, talk to Sally.
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
We have been very fortunate that this project has been
chosen by a Leadership Skagit team as part of their
social outreach initiative. Nicknamed “Team Green
Lantern” for placing value in sustainability, the members
are Nate Biletnikov, Pam Davis, Kim Gray, Amy Moe,
Eric Petersen, and Tina Tate.
Working alongside the
Center’s Accessibility
Committee and
Center staff, Team Green
Lantern is putting together a
multi-phased plan and is raising
the funds to execute phase one.
The team has set the goal of
completing the project by the
end of April.
Additional phases to make improvements on the south
side of the building including possible plantings, seating,
lighting, etc.; these are still in the planning stage and do
not have a timeline as of yet. You may notice some
preparation of the area including the removal of three
trees. By the time we celebrate the 20th anniversary of
the building, the walkway is expected to be complete.
Thank you to Leadership Skagit for taking on this
Bridge Class Possibility
There is a possibility of a bridge class at the Center. If
you are interested in learning or just want to brush up
your skills, leave your name and phone number at the
Reception Desk. If there is enough interest to make a
class happen, you will be contacted.
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Come “Like” Us
on Facebook!
The Center’s Facebook
page has taken a big
boost in activity. It’s
newly fresh and fun,
with lots of photos and activity information. You
are invited to “like” us by visiting Anacortes Senior
Activity Center on Facebook. We hope you will check
it out!
Program Disclaimer
The Anacortes Senior Activity Center invites speakers
and organizations to present programs on a variety of
topics believed to be of interest and benefit to Center
participants. Such invitation does not constitute
endorsement or sponsorship of the presenter,
product or services represented. Those invited to offer
programs are advised not to see the presentation as an
opportunity for sale of a service or product.
Honorary and Memorial Gifts
A gift to the Anacortes Senior Activity Center is the
perfect way to honor the memory of a friend or loved
one and support the many wonderful programs and
activities at the Center. Once received, a personalized
note will be sent in your name to the honoree or
family member notifying them of your kind gesture.
All donations are tax-deductible. For more
information, contact Center Coordinator Sally Hill.
Load and Unload Only
We have a lovely covered area at our front entry for
folks or items to be dropped off or
picked up. This is also where the
Dial-A-Ride Bus loads and unloads.
If you must leave your car
unattended, even for just a few
minutes, let the volunteers at the
Reception Desk know. Please make
your stops at the entry brief. Your
cooperation will be appreciated.
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
Challenge Class Visits
Students from Island View Elementary School’s
Challenge class have renewed monthly visits to the
Center. This month they will visit on Wednesday, April
8, at 12 noon. If you would like to attend or if you have
any questions, please contact Sally Hill at 293-7473 or
stop in to see her.
Trips often fill up fast so be sure
to register early. Registration
forms are available at all Skagit
County Senior Centers. Please
pay with check or cash when
you register to hold your spot;
credit/debit cards are not accepted at this time.
Payment is non-refundable. Unless otherwise noted,
travel will be in Recreation Without Borders vans.
The departure times listed are for the Anacortes Center.
The vans will also make a stop at the Burlington Senior
Center. Bring money for food and purchases. Wear
weather appropriate clothing and comfortable sturdy,
walking shoes. And of course don't forget your camera!
Best of BC Garden Tour
British Columbia is well known for its exquisite gardens
and wondrous parks. On Tuesday, April 14, visit three
separate locations, each rich with amazing collections of
flowers and plants, quarry gardens, large arboretums
and more. The stops will include Queen Elizabeth Park,
the Bloedel Conservatory and the Van Dusen Botanical
Garden. Time will also be set aside to enjoy a delicious
no-host lunch at either the Shaughnessy Restaurant or
the Truffles Café at Van Dusen. Bring money for food
and purchases. Note: Proof of citizenship (valid
passport, DMV enhanced approved driver’s license or
NEXUS card) is required to cross the border. Leave
Anacortes at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. The cost is
$67. Register by Wednesday, April 8.
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Museum of History and Industry and
Dinner at Portfolio Restaurant
You requested it
so here it is! On
Tuesday and
Wednesday, April
28 and April 29, head to Whistler, BC … home of
endless beauty, snow-capped mountains, miles of
trails and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Depart Tuesday
morning and travel up the breathtakingly beautiful Sea
to Sky Highway. The first stop will be Shannon Falls
Provincial Park, home of BC’s third largest waterfalls.
After a quick break and a few photo ops, continue
onto the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in
The final stop of the day is Whistler Village.
Accommodations at the Hilton Whistler Resort and
Spa are centrally located with amazing views, lovely
rooms and all the amenities you could ask for. On
Wednesday explore the local shops, galleries, trails,
restaurants, etc. before departing for the Squamish
Lil’wat Cultural Centre and Museum where you
will enjoy a drum and song ceremony, a fantastic
documentary film, a private tour, traditional crafts
and a no-host lunch.
It’s All About the Tea!
On the leisurely drive home you will visit Horseshoe
Bay before arriving at the border. A complete supplies
list and itinerary will be available upon registration.
Please note: Proof of citizenship (current passport,
DMV enhanced driver’s license or NEXUS card) is
required to cross the border. Leave Anacortes at 8 a.m.
on Tuesday, April 28,
and return at 8 p.m.
on Wednesday, April
29. The cost is $295
double occupancy.
Single occupancy is
available for an
additional charge.
Register by Thursday, April 2.
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
On Thursday, May 7, visit the exciting Museum of
History and Industry located on South Lake Union in
Seattle. MOHAI has grown to become the largest private
heritage organization in the state by collecting,
preserving, and presenting the rich history of the Pacific
Northwest. After exploring the three full floors of special
and permanent exhibits, visit the Seattle Art Institute’s
award-winning Portfolio Restaurant for dinner for an
exquisite three course prix dinner created by some of the
world’s future great chefs in training while enjoying
stunning views of Seattle, Elliot Bay and the Olympic
Mountains. Leave Anacortes at 2 p.m. and return at
9 p.m. The cost is $84 and includes dinner. Bring
money for beverages, gratuities and any purchases.
Register by Friday, May 1.
On Friday, May 15, the first
stop will be at the Britannia
Shipyards National Historic
Site. Located on the south arm
of the Fraser River, it is an
authentic representation of a
once-thriving community of
canneries, boat yards, residences and stores. The site’s
Story of Tea tour is highlighted by sampling teas from all
around the world.
Then enjoy a no-host lunch and exploration in nearby
Steveston before heading off to the London Heritage
Farm. The farm includes over four acres of beautifully
landscaped lawn, the original 1888 fully-restored
farmhouse, herb, heritage and memorial rose gardens,
working barns, a museum, tea room and gift shop.
Following a private tour enjoy a delicious afternoon tea.
Leave Anacortes at 8 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m.
Register by Friday, May 8. The cost is $79 and includes
tea sampling and afternoon tea. Note: Proof of
citizenship (current passport, DMV enhanced driver's
license or NEXUS card) is required to cross the border.
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The Realities of
Advanced Medical Interventions
Anacortes Eagle Eyes
and Ears
Starting in April there will be a
new program at the Center
called Eagle Eyes and Ears. This
will happen on the last Tuesday
of every month from 1:30 to
2:30 p.m. Eagle Eyes and Ears
will focus on presentation about problems with eyes
and ears and adaptations that may help people deal
with these problems. The first program will be on April
28 and will feature a program on Guide Dogs for the
Blind by Andy Arvidson. Andy is a Guide Dog User.
Come and find out how much independence you can
gain with the assistance of a nice warm companion.
Seated Wellness
Instructor Rita Yribar leads this gentle fitness program
that meets on Tuesdays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. It is
designed to work with each person’s individual range of
movement and focuses on breath, stretch, and stress
reduction. The cost is $2 per class.
Wellness Day: End-of-Life Documents
On Tuesday, April 28, at 9:30 a.m. (note the change of
time) there will be a practical, hands-on seminar about
preparing end-of-life documents. You will be guided
through the process of documenting your wishes about
the kind of medical care you do or do not want at the
end of life. You will leave with a completed
Compassion and Choices of Washington Advance
Directive, which combines
a Living Will and a Durable
Power of Attorney for Health
Care into one document.
and Choices of Washington’s
Advance Directive was created
by a panel of medical and legal
experts. Sign up in advance.
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
In this age of ever advancing medical technology it is
difficult to stay “up to date” on the latest strategies to
keep us well and thriving. This presentation on
Wednesday, April 15, at 1 p.m. explains, in frank
terms, advanced medical interventions such as CPR,
mechanical ventilation and dialysis. Actual short and
long term outcomes for patients will be discussed.
During the presentation, the audience will see some of
the actual equipment used. This is an interactive
session, allowing time for questions and dialogue.
Presenters Cathy (BSN RN) and Maureen (RN) work
in an Intensive Care Unit where patients typically
require full or partial life sustaining measures. They
will present in layperson’s terms the realities of what
these often heroic
advanced medical
interventions mean to
the average person and
their families.
Strength and
Balance Classes
Join personal trainer
Jennifer Beemer of
Inspire!Fitness for this
moderately-paced class
suitable for every fitness level on Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
Build and maintain the strength and skills you need to
keep up with your favorite activities. Using a number
of tools and movement drills, Jennifer will help you
improve strength and balance in a functional approach
and have a great time! The cost is $3 per class or $25
for a 10-class punch card. If you qualify for Silver
Sneakers, the class is free. Bring your card. For more
information, call Jennifer at (360) 333-4048.
Blood Pressure Checks
Elaine Oliphant does free blood pressure checks on
the last Tuesday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.
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Let's Talk Lentils
(and Eat Some Too!)
Zumba Gold Classes
On-going Zumba classes are held on Fridays from
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Zumba is a dance fitness program
created by Colombian dancer and choreographer
Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s. It involves
dance and aerobic elements and its choreography
incorporates samba, salsa, merengue, mambo and
martial arts. Zumba Gold is designed especially for
seniors or others with limitations. The class is led by
Jennifer Beemer of Inspire!Fitness who also leads
Zumba gold classes in La Conner and at the Burlington
Senior Center. For folks 60 and older, the drop-in fee is
$3 ($5 for those under 60). You can also purchase a
10-class punch card for $25. Good for all drop in
classes offered by Inspire!Fitness, which now includes
four different locations. Pay the instructor at the class.
If you qualify for Silver
Sneakers, the class is
free. Bring your card.
The first Fit Foods class will
be held on Wednesday,
April 29, from 10 to 11:30
a.m. Jackie Davison,
Cooking Instructor/Owner of Potluck Kitchen Studio
will explain to you why you should give lentils another
look. They are high in antioxidant activity and soluble
fiber, but don't just eat them for their nutritional
value. Enjoy their taste, their ability to be cooked
quickly, and their ease on your wallet. In this class,
students will get three different taste-tested lentil soup
recipes, and watch one being made in a manner that
optimizes nutritional benefits. Generous soup samples
will be served. Register at the Reception Desk and pay
the instructor $10 at the class. Contact Jackie at
(360) 393-2844 for more information.
Reiki Level II Class
Gentle Yoga
Rita Yribar and Heather Hovis will be doing a Reiki
Level II class on two consecutive Fridays, April 17 and
April 24, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Center. Level I
Reiki is a prerequisite for the class. To register and
for more information call 299-2128.
Lunch and Learn
The Gentry House, part of Skagit Adult Day Program,
is bringing Lunch and Learn to the Center. The first of
these educational luncheons will be on Thursday, April
30, from 12 to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided. There is
no cost for lunch or to attend. The topic will be health
related. Gentry House is a non-profit adult day
program, specializing in those suffering from a
dementia. It provides a comfortable environment,
exercises, lunch and
therapeutic activities in a
social group setting with
peers. For more information
and to RSVP contact Site
Director Melissa Snodgrass
Wold at 293-4466.
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
Instructor Kate Bowers’
gentle approach to yoga
uses modifications that are personalized to your needs.
It is great for beginners or those with limitations.
Classes will meet on Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
The current series runs through April 2. The next class
will begin on April 9 and will run through June 25. The
cost for each twelve-week series is $96. Late starters are
welcome and the fee will be prorated. Drop-ins are also
welcome ($10 per session). Kate’s schedule is subject to
change. Please call her at 766-4282 or email her at
[email protected] to confirm dates.
T’ai Chi Chih: Joy through Movement
Are you ready to feel stronger, happier and healthier?
Learn a simple moving meditation that boosts and
balances your energy’s life force. Enjoy knowing that
each time you practice you are rewarded. Classes are
held on Thursdays, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The next
session will be April 23 through May 14. The cost for
this four-week series is $60. For more information,
contact Joan Roulac, at (360) 376-6336 or email her at
[email protected]
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Reiki Healing Therapy
income” to use this service. This program targets
seniors who do not have dental insurance, but even
those with insurance are welcome. Those with
insurance will need to process their own claims.
Reiki practitioners Rita
Yribar, Heather Hovis and
Lea DeVere are available on
Wednesday afternoon for
15-minute Reiki therapy
appointments from 1 to 3:15
p.m. Reiki is complementary to traditional medicine
and supports peace of mind and body. It nurtures on
physical, emotional and mental levels and makes
natural healing easily accessible. You might find, for
example, that having a practitioner place hands on
your head may help ease your pain when you have a
headache. For more information on Reiki, go to Sign up for an
appointment at the Reception Desk or call 293-7473.
Donations of $5 are suggested.
Senior Hike: Double Watershed
Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, April 10 for a
tour of the Double Watershed. Learn the difference
between a wetland and a watershed. This gentle, one
mile hike passes three distinct wetlands and through
two watersheds. You will come to know the qualities
of a marsh, swamp, bog, and fen. Enjoy this excellent
birding opportunity. Meet at the end of 32nd St. West
off of D Avenue at 10 a.m. For more information
Special Earth Day
Whistle Lake
Living Healthy with Chronic
Conditions Support Group
This support group is designed for those living with
chronic conditions such as pain, diabetes, Parkinson’s
and other challenges. The group normally meets on
the first and third Monday of each month from 12:30
to 1:30 p.m. This month’s meeting will be on April 6
and April 20. Contact Sheri Muntean, PhD, at 4205867 with questions. This group is designed to allow
people to support one another as they share their
healthy living goals and strategies. It also serves as a
way for those who took the Living a Healthy Life class
to continue their goal-setting and progress.
Join the Friends of the Forest
on Wednesday, April 22, for
an Earth Day gathering in
the beautiful Whistle Lake
area of the ACFL. Learn about the history of
the day and the community forest lands and the
important role you can play in taking care of
Anacortes’ community forest in perpetuity. An early
spring means lovely wildflowers and great company.
Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking lot at 10 a.m. All
ages welcome. For more information visit
Low Cost Dental Hygiene Care
The Center offers a dental
hygiene program held on
the last Tuesday of each
month. This month’s clinic
will be on April 28. Ask for
an application packet at the
Reception Desk and
register. You will be called
to set up an appointment.
You do not have to be “lowAnacortes Senior Activity Center
Computer Basics Class
Jan Essley will teach a basic computer class on
Wednesday, April 15, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The
class will focus on file organization and moving files.
Laptops will be provided for your use in the class.
Sign up at the Reception Desk. There is a suggested
donation of $3 for the class.
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Computer Assistance
Watercolor Batik Workshop
Skilled volunteers are
available on a scheduled basis
in the Media Room to answer
your computer questions.
Appointments may be made
for Wednesdays and
Thursdays; drop-ins are
welcome on those days, but
those with appointments will
have priority. No appointment is necessary for the “dropin” clinic on Mondays and Tuesdays. Check the calendar
for the schedule. We want to thank our dedicated
volunteers Ken de Russy, Doug Johnson, Steve Anderson
and Jan Essley for all their time and skillful computer
assistance. Jan helps with both PC and Mac; Doug and
Ken focus on PC. All can help with tablets and phones.
This service is free. Please note that our computer
volunteers may occasionally have other commitments
so call the Center at 293-7473 before you come in.
On Wednesday April 22, from 9:30 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. join instructor Dee Doyle for a workshop
featuring watercolor batik. This process of reserving
whites and lights with alternating applications of
watercolors and wax on rice paper is a fun and creative
way to produce rich and unique watercolor paintings,
with little or no experience. All levels are welcome.
The cost of workshop is $70 per person, plus a $5
fee for some materials that will be shared by class.
Additional materials will need to be provided by
each student for individual use. Dee will provide an
initial photo reference for you to work from. You
may bring additional references for additional
batik paintings. Contact Dee for a supply list
at [email protected] or by phone at
Skype Computer Available
On Friday mornings in
April, from 9:30 a.m. to 12
noon, instructor Dee Doyle
will revisit color theory and
color’s role in the process of painting in watercolors.
The class will explore various palettes and color
schemes, ways to mix and use color, and how to
apply it. All skill levels welcome. Cost $15 a class.
Contact Dee Doyle for further information at
[email protected] or call her
at 630-0208.
Skype is set up on a laptop in the small consultation
room. If you are familiar with Skype and would like to
use it, feel free to do so. If you would like to learn to use
it, see one of the volunteers at the Drop-In Computer
Clinic for assistance. Help will be provided on a firstcome, first-served basis. The Skype computer room is also
used by other people, so if it is occupied, be sure and try
again at another time.
Acrylics Open Studio: Color Theory
Basket Weaving
Jane Hyde teaches basket making on the fourth Thursday
of every month from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m. This month the class
will be Thursday, April 23.
Call Jane at (360) 661-7477 for
more information. Class size is
limited; call Jane to sign up in
advance and for more
information on the basket she
will be teaching.
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
Watercolor Open
Studio: Color Theory
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On Monday mornings in April, from 9:30 a.m. to
12 noon, instructor Dee Doyle will revisit color theory
and color’s role in the process of painting with acrylics.
We will be exploring various palettes and color
schemes, ways to mix and use color, and how to apply
it. Classes begin at 9:30 am and end at noon. All skill
levels welcome. Cost $15 a class. Contact Dee Doyle
for further information at [email protected] or
call her at 630-0208.
APRIL 2015
Mosaic Art Workshop
“Newkulele” Class
An on-going mosaic art
workshop is held at the Center
on Wednesday mornings from
9:30 to 12 noon, except for the
second Wednesday of each
month. There will be no instruction given, but all
participants are welcome to work on their projects,
trade glass and share ideas with other workshop
participants. All previous mosaic students are welcome
to come. There is no charge.
Beginner ukulele-ists can join instructor Linda
Zielinski on Thursday, April 9, at 2:45 p.m. for the
first of 22 ukulele classes, which will run through
September 17. The series will be repeated starting
October 1. Linda will cover ukulele basics and types;
at least three chord families and plenty of songs in
each, playing and singing with a group, strums and
simple picking, changing strings, introduction to 12
bar blues and chords “up the neck,” home practice
strategies and exploring opportunities for further
study. Bring ukulele, music stand, pencil and a binder
to contain downloaded material from Linda’s weekly
email. Email Linda at [email protected] to enroll
or for questions. There is no charge for the class.
Artists Northwest
Artists Northwest meets at the Center on the third
Thursday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The
next meeting will be on Thursday, April 16. This
organization is dedicated to fostering fellowship and
education among artists of all levels using various
mediums. Members come together to share experiences
and knowledge in artistic endeavors. They promote
and share new ideas and techniques to grow and
stimulate creativity. This group of artists occasionally
paints as a group, either inside or outside. Call Sharon
at 588-1848 or Jerlyn at 299-1210 for more
Miracle of Art
This informal art appreciation class, conducted by Lou
D’Amelio, is held on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
The class started in 1989 by Dr. Susanne Baker, whose
art work is seen each month in the Center’s newsletter.
The first part of the class consists of a discussion on a
selected art-related topic which changes weekly. There
is also a show-and-tell during which participants may
raise any art-related topic for
discussion. The discussions
are followed by showing
DVDs on art by professors
of art history. Currently the
class is following lectures on
Masterworks of American Art
by Professor William Kloss.
All are welcome to attend.
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
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Ukulele Enthusiasts Welcome
The Senior Ukulele
Ensemble, led by Richard
Mitlyng and Linda’s Uke Jam,
led by Linda Zielinski meet at
the Center on alternating
Thursdays 1:30 p.m. to 3:00
p.m. Ukulele enthusiasts are
welcome to join in with either
or both groups. Ask to be
added to the email list for each group and you will
receive music material in advance.
For Linda’s Uke Jam, contact Linda at
[email protected] For the Senior Ukulele
Ensemble, contact Richard at [email protected]
There is no charge to participate and all levels are
welcome to join in the fun. In fact, come even if you
don’t play; it is fun to just listen in or sing along.
Piano Lessons
A beginning group meets on Wednesdays from 3:10
to 3:55 p.m. The class will cover music reading, finger
strengthening and familiar tunes. Come join the fun!
The cost is $15 for each class. Call Sally Kirk at
856-4938 to sign up.
APRIL 2015
Cultured Palette
Creative Writing Spring Quarter
The Cultured Palette is
a group of eclectic
local artists who live in
or near Anacortes and
gather to paint
together on Friday
afternoons at 12:30 p.m. There will be no formal
instruction, but there will occasionally be instruction in
the form of DVD or workshop. The group varies in skill
level, chosen media (water-based or pastel), subject
matter, and artistic style. All skill levels are invited to
come and paint. Call Beryle at 293-8538, Joyce at
293-6241 or Betty at 293-4450 for information.
Work within a community of writers to move your
writing to a new place in Susan Lavell Warm's Creative
Writing class held on Tuesdays, April 7 to June 16, from
9 to 11 a.m. In this session, you will focus on “Short
Fiction.” All writers are welcome to attend, and class
assignments will explore how to break down ideas and
inspiration into workable parts by using many writing
approaches. An atmosphere of friendly affirmation
allows you to share ideas and build self-confidence. The
class is open to all ages and costs $90. Registration forms
are available at the Reception Desk or at any Skagit
Valley College campus. Partial scholarships are available
— please contact Susan at 630-3182 to learn more.
Creative Circle
Fidalgo Book Group
Join with other creative folks at the Creative Circle every
Monday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Some of the projects
people work on include beading, felting, jewelry making,
polymer clay, egg art and more. Join us for three hours,
meet new people and get your projects done. There is no
cost. Just bring your projects and join in.
The group normally meets on the
first Thursday of each month at
9:30 a.m. For the April 2
meeting, the featured book will
be Cork Boat by John Pollack.
John had an idea since he was a
boy to build a cork board. Years
later he set about the task with determination,
imagination and humor – and succeeds! Everyone is
welcome to join this friendly and interesting group of
Fiction Writer’s Seminar Extended
The Fiction Writer’s Seminar has been extended and
will be held again on Fridays, April 3 through May 22,
from 9 to 11 a.m. This seminar is for sufficiently
advanced writers who wish to create a long work of
fiction. New participants may join at the new time,
receive instruction, and have both in-session critique by
their peers and off-line critique by the seminar leader.
The seminar focuses on the art and craft of creating long
fictional works such as short stories, novellas or novels.
Each participant will complete a long work of fiction
during the seminar. Class fee
is a donation of $24 to the
Center. For more information,
contact Vince Henley at
[email protected] for
additional information. Sign
up and pay in advance at the
Reception Desk.
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
Sign Language Classes
You can help break the communication barrier between
the hearing and deaf communities. Visual Connections
is currently teaching American Sign Language on
Tuesdays and Fridays. The beginning class will be from
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and the intermediate class will meet
from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Beginners learn vocabulary, the
alphabet and numbers to 20, common phrases, how to
ask questions, and storytelling. Intermediate students
will focus on increasing speed on the alphabet, finger
spelling, and numbers and sentences. The classes are free
and all ages are welcome. If you have questions, email
Dawnstarr Pilcher or Pandora Aspelund at
[email protected] for more information.
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Coffee with Laurie
Solve Your Gardening Problems
Mayor Laurie Gere is
scheduled to be at the Center
on Wednesday, April 29, at
1:30 p.m. for an informal
coffee hour with citizens.
Everyone is invited.
WSU Skagit County Master Gardener Plant
Diagnostic Clinics are held at the Anacortes Senior
Activity Center from April through September on
Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at the WSU
Extension office in Mount Vernon from April
through October on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. There will be Master Gardener volunteers
available at both clinics to help solve your gardening
questions. Plant and insect identification, unhealthy
plant diagnosis, lawn and gardening challenges can
be resolved with research-based information and
Flyswatter Volleyball
Come and join in the fun. Flyswatter volleyball games
are held regularly on the first and third Wednesday from
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. There are sure to be lots of laughs
and memorable moments! If you would like to arrange
for play at another date and time, see Sally for
Game Time!
Bridge: Mondays at 12:30 p.m.
Chess: Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.
Cribbage: Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.
Double Deck Pinochle: Wednesdays at12: 30 p.m.
Mah Jongg: Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Mexican Train: Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
Partner Bridge: Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.
Pinochle: Fridays at 12:30 p.m.
Scrabble: Mondays at 12:30 p.m.
Haircuts with Marianne Meyer
Marianne, who owned La Conner’s Mane Event for
25 years, comes to the Center once a month on the last
Monday morning of every
month from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. This month Marianne will
be at the Center on April 27.
The cost is $10 and you must
schedule an appointment in
advance. Call 293-7473 or make
your appointment in person at
the Reception Desk.
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
Chair Massage
Relax and ease those aches
and pains each Tuesday
from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Carol
Park offers a 15-minute chair
massage. The cost for seniors
age 60 and older is $10/15 minutes; all others
$15/15 minutes. To make an appointment, call the
Senior Activity Center at 293-7473. This service is
sponsored by Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center.
Anacortes Senior Activity Center Lunch
Delicious, well-balanced hot lunches are served each
weekday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu is
available online at or in the
newsletter. In addition to the listed menu items,
soup and salad are served most days. The suggested
donation for seniors 60+ is $3.50 to $5.50 per meal;
cost for non-seniors is $6.00 per meal. Reservations
are not required. For more information, call 2937473. The same menu is also delivered to
homebound seniors. Contact Kelli at 419-3467
for more information on Meals on Wheels.
Ensure Available at the Center
The Skagit County Senior Nutrition Program offers
liquid meal supplements (Ensure Plus) to seniors on
a suggested donation basis of $30. To qualify, you
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Ensure Available at the Center (continued)
Volunteer Services Needs Your Help
To be 60 years of age or older
 To live in Skagit County
 To have a prescription from
your physician or registered
dietician (a new prescription
will be needed every 6 months)
There are a variety of flavors
available. Contact Carolyn in the
kitchen at the Center if you have any questions or to
arrange pick up of your cases of Ensure.
The Volunteer Services Program provides assistance to
seniors and disabled adults so they may remain living
independently in their own homes. Volunteers assist
with housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping and
errands, yard work, minor household repairs, moving
assistance and more. Currently there is a special need
for volunteers to provide transportation. Drivers receive
mileage reimbursement and secondary insurance. If you
are interested in helping, please contact the program
staff at 416-7585.
Take Care of Your Feet
Advocates Make a Difference
Foot care will be available most Mondays. Call the
Center at 293-7473 to make an appointment. The
gentle and experienced staff of Catholic Community
Services provides the foot care. The cost is $20. Please
remember to bring a small towel. Hand care is available
also for $6.
Volunteer advocates bridge the gap between our
community and the residents of long-term care facilities
like nursing homes, who may be isolated from the
mainstream of society. Long-Term Care Ombuds serve
as advocates, observers,
educators, planners,
mediators, listeners,
troubleshooters, facilitators
and peacemakers. Get the
satisfaction of helping to
assure the best quality of life
for the elderly. For training and information call Sandi
Everest, Northwest Regional Long-Term Care
Ombudsman, at (360) 421-1080. Many elderly
individuals in our home of Anacortes need someone
to listen when they speak, and speak for them when
they can't.
Lighthouse Memory Care Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to supplement our Memory
Care Program in the following ways:
 Reading Stories and Reminiscing with our residents
in a small group.
 Assist with Art Activity by helping residents express
themselves through drawing, painting and simple
Volunteers will need to complete an application and a
background check. Experience with individuals with
dementia plus patience, understanding and a healthy
sense of humor are a plus.
Preferred times are mornings
from 11 a.m. to 12 noon,
afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m.,
and evenings from 6:30 to
7:30 p.m. Contact Barbie,
Activity Director, or Christy,
Program Manager at 399-7263
or [email protected]
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
Free Appliances from PSE
Puget Sound Energy has a program to replace, free of
charge, refrigerators older than 1992 or washers older
than 1997. The clothes washer must be connected to an
electric hot water heater and be used in conjunction
with an electric dryer. Watch for a flyer in your next
PSE utility bill with information on how to apply for the
program. For more information, contact Erica Pickett at
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Free Income Tax Preparation
Aging and Disability Resources
The Anacortes Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
program will once again be
offering free federal income tax
preparation for low and middle
income households in the
community. Assistants will
prepare and eFile your return,
and they can answer your questions about taxes. About
six hundred returns were prepared last year. The service
will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. at the Anacortes First Baptist Church at 2717 J
Avenue, will continue through April 15.
Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) helps people
who are age 60 and older, people with disabilities, and
family members access a wide variety of community
resources, information, services and programs since
1978. ADR provides confidential services free of
charge and can help you find the information and
programs that meet your individual needs. ADR
specialists work with you over the phone or in person
by appointment between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday in the ADR office, or if necessary, in
your home. Please call 428-1301 or e-mail
[email protected]
Anacortes Senior College
Twelve classes will be offered for spring term by
Anacortes Senior College. Classes begin on Tuesday,
April 14, and continue through Thursday, May 21.
Afternoon classes meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and
evening classes meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the
Anacortes Middle School.
Tuesday afternoon classes:
 Introduction to Spanish, 6 weeks, Yadi Young
 Interpersonal Communications, 6 weeks,
Dr. Robert Dionne
 Debunk Food Fads, 3 weeks, Patricia Downing
 History of Metals, 3 weeks, Jim Strong
Thursday afternoon classes:
 Baroque Chorals, 6 weeks, Roupen Shakarian
 Economic Policies, 6 weeks, Dr. Michael Newbrough
 NW Garden Pests, 6 weeks, Dr. Robert Gara
 Statistical Reasoning, 6 weeks, Dr. Bill Kaigh
Thursday evening classes:
 French Songs, 6 weeks, Susan Redd
 Investment Planning, 3 weeks, Thor McIlrath
 Jazz Appreciation, 3 weeks, Todd Anderson
 Jordan River History, 3
weeks, Dr. Douglas Clark
Six-week classes are $30; threeweek classes are $20. For more
information on courses,
instructor bio’s, and a
registration form, visit
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
Hearing Aid Loans
This service is for all seniors
and people with disabilities
who live in Washington
State. Assistive Technology
Loans, provided by the
Washington Assistive
Technology Foundation,
provides loans ranging from
$250 to $10,000 at very low
interest rates. Loans can be used for hearing aids, TTY
machines, pocket talkers, computers with specialized
software and hardware adaptations, flashing smoke
alarms and doorbells and vibrating alarms. There are
no upper or lower income limits for these loans.
Applicants need to show that they can repay the loan.
For more information, contact WATF at (206) 3285116, TTY 888-808-8942 or visit their website at
Free Medical Eye Exams
EyeCare America, a public service program of the
Foundation of the American Academy of
Ophthalmology matches seniors in need with
volunteer ophthalmologists who provide a medical eye
exam and up to one year of care at no out-of-pocket
cost to the patient. To find out if you or your loved
ones qualify for this program, visit
(The online application does not request financial
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All in the Same Boat:
Anacortes in the
Great Depression
One-on-One Medical Insurance Help
Too grim for an exhibit, you
say? Actually, the topic of the
newest Anacortes Museum
exhibit is surprisingly
uplifting. In Anacortes, no one had any money, but
everyone was in the same boat, so people looked out for
each other. They bartered and traded, gave what they
could, organized fundraisers, and founded workers’
co-ops. New Deal programs put men to work building
streets and parks — such as Deception Pass State Park —
and creating works of art that we still enjoy today. There
were festivals and parades, dances and football games,
movies — with sound! — clubs and gatherings. The
exhibit can be seen Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. at the Anacortes
Museum, located at 1305 8th Street.
Writers Guild
Fidalgo Island Writers Guild welcomes writers, editors,
reviewers, and avid readers of all levels from Skagit and
San Juan Island Counties. Please join us in the process
and share your input on what you would like to see come
from Island Writers and what part you would like to
play, if any. Great things, great fun, and group support!
Soroptimists Loan Health Equipment
Soroptimists International of Anacortes helps many in
the community who require medical equipment such as
wheelchairs, crutches and walkers. To be eligible, you
must be a resident living in the 98221 zip code of
Anacortes and Fidalgo Island. The club cannot loan
equipment to residents of nursing homes or care
facilities. The equipment is
available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
on Tuesdays and Fridays at the
Soroptimists Thrift Shop on
Third Street and O Avenue.
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors)
are available at Island Hospital Resource Center to
provide one-on-one health insurance information,
including Medicare and Extra Help. Call 299-4212
to schedule an appointment.
Help for Disabled at Sea-Tac Airport
TSA Cares provides assistance for individuals with
disabilities to navigate their way through Sea-Tac
Airport. Call a day or two ahead of your flight if
you have mobility issues. If mobility is not an issue,
you can request the assistance of a TSA Cares
representative from the TSA agent near Security.
If you do have concerns about mobility, call the
program’s toll free number (855-787-2227) a day or
two ahead of your flight to arrange curb-to-gate service.
Be sure to let them know if you have an assistance dog.
Yarn Needed
Your local “knittin’ lady” is in
need of yarn. Over the past
years she has knitted
hundreds of hats, scarves,
baby blankets and lap robes
for the Wounded Warriors at
Fort Lewis, infants and adults
in need at Omak Valley Hospital, returning Vets right
here in Skagit County, Homeless Shelters, Friendship
House, Salvation Army, along with the Island Hospital
and our own Anacortes Senior Activity Center. Please
bring your unwanted yarn to the Reception Desk and
Carolyn will stockpile it to be picked up.
Greeting Cards Wanted
We will happily accept your surplus greeting cards
to offer for sale at the Center. Birthday cards are
especially needed. Thank you for helping support the
Senior Activity Center.
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Donations Help
the Center -Thank You!
Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s
All donations made to
the Anacortes Senior
Activity Center are
much needed and
greatly appreciated.
Unless given for a specific use, donations are deposited
into the Anacortes Senior Activity Center Foundation
General Fund. The ASAC Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization and all donations are tax
deductible. Your support assists us in maintaining the
Center as a vibrant, wellness supportive, fun and
inspirational community center. With help from
donations, the Foundation provides for many things,
 Office Supplies,
 Postage, copy machine
 Staff support
 Kitchen supplies, coffee and tea
 Internet access and newsletter
 Furnishings & equipment
 Fundraising expenses and special projects
 Building and landscaping improvements
 And more!
The following are donations received
by the ASAC Foundation
recently from groups and
individuals. Thank you for
your generous support.
Ukulele group
Marian Rollin
 Constance Smith
 Sue Gallagher
 For the Pathway Project
 Robert and Kimberla Gray
 Fidalgo Island Rotary Foundation
 Anacortes Parks Foundation
Anacortes Senior Activity Center
Second and Third Monday, 1 p.m. Location:
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 Ninth Street.
Contact: Ann Giboney at 299-9569.
Mended Hearts Support Group
Meets the last Thursday of each month, 11 a.m.
Location: Island Hospital / Fidalgo Room. Contact:
Ollie Wilgress at 671-2208 or Dave Smith at 770-3519.
Skagit Widowed Support Services
For Grief Groups: Contact Terr Heuterman
at 336-3037.
 For Social Events including weekly lunches:
Contact Verna Pederson at 856-0860 or see SWSS
monthly newsletter at
Willis-Ekbom Disease (Restless Leg)
Support Group
Call for meeting dates. Location: Island Hospital /
Burrows Rooms. Contact: Charlotte at 293-7328.
Parkinson’s Support Group
Third Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Location: Island Hospital /
Burrows Rooms. Contact: Jerry Ramsey at 293-2185.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
Third Wednesday, 11 a.m. Location: Island Hospital /
Fidalgo Room. Contact: Carl Clinesmith at 299-3892.
Art Healing for Cancer Patients
First and third Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Location: Merle
Cancer Care Center at Island Hospital. Contact:
299-4200. Registration is required.
Grief Support Group
Every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. Location: Island
Hospital / Guemes Room. Contact: Doug Fakkema
at 202-1699.
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