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                                                                                                              OREGON’S WINE COUNTRY
                                                                                                              by Lenora A. Hayman ............................................ 3
                                                                                                              Canadians Most Aware .......................................... 4
                                                                                                              WEIR MUIR’S STORYTIME
                                                                                                              Saturday Night On The Town ................................ 5
                                                                                                              A NEW CAREER
                                                                                                              Retired Lawyer an Author ..................................... 6
                                                                                                              MILDRED’S KITCHEN WINDOW
                                                                                                              The Final Trail Ride ............................................... 7
                                                                                                              ACCORDION TO DAN
                                                                                                              by Dan Propp ......................................................... 8
                                                                                                              STEAMBOAT STORIES
                                                                                                              Yesterday and Today .............................................. 9
                                                                                                              WHITE ROCK JAZZ SOCIETY
                                                                                                              by Dave Roper ..................................................... 10
                                                                                                              COZY CORNER
                                                                                                              by Janet Isherwood .............................................. 20
                                                                                                              ITALY’S COUNTRYSIDE
                                                                                                              by Chris Millikan ................................................ 22
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   WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON'S WINE COUNTRY                  wood and nicknamed Spruce Goose, although the wood
                                                             was birch not spruce. This Hercules is the most, colossal,
                                                             flying boat ever constructed with the largest wingspan of
                                                             any aircraft in the world. On Nov. 2nd, 1947 Howard
                                                             Hughes only flew this heavy transport flying boat once.
                                                             Apparently it was airborne at a speed of 217 km/hr (135
                                                             mph) at only 21 metres (70 ft) above the sea for just
                                                             1.6km (1 mile).
                                                                  Also on display was a replica of Orville and Wilbur
                                                             Wright's plane, Chiang Kai-shek's plane sprouting red
                                                             and white teeth on its nose and the Messerschmitt Bf109,
                                                             a German WW11 fighter aircraft which was the most
                                                             produced fighter aircraft in history but now only a few of
                                                             the 33,984 planes remain.
                                                                  Next stop was the French Prairie Gardens, 17673
                                                             French Prairie Rd. St. Paul in the Willamette Valley,
                                                                                                                            Huge pumpkin boats at Giant West Coast Pumpkin
                                                             owned by Farmer John, Farmer Eric and Grandma
                                                                                                                              Regatta, at the Lake of the Tualatin Commons,
                                                             Karren Pohlschneider. It was harvest season and while
                                                             eating honey crisp apples and huge chocolate chip cook-
                                                             ies from their farmers' market, families were introduced       the Lake at the Tualatin Commons. Entertainment
                                                             to farm life, riding on tractor-trailers piled high with       included children meeting Lori and Shannon Gregory's
   Black Walnut Inn Vineyards, Dundee, Oregon                haystacks or cheering at the pigtucky derby watching the       Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas, Roja and Smokey,
                                                             races of Duroc brown and Yorkshire white pigs.                 live music by Back Porch Revivals, a costume contest
    Article & photos by Lenora A. Hayman                          There is no sales tax in Oregon. In need of a little      and pumpkin golf.
    The Willamette Valley, Oregon's wine country, is         retail therapy, we therefore drove a further 8kms (5                At night, I futilely attempted to bowl a few calories
one of Oregon's major wine growing regions.                  miles), to dash through some of the 95 shops at the            off at the New Big Al's Beaverton, Bowling, Sports Bar
    The Black Walnut Inn and Vineyard, in Dundee,            Woodburn Company Stores, the largest tax-free outlet           and Arcade Mega-plex!
Yamhill County, Oregon, is owned by Karen, Neal and          centre in the west. If driving south from Portland, the             I do like the selling point of hotels offering not only
son Kris Utz, and is a one hour,72kms(45miles) drive         Woodburn Company Stores are located off 1-5 just 25            a complimentary buffet breakfast, but also free over-
from Portland and within a 20 minute drive to over 100       minutes away. Their glass- covered walkways in the             night parking. The Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites,
wineries and other sites. This upscale, beautiful bed and    Northwest architecture showcase Calvin Klein, Eddie            Portland South, Lake Oswego, certainly fit that bill.
breakfast, 9 suite Tuscan style inn has a spectacular view   Bauer, Levi's etc                                                   Our final morning culminated with a tour of the
over their 13-acre pinot noir vineyard After a stroll             I was pleased with the recommendation for our             winemaking process in the Ponzi wine cellars, followed
through the vineyard, Karol Kirby, the hotelier, arranged    evening meal at M & S Grill (McCormick & Schmick's             by a harvest luncheon of smoked chicken, roasted acorn
a catered Farm to Fork luncheon, with a salad tossed in      Grill), located at Bridgeport Village in Tigard. Photos of     squash, seared duck breast with lemon-blueberry com-
a poppy seed and hazel nut dressing, crusty bread roll       crayfish and other sea creatures hugged the walls and          pote and arugula, apple galette with brown butter ice-
sandwiches accompanied with an olive and radish tap-         beautiful lampshades created subdued lighting as we            cream and house-made caramel brittle with almonds and
enade, local Hotlips apple soda made exclusively from        dined on moist crab and shrimp cakes with orange fennel        chocolate. All paired, thanks to Winery Chef Gavin
Pacific Northwest apples, organic lemon juice sweet-         and watercress salad, excellent Dungeness crab bisque          Ledson and Winemaker Luisa Ponzi, with 2007 Ponzi
ened with cane sugar and '07 Black Walnut Single             with a tawny port reduction and a cedar roasted steelhead      Chardonnay Reserve and 2008 Ponzi Pinot Noir.
Vintage Pinot Noir.                                          salmon, a species of salmon native to the Pacific region.           Photos all by Lenora Hayman
    Fortified, we drove 64kms(40miles) south of              Landlocked steelheads are known as rainbow trout while
Portland, to McMinnville, and the Evergreen Aviation         the term steelhead is used for those that live in the ocean.
                               and Space Museum and          Both rainbow and steelhead trout of course return to
                               the Captain Michael King      where they originally hatched in order to spawn. Janet,
                               Smith         Educational     our waitress, suggested a bottle of King Estate Signature
                               Institute, which is dedi-     Pinot Gris for the table, whose grapefruit, green apple
                               cated in memory of the        and lime notes paired well with the seafood.
                               museum founder, Capt.              Our bed for the night in the Holiday Inn-Express,
                               Michael King Smith, who       Portland South, located off 1-5, close to downtown
                               was killed in 1995 in an      Portland, offered a complimentary hot breakfast with
                               auto accident and was also    porridge and hot cakes.
                               the son of Evergreen               Portland has the most bicycles in the country and
                               International Aviation's      there is less road rage in the city. We cycled the gentle
                               founder, Delford M.           3½ hr. Saturday 5 mile Bites by Bike tour owned by
                               Smith.                        Todd Roll of Pedal Bike Tours, visiting stores with their
                                    Of the 70 aircrafts on   artisan products. Scott Klees, our guide, took us to the
                               display, the main attrac-     World Cup Roasters for Café Rio coffee, cheese and
                               tion is the Howard Hughes     charcuterie at Elephant's Delicatessen, the Two Tarts
                               H4 Hercules Spruce            Bakery for a New Zealand Anzac cookie, Felchin Grand
                               Goose brought in 1992         Cru hot chocolate at Cacao Drink Chocolate and the
                               from       Long     Beach,    Farmers Market at Portland State University for venison
   Elizabeth Beekley at        California. Due to war-       pate and lavender blueberry jam.
    Two Tarts Bakery,          time restrictions on alu-          At the 7th Annual Giant West Coast Pumpkin                 Lori Gregory with llamas Rojo & Smokey, from
    Portland, Oregon           minium, it was built with     Regatta, we saw 600 pound pumpkin "boats" racing on               Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas, Oregon
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                                                       ring gospel songs on his trumpet, and many
                                                       others such as Cyril Dennison who could
                                                                                                                      BITE, CHEW & LOOK GOOD TOO
                    STORYTIME                          blaze out a wonderfully appealing, "What A
                                                       Friend We Have In Jesus'. Too bad, the song
                                                                                                                         Troubles . . . with your dentures?
                                                                                                                             While talking, eating . . .
                                 by                    Amazing Grace hadn't been written by then,                    We specialize in lower hard to fit dentures
                                                       it would have sounded magnificent pealing
                        WEIR MUIR                      out from the corner. Sad it is to recall the                       Chhun Lim, R.D.
                                                       Major's son Doug perished in the skies over                   DENTURE CLINIC In Fleetwood
                                                       Europe a few years later in WW2.
    A glimpse of a Nanaimo                                  Often we would just pause and listen to
                                                                                                                       • New, Complete & Partial Dentures
                                                                                                                          • Dentures on Implants
         Saturday night                                the corner recital, though I seem to remember
                                                       that when the band struck up "Will Your                                • Repairs (while you wait)
       in the mid thirties                             Anchor Hold?" many of us drifted away up                                  • Free Consultation
    In the early thirties, families in Nanaimo         the street. Let's hope that all our 'anchors'
went downtown on Saturday nights. This was             held in the storms of life that were to follow.                     604-507-9958
an event for everyone!                                 My hat's off to the Army's men and women                        14524 - 84th Avenue, Surrey, B.C. V3S 0N2
    Stores kept open till 9:00 or later. Most          who had the courage to enter the pubs in
homes had a male member who emerged black-             town (a dozen or so)to seek donations for
faced from the pits during the week, but on            their collection box.
Saturday night, dressed in his best he accompa-             The populace enjoyed the opportunity to                  FRASER VALLEY NURSING
nied wife and kids downtown. Now he may not            meet and 'chew the fat'-with friends and                                   Reg. Serv. Ltd.
always have been enthusiastic about this, but          acquaintances, for after all, life wasn't exactly
the little woman was, and harmony in the fam-          a bowl of cherries in those days prior to the                                   Provides
ily is what kept the lunch buckets filled with         war.                                                               IN HOME NURSING CARE
tender morsels to keep body and soul alive after            Families entered Fletcher's Music Store
her man's descent down the mine-shaft each             to gawk at the new pianos. Ernie Good's                                PERSONAL CARE
day at the Western Fuel Company's Number               Furniture was always a must to view the                                COMPANIONSHIP
One mine.                                              chesterfields, kitchen sets, and mahogany                             HOUSEHOLD DUTIES
    It all seemed to be planned for a 'leave           beds we never had. Ernie was always ebul-                             MEAL PREPARATION
home' time of 7:00P.M. that placed us on               lient, sometimes well fortified in his good
Commercial Street by 7:30. Southenders                 humour. He had a great sales approach that                           FOOT CARE (In Home)
approached the downtown via Victoria Crescent          everyone enjoyed-and such a hearty laugh.                         DELIVER MEDICAL SUPPLIES
with the firehall a first point of interest. Kids of   Everyone enjoyed his banter, especially my                                   Please Contact

course needed to see the fire trucks through the       mother who was always willing to forgive
windows, maybe even Chief Parkin in his fancy          any of his fortified humour. Woolworth's                           @
uniform.                                               fifteen cent store was every kid's delight, and
    The model steamship in its resplendent             Lily Campbell and others waited to receive
glass case came in for much 'ooing and awing'.         any of our loose change, if we had any to
Then it was on for the business at hand. You           squander. Other wise fond looks at toy cars
see the wives were straining at the bit to reach       were all we could muster up.
the drygoods stores in the hope of picking up a             Charlie Dakin's Old Country clothing and
bargain in the bolt-end remnants department.           drygoods was an interesting stop, especially
W.H. Anderson's was a first stop, where Mrs.           for we kids who just had to see Mr. Dakin's
Anderson and Miss McCuish knew exactly                 long black waxed moustache.
what would interest each lady. A later stop at              It stuck out like a tabby cat's whiskers.
Whittingham's DryGoods enabled a compari-              Wow! I can see it now. No Saturday night                      WHITE ROCK 2429 - 152nd St.,
son and perhaps a decision to be made. The             was complete without a stop at Mackenzie's                         (24th & 152nd St., White Rock)
men meanwhile cooled their heels outside the
stores. They had no interest in bolt-ends, body-
                                                       candy store and once in a while that special
                                                       treat of going into the ice cream parlour sec-
                                                                                                                     SURREY 82nd & Scott Road, Surrey
form corsets or pink bloomers. At least that's
what they said.
                                                       tion with its wire chairs for an ice cream
                                                       sundae, boy that was really living!
                                                                                                                     LANGLEY 19700 Langley Bypass,Langley
    The sports/hardware stores were the mens'
domain and places like Ray Colclough's(later to
                                                            After that it was all downhill, or should I
                                                       say up-hill, for us facing the Victoria Road                     Specially for our
become Ernie Johnstone's) were a sure bet.
Wilf Nash's Sportsman's Paradise was another,
                                                       hill on our way home. A last treat was the
                                                       army band marching home to the rhythmic                            Light Diners
especially if Jiggs Gannon was working, for            thump of the big drum. They had spread the

                                                                                                                      SENIOR SPECIAL
everyone knew he knew all there was to know            words of salvation and now were too pooped
about fishing, hunting and boats.                      to play, I reckoned.

                                                                                                                       Breaded Veal
    At about this time the Salvation Army Band              We too were somewhat pooped and all
surged forth from the Citadel , marching up            that remained was to walk home, check under
Commercial Street with a vigorous rendition of         the mat at the font door to find the house key
Onward Christian Soldiers, stopping at various         safe and sound. Didn't take long to put on the
corners where seemingly the most sinners con-          old P.J.'s and jump into bed.                                    Choice of Potato, Vegetable,
gregated, awaiting redemption. I can remember               Another great Saturday night in Nanaimo
                                                                                                                              Coffee or Tea,
my school friend Doug Cooper (son of the               - REMEMBER?
Salvation Army's Major Cooper) playing stir-                                                                             Hot Apple Dessert Crepe

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                                   Keith Richardson

      Thanks to the the folks at the Newton Seniors Centre Computer
Club for your warm reception last month. Thanks again to June and Alan
for inviting me and to Norm and others for helping with the set up!
      Only one reply to February's request for feedback on social net-
working. In case you missed them, the two questions, briefly, were: 1.
Do you use social networking (Facebook and/or Twitter, for example),                                                                     FINALLY I CAN money I saw
                                                                                                                                          After 5 sets of dentures and a lot of
and if so, how? 2. Is social networking changing the way society inter-
                                                                                                                                         the ad in the paper that read bite, chew, look good too.
acts, or is society changing such that social networking is required?
                                                                                                                                              Specializing in hard to fit dentures and I thought
      Keith W-B wrote to say: "Here's our cynical, jaundiced view: we                                                                    why not. Nothing else worked over the years. And to
have not got into any of that (although we are fairly techno-savvy) for                                                                  my surprise I found someone who cares and was
three main reasons: 1. we can't cope with any more gadgets or technol-                                                                   patient.
ogy in our lives, and we'd prefer to avoid any costs involved; 2. we                                                                          And lord and behold I can eat and chew after 15
frankly don't trust them - with some justification, it seems. We are afraid                                                              years.
of data-mining by the companies or agents or hackers. 3. we don't                                                                             So, if you are in this same boat, give him a chance,
approve of some of the uses that the media is put to so would rather not                                                                 you will be pleased. See ad elsewhere in this edition.
be associated with it. We realise that this concern is true of the internet,                                                             Lillian, Surrey adv.
but we really don't have a choice in that now.... Keep up the good work."
      There is an abundance of evidence of a growing disparity among
generational groups in our use of hi-tech communication. The Pew                  Retired lawyer rides to                                   Rich Coleman, M.L.A.
                                                                                                                                           Fort Langley - Aldergrove
Institute, Feb. 3, issued an online report, Generations and their gadgets
"…based on a daily tracking survey on Americans' use of the Internet….
on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey
                                                                                  new career as an author                                  WE CARE
Research Associates International between August 9 and September 13,
2010, among a sample of 3,001 adults, age 18 and older. "
                                                                               By Ursula Maxwell-Lewis
                                                                                 When Bob Mackay retired he traded drafting legal        ABOUT BETTER
      The "generations" Pew identifies are the Millennials (born 1977-
1993); Generation X (b. 1965-1976); Younger Boomers (1955-1964);
                                                                               briefs for crafting books. Soldier of the Horse,
                                                                               Mackay's first fiction novel, arrived on his desk last    GOVERNMENT
Older Boomers (1946-54); the Silent Generation (1937-1945) and the             week.
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G.I. Generation (born before 1937). I'll leave it to you to decide if these                                                                       
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      The Pew document claims that: "Cell phones are by far the most           glings in Manitoba to a young soldier's Great War
popular device among American adults. Some 85% of adults own                   survival in France with the famous WW1 Canadian
[them], and 90% of all adults-including 62% of those age 75 and older-         cavalry regiment, Lord Strathcona's Horse. Based
live in a household with at least one working cell phone. Desktop com-         on the life of his dad, Tom Mackay, Bob not only
puters are most popular with adults ages 35-65, and Millennials are the        dedicated years to researching the era, the cavalry
only generation that is more likely to own a laptop computer or netbook        and the art of writing, but made a pilgrimage with
than a desktop: 70% own a laptop, compared with 57% who own a                  his wife, Pat, to France in 2008 for the 90th anniver-
desktop. Almost half of all adults own an iPod or other mp3 player, but        sary of the Battle of Moreuil Wood, where the
these are still most popular with Millennials-74% of adults ages 18-34         Straths and their horses launched one of history's
own an mp3 player, compared with only 56% of the next oldest genera-           last great cavalry charges on March 30, 1918.
tion, Gen X (ages 35-46). Game consoles are uniformly popular with all         Weaving emotions generated by wind, rain and
adults ages 18-46, 63% of whom own these devices. Overall, 5% of               memories of scars (physical and emotional) left with
adults own an e-book reader, and 4% own an iPad or other tablet com-           his father and those who survived, Mackay ably
puter. Additionally, about 9% of_ adults do not own any of the devices         translates his impressions into a period tale which
we asked about, including 43% of adults age 75 and older."                     returns the reader to a by-gone era.
      Around the same time, the Canadian Society for Exercise                     No GPS, digital strategy, or satellite tracking, but
Physiology announced new fitness guidelines for Canadians "based on            simply the shock and awe of men, horses and brutal,
four years of research analysis by dozens of fitness experts and physi-        unforgiving steel facing enemies and natural ele-
ologists" that "ease some of the pressure on Canadians" by no longer           ments in the name of freedom, king and country.
call[ing] for daily activity of 60 minutes a day but instead recommend[ing]    Mackay, a former rancher, teacher, submariner and
that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity         lawyer, has plenty of material for his writing career.
aerobic physical activity per week. That exercise can come in small            As president of the Vancouver branch of the Canadian
bouts, of 10 minutes or more."                                                 Authors' Association and a long time member of the
      "Older adults - now defined as those over the age of 65 -- are also      Surrey RainWriter's group, his advice to new writers
urged to aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity        is: "Just write. Every day. I must have written more
aerobic physical activity per week rather than the previous recommenda-        than 350,000 words which have been condensed
tion of 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days."          into 86,000 words for the novel."
According to a CTV report, "many reacted with anger to [the guide-                Beginning with a very rough draft, regular writing
lines], saying that calling for less daily exercise from Canadians would       kept the flow going. "The fun job was revising,"
send the wrong message.                                                        recalls Mackay, who admits seeing the first draft was
      Don't you think there is a connection between the increase in our        exciting as was finally holding the finished work
use of hi-tech communication that ties us to our machines--and our             published by Touch Wood Editions, a publishing
decreasing level of fitness, especially among those most embracing the         house focusing on stories about Canada's West.
h-tc? Obesity is endemic among our oldest and youngest generations. If         Confessing that he may dust off a long buried manu-
anyone can lead the way in promoting healthier lifestyles, it may be           script involving a lawyer tangling with terrorists,
those of us dubbed "seniors."                                                  Mackay is content to leave his years of law behind
      In April, more on the divides, and where we're headed!                   him. Currently on his agenda are drafts of a Korean
                                                                               War and submarine stories.
                                                                                  A book launch and signing for Soldier of the
                                                                               Horse will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion
                                                                               Branch 6 (Cloverdale) on Wednesday, March 2 at 7
                                                                                  The public is welcome to stop in and chat with
                                                                               Cloverdale's newest author and retired lawyer
                                                                               Robert Mackay.
                                                                                  - Ursula Maxwell-Lewis is a travel journalist,
                                                                               photographer and editor. She can be reached at
Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition                                                                                                  Today’s Senior   March, 2011 -   7

    THE FINAL TRAIL RIDE                                    check the stirrups on my saddle. There being no
                                 The                        alternative to the dilemma, I had set the nag in
                                                            motion and crow-hopped off in hot pursuit of the
                               Kitchen                      other riders.
                                                               For several hours the sweating, whooping cow-
                               Window                       punchers had sped up hill and down dale, flushing
                                                            fat, lazy bovines from shady retreats among hid-
                                      By                    den draws and hollows. Sadie jounced along, shy-
                              Mildred McDonald              ing at shadows, vaulting over rocks and skirting
                                                            gopher holes with finesse, and with every step my
   Once upon a time in the nostalgic days of yore,          muscles were shrieking in misery at the unaccus-
I had of necessity become a 'Jill of all trades' on a       tomed jarring of my anatomy.
farm near the town of Drumheller, Alberta. It had              By the time the herd with their calves had been
been in the late fall of the mid 1940's that I had          routed out of coulees and brush patches, and
gathered together my three small sons one morn-             driven out onto the road allowance for the drive
ing, and abandoned the two-roomed shack where               towards home pasture, the saddle horses had set-
we had resided a week or two with the Son of a              tled to a steady walk, all except Sadie. She seemed
Pioneer (SOP), my nomadic husband.                          not to understand the meaning of 'walk', but had
   Several days earlier, an observant (and con-             persisted in jog-trotting every step of the long road
cerned) uncle, who had kept a wary eye out for me           home. Near supper time we had rounded the last
from afar, had appeared at my door to offer an              bend and reached the end of our trek. My entire
option to the predicament into which I had slipped.         body seemed so battered and bruised by that time
He had explained that a long-time friend of his             I could scarcely dismount. Some thoughtful per-
was in need of a housekeeper for his workaday               son had relieved me of the pony, and I had gin-
farm, and suggested I consider taking advantage             gerly and very painfully hobbled up the farmhouse
of the opportunity for a change of lifestyle.               steps, to be greeted by three exuberant little boys.
   The very idea of such a monstrous challenge                 Thankfully, my mother had a splendid supper of
momentarily overwhelmed me, but in my heart I               ham and hot biscuits on the table, ready for the
realized that a move was the only possible pros-            return of the weary cowboys. However, I could
pect of survival available for my small dependents          scarcely enjoy the meal, as my total being had
and myself. A plan was hastily set into motion, and         been wracked with major throes of agony as I took
in a short space of time we had been transported            my place at the table; but was in worse pain when
into a seemingly different world.                           I attempted to rise when the meal was finished.
   In our new environment I had quickly became                 For several days following the adventure with
accustomed to numerous new chores and sched-                that terrible horse and the misfitted stirrups, I had                   See our new website
ules. Verne Dresser, my new employer, proved to             shuffled about the kitchen in dire distress, but by
be a fine fatherly figure and had accepted me as I          the time my mother was ready to return to the
was - small boys and all. There we had found ref-           Okanagan, I had been fit enough to again function   
uge in a rambling, comfortable old farmhouse,               on my own.                                                    Now you can print out the entire paper
plenty of food for the table - and an eccentric                  Never again have I had any hankering for
gasoline-powered Maytag washing machine for                 another trail ride.
laundering the long lines of bedding and work
clothes for numerous children and hired men.
   I thought I had been busy during the spring and
summer months with the preparation of meals,
lunches, gardening, mending and child rearing,
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but they did not compare with the long days and             market. recently renovated
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grain-hauler to return from the field for his bed-          ties in North Delta. Next door to
time snack. He had confessed to falling asleep in           Kennedy Heights seniors cen-
his truck, and having an hour's snooze. It had been         tre. Only $99,900. Call 604-
a very long day for us all.                                 597-8361 or 597-8311
   One fall day a letter had arrived from my moth-          HELP WANTED - Par 3 Golf
er, saying she would like to come to the farm for a         Course in Surrey needs part
visit and I thought that a capital idea. In due time        time help. Ideal for energetic,
                                                            active, friendly senior golfer.
she had arrived and was greeted with great enthu-
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siasm. She had settled right into the work routine          SERVICES -
and lent a capable hand at every turn; so much so           ECHO SERVICES - Providing
that I began to feel that I was having a holiday.           housekeeping, grocery shop-
   Then one morning at breakfast, Verne Dresser             ping, meal prep., pet services,
had announced that it was time to move the cattle           pre-set appointments such as
to winter pasture, eight or ten miles from where            doctor,or hair dresser, assis-
they had spent the summer months. How I wanted              tance with personal care and
to go along on that ride! I asked my mother if she          non-medical needs. 778-886-
would ride herd on my offspring and manage sup-             9161 4-3
per that day. She would. Verne was glad to have an          DANCE PARTNER - S/W/F
                                                            would like to take ballroom
extra rider as well, and said he would throw a sad-
                                                            dance lessons. Needs a part-
dle on Sadie, the short-coupled bay mare that had           ner. Seeking gentleman 5’9”+,
been lazing around the barn all summer. I was not           70+, n/s. Burnaby, Coquitlam
at all anxious to board the little critter, as I'd ridden   area. Please call 604-931-
her once or twice for short distances and found             0546.
that she had but one gait: no pacing or single-             KIM’S - Certified Homecare &
footing - just a bone racking, jolting stride.              Cleaning. Housework, meal
   The ponies were soon loaded onto the truck,              prep., shopping and appoint-
and we had headed out over the prairie landscape            ments. Personal care and res-
to our destination. I was handed the reins of my            pite. reasonable rates. Phone       Name:                                          Phone:
mount, and as I'd climbed aboard, it was instantly          604-897-2569.
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obvious to me that the stirrups were two or three                                                                                              e-mail:
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inches beyond my reach except when I stretched              offer. Five relative names from
and stood on tip toe. (Ah, ha! Ray had been using           you and you get a starter tree                                                     Birthdate:
this saddle again). By that time the men had all            by return mail. Bob Bray                       Have your CARHA dues been covered
galloped off to scout the coulees and locate the            Stories, Oaktree 41, 15860                                                         Position:
                                                                                                           by another for this season?
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8   - Today’s Senior      March, 2011                                                                                                   Fraser Valley/ Lower Mainland Edition

                                                            ACCORDION                                                   Fiddle Champion April Verch
                                                                                                                            Returns to Harrison
                                                              TO DAN
                                                                 Back in the 1950's,
                                                                                                                           The Harrison Festival Society is proud to present the
                                                                                                                      return of champion fiddler April Verch and her band on
                                                                                                                      Friday, March 11 at 8pm in the Harrison Memorial Hall.
                                                            we would listen to Doris                                  April first played in Harrison in 2002, with legendary fiddlers
                                                            Day sing, "Sugar in the                                   Jerry Holland and Calvin Volrath. April's stole the show with
                                                            mornin', sugar in the                                     her amazing energy and technique.
                                                                                                                           When you see April Verch perform, the first thing that
                                                            evenin'.. Then in the                                     strikes you is the pure energy that infuses her fiddle playing
                                                            1960's, it was Jackie                                     and step dancing. When you listen to her though, what draws
                                                            Gleason and, "How sweet                                   you in are more subtle things-her pure voice, the finely
                                                            it is!" How can we sur-                                   detailed elegance of her fiddle phrasing and the depth of a
                                                            vive without sugar? It's a                                repertoire that ranges through material from bluegrass to
                                                            slice man, I mean take a                                  Brazilian to Celtic, from a jaunty Canadian folksong to a
                                                            piece of white bread and                                  poignant contemporary ballad.
                                                            even it turns into sugar,                                      April was born, raised and is now living in the Ottawa

    SeniorS DanceS                                          extending our bellies.
                                                                 We could never have
                                                                                               DAN PROPP              Valley, where her family has lived for generations. It's an area
                                                                                                                      with a rich, distinctive musical and step dancing tradition
                                                                                                                      shaped by the diverse roots of the immigrants drawn to the
ABBOTSFORD SENIORS ASSOCIATION -                            digested such concepts back in the dinosaur age
                                                                                                                      region's lumber camps. With her band, she plays traditional
Telephone 604-850-2465                                      when three jawbreakers were a penny and the only          and original songs that draw from all over the world, but are
     Ballroom every Tuesday 7:00-11:00pm Square Dance       lottery in life was playing the illegal Irish             clearly filtered through her immersion in the style she grew
Monday & Thursday 7:00-9:00pm. Social Dance 8:00-           Sweepstakes. Could we ever have conceived the pos-        up with in the Ottawa Valley.
11:00pm. Live Bands every Friday with refreshments.         sibility that someday government would depend                  It was April's time spent studying music at Berklee
BURNABY -                                                   upon lottery revenues? Sugar is an excellent pre-         College of Music in Boston (under Matt Glaser and Darol
Bonsor Recreation Centre, 6550 Bonsor Ave.                  servative in cereals and most other yummy goodies.        Anger) that first lead her to blend together different forms of
Telephone 604-439-5510                                      It is an ingredient that increasingly provides more       traditional music to form her own distinct sound. She then
     Tuesdays 12:00 noon - 3:00pm                                                                                     launched her professional career by winning the Canadian
     Sept. to end of June
                                                            'zing' for today's rapidly moving lifestyle and extends
                                                            the shelf life of a product. Human 'shelf life', how-     Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and the Canadian Open
     Thursdays 7:30 - 10:30pm Year Round.                                                                             Fiddle Champion titles (the first and only woman to win
     Live Band and Refreshments both days.                  ever, is another cup of tea.
                                                                 Do you remember as a kid going shopping with         both). In addition to her vigorous touring schedule, she is in
Confederation Community Centre, 4585 Albert St.                                                                       great demand for her teaching skills at workshops, master
Telephone 604-294-1936                                      your mom and drooling at all those cereal boxes with      classes and music camps.
     Mondays 7:30 - 10:30pm (closed July & August)          pictures of cowboy stars and all the great stuff that          The April Verch Band consists of world-class musicians
     Note: No dances on statutory holidays.                 snapped, crackled and popped? Today we have               Clay Ross on guitar and Cody Walters on upright-electric
     Live Band and Refreshments                             stepped down from our high horses and are hopping         bass and banjo. Verch leads the band with her own simulta-
COQUITLAM -                                                 along the happy trails to the pharmacies due to high      neous fiddling and dancing and together they have been sell-
Glen Pine Pavilion, 1200 Glen Pine Court                    levels of sugar and salt.                                 ing out prestigious venues and festivals for years. They have
Telephone 604-927-6940                                           Salt is the other big preservative equally 'in-      toured across Canada, the United States, the U.K., Europe
     Every other Wednesday 1:00 -4:00pm                     -salting', A fun and delicious experiment is to visit     and last year toured in Australia for the first time. In 2011
LANGLEY -                                                   many a mall's food court and popular restaurants and      they are slated for their debut tour in China. They have estab-
Seniors Recreation                                          Inquire about salt content in their popular food items.   lished a reputation as consummate performers with boundless
& Resource Centre, 20605 51B Ave.                           I did. Wow, this was a revelation! I couldn't find        energy on stage that inevitably brings audiences to their feet.
2:00-4:00pm.                                                                                                               Tickets are available by phone at 604-796-3664 or on
(No Dances at the present time)
                                                            even a cup of soup that did not have a lot of salt. For   line at
                                                            someone on high blood pressure pills (seniors are
8870 - 120th St. (Scott Road)
                                                            popping them like life-
Ph. Jerry 604-590-9506                                      savers), it struck a minor
Sat. 8:00-11:00. Closed July/August. Start again Sept. 6.   chord for this old accor-
                                                            dion player. I'm thinking
KINSMEN RECREATION CENTRE 5430 10th Ave.,                   about working on a song
Delta - Ph. 604-943-0225 - Fri. 8:00pm, Sun. 2:00pm         called the 'Sodium And
MAPLE RIDGE - 12150 224th St. 604-467-4933                  Sugar Blues'. I am not
Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Sept. to June, Old Time        sure about whether the
Pattern Dancing. 4th Sunday of the month (except            music industry would
December) Sunday Tea Dance.                                 swallow that pill. How
                                                            about a non-profit blog
                                                            called 'In--salt.' Who
    On the first Thursday of every month except July and
                                                            knows, maybe both
August. Location - Clayton Hall, 18513 - 70th Ave.,
                                                            could be noteworthy and
Surrey. For information please call 604-576-1066.
                                                            at least preserve a bit of
NEW WESTMINSTER -                                           laughter.
Century House, 620 Eighth Street, New Westminster                Visit      www.dan-
Telephone 604-519-1066                             for recorded
    Sundays, 12:45 - 3:45pm                                 song, radio interview
    September to the end of June - Social Dance             and Arthur Propp's mem-
    Five-piece band and refreshments
    55 years and up. No partners required.
                                                            oir's of Kristallnacht
1475 Kent St, White Rock
Telephone 604-541-2231
    Wednesdays 7:30 - 10:30pm (Closed July & August)
    Live Bands and Refreshments

    The Arthritis Society
          B.C. & Yukon Division
        The Arthritis Society,
       BC & Yukon Division -
        Fraser Arthritis Centre
     Unit 101 - 5501 204th Street,
    (Langley Mall Inner Courtyard)
            Langley, B.C.
         Phone 604-514-9902
          Fax: 604-514-0401
Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition                                                                                                Today’s Senior      March, 2011 -     9

STEAMBOAT                                                  Audain Foundation Donates
  STORIES                                                 $750,000 to Royal BC Museum
YESTERDAY                                                      The Royal BC Museum is using a $750,000              By early 2011, the Audain Foundation has made over
 AND TODAY                                                donation from the Audain Foundation for the Visual
                                                          Arts to purchase and preserve a Bill Reid master-
                                                                                                                    $25 million available to 55 organizations for visual
                                                                                                                    arts projects.
     Steam powered paddlewheel driven vessels were        piece, which will go on display today in its world-            About the Royal BC Museum
unprecedented as they evolved into perfect craft for      renowned First Peoples Gallery.                                As the provincial museum and archives, the
service on the rivers, lakes and coastal waters of             "Thanks to Michael Audain and the Audain             Royal BC Museum preserves and shares the stories
British Columbia and the Yukon.                           Foundation, British Columbians and visitors to the        of British Columbia - on - site, off - site and online -
     Over 300 of these water borne workhorses             Royal BC Museum will have the opportunity to be           through its research, collections, exhibitions and
churned the multitude of waterways in this vast fron-     inspired by this stunning work of art by one of this      educational programs. Its two hectare cultural pre-
tier spanning over 100 years of service beginning in      province's artistic giants," said Pauline Rafferty, CEO   cinct also includes a number of historically signifi-
the 1830's.                                               of the Royal BC Museum.                                   cant buildings and First Nations sites.
     In spite of the extreme hardships of severe win-          Completed in 1954, Grizzly Bear Mantelpiece is            For more information about the Royal BC
ter weather, being crushed by ice, splintered by          an exceptional and rare sculpture carved out of cedar     Museum, visit or call
boiler explosions, destroyed by fires, swamped by         by Reid at the beginning of his career as a Haida art-    1-888-447-7977.
                                                          ist. It was originally commissioned by Anne and

                                                                                                                      GET WALKING
gales and torn apart by rapids, these vessels answered
the call wherever needed and as long as required.         Douglas Stevenson for their family home in Williams
     Although the popular conception of paddle-           Lake. Reid died in 1998 at age 72, following a long
wheelers is associated with the Mississippi River it is   battle with Parkinson's disease.
                                                               The contribution from the Audain Foundation is           White Rock, Delta, Langley & Surrey get walk-
interesting to note that they were used more exten-                                                                 ing for Alzheimer's White Rock, Delta, Langley &
sively in British Columbia than in any other area of      one of the most significant donations in the museum's
                                                          125-year history.                                         Surrey residents contributed to raising more than
North America.                                                                                                      $630,000 province-wide for B.C. families living
     These vessels and the roles they played in the            "Financial support from the community is essen-
                                                          tial for the Royal BC Museum to actively seek out         with dementia as part of the Investors Group Walk
early development of B.C. were welcomed on lakes                                                                    for Memories on Jan. 30. Pledges are still being col-
that included Arrow, Adams, Atlin, Columbia, Fraser,      important objects that enhances its collection and
                                                          make them accessible to all British Columbians, h         lected, but this amount already exceeds last
Kamloops, Kootnay, Okanagan, Shuswap, Stuart,                                                                       year'srecord breaking totals of participants and funds
Takla, Tagish, Thompson, Trembleur, Trout and             explains Michael Audain.           "Our Foundation is
                                                          pleased to have the opportunity to ensure a perma-        raised.
Windermere.                                                                                                             Walks were held in 20 communities around the
     They fought the swift currents, narrow channels,     nent home for Bill Reid fs marvelous carving."
                                                               "We are very conscious of our role as the provin-    province with participants showing their support in
and shallow sandbars of rivers such as Columbia,                                                                    the fight against Alzheimer's disease as part of
Fraser, Kootnay, Nechako, Nass, Okanagan, Peace,          cial museum. It is vital that we have contemporary
                                                          works on display in the First Peoples Gallery, in addi-   National Alzheimer Awareness Month.
Skeena, Stuart, Spallumcheen, Sticknie and                                                                              The funds raised support the work of the
Thompson. Plus navigating the coastal gulfs and           tion to our extensive collection of First Nation his-
                                                          torical objects," noted Rafferty.                         Alzheimer Society of B.C., helping those impacted
straits from Juan de Fuca in the south to Hecate and                                                                by the disease have the confidence and skills to
beyond in the north.                                           About the Audain Foundation
                                                               for the Visual Arts                                  maintain quality of life, and supporting research into
     To emphasize their incredible abilities during the                                                             the causes, more effective treatments and a cure.
Klondike gold rush they travelled north from Victoria          The Audain Foundation was formed in 1997 to
                                                          support the visual arts. The Foundation's focus is            Currently more than 70,000 British Columbians
to the Gulf of Alaska, through the Bering Sea, infa-                                                                are living with dementia and with our aging baby
mous for storms, then up the Yukon River to               mainly to support exhibitions at public art galleries
                                                          and education programs in British Columbia and at         boomers a rising tide of dementia is projected with
Whitehorse. This incredible journey covered some                                                                    alarming economic and social costs if nothing is
4500 miles.                                               the National Gallery of Canada.
                                                               It has sponsored many initiatives in the visual      done. Survey findings released this month by the
     Challenges such as this were not the exception                                                                 Alzheimer Society show that Canadians are not yet
for sternwheelers-they knew their job was to do the       arts, amongst them the Audain Curator of First
                                                          Nations Art Endowment Fund at the Art Gallery of          prepared for the rising tide and more needs to be
impossible and do it profitably.                                                                                    done to raise awareness about the warning signs,
     Some of the reasons for the success of these ves-    Greater Victoria, the Audain Professorship in
                                                          Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest        provide education and support, and research to find
sels were being of wooden construction, which made                                                                  the causes and cure for dementia.
them very buoyant and fairly easy to repair.              at the University of Victoria, and the Audain Curator
                                                          of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada.          The time to act to act is now.
     The vessel B.X., working on the upper Fraser
River suffered a hole in her keel sixty feet long and
three feet wide.
     She was able to get ashore before sinking and a
few weeks later was back in service. Having a flat
bottom resulted in a very shallow draft.
     This, combined with the paddlewheel needing
water only inches deep to provide its needed thrust,
allowed the sternwheelers to operate in very shallow
     The vessel Kamloops worked in 8 inches of
water on the Thompson River, the Spallumcheen in
6 inches.
     The Duchess sailed so close to the bottom on the
Columbia River that gravel ridged by spawning
salmon was an obstacle.
     One story was told of a passenger falling over-
board and raising a cloud of dust.
     When navigating in shallow waters a block and
tackle device called a "grasshopper" was mounted on
the bow so vessels could hoist themselves over bars
and shoals.
      If anyone fell overboard during this operation
they would land with a thud rather than a splash.
When a sternwheeler was stranded on a sandbar by
low water on the upper reaches of the Fraser River
for a couple of days the skipper became impatient
and could wait no longer. Finally he said"OK boys
let's hit it.
     The sand is wet she'll go over".
     Submitted by Captain Doug Leaney, Senior
Master of the Passenger Paddlewheeler "Native"
based in New Westminster, B.C.
     The only authentic sternwheeler offering tours
and charters on the Fraser River
10 - Today’s Senior        March, 2011                                                                               Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition

                                                              WHITE ROCK
                          Rubina Q. Karim
                          of EdwardJones
                                                               JAZZ CLUB
      Will Your Pension Be Enough?                              As winter stretches on and spring appears on the
     Everybody wants financial security when he or         horizon, the WRTJS presents some of the best bands
she retires, and many Canadians are counting on            on the Vancouver jazz scene.
employer pension plans to provide that security. But            In March, we have an excellent line up of bands
there's a growing possibility that your pension may not    performing at The Crescent Beach Legion, starting at
provide the retirement income you need.                    3.00 pm through 6.00 pm every Sunday.
     There is a growing trend toward defined contribu-          The "Red Onion Rhythm Kings" start the month
tion pension plans. These are registered pension plans     off on the 6th, followed on consecutive Sunday's by
that specify the employee and employer contributions       our house band "Red Beans and Rice", then "New
but not the amount the employee will receive at retire-    Orleans Ale stars"and finally on the 27th of March,
ment. Payout amounts from these plans are based on         the "Clam Digger Jazz Band"all the way from
the returns earned by their investments. If the invest-    Bellingham Washington State.
ments perform well, you could have more income than             Jazz clubs seem to breed characters. Back in the
you expect; if they underperform, you could be left        early 1950's through the 1960's, the Ted Heath band
short.                                                     was the leading big band in England and Europe.
     Defined benefit pension plans are different from           It also had smaller bands within the band to play
defined contribution plans. In a defined benefit pen-      Dixieland jazz and Benny Goodman swing quartet
sion plan, the employee knows, in advance, how much        style. Well the very first member that Ted Heath
he or she will receive at retirement, and contributions    signed up for his new big band was Jimmy Coombs
are based on the employee's salary and length of ser-      a very good trombonist. His daughter Kay Donson is
vice. Defined benefit plans were once the norm in          a member of the WRTJS, has a wonderful voice and
Canada. However, most new pension plans are of the         sometimes sings for us at the club.
defined contribution type, and many existing defined            If you want to have a laugh and hear some great
benefit plans are being converted.                         stories, talk to Kay, I hope she doesn't mind some
     Members of defined contribution plans can usu-        free publicity.
ally choose how to invest their plan contributions.             Last month, sitting in the audience on his way
Participants are provided with tax-sheltered invest-       home from a jazz date playing on a cruise ship with
ment options ranging from conservative to higher           the "Grand Dominion Jazz Band", was Bill Dixon a
growth. Their contributions are pooled with those of       banjo player who was a member of The "Kenny
other plan members and invested by professionals.          Ball's Jazz Band" back in the 1960's.
     Companies prefer defined contribution plans                If you know your jazz, you will know that Kenny
because employers aren't required to pay fixed bene-       Ball's band was one of the greatest jazz bands ever to
fits when investments perform poorly, as is the case       come out of England.
with defined benefit plans. This shifts risk from the           Bill played at the club last month playing with
employer to the employee. For example, those who           Gerry Green's new band, the "Crescent City Shakers".
choose a growth option that invests largely in equities         Playing in the band also was Jimmy Armstrong,
could suffer if the stock market has a few down years      one of the longest serving jazz musicians in the
immediately before they retire.                            Vancouver jazz scene.
     Even defined benefit plans have risks. Many of               Both Jimmy and Gerry were in the original
these pension plans are underfunded and could fail to      Phoenix Jazzers as they were known then.
meet obligations to employees. This can be because of           This band has been resurected and is now known
poor investment returns or the employer's inability to     as the "Phoenix 5" which played at the club back on
make contributions.                                        February 27th.
     How can you protect yourself from the possibility          I would have to go back to 1972 when I first
of less pension income than you'll need? The best          heard and saw the "Phoenix Jazzers ", featuring
strategy is to have other sources of retirement income.    Jimmy Armstrong on trumpet and trombone and
     Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs): If       Gerry Green on clarinet and saxophone. Both of
you belong to a pension plan, your yearly RRSP con-        these guys perform regularly at the club and still play
tribution room will be reduced by a pension adjust-        with the same enthusiasm and skill they showed back
ment. However, you may still be able to build consid-      in the 70's.
erable RRSP wealth before retirement. That wealth               One thing you can be sure about at the WRTJS,
can provide additional income.                             you never know who is going to turn up there.
     Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs): Consider                If you love to dance, socialize, or are a fan of
taking advantage of the Tax-Free Savings Account,          Traditional Jazz, come to the Crescent Beach Legion
which can provide you with tax-free income during          on 128th Street in South Surrey on Sunday's from
retirement. Every Canadian age 18 or older can con-        3.00 until 6.00pm.Admission is $10.00 at the door
tribute up to $5,000 per year to a TFSA.                   for non members, or $8.00 for members.
     Non-registered investments: If you have used               You can become a member for an annual fee of
your available RRSP and TFSA contribution room,            $15.00 and get your first Sunday event free as a new
consider holding your investments in a taxable invest-     member.
ment account. Although your investment income is                 For more information see www.whiterocktrad-
taxable, capital gains and dividends from certain
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see which options best fit your needs and goals.           satisfied with the results. I had resigned myself to
                                                           the fact that it just was not possible to have a proper
    Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund               fit and I am glad that I was wrong. It was a long
                                                           drive to come and see you from Vancouver but it
    Edward Jones, Member CIPF.                             was worth every minute of the drive.
    The above article is provided by Rubina Karim, a            I would recommend you to anyone. You are
financial advisor with Edward Jones in White Rock,         excellent at what you do. Thank-you so much.
BC. She welcomes your questions and comments at                       Sincerely, Kurt Hook, Vancouver
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Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition                                                                   Today’s Senior      March, 2011 -   11

                                                                                      Quality Escorted Tours Since 1984

                                                                                Canada/U.S. ToUrS
                                                                  West Coast Experience                             8 days, May 12-19
                                                                  A three-night visit to Victoria, followed by a railway excursion to
                                                                  Qualicum, one night in Port Alberni, a cruise through Barkley Sound
                                                                  to Ucluelet, and three relaxing nights at Tofino’s oceanfront Tin Wis
                                                                  Resort, on the famous west coast of Vancouver Island!
                                                                  Oregon Coast                                          8 days, June 2-9
                                                                  A leisurely exploration of this scenic coast, from the sand dunes of
                                                                  Florence to the mouth of the Columbia River at Astoria. We enjoy two-
                                                                  night stops in oceanfront hotels in both Florence and Seaside.
                                                                  Atlantic Canada                               18 days, June 21-July 8
                                                                  A summertime visit to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward
                                                                  Island with numerous multiple-night stays. Highlights include Rita
                                                                  MacNeil’s Tearoom, Fortress Louisbourg, a Men of the Deeps concert,
                                                                  the Cabot Trail, the Anne of Green Gables musical, the Anne Murray
                                                                  Centre, Hopewell Rocks & Fundy Coastal Drive, Peggy’s Cove, and the
                                                                  grand finale in Halifax – the Nova Scotia International Tattoo!
                                                                  Northern Woods & Water                             12 days, July 17-28
                                                                  A scenic circle through the Rockies, and northern Alberta’s Athabasca and
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                                                                  Lodge, followed by a three-night stay at Leavenworth’s beautiful Enzian
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                                                                  of Music!

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     UNIQUE EXCURSIONS BY RAIL                                                                                                                      Home Pickup & Retu
                                                                                                Time to warm up as we head south. This tour is a favorite as we experience the d
                                                                                                Highlights include a stay in Old San Diego, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, four nights
                                  Date     Name                           Days      From
                                                                                                  Hot Springs
                                                                                                Desert Park, Joshua Tree National Park, the Follies Show, Las Vegas, Reno, Sco
                                  May 6    National Train Day in Seattle   3 (4)    $419          of the Kootenays
                                                                                                Join us and explore !
                                  May 24   Totems of Haida Gwaii          7 (10)   $1,349
                                  Jun 16   Okanagan Wine, Train & Casino     4
                                                                                                  June 5 - 6 days
                                                                                     $789 Day 1 - March 30: Surrey to Salem, Oregon                                                                              Day 12 -
                                  Jun 23   Planes, Trains & Glasstop Coach 2                       pick up six days are
                                                                                     $369  HomeThese and Duty free stopabout relaxing in three of                                                                Head
                                  Jun 29   Cariboo to Discovery Coast        7     $1,300  I-5 south to the state capital, Salem, Oregon
                                                                                                  BC’s youthful and invigorating Hot Springs.                                                                      1000 s
                                  Jul 6    Okanagan Golf & Wine Tasting      5     $1,249                                                                                                                          else in
                                  Jul 7    Rails of Northern Oregon          4                    Take 31: Salem to Redding, California Mountains, the
                                                                                    $819 Day 2 - March in the beauty of the Rocky (B)                                                                             Enjoy
                                  Jul 11   Rails & Mines of Howe Sound       2      $289   CrossPercells and the Kootenay Ranges. You will also
                                                                                                   Sisku Mountains                                                                                                 and tim
                                  Jul 21   White Pass & Yukon Steam          5     $1,549  Admire the majestic Mt. Shasta as you enjoy Teresa’s juice
                                                                                                  enjoy the food and experience the culture of                                                                   Day 13 -
                                  Aug 16   Vancouver Island Malahat Circle 2        $219 and cookies                                                                                                              Explor
                                  Aug 24   Vancouver Island’s West Coast     5      $899 Day 3 - April 1st: Redding to Fresno, California meals - $1,025
                                                                                                  the traditional Doukhobors. 6 (B)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Re-dis
                                                                                                                                                       Day 8 - April 6th: Palm Springs (B,L)
                                  Aug 30   Lake Whatcom & Agassiz Railways 1        $149  LunchCdn per person, double occ. , plus HST.
                                                                                                   on your own and time to explore the many historical                                                             and try
                                                                                            landmarks in Old Sacramento                                 Discover the Living Desert Park - 1200 acre wildlife
                                                                                                                                                            and botanical oasis. This park features 152 animal     town
                                                                                             Head south on old Hwy 99 into Fresno for the night            species from the world’s deserts. A guided tram tour
  Ever dreamt of taking the Trans-Siberian Express?                                                                                                                                                               Day 14 -
  How about Steam Across Africa, New Zealand                                                                           Call us for our 2011 brochure
                                                                                            Day 4 - April 2nd: Fresno to San Diego, California (B)          with take you around with stops at various animal
                                                                                                                                                            and plant exhibits; a lunch treat today                Headi
  Steam, Vintage Switzerland, Polar Bear Viewing                                             Travel south through Bakersfield                                                                                      Upper
                                                                                             Tour the jewel of the California missions in San Juan Ca-
  and many other exotic journeys? We are also a
  travel agent and can book your cruise, hotel, sun
                                                                                                    The Heartlands
                                                                                                                                                          Day 9 - April 7th: Palm Springs (B,L)
                                                                                                                                                           Explore Joshua Tree National Park with breath tak-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Admir
  vacation and flight to most destinations.                                                           in your 13 - 18 days
                                                                                             RelaxJuly accommodations in Old San Diego                     ing views of rock formations and the multitude          festiva
                                                                                                     In 3rd: Heartland of (B)
                                                                                            Day 5 - April the San Diego, California North America, ag-      blooming cacti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Day 15 -
                               604-524-1011                                                  Explore Sea World and see the famous Shamu Orca, or feature
                                                                                                     riculture forms a predominant
                                                                                              take in the splashy high energy show, the Dolphin Discov-
                                                                                                     of the bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales. discover the live entertainment of the fabulous Palm
                                                                                                                 landscape. Join us as we
                                                                                                                                                           Scrumptious boxed lunch in the park from a famous
                                                                                                                                                            local deli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of Sist
                                                                                              ery showcasing                                               Enjoy                                                   tax fre
                                                                                                     these Heartlands. Travel North by the
                                                                                             Spend the whole day or return to your hotel to relaxthrough the Follies - a world-famous, Broadway caliber  Cross
                             1-800-722-1233                                                   pool. Return shuttle times to and East into Northern Al-
                                                                                                     Fraser Canyon be arranged                              celebration of the music, dance, and comedy of the
                                                                                                                                                            40s, 50s, and 60s
                                                                                             Take some time to discover the historic buildings of Old
                                                                                                     berta and Saskatchewan. Explore Saskatoon,                                                                    Remin
                                                                                              Town San Diego                                                                                                        dinner
                                                                                                                                                          Day 10
                                                                                                     Winnipeg and then South into North Dako- - April 8th: Palm Springs to Las Vegas (B)
                                                                    Day 6-April 4th: San Diego to Palm Springs, California (B)  Taste samples at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Day 16 -
                                                                         BC REG. NO. 1866            ta. Return East zoo. Regina, Calgary and the through their cactus garden
                                                                                             Discover the world’s largestintoBe sure to see their latest   stroll                                                 Enjoy
                                                                                                     Panda addition, ride the 15 meals - $2,595
                                                                                              Giant Rocky Mountains.Skyfari aerial tram and hop Cdn per will marvel at the lights of Las Vegas strip be-
                                                                                                                                                           You                                                     tour                                                           on a guided bus tour of the grounds and over 4000 animals
                                                                                                     person,California wine industry HST. sample
                                                                                             Learn about the
                                                                                                                 double occ., No as you                     fore taking in the dazzling laser show on Freemont  Seattle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Duty F
                                                                                              wine from Temecula’s oldest winery
                                                                                                                                                          Day 11 - April 9th: Las Vegas, Nevada (B)
                                                                                            Day 7 - April 5th: Palm Springs (B)
                                                                                             Hot American breakfast
                                                                                                                                                           Today is yours to explore the many lobbies of the
                                                                                                                                                            mega casino hotels on the strip or you can hop on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  17 M
                                                                                                       Enjoy life at Bethshan Gardens                                                                             Occ
       Home is where your Heart is.                                                          Find out today from your local guide why Palm Springs is a
                                                                                              preferred destination for world travelers. He will tell you
                                                                                              about its rich history and show you many of the highlights
                                                                                              of this exciting desert city
                                                                                                                                                            the coach for an optional trip to the factory outlet
                                                                                                                                                           You may also want to book one of the many acts
                                                                                                                                                            and shows available; Terry Fator, Cirque de Soleil !,
                                                                                             Free afternoon to explore on your own                         The Blue Man.

                                                                                                                                           What’s included on ALL Pitmar Tours?
                                                                                             Home pick up and return*Luggage handling for one suitcase*Deluxe air conditioned highway coach*Keepsake name
                                                                                                                    *All scheduled entrance fees*Scheduled group meals*Full narration*Group photo*Laundry so
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     Please join us Saturday, March 19th, 1- 4 pm                                                   Cloverdale, BC
     to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day & Open Doors
     and to view our suites.                                                                        “It’s just marvellous here at Bethshan Gardens, it’s really beautiful, the
                                                                                                    staff are great and the meals are wonderful. My suite is just perfect for
     Call Jane for more information                                                                 me – I can’t get over how much room I have, when my friends visit they
     or to arrange a personal visit.                                                                are always amazed. ” - Dora, Resident
     604.764.8877 22141-119th Avenue
                                                                                                     Owned and operated by the Cloverdale Senior Citizens Housing Society
       14 - Today’s Senior   March, 2011                                                                                                      Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition

               RETIREMENT LODGE
                                                                                    Enjoy Life to the Fullest
       •   One-half block to shopping centre                                        When you live at Shannon oakS you’ll have more
       •   Adjoining Lions Community Park                                           time to enjoy life. An independent seniors living community,
       •   24 hour in-house emergency response system                               experience the freedom and independence to do exactly what
                                                                                    you want, when you want. Stay active and live well. Life at
       •   Lunch and dinner served                                                  Shannon Oaks includes a great selection of daily activities to choose
       •   Bistro for continental style breakfast                                   from, delicious home-cooked meals, and weekly-housekeeping of
       •   Housekeeping                                                             your private suite.

       •   All utilities excluding telephone                                        Visit us today for a personal tour and come see why you’ll want to
                                                                                    make Shannon Oaks your home.
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NOTEBOOK . . .                           NOTICE
                                                              LANGLEY -
                                                                   CN PENSIONERS
                                                                   Meet the first Wednesday, at 1:00pm, of the month
                                                              and all meetings are held at the Kinsmen Community
                                                                                                                             MAPLE RIDGE -
                                                                                                                                B.C. GOV’T. RETIRED EMPLOYEES ASSOC.
                                                                                                                                Maple Ridge “Golden Ears Branch” meet 2nd Thurs. at
                                                                                                                             1:00pm at St. George’s Church Hall, 23500 Dewdney
                                          Please fax:         Centre, 26770 29 Ave, Aldergrove. Any CN Rail, Via Rail,       Trunk Road, Maple Ridge. No meetings in July and
                                       604-574-1964 or
                                                              CN Marine or CN Steamships Pensioner is welcome to             August, due to summer vacation. Members and guests
                                attend. Phone 604-533-5071 for complete information.           welcome.
                                      With any changes             SENIOR HOUSING COUNSELORS                                     MAPLE RIDGE PARKINSON'S
                                        to these notices           Available Wednesday 1:30 - 3:30pm at the Langley              DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
                                       when the printed
                                          information         Seniors Centre., 20605 51B Ave. Leave a message at any             Open to all persons with Parkinson's, their caregivers,
                                     has become outdated.     time for a counsellor at 604-530-3020, ext. 321. Call          families, and friends. Meet 2nd Wednesday of the month,
                                     W. A.(Wally) Coombs,     returned Wed. or Fri.                                          1:00 - 3:00pm. Ridge Meadows Senior Society, 12150
                                            Publisher            THE CAREGIVER                                               224th Street, Maple Ridge. Phone Meg at 604-465-6374
                                                                 Meets on Thursdays at 1:15pm at the Langley Seniors         or Edith at 604-463-6018 for complete information.
ABBOTSFORD -                                                  Recreation & Resource Centre. This support group is for
   CANADA PENSION/OLD AGE SECURITY                            anyone caring for an adult family member who suffer            NEW WESTMINSTER -
   If you have moved your new address should be given         from a chronic aliment. Phone 604-530-3020, Ext. 309.             CANADIAN AUTO WORKER RETIREES
immediately to make sure your pensions arrive properly.            FREE MEDICAL ADVICE                                          Meet on the second Wednesday of each month except
For information on any programs please call 1-800-277-           The International Indo-Canadian Acupressure Medical         March, July and August. Social meetings are held at the
9914.                                                         Association is offering Free advice on back pain, leg pain,    C.A.W. Hall 326 - 12th St. New Westminster, B.C. Call
     CENTRAL VALLEY                                           knee pain, shoulder pain and body ache. Please phone           Ernie Bayer at 604-576-9734 for complete information.
     WOODCARVERS                                              604-930-8995 or 604-686-4892 for complete information.
     Meetings on the first Saturday of the month at the
Abbotsford Seniors Association on Cyril Street at
                                                                 SENIORS CAN SHOP BY PHONE                                   SURREY -
                                                                 On Wednesdays at Buy-Low Foods in Brookswood our                 CRISIS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
10:00am. Workshops on the second and fourth Wednesday         volunteers take orders between 9:00 & 11:00am at 604-
evenings at Yale Secondary School, Yale Road. Phone                                                                               The South Fraser Regional Crisis Line depends on
                                                              533-1823. Same day delivery. Fridays at Charlie’s Market       volunteers. We need volunteers now! If you are interested
604-870-9852.                                                 Place IGA in Walnut Grove 9:00 to 11:00am at 604-882-
     BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED                                                                                             in learning about this challenging and rewarding experi-
                                                              8411. Delivery will be on Friday.                              ence, pick up an information package at Surrey Comunity
     The Abbotsford Society, 2420 Montrose Street,                 B.C. GOV'T. RETIRED EMPLOYEES
Abbotsford meet at 1:00pm the second and fourth Wednesday                                                                    services, 9815 140th Street.
                                                                   The Langley/ Surrey Branch #2100 (B.C.G.E.U.) will             COMPUTER SKILLS
each month. They assist, offer quality of life in a healthy   meet on the 3rd Monday, 1:00pm, of every month at the
place and social experience. Phone Mae Atkinson at 604-                                                                           Come Share, Senior Support Services is looking for
                                                              "B.C.G.E.U. Union Hall Building" at 8555 - 198A Street,        seniors who would like to share their computer skills with
626-0643 or Bruce Brewer at 604-859-4584.                     Langley
     ABBOTSFORD                                                                                                              other seniors. Come work for a coffee and a donut.
                                                                   COFFEE AND CONNECTING                                     Located at 15008 26th Ave., Surrey, B. C. Call 604-531-
     STROKE RECOVERY GROUP                                         A support group for seniors who are beginning again
     Meetings every Monday at the Central Heights                                                                            9400.
                                                              for any reason. Now every Tuesday from 10:00-11:30am.               SURREY/NORTH DELTA
Church at 10:30am, except holidays. The club works with       Langley Seniors Centre. For complete information please
stroke survivors and other caregivers, helps stroke victims                                                                       MEALS ON WHEELS
                                                              phone 604-530-3020 - Ext. 306.                                      Delivers hot, nutritious meals to your homes at noon week-
to break isolation and provide a safe environment where            LANGLEY 2006
they can make new friends. They are provided with emo-                                                                       days - Monday through Friday. Please phone 604-588-6325 for
                                                                   AMBASSADOR PROGRAM                                        more details. Tuesday Dining-Out Program. All residents, new
tional support to regain confidence. Call 604-882-4672             Applicants should be 18+ and volunteer 4 hours a          and old, of Ted Kuhn Towers and immediate neighborhood are
     ABBOTSFORD SUPPORT GROUP                                 week. Provides hospitality, bylaw assistance in downtown       welcome. Tickets are available at MOW office .
     Looking for a new home, meeting on the 2nd               Langley. Walks run from March to September. Please                SURREY MEALS ON WHEELS
Wednesday of each month from 2:00-3:30. For informa-          phone Teri James at 604-539-0133.                                 Are you tired of tea and toast? Are you unable to cook
tion Phone 1-800-567-8998.                                                                                                   for yourself? Do you want hot and nutritious meals served
     PROBUS CLUB OF ABBOTSFORD                                     ALZHEIMER GROUPS
     Meet every third Monday at 9:00am. For retired                Caregivers Support Group meets every Tuesday in           to your home? Meals are delivered Monday to Friday
Professional and Business men and women. We are not a         Langley. Support for those early stages. Alzheimer’s           between 11:33 and 1:00. Call Surrey-North Delta Meals
service club but have good times and fellowship to offer.     Caregivers Society meet every Tuesday at the Timms             on Wheels at 604-588-6325.
Give Don a call at 604-853-0418 for full details.             Community Hall in Langley. For complete information               GOLDEN OPPORTUNTIES
                                                              please phone 604-839-9237.                                         PROGRAMS
LANGLEY -                                                          HEARTS IN MOTION                                             The Fleetwood Community Centre asks seniors to drop
                                                                                                                             by for the schedule of fitness, drop-in and registered pro-
   LANGLEY MEALS ON WHEELS                                         WALKING CLUB
                                                                   Stay active and meet new friends. Join the Heart and      grams offered. There is a wide variety of arts, dance, fit-
   Langley Meals on Wheels Services Society offers hot
                                                              Stroke Foundation’s Willowbrook Hearts in Motion               ness, cards and more. Friendship Fridays Coffee mornings
and frozen, nutritious meals, delivered to your home at
                                                              Walking Club Mondays through Fridays from 7:30-                are the 3rd Friday of each month from 10:00am to noon.
midday, in Langley City and the Township. Also offering
                                                              9:30am at Willowbrook Shopping Centre. Please call             Phone 604-501-5030 for complete information.
Friends & Food Dining programs several times a week.
Phone 604-533-1679 for complete information.                  Sylvia at 604-533-3477 for complete information.                  CPR PENSIONERS
   LANGLEY GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS GROUP                                VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY                                        Meet the first Thursday of the month at 1:00pm. Held
   Open Meeting every Friday 7:30pm. St. Andrews                   Join the team at Langley Seniors Centre by becoming       at Betheney-Newton Church, 14853 - 60th Ave., Surrey.
Anglican Church, 20955 Old Yale Road & Fraser Highway.        a volunteer! There are a variety of opportunities available,   All Canadian Pacific pesnsioners welcome to attend.
For Information please call 604-878-6535.                     from telephoning and office work to driving and event set      Phone 604-882-2015 for complete information
     LANGLEY EVERGREEN O.A.P.O. #146                          up, to assisting frail seniors. If you have some time and         CLOVERDALE GARDEN CLUB
     Regular meetings held 1st Monday each month at           would like to help out, contact Silvia at 604-530-3020 -            Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from Sept. to
1:00pm. Bingo follows. Every Monday and Saturday              Ext. 302.                                                      June at Clayton Community Hall, 18513 - 70th Ave. at
Lunch at 11:30am, Bingo at 1:00pm. Crib is enjoyed                 SHARING & CARING SOCIAL                                   7:00pm. Monthly guest speakers, field trips, raffle, etc.
every Tuesday and Bridge & Whist Thursdays at 1:00pm.              Langley Seniors Recreation and Resource Centre,           For further info please call Linda at 604-539-0068.
Located at 5464 203 St., Langley. Phone Anita at 604-         20605 51B Ave., Langley. Most Thursdays from 1:00 -                 CRISIS LINE
534-2311 for complete information.                            2:30pm. Different topic every week! Tea, coffee and                 VOLUNTEERS
     EVERGREEN ENTERTAINERS                                   goodies included in fee. For complete information please            The South Fraser Regional Crisis Line is recruiting
     Singers and strummers needed for Evergreen               call 604-530-3020, ext. 306. Drop-in fee $3.                   volunteers from Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langley to
Entertainers Senior Band and Choir. Practice at Langley          VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY                                       provide assistance to people in the community who are
Lions Rainbow Lodge, 5470 203rd St., Langley, Tuesdays           Join the team at Langley Seniors Village Assisted           experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience
from 10:00-11:00am. Contact Linda Olund at 604-534-           Living by becoming a volunteer! Helping at special             is needed as on-going training and support is provided. If
7042.                                                         events, shopping, helping seniors who need assistance,         you are interested in learning more about this challenging
   SILVER BELLES & BEAUX CHORUS                               visiting, etc. crafts, baking and more. Contact Charlene or    and rewarding experience, pick up an information pack-
   A group of 2 dozen seniors from Langley Seniors            Lillian at 604-539-9934, ext. 1012.                            age at Surrey Community Services, 9815 140th Street.
Centre who entertain seniors’ venues throughout the               KIWANIS CLUB                                                 DEVELOPING
Lower Mainland. Please phone Marvyn at 604-534-1090.             The Kiwanis Club of Langley 100 - a group of men and          HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
   LANGLEY OSTEOPOROSIS SUPPORT GROUP                         women dedicated to serving the needs of the community,           A 12 step program, Tuesdays at 7:30pm. located at
   Monthly speakers. Meetings held at Langley Recreation      meets at 6:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each             5673 200th St., Langley. North side entrance. Phone
and Resources Centre, 20605 51B Ave., Langley.                month. (excluding July and August). at Andrea’s                Dorothy at 604-581-3865.
     LANGLEY SUPPORT GROUP                                    Restaurant, 20226 - 56th Ave., Langley, new members               THE AIRCREW ASSOCIATION
     Meets at Murrayville Library Community Room on           welcome. Call Don Wiens at 604-533-2424 for complete              Have you earned a Military Flying Badge associated
the 1st Wednesday of each month, from 12:30 - 2:00pm.         information                                                    with flying? Meet the fourth Wednesday of each month
                                                                 DOWNTOWN LANGLEY AMBASSADOR
For information Phone 778-287-3697.                                                                                          except July, August and December. At 1130 hours at the
   FRASER VALLEY EX-SERVICE WOMEN                                PROGRAM
                                                                                                                             Crescent Beach Legion, 2643 - 128 St., Surrrey. Please
   Meet at Andreas Restaurant, 20227 - 56th Ave.,                Provides hospitality and good will in Langley down-
                                                                                                                             call 604-531-5602.
Langley. At noon on the second Monday of each month.          town core. Training and uniforms provided. Call Lilianne                                     Continued on Next Page
Come join us for a social visit. All Ex-Service Women are     Fuller at 604-539-0133

         TODAY’S SENIOR NEWSMAGAZINE - A Publication for ALL Seniors
16    - Today’s Senior       March, 2011                                                                                                       Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition

. . . NOTEBOOK                                                NEW - OTHER -
                                                                   604 CONNECT
                                                                 A Lower Mainland initiative to help community groups
                                                                                                                              NEW - OTHER -
                                                                                                                                 CPR PENSIONERS
                                                                                                                                 Meet first of the month at 1:00pm. Betheney - Newton
SURREY -                                                      get connected to the Internet. A partnership of local agen-     Church, 14853 - 60th ave., Surrey. Phone 604-882-2015
                                                                                                                              for complete information.
      SUNNYSIDE ELDER CITIZEN’S ASSOC.                        cies wanting to make sure small groups don’t get left
   Carpet Bowling from 10:00am and Old Time Dancing           behind. Phone 604-257-3806. for info.                              GLEN PINE 50Plus SOCIETY
to live music from 1:00pm, every Monday after Labour                                                                             Located at Glen Pine Pavilion, 1200 Glen Pine Court,
                                                                 B.C. FORUM
Day. Sunnyside Hall corner of 18th Ave. and 154th St. in                                                                      Coquitlam, 1/4 block west of Pinetree and north of Glen
                                                                 The B.C. Federation of Retired Union Members offers
South Surrey. All seniors welcome. Phone 604-538-5657                                                                         Drive just south of City Hall Complex. Phone 604-927-
                                                              information and membership applications. Please call
     SURREY SINGLES OVER SIXTY                                                                                                6940. Many activities including the WHO Group.
                                                              Monica at 604-688-4565.
     Based in N. Surrey/N. Delta area. Interested in meet-       COUNCIL OF SR. CITIZENS ORGANIZATIONS                              RIDGE MEADOWS CHESS CLUB
ing new people and making new friends? Join us for cards,        An advocacy of seniors promoting the rights of all                Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 noon to 5:00pm. The Act,
dancing, bowling, etc. For more info call Doug or Lyla at     senior citizens. For information on group or individual         (Arts Club Theatre), 11944 Haney Place. Maple Ridge
604-951-1830.                                                 membership please call Ernie Bayer at 604-576-9734.             Leisure Centre. Everyone Welcome, contact Chris at 604-
   VAUDEVILLIANS                                                 TELL YOUR STORY                                              467-2426.
   We are looking for people over the age of 55 who              We retirees know that retirement’s about much more                SENIORS SERVICES SOCIETY
would like to get up on stage and sing, dance or just make    than financial planning. It’s time we shared our wealth of           Seniors Housing Information Program. An access
a fool of themselves.We have so much fun doing our            experience, wisdom and wit with each other and with             portal for older adults looking for information on housing
shows that the audience comes along for the ride.             those who are preparing for this major life change. We’re       and Services. Access to BC Housing Registry. Limited
Rehearsals every Monday 12:30 to 2:30pm at the Royal          looking to collect true stories for a book about the history,   Outreach Services available from 8:30-4:30pm or Walk-
Canadian Legion in Cloverdale. Phone Susie Francis at         challenges, joys and future of retirement. Give us a call in    In. Phone 604-520-6621 for further information.
604-613-3116.                                                 Gibson’s, B.C. at 1-604-886-8316.                                    AIR CANADA PIONAIRS
                                                                 B.C. GOVERNMENT RETIRED EMPLOYEES                                 A 32 year old federally registered non profit organiza-
VANCOUVER -                                                        Fraser Valley Brnach, Abbotsford. Meetings held at
                                                                                                                              tion of retired airline employees from Air Canada,
                                                                                                                              Canadian Airlines International and previous Constituent
     PERPETUAL-MOTION INVENTORS                               1:30pm on the 4th Monday of each month at Trinity
                                                                                                                              Airlines. Meet in Vancouver, Abbotsford, West Vancouver,
     And Gadgeteers meet every 2nd Monday from 7:00-          United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way. Phone 604-
                                                                                                                              Ladner, Tsawwassen, White Rock and Sunshine Coast
9:00pm at Ariel Cafe, 73 Kingsway (at Broadway)               859-4492.
                                                                                                                              Monthly. Web Site for times and loca-
Vancouver.                                                         FITNESS AND FUN
     GORDON NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE                                    Dancing to a wide variety of music, modern square
                                                                                                                                   SURREY SUPPORT GROUP
     We offer “Nutritious Lunches” with classical music       dancing great exercise. Check out a free try-out, dancing
                                                                                                                                   Meets at the Newton Library community room on the
every Tuesday at 12 noon. Located at 1019 Broughton St.,      in the Lower Mainland. Phone Janet or Roy at 604-939-
                                                                                                                              2nd Thursday of each month from 12:30-2:00pm. For
Vancouver. Phone 604-683-2554.                                2789 for complete information.
                                                                                                                              information Phone 778-278-3697.
   HEALTH AND HOMECARE SOCIETY                                     SENIORS MUSIC
                                                                                                                                   ABBOTSFORD SUPPORT GROUP
   B.C. Family Respite Centre. Day and overnight pro-              Learn to play the piano-keyboard-guitar by ear with-
                                                                                                                                   Looking for a new home, meeting on the 2nd
gram for seniors. Located at 2711 East 49th St., Vancouver.   out reading sheet music. Classes once a week. Registry
                                                                                                                              Wednesday of each month from 2:00-3:30. For informa-
Phone 604-327-9525.                                           necessary. Phone 778-397-2860 or 778-320-6565.
                                                                                                                              tion Phone 1-800-567-8998.
     COMPUTER COURSES                                            GLEN PINE ART CLUB
                                                                                                                                   CHILLIWACK SUPPORT GROUP
     National Academy of Older Canadians (NAOC) com-             Join us alternating (2nd and 4th of each month)
                                                                                                                                   Meets at the YMCA, on Hocking Road on the 4th
puter courses are tailored for the mature student and com-    Saturday mornings for fun and friendship. Phone Arcadia
                                                                                                                              Wednesday of each month. For Information Phone 1-800-
plete beginner. Classes taught at a leisurely pace. Call      Robinson at 604-936-2263 for complete information.
604-681-3767 for complete details or visit the computer          MSA GOLDEN KIWANIS
                                                                                                                                   MAPLE RIDGE CAREGIVERS
lab at 411 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver                            A friendly seniors group meeting every Wed. at
                                                                                                                                   Support Group. Parkinson's Society of B.C. First
   VANCOUVER BRANCH BCGREA                                    10:00am in the Legacy Bldg of Abbotsford Exhibition
                                                                                                                              Thurs. 10:am to Noon. Call Elinor Verkerk at 604-467-
   The Vancouver Branch of the BCGREA meets monthly           Park. Phone Lloyd at 604-853-5157 or Chuck at 604-850-
except for July and August at 1:00pm on the second            3950.
                                                                                                                                   BONSOR CHESS CLUB
Monday of each month unless it falls on a holiday, it            GLEN PINE BAND
                                                                                                                                   Bonsor Community Centre Seniors' Chess meets
meets first Monday. Meetings are held at the BCGREU              Come and jam with this Coquitlam band Mondays at
                                                                                                                              every Monday, Wednesdays and Friday from noon until
Building, 4911 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC. All retired           7:00pm. Phone Doris Tyson at 604-942-9682.
                                                                                                                              4:00pm. Holidays included. Everybody is welcome. More
government employees welcome. Contact info: 778-438-             MSOS CLUB 60+
                                                                                                                              more information call Alan at 604-299-6605.
2575.                                                            White Rock, South Surrey Mixed Singles over 60+.
                                                              Come and join us for friendship, outings and activities.             MUNICIPAL PENSION RETIREES
WHITE ROCK -                                                  Dancing, dinners out, golf, bowling, theatre, lunches and
                                                              more. We meet once a month every 3rd Thursday. For                   The Municipal Pension Retirees Association, Tri
    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY                                     complete information please call Carole at 604-590-4992.        Cities and District meet Monday at Pasta Polo Restaurant,
    The Canadian Red Cross Medical Equipment                     IN HOME SENIORS EXERCISE PROGRAM                             2754 Barnet Highway, Coquitlam. Phone E. Heffner at
Loan Service seeks volunteers at White Rock. Please              We will come to your house and provide a personal in         778-233-7136.
phone 604-536-7911 or 604-531-7935 for complete               home exercise program for you or your loved one, by a                LANGLEY ARTHRITIS SOCIETY
information.                                                  trained Gerontology Based Recreation Practitioner.                   Meet at the Fraser Arthritis Centre, Langley, 101-
                                                              Equipment provided. Currently working as a Recreation           5501 204th Street (Langley Mall) Monday 10:30-
     PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUPS                                                                                               11:30am. Phone Shirley at 604-514-0401 for complete
   Monthly meetings in Vancouver, Surrey, White Rock,         Director in a Senior’s Assisted Living Facility. Give Colin
                                                              a call at 604-818-9407.                                         information.
Langley, Abbotsford. For more details please call the
Parkinson’s Society of B.C. at 1-800-668-3330.                     RAINBOW WALKING CLUB                                            BC & YUKON
     MIXED SINGLES OVER SIXTY                                      The LGTB Committee of the 411 Seniors Centre,                   ARTHRITIS SOCIETY
     The White Rock/South Surrey club an active social        Vancouver, present the Rainbow Walking Club for older                The Arthritis Society of BC & Yukon Division, meet
club with meetings every third Thursday of each month.        and aging lesbian, gay, trans and bi folk. Every second and     at Fraser Arthritis Centre, Unit 101 - 5501 204th Street,
Activities. outings and travel. Carole at 604-590-4992 for    fourth Tuesday of each month. Walks depart from the 411         Langley. Phone 604-514-9902. for complete information.
full information.                                             Seniors Centre, 411 Dunsmuir Street at 9:30am and are                DO YOU DESIRE HEALTHY
   MEN’S PROBUS CLUB White Rock/South Surrey                  approximately 1.5 hours in duration. For complete infor-             AND LOVING RELATIONSHIPS?
Invites retired and semi-retired Professional, Business and   mation please phone Carol at 604-684-8171.                           Co-dependence Anonymous can help you! Meets
other men to meet those with similar interests. Enjoy cof-         FRIENDLY VISITORS                                          Monday at 7:30pm One Way Club Society, 22270 North
fee, speakers and socializing on the 2nd Wed. of each              Do you enjoy people? Would you like to spend a             Ave., Maple Ridge. Call 604-836-1217 for complete
month at 10:00am. EagleQuest Golf & Country Club,             couple of hours a week visiting a senior in their own           information.
7718 - 152nd St., Surrey. Phone 604-536-7944.                 home? Seniors Support Services invite you to become a                COUNCIL OF SENIOR CITIZENS
   EVENING ROTARY CLUB                                        Friendly Visitor. Please call 604-541-9400.                          ORGANIZATION
   A new evening dinner club is being established for              MISSION PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP                                 Cosco, an advocacy group devoted to improving "The
South Surrey and White Rock area. Interested parties and           Meets every 4th Monday of the month at 1:00pm.             Quality Of Life" for all seniors. Anyone wishing to
former Rotarians please phone Lyle Konner at 604-551-         Country Garden Kitchen at Carrington House in Mission.          become members, or affiliate, give Ernie Bayer a call at
5370.                                                         Starting Sept. 28th. Contact Cynthia at 604-406-8330.
                                                                                                                              604-576-9734 or Fax at 604-576-9733.
   EXCITING SNOOKER CLUB                                           ELDER COLLEGE CHILLIWACK
   Calling all over 65. Do you want to meet new people?            Provides adults over the age of 50 with access to edu-          CLOVERDALE
Do you want to have a great time playing a great game in      cational and learning opportunities for expanding your               SENIOR STAMP CLUB
your community? The Kent Street Activity Centre in            knowledge. For Infomation call 604-702-2611.                             Meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month at
White Rock is looking for new members to join this excit-          MISSION OAPA BRANCH #28                                    1:00pm at Cloverdale Senior's Centre 6022-176th Street.
ing club. Experience not required. From 9:00 to 4:30.              Meet at Mission Seniors Centre, 10th and Taulbut the       Beginners and advanced collectors welcome. For more
Ladies only on Tuesdays from 9:00 to noon. Call 604-541-      2nd Friday of each month at 1:00pm. Entertainment when          information please call John at 604-574-3182.
2231 or come by at 1475 Kent Street in White Rock             available. Phone 604-820-9121 ot 604-826-8924 for com-               RIDGE MEADOWS CHESS CLUB
   WHITE ROCK SOUTH SURREY MIXED SINGLES                      plete information.                                                   Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to
   Over 60 Club meetings the Third Thursday, Carol at              TOASTMASTERSCLUB                                           5:00pm at the ACT. Contact Chris at 604-467-2426.
604-590-4992.                                                      We have many seniors in our various clubs at                   WHITE ROCK GARDEN CLUB
   SINGLES FREE THINKERS                                      Toastmasters. A new club, mets at Pitt Meadows City                      Meets 2:00pm Tuesdays at Cranley Hall, 2141
   New in White Rock. Come share your favourite topic:        Hall, 1200 Harris Road, Thursdays at 7:30pm.                    Cranley Drive, South Surrey. Club information Eileen
Current events, an interesting article, or a humorous story                                                                   Davidson at 604-538-0496.
etc. Let’s chit-chat about this and that. First Monday of
each month 7:00-9:00pm. Call 604-536-6749
 Fraser Valley/ Lower Mainland Edition                                                                                                                    Today’s Senior March, 2011 -          17
Surrey/Delta Indo Canadian Seniors Centre                                     SENIOR CENTRE                                                  LANGLEY SENIOR CENTRE
                                                                                                                                                      20605-51B Avenue, Langley
    #200 - 7050 - 120 St., Surrey 604-591-1795                                  ACTIVITIES                                                                Phone 604-530-3020
    Open 7 Days a Week 10:00am to 5:00pm
                                                                                                                                         SHARING & CARING AGENDA
      The Indo-Canadian seniors society has its own building which                                                                       Mar 3rd David Hancock, noted biologist and pas-
has been extended from time to time to meet the needs of its                                                                             sionate wild life advocate, will speak about, and
increasing membership and other added activities. It is an inde-                                                                         show spectacular photographs of, his beloved bald
pendant body which runs its activitites without any government
funding or grants. It is run by anonymously elected body headed                                                                          eagles.
by a president and his team consosting of vice president, secretary,                                                                     Mar 10th Marylee Striker of Murrayville
treasurer, assistant treasurer, ten directors, a counsellor and two                                                                      Acupuncture draws on her extensive training in both
auditors. The term of the committee is two years. Luckily Mr.
Maghar Singh Sanghe the present president has been elected unop-
                                                                                                                                         Western and Eastern traditions. Today Marylee will
posed for the fifth term. It has 550 members including female                                                                            demonstrate some of her techniques in the preven-
members.                                                                                                                                 tion and treatment of disease.
      Aim                                                                                                                                Mar 17th Students from Blacklock School will be
      The society aims to meet the needs of the community at every
level, including fitness, health and wellness, games, bus trips, spe-                                                                    on hand to help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Wear
cial celebrations and literary needs.                                                                                                    "a bit o' the green" and join in the fun!
      Eligibility                                                                                                                        Mar 24th Heike Walker, Registered Reflexology
      All males and females 55+ can become its members with a
very nominal annual membership fee of $15 Jan-Dec.                                                                                       Therapist, will demonstrate how Reflexology pro-
      Activities                                                                                                                         motes health and well-being.
      Provides facilities for indoor recreation like cards, carom                                                                        Mar 31th       No Sharing & Caring Social today. The
boards, a pool table, a literary and large reading room with a num-
kber of english and vernacular newspapers, as well as TV`s, VCR`s
                                                                                                                                         Birthday Social is Wednesday, March 30th from 2 -
etc. In this reading room members sit and discuss all types of issues                                                                    3:30pm and features entertainment by Four Swell
national and international. Female members enjoy an indeoendant                                                                          Guys.
unhindered atmosphere for their activities, cultural, social and spir-
                                                                                                                                         BROOKSWOOD SENIORS CENTRE
                                                                          NEW WESTMINSTER
itual needs, all the days of the week they have a variety of these
      Health and Fitness                                                                                                                            19899 36th Avenue, Langley
                                                                                    SENIOR SERVICES                                                     Phone 604-530-4232
      Facilities exist for keeping the body fit and in shape. The
exercise room has been equiped with the latest machines ie, exer-
                                                                                                                                         Regular Activities:
                                                                                    Phone 604-520-6621
cisse cycles, treadmills. Health check up camps are organized.
Doctors, nurses and other health experts are invited to from time to                                                                     Pool, Shuffleboard, Meetings, Crafts, Crib.
time for check ups and informative talks. Blood pressure, choles-             Meals on Wheels                                            Line Dancers, 604-534-0299
terol, blood sugar and eye check ups are arranged in collaberation
with Wescana Pharmacy, Fraser health Services etc. Experts come               The Meals on Wheels program is available to                Chess Players, 604-530-4693
and deliver lectures on how to lead a healthy life in old age. Food      residents of New Westminster. The meals are deliv-              Duplicate Bridge, 604-856-7170
experts also pay visits to the centre. The BC Health Guide is avail-     ered Monday to Friday between the hours of 10:30                Paws2Dance, 604-534-6841,
able to every member.                                                    and 12:30. Clients should plan to be home to receive            Bingo, 604-534-2250
      Tours and Trips                                                    meals or make alternate arrangements.
                                                                                                                                                EDMONDS COMMUNITY
      Bus tours to places of historical, cultural and educational
importance are organized two or three times a year according to               Grocery Shopping Program
                                                                              Grocery orders are taken weekly Monday (deliv-
                                                                                                                                                  CENTRE FOR 55+
weather conditions. These trips are to widen the horizon of the
seniors and provide special facilities to the people who are unable      ered Tuesday) and Tuesday (delivered Wednesday).
to go such places on their own due to the busy schedule of their              Support Calls                                                7282 Kingsway, Burnaby Phone 604-525-1671
children. Lately they visited Victoria, the capital of BC and around.         Friendly telephone calls made on a weekly, twice           VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAM
The women visited Harison Lake, Cultas Lake and the parks.
      Volunteer Services                                                 weekly or daily basis by a volunteer to a senior who                Volunteer assistance is available for seniors on
      The memeber volunteer to help in filling out various forms         may be lonely or isolated. Calls are made Monday to             low income who are unable to complete their own
and returns and act as interpreters whenever and whereever needed.       Friday and provide support and monitoring. Older                income tax and benefit returns. Call to make an
      Entertainment                                                      adults who would like someone to talk with on a                 appointment.
      The last Sunday of the month is utilized for having poetical       regular basis can contact our office to register for this
                                                                                                                                          SILVER HARBOUR CENTRE
symposium and is open to all. POets and singers from India visit-
ing Canada also join and are honoured. V.V.I.P`s of Canada and           program.
                                                                              Information and Referral services
India also spare their valuable time to attend these functions.                                                                             144 East 22nd St., North Vancouver, 604-980-2474
            In short the centre functions like an extended family to          Include information and form completion related
share sorrows and joys of its members.                                   to the following subjects. Volunteer outreach work-             FREE LEGAL 7 REFERRALADVICE
                                                                         ers are available in our office at variable times, cur-              Silver Harbour’s free legal advice and referral clinic
       411 SENIORS                                                       rently Wednesdays 1-4pm, appointments are made                  is available to to all adults aged 55 and over living on the
                                                                         through the office. If clients are housebound, the              North Shore.
     CENTRE SOCIETY                                                      outreach worker will visit them in their homes.                 INCOME TAX CLINICS
            411 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver                                  Assistance is also provided in the office on a drop in               For low income seniors ($25,00 or less per person,
                   604- 684-8171                                         basis during normal office hours.                               $35,000 or less per couple).
                                                                              The Dining Club
      The 411 Seniors Centre is an inclusive
           resource and drop-in centre
                                                                              Three evenings a week the Seniors Service
                                                                         Society bus picks up older adults from their homes
          for adults aged 55 and older.                                  and takes them out to a local restaurant. Program                   RECREATION COMPLEX
        We offer over 45 different activities                            participants are contacted once a week to ask if they                  6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby BC
       and services that enable older adults                             would like to go out for dinner that week.                                   Phone 604-439-5510
             to live independent lives
                                                                              Lunch Program                                              DANCE AT BONSOR COMPLEX
          and thrive in our community.
                                                                              Two days a week, Wednesdays and Fridays, the                   Tuesday and Thursday night. From 7:30 to
These programs include:                                                  Seniors Services Society bus picks up older adults              10:30pm.
                                                                         from their homes and takes them to Century House
* Information & Referral to assist older adults access
the benefits and pensions to which they are entitled. We                 the seniors centre in New Westminster for lunch.
also assist with income tax, simple will preparation and
access to legal and advocacy services.
                                                                              Seniors Transportation Program
                                                                              This program provides transportation for isolated sen-
                                                                                                                                             COMMUNITY CENTRE
                                                                                                                                           15996 84th Ave., Surrey Phone 604-501-5026
* Fitness activities such as a walking club, gentle yoga,                iors. Transportation is provided by volunteer drivers in the
tai chi and more.                                                        volunteers vehicles. This is a door to door service available
* Social opportunities such as monthly social events
and trips, various language classes, bridge, mahjong and
                                                                         for medical and other appointments.                                 MAPLE RIDGE SRS. SOCIETY
more.                                                                                                                                              12150, 224th St., Phone 604-786-7404
* Health services such as podiatry, blood pressure clin-                                          Health Food
ics and dental screening clinics.
* The Thrift Store is open 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
                                                                                                   Vitamins & Bulk Food                    NEWTON SENIOR CENTRE
* The Cafeteria provides low-cost nutritious meals
                                                                                                      #113 - Brookswood Plaza                          13775 - 70th Ave., Surrey
Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
                                                                                                   4061 - 200th Street, Langley, B.C.                       604-501-5010

                                                                                                                                                   GLEN PINE PAVILION
These programs and services reflect the diversity of older
adults and promote their health and wellness, information
and referral, volunteerism, education, and social needs.                                      Your Local Neighbourhood Pharmacy                      Coquitlam - Phone 604-927-6948
Membership is $12.00 per year and we are open Monday
                                                                                             FREE LOCAL DELIVERY
                                                                                                                                              CONFEDERATION CENTRE
to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
   Please visit our website at for                                          - LANGLEY MALL -
more information or email us at                                           Phone/Fax: 604-532-1996                          4585 Albert Street, Burnaby, 604-294-1936
18 - Today’s Senior     March, 2011                                                                                             Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition

      Abbotsford - Chilliwack - Hope

                                                            Opportunities for
                                                            Splitting Pension Income
                                                            Canadians are now allowed to split quali-
                                                        fied income with their spouse or common-law
                                                        partner. This can result in a reduction of fam-
                                                        ily taxes and can also minimize the impact on
                                                        income-tested tax credits and benefits. If you          Matsqui Seniors Branch #69 (OAPO)
                                                                                                                     3106 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford B.C.
Chilliwack and District                                 have a spouse (or common law partner) who is
Senior Resources Society                                in lower tax bracket, you and your spouse will                      Phone 604-557-0648
Information to link seniors with programs and ser-      be able to elect to have up to 50 per cent of                    WELCOME TO ALL FRIENDS
vices they require to maintain a healthy, independent   eligible income transferred to the lower income             NEW MEMBERS & PRESENT MEMBERS
life style.                                             spouse. Eligible income is defined as income          BINGO - 1:00 Tuesday
9291 Corbould St. Chilliwack, BC V2P 4A6                eligible for the pension income credit.               BRIDGE - 1:00 Monday & Wednesday
Phone 604 793-9979                                          What Types Of Income                              CRIBBAGE - 1:00 Friday                                      Are Eligible? Under age 65, only income           CARPET BOWLING - 1:00 Tuesday & Thursday
Hours Monday - Thursday 9 am - 4 pm                     received directly from a pension plan or              SHUFFLEBOARD - 9:00 Monday & Friday
For further information call the office at 604 793-     received because of the death of your spouse          WHIST - 1:00 Wednesday
9979. Brochures available at the Information Booth      qualifies for pension income splitting. Income        POT LUCK LUNCH - 12:00 3rd Tuesday
at the Cottonwood Mall, 45585 Luckakuck Way.            from other registered plans such as RRIFs,            EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING - 10:00 Last Tuesday
Scheduled Activities                                    annuities purchased with your RRSP and                of each month
Badminton for Seniors                                   Deferred Profit Sharing Plans are only eligible       GENERAL MEETING - 1:00 First Tues. of each month
Mondays & Wednesdays 1-3 PM                             for splitting if you are age 65 or older.             HEALTH ALERT ACTIVITY GROUP - 9:30am
9291 Corbould Street Evergreen Hall                     Government plans such as Canada/Quebec                Thursday. Vilma Plett Phone 604-853-5081.
Brisk Fit - Low impact exercises for seniors 55+        Pension Plan and Old Age Security do not
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9 -10 am                      qualify under the federal pension income split-
45530 Spadina Ave. Loft at Ag. Rec. $3.00 drop-in       ting rules. Generally, income from non-regis-         ABBOTSFORD SENIORS ASSOCIATION
Floor Curling for Seniors 55+                           tered investments will also not qualify. One           33889 Essendene, Ave., Abbotsford 604-853-4014
Tuesdays 9:30 - Noon & Thursdays 1 - 3 pm               exception is when the income is received from
                                                                                                                      CALENDAR of regular weekly activities
9291 Corbould Street Evergreen Hall                     a Guaranteed Interest Contract (GIC) provided
                                                                                                              Arts & Crafts Wed. mornings 9:30am to 11:30
Carpet Bowling                                          by an insurance company. A GIC from a life            Ballroom Dancing Tues. 7:00-11:00pm
Mon. 9:30 am - 11:30 am & Thurs. 9:30 - 11:30 am        insurance company reports the interest accrued        Carpet Bowling Mon. 1:00 to 3:00 in the hall
9291 Corbould Street Evergreen Hall                     as annuity income which qualifies for the pen-        Computer Classes Tues. & Thurs. 1:30 to 3:00pm
Stride Inside Walking Program                           sion income credit at age 65. The interest ele-            (by registration only)
Cottonwood Mall                                         ment of a non-registered annuity contract             Crib Sat. 1:00-3:30pm
Monday - Friday 7:30 - 9:30 am                          (prescribed & non-prescribed) is another              Duplicate Bridge Mon. 7:00 to 10:00am
Indoor Bocce Ball                                       exception for those age 65 or older.                       in drop-in centre
Tuesday & Thursday 1 - 3:30 pm                              Income Splitting Options                          Fiddlers Tea Dance Second Sun. of each month at 1:00pm
Ag Rec Loft Drop in $1.50                                   1. Eligible Income. You can split up to 50        Health Awareness Tues. and Thurs. in the main hall at 9:00am
Table Tennis                                            per cent of eligible income, described above,         Exercise for Seniors 9:00-11:00am
                                                                                                              Line Dancing Mon. 9:00am and Wed. 6:30pm - main hall
Monday & Wednesday 1 - 3 pm                             with a spouse or common law partner. Because
                                                                                                              Mahjon Second & Fourth Tues. 7:00-10:00pm
Ag Rec Loft                                             of income tested benefits such as age credits,        Partner Bridge Fri. 1:00 to 4:00pm in centre
Pickleball                                              medical expenses and claw backs on Old Age            Pool & Billiards 8:00-3:00pm daily
Wednesday 9 - Noon Evergreen Hall                       Security, the optimum transfer may be less            Sing-a-long Mon. 1:00-4:00pm. Drop-In Centre
Tai Chi                                                 than 50 per cent.                                     Social Dancing Friday 8:00-11:00pm
Monday, Wednesday and Friday                                2. Canada/Quebec         Pension       Plans.     Square Dancing Mon. 7:00pm - Thurs. 7:00pm
Ag Rec Loft 9 - 10:30 a.m.                              Although not part of the Federal initiative with      Swing Dances Sunday 8:00-11:00pm
CHILLIWACK SENIOR                                       respect to pension income splitting, these gov-       Tops Thurs. 6:00-8:00pm
RECREATION CENTRE                                       ernment plans already allow spouses who are            For additional information please call Jodie at 604-850-2465
9400 College St., Chilliwack. Phone 604-792-4549.       at least 60 years of age to share up to 50 per
Open 8:00am-4:00pm daily except Sunday.                 cent of the benefits earned while you were liv-
Breakfast and Lunch 9:00-1:00 Monday-Friday             ing together.
Poolroom Open to members 8:00am-4:00pm                      3. Spousal RRSPs. Contributing to a
Monday-Saturday                                         spousal RRSP can also result in tax savings.
Monday - 9:30 Line Dancing 12:30 Bingo                  Under the new rules, RRSP and RRIF income
Tuesday - 10:00 Rug Hooking 1:00 Singles Bridge         can only be split at age 65 or older. However,
Wednesday - 9:30 Line Dancing, Art Group 1:00           spousal RRSPs provide income splitting at any
Partners Bridge 7:30 Ballroom Dancing                   age and are not restricted to 50 per cent. Also,
Thursday - 1:00 Whist                                   if your spouse is younger, the income can be
Friday - 9:30 Line Dancing 1:00 Cribbage                delayed until the year after your spouse reach-
7:30 Ballroom Dancing                                   es age 71.
CHILLIWACK SENIOR SOCIAL SOCIETY                            Ideal Candidates
     The friendly atmosphere at the Chilliwack Senior       •	 Those	 age	 65	 or	 who	 are	 currently	
Social Society, 45795 Victoria, Chilliwack offers an    receiving income directly from a pension plan.
opportunity to meet new friends in their weekly             •	 Those	who	have	a	spouse	in	a	lower	tax	
activities:                                             bracket.
     Beginners and Experienced Tap Dancing on               Take Action
Mon. and Thurs.; Bingo (lunch available) each               •	 Identify	 the	 income	 eligible	 for	 split-
Tues.; Line Dancing Mon., Wed. and Fri.; Carpet         ting.
Bowling each Fri. In addition, the Sons of Scotland         •	 Determine,	 with	 your	 tax	 preparer,	 the	
welcomes new members at its meeting at 7:30pm           amount to be taxable to your spouse.
each fourth Tues. of the month.                             •	 Make	an	election	on	your	tax	return
     The Mt. Cheam Orchid Society meets at 7:30pm           For further information on opportunities
the first Tues. of every month. Church services are     for Pension Income Splitting contact your
offered at 10:30am at the Church of Christ each         financial advisor or call Rick at CRS Financial
Sunday. Phone Beryl Wilson at 604-792-6696 for          Group at 604-787-3359 or email: rick@crsfi-
more information.                             
Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition                                                           Today’s Senior        March, 2011 -          19

                                                               DO YOU REMEMBER THE DON MESSER SHOW?
                                                                 Do you remember the
                                                             Don Messer Show on tv?
                                                             Shown here are Johnny
                                                             Forrest (left) and Don
                                                                 When Don first intro-
                                                             duced Johnny he stated, he’s
                                                             a Scottish entertainer who
 KinVillage Community Centre                                 was a great addition to the
       5430 10th Ave., Tsawwassen                            show.
           Phone 604-943-0225                                    Johnny recalls Don say-
                                                             ing “Okay laddie, let’s hear
                  WEEKLY ACTIVITIES                          you.”
  Reception Desk Open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm          An impromptu perfor-
   Location of the Bay Area Gourmet Café 7:30 am - 3:30 pm   mance followed with
  Unique Boutique Gently Used Clothing Store 10 am - 3 pm    Johnny playing and singing
 A great facility for Hall Rental - Ask for Anne Siemens     his favourite Scottish songs
MONDAY - 8:00am Table Tennis; 8:45am Pilates Level           for Mr. Messer and much of
II; 9:00 am Keep Fit Exercises; 10:00 am Fitness &           his troupe who came out of
Stretch with Beth; 1:00 pm Beginner's Bridge; 1:00pm         their own dressing rooms to
Conversational Bridge; 1:00pm Ladies Drop-in Bridge;         listen. This was at Edmonton
1:00 pm Poker;
TUESDAY - 9:00am Fitness & Weights with Beth;
                                                             in 1963
10:00am Beginners' Watercolor; 10:30am Line Dancing;             Johnny now lives here,
1:00pm Cribbage;                                             in Surrey, and does a Tour
1:00pm Partner's Bridge; 7:00pm Table Tennis                 of Bonnie Scotland.
WEDNESDAY - 9:00am Foot Care Clinic (once a                      He can be contacted at
month); 9:00am Pilates 10:10 am Step Classes; 1:00 pm        778-571-4211.
Bingo; 4:00pm Singles Over Sixty (once a month);
6:30pm Tai Chi Chuan Form; 7:00pm Competitive
THURSDAY - 9:00am Fitness & Weights; 10:00am
KinQuilters; 10:00am Carpet Bowling; 10:00am                                                                OPEN
Advanced Art Classes; 1:00pm Euchre; 1:00pm
KinSingers; 3:30pm Jammers (twice a month); 6:00pm                                                     LUNCH & DINNER
Poker; 7:30pm Talespinners (twice a month); 6-9pm
Triplett School of Ballroom Dance Classes - Call 604-
                                                                                                        7 DAYS A WEEK
                                                                                                        Enjoy the best of Steveston . . .
862-8761 for details                                                                                          • NEW MENU •
FRIDAY - 8:00am Table Tennis; 9:00am Keep Fit
Exercises; 1:00pm Conversational Bridge; 7:00pm
                                                                                                             12111 Third Ave.,
Ballroom Dancing Private Lessons; 8:00pm Regular                                                                 Steveston
SUNDAY - 2 - 4:30pm Tea Dance; 6-9pm Triplett School
of Ballroom Dance Classes - Call 604-862-8761 for
             & THEMED DINNER DANCE

   12150 224th St., Maple Ridge   604-467-4993
           Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:00am to 4:00pm
          Drop-in-Lounge Mon.-Fri. 9:00am to 4:00pm
          Room Mon.-Sun. 9:00am to 4:00pm Wed. to                                                          ocial Pro
MONDAY - 8:30 Stay Fit 9:00 Beg. Bridge, Table Tennis                                       Recre ation & S Dining
                                                                                                      la Carte
10:00 Seniors Workout 1:00 Int. Bridge, Carpet Bowling,                                     Superb a
Parkinson’s Group, Old Time Dancing 1:30 Caregivers
Support Group 5:00 Tops Chapter 2304 7:30 Square
Dancing - Plus 7:00 Gentle Joint & Yoga Fitness
TUESDAY - 8:30 Easy-Fit, Jazz & Tap Dance Classes
9:00 Health & Wellness 9:30 Crafts and Needlework
10:30 Int. Line Dancing, Jazz 1:00 Cribbage, Int.Tap,         CHECK OUR
Scrabble 6:30 Duplicate Bridge 7:00 Table Tennis, Social      CLASSIFIEDS
Games Night                                                   FOR SPECIAL
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Beginners Tap 10:00 Seniors Workout, Spanish Dance
Lessons 11:30 Live Music 1:00 Spanish Language Class
1 1:30 Social Bridge 2 7:30 Round Dancing, Canasta
THURSDAY - 8:30 Easy Fit 9:00 Beginner Snooker
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Workout, Stroke Club 1:00 Beginner Line Dancing,
                                                                  Plus G.S.T.
Partnership Bridge 2:00 Int. Line Dancing 3:00 Senior
Taekwon Do 7:15 Square Dancing - New Dancer, Whist                EACH EDITION
8:30 Square Dancing                                                Must Run Six
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 Snooker Room Open Monday. - Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm          - PREPAID ONLY -
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20     - Today’s Senior        March, 2011                                                                                                           Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition

                                COZY                             shoulder exercises all contribute to posture awareness.
                                                                      2. Decrease the risk of falling
                                                                                                                                       * Choose a facility, leader or trainer who knows the
                                                                                                                                  exercise restrictions associated with osteoporosis

                               CORNER                                 In older people, 5% to 10% of falls result in fractures          * Choose an activity or program that is enjoyable.
                                                                 and 25% of falls result in other significant injuries.                For more information on how you can fight osteopo-
                                                                 Exercise helps to decrease falls, as well as the risk of falls   rosis please visit Osteoporosis Canada's website at www.
                                 “Let’s Talk”                    if the exercise includes activities aimed at improving bal-
                                       with                      ance. Balance exercises increase the ability to handle                I look forward to speaking with you all again next
                                                                 quick or unbalanced movement in daily life.                      month. Let's talk, mail your comments to:
                                 Janet Isherwood                                                                             
                                                                      3. Improve muscular strength
                                                                      Exercise for osteoporosis focuses on strengthening               Cozy Corner
      A place for seniors and their families to speak out,       the large muscles in the upper         and lower body as              P.O. Box 1196
share stories and ask questions.                                 well as the torso. These muscles are used in everyday                 Metrotown RPO
      Another month closer to spring and everyone now has        activities; therefore, strengthening these muscles will help          Burnaby B.C.
that little skip in their walk.                                  to ensure independent living and an overall positive qual-            V5H 4J8
                                                                 ity of life.

                                                                                                                                        TEN GOLDEN RULES
      Gyms are busy with the after New Years "Let's Loose
Weight" ideas and most everyone is cutting back on the                4. Improve flexibility
comfort foods.                                                        As we age, we lose flexibility from inactivity and
      The Wikipedia describes Physical Fitness is any bod-       poor habits and the imbalance associated with lost flexi-           1. If you open it - close.
                                                                 bility contributes to pain and restricted movement.
ily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and                                                                         2. If you turn it on - turn it off.
overall health and wellness. These include strengthening         Stretching exercises will help to regain lost flexibility and
muscles and the cardiovascular system, athletic skills,          contribute to enjoying exercise.                                    3. If you unlock it - lock it.
weight loss or maintenance and for enjoyment.                         5. Increase endurance and stamina                              4. If you move it - put it back.
      Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the               People with osteoporosis should use caution when               5. If you borrow it - return it.
                                                                 performing high-impact exercise because it may contrib-
immune system and helps prevent the diseases of affluence
                                                                 ute to fracture. Low-impact aerobic exercise is exercise            6. If you use it - take care of it.
such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabe-
tes and obesity.                                                 that safely and comfortably increases breathing and heart           7. If you break it - fix it.
      Exercise also helps improve our mental health, helps       rate for an extended period of time, without making it dif-         8. If you can’t fix it - call someone who can.
fight depression, and help's to promote or maintain posi-        ficult to breathe in and out. Individuals are advised t o           9. If you make a mess - clean it up.
tive self esteem.                                                consult a physiotherapist before starting an aerobic exer-
                                                                 cise program.                                                      10. If it doesn’t concern you -
      Exercises are generally grouped into 3 types:
      -Flexibility such as stretching, improving range of             Walking may help build bones and provides many                      leave the darn thing alone.
motion of muscles and joints.                                    benefits to overall fitness. To be effective, it has to be                           Mrs. R. M. Knill,
                                                                 brisk, done regularly (4-7 days per week) for at least 10
      -Aerobic exercise such as cycling, swimming, walk-                                                                                               Retired teacher
ing, skipping                                                    minutes at a time for a total of 30-60 minutes a day.
                                                                      6. Improve overall quality of life

      -Anaerobic exercise such as weight training
      The benefits to physical exercise is important for              A four-year study of women with osteoporosis
maintaining physical fitness and contribute to maintaining       showed that pain decreased yearly in the whole group,
a healthy weight, building and maintaining healthy bone          but decreased significantly in those with the greatest                Watch the waves rolling toward the beach with a roar,
density, muscle strength and joint mobility thus promoting       improvement in aerobic fitness. Another study used an               Beach lovers look and listen, saying that’s what they’re for.
physiological well-being while strengthening our immune          Osteoporosis Functional Disability Questionnaire to                             Bell birds sing their songs of love,
system.                                                          assess pain and activities of daily living. Those who chose
                                                                 to participate in exercise showed a significant decrease in                     So let us thank that guy up above.
      For you seniors that are house bound, there are won-
derful chair exercise and many chair yoga exercise out           pain that interferes with daily activity and a subsequent                Life sure has its ups and downs, like a seasaw,
there.                                                           improvement in their quality of life.                                  The sound of music is everywhere, so listen in awe.
      Walking the stairs or just walking the block can often          Exercise Precautions                                                      Soldiers boots that sing in the mud,
be all you need for a daily exercise.                                 Individuals with osteoporosis should be encouraged                      With a gurk, gurk, glub, sounds so sad.
                                                                 to consult a physiotherapist to learn how to perform eve-
      Margaret Willson from Osteoporosis sends you this
                                                                 ryday activities safely. In general, be careful when per-
                                                                                                                                           Singing a song of Christmas is a common cry,
important information:
                                                                 forming activities that require reaching overhead, twist-                  Look closely and you’ll see tears in my eye.
      Six reasons not to be a lazybones
      Regular physical activity improve health in so many        ing, bouncing or jerky movements. Avoid side or forward               We sing when we are happy, we sing when we are sad,
ways. Physically active people have a lower risk of devel-       bending of the spine from any position (standing, sitting                 Singing in the shower doesn’t sound too bad.
oping most chronic diseases. They sleep better and have          or lying).                                                              Hum a song to babykins and they will go to sleep,
better emotional health; they have greater energy and                 Points to Remember                                                 Older folk just lay in bed counting all those sheep.
stamina; they have more self-confidence and are more                  * Check with your physician before starting an osteo-
                                                                 porosis exercise program                                               Songs are good medicine for the young and healthy,
      The importance of physical activity for people with             * Don't do exercise that causes pain                             And will put a smile, even on the faces of the wealthy.
osteoporosis cannot be overstated. When a muscle is used              * Stretch before and after exercise                                             Stanley F. Smith, Surrey
repetitively and consistently, as in exercise, a change can
be seen over time. The same effect is not visible with bone

                                                                           You’re going places,
tissue; however, this does not mean there is no similar
effect. Studies show that people who have been bed-ridden
for a lengthy period of time and astronauts who have been
in weightless environments both suffer from a significant
loss of bone density. On the other hand, studies of tennis

                                                                             Go Greyhound!
players show an increase in bone density in the playing
      Building a strong skeleton during childhood, adoles-
cence and young adulthood is like a retirement plan for
your bones: it may help you to avoid osteoporosis later in
life. Regular weight-bearing exercise such as walking or            Unlimited travel on a limited budget.                             CHECK OUR
aerobics and strength or resistance training are all essential
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      This is exercise that allows bones and muscles to work
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against the force of gravity. Examples of weight bearing
exercises are: walking, jogging, aerobics, dancing, and
stair climbing and racquet sports.
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      Resistance exercise
      This type of exercise uses muscular strength to
                                                                      for complete                                                 GREYHOUND
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"load," like free weights, weight machines and exercise
bands, puts stress on the muscle group that is being
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                                                                                                                                  GIVE US
      The six reasons for people with osteoporosis to be
physically active are:
                                                                      SURREY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 604-594-4927              A CALL
      1. Improve posture                                              VANCOUVER. . . . . 482-8747 / 482-8743                      TODAY!
      Postural training is a key goal for people with osteo-
porosis. Back extension exercises, abdominal, arm and
Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition                                                                                                                                        Today’s Senior            March, 2011 -        21

 Today’s Senior CLASSIFIEDS
                                                                                                                         VINTAGE & ANTIQUES - Of
                                                                                                                         PERSONAL TRAINING -
                                                                                                                         Seniors In-Home Personal
                                                                                                                                                            Senior to Senior
                                                                                                                                                                       A FREE SERVICE FOR SENIORS
  30 Words -      $10 + 12% HST                             all ads must bE PrEPaid by chEquE, cash
                                                             or monEy ordEr and bE submittEd by thE
                                                                                                                         Training. We will come to         A column enabling Seniors to meet Seniors for compan-
     Each additional 20c      ord                           20th of Each month. no classified disPlaY                    you in Surrey, Langley, White
                                                                                                                         Rock areas! Building
                                                                                                                                                           ionship and outings only. Limited to 40 words. Publisher’s
                                                                                                                                                           discretion as to publishing. Always use caution with
                                                                                                                         strength, confidence, energy      strangers! Money should never be involved!
                                                                                                                         and health, Let me help you                 No PhoNe Calls Please!
                                                                                                                         be to best you can be, at any
                                                                                                                                                             SEND BY MAIL TO - SENIOR TO SENIOR
                                                                                                                         age. Specialists in Fitness          Box 61533 Brookswood P.O., Langley, B.C.
                                                                                                                         for older adults. Call                   V3A 8C8 or Fax to: 604-574-1964
                                                                                                                         Cavelene for complimentary
                                                                                                                         consultation. Phone 604-          • I’m a 70’s w/w/f, blonde, like to dance, bowl, travel, walk.
                                                                                                                         868-6438.                 1-tfn   Looking for careing, honest, sense of humour, fun loving gentle-
                                                                                                                         EXPERIENCED MOBILITY              man for companion. Phone 604-366-2635.                             4-2
                                                                                                                         TECHNICIAN - Will sell or         • I am a single 55+ year old retired, 5’ 8”, 170 lb., white, looking
                                                                                                                         repair/tune-up wheelchairs,       for a single lady 50+. Slim, white, for companionship. For out-
PlEasE run this ad ______ timEs in thE today’s sEnior (samE cost Each timE)                                              scooters, walkers, lift chairs,   ings, home cooking. I’m just an average man, n/s, o/d. At home
Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   adjustable beds, etc. Call        week days 7:00-9:00pm. I like sports, library, movies tv, casino.
Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    604-440-1777 or 778-564-          Phone 604-597-3797
City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prov. . . . . . . . . P.C. . . . . . . . .        3901.                      4-2    • I am a man, in his 70’s, who wishes to contact the 71 year old
             Please Send Ad and Payment by Mail                                                   To:
                                                                                                                         NURSING FOOT CARE -               lady from Tsawwassen who phoned me several weeks ago about a
  TODAY’S SENIOR - Box 61533 Brookswood P.O., Langley, B.C. V3A 8C8                                                      Gentle Sole Mobile Footcare.
        CHEQUE - CASH - MONEY ORDER!                             PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS!
                                                                                                                                                           companion. Please phone me at White Rock, 604-541-0641. No
                                                                                                                         Caring, friendly, profession-     messages please!
     FOR SALE                                 SERVICES                                 SERVICES                          al. In your home or facility.     • S/F seeking 60’s s/m for tender, generous relationship of equals
FOR SALE - 2 Mousoleums                 VOLUNTEER NEEDED - If                    MUSIC LESSONS - Learn to                23 years experience in            to enjoy the autumn of life to lovingly RV , motorcycle, bbq, walk-
at Gardens of Geltsemani                you have carpentry skills &              play the Piano - Keyboard -             health care - 17 with seniors.    just plain play for enjoyment! 311 - 390 Waterfront Cresc.,
15800, 32nd Ave., Surrey.               can donate your time, we will            Guitar by Ear in One Week               Corns, calluses, fungal nails,    Victoria, B.C. V8T 5K3. Photo please.
Phone 531-2141 owner                    supply material. Our Bunny               without having to read sheet            diabetic feet, foot massage.      • Single male, tall slim, in 70’s, n/s, n/d, no pets, strong, healthy,
859-6976, $5,000 each.                  Pharaoh needs a home. Call               music. Only $25 / hr. 778-              Surrey, Langley, White Rock.      interested in all activities, but prof. sports. Enjoys outdoors, walk-
Valued at $7,000 each. 3-2              Janet at 604-541-4663.                   397-2860, 778-320-6565.                 Karen Bellefontaine Certified     ing, dancing, movies, reading and talking. Want long-term loving
FOR SALE - Mobile at fern-                                                                                 3-3           Footcare Nurse. Office 778-       companionship with single woman Please call 604-615-8219.
                                        COMPUTER GEEK - Non-                                                             574-0600.Email -                  • Single lady 60’s, n/s, s/d, outgoing, looking for travel compan-
ridge Park 55+ 1054.                    Profit. At your home or office.          OLD TIME MUSIC -
Completely remodelled. 2                                                         Anniversaries, Dancing,                4-2    ion, m/f, share expenses. Enjoy outdoors, rving, boating, dining,
                                        We solve all your computer                                                       PAINTING - And Small              movies, walks, talks. Phone 604-594-6740.
bedroom, 1 bathroom, 6                  problems.          Hardware,             Parties. The best from for-
appliances. Pad rental                                                           ties, fifties. Discount for             Repairs. Interior/exterior.       • I am looking for s/w/m between 60 to 75 years, who is thought-
                                        Software, Email, Anything.                                                       Semi-retired professional         ful and loving. Friendship first. I am in my 60’s, s/w/f, n/s, s/d. I
$451.00 monthly.                        We also teach you to use                 Seniors Clubs. Thomas 604-
$115,000.00. Phone 604-                                                          560-1104. Thomasmackay                  painter. Extra special rates      like Chinese food, walks reading and simple things in life. Go out
                                        computer. $25 per visit. Call                                                    for seniors. Small jobs just      for dinners. Would like to hear from guys, n/s, s/d, from Vancouver
534-8720. South Langley.                778-397-2860 / 778-320-                     3-3
                          3-2                                                    MAPLE RIDGE PAINTING -                  fine. Call Gordon at 604-         and Burnaby. Call Elizabeth at 604-320-0431.
                                        6565.                       3-3                                                  532-7851 or cell at 604-818-      • A new year, a new adventure. I am an active widow living in
WE SELL - On consignment,               MELODY MAKERS - Music                    Serving Lower Mainland and
Scooters, Mobility Aids. Must                                                    Fraser Valley since 1960.               5824.                      4-4    beautiful Fraser Valley. Seeking a n/s, active adventerous, adapt-
                                        30’3 to 50’s & 60’s. Romantic                                                    WRITER - Will edit your           able, 70+ indivdual for friensdhip, companionship and travel.
be in good condition. Comfort           tunes from to old Movies                 Interior/Exterior, drywall
Plus Wellness Products,                                                          repair. Insured W.C.B.                  memories, rewrite your book       What have you got to lose, take a chance, I did! Please phone
                                        Ideal for Weddings, Tango,                                                       or work with you to write your    604-792-5480.
20412 Fraser Hwy. Ph. Don               Waltz, Cha Cha, Rumba,                   Re-paint specialist. Call
at 604-539-8200 anytime.                                                         Brent at 604-725-1889.                  story. Experienced, afforda-
                                        Samba. Call Art anytime                                                          ble. Call for quote, can also
FOR SALE - Vallley View                                                          2-12
Memorial Gardens, Surrey.
                                        604-574-4638. 3-12
                                                                                 ROLL PAINT SERVICES -                   help compose special let-              Alzheimer Society of B.C.
                                        HOME         SERVICES          -         Interior, exterior, quality             ters. Phone 604-572-6897.              South Fraser Valley Region
Garden of the Four Prophets.
                                        Crawford Home Services,                  workmanship. Reasonable                                            4-2
Lot 221 A Plots 1&2 $600.00
O.B.O..Phone 604-463-                   experienced handyman,                    rates. Serving entire Lower             WANTED TO BUY
7817.           8-3                     repairs, light carpentry,                Mainland. Phone Dave at
                                                                                                                         WANTED TO BUY - Vintage           Alzheimer Resource Centre - Abbotsford- 859-3889
                                        install range exhaust fans,              604-587-8855 or 778-834-
FOR SALE - Double Wide                                                                                                   costume or fine jewellry. Incl.   #214 - 2825 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford.
                                        light fixtures, shelves, ceiling         8855                     9-12                                              Jillian Armit - Support & Education Coordinator
Niche in the Garden                                                                                                      men’s pocket or wrist watch-
                                        fans, repair decks, fences,              SENIORS COMPUTER -                                                        All support services by appointment only.
Mausuleum CMT. Burnaby                                                                                                   es (working or not), old keys,
                                        stairs. Junk taken to dump.              We give you a computer sys-                                               Alzheimer Resource Centre - Chilliwack-604-702-4603
604-467-7547                                                                                                             sterling silver items, fountain
                                        Fully insured. Call Garry at             tem for only $85 and we                                                   Evergreen Hall - 9291 Corbould Street, Chilliwack
FOR SALE - Cheaper Than                 778-867-2477.               2-3          teach you to use it. Enter a            pens, old photos, postcards,      Jillian Armit - Support & Education Coordinator
Rent! Bright, quiet bachelor            WALKING BUDDY - Seniors                  whole new world of informa-             toys, bears, ink wells, mili-     All support services by appointment only.
suite next-door to Kennedy              Walking Buddy System with                tion      and    enjoyment.             taria, figurines, porcelain &
                                                                                                                                                           Alzheimer Resource Centre - Czorny Centre
Heights Seniors Centre in               a Certified Specialist in                Computek Corp. 778-397-                 pottery. As well as old, unu-     North Surrey 778-571-2390
North Delta. Clean, recently            Fitness for older adults.                2860 / 778-320-6565. 3-3                sual small items. Call Louise     Monday and Friday
updated, outdoor pool.                  Need to get out and get                  TRAVEL COMPANION -                      at 604-588-0362. 4-3              300 - 16850 66th Ave., Surrey, B.C.
Second floor of adult build-            walking? Call Cavelene for               Assistant. Need help to                 RECORDS WANTED - Rock             Rose Puszka - Support & Education Coordinator
ing. Only $99,900! Call 604-            prices and times 604-868-                Travel, call Mike, I’ll see to          and Roll, Country, etc. 50’s,     Support Servcies by appointment only.
597-8311.                               6438 White Rock, Surrey                  all your arrangements and               60’s, LP’s, 78’s, 45’s, Plus
                                                                                                                                                           Alzheimer Resource Centre - Langley - 604-533-5277
FOR SALE - Invacare MX4                 and Langley areas.         1-tfn         personal needs while you sit            Cowboy Items. Will pay cash       Tuesday to Thursday
Scooter, has basket and                 PAINTING - Painting,                     back, relax and enjoy the               and come to you. Charlie at       Suite 102 - 20316 56th Avenue Langley, B.C.
cane holder, built in battery           Painting - Homes, Condos,                trip. From cross town to                604-853-1158.              1-4    Rose Puszka, Support & Education Coordinator
charger, video and manual.              Interior, Exterior, Moving,              Paris, camping or RV road               WANTED TO BUY - Vintage/          Support Services by appointment only.
$1500. Ph. 604-556-0627,                Staying or Renovating. One               trip. Let me help you get out           Antique Watches of any type       Alzheimer Resource Centre -
Abbotsford.               4-2           stop shopping. Free esti-                and to see and enjoy the                - working or not. Jewellery,      Surrey/Delta/White Rock - 604-541-0606
FOR SALE - Acorn stair lift.            mates. 778-855-5361 www.                 world. I’m friendly, easy               Native Westcoast Art,             102 - 15240 Thrift Ave., White Rock
Ext. Cont. $1400. Elec. lift   3-6                    going and very dependable               Vingage / Antique Cameras         Avalon Tournier - Suport & Education Coordinator
chair $400. Phone 604-852-              HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT-                   with RCMP rec. check avail-             and bronze Sculpture.             Support Services by Appointment or by Drop-In
1774.                     4-2           Friendly & experienced                   able on request. Insured and            Reliable, Honest! Offers call     Wednesdays from 10:am to 12:00 noon and 1:30 to
                                        Handy man ready to handle                Bonded. Call 778-808-5143.              Ronald at 778-241-3353.           4:00pm.
FOR SALE - Shoprider                                                                                                     1-5
                                        any task you have big or
Scooter, Firefly, $1000.                                                                                                                                   Volunteers needed throughout the Region to assist
Commode $45, stainless
                                        small. I can fix anything.
                                        Maintaining or repairing.
                                                                                    SEE PAGE                             SEWING MACHINE - I want
                                                                                                                                                           drop-in office/reception, special events, fund raising
steel trapeze $50, toilet
                                        From home, office, RV and                    SEVEN                               to buy an older Brenina sew-
                                                                                                                         ing machine in good condi-
                                                                                                                                                           and Family Support.
Booster seat $10, all items
like new. Phone 604-535-
                                        mobile or just some help                      FOR                                tion. Prefer model 830/831        We provide many Support Groups for Caregivers,as
                                        around the house and yard.
                                        Insured and bonded. 778-
                                                                                   ADDITIONAL                            or other good used for quilt-             well as for those with early stage
    CLASSIFED ADS                       808-5143.                                  CLASSIFED                             ing. Phone 778-319-7158
                                                                                                                                                                         Alzheimer’s Disease.
                                                                                                                                                              CALL YOUR LOCAL RESOURCE CENTRE
    BRING RESULTS                                                                     ADS!                                                                        FOR TIMES AND INFORMATION
22 - Today’s Senior     March, 2011                                                                                      Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition

       Italy's Countryside: A Little Bit of Tuscany
                                                     Florence, legendary cities filled with magnifi-      initial gathering and crushing to the bottling pro-
                                                     cent 13th and 14th century monuments. "When          cess and quality control. Often blending san-
                                                     you come again to Tuscany, you can see iconic        giovese grapes, the result is a tasty array of dis-
                                                     paintings and sculptures in many world famous        tinctive, delicious regional wines.
                                                     museums." Nodding in agreement, we recall                 Soon seated around large tables in the old
                                                     ancient narrow streets leading to countless treas-   world villa, the highly anticipated wine tasting
                                                     ures and sunny squares embracing renaissance         begins. Decorated ceramic platters of luscious
                                                     cathedrals adorned with elaborate facades…           local cheeses, paper thin prosciutto ham, plump
                                                         "But for today, we are enjoying this country-    green and black olives, slices of baguette and
                                                     side, Tuscany's wonderful rural side," she smiles.   sun-dried tomatoes are served to best pair with
                                                     Under clear blue skies, quintessential landscapes    the flavors of four wines. Pouring glwasses of
                                                     quilted by vineyards and olive groves stitched       their quality white wines, then robust reds, our
                                                     together by row upon row of tall cyprus trees        table mates yay, nay and analyze ample samples:
                                                     and dotted with distant villages slide past our      "a pleasing bouquet;" "this one's got legs;" "full
                                                     window. Pointing out scattered stone farmhous-       bodied;" "a little sweet."
                                                     es, Elena observes, "This wondrous scenery                Liking 'em all, including the special dessert
                                                     throughout northern Tuscany has hardly changed       wine, we buy several bottles. Some purchase
                                                     since Roman times."                                  decorator jars of organic sun dried tomatoes and
        A stroll in Tuscany Village                      Like we have enjoyed before, many visitors       olives grown on the property. "They make such
                                                     flock to charming villages and walk among the        great gifts," says one. I quip, "If you can resist
    By Chris Millikan                                gentle surrounding hills and verdant valleys or      sampling them first!"
    On one of ten magical days, we disembark         seek fine wines in Chianti, Montepulciano and             This sunny afternoon soothes our souls…
the luxurious Nieuw Amsterdam at Livorno             other others. Especially fascinating, walled         and palates! Ahhh, enchanting Tuscany! Her
joining a busload of shipmates heading into the      Volterra and San Gimignano attract thousands         picture-postcard countryside creates endless
alluring Tuscan countryside.                         annually.                                            memories and inspires further explorations.
    Leaving Italy's second largest port, our local       Before long, we're at Monte Carlo da Lucca,
guide Elena fills us in, "My city has a colourful    one of many sleepy hilltop villages with big
past of it's own! Established by Romans,             views. Exploring her narrow streets, we notice
Florence's wealthy Medici dynasty         heavily    charming window planters overflowing with
invested in developing it for trade. WWII            blooms and herbs. Unassuming shops display
bombers targeted our city, but nowadays our          fine local olive oils, wines and spices. At every
rebuilt port continues as gateway to glorious        turn, we sight the brick remnants of its 13th-
Tuscany."                                            century fortress, typical in such tiny hamlets.
    About 15-kilometers along a toll highway,        Relaxing among locals parked at wrought iron
we sight Pisa's Cathedral Square in the distance,    tables fronting the bistro, we sip pungent coffees
best known for its precariously leaning 12th-        and absorb a bit of laidback village lifestyle
century tower. A little farther along, Elena tells   before departing.
us about medieval Lucca. "You can cycle or               Our final stop is at one of this region's many
walk around the ancient town on shaded path-         thriving wineries, a family affair for genera-
ways atop intact brick walls. And if you climb       tions. Showing us their productive vineyards
the clock tower's 207 stone steps, you get spec-     that stretch across the landscape, the owner
tacular views."                                      explains the art of grape growing. Inside, there's
    She goes on to recommend Siena and               a behind the scenes tour of operations from their              Tuscany, Monte-Carlo
Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition                              Today’s Senior   March, 2011 -   23

                                       Vancouver to/from Seattle.
                                            Quick & Easy.
                                               Service to:
                                                  ! Tulalip Casino
                                                  ! Seattle Premium Outlet Mall
                                                  ! Seattle, WA
                                                  ! Bellingham Airport
                                                  ! Seattle Tacoma Airport
                                                  ! Seattle Piers
                                       Vancouver Area (604) 940-4428 Toll Free 800-665-2122
Fraser Valley/Lower Mainland Edition                                                          Today’s Senior   March, 2011 -   24

        A removable partial denture is a dental appliance        remaining teeth from changing position by drifting
        that replaces single or multiple missing teeth. It can   into the surrounding spaces.
        be attached to teeth with clasps or it can be attached
        to teeth with crowns and precision attachments.          Individuals who currently wear a full upper denture
        Partial dentures can have a metal framework, acrylic     and are missing some lower natural teeth would
        resin base or they can be made with flexible resin       have great success using a lower partial denture.
        with invisible clasps.                                   Upper dentures that are not supported by lower
                                                                 teeth can cause a host of problems. For these
        A partial denture that fills in the space created by     individuals, this may result in a poor fitting upper
        missing teeth is essential for many reasons. It can      denture causing an increase in bone loss, tissue
        help you to chew food properly, improve speech,          growth and ‘sore spots’. A correctly fitting denture
        give you lip and cheek support and prevent your          results when the biting and chewing surfaces work
                                                                 together in perfect balance.

        A partial is vital to restore the mouth
        to its original state.
                                                                  The Denturists at Brookswood Denture
                                                                  Clinic will work in co-ordination with
                                                                  your dentist to make sure you receive
                                                                  the best possible dental care.
                                                                  If you do not have a dentist, we would
                                                                  be happy to refer you to one in
                                                                  your area.

                      Creating A Natural & Confident Smile
                                   Standard Complete and Partial Dentures
                                   Precision BPS and Geneva Dentures
                                   3 or Fixed Dentures on Implants
                                   Partial Dentures with Invisible Clasps
                                   3 Relines (Same day service)
                                   Repairs and
                                   Cosmetic Options
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