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Sweet Home Senior Center News and Activities


August 27, 2013

Monthly News

September is a month of many happenings, including National Senior Center Month.

Some of us have been on vacation, spending time with grandchildren, and enjoying the festivities of summer. September continues to offer nice weather for us to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, with a cooler climate.

As our community gets back into a scheduled routine after the Labor Day holiday, your senior center has resources and tools to empower older adults to make choices that will enhance life.

At the Senior Center, we offer a variety of lifelong opportunities and encourage involvement in the center and community.

Whether it’s using our brand new computer room, pool tables, card games, light exercise class, painting group, quilting group, Meals on Wheels, or Wednesday Community lunch, consider joining other friendly seniors involved in activities that add richness to their lives.

Make National Senior Center Month the reason you come in this month!

n Grandparents Day: Sunday, Sept. 8. How can you make Grandparent’s Day a little grander this year? Share your wisdom, perspectives, and key civic values with the young people in your life? Spend this day with your grandchildren if you live close. If they do not live close, call and tell them you love them.

Young people today are communicating through the internet and social media. The Senior Center is ready to help set up an e-mail, or even a Facebook account for grandparents to gain easier access to pictures of grandchildren.

n Senior Center Members Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 9, 9 a.m. at the Senior Center.

n Thomas Kay Woolen Mill tour at the Willamette Heritage Center: Thursday, Sept. 19. This guided tour of the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill will be a stroll through history of the Willamette Valley.

Pioneer buildings at the Heritage Center take visitors back to the early settlement of western Oregon, with 14 historic structures that present the stories and richness of Oregon’s past.

Displays of the original 19th- and 20th-century machinery illustrate industrial wool processing, and images throughout the mill capture the stories of the lives of the individuals and families who worked at the Mill.

See how it was to work in what was once a leading textile factory in Oregon, the legacy of which is continued today.

Thomas Lister Kay, 1837-1900, the founder of Salem’s Thomas Kay Woolen Mill arrived in Oregon in 1863. He was responsible for much of Salem’s early industrial growth and the development of the textile industry in Oregon.

Thomas Kay was born in England in 1837 and went to work in the woolen mills at age 10. In 1857 he sailed for America and used his textile mill experience on the East Coast. Recruited to work at the Brownsville, Oregon Mill in 1863, he became a partner. He moved to Salem in 1888 and founded the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill Company in 1889, establishing a mill of his own.

When he died in 1900, he was gaining a prizewinning reputation for his quality fabric. The Kay mill paid high dividends between 1900 and 1925, declined in 1930’s, but boomed during World War II. Suffering from an aging plant and unable to compete with synthetic fabrics, the mill closed in 1959.

Today, it continues to be one of the few North American mills where direct-drive water power is demonstrated.

Sign up at the Senior Center front desk or call (541) 367-4775.

n Oregon Coast Trip: Thursday, Oct. 3. This trip will include stops in Lincoln City and, for those who desire, a visit to the Chinook Winds Casino.

Those interested in going to the casino will be dropped off (there is a place for lunch at the casino), while those wanting to go to the coast will head to Mo’s for lunch and stop at the ocean. The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. Bus fare is $5 and lunch is on your own. Sign up at the Senior Center front desk or call (541) 367-4775.

n Jacks & Queens Pinochle: Come join this group of active pinochle players for an evening of fun! If your birthday is in August, you get one free play. Refreshments served. The group meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the East Dining Room.

n Bridge: If you are interested in learning how to play bridge, and would like to spend Monday afternoons with a great group of people, sharing great treats, come by the front desk for information on who to contact, or call the Senior Center’s office.

July Bridge Scores

Pat 6070

Wildflower 4820

Molly 4490

Wayne 4410

n Painters: Visit the painters on Wednesdays, walk around the perimeter of the room, as we have talented artists here in Sweet Home involved in the Senior Center.

Fay Hart is the Senior Center’s “Artist of the Month” for August. Her work will be up on display for us all to enjoy throughout the month in the hallway at the center. Thanks, Fay, for sharing your amazing talent with all of us.

A painting is up on display at the Senior Center lobby for raffle. Tickets are for sale at the Senior Center front desk. $1 each or six tickets for $5.

n Morning Warm-ups: A group of seniors meet at the center three mornings a week at 8:15 to participate in some light exercising and stretches.

Those who are participating already look forward to that scheduled time in the mornings; when they set aside time to do something good for themselves to take care of their body, mind, and soul.

Many find that it’s a great time to think clearly, or just relax mentally. It is important to remember that exercise increases mental acuity.

We hope to see you down at the center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

n Wood carving: Wood carving is one of the most ancient forms of art. Every Thursday, starting at 10 a.m., woodcarvers meet, and work on their personal carving projects.

Some are working on detailed walking sticks, angels, birds, houses, and other pieces, with each project symbolizing the carver’s personality. Some with years of experience, and others newly interested in the hobby, the time and heart put into their masterpieces can be seen immediately.

Simply put, carving takes time and practice to master, and woodcarvers are friendly, so if you enjoy wood carving, or are interested in getting to know other wood carvers, stop by.

n S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together): This is a “must” program for all seniors living in East Linn County.

The once-a-month meeting, offered by the City of Sweet Home and the Linn County Sheriff’s office, which takes place at the Senior Center, is designed to keep all seniors safe and informed on all local crime and crime prevention techniques, in order to live the safest and happiest in our area as possible.

Gina Riley, from the Sweet Home Police Department keeps our seniors up-to-date with the most recent news, and answering any questions that you may have, which deserve the “true” answers from the direct source.

This is a group of seniors, just like yourself, with the same neighborhood and safety concerns, so any senior interested in becoming informed with the most important issues, what better way to become informed than by our local law enforcement’s knowledge.

S.A.L.T. meets at the Senior Center at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Call Gina Riley at the Sweet Home Police Department, (541) 367-5181 for more information.

n Swimming: The pool at the high school is open for seniors: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Lap Swim and independent exercise is from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. Low-impact water aerobics is offered from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Water exercises are great for seniors! There is not as much impact put on the body as land-based exercises; the best part, water aerobics helps improve the quality of life while decreasing disability. It benefits bone health, balance and flexibility while building strength and endurance.

n Jolly Stitchers: “As you “sew,” so shall you reap.”

The Jolly Stitchers is a quilting club which has been sewing and reaping since 1932.

Good company, good deeds, and good times are what you can expect out of spending time with this great group of people every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the center, and the best part…. you do not need to know how to quilt to get involved with this great group of gals.

The Jolly Stitchers have their yearly raffle quilt up on display at the Senior Center lobby. Tickets are for sale at the Senior Center front desk, $1 each or six tickets for $5.

n Foot Care: Keeping your feet healthy is very important. Foot care is available at the Sweet Home Senior Center twice a month, on Wednesdays by Harriette Wingren.

Regular maintenance will help keep your feet healthy and prevent complications that may arise from neglect of care or incorrect nail cutting.

Call the Senior Center at (541) 367-4775 to schedule an appointment.

n Fences for Fido:

Stop by the office and check out the info for help getting that fence for your dog at no cost to you.

n Free or low-cost dental care: You may qualify for this program. Stop by the front desk for more information. They are accepting applications from Linn County at this time.

Opportunities to Volunteer

n Make a Difference for People with Medicare: Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) is looking for volunteers in East Linn County to become trained counselors and work with people to help them understand their Medicare benefits, bills and rights.

Volunteers play a critical role in providing SHIBA services and helping seniors. Call Debbie for more information at (541) 812-0849 or e-mail


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