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360-755-0102 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday 1011 Greenleaf Avenue P.O. Box 35 Burlington, WA 98233

Burlington Senior Center

St. Patrick's Day Luncheon March 14th 10:30 a.m. The Accordion Band will be playing. Be sure to come!


360-755-0942 Center Coordinator: Jackie Cress

Food Supervisor:

Nutrition Assistant: J Jean Lewis

You deserve a Chair massage with Debra! Offered Every Wednesday


Arts Alive Friday, March 1st Rembrandt at Seattle Art Museum Wednesday, March 13th Bitter and Sweet Tour Friday, April 5th Jersey Boys at the 5th Avenue Wednesday, April 17th Foaling Around Snohomish County Saturday, May 11th Ten Grands Pianos


March 7thDon Mapes & Ken Owens March 8thHometowners

Kitchen Staff:

Margaret Haynes Karen Bersherse

Skagit County Community Services


From 9:00 a.m. to Noon Make an appointment at the front desk! $10.00 for 15 AMAZING minutes

March 12thSteve Ellis March 14thAccordion Band March 18thOld Time Fiddlers March 28thGary Lee hood



Meals on Wheels

360-419-3401 Website:

Exercise/Strength Training Class "Power Hour" for Seniors--Monday, and Friday from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. And... Zumba Gold on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. with Jennifer Beemer . You'll be glad you came!

Burlington Senior Center will be closed Friday, March 15th for a furlough day. Upcoming Education: March 5th Brain Health Presentation March 11th ABC's of Diabetes -Nutrition Class March 21st Fraud/ Identity Theft Presentation All presentations are free for you to attend. Please read inside for more information. We look forward to seeing you here!




Thanks to Low Vision Support Group for giving BSC an ornamental tree which we have placed in the foyer. It provides a welcome touch of outdoors! A big Thank You to Chic Murray for his talk about coins. We so enjoyed his expertise and advice.! Skagit Valley Senior Village sponsored the music for our Valentine's Day celebration. We appreciate it so much. We also thank them for donating the puzzle chair and table, and the two end tables in the main lobby.

Kitchen Help Needed See Jean Lewis in the Kitchen.

A note of thanks also to Ritz Wright for the flowers and her hard work in the front garden.


Mondays: 9:30 a.m.--The Monday weight loss group is here to encourage losing a pound a week. Come weigh in between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m., and then gather with the group for good information. New people are always welcome! Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 10:00 a.m. Strength training "Power Hour" for 45 minutes. These exercises for seniors increase your muscle strength, range of motion, and agility. Fee is by donation. Taught by Jennifer Beemer - this class is excellent! Mondays at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.--Flyswatter Volleyball practice. Tuesdays: Foot Care Clinic. Fingernails are $6.00. Toenails are $20.00. Provided by Visiting Nurse Home Care. By appointment so book early! Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m.--Noon: Chair Massage by Deb Houbin. Sign up at front desk. Cost is $10 for 15 minutes. Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. Tai Chi. It makes the muscles strong and helps you to relax. Mariana Foliart is our instructor and welcomes everyone. $3.00 per session. Monday, March 11th: The ABC's of diabetes. Presented by Patricia Downing.

The BSC Cookbook is available for purchase and is packed full of some incredible recipes. Cost is $10.00. See the Front Desk staff.







The annual Meals on Wheels fundraiser dinner will be held Friday, March 22nd at Hillcrest Park in Mount Vernon beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the event are being sold through Burlington Senior Center and are $30 per person. There will be dinner, a silent auction and live auction that evening along with other entertainment. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for Meals on Wheels. If you have a new item valued at $25 or more that you would like to donate, we have been asked to gather items for the silent auction. Please contact Jackie Cress at Burlington Senior Center. We appreciate your contributions!


Thursday, March 7th: Don Mapes & Ken Owens perform. Friday, March 8th: Hometowners Tuesday, March 12th: Steve Ellis Thursday, March 14th: Duane Steve and the Accordion Band Monday, March 18th: Old Time Fiddlers Thursday, March 28th: Gary Lee Hood Friday, March 29th The Driftwoods

Thursday, March 21st Fraud Protection and Safety Class with police officer, Jed Cates!

Burlington Police Officer Jed Cates Discusses Fraud and Identity Theft Prevention

Officer Cates will be here to discuss protecting ourselves against identity theft and fraud. He will be giving a power point presentation on March 21st at 10:30 a.m. in the dining room. Come and hear this important information!







Susan Greiner Molly Jo Hackett Jeff Clark Don Mapes Joyce Nagel Anna Poland Donna Cornelius Al Bridgman George Park 1 1 4 14 22 23 23 25 27 Arlene Forsyth Nancy VanAusdle David Luchi Pat Nickelson Oray Mikkelsen Pat Holden Jim Murray Jack Sands Marianna Foliart 1 2 9 18 23 23 24 27 28


FRIDAY, March 1st--Rembrandt at the Seattle Art Museum and Benaroya Hall Tour. Enjoy a special exhibit of Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Treasures of Kenwood House, London. Then A behind-the-scenes tough of Benaroya Hall . Bring money for a no host lunch, afternoon snack and other purchases Wednesday, March 13th--Bitter and Sweet Tour. Venture back to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience located in Seattle's historical International District. There will be a walking tour of China Town and Japan Town, then an authentic Japanese lunch. Friday, April 15th--Jersey Boys at the 5th Avenue: Broadway's Tony Award winning best musical is coming to the 5th Avenue. Jersey Boys takes you behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Wednesday, April 17th--Foaling Around Snohomish County: This trip includes stops at three unique locations. Rhodes River Ranch breeds and trains future world champion performance horses. Then we stop at Willis Hall Winery for a tour and then finish the day with a trip to Tulalip for a visit to the casino, outlet stores or Cabela's. See the reception desk for costs, times and more information on these trips.





Calling all cake decorators and candy makers! We are forming a series of classes to have fun learning to decorate cakes and candies. The first classes will not require materials and later in the series a list of materials needed will be provided by the instructor. Look for more information next month. Chess Players? We have had a request to start a chess playing group. Please contact her front desk if you are interested. We have jewelry, books and greeting cards available for purchase All monies go to Senior Center events, decorations, new games and other equipment. If you have a donation, please bring it to the reception desk. Thanks to all of you who regularly donate items.

Remember the Bible Study group that meets on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.. Come join us!

Dental Care.... And.... Foot Care

"Smiles for Life" is taking appointments for Tuesday, March 19th for screenings and cleanings. Contact the Reception Desk to sign up. Screenings are at no cost and dental cleanings generally run $75 to $100. There is a 10% discount for payment at time of services. You need a medical release from your physician and fill out a packet prior to attending. By appointment only. FOOT CARE is also scheduled for Tuesday, march 19th. This is also by appointment only. Cost is $20.00 for toenails and $6.00 for fingernails. Please contact the reception desk to make an appointment.

Don't forget!! Tuesdays is also BINGO Day! We start right after lunch so be here by 12:30 p.m. Cards are .50 cents each and the last 2 games is a blackout card for $1.00!


Triominos 4th Tues.; Thursdays: Hand and Foot card game at 12:30 p.m.

Do you want to know more about SKYPE? Contact the front desk.

Tuesdays: Mexican Train Dominos 1st Tues.; Rummikub 2nd Tues.; Skip Bo 3rd Tues.; Wednesdays: Cribbage at 9:30 a.m. and Pinochle at 12:45 p.m. (cost for Pinochle is $1.50) Fridays: Bridge at 12:30 p.m. (call Marjorie Mandry at 360-422-7075 or Arlene Doughty to reserve a place.; Beginning Pinochle starts at 12:45 p.m. (Everyone welcome.)




Nutrition Education

Fruits and Vegetables: More Matters There are new concepts in nutrition which indicate that there is more to nutrition than vitamins, minerals, and calories! Color pigments which give fruits and vegetables their beautiful hues seem to have several roles in preventing and managing illnesses. Eaters are encouraged to "Eat a Rainbow" of colors in their diet and to consume no less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily! If you want to eat more fruits and vegetables but practical issues seem to always get in the way, here are some suggestions for increasing your intake. "THINK VEGGIE" as you cruise the grocery aisles. Remember all forms count. Pick up fruits and veggies throughout the store. Grab canned and frozen. Try dried as well! And don't forget the 100% juice. Not just for Dinner anymore! Adding veggies to your breakfast and lunch can help assure that you are getting what you need. Throw some spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes into your omelet. Try a vegetable juice instead of your usual fruit. Don't make anything without a vegetable added--pureed leftovers can do wonders for baked products--squash in your banana bread--and have the added benefit of reducing the fat in some recipes. Don't be afraid to play around. Try making a meal starring just fruits and vegetables. Eating on the go can feel chaotic. It's easy to include more fruits and vegetables away from home if you plan ahead. Purchasing pre-prepared carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower can save time if you need to and packing your healthy snacks two or three days at a time encourages you to avoid last minute sugary, high-fat snacks and meals when you are out and about. Fruits and veggies don't need to break the bank. It's easy to include more without spending more. Remember, all forms count, so look for weekly specials throughout the store and try these ten suggestions to remember them. Color & Texture. Fruits and vegetables add color, texture, and appeal to your plate. Don't plan a meal without them. Convenience. Fruits and vegetables are nutritious in any form ­fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice, so they're ready when you are! Shop the specials and plan around the veggies which are on sale. Fiber. Fruits and vegetables provide fiber that helps fill you up, keeps you full, and keeps your digestive system moving. Low in Calories. Fruits and (especially) vegetables are naturally low in calories. May Reduce Disease Risk. Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some vision problems and cancers. Vitamins & Minerals. Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized. Variety. Fruits and veggies are available in an almost infinite variety...there's always something new to try! Quick, Natural Snack. Fruits and veggies are nature's treat and easy to grab for a snack. Fun to Eat! Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel ...some you don't. It is easy to grow some right in your own backyard! Fruits & Veggies are Nutritious AND Delicious!







The Easter Luncheon is Thursday, March 28th, and we are encouraging everyone to wear their Easter bonnets. You can go to the Dollar Tree, Good Will, Value Village, etc., to get a hat to decorate. The Dollar Tree also has flowers and other decorations you can put on it. Be creative and really bling it up! We will have a contest with a prize for the best Easter bonnet, so get out your hot glue gun and get busy ladies. We will have a great time choosing the best bonnet.

Elvis is Coming! Thursday, March 9th For Mothers Day Luncheon~ See you here!


Watercolor classes with Dee Doyle are the second and fourth Thursdays of the month beginning at 9:30 a.m. to Noon. Cost is $15 per class. The classes are for accomplished painters and will consist of subjects, themes and techniques worked on in the other classes. For more information contact Dee at 360-630-0208. Piano Lessons for Adults: I love a piano--group lessons are offered on Thursdays or Fridays in the Conference Room. Beginner lessons start at 11:45 a.m. and intermediate lessons start at 12:15 p.m. Fun music making is emphasized, not the performance. Contact Charlie Kirk at 856-4938 or e-mail [email protected] or check out the website at Quilting and crafting group meets each Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come bring your project and enjoy the camaraderie, inspiration and friendship. There is no cost to attend.







The Burlington Senior Center will miss Jim Elliot~ Jim Elliot was a true friend to the center. Jim was the front desk receptionist for about 7 years and has served on the advisory board for many years as well. Jim was currently serving as the Board President. In honor of our friend, Jim Elliot, we will have a card at the front desk for you to sign throughout the month of March and we will be taking up a special donation for Meals on Wheels in honor of Jim. We are thankful for his fun, loving sense of humor, his dedication to and love of the center. He is missed dearly and we treasure his memory. Thank you, Jim

Interested in a Monthly Book Club? If you are an avid reader and would like to join a book club here at the Senior Center, we are looking for you! We are starting a new book club for those interested and already have the first book purchased and available. The first people to sign up will be given the book to read prior to the first monthly meeting. We will have a facilitator at each meeting for a short question and answer period during our discussion hour. If you've never joined a book club, this may be the one for you. No pressure, just reading for pleasure and meeting with others who are interested in discussing the current book. You will be involved in picking the future books to be read, as well. Should be fun and interesting! Sign up at the front desk; get the first book and more information about date and time.

Kitchen News: We are sad about the resignation of Ian Cassinos and Janae Feddema from the kitchen. We thank them both for their years of wonderful service and wish them all the best in their future endeavors! Both Ian and Janae will be missed here at BSC!

Coordinators Corner­ Jackie Cress

It's March for Meals month and I think it's important that you and I reflect on how amazing the MOW program is. Without Meals on Wheels we would not have a congregate lunch, and I have to be honest this center would not be the same without our every day lunches. It reminds me of the saying " it takes a village". It takes a village to raise money for MEALS ON WHEELS. It takes a village to have these meals prepared. It takes a village to have these meals delivered. Each and everyone of you is an important part of this so called village. Having a hot lunch program that we can serve and enjoy daily is vital. There is no donation too small. If anyone in this world knows that when the going gets tough, the tough get going... Its you! I have seen that in action here over and over again. Maybe it's something like overcoming the death of a good friend or loved one. Taking it one day at a time. Maybe its withstanding change in a daily routine. Maybe it's reaching out to a friend in need, trying new things, or something as simple as sitting at a different lunch table to welcome a new guest. It might be raising money and awareness for a cause that is vital to so many. Regardless, the people at this center display that kindness every single day and it is beautiful! Thank you for your contributions for March for Meals/ Meals on Wheels program, for making each day here even more special and here's to many more lunches together!





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