RSVP presents the 22nd Annual Chocolate Classics, the main annual fund-raiser for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Lincoln County. The event is set for Saturday, January, 26, 2013 starting at 7:00 p.m., at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon.
Chefs from the Pacific Northwest will be entering their favorite sweet or savory chocolate recipes and will be judged in several categories. Dave Dahl, of Dave’s Killer Bread, will be leading the esteemed judging panel. Sandra Roumagoux, Mayor of Newport, will be emcee for the night!
For $30 per person or $50 per couple, in advance, attendees get to sample all the chocolate they can eat along milk and coffee plus a no host bar provided by Fin’s Coffee. There will also be a silent auction and live entertainment. Attendees have a chance to participate in a Best Dressed or Celebrity Look-Alike Contest.
Several silent auction items will be up for bid, including gift baskets from Dave’s Killer Bread and stays in hotels throughout the country. “I’m so impressed by the generosity of local business owners,” said Tamara Rosser, RSVP Director. She added, “I know I’ll have to bid on a few items myself!”
RSVP helps those age 55 and over “Re-Invent their Retirement” through service to their community and neighbors. RSVP’s focus is seniors helping seniors. All proceeds from the event will go towards RSVP’s Friendly Visitor Program. The program helps homebound seniors stay connected to their community while remaining living independently in their own home. Friendly Visitors provide a meaningful social connection by socializing, playing board games, listening to music, or going shopping with their Friendly Visitor client. The program’s oldest client remains living independently in her own home at the age of 99!
Tickets are available at the door or may be pre-purchased at Oceanview Senior Living, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport Bay Candle Company, SPCH Gift Shop, TLC Federal Credit Union, and Washington Federal (Waldport Branch). Tickets are also available online at: http://rsvpoflincolncounty.org/events/chocolate-classics/
The AARP refresher class for all licensed Oregon drivers will be held in Lincoln City on March 15-16 (Thursday-Friday) from
1 PM to 4 PM both days at the Lincoln City Community Center on NE Oar. Pl. The new 6 hour course is now recognized by the State Department of Motor Vehicles as eligible for the insurance discount.
A class will also be held in NEWPORT at the Newport Senior Center on March 12-13 (Monday-Tuesday) from 1:30 to 4:30 PM both days.
Seniors age 55 and older receive a multi-year discount on their auto insurance after completing this six hour course. There are no tests.
The instructor will cover many topics, including the new driver and pedestrian laws; changes in vision and hearing as driver’s age and tips for handling these changes; reaction times; driving in inclement weather; collisions and how to avoid them; video presentations; and many more subjects helping those attending to become better drivers.
Class size is limited, so reservations should be made. Reservations for the Lincoln City class, call 541-994-2131. For Newport class reservations, call 541-265-9617. There is a charge for the class (to cover supplies) of $14. If you are an AARP member, the cost is $12. The check should be made out to AARP.
Senior Citizens! Now that you’ve earned your golden years, why not enjoy them to the fullest? That means getting around town, around the state or around the country with confidence and safety! So why not take a safe driving refresher course from a certified AARP safe driving instructor? They’re holding a class Tuesday, February 7th, at Oregon Coast Community College from 1-4pm in room #61.
And there could be money in it for you!! Seniors age 55 and older may receive a multi-year discount on their auto insurance after completing the course. There are NO tests. The instructor will cover such things as new driver and pedestrian laws, changes in vision and hearing as we age and tips for handling those changes. They’ll cover reaction times, driving in bad weather, how to avoid collisions and other topics, all aimed at making you become an even better driver.
Class size is limited so make your reservation as soon as you can by calling 541-574-2684. The course runs $14 to cover supplies. If you’re an AARP member, take two bucks off.
For more information call Don Ashley at 541-563-3074.
A FREE Workshop by the Social Security Administration for all ages is being presented at the Newport Senior Activity Center, Thursday, November 10th, from 11:00 AM-12:00 noon.
Presenter, Alan Edwards, is a Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration. Having worked more than 17 years as a bilingual Claims Representative and Information Officer, Alan has extensive experience with Social Security’s many programs and conducts educational seminars and trainings throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington.
Please call the Newport Senior Activity Center at 541-265-9617 for registration or additional information.
Cascades West Council of Governments Senior and Disability Services reported Wednesday that they are nearing 100% placement of the residents who can no longer live in the Lincoln City Rehabilitation Center because it’s parent corporation, Pinnacle Healthcare is closing it down. Pinnacle blamed shrinking support from Medicare and Medicaid for their problems. The facility had also been recently given poor marks by state inspectors for their level of care, but had managed to improve those levels during subsequent inspections.
Senior and Disability Services Director Scott Bond told the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners that they have been able to place 19 of 23 Medicaid clients in other facilities. Bond said 9 clients will live in other facilities in Lincoln County (Newport), 7 will be moved to facilities outside the county, and 3 will be moving out of state to live with their extended families. Where the final four will be living is not clearly established at this time, but Bond says he is confident they will be placed in appropriate facilities soon.
Bond added that once the clients are finally moved in, their care and comfort will be monitored by his office to ensure that their transition is as smooth as possible and that their new home will meet their needs.
Bond said shrinking federal budgets poses a problem but also an opportunity for those who find caring for the elderly and disabled enjoyable and meaningful work. Bond said large, older homes make ideal care centers for fragile elderly and the disabled. He said no one gets rich running such care homes but it IS a living and a satisfying one for the right people. He said if anyone might consider establishing a care-giving home in the community and would like more information about it, they should call his office at 541-336-2289.