Dual Eligibility with Blue Cross
Wednesday, March 27, 1 p.m.
Blue Cross of Idaho is hosting an informational meeting for anyone who is eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid - Dual Eligibility. If you think you might qualify and want to get more information about it, stop by and have your questions answered. There's no cost to attend and no registration needed.
Meet Zella Strickland
Thursday, March 28, 10 a.m.
Zella Strickland, a popular Leanin’ Tree card designer and well-known courtroom sketch artist, is this week's guest speaker at Chat-n-Chew. Zella will share some of the details about her lifelong career as an artist and how she got her start. Zella's artwork is available for purchase in the Senior Center Craft Boutique. Chat-n-Chew is a social group that meets every Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited and there is no cost to attend. After weekly meetings, participants can opt to regroup at a local restaurant for lunch.
March for Meals with Us
Saturday, March 30, 9:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
Meals on Wheels programs have come together each March since 2002 to celebrate March for Meals, a proven collaboration of local community organizations, businesses, all levels of government, and compassionate individuals to ensure that our seniors are not forgotten. Join us on March 30 as we March for Meals at Kleiner Park in Meridian. Blue Cross of Idaho will donate $5 for each marcher! The more the merrier! The 1/3-mile march and festivities are free to attend, and cookies and refreshments will be served. Free transportation is being provided from the Senior Center to the event. We will depart at 9:15 a.m. and return at approximately noon. You must register in advance to ride the shuttle. To register, call 208-608-7580.
Explore with Lifetime and Leisure
The Winter/Spring Activity Guide is now available and we have some great trips planned for the upcoming season. Lifetime and Leisure activities are social, educational and fitness-related programs for adults age 62 and older. Join us for an activity, meet new friends and leave the driving to us!
Vine and Branch Ranch
Wednesday, March 27
Vine and Branch Ranch is a collaboration between Peaceful Belly Farms, Snake River Winery, and Stack Rock Cidery. Come enjoy an afternoon tasting with us, and learn about this agrarian focused business. Small plates will also be available for purchase from the restaurant. $5 tasting fee and cost of food is on your own. Depart from Dick Eardley Senior Center at 12 p.m. or from Whitney Community Center at 12:20 p.m. Return time is approximately 3:30 p.m. Cost: $10 Res/$14.95 NR.
Idaho City Hot Springs and Lunch
Thursday, March 28
A scenic drive up Highway 21 will lead us to quaint Idaho City, the first capital of Idaho. We will enjoy lunch in Idaho City, then soak in the hot springs at The Springs. Cost covers transportation and hot spring fees. Lunch and snacks will be on your own. Depart from Whitney Community Center at 11 a.m. or from Dick Eardley Senior Center at 11:20 a.m. Return time is approximately 5 p.m. Cost: $28 Res/$42.85 NR.
Nampa Train Depot Museum
Friday, March 29
Visit the historic Oregon Short Line Depot station in downtown Nampa. Built in 1903, exhibits include a ticket office, railroad items, circa 1940 caboose, gift shop, archives, and more. Depart from Dick Eardley Senior Center at 12:10 p.m. or from Whitney Community Center at 12:30 p.m. Return time is approximately 3:30 p.m. Cost: $12 Res/$18.05 NR.
Celebrate your special day with us!
Birthday Friday is on the second Friday of every month,
beginning at 11:30 a.m.
If your birthday falls within the month, we'll sing happy birthday to you and everyone else who is celebrating a birthday. You can also look forward to a delicious lunch (suggested donation is $4 per person), a special gift from Idaho Pizza, and a yummy birthday dessert made just for the occasion. No need to RSVP - your seat is ready for you!
For more information about programs and activities at the Dick Eardley Senior Center,
take a look at our monthly newsletter.
Active Living Every Day (ALED)
Winter/Spring session is February 5 to April 23
Dick Eardley Senior Center
ALED is a group-based behavior-change physical activity program developed at the Cooper Institute that focuses on helping sedentary people become and stay physically active.
Moderate amounts and intensities of physical activity result in significant health benefits. 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity, or a combination of both, pay off big in terms of health benefits.
Lifestyle physical activity is an important alternative to more traditional fitness-center based exercise. Everyone is different; some people prefer a structured exercise program. But when you’re just starting out, in particular, lifestyle physical activity gets you moving without special equipment, and you can do it anywhere.
People are more likely to become and stay active when taught appropriate lifestyle skills based on their readiness to change. Wonder why you start a new program, then are right back where you started six months later? You haven’t changed your behavior. This program teaches you how to change.
How does it work?
Participants, about 20 people in a group, come together for one-hour weekly sessions for 12 weeks of education and discussion to learn skills (i.e., identifying and overcoming barriers, setting goals, creating an action plan) needed to become more physically active. A variety of moderate and vigorous physical activities are discussed in the program, giving the background for individuals to make their personal decisions the type and amount of exercise they want to do. Participants do their actual physical activity outside of the group setting. Facilitators (instructors) that teach the course are trained and certified. A participant book is used in conjunction with the course.
Who can participate?
Anyone interested in becoming physically active.
Cost to participate is $15R/$22.70NR. For more information or to sign up, call (208) 608-7583.
Are you interested in a memoir writing group?
Most seniors have lived interesting, inspirational, and sometimes challenging lives. Our experiences may range from struggles growing up during the Great Depression or WWII, or surviving family illness, divorce, and other life-altering events. We have had career, family, or aspirational adventures, and we would be remiss if we didn’t pass our stories on to our families and friends.
We are looking forming a group to encourage each other to tell our stories and to leave a written account of who we are and the experiences that shaped our lives. If you are interested in getting together every Thursday from 1-3 p.m., please call the Senior Center at 208-608-7580.
WHAT IS A MEMOIR? A brief, personal memory that expresses the thoughts and emotions experienced at the time.
WHY WRITE ONE? Refresh your memory of the events that influenced your life; Pass your memories on to family and friends; Share with your children, relatives and friends who you really are and describe the events that may have influenced their lives.
WHO CAN WRITE ONE? Anyone can write a memoir. You don’t need to be a writer. We don’t care about grammar or punctuation. We just want to offer you a place to tell and share your story.