November breaking news – highlights of coming events. Don’t miss out.

November Highlights

Grief and the Holidays

When you are grieving the death of a loved one, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time. Please join us for a 2-hour gathering to gain ideas for navigating the season more comfortably. There will be time to create a keepsake in memory of your loved one.

Free class. Registration Requested.

2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 and Monday, Dec. 10 at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church AND

1:30-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14 and Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland

Facilitated by Allison Krizner. Call to Register: 360.321.1372.

12 Days of Whidbey Raffle

Tickets are $5 each, and each ticket enters you in 12 separate drawings for fabulous prize baskets each worth between $250 and $1,000. Drawings will be Dec 1-12. The basket for each day has a different theme: Wine and Chocolate Covered Island, Cook It Up in the Kitchen, Golf on the North End, Family Night in Oak Harbor, Family Fun on the South-End, Caffeinated Whidbey, Reader’s Treasure, Spirits of Whidbey, Beautify for Winter, Garden Dreaming, Holiday Cheer, and That’s Italian. Each raffle ticket purchased supports seniors, adults with disabilities, and those who care for them, with essential resources provided by Island Senior Resources.

Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 at Island Senior Resources (Bayview) and at Senior Thrift. Other purchase locations will be announced on our website and on Facebook at

Drive Safe Drive Smart

Take the new AARP smart driver course!

Saturday, Nov 17 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. at Island Senior Resources (Bayview)

* Refresh your driving skills, learn about the new Washington laws.

* Learn driving strategies to help you stay safe behind the wheel.

* Attending this class will save you money on your car insurance.

* There are no tests to pass.

* Lunch hour will be scheduled by the class attendees.

Cost: $15, AARP members; $20, Non-AARP members. If not paying in cash,

please make your check or money order payable to AARP.

Pre-Registration is required. Please call 360-321-1600 or 360-678-3373.

Don’t miss Not Your Grandma’s Bingo Saturday, November 10!

This is an amazing event – it’s a raucous night of fun, laughter, and Bingo that raises money to support the programs Island Senior Resources provides to seniors, adults with disabilities, and those who care for them. Buy tickets online at our website. Bring your friends!

The event will be Saturday, November 10 at Bayview Hall. Tickets: $16/person, VIP table for 8 for $200.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Chronic Conditions Self-Management Workshop

Free class. Class meets once a week for 2.5 hours. Classes are participatory, where content, support, and success build participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and live fulfilling lives. You will learn to manage medications better, make decisions for yourself, communicate more effectively, eat healthfully, add activity to your life, and more. Class meets Thursdays Nov 8 – Dec 20 1-

3PM at Coupeville Library 788 NW Alexander St. Coupeville.


TO REGISTER CALL Debbie Metz at 360-321-1621.

Volunteers Needed

Bayview Kitchen: Volunteers are needed in the Bayview kitchen especially on Tuesdays, but also on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Hours are flexible: anytime between 11 AM and 1:30 PM. We especially need help loading the dishwasher from 12:30-1: 30 PM. Contact Debbie Metz 360-321-1621.

Senior Thrift: Volunteers are needed to assist at cash registers and with processing donations. Call Cindi Quigley 360-331-5701.

Medical Transportation drivers: Help transport seniors to and from medical appointments. Mileage is reimbursed. Call Pat Weekly 360-914-3212.

Time Together Adult Day: Come support seniors and those with developmental disabilities through fun activities, music, games, and stories. Call Mel Watson 360-321-1623.

Free music

Come listen to the Fun Band (and dance too) every Friday 10:45 AM. Enjoy toe-tapping classics played by our own local, very talented, Whidbey musicians.

Random Acts of Kindness

This season of giving is the perfect time to do something special to improve the quality of life for seniors in our community. Show them your gratitude for all they have done with a small random act of kindness. You could deliver flowers to a family member, friend, or neighbor, share a cup of tea, drop off a loaf of warm homemade bread or a care package of shampoo and toothpaste, or bring them some fresh vegetables from the market. Try it. Your kindness will fill their heart…and that, in turn, fills your