AARP Driver Safety Course at Bridgeport Place

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AARP Driver Safety Course at Bridgeport Place is September 23 & 24, 10:00-2:30 p.m. both days to complete the 8-hour course. AARP members pay $12; non-members $14 (payable on the first day of class). Bridgeport Place, 5250 Bridgeport Way West, University Place provides lunch, dessert, and beverages both days for everyone. Call 253.565.1960 to register. Upon successful completion of the course attendees will receive a certificate and may also receive a discount on auto insurance.

“Greatest Show on Earth” open house for Lakewood’s seniors

Original circus posters and hand-carved antique circus wagons featured in the Bridgeport Place display on loan courtesy of the collection of Ralph Decker, Tacoma.

Original circus posters and hand-carved antique circus wagons featured in the Bridgeport Place display on loan courtesy of the collection of Ralph Decker, Tacoma.

By Jaynie Jones

A circus-themed open house event was held at the Lakewood Senior Activity Center recently.   Featured were agencies, businesses, and other organizations that serve seniors in Lakewood and the surrounding region.

Health care providers included senior living communities and home care services, footwear, grief support, hearing services, and even the fire department had tabletop displays of their informational materials.

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Soup-tacular for Seniors

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The third Saturday of every month is a free lunch for seniors.  It’s called the “Senior Soup-tacular”, and it’s coming up this weekend on Saturday, April 16.  It’s a casual, no-frills, drop-in, social gathering for seniors with no strings attached. A different homemade soup is featured each month, plus fresh-from-the-oven breadsticks, desserts, and beverages.  RSVP is not required.  Just drop by Bridgeport Place, 5250 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, and have lunch on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.  Some of the seniors who attended the March “Soup-tacular” are shown in the accompanying photo.  Call Jaynie Jones at 253.565.1960 with any questions.

Bridgeport Place hosts AARP Driver Safety Course

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Twice each year Bridgeport Place hosts a Driver Safety Course presented by AARP. Tune up your driving skills and update your knowledge of the rules of the road with defensive driving techniques. The eight-hour course is split over two days’ time with classes held from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23. Free lunch is provided courtesy of Bridgeport Place for all attendees both days. Call 253.565.1960 to register.  Classes fill fast and seating is limited.  AARP members pay $12, non-members $14 for the course. Upon completion you may qualify for a discount on your auto insurance.  Bridgeport Place Retirement and Assisted Living is located at 5250 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, WA 98467, just a couple of blocks south of where Cirque Drive intersects with Bridgeport Way West.

Seniors volunteer time for Chamber mailings

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Monique Shields (standing) of the Tacoma – Pierce County Chamber of Commerce introduces Jaynie Jones, Community Relations Coordinator from Bridgeport Place, to the senior volunteers processing the Chamber’s newsletter mailing.

By Jaynie Jones

The Tacoma – Pierce County Chamber of Commerce holds the University Place – Fircrest Division meetings each month at the University Place Presbyterian Church. The Chamber helps hold down its membership costs by utilizing volunteers to process the monthly mailing of the Chamber’s newsletter.  Half a dozen senior citizens give of their time to ensure that the mailings are assembled to meet all USPS mailing guidelines. Bridgeport Place Retirement and Assisted Living in University Place, provided lunch to the volunteers Wednesday.

One volunteer mentioned during the lunchtime break having been involved in the monthly task for the past ten years; another quickly announced that he has been helping with the mailings for twenty years.  Kudos to the volunteers for their loyalty and dedication in serving the Chamber businesses in their quiet, behind-the-scenes way year after year while enjoying a unique camaraderie.

Spring 2010 AARP Driver Safety Class filled

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Bridgeport Place welcomed 20 guests to the Spring 2010 AARP Driver Safety Class, which is an eight-hour course spanning two days’ time, and is geared toward drivers who are 50+.  The class was taught by Merrie Sullivan, certified instructor, who is already scheduled to return again September 24 & 25 for another session. The Suburban Times graciously carried the announcement about the Spring 2010 Class.  Drivers who complete the course receive a certificate that can be utilized for a discount on their auto insurance premiums.   The class members were treated to coffee and pastries each morning and a complimentary lunch buffet each of the days.  They expressed not only their appreciation for the use of facility as a meeting place for the class, but were also pleased by the hospitality and warmth of the staff and residents who welcomed them in, and the range of amenities.  Some of the comments they penned included “Kudos to the chef!” … “This is a very warm and friendly facility.  It’s like a country club.  Thank you for the wonderful meals and snacks” … “The two meals broke my diet, but it was worth it” … “What could have been a grind turned into a great experience thanks to your hospitality and generous buffet.  Have talked to some residents and they are so positive and happy here.”  More than half of those who attended the class requested a tour of Bridgeport Place.