‘Redefining Life’: an artist’s wish fulfilled

Coral Carroll, a resident of Hawks Ridge Assisted Living, had her paintings, drawings and sculptures on display and for sale on June 25.

Coral was left handed until a stroke took away the use of her left hand. She taught herself how to create her beautiful art with her right hand. Coral named this collection “Redefining Life” for her perseverance and struggle to redefine her abilities and to maintain her passion of art. Complimentary wine, chocolates and Coral’s art were available in the Hawks Ridge Foyer. Over 60 people attended and she sold three pieces.

“You will never know how much this means to me to have a night like this. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think my wish would come true. I am so happy,” said Coral. “Thank you to everyone who came out to see my art.”

An installation of Coral’s art will continue to grace the walls of Hawks Ridge. Visitors are welcome to come view, admire and even purchase art for several months. Coral is trying to create more of a selection as her budget and health allows.

“I am astounded by her abilities and creations as were many of the guests who attended the showing. I encourage people to come by and have a look. I know Coral would be proud and enthusiastic to show anyone,” said Cathy Carter, Marketing Director for Hawks Ridge Assisted Living.

Hawks Ridge Assisted Living granted its fifth Senior Wish since the inception of the Senior Wish Project in August of 2013. Funds were raised by holding a Country Fair on the beautiful park grounds at Hawks Ridge on Aug. 16 last year.

“The morning brought rain showers, but luckily by 10 a.m., the clouds parted and the sun broke through to make way for the rest of the day,” said Kelly Emerson, Administrator of Hawks Ridge.

“Our yard quickly filled with the laughter of neighborhood children, great live music, and lively conversations. The smell of barbecue, popcorn and cotton candy filled the air and a variety of great food kept us satisfied all day.”

The carnival’s handmade games and locally sponsored activity booths “made everyone feel right at home and brought joy to everyone who participated,” she said.

With more than 50 business contributors and volunteers, the event drew nearly 500 visitors and raised more than $1500 for the senior Wish Project.

On Aug. 15, Hawks Ridge will be hosting its second “Country Fair” fundraiser for the Senior Wish Program. The Senior Wish Program falls along the lines of the nationally-famous “Make a Wish.”

All of the proceeds from the fair will be used to grant members of our community a special wish. It could be memory from childhood relived, an afternoon at a favorite fishing hole, or a railroad trip.

This is an opportunity for any organization or individual to participate in a very simple and impactful way. If you would like to help out, enriching the lives of our entire senior community, please contact Hawks Ridge Assisted Living marketing@ hawksridgeassistedliving.com or 541-387-4087.

Want to be your child’s best teacher?

The Incredible Years Program starts July 9 in The Dalles for parents who have children 2 to 8 years old. The Incredible Years Program was developed at the University of Washington to show parents effective and educational parenting skills by watching other real parents use the Incredible Years approach with their children.

This well liked and well known program has been offered throughout the country, and parents say “it is the best parenting program that taught me so many new and improved ways to interact with my children,” according to coordinator Nancy Johanson Paul. Parents have said, “My children learn so much more from me and I feel I am such a better parent.”

The Incredible Years Program covers positive use of time outs, how to teach your child while you play with them, how to coach your child with their emotions, limit setting that balances between you and your child’s needs, and how to use the Pocket Full of Feelings (www.pocketfulloffeelings.com). It also shows parents how they can teach problem solving and many other skills that will help their children be successful in school and in their lives.

This series is for parents who want to be proactive and teach their child skills that prevent their child from getting into trouble. To learn more about this series, call Paul at 541-490-5330. Ms. Paul is the Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Program Coordinator at The Next Door.

The cost is $25 for the 14-week series and the series may not be offered again unless future funding is found. “It is guaranteed that you will learn better ways to parent and that your child will benefit in many ways,” Paul said.

For details go to www.nextdoorinc.org or call 1-855 308 2236.

‘Leaders’ class looks at hazards of plastic

Leaders for Tomorrow’s Service Learning class took their passion for the environment on the road to educate local elementary students about the hazards of plastic bags in the environment. LFT students presented their “Cut the Plastic” campaign to fourth and fifth grade students at May Street, Westside, Whitson (in White Salmon) and Horizon Christian School complete with a video about the overuse of plastics and a game show to test their knowledge.

“We really wanted to do something around environmental education,” said LFT’s Jenna Mobley, senior from Horizon Christian School. “The public is generally aware of the dangers of plastic bags, so we thought if we could give kids good information about the problem, they could become part of the solution.”

LFT students created bookmarks with facts about the impacts plastic bags have on our environment and specific ways to help address the issue. They developed an informative slideshow and a fun game show to engage the young students and reinforce the information. In addition to the bookmarks, each student in the audience received a bright orange reusable shopping bag.

“It was a great experience,” said August Beard of LFT. “The kids were really interested and a little surprised that plastic bags can have such devastating effects. We definitely raised awareness and may have even created some activists.”

Leaders for Tomorrow is a two-year program that empowers local high school students to take an active role in shaping the future of their community. Second year students complete a Service Learning project of their own design and receive .5 credit. For more information about how you can support Leaders for Tomorrow, contact Kristin Reese at 541-806-0278 or kristinr@ nextdoorinc.org. LFT is a program of The Next Door.

Ziegners active in LDS church, Scouting

The Ziegners know all about service. Their three older children have been staples of the Hood River Valley Tennis Team and lately have been serving off the court as well, writes Kristal Corey, Director of Public Affairs, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Dalles Stake, which includes Hood River County.

“Scottie, the youngest of the three, recently earned his Eagle rank in scouting with his improvement project for the city tennis courts. Josh, the oldest, returned in May from his two-year church mission to the California Long Beach Spanish Speaking Mission, and Emilee, the sister in-between, will leave this week for her missionary service in the Peru Piura Mission,” writes Corey.

“All three have attended seminary, an early-morning religious class, and have prepared for their service by learning languages in school and how to be independent. They come by this desire to serve as a family tradition. Both parents, Luis and Lisa, served missions as well, Luis to Peru Lima North Mission, from September 1980- September 1982, and Lisa to the Taiwan Taichung Mission, from July 1988- February 1990.

“Emilee and Josh have both put college on hold while they take time to serve missions. Josh attended one year at Utah State University before his mission and will pick up where he left off this fall. Emilee just finished her first year at Utah State as well.

Young people of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints see this time of service as giving back to the Lord. It is a tithing of time to serve the people of the world and to teach others about the gospel and doctrine of Christ. Emilee is especially excited to serve in Peru.

‘I think it’s interesting that I have been called to serve in Peru because I have so much family history there. My dad was born and raised in Peru, and we have relatives there. It just makes my experience that much more special and gives me the feeling that there is a reason why I’m going on a mission.’

She left June 17 and go to the Peru Missionary Training Center, where she will have six weeks training in language and teaching. She will serve for 18 months. Although she will miss her family, friends and ‘some American foods,’ she is looking forward to being in a new country and learning about the culture.

“It all comes back to service. The Ziegners have figured out how to teach their children it is better to give than to receive, and that tradition will continue forward.”

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