Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Monday, August 29, 2022

Santa Needs Elves...

Hi Seniors & Friends,

It's time for all of Santa's Elves to come together and work on the kiddie Christmas Stockings.  Everyone is welcome to join the Quilters Guild on October 22, 2022 at the Senior Center of Rainier from 10 AM - ?.  Bring your sewing machine and thread.  (Any color will do).  

We have September and October to get over 200 patchwork stockings made for the kids.  

Fabric donations are needed with solid color and/or small Christmas prints on it.  Any color of satin fabric, too.

Thank you in advance for helping make Christmas Tree Lighting in Holiday Park special for the kids.  Santa will be handing out 230 Christmas Stockings to the kids this year.

We will be giving books to the kids while they're in line this year, rather than have Santa distribute them.  This will help the line move faster and the kids will not be distracted when they visit with him.  

Let's make this Christmas Merry for one and all!!!

Just One of Santa's Little Helpers

P.S.  Candy donations can be dropped off at the Senior Center Monday's & Wednesdays from 9 am - 1:30 pm.  Thank you for your donations!

A Special Message from Tammy Meyers and the PPQG:

The guild has 3 sewing machines to share. Plus, no sewing skills are needed. PPQG* members will teach people how to make the stockings. All hands are needed. Plenty of task to do other than sewing stockings. 

Again, thank you for your help in this project! 

NOTE:  *PPQG - Prairie Point Quilters Guild

Friday, August 26, 2022

Medicare Open Enrollment Information

Happy August everyone,

I hope everyone is doing well.  Medicare's Open Enrollment season is fast approaching, so if you would like a speaker to present to your organization, either via Zoom or in person, please reach out to me soon, as we fill dates very quickly this time of year.

As always, if you have questions about Medicare or the program in general, our trained Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) are here to help.  Call to get free, unbiased help from one of our trained volunteers through the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner at 1-800-562- 6900 or through Senior Services for South Sound at 360.586.6181, ext. 134 or email jrich@southsoundseniors.org to get in touch with one of our trained volunteers. 

Here is a list of our SHIBA/Medicare virtual and live presentations for you or your clients for September with fliers attached for more information:

"Welcome to Medicare" virtual Presentations:

● Wednesday Sept 7, 10am to 12pm  Webinar with Zoom
● Tuesday, Sept 20, 1pm to 3pm Webinar with Zoom
● Thursday Sept 15, 10am to 12pm  Webinar with Zoom

In Person Seminar "Welcome to Medicare" at Senior Services, 222 Columbia St. Olympia
(this event is subject to change due to Covid restrictions) No pre-registration is required.
● Wednesday Sept 14, 11am to 1pm


*In Person Seminar "Welcome to Medicare" at Mason County Senior Activities Center, 190 Sentry Dr. Shelton WA
(this event is subject to change due to Covid restrictions or inclement weather)
Thursday Sept 15,  11am to 12:30 pm

Virtual webinar with Zoom:  "Take Charge, Help Prevent Medicare Fraud and Abuse":
First Thursday of each month 1pm to 2pm
We have added another special presentation:

Virtual webinar with Zoom:  Learn about Medicare Programs that might save you money.
Second Thursday of each month 11am to noon
September Registration Link:  https://tinyurl.com/2zrkd69a

"Prevent Medicare Fraud" Bingo game will be held in person at Senior Services for South Sound on Sept 21 from 11am to 12:30.  No registration is necessary.  Have fun and learn how to prevent Medicare Fraud and unscrupulous practices. 

A volunteer will also be at the North Mason Library in Belfair on Sept 29 from 4pm to 6pm for a general presentation on Medicare.  No registration is necessary to attend.

Take care everyone. As always, if you want to be taken off this distribution list, please drop me an email or give me a call.


Janis Rich
Volunteer Coordinator/SHIBA program Manager
222 Columbia St NW
Olympia WA 98501
Ph:  360-586-6181 ext. 134
Fax: 360-586-7408 
(Hours: Tues-Wed-Thurs 9-3 pm)

You may need to print the flyer above to read it.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Sonya's Street Dance Specials August 26th


Sonja has 2 specials you can order during the street dance. 

The first special is $15.95 

Your choice of Sweet & Sour Chicken or Chicken Teriyaki. 

Both are served with Steamed Rice and Tempura Vegetables 

for $15.95

The second special is $10.95

Chicken Teriyaki served with Steamed Vegetables

Steamed Rice & 1 egg roll.

Come Join us for fun & dinner!


Friday, August 19, 2022

Put on Your Dancing Shoes!


Get ready to kick your heels up!

Whether you're feeling like dancing slow, or rock & roll rodeo...

to The Randy Band!

Bring the whole Family!

Join us at the 2nd annual Rainier Round-up Day's Street Dance!

Friday, August 26th from 6 - 9 PM on the street across from Holiday Park!

You can bring a blanket or chair and lounge on the grass in the park, 

or dance in the street.

What a Wonderful Way to Celebrate Rainier &
Dance the Night Away!

The Randy Band

Brought to you by:   Bo Foster & Signature Realty

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Dr. Mary Gumbo with INtegrated Health-Wellness Clinic

Integrated Health-Wellness Clinic - Dr.Mary Gumbo

Dr. Mary Gumbo; a Board Certified Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner founded Integrated Health-Wellness.  She will be visiting the Senior Center of Rainier this coming Wednesday, August 24th.  She will be consulting we patients who have health questions after she makes a brief presentation prior to lunch.  Please bring your questions or concerns.  She can make arrangements to talk privately to patients afterwards. 

Please email your most burning health questions.  Important changes you have experienced as you age, or do you want to have a home visit.  Mary wants to target the health topics of interest for discussion on her visit with us at the Senior Center.  You can email your questions to Mary at:  info@integratedhealth-wellness.com (Attention:  Mary Gumbo).

If you are unable to meet with her, Mary does house call visits and telemedicine for homebound patients.  She's in our area (Yelm) during the week, too.

Integrated Health-Wellness is a primary care facility for adults and geriatric patients. They are offer preventative care for patients from 49 years - 65+ years of age.  (all screening updates, health risk assessments and blood work.

We asked about medical insurances that they accept at Integrated Health-Wellness.  They work with people on Medicare Part B, Medicare Advantage, Premera Blue Cross, LifeWise of Washington, Cigna, Medicaid and VA patients.  They are working on a contract with Humana.  

Mary is a caring, compassionate healthcare provider.  Healing is her calling.  She helps with preventative healthcare as well as healthcare problems.  Visit her website at:


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Monday, August 15, 2022

Food Preservation Class Notes August 2022



Food Preservation Class 


Canning 101: Start Here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU0CzxBnKoY

Food Safety Resource:

National Center for Home Food Preservation:  http://nchfp.uga.edu/  

This is the esource for USDA food preservation guidelines.

Canning Books:

Ball Blue Book of Food Preservation on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gmI9Ro

This is a standard book for canning.  Remember recipes and processing times need to be followed.  

Keep in mind that canning is a science, not just a hobby.

The Amish Canning Cookbookhttps://www.amazon.com/Amish-Canning-Cookbook-Simple-Homemade/dp/0736948996/

This book has guidelines for different altitudes as well as good, easy to follow recipes for waterbath canning and processing low-acid foods in a pressure canner.  They have times for pints as well as quarts.

Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3glRBVm

Pomona’s pectin cookbook.  This pectin is good for people who want to use less sugar when making jams & jellies.

RoseRed Homestead Bookstore: https://payhip.com/roseredhomestead

This is a food preservation cookbook, as well as a food storage book.  There are canning instructions that follow the USDA guidelines.  This is only available as a PDF.  

West Virginia Extension “We Can” FAQ:  https://extension.wvu.edu/files/d/3f807c13-bba2-4f7e-8162-1b3ea9cefcb9/we-can-answers.pdf

Canning Instructions for Beginners:  https://theedibleterrace.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Canning-Instructions-For-Beginners-The-Ultimate-Cheat-Sheet.pdf


Canning Tool Equipment:

Norpro Canning Essentials Boxed Sethttps://amzn.to/3GhHYl2

Water Bath Canner 21.5 Quart (Granite)https://www.amazon.com/Granite-Porcelain-Water-Bath-Canner-21-5-Quart/dp/B0001UZL8A?ref_=ast_sto_dp&th=1&psc=1

McSunley Water Bath Canner with Glass Lid, Induction Capable, 21.5 Qt, Stainless Steel:


Ball FreshTECH Electric Water Bath Canner & Multi-Cookerhttps://www.amazon.com/Ball-1440035017-FRESHTECH-Electric-CANNER/dp/B00SLLS2MI/ref=sr_1_7?crid=2CEE9OLCP4UUF&keywords=waterbath+canner+pot&qid=1660091000&sprefix=waterbath+%2Caps%2C181&sr=8-7

Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker: https://www.amazon.com/Presto-01781-23-Quart-Pressure-Canner/dp/B0000BYCFU/ref=sr_1_44?crid=33EZCVNJD1ZTA&keywords=Pressure+canner+pot&qid=1660091069&sprefix=pressure+canner+pot%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-44

All American 1930 - 21.5qt Pressure Cooker/Canner (The 921) - Exclusive Metal-to-Metal Sealing System - Easy to Open & Close - Suitable for Gas, Electric, or Flat Top Stoves - Made in the USA:


Youtube Channels:

RoseRed Homesteadhttps://www.youtube.com/c/RoseRedHomestead  Pam is known as “The woman with the gadget”.  She strictly follows the USDA guidelines.  She teaches about water bath canning, pressure canning, dehydrating and freeze drying.  She has over 300 videos, as well as cookbooks.

Guildbrook Farmhttps://www.youtube.com/c/Guildbrookfarm  She has videos on homesteading as well as canning.  Her videos are very informative and easy to follow whether she’s talking about chickens, goats, homesteading or canning.

Beyond Canning:  

Lovely Greenshttps://www.youtube.com/c/Lovelygreens  Tanya Anderson lives in Britain.  She wrote a cookbook “A Woman’s Garden”.   Her video “7 Ways to Preserve Food from the Garden without Pressure Canning” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13_35Y6HjhE&list=WL&index=3&t=54s  explains different ways to store food and prepare fruit and vegetables without pressure canning. 

Country Living Experience: A Homesteading Journey:  https://www.youtube.com/c/CountryLivingExperienceAHomesteadingJourney   Resource for everything on homesteading and self-reliance.  His video on Lacto-Fermentation:  “Lacto Ferment Vegetables! Old School Way Of Preserving Food” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgO0g4l9KkI&list=WL&index=2&t=18s.


Single-Quart Sauerkraut:  https://leitesculinaria.com/98209/recipes-single-quart-sauerkraut.html 

Single-Quart Pickle Recipe:  https://www.food.com/recipe/dill-pickles-one-jar-at-a-time-179616 

Simple Syrup Recipe for Fruithttps://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_02/syrups.html


Dehydrating Tips:  https://excaliburdehydrator.com/pages/dehydrating-tips These tips will work for almost any brand of dehydrator.  The nice thing about an Excalibur is that it has a fan at the back so you don’t need to rotate the food you’re dehydrating.  You can dehydrate food in an oven, air-fryer and use a solar dehydrator.  

75 Beef Jerky Recipes:  https://www.jerkyholic.com/beef-jerky-recipes/  When we make beef jerky we make a marinade of Soy Sauce & Yoshida’s Gourmet Sauce.  I sprinkle a few red pepper flakes in the marinade.  I slice lean meat thin.  Pour the marinade over the meat and work it into the meat, making sure that there’s enough for the meat to absorb the marinade.  Then I cover it and let it soak in the fridge for at least 24 hours before I put it in the dehydrator.  I dehydrate it at 130 °-135 °F.  I check my dehydrator after 6 hours.  It usually takes 8-10 hours to dry, depending on the size and thickness of the beef slices.

Freeze Drying:  Freeze drying, also known as lyophilization or cryodesiccation, is a low temperature dehydration process that involves freezing the product, lowering pressure, then removing the ice by sublimation. This is in contrast to dehydration by most conventional methods that evaporate water using heat.  https://harvestright.com/how-it-works/

Freeze Drying food preserves 97%d of the nutritional value of the food you’re preserving.  When it’s processed properly it has a shelf life of 25  years.  You can freeze dry raw eggs, milk products (unless ultra-pasteurized) produce, meat and more.  You can store your food  in canning jars that are vacuum sealed and mylar bags, using oxygen absorbers.  There is a difference in the texture between freeze dried food and dehydrated food. 

Simple Beginners Online Guides:

Canning Food Basics:  https://simplebites.net/canning-101-the-basics/

Pressure Canning Basics:  https://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/preserving-canning/pressure-canning-basics/

Fermenting Food Basics:  https://northernhomestead.com/fermenting-simple/

Dehydrating Basics:  https://learn.eartheasy.com/guides/a-beginners-guide-to-dehydrating-food/

Freeze Drying Basics:  https://www.amodernhomestead.com/home-freeze-drying/

Retired at 40 Live Life Simple:  https://www.youtube.com/c/Retiredat40

Retired at 40 Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/906868806398074

Personal jerky recipe:  

  • Marinade:  Equal parts Yoshida's Gourmet Sauce & Soy Sauce.
  • Sprinkle red pepper flakes in marinade to taste. 
  • Slice lean beef extra thin.  Remove excess fat and gristle.  
  • Put meat in a container large enough to hold meat and marinade.
  • Make sure all parts of the meat are covered in marinade.
  • Make sure there's extra marinade covering the beef to absorb.
  • Put the covered container in fridge for 12 - 24 hours.
  • Lay thin pieces of marinaded beef on dehydrator trays, leaving room between pieces for air flow.
  • Put in dehydrator for 6 - 8 hours at 135 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  • I check my jerky at 6 hours and then check occasionally until it's done.  I don't want it overdone. 
  • NOTE:  Jerky can be dehydrated in an oven on a baking rack with an open door at the lowest heat possible for your oven.