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Northshore program provides nursing care, entertainment, socializing for adults

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman, Staff Writer

Adult Day Care 1Photo by Briana Gerdeman. A volunteer helps a participant in the Adult Day Health program use a computer with adaptive technology like an easy-to-read keyboard) to solve a puzzle. Using the mouse helps participants maintain motor skills. Caring for someone with a physical or cognitive deficit can be a burden for the caregiver, no matter how much they want to help their loved one.

The Adult Day Health program at the Northshore Senior Center provides nursing care and social opportunities for people with physical or mental disabilities or illnesses.

It also offers caregivers support and a break from their responsibilities.

"So often, they’ve cared for their loved one for a long time, and you get to where you don’t think anybody else can do as good a job," Judi Pirone, the Adult Day Health manager, said.

The program is equipped to care for people with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, physical deficits and cognitive deficits such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

The majority of participants are senior citizens, Pirone said, but anyone over 18 is welcome.

Participants can attend up to five days per week, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"The goal of Adult Day is really to provide a whole bunch of services in that period of time, so it’s really cost effective," Pirone said.

The program has nurses, occupational therapists, recreational therapists and a social worker on staff.

On a typical day, participants have coffee, socialize, and are checked by nurses after arriving on program-sponsored buses or being dropped off by their caregivers.

In the morning, they exercise, doing activities such as chair exercises and body conditioning.

They also do reminiscing groups, sensory groups, crafts and baking.

After lunch, participants enjoy some kind of entertainment, such as music therapy where they can dance and sing or active outdoor games in the summer.

"It needs to be structured, because they are here for a reason, so we want to make sure we’re offering things people would enjoy, and that if they don’t like something, they have the option to do something else," Pirone said.

Other options include tending tomatoes in a garden started by the Woodinville Garden Club, visiting Tootsie’s salon to see the hair stylist or getting a massage, using computers with adaptive equipment such as voice recognition software, exercising in the fitness center, or spending quiet time playing Xbox or Wii in the sunroom.

The mixture of activities helps people physically, cognitively and emotionally, in what Pirone describes as a "positive course of events."

Adult Day Care 2Photo by Briana Gerdeman. Participants in the Northshore Adult Day Health program work on sensory activities that improve motor skills. “What may seem like something simple ... really challenges somebody with their fine motor or their range of motion,” says Judi Pirone, manager of the program. "For some folks, just getting them up in the morning, getting them dressed and getting them here is something they may not do in a normal day," she said. "... And then once they’re here, they start to mix with their other sort of set of peers. So where normally you might not have somebody wanting to exercise independently, or can’t, they’re with another group of people that may be having some of the same issues."

Harold Christensen has seen the Adult Day Center from two perspectives — as a caregiver for his wife, and now as a volunteer.

"Being a full-time caregiver for five and a half years, it was a little strenuous, and I was looking for some help," he said. "It’s just been a godsend, because I was able to have some relief."

He especially liked the wide variety of activities, and the expertise of the staff.

"There isn’t a finer place on this planet," Christensen said. "The people that work here are very passionate people. Everybody that’s coming in here has a different personality, a different need, that they have going with them, and these folks here just adapt to everything."

Now, he comes back and plays guitar to entertain the participants.

His band, the Cascade Rangers, also played a benefit concert for the Adult Day Health program.

The attitude Christensen noticed from the staff might have something to do with the fact that most of the staff have worked at the Adult Day Center for more than 15 years.

Pirone has worked at the center for 17 or 18 years.

"It’s like one big family," she said. "And I think that says a lot for the program itself."

Although the program struggles with funding, Pirone said she won’t turn anyone away.

"We made a real conscious decision a long time ago. We would find a way so we never had to have a wait list, because by the time people sometimes come to us, they needed it yesterday, and we understand that."

The Northshore Adult Day Center is located in Bothell and serves Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Shoreline and parts or Kirkland and Snohomish County.

For more information, see northshoreseniorcenter.org/programsservices/adultdayhealth/overview.aspx.

SAM unveils 2014-2015 exhibitions

  • Written by Shannon Michael Features Writer

Fast Bird 2011Photo by Kenji Nagai. Haida artist Robert Davidson created “Fast Bird” in 2011. It is a silkscreen print and is part of the exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse which opened this past weekend and will run through February 16, 2014. In a visually stunning PowerPoint presentation to the media recently, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) unveiled its 2014-2015 exhibition plans for SAM, the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park along Seattle’s waterfront.

Chiyo Ishikawa, SAM’s Susan Brotman Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture announced the museum would focus on the depth of its established collection of art in presenting new exhibitions. 

Upcoming exhibitions planned for the Seattle Art Museum include:

Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse

November 16, 2013 - February 16, 2014

This is the first major U.S. exhibition of work by Haida artist, Robert Davidson, who has been pivotal in the revitalization of Northwest Coast Native art.

Davidson’s modernist twist on traditional art is explored in boldly minimalist easel paintings, graphic work and sculpture. Complementing Davidson’s work are pieces of historic Haida art, including key pieces by Davidson’s ancestors, which are part of SAM’s holdings. The exhibition will feature 45 paintings, sculptures and prints created since 2005 by Davidson, as well as works from earlier years that capture the trajectory of Davidson’s impulse towards abstraction.

LaToya Ruby Frazier

December 13, 2013 - June 22, 2014

LaToya Ruby Frazier is a photographer and media artist whose practice emphasizes postmodern conditions, class and capitalism while investigating issues of propaganda, politics and the importance of subjectivity.

Frazier is the winner of the 2013 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize which is awarded bi-annually to an early career black artist who has been producing work for less than 10 years.

Miró: The Experience of Seeing

February 13, 2014 - May 25, 2014

One of the great innovators of 20th-century art in Europe, Joan Miró was briefly aligned with the Surrealists in the late 1920s in Paris where he was trained in the shadow of Pablo Picasso, and went on to create a striking pictorial and sculptural universe throughout his six-decade career. This unique exhibition brings together some 50 paintings and sculptures made in the period between 1963 and 1981 by the Spanish artist while he lived in Mallorca, Spain. His sculptures drew inspiration from found objects, building structures from salvaged wood, discarded hardware or household implements and then casting them in bronze.

It is Miró’s dialogue between his paintings and sculptures using different forms of media that this exhibition will explore.

Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical

June 19, 2014 – September 7, 2014

Few regions of the U.S. produced such a distinctive group of artists with such a particular view on the modern world as did the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s and 1940s. SAM is now the major repository of work by the highly acclaimed, closely connected, but still little understood group of artists, dominated by painters Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Leo Kenney, Paul Horiuchi, and George Tsutakawa and by sculptor Phil McCracken.

"These artists did not look to Europe for inspiration but to Asia," Ishikawa explained.

This exhibition and accompanying book will be the museum’s first comprehensive overview of this important collection and the first museum publication to explain the intertwined histories of the Northwest School and SAM.

City Dwellers: Contemporary Art

from India

August 30, 2014 – February 15, 2015

Photography and sculpture has emerged as an especially important tool for artists in India, and this exhibition provides an insider’s view of urban life in India in all its complexity and contradiction.

Pulling from SAM’s art collection and that of the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the roughly 15 artists in this exhibition pay tribute to the private and public spheres of family, history, art and popular culture, but also introduce elements of irony, introspection and critique.

Pop Departures

October 9, 2014 – January 11, 2015

This exhibition brings together key works by the central figures that defined American Pop art in the 1960s such as Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist and Tom Wesselmann. It is with American Pop art that everyday life, notably the image worlds of advertisement and consumer society, becomes the main artistic focus.

To show the continued engagement with some of the themes arising from Pop art – such as the staging of objects of consumption, the allure of celebrity culture, and the pivotal role of media imagery – this exhibition will chart connections to the 1980s and the 2000s, with work by major contemporary artists for whom Pop art was an inspiration, a central point of departure or a vehicle for critique.

Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art

February 12, 2015 –

May 17, 2015

Drawn from the celebrated Native American art collection of Charles and Valerie Diker, this exhibition will feature about 110 masterworks representing tribes across the North American continent.

This superb collection is renowned as one of the largest, most comprehensive, and most exquisite collections of Native American art in private hands. This exhibition will showcase a number of recent acquisitions never seen before by the public, and will be the first traveling exhibition culled from this collection.

Disguise and Contemporary

African Art

June 18, 2015 – September 6, 2015

This groundbreaking exhibition will consider the past, present and future of disguise. The exhibition will include 50 masks and 10 costumes from SAM’s African art collection and about 100 objects on loan.

Disguise will take an in-depth look at 10 contemporary artists whose work has a distinctive way of addressing the subject. Select artists will participate in site-specific installations and performances.

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art

October 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016

This collection is comprised of extraordinary paintings considered to be the jewels of one of the finest collections of French Impressionism in the world.

The exhibition will feature 71 intimately scaled paintings by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters, including Renoir, Manet, Monet, Cézanne, Degas, van Gogh, and more.

This will be the first time the beloved collection has gone on tour and only because the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art will be closed for renovation.

S. F. B. Morse, Gallery of the Louvre

October 1, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872) is better known today for his invention of the electromagnetic telegraph – and for "Morse" code – but he began his career as a painter and rose to the presidency of the National Academy of Design in New York. The monumental "Gallery of the Louvre" is his masterwork.

At SAM, the painting will be shown by itself in an expansive gallery as the kind of grand picture public display that Morse himself would have created in 1833.

Meanwhile, at the Asian Art Museum, Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945 is scheduled to open on May 10, 2014, running through October 19, 2014.

Art Deco, a 20th century style that came to worldwide prominence in the interwar period, left its mark on almost every medium of visual arts. Japanese artists, designers, and consumers cultivated their own version of Art Deco, which was perceived as modern and Western.

This is the first exhibition outside Japan to focus on Japanese Art Deco from 1920 to 1945. It will include about 200 works from the collection of Robert and Mary Levenson of Florida.

The final preview of upcoming events was the announcement of a monumental addition to the Olympic Sculpture Park.  "Echo," a 46-foot sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa will be installed in 2014 along the shoreline of the sculpture park overlooking Puget Sound and towards Mount Olympus.

"Echo" has been given to the Seattle Art Museum from the collection of Barney A. Ebsworth. It was originally commissioned by the Madison Park Association in New York and installed at Madison Square Garden Park in 2011 to great acclaim.For updated information, visit www.seattleartmuseum.org.

Autobiography classes help people over 50 share memories and explore emotions

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman, Staff Writer

Second HalfCourtesy Photo. Students share and discuss stories they’ve written for a Guided Autobiography Workshop taught by Joanne Horn (far left) at Bastyr University in 2011. Horn teaches classes at community colleges and retirement communities that help people capture their memories and cope with changes as they get older. Even ordinary lives hold fascinating stories. Joanne Horn’s job is to bring out those stories.

Horn, the founder of Second Half Connections and a longtime Woodinville resident, teaches classes and workshops that help people come to terms with aging, build new relationships after age 50 and record their memories for themselves and their families.

"My interest is in helping people realize the value of the second half of your life," she said. "There’s a lot of mythology or propaganda or whatever that you sort of hit 40 or 50 and decline, but that’s far from the truth."

Her premier class is the Guided Autobiography Workshop, developed by a professor of gerontology at the University of Southern California. The class isn’t about how to write, Horn said, but rather about connecting with yourself and your life.

In class, participants explore major themes of life, such as family, health and body, the role of money and branching points that changed their lives. At home, they write at least two pages about the topic. Then, at the next class, they share as much as they want. Horn coaches participants on how to give "supportive positive feedback" rather than criticism.

The class lasts eight to 10 weeks. Horn has taught it at community colleges, retirement communities, churches and the University of Washington Retirement Association.

"All kinds of people have taken this class," Horn said: machinists, truck drivers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, mothers and nuns. "It’s a class that can accommodate people who’ve had experience writing but also [people who] have had no experience writing."

The class has been so popular that Horn now offers a sequel, Crafting Our Stories, which focuses more on how to write. Horn teaches students how to organize their writing, how to write scenes and dialogue and how to draw readers in with the first sentence.

Horn’s background makes her qualified to help people cope with emotions as well as to coach them in creativity. She has a degree in English literature from the University of Michigan and also studied art history and drawing.

Before she started Second Half Connections, she had a conflict resolution firm in which she worked with businesses and families.

In the classes she teaches, not only do participants end up with autobiographical writings they can share with loved ones, but the process of exploring their memories and writing about them can also be therapeutic, Horn said. She remembers one woman who wrote her of mother dying in childbirth when the author was 6 years old.

"As she wrote about it, she realized that this sense of abandonment was something that had been with her for her whole life," Horn said. "And here she is, 70, coming to terms with that, realizing the impact of this on her life."

Another man in his 80s "told story after story of what was really a very abusive childhood," Horn recalled. Writing about those experiences helped him acknowledge and accept his past rather than hiding from it.

Other stories have historical value as well as personal value. Horn remembers a 99-year-old woman who wrote detailed recollections of her entire family catching chickenpox and being quarantined when she was a child, and of driving across the country in a Ford Model T.

Perhaps the strongest testament to Horn’s classes is that students from almost every class she’s taught continue to get together to share their writing, including 10 of 15 participants in her first class at Shoreline Community College in 2010.

Sally Terpilowski, who has taken both of Horn’s classes, is one of those students who continues to meet with classmates. Although she had written journals throughout her life, she didn’t feel like she had a story worthy of an autobiography. In Horn’s class, she ended up writing about her dad dying suddenly when she was 12.

"Of course that day will always stay in my mind, but I never sat down and wrote about it. To put on paper how I remember it, the shock and loneliness, was very healing," she said. She remembered details like the snow outside and her dad waving to a neighbor as he came home.

Although her children knew that her dad had died when she was young, reading the story to them helped them realize how traumatic it was for her, Terpilowski said.

Horn said her classes bring people together by making people realize that everyone has stories of joy, hardship and life-changing experiences.

"You don’t have to be an extraordinary character to have an extraordinary story," Horn said.

For more information, see secondhalfconnections.org.

Pushing Boundaries, iFly team up for Wounded Warriors

  • Written by Shannon Michael Features Writer

Pushing BoundariesCourtesy photo. On Veterans Day, iFly, an indoor skydiving facility in Tukwila, teamed up with Pushing Boundaries, of Redmond, to give Wounded Warriors an opportunity to experience skydiving in a safe and controlled environment. Pushing Boundaries, the Northwest’s only exercise- based neurological recovery center for people who are paralyzed, teamed up with Tukwila-based iFly on Veterans Day, November 11, to give Wounded Warriors a chance to soar again. iFly is the indoor skydiving facility which allows people to experience the feeling of skydiving in a controlled indoor environment.

Twelve military veterans took part in the event on Veterans Day, according to Suzette Hart, development and communications manager of Pushing Boundaries. "Pushing Boundaries initially became involved with iFLY Seattle last year. One of our previous clients was a professional base jumper and skydiver, who sustained a spinal cord injury while base-jumping. His biggest achievement was to return to the world of base jumping and skydiving as a paralyzed individual," Hart wrote in an email interview.

The skydiving community is close-knit, and the Pushing Boundaries client knew the owners of iFly, Lysa and Bill Adams. When the iFly owners found out about the positive impact Pushing Boundaries had had on the client, they reached out to Pushing Boundaries to become involved in a program they run called Flight for a Cause.

Pushing Boundaries, located in Redmond, was selected as a charity of choice in July 2012, and since then the two organizations have continued to work together, each helping refer clients to each organization’s services.

While Pushing Boundaries has worked with several injured veterans since its founding in 2005, they want other Wounded Warriors to know that they have another resource available in the Puget Sound region that can help these military veterans in their recovery efforts. 

"Pushing Boundaries provides comprehensive exercise-based therapies to clients with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, stroke, MS and other illnesses and injuries that result in paralysis.

"Clients come from all walks of life and from throughout the Northwest and as far away as California, Alaska and Colorado," Hart wrote, adding, "While the majority of our clients are private citizens, the veterans we have seen have sustained spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and MS."

Some of the veterans on-site last Monday who participated in the iFly event are dealing with PTSD, some with physical injuries.

"We were invited to help make the connection with Wounded Warrior Project to help spread the word about what therapy opportunities are available to individuals – and veterans – who are experiencing paralysis," Hart wrote.

If you know of anyone who could benefit from their services, whether it is the therapies or the support services they provide, have them visit www.pushing-boundaries.org to learn more about their programs. Contact Suzette Hart, Development & Communications manager at (425) 869-9506 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a visit.

Grizzly Ciderworks debuts in Warehouse District

  • Written by Shannon Michael, Features Writer

Grizzley CiderworksPhoto by Shannon Michael. Grizzly Ciderworks co-founders Corey Haugen and Andy Petek stand behind the bar ready to serve up their hard cider at the taproom they share with Vessel Wines in Woodinville. Haugen is the cidermaker while Petek is in charge of marketing and brand management. Grizzly Ciderworks is the first hard cidery to open in Woodinville and just the third hard cidery in the greater Puget Sound region. Energetic, young, enterprising entrepreneurs Andy Petek and Corey Haugen made an educated decision in choosing Woodinville’s Warehouse District as its headquarters for Grizzly Ciderworks, the latest entry in the adult beverage market in the Puget Sound area.

Grizzly is the brainchild of Haugen — who turned his passion for perfecting hard cider brewing into a business opportunity –— and his friend Petek, who brought his background in alcohol sales, marketing and brand management to the mix.

Coupled with both of them having the desire to become  entrepreneurs, the partnership became the perfect blend of collaboration to start Grizzly Ciderworks when the two agreed to turn a dream into reality in 2012. A silent co-founder rounds out the team at Grizzly.

Grizzly Ciderworks is just the third craft hard cidery in the region to open, considering there are over 30 craft hard cider producers in operation in the Portland area. Nationally, sales of U.S. hard cider have tripled in the five-year period between 2007 and 2012 to $600 million according to a June 3, 2013, post on the website Brewbound.

Woodinville was the perfect fit because of its established reputation as a destination for premier quality wineries, breweries, distilleries and now a cidery.

Historically, hard cider was the most popular beverage in the U.S. until Prohibition, according to Petek. It’s taken years for a resurgence in the drink’s popularity to occur. Locally, Seattle Cider Company, based in Seattle’s Industrial District, was the first operating cidery within the city since Prohibition when they opened their doors in late August.

Since its inception, Grizzly has set its sights on bridging the gap between beer and cider. With an abundance of sweet ciders on the market, Grizzly set out to expand cider’s reach by introducing beer drinkers to the world of dry cider.

"At Grizzly, dry-hopped cider is our thing," says Petek, adding, "We didn’t seek out a niche to make a differentiating statement, but rather explored what we could do to continue growing the cider-drinking community. We don’t want to battle with our neighbors in the   cider business who we have so much respect and admiration for. Rather than producing products similar to the existing and successful cider companies, competing in a ‘Coke vs. Pepsi’ type arena for the same consumer, we looked at how to bring in a new group of consumers."  

Grizzly wants to be known for its specialty Dry-Hopped Ciders (DHC’s), which contain apples from the Skagit Valley, Yakima and Wenatchee along with hops and other ingredients sourced from the Northwest.

The apples are crushed and juiced, then fermented with yeast for a couple of weeks until the yeast has consumed virtually all the natural sugars in the juice, making it completely dry, explains Haugen.

He then finishes each cider by adding some special ingredients to create a unique flavor blend.

The resulting beverages are aimed at beer drinkers who are looking for a new twist on old tastes, cider drinkers who are looking for a full-bodied step-up in the market, along with drinkers who are sensitive to glutens, as hard cider is gluten-free.

Grizzly’s three founders, including the company’s cidermaker, Corey Haugen, all hail from the Pacific Northwest. "We’re really proud to be a part of the craft cider movement," said Haugen. "With so many great ciders on the market today, we’re hoping to gain traction with cider and beer drinkers who want to try something a bit different. People who’ve never tried cider don’t quite know what to expect. We go ahead and tell them to set their preconceived notions aside. So far, our feedback’s been overwhelming and folks are really excited for Grizzly to hit the taps. We think we’ll make a lot of conversions to the brand," he said.

Yes, indeed. Set your preconceived notions aside like my husband and I did on a recent test tasting. My husband, an avid beer drinker was sure he wouldn’t enjoy any of Grizzly’s offerings, while I, with an avid aversion to beer, was doubtful I’d enjoy something made using hops. We were both surprisingly wrong, and quickly became the newest fans of Grizzly Ciderworks hard ciders. Endowed with the nation’s largest supply of apples and hops, Washington state is an epicenter of the nation’s growing cider movement.

"The world is rediscovering cider, and the Pacific Northwest has established itself as one of America’s leading cider regions. We are excited to welcome Grizzly Ciderworks as the newest member of our Northwest cidermaking family," said David White, president of the Northwest Cider Association and co-owner of Olympia-based Whitewood Cider Company.

Grizzly’s path to craft took an interesting turn earlier this year when it crossed paths with Vessel Wines, a Northwest producer of kegged wines, which shares the same commitment to local sourcing and production. A unique partnership was born, with the two sharing resources to target new markets. Thanks to Vessel’s state-of-the-art kegging equipment, Grizzly plans to be on tap in bars and restaurants across the Seattle metro area within a few weeks. They have plans to hit retail markets early next year.

Grizzly and Vessel’s shared facilities are located at 19405 144th Ave. NE in Building D, which fronts 144th. They include a tank room and mezzanine taproom, both of which are frequently filled with interesting people, music and other live events. Grizzly is poured nightly in the taproom usually from Thursday through Saturday, unless a private event is scheduled.

The company has three varieties in its Founders’ Series available before year-end: The Ridge, its original dry and crisp cider and The Bruin, a dark and dry hopped cider, are already available in the Vessel Taproom. Meanwhile, the Hopclaw, a triple-hopped cider beaming with citrus and aroma hops will debut on December 12 at a special release party at Capitol Cider, located on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. The Bruin and The Ridge are also offered at Capitol Cider leading up the release party in December.

RazzBear, a dry-hopped cider based on a Northwest raspberry purée, will make its debut next spring. For more information, including the taproom’s weekly schedule of the days and hours of operation, visit www.grizzlycider.com.