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News briefs: June 2013

The play’s still the thing: New senior theater catalog is out

Attention senior theater companies: The Portland-based company ArtAge Publications has published its 2013-14 catalog listing more than 400 plays, books and other materials available through ArtAge’s Senior Theatre Resource Center.

ArtAge, founded in 1997, produces materials and workshops for senior theater performers and directors worldwide in keeping with the company’s mission to help “older adults fulfill their theatrical dreams.”

The new catalog includes more than 70 new items available from the Senior Theatre Resource Center. The catalog may be downloaded from the ArtAge website, www.seniortheatre.com.

ArtAge has the world’s largest collection of plays, books and materials for older performers. Its president, Bonnie L. Vorenberg, does speaking and consulting to help others create and maintain their senior theaters. Visit the website for more information.

June 15 presentation offers info on successful ‘aging in place’

Whatever you call it — a community, a tribe, a support network — it takes a village to successfully age in place. According to a recent AARP survey, 89 percent of older adults want to remain in their own homes as long as possible, but they’ll need a “village” to do it.

Boomers, seniors and their families are invited to a lively presentation on “Who’s Your Community?” by professional retirement coach David Rozell during a free community event Saturday, June 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave. The event is a joint presentation of AARP Oregon and the Eastside Village PDX planning group.

Rozell, an adjunct instructor in gerontology at Marylhurst University, will speak at 11 a.m. The event also features acclaimed local storytellers Anne Rutherford and Ken Iverson, who will present “Have We Got Tales to Tell” starting at noon.

Attendees also can take the Eastside Village PDX survey to weigh in on what programs and services they need to age in place, and explore resources offered by Elders in Action, Ride Connection, Life by Design NW, Sage-ing International, AARP Oregon and Villages NW.

Seating is limited. For more information and to reserve your place, visit www.eastsidevillage.org.

Community Concierge for older adults starts at Friendly House

Community Concierge, a new program of the nonprofit Portland agency Friendly House, offers a wide range of in-home services for adults 60 and older who reside on Portland’s west side.

A dedicated concierge will assist customers in the coordination of services provided by Friendly House’s qualified personal assistants and approved service providers. The comprehensive, holistic approach includes a flexible range of services such as transportation, yard work and housekeeping.

Staff will be available to customers to assist with the daily activities of life. An optional premium plan includes access to the Friendly House gym and fitness room, Lifelong Learning classes and trips, free social activities and community events.

Friendly House has an 83-year history as the premier service provider in Northwest Portland and 35 years supporting elders in maintaining their independence. Learn more online at communityconciergepdx.com or call 503-935-5280.

Gleaners expand to Woodstock farmers' market

Portland Neighborhood Gleaners, a program of the Hollywood Senior Center that addresses senior hunger in the Hollywood district, is expanding the program into Southeast Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood.

Neighborhood Gleaners is a grassroots effort organized in 2012 to reduce the city’s senior hunger and malnutrition. Every week, volunteer gleaners collect unsold produce and other food from vendors at farmers’ markets and deliver the goods to the Hollywood Senior Center, Impact NW and Meals on Wheels, which distribute the produce to seniors.

Gleaners will be at the Woodstock market every Sunday at closing time, 2 p.m. The market is in the KeyBank parking lot at 4600 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. For more information, visit the website at hollywoodseniorcenter.com or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..