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Elders in Action honors Darcelle, four others

Elders in Action, Portland's leading advocacy group for older adults, will honor Portland drag show legend Darcelle XV and four other local luminaries at its 2008 fund-raising gala, 'Silver!'

The biennial event, scheduled May 15 at The Tiffany Center Crystal Ballroom in downtown Portland, celebrates lifetime achievements by prominent Oregonians in various categories as a means to demonstrate that 'the quality of life should never depend on age.'

The five honorees for 2008 are:

• Education: Dr. Joseph Matarazzo, founder of Oregon Health and Science University's Department of Medical Psychology, now the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience.

• Civic/Community: Gwyneth Gamble Booth, chairwoman of the PGE Foundation.

• Media: Maynard Orme, president emeritus of Oregon Public Broadcasting and current interim executive director of KBPS classical radio.

• Sports: Jack Cain, senior adviser of the Portland Beavers Baseball Club.

• Arts/Culture: Darcelle XV, who also will be the event's emcee.

Tickets cost $100 and may be purchased at www.eldersinaction.org or by calling 503-235-5474.

Northwest Senior Theatre stages musical 'Hit Parade'

Remember all those great songs that brought people together around the piano, phonograph and jukebox? 'Chattanooga Choo-choo,' 'Sunny,' 'Fine and Dandy' and other popular tunes from yesteryear are featured in 'Our Hit Parade,' Northwest Senior Theatre's spring musical production.

The local troupe of 55-and-older performers will present its spring song-and-dance show at 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, May 28-30, at the Alpenrose Dairy Opera House, 6149 S.W. Shattuck Road in Portland. A donation of $5 is requested, and Alpenrose ice cream will be available for $1.

For more information, call 503-227-2003 or visit www.nwseniortheatre.org.

National pageant seeks 'mature' contestants

The most glamorous beauty pageant for mature women, the United Nation Pageant Elite Division, welcomes women ages 50 and older to enter the event's July 2008 contest in Salt Lake City, Utah. The entry deadline is May 31.

The pageant's purpose is to empower women over 50 to develop and use their strength and inner qualities to positively impact people throughout the world. Contestants can be single, divorced, widowed or married. Contestants are judged on interview, physical fitness (sports attire) and wellness, and compete in sports wear and evening gown to highlight poise and grace.

For details about eligibility, rules and the benefits of entering, visit www.unitednationpageants.com/index.html, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 1-713-910-0799.

Medicare offers relief from high prescription-drug costs

Seniors with limited incomes and resources who receive Medicare can save as much as $3,600 per year on their cost of prescription drugs. The extra help is available through Social Security's Medicare Prescription Drug Program, which could pay part of their monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payment, depending on eligibility.

Social Security has an online application available at www.socialsecurity.gov. To apply by phone or have an application mailed, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask for the Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020), or go to the nearest Social Security office.

To learn more about the Medicare prescription drug plans and special enrollment periods, visit www.medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY 1-877-486-2048).