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Chetco Activity Center – Your Gathering Place

Chetco Activity Center – Your Gathering Place: Time Out for Me With LaVonne Engstrom

In this episode of Chetco Activity Center – Your Gathering Place, host Scott Clapson sits down with LaVonne Engstrom the director of the Time Out for Me program at the Chetco Activity Center.

LaVonne shares with Scott about this Adult Day Care Respite Program that is funded by a grant from the Older Americans Act. LaVonne operates the program with the help of volunteers who have experience in family caregiving. A typical day with Time Out for Me includes music, singing, games, crafts, and other activities to help give a day off for the family caregiver.

If you know someone who is interested in enrolling their family member or someone they know in the Time Out for Me program, you can call LaVonne at 541-373-9001 or call the Chetco Activity Center at 541-469-6822.

Time Out for Me meets every Monday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Chetco Activity Center in Brookings, Oregon. (The Chetco Activity Center is closed on federal holidays.)

Host: Scott Clapson; Producer: Scott Clapson; Sound Editor: Peter Schreiber


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Music is Moving Forward by Scott Holmes, from Free Music Archive, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

Chetco Activity Center – Your Gathering Place: Family Caregiver Support Group


Music is Moving Forward by Scott Holmes, from Free Music Archive, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

Chetco Activity Center – Senior Stories: Ray Kornell the Piano Man


Music is Moving Forward by Scott Holmes, from Free Music Archive, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

Chetco Activity Center – Your Gathering Place: Tai Chi for Everyone with Tom Argyle

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In this episode of Chetco Activity Center, Your Gathering Place, host Scott Clapson meets with local Tai Chi instructor Tom Argyle to talk about the Chetco Activity Center, his love of Tai Chi, and the positive impacts both have had on his life.

Tom began his journey with Tai Chi by taking classes at the Chetco Activity Center, and now regularly leads the classes along with three other instructors. Tom came from a background in martial arts and uses Tai Chi to improve mobility and maintain his joint health. Tai Chi provides a low-impact, strengthening workout, which can improve the balance and posture, and is open to people of all ages and ranges of mobility.

Tom and Scott also spend time discussing the many options the Chetco Activity Center gives members to have fun and keep active, including pickle ball and a new yoga class. These classes are free to all Activity Center members!

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson; Sound Editor: Peter Schreiber; Writer and Copy Editor: Katlyn Temple


The information provided here is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your personal physician or other qualified health care professional before changing your healthcare treatment, diet, or lifestyle.


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Music is Moving Forward by Scott Holmes, from Free Music Archive, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

Chetco Activity Center – Senior Stories: Jim Barrett

Host Scott Clapson is back with the first episode of Senior Stories, a new series from the Chetco Activity Center. In this segment, Scott meets with long-time community member Jim Barrett, an active man who can often be found playing cards at the Activity Center or walking around town.

Chetco Activity Center

Chetco Activity Center

Jim has led an exciting and serendipitous life. He spent his early years playing junior league baseball before settling in Brookings, where he spent twenty-five years as a sports announcer for KURY Radio and sixteen years as a playground aid for Kalmiopsis Elementary School. Join us as Jim talks about pinochle, the perils of the DMV, and his philosophy that “everybody is good at something” and that life is just as much about luck as it is about having fun.

The Chetco Activity Center is located at 550 Chetco Lane (behind Subway) in Brookings. For more information or a schedule of weekly and upcoming events, call 541-469-6822 or visit their web site at ChectoAC.org.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson; Writer and Copy Editor: Katlyn Temple


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Chetco Activity Center – Your Gathering Place: Morning Tai Chi Class at the Chetco Activity Center

In this episode of the Chetco Activity Center, Your Gathering Place, Donna Rodoni shares with Scott Clapson about the Tai Chi class she volunteers to lead at the Chetco Activity Center.

Chetco Activity Center

Chetco Activity Center

Donna talks with Scott about how she discovered Tai Chi and her own practice of 18 years. Donna and Scott discuss the connections that are made in the Tai Chi class with other people and how Tai Chi can make you a nicer, happier person.

Volunteering at the Chetco Activity Center has helped Donna connect with the Brookings Harbor Community.

Donna’s Tai Chi class meets Wednesdays and Fridays 10:30 AM at the Chetco Activity Center. There are two other Tai Chi classes offered at the Chetco Activity Center: Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:00 AM; and an new class, added since this program was recorded, on Friday afternoons at 1:00 PM.

The Chetco Activity Center is located at 550 Chetco Lane (behind Subway) in Brookings. For more information or a schedule of weekly and upcoming events, call 541-469-6822 or visit their web site at ChectoAC.org.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Chetco Activity Center – Your Gathering Place: World Tai Chi Day at the Chetco Activity Center

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In this episode of the Chetco Activity Center, Your Gathering Place, host Scott Clapson talks with Saun Stone, the Center’s newest Tai Chi-Chi Kung teacher, about her new class on Fridays at 1:00 PM. They discuss the health benefits of practicing Tai Chi-Chi Kung, the difference it has made in their lives, and the impact of having three Tai Chi classes at the Chetco Activity Center.

Saun and Scott are both very passionate about Tai Chi-Chi Kung and invite the community to a special celebration of World Tai Chi Day on April 30 at 9:30 AM at the Chetco Activity Center, 550 Chetco Lane in Brookings. There will be a potluck lunch and music following the Tai Chi practice that day. Beginners are welcome to attend.

You can find out more by visiting WorldTaiChiDay.org or by calling the Chetco Activity Center at 541-469-6822

The Chetco Activity Center offers Tai Chi classes on Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM, and on Fridays at 1:00 PM.

For more information call the Chetco Activity Center at 541-469-6822 and ask for Scott.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Chetco Activity Center – Your Gathering Place: Walk With Ease

In this episode of the Chetco Activity Center, Your Gathering Place, we talk about the Walk with Ease program.

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Glenda Groff (walking group co-leader), Mary Ann Reeder, Roger Mitchell, and Jenny Mitchell talk with Scott Clapson about the benefits they have gained from walking together. From relaxation and weight loss to both mental and physical health, Walk with Ease teaches us to build up slowly in our exercise program. This group has improved our health and relationships, and given us all motivation to walk.

The Chetco Activity Center is grateful to Oregon State University Extension Area Institute on Aging and the Arthritis Foundation for helping us launch this wonderful program almost a year and a half ago.

Get a free book to guide you on your way to walking with ease.

Come walk with us on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 AM in Azalea Park. Meet in the formal garden around the metal statue.

For more information call the Chetco Activity Center at 541-469-6822 and ask for Scott.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Chetco Activity Center – Your Gathering Place: Meals on Wheels

Chetco Activity CenterIn this episode of the Chetco Activity Center – Your Gathering Place, Eleanor Cook, Carol Owens, and Jean Westfall sit down with Scott Clapson to talk about the Meals on Wheels program at the Chetco Activity Center.

Meals on Wheels serves low income house bound seniors who need nutritional support for a variety of different reasons. They prepare and deliver 50 hot meals five days a week with an extra two frozen meals on Friday for the weekend. This program operates mostly with volunteers in our community who help package the meals and deliver them to the recipients.

You can help a senior in need get nutritious healthy warm food five days a week and two frozen meals for the weekend for only $35 a week or $150 a month. Please call the Center Activity Center to find out more at 541-469-6822.

Thanks to all the wonderful staff and volunteers who make this important program happen.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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Chetco Activity Center – Your Gathering Place: Board Member Moira Fossum

Chetco Activity CenterIn this episode of Chetco Activity Center – Your Gathering Place, host Scott Clapson sits down with Moira Fossum from the Chetco Activity Center Board of Directors. They talk about the  delicious Thanksgiving benefit dinner at the Chetco Activity Center and the many wonderful volunteers who help make it such a wonderful nonprofit.

Moira is a delight and volunteers with many groups in our community. Thank you Moira for your sweet encouraging spirit!

“There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t met yet.” – William Butler Yeats

The Chetco Activity Center has a benefit Thanksgiving Dinner Fundraiser on Thursday, November 26. There are two seatings: 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. To-go meals are available. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door (advance tickets are requested). You can purchase tickets at the Chetco Activity Center reception desk, 550 Chetco Lane (behind Subway), or by calling 541-469-6822.

Host: Scott Clapson, Producer: Scott Clapson


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