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:4 Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 -Mason County Journal -Page A-19 HOPE Garden aims to expand in spring By NATALIE JOHNSON nata/ie@masoncounty.com Many people know they should eat more vegetables and healthful food, but not all know how to cook these meals. The HOPE Garden, which stands for Hands On Youth Empowerment, has scheduled classes and cooking demon- strations in 2015 to help adults learn how to work with the fruits and vegetables grown at the garden, located at Mason General Hospital (MGH) in Shelton. "All over the country, older adults are one of the groups really struggling with mak- ing healthy lifestyle choices," Garden Educator Cecelia Watkins said. "I think a lot of older adults aren't sure how to cook (fruits and vegeta- bles) and make (them) taste good, taste like something fa- miliar." The program is affiliated with MGH, and organizers work closely with CHOICE Al- ternative School and Shelton's Community Lifeline kitchen, located at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church's parish hall. The Eat Smart, Live Strong four-class series is focused on helping older adults, Watkins said. It is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 in Mason General Hospital's Skokomish Room. Call Watkins at 651- 983-4548 or email cecelia.p.watkins@gmail.com to sign up. In the past year, the garden has generated 328 pounds of produce, most of which goes home with the CHOICE Al- ternative School students who Cecelia Watkins, left, and HOPE Garden youth crew member Lexie Wybenga The program will offer classes for older adults in the new year. Photo courtesy Cecelia pose with some of the garden's fall harvest. tend the garden. The HOPE Garden also 1,000 pounds of food in a year. "We grow quite a variety donates produce to the MGH In addition to the Eat of produce, everything fromkitchen. Smart, Live Strong classes, your basic carrots, beets, let- "(MGH is) a big supporter garden staff will also host tuce ... stranger things like of us, and we collaborate with monthly food demonstrations kohlrabi. We do it all," Wat- them ... in their kitchen," Wat- in 2015. kins said. kins said. Registration is not required The garden also includes The HOPE Garden is sched- for the food-demonstration strawberries, raspberries uled to expand in spring 2015 classes, which are scheduled and newly planted grape- to cover another one-quarter for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. vines, acre of land near the hospital, 30, Feb. 27 and March 25 at The program gives stu- she said. MGH. dents job skills and teaches "We're more than tripling "We're really excited them about healthful eatingour size," Watkins said. to reach out to the Mason and cooking habits, WatkinsWith the expanded area, County community," Wat- said. the garden could produce kins said. IFYOUGO Smrt, 30 ~'10:30 a.~:t~'ff.~;t~m~. Feb. 6-- 10:30 a.m. to 11130 a.m. Feb. 13 -- 10.'30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Classes are in Mason General Hospi- tal's Skokomish Room. Call 651-983- 4548 or email cecelia.p.watldns@ il.com to sign up for the four- HARSTINE ISLAND NEWS ees can a swln: e other day, I was ap- aching the bridge as was leaving the island, and offto the north, I saw two birds flying against the wind. It was a strong, southerly wind bringing 50-degree weather. That wind was whipping up some tall whitecaps. The first bird was a gull that, I'm assuming, was trying to reach one of the light poles. The second bird was a cor- morant, and I'm not sure what its goal was, but I don't think it was in the feathers for him to make it. As I began to cross the bridge, both birds hadn't made any souther- By MIKE CALLAGHAN ly progress, they were almost in a hover. As I reached the center of the bridge, beth birds were perpendicular to my passenger window and they were flapping with great force but mak- ing little progress. As they disap- peared from my rear view window, I assumed the gull might make the light pole. My guess was that the cormorant changed course and decided to ride out the storm floating over those hard- charging crests. Well, I thought my last week's mention about the road bumps might have become irrel- evant before press time because they might have been repaired. However, I see the signs are still in place, and the bumps are still with us. Maybe a layer of snow will level those bumps. The Harstine Island Commu- nity Club's hall has been deco- rated for the season, and now we have the Christmas Day dinner in the works. The commtmity club puts the event on -- well, more accurately volunteers from the community club who are willing to donate their valu- able time to put it on. It is a side-dish potluck, and the club provides the ham, scalloped po- tatoes, coffee and tea. All you need to do is bring a dish that complements the ham. Dinner will start at 1 p.m. Christmas Day. For more infor- mation, call 426-0266. Plenty of island excitement will take place on the last day of 2014. Organizers will hold a New Year~s Eve dance at the hall. Again, volunteers have organized and planned a wonderful event. The big- band sounds of Swing Fever will play and swing us all into 2015. The band has played the New Year's event many times, which is always fun, rowdy and entertaining. Volunteers will set out a buf- fet in the kitchen area, which will be available for grazing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Swing Fever will play from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $20 each ffyou : buy before the dance -- or $25 i apiece at the door. You can :i get them from Jim Irish, who : can be reachedat 426-0266, or Fresh Start Deli, 2810 E. Spen~ cer Lake Road. Judy andt have attended this in the past and found it a great way to welcome in the i new year. ~e year, we took our 8-year-old granddaugh- ter, and she kept us dancing all night. It is a wonderful memory. Mike Callaghan lives on Harstine Island. He can be emailed at sobadog@msn:co~:"