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Tualatin program is set for May 30; Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services is the sponsor during Older Americans Month and Mental Health Awareness Month.

COURTESY WASHINGTON COUNTY - Storytellers who will participate in the May 30 program in Tualatin sponsored by Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services. From left, Sandy Shipley, Gini Graham, Greg Sievers, Janis Collins, Donna Root, Phyllis Harmon.Washington County and master storyteller Paul Iarrobino will join together for a second year for story telling by older adults.

A free program will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at The Community at Marquis, 19805 S.W. Boones Ferry Rd., Tualatin.

The sponsor is Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services. May is Older Americans Month and Mental Health Awareness Month.

Iarrobino has spent six weeks coaching older adult storytellers who will share their accounts of resilience, courage and risk-taking.

Iarrobino regularly performs his craft at community events and incorporates stories when giving keynote addresses and presentations. He inspires new storytellers by teaching and mentoring small groups. "I believe everyone has a story to share," Iarrobino said. "I enjoy working with new storytellers because they learn the art form together. These students are motivated, supportive and excited to share their stories with the community."

Gini Graham of Beaverton says, "I've traveled to 38 countries and 44 states, but I'm never satisfied with the stories I share when I come back. I give travelogues, not stories." The storytelling student goes on to say, "I have had such incredible opportunities and experiences that I want others to benefit from. So I must learn to share them well."

Donations of nonperishable food items will be accepted for Meals on Wheels People. Especially needed are high-protein and low-sodium items. Cash donations also appreciated. Everyone who brings a donation will be entered into a raffle.

Refreshments will be offered. Call (503) 846-3093 to RSVP. These events are made possible with funding from the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative.

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