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Planning out a fulfilling retirement can be rewarding. Attend a presentation at the LOACC to learn how to do it.

COURTESY PHOTO  - Wondering what you might really enjoy doing in retirement? Attend the seminar being held at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center  May 21, Dont Just Retire ... Refire!

The staff at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center sees this all too frequently.

Though we live in free country, people sometimes don't feel free. We are tied down with responsibilities: family, a mortgage, bills and the need to keep growing our income, which sometimes means we work in jobs that wouldn't be our first choice.

And after you have built a career in a certain industry it can be a tough challenge to switch, so you gut it out until you retire.

And now you are retired and free! But free to do what? You know you don't want your retirement to look like your parents' retirement. And you have many interests you put on hold while you were responsible for others. So now what?

Mary Ellen Hoeh, MA is facilitating a workshop that uses the William Bridges Transition Model to help usher us from our career life to retired life. The Transition Model was created by change consultant, William Bridges, and was published in his 1991 book "Managing Transitions." The main strength of the model is that it focuses on transition, not change. The difference between these is subtle but important. Change is something that happens to people, even if they don't agree with it.

The workshop helps you focus on what you must have now, what is important now and what you want to do.

We dream of retirement but the transition is often more challenging than anticipated. Mary Ellen is here to help. The workshop titled "Don't Just Retire ... Refire" is being held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the center. Cost is $5 per person.

The lunch menu this week features a special Mother's Day celebration of chicken bruschetta on Friday, May 10; tuna casserole on Monday, May 13 and Hawaiian pork tacos on Wednesday, May 15. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for thos 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, using the menu found on the left side of the website, click on "Activities" and "Services" for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.


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