Category: Senior News

SWIM (Seniors with Inquring Minds) Meetings are Informative

New Seniors With Inquiring Minds (S.W.I.M.) board members have been elected. New president Delia Itanen brings to the board her nurse/educator and business experience, with a goal to increase membership. “I am proud to lead this group dedicated to keeping their minds alert and active,” she said.

Vice President Tom LeCoq con- tributes marketing and training experi- ence to increase visibility. Diane Dungian was elected treasurer, Ruby Baker as Secretary, and outgoing president Sally Landis remains on the board.
S.W.I.M. is a member directed, learning in retirement organization. Swim members usually create their own programs and/or have outside speakers teach on a wide variety of topics:

  • Aug. 9 1:00 pm – American Hall of Shame – an embarrassing incident in our political history,” by SWIM member Sally Landis. 2:30 program TBA.
  • Aug. 16 1pm -“The Affordable Care Act as it Relates to Seniors with Medicare,”byDougShaw;2:30- Live performance of “Queen Esther and her life” by SWIM member Roseann Smith.
  • On August 23 there is no speaker;
  • August 30 they are dark – No meeting!

Guest speaker Douglas Shaw is a HICAP/Health Insurance & Advocacy Program Counselor. He will outline The Affordable Care Act, especially as it relates to seniors. He is state-registered, and offers unbiased group seminars about Medicare and other related health insurance. Trained extensively on Medicare rules & regulations, HICAP Counselors are expert at helping people understand options to maximize benefits.

SWIM meets Fridays at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church, 16138 Molino Dr. (off La Paz Dr) in Victorville. For more informationcallColleen Velander at (760) 240-5425 (email or Delia Itanen at (760) 946 1586 (email

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Fun at Annual Kids Care Fair

Victor Valley Global Medical Center held its 12th Annual Kids Care Fair on July 21at the Victorville Fairgrounds. The fair offered children’s health services, exhibits, vendors, car seat safety checks, bike helmets, and insurance information, free of charge for children 2 months to 18 years of age.

Free snacks, lunch and drinks were provided. Prize drawings were held throughout the day, with five bicycles given out this year, along with razor scooters and more.

Victor Valley Global Medical Center with support from the Medical Staff, hospital employees, VVCH Auxiliary, local healthcare professionals, sponsors and community volunteers participated.

Mountain Communities Events Help People Beat the Heat

The desert was hot, so it was time to head to the mountain communities for some cooler weather.

Big Bear Lake featured a chili cookoff and outhouse races dur- ing Old Miners Days on July 13.  The chili cookoff featured a good variety of choices, with red, green and salsa varieties.  A $5 tasting kit got visitors unlimited tastes at chili booths.

There were plenty of things to entertain the crowd. Kids could climb the rock wall or play in the bounce house. The stage featured a country band, and vendors sold food, drinks and products.  The outhouse race was the big draw, with spectators lining both sides of the street. No one got run over this year, due to volunteers making sure Lookie “Loo’s” (pun intended) stood behind hay bales.

On the other side of the desert, is the mountain commu- nity of Wrightwood, which holds Mountaineer Days each year. This is a free, two-day family ori- ented festival featuring live mu- sic, handmade arts and crafts, a vendor village and food court, a parade, and old-fashioned games and contests for all ages.