Upcoming Travel Opportunities - April


50 plus Travel

To register for a trip, call 360-487-7100.

If registering for a trip and using a wheelchair, motorized scooter, walker, service animal, caregiver, other assistive device or are in need of special assistance, please contact Inclusion Services at 360-487-7060. An accommodation request must be made 10 business days before the trip start date.

Trip Difficulty Levels:

Easy: No stairs, minimal standing or walking.

Moderate: Requires ability to stand or walk on uneven surfaces. For the person who can comfortably climb a flight of stairs. Must be able to walk 8-10 blocks and stand 30 minutes. More than one stop requires getting in and out of the van.

Difficult: Longer trip, frequent stops requiring getting on and off van. Ability for extended standing, walking and/or stairs, may not include seating. Probably includes uneven terrain and challenging tours requiring endurance.

All trips depart from and return to Luepke Center, 1009 McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. Trips leave promptly at advertised times. Return time is carefully planned, however, is dependent on weather and traffic.

Featured Day Trip

WILLAMETTE HERITAGE CENTER - 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fri., Apr 18. Difficult. Explore Willamette Center at the Mill in Salem - stroll through the history of people of the Willamette Valley, historic buildings, mill and many exhibits. Temporary exhibits include Roses of Old Oregon and River People of the Willamette. Learn about the settlers and Native people, their struggles and triumphs, contributions to the community and proud heritage. Bring money for lunch and $6 admission. Van $32. Wear closed-toe walking shoes.

APRIL  2014

GARDENPALOOZA – 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat., Apr. 5. Moderate. This annual event at Fir Point Farms in Aurora features over 45 vendors selling flowers, plants, gardening tools, garden art, food and more. The one-day garden and farm festival offers greenhouse wisdom and plants galore. There will be delicious food and baked goods. Bring money for lunch. Van $24.

NEWBERG CAMELLIA FESTIVAL – 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Apr. 12. Easy. The annual Newberg Camellia Festival isn't  your average Celebration of a city flower! This festival is a jam-packed day full of blooms, culture, traditional art and more. There are free demonstrations and performances that highlight the cultures of Asia and the Pacific Rim. Watch Dragon Dancers, Ula lessons and dancing, lion Dancers, Tae Kwon Do and Drumming. Between performances view the hundreds of perfect camellia specimens on display and take a trolley tour of the camellias planed throughout Newberg. See Bonsai demonstrations and eat your fill of Asian dishes. Bring money for lunch. Van $25.

WOODEN SHOE TULIP FEST - 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun., Apr 13. Easy. Enjoy the beauty of 40 acres of blooming tulips with its many photo opportunities. Don't miss the gift shop, country store, food vendors including Theresa's Mexican Restaurant and Mt. Angel Sausage Company, craft vendors and more fun activities. There are rows and rows of beautiful tulips and free trams to take you across the property, antique steam tractor rides, a cow train and shoe train. Sepnd the day on the farm in the beautiful Willamette Valley. Bring money for lunch. Van $25.

OREGON GARDENS & BREWFEST – 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri., April 25. Moderate. Ride the tram or stroll through spring gardens and many landscaping themes. Listen to band music, taste ciders, meads and beer from 60+ booths. Eat lunch at the luxurious resort restaurant with sweeping views; at the café; or one of the vendors with a variety of food choices. Bring money for lunch and $15 for admission. Van $30

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May 2014

ALBANY CAROUSEL AND NOVAKS HUNGARIAN – 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thurs., May 1. Difficult. The creation of the Albany Carousel is an on-going community project. Tyson will give us a guided tour and we can chat with the carvers. It’s always great to see the new animals and hear the stories. Lunch will be at the ever popular Novaks Hungarian Restaurant. Also stop at the Regional Museum which has recently added some new exhibits. Bring money for lunch and $4 for admission. Van $32.

CARRIAGE ME BACK TO 1900 - 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., May 3. Difficult. See a somewhat historic community drama of life in the year 1900 in the town of Brownsville. Dressed in period costumes, local actors take on personalities of well-known historical characters. Ride in an open horse-drawn carriage from Linn County Museum to the Moyer House, enjoying re-enactments at stops along the way. Several restaurants to choose from for lunch. Bring money for lunch and $8 admission. Van $40.

MEDIEVAL FAIRE – 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Sun., May 4. Moderate. Be transported back to the Fairegrove, a medieval village! Observe live, heavy-armored combat, dancers, merchants, jugglers, craftsmen such as leatherworks and weaving, listen to roving musicians, singers, storytellers and vendor booths featuring period costumes and unique gift ideas. Bring money for lunch at the historic Grand Lodge, in the gazebo or have a picnic on the vast front lawn. There is something for all revelers in this village. Van $25.

OREGON STATE POLICE ACADEMY/WILLAMETTE QUEEN STERNWHEELER - 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thurs., May 8. Moderate. Oregon State troopers provide a wide variety of public safety services. From the rural counties to metropolitan freeways, troopers are trained to do it all. Tour the police academy where this fin training takes place. After lunch at the Wild Pear in Salem, it's all abroad the Willamette Queen in Salem's Waterfront Park to enjoy a riverboat experience reminiscent of the days when travel the Willamette River was only by steam powered boats. While we are at Riverside Park we just have visit the carousel. Who can resist the magic of a carousel? There is something magical about climbing up high on a wooden hours, listening for the organ music to begin and waiting for the carousel to move and the horses to take off on their circular flight. Bring $12 for the sternwheeler and $1.50 for the carousel ride as well as money for lunch. Van $32/$36.

MOTHER’S DAY TEA AT ANZAC AND GLASSOMETRY – 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri., May 9. Difficult. Celebrate Mother’s Day with us on a special day planned just for you. Visit the Anzac Tea Parlour Australian Restaurant in Hood River. Our special Mother’s Day Tea will be an upgraded “Paddington Package” that will include a tasty tea sandwich, mini-quiche, Anzac Biscuit, chocolate-dipped strawberry, fruit garnish, cream scone with Devonshire Cream, shared pots of tea (3 different types) and choice of dessert. Your special day does not end here. Next, we go to Glassometry Studios where you will step into the hot shop and share in the exciting process of designing and blowing your own ornament. You will be up close while they prepare the glass for you to blow. After the ornaments have cooled, they will be shipped to Luepke Center for you to pick up. There will be plenty of time for you to view the sculpture gardens and view the beautiful glass art. $89 includes van, Mother’s Day Tea, blowing ornament and shipping.

MOLALLA MUSEUM COMPLEX AND QUILT SHOW – 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sat., May 10. Moderate. Treasures of the Molalla Prairie is an exhibit of 100 antique, vintage and contemporary quilts. Tour the historical homes at the complex. After lunch tour the Settlemeir historical home in Woodburn. Bring money for lunch and $5 admission. Van $44.

SHOW BOAT AT LAKEWOOD THEATRE – 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., May 11.Easy. An American Musical Theatre Classic, this Tony Award winning tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880’s to the 1920’s is both a love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. Magnolia Hawks is the lovely and naïve daughter of Captain Andy Hawks, the genial proprietor of the Cotton Blossom, a show boat that cruises the Mississippi River. She falls in love with a suave gambler, but when he leaves her she is forced to start over and return to the stage where she becomes a star. Music by Jerome Kern, Book & lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, based on the novel by Edna Ferber. Bring money for lunch prior to the performance. $59 includes van and admission. Must pay by Apr. 27. No refunds or credits.

CRYSTAL SPRINGS RHODODENDRON GARDEN - 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues., May 13. Difficult. This trip is a walk in the park, really. Portland may be the Rose City but rhododendrons have long been a favorite of the Pacific Northwest. This garden is filled with over 2,500 different varieties of plants (not just rhodies) in a myriad of colors, as well as countless waterfowl enjoying all the ponds and waterways. After lunch at historic Eastmoreland Golf Course, we will tour nearby Reed College and walk the cobble-stone walkway to its crowning glory, a small canyon where you can enjoy two bridges over Creekside water life. This will be a day filled with talking through Nature's glory. Wear good walking shoes and bring money for lunch. Van $24/$26.

ADVENTURES IN EATING – THE VERDICT – 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thurs., May 15. Difficult. All rise, the Court of Adventures in Eating will soon be in session. We will render our verdict at The Verdict Bar & Grill. Our restaurant today is in Oregon’s oldest commercial building. I’m sure we will not be invited to the Judge’s chambers, we may end up in the Jury Box. It is the Order of the Court that we shall eat up and enjoy. Bring money for lunch. Van $26. There are stairs to climb to the tables. Not wheelchair or handicap accessible.

SEASIDE – 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri., May 16. Moderate. It is always fun at the beach—rain or shine. Enjoy an early spring day shopping, visiting galleries, collecting souvenirs, watching the surf, eating or just sitting, taking in the sounds. Bring money for lunch. Van $33.

MT. PISGAH ARBORETUM FEST – 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., May 18. Difficult. Attend the wildflower and music festival at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene. It offers hundreds of wildflowers, plant sales, food, crafts and art vendors, dancing and guided walks. Bring money for lunch and $5 admission. Van $40.

RICE ROCK & MINERAL MUSEUM METEORITES - 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Sat., May 24. Moderate. Visit the Rice NW Museum, the nationally-recognized finest rock, gem and mineral collection in the Pacific Northwest. Meteorite expert, Dick Pugh, Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory (PSU), will present a workshop and share his knowledge, meteorite examples and answer  your questions about meteo-rites and meteo-wrongs. Explore many exhibits of geologic wonders, petrified wood, thunder eggs, agates, gems, minerals, agates, and a world-famous Alma Rose (large rhodocrosite). Bring money for lunch and $5 admission. Van $25/$27.

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL AT CLACKAMAS REP – 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., May 25. Difficult. Stageworks Northwest in Longview presents 9 to 5 The Musical with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do…even in a man’s world. Set in the 1970s, this is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the rolodex era. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 to 5 is about teaming up and taking care of business. Bring money for lunch. $50 includes van and admission. Must pay by May 9. No refunds or credits.

COVERED BRIDGES OF OREGON - 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Wed., May 28. Easy. Oregon has the largest collection of covered bridges in the nation - currently over 50 bridges designed or built for vehicular traffic. While we can't see all of them in one trip, we can drive around and through some of the ones in Linn County, just outside of Albany. Bring money for lunch at the famous Novaks Hungarian Restaurant. Van $42/$46.

SHONNARD’S & GARLAND NURSERIES – 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Thurs., May 29. Difficult. Garland’s & Shonnard’s Nurseries will be eye candy for the constant gardener. You will find outside art and inside décor along with loads of interesting plants and shrubs. Wear your walking shoes as there is a lot of ground to cover. Bring money for lunch. Van $32.

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June 2014

LIZZIE, THE MUSICAL – 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., June 1. Easy. Portland Center Stage presents Lizzie, the Musical – a new musical based on the life of Lizzie Borden. Written by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Tim Maner and Alan Stevens Hewitt, this is a rock-show retelling of the bloody legend of America’s first and favorite ax-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl. Lizzie Borden, who has become fodder for jump rope rhymes and TV movies of the week, was a Massachusetts woman who was acquitted in 1892 of the ax murders of her father and stepmother, and lived the rest of her life as America’s first infamous tabloid star. But did she really do it? And if so, how? Bring money for lunch. $72 includes van and admission. Must pay by May 15. No refunds or credits.

PORTLAND GRAND FLORAL PARADE- 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sat., June 7. Difficult. Portland’s Grand Floral Parade is the 2nd largest of all floral parades in North America. Bring money for lunch for after the parade. $59 includes van and admission to bleachers.

LEADING LADIES AT THEATRE IN THE GROVE – 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sun., June 8. Easy. Theatre in the Grove at Forest Grove presents Leading Ladies. In this hilarious comedy, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing scenes from Shakespeare on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine” and “Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it. Bring money for lunch. $41/$45 includes van and admission.

SEABRIGHT GARDEN & EAST SALEM – 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon., June 9. Easy. Explore Salem’s unique farm to fork experience at Willamette Valley Fruit Company where we will tour their processing area before exploring their store. Hopefully we will get to see how they make and package their wonderful pies. Next stop is the family-owned E-Z Orchards, home of fresh local produce and freshly baked donuts. Bring money for lunch at Rudy’s at Salem Golf Club overlooking the greens. The rest of your afternoon will be filled with a visit to Sebright Gardens. Stroll the 2 acres through many varieties of hostas, ferns and epimediums. Our last stop will be at Pudding River Wine Cellars for optional wine tasting. Join us for an interesting day exploring  part of the East Willamette Valley. Van $32/$36.

TOUR FORT LEWIS – 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Wed., June 11. Difficult. You’re in the Army now, with a tour of Fort Lewis. We will have a briefing and then off to the newly restored museum. Lunch will be at the “chow hall” or, now known as the “dining facility.” Our guide will board our van and show us Fort Lewis. See the Stryker vehicles, education facilities, remaining older parts of the Fort and more. Everyone will be required to pay cash for lunch. Van $47.

HORSE PATROL & SW WASHINGTON HUMANE SHELTER – 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs., June 12. Difficult. Portland Mounted Patrol serves primarily the downtown area,  combating street crime, performing crowd control and seeing to park problems. Our tour will be guided by a member of the Mounted Patrol. Tour the barn and see some of the horses. At the Humane Shelter we will have a guided tour. Bring money for lunch. Van $23.

ONCE AT KELLER – Noon-6 p.m., Sun., June 15. Easy. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, “Once,” is a truly original Broadway experience. It features an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights…but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams…not living in fear…and the power of music to connect all of us. Bring money for dinner after the show. $89 includes van & admission. Must pay by Apr. 14. No refunds or credits.

DEEPWOOD ESTATE/KEIZER ART MUSEUM – 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wed., June 18. Difficult. Tour the 1894 Deepwood Estate and gardens. Bring money for lunch at the Wild Pear in old town Salem and $13 admission fees. After lunch, stop at the Keizer Heritage Museum in the restored 1916 Keizer School along with other stops. Van $32/ $36. Stairs to climb at Deepwood.

ADVENTURES IN EATING – SWEDISH & BRODER NORD – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thurs., June 19. Moderate. June’s Adventures in Eating will be at Broder Nord. Broder Nord is a second location for their very popular Broder’s Swedish Restaurant in Portland. You may order breakfast, lunch or a combination of both. Some of your choices will be Lefse (potato crepes), Pytt I Panana (Swedish Hash), Aebleskiver (Danish pancakes with lemon curd, lingonberry jam or maple syrup), Skagen Shrimp Salad, Hamburgare a La Lindstrom, Swedish meatballs (rich & herbaceous served in buttery sherry cream sauce), Stockholm Hotdog, and many other traditional items served elegantly in the Swedish custom. You might even be in the mood to try their Swedish Coffee. Bring money for lunch. Van $21/$23.

SANDCASTLE DAY AT CANNON BEACH – 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat., June 21. Moderate. Spend the day in one of America’s best small towns just in time for its 50th Annual Sandcastle Contest. The emphasis is on fun. Stroll the beach and watch the many participants building their sand sculptures which will be judged at 1 p.m. Browse the galleries and shops, enjoying the sights and dine where you choose. Wear walking shoes and bring money for lunch. Van $33/$37.

EXPLORE HISTORIC ASTORIA – 8:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sun., June 22. Difficult. Explore Astoria’s historic downtown, riverfront and Farmer’s Market. Ride the historic trolley and listen to history, facts, and tales as told by conductors. Bring money for lunch, $2 for all day trolley pass and money for admission fees at your choice of attractions. Van $39/$43. Wear closed-toe walking shoes.

THRIFT SHOP HOP – 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed., June 25. Moderate. Shop a variety of thrift stores and consignment shops for treasures for ourselves as well as gifts. Bring money for lunch. Van $20/$22.

COLUMBIA GORGE DISCOVERY CENTER – 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs., June 26. Moderate. Tour the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center and the Wasco County Museum, learning about the early history and geography of the gorge. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the area during the drive up the gorge. Bring money for lunch at Cousin’s Restaurant in The Dalles and $5.50 for museum admission. Van $35/$39.

THE MUSIC MAN AT BROADWAY ROSE - 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Sun., June 29. Difficult. A sparkling homage to a bygone era. The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize—despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans fail when he falls for spirited Marion (the librarian), who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain falls. With songs such as 76 Trombones, Till There Was You, and Lida Rose, this award-winning classic boasts a brilliant, nostalgic score of rousing marches, barbershop quartets, and sentimental ballads that have earned a place among musical theater’s most cherished standards. Bring money for dinner after the show. $61 includes van and admission. Must pay by May 29. No refunds or credits. Must be able to climb steps to seating.

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July 2014

INDEPENDENCE DAY MURDER MYSTERY LUNCH CRUISE – 7 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Wed., July 2. Difficult. Celebrate the upcoming Independence Day aboard a who-dunnit mystery cruise in Seattle’s Lake Union, featuring famous characters and interesting topics from United States History. The 2-1/2 hour cruise includes a three-course plated lunch and endless fun as you work in teams to solve the murder mystery. $140/$144 includes van, cruise and BBQ lunch. Must pay by June. 8. No refunds or credits. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring light jacket.

TALL SHIPS BATTLE SAIL – 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., July 5. Difficult. Join us for the popular three-hour Battle Sail on the Tall Ships out of Aberdeen. There will be booming cannons, close-quarter maneuvers and a taste of 18th century maritime life aboard the tall ships. Passengers are invited to help raise the sails, verbally taunt the opponents and sing the chorus of a sea chantey. You may bring water and snacks (such as granola bars) aboard and there will be concessions for sale. Wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers for the weather and bring sunscreen and sunglasses. Bring earplugs if loud cannons will hurt your ears. $113/$117. No refunds or credits. Must pay by June 12.

LEWIS AND CLARK CRUISE ON PORTLAND SPIRIT – 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs., July 10. Difficult. Experience the Northwest history of two of America’s greatest explorers. Local historians provide historical narrative as you cruise the Willamette and Columbia rivers to follow in their very paddle strokes. $112/$116 includes van, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, dessert and service gratuity as well as bus return to Portland. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase from the full service bar. Bring photo ID. Stairs to climb to access upper deck, food service and bathrooms. Must pay by June 10. No refunds or credits.

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B REACTOR & HANFORD REACH – May 19-21, Mon-Wed. Difficult. Highlights include a narrated 4-1/2 hour jet boat tour of Hanford Reach National Monument that motors upstream where you may spot a variety of wildlife. Learn about the early Native Americans and settlers who founded the towns in the early 1900’s. This is a tour far from mainstream America, generally inaccessible by road. See the ghostly, monumental hulks of long-silenced nuclear reactors of the Manhattan Project which produced bomb-grade plutonium for the atomic bomb. We will tour the B Reactor at Hanford and learn about the history and significance of the Manhattan Project. Tour the historic downtown Kennewick area and explore the shops, as well as stops at a local distillery and a winery. Double-$498. Single-$625. Price includes 2 nights at Holiday Inn Express with full breakfast buffet. Bring money for lunches and dinners and optional $5 wine tasting fee. Must have proof of U.S. Citizenship, wear close-toed shoes for tours. No wheelchairs or walkers and no glass allowed on jet boat. Sign up early, there are only 18 spots. No refunds or credits.