Upcoming Travel Opportunities - March


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

SEA LION CAVES AND HECETA LIGHTHOUSE - 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri, March 21. Difficult. Come with us to Florence on the beautiful Oregon Coast for an unforgettable experience. Visit the Sea Lion Caves, nature's home for wild sea lions and a variety of sea birds. Ride the elevator 200 ft. down through solid rock to see the cavern filled with sea lions, birds and the restless surge of the ocean. Then, travel north to the newly-renovated Heceta Head Lighthouse which just re-opened. This trip is not for the faint of heart - the Sea Lion Caves require a walk down and back up, and there is a half-mile walk to the lighthouse from the parking lot. Bring money for lunch and $13 admission. Van $65. Not handicap or wheelchair accessible.

March 2014

RED WIND CASINO – 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Wed., March 12. Moderate. We are off to Red Wind Casino for the day, where there are gaming tables and hundreds of slot machines. Bring money for lunch – choose between Deli, Buffet, Fine Dining and a bar. Van $37.

CHEHALIS VETERAN’S MUSEUM & MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM– 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Fri., March 14. Difficult. See the Chehalis Veteran’s Museum with over 9,000 square feet of exhibits dedicated to the history of the military. Also see old motorcycles of all kinds at the motorcycle museum. Bring money for lunch and $10 for admissions. Van $37.

POWERLAND MUSEUM @ BROOKS – 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Wed., March 19. Difficult. For everyone who wants to see the collections and the rides. The 62-acre site is home to a collection of museums – antique power equipment, farm machinery, trains, construction equipment, trucks, cars, an operating steam powered sawmill, electric railway and a functional blacksmith shop. See a replica of a 1930’s Texaco service station. Ride one of the operating trains on site and ride the trolley around the area. Bring money for lunch at The Best Little Roadhouse in Salem and $8 for admission and trolley ride. Van $30.

WHALE WATCH AT DEPOE BAY - 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Wed., March 26. Difficult. The Spring Whale Watch Week at Depoe Bay should give you a glance of whales blowing, breaching and fluking as they pass by on their 12,000 mile migration from Mexico up the Arctic Ocean. The Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center has a sheltered platform from which to view the whales with the help of the "Whale Spoken Here" volunteers. We will make a quick stop at the Whale Museum in Depoe Bay and take a peek at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse after lunch on the bay. Bring money for lunch and $5 for museum admission. Van $46.

BOEING MUSEUM OF FLIGHT – 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Thurs., March 27. Moderate. Boeing Flight Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. See more than 145 historically significant aircraft. The tour will be a standing/walking tour for 90 minutes. Bring money for lunch at Wings Café at the museum and $13 for admission. Van $52.

EXPLORE EDGEFIELD – 2 p.m.-9 p.m., Fri., March 28. Moderate. Explore historic McMenamins Edgefield. Main lodge – Georgian revival-style structure includes guestrooms, Black Rabbit Restaurant, Gallery of Art, Bar, distilleries, pubs, brewery, winery, tasting rooms, tea house, gardens, golf course, glass blower cottage, power station and theater. Dine in your choice of restaurants. Bring money for lunch and $3 for admission. Van $26.

TOTEM @ CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – 3:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m., Sat., March 29. Difficult. Enjoy the daring and downright terrifying new acts and a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind. After 30 years, Cirque du Soleil is still finding ways to delight and surprise us. Cirque du Soleil presents Totem, a spectacular, visually ravishing performance that traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations, inspired by many founding myths. Totem illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend Totem explores the ties that bind man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. No meal stop planned. $123 includes van and admission.

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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.

ADVENTURES IN EATING – SLAPPY CAKES – 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thurs., Apr. 10. Moderate. Join us for April’s Adventures in Eating choice. Since opening in 2009, Slappy Cakes has become one of the most popular breakfast spots in Portland by offering a one-of-a-kind dining experience in a fun and interactive setting. Slappy Cakes has been featured nationally on The Cooking Channel, Rachel Ray, Women’s Day Magazine, and was awarded the title of “America’s Best” by Food Network as one of America’s top 10 destinations. Slappy Cakes is a full service breakfast restaurant with great food. Come make pancakes at your own table. Your batter options include Buttermilk, Peanut Butter, Sweet Parsnip, or Vegan. Then you have a choice of fixin’s such as Crispy Bacon, White Chocolate Chips, Dried Cherries, Hazelnuts to name just a few. Add the topping of your choice (Lavender Honey, Lemon Curd, Crème Fraiche and others). Or you may order a delicious breakfast from the menu. Bring money for lunch. Van $25.

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.

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.

HOOD RIVER BLOSSOM CRAFT FAIR - 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Apr. 19. Moderate. An annual event at Hood River with over 150 craft vendors to browse through. You are sure to find something that peaks your fancy. Bring money for lunch at one of the food vendors at the fair. Van $29.

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.

THE BIKINIS AT BROADWAY ROSE – 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Sun., May 4. Difficult.
Hit ‘60s girl group The Bikinis thought they’d long since hung up their two-pieces to dry, but a charity benefit brings them out of retirement for one last performance. True Jersey girls at heart, the buoyant quartet lights up their hometown boardwalk with bouncy, summery tunes such as It’s In His Kiss, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Heat Wave, Under the Boardwalk, These Boots Are Made For Walk’,” and It’s Raining Men—all to raise money for the good folks at Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort. Bring money for dinner after the show. $61 includes van & admission. Must pay by April 4. No refunds or credits. Must be able to climb steps to seating.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.