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Lip syncher eyes acting career Lisa Perkins has a dream--an act- ing career, maybe in Hollywood, maybe on Broadway. If that happens, the first (dance) steps along the road may have been taken at an unusual contest in Wenatchee. Perkins, of Bridgeport Bar, is the two time winner (this year she and her partner tied for first) of a lip- synching contest held in Wenatchee. This year her brother Russell won the junior division of the same contest. She has also won a similar contest in Waterville. Lip-synching is aprocess where the "singer" uses recorded music to simulate singing and often devises a dance or other routine to accompany the music. Perkins won in 1990 using music by pop singer Cindy Lauper with an improvised dance routine--- "I just did whatever I felt like doing on stage." This year she used a medley of seven songs by pop singer and former Los Angles Lakers dance team member Paula Abdul, who is "a little more into the dance." Perkins cho- reographed a routine to go with the music and included a partner, a little boy, into a section of the performance. Both were things she has never done before. "It took a little more work than I thought it would," she said. Perkins has been doing this kind of performance since seventh grade, she said, when she and a friend were urged to enter the "Twilight Special" talent show held annually at the Bridgeport school. "Everyone liked it so much they just kept asking me to do it again." She also performed similar acts in the annual Bridgeport Follies. Perkins prepares carefully for her Lisa Perkins acts, she said, beginning with a thorough knowledge of the music. "You have to know the song really, really well," she said. "Every little ah and oh." She practices singing along with the recording in front of a mir- ror. One technique, borrowed from stage acting, is to exaggerate mouth movements to make them visible to the audience on the other side of the footlights. The costume and routine have to be chosen carefully, to con- form with the image of the original I1' Straight Tq Seniors by Annette Tussing Sponsored by MEDICAL SERVICE CORP. of Eastern Washington Taste Truths "Food just doesn't taste the same anymore. Everything I eat tastes bit- ter. I want to eat only sweets." How often have you heard an elderly person complain like this? They are not just being crotchety. One out of two persons 65-80 has lost some sense of smell. And changes in smell affect changes in taste! Research shows that smell disor- ders outnumber taste problems at least three to one. It can have many causes: nasal disease (sinusitis, rhinitis), ob- struction of the nasal airways, viral infections, head injury, even simple aging. When born, you had a continuous sheet of mucus-covered smell re- ceptors call olfactory ephithelium covering the wide area of your upper nasal cavities inside the bridge of your nose. By the time you reach the 20's or 30's, this small area has already begun to shrink. Aging, together with re- peated viral and chemical injuries, can cause serious degeneration of the nasal mucus membrane- -and your sense of smell diminishes. If you notice changes in your ability to smell or in the way food tastes, get a medical evaluation from your doctor. Treatment may involve the surgi- cal removal of polyps or tumors or the correction of a deviated septum in the nose. Also, here are ways to enhance flavors in your food:, expand your food choices; vary temperatures, color and textures. Plan meals in a relaxing, attractive setting, with pleasant company when possible. (From Mayo Clinic Health Letter, October) Hidden Assets Use some of your grandparents' tricks to keep warm this winter- -and reduce your heating costs. 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For details about the flu shot in your area: in Spokane call 456-3640, the County Health District in other counties call your county health of- fice or your doctor's office, for that information. Model Program Our state has been chosen as one of 15 in the nation tp demonstrate a model federal program designed to lower costs of Medifare supplement insmmlee without sacrificing the level of care. This announcement, made by state Insurance Commissioner Dick Marquardt, said the demo project is called SELECT. Washington will need to modify its existing Medicare supplement laws and rules by the middle of next year to accommodate the pilot program. It will not become effective until July 1,1992. Meanwhile more details will be given in ensuing months. We'll let you know. Give or Receive The Telephone Reassurance/ Friendly Visiting Service is made up of volunteers. They do kindnesses for homebound persons over age 60: check daily to see if the person is alright; cheer up and remind to take medicines on schedule. If you would care to give this service or to receive it, call: in Spo- kane (509) 328-6771 ,flirector Arlene singer. Choice of music is important, too---it has to be something that "would be popular with the audience. Upbeat, something they could have fun with. I have to like it in order to do it, too." Stage fright, an occasional afflic- tion of actors, does not really bother her, she said, although the first time she stepped on stage in Wenatchee, "I thought everybody could see my heart beating." But after the perfor- mance begins, the audience fades away as Perkins concentrates. The most nerve-wracking time for her, she said, comes after she is done, waiting for the announcements of the judges. But being a perennial winner in the lip synching contest is not the end, but the beginning of the road, if Perkins' dreams come true. "I love to sing and dance. I'd love to.get into acting." She said she knows that it takes a lot of hard work and some luck, which is why she has been at- tending the Wenatchee College of Beauty. She will take the state tests to get her cosmetologist's license in January. Then she wants to go on to drama school in Spokane, working at least part time. But she will not forget the contest in Wenatchee. "It's really fun. It re- ally is," she said. "I plan on going back and winning it again." Use The Classifieds For All Your Buying and Selling Needs Quad City Herald 689-2507 Ouad CI Herald December 5. 1991 Grange Bazaar,,e ornament this weekend Brewster Grange Annual Christ- mas Bazaar will be held Friday, De- cember 6 and Saturday, December 7 at the hall. Each day wig have different items offered. Also, lunch will be available• Grange Christmas party will be Thursday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m. starting with apotluck. Members said there will be a limit of three dollars on the gift exchange. People with chil- dren attending should put their child's name on the gift. Saturday, December 14, will be the installation of officers starting with a noon potluck, at 1:30 p.m. the installation, then a short officers meeting to follow for discussion of the calendar and committees. child's gift The Brewster Women's League is hoping people will take some of the ornaments on Christmas trees at Se- curity Pacific Bank and First Bank Washington---then bring them back with a gift attached. Among the ornaments on the trees will be construction paper ornaments with the age and gender of local children written on them, according to club member Diana Jacobsen. The Women's League is asking people to take one of those ornaments, buy a gift appropriate to the child described and bring the wrapped gift back to oneofthe two banks with thedescrip- tive ornament attached. Gifts will be Christmas gifts for older people When buying gifts for older reminiscing about treasured experi- people, Ann Diede, Area Extension ences, or blank audio tapes and a Agent, Washington State University request that the recipient use them to CooperativeExtension in Chelan and record reminiscences or even a more Douglas counties, suggests that formal personal history for the fam- people follow three guidelines-- fly. "All families have event and re- make it bright, make it warm, makeit membrances that only the older personal, members know," said Diede."Unless One of the surest ways to delight they are recorded or written down, older people is to give them colorful important pieces of family life are gifts. "As we age, changes in our eyes lost between generations." affectthewayweseetheworldaround Died• suggest an especially nice us.C01orsmaynotseemasbrightand variation of this gift is to have our eye lenses filter out greens and grandchildren interview their grand- blues. Reds, yellows and oranges are parents on tape. "Kids love to do that, • more likely to give pleasure to older and often have a more natural rapport people," Diede said. with grandparents than other people "Light reflecting window decora- in the family," she said. "Kids can tions, sweaters, lap robes, pillows often get older people to talk much and afghans often are appreciated by more freely than the middle-aged older people," said Died•. adult children are able to do. In a real Some of the most personal gifts sense, this makes a double gift--a you can give--especially to old gift of time spent together and a gift people.--are gifts that focus on your of taped memory, which older people family, and other members of the family can Possibilities include photographs listen to over and over again." of family members (collages, espe- cially, bring back fond memories), tape recordings of family members talking about current activities or A /'! gang of loners, loonies and losers are about to become ,something they've never been before...a team. ].: ..,otssA_iv Fri., Sat. & Sun.- 7:30 p.m. Rio Theatre 689-2234 Steak Night Every Thursday. , I} 8 oz. Top Sirloin j o:, $ r.0095fi=.00 Northtowner Restaurant Bridgeport 686-7979 g00;E$ Boy's 3no, o LEVI Jackets & Jeans =off 25 off i,,' All Men's Clothes v' California Ivy Separates v' Ladies Sleepwear € Hang Ten & Gina Peters (x dt} 20 off v' OshKosh for Kids € Sweaters i Group Ladles t/Sweatshirts women's & Jrs. (Worniad lu. OpumonJ. IS.U.IL &} v' Girls Dresses v' Boys Holiday Outfits Pa9 e S accepted until Monday, December 16. They will be delivered to the homes of the children before Chfi'st- mas. Anyone needing gifts for children or knowing of a family that needs gifts can pick up applications at the Brewster Food Bank, the social ser- vices office at the Seventh-day Adventist Church or Toni's Hair Salon downtown. The Women's League is also ac- cepting donations of hats, mittens and scarves, Jacobsen said. Genealogical group to meet The Okanogan County Genea- logical Society will meet Thursday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pio- neer Room in the Omak Public Li- brary. Bring items (or money) for silent auction. There will be a "Share the Book" drawing; to participate, bring book ordering information if possible. 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