Section 2, part 2

(1) Pat A. in PA: When I first read your subject line [in most recent newsletter], I thought you’d flipped & become a Romney fan!

Response: Pat IS referring to the fact that she noticed that I had a typo in the subject line; i.e., I called the issue BAINESWORLD instead of BLAINESWORLD. As I told her, I tend to be an enthusiastic typist–and not a very akkkkkkurate one!

(2) Lana C. in OH: excellent edition….BTW nice shirts you are wearing in the photos… hubby would be jealous…seriously…they are nice shirts he is fond of the tropical prints and they look good on him…they look so summery!!!!!

Response: This has me laughing, in that Cynthia used to complain that I wore only solid shirts. So she helped me pick out some more colorful ones. We got them at a Dillard’s outlet mall. Look for one near you. Stuff is often 1/2 price or less the regular price, and this past Labor Day, they had a 2-for-1 sale.

(3) Pat L. in CA: Thank you, as always!  I’m definitely going for the peanut butter bars…!

(4) Steve G. in PA: Watched “The Newsroom” last night  112th Congress – wow! I have missed a number of the shows – last night’s as were the previous – brilliant!

(5) Laura B. in NJ:  Senior discounts: Keep this list–and send a copy to your friends and relatives.

As I was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy’s recently, I heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized and charged him less. When I asked the man what the discount was, he told me that seniors over age 55 gets 10% off everything on the menu, every day.

Being of ‘that’ age myself, I figured I might as well ask for the discount too.  This incident prompted me to do some research, and I came across a list of restaurants, supermarkets, department stores, travel deals and other types of offers giving various discounts with different age requirements. I was actually surprised to see how many there are and how some of them start at the young age of 50.

This list may not only be useful for you, but for your friends and family, too. Pass it on!

Dunkin Donuts gives free coffee to people over 55. If you’re paying for a cup every day, you might want to start getting it for free.

*** YOU must ASK for your discount! ASK, ASK, ASK!!

RESTAURANTS: Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+) Arby’s: 10% off (55+) Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+) Bennigan’s: discount varies by location (60+)  Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+) Boston Market: 10% off (65+) Burger King: 10% off (60+) Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+) Chili’s: 10% off (55+) CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+) Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+) Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (55+) Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+) Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter (55+) Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+) Golden Corral: 10% off (60+) Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+) IHOP: 10% off (55+) Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+) KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+)  Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+) This is for me … if I ever see one again.  Long John Silver’s: various discounts at locations (55+) McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+) Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+) Shoney’s: 10% off Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+) Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+) Subway: 10% off (60+) Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+) Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+) TCBY: 10% off (55+) Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+) Village Inn: 10% off (60+) Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+) Wendy’s: 10% off (55+) White Castle: 10% off (62+)

RETAIL & APPAREL: Banana Republic: 10% off (50+) Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+) Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+) Big Lots: 10% off (I didn’t know this) Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (55+) C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+) Clarks: 10% off (62+) Dress Barn: 10% off (55+) Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location) Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location) Kmart: 20% off (50+)  Kohl’s: 15% off (60+) Modell’s Sporting Goods: 10% off Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+) The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+) Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+)

GROCERY: Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month (55+) American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50+) Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+) DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+) Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+) Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday (55+) Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+) Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location) Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)  Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+) The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday (50+) Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (55+) Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+) Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 5% off (62+)

TRAVEL:  Airlines:  Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+)  American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount) Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations  Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount) U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Rail:  Amtrak: 15% off (62+)  Bus:  Greyhound: 5% off (62+) Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages (50+)

Car Rental: Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members  Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members Best Western: 10% off (55+) Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+) Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+)  Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members  Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+) National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Over Night Accommodations:  Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+) Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+) Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+) Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+) Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+) InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+) Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+) Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+) Motel 6: 10% off (60+) Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+) Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+) Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT:  AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+) Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+) Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $3 off one-day tickets (50+) Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+) Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off  U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+) Regal Cinemas: 30% off Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+) SeaWorld Orlando, FL: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)

CELL PHONE DISCOUNTS: AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+) Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+) Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

MISCELLANEOUS: Great Clips: $3 off hair cuts (60+) Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)   NOW, go out there and claim your discounts – – – and remember — YOU must ASK for your discount — no ask, no discount.


(Laura) I can add my own… NJ Transit buses.  It might be only in off hours but it is a good discount.
(Blaine) Earth Fare: 5% if you’re 60 or over.


Section 12A (1 seminar I’m presenting and 1 I’m moderating)

(1) Survival Marketing–offered by Asheville SCORE

Sponsored by Ruth C. Smith

Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 9:00 AM-Noon

Registration starts at 8:30 AM

Registration: $30.00

Save $5 by pre-registering by clicking:

To market and grow your business, you need to understand the concept of positioning; i.e., what is it that you do that makes yourself meaningfully different from the competition. Come to this informative and engaging seminar to learn how it’s done.

(2) The one I’m moderating:

SBA and AARP Host Panel Discussion October 2

Please join us in Candler, NC just outside Asheville, on October 2, 2012 to celebrate National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day. One in four Americans between the ages of 44 and 70 are interested in starting their own business.  A panel discussion will highlight successful business owners that started their companies when they were over 50.  One of the panelists is NC Small Business Person of the Year Oscar Wong who started Highland Brewing Company. Also, SCORE counselors will be on hand to provide business advice and mentoring.  This FREE event will be held at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Enka Campus, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler, 2nd floor, Haynes Conference Center. Registration is required.  Please go to: or call 1-877-926-8300.

For more information, contact SBA’s Eileen Joyce at 704-344-6787.


Section 12B (NC)

(1) Mars Hill College students will be performing GODSPELL on October 10, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and on October 14 at 2:30 p.m. Call the Box Office at 689.1239 for tickets.

Note: I know many of the students in the production, as well as the director. Consequently, I’m confident in predicting that this is going to be a big success!

(2) Upcoming Zoodles dates:
Oct-6 7-9PM at Well-Bred Bakery in Weaverville
Oct-11 7-9pm at Good Stuff in Marshall, NC
Oct-20 7-9pm at Well-Bred Bakery in Weaverville

(3) Chuck F. in PA: I’m performing with TAP, The Autumn Players readers theater this weekend in a comedy written by Moss Hart.  It’s about a youngish, new playwright, whose first play is about to be performed in Boston.  He’s a truck driver from the Midwest, and he must deal with all the eccentric characters from the theater.   I play Peter Sloan, the young playwright. Given the ages and looks of the other TAP actors, I do look youngish by comparison.  It was written by Moss Hart, husband of Kitty Carlisle of “What’s My Line ” fame.

The show runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 28th-30th.  Performances on the 28th and 29th are held at 35 below at ACT, Sunday’s performance is held in the Manheimer room at The Reuter Center.  The curtain (or a reasonable facsimile) rises at 2:30 for each performance.  Admission is $5 (cash only) at the door.

(4) Event Title: Grassroots Event with Vice President Joe Biden

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Doors Open: 2:55 p.m.
Location: Justice Center at the University of North Carolina-Asheville
Address: 1 University Heights, Asheville, NC
Parking: Parking will be available in Lot 9 and will be directed on site.
OFA Headquarters:

230 Hilliard Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Note: Please don’t consider the above as a political posting. I encourage all to see Biden, if they can, much like I’d encourage you to see Romney or Ryan if either of them was in the area.
(5) HAIRSPRAY runs from September 21-October 14, 2012 at Asheville Community Theatre. Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2:30pm
For tickets:
Note: I have already seen this particular production. It’s a real winner!
(6) White Horse owner Bob Hinkle co-managed Harry Chapin (among others) for the last years of Harry’s life. As a unique artist with a specific talent, Harry was the first as a major artist to spend career chips on the effort to end world hunger.

He had huge hits and released 12 LP’s before his untimely death, and played 2000+ concerts in his ten years as a music artist. Harry was a great influence on Bob’s management style. Bob has been contemplating this evening for a while. Join him.

at White Horse Black Mountain in Black Mountain, NC.
(7) Asheville Juggling Festival, the Year of the Hootenany, October 5-7
Stephens Lee Recreation Center
Formerly known as the Smoky Mountain Juggling Festival, we’re excited to be putting on our 2nd annual juggling festival right here in Asheville, North Carolina. Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is not only renowned for it’s natural beauty, but also for its flourishing performance arts community. So make plans to join us this fall for the Asheville Juggling Festival! And did we mention, it’s FREE!General InfoAsheville Juggling Festival The festival will take place from Friday, Oct

ober 5 through Sunday, October 7. Access to the open gym sessions and workshops are free! That’s right, FREE!Here is some more basic info on the festival events, times and locations.
Friday, October 5Open Gym
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Location: Stephens-Lee Community Center
Cost: FREE
Info: Access to the facility to practice your craft and have fun with other object manipulators.Renegade Show
Time: 11pm
Location: Toy Boat Community Art Space
Cost: FREE (however, donations will be accepted for the festival and there is a cash bar)
Saturday, October 6

Open Gym
Time: 10am – 6pm
Location: Stephens-Lee Community Center
Cost: FREE
Info: Access to the facility to practice your craft and have fun with other object manipulators.

Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Stephens-Lee Community Center
Cost: FREE
Info: More details on workshops coming soon!

Time: 4pm – 5pm
Location: Stephens-Lee Community Center
Cost: FREE
Info: A variety of fun juggling competitions and games, including 3-ball Simon Says, club balance challenge, club collecting, 5 ball endurance, speed passing, etc.

Main Stage Show
Time: 8pm
Location: Toy Boat Community Art Space
Cost: TBD
Info: More info on the show coming soon!

80′s Dance and Juggle Party
Time: 10pm
Location: Toy Boat Community Art Space
Cost: FREE
Info: After the Saturday night show, you’ll need some outlet to expel all that energy built up while watching an amazing show. So stick around as Queen April spins some of the best music from the 80′s and dance, juggle, hoop, spin, whatever… into the wee hours.
Sunday, October 7

Open Gym
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Toy Boat Community Art Space
Cost: FREE
Info: Note the different location! But it’s the same story – access to the facility to practice your craft and have fun with other object manipulators


Section 12C (PA/NJ)

(1) Reserve Now, before tickets sell out! 
October 13 Concert with the legendaryArlo GuthrieExclusive Meet & Greet Reception 
We have just confirmed that Arlo Guthrie will be present for a Meet and Greet Post-Concert Reception following the Concert with Arlo Guthrie at 8 PM on Saturday, October 13 at world class McCarter Theatre in Princeton.Included ONLY with preferred seats purchased through the Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) is an exclusive Post-Concert Meet and Greet Reception with Mr. Guthrie at McCarter.
This special concert is dedicated to Woody Guthrie on his 100th birthday. We are down to our last 25 tickets, and we may not be able to get more than the excellent seats we’ve already reserved.

CFPA’s special package is expected to sell out, so I urge you to make your reservation NOW. To secure some of the best seats in the Theatre and a spot at CFPA’s exclusive Post-Concert Reception, click this link:
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