Spring is here! Take advantage of milder weather and go for a walk in the fresh air. A recent large-scale study by the University of Michigan reported reduced stress levels in people who walked outside with a group. Researchers believe that the combination of exercise, nature and social interaction serves as a powerful mood enhancer. People facing stressful life events, such as an illness, experienced the biggest boost; however, going on regular outdoor walks may contribute to an improved sense of well-being, even when you’re feeling fine.
We’ve got lots of trips coming up to “get you out of the house” and we sure hope you join us for one or all!
On Friday, April 1st, we’re headed to the Pier at Sharkeys in Venice. First, enjoy a picnic lunch in the pavilion and then we’ll stroll the pier, or if you want, head to the beach for a beach walk. The area around the pavilion where we will have our picnic also has a fun walking trail, so feel free to walk that path as well!
Yes, we will be home in time for vespers… On Saturday, April 2nd, we’re headed to Tampa Downs racetrack for a day of racing fun! We have reserved seating in the climate controlled, private area of the track and a great buffet luncheon is included! You should have received a flier in your mailbox by now giving you further details of this trip!
On Wednesday, April 6th, we’re headed to Lemon Bay Park in Englewood. We’ll have a guided tour of the park by one of their volunteers and then head for lunch at Fins in Venice!
Hope to see you there!
by Petra Mueller
In April we have the pleasure to welcome Dr. Barry Stein, our Medical Director, as a speaker. He will give the lecture “Discussion on Aging” on April 7th in the auditorium at 4 pm. Make sure you do not miss out on the chance to meet and greet Dr. Stein.
He takes care of the patients and residents on the Health Center and has a very important function in our residents’ lives.
The exercise classes are in full swing and if you are interested, come and join one of my classes just for the day to see what it is all about. The weather is perfect for a class in the pool or a stroll around the pond. Try out Shuffleboard; we have the ladies’ and the men’s group meeting separately during the week, and newcomers are always welcome.
The ping pong tables in the computer room can be used at any time and playing is a fun way to move and compete.
David Pedraza Returns!
Violist David Pedraza is well known to many folks at Bay Village because he has performed here many times! He keeps getting invited back for a reason as he is an outstanding musician!
David was born in Reynosa, Mexico, and started his studies at age 14. David received his bachelor’s degree at Shenandoah Conservatory and he recently completed his masters of music degree under a full scholarship at Lynn University Conservatory of Music.
David has won numerous awards and has performed all over the world. Currently, he is with the Miami Symphony, the Vitali Quartet and Symphony of the Americas. David is joined this evening by pianist Olga Kim.
We hope to see a packed house tonight for what is sure to be another great concert!
B.I.L.L. NEWS~A Few Months of Russian History & Music!:
Our current DVD series from the Teaching Company is “The History of Russia,” Peter the Great to Gorbachev, and it is held every Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium.
Your B.I.L.L. committee has decided to break this long series into three parts. Part one begins with politics and culture on the eve of Peter the Great’s efforts to transform his country; then, it looks at Peter and his reforms. Next, women’s rule is examined with particular focus on Catherine the Great. Then, the Purgachev Uprising will be covered, as well as writer Nikolai Novikov.
Next, we consider Decembrist rebellion, in which nobles took arms against the state to bring about social and political reform. Part I of this series has ended.
Your instructor for this course is Dr. Mark Steinberg, a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and director of the Russian and East European Center. He is the winner of a number of prestigious awards, including Yale University’s Sarai Ribicoff Prize for Teaching. We hope you will make plans to join us for what should be a fascinating class!
Following part 2 of this series, we’ll enjoy a 5-week class about the life of Russian composer Tchaikovsky.
Part 2 of the Russian History May 3rd. On May 10th we will begin our series on Russian composer Tchaikovsky. It’s titled “Tchaikovsky: His Life and Music.
This series is taught by Robert Greenberg, the same professor we had for the “Stravinsky” series, so we hope you will join us!
Passover, one of the most important holidays in the Jewish faith, celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. This year, Passover begins on Friday, April 22nd and ends on Saturday, April 30th. We will celebrate Passover at Bay Village on Monday, April 25th, at 2:30 p.m. in the dining room. All are welcome!
We are happy to report that Baibe Vengers and Dan Wascoe will again take the Bay Village stage on Thursday, April 7th, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
Baibe and Dan are “edu-tainers” and do a “multimedia” presentation of famous composers/artists. It includes a PowerPoint of old slides of the artist(s) you will be learning the history of, as well as live music by Baibe and Dan. Come to the auditorium for another upbeat and fun performance by this dynamic duo, as they present: “Chick Singers Extraordinaire” ~American Pop Songs from Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page and MORE!! Sounds fun, right? We will see you there!!