50 Years of Earth Day
The modern-day environmental movement kicked off 50 years ago on the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970.
The annual event was created by Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin who wanted to organize what he called a “national teach-in on the environment” that would educate the public about growing concerns such as pollution and deforestation. On the first Earth Day, 20 million people, about 10% of the country’s population at the time, took part in rallies, raising awareness about environmental issues and appealing to protect the planet’s health.
Earth Day’s success contributed to several landmark changes, including many of the first laws against air and water pollution, as well as the creation of a new government organization to respond to such issues, the Environmental Protection Agency, which began work in December 1970. By 1990, Earth Day became a worldwide observance.
Today, about 1 billion people in nearly 200 countries celebrate Earth Day.
We have a few Academy Award nominated movies in April.
“Richard Jewell” directed by Clint Eastwood will be shown April 5th and 8th. “Bombshell” starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie will be shown April 12th and 15th. “Ford vs. Ferrari” based on the story of American car designer Carroll Shelby and starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale is showing April 19th and 22nd. And the 7th film adaption of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, “Little Women” will be shown April 26th and 29th. The rest of the movies this month celebrate Earth Day. We hope that they will inspire you to try to do your part to help our planet. “Before The Flood” is an account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change and will be shown April 4th. “Silkwood” starring Cher, Kurt Russell and Meryl Strep will be shown April 6th. On April 11th we will show “Racing Extinction” a Sundance Film Festival Official Selection. “March of the Penguins” will be shown April 13th. “The Biggest Little Farm” is a blueprint for better living and a healthier planet and will be shown April 18th. For Earth Day (Bay Village is celebrating on April 20th) we will show “Chasing Ice” at 3:00 with refreshments served and “Plastic Ocean” at 7:00 with a gift for all who come. We will finish up the month with “Wasted” on the 25th and “Everest” on the 30th.
Do you remember the Bell Telephone Hour? On April 2nd Phyllis Lowitt is going to bring back some memories of this classic show.
Get out your cowboy boots, our very own Holly is going to perform country classics on April 9th. We will have the auditorium decorated and serve refreshments to make this a real Hoe-Down!
Douglas Renfroe is an internationally acclaimed bass baritone who has performed at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and now the Bay Village Auditorium! Doug will entertain us on April 16th.
April 23rd, Cynthia Sayer will be back in town with her exciting show. Cynthia is one of the top 4-string banjoists in the world!
And on April 27th we will enjoy the classical music of Chamber Accord. This group includes violin, viola, cello and piano.
By Petra Mueller
Recently we had some issues, when residents put too much perfume on and then join an exercise class and literally take the breath away from other residents. While working out, one takes deep breaths and therefore is even more sensitive to chemicals and fragrances. Whenever you are in close proximity with other people at lectures or concerts in the auditorium or restaurants you should have the common courtesy not to wear any strong smelling perfumes. It influences other people’s enjoyment of the event negatively. Headaches, teary and puffy eyes are only some of the symptoms experienced. Thank you for understanding and acting on this. No perfume should be used when you come to the Wellness Center.
The outing to Lemon Bay Park on April 07 is a chance to explore the park with a guide, followed by lunch at Fin’s in Venice on the beach.
We invite you to join Rev. Dr. Kathleen Weller for a meditation in the auditorium on April 25 – a time to reflect and relax.
April 7th “Spy Pilot Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and the Cold War Legacy” Speaker: Francis Gary Powers, Jr. Mr. Powers returns to discuss the Cold War, the U-2 Incident, the controversy that surrounded his father, what the family has done to set the record straight, and the Steven Spielberg 2015 movie, “Bridge of Spies” that portrays his father’s exchange for Soviet spy Rudolph Abel.
April 14th Ancient Civilizations of North America
“De Soto Versus the Mississippians” and “The Ancient Southwest: Discovering Diversity”.
April 21st Ancient Civilizations of North America
“The Basket-maker Culture” and “The Mogolian Culture”.
April 28th Ancient Civilizations of North America
“The Hokokam: Masters of the Desert” and “The Ancient Pueblo”.
We are offering an Apple iPhone & iPad class on April 3rd & 10th from 10:00-11:00 in the board room. The cost is $10. If the class fills up, we will offer another one April 17th & 24th.
Join us on the Pool Deck on April 13th for a tropical Happy Hour. We will have live music by Arun Bhagwat, tropical beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
There will be a birthday party for residents celebrating their birthday in February, March, and April on April 21st at 2:00 in the auditorium. There will be live music, cake & ice cream, and trivia.
Cardio drumming is an exercise class offered April 6th & 20th at 9:00 in the Wellness Center. You don’t have to be a musician, but you do get to hit things with drumsticks! Come try this fun class.
“How Novel” is a book discussion group led by Alice Blueglass. There is a list of the books, discussion questions and class dates in Resident Services.