The halls are decked and we’re ready to celebrate Christmas and the coming New Year! We’ve got lots of fun things planned! The Cantori Choir from Church of the Palms will sing for us again and are sure to get you in the holiday mood! They will perform on Friday, December 11th at 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium. Then, the adorable and talented students from the Sarasota Academy of the Arts will entertain on Thursday, December 17th at 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium! To top things off, we’ll welcome 2016 in style at our New Year’s Eve Masquerade Happy Hour from 3:00-4:30 p.m., on December 31st! Enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres with us and then head to dinner! If you have a mask, wear it…if you don’t, we’ll have some at the party.
Christmas season is starting early this year with the first of Advent being in November. By the time you read this, we’ll have prepared for Christmas already. On Christmas Eve, I will offer a special “Christmas Workout” in the Auditorium at 10 am. This will include segments of Strength, Balance and Posture, as well as Sit & Fit and Stretching coordinated with seasonal music. This will help you feel good and ready for the holidays. There will be refreshments served after the program.
After Christmas, many will make New Year’s Resolutions. I am here to assist you to reach your personal goals in the coming year.
There are a variety of classes offered at different levels. We have the wonderful new treadmills in the Wellness Center, as well as all the other fine equipment. Call me if you need help with any of the machines, or if you would like a personal program designed for you specifically.
In January we are planning to walk the Ringling Bridge again – one of the few “hills” around Sarasota.
A Local Author Presents…
Join us on Tuesday, December 15th, at 2:30 p.m., as we welcome local author, Emily Marie Oberle, who wrote the inspirational book, “From Outhouse to Penthouse.” It is the story of her life and she will begin her presentation by speaking about why she decided to write the book and how she accomplished that goal. The book is more than a memoir. It takes the reader through a fascinating time in American history, highlighting the world events that shaped every aspect of our lives today. The content resonates with diverse readers, both men and women, who identify with situations faced by the author throughout the book. Ms. Oberle is a retired wife, mother, nurse, educator, administrator and a lifelong learner and was recently honored as an “Amazing Suncoast Woman.” Books will be available for purchase after the presentation.
A Few Months of Russian History & Music!
Our next DVD series from the Teaching Company is “The History of Russia,” Peter the Great to Gorbachev, on November 24th, at 7:30 p.m.
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. It then 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 ends with discussions about different intellectuals’ visions of change.
Your instructor for this course is Dr. Mark Steinberg. He is a professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign and director at 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!
Part one will last six weeks. Following each part of this course, we will show a lecture series about two great Russian composers, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.
From the Dining Services Director
We will not be taking orders for special party platters for delivery on Christmas Day, December 25th. Please place your order by Tuesday, December 22 for delivery on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24. Also Chef Chris and his culinary team will be creating a special menu for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve as well as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. No special function dinner orders will be taken on those days. I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the entire Dining Services staff, to wish each and every resident a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.