By Petra Mueller
The Holidays are just about to start and I have a special surprise for you planned on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. Work off those calories, before you eat them!
Come to the Auditorium for a special Christmas Workout with Christmas Music and, if you like, in Christmas Colors. I will start teaching a variety of exercises at 10:30 a.m. for 40 minutes. Then we have time to socialize and snack on some refreshments to start the Holiday on the right foot or the left. There may be gifts!!!
Come one, come all, even if you usually don’t attend classes.
For next year I am planning a Walk around Florida, where you will score points for attending classes, working out by yourself and participate in Wellness Activities, like lectures and outings.
In January, I will pick up teaching Line Dancing again on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Try it or come and watch, while tapping your toes, if you have not done so yet.
Happy Hanukkah to All Celebrating!
On Friday, Dec. 5, the Shabbat service will be a special Hanukkah celebration. Shabbat is held in the Terrace activity room at 3 p.m.
All are welcome! This year, Hanukkah begins on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at sundown and ends on Wednesday, Dec. 24. A special thank you to Elaine Mintz, who donated our beautiful Menorah. The Menorah is displayed in the resident entrance each Hanukkah.
We are not planning on showing holiday themed movies in December. Instead, we are going to show “regular” movies so you don’t get “overloaded” with the holiday theme in December. We’ll have a “Christmas Movies in July” theme next summer!
Day Trips and Travel
Coming up this winter we have some great day trips and theater trips planned. There is a visiting Picasso Exhibit at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, so we will head there Wednesday, Jan. 14, to check it out and have lunch at one of the fantastic restaurants on Beach Drive.
Our first show of the season at The Broadway Palm is the timeless romance by the Gershwins: “Crazy For You”. We’ll head to Fort Myers for that on Tuesday, Jan. 27. On Feb. 26, we’ll head to Fort Myers again for another tour of ECHO Eco Farm. If you have never been to ECHO, it’s a fascinating place that works to improve the lives of small-scale farmers worldwide. They provide agriculture and appropriate technology training in 165 countries.
Further details on these trips will be on the flyer you receive in your mailbox!
B.I.L.L. Series News
Our next DVD series from the Teaching Company begins on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and is titled “Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies” This is taught by Professor Robert J. Allison. This is a LONG series of classes which we actually began viewing last year. Your B.I.L.L. Committee decided to take a break 2/3 of the way through the series, so now we are showing the final 12 lectures over 6 weeks. The class covers the amazing time of discovery between 1500 and 1800, when the world was transformed by the discovery and colonization of America. In bringing together the peoples of Europe, Africa and America- often in conflict- the process of colonization created a New World, which in turn transformed the old. The final class for this series is Tuesday, Jan. 20.
We have some “save the dates” for you regarding upcoming winter session classes from Adult & Community Education. Bob Clementis will be back to teach another “Foreign Affairs” current events series every Monday from 10:30 to noon in the auditorium from Jan. 19 to Feb. 23. Bill Crowe is scheduled to teach another series on how to use the IPAD. He will have 10 IPADS for you to borrow for the class. Last time, students really enjoyed the series! It gave everyone who doesn’t already have an IPAD a chance to try one out before buying and the folks who attended with their own IPADS enjoyed the “refresher” on its use. Start date & time will be on the flyer you receive in your mailbox!