Happy Valentine’s Day
We’d like to take a moment to wish all of our residents Happy Valentine’s Day. We hope your holiday is filled with love and sweet treats. We’ve got a special treat for you in the dining room that day! Classical guitarist Dean Miller will entertain at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy love songs and others with the soft sounds of guitar on Valentine’s Day!
The Suncoast Mummers String Band
It’s been a couple of years since we’ve had this wonderfully upbeat and FUN group of people grace our stage. As a matter of fact, not only do they grace our stage, they fill the entire auditorium with string band music. They wear authentic Mummer’s outfits from the “Mummers Parade” that marches down Broad Street each New Year’s Day in Philadelphia (There are 15,000 marchers in the event!). If you don’t know what the “Mummers Strut” is you’ll find out at 7:30pm on Sunday, Feb. 28, and you will also learn a little bit about the extensive history of this unique event!
Let’s Head to Orlando
When we say “We’re going to Orlando” everyone thinks “Disney” or “Sea World.” Not this time! Orlando has some new attractions that we think our Bay Village group will really enjoy!!
That being said, join us on Wednesday, February 10th, as we head to the “Orlando Eye”, “Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum” and the “Sea Life Aquarium!”
The “Eye” is a huge observation wheel (we’ll be up 400 feet, and yes, it’s air conditioned/handicapped accessible) and you’ll be viewing the magic, wonder and beauty of Orlando from above.
The aquarium is separated into the oceans of the world (Caribbean, Indian, Atlantic, etc.) and even has a 360 degree underwater observation tunnel. It’s a smaller aquarium, so it’s easily visited in an hour or two. Then, cozy up to celebrities, sports stars, icons in culture and history at the wax museum. If you’ve never been to a wax museum, you will be stunned at how realistic it is! Don’t ask for any autographs though, you won’t be successful.
There are new restaurants within walking distance of these attractions, so we’ll fit in time for lunch as well. We will travel by motor coach and will announce the departure time and cost on the flyer you receive in your mailbox.
By the way, if you aren’t particularly fond of heights, the observation wheel takes less than 30 minutes, so if you want to come on the trip and wait on terra firma until the group gets back, that’s fine. We will adjust the cost of the trip for those who want to skip the wheel, just let us know when you sign up. There are gift shops and other shopping there as well.
Wellness Corner…by Petra Mueller
The gorgeous displays at the Orchid Show in Venice from last year still linger in my mind. I am excited to organize another trip to the Show this year. On Saturday, February 6th we are going to enjoy the displays again! You have a chance to buy a variety of orchids from multiple vendors that will be present. Dr. Ronald White, local orthopedic doctor, is giving a presentation on Thursday, February 25th, at 4 pm. Come and learn about new procedures and ask your questions after the talk.
There’s a reason why they call progressive bridge “Party Bridge.” It’s fun…and our group is looking for new members! Call Clarice Jardine if you want to play with a “pressure-free” (for the most part) group of card players every Monday evening! We meet in the card room at 7:00 p.m.!!
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 each part of this course, we will show a lecture series about two great Russian composers, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. First, join us for 4 weeks of Stravinsky, which is taught by Robert Greenberg. The final class is on Tuesday, February 9, at 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium. Part 2 of the “Russian History” series will begin on February 16th!
From the Dining Services Director
On February 17th I am happy to welcome our consultant dietitian, Delores Pufahl, back for another panel discussion. Delores’ discussion topic will be “Live a well balanced life with a well balanced diet”.
Delores will speak about all of the various nutritional guidelines and provide a greater insight into what makes up a well balanced diet.
She has been our consultant dietitian for many years and she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of adult nutrition.
Please mark your calendar for this very interesting panel discussion on Wednesday, February 17th, in the auditorium @ 1:30pm. The movie will immediately follow the discussion.