A Brand-New Year
Welcome 2015! Time sure flies when you are having fun, doesn’t it? Bay Village certainly is an active and friendly place to live and we’ve got lots of excitement planned for the coming year for you to get involved in.
We’ve got a new wellness “contest” beginning next month that involves “walking” across Florida! You’ll see a big map of Florida in the wellness center and everyone who would like to participate will accumulate points for STAYING ACTIVE (both your mind and your body)! Further details about that will be on the flier you receive in your mailbox in a few weeks.
We also have a new travel company that would like to work with us; “All Inclusive Tours” will make a video presentation in the auditorium on Jan. 8 at 2:30 p.m. to tell us about their company. They have an exciting 5-night trip through Washington and Oregon by motor-coach that they think is perfect for our group, so you will learn more about that.
We have some top-notch entertainment booked already as well as some enriching educational opportunities from Sarasota Adult & Community Education. JOIN US!
By Petra Mueller
We are starting the New Year off with a Wellness Presentation from Dr. Thomas Arne, Cardiologist here in Sarasota on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m.
Followed by a presentation by Alex Rotas, a special guest speaker from the United Kingdom. She is the author of ‘Growing Old Competitively’ photographs of Masters Athletes. You can hear her speak on Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium about: ‘Disrupting ageing: challenging perceptions about older age through photography & speaking.’
She will spend a couple of days here at Bay Village and learn about our fabulous community of active people!!
On Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m., I am offering a trip to St. Armands Circle. You can walk, shop and have lunch.
Line Dance will be back on the schedule in January on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. Come and give it a try!!
Our Walk around Florida will start in the middle of February.
Great Concerts in January!We’ve got some wonderful entertainment planned for you this month with some Bay Village “favorites” returning and some new performers.
We begin the month by welcoming back Katie Eagleson to the Bay Village stage. Everyone enjoyed Katie’s “Great American Songbook” concert last year and this year, she has a totally different show planned. Katie is a jazz-style singer and will perform on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. All performances take place in the auditorium unless noted otherwise.Also, we have The Lopez/Tabor Duo returning on Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m.! Michelle Tabor, piano, and Alfonso Lopez, violin, perform for a full house each year and have different and unique musical selections for us at every performance. Mr. Lopez is concertmaster of the Venezuelan National Symphony and is one of the most prominent musicians in his country. Dr. Tabor holds a doctoral degree in piano performance. Enjoy!
The Katz Klezmer Combo Performs!
This is the first time this group will perform for us, so please join us for some unique music as well as education on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Through music and narration, the history of klezmer music will be presented from its Jewish origins in Eastern Europe to America and the klezmer-style music of “Fiddler on the Roof.” This concert will run for almost two hours with a short intermission.
Stanley Katz, the leader of the group, plays tenor saxophone and clarinet, and as a teen was the youngest member of the Albany, NY Musicians Union. He performed with many big band orchestras in the 1940s. Stan says he is fortunate to live in Sarasota as it is a “Mecca” for retired musicians, so the quality and authenticity of musicianship you will hear tonight is very high! Enjoy everyone!
B.I.L.L. Series News
Our next DVD series from the Teaching Company begins on Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and is titled “The American Revolution.” This is taught by Professor Allen C. Guelzo. Has there ever been a more unlikely war than the Revolution that won America its independence? Why did thirteen colonies, with nothing resembling a unified and trained army and no Navy to speak of believe that they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? Join us for this 12-week series and find out!
A reminder about our upcoming classes from Adult & Community Education: Bob Clementis will be back to teach another “Foreign Affairs” current events series beginning Monday, Jan. 19 from 10:30 to noon in the auditorium. Bill Crowe’s iPad classes begin on Friday, Jan. 30 and will be for four weeks. He will hold a beginner class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and an advanced class from 10:45 to noon. Space is LIMITED for that one, so sign up quickly if you want to join us!
We’ve also added another class with David Tschanz, who was here to teach “The Crusades” in November. “Islamic Studies” will be held from 10:30 to noon and begins on Wednesday, Jan. 21 and is a 6-week course. This course will survey the diverse history of Islamic societies from the 7th to the 13th centuries. Topics David will cover include the pre-Islamic Middle East; Arabian society; Muhammad and the rise of the new religion; the expansion of Islam in Asia, Africa and Europe; the Caliphate of Baghdad; the various schools of Islamic philosophy and the problems of continuity and change.
Also, Alice Blueglass will return to teach another “How Novel!” series beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The books you will read will be listed on the flier you receive in your mailbox.