Of course January 1st starts off a new year. I think most of us are hoping 2021 brings some of our “normal” routines back to us.
Tuesday, January 5th you have the opportunity to tell a joke to your fellow residents and staff. In addressing the emotional aspect of wellness, we hope a little laughter helps everyone. Just show up in the main elevator lobby between 2:00-3:00.
Thursday, January 7th there is a class to help you make a table top calendar. Sign up in the activity book for this free class.
Tuesday, January 12th is National Tea Day. A hot cup of tea can soothe most woes and warm up the coldest day, so come down to the main elevator lobby between 2:00-3:00 to get some. We will also be giving you a gratitude journal on this day.
Monday, January 18th is the day we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. His actual birthday is on January 15th.
Friday, January 22nd we are celebrating National Compliment Day (it is actually on Sunday, January 24th). We will be giving everyone the opportunity to give someone a compliment. We think it will make both the receiver and the giver feel better.
Monday, January 25th will be the give-away for the 1940’s. Complete the trivia sheet about the 1940’s and bring it to the main elevator lobby between 4:00-5:00 to receive a gift reminiscent of the 1940’s.
Bay Village is blessed to have so many resident volunteers that help in so many ways to keep things running smoothly.
Volunteering obviously greatly helps Bay Village, but many of the volunteers say it is also benefitting them. The Country Store, Gift Shop and Down Under all use volunteers to checkout shoppers. But they also have volunteers working behind the scenes. The library is the same way. The mail room has volunteers who help every day. Resident services uses volunteers to answer phones, make copies, help with decorating, and during COVID-19 to help with sorting and giving out groceries. Floor representatives are volunteers as are committee members, and resident council officers.
If you are interested in volunteering, we can find something you would enjoy doing. Just call Lori in resident services for more information. For those of you who volunteered in 2020, please turn in your volunteer hour forms and pick up new ones for 2021.
We are very fortunate to be able to show the musical programs from the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning (SILL) for our Thursday evening entertainment. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, SILL is providing all of their programs for free this year! And there is some marvelous entertainment available. These programs will be available on Channel 195 at 4:00 and then again at 7:30.
January 14th will feature a rising star in the opera world, Adelaide Boedecker. She is a native of Sarasota and frequently performs concerts with leading orchestras around the country.
January 21st there will be a French horn concert by Joshua Horne. He is co-principal horn with the Sarasota Orchestra and principal horn of the Charlottesville Opera Orchestra in Charlottesville, Virginia.
January 28th the concert will feature Bass-Baritone Kevin Short. He has been thrilling audiences around the globe including major roles at the Metropolitan Opera!
Do you know that only 10 percent of plastics get recycled? They are still inventing new plastics with different ingredients which makes it harder to recycle them into new products. Here at Bay Village the Dining Department lead by Ron and Sean is working hard to find food and beverage containers that at least can be composted. They are trying to find paper or glass containers for water, wine and other liquids that do not add to the huge amount of waste going into the landfill. Also for special orders, when possible they will substitute paper boxes for the plastic domed platters that are definitely not recyclable.
As a consumer, you also can make smart choices:
- Choose paper or glass over plastic.
- Buy larger amounts rather than individual portions, then divide the extras yourself.
- Buy some reusable bags for your produce rather than using the plastic bags provided.
- Bring your own bags to the grocery store.
- Bring your own coffee cup to get the free coffee offered here at Bay Village.
If you need yet another reason to stop using plastic, biodegradable items help contain the spread of the COVID virus which lingers on plastic surfaces.
By Petra Mueller
Welcome to 2021, a year of new beginnings and fresh starts. I want to take some time and celebrate the 7 dimensions of Wellness broken down over the first 7 months of the year. From emotional Wellness in January, to spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, social and occupational Wellness we will touch on your natural needs and try to enhance your well-being. We will offer a variety of activities and experiences geared towards a different dimension each month.
In January I see the need to focus on Emotional Wellness. This means coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships. Life has certainly not been easy during the pandemic and isolation is one of the objects to deal with.We want to offer you the opportunity to build a relationship with a new resident. During this time of COVID it is much harder for new residents to get integrated in our community since we do not have many social gatherings. If you are interested, please fill out the insert and return it to me, Petra (Ext. 4033) so I can set you up with a new resident and we can continue to build a meaningful community/family of Bay Village.
We are concerned about the emotional wellness of all of our residents and have several other activities this month to address this. January 5th you will have the opportunity to tell a joke to cheer your fellow residents. Join us in the main elevator lobby from 2:00-3:00. January 12th is National Hot Tea Day and we will be giving out tea packets and gratitude journals. We think you will see an improvement in your emotional wellness by focusing on gratitude. And January 24th (we will be celebrating on January 22nd) is National Compliment Day. Giving a compliment makes both the receiver and the giver feel better.
Later in the year I am planning a t-shirt design contest for the residents and we will have the winning design available for residents. My best wishes for your health and well-being in the coming year. Let’s hold hands (virtual) and step forward in the new year 2021 together.
As stated in“The Decades”article, all of the movies for January will either be made in or set in the 1940’s. Please keep in mind that some of these movies may not have closed captions as even when they were converted to DVD’s there might not have been that technology yet.
Saturday, January 2nd watch “Spellbound” with Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. This fascinating thriller from Alfred Hitchcock has mystery, romance, and suspense.
Sunday, January 3rd we will show “The Tuskegee Airmen” set in 1943 during World War 2. Based on a true story, this movie stars Laurence Fishburne, Malcom-Jamal Warner, Courtney B. Vance, Cuba Gooding Jr., and John Lithgow.
Wednesday, January 6th you can watch Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien in “Meet Me in St. Louis”. This movie is a terrific blend of music, romance, and humor.
Saturday, January 9th we will show “My Darling Clementine” staring Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, and Walter Brennan. Directed by John Ford, TV Guide called this movie, “The best orchestrated western of all time”.
Sunday, January 10th you can watch the movie “Radio Days”. Mia Farrow and Julie Kavner star in this nostalgic portrait of the 1940’s.
Wednesday, January 13th we will show “Twelve O’Clock High” starring Gregory Peck. This movie is known as one of the most realistic portrayals of the heroics and perils of war.
Saturday, January 16th you can watch the classic “Casablanca”. This movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman won three Academy Awards.
Sunday, January 17th we will show “Fort Apache” starring John Wayne.
Wednesday, January 20th watch one of Hollywood’s most memorable spirit-lifters about an idealized England confronting the terror of World War 2, “Mrs. Miniver”. This movie won six Academy Awards.
Saturday, January 23rd we will show the movie “42 The Jackie Robinson Story”. In 1946, Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, took a stand against Major League Baseball’s color line when he signed Jackie Robinson.
Sunday, January 24th you can see Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon and Tom Sizemore in “Saving Private Ryan”.
Wednesday, January 27th we will show “Monsoon” starring John Carradine and Gale Sondergaard. The stars are looking for sunken gold but double-crosses, bad weather and greed threaten to tear them apart.
Saturday, January 30th you can see Ronald Reagan in “This is the Army”. Based on the hit play by Irving Berlin, this musical pays tribute to the American soldier of World War 2.
Sunday, January 31st we are showing the thriller, “Bluebeard”. This movie showcases a superb performance by John Carradine.
For the past 49 years, the SILL (Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning) lectures have been among the most popular offerings of the Sarasota cultural and intellectual season from January through March. We have at least four current or previous board members who are residents of Bay Village and countless other residents have regularly attended the lectures over the years.
In its 50th year, SILL is offering its programs free for all of us to enjoy in our apartments or over the televisions in our core areas.
There are three ways that you can watch the weekly Music Program and the twice weekly Global Affairs Lectures.
- Watch a live broadcast via your computers, tablets, etc. on Mondays at 10:30 for music, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 for the two different Global Affairs Lectures. You must register for these with your email address and enter a password. These programs will begin on January 4th, 5th, and 7th.
- Much more easily, you will be able to watch via our channel 195 on a one week delay. On Tuesdays at 4:00 & 7:30 one Global Affairs Lecture will be shown. On Thursdays at 4:00 & 7:30, the Music Program will be shown. And on Fridays at 4:00 & 7:30 the second Global Affairs Lecture will be shown. A suggestion: with a friend, watch on the television in your core area and follow the lecture with a discussion over dinner just as the many people have done over the years who attend in person.
- A previous program can also be viewed by going to the website (www.sillsarasota.org) and clicking on Virtual Season Login and enter your email and password from your registration.
Below is a list of the Global Issues Speakers for the month of January as scheduled on Channel 195.
January 12th Adm. Gary Roughead will discuss the evolving role of the U.S. military as an agent for the promotion of Democracy around the globe.
January 15th Amb. Christopher Hill will discuss the most urgent challenges brewing, their underlying causes and the President’s options for protecting U.S. national interest.
January 19th Dr. Mohsen Milani will discuss the impact of our 2020 presidential election on relations between Washington and Tehran.
January 22nd Dr. Daniel Twining will discuss what is the right strategy for managing rivals who want to upset the world America built.
January 26th Amb. Dennis Ross will explain how one might navigate this evolving landscape and some of the decisions facing our new administration.
January 29th Amb. Jimmy Kolker discusses the implications for America’s standing, and the world’s capacity to prevent and respond to epidemics and health challenges.
You will not be disappointed by these intellectual offerings. Be sure to pick up the season’s program in the mailroom.