The current entertainment schedule includes programs from You Tube that are shown on the Bay Village television channel 195 at 8:00 every evening. On May 18th we started with a theme for the entertainment. Residents are travelling the world while staying right here at Bay Village. Every week we travel to a new country. The evening entertainment programs may be arm-chair travel shows, concerts or art from the selected country, or a history of that country. There is also a weekly quiz about each country. On Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 Resident Services Staff hand out small gifts related to the theme and Dining Services Staff prepare a meal from the chosen country. The first week we learned about England and the second week was Italy. Upcoming travels include: Greece, China, the Bahamas, France, Spain, and Germany.
The Resident Services Department is very hopeful that Bay Village will soon have live entertainment in our auditorium. But we also know that there will be significant changes in how we do things. The seating in the auditorium has been re-arranged so that there is 6 feet between each chair. This does greatly limit the number of seats to 37. Once Governor DeSantis allows for groups of 50 in facilities, we will be able to use the auditorium. 37 residents who are wearing their masks will be able to sit in the auditorium and maintain social distancing. Any program that is shown in the auditorium will also be shown live on channel 195 using the new auditorium camera. This will allow those residents not able to meet in the auditorium to still watch it. We hope to have live programs by July, but again, we must wait until the Governor allows these changes, and we get the necessary technology.
While many people may think that this official holiday was created in reaction to Mother’s Day, this sentimental holiday has a far more interesting history and even more fun facts.
Father’s Day had a 64-year road to becoming an officially recognized holiday. In fact, it took President Nixon’s re-election campaign to get an official proclamation signed in 1972 to recognize this day as a federal holiday, which is now celebrated with food, gifts, and quality time together.
On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church hosted the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers. During a Sunday sermon, 362 men who had died in explosions in December at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah were honored in a one-time commemoration.
One year later, Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to create a “Mother’s Day” for fathers. She had success when Washington state held the first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.
The road to declaring a nationally-honored Father’s Day was a long one, spanning over 60 years. President Calvin Coolidge supported the holiday but did not make a proclamation. President Woodrow Wilson spoke at a Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington, but Congress resisted making the holiday official out of fear it would become commercialized. Finally, President Lyndon B. Johnson was the one who declared the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day, though it was not yet made a permanent national holiday.
Finally, it was President Nixon who officially declared it a holiday in 1972. Father’s Day is much newer than Mother’s Day, which has been celebrated since the 1860s and was made official in 1914.
Father’s Day is the fourth most popular card-sending holiday in the U.S. behind Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day. Over 72 million cards are sent out on this special holiday to say “I love you!”
This year, Americans are expected to spend over $15 billion on Father’s Day gifts, approximately $133 per person. The National Retail Foundation reports this money will be spent mostly on clothing ($2.2 billion), gift cards ($2.1 billion), and electronics (1.8 billion).
From the website The Daily Meal
It seems that the more technology you get, the more you need. Bay Village had a camera installed in the auditorium in the month of May. You wouldn’t notice it unless you look up. It looks like a small bubble attached to the ceiling. This camera will allow us to show whatever is happening in the auditorium live on your television on channel 195. We were all so excited and scheduled times to show it off to you, but we discovered that this new high tech camera does not work well with some of our old technology for Channel 195. We are in the process of updating that existing equipment and hope to start using it by July. Here is how it will work: once Governor DeSantis allows for groups of 50 to meet together, we can open the auditorium. However there is only room for 37 people if we maintain proper social distancing (six feet). With the camera, Petra could hold a live Chair Fitness Class and if more than 37 people want to participate, some could join the class from their own apartment. We can have entertainment and those who do not feel comfortable coming out to the auditorium yet can watch the program on television. The camera will also allow residents to watch movies, speakers, Vespers and Quarterly Meetings from the comfort of their apartment if they are ill or if they just want to stay in their pajamas!
The camera offers us a variety of settings but is relatively easy to use. We use the same i-Pad that we use for the sound and lights in the auditorium. We can turn the camera to get different angles of the stage or zoom in close. Although some of us may not like new technology, this piece of equipment will be very helpful to staff and residents alike!
Did you know that we are all eat-up by plastic every day? I’m gladthat caught your attention because our world is choking in plastic. The land, the oceans and rivers, and even our homes are full of it in all its’ forms.
Tupperware, Bakelite, Nylon, Plexiglas, and Celluloid were just the beginning. Since then plastic has been fashioned into all kinds of products: bottles, jars, silverware, dishes, shopping bags, baby toys and pacifiers, as well as artificial hearts and 3-D replacements for human body parts.
The problem is not only the space all that discarded plastic takes, but the harmful chemicals that leak from it. This includes: styrene, bisphenols, phthalates to name a few. Presently there is NO LIMIT on the types of chemicals that can be used, and they do not need to be identified according to present FDA regulations!
Most plastic is not re-usable because it is made with different ingredients. Because there are no limitations on global production it is projected to increase 4 times by 2050.
Plastics are made from fossil fuels like oil and natural gas. 20% of all production could be used for producing plastics by 2050. Ethane cracking, a by-product of fracking creates the sort of cheap plastics used in single use items like straws, silverware, and food containers.
Many companies that sell the most plastic, Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Pepsi have signed on to a non-profit partnership called the New Plastics Economy. It is dedicated to reducing unnecessary plastics, packaging that is re-used, recycled or composted, and that the plastic is free of hazardous chemicals.
Recycling doesn’t work if you keep producing more plastic. Production increases every year. Half the plastic made was in the last 13 years!
Senator Udall of New Mexico has a newly proposed Break Free Plastic Pollution Act which would phase out many single use plastics, slow the launch of new plastic production and require sellers of plastic to cover the cost of collecting
and recycling it. Do your part-refuse to use single use plastics and pressure your elected officials to move away from those cheap plastics.
By Petra Mueller
Unique circumstances call for unique measures. Who thought we are going to online teaching in a matter of weeks? Kudos to all of you, who are trying to stay active and well during this pandemic. I am always happy to see you in the pool, the gym, the walkways around the property and the hallways, and sure hope you are doing the exercise classes that are offered on channel 195.
No promises, but I am aiming to start teaching some live classes in the middle of July. With the new camera system in the auditorium I can teach some classes that are being live streamed. It will be difficult with none of you in attendance. I teach usually off your feedback, to give you the best and most challenging workout possible without straining you too much.
Our gym is always open, please observe the physical distancing at any time and do not crowd other residents. Clean the machines after use, as usual.
To stay well we all need to do our part by wearing the masks, washing our hands and limiting our contact to other people as much as we can. With this in mind, stay active and be well.
If you need any assistance using the machines or have any questions you can reach me at ext. 4033