April 2017 Vol. 53 Issue 4 BrewsterLiving.org
In this issue: 2 Wellness News Caregiver’s Support Friday Flash Brain Train Creative Card Day 3 Overnight to Wichita Volunteer Opportunities 4 From the Chaplain 5 Bible Study Continues Holy Week Services Osher Lifelong Learning At the Movies 6 Brewster Foundation Foundation Forum 7 Stride to Thrive Paths Kaw Valley Bank News Volunteer Badges 8 Why Volunteer? Photos
Our Mission Brewster Place is a retirement community providing all of its residents opportunities for an optimal quality of life.
The Brewster Health Center is accredited by The Joint Commission.
Cheers to Volunteers | Celebrating Service
olunteers are priceless. The work of volunteers is invaluable to the organizations and people they serve. Non-profit organizations like Brewster cannot exist without its volunteers. Brewster Place has a varied volunteer program that is coordinated by Maxine Gilbert, Volunteer Coordinator for Independent Living, and Margaret King, Volunteer Coordinator for Brewster Health Center. Resident volunteers also work thouCheers for Volunteers sands of hours each Wednesday, April 23 year preparing for the 3:00 pm | KAC Annual Brewster Place Holiday Charity Bazaar. In addition, residents Pl ea se jo in us for l igh t h or s d ’oe uvr es , lib at ion s a nd a spe ci al pre sen tat ion . volunteer their time all around campus in a THANK YOU National Volunteer Week variety of ways. A p ri l 2 3 — 2 9 , 2 0 1 7 f o r y o u r s e rv i c e . Whether it’s serving on Resident Council as an officer or committee chair or working the front desk at Brewster Health Center, Main Office or the Stone House, our volunteers are visible and vital. Many times residents come up with their own way to volunteer. Residents have planned, planted and maintained beautiful gardens in different locations on campus. We even have a retired pastor who serves communion to residents at Brewster Health Center. In total during the year 2016, residents volunteered over 7,500 hours in service to Brewster Place. Our resident volunteers are incredible — serving with commitment, passion and energy. Just as vital to Brewster’s mission are the many talented leaders from the Topeka community who serve on our three boards — Brewster Board of Directors, Brewster Foundation Board of Trustees and the Brewster at Home Board of Managers. Their expertise, energy, dedication and commitment to Brewster’s mission is exemplified by the many hours they spend working on our behalf. In conjunction with National Volunteer Week April 23—29, we are going to celebrate our volunteers at a special event, “Cheers to Volunteers!” Whether you volunteer or not, you are invited to attend this celebration in grateful thanks to all who give of themselves and their time and talents. This event will also have a very special surprise, so don’t miss it!
Welcome Back, Tim!
Caregivers Support Group
By Eileen McGivern, Vice President Wellness and Community Initiatives
encourage. lift. support one another.
im McManus, Wellness Support Specialist, is now facilitating the Caregiver’s Support Group at Brewster Place. Being a caregiver is one of the most challenging things a spouse, parent, child or friend can do, and we want to provide needed support for residents and friends of Brewster. Topics will include such things as:
he Wellness Department at Brewster welcomes back Tim McManus to our team as our Wellness Support Specialist. Tim will work with Brewster Place residents, providing home visits, and connections to services and resources. Tim was previously the Director of Brewster at Home, and was involved in the development of this program. Prior to that, he owned a Home Instead franchise. Many of our residents know Tim as a former colleague from his time at Menninger’s as the Director of Human Resources. We are thrilled to have Tim join us again and look forward to tapping into his enthusiasm, caring, and knowledge of all things senior! Tim’s office is located in the Main Building and he can be reached by calling 274-3310.
Understanding and dealing with memory loss Managing difficult behaviors Caring for oneself Managing medications Community resources
The group will meet the third Monday of each month at 10:30 am in the Chapel on Main Street. The next meeting is Monday, April 17. If you have questions about this group, please call Tim at 274-3310.
Friday Flash Brain Train
Creative Card Making
Team Jeopardy “Easter” and Brain Games Friday, April 14 1:30 pm | KAC
you can’t use up creativity. the more you use, the more you have.
Team Jeopardy “Spring” and Brain Games Friday, April 28 1:30 pm | KAC You are invited to join Valerie Huss, MS, CCC-SLP, and Jamie Fritz, Activities Coordinator, for the Friday Flash Brain Train. We will begin each session with Team Jeopardy followed by some fun brain games.
e are declaring Friday, April 14 as “Creative Card Making Day” at Brewster Place! Join Joline Kovarik, Arts and Crafts Supervisor, at 10:00 am in the Penthouse Art Studio to make cards for the Annual Holiday Charity Bazaar in November. Come join the fun! No talent is needed! We will serve a light lunch at noon. Please make a reservation if you plan to stay for lunch by calling Joline Kovarik at 274-3317.
Let’s Go South to Wichita
Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21 Brewster bus leaves at 8:45 am on April 20
e invite you to join Jamie Fritz, Activities Coordinator, for this overnight excursion to Wichita. Reservations have been made at the Hotel at WaterWalk where breakfast and a welcome cocktail are included. Hotel is $110.45 for a single; $55.23 for a double (share a room). Travel fee is $50. We need a minimum of eight reservations to go. Please call Jamie by April 15 if you would like to reserve your spot.
Trip Highlights: Spice Merchant & Co. Botanica, The Wichita Gardens Wichita Art Museums Yummy restaurants Shopping too!
Volunteer Opportunities at Brewster Place
n preparation for our celebration of volunteers in April, last month we distributed a survey to residents about their volunteerism at Brewster Place. As part of this survey, we listed volunteer opportunities at Brewster Place. This list is not all-inclusive, but will give you an idea of the variety of opportunities. Brewster Health Center Reception Desk — Greet visitors and residents, give directions and sort mail (half day slots are available). Events — Help with big events such as Block Parties and the Fall Parade. We also need help at smaller events — such as pushing wheelchairs on trips to outside venues such as zoos or concerts. Friendly Visitor — Visit one on one or in small groups. Read, do crafts, play cards, perform music or just visit. If you are interested in volunteering at Brewster Health Center, please call Margaret King, BHC Volunteer Coordinator, at 2743312.
Main Building Office Reception Desk — Cover the lunch hour (12:00—12:30 pm). Back-up help is also needed during vacations, appointments, meetings, etc. Stone House Reception Desk — Greet visitors to the Stone House and assist staff with mailings or other duties as needed. Resident Services Events — Help with big and small events as needed. Birthday Party — Help set-up and serve at the monthly Birthday Party. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please call Maxine Thuston, IL Volunteer Coordinator, at 274-3374.
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Brewster Bazaar Preparation Craft painting Sewing Hand quilting Crafts Crocheting Knitting Embroidery Card making Brewster Bazaar Event Bake Sale helper Make items for Bake Sale Table Chairman Sell tickets for Quilt Raffle Cashiers Sackers Trash & Treasure Sale Pricing before the sale Organizing at sale time Set-up for sale Cashiers Sackers Tear down after sale If you are interested in volunteering for the Bazaar or Trash & Treasure Sales, please call Joline Kovarik at 274-3317.
From the Chaplain
by Chaplain Roger Jackson, M. Div.
n February, I began to share the significance of the symbols on the stained glass banners in the Main Street Chapel. This month, I will conclude this series by sharing the last six Christian symbols. Stop by and view our beautiful banners in the Chapel. Star of Bethlehem—This star is a symbol of the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. In Matthew 2, the Magi (or wise men) followed a star toward Jerusalem in search of the newborn King. From there, the star led them to Bethlehem, to the very location where Jesus was born. When they found the child with his mother, they bowed down and worshiped him, presenting him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Lamb—The Lamb of God represents Jesus Christ, the perfect, sinless sacrifice offered by God to atone for the sins of all people. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God. Isaiah 53:7 says, “He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he was led as a lamb to the slaughter….” And John 1:29 reads, “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’”
Bible—The Holy Bible is the Word of God. It is the Christian’s handbook for life. God’s message to mankind—God’s love letter—is contained in the pages of the Bible. We find these words in 2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
Crown of Thorns and the Three Nails— The crown of thorns and nails is the symbol of the sin and suffering carried and felt by Jesus during his crucifixion on the cross. Matthew 27:29 reads: “When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’” Then in John 19:18, it says, “There they nailed him to the cross.” The crown of thorns and the nails represent the suffering of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Communion—The bread and wine is the symbol of the body and blood of Christ, which we call the Lord’s Supper or Communion. Bread represents the physical body of Christ. At the Last Supper, Jesus broke bread, gave it to his disciples and said, “This is my body which is given for you…” (Luke 22:19). Wine represents God’s covenant in blood, poured out in payment for humankind’s sin. Jesus said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you.” (Luke 22:20). Believers partake of communion on a regular basis to remember Christ’s death and resurrection.
Lily—The white lily known as the Easter lily has long stood as a symbol of purity, hope, innocence and peace. The Easter lily is a Biblical flower commonly associated with the resurrection of Christ. The lily signifies rebirth and a new beginning. It is said that beautiful white lilies sprang up in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus wept in the last hours before he was betrayed by Judas. Today, Easter lilies grace homes and churches each spring as a symbol of purity, joy, hope, and life. 4
Bible Study Continues “24 Hours That Changed the World” by Adam Hamilton Mondays, April 3—April 24 3:00 pm | Chapel n this seven week video series, Adam Hamilton combines biblical story, historical detail, theological analyses, spiritual insight, and pastoral warmth to retell the narrative of Jesus’ last and greatest hours. Everyone is welcome even if you haven’t attended earlier sessions.
Walk with Jesus on his final day.
“Just as the
Holy Week Services
Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
Good Friday Services Friday, April 14 11:00 am | Chapel 2:30 pm | BHC FLR
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Easter Sunday Services Sunday, April 16 2:30 pm | BHC FLR 4:00 pm | Chapel
Sit beside him at the Last Supper.
Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Pray with him in Gethsemane. Follow him to the cross. Desert him. Deny Him.
Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer: Three Great American Masters from the 19th Century Wednesdays, April 5, 12, and 19 2:00-4:00 pm—Chapel We will study the great oil paintings of Cassatt, Eakins, and Homer along with their accomplishments in other areas of art and art media. We will discuss Cassatt’s 10-color intaglio prints from the 1890’s, which many in the print world consider to be some of the finest of this type of color printing, as well as her involvement with the French Impressionists. We will cover Eakins’ work in photography and his revolutionary approach to teaching life drawing. Finally, we will review Homer’s work in watercolor as an illustrator covering the Civil War for Harper’s magazine and his work in etching. Homer is “the” watercolorist by which all American watercolorists will forever be judged. Dan Kirchhefer will facilitate this class. He is an artist and Professor Emeritus who taught drawing, printmaking, and the history of American Art at Emporia State University. 5
At the Movies BPTV 1960 Thursdays at 2:00 pm
April 6 “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1999 romantic drama) April 13 “Gravity” (2014 suspense) April 20 “42” (2013 biography) April 27 “The Thrill of It All” (1963 romantic comedy)
Westar Merger Update by Jeremy R. Hall, Director
potential taxable event may be in your future. Plan now to make the most of your investment. If you are a holder of Westar stock (WR), you may have a taxable event that could impact you. Westar is in a merger with Great Plains Energy. As part of the merger, Westar shareholders will receive two things: 1) a cash amount of $51 per share; 2) shares in Great Plains Energy. As would be expected, Great Plains Energy and Westar put out a wonderful 288 page document that explains the merger and details of many of the programs. One very important issue of the merger is the capital gains tax implications for the shareholder. If you hold Westar (WR) stock, you will be receiving that $51 per share, plus Great Plains Energy stock. You will have to pay any capital gains taxes on that payout of the $51 per share. For some people, that could be a significant tax.
One meaningful way to limit that tax issue is to make a donation of some or all of your held shares to a non-profit organization. You would be able to receive a tax deduction, and make a phenomenal impact on an organization that you care about. The Brewster Foundation is a non-profit organization that can accept contributions of stock. The Brewster Foundation uses the proceeds to further the mission of Brewster. The donor will receive all legal benefits of the donation of stock and the knowledge that they are making a difference because of their kindness. Please feel free to contact me at 274-3327 if you have any questions. This should not be taken as investment advice, rather information to make you aware. As always, check with your tax and investment professional to make sure a contribution of this type fits into your overall tax and investment strategy.
The Foundation Forum
T Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center Thursday, April 6 10:00 am | BE CR
Walk at the Zoo Thursday, April 13 10:00 am | Lobbies Please call Jamie at 274-3398 to go along.
he animals are on the loose! Well, not really, but on Thursday, April 6, we will have some visitors from the Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center. The Foundation Forum is held at 10:00 am on the first Thursday of every month in the Brewster East Community Room. We are excited to host representatives from the Topeka Zoo to talk about the animals and some of the exciting changes that are happening at the zoo. If you’ve never joined us for a Forum presentation, plan to give it a try this month. As a follow-up, Brewster Place will be providing a bus on Thursday, April 13 at 10:00 am to take a “Walk at the Zoo.” Residents can tour the zoo for an actual look at the animals and see the future plans at the zoo! Please call Jamie at 274 -3398 for reservations.
For more information about the Brewster Foundation please contact: Jeremy R. Hall, Director 785-274-3327 Gaylene Dibbern, Development Associate 785-274-3328 Visit us on the web at BrewsterLiving.org/ Foundation
n March we debuted the Stride to Thrive Walking Paths Maps to residents and staff. Our kick-off walk was a huge success with 18 residents attending. Julie Schmanke, Wellness Specialist, lead walkers on the path called “Willna’s Walk” which leads you Stride to Thrive with Julie around the Main Building as well as Oak, Maple and the BirchMondays and Wednesdays wood Cottages. It was a beautiful day and everyone is excited to 12:00 pm | WWC (meet) continue on this wellness journey. We have mapped out nine outdoor paths and seven inJoin Julie Schmanke to walk different door paths. Large colorful maps are available to anyone who paths on the map. Meet new friends would like to participate. Maps indicate how many laps it takes to and enjoy the exercise! complete one mile. To keep the momentum going, Julie will lead Walking path maps are available in the MB walks two times a week — Mondays and Wednesdays at Noon. Office, BE Office or BHC Therapy Rm Please meet her outside the Winchell Wellness Center for this half-hour walk (as always, we urge you to complete only as much as you can). Color maps are available in the Main Office, Brewster East Business Office or the Brewster Health Center Therapy Room. As we move forward, we will be adding signage around campus as well as fun walking challenges for both residents and staff. Join us and Stride to Thrive!
New Volunteer Badges
Kaw Valley Bank News
esidents may have read the recent article in the Topeka Capital Journal about the change of ownership for Kaw Valley Bank. Kaw Valley maintains a branch in the Main Street area of the Main Building. Brewster residents can expect the same great service they have come to know from the Kaw Valley staff moving forward. “There are no changes anticipated for our Brewster branch,” said Robert Maxwell, Executive Vice President at Kaw Valley Bank. “We enjoy our relationship with Brewster and for now, it’s business as usual.” The Kaw Valley Bank on Main Street is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
s part of enhancing our volunteer program, we are going to start providing volunteer badges similar to those that staff wear. Volunteers have an important job to do, and we want their role to be recognized as they serve. Volunteer Coordinators, Margaret King and Maxine Thuston, will work with the Resident Services Team and the IT Team to create a list of volunteers, take photos and create the badges. Janis Swanson, Director of Resident Services and Community Relations, will take photos of our volunteers. Badges will be distributed as we get them done.
Why Do You Volunteer?
Let Our Residents Speak to You
Answers from a Volunteer Questionnaire
Being with others helps pass time. Enjoy being around people.”-Jo Bonjour “Stress reliever for myself and because others enjoy the result.”-Kathy Howard “To help a good cause; to have a chance to interact with others who are helping to do good.”-Lonna Reinecke “My responsibility as a resident and our way of donating to the Foundation.”-Pat Finson “I volunteer because life is more contented when helping people. I need the social contact for my mental wellbeing.”-Bob Parman “It makes me feel like I’m a part of Brewster. Makes me feel good and lets me see people I don’t usually see. I like working with people.” -Naomi Brooks “Something to keep active. To be around people. So proud to be a part of the community.”-Elsie Wessel “Because it was clear to me that residents who volunteer to boost the function of Brewster feel more comfortable because of their involvement.” Freida Schriner “I am helping someone else and it makes me feel good about myself.”-Marilyn Hypse “Belief in causes, helping people, loyalty, building Brewster community, activist.”-Diana Siegal “I like to feel helpful and do things to help my community.”-Lois Fensler “Support resident concerns and input to long range planning of Brewster Place.”-Bill Harlow “Companionship with other residents and love working with books.”-Rosemary Harlow “Enjoy it! Be involved! Meet people.”-Gloria Barron “I have always received more from volunteering than I have given.”-Mary Lou Mitchell “Help people — fill a need — use experience I’ve gained through my lifetime — work with others to help (and also I learn skills by working with others). Someday I may need help from a volunteer.” -Ruth Jacobsen
Be a volunteer! Celebrations and Congratulations! Right: Congratulations to President and CEO David Beck on receiving his 20 year service award from Brewster board member, Chuck Engel. We thank David for his vision, steadfast service and commitment to Brewster’s mission.
Above: Congratulations to Jack Renander for receiving the Best in Show ribbon at the Art Is Ageless Show in March. Jack, along with other Brewster Place artists, submitted several pieces. Right: We don’t let any holiday go by without a little celebrating! Jean Ragan, Phyllis Allen and Adele Wallace joined a big group at the St. Patrick’s Day Social in March. Great fun for sure!
celebrations | new beginnings | fond farewells
Birthdays Jan Burnett Michael Lucas Barbara Noe Maxine Taylor Doris Davis Marion Knight Barbara Wildrix Patricia Beason Nancy Roseberry Dwight Thomas Mary Lou Heckathorn Rosemary Bradbury Doris Peery Jane Beamand John Thiele Elizabeth Stubbings Doris Davidson Carlos Mora Juanita Hopkins Naomi Brooks
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Anniversaries Carl and Johanna Roney Bill and Daisy Douthett Dwight and Irma Thomas Richard and Erna Nichol
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New Residents Ona Maydew
Transfers Terry Salley Gary & Judy McGinness
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Brewster staff members who are celebrating their employment anniversaries in April!
Department Community Relations Janis Swanson Dining Services Esteban Tetuan Ernest Llamas Robert Uitts Environmental Services Matt Burns Health Services Kaileigh Gray-Milligan Anny Haney Bailey Matavosky Lynzie Reynolds Nathisha Johnson Rehab Denise Forgy Security/Transportation Yvette Brooks Ernest Reed Dawn Means Peter Campain Therapy Richard Dinneen Susan Calderwood Barb Bleich Carla Howe Brooke Schmidtberger Wellness Jenny Lamb
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In Memoriam Mrs. Joyce Gartner Mrs. Naomi Mick Mrs. Mary Ann Haugsness Mr. Stephen Minter (former resident) Mr. Homer McElroy Mrs. Edna Fluke Mrs. Carlene Allen
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The Brewster News is a monthly publication for the residents and friends of Brewster Place. The Brewster News is also available online at: www.BrewsterLiving.org Janis Swanson, Editor Janis.Swanson@BrewsterLiving.org
april on-campus events Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer: Three Great American Masters from the 19th Center | Wednesdays, April 5, 12 and 19 | 2:00—4:00 pm Chapel Please see article on page 5 of this issue. Foundation Forum: Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center | Thursday, April 6 | 10:00 am BE CR Please see article on page 6 of this issue. Royals Opening Day Celebration: Wear Royals Gear | Monday, April 10 | All day! Show your Royals spirit and welcome a new baseball season! Get ready to have your photo taken too! Bridge | Tuesdays, April 11 and 25 | 7:00 pm ML Join Brewster Place residents in playing bridge. Reservations must be made by calling Doris Davidson or Christel Marquardt. This will assure the correct number of players. Music Study Club of Topeka | Thursday, April 13 | 1:00 pm ML We welcome the Music Study Club of Topeka who has invited the Topeka High Madrigals to sing for us. This select group is very talented. Please join us! Friday Flash Brain Train | Fridays, April 14 and 28 | 1:30 pm KAC It is important to keep our brains active and strong. These activities will enhance mental fitness and slow memory decline while we are having fun! Healthwise 55 Luncheon | Tuesday, April 18 | 11:30 am KAC Our topic will be, “Calming Acid Reflux.” We will hear from physician’s assistant, Tanner Speake, from the Cotton O’Neil Digestive Health Center. He will share with us more about reflux—what it is, why it happens, and what we can do about it. Lunch is $5.00. Reservations are required. To guarantee your space, please make your reservation by Friday, April 14, by calling Jamie at 274-3398. Cooking with Claudia — Easy Healthy Snacks | Monday, April 24 | 2:00 pm KAC Claudia Larkin, Brewster Place COO, is a gourmet chef. She will demonstrate how to make healthy, but yummy snacks. Kansas Humanities Book Talk | Thursday, April 25 | 3:00 pm BE CR We will continue the series, Kansas at 150. The third book is Now Let Me Fly, by Marcia Cebulska. Ms. Cebulska’s play provides a thorough treatment of the epochal case that ended school segregation in America. Framed as a crisis of conscience for lawyer, Thurgood Marshall, on the eve of the Supreme Court’s hearing of the case and a debate with the ghost of his mentor, Charles Houston, the play treats all five cases brought together in the Supreme Court decision and examines the grassroots activism that propelled the court action. The Book Talk will be facilitated by Tom Prasch, who is always thought-provoking and engaging. Cheers to Volunteers! | Wednesday, April 26 | 3:00 pm KAC See article on the front page of this issue. Kristi Baker Piano Program | Thursday, April 27 | 3:00 pm ML We always enjoy having Kristi come play for us. Please join us!
april off-campus events Dinner Out at Cracker Barrel — Wednesday, April 5 — 5:00 pm Lobbies Do you need to get out and have some yummy comfort food? We will head to Cracker Barrel for dinner. Dinner is Dutch treat. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations.
Spring Is Here! Let’s Go See the Blooms — Thursday, April 6 — 1:00 pm Lobbies Let’s head out to Lake Shawnee and see how spring is progressing in our area of the world. The tulips should be blooming, but it’s hard to tell when dealing with Kansas weather! We will stop at Sonic for a limeade. If time permits, we will drive through Gage Park and check out the scenery there as well. Sonic is Dutch treat. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations.
Topeka Community Concert Presents “Kansas City Brassworks”—Tuesday, April 11—6:30 pm Lobbies Kansas City Brassworks was formed in 1989 to fill the need, both artistically and functionally, for a brass chamber ensemble in the KC metro area. Staffed with some of the Midwest's finest brass players, Kansas City Brassworks strives to bring the highest quality of performance to its audience. Its repertoire spans over five centuries of music and includes numerous arrangements written especially for KC Brassworks. Tickets must be purchased from the Topeka Community Concert. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for transportation reservations.
New Theatre Restaurant | Boeing—Boeing—Wednesday, April 12—10:00 am Lobbies This stylishly retro production was a monster comedy hit on the London’s West End and a Tony winner on Broadway. Bernard is a bachelor juggling a very precarious social calendar. He is engaged simultaneously to three different stewardesses. Helped by his long suffering housekeeper, Bertha (Debra Jo Rupp), Bernard has devised a sophisticated timetable so that each girlfriend visits him on their layovers and remains oblivious of the other two. Everything proceeds like clockwork until the arrival of the new double speed Super Boeing, which changes the schedules of the airlines. Bernard’s old school friend, Robert, arrives unexpectedly and unwittingly joins in this farcical whirlwind of mayhem. Tickets are $33 and transportation is $13. Space is limited. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations.
Walk at the Zoo—Thursday, April 13—10:00 am Lobbies Let’s go check out the zoo! The Topeka Zoo is ever-changing and growing. We can see all of the new exciting improvements. Senior tickets are $4.75. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations.
Trip to the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library—Monday, April 17—11:15 am Lobbies Let’s start with lunch at the library’s Millennium Café. We will attend a card-making class with Cindy. She will show us how to make two greeting cards. The class is from 12:30 pm—2:00 pm. Lunch is Dutch treat and the class is free. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations.
Discover Wichita—April 20-21—8:30 am Lobbies We are planning an exciting overnight trip to Wichita! The trip will include a visit to the Spice Merchant & Co., Bontanica, the Wichita Gardens and the Wichita Art museum. We will dine at yummy, local restaurants and work in a little shopping. The hotel cost is $110.45 for a single and $55.23 for a double (share a room). Your may choose your own roommate. Travel cost is $50. Please call Jamie for reservations at 274-3398 by April 15. We will need a minimum of eight people to go.
Topeka Civic Theatre Presents To Kill a Mockingbird—Thursday, April 27—6:00 pm Lobbies It’s 1935 and racial tensions are high in Maycomb, Alabama. Nonetheless, young Jean Louise Finch—or Scout, as she is fondly called—manages to live a rather carefree privileged existence, insulated from issues of race. All of that changes when Scout watches her father, Atticus Finch, defend an innocent man, Tom Robinson, against a potential death sentence, which looms threateningly against him because of prejudice due to race. Scout begins to realize that just because society portrays something as being true, doesn’t mean that it actually is fact. With the help of Atticus and her older brother, Jem, Scout learns that “growing up” often means doing what is right, even when it comes at great cost. To Kill A Mockingbird is now considered an American masterpiece about the power of childhood innocence, morality, and love. However, it is important to note that the author, Harper Lee, always defined it as a simple love story. Tickets are $33 and transportation is $13. Space is limited. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations.
Topeka Symphony Orchestra—Saturday, April 29—6:45 pm Lobbies Mahler—Symphony No. 2—The Resurrection with the Washburn University Choir and the Topeka Festival Singers Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 is superlative in every way—the most sublime music, the most powerful evocation of beauty and the afterlife, and the most successful and popular of Mahler’s works during his life. Hearing it live will be, without question, one of the most thrilling musical events of a lifetime. It is a massive undertaking for any orchestra and chorus, and this will be a monumental event in the history of the Topeka Symphony, along with the Topeka Festival Singers and the Washburn University Chorus. You absolutely won’t want to miss it! Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for transportation reservations.