April 2019 Vol. 55 Issue 4 BrewsterLiving.org
In this issue: 2 Brewster Leadership Trash & Treasure Sale At the Movies 3 Words from Wellness KU Osher Lifelong Learning 4 From the Chaplain Bible Study Holy Week Services 5 Creative Arts Intergenerational Events Writing Group 6 Foundation News Foundation Forum 7 Older Americans Month Nursing Celebration in May 8 Featured Home Photos
Our Mission Brewster Place is a retirement community providing all of its residents opportunities for an optimal quality of life.
Annual Cheers for Volunteers Celebration
April is National Volunteer rewster Place is a faith-based, Month and to celebrate our volunnot-for-profit organization with teers, we invite you to attend the a mission of providing our residents Cheers for Volunwith an optimal Cheers for Volunteers teers Celebration quality of life. on Thursday, Though we are Celebration April 18 at 10:00 blessed with inThursday, April 18 am. In addition credible staff — 10:00 am to celebrating the at all levels — Klinge Activity Center efforts of many, we could not fulAll are welcome! we will once fill our mission again award the without the pasVirginia Tevis Volunteer Service sion, commitment and dedication of Award to a Brewster Place resident our volunteers. From our volunteer who has gone above and beyond in board members and Resident Counservice to our community. Examples cil members to office volunteers of such service are listed below! and friendly visitors, each and every Nomination forms will be available volunteer is valued for their service beginning Monday, April 1 at the to Brewster Place. Redwood Information Center, The President and CEO Joe Ewert Evergreens Information Center and states, “It brings me great joy to be Brewster Health Center Therapy a part of the Brewster community Room. Nominations are due by and to work among some of the Wednesday, April 10. most generous and giving people I Everyone is welcome to have ever known. Our residents attend this celebration! commit hundreds of hours of volunteer efforts each year toward the betterment of the community.”
A Sample of Volunteer Opportunities at Brewster Place The Brewster Health Center is accredited by The Joint Commission.
Opportunities Abound! Resident Council Reception Desk Special Events Friendly Visitors Card/Board Game Hosts Readers
Brewster Bazaar Prep Craft painting Sewing Hand quilting Crocheting Knitting Embroidery Card making
Bazaar Event and Trash & Treasure Sales Pricing Organizing Set-up for sale Cashiers Sackers
Share your time and talent with your community!
Brewster’s Management Team
Manuel Martinez, Director of Dining Services
his month we are featuring Manuel Martinez, Director of Dining Services. Manuel began his career at Brewster Place 16 years ago as a cook — and a great cook he is! Manuel knows every aspect of running a kitchen and is known for his impressive organization and excellent work ethic. As the newly promoted Director of Dining Services, Manuel has many goals including creating a working environment that is fun and enjoyable for each team member. Manuel believes in teamwork and is mentoring his team in learning all aspects of their jobs which develops a sense of trust and helpfulness. Manuel is mission-focused and knows how important food is in our daily lives — both nutritionally and socially. He works hard every day to provide excellent food in all three dining rooms — Redwood, The Evergreens and Brewster Health Center — with top-notch service being of utmost importance. Manuel has worked hard de-
veloping new menus for spring and summer. They debut on April 1. You might have already guessed that one of Manuel’s hobbies is weight lifting. He also enjoys spending time with his family that includes seven children — ages 8-37 years old! He has two boys and five girls — three daughters still live at home. Manuel and his wife, Sara, enjoy playing board games, watching movies, and going on bike rides with the entire crew. Manuel and Sara volunteer a week of service during the summer to Tallgrass Christian Camp. Manuel serves as the cook and Sara serves as the nurse. Manuel stated, “I am very honored and humbled to be a part of the Brewster Place family. I have learned and experienced a lot from the elders and my peers. I hope to continue this fun but crazy journey as we head into a new era at Brewster Place!”
nvite your friends and family to our BIG Trash & Treasure SALE! Proceeds benefit the Brewster Service Fund which allocates funds for programming and projects on the Brewster Place campus. This Sale is open to the public!
Donations Deadline: The deadline to donate items for this Sale is Friday, April 17. We will begin accepting donations for the fall Sale on May 1.
Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27 9:00 am—3:00 pm Redwood Klinge Activity Center
Furniture Sale Total In March, we had a furniture sale to free up storage space, and the sale brought in $637 for the Brewster Service Fund!
At the Movies on BPTV 1960 April 4 “Puzzle” (2018 drama) April 11 “A Star Is Born” (2018 drama) April 18 “The Wife” (2018 drama) April 24 “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013 heartfelt drama)
Words from Wellness Connections to Wellness by Jenny Lamb, MSW, LSCSW, Director of Community Wellness and Resident Services
he Wellness Department is happy to announce a new initiative in Independent Living. In an effort to ensure access to wellness endeavors, all Independent Living residents have been assigned to a wellness representative within the Wellness Department. The primary role of the wellness representative is to serve as a point of contact to optimize the goals of independence and living your best life. The Wellness Department wants to collaborate with you to promote your wellness journey within the Five to Thrive Dimensions of Wellness and work to remove as many barriers to wellness as possible. Some of the things wellness representatives can provide include, but are not limited to: Regular wellness check-ins Serve as a point of contact to address questions or concerns Establish wellness goals Connection and referral to resources on campus and in the community Orientation to new residents Because Brewster Place is committed to your wellness, there are no fees for this new benefit. If you have not already been contacted, you will soon be contacted by your wellness representative either in person or via an informative letter. Please note, wellness representatives are not available or equipped to manage medical emergencies. Therefore, in the event of an emergency be sure to use your SARA pendant or dial 911 in an emergency. If you have any questions about this new initiative please call Jenny Lamb, Director of Wellness and Resident Services, at 274-3395.
KU Osher Lifelong Learning Series Amelia Earhart: What Happened to Her? Wednesdays, April 3, 10 and 17 2:00—4:00 pm | Main Street Chapel
e will examine the famed Kansas aviator who twice attempted to fly around the world. Both attempts failed with the last one creating an international mystery as to what happened to Earhart, how she may have died and the possibility that she may have survived. We will look into her life and discuss the assorted accounts of what may have happened to Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937. We will discuss the $4.5 million search-and-rescue mission over a 250-square-mile area ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt. Lastly, we will look at the many theories surrounding her disappearance and whether she survived. Instructor: Russ Hutchins teaches U.S. History, Western Civilization, and Economics at Friends University—Topeka. He is a retired public school administrator and educator for 41 years. 3
Osher Summer 2019 Classes for the Summer 2019 KU Osher Series at Brewster Place have been scheduled. If you would like to attend one or all of these classes, please call Jamie at 274-3398 to register. Seven Kansas Women Who Couldn’t Vote Wednesdays, June 5, 12, and 19 On the Road: Highways, Cars and Vacations of a Bygone Era Wednesdays, July 10, 17, and 24 Non residents should call 913-897-8530 to register. Residents, BrewsterConnect and Live Well members attend for free.
From the Chaplain Prayer and Meditation by Chaplain Roger Jackson, M. Div.
n the February Brewster News, I began to talk and heart, to be more diverse in my thinking, and about Prayer and Meditation. Can we practice has given me new insight. The wisdom Mini brings, both? I suggested that there are benefits of practhe spiritual depth she shares, and the gift of mediticing both prayer and meditation for people of the tation she gives is priceless. Christian faith and people of other faiths. So, who is Dr. Mininder Kaur? Mini grew up There is a benefit in having a quiet place — in India in a traditional Sikh family where she first a meditative place — where you learned to meditate. After comcan sit and empty your thoughts, The Practice of Meditation pleting medical school, she immiquiet your mind, practice breathgrated to the United Stated in with Dr. Mininder Kaur ing techniques, silencing, center1981 to join her husband. She Wednesday, April 24 ing, contemplating, and reflecting. went on to graduate from the Uni2:00—4:00 pm This can bring you into a place of versity of Kansas Medical School as Main Street Chapel awareness, having an open mind an Internal Medicine Specialist. All are welcome! and heart to the presence of God. Mini has been called to do You are then in a place where you can many things in her community — ingo into prayer, expressing your love and adoration cluding being part of medical mission trips to South for God and for others, being able to release pain Africa, Zimbabwe, and Haiti, running a non-profit and suffering for yourself and others, and to make organization, and volunteering. In the last five requests. years, Mini has studied at the Zen Center in Santa On Wednesday, April 24, the Brewster Fe, New Mexico where she was ordained as a Zen Place Community Wellness and Resident Services priest. She is now a Hospital Chaplain at Lawrence Team is sponsoring a special event – The Practice Memorial Hospital. Over the years she has taught of Meditation with Dr. Mininder (Mini) Kaur. Mini meditation to a wide variety of people, ranging Kaur is from Lawrence and will present a program from kindergarteners to experienced meditato give us a better understanding of meditation — tors. Mini and her husband raised three daughters offering different techniques — as well as give us in Lawrence, Kansas where they still live with their ways to use meditation in our daily spiritual jourdog, Joey. ney. I want to encourage you to come to this I had the privilege of meeting Mini in Febprogram and learn how you can incorporate mediruary of 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City tation into your prayer life which can enhance your as part of my Clinical Pastoral Experience (CPE). spiritual practice. In May we will be offering differMini shared her experiences in the Buddha and ent meditation and prayer sessions. Stay tuned as Hindu faith, and the practice of meditation. She we announce specific days and times. has challenged me to have more of an open mind
Holy Week Services
Bible Study Continues
Maundy Thursday Services Thursday, April 18 2:30 pm – Brewster Health Center 4:00 pm – Main Street Chapel
He Chose the Nails Mondays, April 1, 8 and 15 3:00 pm | Main Street Chapel He Chose to Invite Us into His Presence He Chose to Love Us Forever He Chose to Give Us Victory Chaplain Roger Jackson, Facilitator – 274-3349
Easter Sunday Services Sunday, April 21 2:30 pm – Brewster Health Center 4:00 pm – Main Street Chapel 4
Creative Arts with Kris Saia Show & Tell Spring Art Show
Friday, April 5 | 3:30—5:00 pm Main Street Pavilion Get ready for the Brewster Place Show & Tell Spring Art Show — show-and-tell your wonderful work! If you're an artist, woodworker, quilter, knitter, weaver, potter, photographer — if you have treasures that you've made or hidden creative talents you've kept under wraps, we want to see them. Let us reserve a spot for you to come and sit with your work during Social. Folks can enjoy a glass of wine, wander 'round, and talk to our artists — a celebration of creativity! All creative makers past and present are encouraged to participate. Please contact Kris Saia, Creative Arts Coordinator, at 274-3317 to reserve your spot or for more details.
Make It Monday | Make & Take Spring Door Decoration
Friday, April 12 2:00—3:00 pm | Klinge Activity Center Come pick up a pencil and let’s sketch just for fun. Beginners are welcome. Everything you need will be provided.
Monday, March 15 1:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Tired of the dreary weather? Join Kris to create a piece of original art to liven up your door and hallway! No experience necessary!
Quincy After School Arts Program Tuesday, April 2 | 3:30 pm | Lobbies We will head over to Quincy Elementary again in April to assist students in creating an art project in small groups. In May, we will attend a showcase at the NOTO Arts Center of the art we created together.
Loop Scarf Knitting Workshop Saturday, April 6 10:00 am | Redwood Lounge Some of our Meadows Elementary Buddies will be on hand to teach us how to make loop knit scarves. This technique does not require knitting needles — you use your hands! The cost is $10 for supplies. If you are interested, please call Katy at 274-3309 by Thursday, April 4 to reserve your spot. No experience necessary!
Meadows Elementary Buddies Monday, April 22 | 2:00 pm | Lobbies Call Katy at 274-3309 if you’d like to join this group. It’s an awesome experience! 5
Monday, April 22 1:00 pm | Redwood Founders Room
ur writing prompt for April is “Is there something in my life that makes me forget time while I’m doing it? What is it?” Meaning, what are those activities you lose yourself in? This can be answered from the perspective of your youth or in the here and now. Feel free to take it a step further to compare and contrast the various things in your lifetime that make you forget time while doing it. What were those things, are they the same, and if not what are they now? We will also continue to work on our group project of writing a poem about patriotism. This group is facilitated by Jenny Lamb, Director of Wellness and Resident Services.
The Donors’ Bill of Rights by Jeremy Hall, Director of Brewster Foundation
very day people are receiving solicitations for gifts. Many good organizations are seeking support. Sometimes it is a good reminder that we try to stay above board with our ethical behavior. As we raise financial support for Brewster, we have a strong fiduciary responsibility associated with the solicitation and management of donated dollars. From time to time we like to remind you, our supporters, about the Donors’ Bill of Rights. The Brewster Foundation is a separate tax-exempt 501 (C)(3) organization whose sole mission is to raise private funds in support of Brewster. The Foundation is subject to an annual audit and is governed by a separate Board of Trustees made up of community volunteers and Brewster Place residents. Their job is to insure that the Foundation adheres to the strict standards recommended by the National Committee on Planned Giving, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the American Council of gift Annuities. These entities recommend strict standards to ensure donors’ bill of rights. These rights are: I. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes. II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities. III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements. IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given. V. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law. VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature. VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors. IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share. X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
The Brewster Foundation shares a common vision with the Brewster organization – that of setting standards which meet or exceed expectations. If there is ever an occasion where you have concerns regarding the Brewster Foundation or how gifts are solicited, invested or returned to the Brewster organization, please call Jeremy R Hall at 274-3327.
Growing Up in East Germany with Magdalene Kovach Thursday, April 4 | 10:00 am The Evergreens Community Room his month will have a very personal program, with Magdalene Kovach, a Brewster Place resident, discussing growing up under communist rule in East Germany. This will be sharing her personal perspective and experiences. Join us for this time of learning and fellowship.
SARA Pendants and Blue Moose Event
e know you are excited about the results from these two fun events, but we do not have them yet. We do know that over 50 people at the Blue Moose claimed support for Brewster, and with one event left, the SARA pendant counts have been around 80%. We will have full details and results in the May edition of the Brewster News.
Looking Ahead to Older Americans Month in May
very May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. Brewster Place has celebrated this event in a variety of ways. This year’s national theme, Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to:
Mark your calendars! 2019 Wellness Fair Connect, Create, Contribute
Friday, May 31 Vendor Fair, Prizes, Giveaways, T-shirts, Treats and more! Motto Contest entries due by Friday, April 12!
Connect with friends, family, and local services and resources. Create through activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment. Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.
This theme coordinates perfectly with our annual campus-wide Wellness Fair that will be held Friday, May 31. Last year we hosted over 50 vendors and we expect to expand that list this year. The Wellness Committee is already busy planning this huge event! Once again this year we will have free t-shirts for residents, members, and staff and we need YOUR help! While the overall theme is Connect—Create—Contribute, we also want to add a motto to the t-shirt design. We invite residents, members, and staff to use your creativity and come up with a motto or slogan and submit it to the Redwood Information Center, The Evergreens Information Center or Brewster Health Center Therapy Room by Friday, April 12. The Wellness Committee and Executive Team will vote on the winner!
Celebrating Nurses Past, Present, Future Celebrating Nurses Past, Present, Future Luncheon Wednesday, May 8 11:30 am—1:00 pm Brewster Health Center Fink Living Room RSVP to Jenny Boggs at 274-5050
ational Nurses Week is May 6—12 and we want to join in the celebration in a unique way. If you are a nurse, were a nurse, or a student nurse, you are invited to a special luncheon Wednesday, May 8 at 11:30 am. Residents, Brewster Connect members and Live Well members who were nurses, we want you to celebrate with our nurses on campus and with some student nurses learning your profession. In addition, if you have a retired nurse friend, we would like you to invite them to lunch to share stories and memories with us as well. Nurses have a bond with each other that lasts a life time. Nursing is a SUPERPOWER and Brewster wants to show appreciation to the men and women who have dispensed comfort and compassion over the years.
“Save a life you're a hero. Save one hundred lives, you’re a nurse.” -Author unknown
Transportation Number 274-3320 Please note: In an effort to serve you better, we ask that you call 274-3320 for transportation requests and reservations. These calls will go directly to the Communication Center. 7
2019 Spring/Summer Resident Directory The updated Resident Directory will be available by mid-April or before. Thank you for your patience!
April Featured Home of the Month Homes featured each month will represent a range of prices, styles, and locations. Come enjoy the Brewster Place life!
Aspen Cottage 11 One of Brewster’s most sought-after properties is the April Home of the Month! Nestled among mature trees on a frontage road facing the Redwood Building, Aspen 11 offers Aspen Cottage 11 Open House accessibility and solitude. Enjoy an Tuesday, April 2 | 2:00—3:30 pm attached, single Invite a friend to come along! car garage; your own washer and dryer; and being steps away from activities and restaurants. Delight in a warm summer evening on a secluded patio facing a peaceful courtyard or sit by the fireplace on a cold winter’s night reading the latest best seller. This two-bedroom, two-bath Aspen Cottage boasts 980 square feet on the main level and 450 square feet of finished space in the basement. Remember, Brewster Place residents receive a free one month’s fee for recommending a friend who moves into Brewster Place. Call Chris at 274-3351 or Nancy at 274-3314 to learn more.
Left: Lea Chaffee and Christy Allen, along with the rest of the management team, volunteered at Harvesters as part of Brewster’s mission of partnering with other community non-profits. It was a great experience! Thank you, Harvesters!
Community Is Joy-Filled!
Left: Ernie Douglas joined over 100 residents and staff at our March Madness Kick-Off Hotdog Lunch. He showed his “true KSU colors” to support his team. Right: Dick Fuller roots equally for both teams. Even though KU and KSU lost early, we still love our Kansas teams! The Brewster Bracket Challenge is an annual event and this year we had over 70 participants!
celebrations | new beginnings | fond farewells
Birthdays Jan Burnett Maxine Taylor Marion Knight Barbara Wildrix Richard Zlotky Carol Jacobs Dwight Thomas Mary Lou Heckathorn Sharon Aderman Doris Peery Dorothy Tague Barbara Wehking Elizabeth Stubbings Doris Davidson Pauline Ricks Juanita Hopkins Naomi Brooks
Staff Anniversaries 1 1 5 5 6 7 9 10 12 13 13 13 18 23 23 25 27
Anniversaries Bill and Daisy Douthett Dwight and Irma Thomas
New Residents J and Pauly Ricks Mary Max Kasten Gary and Donna Scoggin Bill and Nancy Michener Joe and Lois Cox
EV 217 RW 105 Cedar 204 Birchwood 3 RW 316
In Memoriam Mrs. Dorthy Bennett Mrs. Jean Warner Mrs. Betty Meyer Mrs. Dorothy Beverly
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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
Brewster staff members who are celebrating their employment anniversaries in April!
Department Administration Janis Swanson Dining Services Stephanie Brunelle Christine Maki Ernest Llamas Payton Reynolds
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Environmental Services Matt Burns 16
Health Services Sharon Guyle Wonjung Bryant Denise Forgy Samantha Still Lena Morris Marquita Lucas
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Rehab Lynzie Reynolds
Security/Transportation Nicole Haug 1 Dawn Means 5
Therapy Ashley Vega Richard Dinneen Susan Calderwood Barbara Bleich Carla Howe Brooke Hulsether
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Wellness Jenny Lamb
april on-campus events Bible Study: He Chose the Nails | Mondays, April 1, 8, and 15 | 3:00 pm | Main Street Chapel Chaplain Roger will finish the Bible study of the book He Chose the Nails. This book examines the gifts that Christ gave by his crucifixion. Everyone is welcome. Featured Home Open House | Tuesday, April 2 | 2:00—3:30 pm | Aspen Cottage 11 Brewster’s Lifestyle Consultants Nancy Park and Chris Gallagher invite you to come see the beautiful featured home for April — an Aspen Cottage. Punch and cookies will be served. Osher: Amelia Earhart: What Happened to Her? | Wednesdays, April 3, 10, and 17 | 2:00 pm | Chapel See article on 3 of this issue. Show & Tell Spring Art Show | Friday, April 5 | 3:30—5:00 pm | Main Street See article on page 5 of this issue. Loop Scarf Knitting Workshop | Saturday, April 6 | 10:00 am | Redwood Lounge Join us as students from our Meadows Elementary Buddies program will be here to teach us how to make our own loopknit scarves using just our hands. No knitting needles required! The cost is $10 for materials. The deadline to reserve your spot is Thursday, April 4. Please call Katy at 274-3309 to attend. Suzuki Strings | Monday, April 8 | 5:30 pm | Redwood Lounge Come and listen to the sweet music of these Suzuki Strings students. They are sure to delight. Bridge | Tuesdays, April 9 and 23 | 7:00 pm | Redwood Lounge If interested in playing, please call Doris Davidson at 286-1432 or Christel Marquardt at 274-5509. Five to Thrive Luncheon | Tuesday, April 16 | 11:30 am | Klinge Activity Center The Brewster Health Services Team will speak about Parkinson’s disease. They will explain the latest physical therapy treatment options available. The lunch is $7. Reservations are required by April 12 by calling Jamie at 274-3398. Cheers for Volunteers | Thursday, April 18 | 10:00 am | Klinge Activity Center See article on the front page of this issue. Rising Glory Music | Friday, April 19 | 2:30 pm | Redwood Lounge Come enjoy the beautiful voice of Drew Markham, Verna Markham’s son. He will be accompanied by Claudia Fox, a professional piano recording artist. It will be an outstanding program. Marty Edwards Sing-A-Long | Saturday, April 20 | 6:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Marty Edwards will provide popular music from the 40s through the 80s. Feel free to join in the singing and just relax to the music. WTCT Radio Players | Monday, April 22 | 6:00 pm | Redwood Lounge The WTCT Radio Players is one of four performance companies at Topeka Civic Theatre. The Radio Players are a readers company celebrating the radio plays of the ‘20s through the ‘60s. The Players include “senior” actors performing radio plays using original scripts. Live sound effects are accompanied by selected recorded music and recorded sound effects. It will be an enjoyable performance. Kansas Humanities Book Talk | Tuesday, April 23 | 2:00 pm | The Evergreens Community Room Our last book in this series is the The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. It’s hard to imagine a more daunting struggle for life and sanity than what young Cora faces as the novel’s protagonist as a third-generation slave on a Georgia plantation. Nevertheless, Cora possesses the intelligence and tenacity of her grandmother and mother and flees the unrelenting brutality and cruelty of the plantation to thread her way through swamp, sickness, and harrowing journey on the underground railroad in search of freedom. This novel is long researched and deeply felt by a writer whose ancestors were enslaved, shows the human race at its worst and at its best, and portrays women of true wit and grit. Our discussion leader will be Sara Tucker. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for a copy of the book. Castle & Cross Music Program | Monday, April 29 | 3:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Come and enjoy the beautiful music Castle & Cross Consort which includes Jim Mosher. Their theme is A Swing Through the Park. This program is sponsored by the Brewster Service Fund. Hymn Sing with Lea Chaffee | Tuesday, April 30 | 1:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Come and lift your voice. We will sit around the piano and have an old-fashioned hymn sing with Lea Chaffee and her mother.
april off-campus events Cornerstone Concert | Tuesday, April 2 | 6:00 pm | Lobbies Let’s go enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Cornerstone Home School Youth Choirs. These award-winning choirs are directed by Dorothy Iliff, daughter of Mary Muilenburg. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for transportation reservations. Lunch Out | Thursday, April 4 | 11:15 am | Lobbies Come enjoy fine French cuisine at Chez Yasu. You'll enjoy authentic French food in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Their dishes are prepared fresh daily using only the finest ingredients. Bon appétit! Lunch is Dutch treat. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Topeka Symphony Orchestra | Saturday, April 6 | 6:45 pm | Lobbies Topeka Symphony’s theme is Will You Marry Me?. This concert takes you to two different locations for romance and wedding celebrations. English composer Peter Maxwell Davies’s An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise depicts a boisterous Scottish wedding, followed by the sun coming up after the night of parties and dancing. It is one of the only pieces for orchestra that features a bagpiper in full regalia — you won’t want to miss this spectacle! Finally, the music takes us to a small village in Pennsylvania for a wedding party in Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ballet Appalachian Spring. This beautiful and moving piece depicts the excitement of the wedding, the nervousness of the newlyweds as they begin their life, and the comfort and faith their neighbors give them through the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts. Tickets are available at the door. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Tulip Time | Thursday, April 11 | 1:00 pm | Lobbies It’s Tulip Time AGAIN!! Tulip Time features 100,000 multi-colored tulips in three beautiful gardens: Doran Rock Garden at Gage Park, Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee and Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Botanical Garden. The bus will stop at Lake Shawnee so we can stroll through the Ted Ensley Garden. We will then stop at Sonic for drinks and then drive through Gage Park. A $5 donation is suggested. Drinks are Dutch treat. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. On Stage Live | Saturday, April 13 | 6:30 pm | Lobbies On Stage Live will feature Topeka native Andy McKee, one of the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. With more than 200 million YouTube video views, his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists is firmly established. To fans of virtuoso musicianship, it is Andy’s attention to song structure and melodic content that elevate him above the rest. To fans of popular music, Andy entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his innovative arrangements and signature two-handed technique. Tickets are available at the door. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Music..Just What Doctor Ordered | Sunday, April 14 | 2:00 pm | Lobbies It is time for the 12th Annual benefit concert of Topeka physicians at First United Methodist Church. A free will offering will benefit low-income uninsured residents of Shawnee County. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Topeka Civic Theatre| Thursday, April 25 | 6:00 pm | Lobbies Topeka Civic Theatre will perform one of the most powerful stories of the 20th Century, The Diary of Anne Frank. It captures the claustrophobic realities of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic in war-torn Amsterdam. Anne’s daily existence – her fears, her hopes, her laughter, her grief, and her family’s desperate attempt to preserve humanity in an inhumane world – drives this transcendentally powerful tale. Tickets are $33. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations.
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