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December 2016 Vol. 52 Issue 12 BrewsterLiving.org

In this issue: 2 Get to Know Residents Thank You from Joline 3 Get to Know Residents Movie and Discussion 4 Words from Wellness Yoga Class Added Coping with the Holidays At the Movies... 5 From the Chaplain 6 Brewster Foundation Books for Kids News & Views 7 Town Hall with David Thank You Service Fund Foundation Forum Campus Abbreviations 8 The Jingle Market 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.

Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating We are in the throes of the holidays, so eating right can be a challenge! All the parties and events with scrumptious food as the centerpiece make it that much more difficult to maintain a healthy diet. With that in mind, here are some tips for eating healthier at all those holiday events. We’ve also hidden a cryptogram in the message as well—see if you can find it:

Have a large glass of water before attending holiday events that feature food. It will fill you up as well as keep you hydrated. Ask the host if you can bring an item to add to the holiday buffet. This way you can ensure there will be something healthy for you to enjoy. Participate in conversation with other guests. This will help keep you away from the buffet—and isn’t this really what the holidays are about anyway? Position yourself on the opposite side of the room from the buffet table. This will keep you from grazing mindlessly. You can enjoy a handful of nuts, which contain good oils and antioxidants, but after that handful, walk away. Okay, we’re half way through. Did you figure out the cryptogram? If not, this time pay attention to the first letter in the first word of every sentence:

Hold your buffet plate in whatever hand you typically write with. This will slow down your nibbling. Opt for fresh fruits and vegetable selections — they’ll help fill you up, and many offer a satisfying crunch. Limit your alcohol intake to one drink; then switch to water or a low-calorie beverage. Alcohol delivers a huge dose of calories and no nutrient value. If the party starts in the evening, don’t skip dinner! Eating before you leave ensures you’re not ravenous when you arrive. Do eat with utensils to slow down your eating, and keep your utensils in the opposite hand you usually eat with. Allow yourself one indulgence from the rich food selection. That way you won’t feel cheated. You can always take sips of water between bites. This will make your plate last longer! Savor each bite you take and enjoy the riches of the season, which include family and good friends! Have you found it now? The message was HAPPY HOLIDAYS! There’s no reason why we have to avoid holiday gatherings if we’re trying to eat healthy. These handy tips will help ensure all of us have a healthy, happy holiday! 

happy holidays!


Get to Know Our Residents by Phyllis McMahon, Resident Volunteer

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harlene Swanson moved to Brewster Place in June 2016. She was born and raised in Longmont, Colorado, and graduated from high school there. She attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. During her sophomore year, she was the editor of the Bethany College Newspaper, and the next year became the editor of the Bethany College Yearbook. She graduated with a degree in elementary eduCharlene Swanson cation. 1211 SW 29th Terr. Charlene met her Apt. 101 husband, Duane, at BethaPh. 274-5536 ny College, where he did photography for the yearbook. Duane had been in the Navy for four years during the Korean War. He was taken off of his ship and sent to a hospital in Japan when he contracted Hepatitis. He also served on the Island of Formosa. As Charlene completed her senior year at Bethany College, Duane attended Washburn University. Eight days after Charlene graduated, she and Duane were married. While at Washburn, they lived in the Washburn barracks for $43.00 a month. Charlene taught that year at McCarter Elementary School. Duane graduated from Washburn University and then attended and graduated from the Master’s program in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. He was on the administrative staff at the Menninger Foundation for 30 years. Duane passed away in 2008. Charlene worked for the State of Kansas for 40 legislative sessions — two years for the Senate and the rest in the Chief Clerk’s Office for the House of Representatives. Charlene was one of the organists for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for 50 years. She also did the church newsletter there for 40 years. Charlene’s two daughters, Lynda and Janis, are both graduates of Bethany College in

Lindsborg, Kansas. Both live in Topeka. Janis received her Master’s degree from Kansas State University. She is the Director of Resident Services and Community Relations at Brewster Place. Lynda has a Master’s degree in Library Science and is the librarian at Pauline South Intermediate School. Lynda and her husband, Phil, have two grown children each of whom are married. Charlene’s grandson, Kyle, and granddaughter, Kalyn, are graduates of Kansas State University. Charlene enjoys seeing her grandchildren and their spouses often as both couples live in the Kansas City area. Kalyn is a graphic designer and works in marketing and Kyle is a researcher in the DNA lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Charlene is proud to say she became a great grandmother for the first time as baby Scarlett was born in May 2016. Charlene knew at some point she would move to Brewster Place. Last spring she came to visit with Phyllis Lansford to put her name on the list. A perfect apartment happened to be available, so she decided the time was right. She is pleased to be here, has settled in, and has become a part of Brewster Place. 

Many Thanks!

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great big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who put in hours creating all of the beautiful items for the Annual Brewster Place Holiday Charity Bazaar, and to those who helped put it together and take it apart. Our total sales for the Bazaar were $7,513.65 and our quilt sale brought in $681. I am so proud of all of you! Now we must begin again. Classes are now in session. I invite you to check the Weekly Bulletin class schedule to see where you could help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Joline Kovarik, Arts & Crafts Coordinator 

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Get to Know Our Residents by Phyllis McMahon, Resident Volunteer

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ary and Judy McGinness moved to Brewster Place in July 2016. Judy was born in Bartlett, Kansas, and then moved to Altamont, Kansas. In Altamont, the school was a high school and trade school combined – one of only two in the nation. Students came from Kansas City and Wichita to study there. Some of those students earned two diplomas. Judy received her business diploma and moved to Wichita to work. Gary is from Lincoln, Kansas. He was in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He attended St. Benedicts College in Atchison, Kansas. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Gary moved to Wichita for graduate work at Wichita State University. He rented an apartment in a complex that Judy was managing. They married in Wichita after Gary completed his Master’s Degree in Sociology. Gary and Judy McGinness Gary was the director of the juvenile court, and then a federal 900 SW 31st St., Apt. G 18 probation officer. He also did contract work for the FBI. Judy was a priPh. 228-0618 vate secretary for an attorney, and then a legal secretary. She has been in sales and has worked as a court recorder clerk. She later became the secretary to the City Manager of Olathe, Kansas, and also the accountant. While there she taught herself to use the computer. Later, she earned a degree in electronics from Johnson County Community College, and had her own TV repair service. They moved to Topeka in 1975 for Gary to work with the Federal Court. Gary and Judy have travelled extensively. They have taken 16 cruises, 16 bus trips, visited 50 countries, and 48 states. They enjoyed trips to Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Baltic States, and have taken four trips to Ireland. They said the weather was always perfect when they arrived in Ireland. They have a wonderful collection of Irish Santas as well as Leprechauns. Both belong to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. It meets regularly for a year in advance to plan the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Both find that exercise is an important part of their routine. Judy exercises with Julie each week-day morning at her 8:25 am aerobics class. Their kitty, Zoe, wakes her at 4:30 am. Gary exercises in the Brewster East Wellness Center four or five times each week. Judy and Gary heard about Brewster Place and made the choice to join the Brewster community. Their house sold in three days, and they were ready to move into their apartment. 

Movie and Discussion with Chaplain Roger Jackson

The Christmas Candle Monday, December 12 | 2:00 pm Main Street Chapel In the village of Gladbury, it's believed that every 25 years an angel comes on Christmas Eve bearing a miracle for one of the residents. But the arrival of a new minister with fresh ideas threatens to extinguish the age-old tradition. There will be an intermission with refreshments and discussion following the movie with Chaplain Roger. Come and join us for this inspirational movie! 

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Words from Wellness Vitalize 360 Wellness Team — An Introduction by Eileen McGivern, BSN, RN Vice President of Wellness and Community Initiatives

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rewster Place has continued to expand its services for residents who want to “Thrive in Place” right in their own homes on the Brewster Place campus. We are excited to announce that the program formerly called BeWell — which provides services to residents to allow them to live at their most independent level — is now Vitalize 360! Vitalize 360 is an evidence-based assessment tool that allows seniors to develop a plan for wellness and vitality. Brewster Place residents collaborate to develop an individual plan in conjunction with the Wellness Team. Various departments, who serve our residents on campus, are included in the Wellness Team. Using the information from the Vitalize 360 assessment, the Wellness Team will offer suggestions and recommendations to allow residents to live their most engaged life at Brewster Place. The Wellness Team is led by Jenny Lamb, LSCSW. Jenny began her duties as Director of Community Wellness in November. Jenny brings her experience as a medical social worker in acute care and as a licensed therapist to enhance the experience of all Brewster Place residents. Watch the Brewster News each month for more information about Vitalize 360 and how you can “Thrive in Place.” We welcome Jenny to Brewster Place. She looks forward to meeting all of you. Jenny’s office is located in the Main Building (first floor hallway). She can be reached at 274-3395. 

Jenny Lamb, LSCSW Director of Community Wellness 274-3395

Additional Yoga Class

Coping with the Holidays

Begins in January 3!

for Residents and Families

Health You Active Yoga Tuesday, January 3 1:00 pm | WWC This new class taught by Kelly Sundbye is suitable for seniors who are able to do standing poses and floor work. 

At the Movies BPTV Thursdays at 2:00 pm

Tuesday, December 6 11:00 am | Chapel Because the holiday season can be especially difficult for those grieving the loss of a loved one, Chaplain Roger is offering this special time for sharing. He will also offer ways to help you make it through this season with meaning and purpose. 

December 1 “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (2016) December 8 “Hanover Street” (1979) December 15 “A Little Chaos” (2015)

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December 22 “The Best of Andy Williams Christmas Specials” December 29 “Love Actually” (2003)


From the Chaplain

Christmas Is About Christ

by Chaplain Roger Jackson, M. Div.

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love Christmas! This is my holiday. Our family used to live in a two story turn-of-the-century house, and we decorated five trees, the staircase, entry-way, and front porch. Our snowmen and Nativity collections were placed throughout. It is a beautiful time of year! Christian author, Max Lucado, in his book, Because of Bethlehem, writes: What’s the big deal about the baby in the manger? Who was he? What does his birth have to do with me? The questioner may be a child looking at a front yard crèche. He may be a soldier stationed far from home. She may be a young mom who, for the first time, holds a child on Christmas Eve. The Christmas season prompts questions.”

“I love Christmas. Let the sleigh bells ring. Let the carols sing. The more Santas, the merrier. The more trees, the better. I love Christmas. The ho ho ho, the rooty toot toot, the thumpety, thump, thump, and the pa rum pa pum pum. The “Silent Night” and the sugarplums.

Lucado goes on to say:

I don’t complain about the crowded shops. I don’t grumble at the jam-packed grocery store. The flight is full? The restaurant is packed? Well, it’s Christmas.

“Because of Bethlehem, I have a Savior in heaven. Christmas begins what Easter celebrated. The child in the cradle became the King on the cross. And because he did, there are no marks on my record. Just grace. His offer has no fine print. He didn’t tell me, ‘Clean up before you come in.’ He offered, ‘Come in and I’ll clean you up.’ It’s not my grip on him that matters, but his grip on me. And his grip is sure.

And I love Christmas. Bring on Scrooge, Cousin Eddie, and the ‘official Red Ryder, carbine-action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle.’ ‘You’ll shoot your eye out!’ The tinsel and the clatter and waking up ‘to see what was the matter.’ Bing and his tunes. Macy’s balloons, Mistletoe kisses, Santa Claus wishes, and favorite dishes. Holiday snows, warm winter clothes, and Rudolph’s red nose.

Christmas is about Christ. Christ’s name occupies six of the nine letters, for crying out loud. This isn’t Santa-mas, or shopping-mas, or reindeer-mas. This is Christ-mas. And Christmas is not Christ-mas unless or until you receive the message of Bethlehem.”

I love Christmas. I love it because somewhere someone will ask the Christmas questions:

How will you celebrate Christmas this year? Yes, your traditions may have changed; the number of people around your table might be smaller; you probably won’t even put up a full-sized Christmas tree. That’s okay, because Christmas is about Christ. Christmas is about celebrating Christ-mas and the message of Bethlehem. Merry Christ-mas to all, and to all a good night! 

T h e tr u e g i ft o f Ch r i s tm a s i s Jes us . M er r y C hr i st - m a s to a l l ! 5


With Grateful Hearts by Jeremy Hall, Director

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participate in exercise classes and wellness activities. Our donors helped make this happen. We want to thank each and every one of you who have supported, and continue to support, the Brewster Foundation in our efforts to make Brewster the best it can be for our residents, staff and community. We are truly grateful for each of you. As we are in the midst of this magical holiday season, the Foundation staff wishes you a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

inter will soon be upon us and the holidays are right around the corner. That brings us to the end of another year. As we reflect on the many things that have taken place at Brewster in the past year, it is amazing what has been accomplished! The Main Street project was completed and opened for our residents, staff, and others to enjoy. Residents and staff are visiting the Market for breakfast and lunch, and Friday Socials in the Pavilion have been a fun time for all those who attend. Our beautiful new Chapel is a lovely place for worship and special services. The new salon and Kaw Valley Bank have been nice additions to Main Street. And, finally, our new Winchell Wellness Center has improved the capacity for more residents to

Jeremy Hall, Director Gaylene Dibbern, Development Associate 

Brewster Books for Kids Program

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hanks to our anonymous donor, the Brewster Books for Kids Program will continue! For those of you not familiar with the background of this program, we have a wonderful donor who feels that it is very important to make sure kids have the opportunity to have books to read — books that are theirs and that they can keep. So, with a generous donation, the Brewster Foundation was given the opportunity to fulfill this donor’s wish. Books for Kids Event We have hosted Thursday, December 29 Books for Kids giveaways 1:00 pm — 4:00 pm Main Building Founders Room since fall of 2014. About This event is for staff and their every three months, we children. Please join us! advertise when and where and staff members may bring their children and grandchildren to Brewster Place to pick out a few books. The smiles and appreciation shown at these events is wonderful! Thank you to our generous and kind-hearted donor for giving our children this special gift!  6

News & Views with Kevin McFarland Tuesday, December 13 10:15 am | CSP Join us for a lively discussion with Kevin McFarland about what is happening in our world. It’s always an enjoyable hour. Kevin makes things fun and gives opportunities to share or just reflect on what’s being said. If you’ve never attended a News & Views session, come and give it a try! 

BPTV Channel 1960 or 1961 Your go-to place for daily news, announcements, updates, and fun photos! Audio Announcements Monday—Friday 8:00—8:30 am


Town Hall with CEO David Beck Town Hall with David Wednesday, December 14 10:00 am Klinge Activity Center We invite you to join David Beck, President and CEO of Brewster Place, for a Town Hall meeting. Each year at this time, David presents a review of the past year’s accomplishments and previews the year to come. It’s a great way to see the “big picture” of what is happening in our community. 

Thank You, Brewster Service Fund The Brewster Foundation wishes to thank the Brewster Service Fund for their donation to the Benevolent Care Fund. The Brewster Service Fund committee gives a portion of the money made at the semi-annual Trash & Treasure Sales to this very important fund. We appreciate their generosity and all of the residents and staff who make the Trash & Treasure Sales and donation possible. 

Foundation Forum Thursday, December 1 10:00 am | BE CR

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representative from Safe Streets will meet with us to discuss older adult safety and ways to mitigate crime that usually happens to the older generations. Please join us for this timely discussion. Safe Streets is dedicated toward mobilizing and assisting the community with issues related to crime prevention, neighborhood work and substance abuse prevention. 

Campus Abbreviations A helpful list so you know where to go! AL—Assisted Living (south end of Main Building) BE—Brewster East BE CR—Brewster East Community Room BE DR—Brewster East Dining Room BE Parlor—Adjacent to the west entry area BHC—Brewster Health Center Chapel—Main Street CSP—Chandler Sun Porch (adjacent to MB Dining Room) FR—Founders Room (MB glass enclosed room) Frontier—AL second floor HH—Home Health (AL first floor) KAC—Klinge Activity Center (MB lower level) Lobbies—Meet in the MB or BE Lobby to be picked up by bus for off-campus trips MB—Main Building ML—Main Lounge Monarch—AL first floor MS—Main Street (lower level Assisted Living) MSP—Main Street Pavilion Market—Main Street PH—Penthouse (MB 6th floor) SH—Stone House TRAG—Dorothy Trueblood Resident Art Gallery (MB lower level) WWC—Winchell Wellness Center (AL lower level)

Find Us Online! Did you know you can access the Brewster News, Monthly Calendar, Weekly Bulletin and Weekly Menus on the Brewster website? Just go to BrewsterLiving.org and click on the “Happenings” tab on the top menu. You can also learn about all the services provided by Brewster, apply for employment and request information or a personal tour. Visit us today at: B r e w s t e r L i v i n g . o r g facebook.com/brewsterplace.org

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Jingle Market Jingle Market at Brewster Place

He’s making a list and checking it twice!

Wednesday, December 7 10:00 am—1:00 pm | Main Lounge

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an you believe it’s that time of year again? The holidays are in full swing, and we want to make your shopping a bit easier. For the first time, we have invited various vendors to campus so you can check a few things off your list without having to leave campus! Vendors will have everything from coffee mugs to yummy munchies — from socks to toys — and much more. We are also excited to offer poinsettias for sale from The Plant Shop. The Plant Shop is supported employment for the Kansas Neurological Institute (KNI). The poinsettias can be purchased for your own home or in memory of a friend or loved one to be displayed in the Main Lounge. Each poinsettia will have a memorial card as well. Funds raised for the poinsettias will benefit KNI. We hope you will join us at the Jingle Market!

Vendors Include  Brewster Place Main Street Market featuring mugs, Brewster Brew and archival framed prints  Brewster Bazaar Items  The Plant Shop from KNI  Martha’s Homemade Munchies  Avon with Barbara Deeter  Brown’s Shoe Fit (buy socks for 20% off)  Discovery Toys  31 Bags  And much more!

The Little Drummer Boy Come they told me

That's fit to give our King

Pa rum pum pum pum

Pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum

A new born King to see Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring Pa rum pum pum pum

To lay before the kIng Pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you Pa rum pum pum pum

On my drum Mary nodded Pa rum pum pum pum

The ox and lamb kept time Pa rum pum pum pum

So to honor Him

I played my drum for Him

Pa rum pum pum pum

Pa rum pum pum pum

When we come

I played my best for Him

Little baby

Pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum

Pa rum pum pum pum

I am a poor boy too Pa rum pum pum pum

I have no gift to bring Pa rum pum pum pum

This beautiful baby boy is the son of one of our valued staff members. The First Book of Faith was lovingly made by one of our beloved residents. The work we do crosses generations, but the common theme we share — both young and old — is love.

Then He smiled at me Pa rum pum pum pum

Me and my drum

Peace to you this Christmas season. -from the staff of Brewster 8


december remembrances

celebrations | new beginnings | fond farewells

Staff Anniversaries

Birthdays Dorothy Dalton Beverly Northrop Adrian Allen Naomi Mick Cinnie Wahle Rose Alberg Betty Meyer Marjorie Murphy Peter Packard Waunita Shoemaker Ellen Graham Johanna Roney Vada Drayer Betty Craig Edna Fluke Jack Collins Audrey Singleton Lila Jones Irv Rosen Bart Ramsey Nickie Stein John Salisbury Betty Jo Marling Gwen Holmes Frances Olin Virginia Thompson Bette Bossler Lorene Kring Sydney Fluke Lora Horton Delpha Tucker Margean Cress

1 3 4 4 5 6 7 7 7 9 10 10 11 12 12 13 14 15 15 16 17 20 21 23 23 23 24 24 27 28 29 29

Anniversaries Donald and Delpha Tucker George and Lenore Marschall Dean and Georgia McKeever Dick and Donna Crawford

12/07/1946 12/20/1959 12/21/1985 12/31/1950

Brewster staff members who are celebrating their employment anniversaries in December!

Department Administration Karen Jackson Dining Services Victoria McPherson Kelly Chavez Krystal Rhea Environmental Services Geoff King Kay Kempton Danny Moss Kim Jenkins Ana Marquez Katie McLean Health Services Larice Murphy Rosalind Loggins-Gay Tonya Sims Alma Quiroz Melissa Watson Marcus Hill Lynnise Livingston Tamatha Roberts Hanna Lincoln Maria Ramirez Rehab Kristin Webb Olivia Delgado Security/Transportation Larry Cadoret Denise Coleman

www.BrewsterLiving.org Janis Swanson, Editor Janis.Swanson@BrewsterLiving.org

Years

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BHC MB MB

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Campus BE Campus MB BS MB

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BHC BHC BHC BHC BHC BHC BHC BHC BHC AL

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Rehab Rehab

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Campus Campus

1 9

New Residents Stephen Minter

S 25

Transfers Bill and Rosemary Harlow

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Location

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In Memoriam Mrs. Oleta Schooley Mrs. Marcia Matyak Mrs. Shirley Rausch Mrs. Bessie Kastl Mrs. Helen Russo Mrs. Betty Joe Morris Mrs. Laura Hill Mr. Jim McCune

10/27/16 10/28/16 10/30/16 11/9/16 11/14/16 11/14/16 11/27/16 11/28/16


december on-campus events The Foundation Forum: Safe Streets — Thursday, December 1 — 10:00 am BE CR This month a representative from Safe Streets will be on campus to help us understand the dangers seniors face in our society today. John Katz Piano and Trumpet Students Recital — Sunday, December 4 — 3:00 pm ML This recital features the students of John Katz. John’s students include young kids as well as their parents. Please come and support all of the performers. Violin Students — Monday, December 5 — 1:00 pm ML Lowman Ladies Ensemble — Monday, December 5 — 7:00 pm ML Each year this talented group of ladies from Lowman United Methodist Church comes to campus to entertain us with their beautiful music. Please join us! Coping with the Holidays — For Residents and Families — Tuesday, December 6 — 11:00 am Chapel The holidays are a difficult time for many — especially if you have suffered a loss. Chaplain Roger Jackson will lead this program with ideas to help you manage the holidays. Please invite your family members as well. Delta Gamma Appreciation Project — Tuesday, December 6 — 1:00 pm KAC Let’s make some yummy snacks for the Delta Gamma gals from Washburn University. They volunteer their time helping us with our BINGO nights. Let’s get together to make some encouraging signs and snacks for them to enjoy during their finals week. Brain food and encouragement is a great way for us to thank them for their service to us. Cair Paravel Madrigals — Tuesday, December 6 — 3:00 pm ML This talented group of high school students will entertain us with beautiful Christmas music. Their performance will leave us asking for more. Jingle Market — Wednesday, December 7 — 10:00 am—1:00 pm ML Please see the back page of this issue for more details! French Middle School Holiday Music — Thursday, December 8 — 10:30 am ML We love having local student groups come to campus to share their musical talents. Please welcome these kids with your warmth, love and applause! Ethan Sun Piano Concert — Thursday, December 8 — 3:30 pm ML Ethan Sun is a piano prodigy. He is currently a student at Washburn Rural Middle School. He has won several piano contests in the state of Kansas. We are excited to welcome the best junior pianist in the state of Kansas. Washburn University Piano Students — Friday, December 9 — 3:00 pm ML Dr. Ding from Washburn University will bring her best and brightest piano students to perform for us. How lucky we are to have such talent in our community. Movie and Discussion with Chaplain Roger — Monday, December 12 — 2:00 pm Chapel Please see page 3 of this issue for more information. Meadows Elementary Strings — Thursday, December 15 — 10:30 am ML It’s a Brewster tradition to have Michiko Snell’s strings students come and play for us. It is sweet to see these enthusiastic students playing their instruments. Brewster Place Sing-a-Long — Friday, December 16 — 3:00 pm Chapel Calling all residents to come and join in singing Christmas carols. It will be fun to sing and fellowship together. Mrs. Johnson’s Class Holiday Music Program — Monday, December 19 — 10:00 am ML Please come and enjoy the sweet holiday music of these students. Kansas Humanities Book Talk — Tuesday, December 20 — 3:00 pm BE CR The last book in the Faith in Fiction series is “The Romance Reader.” Our facilitator will be our very own Diana Siegal. The book is about the daughter of a Hasidic rabbi, Rachel. She is expected to care for her siblings, dress modestly, and submit to an arranged marriage — but she is interested in a more enticing world. Join us! Brewster Place Resident Holiday Celebration — Tuesday, December 20 — 6:00 pm KAC You are cordially invited to attend a Holiday Celebration! We will begin at 6:00 pm with an elegant dessert accompanied by special coffee and/or eggnog. After dessert, at 7:00 pm, we will have a wonderful music program arranged by our good friend, Nancy Goodall, from CoreFirst Bank & Trust. Brewster Sing-a-long — Wednesday, December 21 — 7:00 pm BE Calling all residents to come and join in singing Christmas carols. It will be fun to sing and fellowship together. New Year’s Eve BINGO Extravaganza — Sunday, December 31 — 6:30 pm KAC Join us for another exciting BINGO Extravaganza! Jamie and Julie have some great things planned! Don’t miss this!


december off-campus events Harvey House Christmas Luncheon — Thursday, December 1 — 10:15 am Lobbies Let’s start the month with a festive holiday luncheon at the Great Overland Station. The Station will be all dressed up for the holiday season. The luncheon will be served by the Harvey House Girls and is sure to be delightful. Space is limited, so please call Jamie at 274-3398 as soon as you can. Lunch is $20. Nativities and Noels — Friday, December 2 — 1:00 pm Lobbies Oh come let us adore him! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints hosts this beautiful event featuring live music and over 200 nativity scenes from around the world, honoring the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. This is a perfect way to begin the Christmas season. Please call Jamie at 274-3398. This event is free. Tour of the Topeka Rescue Mission’s Children’s Palace — Monday, December 5 — 10:00 am Lobbies The Topeka Rescue Mission is building a children and youth area. Between 300—500 homeless children arrive at the mission annually — one third being preschoolers. Their parents can’t work because they cannot find affordable childcare. The Children’s Palace intends to break the cycle and help each child feel valued and precious — as they are in the eyes of God. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Candlelight and Carols with Grace Morrison — Wednesday, December 7 — 6:30 pm Lobbies Grace Morrison is well-known in Topeka for her years as a practicing physician. She is also known for her musical talents and has performed with Topeka Civic Theatre many times. This will be a wonderful concert. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Topeka Civic Theatre — Thursday, December 8 — 6:30 pm Lobbies Topeka Civic Theatre presents, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This faithful, fast-moving stage adaptation of the classic film features fluid scene changes and scores of beefy roles, particularly for women. It’s not only a joyful Christmas tale — it’s the gorgeous love story of George and Mary Bailey, a vivid portrait of the Greatest Generation, a descent into the darkest hour of a man trapped by circumstance, and a powerful meditation on what makes a meaningful life. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for ticket information and reservations. Christmas at Resurrection — Saturday, December 10 — 9:30 am Lobbies We will head to Kansas City and stop at Panera’s to grab a quick Dutch treat lunch. We will then proceed to the Church of the Resurrection at the Leawood campus. This program is a must-see musical presentation featuring more than 300 actors, singers, dancers, and instrumentalists in the celebration of Christmas and the depiction of the traditional Christmas story. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations and tickets. Tickets are $22 and transportation is $13. Washburn University Holiday Vespers — Sunday, December 11 — 3:00 pm Lobbies Join us as we head to Washburn University to hear the sounds of the season at this annual holiday concert. Washburn University has an outstanding music program and the holiday season is not complete without attending this beautiful concert. The concert is free. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for transportation reservations. Topeka Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert — Wednesday, December 14 — 6:45 pm Lobbies Topeka Symphony Orchestra presents “Winter Legends.” Baby, it’s cold outside! Celebrate the season with a pops concert of music from frozen lands, including music from Disney’s delightful animated feature Frozen, the Snowflake Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, and the soundtrack from Dr. Zhivago. The Cornerstone Senior Choir will join the Symphony for other holiday favorites. Please call Jamie at 274—3398 for reservations. Kansas City Holiday Light Tour — Thursday, December 15 — 1:45 pm Lobbies Let’s head to Kansas City for a wonderful holiday experience. First we will stop at Teavana at the Plaza. We will learn about and sample loose leaf teas. Yummy! Second, we will head to Lydia’s to enjoy fine Italian dining. Last, we will board the bus and enjoy the Plaza lights as well as the light show of Vince and Associates. Dinner is Dutch treat. The average entre is $25. Transportation is $13. Topeka Festival Singers — Monday, December 19 — 6:30 pm Lobbies Get into the holiday spirit with a program from the Topeka Festival Singers. The program includes warm favorites requested by patrons and members of the ensemble. The Singers will present the music of Forrest, Luboff, Whitacre and Wilberg, just to name of few. Of course, there must be an audience sing-a-long! Add sparking works and arrangements that were recently published, and you’ll be sure to unwrap new favorites at this seasonal concert. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations.

Brewster News December 2016  

Monthly newsletter of Brewster Place in Topeka, Kansas.

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