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December 2017 Vol. 53 Issue 12

In this issue: 2 Words from Wellness 3 Joline Kovarik Retiring Note from Joline… Bazaar Grand Total 4 From the Chaplain Movie and Discussion Christmas Eve Services 5 Congratulations BHC! Page one cont. At the Movies Please Note... 6 Brewster Foundation 7 Foundation Forum News & Views Thank You! Advent Coloring Project Writing Group 8 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.

Kris Saia Brings New Energy to The Market New and Expanded Offerings in 2018


t's first thing in the morning and you need a kick-start with a tall cup of coffee -- we gotcha covered. Mid-morning break times arrive just as home-made muffins and cinnamon rolls come out of our oven. Lunch-time rolls around and you crave a Panini with all the goodies on top — we'll stack it high and grill it up!" said Culinary Arts Manager Kelly Chavez who is enthusiastic about The Market on Main Street, and is glad that Brewster Place residents and employees have a quick and handy spot to grab a meal, a snack or drink, plus an assortment of sundry items throughout the workweek. Kelly's goal for 2018 is to keep The Market fresh and ever-changing in its inventory and menu offerings, and to help with that vision, Kris Saia joined The Market staff in mid-September. "My family owned a gift shop called J.E. Dickerson's where I worked for 34 years here in Topeka, and I was Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center's Event Coordinator for three years before coming to Brewster Place," says Kris. "My favorite part of owning our shop was buying merchandise and decorating the store; anyone who was a regular Dickerson's customer will tell you that it never looked the same two days in a row — we always had something new to offer. I hope to bring that to The Market on Main Street — watch for fresh energy, new inventory and menu items in the new year." One of The Market’s objectives is to provide convenience to Brewster Place. Aside from homemade soups and made-to-order bistro items, The Market offers a large variety of convenience items — everything from greeting cards, dish soap, toothpaste, and Chapstick to snacks, beverages and frozen meal and soup entrees when Continued on page 5...

Words from Wellness Receiving and Giving with a Gracious Spirit By Jenny Lamb, MSW, LSCSW | Director of Community Wellness


is the season. Indeed we can see signs of “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like the holiday season everywhere, and we excourage. Truth and courage aren’t always comperience all that is Christmas through each of our fortable but they’re never weakness.” Then, when senses. we’ve allowed for vulnerability and embraced There’s the food, decorations, muwhat is offered we get the experience of giv“When we sic, togetherness, and of course the gifts. ing our own gift back to the giver; that gift of genuinely For many, this is the time of year in which joy found in being allowed to be a meaningful we freely give of ourselves, our time, and and purposeful part of another’s life. We give receive, material gifts to those we love and not only the the gift of our trust to someone who desperstrangers alike. We’ve all heard the saying ately wants to connect with us whether in a gift, “’tis better to give than to receive,” but I gift you can hold in your hands or a gift you but also the want to challenge that philosophy and exhold in your heart. Sunada Takagi says it best spirit plore a deeper way of thinking. While we when she says, “generosity is a two way are all called as a people of humanity to be of the giver, street. It’s an openness of heart that’s just as generous and to give as we can, we are also we embark much about graciously receiving as it is about called to be receivers. giving.” on a Gifts come in many forms. They can The concept of giving through receivmoment of be things, money, ideas, love, and random ing is not a new idea. Even Scripture helps us free flowing understand this dynamic. Matthew 10:40-42 or intentional acts of kindness. Have you ever considered the very gift you give when says, “We are intimately linked in this harvest human you embrace that which is given to you? I work. Anyone who accepts what you do, ackindness have engaged in a helping capacity for all of cepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who and my adult life, both professionally and peraccepts what I do accepts my Father, who love.” sonally. I have heard the words, “I don’t sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as want to be a burden” or “I’m not worth the good as being God’s messenger. Accepting expense” so very often. In our culture we are someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. taught to be strong, to do for ourselves, to be inThis is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t dependent. While being responsible and doing all be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give we can for ourselves is important, we must know a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for our limits and guard against what Sunada Takagi instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving describes as, “crossing the boundary into isolating makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out ourselves from the love and personal connection on a thing.” that others want to give to us.” This is vital beThis same sentiment can be found in other cause crossing that boundary can have negative basic tenants of cultures and religions around the impacts on personal wellness in each dimension: world. When we genuinely receive not only the physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellecgift, but also the spirit of the giver, we embark on tual. a moment of free flowing human kindness and Being on the receiving end of the generoslove that will be carried out into the world and ity continuum is difficult in part because it calls felt by all with whom we come in contact. for a level of vulnerability, which is uncomfortaSo during this season, or any other, be ble for most of us. To be vulnerable is a mandatomindful of what you receive and what you give ry part of our human existence and it is where we and know that it is essential we commit to both demonstrate our strength rather than our weakacts with a loving heart and a gracious spirit.  ness. Consider these words from Brene Brown,


A Fond Farewell to Joline Kovarik

A Note from Joline...

by Janis Swanson, Director of Resident Services and Community Relations

Dear Friends,


fter 22 years at the helm of “all-things creative” at Brewster Place, Joline Kovarik has announced her retirement at the end of 2017. Joline has served as Arts and Crafts Coordinator for her entire career at Brewster Place. In this role she has taught a variety of art classes including watercolor, oil, craft painting and wood carving. Joline also planned and coordinated the bi-annual Trash & Treasure Sales and Annual Brewster Place Holiday Charity Bazaar. She worked closely with the Brewster Service Fund Committee — a dedicated group of residents who decide where and how monies raised by these events is apportioned. Over the span of her 22 year career, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to benefit Brewster Place programs and charitable organizations in Topeka. Simply amazing! The impact that Joline has had on residents, staff, and the wider Brewster community is immeasurable. How do we measure the ability to help residents find their creative spirit? How do we measure the hours upon hours of work to plan and create items for annual Bazaar? How do we measure the endless hours organizing, pricing and selling 22 years worth of “trash and treasure?” How do we measure the value of a dedicated, energetic, passionate and creative staff member after 22 years of service? We cannot! And so Joline, what we can do is say a collective “Congratulations,” and “Thank you” for everything you have done for Brewster Place and its residents. We will never be able to fill your cartwheeling, dancing, always on the move BIG shoes, but we will try our best to carry your imaginative spirit and passion for the residents of Brewster Place creatively forward. You will be greatly missed!  Please note: We are planning a Retirement Celebration for Joline in January. Stay tuned for more details! 3

Little did I know on August 31, 1995 that I would still be here at Brewster Place in 2017. How fast these 22 years have gone by. I have loved my job and the residents and staff I have worked with. My life has been enriched by working here. I have enjoyed teaching all the classes, from planning projects to helping sell the finished products. The special companionship that sewing, painting and carving together brings is so very important. Thank you to all the staff that helped in setting up for the Trash & Treasure Sale and the Bazaar — and to my team for all the help and support. Thank you to all the residents who volunteered their time and talents. I will love and miss you all, as I get adjusted to a new life without you. Fondly, Joline

Brewster Bazaar Total


nce again, under the leadership of Joline Kovarik, Arts and Crafts Coordinator, the Brewster Place Annual Holiday Charity Bazaar was a huge success. On November 10 and 11 the Klinge Activity Center was filled with beautifully hand crafted items for customers to browse and buy. The total for this year’s Bazaar was $9,026.47 and counting — wow! Thank you! The Bazaar cannot happen each year without the dedication of all the resident volunteers who work during the year creating items to sell as well as the volunteers who work the Bazaar. The Brewster Service Fund Committee will meet this month to divide the money to distribute to local charities. In January we will update you on the list of organizations who received funds. 


From the Chaplain Look for a Place to Serve



The Nativity Story

by Chaplain Roger Jackson, M. Div.

Monday, December 11 2:00 pm | Chapel Facilitated by Chaplain Roger


here is a seldom noticed, yet preciously tender, lesson to be found in Mary’s actions immediately following the angel’s visit announcing her role as bearer of the Christ Child. She had been told that her cousin Elizabeth was also experiencing an unusual, though different, visitation of God’s grace: that now late in life, she serve was in the sixth month of others pregnancy with her first child (Luke 1:36). Now, almost immediately after she has discovered that she, Mary of Nazareth, is about to become the most unique woman in history, notice how beautifully her attention turns from herself to a need where she can serve. She travels to help Elizabeth, and verse 56 says that Mary stayed with her aged relative and served her until Elizabeth’s baby was delivered. This could well become our most important Christmas lesson for this year. Mary demonstrates a principle of God’s love in action: “May I be more concerned to assist the fulfillment of what the Lord is doing in another person than I am with what He is doing in me.” [Celebrate! Daily Devotions for the Spirit-Filled Life, Jack W. Hayford, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 1992, page: December 9.] As you celebrate the birth of Jesus this year, with family and friends, look for a place to serve. Search your heart, see where God wants you to serve, and then help someone this Christmas season. It might be as simple as giving some canned goods to Doorstep or toys to the Rescue Mission or a little money to Salvation Army. Or, maybe God wants you to help another family to have a Christmas that they would otherwise not have. Be a light to someone this Christmas season as Mary was to Elizabeth. Merry Christmas! 

intermission — refreshments discussion afterwards


n Nazareth, teenager Mary is betrothed to the local carpenter, Joseph. Mary is visited by an angel and told that she will fulfill a prophecy and as a virgin give birth to God's son, the savior of the world. Mary's pregnancy brings her the scorn of the community and Joseph struggles to believe her seemingly outlandish story. Meanwhile, a census forces every man and his family to return to his place of birth. Joseph and Mary set out on a long journey to Bethlehem. This story is based on the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ.  Come and join us for this inspirational movie!

Christmas Eve Services Sunday, December 24 2:30 pm Brewster Health Center Fink Living Room 4:00 pm Main Street Chapel Love was born for every one of us! Come and be a part of our Christmas Eve services. All are welcome!

Brewster Place Resid en t Ho liday Celeb ration Tuesday, Dec 12 6:00 pm Redwood KAC


Please join us for an elegant dessert with coffee and egg nog. Entertainment provided by Nancy Goodall from CoreFirst Bank & Trust will follow dessert.

Congratulations Brewster Health Center


e celebrate and congratulate ALL of our staff at Brewster Health Center for once again being named to U.S. News and World Report's Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18. It is indeed humbling and gratifying to be listed in this national report. Brewster Health Center received an Above Average rating. It is also notable that nearly 40 LeadingAge Kansas members were named as top-performing and above average on this high-profile list. Our direct care staff cannot do what they do without a servants’ heart. Thank you and "job well done" Brewster Health Center staff! You are awesome! In addition, Brewster Health Center continues to maintain high standards of quality by maintaining Joint Commission Accreditation, being selected again as one of only four Mentor Level PEAK Person Centered Care awardees in Kansas, and securing a 5-Star CMS (The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Quality Rating.  Continued from page 1...

residents or staff want a quick dinner solution. In addition to breakfast, lunch and snack offerings, as The Market gets ready for 2018, one of the goals is to open a small gift shop, where residents and staff can purchase special gifts for the special people in their lives. “We hired Kris because of her expertise in retail operations,” said Kelly. “We know that Kris’ skills will be put to good use as we develop the new gift line and expand our current Market offerings.” "My background is in retail, but I'm new to the world of food service, and the kitchen staff has been great to 'break me in.' I've got good teachers in Milton Carr and Heidi Hulsether,” said Kris. “Everyone has been so nice — residents and employees at Brewster are a friendly bunch." Kris is an active volunteer and avid advocate for Helping Hands Humane Society: "Don't let me hear that you are looking for a new pet — I will bombard you with adoptable dog and cat photos!" She and her husband Tony live on acreage in rural Shawnee County with two dogs and two cats. Kris enjoys reading, drawing and painting in her spare time. Stop by today to meet Kris and see what the market has to offer! 

At the Movies!

Annual Town Hall Meeting with CEO David Beck Wednesday, December 13 10:00 am | Klinge Activity Center


ou are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting with David Beck, President and CEO of Brewster. Each year at this time David holds this Town Hall to summarize what has been accomplished in the past year. In addition, David will present the plan for the coming year. We have so many exciting things happening on campus with construction and programming. This meeting is a great time to come listen, ask questions and be informed about our community. 

Please Note:


iders of Transportation Tuesdays and Thursdays will note a slight increase in the fare from $5.00 daily to $8.00 daily starting January 1. Transportation on Tuesdays and Thursdays runs a step on/step off service throughout a loop hitting important destinations throughout Topeka. Remember, pay the fare once and travel all day! 

Thursdays at 2:00 pm | BPTV 1960

December 7 “Little Women” (1994 drama)

December 21 “The Polar Express” (2004 family)

December 14 “Serendipity” (2001 romantic drama)

December 28 “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2011 comedy)


Benefits of Giving by Jeremy R. Hall, Director


ecember is starting, the last cold days of 2017 are upon us, and we are engulfed with the joys of the holiday season. In that mix of catalogs, advertisements, and holiday cards, we are also receiving a number of solicitations from charities. During this time, I want to make sure that you remember the Brewster Foundation in your year-end giving plans. Gifts made to the Brewster Foundation are tax deductible, yet receiving a tax deduction is only a small part of the benefit of giving to the Brewster Foundation.

The Brewster Foundation Supports Brewster Staff

The Brewster Foundation Supports Special Projects

On average, the Brewster Foundation has provided $4,500 in employee loans provided to staff in need. We are able to provide these because we have funds donated to make sure that when a staff member experiences an emergency hardship, they have a way to get funds for help. We are proud to offer these loans to take away an extra stress that some staff experience in hard times. In addition, several times each year, the Foundation hosts a Books for Kids event and provides books to the dependents of our staff. Reading is such a vital part of any child’s development and education. This is a great time for kids to pick up an extra book or two! The Foundation has worked on other education and development projects to provide special learning opportunities to our staff. This helps to assure that we have the most up-todate and sophisticated staff possible.

The Brewster Foundation works with donors on special gifts and projects. From artwork, training sessions, named rooms, stained glass or gifts to fund special positions, the Brewster Foundation wants to work with donors to bring that philanthropic dream to life. Creating a lasting tribute to a family or organization can provide lasting memories and pride for a family. The Brewster Foundation will work with a family to find a gift and tribute that is best for you. During our current campus projects, we have multiple places that could be perfect for a named gift lasting tribute.

The Brewster Foundation Is for Brewster The purpose of the Brewster Foundation is to ”Raise Funds in Support of Brewster.” It is a very simple mission statement, but carries a very large goal. To me, that means we work for the Brewster staff, the Brewster grounds and community, but

most importantly, the residents of Brewster. Brewster is so much more than a place to live. Brewster is a thriving community with residents from many backgrounds. We work for our residents. We work to fund programming, projects, and benevolent care to continue to provide for those that call Brewster their home. As you sort through your mail, flip through the catalogs, and display cards from friends new and old, please remember that contributing to the Brewster Foundation is a gift that will touch many lives — from residents, to staff and their families, and to our community. Please contact the Brewster Foundation office if you need help with making a contribution. Gifts can be in the form of cash/check, stock, IRA distribution, land, or estate gifts. A gift from the required minimum distribution from and IRA can carry additional tax benefits. We look forward to talking to you about supporting Brewster, and I offer a special thank you to our continued supporters. 

For more information, please stop by our office or give us a call! Brewster Foundation | Redwood Info Center Jeremy R. Hall, Director: 274-3327 Gaylene Dibbern, Associate: 274-3328 6

Advent Coloring Project

Foundation Forum


o you like to color? Do you need a stress reducer especially at this time of year? We have a wonderful project for everyone to enjoy. We have purchased the Advent Coloring Journey — six large panels of paper with the Advent theme — for residents, staff and friends to color toColoring Stations: gether at their lei Redwood Lounge sure. On Tuesday,  The Evergreens Parlor December 5, each panel will be placed  Main Street at a different color-  Assisted Living  Brewster Health Center (2) ing station on campus with colored pencils available for use. All we ask is that you take time to relax, pick up a pencil or two, and color at your leisure. We’d like the panels to be completed by Friday, December 15 at which time they will be hung near the Chapel. The six panels when hung together make a beautiful, colorful mural for all to enjoy. We will also have copies of the six panels in a smaller version if you’d like to take them home to color. Let’s make this Advent season colorful and bright! 

Safe Streets with Kristi Pankratz, Executive Director Thursday, December 7 | 10:00 am The Evergreens Community Room


ith the holidays upon us, learn how to safeguard yourself this season with tips from Kristi Pankratz, Executive Director, Safe Streets. We will discuss information to keep you safe while shopping, traveling, and just going out and about. Also, learn about financial scams that are currently going on in our community.

A Special Thank You!


he Brewster Foundation staff would like to thank each of you who came to one of our 18 informational programs in early November to learn more about our role in the New Opportunities for a Thriving Community NOW campaign. The comments and feedback provided were much appreciated, and we thank you for your many kind comments about the presentation. We hope we were able to provide answers to questions and give you information that you did not know before attending. Please feel free to contact the Foundation office for any follow-up questions. This is an exciting time at Brewster! 

Writing & Reminiscing Group

Jeremy Hall, Foundation Director Gaylene Dibbern, Foundation Associate


new Writing and Reminiscing Group has begun and we are pleased that Jennifer Pacioianu from Washburn University has volunteered to lead this group. Each month you will be given a prompt to help you narrow your thoughts. The next session is Wednesday, December 27 at 1:00 pm (RW FR).

News & Views with Kevin McFarland

Tuesday, December 12 10:15 am | Chandler Sun Porch

December’s Prompt: Write about a memorable holiday event. (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, or another) Did the table centerpiece catch on fire in the middle of dinner? Did someone unexpected show up? Did you get the best present of your life? The worst present? Did you experience a loss? Was a baby born? It doesn’t have to be exciting or tragic or very unusual – just specific to you. Close your eyes, let the memory come through, and describe it in detail. Stick to one event on one particular holiday and tell us about it! 


oin Kevin for a look at the events of the day or yesterday! Kevin engages us in a lively discussion about the past, present, and future with regard to current events locally, nationally, and internationally. Come for coffee and treats too! 


2nd Annual Jingle Market


Wednesday, December 6 10:00 am—2:00 pm | Redwood



t’s that holiday time of year and whether you buy lots of gifts or just a few, we want to make your shopping experience easy and convenient. Last year we hosted our first Jingle Market and it was so well received, we are doing it again this year. Please come browse everything from munchies to jewelry to purses to candles. In addition, Joline will have a table with items from the Brewster Bazaar. We are excited once again to offer poinsettias from The Plant Shop at Kansas Neurological Institute. The Plant Shop is supported employment for KNI. The poinsettias can be purchased for your home or for display in the Redwood Lounge in memory or in honor of a family member or friend. Please join us at the Jingle Market to shop, mingle with friends and enjoy the spirit of the season with others! 

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Vendors Include:  Brewster Place Arts and Crafts           

featuring items from the Brewster Bazaar KNI Poinsettia Sales Avon Martha’s Munchies Miracle Ear (are you in need of batteries?) Tastefully Simple Bees Knees Jewelry Purses by Peg Scentsy Blankets by Pearl Angels Gifts Greeting Cards by Tami

Engage In Life! It will make you smile!

Above: Marjorie Smith can often times be found coloring at Brewster Health Center. Coloring is a great way to use the creative side of your brain as well as a wonderful way to relax in the peacefulness of color and quiet. We hope you will participate in the Advent Coloring Project beginning December 5. See details inside!

Below: Judy McGinness and Adele Wallace participated in the recent Rocks & Wine Event. Over 60 residents enjoyed creating colorful rocks while conversing with friends — and having a bit a wine too! The rocks will be displayed outside the Winchell Wellness Center.

Above: Chaplain Roger visited with Elsie Becker before the Thanksgiving Service at Brewster Health Center. Residents gathered to sing, hear a wonderful message, and express their gratitude.

Thrive. Bloom. Flourish!


december remembrances Birthdays Beverly Northrop` Adrian Allen Richard Baker Cinnie Wahle Rose Alberg Betty Meyer Marjorie Murphy Peter Packard Waunita Shoemaker Vada Drayer Betty Craig Jack Collins Audrey Singleton Lila Jones Kathryn Laird Bart Ramsey John Salisbury Gwen Holmes Fran Olin Virginia Thompson Bette Blosser Sydney Fluke Maxine Horton Delpha Tucker Margean Cress Dusty Greene

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

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

Department Administration Karen Jackson Community Relations Lisa Carter Dining Services Victoria McPherson Kelly Chavez Krystal Rhea Environmental Services Geoffery King Kay Kempton Danny Moss Kimberlee Jenkins Ana Marquez Health Services Alma Quiroz Marcus Hill Lynnise Livingston Tamatha Roberts Hanna Lincoln Ashley Risel Maria Ramierz Rehab Kristin Webb Melissa Watson Olivia Delgado Security/Transportation Larry Cadoret Denise Coleman








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In Memoriam Mrs. Fran Dembicki Mrs. Dorothy Dalton Mrs. Shirley Fuller Mrs. Erna Nichol Mr. Randy Ellis

celebrations | new beginnings | fond farewells

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Ann Conley Doris Kinnett Arlene Rothberger Gilbert Singleton Kent Stubbings


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december on-campus events Lowman’s Ladies Ensemble | Monday, December 4 | 6:30 pm | Redwood Lounge It’s a tradition for this wonderful group to perform at Brewster Place. Please join us as we kick off the holiday season with lovely music. Nativity Display | Tuesday, December 5 | 1:00—3:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Oh Come Let Us Adore Him! Carol Christensen from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will bring over 20 of her nativity scenes from around the world to share with us. Come view these unique displays which honor the birth of Jesus. They are stunning. Advent Coloring Project | Tuesday, December 5 | Redwood Lounge, Evergreens Parlor, BHC, AL, Main Street Join us at your leisure as we embark on an Advent Coloring Project. Six paper panels will be placed in common areas across campus for your coloring pleasure. Once the panels are complete (by December 15), we will hang the six panels near the Chapel as we continue through the Advent and Christmas season. The six panels create one large mural — it will be beautiful! We hope residents, family members and staff will participate. Jingle Market | Wednesday, December 6 | 10:00 am—2:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Let’s kick off the holiday season with some shopping. We are excited to welcome over 12 vendors this year to help make your holiday shopping a little easier. We are excited to offer Poinsettias for sale from The Plant which is supported employment for KNI. The Poinsettias can be purchased for your own home or in memory of a friend or a loved one to be displayed with a memorial card in the Redwood Lounge. Team Trivia for Fun—Topic: All-things Holiday! | Friday, December 8 | 1:30 pm | Klinge Activity Center Join us for a fun filled Friday. We will enjoy playing some games and testing our knowledge. Our topic will be all things holiday! Bring a friend! Movie and Discussion with Chaplain Roger “The Nativity Story” | Monday, December 11 | 2:00 pm | Chapel See article on page 4. Violin Concert | Monday, December 11 | 6:00 pm | Redwood Lounge The holidays at Brewster Place mean music programs! Please join us as we listen to these talented violin students. Brewster Place Resident Holiday Celebration | Tuesday, December 12 | 6:00 pm | Klinge Activity Center You are cordially invited to the Resident Holiday Celebration provided by Brewster Place. We will start with an elegant dessert accompanied by coffee and/or eggnog. After dessert we will have a wonderful music program arranged by our good friend, Nancy Goodall, from CoreFirst Bank & Trust. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate. Aaron Fowler (and Bella the therapy dog) Sing! | Thursday, December 14 | 3:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Aaron is a musician and storyteller. He will be accompanied by his therapy dog, Miss Bella, who is a beautiful yellow lab. This program focuses on four winter celebrations: Christmas (sacred), Christmas (secular), Kwanzaa and Hanukkah showing that there are several winter holidays celebrated in our country. There are differences in each of these celebrations, but many of them have similarities, and when we know something about other cultures and their celebrations, we gain a greater appreciation for them. The performance includes interactive songs and stories from these traditions. This program is brought to you by the Brewster Service Fund. Bob Dealey Sings | Friday, December 15 | 3:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Bob Dealey will give a performance called “The Spirit of Christmas”. At the conclusion of the presentation, Bob guarantees that the entire audience will be in the “spirit of Christmas.” The performance is given in memory of Bob Dealey’s father, who passed away earlier this year in Virginia. It is sure to be a fun time. Gospel Singers | Monday, December 18 | 3:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Kent and Jane Gibler from Northrock Baptist Church will come and share some Gospel Music with us. Brewster Sing-along | Wednesday, December 20 | 2:00 pm The Evergreens Community Room Calling all residents to come and join in singing Christmas carols at The Evergreens. It will be fun to sing and fellowship together. Christmas Sing-along with Marty Edwards and Family | Saturday, December 23 | 3:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Come enjoy singing Christmas favorites with Marty Edwards and her family. Writing and Reminiscing | Wednesday, December 27 | 1:00 pm | Redwood Lounge Brewster has a writing group. Putting a pen to paper can be cathartic and research has demonstrated the benefits writing can have on our health and wellness. If writing is not possible we can verbally talk through it. See more information on page 7 of this issue.

december off-campus events Shawnee Choral Society | Sunday, December 3 | 6:30 pm | Lobbies Come and hear Christmas favorites sung by the Shawnee Choral Society members. Admission is free but donations are gratefully appreciated. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for transportation reservations to White Concert Hall. Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Homes Tour in KC | Thursday, December 7 | 9:00 am | Lobbies We will head to Kansas City to view four beautifully decorated homes. The wonder and magic of the season is brought to life in each home through the outstanding talents of Kansas City florists. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations and tickets. Tour tickets are $30 and transportation is $13. We will enjoy a Dutch treat lunch. Countryside United Methodist Church Laudate Ringers | Friday, December 8 | 6:15 pm | Lobbies Join Countryside United Methodist Church for a night of Art and Music. There will be a display by local artists and then a concert by the Laudate Ringers. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Christmas at Resurrection | Saturday, December 9 | 9:30 am | Lobbies We will head to Kansas City and stop at Panera to grab a quick lunch. Then we will proceed to Church of the Resurrection at Leawood campus. This program is a must-see musical presentation featuring more than 300 actors, singers, dancers and instrumentalists in a celebration of Christmas and the depiction of the traditional Christmas story. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations and tickets. Tickets are $25 and transportation is $13. Washburn University Holiday Vespers | Sunday, December 10 | 2:45 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 | Wednesday, December 13 | 6:45 pm | Lobbies As a very special treat this holiday season, the Topeka Symphony is delighted to present the enchanting animated short film “The Snowman.” This charming Academy Award Nominee for Animated Short Film based on Raymond Briggs’s picture book shows a young boy’s snowman coming to life and swirling him off on a magical adventure to the North Pole. They will also welcome the Topeka Symphony Youth Orchestra for a side-by-side performance with the TSO, and, of course, the concert concludes with the annual sing-along. Tickets should be purchased in advance by calling Topeka Symphony Orchestra at 232-2032. Please call Jamie for transportation reservations at 274-3398. Tour of Kansas Bureau of Investigation at Washburn University | Thursday, December 14 | 10:00 am | Lobbies Come take an informational tour to the KBI Building at Washburn University. We will see how they are fighting crime in Kansas in this state of the art facility. It is sure to impress you. Tour is free. Please call Jamie for reservations at 274 -3398. Festival Singers | Monday, December 18 | 6:30 pm | Lobbies Come join us as we sing beloved carols and songs of the season in a program that celebrates the glory of the holiday season. In music by composers both modern and ancient, texts both sacred and secular, and melodies both familiar and newly composed, we hope you will be touched as we sing toward a sense of peace and togetherness, finding that it lives within our reach and was right there all along. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for transportation reservations. Kansas City Holiday Shopping, Dinner and Light Tour | Tuesday, December 19 | 2:00 pm | Lobbies Let’s head to Kansas City for the annual holiday trip. Our trip this year will be in Leawood. First we will make an hour stop at Town Center to do a little shopping. Second, we will enjoy a gourmet dinner a J. Alexander’s. Third, we will enjoy the light show of Vince and Associates. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Dinner is Dutch treat and the average entrée is $18. Transportation is $13. Lunch at Rowhouse | Thursday, December 21 | 11:00 am | Lobbies Come and enjoy a gourmet lunch at the Rowhouse. It is sure to be a culinary delight. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Space is limited. Lunch is Dutch treat. Mexican Dinner and Winter Wonderland | Thursday, December 28 | 4:00 pm | Lobbies Let’s go have a yummy Mexican dinner then go see the holiday lights at TARC Winter Wonderland. It will be a fun way to wrap up the holidays. Dinner is Dutch treat and cost for Winter Wonderland is $1. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations.

Brewster News December 2017  
Brewster News December 2017  

Monthly newsletter of Brewster Place, a Life Plan Community in Topeka, Kansas