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March 2017 Vol. 53 Issue 3 BrewsterLiving.org

In this issue: 2 Green Leaf Restaurant Celebrate Volunteers Dollar Days Clothes Sale Trash & Treasure Sale 3 Art is Ageless Exhibition March Madness! At the Movies 4 What is Yoga? Wellness Wednesday Meditation Mondays 5 From the Chaplain Ash Wednesday Service Bible Study to Begin 6 Brewster Foundation Foundation Forum 7 Care to Play? Keeping You Safe Spring Fling Friday Flash 8 Springtime Travel in KS 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.

Stride to Thrive! Walk Your Way to Wellness

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t’s never too late to start something new! Have you ever felt like you want try something new, but you question your ability, creativity, energy or passion? Trying new experiences or setting new goals is scary for most everyone and, as we age, it becomes even more difficult. The great thing about living and working at Brewster Place is that, as a community, we can help guide, support and challenge each other as we strive to do new and different things. Beginning this month, we want to help motivate you to get up, shake off the dreariness of winter, put your walking shoes on and “Stride to Thrive!” Studies suggest that “sedentary lifestyles can result in muscle loss and significantly lowered aerobic capacity.” (americantrails.org/ resources) As the old saying goes, we better “use it or lose it!” One of the best forms of exercise — something that almost anyone can do — is walking. It’s cheap, it’s simple, and you can do it whenever you want. Why start walking? It’s simple. Walking can help everyone, especially seniors, maintain mobility and independence. Exercise is also good for your mind and can help improve your reaction time, reasoning and memory. Walking can help ease the onset of osteoporosis and give you an improved self-worth and sense of purpose. It doesn’t matter your age — whether you are nine or ninety — walking can improve your cardiovascular fitness and strength. Julie Schmanke, Fitness Specialist, has been working to create a map of walking paths on our campus. The paths are both indoors and outdoors and vary in length and difficulty. Each path has been measured for distance, named and mapped (color-coded too!). Spring begins Tuesday, March 21 and what better way to renew our bodies, minds and spirits than to commit to a new way of life. To kick things off, we invite you to our first “Stride to Thrive” event on Thursday, March 23 at 1:00 pm. Please join Julie Schmanke in the Main Street Pavilion to pick up your “Stride to Thrive” Walking Path Map and enjoy a walk with Julie. It doesn't matter how far or how fast you can walk — what matters is that you start — one step at a time. It’s never too late to start! 


Welcome Green Leaf Restaurant

Celebrating Volunteers

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Volunteer Appreciation Week April 23—29

esidents at Brewster Place will soon help us cut the ribbon on a new dining venue on campus! The Dining Room in the Main Building will soon be renovated offering diners a fresh new look and new dining options. The upgrades will feature all new table tops, new lighting fixtures, a brand new color scheme and a new name— Green Leaf—which was selected with help from a committee of resident volunteers. In an effort to continue toward our goal of offering fresh, homemade food, the new menu presents offerings in an easier-to-read fashion, and includes a featured homemade dessert of the day. Finally, on Sundays, which are big family days on campus, the Green Leaf will feature a Sunday Brunch from 11:00 am—1:00 pm, which will offer both breakfast and lunch options. For Sunday morning early risers who need their morning coffee, a continental breakfast including coffee, juice, muffins, toast, cereal and fruit will still be available. Watch for details at the end of March for the date and time of the ribbon cutting. See you at the Green Leaf! 

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Dollar Days Clothes SALE

Friday, March 10 1:00—4:00 pm | KAC Each item of clothing will be priced at $1.00. Proceeds benefit the Brewster Service Fund. This sale is open to residents, BrewsterConnect members and staff only. 

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olunteers are the backbone of nonprofit organizations like Brewster. From our volunteer board of directors to residents who volunteer their time creating items for the Annual Bazaar to Delta Gamma sorority members who call BINGO, Brewster could not function without our volunteers. April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and we are planning special events to honor those who have chosen to serve Brewster Place. To help in our planning, a questionnaire has been developed for our volunteers to complete. Residents will receive the questionnaire during the week of March 6. We will also mail questionnaires to volunteers that come from off -campus to serve. We would like to have to questionnaires returned to Maxine Thuston in the Main Office or Margaret King at Brewster Health Center by Monday, March 20. More details of our celebrations will be in the April Brewster News! 

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Trash & Treasure

Friday and Saturday March 31 and April 1 9:00 am—3:00 pm Klinge Activity Center

he BIG SALE is coming at the end of the month. If you have items to donate, please bring them to the Trash & Treasure storeroom (KAC) or call Kim Jenkins at 274-3399 to arrange a pickup. Please call Joline at 2743317 if you have questions. 

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Art Is Ageless Exhibition

March Madness!

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Brewster Bracket Challenge

opeka is an arts community and was recently named one of the most artistic towns in the nation by Expedia.com. Brewster Place also has a long tradition of supporting the arts and artists. One unique aspect of the creative arts — whether it be painting, drawing, fiber arts, photography , quilting or sculpture — is that you can start your creative journey at any age. Each year in the spring, Topeka Presbyterian Manor hosts an exhibit and juried art competition through Art is Ageless. We would love for our residents to participate this year!

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f it’s March that means it’s also March Madness time! The Brewster Boosters and Resident Services Team are sponsoring the Brewster Bracket Challenge and we want YOU to participate! Here are the details!  Monday, March 13 — Brackets will be distributed. This is open to staff and residents.  Wednesday, March 15—Brackets are due. Join us in the Main Street Pavilion at 11:00 am for a Hotdog, Chips, Fruit and Cookie Lunch for $3.50 and turn your bracket in as well. If you can’t attend the lunch, drop your bracket off at BHC, Brewster East, or Main Office by noon.  Thursday, March 23 — Wear your favorite collegiate team gear or colors! You don’t have to be a sports fanatic to participate! Prizes will be awarded! Fun is guaranteed! 

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Call for Entries! The Art is Ageless exhibit is open to all area artists age 65 and older — amateur or professional. Works of art must have been completed in the past five years and the artist must have been 65 or older at the time the work was completed.

At the Movies! Movie Series: Band of Brothers

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Christmas Drawing Fiber Arts Mixed Media/Crafts Needlework

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Wednesday, March 8 (Episodes 5 and 6) Thursday, March 16 (Episodes 7 and 8) Wednesday, March 29 (Episodes 9 and 10) 1:00 pm | Chapel We will continue this series, originally broadcast on HBO, which tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Please note the change of schedule from last month’s Brewster News. 

Painting Photography Quilting Sculpture/3-D

Artists are limited to three entries. To participate you must submit an Art is Ageless entry form for each piece of art entered.

On BPTV 1960...

Entry Deadline is Monday, March 20.

March 2 “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016 drama)

Art is Ageless Exhibit Friday, March 24 from 10:00 am—4:00 pm Capitol Rotunda | 2nd Floor

March 9 “The Light Between Oceans” (2016 based on a book) March 16 “Nine Lives” (2016 animal tales/comedy)

If you are interested, please see Joline Kovarik, Arts and Crafts Coordinator. She has entry forms and more details. You can reach Joline at 274-3317 or email her at jolinek@brewsterplace.org. 

March 23 “The Dressmaker” (2016 drama based on a book)

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March 30 “Queen of Katwe” (2016 biography)


Build Strength, Flexibility and Improve Balance By Kelly Sundbye, Yoga Teacher

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he first question people ask me when I tell them I am a Yoga teacher is, “What is it and why should I do it?” My simple answer is that, “Yoga is a series of body movements called poses that promote health and wellbeing by building strength, flexibility and improving balance.” During my Yoga training at Duke University School of Integrative Health, I studied Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors. In our classes at Brewster Place, we focus on building leg strength, spinal flexibility and balance. We do poses and movements that are modified for seniors so that all individuals experience the health benefits of Yoga. Senior Yoga class, which is held on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Winchell Wellness Center, uses the chair as a prop along with belts and blocks for support during Yoga poses. Towards the end of class, we do a few poses on the floor. In my Chair Yoga class, held on Thursdays at 1:00 pm in the Winchell Wellness Center, participants do Yoga poses sitting on a chair. We also stand using the chair for support to build leg strength and work on balance. Both classes end with a few minutes of rest, relaxation and reflection. Yoga improves range of motion in our joints, helps increase bone density, builds strength in our legs, prevents and eases stiffness or pain in the body and improves balance. There are many additional benefits to practicing Yoga that vary according to an individuals need. Students often share how much better they feel after their Yoga class. Practicing Yoga is an investment in yourself with the reward of better health, wellbeing and happiness. I encourage you to give Yoga a try! I’d love to see you in class or please feel free to seek me out if you have any other questions. 

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Meditation Mondays

Choices: Person-Centered Care Across the Continuum Leanna Chaffee, LACHA, BSW, Associate Administrator Wednesday, March 1 | 11:00 am | ML

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eanna is the Associate Administrator at Brewster Health Center. Leanna has spent her career working with seniors and enjoys serving them each and every day. She believes that seniors built this beautiful world we live in and feels honored to help them live a wonderful life in their later years. Leanna is passionate about leadership and developing employees to reach their greatest potential. Leanna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Gerontology from Kansas State University and is a Licensed Adult Care Home Administrator. 

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s part of our first quarter wellness initiative, we are continuing Meditation Mondays in March. All are welcome to attend Meditation Mondays each Monday morning from 7:30—8:00 am in the Main Street Chapel. Whether you meditate, pray, or simply reflect on the day, sitting in silence is a great way prepare for the day. If you would prefer to stay at home, you can tune to BPTV 1960 each morning (every day) from 7:30—8:00 am to listen to meditation music and view a beautiful scene while you meditate or pray. 


From the Chaplain

Christian Symbols

by Chaplain Roger Jackson, M. Div.

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ast month I began to share the significance of the symbols on the stained glass banners in the Main Street Chapel. This month I want to continue by sharing four more Christian symbols. Cross – The cross is a symbol of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is widely used as a symbol of Christian faith in churches and Christian organizations. The empty cross, usually favored by Protestants, reminds Christians of the resurrection; the crucifix, with the body of Jesus on it, favored by Catholic and Orthodox churches, is a reminder of Christ's sacrifice. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Crown – The image of a crown in the Bible is used in both Old and New Testaments. Its meaning goes from royalty, honor, life, to mockery. The crown decorated with jewels is the symbol of being set apart. Such crowns were worn by the high priest. The crown is the symbol of the life we live with Christ Jesus. “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10) Trinity – The three overlapping circles represent the Trinity, three persons in the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are intertwined to symbolize unity. And because the circle has no apparent beginning or end, it symbolizes the eternal nature of the Godhead. The single clearest verse that declares God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is I John 5:7, “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word (the Son), and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” Ten Commandments – The Ten Commandments are a special set of spiritual laws that God wrote on two stone tablets that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai. The first time Moses came down Mount Sinai, the Israelites were worshipping other gods, and he broke the tablets. Moses went up Mount Sinai a second time and received two more stone tablets with the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments can be found in Exodus 20:1-21. Visit our Chapel, and take a look at the beautiful banners. I will conclude this series, Symbols of the Christian Faith, by highlighting more stained glass banners in April.  5

Ash Wednesday Services Wednesday, March 1 12:00 pm | Chapel 2:00 pm | BHC FLR The service will include scripture readings as well as the imposition of ashes. All are welcome to attend. 

Bible Study “24 Hours That Changed the World” by Adam Hamilton Mondays, March 6—April 17 3:00 pm | Chapel In this seven week video series, Adam Hamilton combines biblical story, historical detail, theological analyses, spiritual insight, and pastoral warmth to retell the narrative of Jesus’ last and greatest hours. 

Walk with Jesus on his final day. Sit beside him at the Last Supper. Pray with him in Gethsemane. Follow him to the cross. Desert him. Deny Him.


The Donors’ Bill of Rights by Jeremy R. Hall, Director

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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. 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.

The Donors’ Bill of Rights 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. VI. 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. 

Foundation Forum Volunteer Experience in Africa with Dr. Brad Wood Thursday, March 2 10:00 am | BE CR

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oin us as Dr. Brad Wood shares about his experience doing volunteer work as a surgeon in Africa. What a unique story for us to hear about and learn from. Please plan to come and bring a friend!  6


Care to Play?

Keeping You Safe

Challenge yourself to learn a new game!

SARA Pendant and Weather Radios

Beginning Mahjong Mondays, March 6, 13, and 27 10:00 am—Noon | Main Lounge Susan Turner will be here to teach us the fine game of Mahjong. Come listen, play or watch to see if this game is for you!

Beginning Rummikub Tuesday, March 28 1:30 pm | Brewster East Community Room Rummikub has become very popular in the Main Building and now we want to see if there is interest at Brewster East. Join Jamie Fritz, Activities Coordinator, to learn how to play this fun tile game.

During the month of March, the Security Team will be coming around to test your SARA Pendant and SARA Phone in order to make sure all works as it should. If you have a Weather Radio, we are also happy to check those to assure that they are set to the correct channel.

Disaster Plans and Safety Information Nick Bonfiglio, Security Manager, would like to meet with each neighborhood at Brewster Place to discuss disaster plans and safety. Please have someone from your neighborhood call Nick at 274-3370 to set up a time for your neighborhood meeting. 

Rummikub Thursdays 5:30 pm | Main Lounge Every Thursday evening at 5:30 pm you are welcome to join us for a game of Rummikub. We have several tables playing each week and would love to add more!

Cribbage We would like to know if we have any residents, BrewsterConnect members or friends who are interested in playing Cribbage? Cribbage, or crib, is a card game traditionally for two players, but commonly played with three, four or more, that involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points. Cribbage has several distinctive features including the cribbage board used for score-keeping. If you know how to play Cribbage and would like to play, please call Jamie at 274-3398. 

Fridays, March 17 and 24 1:30 pm | KAC

Thrive. Bloom.

Tuesday, March 7 11:30 am | BE DR Opening Piano Music by Janet Zima Speaker Dr. Jerry Farley President of Washburn University MENU Quiche Fruit Salad Muffin Sherbet  

Friday Flash Brain Train You are invited to join Valerie Huss, MS, CCC-SLP, and Jamie Fritz, Activities Coordinator, for the Friday Flash Brain Train. Another team game will be on the agenda that’s sure to challenge your brain, make you laugh and enjoy time with friends. 

Spring Fling Ladies Luncheon

Meal is $9 Reservations are required by calling Jamie at 274-3398. Seating is limited to 70.

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Springtime Travel in Kansas Scenic Drive in the Flinthills

Discover Manhattan | The Little Apple

Thursday, March 9 | 1:00 pm Let’s board the Brewster bus and head west to enjoy the beauty of Kansas. This daytrip includes a stop at Grandma Hoerner’s near Alma which boasts a wide array of natural and organic delicious foods. We will also visit Farmacy Café and enjoy a piece of freshly made pie. A trek out west also has to include a stop in Paxico to check out Prairie Fire Winery. Transportation is $13.

Monday, March 13 | 9:00 am The Brewster bus will head west again to Manhattan to experience the Little Apple. We will start with a tour of the Flint Hills Discovery Center and then enjoy lunch at The Chef Café. After lunch we will take a quick bus tour of the Kansas State University campus. Of course, we cannot head home without first stopping for ice cream at Call Hall Dairy Bar. Transportation is $13.

Let’s Go South to Wichita | Overnight Trip in April! Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22 | Bus leaves at 8:45 am on April 21 Are you ready for an overnight trip? Let’s trek to Wichita and check out the largest city in Kansas. Our trip will include visits to Spice Merchant & Co., Botanical, The Wichita Gardens, and the Wichita Art Museum. We will dine at yummy local restaurants and do a little shopping too! Reservations have been made at the Hotel at WaterWalk where breakfast and a welcome cocktail are included. Hotel is $110.45 for a single; $55.23 for a double (share a room). Travel fee is $50. We need a minimum of eight reservations to go.

Thrive. Bloom. Flourish. Live enriched. Every day.

Above: Maxine Taylor and Kaizen Melissa Watson looked beautiful as they shared a hug on Valentine’s Day. We love our hugs! Left: Julie Reeves participated in the KU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s class called “Fun with Collage.” Students learned about well-known artists and then had hands-on experiences creating their own collages.

Above: Longtime Brewster Place residents Keith and Reeta Akins enjoyed a Valentine’s Day celebration at Brewster Rehab. The Akins moved to Brewster Place in 2003 and have been a vital part of our community for many years.

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march remembrances

Staff Anniversaries

Birthdays Peggy Harrison Suellen Wood Ruth Larson Ada Bishop Ruth Fecteau James Frank Bob Parman Carolyn Taylor Betty Rice Bobbie Smelter Marilyn Kidd Claudia Cerrone Hermi Lowe Charlene Swanson Sarah Murrell Homer McElroy Elmer Davis Verna Markham Warren Schriner Mary Lou Cox Martha Williams Lois Fowler Marie Welch Edna Mae Petersen Sally Henson Donald Tucker Margaret Tesi Fran Dembicki Phyllis McMahon Carmen Maupin Bill Harlow

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Anniversaries Alan and Rosemary Bradbury

celebrations | new beginnings | fond farewells

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

Department Administration Karen Sandmeyer Teresa Bliss Dining Services Bella Ayala Ruth Bastian Joan Wyatt Roxanna Bays Environmental Services Galen Shutter Curtis Thuston Deb Rosenberger Hilarie Wolk Charles Johnson Health Services Whitney Walker Tamica Bradley Michael Wingo Human Resources Conner Duffey Rehab Kimberly Celestin Abbey Marlow Security/Transportation Nick Bonfiglio Steve Hansford Don Davis Therapy Elise Leonard Deb Webb

Location

Years

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BHC MB BE MB

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Campus MB BE BE MB

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Rehab Rehab

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MB Campus Campus

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BHC BHC

3 10

3/13/1948

New Residents Dr. Roy and Bev Menninger

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Transfers Virginia Tevis

AL 28

In Memoriam Mrs. Pauline Harris

2/5/17

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


march on-campus events Wellness Wednesday: Choices in Person-Centered Care Across the Continuum with Lea Chaffee, LACHA, BSW, Associate Administrator, Brewster Health Center Wednesday, March 1—11:00 am ML See article on page 4 of this issue. Ash Wednesday Services — Wednesday, March 1 — 12:00 pm Chapel; 2:00 pm BHC FLR Scripture will be read and Chaplain Roger will also offer the imposition of ashes. All are welcome! Tea at Two—Wednesday, March 1 — 2:00 pm ML; Monday, March 6 — 2:00 pm BE CR You are cordially invited to enjoy a cup of hot tea and a biscuit (cookie) with Jamie. We will chat and get to know each other better. Beginning Mahjong — Mondays, March 6, 13 and 27 — 10:00 am—12:00 pm ML See article on page 7 of this issue. Bible Study: 24 Hours that Changed the World — Mondays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 — 3:00 pm Chapel Please see the article on page 5 of this issue for more information. Spring Fling Ladies Luncheon — Tuesday, March 7 — 11:30 am BE DR See article on page 7 of this issue. Movie: Band of Brothers — Wednesdays, March 8 and 29; Thursday, March 16 — 1:00 pm Chapel Please see article on page 3 of this issue. News & Views with Kevin McFarland — Tuesday, March 14 — 10:15 am CSP If you like to talk current events — local, regional and national — we invite you to join Kevin for this discussion time sponsored by the Brewster Foundation. Coffee and treats provided! March Madness Bracket Kick-Off Lunch — Wednesday, March 15 — 11:00 am MSP See details on page 3 of this issue! Kansas Humanities Book Talk Series — Thursday, March 16 — 3:00 pm BE CR We will continue the series called Kansas at 150. The second book is Kansas Poems of William Stafford. William Stafford may have been named Oregon’s poet laureate, but he was a Kansas boy at heart. He was born in Hutchinson and his youth in Kansas deeply affected his poetry. The TALK will be facilitated by Rachel Goossen, who is always thought provoking and engaging. Friday Flash Brain Train — Fridays, March 17 and 24 — 1:30 pm KAC It is important to keep our brains active and strong. The Residents Services Team and Brewster Therapy Team will offer a fun program/game to challenge our brains. ALL ABOARD. Healthwise 55 Luncheon — Tuesday, March 21 — 11:30 am KAC Trisha Garrett, RN, for the Cotton O’Neil Diabetes Learning Center will join us for a session on the basics of the diagnosis of Diabetes. She will discuss the signs, symptoms and treatments. She will dispel myths and answer any questions you might have. We’ll also talk about how to eat to balance blood sugar, whether you have a diabetes diagnosis or not. Lunch is $5. Reservations are required. To guarantee your space, please make your reservation by Friday, March 17. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Wear Your Favorite Collegiate Gear — Thursday, March 23 — All day! It’s week two of March Madness! Support your favorite college team by wearing their gear or team colors. Stride to Thrive! — Thursday, March 23 — 1:00 pm MSP See article on front page of this issue. Rummikub — Tuesday, March 28 — 1:30 pm BE Game Room Let’s start some new Rummikub groups at Brewster East. Jamie will be there to help you learn to play and explain the rules. You are sure to have a good time.


march off-campus events Dinner at the Top of the Tower — Thursday, March 2 — 5:45 pm Lobbies Are you needing to get out and have dinner with friends? We will head to Top of the Tower for a gourmet dinner and a beautiful view of Topeka. Dinner is Dutch treat. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Topeka Festival Singers — Monday, March 6 — 6:30 pm Lobbies The Singers pay tribute to the world of opera as they perform choruses from the most loved composers of all time, including Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and others. The Singers will be joined by outstanding soloists as they perform wellknown arias and duets. Whether you’re a seasoned opera buff, or just want to try a little taste, this concert is for you. Come along and immerse yourself in some of the best the genre has to offer. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations for transportation. Scenic Drive in the Flinthills — Thursday, March 9 — 1:00 pm Lobbies Please see article on page 8 of this issue. Theatre Lawrence — Sunday, March 12 — 1:00 pm Lobbies We will travel to Lawrence to see Church Basement Ladies. Advance ticket purchase was required in February. Discover Manhattan | The Little Apple — Monday, March 13 — 9:00 am Lobbies See article on page 8 of this issue. Topeka Symphony Orchestra — Saturday, March 18 — 6:45 pm Lobbies Come and enjoy an evening for romantic Lovers and Dreamers. The concert begins with the suite from Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, a charming ballet based on characters from Italy’s Comedia dell’arte. Full of romantic intrigue and foibles, it ends happily in the marriage of the lovers. Also hear TSO Principal Viola Mei-Chun Chen play William Walton’s rarely heard, but beautiful Viola Concerto and the Kansas premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Dreamtime Ancestors — all under the direction of guest conductor Brian Stone. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations for transportation. All American March Concert — Sunday, March 19 — 2:15 pm Lobbies Sigma Alpha Iota, International Music Fraternity, presents Topeka area musicians in an outstanding concert of march music. It is sure to get your foot tapping and put a smile on your face. Tickets are $6 at the door. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations for transportation. The Art of Pressed Flowers — Wednesday, March 22 — 12:45 pm Lobbies Learn, build and keep a project using a variety of pressed flowers. This class is presented by Shawnee County Extension Office. Register with $10 materials fee by March 17. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations. Topeka Community Concert — Saturday, March 25 — 6:30 pm Lobbies Joyful is the word that audiences use to describe this classical trio’s presentation of classical, inspirational, and pop standards. The Kat Trio loves performing live and has played more than 600 concerts in nearly 15 years of touring. The violin-clarinet-piano ensemble from Ekaterinburg, Russia was formed by three friends — Victoria Gorbich (violin), Vladislav Gorbich (clarinet) and Joseph Ross (piano). Their concerts showcase unique Russian arrangements and transpositions of timeless melodies and feature classical works, well-known inspirational songs, and even American pop standards, including Scott Joplin’s rags. Tickets must be purchased from the Topeka Community Concert. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for reservations for transportation. Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House — Monday, March 27 — 1:00 pm Lobbies Join us in making dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. We enjoy the fellowship of making a meal together. Jamie will do the heavy lifting and afterward we will celebrate with a tasty dessert. Please call Jamie at 2743398 for reservations. Cornerstone Spring Concert — Tuesday, March 28 — 6:15 pm Lobbies Join us in attending the Spring Concert of the Cornerstone Home School Choirs. These groups are directed by Dorothy Iliff, daughter of Mary Muilenburg. This beautiful music is sure to be a spring delight. Tickets are complementary. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for transportation reservations. Topeka Civic Theatre — Thursday, March 30 — 6:00 pm Lobbies TCT presents Rock of Ages. Tickets are $33. Please call Jamie at 274-3398 for ticket and transportation reservations.

Brewster News March 2017  

Monthly newsletter of Brewster Place in Topeka, Kansas. Serving seniors since 1964.

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