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Creative Program Ideas for February 2013 The birthstone for February is the amethyst. The flowers are the primrose and violet. Celebrity Birthdays February 1, 1909 ~ Clark Gable February 2, 1938 ~ Sherman Hemsley February 3, 1937 ~ Tom Smothers February 4, 1913 ~ Rosa Parks February 5, 1942~ Roger Staubach February 6, 1911 ~ Ronald Reagan February 7, 1915 ~ Eddie Bracken February 8, 1925 ~ Jack Lemon February 9, 1909 ~ Carmen Miranda February 10, 1930 ~ Robert Wagner February 11, 1917 ~ Sidney Sheldon February 12, 1952 ~ Michael McDonald February 13, 1944 ~ Jerry Springer February 14, 1946 ~ Gregory Hines

February 15, 1964 ~ Chris Farley February 16, 1935 ~ Sonny Bono February 17, 1936 ~ Jim Brown February 18, 1920 ~ Bob Cullen February 19, 1924 ~ Lee Marvin February 20, 1927 ~ Sidney Poitier February 21, 1934 ~ Rue McClanahan February 22, 1908 ~ John Mills February 23, 1940 ~ Peter Fonda February 24, 1955 ~ Steven Jobs February 25, 1943 ~ George Harrison February 26, 1932 ~ Johnny Cash February 27, 1902 ~ John Steinbeck February 28, 1940 ~ Mario Andretti

Important Dates in February: February 2 ~ Groundhog Day February 3 ~ Super Bowl XLVII February 10 ~ Chinese New Year (the Year of the Snake) February 12 ~ Mardi Gras Abraham Lincoln’s Birth Anniversary February 14 ~ Valentine’s Day February 18 ~ President’s Day February 22 ~ George Washington’s Birth Anniversary February 23 ~ Purim February 24 ~ Academy Awards American Heart Month: Join the American Heart Association’s focus on “Go Red for Women” campaign to educate women about heart disease. If you don’t already have a community support group for women with cardiovascular disease, take this opportunity to begin one at the facility. Invite a doctor to come and provide up-to-date information about this topic. Be sure to invite the families to attend. Participate in National Wear Red Day on February 1 by encouraging the residents, volunteers and staff to wear red that day. For more information, visit: 1

Bird Feeding Month: Many nursing homes put bird feeders around the facility because the residents enjoy watching the birds that visit the feeders. As an intergenerational activity, the residents and children can make pinecone “bird feeders” using peanut butter and wild birdseed. Recruit volunteers to hang the birdfeeders and add fresh seed every week. Visit local stores and ask for donations of wild birdseed. In exchange for the store’s donation, publish the store’s name in the facility newsletter and hang posters in prominent places around the facility, near the birdfeeders, thanking the store for the birdseed. (Remember: always send a thank you note to the store.) For more information and ideas, visit: Black History Month: Dedicate this month to showcasing the achievements and contributions of African Americans. The theme for 2013 is, “At the Crossroads of Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation and March on Washington.” Originally the observance was limited to one week; however, since 1976 the celebration was extended to encompass the entire month. Plan some intergenerational activities and include junior high and senior high students in the activities. The African American residents have a lot to teach the students about their struggles to obtain the freedoms the younger generation takes for granted. For more information, visit: Chocolate Month: Many individuals believe chocolate should be a food group! Collect recipes with chocolate as an ingredient. Assemble a cookbook using the recipes. The cookbook can be a fundraising activity for the activity department or Resident Council. Try candy making as an intergenerational “cooking” project. The finished candy can also be used as a fundraiser, but be sure to send some home with the children. For sample recipes, visit: February 1 ~ Hula in the Coola Day: Put the winter doldrums behind you, if only for a day. Don your favorite Hawaiian shirt or muumuu and plan a luau party. Invite a Hawaiian dance group to perform and teach everyone the hula. Work with the dietary department to serve authentic Hawaiian luau foods at lunch. Present residents and visitors with leis to wear throughout the day. For party ideas and recipes, visit:, and February 6 ~ Pay a Compliment Day: Giving a compliment makes you feel good as well as the person receiving it. A compliment is a simple, yet powerful tool for building relationships. Paying a compliment makes you feel better about yourself, increases your self-esteem, and positively impacts your self-confidence. “Give five away every day” is a simple phrase to help you remember to pay compliments to people who do something good for others. February 13 ~ Get a Different Name Day: Not everyone loves the name their parents chose for them. If this is the case, ask the residents what name they would like to have and why. Using the internet, research the names the residents chose. Write a summary of the information found about their given name as well as the 3

name they chose. For this information, visit:, and February 20 ~ Love Your Pet Day: Ask the residents to share stories about their favorite pet and why that pet held a special place in their heart. Help them write a poem about a favorite pet or make a collage using old magazines. Publish the poems in the facility newsletter. Mat and frame the collages and hang them on the facility’s “gallery wall” for everyone to enjoy. This is also a great intergenerational activity. February 28 ~ Floral Design Day: Invite a local florist to come and show the residents how to do some simple floral arrangements. Provide a variety of silk flowers and containers for the residents to practice their own designs. Encourage the residents to make some extra floral creations to be given to residents who may not be feeling well or who are new to the facility. Handmade Valentines These cute little Valentines are much easier than they look! Whether you use construction paper or card stock, the results will be charming. This is a great intergenerational project and can also be used as a fundraising activity when packaged in groups of six and tied with a pretty ribbon. What you'll need: • • • • • • • • • • •

8.5 x 11 construction paper or card stock in various colors and/or patterns Valentine and/or heart stickers Scissors Pinking shears (optional) Glue stick or white craft or school glue Old buttons Fabric scraps Ribbon Yarn Sequins Glitter (pink, red, white)

How to make it: 1. Begin by cutting a piece of construction paper or card stock into four equal pieces. 2. Fold quartered paper in half to make a card. 4

3. For the easiest version, use stickers to decorate the face of the card or cut out hearts from a different color of construction paper or card stock to glue onto your cards. Experiment with different patterns; floral prints look great contrasted with stripes on a solid background. 4. When using glitter, use a bottle of glue to “draw” on a heart or phrase (such as “Be Mine”). Sprinkle glue generously with pink, red or white glitter and let dry overnight. Tap off excess glitter when completely dry. 5. Use pinking shears or scrapbooking shears to cut out heart shapes and glue onto the cards. Again, use contrasting patterns and colors to create a charming design. 6. Trim with buttons, fabric scraps, ribbon, yarn, sequins or other embellishments. Note: Once the glue is dry, the cards may curl up a little. Place the cards between the pages of a heavy book or phone book and leave overnight.