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March 2013

Big Winners at the Mardi Gras Kings Cake Luncheon Just ask residents Margaret Teague, Pat Hancock, Maxene Pierson, Ralph & Bess Post, Louise McClure, and Lewis Norris how wonderful their Kings Cake was at the Mardi Gras Luncheon on “Fat Tuesday” February 12th. Each of them won $5.00 to spend in the Dollar Store this month for finding the “Baby” in their piece of King’s Cake.

The dining room was decorated in purple, gold and green and the waitresses; Erma Taylor, Doris Anderson, Vivian Manohar, and Felicia Taylor served up the Jambalaya and dirty rice and the Kings Cakes in their little green hats and beads made especially for Mardi Gras celebrations.

This event was yet another great example of the entire dining services staff, Dona and Chef Stephen and your activity director working together to make Providence Park the best that it can be……….GOOD JOB EVERYONE!!!!

Top: Maxene Pierson (Left) & Patricia Hancock (Right); Bottom: Louise McClure and Michael Olmstead

Bess & Ralph Post

Lewis Norris

Margaret Teague


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New Friends at Providence Park Welcome Doris Konvicka Apt. 2317 Lacy (the cat) and Doris moved into St. Elizabeth Place on January 28, 2013. Doris was born and raised in West, Texas. Upon graduation in 1951 she went to business school in Ft. Worth and in August 1952 she married Ernest Konvicka. They had 2 children; one boy who lives in Denton and one girl who lives and works in Waco. She also has one grandson, Jason, who lives in Corpus Christi and two great grandchildren who live in Whitney.

Mrs. Konvicka worked for the glass plant for 2 years and then went to work for the V.A. hospital in Waco for 32 years until retirement. Doris is a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and did a lot of volunteer work there. She and her family went to Spain, Portugal and other ports of call. They also traveled the United States. Mrs. Konvicka likes to cross stitch and sew in her

Out to Lunch in March! By popular demand we will be going back to Marlin, Texas to “Sisters” for lunch on Friday the 8th of March leaving at 10:15 a.m. in order to “beat the crowd.” This is a special “down home cooking” (I recommend the pork chop) restaurant right in the heart of Marlin that always draws a big lunch crowd. So, sign up at the activity table and hop

aboard for a tasty adventure. Also on the 22nd of March we will be trying out a new place here in Waco called the Egg & I. We will be leaving at 10:45 a.m. for this trip. If you want to try out a new place in town this is the trip for you. Let’s go and see just how good it is!

spare time. Welcome to St. Elizabeth Place, Doris, we’re glad you’re here.


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Welcome Frances Wooldridge Apt. 1213 Frances Wooldridge moved to the Village from Lake Shore Estates on February 1, 2013. She had lived there for 14 years and decided it was time for a change. Frances was born and raised in Gatesville, Texas. She attended Baylor University from 1941 – 1945 majoring in History. She married Rembert H. Wooldridge in June 1948. He was a service man with the 8th Army Air Corps. stationed in England. After they married he went to work in her fathers’ drugstore until 1952. They then moved

to Midland where Mr. Wooldridge went to work for the Southwestern Drug Corp. He was sales manager there and later became the manager of the Waco Division. Frances volunteered for Highland Baptist Church for 10 years as a front desk clerk, a position she really enjoyed. Mr. and Mrs. Wooldridge had 2 sons; Rusty who lives here in Waco and is an insurance teacher and John who is an attorney in Hawaii. Frances is a “Foxx Channel Fiend”, enjoys anything to do with history and bible

studies. As of this interview she had been with us for 2 whole nights and she says it’s wonderful. It great to have you with us!

Welcome Maxene Pierson Apt. 2202 Maxene Pierson moved to St. Elizabeth on February 15, 2013. She was born near Granbury, Texas but moved to New Mexico at an early age to attend school. Upon graduation she began working for the school systems in the food service department and retired from this position after many many years. Maxene married Lemial Martin and they had 3 sons; James, Howard, and Troy. Mr. Martin was killed at an early age in a light plane crash leaving Mrs. Martin to raise her sons on her own. After the boys were grown she married Mr. Pierson. Maxene enjoys playing straight dominoes if anyone would like to join her. Welcome to Providence Park, Maxene.


Sunday

9:30 MASS (CH) 10:45 WORSHIP SERVICE (CH)

Monday

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2:00 VILLAGE BINGO WITH JO ANNE (VDR) Daylight Saving Time Begins

9:30 MASS (CH) 10:45 WORSHIP SERVICE (CH)

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2:00 VILLAGE BINGO WITH JO ANNE (VDR) St. Patrick’s Day

9:30 MASS (CH) 10:45 WORSHIP SERVICE (CH)

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2:00 VILLAGE BINGO WITH JO ANNE (VDR) Palm Sunday

9:30 MASS (CH) 10:45 WORSHIP SERVICE (CH)

Wedne

The Village and St. Elizabeth

2:00 VILLAGE BINGO WITH JO ANNE (VDR)

9:30 MASS (CH) 10:45 WORSHIP SERVICE (CH)

Tuesday

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9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 9:30 ST. E. COFFEE & DONUTS (AR) 10:00 MASS (CH) 1:30 ST. E. RESIDENT FORUM (DR) 2:30 CARD BINGO WITH SHARON (VDR)

9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 9:30 ST. E. COFFEE & DONUTS (AR) 10:00 MASS (CH)

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9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 5 10:00 MASS (CH) 10:00 SHOPPING VAN 1:30 VILLAGE RESIDENT FORUM MEETING (VDR) 2:00 ST. E. SKIP BO (AR) 6:30 BAYLOR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TRIP

8:30 PRETTY N 8:30 PEDICURE GLORIA (V 9:30 EXERCISE 10:00 MASS (CH 10:15 ED. CRED 2:00 GAMES P 2:30 MASSAGE

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8:30 PRETTY N 10:00 MASS (CH 10:15 ED. CRED

9:30 BLOOD PRESSURE 9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 10:00 MASS (CH) 10:00 SHOPPING VAN

2:00 MOVIE MATINEE’ & POPCORN/DRINKS WITH JIM 9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 9:30 ST. E. COFFEE & DONUTS (AR) 10:00 MASS (CH) 1:00 DOLLAR STORE (VAR) 2:00 INTERNATIONAL COFFEE & AUSTRIA (the land of the Lipizzanes) BY: INGE FARRIS

9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 9:30 ST. E. COFFEE & DONUTS (AR) 10:00 MASS (CH)

2:30 VILLAGE BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH BUCK AND GLORIA CRINER

2:00 GAMES P 2:30 MASSAGE

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9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 19 8:30 PRETTY N 10:00 MASS (CH) 9:30 EXERCISE 10:00 SHOPPING VAN 10:00 MASS (CH 10:00 SEW & MEND (QP) 10:15 ED. CRED 2:30 HYMN A LONG WITH 2:30 MASSAGE DAVID & SHARON (VLB) 2:30 ST. E. BIR 6:30 COLEMAN BAND IN THE PARTY (JA ST. ELIZABETH DINING ROOM

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9:30 BLOOD PRESSURE 26 8:30 PRETTY N 9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 9:30 EXERCISE 10:00 MASS (CH) 10:00 MASS (CH 10:00 SHOPPING VAN 10:15 ED. CRED 1:30 “PASS THE BOMB” (FC) 2:30 CHOIR PRACTICE (CH) 6:30 DEANS HONOR 2:00 GAMES P CONCERT (BAYLOR)

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2:00 MOVIE MATINEE’ & POPCORN/DRINKS WITH JIM

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2:00 VILLAGE BINGO WITH JO ANNE (VDR) Easter Sunday

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Thursday

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NAILS (VAR) 6 RES BY VAR) E (FC) H) DIT UN. PEOPLE PLAY ES (VAR)

9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 10:00 MASS (CH) 12:30 VIL. WII GAME (FC) 1:00 SHOPPING VAN 1:30 ST. E. BINGO WTH JO ANNE (ST E AR) 2:00 AFTERNOON DLIGHTS 2:30 CHURCH ALIVE BIBLE STUDY (ST. E. LIB)

NAILS (VAR)13 9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 10:00 MASS (CH) H) 12:30 VIL. WII GAME (FC) DIT UN.

PEOPLE PLAY ES (VAR)

NAILS (VAR)20 E (FC) H) DIT UN. ES (VAR) RTHDAY AY & TAMMY)

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NAILS (VAR)27 E (FC) H) DIT UN.

PEOPLE PLAY ES (VAR)

Friday

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1:00 SHOPPING VAN 1:30 ST. E. BINGO WTH JO ANNE (ST E AR) 2:00 AFTERNOON DLIGHTS 2:30 CHURCH ALIVE BIBLE STUDY (ST. E. LIB)

Saturday

9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 10:00 MASS (CH) 10:00 CUTE IDEAS (ST. C. LOBBY) 1:30 ST. E. MEXICAN TRAIN (ST.E AR) 1:30 VILLAGE BINGO WITH JO ANNE (VDR) 2:15 HAPPY HOUR (VDR)

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9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 10:00 MASS (CH) 10:15 OUT TO LUNCH (SISTERS IN MARLIN) 1:30 ST. E. MEXICAN TRAIN (ST.E AR) 1:30 VILLAGE BINGO WITH JO ANNE (VDR) 2:15 HAPPY HOUR (VDR)

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9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 10:00 MASS (CH) 10:00 ESOTERIC JEWELRY (ST. C. LOBBY) 1:30 ST. E. MEXICAN TRAIN (ST.E AR) 1:30 VILLAGE BINGO (VDR) 2:15 HAPPY HOUR (VDR) (St. Patricks Day)

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9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 10:00 MASS (CH) 10:00 DANIEL’S SALE (ST. C.) 10:45 OUT TO LUNCH

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9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 10:00 MASS (CH) 12:30 VIL. WII GAME (FC) 1:00 SHOPPING VAN 1:30 ST. E. BINGO WTH JO ANNE (ST E AR) 2:00 AFTERNOON DLIGHTS 2:30 CHURCH ALIVE BIBLE STUDY (ST. E. LIB)

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9:30 EXERCISE (FC) 10:00 MASS (CH) 12:30 VIL. WII GAME (FC) 1:00 SHOPPING VAN 1:30 ST. E. BINGO WTH JO ANNE (ST E AR) 2:00 AFTERNOON DLIGHTS 2:30 CHURCH ALIVE BIBLE STUDY (ST. E. LIB)

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2:00 ST. E. BINGO WITH JO ANNE (AR)

9:30 SATURDAY MORN. 23 COFFEE CLUB (VDR) 2:00 ST. E. BINGO WITH JO ANNE (AR)

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1:30 VILLAGE BINGO (VDR) 2:15 MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY DARREN LAMBERT (VILLAGE DINING ROOM) (ACTIVITY OFFICE CLOSED)

llage Birthday’s for March 4 Evelyn Traywick 09 Irene Brem 19 Slack 24 Betty Sorenson 27

9:30 SATURDAY MORN. 16 COFFEE CLUB (VDR) 2:00 ST. E. BINGO WITH JO ANNE (AR)

(The Egg & I)

izabeth Birthday’s for March Doris Konvicka 10 Elizabeth Call 27

9:30 SATURDAY MORN. 9 COFFEE CLUB (VDR) 2:00 ST. E. BINGO WITH JO ANNE (AR)

1:30 ST. E. MEXICAN TRAIN (ST.E AR) 1:30 VILLAGE BINGO (VDR) 2:15 HAPPY HOUR (VDR)

Good Friday

9:30 SATURDAY MORN. 2 COFFEE CLUB (VDR)

9:30 SATURDAY MORN. 30 COFFEE CLUB (VDR) 2:00 ST. E. BINGO WITH JO ANNE (AR)


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Sun

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Wed

Lunch Applesauce Gelatin, Baked Ham, Black Eyed Peas, Fried Okra Dinner Italian Pot Roast Sandwich with Creamed Potatoes, Mixed Squash

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Lunch Applesauce Gelatin, Baked Ham, Black Eyed Peas, Fried Okra Dinner Italian Pot Roast Sandwich with Creamed Potatoes, Mixed Squash

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Lunch Apple Waldorf Salad Roasted Turkey with Gravy, Cornbread Dressing, Steamed Broccoli Dinner Tropical Fruit Salad, Popcorn Shrimp, Steak Fries, Stewed Tomatoes

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Lunch Marinated Cucumber Salad, Swiss Steak, Baked Potato, Broccoli Dinner Tropical Fruit Salad, Chopped BBQ Sandwich, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw

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Lunch Autumn Jell-o Beef Stew, White Rice, Winter Blend Vegetables Dinner Celery and Carrot Sticks Chicken Fried Steak, Creamed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables

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Lunch Autumn Gelatin, Chopped Beef Steak, New Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts Dinner Chicken Strips with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, French Style Green Beans

Lunch Marinated Vegetables, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Au Gratin Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables Dinner Under the Sea Gelatin, Beef Stew, Seasoned Cabbage 12 Lunch Ambrosia Fruit Salad Mesquite Chicken, Twice Baked Potatoes, Seasoned Green Beans Dinner Hamburger Salad Beef Cheeseburger Steak Fries, Baked Beans

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Lunch Steak Fingers with Cream Gravy, Macaroni and Cheese, Vegetable Medley Dinner Sweet and Sour Chicken Steamed Rice, Buttered Broccoli

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Lunch Carrot Raisin Salad, Fried Chicken, Au Gratin Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts Dinner Fruit Salad, Beef Brisket, Potato Salad, Baked Beans

Lunch Ambrosia Salad, BBQ Brisket, Potato Salad, Ranch Style Beans Dinner Stuffed Pear Half, Chicken Florentine, Mashed Potatoes, Zucchini and Tomatoes

Lunch Tossed Salad, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Broccoli Dinner Tropical Fruit, Lemon Pepper Tilapia Filet, Rice Pilaf, Green Beans

Lunch Pickled Beets, Pasta Primavera, Vegetable Medley Dinner Mandarin Oranges, Deli Roast Beef Sandwich, Potato Chips

Lunch Strawberry Banana Salad, Chicken and Dumplings, Turnip Greens Dinner Gelatin Salad, Chicken Stir Fry, Fried Rice, Egg Rolls

Lunch Apple Waldorf Salad, Pork Loin, Scalloped Potatoes, Okra and Tomatoes Dinner Roast Turkey and Gravy, Whipped Potatoes and Roasted Cauliflower

Lunch Stuffed Pear Halves Meatloaf, Whipped Potatoes, Vegetable Medley Dinner Rosy Applesauce, Chopped BBQ Sandwich, Cole Slaw

Lunch Carrot Raisin Salad, Chili with Beans, Spinach, Corn Bread Dinner Steak Fingers with Gravy, Macaroni and Cheese, Braised Cabbage


Menus  may  change  without  notice.  

Thu

Fri

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Lunch Fried Catfish, Au Gratin Potatoes, Collard Greens Dinner Tossed Garden Salad, Burgundy Pork Loin, Rice Pilaf, Vegetable Medley

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Lunch Strawberry Banana Salad, Chicken Pot Pie, Green Beans Dinner Turkey and Ham Deli Sandwich with Lettuce, Tomatoes and Pickles, Potato Chips

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Lunch Ambrosia Salad Swedish Meatballs, Whipped Potatoes, Squash Medley Dinner Chicken & Dumplings Vegetable Medley Lunch Cole Slaw Fried Catfish, Parsley New Potatoes, Cream Style Corn Dinner Tossed Salad Eggplant Parmesan served over Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, Squash

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Lunch Stuffed Peach Halves, Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo, Seasoned Green Beans Dinner Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Steak Fries, Carrots

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Lunch Tossed Salad, Chicken Parmesan over Angel Hair Pasta, Green Peas Dinner Hamburger Salad, Hamburgers, Steak Fries

Lunch Under the Sea Gelatin Herb Roasted Chicken, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Green Peas Dinner Stuffed Pear Half, Denver Scramble, Bacon, Biscuit

Lunch Fruited Gelatin Baked Virginia Ham, Broccoli & Rice Casserole, Stewed Tomatoes Dinner Applesauce Beef Tips with Gravy over Noodles, California Blended Vegetables

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Lunch Tossed Salad, Pork Marsala, Oven Brown Potatoes, Broccoli and Cauliflower Mix Dinner Peach Halves, Shepherd’s Pie, Spinach

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Lunch Fried Catfish, Au Gratin Potatoes, Collard Greens Dinner Tossed Garden Salad, Burgundy Pork Loin, Rice Pilaf, Vegetable Medley

Sat

Lunch Garden Salad Baked Ziti, Buttered Carrots Dinner Fruit Cocktail, Salmon Croquettes, Rice Pilaf, Green Beans Lunch Beef Enchiladas Spanish Rice, Pinto Beans Dinner Tossed Salad, Old Fashioned Corn Dogs, Crisp Tater Tots

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Lunch Pickled Beets, Beef Stroganoff over Egg Noodles, Vegetable Medley Dinner Mandarin Oranges, BBQ Chicken, Cream Style Corn, Turnip Greens

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Lunch Strawberry Banana Salad, Chicken Pot Pie, Green Beans Dinner Turkey and Ham Deli Sandwich with Lettuce, Tomatoes and Pickles, Potato Chips


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Sun

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Tue

Lunch Alt Veg: Tomatoes and Okra Dessert: Peach Cobbler Dinner Alt Veg: Peas Dessert: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake 3

2nd Choice Options Mondays: Chicken Strips Tuesdays: Chicken Drummies

4 Lunch Alt Veg: Tomatoes and Okra Dessert: Peach Cobbler Dinner Alt Veg: Peas Dessert: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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Lunch Alt Veg: Carrots Dessert: Oatmeal Cookie Dinner Alt Veg: Carrots Dessert: Vanilla Pudding

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Lunch Alt Veg: Candied Sweet Potatoes Dessert: Cherry Cobbler Dinner Alt Veg: Green Beans Dessert: Sugar Cookie 17

Wed

Lunch Alt Veg: Corn Dessert: Banana Cream Pie Dinner Alt Veg: Beets Dessert: Apple Crisp

12 Lunch Alt Veg: Corn Dessert: Pound Cake Dinner Alt Veg: Corn Dessert: Pumpkin Pie

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Lunch Alt Veg: Carrots Dessert: Spice Cake Dinner Alt Veg: Carrots Dessert: Bread Pudding

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Lunch Alt Veg: Tomatoes and Zucchini Dessert: Chocolate Cream Pie Dinner Alt Veg: Peas Dessert: Peanut Butter Cookie 19

Lunch Alt Veg: Corn Dessert: Oatmeal Cookie Dinner Alt Veg: Succotash Dessert: Vanilla Pudding

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Lunch Alt Veg: Carrots Dessert: Spice Cake Dinner Alt Veg: Black Eyed Peas Dessert: Chocolate Pudding

Lunch Alt Veg: Broccoli Dessert: Cherry Cobbler Dinner Alt Veg: Carrots and Peas Dessert: Vanilla Pudding

Lunch Alt Veg: Cauliflower Dessert: Chocolate Cake Dinner Alt Veg: Tomatoes and Okra Dessert: Butterscotch Pudding

Lunch Alt Veg: Cabbage Dessert: Peanut Butter Cookie Dinner Alt Veg: Tomatoes and Okra Dessert: Fruit Cobbler 20

Lunch Alt Veg: Yellow Squash Dessert: Banana Cake Dinner Alt Veg: Corn Dessert: Fortune Cookie

26 Lunch Alt Veg: Cauliflower Dessert: Coconut Cream Pie Dinner Alt Veg: Carrots Dessert: Pumpkin Pie

Lunch Alt Veg: Peas Dessert: Carrot Cake Dinner Alt Veg: None Dessert: Pecan Pie

27 Lunch Alt Veg: Squash Dessert: Cheesecake with Strawberry Topping Dinner Alt Veg: Cabbage Dessert: Peanut Butter Cookie


Menus  may  change  without  notice.  

Thu

7 Lunch Alt Veg: Broccoli Dessert: Baked Apples Dinner Alt Veg: Broccoli and Cauliflower Mix Dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookie 14 Lunch Alt Veg: Pinto Beans Dessert: Lemon Cake Dinner Alt Veg: Broccoli Dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Lunch Alt Veg: Corn Dessert: Lemon Meringue Pie Dinner Alt Veg: Corn Dessert: Angel Food Cake with Glaze

Lunch Alt Veg: Squash Dessert: Red Velvet Cake Dinner Alt Veg: None Dessert: Chocolate Pudding

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9 Lunch Alt Veg: None Dessert: Jello Cake Dinner Alt Veg: Green Beans Dessert: Pound Cake

Lunch Alt Veg: Cauliflower Dessert: Carrot Cake Dinner Alt Veg: Corn Dessert: Buttermilk Pie

15 Lunch Alt Veg: Cauliflower Dessert: German Chocolate Cake Dinner Alt Veg: Lima Beans Dessert: Oatmeal Cookie

16 Lunch Alt Veg: Capri Blend Dessert: Lemon Custard Pie Dinner Alt Veg: None Dessert: Brownie

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Lunch Alt Veg: Tomatoes and Zucchini Dessert: Chocolate Cream Pie Dinner Alt Veg: Peas Dessert: Peanut Butter Cookie

Lunch Alt Veg: Broccoli Dessert: Lemon Meringue Pie Dinner Alt Veg: Capri Blend Dessert: Angel Food Cake with Glaze

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Lunch Alt Veg: Corn Dessert: Lemon Meringue Pie Dinner Alt Veg: Corn Dessert: Angel Food Cake with Glaze

Lunch Alt Veg: Squash Dessert: Red Velvet Cake Dinner Alt Veg: None Dessert: Chocolate Pudding

Lunch Alt Veg: Cauliflower Dessert: Tropical Fruit Dinner Alt Veg: None Dessert: Brownie

23 Lunch Alt Veg: Broccoli Dessert: Cherry Cobbler Dinner Alt Veg: Carrots and Peas Dessert: Tapioca Pudding


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Welcome James & Mary Helen Ping Apt. 2117 Reba and Rascal (the cats) moved into Providence Park on February 11, 2013 and they allowed their owners James and Mary Helen Ping to come along for the ride. Mary was born in McGregor and graduated from South Bosque High School. She worked for a total of 53 years for James Connally Air Force Base, the V.A., and finally at Dr. Lee’s office. She met Jim while working at James Connally and they married on Friday the 13th 1964. They have 2 boys; Mark, a bachelor, from Dallas who just sold his business and Mark who graduated from Baylor and South West Seminary and is a minister of a large church in Round Rock. Mary Helen has traveled to Vienna Austria, Ireland, Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Hawaii, Alaska, Panama and the Caribbean Islands. She and Mr. Ping are very active in the 1st Baptist Church of Waco. Mr. Ping was born and raised in Indiana. He joined the military in 1952 and retired in 1975. He retired on Friday from the military and went to work for the V.A. on Tuesday where he stayed for an additional 30 years. Mr. Ping has traveled to North Africa, England, and Greenland with the military. It is great to have the Pings join our Providence Park family.

The Irish Migration to America From the desk of Charles Tolbert

If you’re listening to the news occasionally as I do, you get the feeling that maybe Congress is ready to tackle the immigration problem, since most of the recent political commentary is somewhat positive. The eleven million undocumented people in our society today are an indication that America continues to be a place where many come to seek a better life. Now, if you have glanced at your March calendar, you noticed that Saint Patrick’s Day is on the seventeenth. That brings to mind the story of one of the largest migrations to this country. The Irish were among the early Europeans to cross the ocean; however, they did not come in significant numbers until several decades after the American colonies had obtained their independence. Those early arrivals were predominately male; however, in later years entire families made the journey. It is estimated that as many as 4.5 million Irish came between 1820 and 1930. continued on page 11


The Village & St. Elizabeth Place Birthday Party The Village Birthday party will be on Tuesday March 12th at 2:30 p.m. in the Village Dining Room. Music for this party will be provided by Buck and Gloria Criner. The St. Elizabeth Place Birthday party will be on Wednesday March 20th at

2:30 p.m. in the St. Elizabeth Dining Room. Music for this event will be provided by Jay and Tammy. Both events should prove to be very entertaining and “Special” for those in attendance. DON’T MISS IT!

St. Patrick’s Day “Special” Happy Hour coming this month Even the Assistant Administrator, Amanda Sonnier, got into the act by helping with the Valentine’s Happy Hour, as “The server of fine champagne and wine.” A fun time was had by all who attended. There were chocolate covered strawberries and cucumber sandwiches from dining services for everyone to enjoy while Monty Saffron played beautiful love songs on the piano like the professional he is. Once again, it was a Happy Hour to remember.

Our “Special Happy Hour” this month will be on Friday, March 15th, beginning at 2:15 p.m. in the Village Dining Room. It just happens to fall on the same Friday that Monty would be returning to play for us and he knows some Irish tunes, so you know the music will be great. This time everyone is invited to wear their green and we know that Dona and Sharon will be coming up with some great “Green” ideas. So, come on down and enjoy the fun.

continued from page 10 Ireland’s 1845 Potato Blight decimated potato crops, creating a devastating famine. Starvation plagued the nation and within five years, a million Irish were dead while half a million had arrived in America to start a new life. It should be noted that long standing political and religious conflict with the British were also factors promoting emigration. In time, the sum total of IrishAmericans exceeded the entire population of Ireland. Irish immigrants left a rural lifestyle in a nation lacking modern industry, and most found themselves unprepared for the industrialized, urban centers in the United States. They often had no money beyond the fare of passage. Consequently, they were forced to settle in the ports of debarkation in the most deplorable living conditions. These immigrants often entered the workforce at the bottom of the occupational ladder and took on menial and dangerous jobs that were often avoided by other workers. Many women became continued on page 12


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Valentine’s Party a Smash!

domestic workers, while the men labored in coal mines, built railroads, and dug canals. Employment was difficult as they experienced gross discrimination and often found themselves in conflict with established union workers. Fast forward to today: Irish-Americans are fully acculturated and participants at all levels of our society.

All 69 Village and St. Elizabeth residents who attended the Valentines Party in the Community Room on the 14th of February seemed to be having a wonderful time. Darren Lambert provided the music for the event, playing a variety of old love songs, rock and roll, and country music. Dona and her dining services staff did an exceptional job of providing the refreshments with “special” cherry vanilla ice cream cups which were a big hit. The party would not have been the success that it was, had it not been for the help of Cindy Metcalf (volunteer) Cheryl Lane, and Casey Nystrom (beauticians). Thanks everyone for all your help in providing another great Providence Park party.

On Wednesday, the seventeenth, millions of Americans and Christians throughout the world will join the Irish in celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, the anniversary of the saint’s death in the fifth century. While there will be parades in communities, large and small, the most spectacular event will occur in New York City, where over 100,000 celebrants participate. They will be wearing green, the color long associated with the shamrock, the symbol of Irish nationalism.

An Extra Happy Happy Hour!


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