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celebration in the south sound this holiday season Whether you are reading this in print, online or from one of our social media platforms, we are glad you have joined us to celebrate the South Sound this season. We bring you what is hot on the scene from entertainment, community, cuisine and wellness around the south Puget Sound. Speaking of great things, it is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We applaud that notion and visited local breakfast favorites to uncover delightful places to visit with family and out-of-town guests. Tantalizing your taste buds won’t stop there as we unveil ShowCase Magazine’s new wine and cheese guides, just in time for the holidays. In this issue we pay tribute to the makers of Washington specialty wines and artisan cheeses. We are also pleased to bring you our biggest annual Holiday Gift Guide to date. Now that we have you “in the mood” to give, don’t miss out on all the opportunities to support those in need this season. We present plenty of inspired ways to celebrate the season of giving, making donations and contributions to organizations that support philanthropic giving.
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community events | zoobilee About 400 VIP guests attended the 25th anniversary celebration at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Revelers enjoyed a lovely Zoobilee reception, scrumptious dinner and live auction followed by a twilight stroll. Entertainment was provided by Animate Objects Physical Theater and Music by FreddyPink and Mobile Celebrations. Over $392,000 was raised this year with $65,000 designated to expanding the Citizen Science program, which creates community biologists who help gather data on species within our local communities. Larry & Gail Norvell
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community events | sand in the city Community-minded guests attended the lively and engaging Sand in the City Gala fundraiser to benefit the Hands on Children’s Museum. Local food and music made this event an amazing success. During the “raise the paddle” portion of the evening $117,000 was raised to fund building the Lookout Lighthouse, in the Outdoor Discovery Center. All additional funds raised benefit the museum’s free and reduced admission programs, which serve 76,000 children and families each year in the South Sound community.
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arts & events calendar NOVEMBER Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience November 22nd 2:00pm & 6:00pm Washington Center for the Performing Arts 512 Washington St SE, Olympia 360.753.8585 | washingtoncenter.org The Sound of Music November 24th- January 3rd 5th Avenue Theatre 1308 5th Ave, Seattle 206.625.1900 | 5thavenue.org
The Stardust Christmas Dazzle November 27th- December 31st State Theater 202 4th Ave E, Olympia 360.786.0151 | harlequinproductions.org Zoolights November 27th- January 3rd 5:00pm – 9:00pm Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma 253.591.5337 | pdza.org A Christmas Carol November 27th – December 30th ACT 700 University St, Seattle 206.292.7676 | acttheatre.org
Sumner Bridge Lighting November 27th 3:00pm & 7:00pm Old Cannery 13608 Valley Ave E, Sumner 253.720.9846 | oldcanneryfurniture.com 70th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting November 28th 5:00pm Pantages Theater 901 Broadway, Tacoma 253.591.5894 | broadwaycenter.org
Masterworks Choral Ensemble: Mistletoe & Snowflakes December 5th 7:30pm Washington Center for the Performing Arts 512 Washington St SE, Olympia 360.491.3015 | mce.org
White Christmas December 5th 2:00pm & 7:00 pm Historic Fox Theatre 123 S Tower Ave, Centralia 360.623.1103 | centraliafoxtheatre.com
If Cars Could Talk December 1, 11:30am-12:30 LeMay-America’s Car Museum 2702 East D Street, Tacoma 253.779.8490 | americascarmuseum.org
Lighted Santa Parade December 5th 3:30 pm & 5:00pm Downtown Sumner and Puyallup 253.720.9846 | sumnerdowntown.com 253.840.2631 | puyallupmainstreet.com
A Victorian Country Christmas December 2nd- 6th Washington State Fair Events Center 110 9th Ave SE, Puyallup 253.770.0777 | avictoriancountrychristmas.com
Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide December 11th 7:30pm Urban Grace Church, Tacoma 253.856.5051 | magicalstrings.com
Home for Christmas: Chris Mann in Concert December 3rd 7:30pm Washington Center for the Performing Arts 512 Washington St SE, Olympia 360.753.8585 | washingtoncenter.org Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol December 4th- 19th Renton Civic Theatre 507 S 3rd St, Renton 425.226.5529 | rentoncivictheatre.org
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arts & events calendar Dance Theatre Northwest Presents-THE NUTCRACKER December 12th, 2:30 & 7:00 pm and December 13th @ 4:00 pm Mount Tahoma Auditorium 4634 S 74th St, Tacoma dancetheatrenorthwest.org
Vonya and Sonya and Masha and Spike January 21st – February 13 State Theater 202 4th Ave E, Olympia 360.786.0151 | harlequinproductions.org
Ye Olde Merry Holiday TV Spectacular December 18th – 20th Theatre on the Square 901 Broadway, Tacoma 253.591.5894 | broadwaycenter.org
An Evening with Travis Tritt January 29th 7:30pm Washington Center for the Performing Arts 512 Washington St SE, Olympia 360.753.8585 | washingtoncenter.org
Lacey’s Ethnic Celebration February 13th 10:00am – 6:00pm St. Martin’s University 5300 Pacific Ave Se, Lacey 360.438.2631 | ci.lacey.wa.us/events
Family STEM Day – Tech Toys December 19 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm LeMay-America’ Car Museum 2702 East D st, Tacoma 253.779.8490 | americascarmuseum.org
Puget Sound Women’s Show Goes Red February 6, 11am-4pm Tacoma Mall, Macy’s Court 4502 South Steele St, Tacoma 253.826.9001 | showcasemedialive.com
Asia Pacific New Year Celebration February 13th 11:00am – 6:00pm Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall 2727 East D St, Tacoma 253.383.3900 | asiapacificculturalcenter.org
Illuminated Traditions: Christmas in Arendelle December 19th 1:00pm – 4:00pm Museum Of Glass 1801 Dock St, Tacoma 253.284.4750 | museumofglass.org
The Lightning Thief February 18th 7:00pm Washington Center for the Performing Arts 512 Washington St SE, Olympia 360.753.8585 | washingtoncenter.org
Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now February 19th 7:30pm Pantages Theater 901 Broadway, Tacoma 253.591.5894 | broadwaycenter.org
Cirque Ziva January 16th 7:00pm Auburn Performing Arts Theatre 10 Auburn Ave 253.931.3043 | auburnwa.gov The Marriage of Figaro January 16th – 30th McCaw Hall 321 Mercer St, Seattle 206.389.7676 | seattleopera.com Swing Band: Sinatra Sight-Line January 24th 2:00pm St Luke’s Lutheran Church 515 S 312th St, Federal Way 253.529.9857 | federalwaysymphony.org
Paula Poundstone January 30th 7:00pm Pantages Theater 901 Broadway, Tacoma 253.591.5894 | broadwaycenter.org Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley January 30th – ongoing Tacoma Art Museum 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma 253.272.4258 | tacomaartmuseum.org
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the community foundation giving should be a joy, not a burden That’s the philosophy of The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, based in Olympia. It’s the organization that provides thousands of students with a way to a higher education, offers families an opportunity for good jobs and housing, and encourages efforts in the arts, philanthropy and entrepreneurship throughout Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties. “We’re this community’s best-kept secret,” says Norma Schuiteman, president and CEO. “It’s a ‘now and later’ organization, because we work with our donors to help them support the causes they care about today, but we’re also making investments in discovering the new issues of tomorrow that we’re not yet aware of.” In the 25 years since The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound started in 1989, it’s been serving as a catalyst for charitable giving. Whether donors are businesses, families or individuals, the foundation helps them make their charitable gifts more effective, with great flexibility in funding options.
Financial gifts through the foundation generate grants and scholarships to provide opportunities and resources for today’s students and neighborhoods, while preserving resources that will be invested in the community priorities of the future. Last year alone, The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound awarded nearly $900,000 in grants and scholarships for a wide variety of arts, education, health and human services and environmental projects. “I’m always inspired by the generosity of individuals,” Schuiteman says. “They understand what we’re aiming to do, which is making the community a better place to live and raise your grandchildren.”
vHOLLY SMITH PETERSON The foundation provides local stewardship while proactively seeking and finding ways to fund the needs of tomorrow. This simultaneous goal of being both visionary and inclusive means there’s constant improvement and innovation that creates positive change, personal growth, and all-around education about the needs of the greater community.
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give the gift of a happy, nutritious holiday Gray, rainy days best spent indoors. Steaming bowls of savory soup. Trimming hearth and home with festive décor.
the need to provide nutrition that’s vital for growing children, productive adults and healthy seniors.
Despite the cold, winter evokes warm, comforting memories. Holidays draw near, and we gather together with family and loved ones.
It’s not easy. Food banks confront challenges such as serving a rising number of clients, offering nutritious food (not just instant noodles) and stretching donated dollars. The holiday season is especially tricky. Customary fare like turkey, ham and chicken are expensive. Many food banks and families are forced to go without. You can make a difference. You can help your neighbors in need have a more joyous season. Support your local food bank with donations of holiday meats, side dishes—stuffing mix, mashed potatoes, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce—or financial contributions to purchase what they need most. As a bonus, it’ll be just in time to count as a year-end tax-deductible donation.
But what if the season were not full of festivity and good cheer? Imagine not having enough to feed your family. How would you create positive memories for your children? How would you serve a traditional holiday meal?
Here are a few reputable organizations providing nourishing food across the Puget Sound. Don’t see your local food bank on the list? Call to ask what you can do.
One in five kids in Washington state lives in a home that struggles to put food on the table. Local food banks work hard to meet
Mason County – North Mason Food Bank. “Assisting our community, one family at a time.” northmasonfoodbank.org
Pierce County – FISH Food Banks of Pierce County. “Providing nutritious food to people in need with compassion, dignity and respect.” fishfoodbanks.org Thurston County – Thurston County Food Bank. “Neighbors helping neighbors since 1972.” thurstoncountyfoodbank.org South King County – White Center Food Bank. “Minimizing hunger while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance and embracing rich cultural diversity.” whitecenterfoodbank.org RESOURCES:
North Mason Food Bank 22471 State Route 3 Belfair, WA 98528 360.275.4615 northmasonfoodbank.org
FISH Food Banks of Pierce County 1702 S. 72nd St., Suite E Tacoma, WA 98408 253.383.3164 fishfoodbanks.org
Thurston County Food Bank 220 Thurston Ave. NE Olympia, WA 98501 360-352-8597 thurstoncountyfoodbank.org
White Center Food Bank 10829 Eighth Ave. SW Seattle, WA 98146 206-762-2848 whitecenterfoodbank.org
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beautiful art + engaged kids = the community wins It’s not about the glass, it’s about the kids. (But the glass is stunning.) Students may come to Hilltop Artists because they are attracted to the danger and “hip factor” of working with hot glass and learning how to create art. In turn, Hilltop Artists asks, How do we focus on what will really benefit students and their futures? Youth ages 12–20 in the Tacoma and Franklin Pierce school districts have the opportunity to explore glass art through glassblowing, flameworking, mosaics and fusion. Instructors use glass as a tool to teach life skills like patience, goal setting, resilience, collaboration. Students are encouraged to overcome barriers—academic, social and personal—and become engaged in the community. An outreach manager works one-on-one with kids when they face special challenges and connects them and their families to community resources.
Executive Director Kit Evans passionately believes that art is central to the well-being of the community and a core element of learning for youth. Her goal? Focus on closing the achievement gap in public schools. The results? For the last seven years, 96 percent of eligible Hilltop Artists students have graduated from high school. The perfect occasion to support the talented youth of Hilltop Artists comes on Dec 12. The Winter Glass Sale features glass snowmen, penguins, ornaments and seasonal pieces, as well as vases, vessels and jewelry ideal for holiday gifting. Looking for a special way to celebrate an event or milestone? Commission your own piece of custom artwork and have students turn your vision into reality. All proceeds benefit Hilltop Artists’ tuition-free programs. No child is turned away for the family’s inability to pay. Give a beautiful gift that gives back! vEMILY HAPPY
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best breakfast spots for the holidays Budd Bay Cafe (525 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, buddbaycafe.com) is a place to peruse pristine water views while picking up tastes of fresh seafood, endless French toast and pancakes, egg dishes and crepes, plus salads, carved meats, and a pretty dessert selection.
Breakfast is celebrated in a big way in the South Sound, making it the perfect place for a culinary tour of morning meals throughout the holiday season. Whether you’re noshing with friends or family or out-of-town guests, as a couple, or just enjoying time solo, below are some of our top stops for meals to tempt everyone’s taste buds. vHOLLY SMITH PETERSON
Gordon Naccarato. For daily lunch and weekend brunch (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), the atmosphere is light and bright and open to sweeping views of the links. For brunch, choose from a lengthy list of eggs, hash and scrambles, or go for breakfast breads and grains with options such as house-smoked steelhead and bagel.
Spar (114 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, mcmenamins.com) is part of the McMenamins historic brewery hotel and restaurant chain. Here you can sidle up to the lengthy bar or slide into one of the oversize booths to enjoy vanilla bean French toast; a Hangtown open-face omelet with pan-fried oysters, scallions and bacon; the Route 66 scramble with homemade chorizo, pepper jack cheese and cilantro sour cream; or the 4th Avenue Mess of hash browns topped with gravy and Tillamook cheddar. Net Shed No. 9 (3313 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor) provides hearty, wholesome turns of typical breakfast fare inside a cozy historic waterfront fishing shed. Watch colorful kayaks and sailboats glide by while digging into sourdough ricotta pancakes or bacondrizzled cinnamon rolls, a deep dish of chicken and waffles, or the Mexicanstyle chilaquiles (an egg-tortilla chip scramble with nachos fixings). Smoke + Cedar (2013 S. Cedar St., Tacoma, smokeandcedar.com) is the newest culinary venture by Pacific Grill’s
Salty’s Redondo Beach (28201 Redondo Beach Drive S., Des Moines, saltys. com) offers an award-winning buffet arrayed with everything you could imagine: fresh Dungeness crab, oysters on the half shell, bay scallops and prawns; made-to-order omelets, blintzes and crepes; hand-carved garlic-roasted prime rib and a variety of pastas; a selection of hand-tossed salads; and an extensive dessert spread.
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nine of our favorite washington wines 1. Cayuse Vineyards, God Only Knows, Grenache Armada Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley, 2009 This is an aromatically arresting wine with umami and prominent floral notes, alongside peat, olive brine, and sea salt. It’s soft and seductive, offering abundant savory flavors and a long, lingering finish. cayusevineyards.com/static 2. Force Majeure Collaboration Series VI, Red Wine Ciel du, Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain, 2010 Force Majeure—a French term for an act of god or a “superior force”—pairs some of the state’s top winemakers with fruit from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, one of our state’s viticultural crown jewels. Here Syncline Cellars winemaker James Mantone blends mourvèdre and syrah with a pinch of grenache. synclinewine.com 3. Figgins Estate, Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, 2010 This Bordeaux-style blend hails from a single vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. This is one for the cellar. Give it at least two years or decant. figginsfamily.com 4. Rasa Vineyards QED Red Wine Columbia Valley, 2010 This blend of syrah, mourvèdre, grenache, and viognier is an aromatic tour de force with barrel spices, smoked meat, huckleberries, and black pepper. It’s lush in feel, and its concentrated flavors display depth and intensity. rasavineyards.com 5. Soos Creek Artist Series No. 10 Red Blend, Columbia Valley, 2010 A blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot coming from some of Washington’s top vineyard sites, the 2010 Artist Series No. 10 Red Blend shows cabernet franc’s intoxicating floral side and is packed to the brim with herbs and dark fruit while still showing exceptional restraint. sooscreekwine.com
6. Reynvaan Family Vineyards, Stonessence Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, 2010 Stonessence has an abundance of aromatics including black fruits, Asian spices, smoked meats, sandalwood, with hints of violets and marshmallow. Stonessence has a long mouth feel of green olive and crushed pepper, which coat the palate. The 2010 Stonessence syrah takes the winery to a new level. reynvaanfamilyvineyards.com 7. Cayuse Vineyards, Syrah Cailloux, Walla Walla Valley, 2010 This is another classic from Cayuse Vineyards, whose distinctive terroir always shows off syrah’s savory side with rich, earth-laden aromas and flavors now universally referred to as the “Cayuse funk.” It’s sublime with floral notes, olive, earth, and umami. The palate is soft and elegant while retaining exquisite concentration and depth. cayusevineyards.com 8. Maison Bleue Le Midi Grenache, Boushey Vineyard, Yakima Valley, 2010 Jon Meuret left behind a promising career as a dentist in Kansas City to come to Washington to make Rhone-style wines. Hailing from a vineyard long known for its syrah, his 2010 Le Midi Grenache is a head turner with aromas of black and red raspberries, white pepper, herbs, anise, and mineral. The intensity of fruit flavors is simply breathtaking. mbwinery.com 9. Dunham Cellars Late Harvest Riesling, Lewis Estate Vineyard, Columbia Valley 2011 Coming in at a mighty 26.7 percent residual sugar, this dessert-style riesling, made with grapes from a single vineyard, is supremely rich and decadent with notes of marmalade, honeysuckle, and petrol. dunhamcellars.com vLEAH GROUT
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cheese lovers guide From the Skagit Valley to Pike Place Market to the heart of the Palouse, Washington state produces some of the world’s tastiest cheese. Cheese lovers agree that Washington’s artisan cheeses are delicious and worthy of praise. In fact, several Washington cheeses have been recognized not only locally, but globally, for their superior flavor and quality. Below is a list of Washington’s best cheese destinations, where specialty cheeses are sure to satisfy even the most distinguished of cheese lovers. Appel Farms – Ferndale appel-farms.com Owned and operated by the Appels, a family full of cheese experts, this 900-cow dairy operation produces some of the most exceptional cheeses in the state—Bacon Cheddar, Jalapeno Gouda and Maasdammer, a cheese with Dutch origins.
Mt. Townsend Creamery – Port Townsend mttownsendcreamery.com Mt. Townsend’s credo is to create products that reflect the flavor of the local landscape and to educate customers to understand and appreciate cheese culture. Its cheeses include Red Alder, Campfire, Cirrus and New Moon. New Moon is a buttery, slightly sweet cheese with butterscotch undertones and the texture of Monterey Jack. Special thanks to the Washington State Dairy Association wadairy.com/blog/washingtons-best-cheese-destinations
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese – Seattle beechershandmadecheese.com Its Pike Place Market location gives visitors a peek at the time-tested cheese-making process. Beecher’s signature Flagship cheese has won several awards.
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Jacobs Creamery – Chehalis jacobscreamery.com Jacobs is known for its Bloomy Cheese, Pepper Jack Cheese and hand-churned butter. The butter has a rich, nutty flavor derived from the combination of the best Irish fresh cream butter and French cultured butter. Each batch is handchurned. Kurtwood Farms – Vashon Island kurtwoodfarms.com A dozen Jersey cows produce the milk for this farm’s cheese, all of which are handmade, wrapped and personally delivered. Kurtwood Farms’ artisanal cheeses include Dinah’s Cheese, Flora’s Cheese and LogHouse.
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the altmann pendant For his wife Donna’s birthday, Tacoma resident Peter Altmann wanted to create a special pendant to mark the event. And so the quest began for a collection of unique, high-quality elements to be transformed into a piece of jewelry that would be regarded not only as a memento of the day, but also as a family heirloom. For advice in creating such a pendant, Altmann turned to Steph Farber and his wife, Phyllis Harrison, of the seven-decades-old LeRoy Jewelers in Tacoma. The trio began to search for complementary stones and metals that would delight Donna’s eyes when presented together in a pendant. For the centerpiece gemstone, Altmann chose a stunning citrine, and the team decided on rose gold for the metal.
The citrine was carved by one of LeRoy’s favorite business partners and friends, lapidary artist Thomas Trozzo. Working from Culpeper, Virginia, Trozzo has won multiple national awards and gained international recognition for his unusual, complex designs. The other partnering artist was Albert Shakhramanov, now a jeweler in Federal Way. The Uzbekistan-born master craftsman used his depth of experience in carving, casting and assembling the final design for the pendant. Altmann was ecstatic about the finished piece, as was Donna when she opened her special birthday gift. Harrison says the couple’s very best work—such as the Altmann pendant—generally comes from true collaboration with their clients. They also take pride in telling their clients’ stories.
Then came the challenge: incorporating into the pendant two gold half-circle underpinnings from a pair of pearl earrings that had belonged to Altmann’s aunt Adele Block-Bauer. The jewelers worked to remove the half-circles from the earrings, without reshaping or changing them, so they could be applied to encircle the pendant’s diamond.
What is their secret to creating timeless, enduring pieces that are passed down through the ages? Listening carefully, designing collaboratively and simply telling the story in jewelry that will last for generations, says Harrison. Adds Farber: “We make jewelry your grandchildren will fight over—it will last through the generations.” vHOLLY SMITH PETERSON
(When the earrings were successfully dismantled, the remaining components, including the pearls, were reworked into a newly designed pair of earrings.)
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minor details: major design success “A home is a gathering of the possessions its owners adore, special furnishings and room accessories they have lovingly collected over the years.” This is the premise that Scott Neste, principal of Minor Details Interior Design & Furnishings, begins with when generating ideas for both his residential and commercial clientele. “I love the challenge of discovering what clients dream of having,” Neste says. “Once we identify the concepts they can’t get out of their minds, it becomes my assignment to pull it all together: to find the impossible, to create solutions that work for their budgets and to ultimately curate a design.”
“The most challenging project is one without a vision,” he explains. “This is why the initial design phase is critical; it’s my job to help clients create that and to discover what’s most important to them.
“Every new consult begins with hours of conversation covering likes and dislikes, passions, family and lifestyle, as well as practical things like budget, timeline and where a client has found past inspiration,” Neste continues. “I ask people to dream big because that’s the benchmark we want to meet or exceed. As a skilled designer, my job is to find a way—or to make a way—that works for my clients.”
The story of Minor Details, which opened in 2001 and is based in Tacoma’s Proctor District, isn’t a straightforward one. Neste grew up helping his father refinish antiques and assisted his mother with choosing fabrics to sew. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational communications and psychology, he moved to the Pacific Northwest and worked for an international retail home furnishings chain. That’s when he decided to pursue his passions as a designer.
Another key piece of the Minor Details formula is local sourcing, although the firm sometimes has to search the globe for the perfect light fixture, throw rug or sofa. Imagination is at the helm, as Neste’s creativity spans myriad styles and eras in history, and often blends several. Minor Details emphasizes collaboration with regional architects, high-skilled craftsmen and general contractors. vHOLLY SMITH PETERSON Minor Details 2603 N. Proctor St., Tacoma 253.468.4965 minordetailsdesign.com SHOWCASE MAGAZINE
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senior living - creating a happy holiday season When you have family members in a senior or assisted living community, enjoying the holidays can be very different from just spending time at home relaxing together. These facilities not only create an extra-welcoming atmosphere during this season, but often offer additional on-site events and activities in which everyone can participate. Whether you choose high-action or low-key, the secret is to be proactive and positive about the experience. Here are some tips for helping everyone have an enjoyable time during the holidays—and avoiding the stress of the season. • Be Thankful Focus on the opportunity to interact with your aging relatives while you still have the chance. Regardless of your relationship, now is the time to appreciate and celebrate their life in another holiday season, not to dwell on past differences. • Be Present This is one of the most important times to be simply in the moment. Keep everyone centered on the day and the chance to have a wonderful holiday experience together, whether it’s for just a half-hour or over several longer visits. In other words, now is not the time to bring up past issues, difficulties or differences. Just enjoy the time you have with your loved ones. • Be Engaged Enter the room with a positive attitude and keep your focus on bringing out others around you. Seniors love to talk about their lives and experiences, so ask questions and actively listen. We all can learn something from those who are older and wiser. Empower them by being actively curious and appreciative. • Be Diplomatic Should criticism, regret, or other negative emotions appear on the scene, tactfully listen and respond, or gently alter the topic. Remind those around you to hover only on the enjoyable aspects of the short time you have together. Another
option is to simply let that person air their thoughts without responding or engaging. Finally, you can always remove yourself from the situation and return at a calmer time. • Be Watchful While you’re at the facility make sure to cross-check important lifestyle issues, such as health changes, diet, treatment of your loved one, physical hazards and security. It’s a good time to schedule a quick conversation with staff to make sure your family member is doing well and to plan how you can help with anything that’s come up since your last visit. • BONUS: Be a Memory-Maker Don’t just create a positive holiday experience with your seniors—record the memories. Whether through photos, video, audio stories or otherwise, document this piece of family history. And share it with other family and friends through social media! vHOLLY SMITH PETERSON SHOWCASE MAGAZINE