United Presbyterian Home
The family of Pat Minneman hosted an open house in honor of Pat’s 90th birthday on Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Main Dining Room of the United Presbyterian Home. Family members present included Pat’s husband, John, and her children: Jim and Ann Harris of Washington, John and Peg Harris of Washington, and Jenny and David Sojka of Iowa City.
Amy Kleese and Stefanie Tschantz kicked off a Back to Basics Exercise Challenge on Monday for residents and staff. It has been noted that mid-January is the time that people start to slip back from their new year’s exercise and diet resolutions. This challenge is designed to promote a healthy habit of cardio exercise, strength training and stretching movements while keeping it interesting.
Chef Cory prepared a food demonstration of rosemary lamb roast and tri-colored potatoes on Monday just prior to the noon meal. This was Chef Cory’s take on a New Year in New Zealand. Everyone was treated to samples. Residents who were hesitant to sample the lamb agreed that it was very good. The red, white and blue potatoes caught the eye of curious residents as some had never seen blue potatoes before. While blue potatoes may offer more nutrients and were fun to eat, they agreed that the taste wasn’t much different from the white or yellow varieties.
Keeping with the New Zealand food theme, residents took a movie tour of New Zealand on Tuesday. They learned of the people, places and culture of this beautiful country and they were intrigued by the diverse landscape. New Zealand offers sunny beaches, rain forests, mountains, glaciers, geysers and waterfalls on multiple islands in the South Pacific.
Day care children helped Health Center residents get a jump on February by making valentines on Tuesday. The heart-shaped memos are now displayed on the walls of the Health Center. The children promise to make more valentines next week.
On Wednesday the older children and residents participated in a story hour of children’s books. Afterward residents took delight in reminiscing about their childhoods and shared their stories.
Classics Et Cetera for Jan. 23, included the overture to “Armida” by Gioachino Rossini; “Hallelujah, Amen” from “Judas Maccabaeus” by George Frideric Handel; “Red River Valley” performed by the Choraliers; 2nd Movement of the Violin Concerto in D Major by Ludwig van Beethoven; 1st Movement of the Woodwind Quintet in F Minor by Franz Danzi; “On Jersey Shore,” a march by Arthur Pryor.
The origin of the song “Red River Valley” is unknown. It was known in at least five Canadian provinces before 1896. The river of the song is the Red River of the North that flows northward into Manitoba, Canada, from the Dakotas and Minnesota. There is also some evidence that the song might also have been known in Nebraska and Iowa in the 1880s. It expresses the sorrow of a woman from the broad Red River valley as her soldier or lover prepares to return to Ontario.