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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 31, 2014

United Presbyterian Home

Feb 13, 2014

There was a sea of red clothing on Friday as residents and staff dressed in this bright color to bring awareness to February Heart Health Month. It provided a good photo opportunity for many groups throughout the day.

Thirty-some friends of Easy Jones met at the Brownlee Dining Room to celebrate his 93rd birthday on Monday morning, Feb. 10. They came with a decorated birthday cake, doughnuts and rolls. Ezra, known as Easy to his friends, has been a well-known character at various coffee gatherings around town for many years.

Another birthday party took place in the Town Center with just as many participants. Following exercise class, Julia Gamon treated friends and neighbors to home-baked goodies in recognition of her birthday.

Kerr Hall residents met in the Main Dining Room on Tuesday, Feb. 11, for their monthly lunch social. Hosts for the event were Marjorie Noble and Hank and Elna Tompkins.

The Tuesday afternoon movie this week was "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" in honor of Shirley Temple Black who recently passed away. Shirley Temple was a child star of the cinema in the 1930s Depression era singing and dancing in movies beginning at 3 years of age. One has to ponder, how many women born in the 1930s were named Shirley after this child star?

Residents wanting to look their best for the upcoming Valentine Dance on Feb. 14 welcomed the spa services available to them this week. Some residents had hand and back massages while getting manicures on Monday afternoon while others took advantage of the Simply Spa services on Wednesday for manicures, pedicures, facial and massages.

Art instructor Carol Ray will be displaying religious artwork classics related to the church calendar in Rev. Kitch’s office. Stop by and take a look. Currently on display is "Transfiguration of Christ" by Giovanni Bellini.

The work of Howard Streed (1916-2007) is on display in the United Presbyterian Home Gallery. Howard was a wonderful artist who loved to draw real things. He specialized in still-life compositions. Most of his work was done with Prismacolor “Art Stix” (woodless colored pencils) and then he blended with an eraser. Stop by to view Howard’s artistry.

Classics Et Cetera for Feb. 13, included an overture to “The Conspirators” by Franz Schubert; 1st Movement of Clarinet Concerto No. 3 by Bernhard Henrik Crusell; “The Dove” by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; “Classical Juke Box” by Leroy Anderson; 2nd Movement of Symphony No. 4 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; “On the Square,” a march by Frank A. Panella.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869), an American pianist and composer, was a teenager when he was taken to Europe by his father to enter the Paris Conservatory. Denied admission there because he was an American, he made a successful European concert tour and was favorably compared with the great pianists of the day, including Chopin. He went on to tour America, live in the Caribbean for several years absorbing their music styles, then returned to tour the North during the Civil War. A scandal involving a young lady in San Francisco forced him to flee the United States to Brazil where he died at age 40.

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