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Lila DePenning and friends are counting their steps in an effort to bring awareness to Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a lifelong arthritic condition that causes inflammation, pain and stiffness in the spinal joints. March is National Ankylosing Spondylitis awareness month and by simply recording their steps each week Lila and friends hope to make others aware of this condition.
Eight residents attended the Friday night movie in the Campbell Room on March 7. The PG rated film titled "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is described as charming, heartwarming and funny and tells the story of a group of retirees who find friendship and romance in an unlikely place.
The Three G Book Club, which translates to three generations, met in Ada Kleese’s room on Saturday afternoon after having lunch together. This group meets every couple of months after all have read a book voted on by the group. The group consists of daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters. Not all were able to be here but those attending included Susan Hough of Urbandale, Judy Leavitt of Coralville, Jane Krumwiede of Davenport, and Jenny Adams and her daughter, Vivian Ada, of Iowa City. Refreshments were served consisting of a variety of cupcakes of all colors and sizes. This group has been meeting for 10 years. Several other members live in Utah, Washington state, California and Colorado. In the future the group may have to change their name to the Four G Book Club as the family grows.
Continuing with the March Nutrition Challenge, Chef Cory Evans presented ideas on how to incorporate more protein into a healthy diet during his Monday morning presentation. He provided samples of edamame, turkey burgers, black bean burgers on flat bread with Greek yogurt, and cilantro sauce. Protein is a good source of energy after a workout. The portion size should be the size of a deck of cards which is about three to four ounces. Other good sources of protein include nuts and seafood as these also provide Omega 3 fats which are good for brain health as well as the protein that they provide.
Betty Beenblossom, Teddy Tedford, Julia Gamon, Davida Nicholson, Dorothy Soucek, Ruth Zehr, Jeanette Miksch, Jane Cuddeback, Janice Twinam, and Kay Hall held their United Presbyterian Church Circle 4 meeting in the Campbell Room on Wednesday morning.
The Classics Et Cetera for March 13, included an Overture to “Egmont” by Beethoven (arr. for concert band); Nos. 1 & 2 from Ancient Airs & Dances, Set II, by Ottorino Respighi; “Prélude blagueur” by Gioachino Rossini; “The Naughty Lady from Shady Lane” sung by the Ames Brothers; Nos. 1-7 from “The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns; “The Melody Shop,” a march by Karl L. King.
Through the lifetime of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Johann Wolfgang von Gœthe was the leading literary figure in German-speaking Europe. In 1809 he commissioned Beethoven through correspondence to write incidental music for his play “Egmont.” Finally meeting in person in 1812, the two admired each other. But Gœthe gave us some help in understanding Beethoven by writing a friend, “Beethoven’s talent amazed me. However, unfortunately, he is an utterly untamed personality; he is not altogether wrong in holding the world detestable, but surely does not make it more enjoyable for himself or others by his attitude.”