Seniors Program Newsletter Chicago

February 2018

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FEBRUARY ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Chicago Lighthouse will be closed on Monday, February 19 in honor of Presidents’ Day.

The next Seniors in Motion exercise session still has a few seats open. Class is expected to start in the beginning of April. If you would like to sign up or learn more, talk to Laurine O’Donnell.

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at The Chicago Lighthouse at 1850 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608.  As a friendly reminder, programs have limited seating. Please RSVP for each event by contacting Laurine O’Donnell at (312) 997-3670 or Megan Frankenbach at (312) 447-3257 , or by emailing Laurine directly.

Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Talk
Friday, 2/16

11 a.m. – noon

Jaret Bozigian is an O&M specialist for The Chicago Lighthouse and would like to join us for an interactive talk to increase your knowledge of the services he provides to individuals that are blind or vision impaired. The goal is to teach safe and independent living in your home and community.

Meditation
Friday, 2/16

1 – 2 p.m.

Meditation is a means of transforming the mind to encourage and develop concentration, emotional positivity, and a calm peaceful state of mind. Come experience a powerful guided meditation recording. Never practiced meditation? Now is a chance to see how it can help.

Art Exploration
Tuesdays, 2/06, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Expert Philip Cameron will start off talking about Irish-born British painter, Francis Bacon on the 6th. The following week, he will cover American Jazz legend, Sarah Vaughan. On the 20th, Philip will discuss Byzantine Art and end with Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe on the 27th. Please RSVP to receive handouts.

Performance – Chicago, True Stories
Friday, 2/23
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Sizzle, Sequins, Murder & Mayhem! The 1920’s was a delirious decade. What made this time so remarkable?

Was the film Chicago really inspired from a true story? Find out with this engaging, educational, and entertaining program that is really fun!

In costume and in character, Martina Mathisen, a Professional Historical Reenact Performer, will tell fact from fiction as Flora the Flapper.

Support Group
Tuesdays, 2/13, 2/27
11 a.m. – noon

A chance for you and your peers to share ideas, support each other, and feel safe talking with others that may be going through similar life events.

What is a Blog?!
Wednesday, 2/28
1 – 2 p.m.

Sandy Murillo is a Financial Development Assistant for The Chicago Lighthouse and works in CRIS Radio as the Associate Producer. She is going to talk with us to explain what a blog is and describe how they can be used as a resource on a topic of interest or a personal place to share your thoughts or opinions. She has a blog and can tell you how to find or create a blog too!

Crafting with Theresa
Wednesday, 2/14
1 – 2:30 p.m.

This month, it is all about beauty and taking care of you. Theresa will guide you through making Lavender Milk Bath and a Peppermint Hand Scrub. There are only 10 seats so please RSVP if you are interested.*

iPad/iPhone – Beginners Class
Thursdays, 2/01, 2/08, 2/15, 2/22
10 a.m. – noon

Join us for an introduction to iPads and iPhones. We will explain the design of the devices, some of the quick gestures and benificial applications available for low vision.

*Please RSVP if interested, seats are limited to 5 per class.*

Computer Class
Thursdays, 2/01, 2/08, 2/15, 2/22

1 – 3 p.m.

The computer class is open to all levels. Beginners, refreshers, or experts – are all welcome. The Seniors team will be hands on support throughout each class.

*Please RSVP if interested in attending, seats are limited to 8 for this class.*

Book Club – The Lost Boy
Tuesday, 2/27
10 – 11 a.m.

Dave Pelzer’s long-awaited sequel to A Child Called “It”, The Lost Boy answers questions and reveals new adventures of his life as an adolescent. Now considered an F-Child (Foster Child), Dave is moved in and out of five different homes. He suffers shame and resentment from those who feel that all foster kids are trouble and unworthy of being loved because they are not part of a

“real” family. Tears, laughter, devastation and hope create the journey of this little lost boy who is searching for just one thing — the love of a family.

Most participants use the free Talking Books player. If you do not own one but are interested, contact Laurine O’Donnell or Megan Frankenbach for more information. Have one but not a member in our Book Club yet, just let us know and we can add you to our list.

Coffee Club
Tuesdays, 2/06, 2/20
10 – 11 a.m.

A casual social gathering for coffee, conversation and a sweet treat. Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee while you chat with friends and have a chance to meet other members in the program. It will help build your energy up so you can join the exercise class afterwards!

Stretch and Strengthen
Tuesdays,
2/06, 2/20
11 a.m. – noon

Brittany will lead a fun and energetic chair exercise class focusing on increasing your strength and supporting your mobility. Her energy is contagious and she will continue sharing motivation to keep you active and independent. Beginner or expert, all levels are welcome.

Art Studio – Relief Sculpture
Wednesday, 2/21
1 – 2 p.m.

Philip Cameron, with a Master of Arts in Art Therapy through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will bring supplies for you to create a sculpture where the elements remain attached to a solid background of the same material.  It is a hand on experience so make sure you bring your creative mind!

February Birthday Luncheon
Friday, 2/23

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy a tasty lunch, celebrate February birthdays and have fun with friends. If you have a birthday this month, please let us know when you make your reservation.

*Seats limited, must RSVP by Friday the 16th to attend*

* Seniors Programs have limited seating, so please RSVP for each event by contacting Laurine O’Donnell at  (312) 997-3670 or Megan Frankenbach at (312) 447-3257*

Monthly Events at a Glance

**Seating is limited, so please RSVP for each event**
2/21    Seniors in Motion, CLASS FULL
2/21    Art Studio – Relief Sculpture, 1 – 2 p.m.
2/22    iPad for Beginners, 10 a.m. – noon
2/22    Computer Class, 1 – 3 p.m.
2/23    February Luncheon, RSVP
2/23    Chicago, True Stories, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
2/26    Seniors in Motion, CLASS FULL
2/27    Book Club, 10 – 11 a.m.
2/27    Support Group, 11 a.m. – noon
2/27    Art Exploration, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
2/28    Seniors in Motion, CLASS FULL
2/28    What is a Blog?!, 1 – 2 p.m.

Please direct all program inquiries & RSVPs to:

Laurine O’Donnell
Director, Seniors Program
(312) 997-3670
Email Laurine


March 2018

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MARCH ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • The next Seniors in Motion exercise session will start in April. If you haven’t added your name to the list yet and would like to sign up or learn more about the exercise class, call Laurine O’Donnell.
  • The Chicago Lighthouse is hosting an Informational Session on an Intracortical Visual Prothesis Project. In collaboration with the Chicago Lighthouse, IIT lead investigator Dr. Phil Troyk will be conducting a series of informational sessions to educate the public about the nature of the device and the project.
    The first educational session will be held at The Chicago Lighthouse on Thursday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Beatrice C. Mayer Senior Center. Please contact Patricia Rodriquez at (312) 997-3672 or email for more information on the educational session.|
    The research reported in this publication is supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number UG3NS095557. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  “May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door!”

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at The Chicago Lighthouse at 1850 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608.  As a friendly reminder, programs have limited seating. Please RSVP for each event by contacting Laurine O’Donnell at (312) 997-3670 or Megan Frankenbach at (312) 447-3257 , or by emailing Laurine directly.

Orientation & Mobility (O&M) Talk
Friday, 3/09

11 a.m. – noon

Jaret Bozigian, an O&M specialist for The Chicago Lighthouse and a recent winner of the Excellence in Rehabilitation Award, is joining us for an interactive talk to increase your knowledge of the services he provides to individuals that are blind or vision impaired. The goal is to teach safe and independent living in your home and community.

Meditation
Friday, 3/16

1 – 2 p.m.

Meditation is a means of transforming the mind to encourage and develop concentration, emotional positivity, and a calm peaceful state of mind. Come experience a powerful guided meditation recording. Never practiced meditation, now is a chance to see how it can help.

Writing Out Loud
Fridays, 3/09, 3/23

1 – 2 p.m.

New and experienced writers come together and share their ideas and memories. With the help of trigger words, we immerse ourselves in thought provoking conversations.  You don’t have to be a “writer” to share your valuable memories. If you want to improve your writing, we are here to help you get started.

Art Exploration
Tuesdays, 3/06, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Expert Philip Cameron will discuss about an American painter, Mark Rothko on the 6th. The following week he will talk about German composer and musician, Johann Sebastian Bach. On the 20th, we will lean about the French fashion designer, Coco Chanel. He will finish with American author, William Faulkner. Please RSVP to receive handouts.

DePaul Delta Gamma’s – Service for Sight
Friday, 3/09
10 – 11 a.m.

Delta Gamma students from DePaul would like to have a mini coffee club and mingle with you! They are volunteers that have and will continue to happily support our programs and would like to get to know you better.

Support Group
Tuesdays, 3/13, 3/27
11 a.m. – noon

A chance for you and your peers to share your thoughts, ideas, support each other, and feel safe talking with others that may be going through similar life events.

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia
Friday, 3/16
11 a.m. – noon

Was Saint Patrick Irish? Come find out during this entertaining game of challenging questions about St. Patrick and Irish culture. The winners will be touched with some Irish luck!

Crafting with Theresa
Wednesday, 3/14
1 – 2:30 p.m.

This month, join Theresa to make a wooden bunny and a button egg in a frame.  Create a nice seasonal decoration or a kind gift for family or friend. There are only 10 seats so please RSVP if you are interested.

iPad/iPhone – Beginners Class
Thursdays, 3/01, 3/08, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29
10 a.m. – noon

Join us for an introduction to iPads and iPhones. We will explain the design of the devices, some of the quick gestures and benificial applications available for low vision.

*Please RSVP if interested, seats are limited to 5 per class.*

Computer Class
Thursdays, 3/01, 3/08, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29
1 – 3 p.m.

The computer class is open to all levels. Beginners, refreshers, or experts – are all welcome. The Seniors team will be hands on support throughout each class.

*Please RSVP if interested in attending, seats are limited to 8 for this class.*

Book Club – Into the Water
Friday, 3/23
11 a.m. – noon

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.If you do not own one but are interested, contact Laurine O’Donnell or Megan Frankenbach for more information. Have one but not a member in our Book Club yet, just let us know and we can add you to our list.

Coffee Club
Tuesdays, 3/06, 3/20
10 – 11 a.m.

A casual social gathering for coffee, conversation and a sweet treat. Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee while you chat with friends and have a chance to meet other members in the program. It will help build your energy up so you can join the exercise class afterwards!

Stretch and Strengthen
Tuesdays, 3/06, 3/20
11 a.m. – noon

Join a fun and energetic chair exercise class focusing on increasing your strength and supporting your mobility. Brittany’s energy is contagious and she will continue sharing motivation to keep you active and independent. Beginner or expert, all levels are welcome.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Wednesday, 3/21
11 a.m. – noon

A series of multiple-choice questions will be asked and they will get harder as you go. Throughout the game, each member will have a “50:50” or “Lifeline” opportunity to get some help if needed. Come join the quiz competition and see how far you can go!

Art Studio – Jewelry
Wednesday, 3/21
1 – 2 p.m.

Philip Cameron, with a Master of Arts in Art Therapy through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will bring supplies for you to create jewelry. It is a hand on experience so make sure you bring your creative mind!

Movie – La La Land
Friday, 3/30
12:30 – 2:45 p.m.

A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles. Struggling actress Mia (Emma Stone) and aspiring jazz pianist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) begin a whirlwind romance as they both pursue their dreams in Los Angeles – and finding each other – in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love. This movie is audio descriptive and rated PG-13.

March Birthday Luncheon
Friday, 23/30

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy a tasty lunch, celebrate March birthdays and have fun with friends. If you have a birthday this month, please let us know when you make your reservation.

*Seats limited, must RSVP by Friday the 16th to attend*

* Seniors Programs have limited seating, so please RSVP for each event by contacting Laurine O’Donnell at  (312) 997-3670 or Megan Frankenbach at (312) 447-3257*

Monthly Events at a Glance

**Seating is limited, so please RSVP for each event**
3/01    iPad for Beginners, 10 a.m. – noon
3/01    Computer Class, 1 – 3 p.m.
3/05    Seniors in Motion, CLASS FULL
3/06    Coffee Club, 10 – 11 a.m.
3/06    Stretch and Strengthen, 11 a.m. – noon
3/06    Art Exploration, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
3/07    Seniors in Motion, CLASS FULL
3/08     iPad for Beginners, 10 a.m. – noon
3/08     Computer Class, 1 – 3 p.m.
3/09    DePaul Delta Gamma’s, 10 – 11 a.m.
3/09    RESCHEDULED – O&M Talk, 11 a.m. – noon
3/09    Writing Out Loud, 1 – 2 p.m.
3/12    Seniors in Motion, CLASS FULL
3/13    Support Group, 11 a.m. – noon
3/13     Art Exploration, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
3/14    Seniors in Motion, CLASS FULL
3/14    Crafting with Theresa, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
3/15    iPad for Beginners, 10 a.m. – noon
3/15    Computer Class, 1 – 3 p.m.
3/16    St. Patrick’s Trivia, 11 a.m. – noon
3/16    Meditation, 1 – 2 p.m.
3/19    Seniors in Motion, CLASS FULL
3/20    Coffee Club, 10 – 11 a.m.
3/20    Stretch and Strengthen, 11 a.m. – noon
3/20    Art Exploration, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
3/21    Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, 11 a.m. – noon
3/21    Art Studio – Jewelry, 1 – 2 p.m.
3/22    iPad for Beginners, 10 a.m. – noon
3/22    Computer Class, 1 – 3 p.m.
3/23    Book Club, 11 a.m. – noon
3/23    Writing Out Loud, 1 – 2 p.m.
3/27    Support Group, 11 a.m. – noon
3/27    Art Exploration, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
3/29    iPad for Beginners, 10 a.m. – noon
3/29    Computer Class, 1 – 3 p.m.
3/30    March Birthday Luncheon, RSVP
3/30    Audio Descriptive Movie, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Please direct all program inquiries & RSVPs to:

Laurine O’Donnell
Director, Seniors Program
(312) 997-3670
Email Laurine

Locations & Contact

The Chicago Lighthouse
1850 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 666-1331
Monday – Friday
9 a.m – 5 p.m.