Posts by: Diane Foster

August 9, 2018

August 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club, or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further! We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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June 20, 2018

July 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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June 19, 2018

Wilbraham Chorus Lights Up the Room with Captivating Performance

The Wilbraham Women Chorus Group brought wonderful smiles to all our faces. They put on little skits with some of their song choices, making us laugh, cry and have fun all at the same time. We look forward to their fall performance. Thanks for putting so many smiles on so many faces.

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June 5, 2018

Celebrating 70 Years of Marriage

Married in Amherst, MA in 1948, Arthur and Marilyn Barstow will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on June 12, 2018. Arthur is from Hadley, MA and Marilyn (nee Moser) is from Amherst. Together they have four children. Known to their many family members and friends as Art and Lynn, the happy couple resides at East Village […]

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May 15, 2018

Please Volunteer to Help with Veteran Grave Flagging

The Holyoke Veterans Services has asked for our help to re-flag graves that need new flags that are worn from the weather. We have been asked to help on Sunday May 20th at 12:30pm at Elmwood Cemetery 2190 Northampton Street, Holyoke MA. We are asking residents, associates, families and friends to donate some of your time to give a veteran […]

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May 15, 2018

Animals, Clowns and Acrobats… A Thrilling Circus Performance

What’s become a yearly tradition, we attended The Melha Shriner’s Circus again this year! Dee Foster, our Community Life Director, received complimentary tickets from The Melha Shriner’s so that friends, family, staff and residents could be a kid for a day enjoying the sites, sounds (and dare we say smells) of the circus. On May 4th, […]

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April 25, 2018

Ukulele Players Visit East Village Place

What a way to spend a Saturday afternoon listening to a great group of ukulele players that were amazing. They played familiar tunes that everyone knew and remembered. There was laughter and a lot of fun going on around in the room. They were very entertaining and we hope we can get them to come […]

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April 25, 2018

Pairing Tea & Chocolate with Kim Larkin

Kim Larkin of Klassic Kreations Gourmet discusses the history and health benefits of both tea and dark chocolate. Learn about the origin of chocolate, chocolate pioneers throughout history, Japanese tea ceremony, differences between tea varieties, and how to brew a “proper cup”. Of course there was samplings of teas, fine chocolates, tea infused chocolate and […]

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April 25, 2018

Zoo On The Go!

The young man from Forest Park Zoo brought in a assortment of wonderful wild animals. He had one baby bunny, 2 ferrets, parrot, bearded dragon, 2 cockroaches and a chinchilla. He was full of information and had stories to tell about every animal. The residents loved it they loved the opportunity to hold some of […]

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March 19, 2018

Irish Celebration with Entertainment by Willie & Jan Nininger

The month of March wouldn’t be the same without good old-fashioned Irish music, corned-beef hash appetizers and green sugar cookies! And let us not forget Willie & Jan Nininger playing Irish tunes, Willie telling Irish jokes and funny stories as well as reading an Irish blessing. Jan imitating Edith from All in the Family was also […]

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March 19, 2018

A Touch of Irish Tap Dancing!

What a wonderful way to celebrate the month of March with an original St. Paddy’s Day Irish Step Dancing routine. The girls were so excited to perform in front of our residents, and they did an awesome job. The residents watched all the youngsters perform their routines with smiles. The music and the luck of […]

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February 21, 2018

Valentine’s Love is in the Air

On February 14th we had our annual Valentine’s Day “Love is in the Air” event with a performance by James Michael. James is phenomenal baritone singer that mesmerizes audiences with his singing, personal stories and wonderful spirit. He sang beloved Broadway classics that melted our hearts. We love when James Michael comes to visit because he brings […]

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February 21, 2018

Valentine’s Luncheon & Entertainment

CareOne invited us to attend their annual Valentine’s Luncheon at the East Longmeadow Senior Center on Tuesday February 13th. We enjoyed lunch and heard some great entertainment. So many people attended they had to set up more tables and chairs to accommodate everyone. The food was great and the dessert even better.  

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February 21, 2018

Sunday Afternoon Cello Performance

Thirzdah Bendokas captivated us during her recent cello performance. She looks forward to playing her beautiful melodies for us on Sunday afternoons. She instructs residents to close their eyes and listen intently to the calm and soothing music. We look forward to her visits because it makes for a quiet and relaxing day, a perfect reset for […]

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January 26, 2018

The Power of Music

It was a fun-filled time when Willie Nininger came to perform for us. The residents and associates danced in the aisles together. That’s what it is like when Willie comes to East Village Place, he brings his music and we all come alive. His wide variety of music includes Country, Folk and Rock ‘n Roll, that brings back fond memories. […]

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January 25, 2018

The Jazz Era with Jim Raynor

When Jim Raynor said he wanted give a class about the jazz era, we were excited. Jim prepared his script, picked his topics, selected his musicians, and described it like we were there in the room, listening to all the musicians songs and singers melody’s. When he played Benny Goodman’s song “Let’s Dance,” and other various singers […]

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January 5, 2018

An Unforgettable Afternoon with Mr. Magic and His Thrilling Show

It was a very cold day outside, but things were heating up inside our dining room here at East Village Place. Mr. Magic thrilled us with his delightful magic act. One of his tricks included making three lamps appear from one round tube. Another involved a red hankie from which a red candle appeared. He also […]

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January 5, 2018

East Village Place Rings in the New Year

The room was decorated, the party hats were put out, the noise makers were ready, the balloons were filled, the sparkling cider was chilling and the mini éclairs were waiting for the festivities to begin. At 6:30pm, Jack Dunham came in with his sparkling tuxedo suit and red sparkling bow tie and he was ready […]

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December 18, 2017

It’s looking like Christmas here at East Village Place!

All of the residents in our Pathways took great pleasure in decorating the tree for Christmas. Everyone helped do their part. There were smiles on all their faces and they were happy to help out. Cindy finished it off with the candy canes. Way to go everyone, it looks absolutely beautiful!

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December 18, 2017

Our Trip to Festival of Trees!

Our whole group from all levels of care attended The Melha Shriners “Festival of Trees” for a special afternoon of viewing their beautiful Christmas Trees in a lovely Victorian setting. We were treated to refreshments of tea, coffee and cookies. Some even got to sit on Santa’s lap. We all had a grand time. Looking […]

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November 27, 2017

Veterans Day Recognition

On November 11th, we started our Veterans Program off with our National Anthem followed by Annetta singing God Bless America. The men and women who served our great country were given dog tags with the United States Flag on it to commemorate their service. We enjoyed the music program by Lisa & Dave Gomez delighting […]

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November 7, 2017

Longmeadow Girl Scout Takes “A Walk Down Memory Lane” for Gold Award

By Cori Urban – Special to The Republican For her Girl Scout Gold Award, 17-year-old Isabel A. Cummings, of Longmeadow, took a walk down Memory Lane. She organized a series of scrapbooking events for the residents of the memory care unit at East Village Place in East Longmeadow. Her project, “A Walk Down Memory Lane,” involved creating […]

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November 7, 2017

Ghost & Goblins walk the halls of East Village Place!

Every year we have Ghost & Goblin preschoolers come in and go trick-or-treating from door to door. The residents look forward to this very much. Well this year was no exception. We had 73 children here walking the halls of East Village Place with costumes that were adorable. The children had fun going door to […]

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October 19, 2017

Donald F. McCall has Soul

When Donald McCall starts to sing, we are all amazed at the tone and volume that comes from his voice. He he really enjoys performing and loves to put smile on all our faces. Thanks for a great afternoon, Donald!

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October 16, 2017

Bake Sale – Funds Benefit Making Strides for Breast Cancer

East Village Place Thrive Team needs your help! October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and East Village Place would like to be a part of the MAKING STRIDES for BREAST CANCER 5K walk on Sunday, October 29th at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA. We need your help to raise awareness and funds to end breast […]

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September 27, 2017

Luncheon to CareOne & Entertainment with Dave Colucci

We were invited to CareOne Redstone for their Annual Fall Luncheon and entertainment with Dave Colucci. We enjoyed homemade beef stew with biscuits and of course hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Dave was fantastic! He had us all singing, laughing and clapping away with his infectious music. Everyone had a great time and […]

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September 27, 2017

Hip Hop Around the World with Rondae Drafts

The entertaining video and power point presentation was a magical, musical, imaginary journey around the world. Rondae came dressed as a flight attendant and took us on an imaginary journey to Ireland, Italy, Japan, Africa, India and Hawaii. At each destination, we explored the traditional food, clothing, music, culture and hip hop! Rondae walked through the […]

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September 27, 2017

Perfume Bottle Collection with Janice Scott

Janice Scott displayed her perfume bottles of all sizes and shapes for a very intrigued audience. Some vintage and some very colorful. As any lover of perfume knows, a perfume bottle is often lovely and ornate. Vintage perfume bottles offer some of the most distinct designs. While some people use these collectibles to store favorite […]

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September 27, 2017

Eco Printing Scarves A Smashing Success

When Elleen Russell came to us and said she wanted to do eco-friendly scarves with our residents, we were amazed at the concept. The residents had so much fun picking out their flowers and placing them on their scarves. There was a lot of chatter and excitement in the room with not only the residents but with the associates […]

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August 29, 2017

Having Fun with Eco Printing

When Elleen Russell came to us and said she wanted to do eco-friendly scarves with our residents, Dee Foster, Community Life Director was amazed at how the residents embraced the concept. They had so much fun picking out their flowers and placing them on their scarves. There was a lot of chatter and excitement in […]

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August 29, 2017

Last Concert for the Season

It was a nice sunny warm night at the East Longmeadow High School Concert where we went to hear the last concert for the summer. The Union Jack Band was a lot of fun to watch. We got silly and had some fun of our own there, making for a very funny evening. We used Seth’s […]

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August 24, 2017

Music, Dancing and Smiles

One thing East Village Place residents and associates love to do is dance. When John or anyone for that matter gets that music going everyone seems to get their feet going too. It’s always a pleasure when John comes because he livens up the room with his personality and always gets one or two residents up […]

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August 24, 2017

Baking with Love Finale Class

Together we made a beautiful and tasty bouquet! This was the end result of our Baking with Love class. The finished product was created by residents and chef Steve. What you see here are layers of cake with hydrangea cupcakes on top, made to look like a pot. The layers of cake consisted of a variety of flavors and it tasted absolutely delicious! Great job everyone, […]

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July 25, 2017

Accordion Orchestra Concert at East Longmeadow High School

It’s that time of year again when we attend the weekly summer concerts at East Longmeadow High School. This year they have a variety of performers, including Ray of Elvis, Neil Diamond Collection, Electric Accordion Orchestra, Dan Kane and Students, Changes in Latitude, Union Jack and The Satinwood Band (a new one added this year). We put […]

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July 25, 2017

East Village Place Hosts Veteran’s Barbeque

Our veterans thought it would be nice to have a Veteran’s Barbeque, and that’s just what they did. Unfortunately it rained so we had to have it in doors, but that didn’t spoil anything. Everyone enjoyed steak, roasted potatoes, garden salad, corn on the cob and strawberry trifle for dessert. Everyone had a great time […]

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July 25, 2017

Janice Scott’s Norman Rockwell Collection

Another one of our favorite Watermark University classes is with Janice Scott, who began her classes on July 14th. Below you can view the display of her Norman Rockwell Collection. She loves putting classes together and showing residents some of her collector items. She shared a wealth of information, even passing out some of her pictures to residents. […]

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July 25, 2017

Baking with Love

Baking with Love is one of the residents favorite classes this semester. Chef Steve looks forward to working with the small group who really hone in their decorating skills. Their hydrangea cupcakes came out marvelous. Next month, the class will be decorating a flower pot filled with cake and decorated cupcakes will line the pot. […]

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June 16, 2017

The Troubadours Patriotic Variety Show

The Troubadours are a non-profit group of volunteer senior citizens who love to perform for fellow seniors and the general public at various venues all over Connecticut and Massachusetts. They entertain with a wide variety of well known music and fun costumes. The performance was a mixture of humor, a little dancing with the audience and a […]

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June 16, 2017

Humble Bee’s Provide Delightful Musical Entertainment

The Humble Bees have provided unique musical entertainment throughout Connecticut for the past 14 years. We had the pleasure of have having them perform for all of us recently. They were both funny and very talented. Instruments played included a flea ukulele, fluke ukulele, firefly banjo, tenor guitar and a mini bass instrument. They were phenomenal […]

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June 16, 2017

Spoil Me Day at East Village Place

We all love to be spoiled, especially when we are the ones getting the special treatment. A group of cosmetology students from Franklin County Technical School treated our residents to manicures. The school prepares its students for success through technical and academic education. These 12 students were excited about making our residents feel and look good. And […]

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June 16, 2017

Pathways Residents Extraordinary Outing to Mill 180 Park

We packed up our picnic lunches and loaded up the van to head off to the park. It was a cold, damp, rainy day, but that wasn’t going to stop us. Community Life Assistant, Seth Frappier, had planned this adventure for months and we knew it was going to be a huge success! Picture an old mill […]

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May 31, 2017

Senator Eric Lesser Visits Residents at East Village Place

Senator Eric Lesser took time out of his busy day to join some of our residents here at East Village Place for lunch. He was seated with Jim Raynor, Dick Samolis and Bob Harrington and had a couple of his staff accompany him. The residents looked like they really enjoyed themselves and look forward to more luncheons in the […]

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May 31, 2017

Dell & Donald’s Fascinating Visit to Antarctica

We were in for a treat when Donald and Dell Bird came to give a presentation about their journey to Antarctica. A land of extremes, Antarctica it is the coldest and driest continent on Earth and has the highest average elevation. Scarcely touched by humans, the frozen land boasts breathtaking scenery, visitors to Antarctica generally must brave rough […]

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May 30, 2017

Music for the Soul with Walter Martin

Frank martin shakes up the whole house when he comes to East Village Place. Some just can’t get enough of him with his beautiful soul and love of music. Thanks Frank, you made our day!

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May 11, 2017

Lions, Tigers and… Clowns!

The Melha Shrine Circus is back in town, and we were invited to attend again this year! Dee Foster, our Community Life Director, received 178 complimentary tickets from The Melha Shriners so that friends, family, staff and residents could be a kid for a day enjoying the sites, sounds (and dare we say smells) of the circus. […]

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May 11, 2017

Cinco De Mayo Dinner Outing

CareOne at Redstone in East Longmeadow graciously invited us to their Cinco De Mayo dinner. Residents had a great time and the food was great!

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May 11, 2017

Cinco De Mayo Celebration!

We had a blast during our Cinco De Mayo luncheon. Residents enjoyed nachos topped with guacamole, Spanish rice and salsa as well as frozen margaritas while Mexican music filled the air. Everyone came prepared to join the festivities and really enjoyed themselves. Throughout this month will be exploring Mexico during our Famous People Watermark University class. Attendees will travel back […]

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May 4, 2017

Getting To Know Seth – Watermark University Class

One of our Community Life Associates, Seth, had the pleasure of conducting this months “Getting to Know You” class. We looked at Seth’s life in a nutshell, from his perspective, and he broke his presentation up into 5 sections starting with Early Life, Education, Family, Adventures, and ending the program with Previous Work Experience. Seth grew […]

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May 2, 2017

Thursdays are a total workout!

When it comes to Thursdays, it’s a total workout with Tyrone Buckner. The residents really get into the fitness program he leads with one of our Nayas, and they have fun while doing it. Workouts include stretching, parachuting, gertie balls, ribbons, beach balls, weights… you name it, they are doing it. Every week Tyrone has a structured class […]

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