Contributed by Marian Fuchs
On Monday March 18 some happy Collington revelers came to the Ivy Bar to drink green beer or white wine and celebrate this famous holiday. Ana and Yolanda poured the drinks, and many smiling folks imbibed them.
Contributed by the Fitness Committee
If you want to stay fit at Collington, there are many choices in addition to anything you may do alone, like walking the trails or paths. There are group activities offered by Collington staff, those offered by SAGE through instructors from Prince George’s Community College, and fitness options offered by residents. The full list, with times and people to contact, is given below.
Residents are discussing the possibility of adding chair volley ball. If you’re itching to do something not offered currently, just introduce the idea on the list-serve, and see if other people are interested. It took only one inquiry from Bill Lively to start the Chess Club in about two weeks.
Meantime, there’s plenty of choices….
Aerobics — Ebony: Tues 12-12:30 in Classroom
Aqua Fit — Ebony: M/W/F 9-11:00 in the Pool
Balance and Beyond — Nelson: T/Th 1-2:00 in Classroom D
Wii games — Nelson: Wed 2:30 in Classroom B
Zumba — Ebony: Th 12:00 in Classroom C
Fitness activities offered by Residents
Billiards — open: Tues 1-2; Wed 11-12; Thu 1-2:00, open at all times in the Billiards Room – Denny Klass
Bocce — open: as advertised
Chair yoga — Marion Robbins: Mon 10:45 in Classroom A
Croquet — Nancy Eichert — summer activity
Ping-Pong — Linda Trimbath: as advertised in Game Room
Stretch Bands — Jacob Kijne: as advertised in Classroom D
Ta’i chi for seniors — Mary Kim: Mon 1-2:30 in Classroom D
Walking — open
Yoga — Marion Robbins: Th 10:30 in the Game Room
Fitness activities offered by SAGE for Spring 2019 Semester
Balance — Dionne Bush: Fri 9-10:00 in Classroom D
Circuit training — Dionne Bush: T/TH 9-11:00 in Classroom D
Pilates — Susan Shell: M/W/F 11-12:00 in Classroom D
Tai chi — Chung-Jen Chang: Mon 1-3; Wed 10-12:00 in Classroom A
Therapeutic aquatics — Cheryl Mabry: T/Th 10-11:30 in the Pool
Weights — Dionne Bush: Fri 10-11:00 in Classroom
CHECK THE COURIER TO MAKE SURE AN ACTIVITY TAKES PLACE!
Do any of these activities interest you enough that you would join in?
Bean bag toss
Other? You name it!
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Contributed by Marian Fuchs
Friday’s Activities Fair filled the Auditorium with residents at tables presenting 45 campus activities, ranging from audio-visual training to yoga. Arranged by the RA Executive Committee, this event was a huge success, offering a dazzling variety of things to do for the lucky people who live on campus. The photos below are just a few of the dozens of people who showed up to promote their favorites.
Marion Robbins at the Yoga table, Shirley Denman of the Coloring Club, Bud Gardiner at the Camera Club, Scotti at Dining Committee, Clarita Rickets painting for Creative Arts group.
Pat Duggan and Joyce Garrison of the Flower Committee, Peter Pfund of the Sustainability Committee, Jim Giese promoting audio-visual training, and Don Peterson representing both the Garden Committee and the Composting project. Liz Barbehenn is at the next door Weed Warriors table.
Here are Delores Padrone and Mary Bird offering Spanish; Pat Kirkham, Herb Stone and Joyce Koch three of the large Library contingent, and Elizabeth Gill representing both the Marketing Committee and the Ambassadors Program.
Noel McPherson and Faith Torsani on the Collington Singers table; Gretta Esty and Nancy Brown signing up a new member of the Fitness Committee. Lorrie Rogers is talking to Anita Myers about the Collington MACCRA branch
RoAnne and Helen Hindinger were showing some of the Glass Case wares they sell for the benefit of the RA; Stephen Poole and Bill Lively were playing to promote the newly created Chess Club (although Bill is obviously taking a moment to chat with Elizabeth Gill). On the right Florence Zook shows what fun is to be had playing mahjongg.
Here are Irmgard Dugge for the Weed Warriors, Dorothy Yuan for the Booker and Beyond Book Club and Eloise Brache and Marion Henry for the ever-popular Drama Committee.
On the stage were Jim Florini with his drones (unpictured, alas), and two gentlemen billiard players; Laurie Cobb was at the table of the Health Service Committee, and in that picture Barbara Florini is talking Bonnie Cronin of the Women’s History Month, shown in the next picture. Peggy Latimer is representing the Collingtonian. Jane Miller was one of three women at the knitting table.
As time wore on, the Auditorium became more and more crowded, and the noise level went up. Two residents were said to have removed their hearing aids. The energy, enthusiasm and excitement were palpable.
What a rich and lively campus we have! What an extraordinary number of activities we (and the residents before us) have created for our education, enjoyment or self-improvement! As if the array of activities on offer in the fair were not enough, there are many, many others – perhaps as many as another 45.
Consider, for instance, the unrepresented operational committees and groups (e.g. Grounds, Fiscal Review, Committees, Low Vision Group), so many other opportunities (working at the Country Store, visiting in Creighton Center, welcoming newcomers at dinner). Think of our many musicians, (the Kollington Kats, and the many great singers and players who accompany evening glasses of wine in the Ivy Bar.) Think of our radio hams, and the many folks who fix things in the woodshop/hobby shop, where a plethora of tools are on offer. Then there’s the list-serve and the residents’ website keeping residents informed of what’s going on. There are the diverse ways of worship in the Chapel, and residents bringing worship to folks in the Creighton; there’s the Speakers Program, the Neighbor Program, and the wonderful array of concerts that come our way on Sundays and throughout the week. There’s the Interiors Group, bringing art to the walls of our Community Building, and the OO Shop that finds new homes for the things we no longer need, and funds all the wonderful things that we do.
What energy on the part of our community! All this activity is generated by us, the residents. These things are neither initiated, funded or organized by Management, or Sage or anyone but just us, and the residents who came before us.
When asked if they had seen anything like the verve of the Activities Fair in their previous CCRC positions, Justin Reaves and Megan Barbour both said they hadn’t. It is they who used the word ‘awesome’.
Let’s give ourselves a big pat on the back!
Contributed by Marian Fuchs
December is one of our community’s busiest months. In the past handful of days, for instance, we’ve had the following three memorable events:
A Taste of the Holidays – a special event put on by Kim Rivers, our Vitalize 360 coach, the Culinary Services team and Corinne Pearce, our dietician.
The purpose was to present residents with healthy options for party food for the holidays. In addition to a range of foods and a punch drink, there were talks and printed information and some useful recipes. Some 60 – 70 residents attended.
Here are Kim, Corinne, and three of the ‘healthy nibbles’: endives with walnuts and blue cheese, crispy spiced chickpeas and a Margherita Flatbread from the Landing.
A Talk about a Lovely Boat Collection
Sue Regen talked to a group of about 30 residents about the charming collection of boats from around the world that she and her husband Rich and their families had collected over the years. This collection has been delighting viewers for many weeks now.
Here are Sue, Rich, and a tiny part of their collection.
MaCCRA Meeting with Collington’s Local Government Representatives
Lorrie Rogers, Collington’s MCCRA leader, organized this meeting, introducing our four representatives. They are State Senator Joann Benson, and State Representatives Erek Barron, Jazz Lewis and Andrea Harrison, shown below.
Each representative spoke about their priorities for the coming session, and answered audience questions. The newest representative, Andrea Harrison said the least, stressing that she was on a learning curve and would have to read bills and talk to others before making pronouncements. All the others shared progressive agendas, with plans to try to craft bills and win support for all of the following:
This was a lively and informative meeting, with much goodwill between audience and speakers. Thanks to Lorrie Rogers, this was the third visit to Collington of this group, which augers well for future good relations with our representatives.
Here is Jacob’s impressive “know your neighbor” talk from last Tuesday night.
Enjoy. Hopefully it will stimulate others to share their stories!