Page 4 . Activities: you don’t want to miss these! Brain gym: It is a very popular type of exercise for brain and body coordination! Enjoy! Notable Quote “People say, ‘Oh, to be the daughter of Picasso!’ But it’s not as extravagant as it seems. He was very special, very vibrant, but he was my father. I didn’t have another.” ~ Paloma Picasso (born April 19) APRIL 2015 Palermo Café: Come and join us in the beautiful Lounge area for a flavored coffee or herbal tea and share with us your news! Mmm…I think you need a break. You can always invite your family members to join our team. Crafternoon: In other words let’s spend a nice afternoon together with Crafts! Don’t forget to bring a lot of fantasy! Drama Club: Join this therapeutic program you don’t need any special talent!!Let’s Pretend!!! Taste of Maple Syrup: Every month we are happy to introduce to a fresh product from our local farms. For this month maple syrup is our favorite guest! You can taste it during your meals and you will learn about it’s nutritional properties. Salon & Spa Services: Our Salon & Spa team is waiting for you to come every Wednesday & enjoy facials, manicure, pedicure, haircuts, hair styling & more…at an affordable price. Book your appointment, with Jillian at 905-616-5340 Stress Awareness Month Jazz Appreciation Month Golden Rule Week April 1–7 Passover April 4 Palermo Taste of Maple Syrup! Good news for sweet tooths everywhere: that sticky syrup you love to pour on pancakes and waffles is not only bad for you it might be good for you, too. Sure, it’s sugary and calorie-packed. But real maple syrup is also full of compounds touted for their health benefits, according to a professor from the University of Rhode Island. Navindra Seeram, an assistant professor of pharmacy who specializes in medicinal plant research, found a cocktail of 20 antioxidants in 20 litres of the sweet stuff from Quebec, including 13 never before found in maple syrup. Although he says more research is needed to determine whether people can actually benefit from maple syrup, Seeram adds the compounds are reported to have antibacterial, anticancer and anti-diabetic properties. He says it makes sense that maple syrup contains antioxidant properties, because it comes from sap located just inside the maple tree’s bark, which basks in the sun. Easter April 5 Metric System Day April 7 Karaoke Week April 19–25 Earth Day April 22 DNA Day April 25 Hug an Australian Day April 26 Welcome April Message From our Team We are excited to announce our liquor license, please feel free to pass your ideas for our fine selection. I am looking forward to exploring this menu with you. Visitors – for the safety of all of you, when you have family and friends come to visit, please ask them to kindly sign-in at Reception. Kerra Lain, Office Manger Andrew Walker, General Manager As we are getting busy,check out this month’s calendar for new activities, events & outings.Enjoy the wonderful “In springtime, Love is carried on the weather & Happy Easter to all of breeze. Watch out for Flying Passion you!!! or Kisses whizzing by your head.” Eva Korompili , Recreation Emma Racine Defleur, Happy April Manager. Everyone! Jana Angeles, Residents, Services Manager Refer A Friend! Did you know that Palermo Village has a $1000 referral thank you program? We've included the details inside this issue of our newsletter for you. Thanks to everyone who has referred a friend to us so far! Happy April everyone, spring is here & our priority is to keep our building it’s surroundings clean. Soon we are going to work on our landscaping…colourful flowers all around Palermo! Thank you for your help keeping our home clean and fresh!! Jill Somerville & Betty Jobin, Sales & Marketing Bernadette Bayeta Environmental Services Manager Happy April! A couple things to note from me… Insurance – if you haven’t signed up for our Brokerlink Tenant Insurance, please ensure that I have a copy of your alternative coverage. Invoices – if you have any questions or concerns about your monthly invoice, feel free to come and talk to me. My door is always open! The spring is finally here and we are excited to announce that our new A la carte menu will begin as of April the first. Eat Drink and be happy spring is upon us. Damir Tas Dining Services Manager Page 2 Page 3 Laughing Matters You may be laughing until it hurts, but that laughter is doing some powerful healing. Pull up a chair next to the class clown or pull out some jokes of your own, because April is Humor Month. Laughter can indeed be the best medicine. Humor may be one of the oldest and most effective methods of social bonding. No matter what your culture or background, all laughter sounds the same. Better yet, studies show that the more you laugh, the more attractive you become to the opposite sex…or perhaps that is just a joke? Most laughter doesn’t come from listening to jokes. Most laughter comes from spending time with friends and family. Furthermore, people tend to laugh more when they’re in groups. Laughter truly is contagious, and doctors have become wise to its positive health effects. In fact, laughter strengthens immune systems by increasing infection-fighting antibodies. Laughter has been shown to decrease blood pressure, Confusion by the Foot, Inch, Pound, and Mile improve the function of blood vessels, increase blood flow, and decrease hormones associated with stress. Laughter even reduces pain by stimulating the release of endorphins. One doctor believes laughing is such good exercise that he calls it “internal jogging.” One minute of laughing, he says, is equal to 10 minutes on a rowing machine. Laughter is not just good for the body; it’s also good for the mind. Humor stimulates creativity, improves problem-solving abilities, enhances memory, and teaches resilience. Feet, inches, pounds, teaspoons, tablespoons, miles, and degrees Fahrenheit. What do all these types of measurements have in common? These are all part of the United States’ customary measurement system, closely akin to Britain’s imperial units—a standard many say has outlived its usefulness. This measuring tape shows both inches and centimeters. All April long, make sure to take “laugher breaks” every day. Avoid the news and instead watch a sitcom or funny movie, read the daily comics, perform a sight gag, tell a joke, play games, spend time with children, and most importantly, do these things with friends. Hoot and holler with reckless abandon, and your body will thank you. April 6 is annually celebrated as Mule Day in Columbia, Tennessee. But Mule Day is so beloved that it continues to be celebrated for the rest of the week. Why celebrate such an animal? As the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, mules are more patient, surerfooted, and longer-living than horses, and less obstinate, faster, and smarter than donkeys. Mules, it seems, are the best of both worlds. Records such as the Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie” came out in 45rpm versions like this. made “Louie Louie” a hit in 1963. A year later, the FBI opened an investigation into the song’s mysterious lyrics. One concerned listener believed they contained obscene language. After months of analysis, the FBI concluded the song lyrics were unintelligible. Berry recorded the first version of Today we know that it is a simple this song, with the Pharoahs song about a seafaring man pining signing along, in 1957. But it was for his love as he makes his way to the music group the Kingsmen who see her in Jamaica. Yet Americans still bake using cups, measure height using inches, and fill up gas tanks by the gallon. In 2013, nearly 50,000 Americans petitioned the president to officially adopt the metric system, but the effort failed. It appears the U.S. will remain miles behind the rest of the world when it comes to units of measure. April Marks a Month for Mules Me Gotta Go, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah Some call “Louie Louie” the most popular party song of all time. Others just call it the most incomprehensible. Try your best to decipher the lyrics on April 11, International Louie Louie Day, in honor of composer Richard Berry’s birthdate in 1935. After all, only three countries in the world—the United States, Burma, and Liberia—use this system. The rest of the world has adopted the metric system of measurement. If you’re ready to join the rest of the world, then take a stand on April 7, Metric System Day. The metric system was developed in France during the French Revolution and was officially adopted on April 7, 1795. Nearly every nation in the world has adopted it since. This mule, at a UK mule sanctuary, has the best traits of a donkey father and horse mother. Mule Day began as “Breeders’ Day” in the 1840s. Farmers would gather from miles around to bring their mules to market on the first Monday in April. This was a crucial business before the advent of mechanical tractors, and Columbia became known as the “Mule Capital of the World.” Today, Mule Day is a week-long celebration featuring mule-driving contests, mule parades, a flea market, music, and food and drink. No other town loves its mules as much as Columbia, Tennessee. However, Matanzas, Cuba, comes pretty close. This Cuban city celebrates April 27 as Matanzas Mule Day. On April 27, 1898, Matanzas became the site of the first military action of the SpanishAmerican War. American naval ships amassed in the bay and bombarded the city with artillery. Amazingly, the only casualty was a mule, who became an instant folk hero. Legend has it that the Matanzas Mule was buried with full military honors as a band played for hundreds of mourners. Some claimed this story was made up, as propaganda meant to humiliate the American forces. But the tradition continues. So, this Mule Day, perhaps it’s time to remember your life’s unlikely heroes.
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