1981 Montecito Ave • Mountain View, CA 94043 • (650) 965-8633 December 2014 Hanukkah Celebration Spin the dreidel, light the menorah and partake in our Hanukkah version of the Hora! Celebrate the festival of lights at Redwood Villa. Tuesday, Dec. 16 4:45 p.m. in the Dining Room New Year’s Celebration The champagne is chilling we hope you are willing to be our guest at a New Year’s Eve Fest! Entertainment by the popular Mark Shaw Wednesday, Dec. 31 4:45 p.m. in the Dining Room The balloons will drop at 7 p.m. Christmas Dinner Under the stars, beneath the moon Will be a Christmas party you won’t forget soon A party for all so full of cheer A room full of people we all hold dear So join us for this Christmas celebration Forget all your sorrows, worries, frustration A toast to the season and don’t you forget Redwood Villa’s parties are always a great bet! Thursday, Dec. 25 4 p.m. in the Dining Room Cost: $15 per guest *In order for our staff to enjoy Christmas with their families, dinner will be served promptly at 4 p.m. 2 December Happy Hour Don’t miss December’s one and only Happy Hour with one of our favorite entertainers, Margie Bin The World Famous Madrigal Singers Thursday, Dec. 11 3:30 p.m. in the Party Suite San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Presents Their holiday celebration is always a festive, heart-warming and simply not-to-be-missed extravaganza! December Birthdays Happy Birthday to all our Redwood Villa December babies!!! 6 Barbara Thayer 10 Bruce Haisfield 12 Shelley Lazoff 20 Hilda Shaye 23 Pauline Drohan 31 Lola Maher Saturday, Dec. 13 At the Nourse Theater in San Francisco Bus leaves at 1 p.m. Discounted ticket prices are as follows: Orchestra Center Orchestra = $50 Rear Orchestra = $40 Side Orchestra = $36 Balcony Seats = $25* * Balcony seats are wooden with no cushions and involve climbing stairs ** Must sign up and pay for tickets by Dec. 10. No refunds. The beautiful voices of the Mountain View High School Madrigal Singers echoing through Redwood Villas dining room is always a big treat to kick off the holidays. Each year, the Madrigal Singers entertain our residents with songs they sing in a cappella. Their performance is one of the highlights of the season! Thursday, Dec. 18 4 p.m. in the Dining Room Holiday Gift Wrapping The Christmas Elves are back again this year to help wrap your holiday presents! Through the generosity of Redwood Villa’s friend, Jenny Patterson, we will have supplies and several volunteers available to help wrap presents. Friday, Dec. 19 5:30 p.m. in the Party Suite 3 Happy Holidays Redwood Villa’s Guide to the Holidays Dec. 4 Dec. 6 Dec. 8 Dec. 8 Dec. 8 & 10 Dec. 13 Dec. 16 Dec. 18 Dec. 19 Dec. 25 Dec. 31 Tree-Trimming Party Sunnyvale Singers Women’s Chorus Holiday Themed Art Therapy Fantasy of Lights - Los Gatos San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus - SF Hanukkah Celebration Madrigal Singers Volunteer Gift Wrapping Christmas Party New Year’s Eve Celebration * There will be no driving on Thursday, Dec. 25, or Friday, Dec. 26. Fantasy of Lights - Los Gatos Take a 1.5-mile drive through holiday lights and displays. The mostly animated displays, the special sounds of holiday music piped through the bus radio and the sights and sounds of an erupting volcano in the dangerously fun Dinosaur Den, Santa Shooting Hoops, a pen of playful penguins, blazing cannons, tunnels of lights and a 90-foot winking, twinkling tree will have you “oohing and aahing” throughout the ride. Monday, Dec. 8, and Wednesday, Dec. 10 (please choose one date only) Bus leaves at 5:45 p.m. Christmas Tree-Trimming Party Santa Claus is on his way It’s time to prepare for Christmas Day Drink some eggnog or have some tea Come hang an ornament on our tree Join us for the annual Redwood Villa tree-trimming party, complete with entertainment by Dennis D’Aoust. This promises to be a can’t-miss event! Thursday, Dec. 4 2:30 p.m. In the Dining Room Just a Few Things Redwood Villa Has to Offer to Keep Us Healthy December 2014 CALENDAR KEY CB CH BS DR CR UL TL PS HR * Sunday Monday COFFEE BAR CHAPEL BEAUTY SALON DINING ROOM CARD ROOM UPSTAIRS LOBBY TELEVISION LOUNGE PARTY SUITE HOBBY ROOM BUS SIGN-UP 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 1:30 Bingo (PS) 3:00 Wii Bowling (TL) 6:15 Movie (TL) 7 Scheduled Rides to Church* 2:00 Movie: (TL) TUESDAYS 9:30 A.M. Mountain View, Los Altos Doctors & Shops 1:00 Safeway Plaza THURSDAYS 9:30 A.M. Palo Alto, Stanford Doctors & Shops ************* 10:00 Manicurist (BS) 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 1:30 Women’s Chorus (DR) 2:30 Bingo (PS) 3:00 Wii Bowling (TL) 3:00 Art Therapy 5:45 Fantasy of Lights - Los Gatos* 6:15 Movie (TL) 14 Scheduled Rides to Church* 2:00 Movie: (TL) Scheduled Rides to Church* 2:00 Movie: (TL) Check out our famous poinsettia tree. Come to the lobby in the month of December to see what all the buzz is about! Scheduled Rides to Church* 2:00 Movie: (TL) 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 1:30 Bingo (PS) 3:00 Wii Bowling (TL) 6:15 Movie (TL) 16 9:30 Mountain View, Los Altos Doctors & Shops* 1:00 Safeway Plaza* 4:45 Hanukkah Party (DR) 22 10:00 Manicurist (BS) 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 1:30 Bingo (PS) 3:00 Wii Bowling (TL) 6:15 Movie (TL) 23 9:30 Mountain View, Los Altos Doctors & Shops* 1:00 Safeway Plaza* 29 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 1:30 Bingo (PS) 3:00 Wii Bowling (TL) 6:15 Movie (TL) 9 9:30 Mountain View, Los Altos Doctors & Shops* 1:00 Safeway Plaza* 15 28 2 9:30 Mountain View, Los Altos Doctors & Shops* 1:00 Safeway Plaza* 8 21 Poinsettia Tree Tuesday 1 30 9:30 Mountain View, Los Altos Doctors & Shops* 1:00 Safeway Plaza* Calendar of Events Wednesday Thursday Friday 3 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 12:30 Catholic Mass (CH) 3:00 Word Wizards (TL) 5:45 Pay-Me Card Game (CR) 8:30 Beautician (BS) 9:30 Palo Alto & Stanford Area Doctors & Shopping* 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 1:30 Bible Study (CH) 2:30 Tree-Trimming Party (DR) 10 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 3:00 Word Wizards (TL) 5:45 Pay-Me Card Game (CR) 5:45 Fantasy of Lights - Los Gatos* 8:30 Beautician (BS) 9:30 Palo Alto & Stanford Area Doctors & Shopping* 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 1:30 Bible Study (CH) 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 10:00 Tai Chi (DR) 3:00 Word Wizards (TL) 5:45 Pay-Me Card Game (CR) 31 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 10:00 Tai Chi (DR) 3:00 Word Wizards (TL) 4:45 New Year’s Eve Dinner (DR) 7:00 Balloon Drop (DR) 25 CHRISTMAS DINING SCHEDULE *There Will Be NO 7:30 A.M. Breakfast 9:00-11:00 Christmas Brunch *There Will Be NO 11:30 A.M. Lunch 4:00 Christmas Feast 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 12:30 Sunnyvale Singers (DR) 2:00 Movie (TL) 3:00 Card Making (HR) 13 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 1:00 Gay Men’s Choir* 2:00 Movie (TL) 3:00 Card Making (HR) 19 10:30 Bingo (PS) 1:00 Wii Bowling (TL) 3:00 Line Dancing (DR) 5:30 Volunteer Gift Wrapping (PS) 5:45 Poker (CR) 6:15 Friday Night Movie (TL) 8:30 Beautician (BS) 9:30 Palo Alto & Stanford Area Doctors & Shopping* 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 1:30 Bible Study (CH) 4:00 Madrigal Singers (DR) 6 12 10:30 Bingo (PS) 1:00 Wii Bowling (TL) 3:00 Line Dancing (DR) 5:45 Poker (CR) 6:15 Friday Night Movie (TL) 18 24 Christmas 5 10:30 Bingo (PS) 1:00 Wii Bowling (TL) 3:00 Line Dancing (DR) 5:45 Poker (CR) 6:15 Friday Night Movie (TL) 11 17 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 10:00 Tai Chi (DR) 3:00 Word Wizards (TL) 5:45 Pay-Me Card Game (CR) Saturday 4 20 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 2:00 Movie (TL) 3:00 Card Making (HR) 26 10:30 Bingo (PS) 1:00 Wii Bowling (TL) 3:00 Line Dancing (DR) 5:45 Poker (CR) 6:15 Friday Night Movie (TL) 27 10:00 Morning Stretch (TL) 2:00 Movie (TL) 3:00 Card Making (HR) 6 Talk About It Laugh Lines Here are some whimsical winter witticisms to share with your friends: Q: What did the big, furry hat say to the warm, woolly scarf? A: “You hang around while I go on ahead.” Q: What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? A: Claustrophobic Q: What sits on the bottom of the cold Arctic Ocean and shakes? A: A nervous wreck. Q. What do you call a snowman in the summer? A. A puddle. Q. What kind of math do snowy owls like? A. Owlgebra. Q. What do snowmen wear on their heads? A. Ice caps. Q: How do you keep from getting cold feet? A: Don’t go around brrrfooted! Q: What nationality is Santa Claus? A: North Polish. Protect Yourself This Flu Season It has been recognized for many years that seniors are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with young, healthy adults. During most seasons, it’s estimated that 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and between 50 and 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States occur in seniors. This is because human immune defenses become weaker with age. So influenza can be a very serious disease for people 65 and older. Actions to Take This Flu Season: • Get Your Flu Shot The best way to prevent the flu is with a flu vaccine. The vaccine has been updated for this season and immunity wanes over a year, so you should get vaccinated this year even if you were vaccinated last season. Immunity sets in about two weeks after vaccination. • Practice good health habits including covering coughs, washing hands often, and avoiding people who are sick. • Seek medical advice quickly if you develop flu symptoms to see whether you might need medical evaluation or treatment with antiviral drugs. It’s very important that antiviral drugs be used early to treat flu in seniors who are very sick with flu, and have a greater chance of getting serious flu complications. • Be courteous to your fellow residents by ordering trays to your room, avoiding others and wearing a mask if you must walk around the general population. By following these simple steps, we can ensure a healthy holiday season for ourselves and our neighbors. 7 The Crossword Craze Choosing the Right Resolution The end of the year is near, and with it comes the perfect opportunity to score a positive change or two—by making a New Year’s resolution. It can be fun and rewarding to set a goal for the next 12 months, especially if you keep some of these tips in mind: Put the “new” in “Happy New Year.” Experts say setting the same goals year after year is a mistake. Something fresh and exciting, such as deciding to try a new art class, will motivate you more than a familiar resolution you’ve failed to keep. Fine-tune your focus. Some people create a long list of ways they want to improve in the new year, then quickly become overwhelmed and burn out. Pick one main goal, and be specific— instead of saying “exercise more” or “eat healthier,” say “walk for 30 minutes each day” or “eat a serving of vegetables at every meal.” Ask for help. Friends and relatives can support you and keep you accountable if you share your goals with them, and they may even ask you to return the favor. Consider setting a resolution with others that will be fun to keep, such as planning a special outing or get-together once a month. What’s a nine-letter word for a popular game that is both entertaining and educational? It’s “crossword,” a puzzle where players use given clues to place words and phrases into sets of prearranged squares. The familiar black-and-white grid game made its debut Dec. 21, 1913. Arthur Wynne, who worked at the New York World newspaper, is credited for inventing the crossword after his editor asked him to create a new feature for the Sunday puzzle section. Based on a game he remembered from his childhood, Wynne’s puzzle was a diamond-shaped grid with numbered squares and written clues for 31 words. It was first called “word-cross.” The game was an instant hit and became a weekly feature. A typesetting error later changed the name to “crossword,” and the name stuck. In 1924, fledgling publishers Simon & Schuster printed a collection of the World’s puzzles. The book was an overnight sensation and made crosswords a major craze. Soon, newspapers across the country featured crossword puzzles. Today, there are countless variations of crosswords based on design, size and difficulty. Remember Me? She flew from Neverland, fell in love in the South Pacific and taught the von Trapp children to sing. Actress Mary Martin starred in some of Broadway’s biggest musicals. Learn more about this legend of the Great White Way. She was born Dec. 1, 1913, in Weatherford, Texas. Her big break came in 1938 in the Cole Porter musical “Leave It to Me.” For her 1949 starring role as Nellie in “South Pacific,” a show highlight was her song “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair.” It was Martin’s suggestion that she really shampoo her hair onstage. In 1954, Martin enchanted audiences as Peter Pan, both on Broadway and TV broadcasts. She often said it was her favorite role. Martin earned three Tony Awards for Best Actress. December 2014 DECEMBER 1900: German physicist Max Planck makes science history with a study originating the quantum theory of physics. He won a Nobel Prize for his work. 1933: Prohibition ends upon ratification of the U.S. Constitution’s 21st Amendment. 1936: King Edward VIII voluntarily abdicates the throne of England in order to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson. 1972: The three astronauts of Apollo 17, the last lunar-landing expedition, return to Earth after a 10-day mission. 1955: In Montgomery, Ala., Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a public bus and is arrested. Her act became the symbolic beginning of the civil rights movement. 1991: The Soviet Union is dissolved, marking an end to the Cold War. 1956: Dubbed the “Million Dollar Quartet,” Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley strike up an impromptu jam session at the legendary Sun Record Studios in Memphis. 2006: Football running back LaDainian Tomlinson scores his 29th touchdown for the San Diego Chargers, breaking the NFL record for most touchdowns scored in a single season. 2009: “Avatar,” directed by James Cameron, debuts and beats his earlier film “Titanic” as the highest-grossing film of all time.
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