Mission Statement

Monday, February 2
Floor Meetings
Time Varies by Floor
Tuesday, February 3
Montclair Committee
3:00 PM
Thursday, February 5
Resident Council
Tuesday, February 10
Chapel Committee
3:00 PM
Thursday, February 12
Board of Directors
1:30 PM
Library Committee
1:30 PM
Tuesday, February 24
Resident Services
11:00 AM
Mission Statement
“To be of service to the residents of Clairmont Place and The Montclair...
“To work together in a spirit of willing cooperation for the common
good of the community...
“To enhance the safety, security and comfort of our residents and to
promote an active, independent lifestyle...
“To be the best that we can be in order to preserve Clairmont Place as
the premier retirement community in the Atlanta area”
February Outings
Sunday, February 1
1:00 PM In the Mood Cobb Energy Performing Arts
Thursday, February 5
5:00 PM Dinner Outing to Bambinelli’s
Friday, February 6
9:15 AM Men’s Breakfast Outing to JRs
2:30 PM IMAX Movie—Jerusalem, Fernbank
Wednesday, February 11
12:00 PM TLC (The Lunch Club) to Goldberg’s Deli
Thursday, February 12
6:45 PM Aurora Swing Night
Friday, February 13
9:15 AM Valentine’s Breakfast or doughnuts,
Dunkin Donuts
11:00 AM Carlos Concert: Love Songs, Emory Carlos
Saturday, February 14
7:15 PM Emory Big Band Jazz Fest
Tuesday, February 17
7:00 PM DeKalb Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, February 18
7:15 PM Emory Youth Symphony
Friday, February 20
9:15 AM Civil and Human Rights Museum
Clairmont Place
Board of Directors
President: Betty Daniels
Vice President: Bob Gary
Secretary: Elizabeth Mabry
Member: Betty Asbury
Member: Bob Jones
Senior Association
Management, LLC.
Managing Director:
Paul McGough
Business and Food Service Director:
Chris Rajack
Housekeeping Director:
Vazianna Davis
Maintenance Director:
Wade Smith
Montclair Director:
Breda Collins
Resident Services Director:
Lynn Mayer
Wednesday, February 25
12:00 PM TLC (The Lunch Club) to Napoleon’s on LaVista
Thursday, February 26
4:30 PM Dinner Outing to Café M. Rouge, Buckhead
Friday, February 27
9:15 AM Ladies Breakfast to Bantam + Biddy
12:30 PM Mystery Trip
Saturday, February 24
7:15 PM Emory Wind Ensemble
The Neighboring News and
Clairmont Conversation are both designed and
edited by
Lynn Mayer, Paul Bugg
and Peggy Ray
Clairmont Place Senior Living Community,
2100 Clairmont Lake, Decatur, Ga. 30033
Professionally Managed by Senior Association
Management, LLC.
Lynn’s Pen
Walk the condo halls on all seven floors, all three
corridors and you’ve walked 1.9 miles according to
Everett Martin and his Fitbit mile counter.
To reserve space to play Bridge talk with Lynn
Mayer. If you wish to have a table or two play bridge
in the 2100 building please speak with Lynn Mayer to
reserve a space. We have many groups who play and we
always try to accommodate all.
Noise makers? We would love to have the noise
makers from our New Year’s Eve Party to use again at
the Mardi Gras Party on Feb. 17. If you happen to have
one just drop it by Lynn’s office. Thank you.
Movies: We continue to offer a variety of movies in our
Cinema and are interested in times, days to show
movies, and also, we would appreciate donations of
good quality DVD’s and newer, more recently released
Library: In order to replenish our library with some
missing books the Library Committee is hosting a
“Round Up Day” on Thursday, February 26. As you
clean and organize your homes gather books to return
or donate to the library and drop them off in Lynn’s
office. Check all books to see if any belong to Clairmont
Place. Books that are missing are “Unbroken”, “ The
Help” and “My Beloved World”. These were books
newly purchased for the library. Please return.
Register your car: All Clairmont Place residents must
register your car and have a decal sticker on your car. It
is for your security and allows our staff to know if your
car is one belonging to a resident or not. If security sees
a car without the registration decal it we won’t know
who it belongs to. We cannot contact you if you leave
lights on, a purse left in a car, or other safety concerns.
Stop by the Front Desk and register your car today.
Annual English Afternoon Tea: On Sunday,
February 8, 2015, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in
Decatur will host its 15th Annual English Afternoon
Tea in the parish hall. Please join us at 2:00 P.M. or
4:00 P.M. for tea, scones, sandwiches and sweets. The
tea proceeds benefit community outreach programs
which in the past have included Hagar's House, Decatur
Emergency Assistance Ministry and Our
House. Advance tickets are $15 and must be paid for in
full by Friday, Feb. 6th. After Feb. 6th, tickets will be
available at the tea for $20. In addition, in celebration
of our 15th year, a cookbook of recipes served at the tea
will be available for purchase. Holy Trinity is located at
515 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur. For additional
information, tickets and reservations for parties of 4 or
more, please call the church office at (404) 377-2622.
Transportation is not provided.
Homestead Exemption: Have you moved from your
home to Clairmont Place in the past year? Do you need to
schedule to meet with someone from the tax
commissioners office to assist with your Homestead
Exemption? Sign up at the Front Desk to schedule your
appointment with a representative from the tax
Commissioners office who will be at Clairmont Place on
March 4 beginning at 9:00 am for the first appointment.
Friday Morning Exercise changes days and time: We
are hoping to encourage more participation for the Friday
Morning class who take the “Ageless Grace” chair class
with Sandy, so we are offering the class on Tuesdays at
1:15. The Friday morning class will not meet beginning in
February. The class will meet on Tuesdays at 1:15 PM.
Laughter, Brain Fitness and Older Adults
Laughter may not only be the best medicine; it may
also offer a way to improve memory, according to a study
presented at the 2014 Experimental Biology Meeting, held
in April 2014 in San Diego.
Researchers from Loma Linda, California, presented
the study, which examined the relationship; between
cortisol and memory, and investigated whether humor and
laughter could reduce the damage that cortisol can cause
to the brain. Cortisol, a stress hormone, is known to
affect memory and learning ability in older adults.
Researchers showed a funny 20-minute video to two
groups of elderly adults – one comprising healthy
individuals and the other consisting of people with
diabetes – and then asked participants to complete a test
that evaluated learning recall and sight recognition.
Cortisol levels were measured before and after the video
performance. Test results were compared against those of
a control group that had not watched the funny video.
Data analysis showed that both groups that had
watched the funny video had lower cortisol levels than the
control group. The people with diabetes experienced the
most change in cortisol totals, while the healthy older
adults showed the most improvement in memory test
scores. All funny-video viewers scored higher than
control group members on every aspect of memory.
Lee Berk, DrPH, a study coauthor, said in a press
release from the Federation of American Societies for
Experimental Biology, “It’s simple. The less stress you
have, the better your memory. Humor reduces
detrimental stress hormones like cortisol that decrease
memory hippocampal neurons, lowers your blood
pressure, and increases blood flow and your mood state.
The act of laughter – or simply enjoying some humor – increases the release of endorphins and dopamine in the brain,
which provides a sense of pleasure and reward. These positive and beneficial neurochemical changes, in turn, make the
immune system function better. There are even changes in brain wave activity towards what’s called the ‘gamma wave
band frequency,’ which also amp up memory and recall.” IDEA Fitness Journal, January 2015, page 70
Every Tuesday in February: New Exercise Class—Ageless Grace.
Tuesdays. Community Room. Our Friday morning chair class
“Ageless Grace,” with instructor, Sandy Bramlett, is moving to a new
day and time. Class meets on Tuesdays at 1:15 with hopes that a later
start time will allow more participation, plus it won’t conflict with
Friday morning outings.
In the Mood, Sunday, February 1, 1:00 PM. Cobb Energy Performing
Arts Center. In the Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller,
Tommy Dorsey, The Andrew Sisters and Big Band Greats of the 40s.
The 13 piece band, along with singers and dancers provide an afternoon
performance you are sure to enjoy. Cost: $46.50, includes ticket and
bus. Deadline: January 19. Must have 10 people buy tickets to lock in
your seat.
Sunday Cinema, Sunday, February 1, 4:00 PM. Wall Street (1987)
Starring Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Tamara Tunie. Rated R.
Ping Pong Tournament, Tuesday, February 3, 1:30 PM. Fitness
Center. Our Ping Pong players are back in action and ready to take on
some new challengers. Show up to play Janet, Bob, Everett, Damace or
others at 1:30 PM.
Ground Hog Day, Tuesday, February 3, 2:30 PM. Bar Area. It’s
Ground Hog Day! Come share a Ground Hog Day story and enjoy
popcorn and laughs in the Bar area at 2:30 PM.
Coffee Chat, Wednesday, February 4, 9:00 AM. Main Dining Room.
Wilhelmina Blitz, speaker.
Tea at Two, Wednesday, February 4, 2:30 PM. Bar Area. Tea and
Talk is a social opportunity for Clairmont Place residents to visit and
enjoy tea together. Let’s get to know one another better.
Car Wash and Detailing, Thursday, February 5, By Appointment.
Resident Parking Lot. All new to Clairmont Place Residents. Car
detailing in your parking lot. Antonio James brings his car detailing
equipment right to your car. Mr. James came highly recommended by a
resident and her daughter. Sign up to reserve a spot on February 5 or
February 24. Pay by cash or check to Antonio James. Includes
vacuuming car. Cost: $20 per car, $30 per truck or SUV. Detailing
done at the back fence.
Dinner Outing to Bambinelli’s, Thursday, February 5, 5:00 PM.
Northlake Parkway. Owner, Bonnie Bambinelli, has been at this
location for over 30 years serving her guests Italian Food that fills your
tummy with rich flavors. Cost: $3 for bus and money for dinner.
Deadline: January 29. Need 10 or more.
National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 6, ALL DAY. As part of
the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day to bring
recognition and awareness of heart disease among men and also women
we will wear red today! Know the facts. Be informed.
Men’s Breakfast Outing to JRs, Friday, February 6, 9:15 AM. All
Clairmont Place men may sign up to go have breakfast at JRs (This is a
men’s only outing.) Cost: $3 for bus and money for breakfast.
IMAX Movie—Jerusalem, Friday, February 6, 2:30 PM. Fernbank
Museum. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major
religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families
who call Jerusalem home. Travel underground in this film to solve
some of the cities greatest mysteries. Cost: $13.70, includes bus and
ticket. Deadline: January 23. Must have 10 sign up.
Saturday Cinema, Saturday, February 7, 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Desk
Set (1957) Starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young.
Rated Approved.
Sunday Cinema, Sunday, February 8, 4:00 PM. A Musical Portrait of
America (Readers Digest Film)
Marisa—the Jewelry Vendor, Monday, February 9, 10:30 AM—2:00
PM. Bar area. Marisa returns with her pre-Valentine’s inventory of
beautiful custom designed jewelry, shawls, and scarves. Bring money to
Craft Class, Tuesday, February 10, 1:30 PM. Craft Room. Valentine
Birthday Dinner, Tuesday, February 10, 5:00 PM. Main Dining
Room. All residents celebrating a February birthday are invited to sit
together for a birthday dinner in your honor on February 10. Judy
Boehm will entertain on the piano.
Coffee Chat, Wednesday, February 11, 9:00 AM. Main Dining Room.
Olga Rust, speaker.
TLC (The Lunch Club) to Goldberg’s Deli, Wednesday, February
11, 12:00 PM. Toco Hills. Goldberg’s Deli has a variety of sandwiches
and other lunch items, but if you prefer you may go next door and have
Thai food or nearby pizza. Cost: $3 for bus and money for lunch.
Deadline: February 8. Must have 10 or more sign up.
Decatur School of Dance, Thursday, February 12, 4:00 PM. Main
Dining Room. Decatur School of Dance presents The Rug Cutters
dance troupe here at Clairmont Place. The young dancers bring their
talent and energy for your entertainment. Everyone is encouraged to
come watch.
Aurora Swing Night, Thursday, February 12, 6:45 PM. Aurora
Theatre, Lawrenceville. Aurora Swing Night, featuring the Metro Jazz
Club Band, a smokin’ hot, seventeen piece band dedicated to the
preservation of some of the best music ever composed. My Jazzy
Valentine swing night at the trackside venue, built in 1904 with granite
walls, archways, fully restored, great band, dancing or listening. Cost:
$21, includes bus and ticket. Deadline: February 6. 12 or more must
sign up to go.
Valentine’s Breakfast or doughnuts, Friday, February 13, 9:15 AM.
Dunkin Donuts. Start Valentine’s weekend by treating yourself to a
Valentine doughnut or breakfast sandwich and coffee at the nearby
Dunkin Donut shop. Cost: $3 for bus and money for food. Deadline:
February 10. Must have 10 or more sign up.
Carlos Concert: Love Songs, Friday, February 13, 11:00 AM. Carlos
Museum at Emory. Enjoy listening to Valentine Love Songs at the free
noon concert at the Carlos Museum. Cost: $3 for bus. Deadline:
February 10. Need 10 or more music lovers.
Valentine’s Cocktail Party, Friday, February 13, 4:00 PM. Bar area.
Be our Valentine and come to the pre-Valentine Cocktail Party. The
drinks are on the house! Valentine hugs are on the house!
Saturday Cinema, Saturday, February 14, 2:00 PM. Romeo and Juliet
(2014) Starring Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Donte Bonner. Not
Saturday Cinema, Saturday, February 14, 6:30 PM. Shirley Valentine
1989) Starring Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Julia McKenzie. Rated R.
Emory Big Band Jazz Fest, Saturday, February 14, 7:15 PM. Emory
Schwartz Center. Jazz Fest offers “Big Band” Night at Emory. Free,
fun concert. Cost: $3 for bus. Deadline: February 10. Need 10 or
more to sign up.
Sunday Cinema, Sunday, February 15, 4:00 PM. Eat, Pray, Love
2010) Starring Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins. Rated
Clairmont Place Singers Perform, Monday, February 16, 3:00 PM.
Community Room. Our Clairmont Place Singers, under the direction
of Peggy Ray, have a short, but new program ready to sing on
February 16 at 3:00 PM in the Community Room.
Mardi Gras Party, Tuesday, February 17, 5:00 PM. Main Dining
Room. Celebrate Mardi Gras here at Clairmont Place with our annual
dinner party. Our fun filled party with the same band we enjoyed on
New Year’s Eve. Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold. Dress
up in Mardi costumes or colors. Mardi Gras dinner menu for this
DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, Tuesday, February 17, 7:00 PM. Cole
Auditorium. Helen Kim, violin. Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1. Cost:
$3 plus season ticket. Deadline: February 13.
Coffee Chat, Wednesday, February 18, 9:00 AM. Main Dining Room.
Betty Asbury, speaker.
Hot Cocoa following Chapel, Wednesday, February 18, 3:35 PM.
Following Chapel we’ll be serving hot cocoa in the Bar area. All
residents are invited.
Emory Youth Symphony, Wednesday, February 18, 7:15 PM.
Emory Schwartz Center. The youth of today may be the musicians of
the future! Come listen to them now and support the Emory Youth
Symphony. Lots of talent and Free. Cost: $3 for bus. Deadline:
February 15. Need 10 or more.
Phoenix Players, Thursday, February 19, 11:00 AM. Community
Room. The Phoenix Players, are a volunteer troupe of senior
performers who bring their small productions to us to watch.
Everyone is invited.
Chinese New Year, Thursday, February 19, 5:00 PM. Main Dining
Room. We’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve with a party, but we like to
party so we’re celebrating Chinese New Year. The cooks will whip up
some southern style Chinese food, we’ll dress in red, gold, any Asian
apparel and celebrate the year of the sheep!
Civil and Human Rights Museum, Friday, February 20, 9:15 AM.
Ivan Allen Blvd. By request we have scheduled to visit the new
Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum, an engaging cultural
attraction that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to
today’s Global Human Rights Movements. “No trip to Atlanta is
complete without a visit to the Center.” In addition we plan to ride
the new streetcar—fully enclosed and climate controlled, plus a stop
for lunch at the Varsity. Cost: $13, includes bus and ticket.
Deadline: February 13. Need 12 or more to go.
Saturday Cinema, Saturday, February 21, 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM.
Casablanca (1942) Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul
Henreid. Rated PG.
Sunday Cinema, Sunday, February 22, 4:00 PM. Calendar Girls
(2003) Starring Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Penelope Wilton. Rated
Car Wash and Detailing, Tuesday, February 24, By Appointment.
Resident Parking Lot. All new to Clairmont Place Residents. Car
detailing in your parking lot. Antonio James brings his car detailing
equipment right to your car. Mr. James came highly recommended by
a resident and her daughter. Mr. James details cars at their
church. Sign up to reserve a spot on February 24. Pay by cash or
check to Antonio James. Includes vacuuming car. Cost: $20 per
car, $30 per truck or SUV.
Craft Class, Tuesday, February 24, 1:30 PM. Craft Room. Craft
to be determined.
Janet Gary and Susan Gary Landry Concert, Tuesday,
February 24, 4:00 PM. Main Dining Room. We are very pleased
to have mother/daughter, Janet Gary and daughter, Susan, and
family members give a vocal performance in our Main Dining
Room before dinner. We are very fortunate to have such talent
at Clairmont Place.
From Baakleen to Atlanta, Tuesday, February 24, 6:30 PM.
Cinema. From Baakleen to Atlanta is the story of our resident, Ab
Najjar. Many of you have seen this DVD, but others have not
and may find AB’s story interesting and a way to know about his
life and eventual career at the CDC.
Coffee Chat, Wednesday, February 25, 9:00 AM. Main Dining
Room. Lynn Mayer, speaker.
TLC (The Lunch Club) to Napoleon’s on LaVista Road,
Wednesday, February 25, 12:00 PM. The Lunch Club (TLC)
heads over to Napoleon’s for a quick lunch outing. Pick up your
free TLC membership card at the Front Desk. Each time you go
on a TLC outing, have your card punched. After you’ve got 10
hole punches, you’ll get a free bus trip on your next TLC outing.
Cost: $3 for bus and money for food. Deadline: February 20.
Need 10 or more.
Bingo, Tuesday, February 17, 3:00 PM. Bar Area. Play Bingo by
day and you’ll have several chances to win!
Dinner Outing to Café M. Rouge, Thursday, February 26, 4:30
PM. Buckhead welcomes a new culinary concept: the warm and
welcoming Café M Rouge. Check out the menu in the sign up
book at the Front Desk. Try something new this new year! Cost:
$3 for bus and money for dinner. Deadline: February 20. Need
10 or more to sign up and go.
Ladies Breakfast to Bantam + Biddy, Friday, February 27,
9:15 AM. Ansley Mall Area. Try something new for breakfast at
the popular Bantam + Biddy restaurant. Menu posted in sign up
book at the Front Desk. Cost: $3 for bus and money for
breakfast. Deadline: February 23.
Mystery Trip, Friday, February 27, 12:30 PM. Metro Atlanta.
The February Mystery Trip is indoors, some easy walking, free,
and of special interest to people who like venturing out. Cost:
$3 for bus—Free mystery. Deadline: February 20. Need 10 or
Emory Wind Ensemble, Saturday, February 24, 7:15 PM.
Emory Schwartz Center. It’s Saturday night and you’re looking
for a night out to a free concert. You are in luck. Our bus will
drive you to the door to enjoy the Emory Wind Ensemble. Cost:
$3 for bus, Free concert. Deadline: February 24. Need 10 or
more to sign up.