COMMUNITY MEETINGS Monday, February 2 Floor Meetings Time Varies by Floor Tuesday, February 3 Montclair Committee 3:00 PM Thursday, February 5 Resident Council 1:30PM 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 Committee 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 Museum 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 Road 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 movies. 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 shop. Craft Class, Tuesday, February 10, 1:30 PM. Craft Room. Valentine craft. 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 Rated. 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 PG-13. 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 party. 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 PG-13. 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 more. 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.
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