Archive for October, 2012

Diane Morr shares “Happiness Habits to Transform Your Life”

Dianne Morr shares easy-to-develop habits to get more happiness at the Timbers of ShorewoodDianne Morr will present a program titled, “Happiness Habits to Transform Your Life,” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Her talk will focus on five simple habits that, with little effort, can be easily developed and will enable people to enjoy more happiness on a daily basis.

Morr says a person has a “happiness set point”—a genetically determined natural level of happiness. That set point, combined with one’s circumstances, is responsible for 60 percent of overall happiness. The other 40 percent is subject to factors that can be controlled.

Five key components to a happy life are:

•    resilience to life’s challenges,
•    a healthy, active social life,
•    the ability to prevent or manage depression,
•    embracing some form of spirituality or higher purpose, and
•    skill at diffusing everyday stressors.

Happier people are more optimistic, more creative, have more self-esteem and tend to be more resilient to negative life events. They are healthier, more productive and just more pleasant to be around.

“Appreciation of the good in your life, and surrounding yourself with positive people helps promote happiness,” Morr said. “Creating memories and sharing in positive life experiences with people we love are also important cornerstones to staying happy and healthy.”

After years of studying depression to help people find ways to manage anxiety and depression, Morr shifted her focus to studying happiness. She saw dramatic results in her own life, and so became a student of positive psychology. She now shares her experiences with her audience in the hopes of encouraging them to put happiness to work in their own lives.

Morr is an author and professional speaker. She won her first speech contest at the age of 12 and knew from then on that her ideal career would involve professional speaking. She is a ghostwriter, editor and collaborator for professionals needing help putting pen to paper.

She is a popular speaker and a member of Free Speech, a suburban Chicago speaker’s bureau that is run pro bono. See http://www.free-speakers.org.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Kym Frankovelgia sings the classics at the Timbers

Italian singer Kym Frankovelgia will entertain her audience, performing standards, jazz, Broadway and comedy at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Frankovelgia attributes her varied musical style to her humble beginnings as a singer in night clubs and on cruise ships. She has performed with renowned entertainers like Maxene Andrews from the Andrews Sisters and Allison McKay. She has also shared the stage with renowned big band orchestras such as the Sammy Kaye Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Band.

Though at one point she lived in Hawaii, her love of seasons drew her back to Illinois. After success both on the road and in recording studios, she has now tailored her talent specifically for private parties, seniors, social clubs and organizations.

“Born to entertain,” according to Mark Davis of the Chicago Tribune, Frankovelgia has a deep passion and respect for the music of a bygone era. Her renditions offer a modern twist to the classics from the 1920s through the 60s.

She performs hundreds of shows a year and recently released her latest album, “Bigger is Better.” Other albums include “The Secret of Christmas,” “One for the Road,” and the self-titled “Kym Frankovelgia.”

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is open to the public and admission is free. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Timbers goes Country Western with Christine Stapleton

Country western singer Christine Stapleton will entertain her audience, performing classic songs by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd. This event is free and open to the public.

Stapleton began singing 20 years ago at an office Christmas party. After her debut karaoke performance, where she sang Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” she continued singing karaoke for several years.

A professional singer for the past six years, Stapleton has performed at the Grundy County Fair, the Grundy County Speedway and the Embassy Care Center in Wilmington. Stapleton and her husband, Dan, now own a karaoke business called “Krazy Karaoke.”

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments as well as a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The public is invited, and admission is free. For more information call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Explore Kilimanjaro with Doug Dvorak at the Timbers

Doug Dvorak will present a travel program on Kilimanjaro from 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Using photos and narrative, Dvorak will take the crowd into the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania, where one can find the highest mountain in Africa–Kilimanjaro. Nicknamed the “Roof of Africa,” this dormant volcano is 19,341 feet above sea level with three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. While Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, the last recorded activity of Kibo was 200 years ago, and it could erupt again.

Kilimanjaro is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. The name could mean “Mountain of Light,” “Mountain of Greatness” or “Mountain of Caravans,” though no one is really sure.

Over 1,000 people reached the mountain’s summit to see the sun rise over a new millennium on the first of January in 2000. Today 20,000 people attempt to climb the majestic mountain each year. It is a goal many can accomplish, especially if taken what is now known as the “Coca Cola route”—complete with comfortable huts for tourists to sleep in, food and drink for sale and a throng of fellow climbers along the way.

The mountain is home to almost every kind of ecological system including cultivated land, rain forest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and an arctic summit. Climbers experience a range of climates from the tropics to the Arctic.

Dvorak is a professional speaker who hosts motivational presentations, seminars and workshops for numerous Fortune 1000 companies, small businesses, civic organizations, and individual investors and entrepreneurs. His popularity may be due to his great sense of humor. He is a graduate of the Player’s Workshop of the Second City, one of the oldest and most prestigious improvisational comedy schools in the world.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669

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The Del Bergeson Orchestra brings Big Band back to the Timbers

The Del Bergeson Orchestra performs at the Timbers of ShorewoodThe Del Bergeson Orchestra will perform at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the ballroom at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Road.

The Del Bergeson Orchestra is one of Chicagoland’s newest Big Band entertainers. Formally known as the Jay Mau Orchestra, this 13-piece ensemble plays for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, parties and a host of other festivals.

Six veteran musicians from the Mau orchestra have joined with seven new musicians and a vocalist to make up this new exciting musical team. A fourth saxophone and guitarist have been added to provide a bigger sound. Continuing Mau’s legacy, the orchestra continues to play everything from the traditional Big Band melodies to today’s contemporary pop and dance hits.

Members of the Del Bergeson Orchestra are 25+ year music professionals with a deep passion for music and entertaining. Several members are music instructors teaching at the university level.

Performances are filled with quality music, contagious energy and audience interaction.

“Music is the soundtrack of our lives,” Bergeson said. His own musical roots sink deeply in gospel and jazz

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Residents, whose needs may change, are able to stay in the same place and receive appropriate care.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669

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Halloween Spoook House!

Halloween Spook House at the Timbers of ShorewoodAll children in the community are invited to come in costume to the Timbers’ 6th annual Halloween Spook House from 5–9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and from 5–9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, located in the lower level at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Road, Shorewood.

With the assistance of the Kiwanis Club of Shorewood, the staff at The Timbers will  transform its ballroom into a spooky maze filled with ghastly creatures including skeletons, mummies, bleeding zombies, and reapers.

“Our Spook House is so much fun, and each year it gets more creepy and spine-chilling – on purpose, of course,” said Shelly Goggins, activities director at The Timbers.

A less scary alternative is the first floor Elms Community Room which will be converted into a Halloween Game Room for children, toddler to age 10. Fun with games and crafts will take place, and refreshments will be served. Game Room hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 and 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

Last year had a great turnout with a total of $1,744 raised from admission fees for the Kiwanis Club and Leeza’s Place.

“It was wonderful to see so many attendees at last year’s Spook House,” said Faith Ann Varga, executive director of The Timbers and president of the Kiwanis Club of Shorewood. “Not only did everyone have a great time but the funds we raised went to two inspiring community organizations. We are certainly looking forward to this year!”

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments as well as a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

Admission to the Spook House is $5; $3 to the Halloween Game Room. Funds raised will be donated to the Kiwanis Club and the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Floyd Andrew plays Classical Piano at the Timbers

Classical pianist Floyd Andrew will perform for residents and the public at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Grand Ballroom at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd.

Andrew has been playing the piano for over 35 years. He combines his classical music training with a unique style that captures the hearts of his audience. Known as “Mr. Showman,” Andrew performs standards including Broadway show tunes, movie theme songs, nostalgic classics and music from times gone by with a perfected art form of glitter, glamour and a warm-hearted smile.

He has performed across the United States and Canada including at the Special Olympics and the Toronto Winter Fest. Andrew holds a Licentiate from Trinity College of Music in London, England.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Mercedes & Friends performs at the Timbers

Mercedes & Friends will entertain residents and the public at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

The group regularly performs at senior centers, churches, and library group. The performers like Broadway, country, and tunes from the Great American Songbook. They also do sing-alongs and banjo solos.

Mercedes Astgren has been singing in the church choir since she was a teenager. She was a music major in college and has a degree in vocal music. She sang in musicals such as “Godspell,”  “The Sound of Music,” “1940’s Radio,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and others. She began singing professionally with bands in the early 1990′s.

Lyle Gaaskjolen, who plays piano and banjo, has played in various bands since the early 1960′s. Over the years, he has played in a college jazz band, show groups, dance bands and a Dixieland band.

Married duo Joe and Kathy Williams hold down the rhythm section on double bass and percussion. Joe spent three years with the Fifth Army Band and has continued to play bass and guitar over the years. In addition to Mercedes and Friends, he also plays with a number of other small combos as well as two community bands.

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments as well as a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The public is invited, and admission is free. For more information call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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