Archive for November, 2012

A Jamaican Christmas with Ainsworth Rose and the Sunshine Band

A Jamaican Christmas will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd. Ainsworth Rose will provide entertainment for residents and the public with his Sunshine Band.

Rose has been performing the music of his homeland, Jamaica, across the Midwest for over 15 years. In August 2010 he transitioned from a solo performer to the Sunshine Band, adding a colorful flair to his presentation.

The self-taught musician plays two keyboards with built-in drum machines and steel drum sounds. Combined with his electrifying singing, an exotic steel band and reggae performance emerges. Spontaneous audience participation is also a highlight of this island act.

Rose release his first CD, “Sweet Jamaica,” in 2000 and has since released six more, including “Spanish Reggae,” “Sunshine Music” and “A Very Reggae Christmas.” He was also the 2001and 2002 winner of the Calypso Performer of the Year Award, presented by The Chicago Music Awards.

The band’s extensive repertoire includes reggae, calypso, soca, Latin, Hawaiian and American songs. With sunny smiles, harmonious singing and beautiful rhythmic movements, Rose and his band are very contagious.

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.

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

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Don Reitsma brings a German Christmas to the Timbers

Don Reitsma performs at the Timbers of Shorewood Retirement Community. Don Reitsma will perform in the ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Road. This is a free event and is open to the public.

Reitsma is an established entertainer having toured the United States, Europe and Canada. He has performed on radio, television and for a wide variety of special events. He is a highly versatile musician with a rich baritone voice who plays the keyboard, accordion, piano and organ.

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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Eddie Korosa Jr. and the Boys from Illinois perform at the Timbers

Eddie Korosa Jr. and the Boys from Illinois perform at the Timbers of Shorewood Retirement Community. Popular accordion and keyboard player Eddie Korosa, Jr., and his polka band, the Boys from Illinois, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood. The event is free and open the public.

Korosa’s polka band members have been together since 1976 and have played at polka fests in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and many more countries. The group is in high demand in America for any event or venue, including TV and movies. For example, Korosa and his band were John Candy’s polka band, named the “Kenosha Kickers,” in the movie “Home Alone.”

Korosa was voted the “Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year in 1996 and Accordion Player of the Year in 1997 by the United Polka Association. He also entertained audiences at Steppenwolf Theatre during the play, “Evelyn and the Polka King.”

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Eddie’s father, Eddie Korosa, Sr., wrote and recorded “The Baby Doll Polka” in 1951 – a perennial favorite to this day. Due to his song’s widespread popularity, Eddie Sr. and his band were soon in demand for appearances on polka radio shows.

In 1954, Eddie Sr. built the Baby Doll Polka Club at 73rd and Western in Chicago where he and his Merry Makers entertained polka enthusiasts for decades. The club’s celebrity allowed Eddie Sr. the privilege to launch the careers of many other bands and musicians.

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 public is welcome at this free event. Call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Irish duo Switchback delivers Christmas performance at the Timbers

Irish duo Switchback delivers Christmas performance at the Timbers of Shorewood Retirement Community. The Irish duo known as Switchback will present a Christmas performance at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Timbers of Shorewood Retirement Community, 1100 N. River Rd. The public is invited.

For more than 20 years, Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack have been entertaining audiences around the world with their unique American Roots music blended with Celtic soul. FitzGerald plays guitar and mandolin, and McCormack plays bass and guitar. They both perform the vocals.

In 1986, FitzGerald was a mandolin student of Jethro Burns and had already been touring with Clifton Chenier when he met McCormack, an award-winning voice student of Whelma Oshiem at the American Conservatory of Chicago and a member of the Star Search-selected band, Beyond Blue.

They were both chosen by legendary County Kerry composer and concertina master Terrence ‘Cuz’ Teahan to join his traditional Irish group. Teahan taught FitzGerald and McCormack the old country techniques of Irish musical entertainment making them one of the last generations to be directly influenced by a master of this musical genre.

Teahan and the power of seeing such Texan greats as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Ely and Rodney Crowell fueled FitzGerald and McCormack’s songwriting which led to the formation of Switchback in 1993.

Their first album was a commercial success with Chevrolet using one of the songs to promote its Chevy Blazer. Switchback has shared the stage with such notable Celtic musicians as Cherish the Ladies, Gaelic Storm, Liz Carroll, and John Williams.

FitzGerald and McCormack annually tour Ireland and frequently perform at the Westport, County Mayo pub owned by The Chieftain’s Matt Malloy.

Switchback also conducts educational programs and songwriting workshops for school and community organizations. The duo has created and developed several instructional programs, and they are able to customize the programs to fit the curriculum or concepts of the clients. Many of these seminars are held in elementary and high schools and libraries but have been conducted in settings as far-ranging as juvenile detention centers and church camps.

Wherever they play, no matter the size or age of audience, Switchback always captivates and charms folks with their energy and creativity.

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. Call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Festival with Santa and the Timbers’ Elves at the Timbers of Shorewood

Reindeer at the Timbers of Shorewood Retirement Community Santa Claus will listen to children’s wishes and pose for photos at the 9th Annual Timbers’ holiday event, “Santa and the Timbers’ Elves,” from 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd. This event is free and has become a favorite holiday festival for the entire community.

The Timbers has partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Shorewood to bring the 9th annual Santa and the Timbers’ Elves celebration to residents and the public. Everyone is asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Mark Staehely Pediatric Cancer Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for research into new treatments and cures for pediatric cancers.

“Families can have a wonderful Saturday afternoon,” said Shelly Goggins, activities director at The Timbers. “There will be treats, surprises and animals galore, including real reindeer from Summerfield Farms in Belvidere.”

Phil Nielson is bringing his draft horses for hay rack rides and Friendly Farms of DeKalb will provide a petting zoo filled with lots of small animals – goats, chickens, sheep, etc. – for everyone to pet.

Cider, cookies and other refreshments will be served. Chuckles the clown will entertain children and children’s games will be available. Dan Laib and Angel Contreras will provide festival-goers with caricature sketches and Russ Schreck will draw portraits.

A craft show with many homemade items will also be on hand, provided by residents of Shorewood Glen.

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.

For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Hit-N-Miss Duo Performs at the Timbers

The Hit-n-Miss duo will perform at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Hit-n-Miss is a lounge style male and female duo performing dance, jazz and big band music from the 1920s-1950s. Bill Ricci Jr. and Toni Ricci-Morgan have chemistry on stage that is a delight to experience.

Ricci Jr. utilizes a keyboard workstation to masterfully replicate any instrument exactly, from strings to brass. Ricci’s acquired musical expertise stems from over 20 years of performing.

Ricci-Morgan is a vocalist whose range covers everything from soft melodies to swing vocals. Also a seasoned talent, Morgan has been performing on live stages since early childhood.

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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Distinguished Young Women Illinois Scholarship Pageant at the Timbers

Distinguished Young Women Illinois Scholarship Pageant at the Timbers of Shorewood Retirement Community. A Distinguished Young Women of Illinois scholarship pageant will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Nine young women will vie for the chance to win scholarships through a pageant competition. Participants will deliver speeches, showcase talents and answer questions just as in any other American pageant.

The girls will compete in the following categories:
•    scholastic achievement,
•    interview,
•    physical fitness,
•    talent and
•    self-expression.

Judged by a panel of five previous winners, the participants must demonstrate stamina, coordination, talent and be able to effectively communication their thoughts to questions asked on stage.

There will be a winner selected for each category as well as an overall “Distinguished Young Woman” chosen and announced during the awards presentation. Though judged before the pageant, the scholastics category and interview also are factored into the overall winner’s score.

Last year’s representative, Julia Markun of Peoria, will be in attendance to say her farewells.

Distinguished Young Women is the oldest and largest scholarship program for high school girls in the nation. It strives to inspire the development of full, individual potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a showcase of the girls’ accomplishments.

All awards are for college scholarships to the college of the winner’s choice. There are no crowns, no sashes and no swimsuit. Instead, the goals of the program are to positively impact the lives of young women by promoting and rewarding scholarship, leadership and talent.

With a local presence in all 50 states, there are more than 400 local programs in towns and cities across the country. Girls begin by competing in their local program. Winners then participate in the state program from which a state representative is chosen. A national program for all state representatives is held annually in Mobile, AL.

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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Marvina Bowker Performs for Timbers’ November Birthday Party

Marvina Bowker performs at the Timbers of Shorewood The public is invited to a birthday party at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood. Vocalist Marvina Bowker will entertain residents and the public as part of the birthday party celebration in honor of residents with November birthdays.

Bowker started her career in New Jersey at Albert Hall. In 1994, she won the Ms. National Senior Citizen Talent Division. She moved to the Joliet area where she started singing with musicians such as T.T. Nelson’s Big Band and the Brass Track Jazz Orchestra.

She has performed at venues like Earl’s Supper Club, the Empress Casino and the Festival of Trees in Joliet. Bowker has also opened for Anne Murray at the Rialto Theatre.

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 performance is open to the public. For more information call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Aurora Lamplighters Chorus performs at the Timbers

The public is invited to enjoy the Aurora Lamplighters, a men’s barbershop chorus, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

The Aurora Lamplighter Chorus was founded by Bill Henderson and chartered in 1946 as a chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. Now in its 65th year, the chorus is a men’s a capella group singing four part harmony, barbershop style.

Nicole Chapen is the chorus director, and the group meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Neighborhood Church of the Brethren in Montgomery.

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

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Aid and Attendance seminar with Robert Hart at the Timbers

Robert Hart of the American Association for Wartime Veterans (AAWV) will present a free informational seminar titled, “Aid and Attendance,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd.

Hart will explain the benefits which are available to qualifying veterans, widowed spouses or disabled adult children.

Once awarded Aid and Attendance or Housebound status, veterans may obtain as much as $1,703 a month, surviving spouses $1,094 a month, and existing couples $2,019 a month. In addition to income, they may qualify for free medications, medical equipment, incontinence supplies, glasses and hearing aids.

Hart will explain eligibility and how to initiate a claim. For example, the claimant’s physician must declare the veteran as housebound and in need of assistance from another individual which may include services offered by assisted living. Also the veteran must have served at least 90 days active duty with one day of the 90 during a war period.

Founded in 2002, AAWV is a privately held community outreach service formed to provide information about the improved pension program to wartime veterans and surviving spouses. To date, approximately $2.6 million a month is being paid in benefits as a result of AAWV’s efforts. There is no charge for AAWV’s services.

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

What is Aid and Attendance? A veteran who is determined by VA to be in need of the regular aid and assistance of another person, or a veteran who is permanently housebound, may be entitled to additional compensation or pension payments. A veteran evaluated at 30 % or more disabled is entitled to receive an additional payment for a spouse who is in need of the aid and attendance of another person.

Basic Qualifications:

•    Discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions
•    Served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a period of war
•    Monthly income is less than the Aid and Attendance benefit
•    Less than $80,000 in countable assets (doesn’t include home, life insurance or prepaid funeral plans)
•    Have a diagnosis that requires supportive care
•    65 years of age or older
•    Surviving spouse (if married at the time of death)

Periods of Service:

•    WWI – 04/16/17 to 11/11/18
•    WWII – 12/07/41 to 12/31/46
•    Korea – 06/27/50 to 01/31/55
•    Vietnam (inside) – 02/28/61 to 05/07/75
•    Vietnam (outside) – 05/07/57 to 08/05/64

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