Archive for January, 2013

Eddie Korosa Jr. and the Boys from Illinois

Eddie Korosa Jr. and the Boys from Illinois will 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. Friday, March 22, 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.”

He was most recently named Best Polka Entertainer and a Lifetime Entertainer recipient for over 45 years of Polka entertainment at the 2012 Chicago Music Awards.

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

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Michael J. Finn Plays the Sax at the Timbers

Michael J. Finn performs at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Michael J. Finn will play the saxophone for residents and the public in the ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Known as the “Sax Player with a Great Voice,” Finn will perform favorite songs from the ‘20s through the ‘80s. He began playing the saxophone at the age of ten with instruction by Walt Parazaider, a founding member of the famous band “Chicago.”

“I taught myself guitar and piano in grade school and sang lead in a group that I started called ‘The Sound Reaction,’ Finn said. “In high school, my dreams continued to grow musically and by fronting a horn band, ‘The Chosen Few,’ I was able to sharpen my skills in front of larger audiences.”

As Finn continued his musical education in college, he became part of a touring group that played the Playboy Club circuit and large hotel chains. He became a professional disc jockey and traveled the United States. Returning to Chicago in 1984, he got back into live performing and shared stages with many great musicians associated with rock, blues 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. 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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Valentine’s Day Ballroom Dance with the Del Bergeson Orchestra at the Timbers

The Del Bergeson Orchestra will lead the Valentine's ballroom dance at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. The Del Bergeson Orchestra will provide music for the Valentine’s ballroom dance at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 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.

The ballroom dances are filled with quality music and contagious energy.

“Music is the soundtrack of our lives,” Bergeson said.

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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Brandolino School of Music in Morris performs at the Timbers

Students and faculty from the Brandolino School of Music in Morris perform at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community.Students and faculty from the Brandolino School of Music in Morris will perform for residents and the public at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Toni Brandolino, a mastered piano performance educator, has owned and operated the Brandolino School of Music in Morris, IL for the past 18 years. Her school provides private music lessons on all instruments from degreed instructors.

She is also a social worker and coordinator of the caregiver support program for Senior Services of Will County in Joliet.

Music has been a part of Brandolino’s life since her early years. Her parents, Sandro “Sandy” and Helen Brandolino, are both degreed musicians. Her father, a percussionist, along with her mother, an accomplished pianist, owned and operated the Brandolino West Side Music Center in Joliet for over 40 years before selling their business five years ago.

Brandolino’s son, Bobby, has since been carrying the family legacy in Shorewood with the Brandolino Encore Music Center, a full service music center he runs with his wife Karole.

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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The 45′s – Good ole Jukebox Music – Perform

The 45's, Good ole Jukebox Music perform at the Timbers of Shorewood. The 45’s, Good ole Jukebox Music will entertain residents and the public in the ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd.

The 45’s were formed in 2004 by two friendly guys—Mel and Gary– who love the good old days of the juke-box. They perform with crazy costumes and props, bringing back memories from Elvis to show tunes, and country to Rat Pack.

Their high energy and humorous interaction both with each other and the audience makes them an instant favorite wherever they go. Their audiences would add, however, that great voices sure help.

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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iPad Fun Club Open House at the Timbers

iPad Fun Clun open house at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community.An open house featuring MiFun, an iPad Fun Club, will be held for residents and the public from 2 – 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Retired Naperville businesswoman Wanda Schlafly is the owner of MiFun, a program she designed to help seniors learn how to use and enjoy iPads. As part of her iPad Fun Club, Schlafly introduces members to a richer variety of activities, helping them keep their minds and spirits in the best possible shape.

Schlafly teaches seniors how to use the device over several sessions at their own pace. She uploads photos and music, and chooses, installs and customizes several Apps based on each member’s interests.

“An iPad is a great match for seniors,” Schlafly said. “A lot of them just don’t know it yet.”

Schlafly and her team will also provide those in need with rented iPads (at cost).

Schlafly meets with all members of the club weekly for a fun class. She also forms smaller weekly groups that focus on learning-based projects of importance to group members.

The MiFun experience is customized for each senior, taking into account the family members and caregivers as well. Because each person has different likes and abilities, Schlafly offers services tailored to individual needs or desires.

“In addition to providing seniors with fun stimulation, my goal is to help seniors document their life stories and create memoirs,” Schlafly said. “I get feedback at the end of every visit and use that information to plan the next visit.”

Schlafly takes care of the technology so the seniors can just enjoy it. If a member chooses to opt out of the MiFun program at any time, all accumulated content will be turned over to him or her.

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

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Apt. 7 Brings Soulful Acoustic to the Timbers

Apt. 7 performs at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement communityGuitarist and vocalist duo, Apt. 7, will perform for residents and the public in the piano lounge at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Vocalist Natina Burns and guitarist Jim Henry of Apt. 7 cover music from the 1950s to present day hits. The seasoned artists have been described as soulful acoustic, providing a sophisticated, relaxing yet fun performance. Everything from the Beatles to Adele, Etta James, Annie Lennox and Lady Gaga is covered by this contemporary duo.

Raised in Northwest Indiana, Burns began writing and studying music at the early age of seven. The recording artist has sung at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, won numerous awards for her soulful and inviting voice, and has been performing with Henry for the past 15 years.

Henry grew up in Chicago and first fell in love with the vibration of music when he heard music by the Beatles. Since then he has been playing string instruments. His talents have taken him all over the world playing guitar with different bands and artists. His classical influence generates an intricate and expressive style that captivates listeners.

Burns and Henry have been providing live entertainment for restaurants, weddings, corporate events and private parties together since they met in the recording studio in 2007. Their shared goal is to bring relaxing and entertaining mood music to today’s busy 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. 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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Quality of Life Seminar: Hospice Basics and Benefits at the Timbers

A seminar on Hospice Basics and Benefits is presented by Vitas Healthcare at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. A professional from Vitas Healthcare will present a program titled “Hospice Basics and Benefits” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Hospice care is a philosophy of care for those that are terminally or seriously ill and have six months or less to live. Hospice strives to provide comfort, self-respect and tranquility during a patient’s final months of life. Rather than have a patient spend his or her last moments in the confines of a hospital room, hospice care often is given from the comfort of a patient’s own home. For seniors with six months or less to live, hospice care can be a great resource, not only for the patient but for the family as well.

In 2011 more than 66 percent of patients from ages 65 to over 85 receiving hospice care passed away at their place of residence.

With a focus on palliative care (pain and symptom relief) rather than ongoing curative measures, hospice care intends to lessen the burden of a serious illness. It offers patients the chance to focus on spending time with loved ones and allows them to maintain some control over how they spend their final days.

All aspects of a patient’s life and well-being are focused on including social, emotional and spiritual health. With no age restriction, anyone in the late stages of life is eligible for hospice services.

Most services include an interdisciplinary team (IDT) consisting of:
•    the patient’s physician
•    a hospice doctor
•    a case manager
•    registered nurses
•    licensed practical nurses (i.e. dietitian, therapist, counselor, minister)
•    various trained volunteers

A care plan tailored to the individual’s need for pain management is developed by the IDT. Because care is typically provided in the patient’s home, a family member acts as the primary caregiver under the supervision of the medical staff.

IDT members make regular visits for patient assessment and services. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the patient’s care. The patient’s loved one is provided with support and counseling, should he or she need it.

Long-term care facilities, such as assisted living, usually have established working relationships with one or more hospice providers. This makes for a smooth transition in care for a resident of a long-term care facility.

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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Larry Levin – the “One Man Band” – performs at the Timbers

Larry Levin performs at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Vocalist and pianist Larry Levin will perform for residents and the public in the piano lounge at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Also known as the “One Man Band,” Levin uses a keyboard to play everything from Frank Sinatra to the Backstreet Boys and other favorites from the golden years of American popular music. He delivers the sounds of a six piece orchestra, and his repertoire includes ballads, ballroom, swing and popular rock.

“I have a deep respect for the timeless traditions of the great old songs,” Levin said.

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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Violinist Henrik Karapetyan performs at the Timbers

Violinist Henrik Karapetyan performs at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Violinist Henrik Karapetyan will perform for residents and the public in the piano lounge at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Karapetyan, a violinist who has been performing for more than 20 years, will entertain with a combination of classical and folk violin pieces. He will give a narrative of the works before performing them to explain each story to residents.

Originally born in Yeven, Armenia, he tours the Midwest several times a year giving classical music performances in libraries, retirement homes and schools. Karapetyan, a native of Rochester, MI, has performed in several venues such as Carnegie Hall, as well as with the Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit.

He is currently the violinist of the Amethyst Piano Trio, based in Ann Arbor, and he plays with local folk-gypsy band — “Orpheum Bell.”

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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