Archive for March, 2013

Accordionist Frank Rossi entertains at the Timbers

Accordionist Frank Rossi entertains at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Frank Rossi, accordionist and vocalist, will entertain residents and the public at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Rossi plays a Roland RD 300 SX digital piano and both an Italo American and an Imperial accordion. He plays many solo jobs and also has his own jazz standard duo. His favorite accordion players are Manny Quartucci and Mike Alongi.

Rossi’s music career all started when he was seven, because his Godparents dropped his name in a glass jar at the Symphony School of Music in Chicago Heights. His name was drawn, which awarded him six free accordion lessons.

He began his studies on the accordion under the late Al Rush. Then he won a first place trophy at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, and he’s been hooked on the accordion ever since.

After graduating with a double major of finance and management from Eastern Illinois University, he decided to continue his passion – music studies. Rossi began private lessons from the late accordion and piano great Ed Baldacci from whom he learned harmony training as well as advanced technical studies.

Named the 2010 recipient of the Order Sons of Italy Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence in Performing Arts, Rossi can be found performing in fine dining establishments around the Chicagoland area.

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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Beyond Glee brings “An American Music Experience” to the Timbers

Beyond Glee brings "An American Music Experience" to the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Beyond Glee, an adult performing chorus, will perform “An American Music Experience” for residents and the public at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the Grand Ballroom at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd.

A wide breadth of musical genres that span hundreds of years of America’s rich musical heritage will be explored through the work of American composers such as Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and William Dawson. From spirituals to Broadway, Beyond Glee will take the audience through “An American Music Experience” as diverse as America herself.

The performance-based chorus, Beyond Glee, was launched in 2012 by the Wheaton Park District, providing members the opportunity to expand vocal abilities. The talented group is known for singing a variety of joyful music, including popular, ballads, show tunes and the classics.

Beyond Glee performances are typically held at the Wheaton Park District Leisure Center and are open to the community.

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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Floyd Andrew plays Classical Piano at the Timbers

Classical pianist Floyd Andrew will perform at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Classical pianist Floyd Andrew will perform for residents and the public at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 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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Eddie Korosa Jr. and the Boys from Illinois

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, April 17, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

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. Call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Dentures Seminar with Dr. Sallis

A dentures seminar will be held by Dr. Sallis at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Carlos Sallis, DDS, will hold a “Dentures Seminar” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the ballroom at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Road. This is a free event and is open to the public.

Like all other body parts, teeth weaken and decay as people age. Certain medical conditions or prescription medications can also cause oral health issues and accelerate tooth loss.

Nearly one in four people age 65 and over have lost all of their teeth, and approximately 40 percent of seniors wear either a full or partial set of dentures – a removable set of false teeth.

Even though a person may not have real teeth left, regular dental checkups are still necessary because oral disease can spread in areas not easily seen, like gum disease underneath dentures. Mouth diseases, if left untreated, can then spread to other parts of the body.

Maintenance of proper oral care at home is just as important with the use of dentures, if not more so. Real teeth have bacteria fighting elements that resist infections, but dentures do not. Dentures do, however, have microscopic dents and crevices which cannot be cleaned by regular brushing.

Denture-wearers should always:
•    Clean and brush every day with toothpaste and a toothbrush specially designed for dentures.
•    Soak dentures at night, because they may lose their shape if they dry out.
•    Store dentures in a safe place; they are delicate and may easily break.

Although some people wear their first set of dentures for an average of 17 years, it is suggested that they either be replaced or adjusted every five to seven years.

For more than 32 years Dr. Sallis has been practicing dentistry in both Illinois and Wisconsin. He is a general dentist with a special focus in treating geriatric patients with removable dental prosthetics (dentures). He is a graduate of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and finished his studies in 1980 at the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Sallis is a member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois Dental Society, and is board certified in enteral sedation by the American Dental Association of Anesthesiology.

Formerly the executive dental consultant with GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., and the client relations manager for Milestone Scientific, Inc., Dr. Sallis enjoys trail bicycling, walking, skiing, swimming, range shooting and off-road go-karting in his free time.

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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The Parsley Brothers at the Timbers

The Parsley Brothers will bring music, comedy and trivia to the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. The Parsley Brothers will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the ballroom at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Road. This is a free event and is open to the public.

Ron Schoeberlein and Ken Kloss are two well-seasoned entertainers who have been entertaining locally for several years. This talented duo will provide residents and the public with an evening filled with music, comedy and trivia.

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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Eric Lucky Entertains at the Timbers

Eric Lucky performs at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Singer, songwriter, pianist Eric Lucky brings his vocal and keyboard skills to the ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

From the time he was very young, Lucky demonstrated an impressive range of musical talent. Throughout elementary school he earned numerous choral and solo awards.

At Montini High School, Lucky’s vocal talent and showmanship flourished. In college, he played piano for the Milliken University Jazz Combo, bass guitar for the group “Soul Patch” and sang for the group “Upscale” at Milliken’s coffee house called Common Grounds.

Today, Lucky has received his bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music with an emphasis on voice, and he has been invited to sing for the American Choral Directors Association Convention in Miami.

Over the years he has developed a mastery of piano, organ and keyboards which, combined with his singing, make him an outstanding entertainer. By combining his vocal skills with an entertaining personality, Lucky has become a superb performer.

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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Songs of Yesteryear with Steve Askins

Steve Askins performs at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Steve Askins will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the ballroom at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Road. This is a free event and is open to the public.

Askins started performing at the age of 14 and has continued to do so for over three decades. Adept in a variety of musical styles, Askins’ dynamic and expressive vocal style and virtuosity on the guitar have earned him a positive reputation in northern and central Illinois.

His passion for the songs of yesteryear has led him develop a specialty for entertaining seniors throughout the Chicago land area by mixing classic greats with a modern edge. He combines his musicianship with humor to provide energetic and upbeat shows.

“Seniors really seem to appreciate hearing the music from the era that I call ‘Golden Years of American Popular Music,’ and it is so gratifying to see their toes tapping, singing and dancing,” Askins said. “I specialize in programs for senior citizens and do nearly 300 shows per year.”

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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Aid & Attendance Seminar with Robert Hart at the Timbers

An Aid and Attendance seminar will be presented by Robert Hart at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. 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, March 26, 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 $1,732 a month, surviving spouses $1,113 a month, and existing couples $2,054 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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Hippity-Hop Easter Egg Hunt

The 9th annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. Children of all ages and their families are invited to the 9th annual Hippity-Hop Easter Egg Hunt from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

More than 10,000 eggs have been ordered for this year’s indoor and outdoor egg hunts which begin at 10:45 a.m. Hunts continue throughout the day with the final hunt taking place at 1 p.m.

Locations:
•    Toddlers up to age three will meet indoors in the balloon pit.
•    Children age four to eight should meet outdoors south of the patio.
•    Children age nine to 12 should meet outside north of the patio.

The egg hunt will feature prizes for everyone along with plenty of kid-friendly entertainment including:

•    Photos with the Easter Bunny starting at 11:15 a.m.
•    Petting zoo
•    Caricature artists – Dan Laib and Angel Contreras
•    Chuckles the Clown
•    Juggler and magician – Mike Vondruska
•    Bead poodles – Darlene Bull
•    Face painting – Kim Giugler
•    Games, prizes, popcorn, hot chocolate and cookies

Although it is unclear where exactly the egg hunt tradition stems from, eggs and bunnies are symbolic of spring and rebirth. Birds tend to lay their eggs in the spring, and rabbits are very fertile animals whose babies are known to scurry about this time of year.

Just as these symbols have turned into tradition, the Timbers’ egg hunt has become a highly-attended and anticipated event within the community.

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

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