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Seniors’ Senior Prom: “An Evening in Paris”

The 9th Annual Seniors' Senior Prom: "An Evening in Paris" will take place at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community.All senior citizens are invited to the 9th Annual Seniors’ Senior Prom titled, “An Evening in Paris,” from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 21, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

The evening will feature dancing, raffles and all the prom trimmings. The Timbers’ ballroom will be transformed into the romantic streets of Paris to fit this year’s theme – An Evening in Paris. A special moment will be the crowning of the king and queen of the prom.

In typical prom fashion, chaperones will be on hand making sure the night goes smoothly – only these chaperones are local high school students. Joliet West High School senior and National Honor Society member, Naveen Rao, has chaperoned the last three Timbers’ proms and is doing so again this year. He has invited his honor society peers (more than 50 students) to join him.

The students will be present for the entire event and will assist in serving dinner and escorting seniors onto the dance floor throughout the evening.

“It’s the first kickoff event of the summer at the Timbers, and I always have a blast on the dance floor and hanging out with the seniors,” Rao said. “You get to meet a lot of new people, and it’s so rewarding to be involved with such a community-based event.”

The Del Bergeson Orchestra will provide the music of the Big Band era. This 10-piece band has been tempting couples onto the dance floor at 35-40 gigs a year, the Timbers being a favorite.

“It’s a wonderful sight to see so many people enjoying themselves,” said Shelly Goggins, activities director at The Timbers of Shorewood. “Del plans an interesting mix of music to dance to – foxtrots, waltzes, cha-chas, and all the rest.”

In addition, a mime from the Actors Gymnasium will perform. The Actors Gymnasium is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to teaching circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance.

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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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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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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The Timbers celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

Eddie Korosa Jr at the Timbers' 10th Anniversary celebrationThe Timbers’ 10th anniversary celebration takes place from 5 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood. The celebration is free and open the public.

Shorewood Mayor, Richard Chapman, will join the Timbers’ King and Queen in a special carriage procession to kick off the 10th Anniversary festivities. Popular accordion and keyboard player Eddie Korosa, Jr., and his polka band will perform on the outdoor patio and crooner Frank Rossi will be singing the classics.

Generated by the vision of two friends who wanted to create a community for active retirement living, the Timbers of Shorewood opened its doors in 2002. It has since become an affable home not only for seniors, but also the surrounding community. The endless variety of daily activities draws residents of all ages from Shorewood and neighboring towns like Plainfield, Minooka, Channahon and Joliet.

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 encouraged to join the fun on this special night as the Timbers of Shorewood celebrates 10 years of commitment to its residents and the community at large. For more information call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.

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Seniors in Joliet eager for Spring

The months of March and April hold the promise of spring. In terms of seasons, the worst is behind, and the best is ahead. Poets such as William Wordsworth and Robert Browning agree. Enjoy these poems about early spring.

“The year’s at the spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His heaven -
All’s right with the world!”

- Robert Browning

“Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,
hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.”

- Rainer Marie Rilke

“I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,
If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,
If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun
And crocus fires are kindling one by one:
Sing robin, sing:
I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring.”

- Christina Rossetti

“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”

- William Wordsworth, Daffodils

“Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.”

- Robert Frost, A Prayer in Spring

“The cock is crowing,
The stream is flowing,
The small birds twitter,
The lake doth glitter,
The green field sleeps in the sun;
The oldest and youngest
Are at work with the strongest;
The cattle are grazing,
Their heads never raising;
There are forty feeding like one!

Like an army defeated
The snow hath retreated,
And now doth fare ill
On the top of the bare hill;
The Plowboy is whooping-anon-anon:
There’s joy in the mountains;
There’s life in the fountains;
Small clouds are sailing,
The rain is over and gone!”

- William Wordsworth

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