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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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Ballroom Dance with the Del Bergeson Orchestra at the Timbers

The monthly ballroom dance will be led by the Del Bergeson Orchestra at the Timbers of Shorewood retirement community. The Del Bergeson Orchestra will provide music for the ballroom dance at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 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 vocalist, Sandi Haynes, 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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St. Patrick’s Day Ballroom Dance

Jay Mao Orchestra at the Timbers of ShorewoodThe public is invited to a St. Patrick’s Day ballroom dance at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

The Jay Mau Orchestra will provide the music of the Big Band era. This 10-piece band plays at 35 dances a year, the Timbers being a favorite. Orchestra members hail from Indiana, the Chicago area and Joliet. Jay Mau is a resident of Channahon.

Mau began his musical studies with the trumpet and moved on to the tuba, then to the string bass, which Mau now plays. At Lockport Township High School, Mau played in the school band and for school sock hops with The Jimmy Stevenson Swing Band.

Following two years with the U.S. Navy, he joined a polka band, The Al Piazza Trio. Four nights a week, Mau also performed with Donna Rae and The Gentlemen. For 14 years, Mau played with the Roy Gordon Orchestra.

When Roy “Carlos” Gordon died, Mau purchased the orchestra, added some new music, and renamed the band The Jay Mau Orchestra.

“I wanted to keep this music going for as long as I could,” Mau said.

In addition to the big band tunes of the 1930s and 1940s such as “Stardust,” Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” and Frank Sinatra’s “Laura,” Mau’s orchestra also performs songs by The Beatles, Bobby Darin and Wayne Newton.

“I keep adding music that appeals to all audiences,” Mau said. “I like to mix it up by playing waltzes, tangos, cha-chas, rumbas and fox trots. With ‘Dancing with the Stars’ so popular, we’re seeing more young people dancing.”

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 dance is open to the public and admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations are requested. Call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669 or visit http://www.timbersofshorewood.com.

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Would seniors in Plainfield rather do sit-ups or dance?

Dancing at the Timbers of Shorewood“There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” ~Vicki Baum.

Ms. Baum is right. Dancing also can be a short-cut to health – both physically and mentally. According to Brain Fitness For Seniors.com, dancing is a boon to health because it stimulates different areas of the brain. How? Well, it often requires learning new steps, and it keeps seniors connected to others. It involves balance, coordination, listening, rhythm, motion, emotions, and physical touch.

Present day seniors grew up dancing. There were grand, lavish ballrooms, and people in cities took the streetcars to dance the night away. Ballroom dancing was a popular choice for a date. Big Band orchestras under the batons of Tommy Dorsey or Harry James toured the country playing in these wonderful ballrooms.

Today’s seniors are still dancing. Seniors’ dances are everywhere, and there are even exercise classes of “seated” dancing. If an entertainer performs the “old favorites” at a senior center or assisted living community, the audience instantly responds with toe-tapping and probably a rush of memories.

Health-wise, a dance routine for older adults can improve fitness in a low-impact way. More specifically, the physical benefits of dance from Ehow.com include:

  • Improves cardiovascular fitness – Even light dancing will increase the heart rate and give the heart a good workout.
  • Builds muscles – Through dance, seniors work their muscles and help to combat the effects of age.
  • Improves social outlook – By joining a dance class—no matter what type of dance—they can enjoy the company of being with other dancers.
  • Increases balance and control – The improved balance that comes from dancing helps prevent slips and falls.
  • Increases bone mass – Both men and women begin to lose bone mass as they age, leading to more broken bones when they fall.
  • Improves flexibility – A good dance workout will include stretching time which can help senior citizens increase flexibility and reduce muscle aches.

Again, from Brain Fitness For Seniors.com, by improving the social interactivity of seniors, dancing increases social harmony, understanding and tolerance in the community which is important because aging requires people of sometimes diverse backgrounds to live closer together in retirement homes and communities.

Music and rhythm have measurable effects on the brain and are the subject of multiple studies of brain-fitness benefits in both the young and old. Listening to music itself can have clear effects on the brain, stimulating different areas, changing brainwave patterns, and relieving stress.

Some believe that just watching dance stimulates the brain – mental stimulation that may be almost as powerful as performing the activity first hand. Even seniors who are too physically restricted to move freely can still participate and gain brain fitness benefits from social dance groups.

In summary, the lyrics of country music star Lee Ann Womack’s signature song say it all:

“I hope you still feel small when you stand behind the ocean.
I hope whenever one door closes, another opens.
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance…
I Hope You Dance.”

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