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December 2018 Community Newsletter

Club House – Private Events are Saturday, December 15 all day, Thursday, December 20th evening, and Monday, December 24 evening. The Toastmasters will be meeting on the evenings of December 5th and December 19th.

Regular activities:
Mondays @ 1 pm – Scrabble
Tuesdays @ 1 pm – Games; 7 pm – billiards
Wednesdays @ 1 pm – Mah Jongg
Thursdays @ 1 pm – Rummy
Fridays @ 7 – 9 – Poker

Happy Hanukkah – Sunday, December 2nd

Trim the Tree Monday, December 3rd @ 10:30 am. Bring your tree trimming skills and a brown bag lunch to sit and enjoy the fireplace and the beautifully decorated tree.

Food Florist will be here December 4th and December 18th. You can pre-order your items at 518 5450623. If you want pies for Christmas, please pre-order either frozen for your baking or already baked.

Spinney at Van Dyke Holiday Celebration – Saturday December 8th @ 5 pm. We have a wonderful turn out of 44 residents signed up. Those residents who did not sign up are more than welcome to join in for the music and singing after the dinner at 6:30 pm.
Book Club – Monday, December 10th @ 11 am.

Library – Tuesday, December 11th @ 4 pm and Saturday, December 29th @ 11 am.

Flower Petaler Flower Camp – Friday, December 21st @ 1 pm. Create a Holiday Floral Arrangement for your home. Jean will provide everything but the box to carry your arrangement home. Space is limited to 15. $10 donation. Please register with Lynne by December 18th

Birthday Celebration – Friday, December 28th @ 1 pm

The Office will be closed Monday, December 24th, Tuesday, December 25th and on Tuesday, January 1st. If you have an emergency, please call 518 689-0162 and press Option 2. The Spinney Group Management wishes all our residents a Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year.

November 2018 Community Newsletter

As you know, Connie Holden, our Activities Coordinator, will be undergoing open heart surgery on November 6th. Please keep her in your thoughts for a successful procedure and speedy recovery.
Also on the 6th – Election Day – vote at the Bethlehem Library on Delaware Avenue.
Club House – private party events are Saturday, November 3rd, Saturday, November 17th and Thursday, November 22nd.

The Toastmasters will be meeting on the evenings of November 14th and November 28th.
Regular activities:

Mondays @ 1 pm – Scrabble
Tuesdays @ 1 pm – Games; 7 pm – Billiards
Wednesdays @ 1 pm – Mah Jongg
Thursdays @ 1 pm – Rummy
Fridays @ 7 – 9 – Poker

The Food Florist will be in our parking lot at 1 pm on November 6th and November 20th . You can pre-order your items at 518 545-0623. If you want pies for Thanksgiving please pre-order either frozen for your baking, or already baked.

Men’s Breakfast – November 9th @ 8:45 am

Book Club – November 12th at 11 am

Library hours will be Tuesday, November 13th from 4 – 5 pm, and on Saturday, November 24th from 11 to noon.

Meditation with Dayle Groudine – November 14th @ 3:30 pm

Birthday Celebration – Friday November 30th at 1 pm.

Save The Date

This years’ Holiday Celebration will be Saturday December 8th from 5 to 8 pm. Due to space limitations in the Club House it will be open to past and current residents only. So the proper amount of food and drink can be ordered from the caterer (Romo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant in Glenmont), it is imperative that you sign up in the Club House by November 16th.

Trim The Tree – Monday, December 3rd @ 10:30 am – bring your tree trimming skills and a brown bag lunch to sit and enjoy the fireplace and the beautifully decorated tree.

The Office will be closed November 22nd through the 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will resume normal hours on Monday November 26th. If you have an emergency – such as no heat, running water, or chirping batteries, please call 518 689-0162 and press Option 2.

We hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.

October 2018 Community Newsletter

The Spinney at Van Dyke October 2018 Newsletter

Friends and Neighbors,

We welcome Fall with some new activities based upon suggestions shared at our Community Meeting in September.  Of course, our calendar has the established weekly activities printed, but we will highlight the new ones here along with special events!

The Food Florist has agreed to continue to visit our Clubhouse through the end of the year!  They will be here at 1 pm until 1:45 the first and third Tuesdays of each month.  New menus will be available in the clubhouse by Oct. 1.

New Activity:  Tuesdays at 7 pm in the Media Room those who enjoy shooting Pool are invited to gather and play some evening games!  All are welcome to attend – have fun and meet new friends!

Oct. 9:  11 am we will be holding an Autumn Craft session.  We have lots of materials to choose from and different ideas for you to try out.  Come and bring your wire cutters if you have them!

Chair Yoga is returning on Thursdays at 4 pm to the Clubhouse!  Our new instructor will keep the cost at $5 per session and please bring your cash with you.  Space is limited, so please SIGN UP in the binder on the table in the clubhouse asap!  Class will begin on Oct. 11.

Oct. 12:  1 pm:  We will be learning all about and beginning our new community service project, Hearts of Love – a simple “craft” that all can help with.  Bring some sharp scissors and a willing spirit to provide for babies in our NICU units in local hospitals.

Oct. 15:  3 pm we will hold a Poetry “Open Mic” time for you to bring and share your favorite poet’s work.  At this time of year, we are naturally drawn to works by Robert Frost and others, so please SIGN UP in the binder, or come and just enjoy others.

Oct. 17:  5pm is the day to gather together for a great POTLUCK DINNER!  Remember, we celebrate Pizza, Chili, Popcorn and Chocolate this month, along with comfort foods for colder weather.  Bring your recipes to share!  SIGN UP IN THE BINDER, PLEASE.

Oct. 20:  10am-2pm  The Spinney will be participating in a Downsizing Open House in the Clubhouse.

Oct. 23:  4 pm  We will enjoy Guided Meditation.  At 6 pm, we will be having a presentation by Conor Bryant, who will be joined by an attorney, to speak about not leaving your heirs crazy!  More info to follow.

Oct. 26:  11 am  A morning of Halloween Crafts.   SIGN UP PLEASE.

Oct. 28:  1 pm  Our own Lynne Collins will lead an afternoon workshop on Ancestry!  Learn how to begin to trace your family’s roots from someone who has traced her lineage back to the Mayflower and beyond.

Oct. 31:  5 pm  Halloween/Birthday Party !  Come dressed as your favorite character – perhaps one from history or your own family history.  A small plates meal will be served, followed by cake.  SIGN UP PLEASE.

Thank you all for your suggestions for activities.  Please remember to send them along to me when you want to add something new and please think  about volunteering to do a craft, activity or a class on a topic you feel comfortable with.  Needlepoint, knitting, and crocheting have all been requested.  What about  a morning stitching group?  CPR and Defense training will be explored for the Spring of 2019.

“Advice from a pumpkin: Be well-rounded. Get plenty of sunshine. Give thanks for life’s bounty. Have thick skin. Keep growing. Be outstanding in your field. Think big!” (Author unknown)

🌿Connie Holden

Activities Coordinator

The Spinney at Van Dyke

Office  518-689-0162 Home 518-439-0164

September 2018 Community Newsletter

Hello to all our friends and neighbors,

Summer is winding down and soon the brisk and sunny days of Fall with its bright colors and wonderful fruits will be upon us!  Time to reflect upon the year gone by and prepare for the new one ahead.  Our September calendar is packed with things to do!

FIRST!  I ALWAYS ask you to rsvp for every event we are having – especially if it involves food, supplies or speakers!  This has not changed since I began over a year ago, but many people have stopped replying until the very last minute.  If I do not get a healthy response to an event within the first week it is publicized, I send out a reminder.  If I do not get calls from that, the event is cancelled.  So, from here going forward, I am expecting my email (SVDActivities@thespinneygroup.com) to be jumping and my phone (518) 689-0162 x 147 to be jingling!

The Offices of The Spinney Group will be CLOSED on Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day.

Our regular weekly activities will continue as always (on calendar) with some new additions:  Bocce at 9:30 am at the Gazebo, Men’s Breakfast the second Friday of the month at 8:45 am and Game Day on Tuesdays at 12 pm. We now have at least one activity to choose from each day!  When we secure a new instructor for chair yoga, a notice will be emailed and posted in the clubhouse.

We are now working together with Bethlehem Senior Services to provide more options for you to enjoy.  They will be dropping off their Newsletter (available online too at TownofBethlehem.org) for a complete listing of all they offer.  NOTE:  Sept. 4 @ 8 am is the day to register for their bus trips!  If you DO NOT register on this day, you may not get a seat as they sell out FAST!

Sept. 4 & 18:  1 pm  The Food Florist will be at the clubhouse to offer its frozen meals for purchase until 1:45. Menus will be in the clubhouse.

Sept. 7:  1 pm  Flower Camp – “Think Outside The Vase” $10 pp due by 9/4. See Flyers in Clubhouse

Sept. 8:  11 – 1 pm  food tasting from  9 Mile Farms, a local meal delivery service that is used by several of our residents and is very affordable!  Please register by 9/4 to me. You will receive a meal to take home!

Sept. 9:  11 am  By popular request: BRUNCH w/Neighbors at Reel Seafood where the food is fantastic and there are many affordable menu choices.  $10 cash pp reservation to me by 9/6.

Sept. 12:  6:30 pm COMMUNITY MEETING.  I urge all residents to attend this important hour for us to share where we were, are and will be!  News on pending issues will be shared and new options explored.  Your input is vital!  Light refreshments served afterward. This is not a time to bring up management issues.  Please see the Calendar for Management Hours as needed.

Sept. 14:  6 pm  Movie “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” by request!

Sept. 18:  11 am  Four Corners Pharmacy will be here to present an exciting new option for your daily medication management that will greatly assist in medication compliance!  FLU SHOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE!  You must sign up by Sept. 12.  A sign-up sheet will be available at the Community Meeting.

Sept. 19:  4 pm  Guided Meditation with Reiki Master Dayle Groudine.  Come join us in this hour of peace and stress relief.  You will leave with a renewed sense of well-being.

Sept. 28:  12:30pm  Birthday Party for all followed by “You Be The Judge” with Bob Criswell.

Have a Great Month and remember – my door is always open!

🌿Connie Holden, Activities Coordinator

Office  518-689-0162 Home 518-439-0164

SVDActivities@thespinneygroup.com

August 2018 Newsletter

Hello, Friends and Neighbors,

It is truly hard to believe that we are in the eighth month of 2018 already!  We have had a lot of fun during this year and have some new and exciting things planned for the rest of the year.  I will not list all of the daily activities this month as they are on your calendars, but just highlight some special days and talk about things coming up in the Fall.  If you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to call me at the office in the mornings or at home in the afternoon.

First, a hearty welcome to all of our many new residents!  We are glad you chose The Spinney as your new home and are sure that you will love it here as we all do.  Please be sure to take advantage of our activity calendar and meet new friends – if you do not find something you are interested in, call me with your suggestions and I will try to make it happen!

On Friday, Aug. 10 @ 8:45am, we will have a Special Event just for our men!  I bet you didn’t know that we have 37 male residents.  Ladies, we need your help to get your man out here for this event!  Men, if you are without a partner, then you need to get out of your house and meet the other men here!  Of course, there will be delicious food, etc…

Lunch with Neighbors will be on Tue., Aug. 14 @ 12:45 pm following Book Club. We will be making our yearly visit to Yanni’s Too.   A $10 cash deposit per person is due by Aug.10 to reserve your place.  Please place in an envelope with your name and put in my lockbox on the wall in the office hallway.  Meet at the Clubhouse to carpool.

Aug. 17 is National Thrift Shop Day !  On this Friday, those bargain hunters among us will caravan to selected shops in our area who may have reduced prices for this special day.  Maps and directions will be provided.  Please RSVP to me by Aug. 15.

There is a Wedding at the Gazebo beginning around 10:30 am and a Reception in the Clubhouse all day on Aug. 18.  If you have animals that you walk, please be considerate and do not use these areas for just this one day out of respect to the family.  Thank you.

As August is officially known as the Peach Month, we will celebrate with a Peach Shortcake Social on Friday Aug. 24 @ 6pm on the Patio at the Clubhouse.  Now, I am calling out for help from bakers in our community to help bake the shortcake biscuits!  Please, please, please sign up for a dozen or two by Aug. 21 – just drop me an email or a call.  I will be eternally grateful to you.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, I will be going on vacation with my dear husband, daughter, her partner and two kids to Ocean City, MD for a much-needed family time!  I will be back at work on Tuesday, Sept. 4.  If anything comes up during that time, please leave me an email or voicemail.

In September we will be having a Community Meeting to discuss plans for the future and goals for our community.  We would like all residents to attend.

There is a Bus Trip and Lake Cruise in September (previously announced) with Browns Tours on 9/22.  We will also have an Autumn Craft Day and Announce a Community Service Project that all can be involved with.

Enjoy your Month and Be Happy Out There!

🌿Connie Holden

Activities Coordinator

The Spinney at Van Dyke

Office 518-689-0162  Home 518-439-0164

July 2018 Newsletter

Welcome Neighbors and a special welcome to our newest residents!  Some of our weekly and monthly events are changing starting this month and we are adding a new club:  10:30 am Walking Club – M, W, F.  Meet in front of the Clubhouse promptly on Monday, July 2.  All Spinney Offices will be CLOSED JULY 4th.

MONTHLY ACTIVITIES

GUIDED MEDITATION: 7/9 @4PM    BOOK CLUB  7/9 @ 11AM     LUNCH w/NEIGHBORS  7/17    MOVIE 7/13          BIRTHDAYS 7/27 @ 12:30 PM

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

MON. 1PM  Scrabble    WED. 1PM Ma Jongg      THUR. 10:30AM,  1PM

**NEW** M, W, F, 10:30 AM WALKING CLUB                   Evenings on The Green at Bethlehem Public Library WEDNESDAYS @ 7pm weekly SCRABBLE          WED.  1PM MA JONGG             THURS.  10:30AM CHAIR YOGA ($5/CLASS),     1 PM RUMMY

 

 

July 10 will be the LAST month for our Empties for Animals campaign. Please bring all your deposit bottles to 2 Brugel Court at 6:30pm for drop off.  Thank you to all who participated in this worthy cause.

Monday, July 9 @ 8:30 am: Tri-City Valley Cats Baseball $10 pp includes lunch.  We have space for 9 people, please call me if you plan to attend even at night or on the weekend!

Wednesday, July 4 @ 1 pm  potluck at the Clubhouse!  The Spinney is providing Hot Dogs and all the fixings, beverages and tableware.  Please bring serving spoons for your items.  Volunteers to help clean up would be appreciated.

Sunday, July 8 @ 1pm Cindy Morrison will be hosting a Party Lite Show in the Clubhouse.  All are welcome to attend but please RSVP directly to Cindy by 7/6. Call her at 518-621-7674, feel free to leave a message.  It should be a fun time for all!

Friday, July 13 @ 6:30 pm will be Movie Night.  I have tentatively scheduled a comedy from 2000 “Saving Grace” but am open to suggestions.  REMINDER:  NO FOOD is allowed in the media room, just water and nothing is to be placed on the pool table!  I spent quite a bit of time cleaning food crumbs off the floor and sofa after our last movie and I did not appreciate it.

Tuesday, July 17 @ 12 pm Lunch with Neighbors  Cost is $12 and your paid reservation with your name on it should be placed in my lockbox by Wed., July 11 @ noon to participate – no exceptions.  We are doing something very different this month – experiencing a dining adventure with a four-star chef!  You will not be disappointed.

Friday, July 20 @ 6:30pm is Karaoke Night!  Come one, come all, full of voice or small-join us as we rock n roll, hillbilly, jazz, gospel, rap or sing the old ballads and have an evening full of fun!  We will have a full selection of music to choose from – BYOB and snacks to share.

Looking Ahead:

We will be starting a new community service project:  Hearts of Love-everyone can help!

Road trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.

Your new ideas can be featured here!

June 2018 Newsletter

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

Mon./Tues. 9-4 pm Dede Stewart, 1pm Mon. Scrabble

Wed. 1pm Mah Jongg, Guided Meditation 4pm monthly

Thurs. 1pm Rummy, 3:30 pm Chair Yoga

Welcome to June Neighbors and Friends!  Summer is here this month and we celebrate Flag Day, Father’s Day, the Summer Solstice and many graduations and weddings all month long.  We hope you don’t get so busy to come to the many activities we have planned for you.

New offerings we have for you beginning this month:  In our Media Room we now have the addition of a Billiards Table for your enjoyment.  We ask that you remember this is a space used by others and keep the doors closed when enjoying a movie or playing pool during business hours.  Please be mindful of the equipment and report any damage or malfunction to the front desk promptly.  We are also offering a new service for you:  Dede Stewart, a hairdresser for 30 years, is now offering in home Salon Services at our site on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9-4pm.  You will find her brochures in the clubhouse for pricing.  She is an Independent Contractor, not employed by The Spinney Group, and services, prices and satisfaction are between Ms. Stewart and the client.

June  1:   9 am  Huevos Rancheros Breakfast at the Clubhouse!  Come join us as we greet June with a spicy, eggy start!

June  8:  6:30pm  Ice Cream Social sponsored by Eric Woods Agency of Delmar.  Let’s hope we can use the patio.🍨

June  9:  7am Set up YARD SALE 8am-12pm!  Volunteers needed to move and set up tables, please call me asap!

June 11: 11am Book Club: this month we will be sharing about the books we are enjoying reading and choosing the next read.

June 12:  6pm Library Hours until 7 and from 6-6:30pm Bottles for Animals Drop Off at 2 Brugel Ct. Front of garage

June 13:  4pm Guided Meditation and 7pm, our benefit ” My Father Was A Storyteller”-more info to come

June 19: 12pm Lunch With Neighbors at Swifty’s in Delmar. $10 cash deposit due June 15 to attend

June 20: 11am  Amanda Weller from St. Peter’s will be speaking about Volunteer opportunities for Senior’s enrichment

June 22:  6pm Movie Night with refreshments, movie TBD

June 23:  5 o’clock Somewhere  BYOB we will supply the refreshments!

June 29: 12:30pm Birthday Celebration followed by “You Be The Judge”

Connie Holden, Activities Coordinator  office: 689-0162  home: 439-0164

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May 2018 Newsletter

Welcome Neighbors and friends to the arrival of Spring Flowers! It is such a relief to finally see some color out there. May brings some exciting new things to share, many initiated by our own residents. Remember that it is vital to respond to all events you plan to attend! I need to gather materials, supplies or make reservations for the activities in advance.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new residents and neighbors! The Spinney Group hopes that you will come out, experience our events, and get to meet our great community of neighbors.

Happy Spring! We are currently cleaning up and seeding winter damage around the property. It has been observed that on top of winter damage much of the damage is due to residents and guests driving off of the road onto the dirt/grass. Driving over newly seeded areas will deter grass from growing as well as contribute to a non-appealing landscape. Please be mindful especially when turning into your driveways as to not cut the corner and drive over the dirt/grass.

Tuesday, May 1: We will have an organizational meeting for our Yard sale at 11 am – 12:30 pm. Bring a bag lunch.

Saturday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo Celebration 4pm in the Gathering Space. $ 5 pp, BYOB, we will provide Tortilla chips, salsa and a wonderful Taco bar, along with some great music. You MUST purchase your admission ticket at the front desk no later than THURSDAY, May 3rd to attend. You may bring a guest for the same price.

Friday, May 11: Men only Lunch at My Place at 12 noon. Reservations with $10 cash deposit can be made by placing in an envelope with your name on it and putting it in my drop box in the administration offices hallway to the left of the closet. Reservations MUST be in by Wed., May 9!

Saturday, May 12: Our community Yard Sale at 8am – 12 pm in the parking lot of the clubhouse. Now is the time to further clear out those items you no longer need, or that don’t fit anymore, or even sell baked goods and make a little extra spending cash. It will be great fun!

Tuesday, May 15: Send me your suggestions for our movie afternoon at 12:30 pm. Please feel free to add any DVDs you no longer want to our collection. I need suggestions by May 11.

Wednesday, May 16: Dinner w/friends at Romo’s at 5:30 pm. There will be live entertainment to enjoy! Reservations with $ 5 deposit to me by May 14. A Nice night out and cheap eats if you share a pizza!

Friday, May 18: Senior’s “Prom” at Town Hall 2-5pm. You must reserve with Senior Services as soon as you read this because they are almost at capacity! Dress up or be comfortable, just come and Have fun! I am going; do not let me be lonely.

Tuesday, May 22: Carpool to the Delmar Farmer’s Market at 2:15 pm.

Friday, May 25: Birthday Celebration at 12:30 pm followed by “You Be the Judge” led by our own Bob Criswell! Great to have him back.

Monday, May 28: Our Memorial Day Picnic for all residents! From 12 pm until 4 pm, we will be having a catered BBQ and live entertainment to celebrate this meaningful day. Yes, residents may bring guests but our cut-off count for this event is 36 people. More information to follow soon.

If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to contact me at SVDActivities@thespinneygroup.com or call me at 518-689-0162 (work) or 518-439-0164 (home). Connie Holden, Activities Coordinator for The Spinney at Van Dyke

MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!

April 2018 Newsletter

Hello, Friends and Neighbors! FINALLY, spring is here and, boy, am I glad.  With the nasty weather we had this March; many of those that usually attend all of our events have been missing in action.  I hope that everyone is safe and well and that we will see participation increase, especially with all of our new residents.  We heartily welcome those who have just joined The Spinney at Van Dyke family and encourage you to take advantage of all we have to offer.  I also want to thank those of you who have sent me suggestions and you will see that I have included them in this month’s events.  Remember to RSVP to any events you will attend!

Events that occur weekly:

MONDAYS @ 10 AM and TUESDAYS @ 6 PM are Librarian’s hours to accept books and magazines.

THURSDAYS @ 1 PM: RUMMY in the clubhouse.  Watch out for (and join) the rowdy fun!  After all the “stress”, unwind with 3:30 PM Chair Yoga in the Media Center at just $5.00 per class!

April 4: @ 2PM:  Walk Around Things Day! On this Wednesday afternoon, we will enjoy walking around, as we are able, and enjoy each other’s company with refreshments to follow.

April 6: @ 2PM:  Friday we will celebrate National Poetry Month.  Please bring your favorite poem or book of poetry to share with friends.  Try to keep it PG, certain poems are limericks!

April 11: @ 1PM:  Celebrate “Hump Day (Wednesday)” at the clubhouse with everyone’s favorite: YOU be the Judge, which always makes for stimulating discussion.  Light refreshments served.

April 13: @ 2PM: On this Friday afternoon, we will honor National Scrabble Day by playing a game or three! Volunteers for refreshments, please.

April 18: @ 4PM: Wednesday afternoon Guided Meditation with Dayle Groudine is a great way to relax and just “be present”.

April 20: @ 7PM:  On this Friday evening, join us for great times as we challenge ourselves to “60’s Flashback Trivia”.  I fully expect those who asked for this to attend and show us your stuff!  Light refreshments will be served.

April 23: @ 1PM:  We will observe National Humor Month by watching a romantic comedy!  Popcorn will be served, as usual.

April 25: @ 12PM:  Lunch with Friends and Neighbors at Normanside Country Club.  RSVP by Wednesday, April 18 with a $10 deposit, which will be credited towards your lunch.  All deposits in cash, please.  Place in Connie’s Lockbox.

April 27: @ 1PM:  April Birthday Celebration at the Clubhouse.  Come taste the best cake you have had in a long time and have fun with all of our lovely residents!

 

Connie Holden, Activities Coordinator, (518) 689-0162

March 2018 Newsletter

Good day to all Neighbors and Friends!

It has been a dreadfully gloomy winter this year, so we are all looking forward to the Vernal Equinox – oh, all right – SPRING!  This year we will celebrate it on March 20.  I can hardly wait for the tulips and crocuses to start showing up again.

I must ask your apology in advance for the sparseness of activities the first week of March.  For those who do not know, my husband, Dan, and I are moving into the Spinney on March 2nd.  I will be a little busy being settled for a few days but promise to make it up to you later in the month.

Just my usual reminder:  I would like you to RSVP to any and all activities you will attend and if there is a date to respond by, please do so.  This will help me to have adequate supplies for the event and not to waste funds trying to guess how many are attending!  This makes me irritable and grumpy, and you do not want to have a grumpy Event Coordinator planning your activities, do you?   You might find yourselves sorting out my junk for yard sale items!  Smiles and RSVPs is all I ask!

March 1:  World Compliment Day.  Take the time today to throw out a few compliments in your daily travels or phone calls.  A kind thought, or word does wonders for both souls.

March 2:  Read Across America and Dress in Blue Day.  Take the time to fit in a few minutes to read an article or to get deeper into that good book you began last week.  It is Dress in Blue Day to honor our heroes in blue – our police officers.  Since you will know in advance, you might even bring some cookies or a treat of yours to the local police to let them know you care.

March 3:  Mulled Wine Day. Invite a neighbor to share some warm, spicy brew and enjoy each other’s company.

March 6:  3pm  Yes – we finally have one – POKER DAY!  Come, al you hustlers, let’s get it on!

March 7:  9:30 am  National Cereal Day:  My first official day back to work and I’d like to serve you some cereal for breakfast, with some fruit and milk, too.  Let me know by March 5 at 8:00 am.

March 8:  11 am  Spring Grapevine Wreath Making  rsvp by March 3rd.  Cost $3.00 pp

March 9:  1pm  National “Get Over It” Day:  Write down your pet peeves, gripes, worries and such and we will all “get over it” in a special way!

March 12:  11am  Book Club in the Media Room discussing How It All Began by Penelope Lively .

March 14:  1pm We will be beginning our stories for our Spinney Scrapbook by attending a workshop led by a prominent storyteller and author, Sandy Schuman, which will help ypu to ut your story into written form. Please respond by March 9, and bring paper and writing instrument of your choice.

March 15:  1pm  You Be The Judge!  Always a favorite.

March 19:  1pm  Games in the Clubhouse.  Let’s have a great turnout so that we can play several at once!

March 20:  1pm & 6pm  Comedy Movie @ 1pm and a 6pm Fireside Chat about what makes us happy to celebrate International Day of Happiness.

March 21: 1pm  Tim O’Shea and Friends Irish music at the Bethlehem Town Library. Makes me want to dance a jig!

March 23: 10 am Meet at the clubhouse to carpool to the Capital District Flower Show at Hudson Valley Community College.  A great way to kick off Spring, but there is a lot of walking to do.  It is handicap accessible.  MVP Senior Discount is $10!  All proceeds benefit The Wildwood Programs.

March 26:  1pm  “Live Long and Prosper” day with a movie (hint hint).

March 27:  9:30am  whew, its finally here  French Toast Breakfast! Yummy french toast with fruit and your choice of syrups to enjoy with friends and neighbors.  Please respond by March 20.

March 29: 1pm  March Birthday Celebration.  Lest we not forget, today is Vietnam War Veteran’s Day, a time to honor those who also bravely served our country.

Please remember to put your suggestions for activities, lecture topics, field trips, things to change and things you are happy with into my black lockbox on the left wall in the offices corridor.  The best way to enjoy the lifestyle here at the Spinney is to experience what suits your interests!

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