Batter up! If you’re a senior living in Cincinnati, you know that April means it’s . . . BASEBALL SEASON! Opening Day is a pretty big deal here in the Queen City; it’s virtually a holiday. Every year, we look forward to fresh starts and clean counts.
This month, our residents will join the rest of the Tristate in welcoming back our Cincinnati Reds, and in welcoming back warm weather. Here are all the ways we’ll be celebrating in April.
Saturday, April 1
Movie night. Join us in the Event Center for Saturday Cinema! Tonight, we’ll watch Mel Brooks’ smash 1981 screwball satire, History of the World: Part I, co-starring Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman and more.
Sunday, April 2
Documentary viewing. On Sunday evenings, we screen documentary films in the Event Center. Tonight, we’ll watch Japanese Super Sub, which explores the development and fate of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s I-400 class — a submarine/aircraft carrier hybrid that threatened vital U.S. war shipping and might have forced a different outcome in the Pacific Theater of World War II had it been deployed earlier.
Monday, April 3
Cardmaking class. Join us for a cardmaking class in the new Victoria Courtyard Lounge, located on the south side of second floor, near Apt. 226.
Opening Day Party. Play ball! We’ll host an Opening Day party and watch the Cincinnati Reds take on the Philadelphia Phillies, beginning at 4 p.m., in the Event Center. We’ll have the game on the big screen and offer a buffet of ballpark food favorites for dinner.
Wednesday, April 5*
Tai chi. Our tai chi exercise group meets Wednesday mornings in the Chapel.
Group outing. Curious to learn more about different cultures? Today, we’ll visit the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, featuring a presentation on Islamic culture and a guided tour of the facility. Questions are welcomed and encouraged during the visit — understanding breeds mutual respect, tolerance and peace!
When entering the prayer area, visitors are politely requested to observe Islamic requirements for dress and demeanor. Specifically, women are asked to bring scarves for head covering and wear either skirts that are at least mid-calf length, or loose fitting pants and long-sleeved blouses. Likewise, men should wear long pants and sleeved shirts. Also, when entering the prayer area, it will be necessary to remove your shoes, as the prayer areas are fully carpeted.
Concert. Join us tonight in the Chapel for a recital by University of Cincinnati College—Conservatory of Music (CCM) student pianist Wenshuai Zhang.
*Residents wishing to attend the group outing to the Taft Museum on April 19 must turn in their $16 admission fee to Life Enrichment by today.
Thursday, April 6
Writing group. The Writing Our Memoirs group meets this afternoon in the Lee Library.
Bridge game. Grab your partner and come play a few hands with us in the Victoria Courtyard Lounge.
Bingo. Join us in the Event Center for everyone’s favorite game!
Friday, April 7
Resident meeting. Our monthly residents’ meeting keeps you up-to-date on the latest happenings here at Marjorie P. Lee. Join us in the Event Center.
Concert. Tonight, we welcome Mary Claire Miller — a piano and composition student at Xavier University — who will present her senior recital in the Chapel. Her program will be a variety of selections by Brahms, Liszt and Balakirev, as well as a few of her own compositions, enhanced with poetry.
Saturday, April 8
Easter egg hunt. Today is our annual Easter egg hunt for family and friends of Marjorie P. Lee residents. The event will kick off in the Event Center and, weather permitting, children 12 and under can hunt for eggs in the Victoria Courtyard. Appearances by the Easter Bunny, Belle from Beauty and the Beast and the Amazing Spider-Man!
Movie night. Join us in the Event Center for more Saturday Cinema! Tonight, we’ll watch director Bruce Beresford’s 1989 comedic drama, Driving Miss Daisy, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1990. Starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd.
When Daisy Werthan, a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron, loses her ability to drive her successful, business-owning son hires an equally indomitable black man, Hoke, to be her chauffeur. After a rough start, they bond over the knowledge that they are both outsiders: Hoke because of the color of his skin, and Daisy because she is a Jewish woman in a society dominated by Protestant males.
Sunday, April 9
9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Transportation to church services. Those wishing to attend Palm Sunday services at Christ Church or Knox Church can catch their respective shuttles.
Holy Communion will be celebrated this morning in the Chapel.
Concert. Join us in the Chapel for a musical performance by pianist Bob Pollack and drummer Jack Rowekamp.
Documentary viewing. Tonight, in the Event Center, we’ll watch Rory Kennedy’s documentary about Robert Kennedy’s wife, Ethel. This personal portrait, featuring candid interviews with Ethel Kennedy and her children, spans her political awakening, the life she shared with Robert Kennedy and the years following his death, when she raised their 11 children.
Monday, April 10
Passover begins at sundown.
Art presentations. University of Cincinnati students participating in our “Inspiring Minds Through Art” program will give presentations on the benefits of art appreciation, practice and therapy, as they pertain to senior lifestyles, in the Event Center.
Tuesday, April 11
Dinner outing. Tonight, we’ll dine at Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen in Springdale.
Wednesday, April 12
Art class. Join us in the Craft Room for copper enameling class with our volunteer instructor, Jaime Fredette!
French conversation group. Parlez-vous français? Join us in the Event Center for discussion and friendship!
Tech presentation and Q&A. This month’s Tech Topic discussion will be held in the Event Center and inform you about software updates and Windows Vista.
Lecture. Tonight, in the Event Center, historian Diane Shields will present a slide show lecture about the Hindenburg disaster.
Thursday, April 13
Worship service. Maundy Thursday service will be held this morning in the Chapel.
Friday, April 14
Group outing. Today, we’ll attend the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s performance, Louis Conducts Brahms Fest.
Worship service. Good Friday service will be held this morning in the Chapel.
Tour. This afternoon, we’ll offer residents tours of the newly-renovated fifth floor memory support apartments.
Saturday, April 15
Group outing. If you missed yesterday’s Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Louis Conducts Brahms Fest, here’s a second opportunity to attend!
Movie night. It’s Saturday Cinema night! Come down to the Event Center, where we’ll be watching the 1992 Disney live-action musical classic, Newsies, starring Christian Bale, Bill Pullman and Robert Duvall.
It's 1899 and the ragtag youths who deliver the news to New York City stage a protest when publisher Joseph Pulitzer raises the price they must shell out for their supply of papers. Can they unite the oppressed and fight the powers that be?
Sunday, April 16
9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Transportation to church services. Those wishing to attend Easter services at Christ Church or Knox Church can catch their respective shuttles.
Holy Communion. Join us for our Easter observance this morning in the Chapel.
Documentary viewing. With Russia so much in the news lately, a little historical context could help you understand today’s geopolitical maneuvering. Tonight, we’ll watch Catherine the Great: Empress of Russia, documenting the rise of a minor German princess, the coup she led to assume Russia’s throne, and her successful efforts to enlarge her empire in the East. Join us in the Event Center and learn!
Monday, April 17
Literary salon. Our book discussion group will meet to discuss The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware. This title is available in audio format, regular and large print at the Shaw Lobby Reception Desk.
Concert. Cellist Angela Bolen will present her “Celebrate Spring” program this evening in the Chapel.
Tuesday, April 18
Wednesday, April 19
Group outing. Today, we’ll visit the Taft Museum of Art to see “Bijoux Parisiens,” featuring 17th – 20th Century fine jewelry from the Petit Palais in Paris. The exhibition traces changing styles from lavish Baroque adornments, to stately Neo-Classical pieces, to Art Deco designs. Additional decorative objects, design drawings and prints illuminate the jewelry’s significance to French history and culture.
Caregiver support group. Our semi-monthly caregiver support group meets this afternoon in the Lee Library.
Concert. Pianist Mike Pendell will be in the Event Center to perform songs you know and love.
Thursday, April 20
Lecture. Historian Jack Lightcap will present his slideshow lecture, “Under the Big Top: Circus in America.” As one of the largest, long-running circuses bids its farewell this year, take a look at the evolution and decline of the circus here in America.
Friday, April 21
Card games. UNO! We’re playing the perennial family favorite this morning in the Victoria Courtyard Lounge.
Group outing. Tonight, we’ll attend the Cincinnati Ballet’s Kaplan New Works Series performance, “Women Who Move Us.”
Saturday, April 22
Happy Earth Day! Remember to “reduce, reuse and recycle.”
Group outing. We will offer transportation to the Cinemark movie theater for the Metropolitan Opera’s simulcast of Eugene Onegin.
Concert. This afternoon in the Chapel, we’ll host a performance by Share the Music — a group of musically talented students from the piano studio of Mrs. Inna Terekhov.
Group outing. Tonight, we’ll attend the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s special Earth Day performance, Louis Conducts Mahler: Song of the Earth.
Movie night. For tonight’s installment of Saturday Cinema, we’ll screen the winner of 1999’s Oscar for Best Picture, Shakespeare in Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes.
Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter, before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love, and his play finds a new life and title. As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy.
Sunday, April 23
Group outing. Come out for this afternoon’s Linton Chamber Music Series performance, “Party of Four.” Catch the shuttle from the Victoria Lobby.
Documentary viewing. Following on our Shakespeare theme this week, tonight’s documentary selection, The Last Will and Testament of William Shakespeare, examines 19th Century rumors (the “fake news” of their day!) that Shakespeare didn’t author many of the plays attributed to him. So, if he didn’t, who was the real Bard? This film asks entertaining — if unsubstantiated — questions. Just remember to take its claims with a large grain of salt.
Monday, April 24
Art reception. Come to the Event Center for our “Inspiring Minds Through Art” opening reception. See art completed by residents participating in the program — on display until Sunday, May 21.
Wednesday, April 26
Group outing. Today, we’ll tour some of the Affordable Living by ERS senior apartment communities, including Madison Villa and St. Paul Village.
Yoga. On Wednesday afternoons, in the Chapel, our volunteer instructor Patty leads a yoga exercise group.
Thursday, April 27
Dinner outing. We’ll be dining at DeSha’s in Montgomery tonight.
Friday, April 28
Demonstration. Come learn about one of our new memory support therapies — the IN2L machine — in the new Victoria Courtyard Lounge.
Group outing. Join us for an evening out at the Xavier Swing Series! Tonight, we’ll hear a jazz performance by Christian McBride and Tip City.
Saturday, April 29
Movie night. Join us in the Event Center for our last Saturday Cinema night of the month! Tonight, we’ll watch director Garth Davis’s 2016 drama, Lion, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.
Based on the true story, A Long Way Home, five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train, which takes him thousands of kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
Sunday, April 30
Documentary viewing. The birds are returning from their winter havens in the south, so it’s appropriate that our last documentary film of the month will be American Masters: John James Audubon. Audubon’s story is dramatic and surprising. He was not born in America, but saw more of the North American continent than virtually anyone of his time.
Audubon was famous for The Birds of America – an astonishing collection of 435 life-size portraits of every bird then known in the United States. This film provides a large, clear window into life on the American frontier and into how people regarded nature.
Today, his namesake society promotes nature appreciation, conservancy and helps birders the world over in their patient, scientific hobby.