🌕 🌖 🌗 🌘 🌑 🌒 🌓 🌔 Total Solar Eclipse - August 21st
August at the Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community in Cincinnati is chock full of amazing activities that will keep our residents engaged socially, active physically, enlightened spiritually, and stimulated intellectually. Kudos to Debbie Maclean and our Life Enrichment team for planning a well-rounded month of events. Let’s take a look at everything we have planned.
Tuesday, Aug. 1
Exercise class. Every Tuesday morning, we hold an instructor-led fitness class in the Event Center. Come stay fit, trim and limber with us.
Exercise class. Come join us in the Event Center for tai chi.
Lecture. Join the Tech Team in the Event Center as we learn about a fun language-learning app called Duolingo.
Movie night. Come to the Event Center this evening. We’ll be watching the 1961 romantic drama Paris Blues, starring Paul Newman, Sidney Portier and Joanne Woodward. With its Duke Ellington score, excellent cast and breathtaking "Battle Royale" with Louis Armstrong, this film both an excellent drama and a must-see for any jazz lover.
Thursday, Aug. 3
Writing group. The Writing Our Memoirs group meets this afternoon in the Lee Library. The members enjoy recording and sharing their life experiences. Everyone is welcome.
Friday, Aug. 4
MPL Chorus rehearsal. Love to sing? So do we! Come join the Marjorie P. Lee Chorus. We rehearse every Friday afternoon in the Chapel.
Residents meeting. Our monthly Residents Meeting will be held this afternoon in the Event Center. Come stay informed about the latest happenings in our retirement community.
Concert. We once again welcome pianist Sarah-Theresa Murakami. This evening, her performance in the Chapel will honor the memory of former MPL resident Bob LaShelle, who passed away earlier this year. This evening’s repertoire will include selections from Schubert, Mendelssohn and Chopin. Wine and cheese refreshments will be provided afterward.
Saturday, Aug. 5
Movie night. It’s Saturday Cinema night! Come down to the Event Center, where we’ll view the comedy My Favorite Year, starring Peter O’Toole, Jessica Harper and Mark Linn-Baker. It’s a zany, misty-eyed tribute to TV’s early days.
Sunday, Aug. 6
Documentary viewing. Tonight, in the Event Center, we’ll watch PBS’s American Experience biography of Annie Oakley, Cincinnati’s favorite sharpshooting daughter. Described as ""the greatest woman rifle shot the world has ever produced," Oakley thrilled audiences of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show with her daring feats and, over time, became a legend.
Monday, Aug. 7
Art class. Join us in the Victoria Courtyard Lounge for a cardmaking class, led by Kathleen Hargis. She’ll show you how to create beautiful, handmade cards, which are a fun way to surprise friends and family.
Lecture. Historian Jack Lightcap will share his slideshow lecture, “Thomas Jefferson, the Sage of Monticello,” this afternoon in the Event Center.
Tuesday, Aug. 8
Bible study. Join us in the Chapel this and every Tuesday afternoon for our weekly discussion of Scripture.
Dinner outing. This evening, we’ll dine at Teller’s of Hyde Park. Click here to view the restaurant’s dinner menu, and please be sure to sign up in the Transportation Book in the Victoria Lobby if you plan to attend, so that our group reservation will be accurate.
Wednesday, Aug. 9
Yoga class. Need to limber up? Need a meditative space? Come join us in the Chapel, this and every Wednesday afternoon, for Yoga with Patty.
Lecture. Historian Diane Shields returns this evening to give a slideshow lecture, “General Washington’s Troubles,” in our Event Center.
Bingo night. It’s time again for everyone’s favorite game! Feeling lucky? Join us in the Event Center for bingo, prizes and a lot of laughs.
Friday, Aug. 11
Presentation and lecture. This afternoon, we welcome representatives of the Newport Aquarium’s WAVE Foundation, who will present a program on African penguins. The WAVE Foundation’s mission is to engage, excite and educate the community about the wonders of aquatic life and the importance of conservation.
You’ll have an opportunity to experience the penguins in person; they’re coming along to greet us! Come meet our feathered, fish-eating friends from the Southern Hemisphere.
Saturday, Aug. 12
Movie night. Our second Saturday Cinema event of the month will be this year’s dramatic fantasy The Shack, starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression that causes him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to come to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness.
Sunday, Aug. 13
Documentary viewing. For our second documentary night in August, we’ll feature Operation Lighthouse Rescue. The Gay Head Lighthouse, an historic 19th century landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, was soon to become the next victim of the ocean’s relentless erosive waves. This film followed engineers as they raced to rescue a national treasure.
Monday, Aug. 14
Exercise class. We have Water Fitness class every Monday afternoon in MPL’s heated indoor pool. It’s a great way to keep strong and trim, and soothe stiff joints!
Coffee hour and presentation. The ERS Servant Leadership Team will be here this afternoon to inform you about the latest happenings around Episcopal Retirement Services.
Tuesday, Aug. 15
Lobster bake. We’ll hold our annual Lobster Bake in the Event Center this evening! Lobsta Bakes of Maine will provide us with a meal of fresh Maine Lobster, mussels, corn on the cob, coleslaw and French bread, plus beverages and dessert. The cost is $40 per person. If you plan to attend, please pay your dinner fee to Debbie in Life Enrichment by Monday, Aug. 7.
Wednesday, Aug. 16
Presentation. William and David Sangrey will be in the Event Center to tell us about their Boy Scout experiences. They’ll share their stories about the 2017 National Jamboree and about their adventure at Sea Base in the Florida Keys.
Group outing. Tonight, we’ll attend the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater’s performance of its Jazz Age send-up musical, The Drowsy Chaperone.
Movie night. Tonight, in the Event Center, Elvis is back in the building. We’ll watch Viva Las Vegas, the definitive 1964 musical comedy starring The King and Ann-Margaret. Race car driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.
Thursday, Aug. 17
Group outing. We will depart for a tour of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. Space is limited, so be sure to sign-up in the Transportation Sign-Up book in the Victoria Lobby.
Friday, Aug. 18
Exercise class. We hold water fitness class every Friday at this time in the indoor swimming pool.
Saturday, Aug. 19
Movie night. Tonight’s Saturday Cinema film strikes Gold in this adventure thriller starring Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez and Bryce Dallas Howard. Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on an amazing journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.
Sunday, Aug. 20
Concert. Pianist Bob Pollack and drummer Jack Rowekamp will entertain us in the Chapel this afternoon.
Documentary viewing. Tonight, we’ll watch In the Shadow of Vesuvius. Italy's Mt. Vesuvius has erupted more than 50 times over recorded history, devastating whole cities and towns. Although it’s sleeping now, this active volcano is never far from the minds of the 2 million people who live in its shadow.
Monday, Aug. 21
Are you ready to view the SOLAR ECLIPSE today?
Group outing. Those adventurous souls who want to see the Great American Eclipse in its totality can board our luxury bus this morning and head out on a journey to the small town of Adairville, Kentucky, which sits along the path of total obscuration.
1 - 4 p.m.
Solar eclipse viewing party. If you didn’t take the trip down to Adairville, come join us in the Victoria Lobby Courtyard! Weather permitting, we’ll see the moon’s silhouette obscure up to 90 percent of the sun’s disc this afternoon.
Remember, looking directly at the sun can damage your vision. We’ll provide eclipse glasses for you to use.
Game night. Grab your lucky rabbit’s foot and come play bingo with us in the Event Center!
Tuesday, Aug. 22
Concert. Tonight, we welcome members of the Cincinnati Dulcimer Society, who will play sweet folk music for us in the Event Center.
Wednesday, August 23
Dinner outing. We’ll depart for dinner at Parker’s Blue Ash Tavern. Click here to see the menu, and remember to sign up in the Transportation Book located in the Victoria Lobby to reserve your place.
Thursday, Aug. 24
Concert. Please welcome the Wild Honey Band back to MPL! They’ll entertain us with original music and blues covers in the Event Center this evening.
Movie night. Our last Saturday Cinema viewing this month will be the scalding hot Bob Fosse musical Chicago, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Taye Diggs, Renée Zellweger and Richard Gere.
Sunday, Aug. 27
Documentary viewing. Tonight, in the Event Center, we’ll watch a biography of Mother Teresa, the selfless missionary who brought hope, love and salvation to the poorest of the poor. Small miracles and her humble triumphs inspired the case for her sainthood.
Monday, Aug. 28
Literary salon. Our resident-led Book Discussion Group will meet this afternoon in the Lee Library to talk about Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by Middletown native J.D. Vance. Copies of the book are available at the Shaw Lobby Reception Desk, or by calling Debbie MacLean, 513-533-5044.
Game night. Come play bingo with us tonight in the Event Center. Bring your lucky rabbit’s foot!
Tuesday, Aug. 29
Picnic outing. We’ll picnic in the park this afternoon! Come enjoy grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and brats, baked beans, potato salad, s’mores and fresh air. Please be sure to sign up in the Transportation Book if you plan to come along, so we’ll have enough food and beverages for all to enjoy.
Wednesday, Aug. 30
Exercise class. Come to the Chapel for Yoga with Patty. Yoga is excellent for keeping you limber and strong.
Thursday, Aug. 31
Happy hour. Today, we welcome karaoke DJ Peter Lloyd, who brings a program he calls Boomaraoke. Come sing along with us and have some fun!