Happy 4th of July! We believe every senior living at our Cincinnati retirement community benefits from social enrichment, so we make sure that our residents have a variety of interest groups to engage with and outings to participate in.
We’ve planned a star-spangled month of activities here at Marjorie P. Lee and, today, we’d like to share them with you. Read on!
Saturday, July 1
Exercise class. Our weekly fitness group meets in the Event Center every Saturday at this hour.
Sunday, July 2
Holy Communion. Weekly service is held in the Chapel.
Monday, July 3
Lecture. This afternoon, in the Event Center, historian Jack Lightcap returns to present his slideshow lecture, “The Story of the American Declaration of Independence.”
Happy Independence Day, Cincinnati seniors!
A Capitol Fourth. Make sure you tune in tonight to PBS (Channel 10 – KET 54, or Channel 13 – WCET 48) for the nation’s annual, televised 4th of July celebration.
Wednesday, July 5
Exercise class. Come join us in the Event Center for tai chi.
Art class. This afternoon in the Craft Room, our volunteer art instructor, Jamie Fredette, will continue our lessons in copper enameling.
Group outing. This afternoon, we’ll visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, where we’ll view the special exhibit, Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu. The admission cost is $18 per person.
Movie night. Tonight, in the Event Center, we’ll watch Loving, director Jeff Nichols’ powerful 2016 dramatic biography of Richard and Mildred Loving — a Virginia couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in the 1960s began a legal battle that would end with an historic Supreme Court decision.
Thursday, July 6
Group outing. Tonight, we’ll attend the Cincinnati Opera’s performance of Frida, based on the life of the revolutionary, early 20th Century Mexican painter.
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, July 7
MPL Chorus rehearsal. Love to sing? So do we! Come join the Marjorie P. Lee Chorus. We rehearse every Friday afternoon in the Chapel.
Concert. Tonight, Mike Pendell will perform for us in the Event Center.
Saturday, July 8
Movie night. Our second Saturday Cinema event of the month will be a viewing of the classic 1957 film adaptation of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, starring Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner and Errol Flynn.
Sunday, July 9
Concert. Pianist and Marjorie P. Lee favorite Bob Pollack will perform standards and share stories with us this afternoon in the Chapel.
Documentary viewing. Come to the Event Center for this week’s documentary presentation, Pioneers of Primetime. Never-before-seen interviews with the legends — Milton Berle, Red Skelton, Sid Caesar, Bob Hope, Steve Allen and Sammy Davis Jr. — and a treasure trove of rare television footage, all blended in a new landmark program. This program chronicles television comedy’s pedigree, from Vaudeville, through radio, to the Golden Age of Television.
Monday, July 10
Crafts class. Join us in the Victoria Courtyard Lounge and learn how to make beautiful greeting cards.
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame lecture and alumnus meet-and-greet. Come down to the Event Center this afternoon for a special talk by staff from the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum and an opportunity to meet a retired Cincinnati Reds player!
Dinner outing. This evening, we’ll dine at the Hofbräuhaus Newport. Proßt!
Tuesday, July 11
Bible study. Join us in the Chapel this and every Tuesday afternoon for our weekly discussion of Scripture.
Lecture. Tonight, we’ll host a representative from the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall, who will present the next installment in that organization’s Beyond the Bricks speaker series, “Pulling Out All the Stops: Music Hall’s Mighty Organs.”
Wednesday, July 12
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. This evening, historian Diane Shields returns to the Event Center, where she’ll speak to us about “The Battle of Bunker Hill.”
Thursday, July 13
Writing salon. Our resident-led Writing Our Memoirs group meets this afternoon in the Lee Library.
Friday, July 14
Lecture. Vive la France! James Powers will give a Bastille Day presentation on the French Revolution, a complicated, chaotic period in our close ally’s history, in which a popular republican movement overthrew the aloof elites of the Bourbon dynasty, extended Age of Enlightenment ideals to the Continent and sowed the seeds of French democracy, but initially resulted in completely new and bloody forms of terror. It’s a story that holds palpable parallels for the 21st Century. French wines and cheeses will be served after the lecture.
Saturday, July 15
Movie night. This week’s Saturday Cinema installment is the 1983 adaptation of the musical The Pirates of Penzance, starring Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury and Linda Ronstadt.
Sunday, July 16
Documentary viewing. For our third documentary night in July, we’ll feature Journey to Shark Eden. Just south of the equator is a coral reef teeming with sharks and exotic ocean life. Join leading marine ecologists and National Geographic Fellow Enric Sala as they explore this utopia for sharks and discover valuable clues about how to preserve this delicate ecosystem.
Monday, July 17
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 soothing for stiff joints!
Tuesday, July 18
Group outing. Today, we’ll head to Big Bone Lick State Park in Northern Kentucky, for our second resident picnic of the summer, then stop off in historic Rabbit Hash to shop at the newly rebuilt General Store, featuring antiques, collectible Bybee pottery, hand-woven towels from Boston Weavers, brooms made at Berea College in Kentucky, handmade soaps, wooden kitchen utensils, enamelware, and more! Make sure you grab a cool Ale 8-1 from the icebox!
Wednesday, July 19
Group outing. This evening, we’ll attend the Warsaw Federal Incline Theater’s presentation of the smash comedy, Blithe Spirit. When novelist Charles Condomine, hoping to gather material for his next book, invites an eccentric medium to his house to conduct a séance, the scheme backfires when she calls up the ghost of his temperamental first wife.
Thursday, July 20
Group outing. Tonight, we’ll attend the Cincinnati Opera’s performance of The Magic Flute, a Mozart classic.
Friday, July 21
Group outing. Opera, round two! Tonight, we’ll take in the Cincinnati Opera’s performance of Song from the Uproar.
Saturday, July 22
Movie night. Tonight’s Saturday Cinema film will be 1989’s classic Robin Williams drama, Dead Poets Society, co-starring Ethan Hawke. Join us in the Event Center.
Sunday, July 23
Documentary viewing. Learn about the history and culture of our great neighbor to the north in tonight’s film, Canada, which will be shown in the Event Center.
Monday, July 24
Literary salon. Our resident-led Book Discussion Group will meet this afternoon in the Lee Library to talk about A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline. Copies of the book are available at the Shaw Lobby Reception Desk, or by calling Debbie MacLean, 513-533-5044.
Tuesday, July 25
Literary salon. It’s time again for Book Talk with Blossom, hosted by the manager of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Hyde Park branch. She’ll bring us three new selections to read, talk a bit about them and facilitate discussion about our March reads. Come find out what she’s brought for us this time!
Dinner outing. Tonight, we’ll dine at Ruth’s Parkside Café, in Cincinnati’s eclectic Northside neighborhood.
Wednesday, July 26
Movie night. Tonight in the Event Center, join us for a special cinematic presentation of A League of Their Own, director Penny Marshall’s 1992 baseball comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Rosie O’Donnell.
Thursday, July 27
Slideshow presentation. Tonight, in the Event Center, Rob and Linda Bartlett will share with us “A Pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago.”
Friday, July 28
Movie night. Another special movie presentation! We’ll watch Emilio Estevez’s 2010 adventure drama, The Way. When his son dies while hiking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees, a grieving father (Martin Sheen) flies to France to claim the remains. Looking for insights into his estranged child's life, he decides to complete the 500-mile trek to Spain.
Saturday, July 29
Movie night. Our last Saturday Cinema viewing this month will be the Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston.
Sunday, July 30
Concert. This afternoon, Jim Wise will give a clarinet recital in our Chapel. Come enjoy beautiful woodwind music.
Documentary viewing. Curious about the history, geography, traditions and natural wonders of the Subcontinent? Come to the Event Center and watch India: Kingdom of the Tiger, an IMAX film that will take us on a fascinating journey across South Asia’s most populous nation.
Monday, July 31
Game night. Grab your lucky rabbit’s foot and come play bingo with us in the Event Center!