March has roared in like a lion to Cincinnati this year, as the saying goes, with some crazy weather! But here in the Queen City, we know that milder temperatures and springtime breezes are just a few days away. Here’s what seniors living at our Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community will enjoy while we wait for the warm-up.
Wednesday, March 8
Tai chi. Our tai chi exercise group meets Wednesday mornings in the Chapel.
Yoga. On Wednesday afternoons, in the Chapel, our volunteer instructor Patty leads a yoga exercise group.
Lecture. Historian Diane Shields will be in the Event Center to present a slideshow and lecture about Russia’s last royal family, the Romanovs, whose dynasty ended in bloodshed during the Bolshevik Revolution of the early 20th century.
Thursday, March 9
Concert. Join us tonight in the Chapel for a recital by a University of Cincinnati College—Conservatory of Music (CCM) student.
Friday, March 10
Lunch outing. This afternoon, we’ll have lunch at Izzy’s. Come get a great corned beef sandwich and a potato pancake!
Chorus rehearsal. Our MPL singers meet in the Chapel this, and every, Friday afternoon.
Saturday, March 11
Group outing. We’ll offer transportation to the Cinemark movie theater for the Metropolitan Opera’s simulcast of Verdi’s La Traviata.
Group outing. We will provide transportation to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Tickets are required in advance for this event; the box office number is 513-381-3300.
Movie night. Join us in the Event Center for Saturday Cinema! Tonight, we’ll watch Pawn Sacrifice, director Edward Zwick’s 2014 dramatic portrayal of chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer’s match against Boris Spassky. Starring Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber and Lily Rabe.
*DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS TOMORROW. Remember to set your clocks ahead 1 hour before bed tonight!
Sunday, March 12
Concert. Join us in the Chapel for a musical performance by pianist Bob Pollack.
Documentary viewing. Tonight, in the Event Center, we’ll watch St. Patrick: The Apostle of Ireland. This film takes an in-depth look at the the life and myth of Ireland’s patron saint.
Monday, March 13
Concert. Cellist Angela Bolen will play traditional Celtic music tonight in the Chapel.
Tuesday, March 14
St. Patrick’s Day celebration. We’ll celebrate the Irish national holiday a wee bit early with a party tonight in the Event Center, featuring music by Dave Hawkins.
Wednesday, March 15
Art class. Join us in the Craft Room for Copper Enameling with Jamie.
Conversational French coffee hour. Do you enjoy speaking conversational French? Come to our group, meeting this afternoon in the Event Center.
Documentary viewing. We’ll watch Touring Australia tonight in the Event Center. Australia is a continent and a country of 18 million people. Aussies have a strong belief in democracy, a marvelous enthusiasm for sports and a love for high adventure. This video captures life in Australian cities, the rugged beauty of Kakadu and Daintree, the Great Barrier Reef, the Gold Coast, Ayers Rock and much more.
Thursday, March 16
Bridge game. Grab your partner and come play a few hands with us in the Club Room.
Bingo. Join us in the Event Center for everyone’s favorite game!
Friday, March 17
Group outing. We’ll provide transportation to the Cincinnati Ballet’s performance, Bold Moves. Tickets are required in advance for this event. The box office number is 513-621-5219.
*Note: Packed lunch request forms for our March 22 outing to the Cincinnati Nature Center are due today. Please turn in your form to Debbie MacLean.
Saturday, March 18
Concert. Join us in the Chapel this afternoon for a performance by the folk and Americana duo Switchback.
Movie night. Join us in the Event Center for more Saturday Cinema! Tonight, we’ll watch director Stephen Herek’s 2015 family comedy The Great Gilly Hopkins, about a wisecracking 12-year-old foster child who has been shuffled from home to home. Starring Kathy Bates, Glenn Close and Sophie Nélisse.
Sunday, March 19
Documentary viewing. Tonight, we’ll watch Coca Cola: History of an American Icon, which examines how John Pemberton's sweet concoction became firmly entrenched in American culture and how it came to symbolize America the world over.
Monday, March 20
Cooking group. Join Debbie in the Craft Room, who will teach us to make our own pizzas.
Tuesday, March 21
Reading group. Join us in the Lee Library this afternoon for “Books with Blossom,” our semi-monthly book discussion group, led by the head librarian from the Hyde Park branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Wednesday, March 22
Group outing. Today, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch and nature walk at the Cincinnati Nature Center. You are welcome to pack your own lunch, but if you’d like, we’ll pack a lunch for you. If you need us to pack a lunch for you, please fill out a request form and return it to Debbie MacLean by Friday, March 17.
Thursday, March 23
Lecture. This month, we’ll begin a speaker series called Beyond the Bricks, presented by the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall. This series will feature four lectures about Music Hall. The first, “Evolution of an Icon,” will explore the venue’s history.
Friday, March 24
Group outing. Today we’ll tour and lunch at 50 West Brewery in Newtown.
Current events group. Our News & Views group meets today in the Club Room.
Saturday, March 25
Group outing. We will offer transportation to the Cinemark movie theater for the Metropolitan Opera’s simulcast of Idomeneo.
Movie night. Join us in the Event Center for our last Saturday Cinema installment of the month! Tonight, we’ll watch director Kenneth Lonergan’s 2016 film, Manchester by the Sea, which garnered an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Starring Casey Affleck and Kyle Chandler.
Sunday, March 26
Group outing. This afternoon, some of us will attend a benefit performance of Job for Organ — a musical cycle based on the Biblical book of Job, written by the 20th century Czech composer Petr Eben — at the Church of the Redeemer. The text will be recited and punctuated with Hebrew chant by Rabbi Matthew Kraus. Suggested donation $10.
Group outing. Another group of residents will attend this afternoon’s Linton Chamber Music Series performance.
Concert. We’ll host a Piatigorsky Foundation concert this afternoon, featuring cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Doris Stevenson, in the Chapel.
Documentary viewing. Tonight, in the Event Center, we’ll watch Medal of Honor. This PBS documentary shares the experiences of 13 former American soldiers who risked their lives and received the prestigious Medal of Honor for their efforts.
Monday, March 27
Literary salon. Our Book Discussion Group will meet today in the Lee Library to discuss Belgravia, by Julian Fellowes. The title is available in regular, large print and audio format at the Shaw Lobby Reception Desk.
Wednesday, March 29
Dinner outing. Tonight, we’ll dine at Red Lobster. Please sign up for transportation if you plan to attend.
Friday, March 31
Concert. Tonight, the Berea, Ky., bluegrass trio Al, Alice and Ruth will entertain us in the Chapel.
Saturday, April 1
Easter egg hunt. Our annual Family and Friends egg hunt happens this afternoon!
Monday, April 3
Opening Day celebration. Play ball! The Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day is an unofficial citywide holiday. Today, we’ll gather in the Event Center to watch the game and party it up Queen City style.
Wednesday, April 5
Group outing. Today, we’ll tour the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati in West Chester, where we’ll learn more about Islam and its practitioners’ various cultures.