Here we are in May. Hard to believe that 2017 is almost half over, isn’t it? But we’re keeping very busy, and we have a lot of fantastic activities on the calendar for the seniors living here at Marjorie P. Lee retirement community.
Curious what we’ll be up to this month? Then read on!
Monday, May 8
Video gaming. Fore! Join us in the Victoria Courtyard Lounge for a few rounds of Nintendo Wii Golf.
Meet and greet. The Episcopal Retirement Services Servant Leadership Team will host an Information Hour in the Event Center. This meeting is designed to keep you informed of the latest news from ERS.
Tuesday, May 9
Dinner outing. Tonight, we’ll dine at Trio Bistro in Kenwood. Click here to peruse the menu.
Wednesday, May 10
Tai chi. Join us this and every Wednesday morning in the Event Center for a mind-centering, body-limbering workout.
Art class. Join us in the Craft Room for copper enameling class with our volunteer instructor, Jaime Fredette!
Lecture. Historian Diane Shields will be in the Event Center this evening to present a slide show lecture on Arlington National Cemetery.
Thursday, May 11
Bridge. Grab your partner and come play a few hands with us in the Victoria Courtyard Lounge. We play every Thursday at this time.
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, May 12
Group outing. Today, we’ll take in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s matinee performance of Stravinsky’s “Firebird.”
MPL Chorus rehearsal. Love to sing? So do we! Come join the Marjorie P. Lee Chorus. We rehearse every Thursday afternoon in the Chapel.
Cocktail party. Join us in the Victoria Courtyard for cocktails and music by the New Horizons Big Band. Meet your Marjorie P. Lee neighbors and enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif!
Saturday, May 13
Movie night. It’s Saturday Cinema night! Come down to the Event Center, where we’ll view Fences. Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington directs and stars in this 2016 drama about a working class father raising his family in the 1950s. The film also stars Viola Davis and Stephen Henderson.
Sunday, May 14 – MOTHER’S DAY
Group outing. This afternoon, we’ll attend the final performance of the Linton Chamber Music Series’ 2016-17 season. Clarinetist Anthony McGill, violinist Bella Hristova and pianist Michael McHale join forces to present a diverse program of works by Bartók, Stravinsky, Beethoven and Poulenc.
Concert. Pianist Bob Pollack will be in the Event Center to entertain us with music that we know and love. He’ll also regale us with stories about the musician, singers and songwriters behind those famous tunes.
Documentary viewing. Come to the Event Center for a stunning adventure full of intrigue, drama and mesmerizing beauty. Disneynature: Wings of Life, narrated by Meryl Streep, is an intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life.
Monday, May 15
Water fitness class. We work out in the pool every Monday afternoon. Come in for a soothing water workout.
Literary salon. Our Book Discussion Group will meet in the Lee Library to discuss The Traitor’s Wife, a fascinating historical novel about Peggy Shippen (Benedict Arnold’s Tory wife), by Allison Pataki. Copies of this work are available at the Shaw Lobby Reception Desk, or by contacting Debbie MacLean at 513-533-5044.
Tuesday, May 16
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!
Community presentation. The Society for the Preservation of Music Hall will present the second lecture in its Beyond the Bricks speakers series: “Music Hall 360.” This talk will take us on a panoramic, around-the-building tour of Music Hall's fabulous architecture. Explore garrets, turrets, gables, insets and nooks. Learn about Music Hall's design, architectural style and construction history.
Wednesday, May 17
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.
Caregiver support group. All caregivers from the community, as well as MPL residents and their family caregivers, are welcome at our monthly support group meeting. We’ll meet in the Lee Library.
Film and discussion. Tonight, we’ll view the PBS Frontline documentary “Being Mortal.” This film explores the hopes of patients who face terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members who care for them. The film will be followed by discussion facilitated by representatives from VITAS Healthcare, who offer hospice and palliative care in the Greater Cincinnati area. We encourage family members to join us for this event. Appetizers and light refreshments provided.
Thursday, May 18
Concert. Cellist Angela Bolen will present a program of opera favorites this evening in the Event Center.
Friday, May 19
Group outing. This evening, we’ll attend the world-renowned Cincinnati May Festival. 2017’s first installment performance will include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Saturday, May 20
Group outing. On the Cincinnati May Festival’s second night, we’ll hear Mendelssohn’s musical interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Movie night. It’s Saturday Cinema night again! Tonight, we’ll screen the tremendously moving, inspirational, and Oscar-nominated 2016 biopic Hidden Figures, about the African-American women who served vital roles as mathematicians, engineers and computer programmers in the early days of the United States’ space program, even as they faced segregation and discrimination on the job. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.
Sunday, May 21
Concert. This afternoon, we’ll host a recital by students from Greg Noland’s Suzuki Strings program at the Cincinnati Music Academy. Come join us in the Event Center.
Documentary viewing. From Great Monuments of Washington DC: War Memorials, you’ll learn the stories behind America’s nation’s war monuments and the service members who inspired them.
Monday, May 22
Art and literature exhibition. Our residents are so creative! This afternoon, in the Event Center, we’ll host the opening reception for an exhibition of their artistic and literary endeavors.
Tuesday, May 23
Stage performance. The Marjorie P. Lee Auxiliary is sponsoring a Cincinnati Shakespeare Company production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Event Center this evening.
Wednesday, May 24
Dinner outing. Tonight, we’ll dine at Andy’s Mediterranean Grille in Walnut Hills. Click here to view the menu and learn what’s made the restaurant a longtime Cincinnati favorite.
Thursday, May 25
Fundraiser kick-off event. The Good Samaritan Fund’s annual fundraising campaign launches today. Come join us in the Event Center for a celebration and find out how the Good Samaritan Fund is helping Cincinnati’s seniors, “Live well into the future.”
Friday, May 26
Group outing. We’ll be attending the Cincinnati May Festival’s second weekend of performances! Tonight: Eger’s The Dream of Gerontius.
Saturday, May 27
Group outing. Tonight’s closing performance of the 2017 Cincinnati May Festival will feature Bach’s B-Minor Mass.
Movie night. It’s our last Saturday Cinema event of the month. This evening, in the Event Center, we’ll view Hacksaw Ridge, the 2016 drama about a conscientious-objector-turned-medic who became the first US soldier ever to win the Congressional Medal of Honor without firing a shot. Starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Luke Bracey.
Sunday, May 28
Documentary viewing. In 1953, an ascent of Mount Everest remained one of the last great challenges in terrestrial exploration. Beyond the Edge examines New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepali Tenzing Norgay’s stunning achievement of the feat once thought impossible.
Monday, May 29 - MEMORIAL DAY
We remember veterans and loved ones who have passed on.
Wednesday, May 31
Picnic outing. It’s our first picnic of the summer! We’ll head to General James Taylor Park, over on the Newport waterfront. Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers, this park is a great spot for a picnic and offers a fantastic view of Cincinnati’s downtown skyline. We’ll grill hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and metts, served with sides and drinks, for lunch at the park.
Movie night. Surprise! It’s a special BONUS Wednesday night cinema event. Tonight, in the Event Center, we’ll screen La La Land, the critically-acclaimed 2016 drama about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring starlet in Los Angeles. Starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and Rosemarie DeWitt.