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April 24, 2014

April activities abound at Thanksgiving Home


Alma Curtis, who teaches the seventh and eighth graders ballroom dancing for the Cotillion and who has her own dance students, came on April 11 to demonstrate and teach us popular dances. We learned the waltz, foxtrot, rumba, salsa and the merengue. “Learned” may be too strong a word, but some of us tried. Those who took part were Dee Burnett, Corinne Hillman, Lois Warrell, Nancy Waller, Jeanette Hansen, Phil Bresee, Gene Dietz, Ralph Veenema and myself. John helped demonstrate the dances and bravely danced with some of us. We enjoyed the session and talked about incorporating some dance into our exercise program.

For National Jelly Bean day, (yes there is one) we had a “Guess the number of jelly beans in the jar” contest. The guesses ranged wildly from 40 to over 1,000. The exact number of jelly beans was 560. Linda Graves, Personal care, won with a guess of 563. Impressive! The prize was the jar of jelly beans!

There is an ongoing volleyball tournament between the Ginger Team, consisting of Dee Burnett, Wally Pickhardt, Jeanette Hansen, Lois Warrell, Corinne Hillman and Phil Bresee and the Jack Team, consisting of Gene Dietz, Fannie Navarra, Bill Bowes, Nancy Waller and me. At the present time the number of games won is a tie. Let me refresh your memory on how the game is played. Two rows of chairs are set up on each side of the net. The “ball” is a balloon and hands, head or feet may be used to get it over the net. The one rule is that you must remain seated. Remember the teams consist of 80 and 90 year olds, so that rule is easy to follow. Most of us couldn’t get up if we wanted to. I’ll keep you posted as the games progress.

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