Events for Every Interest
When you join the Willow Valley community, you’ll find numerous social and learning opportunities that benefit every area of your life. Music, art, photography, dance, theater, history, cooking, reading—special events, like these, conveniently offered close to home, give members of the Willow Valley Communities the ticket to broaden their horizons and expand their possibilities. Here are a few events our residents enjoy:
Health & Fitness Expo
Wednesday, September 19 & 20, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
This year, Willow Valley Communities’ annual Health & Fitness Expo is expanding to two days!
The focus of this fun-filled event is to encourage adults to engage in activities to improve and maintain their health. On the first day, the event theme is Integrated Wellness. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with various vendors with the latest, up-to-date information on health and wellness and the services they have to offer. The day will also include entertainment and food samples from our Culinary Team.
The Expo’s first presentation begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Theater with Keynote Speaker Dr. John Ratey, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, best-selling author, and international expert in neuropsychiatry presenting Exercise: A Daily Tonic to Get the Brain to its Fullest Potential and Keep it There.
The second day will expand on health and wellness, with a theme of Mind, Body, Spirit featuring activities, education, and services that further explore this topic. Vendors will be offer services and merchandise for purchase to enhance the well-being of our Residents and our local community.
Paul McDermand Steel Drum, Marimba and more
Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.
Combine the sweet, lilting timbre of the steel drums with the haunting sustain of the vibraphone. Add a baja marimba twist and combine all on a concert stage – the perfect formula for a toe-tapping, heart-singing night of melody and merriment.
Paul McDermand’s Exotic Instrumentals from the Mainland to the Islands, is a sweeping musical excursion. From the Latin fire of Caravan to the serene beauty of A Summer Place, with a surf medley thrown in for good measure, audiences embrace each destination. Paul performs on his signature steel drums, marimba, and vibraphone joined by guitar, bass, and drums for a canvas of the broad expanse of popular music.
Prospects for Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change
Wednesday, November 1, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Beginning with an overview of the enormity and speed of greenhouse gas reductions now necessary to prevent dangerous climate change, this lecture will identify what is required of governments under the Paris Agreement to prevent dangerous climate change and what is being done so far. We’ll discuss what hope this agreement gives to nations that will significantly increase their stated commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, assess the effects our current government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and identify recent developments which give some hope of achieving the Paris Agreement’s warming limit goals of 1.5°C to 2.0°C.
The Principles of Composition Design Moving from Snapshot to Photograph, Step 2
Tuesday, November 14, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Step 1 toward improving your photography involves understanding camera basics (covered in a previous class). This class will give you the key design elements including: focal point, direction, unity, shape, balance, and movement or repetition. Using the principles of design, we will show how they can be applied. Most of the presentation will be from Carolyn Blish, an internationally known artist. This class will heighten your enthusiasm for the art of photography.
Outstanding American Artists and Their Art
Tuesday, December 5, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The American artist Frank Stella once said, “I don’t like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me my life.” Such was and is the case for many of America’s outstanding artists. Enjoy visiting and/or revisiting favorite works done by American artists from different parts of the U.S. and different times in our country’s history. You are sure to find old favorites and make new “artistic” friends as the lecturer presents the history and fascinating facts about selected works and their creators.
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Wednesday, December 13, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of holiday joy. Ebenezer Scrooge, that most
unrepentant and miserly of fellows, is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own life: Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits of past, present, and future. With script adaptation, direction, and a flawless performance as Scrooge by award-winning 40-year theater veteran Scott H. Severance, this adaptation of Dickens’
ever-popular classic fills the stage with first-class professional actors, lush costumes, stunning sets and puppetry, song, dance, a heavy dose of humor, and a timeless message.
With the music of 26 beloved traditional carols of the season woven throughout this classic tale, A Christmas Carol is the perfect addition to your holiday season.