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:
Joanna Osman Art Gallery
June 25 – August 6
Joanna Osman believes portrait drawing is one of the most rewarding hobbies you could have. When she’s not working at Willow Valley Communities Cultural Center pool as a lifeguard or studying massage therapy in school, this is how she spends her time.
Joanna says portrait drawing connects the artist to the person he or she is drawing on paper, and allows the viewer to do the same. She started drawing as a young girl, just for fun — horses, objects and landscapes — but she always found drawing faces especially challenging. Capturing a person’s character and the proportions of one’s face was very difficult for her, so she avoided it. However, one day she stumbled upon a mesmerizing photograph of a girl that she really wanted to try to draw. It turned out better than she expected, so she tried another, and another, until she was hooked. From then on, she loved trying to put emotions and character onto paper. Little details like wrinkles, freckles, long beards, worn hats, and piercing eyes tell a story that no words could ever tell.
She has taken a fundamentals of art class at Lancaster Bible College and learned different forms of art like watercolor, pastel, and acrylic. The class allowed her to broaden her knowledge of art history and the different types of art, but nothing compares to her love of pencil drawing. She continues to fine-tune her pencil portrait art, and hopes that her work will allow people to feel the emotion in each of her pieces.
Digital Video Recorder TiVo is very popular and has many features. If you already have one, this class will show you how to use it to its fullest by teaching you about features you may not be aware of, like options for displaying the Guide, showing your favorite channels, using the Wish List, accessing premium services, and more. If you’re just curious about how a TiVo might be helpful to you, then this is your chance to learn more about it. You’ll see the great program guide, how to easily replay dialog you may have missed, skip through commercials, and how to always record a program when it’s shown, even if you’re not at home.
The class includes the basics of installation, basic use, and several intermediate and advanced features. Bring your questions. Tony will try to supply the answers.
Movies That Inspire: The Greatest Showman
During the course of American history, the circus developed and became an American Institution with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus being billed as “The Greatest Show
on Earth.” At the very center of this world of entertainment was Phineas Taylor Barnum. Although his career included being a writer, publisher, philanthropist, and politician, his greatest accomplishment was entertainment. Come and enter the world of P.T. Barnum, remembering one of his famous quotes: “The noblest art is that of making others happy.” A brief lecture, viewing of the movie, and lunch are included in the fee of $10.
Dog Show 101
You’ve heard of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, but do you really know everything that is involved with this popular event? Competitive French bulldog breeder and dog show winner Debra Navitski will share her knowledge on what it takes to make a true champion. She will talk about her experience as a dog breeder and the work that is involved. Debra will also bring a few canine experts along to show what they know.
Corner Sweets Demonstrations: Down on the Farm Cake
August 8 & 22
Watch our talented food artist, Linda Cwynar, create beautifull and delicious treats inspired by the season.
New Resident Discussion Series: Making Willow Valley Communities YOUR Community
August 1, 8, 15
Adjusting to life at Willow Valley Communities
Join other new Residents and discuss the journey of integrating into life at Willow Valley Communities. Share your experiences and explore the many aspects of community life and all it has to offer. You’ll soon come to feel right at home. Open to new Residents within the past year and limited to 12 participants, this group will meet for six consecutive weeks. Led by Tyler Heidelbaugh, Resident Life & Wellness Coach, and Charlotte Smith, MSW, new Manor Resident.