Memorial Day

A history of Memorial Day:

“In January 1866, the Ladies’ Memorial Association in Columbus, Georgia, passed a motion agreeing that they would designate a day to throw flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers buried at the cemetery . . .  – Read more here.

2016 Memorial Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Worth Repeating: Retiring Immigrants Think About Going Home

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 5/27/15:

WORTH-REPEATING“They came to America from all over the world for many reasons — to make money, to marry, to live in peace. But now, as they face their retirement years, many of these longtime immigrants want to go home.” There are many reasons, both emotional and practical, that motivate such a move; there are some challenges when going home, too. Read the full story here.

 

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News from Metro Compton: Healthy Eating

Food ForwardFood Forward organizes access to quality produce from local Farmers Markets.  EngAGE staff picks up the food and distributes it to residents.  This food distribution program is very much appreciated and enjoyed by Metro Compton residents.

 

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In collaboration, EngAGE and Community Care met with residents and went over Community Garden guidelines. Recently, they discussed the new planting date and residents were also provided with a list of crops for the new season.  Residents enjoy and take a lot of pride in their garden. ~ Community Care is a Compton based organization associated with the Chamber of Commerce. Its mission is to educate, instruct, and provide supplies to community gardens. Community Care started the Compton Community Garden with META Housing Corporation and WSH Management.

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~ Sandra Vargas, Regional Programs Director & Nancy Goodhart, Vice President

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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Experience Talks 5/29: Dorothy Hom

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01 - KPFK ListenLiveButtonTune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.

 

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SUNDAY 5/29 @ 5 PM PT
DOROTHY HOM
with host CYNTHIA FRIEDLOB


Dorothy HomAuthor DOROTHY HOM spent half a lifetime working on her massive book of 800+ pages, which she published at the age of 95. Peacock Alley is called a novel, however, it’s based on the true story of her grandmother, who was instrumental in the founding of Chinatown in Los Angeles. From the book’s website:

Peacock Alley is the compelling story of Liah, a courageous Chinese immigrant wife and mother and her struggle to establish an ethnic community within early 20th Century Los Angeles where the Chinese inhabitants would be safe from the wanton persecution of the ‘White Devils’ and where a traditional Chinese lifestyle could be preserved.”
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Although a published poet, this is the author’s first novel. She grew up in Chinatown, and lived in Los Angeles until this year when she moved to northern California where she enjoys her books, her garden, her friends, and members of her family. Learn more and purchase her book at PeacockAlleyBook.com.

The Chinese American Museum in downtown Los Angeles also has an ongoing exhibition entitled “Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles,” as well as many other shows of interest. From the website: “Symbolically housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of Los Angeles’ original Chinatown, the 7,200 square foot Chinese American Museum (CAM) embodies both a cultural and physical link to the past and a promising point of entry for the city’s multicultural future.”

 

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New Video: “Seniors Getting Late-Life Arts Education”

video buttonAn excellent new video from The National features our North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony community and Burbank Senior Artists Colony artist Walter Hurlburt. The National is CBC Television’s flagship news program. Airing seven days a week, the show delivers news, feature documentaries and analysis from some of Canada’s leading journalists.

 

 

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“Sing It” – LBSAC Inter-generational Chorus

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Making joyful noise through music has always been at the forefront at the Long Beach Senior Arts Colony.  With a grant made possible through the Eisner Foundation, EngAGE sponsored a 12 -week inter-generational music program that began in mid-February and culminated in a music concert on May 18th at our Opening Reception for our current art show, “A Stroke of Nature.”

Students from the Renaissance High School for the Arts in Long Beach joined our senior singers and bridged the generation gap through their shared love of music.

Under the direction of professional musicians Frank McIlquham and Charles Fearing from the non-profit The Rock Club Music Is the Remedy, the chorus met once a week and rehearsed such favorites as “Signed, Sealed, Delivered-I’m Yours,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Lean On Me,” and a song written by Helene Weinberg called “I Love Living in Long Beach.”

As the rehearsals progressed, the singers (ages 15-85) forged friendships while they tackled challenging musical arrangements, learned harmonies, participated in a recording session and prepared for the final concert. The performance was, in a word, awesome, and was met with thunderous applause from the jam-packed, wildly enthusiastic audience.

This venture was so successful that we hope to continue the inter-generational music program in the future.

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~ Helene Weinberg, Creative Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each
of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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Profiles: Stewart Brand

PROFILES“Profiles” is a new EngAGE Blog category devoted to occasional posts about older people who have made a significant creative impact in our world. Today’s subject: STEWART BRAND, whose Whole Earth Catalog (1971) is referred to as “the book that changed the world.” Brand was at the heart of ’60s counterculture and is now widely revered as the tech visionary whose book anticipated the web.

 

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News from the Jasmine: Art

News from the Jasmine at Founder’s Village in Fountain Valley, CA:

Art Class provides a relaxing environment for residents to explore their creativity through different art mediums. Recently the class experimented with watercolor and wax transfer, and acrylic on canvas using stencils. Instructor Meloney Morse commented: “I love how creative this group is! They love the experience of making new works of art using different techniques.”

~ Meloney Morse, Regional Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each
of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

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Worth Repeating: A Sample of Accomplished Women Artists Now in Their 80s and 90s

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 5/18/15:

WORTH-REPEATINGFrom T Magazine in the New York Times: “A very small sampling of the female artists now in their 80s and 90s we should have known about decades ago.”  This is an important and fascinating article! The artists featured:

CARMEN HERRERA • AGNES DENES • DOROTHEA ROCKBURNE • MONIR SHAHROUDY FARMANFARMAIAN • LORRAINE O’GRADY • ETEL ADNAN • JOAN SEMMEL • FAITH RINGGOLD • JUDITH BERNSTEIN • MICHELLE STUART • ROSALYN DREXLER

 

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News from Metro Compton: Making Jewelry

Jewelry Class is led by a Metro Compton resident.  Patricia loves to make jewelry in her spare time and decided to share her talent with her community. Recently, class members each created a bracelet and a pair of earrings using glass pearls and spacers.  EngAGE provides all materials needed for this class.

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~ Sandra Vargas, Regional Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

 

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