Washington Evening Journal
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Worship services on Sunday, July 24 were led in Epworth Chapel at Halcyon House in Washington by the Rev. W. David Watson of the Washington First Assembly of God Church. Twenty-five people were present to hear the message entitled, “The Bread and the Mulberry Tree,” informed by gospel readings from Matthew 14:13-17 and Luke 7:1-11. Musical guests included John Hartmann, Matthew Streeter, and Mark Lukins.
On July 16, a fireside ukulele play-along, led by Halcyon resident Clyde Pearce and sponsored by the Washington Public Library, was held at Marr Park with 14 participants. It included food, drawings for prizes, and an indoor play-along with individual solo performances, followed by additional play-along activities at the outdoor campfire. The players included those from the Halcyon House ukulele group and two ukulele groups who regularly meet at library. A potential September play-along is being considered following requests by several of those in attendance. Halcyon’s ukulele group has mastered 14 songs, learning three new songs and two new chords per session.
Line dancing lessons began at Halcyon House on Aug. 8, meeting every Monday and Friday from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Dance teacher Donna Olson brings her years of experience to the classes which will be held in the Morrison Center. A monthly membership fee will include all classes, and any interested resident or member of the public is invited. Contact Halcyon House for more information.
Sagewood household residents enjoyed a variety of “decadent” snacks for Thirsty Thursday to celebrate National Junk Food Day. They included fried appetizers from the Circa 59 restaurant, candy corn, cookies, potato chips and pop. Residents also enjoyed a trip around the campus to play a game of Barn Quilt Bingo using the loop of the Washington area’s mini barn quilt displays that winds its way through the grounds.
Two dogs, Chewy and Milo, visited residents in the health households this week.
Residents in Rosewood viewed “Rescued by Ruby” as their weekly movie. Tennis with balloons and large rackets provided exercise, while art was created using canvas, sharpies and rubbing alcohol. Cooler weather enabled many to enjoy the outdoors while playing trivia and making music.
A music sing-along with Mary Jo and a gentle stretch class in the pavilion by the pond provided activities for the people who call Arborwood their home. A balloon swatting game involved the use of pool noodles as bats. The residents also created paintings using acrylics, brushes and cotton swabs.
Resident Don Vogel’s 90th birthday was on Tuesday, July 26. To celebrate the occasion, his family surprised him with a party in the Marshall Game Room. Don said the best gift he had received over the last 90 years was his family. Don and his wife Marlene just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They have four children, 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Happy August birthday wishes are offered to the following residents who celebrate this month: Ozz Coffman, Virginia Tschantz, Shirley Ryder, Lea Smothers, Kenneth Marsengill, JoAnn Gent, Mary Graber, Gladys Ferguson, Mathena Barta, Helen Reschly, Carolyn Wallerich, Laurilee Chalupa, Trusa Cutkomp, Maurine Roberts, Ramona Bates, Joe Evanovich, and Bess Llewellyn.