December Newsletter

Lighting of the Tree Celebration

We will be celebrating the start of the Christmas season with our traditional Lighting of the Tree Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 1st.  Join us for dinner at 5:30 pm, followed by a Chapel service at 7:00 pmwith Rev. Will Ericson, and the Celebration starting at approximately 7:30 pm in the Dining Room. There will be cookies, eggnog, and Christmas songs. Please join us for what promises to be a fun evening!

Residents & Board of Directors Christmas Dinner  

I look forward to seeing all of the residents at this very special dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8th at 6:30 pmin the Dining Room. It’s a time to honor our residents and those serving as members of our Board of Directors. We want to say thanks to all of you who choose to call Plum Landing home. The Board volunteers their time and effort each year to help guide the operation of Plum Landing, and promote the mission of Plum Landing in the community. Also, don’t forget our newest tradition – cocktails from 5:30 – 6:15 pm before the big dinner on the 4th Floor!! We’ll also be serving a pizza buffet on the 2nd floor for lunch this day at 11:30 am so we can prepare the Dining Room for the evening’s festivities. This lunch is on us also!

Christmas Lights Viewing

As in years past, we’ll be taking a bus trip to view the Christmas lights in the area. We’ve not set a date yet (we need to know that the weather will be good!), but it’ll be sometime the week of Dec. 12th or 19th. We’ll notify you a few days ahead of time so you can sign up. We’ll leave at 7 pm, getting back around 8:30or so. We’ll go to Lehnertz Ave. for sure (a traditional display in Aurora), and either Phillips Park or Mooseheart. Let me know if you have any preference or know of another “hot spot”!

A Special “Christmas” Happy Hour Invitation

Word has it that we’ll be having a very special visitor joining us from the North Pole at Happy Hour this month! He’ll even be accompanied by his wife. This is a great opportunity to invite any of your family or friends, most especially the little ones, who’d like to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus that day. All I ask is that you let the Front Desk know about how many extra to expect. We want to make sure we have enough treats! It’s also a great chance to sport your Christmas sweaters or festive wear. Trust me when I say this will be a most memorable visit, so please be sure to invite your friends. It’s Wed., Dec. 14th at 2 pm. See ya there!!

Electronic Payment Option Update

I’m sorry we won’t be making the December deadline for the electronic payment option, but we will have it to start the new year! It will also include an option for credit card donations for anyone interested in that. I have a list of those residents and/or families interested, and will be sending them an e-mail with more information. If you don’t receive an e-mail from me and are interested, send me an e-mail (don@plumlanding.org) indicating that, along with the e-mail address you’d like me to send any updates to. We’re almost there!!

Fall Move-in Special Extended!

Enjoy a Free Upgrade to an Oakton Apartment!

For a limited time only, rent a One Bedroom Apartment (550 sq.ft.) and receive a complimentary upgrade to an Oakton (fully remodeled Apt.)*

*While Apartments are available, or until further notice. Must sign Annual Lease Agreement. Save $100/month for as long as you live here!
December Events
1st- Chapel Service at 7 pm, and Lighting of the Tree at 7:30 pm in the Dining Room.

6th- Breakfast at George’s & Trip to Schaefer Greenhouses – leave at 8:30

8th- Resident & Board of Directors Christmas Dinner at 6:30 pm. Cocktails beforehand at 5:30 pm on the 4th Floor.

12th- Blood Pressure Screening at 9:30 am on the 4th Floor.

12th- Catholic Confession in the Chapel at 10:30 am.

13th- Westminster Christmas Carolers at 6:30 pm on 4th Floor.

14th- “Christmas Sweater” Happy Hour at 2 pm on 4th Floor.

15th- Christmas Around the World-Aurora Public Library – leaving at1 pm

19th- Book Club at 2 pmon the 4th Floor.

20th- Breakfast at Double Yolk- leaving at 8:30 am

22nd- Lunch at Two Brothers Roundhouse – leaving at 11:30

25th- Merry Christmas!

26th- Office closed for the Holiday, no Courtesy Car.

Other Christmas Activities
The office will be closed in observance of Christmas on Monday, Dec. 26th, and there will be no Courtesy Car that day. The same schedule will apply the following week for New Year’s Day. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Breakfast at George’s on Tuesday, Dec, 6th will be followed by a visit to Schaefer Greenhouses. Everything will be 20% off at Schaefer’s that day.

Christmas Around the World on Dec. 15th at the Aurora Public Library. This is at the main building downtown and should be quite a display.

Christmas Day service in the Queenan Chapel at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcome.

Bonnie will be in the Beauty Shop as usual on Thursday, Dec. 22nd, and Thursday Dec. 29th.

The Old Second will be here Thursday Dec. 8th, and Thursday Dec. 22nd.

November Events

Electronic Payment Option Update

The electronic payment option I discussed last month has been approved. The next step is getting it set up and operational. I don’t know yet if it will be available for the December billing, but I would like everyone who is interested to send me an e-mail (don@plumlanding.org) indicating that, along with the e-mail address you’d like me to send any updates to. I will then keep you posted on further updates, along with information updates in future newsletters.

Veterans Day Events

Veterans Lunch & Show at Prisco Community Center- Leaving at 11:45 am for a special veteran’s lunch Friday, Nov. 4th. It’s free for veterans, and $7 for all others. We’ll take everyone that wants to go. Please sign up as soon as possible.

Veterans Day Parade- We’re going to be in the city’s Veterans Day parade on Friday, Nov. 11th! We’re decorating the bus and taking all who want to join us. We’ll leave about 9:45 am and be back between 11 and noon. If the weather’s bad it will be a bus ride only. If it’s nice there is a “Honoring All Who Served” ceremony at 11 am at the GAR building, which we would attend. Be sure to sign up.

Friday Presentation – Walgreens

We’ll be having a pharmacist from the Lake St. Walgreens here on Friday, Nov. 18th  at 2 pm on the 4th Floor to discuss different health programs they can help you with, such as diabetes or hypertension. It’s also a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your prescriptions, deliveries, or other related topics. Don’t miss this chance to be more informed about your health.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

I want to remind everyone that the office will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week. The Courtesy Car will be available that Friday from 8 am until 1 pm. Also, Bonnie will be working in the Beauty Shop on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd. While gift certificates are available any time of the year from Bonnie, this is a particularly great time to purchase them. Please call her directly at 630-215-3879 for more information.

Save the Dates

Lighting of the Tree- to start the holiday season at Plum Landing – Thursday, Dec.1st at 7 pm.

Resident & Board of Directors Christmas Dinner – Thursday, Dec. 8th at 6:30 pm, cocktails at 5:30 pm on 4th Floor.

November Events
2nd- Drive through the Morton Arboretum – leaving at 1 pm

4th- Veterans Day Lunch & Show at Prisco Center – leaving at 11:45 am

8th- Breakfast at Aurora Pancake House – leaving at 8:30 am

8th- Out to Vote at the Prisco Center – leaving about 9:30 am

11th- Veterans Day Parade – leaving at 9:45 am

14th- Blood Pressure Screening at 9:30 am on the 4th Floor.

16th- Lunch at Fireside Grille – leaving at 11:30 am

17th- Entertainment – Jim Arnold – at 2 pm in the Dining Room.

18th- Friday Presentation – Walgreens Pharmacist – at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.

21st- Book Club at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.

22nd- Breakfast at Benny’s Place (Oswego) – leaving at 8:30 am

23rd- Happy Hour at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.

24th- Happy Thanksgiving!! Office closed – No Courtesy Car.

25th- Office closed. Courtesy Car available 8 am – 1 pm.

 

Fall Move-in Special

Enjoy a Free Upgrade to an Oakton Apartment!

For a limited time only, rent a One Bedroom Apartment (550 sq.ft.) and receive a complimentary upgrade to an Oakton (fully remodeled Apt.)*

*While Apartments are available, or until further notice. Must sign Annual Lease Agreement. Save $100/month for as long as you live here!

October Updates

Voter Registration

If you plan on voting in the Nov. 8th election, the deadline to register is Oct. 11th. For your convenience we will be having a deputy registrar from the Aurora Election Commission here on Monday, October 3rd at 9 am on the 4th floor to get you registered. You must bring 2 forms of identification, and know your birthday and last 4 digits of your social security number. According to the Commission, we currently have 20 residents that are NOT registered, so this is your chance! We will be providing transportation on election day.

 

White Fence Farm Outing

We’re headed to White Fence Farm for lunch and entertainment by Randy Walker on Oct. 18th, leaving here  at 10:30 am. You’ve seen his show here before. Cost is $38.00, cash or check. If check, make payable to Randy Walker. Please call the Front Desk to sign up, and see Kathy for details.

 

Electronic Payment Option

We are looking at having a new rent payment option available shortly to pay bills electronically. Most likely you’d be able to go to the Plum Landing website, plumlanding.org, to set this up. It would also be available to make charitable donations if desired.

Right now we are trying to gauge interest by residents and or their families who would enjoy this convenience. I’m asking residents to just let me know by stopping by. All others are welcome to call me at 630-896-5031, or drop me an e-mail at don@plumlanding.org with any questions or comments. Thanks.

 

Art Insights Program

Fox Valley volunteers for Art Insights are coming back to present a program on The Beauty of Everyday Life on Thursday, Oct. 20th, at 9:30 am on the 4th Floor. Many of you enjoyed their program on Neapolitan Crèche last January. This program will explore the time when artists were attempting to make art resemble life. Painters took their subjects from the world around them and tried to represent them in a realistic manner, hence the term “Realists”. Their work influenced Impressionism, and Realism is broadly considered the beginning of Modern Art. Please join us for what sounds like a very interesting program!

 

Medicare Updates & Open Enrollment

Learn all about your options and open enrollment at this informative session. It’s Friday, Oct. 28th at 1 pm on the 4th floor. John Goheen (Kathy’s husband) will be the presenter. Family is welcome to join.

 

Heating Update

We’ll be making the usual fall switch from air conditioning to heat in the next couple of weeks. Remember that we can only have one or the other, and there are plenty of warm days forecast for at least the next 10-15 days. We’ll keep you posted on exactly when that will happen, and then it’s just a matter of Rick and Ruth stopping by each apartment. Please feel free to see me if you have any questions. Thanks.

October Events
  • 3rd- Voter Registration at 9 am on the 4th Floor.
  • 4th- Bean Bag World Series at Prisco – leaving at 9:15 am
  • 10th- Blood Pressure Screening at 9:30 am on the 4th Floor.
  • 11th- Breakfast at Harner’s – leaving at 8:30 am
  • 13th- Entertainment – Al Schubert – at 2 pm in the Dining Room.
  • 17th- Bean Bag Baseball at Fox Knoll – leaving at 1:15 pm
  • 17th- Book Club at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.
  • 18th- Lunch & Show at White Fence Farm – leaving at 10:30 am
  • 20th- Art Insights Presentation  – The Beauty of Everyday Life – 9:30 am on the 4th Floor.
  • 25th- Breakfast at Riverview Diner – leaving at 8:30 am
  • 26th- Halloween Happy Hour at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.
  • 27th- Lunch at Calamity Jane’s – leaving at 11 am
  • 28th- Medicare Presentation by Mike Goheen at 1 pm on 4th Floor.

September Events

Arlington Park Racetrack           

We’re going to Arlington Park Racetrack on Thursday, Sept. 15th for an afternoon of watching the horses. If you’ve never been there, the track and grounds are just beautiful. You can bring a few dollars and enjoy some betting, or just watch if you prefer. Bus ride and admission is $5. Please pay Sue in the office.

We’ll leave at 11 am, and have lunch (around $10) there. We’ll be back at Plum Landing by 5 pm. Feel free to invite family or friends. Seating is limited, so sign up with the Front Desk as soon as possible. This is a lot of fun and a great way to spend an afternoon. See Don with any questions. Hope to see you!

 

Blood Pressure Schedule Change

Willow Home Care will be changing their schedule to one blood pressure check per MONTH, rather than once per WEEK. This change will begin in September. It will be on the 2nd Thursday each month, beginning this month on Sept. 8th.

 

Flu and Pneumonia Shots

Shamrock Pharmacy will be here again this year to administer flu and pneumonia shots on Friday, Sept. 23rd at 1:30 pm on the 4th floor. Please stop by the desk to fill out paperwork to get pre-approved for both shots. Medicare will cover 100% for both with pre-approval. The paperwork is due by Sept. 16th.

 

Kuipers Orchard Shop & Bakery

We’re going to Kuipers Family Farm on Tuesday, Sept. 27th. We’ll be visiting the Orchard Shop & Bakery, which has apple cider donuts, fudge, other fresh baked goods, and lots of other good stuff to eat, drink, or decorate with. This year you’ll also enjoy lunch there. 

 The best news is that you’ll receive 15% off any purchases in the Orchard Shop. It’s located just west of Elburn, so it will be a nice ride in the country also. We’ll leave here at 11 am, and should be back at Plum Landing by 2 pm. Come join us for what should be a great trip. And don’t forget to sign up!

Calendar of Events

5th- Labor Day - Office closed - No Courtesy Car.
6th- Breakfast at George’s - leaving at 8:30 am
7th- Bean Bag Baseball vs. Oswego on 4th Floor at 1:30 pm.
8th- Blood Pressure Check at 9 am on the 4th Floor.
8th- Entertainment - John Boda - at 2 pm in the Dining Room.
15th- Arlington Park Racetrack - leaving at 11 am
19th- Bean Bag Baseball at Fox Knoll - leaving at 1:15 pm
20th- Breakfast at Honey Jam - leaving at 8:30 am
21st- Happy Hour at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.
22nd- Lunch at Portillo’s - leaving at 11 am
23rd- Flu/Pneumonia Shots on the 4th Floor at 1:30 pm
26th- Bingo at 1:30 pm on the 2nd Floor - special day this month.
26th- Book Club at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.
27th- Lunch & Shopping at Kuipers Family Farm - leaving at 11 am
28th- Cookout on the Patio at 11:30 am.
29th- Bean Bag Baseball at Prisco Center - leaving at 2:15 pm

April Newsletter

Paramount Theatre Broadway Series

I’ll be working on our season ticket renewal for next years Broadway Series, and need to know who would like tickets by Wednesday, April 22nd. Next year’s shows are Oklahoma (9/23), A Christmas Story (12/2), Hairspray (1/27), and West Side Story (3/23). These dates are once again the 2nd Wednesday matinee for each show. The Paramount’s ticket prices remain $88.00 for the series, which includes transportation. If you want tickets, please bring your check for $88.00 to Sue in the office by April 22nd.

 

Jefferson Spring Recital

Jefferson Middle School has invited us to be their guest for their Spring recital and breakfast Friday, April 10th. We’ll be leaving at 8:45 am. Please sign up at the Front Desk by April 4th if you haven’t already.

 

Sanders & Warren Good Health Presentation

This presentation focuses on healthy, successful aging. Luise Warren will present key factors of maintaining good health and a satisfying lifestyle on April 24th at 2 pm in the Dining Room. She’ll share information on services that she can provide to support healthy aging, and will also share a list of other helpful services and products. Luise has supported and guided seniors and their families for over 30 years, and has partnered with many of our past residents and their families over the years.  She’s a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Care Manager. I think you’ll enjoy her presentation. Be sure to invite any friends or family, just let us know.

 

Be Wary of These Scams

It seems it’s time again to point out some scams everyone needs to be wary of. The Internal Revenue Service reports that victims are being called and told they owe money to the IRS, and are then threatened with arrest if they don’t pay up. One of our residents received just such a call a couple of weeks ago and handled it perfectly. They hung up and reported it to me. Any reputable company or agency will always MAIL you a notice, not make threatening calls.

 

Also be on the lookout for the call from a grandchild saying “Grandma or Grandpa, I need money”. Your grandkids or great grandkids wouldn’t call you for money. The problem with this one is everyone wants to help their grandkids. We’ve had residents receive this call in the past also. And any call that sounds too good to be true…usually is! I always suggest any mailings be run by your family. If that’s not possible I’m always happy to take a look at it with you if you’d like. Just PLEASE be careful.

April Events

1st- Easy Care Pharmacy presentation at Coffee Hour at 9:30 am

1st- Bean Bag Baseball at Oswego – leaving at 1:30 pm

5th- Happy Easter Everyone!!

8th- Lunch at Millhurst Ale House in Yorkville – leaving at 11:00 am

10th- Spring Program at Jefferson Middle School – leaving at 8:45 am

14th- Breakfast at Harner’s – leaving at 8:30 am

14th- Crafts with Claudeen at 10:45 am on 2nd Floor

16th- Entertainment – Chris Colletti – in Dining Room at 2 pm.

20th- Book Club meeting at 2 pm on the 3rd Floor.

22nd- Happy Hour at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.

24th- Sanders & Warren Good Health Presentation at 2 pm in the Dining Room.

27th- Bean Bag Baseball at Fox Knoll – leaving at 1:15 pm

28th- Breakfast at Egg Harbor – leaving at 8:30 am

30th- Bean Bag Baseball at Prisco Center – leaving at 2:15 pm

March 2015 Newsletter

Historical Aurora Church Tour

Kathy will be taking interested residents on a bus tour of many of the churches in town. She’ll have printed programs so you can follow along. This is a driving only trip – no walking – so be sure to sign up and enjoy the ride. Bus leaves Monday, March 9th at 1 pm. Sounds like an interesting trip!

Sassy Scarf Tying

The sassy scarf seems to be the latest fashion trend, so come join Kathy and learn a number of ways to make it look good, or share your own ideas. Sounds like fun. Join her Friday March 13th at 1:30 pm.

Kiwanis Pancake Day

The Aurora Kiwanis will be hosting our 65th Annual Pancake Day on Saturday, March 21st from 7 am till noon. It will once again be at Aurora Central Catholic High School, on the corner of Indian Trail and Edgelawn. I’ve arranged for the usual special seating – no waiting in line – for Plum Landing residents! We’ll be taking those who’d like to go at 8 am. Please sign up at the Front Desk. I will be there to make sure your pancakes are “just right”! Tickets are $6 each. Please let your families know about this also! See the Front Desk or Don for tickets. Kiwanis, and I, appreciate all the support you’ve provided over the years.

Aurora University Concert

We’re headed to AU for another performance in their concert series on Thursday, March 24th.  Join us to see Josh Baum, AU Assistant Professor of Music and Tenor, and Ric Larsen, AU Instructor of Classical Guitar perform selections from both the classical and popular music genres in a concert that is sure to thrill. We’re leaving at 11:30 am, so be sure to sign up at the Front Desk.

Hospice Presentation

Please join Willow hospice and palliative care for a fun interactive hospice 101 question-and-answer session on Friday March 27th at 2 pm. Understand what the difference is between hospice and palliative care, and when your loved one may benefit from the gift of hospice. Refreshments and treats will be served.

March Events

3rd- Breakfast at Harner’s – leaving at 8:30 am

3rd- Crafts with Claudeen at 10:45 am on 2nd Floor

4th- Bean Bag Baseball at Oswego – leaving at 1:30 pm

9th- Historical Aurora Church Tour – leaving at 1 pm

12th- Entertainment – Piano with Al Schubert – in Dining Room at 2 pm.

13th- “Sassy” Scarf Tying class at 1:30 pm on 2nd Floor.

16th- Bean Bag Baseball at Fox Knoll – leaving at 1:15 pm

16th- Book Club meeting at 2 pm on the 3rd Floor.

17th- Breakfast at George’s – leaving at 8:30 am

17th- Joyfully Aging speaker and concert at Westminster, leaving at 1:30 pm

18th- Happy Hour (sponsored by The Tillers) at 2 pm in the Dining Room.

19th- Lunch at Claddagh Irish Pub in Geneva – leaving at 11:15 am

21st- Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at Aurora Central – leaving at 8 am

23rd- Bean Bag Baseball at Senior Services – leaving at 1:15 pm

24th- Concert at Aurora University – leaving at 11:30 am

26th- Bean Bag Baseball vs. Prisco Seniors at 2:30 pm.

27th- Hospice Presentation by Willow Home Car at 2 pm in the Dining Room.

February’s Newsletter

Super Bowl XLIX Party

Don’t miss our 15th Annual Super Bowl party this Sunday, February 1st, at 5 pm. Join your fellow residents and watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots on the big screen TV on the 3rd floor. We’ll be providing pizza and pop. Hope you can make it!!

Tax Return Help

AARP will again be doing free income tax preparation for seniors at Aurora Senior Services on North Lake St. We have reserved 5 time slots each for Tuesday, March 3rd at 9:30 am and Tuesday, March 10th at 9:00 am. Please sign up at the Front Desk to reserve a spot. Transportation will be provided for these times. We do need to know by Tuesday, Feb. 24th if you’re interested, so we can release any unused spots to others.

Organ Concert at Aurora University

David Shrader returns to Aurora University for an exhilarating concert featuring the Crimi Auditorium pipe organ on Thursday, Feb. 12th at noon. We’ll be leaving here at 11:30 am, so you may want to grab a light bite to eat in your room beforehand. If there’s enough interest, we may grab lunch out before or after the concert. See Kathy for details, and be sure to sign up.

Clergy Appreciation Luncheon

We’ll be hosting a clergy appreciation luncheon to give recognition and thanks for all the support that the local ministries provide to our community. The lunch will be Wednesday, February 18th at 11:30 am in the Dining Room. While this will be a normal lunch seating, we will be giving special recognition to our honored guests. Please see Amanda for more details or if you’d like to invite a clergy person from your church.

Ever Wonder About the Hindu Temple in Aurora?

Now all your questions will be answered. We’re going to the temple located at Sullivan and Randall Roads on Tuesday, Feb. 24th at 9:30 am. There will be a tour (about an hour or so) along with some history of the temple. There will be some walking to do also. Should be quite interesting. Be sure to sign up.

Hearing Presentation

We’ll be having an audiologist here for a presentation that will cover hearing health & preventive care on Friday, February 27th at 1:30 pm in the Dining Room. After the presentation they will be conducting quick 5 minute hearing screenings for anyone who’s interested (they can also clean hearing aids!). They’ll also have information on how to get free caption phones and Otoscopic exams (looking inside the ear). They also want families to get involved, so they can find out what their love one’s may be dealing with and how it can make them depressed or withdrawn. If someone is struggling with hearing loss it is important for family to know how to communicate with them. Sounds interesting. Hope to see you there.

February Events

1st- Super Bowl Party at 5 pm on the 3rd Floor.

3rd- Breakfast at Colonial Café – leaving at 8:30 am

3rd- Crafting with Claudeen at 10:30 am on 2nd Floor

4th- Bean Bag Baseball at Oswego – leaving at 1:30 pm

10th- Valentine’s Breakfast and Bingo at Chick-Fil-A – leaving at 8:30 am

11th- Lunch at Portillo’s – leaving at 11:30 am

12th- Organ Concert at Aurora University – leaving at 11:30 am

13th- Valentine’s Day party on 4th Floor at 2 pm.

16th- Bean Bag Baseball at Fox Knoll – leaving at 1:15 pm

17th– Breakfast at Cracker Barrel – leaving at 8:30 am

18th- Clergy Appreciation Lunch in Dining Room at 11:30 am.

19th- Entertainment – Randy Walker – in Dining Room at 2 pm.

23rd- Book Club meeting at 1:30 pm on the 4th Floor.

24th- Tour Balaji Temple in Aurora – leaving at 9:30 am

25th- Happy Hour “Mardi Gras” at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.

26th- Bean Bag Baseball vs. Prisco Center at 2:30 pm on 4th Floor.

27th- Hearing Presentation at 1:30 pm in Dining Room.