February 2017 Updates

Electronic Payment Option Is Here

We’ve gone live with the on-line bill paying. You can now go to our website, plumlanding.org, and pay your monthly rent. Go to the bottom left hand corner under “Contacts” and follow the prompts. You’ll be able to pay monthly rent through your checking/savings account, and you can also make donations the same way or with credit cards. You even have the option of making recurring payments. If you’d like your invoice added to the e-mail list, let me know at don@plumlanding.org. Please call the office with any questions. If you didn’t get one and are interested, e-mail me at don@plumlanding.org. Thanks.

Thanks Amanda

I want to make a special mention regarding Amanda Castro leaving Plum Landing after 5+ years as our Marketing Coordinator. As everyone knows, Amanda and her husband Jon are expecting their second child in just a few weeks. They have decided that Amanda will stay at home with the two little ones rather than return to work.

I want to thank Amanda for the wonderful job she’s done here, both in terms of getting us new residents, but even more for all she has done to help all of our residents. We’ll miss her and wish her the best on the most important job she can have – mom! We know how quickly the years can pass with kids – enjoy them!! Her last day will be Feb. 10th. Thanks and best wishes Amanda!!

Tax Return Help

The AARP tax preparers will be at Senior Services every Monday from February 6th through April 10th to prepare FREE Income Tax Returns.  We have reserved 6 spots on Monday, March 6th at 1 pm. If you would like one of these spots please sign up at the Front Desk. You must make an appointment in order to have your taxes done. If you would like to schedule your own appointment you may do so by calling 630-897-4035. Last day to sign up is February 19th!!

Super Bowl LI Party 

Don’t miss our 17th Annual Super Bowl party next Sunday, February 5th, at 5 pm. Join your fellow residents and watch as the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons on the big screen TV on the 3rd floor. We’ll be providing pizza and pop. Hope you can make it!!

Mystery Trip

It’s time for another “Mystery Trip”.  We’ll be going for about a 30 minute ride followed by lunch at a secret location. We always try to pick a fun place with a good menu and moderate prices, so there’s something for everyone. We’ll be leaving at 11 am on Thursday, Feb. 16th. You can expect to be back at Plum Landing around 2 pm. Make sure you sign up, and see Kathy or Don with any questions.

Out to Vote

We’ll be headed to the Prisco Center to vote in the mayoral primary on Tuesday, Feb. 28th, at 9 am. The general election will be April 4th, so save that date also. Remember local elections have a big impact on you!

February Events

1st- Fitness Challenge at 10 am on 4th Floor.

3rd- Bingo and Breakfast at Bright Oaks – leaving at 9:15 am

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

7th- Breakfast at Orchard Cafe – leaving at 8:30

9th- Valentine Craft at 2 pm on 2nd Floor.

13th- Blood Pressure Screening at 9:30 am on the 4th Floor.

14th- Plum Stitches at 10:30 am on 2nd Floor.

14th- Entertainment – Valentine’s Music with John Boda – in Dining Room at 2 pm.

16th- Mystery Lunch trip – leaving at 11 am

20th- Bean Bag Baseball at Fox Knoll – leaving at 1:15 pm

21st- Breakfast at Mother’s – leaving at 8:30 am

22nd- Happy Hour Celebrating Mardi Gras at 2 pm on 4th Floor.

23rd- Bean Bag Baseball at Prisco’s – leaving at 2:15 pm

27th- Book Club at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.

28th- Out to Vote – leaving at 9 am

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January 2017 News

Thank You from the Staff

Thank you to all of the residents and families who contributed to the Employee Christmas Fund. The employees who serve you throughout the year appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity, especially at this time of the year. On behalf of the entire staff, thank you! And have a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

Annual Appeal Update

I want to give you an update on the Annual Appeal. So far we’ve raised just over $4,500.00 from about 30 donors! Every donation, no matter the amount, is important. Thanks to all who have contributed. We’ve received contributions from residents and their families, employees and Board members, vendors, and friends of Plum Landing.

Our goal is to raise $12,000 for the new security cameras, so we’re a third of the way there! It’s not too late if you’d like to contribute. Thanks everyone. We couldn’t do it without you!

Spring into Winter

One of our favorite stops in May is now a winter stop. Plum Landing has a special invitation to participate in a private class at the Fox Valley Park District Greenhouse (behind Holy Angels school). We’ll learn about plants and seeds and actually pot a plant. They will also provide us coffee and tea. We’re going Tuesday, Jan. 17th, at 9:15 am. Sounds like a lot of fun. Be sure to sign up.

Utility Tax Rebate Reminder

We have a lot of new residents this year, so I want to make sure to remind everyone to save your  January 2017 electric bill so you can get the City of Aurora’s tax rebate when it comes out in a couple of months – usually April or May. The short explanation is that if you lived in the city of Aurora for all of 2016 (either here at Plum Landing or elsewhere), you’ll qualify for up to a $50 rebate on utility taxes you paid. Watch future newsletters for all the details. For now just be sure to save your January electric bill.

Willow Presentation

Join us on Friday, Jan. 20th at 2 pm on the 4th Floor and get the latest information from Willow Home Health on the Palliative care, Hospice, Home Health, and Private Duty services that they offer here. Always best to have the information before you need it, if ever! Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Winter Oakton Apartment Special!

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 to qualify for this offer. Save $100/month for as long as you live here!

 

January Events
1st- Happy New Year! Dinner at 12:30 pm.

2nd- Office Closed for Holiday – No Courtesy Car.

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

10th- Breakfast at Colonial – leaving at 8:30

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

16th- Book Club at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.

17th- Fox Valley Park District Greenhouse – leaving at 9:15 am

19th- Entertainment – the Music of Cole Porter – in Dining Room at 2 pm.

20th- Willow Home Health Presentation at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.

24th- Breakfast at Harner’s – leaving at 8:30 am

25th- Happy Hour at 2 pm on 4th Floor.

26th- Bean Bag Baseball at Prisco’s – leaving at 2:15 pm

27th- Lunch at Orchard Valley- leaving at 11:30 am

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