Plum Landing’s December Newsletter

Lighting of the Tree Celebration

We will be celebrating the start of the Christmas season with the Lighting of the Tree Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 4th. Join us for dinner at 5:30 pm, followed by a Chapel service at 7:00 pm with 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. 11th at 6:30 p.m. in 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. This dinner is our Christmas gift to you. Don’t forget to RSVP!

We’ll 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 Week and New Year Schedule

The office will be closed in observance of Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 25th, and there will be no Courtesy Car that day. The same schedule will apply New Year’s week. Bonnie will be in the Beauty Shop on Wednesday, Dec. 24th, that week. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Aurora Christian is “Making Friends”

We are very excited to announce that Aurora Christian School has adopted Plum Landing for their “Making Friends” program. Every year the first grade class picks a place they would like to become friends with during the holiday season. Over the next couple of months, Mrs. Post and Mrs. Herbert’s class will send homemade holiday cards and treats to Plum Landing. The class dropped off Thanksgiving cards and a Veterans Day poster. The residents are very tickled to see all of the beautiful items show up at their door. We feel truly blessed to be chosen by such an amazing and talented group.

Feed My Starving Children

Several residents expressed an interest in “giving back” during the holiday season, so Kathy has arranged for us to help the Feed My Starving Children program. It is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and they ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. We will be going Thursday, Dec. 18th, from 9:30 – 11:30 am. Our role will be to SIT and label boxes at the beginning of the line. We’ll get you back in time for lunch. We’ll leave a little before 9. Please sign up.

Plum Landing’s October Newsletter

Meet the New Activities Coordinator and Driver
I’m excited to announce two new members of our staff. Kathy Goheen has joined us as our new Activity Coordinator. Kathy’s an Aurora native with a lot of great ideas and energy. Kathy also has first hand experience with Plum Landing since her grandmother, Dee Ahasic, lived here. She’ll be looking for your input as she settles in and gets to know all of you. Mark Flaherty has joined the driving staff. Mark worked with the City of Aurora for many years and is from Aurora originally. Please welcome them both!

Don’t forget to Register to Vote!
In order to vote in the general election on Nov. 4th, you need to be registered by Oct. 7th. Since we have a number of new residents, we’ll be making a trip to the Aurora Election Commission this Thursday, Oct. 2nd, at 9 am. We’ll be leaving from the 6th floor.
You must present 2 forms of current I.D., one of which MUST include your current address. This can be a Drivers License, State I.D., Social Security card, credit card, library card, personal check, utility bill, etc. Remember they must be unexpired and have your current address. Please sign up.

VNA Flu Shots Oct. 23rd
The VNA will be here providing flu shots on Thursday, Oct. 23rd from 9:30 – 10:30 am on the 4th floor. It is free with your Medicare card, otherwise the cost is $25.00. HMO participants (Humana) are not covered and will need to pay the $25.00, or get the shot from their doctor. We have sheets at the Front Desk for you to fill out ahead of time to keep things moving. Please bring your Medicare card with you when signing up.

Kuipers Orchard Shop & Bakery
We’ll be making our 9th annual bus trip to Kuipers Family Farm on Thursday, Oct. 23rd. 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.
It’s located just west of Elburn, so it will be a nice ride in the country also. It should be about 30 minutes each way, plus another 30-45 minutes at the shop. We will leave here at 1:00 pm, and should be back at Plum Landing by 3:30 pm. Come join us for what should be a great trip. And don’t forget to sign up!

Lifelong Learning Institute Presentation
The Lifelong Learning Institute is an open membership organization for adults age 50 and older actively engaged in the pursuit of knowledge. In a stimulating peer-learning environment, members plan, lead, and participate in courses, course-related trips, and social events. Join us and learn more about it on Friday, Oct. 24th at 2 pm in the Dining Room. This is part of the “Fourth Friday” presentation series.

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

2nd- Register to Vote – leave for Aurora Election office at 9 am

7th- Breakfast at Harner’s with Kathy at 8 am

7th- Crafts with Claudeen at 10:30 am on 2nd Floor.

9th- Lunch at Emerson Creek Pottery in Oswego – leaving at 11:15 am

11th- Hoe Down with Johnny Gray at 2 pm on the 5th Floor Patio.

14th- Bean Bag Baseball World Series at Prisco – from 9:20 am – 3 pm

16th- Entertainment – Kristi & Daren Orlove – at 2 pm in the Dining Room.

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

21st- Breakfast at the Pancake House with Kathy at 8 am

23rd- Flu shots with VNA from 9:30-10:30 am on the 4th Floor.

23rd- Kuipers Apple Orchard trip – leaving at 1 pm

24th- Lifelong Learning Institute Presentation at 2 pm in the Dining Room.

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

29th- Halloween Happy Hour at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.

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

We’re hiring!

Plum Landing Retirement Community has openings for:
• Activity coordinator: 30 hours per week, M-F
• Part time driver: 8-10 hours per week
• Part time servers: 12-15 hours per week (daytime hours)
Apply in person 8 am – 4 pm M-F at Plum Landing, 495 N. Lake St., Aurora, or e-mail Don at for more information. Please include resume.

September 2014 Newsletter

Catholic Communion

We have started hosting Catholic Communion every Sunday morning in the Chapel at 9:15 am. Michele Dugan, an Extraordinary Minister of Catholic Communion, from Holy Angels Church will be providing this service. We want to thank Michele and Deacon Hawksworth for their help.

Five Wishes

Cecilia Sanders will be here on Friday, September 26th at 2pm in the Dining Room to present the Five Wishes program, which is a type of living will that is recognized as a legal document in the state of Illinois. Five Wishes will let your family and doctors know your end of life plans, and covers such things as who you want to make health care decisions for you, when you can’t make them, the kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want, and what you want your loved ones to know.

Collecting Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids 

We are collecting eyeglasses and hearing aids for the Aurora Lions Club. Please drop off any old or unused ones in the box across from the mailboxes. Sight and hearing programs are a big part of the Lions Club mission, so your donations are extremely helpful to their cause. Thanks for your help.

Chicago River Cruise

We’re heading to Chicago for the Chicago Architecture River Cruise on Wednesday, Sept. 10th. The cost will be approximately $50 per person and include your ticket and bottled water during the trip. We’ll follow that with lunch and return home. Friends and family are welcome, but seating is limited. We’ll leave Plum Landing around 9 am or so, and arrive back between 3-4 pm. Please see Pam or Don to sign up.

Arlington Park Race Track Trip

We’re going to Arlington Park Racetrack on Thursday, Sept. 25th 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 ($10 or less) 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!

August 2014 Newsletter

We’re Looking for Your Input

You will have a unique opportunity to contribute to the future of Plum Landing on Friday, Aug. 15th at 1:30 pm in the Dining Room. We are looking for resident input on the things that you would like us to consider for future projects. We’ll be having representatives from Cordogan Clark & Associates (the architectural firm headed up by our Board president John Cordogan) here to facilitate the discussion and help us understand what is possible based on our physical set-up and location.

Some ideas may be possible to implement in the very near future, some may require years of planning and fundraising, and others may not be feasible. Ideas may be as simple as a shuffleboard court, others may require building an addition. Perhaps there’s a piece of the property or area of the building that you think could be utilized in a different or better way. You’ll also hear our latest plans for the renovation of the 4th Floor.

The point is we are giving you the opportunity to contribute to the discussion. Consider it a “wish list” for the future. Please consider joining us for the discussion, and bring family if you’d like. Hope to see you!


Paddleboat Trip

We’re going to St. Charles for a paddleboat ride on the Fox River on Thursday, Aug. 21st. Due to scheduling difficulties we had to change the date, and this will be the river tour ONLY, lunch is not included. On the plus side it’s only $7.50 instead of $25.00 per person. We’ll leave here at 2:45 pm for the 3:30 pm departure. The boat is docked in Pottawamie Park in St. Charles. The cruise is from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, and we’ll be back to Plum Landing in time for dinner. Hope you can join us!


Fall Prevention Presentation

Dr. Colleen Noe from Integrative Family Healthcare will be here on Friday, August 22nd at 2 pm in the Dining Room to give a presentation on things you can do to prevent a fall. She will also be demonstrating safe ways to get up if you have already fallen. These are great, useful tips that can benefit everyone, so feel free to invite your friends.


Medical Alert Devices

We’ve had some requests for information regarding medical alert devices, so Amanda compiled this list.

Alarm Detection System (ADS)- This is a local company, if you have questions you can contact Kathy at 630-844-5382. They do not do building, or group packages; however they do waive the installation fee for Plum Landing residents. Their basic package is $30 a month, which is billed quarterly and includes the unit, pendant and 24/7 monitoring service, which requires a landline telephone service.

Phillips Lifeline – Their basic package starts at $29.95 a month (includes unit, Pendant and 24/7 monitoring service). They also have a newer pendant option that can detect a fall and call for help on your behalf, which costs $44.95 a month. Both of these services require a landline telephone. However, they have a new package called the HomeSafe Wireless System that can be run without a landline telephone, this package costs $41.95 a month for basic service and $56.95 for the Auto-Alert. *Current promotion- Free shipping, activation and one month rent’s free. Their toll free number is 800-543-3546.

GreatCall- (Seen/sold in Wal-Mart) Works like the traditional medical alerts, but runs over a wireless network, so no need for a landline telephone, or even to be at home! You pay $49.99 for the “Splash” medical alert itself (this model is waterproof) and then just $14.99 a month for the 24/7 monitoring service. *The Splash does need to be charged on a cradle every 3-4 days. They are currently offering the first month free if purchased in store. Their toll free number is 800-918-8543.


August Events

5th- Breakfast at Harner’s with Pam at 8 am – please sign up.

6th-Bean Bag Baseball at Oswego – leaving at 1:30 pm, please sign up.

8th- Craft Club with Pam at 1 pm in Activity Room.

14th- Out to lunch at Fireside Cafe – leaving at 11:15 am, please sign up.

14th- Entertainment – Randy Walker – at 2 pm in the Dining Room.

18th- Book Club meeting at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.

19th- Breakfast at Aurora Pancake House with Pam at 8 am – please sign up.

20th- Happy Hour at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.

20th- Circus in Hinckley – leaving at 6:45 pm, please sign up.

21st- St. Charles Paddleboat trip – leaving at 2:45 pm, please sign up.

22nd- Fall Prevention Presentation at 2 pm in the Dining Room

27th- Cookout on the Patio at 11:30 am.

28th- Bean bag Baseball vs. Prisco at 2 pm on 4th Floor, please sign up.

28th- Out to Dinner at Lakeview Grille in Yorkville – leaving at 5 pm, please sign up.

July 2014 Newsletter

Phillips Park Picnic

We’re going on a picnic at Phillips Park this Thursday, July 3rd. Enjoy some great food, games, scenery, and maybe even a tram ride. The bus will leave at 10:45 am, please sign up with the Front Desk.  It’s always a great time and there’s no limit on the number of people that can go! See Pam with any questions.

Kane County Cougars Game

Don’t forget to sign up for the Kane County Cougars Game. We’ve reserved a suite for Monday, July 14th for a Noon game. We will be leaving Plum Landing at 10:30 am. The suite is air conditioned in case it’s hot that day, and covered in case of rain. Willow Home Care has graciously offered to sponsor our outing, so the tickets are free, you’ll just pay for your food.  However, space is limited, so please let us know if you are interested in attending as it will be first come, first serve. Sign up at the Front Desk.

“Fourth Fridays”

We are planning on having informational speakers here on the fourth Friday of each month to cover various topics of interest. This month Willow Home Care will be here at 1:30 pm to review the services they can make available to you. Feel free to invite your family or friends. Next month we are planning on having a fall prevention demonstration. 

Movie Update

A movie list will be posted monthly on the bulletin board including movie name, main actors, and brief description and rating of each movie. We’ve also added the movie titles to the calendar so everyone will know ahead of time what is being shown.

4th of July Happenings 

Don’t forget that the city’s fireworks will be shot off just a few hundred yards to the north and across the river from Plum Landing on the 4th of July, starting at about 9:30 pm. You’ll have the best views in town! There will also be food vendors, entertainment, and music next door in McCullough Park from 5-10 pm.

Save the Dates

Pam has lots of things planned over the next several months, so we thought we’d throw out a few dates to set aside for future trips:

  • Aug. 7th- Paddle Boat cruise and lunch in St. Charles
  • Sept. 10th- Architectural River Cruise in Chicago
  • Sept. 18th or 25th- Arlington Park Race Track
  • Oct. 15th- White Fence Farm lunch & play

These dates are subject to change. We will keep everyone updated. Please contact Pam with any questions or ideas for other local trips you might be interested in.

June Events at Plum Landing

Paint & Wine Event

Come join us on Thursday, June 12th at 2 pm for a fun painting craft! Claudeen from The Tillers will be here again this month and each resident will decorate their own 8”x8” canvas to hang on their wall or display in their apartment. We will also be having some refreshments while you paint and socialize with your neighbors. Please be sure to sign up at the desk so we know how many canvases we’ll need.


Cougars Game

We will once again be attending a Kane County Cougars Game this year. We have reserved a party suite for Monday, July 14th for a Noon game. We will be leaving Plum Landing at 10:30 am. The suite is air conditioned in case it is hot that day and it is covered in case of rain. Willow Home Care has graciously offered to sponsor our outing, so the tickets will be free.  However, space is limited, so please let us know if you are interested in attending as it will be first come, first serve.

Chicago River Cruise Meeting

We are considering a trip to Chicago to take the Chicago Architecture River Cruise on Wednesday, June 11th. We will be having a meeting on Tuesday, June 3rd at 1 pm in the Activity Room to gauge interest and discuss details. The cost would be approximately $45 per person and include your ticket and bottled water during the trip. We would then have a light lunch ($10-15) along the Chicago River Walk, and return home. We would leave Plum Landing around 9 am or so, and arrive back between 3-4 pm. We will discuss all the details and answer all your questions at the meeting.

Memorial Day Tribute

Mary Lou would like to thank all the residents and family members for the great turnout for the Memorial Day event last Saturday. There were over 60 people in attendance to honor all of our veterans! I would like to thank Mary Lou for putting it all together, and also the residents who helped out with the extra seating that was needed. Thanks also to Amanda for getting all the great photos together. We really do have quite an attractive group of residents. Most importantly – thanks to all the veterans for your service!!

June Events

3rd- Breakfast at Harner’s with Pam at 8 am – please sign up.

3rd- Chicago River Cruise meeting at 1 pm in the Activity Room.

4th- Bean Bag Baseball at Oswego – leaving at 1:30 pm, please sign up.

9th- Activity Meeting at 1:00 pm in Activity Room.

12th- Out to lunch at Olive Garden – leaving at 11:15 am

12th- Crafts with Claudeen – Paint and Wine at 1 pm

15th- Happy Father’s Day!!

16th- Bean Bag Baseball at Fox Knoll – leaving at 1:20 pm

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

17th- Mystery Breakfast with Pam at 8 am

18th- Happy Hour at 2 pm on the 4th Floor.

19thCrafts with Pam at 1 pm in Activity Room

19th- Entertainment – John Boda – at 2 pm in Dining Room.

25th- Cookout on the Patio at 11:30 am.

26th- Bean Bag Baseball vs. Prisco Center – 2:30 pm on 4th Floor/5th Patio.

30th- Bean Bag Baseball at Senior Services – leaving at 1:20 pm

May Newsletter

Mother’s Day Reservations

Please make reservations if you plan on dining here on Mother’s Day. It’s one of the busiest days of the year, and we want to make sure we seat everyone properly. Please let the Front Desk know by Friday, May 9th if you’ll be joining us. We’ll also make reminder announcements next week. I also want to take this opportunity to remind you that we do have gift certificates available that would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. We have Beauty Shop, Laundry, Courtesy Car, and meal gift certificates available. For more information please give us a call at 630-896-5031. Thank you. 

Kentucky Derby Party

Mary and Mary Lou will be hosting our 7th Annual Kentucky Derby party Saturday, May 3rd, at 4 pm on the 3rd floor. Light snacks and beverages will be served, culminating with the running of the Derby at approximately 5:20 pm. There will also be a $3 wager available if you’re interested. The Derby is known for the fancy hats the ladies wear, so don’t forget yours. Don’t miss “the most exciting 2 minutes in sports”!


Great Horned Owl Expedition

Come join us as we check out the Great Horned Owl nest in the park next door on Thursday, May 8th, at 8:30 am. Hopefully we’ll be able to see Mama owl and her 2 babies. We’ll be led by birder extraordinaire Vernon LaVia and his telescope again. Remember the hawk nest last year? Should be a great time. Thanks also to Annette Wood (Vern & Lorene’s daughter) for spotting the nest again. We’ll meet at the Front Desk. Don’t forget that you can also follow our Facebook Page for more updates and pictures!

Mary’s Retiring, Sort of

I think most residents know by now that Mary is retiring from her position as Activities Director, a job she has done for 30 years! Her last day will be May 16th. That’s the bad news. The good news is that she’ll remain as our on-call person, living in the Stone House, and doing lock-up during the week. I want to take this opportunity to thank her for the great job she’s done all these years. We are in the midst of searching for our next activities person. I will keep you posted on our progress. They’re big shoes to fill, but I’m confident we’ll find someone that can grow into the position and do a great job. This will also be a perfect opportunity for residents to let us know what you enjoy doing now, and what activities you might like to consider for the future. Thanks again for everything Mary!!


Fox Valley Orchestra

Rosemary Hauser from the Fox Valley Orchestra will be here Tuesday, May 20th, at 3 pm after Bingo to give a presentation on the orchestra. A short video will follow the talk on the 3rd Floor. Those who ATTEND the presentation will receive free tickets to their concert at the Paramount Theatre on June 22nd at 3 pm. The concert will be similar to a “Boston Pops’ style show. Otherwise tickets will be $11 each at the door that day. We will be providing transportation for those signed up.

April Events

Medicare Information Session– We’ll be having a guest speaker, Patti Cifone-Podlesak from The Insurance Adviser, on Tuesday, April 15th at 10 am to talk about updates to Medicare and Medicare supplement plans. You’ll also be able to ask questions one-on-one with certified advocates. Residents are encouraged to invite friends and family to this event, but please give us a call and let us know they are coming so we have enough refreshments.

Paramount Theatre 2014-2015 Broadway SeriesWe will be finalizing our season ticket renewal for next years Broadway Series on Wednesday, April 2nd. The shows are Cats (9/10), Mary Poppins (11/26), The Who’s Tommy (1/14), and Les Miserables (3/18). These dates are the first Wednesday matinee for each show. The Paramount’s ticket prices went up slightly, they will now be $85.00 for the series, which includes transportation. If you’ve already signed up, please bring your check for $85.00 to Sue in the office. If you haven’t signed up and would like tickets, please let me know no later than Wednesday.

Band of Brothers Miniseries-We will be showing the Band of Brothers Miniseries on Fridays at 1:30pm on the 3rd floor. This is the story of “E” Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from their initial training starting in 1942 to the end of World War II. They parachuted behind enemy lines in the early hours of D-Day in support of the landings at Utah beach, participated in the liberation of Carentan and again parachuted into action during Operation Market Garden. They also liberated a concentration camp and were the first to enter Hitler’s mountain retreat in Berchtesgarten. A fascinating tale of comradeship that is, in the end, a tale of ordinary men who did extraordinary things.

Jefferson Spring Recital – Jefferson Middle School has invited us to be their guest for their Spring recital and breakfast Friday, April 11th. We’ll be leaving at 8:45 am. Please sign up at the Front Desk by April 4th if you haven’t already.

Did you Know?

  • Walgreens will deliver anything in their store free of charge, you just have to set up an account with them.
  • You can get your medicine prepackaged and sorted by the week or month and delivered right to the front desk for $5/week or $20/month! Just ask us how.
  • Prisco’s Fine Foods will deliver groceries right to your door! Just give them a call at 630-264-9400.
  • Monday’s are senior discount days at the Tinseltown movie theater in North Aurora. All shows are $3.00 for anyone 62 or older.

March Events

Mystery Trip

It’s time for another “Mystery Trip”. We’ll be going Thursday, March 20th, leaving Plum Landing at 11 am. The ride portion will be about 30 minutes or so, followed by lunch at a secret location. You can expect to be back at Plum Landing around 2:00 pm. Join us for a fun and adventurous afternoon with some good food. Please be sure to sign up, and see Don or Mary with any questions.

Watch Out for this New Scam

Aurora Police have reported that area residents are being contacted by scammers posing as employees of the Internal Revenue Service. The callers tell victims they owe money or are required to pay fines using the Green Dot Money Pak pre-paid cards. They are then directed to local businesses that sell the cards. Often times they are threatened with arrest if they don’t comply.

Once the cards are purchased, the scammers ask victims to read the card numbers over the phone. Once they have this information, your money is gone, it cannot be refunded. As always, please report any strange calls and/or mail to the office and your family as soon as possible for follow-up. Please be careful!

Kiwanis Pancake Day

The Aurora Kiwanis will be hosting our 64th Annual Pancake Day on Saturday, March 15th 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.

Paramount Theatre Broadway Series

The Paramount Theatre has just announced next years Broadway series. They are Cats (9/10), Mary Poppins (11/26), The Who’s Tommy (1/14), and Les Miserables (3/18). These dates are the first Wednesday matinee for each show. Ticket prices have gone up slightly, they will now be $85.00 for the series, which includes transportation. Please sign up at the Front Desk if interested, and we will follow up with you.