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EPOCH News

Brief occasional items announcing in-house EPOCH news, such as staff promotions.

Car shows, cookouts and concerts

Grandparents Day car showThere’s a lot on the agenda at our communities this week. First, we’ll host a car show and cookout in celebration of Grandparents Day. We’ll also start offering a biweekly exercise class specifically designed for seniors. The popular singer and entertainer Steve Palumbo will visit us for the first time and show off his Dean Martin impression. Finally, we’ll welcome musician Dan Daniels for a performance and discussion of classic folk songs. All events are free unless otherwise stated. We welcome you to join us!

Tai Chi, concerts and independent film at EPOCH

Ida Lewis, Keeper of the LightWe’ll host a variety of free events at our EPOCH communities this week, including Tai Chi classes, a blood pressure screening, concerts by the Victrola Society and Bill Burke, and a discussion with independent filmmaker Marian Gagnon. Join us for any or all of these free events. Keep reading for details.

Free Tai Chi class, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Blvd.
353 Blackstone Blvd. Providence, RI

The class will be led by eastern fitness instructor Bob McManus, who has 13 years’ experience teaching Tai Chi. All seniors in the community are welcome to attend and learn the ancient Chinese system for meditative exercise. To RSVP, please call 401-273-6565 or register online.

Music, movies and more at EPOCH

Chocolate lovers dreamThis week, we look forward to performances by popular baritone James Michael and the big band quartet Four Guys in Tuxes; a delicious lunch and learn on chocolates from around the world; a backyard movie party featuring the popular Disney film “Frozen”; and an informative presentation on Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. We welcome you and your family to join us for any or all of these free events.

Memory café, history and concerts at EPOCH

memory cafeFrom educational presentations to support groups to musical entertainment, we’ll offer something for everyone this week at our EPOCH communities. If you or a loved one has early stage memory impairment, we welcome you to join us at the Pittsfield Memory Café to receive encouragement and support from others travelling the same journey. If you’re interested in history, don’t miss our presentations on John F. Kennedy’s legacy or the Charles River. Music fans are welcome to a performance by James Michael, aka the Broadway Baritone, who is quickly becoming a hit at EPOCH and all along the East Coast. All of our events are free, but space is limited. Call to RSVP. 

Meet our residents: Ina Starobin

Ina StarobinAt EPOCH, our residents impress and inspire us again and again with the incredible stories they have to share. This is true in the most literal sense of Boylston Place resident Ina Starobin. Ina, a longtime storyteller and writer, writes under the penname of Ina R. Friedman and currently has five published children’s books.  

Her most successful work is the picture book, “How My Parents Learned to Eat.” This humorous story depicts the budding romance between an American sailor and a young Japanese woman, both of whom are afraid to go out to dinner together. Their fear is not due to rampant butterflies fluttering in their stomachs, but rather, to the fact that they don’t know how to eat with one another’s native utensils. The gentleman worries he’ll embarrass himself because he doesn’t know how to use chopsticks, while the woman harbors similar anxieties because she doesn’t know how to use a knife and fork. The story teaches children a valuable lesson about embracing others’ cultures – there are different ways to do all sorts of things, and we can all learn other customs (and better understand each other) if we just try. The book may be ordered through your local booksellers or through Amazon.

“How My Parents Learned to Eat” has sold a half million copies and is the recipient of a Christopher Award, which honors work that positively influences the public and encourages audiences to see the better side of human nature. In fact, all of Ina’s works might be considered for Christopher Awards, given that they all strive to educate their audience, helping kids embrace cultural differences, better understand race relations, and learn about history from the perspective of people who lived it.

 
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