by Ozzie Nogg
Pull on your galoshes and join the Mainstreeters December activities. The days may be cold, but the atmosphere is always warm when you’re with friends.
Fall Prevention and Home Safety Strategies presented by Cheryl Havekost, RN, BSN: Monday, Dec. 8. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Board Room. There is no charge for this class. Invite a friend. Cheryl Havekost has been an RN for over 40 years. She started her career working in hospitals, but for the last thirty years Cheryl has specialized in seeing patients in their own homes, helping people to maximize their independence. For the
past eight years, she has worked with the Visiting Nurse Association, helping coordinate programs designed to help seniors maintain and improve their health. Jewish Social Services and the Visiting Nurse Association realize the importance of being proactive about your health by sponsoring educational workshops designed specifically for seniors’ well-being. This Fall Prevention and Home Safety Strategies program will discuss how your home environment may influence the risk of falling. We will also discuss some simple changes that can significantly improve home safety, and also — now that winter weather is here — we’ll talk about how to decrease your risk or a fall on snowy, icy sidewalks. Let us know you’ll attend this important session. Call Maggie Conti at 402.334-6521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Latkes and Music Hanukkah Tea with Tim Javorsky and The Great American Songbook: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. No charge. Saxophone player and vocalist Tim Javorsky has a passion for entertaining people. While in college studying classical saxophone and voice, he started a DJ service, entertaining people at school functions and weddings. Tim likes to emulate his many jazz influences such as Louie Armstrong, Stan Getz and Paul Desmond. Don’t miss this musical treat. Invite a friend or two. Everyone is welcome.
Join Us at the Movies: The Hundred-Foot Journey: Friday, Dec. 19, 1 p.m. in the JCC Theater. No charge for the film or for unlimited bags of fresh popcorn. No reservations necessary. Bring a pal. The Hundred-Foot Journey tells the story of the Kadam family who, displaced from their native India, settle in a quaint village in the south of France. Determined to give his new neighbors a little taste of home, Papa decides to open an Indian restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred French eatery. Uptight Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) doesn’t exactly welcome the competition. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all-out war between the two establishments. How the rivals find a peaceful resolution is a delicious surprise. If you’d like to have lunch at the Star Deli in the Rose Blumkin Home Auditorium before the movie, call Maggie Conti at 402.334.6521 to reserve a table or to answer your questions. Lunch is on your own. The Star Deli starts serving at 11:30 a.m.
Hanukkah Celebration Luncheon with Community Shaliach Eliad Eliyahu: Monday, Dec. 22, 12:30 p.m. in the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Auditorium. Eliad was born and raised in Akko in the Western Galilee. He has a BA in Political Science and a MA in Public and Political communication from Bar Ilan University. In the IDF, he performed as singer of the Northern entertainment group. Eliad has written and composed songs for two albums, and his first CD, Shirat Hael, reached the top of the charts in Israel. His presentation will be a treat. The special Hanukkah luncheon menu includes corn chowder, potato latkes with sour cream and applesauce, a scoop of tuna and egg salad, challah roll, rugalach and beverage of your choice. Cost is $10 per plate. Make checks payable to Jewish Social Services and send full payment to: Mainstreeters c/o Maggie Conti, 323 So. 132 Street, Omaha, NE 68154. Reservations are appreciated by Monday, Dec. 15. Conti, Director of Activities and Outreach Programs at the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, said, “Our theme song for this luncheon is, ‘Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah, come light the Menorah. Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the hora.’ Come join the celebration, enjoy traditional holiday food along with Eliad’s great entertainment. Everyone is welcome. If you need transportation, call me at 402.334.6521.”
Mainstreeters charges no membership dues to attend the fun-filled programs it sponsors throughout the year. But the group very much appreciates everyone who helps offset communication costs for printing, postage and mailing of flyers for events. This year’s Communication Fee — $5 per person or $10 per couple — is good from Jan. 2015 to Dec. 2015. Please make your check payable to Jewish Social Services and mail to Mainstreeters c/o Dr. Jim Wax, 1103 No. 93rd Street, #350, Omaha, NE 68114. Let Jim know if you’ve changed your address of phone. Include your cell number and email, too, please. Thanks in advance for your support.
Mainstreeters welcomes all Jewish residents of the Omaha area age 60 plus. The group offers a mixed bag of learning opportunities plus social and cultural events. “We’re constantly thinking up new topics for classes and tracking down entertaining luncheon speakers,” Conti said. “We have additional first-run movies, trips, and special surprises planned for the New Year. Be sure to join the fun.”
Mainstreeters programs are supported in part by grants from the United Way of the Midlands and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.