January is the first full month of winter and on average is the coldest month of the year. Ole Man Winter has taken advantage of these facts and provided us with record cold temperatures thus far in 2018.
Thank the Lord; the Landmark residents are in a warm, safe, and dry environment. The Lord has also provided us with a dedicated maintenance team which has worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to keep the residents, staff, and visitors comfortable. If you have recently visited us at The Landmark Center you probably noticed the sign at the front entrance asking you not to come in if you or someone in your family has been feeling under the weather. According to an article by Debbie Hall and Amanda Collins in the January 10 Enterprise, the flu is reported to be widespread across much of Virginia. If you volunteer regularly at Landmark, and have flu-like symptoms, we ask you to please call to cancel or reschedule. The residents and staff look forward to seeing you when you are feeling better.The Landmark Center is excited to welcome back to Patrick County our new dining services director, Chris Kandies. Congratulations to Shelia Shouse, the new assistant dining director. We are looking forward to new and tasty cuisine!.
Bus trips so far this month have included local shopping, January 4, breakfast locally on the 9th, and lunch in Martinsville on January 16. Residents welcomed Mike Hall on Friday evening, January 5, and Patrick Boarman led a worship service Saturday morning. He was joined by Kriss Foley from Fairystone Baptist Church.
Elvis Presley was born January 8, 1935 and died in 1977. Residents celebrated his birthday with ice cream, an Elvis word search puzzle, music, and trivia. The Art Fusion Discussion Group met at The Landmark Center, Tuesday afternoon, January 9. As usual, Beth Ford, historical services assistant, and Becki Turner, volunteer, both from the Reynolds Homestead, provided a thought-provoking and fun program. Tea was the topic, and included various teas and how they are prepared. Local artists Ursula Allen and Norma Bozenmayer led a community art class here on January 11. Residents were assisted in creating beautiful snowflakes on a blue background, which are on display in the arts and crafts room; no two are alike.Ben Shirley and Paula Drady entertained the residents Friday, January 12, with a variety of music which included familiar gospel songs, old time bluegrass tunes, and a little jazz. Monday, January 15, residents and staff recognized the birth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr. King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He is remembered most for his, “I have a dream” speech and his untimely death in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968. Students from the senior cosmetology class from Patrick County High School provided manicures and conversation for the residents January 16. Residents enjoy getting to know the students and becoming friends.Monday, February 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., The Landmark Center will be sponsoring “Share Your Heart with Pasta.” All proceeds will benefit the Caring Hearts Free Clinic. The menu includes chicken linguine with creamy tomato basil sauce, Caesar salad, and decadent mini cannoli. The cost is $8 per meal. Call (276) 694-3050 or find us on Facebook to preorder.
Share your Valentine wishes with your loved one here at The Landmark Center by giving them a piece of your heart. Send a personalized Valentine Cookie-Gram. Call (276) 694-3050 or contact us on Facebook with a message for your loved one. We will deliver your message with a couple of special cookies on Valentine’s Day. The deadline to order is February 9. Each Cookie-gram is only $3. If you would like to order one for someone in the community, you may pick those up on February 12 at The Landmark Center.If you would like to become a volunteer, stop by and fill out an application; we would love to have you on our team.The community is invited to join the residents for the next Rook Tournament February 1 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Landmark dining room. Prizes are awarded to our winners and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Daniel at (276) 694-3050, extension 4514.The next Operation Homefront meeting will on February 6 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Landmark game room. If you served in the U.S. Armed Forces you are invited to join us to connect, support, and recognize our local heroes. For more information, contact Susan Foster at (276) 694-4416. This program is sponsored by Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. The community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided. February blood pressure times and locations are: February 5: Meadows of Dan Seniors, 11 a.m. to noon at the Meadows of Dan Community Center; February 11: Patrick County Seniors, 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Rotary Building in Stuart; February 16: Step Seniors in Stuart, 10:30 to 11 a.m.; and February 18: Ararat Seniors, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ararat Fellowship Church.Join us at The Landmark Center for the Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting on February 27 beginning at noon. For more information, call (276) 694-3050. This program is sponsored by The Landmark Center, Blue Ridge Therapy Connection, and the Southern Area Agency on Aging. A light lunch is provided.
Until next time, see you at Landmark.