United Presbyterian Home News

Darwin and Dorothy Widmer celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last weekend with family at an East Moline, Illinois, bed and breakfast which gave them the use of the entire house. Each of the Widmer kids joined in the celebration, Tom and Glenda Widmer, Denny and Sandy Witthoft, Jacque Beatty and Greg and Jennifer Widmer. They enjoyed a rainy weekend watching old home movies of days when the children were young, which transpired into much laughter and reminiscing. Darwin reports that it was a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

Wellness staff members Amy Kleese, Stefanie Tschantz, Hannah Brenneman and Brooke Stout hosted their annual Healthy Holiday Cooking class Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the Campus Center. They prepared food, shared recipes and suggested tips on how to get through the winter and holiday seasons with healthy food options and minimal or no weight gain. This year?s theme was Slide into the Holidays as they prepared sliders with chicken apricot chutney and turkey cranberry stuffings. They incorporated fruit into many of the recipes for the healthy twist. In addition to sliders they prepared candy corn cornucopias and raspberry cheesecake filling between two store-bought cookies for easy entertaining. Residents enjoyed sampling each of the items and took home recipes to make their own and share with family.

Just in time for the changing season, new classes will be added to the fitness menu next week including a dance class, stretch and tone exercises, mindful options on relaxation and mind exercise classes. On days when temperatures are above 40 degrees residents still have the benefit of strolling outside for one class.

The Tuesday afternoon hymn sing saw a large crowd of residents participate and enjoy the music provided by the United Presbyterian Church Women?s Circle. Julia Gamon accompanied song leader Sara Bartlett on the piano for some inspirational music. Esther Bordwell read Bible verses and Mary Meeker assisted those attending to find page numbers in order to sing along.

David Draheim is pleased to announce the arrival of another grandson. Reuben Timothy Draheim was born Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, to parents Shane and Christy Draheim of New Hampshire. Reuben, or Ben as he will be called, is named after David?s father and weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces at birth. Grandpa David had a picture of the cute new bundle shortly after birth thanks to the marvels of technology.

Wayne Brock will join in playing with the Iowa Military Veterans Band Nov. 12, at the Des Moines Civic Center along with his son Ron. Wayne will have four generations of family present at the concert when Patrick Brock, Kenneth Lindsey and Jeremy Lindsey will be in the audience. Great-grandson, Jeremy currently serves in the United States Air Force.

Classics Et Cetera for Nov. 9, included the overture to ?The Gay Blade? by Franz von Suppé; Wind Quartet No. 6 by Gioachino Rossini; Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach; ?Lichtenstein Polka? performed by the Six Fat Dutchmen; 1st Movement of Horn Concerto No. 3 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; ?Thundercloud,? a march by Thomas James Powell.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is said to have become fond of the French horn at age 8 when he was ?on tour? in London and heard the music from the barge parties on the Thames River. In his time, the horn was comparatively new to the orchestra, having been developed, without valves, as a hunting horn. His horn concertos were inspired by a great Viennese horn player of the time, Joseph Leutgeb (1732-1811), on whom Mozart couldn?t help playing silly practical jokes.