Things to Do

Posted: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by Peter Becker Community in

Color your Life with Engaging Things to Do

Dining on Campus

The Dining Services team at Peter Becker Community is hard at work everyday creating new ways for people to experience food. In our new monthly guide you can read the latest about what’s happening in the community’s food scene. Download your copy and get to know each of our four distinct dining venues today.  Then join us at one of our restaurants. They are, after all, open to the public.

Campus Activities

There are so many things to do at Peter Becker Community. Activities are tailored to community members. Each month a programming guide called the CHIT CHAT is distributed detailing the many outings, clubs, wellness classes, concerts and activities. Download your copy to see what is happening.

Programming Guide – The CHIT CHAT

Resident Clubs

The Bridge Club, Pinochle Club, Billiards, Wii Tournaments, Travel Club, Book Club, Red Hats and others are hosted by residents and staff. Clubs encourage the diverse interests of our residents.

Spiritual and Faith Activities

We offer opportunities for residents to worship both in and outside the community. On-campus chapel holds weekly services, Bible study, hymn sings, visiting church fellowship hours, Sunday School classes, indoor and outdoor labyrinths, visits from community chaplain or local clergy, Sunday services & church services airing on the PBC television channel.

Trips and Outings

Small and large group outings provide residents with ways to socialize and take in a variety of different experiences. Look forward to trips to museums, lunch excursions, concerts, scenic drives, shopping, local attractions and more.  You need only to take a look at the CHIT CHAT (link above) newsletter for this month’s excursions.

Two Senior ladies playing wii golf.

How about a Wii Golf tournament?

Happy senior builds muscles.

Try your hand at chair exercise. Classes are offered several times each week.

Fitness Activities

Free membership to the on-campus YMCA is included in our resident package, plus ongoing monthly wellness activities such as bocce ball, shuffleboard, Wii golf, bowling and tennis competitions, balance class, chair yoga, walking club, and much more. Offered daily, there is always opportunity to increase wellness and fitness.

Music

Music nurtures the spirit, creates connections, reminds us of something sweet and brightens our days. Examples: Sing-a-longs, Hymn Sings, Name That Tune, Live Entertainment.

Arts and Craftsmanship

Encouraging creativity and opportunities for residents to express themselves are provided in a number of venues. Examples: Art Club, Event Crafters, Knitters & Needle Workers, Woodworking, Drawing, Sculpting, Arts & Crafts, Therapeutic Art.

Quilters and Quilt Design

Our quilters and quilt design clubs work in tandem to create beautiful and meaningful blankets and wall hangings. They are periodically available for sale.

Featured Artists

Each month artists are featured in our campus gallery in Campus Center. The gallery features a new artist every other month and encourages art appreciation. It also provides opportunities for resident and local artists to display and sell their works. A portion of the art sales benefits the Benevolent Fund.

FS girls

Flower Show gang members proudly pose for a photo in the exhibit.

Flower Show Gang

Our Annual Flower Show is created by residents, volunteers and staff. It involves woodworkers, artists, crafters, painters, organizers, flower arrangers and many other skill sets – the one common thread is enthusiasm. All residents are welcome to join the gang, which begins work in early February for the annual flower show in mid March.

Cognitive and Intellectual Activities

Residents are invited to a variety of activities designed to support mental awareness and cognition. Examples: Educational Programs, Current Events Discussions, Crossword Puzzles, Game Night, Bingo, Cards.

Nature and Outdoors

The fresh air and beautiful campus settings offer plenty of opportunities to be connected to the beauty in nature. These are spirit-enhancing activities. Examples: Community Vegetable Garden, Adopt a Flower Bed Program, Walking Paths, Gazebo Outlooks, Courtyards, Picnics, Bird Watching.

Reminiscing

Each of our residents has a unique story and we encourage the sharing of these stories in a social environment. Examples: Memoirs Club, Sharing Photos, Afternoon Socials.

Sensory

Integrating the senses into each activity promotes relaxation and well-being. Examples: Visiting Pets, Pet Birds, Music, Baking Bread, and Making Cookies.

Intergenerational

Connections to younger generations can be a big and fulfilling part of resident life. Examples: Visits from the YMCA Day Care Children, Partnerships with Local Schools, Sponsorship of Little League Team.

Shopping

There are two gift shops and a thrift shop on campus. Maple Corners Gift Shop is located in the Maplewood Estates Community Center and sells cards, gifts, snacks and seasonal items – open M-F 10-4. Ridgeview Gift Shop is located in Campus Center with gifts, cards, snacks and grocery items – open M-F 10-4.  The Thrift Shop sells slightly used items – clothing, shoes, jewelry, household and seasonal items – open M-Sat 10-4. All the stores are attended by volunteers. There are also shopping excursions taken into the greater community.

Volunteering

Our residents volunteer in a variety of stimulating services throughout the campus. Types of volunteer positions: Thrift Store,  Hospitality & Tours, Bed Making, Hydration Helpers, Fund Raising, Special Visitors, Gift Shop Sales and many other important tasks. Read More About Volunteering.

CEO Chat

Every other month there is a Chat with the CEO, Suzanne Owens, for residents to comment or ask questions.

Resident Council

Residents from all over campus are represented in this organization that provides feedback to the leadership team. Officers and representatives are elected annually.

Seasonal and Theme Events

Holiday parties, luncheons, breakfasts, cookouts and theme socials are part of our living and dining experiences.