Douglas Stoeckiht, Associate Director, and Mark Smith, Executive Director for Families Unlimited Network will discuss food banks and the growing needs of the University Place and Fircrest communities and a new fundraising campaign that’s just around the corner at the March 11 (7 am) meeting of that Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club.
University Place City Council will hold a special council meeting on Monday, March 10 (6:30 pm) in the Town Hall Meeting Room at 3715 Bridgeport Way West. Following is the meeting agenda:
By Alice Dionne
University Place Community Garden is located on the Evergreen Public School Grounds, just off 67th. We have garden sites open now. To find out more and apply, go to our website at www.upcommunitygarden.com. Next meeting is Monday, March 10, 7pm at UP Town Hall just off Main Street across from the Library. Come join us and enjoy gardening in your neighborhood.
The USGA’s transportation plan for any U.S. Open event is extensive and meticulous.
On Monday night, the Lakewood City Council voted to allow Fort Steilacoom Park to play a small part in that plan when the 2015 U.S. Open comes to Chambers Bay Golf Course.
Learn how to prune apple trees and help take care of a unique local park on Saturday, March 8 and Saturday, March 22 from 10am to 1p.m. Bring work gloves, loppers, hand pruners and saws if available. Some tools available to borrow at the barn. Help also needed hauling branches. Refreshments! Master Gardeners also on site to provide free instruction. For more information, visit www.curranappleorchard.com or 565-8466.
By Maringi Lloyd
Debe Christnacht, recent hire as Activity Director for Bridgeport Place Retirement and Assisted Living, aims to bring as much music to the retirement and assisted living community as possible. Most mornings one can hear Christnacht and the residents singing at the end of the exercise program, “God Bless America.” Also hosting musicians, planning sing-a-longs, and directing a bell choir all contribute to a senior living community filled with music.
Christnacht says “I’m very happy to be at Bridgeport Place! This is a wonderful place to be. The residents are receptive and eager for new ideas and programs. Every day here is just fun!”
Christnacht comes to Bridgeport Place with a solid background in music, she had been involved with early childhood music education and 15 years with Tacoma General Hospital as a Parent Educator. As a Parent Educator, Christnacht developed and materialized a music class for the unborn child called “Pregnant Preludes” for relaxation, bonding and communicating with the baby. Christnacht received a B.A. in Music from the University of Puget Sound. She also holds a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington, a Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) exercise instructor,
Washington State Certified Professional Guardian, Nationally Certified Activity Professional, and performs with the Tacoma Concert Band.
Although Christnacht is well equipped for her new role, she has an additional six pound ‘helper’ named Gabe. Christnacht’s hypoallergenic toy poodle is trained and registered as a pet assisted therapy dog. Together they get the job done!
At Bridgeport Place the goal of the activity department is to help residents keep their minds, bodies and spirits in motion and engaged through purposefully designed events and adventures. It’s not all music, Christnacht plans a variety of activities including shopping trips, exercise, themed tea parties, guest speakers, knitting group, crafts, scenic drives, bingo, black jack, cooking, Sunshine Group, and more!
Christnacht is always solicitous about residents’ welfare and passions. This along with her formal training, work and life experiences make her a welcomed asset to Bridgeport Place’s staff team.
Bridgeport Place Retirement and Assisted Living, located at 5250 Bridgeport Way W, University Place, is locally owned and operated by Soundcare, Inc., with corporate offices in University Place. For a tour and/or more information call (253) 565-1960 or visit on Facebook.
The University Place City Council will meet on Monday, March 3, 2014, 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room (3715 Bridgeport Way West). The meeting agenda may be downloaded here.
UNIVERSITY PLACE – Join traveler Pat O’Connor, Monday, March 3 (7 pm) as he shares pictures and stories from his recent trip to Manitoba. He photographed polar bears as they prepared to depart on the ice floes of Hudson Bay for the winter.