Strum, strum, strum! Ukulele Class for Seniors at Bello Gardens

With a big bin of ukuleles to pass around, BTM music coordinator Rob Thomure led a ukulele class on July 16, 2019 at Bello Gardens in San Anselmo. The residents worked on their strumming technique and their C chord, and sang and played along to “Puff the Magic Dragon”, “Row Row Your Boat”, “Run through the Jungle”,” Summertime”, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”, and “You are My Sunshine”. Everyone had a great time. LITA could not be so successful without the partnership of the facility staff. Thank you, Shelley, for your support!

... we are so happy and grateful to have the LITA music program at Bello Gardens. As you can see from our residents faces, they were lit! Music certainly touches the soul and the brain.
— Shelley Katz, Activity Director, Bello Gardens
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Do Wop Do Wop! Marin Harmony Octet Sings for Creekwood Senior Home Residents

A full house of residents turned out to hear the fine harmonies of 8 members of the Marin Harmony Chorus at Creekwood Senior Home on June 28 in Novato. Classic gems such as “Under the Boardwalk”, “Sentimental Journey”, “In the Still of the Night”, “Stand by Me”, “My Girl”, and more were performed. Click below to hear an excerpt from the Do Wop classic “In the Still of the Night”. Many thanks to director Daria and members of the Octet, and to the staff at Creekwood for hosting!

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Mamma Mia! Natalia Betzler Entertains at Greenwood Assisted Living

Tam High rising sophomore and veteran LITA music volunteer Natalia Betzler entertained the residents of Greenwood Assisted Living in San Rafael (formerly Harmony House) with her finely- honed vocal and piano talents on Wednesday June 19th. Her repertoire included “Summertime”, “What a Wonderful World”, “Golden Slumbers” by the Beatles, “Sunday Kind of Love”, “Mamma Mia”, and many more classic gems. She was in fine form, and brought smiles and happy reactions as her audience recognized the well-loved, classic songs. Thank you, Natalia!

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Ukulele Sing-a-long at Bello Gardens

A Bridging Thru Music volunteer along with BTM music coordinator Rob Thomure led a sing-a-long on June 10, 2019 at Bello Gardens in San Anselmo. With Rob accompanying on ukulele, well-loved standards such as “What a Wonderful World”, “Fly Me to the Moon”, “Meet Me in St, Louis”, “Summertime”, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” and many more were sung with a full house of residents. Shelley Katz, Bello Garden’s Activity Director commented: “The residents loved the ukulele sing along on Monday. LOVED! When I reminded those residents who do not recall things from one day to the next, I got back positive responses. It does so much to raise their spirits when they get to sing songs they remember”. Thanks to our volunteer, and thanks to Shelley for facilitating and being so supportive!

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Innovative Memory Care Buddies Program has Started !

LITA has now completed two of the six workshops in our Pilot Memory Care Buddies program. The volunteers have been working hard and having a great time! The pilot was developed in response to the growing population of older adults with memory losses to ensure there are community members who can be Buddies for people with dementia.

Thanks to support from a group of employees at Autodesk and Unity in Marin Church, the volunteers are using iPads with music and photo apps on them as well as other interactive programs designed specifically to engage people with memory loss. Future workshops include presentations on the connection between hearing loss and dementia and communication strategies.

Singer-Songwriter David Maloney Performs at Creekwood

They clapped, laughed, sang along, and barked like a dog (ok, so it was a song about an actual dog) as David Maloney brought his songs, stories, guitar, ukulele, and banjo to entertain the residents of Creekwood Senior Home in Novato on Friday, April 19. David, well-known as a performer on the folk festival circuit as well as one half of the duo Reilly and Maloney, sang originals such as his “Finnegan’s Farm”, and “Ridin’ on the Old Rainbow”, as well as old standards such as “Oh Susanna”, “This Land is Your Land”, and “You Are My Sunshine”. Thank you, David, for a wonderful and heartfelt musical interlude!

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Branson Choir Returns to Windchime for Encore Performance

Led by music teacher Rachel Kim, and back by popular demand, the choir from Branson School in Ross once again demonstrated their fine harmonies for Windchime of Marin on April 16, 2019. “Beautiful!”, “That was great”, and “awesome” were some of the comments. Be sure to listen to an excerpt of their rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” below. Many thanks to Rachel and all the students in the choir for bringing smiles to the Windchime Memory Care residents!

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Thank you Bank of Marin for Supporting LITA!

LITA’s volunteers would not still be spreading warmth and friendship in Marin if not for our long time community supporters like the Bank of Marin. LITA is grateful for receiving a Community Support grant from the Bank. Thank you!