Directed by DARIA, 20 members of the Marin Harmony acapella chorus performed 15 songs such as “Under the Boardwalk”, “My Girl”, “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’”, “Day Tripper”, “I Can See Clearly Now”, “Stand by Me” and 9 more for residents of Aegis in Corte Madera, Ca. on March 18. They had the enthusiastic audience smiling, clapping and singing along, with residents commenting afterwards on how wonderful they were and that they were going ask Aegis management to bring them back! One lady said they were "an absolute gift of talent that leads to love and peace". Thank you, Marin Harmony!
Thanks to a grant from Marin County Parks, the Bridging Generations program is going out into nature this Spring. Here are some photos from the first trip at McNear’s Beach (special thanks to photographer John Nelson who volunteered his time and artistry).
Students and their Senior Buddies heard from Ranger Nova about the animals and fauna in the area, then they planted some of their own fauna in self-decorated pots and finished up with a picnic together. It was a great day!
Two other groups will be going out in April.
Much lively chatter and laughter was heard in the Bello Gardens dining room when San Domenico’s Service Club returned last week for its monthly visit. First school routines and facility activities were discussed and compared….then the games began!
Bridging Thru Music volunteers and first-year high school students Natalia Betzler and Zach Lee did a combined set at Drake Terrace in San Rafael on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Natalia sang “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone, “New York State of Mind” by Bill Joel. “What a Wonderful World” and more; Zach sang “Blackbird”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen and several others. Plus they did a couple of duets! Both will be involved in this summer’s Mountain Play: Natalia will open with her band, and Zach will be an ensemble performer. Many thanks to Natalia and Zach!
A great time was had by all on Saturday Jan 26th. Volunteers, staff and other community members enjoyed hearing stories of friendships and connections. AlmaVia was a wonderful host, providing a beautiful space and delicious sweet treats. Other facilities who have LITA volunteers also showed their appreciation for the volunteers’ time and energy with generous gift baskets that were raffled off.
Bridging Thru Music volunteer Karen Bevelander led residents of Three Home Village (San Rafael) in a group holiday sing-a-long on December 21, 2018. Lyrics in hand, well-loved standards including Deck the Halls, Let it Snow, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Silver Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and many more were sung. Residents got into the spirit of the holidays and enjoyed singing them so much we sang some of them twice! Thank you, Karen!
Bridging Generations sessions are always fun, even more so when puppies are added! The students from San Domenico were wonderful buddies for Bello Gardens Assisted Living residents, making sure they could all enjoy the puppies Jessica's Haven and Rescue brought and even decorating the tree in the activity room.
Led by Branson School music teacher Rachel Kim, 13 chamber music students took turns performing works by Mozart, Dvorak, Bach, Schubert, Faure, Tchaikovsky, and Mendelssohn for residents of Kindred South Marin in Greenbrae, Ca. on December 3rd. They played beautifully, with great passion and precision, dazzling residents who can’t normally get out for music concerts. Kudos and many thanks to Rachel and the students!
Holiday Gifts Time!
It’s that time of year, when LITA collects new items for low-income residents of nursing home facilities. If you would like to donate an item, check out the Amazon gift list or the giving trees at the Bank of Marin branches on Grant Ave in Novato or Redwood Highway in San Rafael