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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday in the Christian Church is the start of the Season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is one of the more important observances, because it is the one day of the year when Christians think about their own death. While the Catholic tradition has practiced Ash Wednesday and Lent for many years, it has only recently started to be observed by many Protestant traditions. This year our Ash Wednesday service was held in the style of Prayer Stations. This means, that Residents could come and go as they Read More

Mardi Gras

Residents came out for a good ole’ time on Tuesday, February 13th in the Coffee Lounge as we celebrated Mardi Gras at Epworth Villa!! There was food and a whole lot of socializing. Everyone who attended got a mask and some beads to get them in the spirit!! Since we couldn't get to New Orleans, we brought New Orleans to Epworth Villa!!! Read More

Touring the world's greatest archaeological sites: Part 5

Finding the Uluburun Shipwreck off the coast of southwestern Turkey in 1982 has contributed to new underwater archaeological methods, plus, the rewriting of ancient history. Its cargo of raw materials and finished goods has shed light on the trade between nations throughout the Mediterranean Sea over 3,000 years ago. Visit the find and excavation of the “Dead Sea Scrolls” which constitute the oldest extant copies of the Hebrew Bible. News of these remarkable documents shook the world of biblical Read More

OCU Musicians

The following musicians brought a tremendous afternoon performance to the Brill chapel. Jeremy Small, a singer-songwriter from southern New Mexico currently pursuing his Master’s of Music in music theater performance at Oklahoma City University. Tessa McQueen, a junior B.M. Vocal Performance major from Loveland, Colorado. She studies voice with Professor Larry Wade Keller. Carly Ann Moore, a junior Musical Theater Major from Lincoln, Nebraska. Elise O’Connell, a Junior Musical Theatre major Read More

Country Cross

This husband and wife duo entertained Residents with their old time gospel and country music. Everyone met in the Bob Medley Ballroom for an entertaining Friday night. Read More

Tim Turner

The performance experience in Tim’s life is quite varied. He has worked on stage, behind the stage, in film, television and radio. From the stage he has performed in a variety of venues including musical theatre, musical reviews, drama and comedy, opera, dinner theatre, night club, touring troupe and theme park. His versatility in ability to embrace and perform the crooner, or comedic/dramatic Broadway, or the very solid inspirational/patriotic styles make him a desired performer everywhere he g Read More

Alex Freedman with the OKC Dodgers

Everyone was invited to hear Alex Freedman, Director of Communications and Broadcasting for the Oklahoma City Dodgers Baseball team speak.
Alex has 10 years of professional broadcasting experience and has been with the team since 2012. He gave the "inside pitch" on the Oklahoma City Dodgers and Mandalay Baseball. Additionally, Alex answered questions and had stories about crazy games, road trips and the life of a sports broadcaster. Read More

Inquiring Minds Part 3

TOURING THE WORLD’S GREATEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
This week we moved on to explore the Egyptian Pyramids, dug up Mummies, and pondered over Hieroglyphics. We enjoyed the mysteries of King Tut and the beauty of his treasures. Dr. Cline led us to new discoveries. Excavations are on-going in the Valley of the Kings and the Giza Pyramids and most everywhere in Egypt. There are over 130 international teams combined with Egyptian archaeologists and crews working there today. Read More

Gantham Graham

Mr. Graham plays the piano on last Sunday of every month in the Brill Chapel. He plays favorite hymns and takes requests. Read More

Technology Expo Hosted by Edmond Santa Fe High School

Residents learned what their kids and grand-kids are talking about when they say, YouTube, Podcast, Snap Chat, FaceBook and MUCH MORE!!
This FREE Expo was for everyone to have an opportunity to expand their horizons. Residents showed the kids that just because they live in a retirement home, doesn't me you have retired from learning new things!! Read More

The Singing Dude

Wayne Dickinson has been playing music since he was 13 years old. Wayne is retired from Tinker AFB and has been performing for audiences for about two years now and loves it. Wayne sings a variety of music but is most comfortable singing country and western. Read More

Inquiring Minds Part 2

TOURING THE WORLD’S GREATEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
The European classical scholars of the 19th century were firmly convinced that the Trojan War had not taken place and was completely invented by the Greek poet Homer. Find out what Heinrich Schliemann found to put this myth to rest. Excavations still go on. Secondly, we will move on to Mesopotamia--to discover and to investigate the “Cradle of Civilization”: Ur, Niniveh, Nimrud, Babylon, and Lachish, now Israel, a hot bed for Biblical Archaeology Read More

Susan Herndon

Herndon’s music has been termed ‘blues,’ ‘country,’ ‘indie rock,’ ‘jazz’ and ‘pop.’ She covers Dylan-classic in French with delicate fingerpicking on her guitar and also sits at a keyboard paying homage to any number of fellow Oklahoma songsmiths, such as Woody Guthrie, Jimmy Webb, Leon Russell or J.J. Cale. All in an inspired style uniquely Herndonesque.
As Herndon looks down the road to new musical horizons, she hopes to collaborate with writers whom she admires.
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Rotary International at Epworth Villa

Rotary Members and Residents considering membership in the Club-a Satellite Club of the Edmond Noon Rotary Club-were treated to a special presentation from Natalie Bonney. Mrs. Bonney is a member of the Edmond Noon Rotary Club. Her presentation was on the history of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation. She presented great information on how our small contribution can impact the world. All are welcome to come. Read More

Neighborhood Jam

Residents had lunch across the street at Neighborhood Jam. The food and atmosphere is wonderful. Epworth villa is lucky to have such yummy "Neighbors!" Read More

Riverwind Casino Trip

Residents enjoyed another casino trip to the Riverwind Casino in Norman. It seemed that everyone came back with their pockets a little fuller on this trip. Was it luck? Read More

Aloha Trivia Night

Friday night fun was had in the Bob Medley Ballroom by all of the Trivia Buffs. Hosted by Epworth Villa's own Blaine Jackson, trivia night, which is held once a quarter was a success. Teams competed for the title. Even those not competing enjoyed the Hawaiian themed competition. Read More

Swans

After a naming contest, The Epworth Villa swan's names were announced. They are now formally known as Owen and Phyllis. Read More

Women's Coffee and Winnie the Pooh

Dr. Laura Garrett, our Director of Resident Life, presented the true story, “Finding Winnie." the book describes the author’s great-grandfather’s adoption of a young bear cub while traveling by troop train from Winnepeg, Canada to a port from which they sailed to England in the early days of World War I. This bear goes on to a very famous life. Can you guess the rest? Residents came early to have coffee and pastries and visit with neighbors and friends! Read More

Birthday Party and Matt Blagg

After celebrating all of the January Birthday's with cake and ice cream in the coffee lounge in the afternoon, Residents were treated to the special music of Matt Blagg. Read More

New Year's Eve

Over 50 residents gathered in the coffee lounge to ring in the New Year. There were party hats, noise makers to set the scene. Residents brought appetizers and snack food. Everyone had a good time and were excited for what 2018 will bring! Read More

Bingo with Bill

Bingo with Bill is held the last Friday of every month in the Redbud Dining Room. Around 40 residents or more show up for a lively evening of fun as "Bill" calls the Bingo numbers! Read More

Christmas Day Brunch

Christmas Day Brunch was served in the Ballroom. Many were served and celebrated Christmas together. The Christmas menu was special and included shrimp cocktail, prime rib, traditional ham, roasted asparagus, and sweet potatoes were just a few items from the menu. There was an elaborate dessert presentation prepared by "John the Baker." Everyone left with Christmas spirit and a full belly! Read More

Casey & Minna

It was a fun afternoon in the coffee lounge, as Casey & Minna, performed for a large group. In addition to the great music, Resident, Betty F. shared snacks as she celebrated her birthday with everyone! Read More

Grand Ballroom and Conference Room Dedication

All residents were invited to attend a ceremony recognizing the lives of two key members of the Epworth Villa Board of Directors, Roy Chandler and Bob Medley. Roy Chandler was a member of the Board for 12 years; the majority of his time was spent serving as Chair of the Finance Committee and using his financial expertise. Bob Medley was a member of the Board for 16 years, serving in almost every capacity as chair of the Board, serving on several committees and also as Treasurer. Read More

Edmond First United Methodist Church Senior Choir

At 2:00, the Edmond First United Methodist Church Senior Choir gave a Christmas Performance in the Brill Chapel. All present were invited to sing along. Read More

Ukulele Performance

Uke’n Change the World is a ministry at First Christian Church of Edmond that combines the power of music and the gift of fellowship. The participants of the ministry have built a repertoire of both religious and secular ukulele songs that they perform all over. Read More

Piersall Music Recital

On Sunday, the students of Angela Piersall gave a music recital in the Brill Chapel. The young students showcased their vocal, piano, and violin talents! Read More

Jeri's Kids

Jeri’s Kids is a choir composed of 14 singers varying in ages
between 7-20 years old, who love to sing, have both secular and
sacred Christmas music prepared to sing. They are conducted by
Dr. Jeri Edmonds and accompanied by Patrick Hayes on the piano. Read More

Independent Living Holiday Dinner

The Independent Living Holiday Dinner was held in the Redbud Dining Room. This Holiday meal was complimentary to all Independent Living Residents. Residents were dressed in their Christmas Best and enjoyed a festive Holiday Menu. Read More

Independent Living Holiday Party

The Independent Living Holiday Party was held in the Ballroom. Snacks were provided and there was lively music provided by the Tinker Flying High Band. The highlight of the night was the Holiday sweater contest. Trophies were awarded to the 3 best sweaters! Read More

Holiday Open House

The Marketing Department hosted their annual Holiday Open House complete with a hot chocolate bar, live music, photographs, appetizers, and an old fashioned candy store. Read More

Children's Christmas Party

The Children’s Christmas Party for families of employees takes place next Friday, December 8th from 2-4:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom. Residents from all areas of the Epworth Campus are invited to attend to observe the festivities and partake of the offered refreshments. Mr. & Mrs. Santa will visit with and distribute bags of goodies while the face-painting clown and the balloon lady provide further entertainment. Each child will have the opportunity to choose a book of their very own to take home Read More

Kingfisher Winter Nights

Approximately 20 residents loaded up on the bus and van and headed to Kingfisher, OK. The city has a large light display called "Winter Nights." It was a bitter cold night, but everyone was nice and warm inside the vehicles. It was a beautiful display and should be seen by all! Read More

Shari Carney as Mrs. Claus

Remember Christmases past when you believed in Santa and Mrs. Claus as a child? Shari Carney came and brought back those memories-portraying Mrs. Claus on December 5th in the Woodworth Room. Shari does a wonderful job as she portrays legends from the past and the present. If you haven’t seen her before, she is a treat. Read More

Highland Mist Trio

The members of Highland Mist met at church where they were asked to play a few different events together. They all love to play Celtic music, so in 2015 the trio Highland Mist was born. Now siblings Steven and Rachel along with Tracey spread their love of Celtic music with audiences everywhere. They play a wide variety of instruments including flute, guitar, violin, mandolin, penny whistle, cello, hammer dulcimer and djembe. They came and played holiday music for us at Epworth! Read More

Remembrance Service

Epworth Villa and Epworth at Home held the Epworth Community Christmas Remembrance Service. The purpose of this service is twofold: it rejoices and remembers those who have passed this year in our community and those served by our community, as well as ushering in the Holiday Season by lighting the Tree of Love outside the main entrance. This was a powerful and moving service for families and residents. The service was held in the Brill Chapel. The lighting of the tree immediately followed the Read More

Cimarron Orchestra

The talented orchestra students from Cimarron Middle School in Edmond came and played holiday music for us in the Grand Ballroom. The group consisted of forty 6th, 7th and 8th graders who were excited about sharing their talents with the residents of Epworth Villa. Read More

Express Ranch and Patty Wagon Burgers

We went to visit the Express Ranch in Yukon to see the famous Express Clydesdales! We saw the horses and other animals at the ranch up close and personal and heard about how they are taken care of and trained. After we left the ranch, we went to Bethany for Patty Wagon Burgers. Read More

Epworth Villa Book Club

The newly formed Epworth Villa Book Club met and shared books and authors that they have read in the past month. They discussed the authors and various other works they have written. It was a good time to make a list of future reads! Read More

Governor Nigh

Former Governor George Nigh told some fantastic stories Thursday Morning as he was the guest speaker for the newly formed Edmond Satellite Rotary Club at Epworth Villa. In 1950, at the age of twenty-three, George Nigh became the youngest member of the state legislature when he was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives from Pittsburg County. In 1953 he introduced the bill that would make the song "Oklahoma!" from the Broadway musical the official state song. Read More

Exercise Blackout Bingo

Exercise Blackout Bingo begins today and runs through January 15th. This is the last exercise challenge of the year. This challenge is a great way to learn more about all the exercise classes that we offer and try ALL of our classes! Contact Blaine Jackson at 405.386.1352. Read More

Veteran's Day Celebration

A lovely program was presented in the Epworth Villa Ballroom to honor all of our Veterans. The Posting of the colors was performed by Northwest Classen High School Air Force Jr. ROTC. There was singing, two videos and a Guest Speaker. SMSgt USAF Thomas Cougill spoke kind words of what it means to serve. It was a wonderful time-honoring All who served. Read More

Women's Coffee

This morning's presenter was Walter Lambert. The title of his talk was "Presidential Greatness." Over the past 228 years of our national history, 45 American Presidents have served the nation. Over the past 70 years, 18 polls have been conducted asking historians to rank American Presidents. He told which presidents were ranked the highest, which presidents were picked as the worst, and what criteria did historians use to make their selections. Read More

Birthday Party and Edgar Cruz

After the monthly birthday party, where we celebrated 17 Resident's birthdays, Edgar Cruz entertained the birthday crowd. Mr. Cruz played favorites and took requests. As always, he was a delight! Read More

Trick or Treat

The children from Quail Spring United Methodist Church Mother's Day Out Program visited Epworth Villa. The children were all dressed in costumes for Halloween. They sang a few songs in the Coffee Lounge before receiving Candy from the Residents. Read More

Timeless Bridal Show

Students from UCO Fashion Marketing and Aging and Adult Studies put on a Bridal Show. the show was in the grand ballroom and featured vintage wedding dresses from 6 Epworth Villa Residents as well as dresses from 4 bridal shops in the metro. Over 200 guests attended the inaugural event. Read More

Edmond Satellite Rotary Club at Epworth Villa

The first organizational meeting of the Edmond Rotary Club Satellite Club at Epworth Villa was held at 7:30. All of the board members of the Edmond Rotary Club explained their positions. there was discussion on how the Club would be run going forward. The club is open to anyone and can be used as a "make up" club for other Rotarians. The next meeting will be November 16th with former Governor George Nigh speaking. Cost will be $10. Read More

AARP

AARP held its safe driving class in the Woodworth Room. Attendees generally receive a discount on their car insurance by taking this class. Read More

Presentation: How to pay for Senior Living

A presentation was giving by Nikki Buckelew with Mature Moves. She had a panel of experts that helped attendees sort through the various aspects of paying for senior living. There were approximately 100 in attendance. Read More