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Robin Mills, 2017 Edmond Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Mills spoke to the Epworth Villa Rotary Club about the blessings and challenges she has teaching deaf/blind students in the Edmond school district. She briefly touched on the current situation with Oklahoma teachers. The Edmond school district is lucky to have Mrs. Mills. Epworth Villa Rotary is held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Read More

CONCERT PIANIST MARGARET SINGER

Margaret Singer was born and raised in Crescent, Oklahoma where she received her earliest musical training and began her career as an accompanist at the age of twelve. After graduating from high school, she continued her studies at Oklahoma College for Women, where she was a student of Jacque Abram, the Artist-in-Residence. She continued her education on with a Fulbright grant to the Royal Music Academy of Music, London.
Upon returning to America, she moved to New York City, where she accompanie Read More

CASINO TRIP TO GRAND CASINO IN SHAWNEE

Residents rolled the dice and left everything to chance on our bi-monthly trip to the Casino! Read More

St. Patrick's Day with the Highland Mist Trio Celtic Band

Epworth Villa welcomed Highland Mist as they helped us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. 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 dulcim Read More

Epworth Villa Rotary

Our speaker for this meeting was Roland Herwig, fellow Rotarian. He spoke on his life as a young boy growing up in Germany during WWII. Read More

Meet “Henrietta Smith”

During World War II, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), U.S. Army Air Force’s program tasked some 1,100 civilian women with non-combat military flight duties. They were the first women to fly U.S. military aircraft. Their duties—to ferry war planes from factories to air bases, which often involved long flights across the ocean to England and other destinations.
Women’s Coffee welcomed Kimberly Hagan, from the Oklahoma History Center, who portrayed Henrietta Smith, a WASP Trainee from Wo Read More

Women's Coffee and Kimberly Hagen

Women’s Coffee welcomed Kimberly Hagan, from the Oklahoma History Center, who portrayed Henrietta Smith, a WASP Trainee from Woodward, OK. She talked about the War, the role of women, and the WASP Program in the 1940s. Read More

PIANISTS COLE MILLARD AND XIAOYUAN CAO

Cole Millard is a sophomore at OCU, doubling in piano performance and music education. Starting piano at age six, he has a huge passion for music, and he credits music getting him through every day.
Xiaoyuan Cao (Nina) is a junior piano performance student from China studying with Dr. Sergio Monteiro at Oklahoma City University. In 2016, she was the second alternate of The Ladies Music Club and the Honorable mentioned in Oklahoma Music Teacher Association competition. Read More

Papa Murphy's Pizza Tasting

Residents enjoyed pizza brought by Papa Murphy’s. Resident Carolyn W., son and daughter-in-law own several Papa Murphy’s franchises in the area and baked pizza on the spot for all to enjoy. The smell and taste was delicious!! It was a delicious time! Read More

Inquiring Minds-Touring the world's greatest Archaeological Sites Part 7

We shifted our attention to China, England, Denmark, Peru, and southern Mexico—different places and times. The discovery of the Terracotta Army in 1974 has led to a new look at Chinese history. Other discoveries of a Viking ship in England and, more recently, the Iceman called Otzi in the Alps lead us to a better understanding of our ancient world. Read More

Gathan Graham

Gathan Graham entertained Residents in the Brill Chapel by playing favorite hymns and more. Mr. Graham performs at Epworth Villa the last Sunday of every month. Read More

Bingo with Bill

One Friday night a month, Bill-a Resident of Epworth Villa-calls Bingo in the Redbud Room after dinner. Residents turn out in high numbers for this monthly Bingo event and fun is had by all! Read More

Show your heart a little Love

The Health Talk Series hosted by Epworth Villa began today in the Bob Medley Ballroom. The panelists were Tomas Owens Jr., MD, Travis Taylor, PT and Blaine Jackson, NASM-CPT. The event was moderated by Dr. Laura Garrett. The topic for this months session was heart health. The overwhelming factor in preventing heart disease was movement. All 3 panelists agreed that keeping your body moving is the best thing we can all do in the fight against heart disease. Read More

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