Outdoor instruments chime at Evenings Porch Assisted Living

By Melanie Brubaker Mazur

Buddy Wiler plays some tunes as Ali Sabeti, left, and Erin Youngblood, administrator of Evenings Porch, listen on Monday. The assisted living facility has installed five outdoor music pieces on its grounds.

Buddy Wiler plays some tunes as Ali Sabeti, left, and Erin Youngblood, administrator of Evenings Porch, listen on Monday. The assisted living facility has installed five outdoor music pieces on its grounds.

Five outdoor music pieces are the newest activity for residents of Evenings Porch Assisted Living.

Joan Horton, foreground, and Gene Snyder play an instrument on Monday. 

Joan Horton, foreground, and Gene Snyder play an instrument on Monday.

Amanda Riegel, left, a staff member at Evenings Porch, chats with Grace Emenegger, seated, as Joan Horton joins the conversation during a break from playing music during a session at Evenings Porch.

Amanda Riegel, left, a staff member at Evenings Porch, chats with Grace Emenegger, seated, as Joan Horton joins the conversation during a break from playing music during a session at Evenings Porch.

Jim Daniledes taps out some notes Monday at Evenings Porch Assisted Living in Bayfield. 

Jim Daniledes taps out some notes Monday at Evenings Porch Assisted Living in Bayfield.

On Monday, residents came out on a sunny morning for an impromptu music gathering.  Some created some surprisingly soothing music, while a few others shared some poignant moments, as well.

Buddy Wiler complained that he couldn’t remember some of the songs he used to sing with his wife.  Growing a bit frustrated, he then tapped out the tune to “Shave and a Haircut, Six Bits!” and beamed proudly.

Darvin Kinney likes the new instruments, while Grace Emenegger said one of them was “harder for her,” mostly because she couldn’t hear some of the notes.

The five pieces are from Freenotes Harmony Park, a Durango-based company that makes instruments for parks, school and other outdoor settings. Musical experience isn’t needed to play them.  The models at Evenings Porch are Swirl, Yantzee, Merry, Griffin and Piper.

Along with a garden, walking paths and other outdoor amenities, the instruments provide extra stimulus and a good muscular activity for residents who want to spend some time outside, said Erin Youngblood, the facility administrator. She’s planning to invite local musical groups, such as the Be FRANK Foundation, to come perform for residents.

Anyone interested in touring the facility is welcome to call 884-0101.

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The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk in New Orleans, LA has had over 4 million visitor’s in the last 2 years!  They wanted to enhance their visitor’s experience and give them something unique to enjoy and talk about so they added Freenotes Harmony Park Instruments to their property! 
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“Los Jaivas” is a Chilean band, with a career that spans 50 years, the highlights the combination of progressive rock, folk and Chilean rhythms.

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SVVSD opens district’s first ADA Accessible Playground

Please join us in celebrating the grand opening of Main Street School’s new playground on Monday, October 26, at 1:00pm. As one of the few fully ADA accessible playgrounds in Colorado, the space will provide for all students at Main Street School the opportunity to play outside in a safe and engaging environment. In the planning stages during 2014, the new playground was made possible by bond funding passed in the 2008 election.

“The addition of the playground has made a tremendous impact on our students and families,” said Heidi Weekley, Administrative Coordinator at Main Street School. “Students are experiencing a deeper sense of school pride and community as they learn while experiencing play in an area accessible by all abilities.”

Key features of the new playground include areas of music, motion, and sanctuary such as sensory elements with drums, xylophones, and a boat that sways; a slide equipped to eliminate static electricity that can inhibit the play experience for students with cochlear implants; and visual panels with letters, numbers, and puzzles that include braille. The playground also features an area for outdoor experiential learning, including sandblasted animal footprints and a garden area with plants for identification and discovery.

“I like the music area because you can make music, the metal slide, the fast slide and the rocking boat,” said a student in the Serious Emotional Disability program at Main Street. “It’s really great because we don’t always have to just run in the field. The playground is way more fun!”

– See more at: http://mainstreet.svvsd.org/updates/svvsd-opens-districts-first-ada-accessible-playground#sthash.tsXszWf0.dpuf

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Rotary places musical elements in Harbor District

Rotary places musical elements in Harbor District

The new musical installations, funded by the Rotary, were put in place at the Mound Harbor District on June 27. (Laker photo by Katie Morford)
The new musical installations, funded by the Rotary, were put in place at the Mound Harbor District on June 27. (Laker photo by Katie Morford)

Visitors to the Mound Harbor District can now fill the air with pleasant melodies with the three musical installations put the park on June 27.

To make music, individuals can tap on the colorful drums or play the other two installations with permanently attached mallets.

“After all the work and planning we are excited to have the Harbor District improvements almost complete,” said Kevin Ehlinger, Mound-Westonka Rotary president.

“The musical instrument installation was the element we were most excited about because of how fun and interactive they are,” he added

This “musical island” installation, funded by the Mound-Westonka Rotary, is part of improvements to the district organized by the Rotary. Trees were also planted in the area and two sculptures will be added soon.

“The support from the community has been wonderful from the very beginning,” Ehlinger said. “Now they get to see the Rotary’s vision of making the area more functional and inviting turn into reality. It’s a great reflection on the community.”

The Harbor District Area near Auditor’s Road is slated for development sometime in the future. Until then, these improvements are intended to draw people to the area.

The Rotary will be celebrating the project with a special Music in the Park to be held in the Harbor District on Thursday, July 9. The Abiders, a blues, rock-a-billy and country band, will play at this free event.

The WeCAN Mobile Market will be on hand at the July 9 event collecting donations for WeCAN’s mobile food deliveries and summer kids’ food bags.

Contact Katie Morford at katie.morford @ecm-inc.com

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