January February 2016 Newsletter
In This Issue
Message from the
Skyline Village Chicago Board
What Does Your Building Do to Create Community? 

Dear Members and Friends,  
Skyline Village is about creating community through its programs, neighbors helping neighbors, and bringing people together. We would like to know how various buildings welcome their new owners and residents and provide for ongoing interaction. We know of some that host a coffee once a month to welcome the new people. Others create "Welcome Wagon"-type gift bags that contain maps, coupons, brochures, lists of nearby grocery stores and other items.  Some other social traditions just evolve, with residents routinely getting together in the party room or by the pool at designated times.
When I moved into my current building, I didn't realize that one of my keys would open the doors from garage and from the rear building entry. I didn't know the circuitous route to our building's outdoor pool. Because we didn't know anyone in the building, we learned those things slowly and only by chance. 
What social activities, parties, clubs, or other traditions exist in your building to acquaint residents with each other?  Are those things sponsored or hosted by the building management, or do they originate with owners who just happen to create interactions?  Finally, what can Skyline do to create community? Please take a moment to write to us about your building and your thoughts for SVC. We will love to share your responses in a future newsletter.
Pam Woodward
SVC Board of Directors

Good Times with Skyline Village Chicago
Holiday music filled the air as the 50+ members of Encore Illinois' Gold Coast Chorale performed at The Clare. Two days later it was standing room only when all six Encore Illinois Chorales came together to perform the program at Buchanan Chapel at 4th Presbyterian Church. The Gold Coast Encore Chorale is jointly supported by Skyline Village Chicago,  Center for Life and Learning at 4th Pres and by our generous host, The Clare. If you love to sing, check it out. There are no auditions, but Jonathan Miller is an amazing choral director, and the music he has selected for the winter session include wonderful show tunes like Singing in the Rain. The music is fun to sing, a bit of a challenge, and the concerts are extraordinary.  Check it out at www.Encoreillinois.org.  

Speaking of music, a few of us started Munch and Music at the Pop Up in 900 N. Michigan, and attended a musical performance by the Lake View Music Society.  On a more serious note, Judge Patricia Banks was our speaker at the November Friday Forum. She explained the formation of the Elder Justice and Miscellaneous Remedies Court, one of the first courts of its type in the country. Our Events Committee will arrange a visit to the court this spring and we regularly list the educational programs they offer. SVC's Women's Salon continued our lively discussions about how current events impact us as women and as we age.  

Did you enjoy one of SVC's events and want to tell us about it? Do you have some pictures to share? We'd love to have your reviews and your photos for the newsletter and website.  

Email to:

Be sure to include the event you attended and the names of the folks in the photos

Judge Patricia A. Banks,
Elder Justice Center

Encore Illinois Concert
Jonathan Miller, Conducting; Amy Wurtz, Piano
SVC Gold Coast Chorale Members Phyllis Mitzen, Pam Woodward,
Joan Levin

Karen's Korner
A New Career - NOW?!
by Karen Ross

It's interesting how much information is available to boomers and seniors about starting a new business or career later in life.  The articles and websites seem to be geared more toward women than men, possibly because some woman of these generations are more likely to have chosen to be stay-at-home moms than other age groups. 

So, when retirement provides more time to choose one's activities, it's a good time to actually do something you might have thought about for years.  Maybe it's a cookie stand or a textile company or some other endeavor. It's almost always something a person feels passionate about and loves doing. Many women are ready to "opt in" but aren't quite sure how to begin, or they feel intimidated or overwhelmed by the prospect.  But, it's never too late to get started pursuing something you're excited about. 

There are also those who feel like they want to do something but have no idea what it might be. Check out www.retiredbrains.com for a List of Businesses Started by Boomers, Seniors and Retirees. "Most took very little capital and all provide a regular income stream."  And, they almost all provide the flexibility to choose when and how often one wants to work.  (Lots of ideas for men here also.)

So, if you're thinking about jumping back in the game, here are some things to remember:
  • Your skills are valuable. You have more to offer than you might think.
  • It's okay to fail. You always learn something important.
  • It doesn't have to take over your life. Enjoy!
Maybe you don't want the commitment of starting a business, but would like to work a little.  Did you get that card in the mail from AARP?  "Discover the benefits of working part-time" it says. See what ideas they offer at www.aarp.org/parttimework .
Here's to your new career in 2017!

Skyline Village Chicago
News We Can Use
If you find something you think would be beneficial or interesting to fellow members, please email it with News We Can Use in the subject line.

"The brain is like a muscle. When it's in use, we feel very good." 
Carl Sagan
  Skyline Village Chicago 
Our Favorite Things
Amazon Home Services
by Phyllis Mitzen

Did you know that you can order Home Services  from Amazon? When I learned that Amazon was  in the Home Services business several weeks ago,  I decided to try it. Our carpets needed cleaning so  I typed "Home Services" in the Amazon Subject line.  There you can read how they select their vendors 
(they invite pros, vet them and assure that they carry the proper licenses and insurance), their satisfaction guarantee (you can read the customer satisfaction ratings, and Amazon has a 'happiness guarantee' to make sure you are satisfied with the service),  and how you can order the service you need. It's just like ordering anything else on Amazon, just put the service in your cart. My experience couldn't have been better.  

The vendor, Home Servicecorner,  called me to confirm details within 30 minutes of placing my order. The carpet cleaner came right on time, did a terrific job, did not try to sell me anymore than what I asked for, and explained everything he was doing. Billing had already been taken care of. The prices for this service were highly competitive. Needless to say, I was very satisfied with my first experience, and it won't be my last. 

Let us know if you use an Amazon Home Service and how it worked out for you. 

Check it out here:

Do you have a Favorite Thing to share? Perhaps you particularly  enjoyed a show or exhibit, discovered a new favorite product or  service or have a fantastic place to take visiting grandchildren.  Please send it to us for the next newsletter, with Our Favorite Things  in the subject line.

Disclaimer: Skyline Village Chicago thanks its members for sharing recommendations. These recommendations do not constitute endorsement by SVC.

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Are you a blogger?  
by Joan Levin
This is a fairly new word in our English lexicon. It is shor t for "web logs"  (or "weblogs") published on the Internet, in which new material is presented as in a log, most recent first.
Millions of blogs are published on the Internet today, both commercial and non-commercial, as varied as those who maintain them.  
I maintain three blogs. Two are concerned with health and environmental topics. A third, my "fun" blog, is the Space Alien Gazette, at  www.SpaceAlienGazette.com.   
The Space Alien Gazette is is an extension of a family newsletter by that name dating back to the 1980's, a story for another time. Suffice it to say that I revived it as a blog several months ago and it now has a growing readership spanning many decades in age. How long will I keep it going?  I don't know, but for now I'm having a great time with it.  
I use one of the many available free platforms for my blogs - a Google product called "Blogger." It costs nothing, has fairly clear online directions (although it helps to have someone guide you starting out),  and it provides a few basic design choices and options as to who may read it and/or post on it. Other platforms, many with more features and with varying degrees of complexity, are available. Many of these are reviewed on the internet.
Do you blog?  Would you like to? Would you like to know more? Would you like to be in touch with other Skyline Bloggers?  Would you like help getting started or would you like to help others who are getting started?  Let me know at: jdlevin@bright.net
Besides  www.SpaceAlienGazette.com, I maintain two other blogs::
  www.IllinoisRightToKnowGMO.com.   This functions as the website of Illinois Right to Know GMO, involving genetically engineered foods.  
www.wfpbn.blogspot.com.  This blog has information about whole food plant based nutrition.     

Do you have an interest you would like to share with SVC Members? We would love to hear from you! Please send it to editor@skylinevillagechicago.org

Skyline Village Chicago
Social Groups
SVC Dining Club

Mon. January 9, 5:30pm
Le Pain Quotidien
10 E. Delaware
Please  register on our website  by Sat. January 7   

Mon. February 6,  5:30pm
Frankie's Scallopine
900 N. Michigan Ave. 

Please register on our website by Sat, February 4 

or RSVP by email at   

A group of Skyline book lovers met last month and decided several books to read over the first months of the year and also decided that at least twice a year we would pick a book by a local author and invite to the discussion and offer insights into the book and its creation.  We decided on selecting a mix of fiction, non fiction and biography.  We also want your recommendations of 'must read' books.  

Here's what we selected to start the year.  We hope you are as excited about the selections as we are.  Please join us on these dates at 3:30pm at the Prentice Cafeteria, 2nd floor - You can grab a snack and/or drink and look for us on the Chicago Av side where we will pull some tables together.  RSVP, just so we will know to look for you. 

January 25th 
Hillbilly Elegy:  A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance ( Note: We are meeting the last Weds. in January, and will go back to the first Weds in March)

March 1
    Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

April 5
    The Submission by Amy Waldman
May 3
  Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts 

June 7
    Skyscrapers by Jill Brennan, a local author

"Some people die at 25 and aren't buried
until 75."

       - Benjamin Franklin

Sticks and strings is on hiatus until April. We wish our host Gay Roberts well as she recovers from surgery..

Beth Najberg, avid member of Skyline's Sticks & Strings group recently presented several bags of hand made hats and scarves to Between Friends, a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.  

To learn more about Between Friends, visit their website  at www.betweenfriendschicago.org

If you're interested in joining our group, contact Conny Tozer at connytozer@yahoo.com

Beth Najberg presents several bags cozy creations by Sticks & Strings to Colleen Norton, Program Director of Between Friends
11:30am - 3:00pm
Prentice Women's Hospital Cafeteria
250 E. Superior, 2nd floor 

If you are interested in joining this group or creating another Mah Jongg Group, please contact Carol Koenig at   ckoenig943@gmail.com
What Groups or Bulletin Boards Would You Like
to Have?

Would you like to start a Bridge group? Or maybe your bridge game needs a substitute. Looking for fellow aficionados of movies, poetry, board games, walking or other activities? Would Skyline members like to have a bulletin board for finding friends to share activities?

Tell us what groups or bulletin boards you would like to see and if you would like to manage one .

SVC Community Partner Announcements
The Winter Session at Lake Shore Park
808 N. Lake Shore Drive,
begins the week of January 9, 2017
The schedule details can be found at ChicagoParkDistrict.com. Register online or in person at the field house. If you have questions, please
call Lake Shore Park at 312-742-7891.  Although each class is offered twice  per week, registration for each day is separate, allowing each participant to
attend either once per week or twice. You pay $26.50 for the total Winter session for each day(s) you select.
Here is a quick summary of the classes:
Tuesdays and Thursdays  10:00am - 11am
Fitness & Nutrition       
Tuesday and Thursdays    11:15am - 12:15pm
Wednesdays and Fridays  12:00pm - 1:00pm
If you are curious about the classes, Lake Shore Park allows you to register for and  attend a free preview of each class during the first week. 

Skyline Village Chicago 
Join us!
SVC New & Renewing Members

Welcome new and renewing members!

New Members
Sylvie Hutchings
Mary Kemp
Renewing Members

Judith Aiello
Maurice Fantus
Sydney Feuchtwanger
Roberta "Bobbie" Heiman
Marcia Johnston
Tanya Klasser
Phyllis Mitzen
Maureen Mooney
Michael Nathanson
Susan Nathanson
Anna Rappaport
Gay Roberts
Evelyn Shaevel
Patricia Woodburn
Charles Zugerman
Gail Zugerman

T hank you to all of our new and renewing members. You are the core of our Village.  

Join Skyline Village  Chicago

Annual Dues
$75 Individual
$100 Couple

Send a check to:
Skyline Village Chicago
P.O. Box 81334
Chicago, IL 60681 

Call us:   312.957.6060

Join online

Email us 

Skyline Village Chicago 
Event Calendar
Skyline Village Event Calendar
January, 2017
SVC are in green
Click underline to jump to event details
(Note: Internal links don't always work on mobile devices.)

Daily, 11:30am - 12:30pm , except January 16
Fourth Presbyterian Church, 
Page Smith Room

Le Pain Quotidien
10 E. Delaware

10 Elder Justice Center Free Seminar
Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives: When, What and Why?
Tues. Jan 10, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005
SVC Women's Salon
3:30pm - 5:00pm
200 E. Delaware

12:00pm- 1:30pm
The Clare, 55 E. Pearson

12:00pm- 1:30pm
The Clare, 55 E. Pearson

Prentice Women's Hospital, 2nd Floor Cafeteria, Chicago Ave. side

Reverse Mortgages and Predatory Lending, Part 1
Tues. Jan 10, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, 
Courtroom 2005

Navy Pier, Grand Ballroom
5:30pm - 8:30pm

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ditka's. 100 E. Chestnut

11:45am - 1:15pm
The Clare, 55 E. Pearson

Skyline Village Event Calendar
February, 2017
SVC are in green

Click link to jump to event details
(Note: Internal links don't always work on mobile devices.)

5:00pm - 7:00pm
25 E. Superior, Party Room
The Clare, 55 E. Pearson

Frankie's Scallopine
900 North Michigan

9 Elder Justice Center Free Seminar
Reverse Mortgages and Predatory Lending, Part 2
Tues. Jan 10, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Daley Center, 50 W. Washington
Courtroom 2005

12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Clare, 55 E. Pearson
3:30pm - 5:00pm
200 E. Delaware
14 Munch & Music
11:30am - Munch
1:00pm - Music
900 North Michigan
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave
3:00pm / 7:30pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave
12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Clare, 55 E. Pearson

23 Elder Justice Center Free Seminar
A Senior's Guide to Property Tax Savings
Tues. Jan 10, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ditka's. 100 E. Chestnut

Gold Coast Chorale Rehearsal
12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Clare, 55 E. Pearson


Skyline Village Chicago
Event Details
SVC Events are in Green
Calvin College January Lecture Series
Daily, January 4-24 except January 16
11:30am - 12:30pm
Fourth Presbyterian Church
Page Smith Room

The award-winning "January Series" of Calvin College is coming to downtown Chicago. From January 4 through January 24, Fourth Presbyterian Church will be one of fifty remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast one of the nation's leading lecture and cultural arts series.

A few of the featured presenters in the series' thirtieth-anniversary year include Doris Kearns Goodwin, a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist; Gary Haugen, CEO and founder of International Justice Mission; and Matthew Desmond, cofounder of the Justice and Poverty Project and the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" grant.

The lectures will be video-streamed live in the Page Smith Room from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST Mondays through Fridays. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information about these speakers and topics, visit  www.calvin.edu/january-series/speakers.

Replogle Center for Counseling and Wellness
Ongoing schedule of Seminars, workshops and drop-in sessions

Replogle Center, Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut

The Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being is-
  • A resource for those yearning to find more contentment in a busy life, grow as a person, prevent and reduce stress, or strengthen relationships.
  • An oasis for those seeking direction in the midst of chaos, loss, or trauma.
  • A calming respite from the challenges of daily life.
For more information and a schedule of seminars, meditations and workshops, go to  http://www.fourthchurch.org/rc/index.html

DCASE Events
Performances & Exhibitions

January/February 2017

The Chicago Cultural Center offers performances and exhibitions, free and open to the public.
For the Monthly schedule  click here.

Special events and festivals click here

Every month
Register:    Call 888.600.2560
or email   teltopics@matherlifeways.com

Presented by: Mather Lifeways

To register online or download the current schedule of Telephone Topics, go to http://matherlifewaysinyourneighborhood.com/telephone-topics/

All calls are free.

Encore Illinois 
Gold Coast Chorale, Winter 2017
Rehearsals:  Mondays through April 24 
12:00pm - 1:30pm
The Clare, 55 East Pearson

Performance May 4, 2:00pm, 
Buchanan Chapel, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut, Chicago

Presented by: Encore Illinois
in collaboration with Skyline Village, The Clare, and the Center for Life & Learning.

If you love to sing , sign up for the winter session of the Gold Coast Chorale for older adults. No audtions are required and no experience is necessary. The winter session begins Monday, January 16 and meets weekly at noon at The Clare.  The repertoire for the winter session includes a selection of songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook, including "Singin' in the Rain" and "Fly Me to the Moon". The session culminates with performances at The Clare and Buchanan Chapel at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Registration is $175 for the 15-week session and includes sheet music and sing-along practice CDs. 

For more information or if you are interested in joining future sessions of the Gold Coast Chorale go to  www.encoreillinois.org  

Elder Justice Center 
Free Seminar Series

Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives: When, What and Why?

Tues. January 10,  12:00pm - 1:30pm
Daley Center, 50 W. Washington
Courtroom 2005
Registration: 312.603.9233

Topics to include
  • Power of Attorney for Healthcare
  • Power of Attorney for Property
  • Illinois Living Will Declaration
  • Do Not Resusitate Order/POLST
  • Healthcare Surrogate Act

Click here for the seminar series.
SVC Women's Wine & Cheese Salon
The Women's Salon meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month. 
Tues. January 10, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Tues. February 14, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
200 E. Delaware

Presented by: Skyline Village Chicago,
Host: Phyllis Mitzen
January 10:  Join fellow members for a lively discussion about what it means and how it feels to be an Aging Woman -- our hair, our outspokenness, our invisibility, our wisdom, our ... 

The February topic will be chosen at the January 10 gathering.

RSVP at RSVP@skylinevillage.org with Women's Salon in the subject line or click here to register on our website. 

SVC members and their guests only   

Elder Justice Center 
Free Seminar Series

Reverse Mortgages and Predatory Lending, Part 1

Tues. January 26,  12:00pm - 1:30pm
Daley Center, 50 W. Washington
Courtroom 2005
Registration: 312.603.9233

Click here for the seminar series.
Chicago Restaurant Week
First Bites Bash

Tues. January 26, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Navy Pier, Grand Ballroom

Kick off Chicago's 10th Annual Restaurant week in  the magnificent Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier for savory and sweet food tastings from over 60 of Chicago's most celebrated chefs and restaurants. Toast to the city's culinary scene with beer, wine and spirits.

Chef/Partner Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio will host this year's event, from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets:
Friday Forums            
Topic: Is the Newspaper Obsolete?
Fri. January 27
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ditka's, 100 E. Chestnut

Is Technology Driving You Crazy? Are you having trouble keeping up with the News?  Josh Metnick, Former Chief Technology Officer Wrapports, Chicago Sun-Times Parent Company will tell us the best ways to follow the news digitally.

Lunch is Dutch Treat, plus $5 to cover the cost of our private room at Ditka's. 

Register here by Thursday, January 26  or email  RSVP@skylinevillagechicago.org

SVC Groundhog Day Winter Warm-up Party

Thurs, February 2
5:00pm - 7:00pm
25 E. Superior, Party Room
Presented by: Skyline Village Chicago,

Ever wonder how and why Groundhog Day started? Come out of your burrow and celebrate the 131st anniversary of Groundhog Day with us and our guest from Punxsutawney will tell you all about it. 

RSVP at RSVP@skylinevillage.org with Groundhog Day in the subject line   click here to register on our website. 

SVC members and their guests only. Admission free   

Elder Justice Center 
Free Seminar Series

Reverse Mortgages and Predatory Lending, Part 2

Tues. February 9,  12:00pm - 1:30pm
Daley Center, 50 W. Washington
Courtroom 2005
Registration: 312.603.9233

Click here for the seminar series.
Munch & Music
Tuesday, February 14
Lunch: 11:30am
Fooda, 900 North Michigan, 4th Floor
Music: 1:00pm, 
900 North Michigan, 6th floor

Presented by: SVC and Lake View Musical Society

Lunch and a live performance. What could be better than that?  We'll meet at Fooda on the 4th floor for a Dutch Treat lunch at 11:30am, then go up to the 6th floor for a some free musical deliciousness from the Lake View Musical Society at 1:00pm. Afterwards we'll have dessert and coffee.

There's no cost other than buying your own lunch but registering helps us grab tables and seats.

RSVP at RSVP@skylinevillagechicago.org or click here to register on our website.
Ballet de Lorraine

Sat, February 18, 7:30 pm
Sun, February 19. 3:00pm, 7:30pm

Making their first-ever tour to the United States, CCN Ballet de Lorraine is one of the most important companies working in Europe and making its US debut. 

A collaboration of The Dance Center at Columbia College Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.  

For more information and for tickets, click here
Elder Justice Center 
Free Seminar Series

A Senior's Guide to Property Tax Savings

Tues. February 23,  12:00pm - 1:30pm
Daley Center, 50 W. Washington
Courtroom 2005
Registration: 312.603.9233

Click here for the seminar series.
Friday Forums            
Topic:  TBD
Fri. February 24
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ditka's, 100 E. Chestnut

Save the date for our February Friday Forum. We'll update you when we have the speaker booked.

Lunch is Dutch Treat, plus $5 to cover the cost of our private room at Ditka's. 

Register here by Thursday, February 23  or email  RSVP@skylinevillagechicago.org

Handy Tip:

Use a salad spinner to remove water from hand washed clothing. Much easier than squeezing your fine washables and better than wringing them.
"It's better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for someone you're not. It's a sign of your worth sometimes, if you're hated by the right people."