Spring Gala!

Things are moving along well for the Family Services Agency fund raiser Spring Gala thanks to the hard work of Elaine Carrigan and Susan Cellarius. The event will be held March 25 at Seascape Resort in Aptos. The entertainment is getting lined up. There will be 3 performances; NextStage will be doing a Beatles presentation, there will be a Jazz piano player, and Fashion Art will do a small fashion show with 4- 5 designers. In the lobby, there will be background music played by Matisse, and there is a possibility of a Jazz duo in the lobby as well. The Great Morgani will be walking amongst the guests during the afternoon.

Money raised at this events supports the programs of the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast: Ageless Art, Continuing Education, Counseling Services, First Step, Holiday Helper, I-You Venture, Renaissance, Senior Outreach, Suicide Prevention Service, Survivors Healing Center, and WomenCARE. 

For more info contact https://fsa-cc.org/

TimeSlips invites you to shift from memory to IMAGINATION!

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Are you looking for an avenue to contribute to people who are experiencing memory loss through creative engagement?  Do you have 2-4 hours per month? Consider joining our TimeSlips team in presenting TimeSlips, the newest program of NextStage. TimeSlips invites people with memory loss to express themselves and connect with others through creative engagement. Using verbal prompts, images, and imagination, people experiencing memory loss participate in creating a story. 

TimeSlips’ trained facilitators, Kathleen McBurney, Judy Birlardello, Sally Shaman-Fogel , Gina Val- Leiva and Lynn Knudsen have been presenting TimeSlips at Elderday since the Fall of 2015.  During this time, over 150 participants created unique and improvisational stories led by our volunteer facilitators. It’s rewarding and fun for all involved, including the facilitators. We laugh, we sing, and we move! Here’s an excerpt from one of the stories:

A Ride to the Zoo

“The lady and monkey are friends and excited about taking the plane ride.

The picture was taken right before the plane landed.

Why?

            They are going to do the zoo ride and see all the faces of the animals.”

Lois Sones, Program Director at Elderday affirms, “Even from people with significant dementia, we have seen such bright, creative responses, and each person’s response is always acknowledged and appreciated by the leaders. It really is a lot of fun to see the happy looks on our participants’ faces when they take part in creating a TimeSlips story!” 

We are actively seeking volunteers to expand TimeSlips in Santa Cruz County. Online training leads to certification as a TimeSlips facilitator.  If you wish to learn more about TimeSlips, call 831-316-4833 or visit www.nextstagesantacruz.org.