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May NAMI-DC/JAK’s Newsletter and Calendar

April 27, 2012 • JAK's Place

This year’s second issue of the NAMI Doorways is up and in the mail. Get your nice fresh printable copy right here.

If you have never tried Tai Chi, drop in on Mondays. We do a short session at 4:00. The simple movements are easy to learn and not tiring. Tai Chi is a meditative form of exercise that increases body awareness. It can help with balance and reduce stress.

NAMI Doorways May-July 2012 (PDF)

May 2012 Calendar (PDF)

Primroses in our garden

Primroses in our garden

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April Newsletter and Calendar

March 30, 2012 • JAK's Place

Wow, it’s spring! Okay, so it snowed today, but the flowers don’t care. They’ll just wait until the sun does its thing and then proceed as usual.

The hot news items for April are the start of Tai Chi classes and the garden.

Seth has set Monday, April 2, 4:00, as the time and date for the first Tai Chi class. He welcomes suggestions for any time that might be more convenient. Tai Chi is a wonderful way to tune up your body without overdoing; an exercise that relaxes the mind while it strengthens muscles.

Gardeners can drop in for informal planning and planting sessions on Mondays at 3 throughout April.

March 2012 Newsletter (PDF)

April 2012 Calendar (PDF)

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March Newsletter and Calendar

February 29, 2012 • JAK's Place

Spring is around the corner, even though February ends buried in snow. The past month saw our SIXTH Annual Love Festival Concert — a great tradition of community support that continues to bring in needed funds as well as bringing people together with great entertainment.

There is one slight change in the Yoga schedule this month — it will start 15 minutes earlier on the 26th. Movie day is Wednesday, March 7, starting at 1:30.

March Newsletter

March 2012 Calendar

Cheryl Pfister at the piano, directing the choir.

Sevastopol Combined Middle School and High School Choir at Love Fest

Sevastopol Combined Middle School and High School Choir at Love Fest

A HUGE Thankyou to all who participated.

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NAMI-DC and JAK’s Place Newsletter, Feb. 2012

January 30, 2012 • JAK's Place

It’s time for the biggie again, with the JAK’s newsletter included in the larger NAMI one. The biggest news is the Sixth Annual Love Festival Concert. Yessiree, the sixth! JAK’s Place’s most fun and flamboyant annual fundraiser continues its great tradition with local musicians and cool door prizes. The concert will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2:00, at Bay View Lutheran Church.

We also have new activities and minor schedule changes in the news, and a sample of poetry by a member of Ed DeMaio’s Journalling Poets Group.

Large size file for quality printing:
NAMI Doorways 01-2012 – to print (PDF)
Smaller file for slow connections, or just to view:
NAMI Doorways 01-2012 (PDF)

February 2012 Calendar (PDF)

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December newsletter and Calendar

November 26, 2011 • JAK's Place

The holiday season — prime time for depression. It’s not just the long nights, the cold, and the cloudy days. It’s unrealistic expectations and the stress of trying to meet them. The great Christmas Shopping Manic Panic. What was once a happy celebration has been perverted into a painful ratrace.

Families get together not because they want to, not out of love, but because an unwritten law says they should.  The dinner table becomes a battlefield. Mothers, worn out from cooking a huge, unhealthy feast and coping with all the other extra chores, feel inadequate. The day after, there’s nothing but bitterness; after all the yearning and anticipation nothing has changed for the better.

You do have a choice. You can opt out of the ratrace. If you can’t get away from it entirely, you can at least take it less seiously. The world is not going to end if everyone doesn’t get a Big Perfect Present.

And you know what? Presents don’t matter. People matter.

Editor’s rant over. 😉

Here are the monthly goodies. Note that again, we have two Packer Parties at JAK’s this month, and of course there’s the CSP Holiday Party. See the sidebar for details.

There will be a Yoga class on Dec. 12, 5:00 to 5:45, with Anne Miller. Starting in January, it will be held on 2nd and 4th Mondays at that time. Bring a mat or some kind of cushion if you can.

So here’s the newsletter already:

December Newsletter (PDF)

And the calendar:

Dec. 2011 Calendar

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Festive Yule, and, if you like, have a whoopin’ great Saturnalia.

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September Newsletter and Calendar

August 26, 2011 • JAK's Place

Omigosh, wasn’t it just summer?

The street deconstruction is almost finished, and JAK’s Place has a brand new view to the west.There is a raw scar where our “little house” used to be, but it will soon become either lawn or garden.

The newsletter is at the printer, and the calendar is all over (yes, trying to be funny). Here are the downloadable versions. The calendar has some corrections made after a copy was sent to CSP, so if you have their printed one you still need this one.

September Newsletter (PDF)

Sept. 2011 Calendar (PDF)

Everyone had a great time at the CSP Picnic on August 19. See photos and a video on our Facbook page.

There are two more Brat Fries this year — Sept. 3-4-5 and Oct. 8-9-10. Most shifts are filled for this month’s, but we won’t turn away volunteers. 😉

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August Newsletter and Calendar

July 29, 2011 • JAK's Place

We’re surviving the summer heat — and hoping to have air conditioning soon! Meanwhile, here’s the latest newsletter with some tips on how to keep your cool on those 90+-degree days, by Candace Worrick, and all the news that’s fit to print — or that fits in print 🙂

August newsletter (PDF)
August 2011 Calendar (PDF)

Faith in Recovery has been canceled for the month. Marlys is recovering from a broken arm, and won’t be able to drive for some time.

The storm sewer construction is making access to JAK’s a little more difficult. Our back driveway to 8th Avenue is blocked; only the front entrance is available. Our neighbors are using the front drive too, so be carefull of the extra traffic.

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