D-Day 75th Anniversary Review “D-Day Plus 50”

“D-Day Plus 50” is a review of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Europe presented by Garlands members Dr. Lloyd and Mary McCarthy. In addition to their visits to World War II battlefields and other war-related sites, D-Day history for the McCarthys was enhanced with stories of personal experiences told by combat veterans in their tour group. This overview starts in London and concludes in Brussels.

D-Day 75th Anniversary with Tom Banfield

Garlands member Tom Banfield’s presentation will include material from his presentation for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, augmented by information from a recent book, D-Day Through German Eyes, by Holger Eckhertz. This book published writings by a German reporter who had interviewed German soldiers and officers stationed in Normandy before and after the landings and offers a perspective of D-Day heretofore missing from the records of the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Trivia Game Night for the Silver Generation!

The Garlands and BACOA are teaming up to host a Jeopardy-style game night. Clues and answers will be pulled from the 50 years between 1940 and 1990. Categories: Music, Movies, TV & Radio, News Reels, Jingles & Advertising, and Miscellaneous. A Master of Ceremonies will keep the event moving along. Gift baskets will be raffled off, and the winners will take home
prizes. Refreshments like soft drinks, coffee, popcorn, and chocolate-dipped pretzels will be served.

Buffalo Grove Singers ENCORE! Present “Back to the Theater”

“Back to the Theater,” a tribute to 21st Century Broadway honors both new musicals and revivals of successful musicals from the past decade. Songs include selections from recent Broadway shows including Jersey Boys, Motown, Ragtime, and Beautiful, along with numbers from Guys and Dolls, Hair, and Kiss Me Kate. This fine arts adult choir performs all over Chicagoland and has come in first in a national choir competition. It’s a must-see show!

An Intimate Afternoon with Emily Dickinson

Although she permitted fewer than a dozen of her 1,800 poems to be published during her lifetime, today Emily Dickinson is considered one of America’s greatest poets and has remained continuously in print since 1890. For this performance, the year is 1880. You are Emily’s special guest at her home in Amherst, Massachusetts. Let’s hear what this brilliant, reclusive woman has to say. Adapted and performed by Betsey Means, Artistic Director of Womanlore. Betsey recently brought us Juliette Gordon Low (Girl Scouts), Mother Jones, and A Holocaust Memoir.

Harper College: Environmental Issues, What We are Learning from Yellowstone National Park

Americans can take pride in the initiation of the national park concept. Since it’s legal beginnings with the introduction of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, Americans have had to deal with issues that have become a national concern and triggered an ongoing political conversation with regards to wildlife management. Conservation and recreation have often come into conflict. We will discuss the history and current state of key issues the Parks are working through and learn about in our nation’s first national park.

Operation Freedom – The Berlin Airlift

It was perhaps one of the greatest adventures in American military history: the Berlin airlift of 1948/49! When Soviet troops closed all access routes to West- Berlin by land, sea and rail, they threatened the lives of 2.5 million people and provoked the first major international crisis of the Cold War. American General Lucius D. Clay did not hesitate and proceeded to build a bold and fantastic bridge across the sky, involving 700 planes and 250,000 flights over a period of 14 months. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs for a fascinating discussion of this exciting time in her country’s postwar history.

Harper College: Bioethics Topics, Conflicts and Controversies

This lecture takes us into the world of medical controversies. Even with early screening and testing, occasionally a rare medical issue will challenge parents and modern medicine. Hospital policies, doctors’ medical opinions, and parental love can be set in a conflict in such cases. Who decides the final course of action? We will discuss controversial cases of conjoined
twins and other rare conditions that challenge the best skilled medical professionals and our notion of a quality of life.

Chicago Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Author (The Hidden Places of World War II) and certified Chicago tour guide, Jerome M. O’Connor, returns to The Garlands to bring us the first of his new three-part series on Chicago. Accompanied by dynamic visuals, Jerome starts in Chicago’s oldest neighborhoods (Fulton Market); moves through time to today and her newest (the dazzling new Riverwalk); and then looks ahead to tomorrow’s megadevelopments (Lake Shore Drive). You’re with the best possible tour guide on this trip!


Be VALUED Joyce Carlson comes from a long line of do-it-yourselfers. An assistant in a third-generation, family-owned paint contracting business, Joyce was a “working mother” long before the term was coined. When the business line rang in her family’s Chicago three-flat, she would whip into multi-tasking mode, corral the three kids and book the next…

Pretty Sweet!

Another Perfect Survey for Prairieview Once again, The Prairieview skilled nursing team earned a perfect annual survey from the Illinois Department of Public Health. This rare honor is a true testament to the dedicated staff that provides exceptional care to Garlands Members, if and when they need it the most! Thank you to “Cookies by Victoria”for helping the…

Three Generations of Art Majors

Garlands of Barrington member Carolyn Schweigert Husemoller, 81, knows a thing or two about art. A co-founder of Barrington’s Kaleidoscope School of Fine Art, Carolyn once made the arrangements for the center’s popular gallery shows. She also helped establish Barrington’s renown Art in the Barn juried art show and successful annual fundraiser for Good Shepherd…

Forever 21 and “Fancy Pants Friday”

Nothing like exercise, good friends and a little “shopportunity” to help maintain a positive attitude! Garlands of Barrington members who work out regularly with Inspirational Wellness Director Dr. Sandra Sieber and exercise teacher Bethanie Lochman will tell you that the benefits of exercise class are far greater than physical fitness. Good laughs, a sense of…

Friday Concert with Switchback

Working together for over 25 years, Switchback, seen on PBS, draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Back in the day, Brian and Martin played for Michael Flatley of Riverdance when he was an Irish step dancer from the South Side of Chicago. Showcasing a repertoire ranging from sentimental ballads to blistering rockers, Switchback offers a show stunningly synchronized together and guaranteed to please. The concert features a mix of original and traditional Irish music and a selection of songs from Switchback’s catalog of over 300 original Americana tunes.

A Beginners Guide to the Golden Age of Radio

This presentation looks at some of the biggest shows and stars to emerge from the early years of radio, including Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Amos & Andy, and The Shadow, with sound clips and stories about how radio became America’s first mass medium, transforming the United States of America from 48 states into a national listening community. Presenter Steve Darnall is the host of Those Were the Days*, a weekly radio show on WDCB-FM (90.9) and wdcb.org, dedicated to the “Golden Age” of radio.

Harper College: The Rule of Law

As political humorist P.J. O’Rourke famously put it, “The U.S. Constitution is less than a quarter the length of the owner’s manual for a 1998 Toyota Camry, and yet it has managed to keep 300 million of the world’s most unruly, passionate and energetic people safe, prosperous and free.” In the last of her five-part series, Why I’m Optimistic, Myra examines, both current issues challenging Constitutional norms and historical examples of the power of the rule of law to, eventually, attempt to provide “Liberty and Justice For All.”

The Real Story of Mae West with Martina Mathisen

Mae West shattered box office records and public sensibilities. She rocketed from Broadway to become the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. Her oneliners scandalized the censors yet made her an icon. She rescued studios from bankruptcy and created stars like Cary Grant. Think you know Mae West? Martina (Wives of Henry VIII, True Chicago Stories) brings us the woman behind the wit and the story behind the story.