News and Events
Wonderful things happen every day at Villa St. Benedict.
RSVP to any of the events below by calling 630-852-0345.
Heather B. Sings
Delight in the alternative winter musical venue with a performance of classic hits from Heather B! Light refreshments will be served.
Chair Chi & Chai Tea:
with Donna Zielazinski
This gentle exercise program is designed to give you all the benefits of traditional Tai Chi from the comfort and safety of your own chair. Light refreshments will be served.
A Documentary Screening & Discussion
"Too Soon to Forget:" The Journey of Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease.
Susan Frick, MSW, LSW, has worked in the Alzheimer's field for over 30 years and is currently the Director of Without Warning, a support program for individuals and families who live with younger onset Alzheimer's. She works with patients and families in the Rush Memory Clinic and with people involved in Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center research studies. She is a highly sought after speaker on Alzheimer's both locally and nationally.
Living with Alzheimer's disease is challenging, changing life for both the person with the disease and their family. But what if someone diagnosed was in their early 60s, 50s or even as young as in their 30s? Younger onset Alzheimer's disease affects people 65 years old or younger.
"Too Soon to Forget" takes an in-depth look at the particulars of younger onset Alzheimer's and provides information to help educate viewers about the effects and its impact. With stories of nine families from the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center's support group, Without Warning, this documentary will begin a national conversation that encourages awareness, understanding and acceptance.
The screening and discussion are free to attend, but space is limited.
"Taste and Talk": The Mind Diet with Kristin Gustashaw
After joining us for a chef-prepared lunch, Kristin Gustashaw will detail the 10 foods of the “Mind Diet” and how you can incorporate them into your everyday life to help lower your risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 53%.
A Blessing of the newly restored roof over Villa St. Benedict and Sacred Heart Monastery by Renaissance Roofing, Inc.
Back on Thursday, December 6th, the Villa St. Benedict "Joy of Dance" group performed their annual winter showcase in front of a packed house in the Villa Center Piazza! The group showed off everything that have learned through hours of dedicated practicing, by performing well choreographed dances to the tune of hit songs from some of cinema's biggest films throughout the years.
The Nature Artists
Now on display in the Independent Living Center Art Galley of Villa St. Benedict is the work of Sharon Malec.
Since 1992, Sharon Malec has been slowly molding her unique style of designing contemporary art quilts with a focus on her love for nature and animals. She eventually began making wool felts, silk papermaking, free form crochet and tapestry weaving. Much of her current artwork incorporates several of these fiber art techniques.
“I enjoy the friendly, warm feeling of fiber art and the endless textures that can be created,” Malec stated.
Eventually Malec incorporated her animal and nature quilts into her membership with the, “Nature Artist’ Guild,” of the Morton Arboretum. This group of artists wanted to focus specifically on Natural History Art spanning across botanical, landscape, bird and animal artwork.
Villa St. Benedict has partnered with “The Nature Artists’ Guild” which has expanded over the years, since its inception, now boasting a membership of over 100 artists. Members of the guild are encouraged to grow and share their artistic abilities through group paint outs and presentations at regular meetings.
The following artists will have their work on display at Villa St. Benedict at throughout the year.
Check back for dates.
Sharon Malec — Jan / Feb. - Fiber art
Carrie Carlson — Mar/ Apr. - Watercolor and block prints
Evelyn Grala — May/ Jun. - Acrylic painting (birds and animals)
Nancy Staszak — Jul/ Aug. - Mixed media collage
Mary Ann Jimenez — Sept/Oct - Colored pencil and silverpoint
People of Villa St. Benedict
Here are a few newsworthy accomplishments and announcements involving our residents and employees.
What sets VSB apart it's loving, caring, hard-working people who go above and beyond for our residents every day. Our turnover is low, and our staff and residents are family. This month we decided to do a small video series about some of our staff who are known for exceeding expectations, and who have been with Villa St. Benedict a long time. Please enjoy these wonderful people. These are the type of people you want taking care of your family.
VSB TOP CHEF!
It's one of our favorite events of the year!
6 chefs battled it out to get the most votes from residents and staff for their carefully crafted dishes. Everyone did an amazing job and the food was spectacular. Congratulations to our Bistro chef, Alex Sargis who took first place at the annual Top Chef competition for his Chesapeake Bay Crab Cake with Remoulade and Fennel Slaw! Kudos to all the participants in the event who made the program a success for residents and staff.