At Lenbrook, every day is an opportunity to experience something new. There are endless opportunities for you to get involved, learn and expand your horizons.
Lenbrook boasts dozen of clubs and organizations to enhance residents' interests. Plus, there are 13 committees you can voluntarily join to have a community voice. There are classes, lectures, discussion groups, area tours and cultural events...and more. Some of the most recent activities include:
BALANCE FAIR: Residents learned some practical ways to improve their physical balance at the Lenbrook Balance Fair. Demonstrations, evaluations, training and professional advice on good balance were accompanied by prizes for attendees.
DINNER THEATER: We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! But residents enjoyed an extra-special treat on the holiday - a hearty Irish buffet dinner and an evening of rollicking entertainment.
FASHION HISTORY: Residents visited SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film to tour the exhibit “Threads of History: 200 Years of Fashion.” They examined womenswear, menswear and children’s ensembles from a range of distinctive periods, from the ornate Rococo era to the glitzy Roaring ‘20s and on the elegant New Look revolution following World War II.
BIG BAND: The Atlanta New Horizons Band is a music program for folks at least 50 years of age, and the group is always a hit at Lenbrook. Their recent Lenbrook concert included the band’s signature mix of jazz, Dixieland and Big Band music that residents love.
SUPER SUNDAY: Football, food, drinks and fun were in-play at Lenbrook for Super Bowl 50. Jeans and sports gear were the dress code, and deciding on the best commercial was half the fun.
BROADWAY THEATER: Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the storied recording session that united rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the only time. Atlanta’s Lyric Theater staged a rousing evening at the Cobb County Civic Center that residents loved.
HEARTFELT: Heart health is an important topic for both women and men. Barbara Fleeman, a volunteer member of The National Coalition of Women with Heart Disease, gave an important and informative lecture for all residents on the signs and symptoms of women’s heart disease.
FAT TUESDAY: Lenbrook’s annual Mardi Gras Dance had residents JAZZED! King cakes, drinks and dancing brought Bourbon Street to the Event Center.
LINCOLN LIVE: President Abraham Lincoln gave a moving speech to Lenbrook residents… or at least, it felt that way. Georgian James Conine, a Lincoln look-alike, has won national and international acclaim for his first-person portrayal of the President. The presentation was sponsored by Lenbrook’s own Friends of the Arts.
THE FULL MONTY: A touching story, great music, and an ending to remember – residents really enjoyed their Saturday afternoon at Atlanta’s Lyric Theatre! The area's only local professional musical theater company staged a great production, based on the hit film of the same name.
SUPER PARTY: While the Denver Broncos rolled to victory in Super Bowl 50, residents cheered them on. Camaraderie, Coldplay, cool commercials, cold drinks and all-American food all contributed to a fun evening of football.
LUNCH IN HIGH GEAR: Residents were revving for a unique lunch experience and found it, at Atlanta’s new Porsche Experience Center. With windows overlooking the center’s driver development track, Restaurant 356 served up a delicious meal along with great views of the sleek cars navigating the track.
SAYING GRACE: Lenbrook's chaplain Robbye Jarrell delivered the opening prayer for the Georgia House of Representatives session on Jan. 28. More than 30 Lenbrook residents and staff joined Robbye for the day at the Capitol, which included a tour followed by lunch at the Capital City Club.
UPLIFTING VOICES: The Georgia Boy Choir, under the direction of David White, returned to Lenbrook for a much-anticipated evening of music. The melodious event was sponsored by Lenbrook’s own Friends of the Arts.
MARDI GRAS: Beads and beans, masks and music; Fat Tuesday is a day to party! The “Chris Kearney Band” played and residents sashayed, all while enjoying the cuisine of Cajun country on this day of indulgence.
CUBAN ADVENTURES: What's Cuba like right now, before the floodgates open to American tourists? During an engaging talk at Lenbrook, residents had that question and more, answered by Jennie Helderman, a writer just returned from Cuba.
GOODBYE 2015: Lenbrook residents rang in 2016 with a festive New Year’s Eve soiree! Dressed in their finest (black tie was optional), residents posed for Mini Portrait Sessions before joining the music and dancing. Tasty treats, Name That Tune and trivia rounded out the year with great fun.
‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SYMPHONY: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presented its 18th annual free gift of holiday music during a special lunch-hour concert and sing-along at North Avenue Presbyterian Church. Residents heartily sang along with the classic tunes.
CAPTIVATING CAROLS: The Georgia Festival Chorus, directed by Lenbrook’s own Frank Boggs, performed seasonal favorites for residents. Sponsored by Lenbrook’s Friends of the Arts, the concert was a beautiful way to start the holiday season.
VETERANS DAY: Lenbrook honored Veterans with two events. Dr. Rob Havers, an esteemed military historian and museum director, spoke to residents. After the lecture, the Atlanta New Horizon Band – for musicians 50 and over – performed rousing, patriotic favorites.
MUSEUM VISIT: Residents were impressed by the treasures and finery displayed in the High Museum’s two fall exhibits, “Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna's Imperial Collections” and “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion.” Lunch followed at the museum’s sleek restaurant, Table 1280.
CLASSICAL EVENING: Sponsored by Lenbrook’s own Friends of the Arts, concert pianist Frederick Moyer treated residents to a classical performance. Moyer’s 30-year career has taken him to 43 countries and to such far-flung venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Sydney Opera House, and Windsor Castle.
RUSSIAN CONCERT: Atlanta Balalaika Society is one of the most highly-regarded orchestras of Russian folk instruments outside of Russia. Residents were treated to a celebration of Russian music, song and dance that filled the Event Center.
MINDS OF THE MASTERS: Residents had only to travel to a local movie theater to make a journey through the Italian Renaissance. "Discover DaVinci & Michelangelo: Side by Side" is a multi-media journey, with host Mark Rodgers, comparing the two great geniuses through movies, 3D-animations of machines and inventions, and images of codices, artwork, paintings and sculptures.
ON TRACK: Yes, that WAS a train whistle you heard on the Lenbrook patio! Resident and model train enthusiast Charles Mote hosted Lenbrook’s 3rd Annual Live Garden Steam Railroad Weekend, featuring model steam locomotives chugging a 130-foot double-track layout.
FALL FITNESS: As part of Active Aging Week 2015, residents took their stretching outdoors into the Plaza. Both yoga and Tai Chi classes took advantage of the fall temperatures, and residents enjoyed working on their flexibility, core strength and balance.
BRATS & LEDERHOSEN: The North Georgia town of Helen hosts the longest-running Oktoberfest in the USA, and residents jumped right in. German-style bands, polka, accordions, and beer gardens were all enjoyed in the beautiful, fall weather.
FLY ME TO THE MOON: Hosted by Lenbrook’s own Friends of the Arts, singer Adam Komesar delighted residents with his Vegas-style tribute to Frank Sinatra and The Great American Song Book. Classics such as “All of Me” and “The Lady is a Tramp” had residents singing along.
GIBBS GARDENS: It was the perfect time of year for residents to visit Gibbs Gardens, 220 acres of artistically landscaped gardens set in the rolling hills of North Georgia. Surrounded by majestic forest, spring-fed ponds, streams, waterfalls and bridge crossings, the garden is a favorite of residents.
WELCOME NEW RESIDENTS: The first Wednesday of every month, newcomers are welcomed to Lenbrook with a “Meet & Greet.” A Newcomers’ Table in the Grill during lunch allows new residents to get to know each other, and all residents to stop by the table and introduce themselves to the latest move-ins.
THEATER BUFFS: Lenbrook’s Elite Membership Program enhances the theatrical experience by ensuring that Lenbrook residents are offered specially priced premium tickets, convenient transportation, back stage tours, greeting ambassadors and more at local theaters. In July, the ASO, Lyric Theater and Alliance Theater sent representatives to Lenbrook to answer questions and get everyone excited for the upcoming 2015-2016 season.
NIGHT LIGHTS: At dusk, the Atlanta Botanical Garden transformed with imaginative, luminous works of art, and residents soaked in the beauty. The temporary exhibit Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden features unique installations created from hundreds of miles of optic fiber by Munro, a British artist internationally acclaimed for his use of light as an artistic medium.
MAGIC AND LAUGHS: Performing more than 300 shows a year, Atlanta magician Michael Boone has entertained millions with his unique blend of comedy and magic. Hosted by Lenbrook’s own Friends of the Arts, Boone brought his mind blowing sleight-of-hand and sidesplitting comedy to delighted residents.
DERBY DAY: Glamorous hats ruled the first Saturday in May, as Lenbrook residents celebrated the Run for the Roses. The Kentucky Derby, dominated by favorite pony American Pharoah, was broadcast on big screens while residents enjoyed mint juleps and delicious food.
VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: Lenbrook’s annual resident/staff volleyball tournament drew a crowd of both players and spectators. Each team was a blend of residents and staff, and the indoor pool area echoed with the encouraging cheers of their supporters.
STRING QUARTET: Lenbrook’s own Friends of the Arts sponsored a stirring performance of the Peachtree String Quartet at Lenbrook. The group is comprised of four of Atlanta’s most accomplished string musicians: Christopher Pulgram (director), John Meisner, Yang-Yoon Kim and Jennifer Humphreys. All are members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and have performed around the world as soloists and chamber musicians.
BELTLINE TOUR: The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta. Lenbrook residents enjoyed an upbeat tour highlighting the rail, trail, greenspace, housing and art components of the Beltline.
FESTIVAL FUN: When the Dogwood trees bloom in Atlanta, so does the Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival, which includes a nationally-renowned, juried Fine Artist Market with sculptures, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and much more. Residents enjoyed browsing the vendors and, of course, sampling those festival favorites like funnel cakes and kettle corn!
PAPER MUSEUM: The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking at Georgia Tech is an internationally-renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology. After visiting the museum’s collection of more than 2,000 books and 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, and much more, Lenbrook residents lunched nearby at The Varsity, the world's largest drive-in restaurant.
SMART DRIVERS: Interested residents participated in the AARP Smart Driver™ Course, refreshing the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads. Participants gained useful information plus a certificate that may be used for an insurance discount.
MUSICAL THEATER: Residents traveled to Cobb County’s Lyric Theater to see the perfect musical for Spring, Damn Yankees! Hit favorites like “Whatever Lola Wants” and “Heart” had toes tapping.
DAFFODIL DELIGHT: With more than 50 rolling acres of daffodils, Gibbs Garden in North Georgia boasts one of the largest daffodil displays in the country, and residents loved their visit. A delicious lunch surrounded by the beautiful gardens capped the day.
WICKED FUN: How did two friends in the Land of Oz become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good? Residents now know, having enjoyed a stirring performance of the Broadway musical “Wicked” at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theater.
BOLSHOI BALLET: Residents were entranced by the Bolshoi’s exquisite performance of Romeo and Juliet. Filmed in the famous Russian theater and presented in a local Atlanta movie theater, the production gave the feeling of sitting front-row.
LIVING WELL: Interested residents attended an introductory session to learn about the Georgia Living Well Workshop: Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. The 6-week workshop is designed to help anyone take steps to living a happier, healthier life.