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Irish Blessings:
 
May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be always at your back...
 
May god bless us with happiness,
May love and faith abide...
 
May your neighbors respect you,
and troubles neglect you...
 
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night...
 
Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one is listening,
and live each day as if it were your last.
 
 

March Dates to Celebrate:
 
AMERICAN RED CROSS MONTH
NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH
NATIONAL NOODLE MONTH
NATIONAL PEANUT MONTH
FOOT HEALTH MONTH
NATIONAL FROZEN FOOD MONTH (see link below)
NATIONAL SAUCE MONTH
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY :
 
DR.SUESS 3/2 - Website:http://www.seussville.com/
ALEXANDER GRAMM BELL 3/3
LOU COSTELLO 3/6
LAWRENCE WELK 3/11
LIZA MINNELLI 3/12
ALBERT EINSTEIN 3/14
JERRY LEWIS 3/16
NAT KING COLE 3/17(see trivia below)
MISTER FRED ROGERS 3/20
 

Click on the link below to get some fun history / trivia about Frozen Food:

Grren Giant.com

Some fun Links for March:
 

March craft idea:
 
Shamrock sprout:
 
you will need:
small sponge for each resident
shamrock pattern
grass seeds
black sharpie marker
bowl
water
scissors
 
Directions:
1. Use the marker to trace the pattern onto the sponge
2.Cut out the shamrock shape
3.Soak the sponge in a bowl of water
4.Sprinkle grass seed heavily onto the sponge
5.Place your shamrock in a bright,sunny spot,check daily and keep the sponge damp with water
6.Look for sprouts in about 1 week
This activity is very easy for any resident to do. Have fun....

SPRING FRESHNESS
Transform a garden sprinkling can into a scented room accent. Place a Renuzit® Air Freshener inside to add a pleasing aroma to your room.

MATERIALS NEEDED:
The Dial Corporation Renuzit® LongLast® Adjustable Air Freshener
7 1/2" tall blue and green garden sprinkling can
One pair multi-colored, striped gardening gloves
One child's green spade
One child's yellow hoe
One orange artificial Hydrangea stem


INSTRUCTIONS:
1) CREATING ARRANGEMENT: Referring to photo, arrange gloves, with "fingers" sticking up out of can top, hoe, rake and flower stem in garden sprinkling can, leaving center open for
Renuzit® air freshener.

2) ADD AIR FRESHENER: Place opened Renuzit® Air Freshener into a garden sprinkling can in center of arrangement. When gel is depleted, replace with a new air freshener.

Want More?

If you enjoyed this quick and easy project, think of all of the possibilities there are to turn additional containers into decorative as well as fragrant accent pieces.

Start by choosing a container from around the house, in stores or at garage sales and flea markets. Keep in mind that the container should be at least 61/2” tall and 3” wide to accommodate a Renuzit® Air Freshener. Containers could include baskets, boxes, jars, pencil holders, tall mugs, tin cans, glassware, etc.

Containers can be used, as is, to hold the air freshener or they can be transformed with paint, paper, beads, wire, raffia, etc.

Place items that coordinate with the container and room setting (silk flowers, wash cloths, miniature garden tools) in or around container. Tuck an air freshener in the container and your project is complete.

For additional ideas, check out the “Decorate with Fragrance®” book at www.renuzitcrafts.com to learn more than 30 clever ways to create fragrant accents for your home.


BABY FOOD JAR GARDEN:
 
ASK STAFF AND FAMILIES TO BRING IN BABY FOOD JARS.
ONCE YOU HAVE ENOUGH FOR EACH RESIDENT THEN YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
SMALL STYROFOAM PIECES(TO FIT IN JARS)
HOT GLUE GUN
SMALL DRIED SILK FLOWERS
DIRECTIONS:
HAVE ACTIVITY STAFF OR VOLUNTEERS GLUE THE STYROFOAM PIECES TO THE BABY FOOD JAR LIDS AND LET THEM SIT OVER NIGHT TO DRY.
THEN PASS OUT LIDS TO EACH RESIDENT AND LET THEM ARRANGE THEIR FLOWERS AND STICK THEM INTO THE STYROFOAM PIECE, THEN SCREW THE LIDS ON THE JAR AND FLIP OVER TO SHOW OFF THEIR NEW INSTANT SPRING GARDENS.

Nat King Cole Trivia:


Nat “King” Cole conquered the pop charts in the Fifties and early Sixties as a warm-voiced singer of orchestrated ballads like “Mona Lisa” and “Unforgettable” and breezy, countrified sing-alongs like “Ramblin’ Rose” and “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer.” Less well known is the fact that he played a mean piano (in the style of Earl “Fatha” Hines) and led a swinging jazz trio from 1937 to 1955. Cole’s drummerless trio was an innovation, and no less an authority than Count Basie marveled at their improvisational interplay: “Those cats used to read each other’s minds—it was unbelievable.” Early stirrings of rock and roll can be detected in such swinging, lingo-filled tunes as “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66,” recorded in 1943 and 1946, respectively, by the King Cole Trio. With its three guitars, honking sax and gritty vocal, the 1957 hit “Send for Me” (#1 R&B, #6 pop) was formally as close as Cole ever got to rock and roll.

Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1919 and christened Nat “King” Cole by a Los Angeles clubowner in 1937. As both a jazz pianist and pop singer, he made his mark on the middle decades of the 20th century. Cole’s transformation from jumpin’ jive to pop balladry came in 1946, when “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” became a million seller for the King Cole Trio. When his first orchestrated number, the definitive version of Mel Torme’s classic “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You),” became a seasonal hit that same year, there was virtually no turning back. The Fifties and Sixties found Cole recording with various orchestras, including Nelson Riddle’s and Billy May’s. While his work from this period shared little with the rock and roll revolution that was under way, Cole’s broader influence on the idiom as a musical pioneer and as a popular star is undeniable.


      · b i o g r a p h y

March 17, 1919
Nathaniel Adams Cole is born in Montgomery, Alabama

1937
Cole forms the King Cole Trio with guitarist Oscar Moore and bassist Wesley Prince.

1940
The King Cole Trio records its first sides for the Decca label.

November 30, 1943
Cole’s first session for Capitol Records yields the classics “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good to You?”

June 8, 1946
Cole’s recording of “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” enters the R&B chart, where it will peak at #3. Later that summer, it becomes a pop hit as well, just missing the Top Ten.

June 10, 1950
“Mona Lisa,” a ballad that Cole initially didn't like, reaches #1 and sells 3 million copies.

August 17, 1951
Cole records “Unforgettable,” which reaches #12. Forty years later, Natalie Cole overdubs her voice onto the original, creating a father-daughter duet that nearly charts as high.

July 1, 1957
“Send for Me,” Cole’s most overtly rock & roll-oriented number, enters Billboard’s R&B chart, which it will top for two weeks.

December 1, 1957
Cole hosts the 64th and final episode of The Nat King Cole Show, a 15-minute weekly variety show aired on NBC-TV. It ends for lack of national advertisers willing to sponsor a show hosted by a black man.

September 15, 1962
“Ramblin’ Rose” reaches #2, becoming Cole's highest-charting pop single. It also hits #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #7 on the R&B chart.

February 15, 1965
Nat King Cole dies of lung cancer.

March Word Game
Ask your residents to name items that are green.
Here are a few:
ivy
broccoli
grass
cactus
celery
lime jello
frogs
shamrocks
leaves
mint
parsley
lettece
dollar bills
apples
spinach
turtle
olives
peas
beans
zucchini
 

Leprechaun word game:
 
Have your residents make different words out of the word LEPRECHAUN......
Here are a few that I came up with:
preach
leap
era
hen
launch
hear
near
peer
lunch
clear
pear
nuclear
lean
ear
unreal
cheer
earn
ace
run
pearl
reach
cup
cheap
lap
eel
chap
churn

"Green" Trivia :
 
1. Which one of these is a shade of green?
1.Cerulean
2.Chartreuse *
3.Vermilion
 
A green thumb is:
1.A first time hitch hiker
2.Someone who is good at gardening *
3.A rock group
 
A person who is green around the gills is:
1.A lover of seafood
2.Happy
3.Nauseous *
 
A green horn is:
1.A musical instrument
2.A person with little or no experience *
3.A french pastry
 
Which one is not a green vegetable?
1.Celery
2.Potato *
3.Watercress
 
Which one is not a green fruit?
1.Grape
2.Lime
3.Cantalope *
 
The slang "Greenbacks"mean:
1.Football players
2.A terrible disease
3.U.S.Dollars *
 
 
 


St. Patrick's Day Cupcake
It's not far to the gold at the end of this rainbow-topped Emerald Isle cupcake, just the thing for your lads and lasses on St. Patrick's Day.
 
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A cooled cupcake
Grass-green frosting
Several flavors of Airheads candies
A pot's worth of gold coins
Step 1:
To make one, first top a cooled cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe) with grass-green frosting.
Step 2
Step 2:
For the rainbow, use a large, heavy knife (parents only) to cut a long, narrow strip from each of several flavors of Airheads candies (this is sticky stuff, so work on waxed paper). Lay the strips side by side, press them together, then cut the ribbon of strips in half to make two rainbows.
Step 3:
Curve each one into an arch and trim the ends as shown. Set one rainbow upright on the cupcake (save the other for another cupcake) and deposit a pot's worth of gold coins at one end. If necessary, place a gold coin behind the rainbow for support

What's Cooking?
 
Scalloped Irish Potatoes
 
you will need:
6 potatoes,peeled and thinly sliced.
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 chopped onion
2 cups milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
 
Place all items in a large, greased casserole dish,stir until all items are mixed in together, cover with foil, bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour,remove foil,bake for 15 minutes more.
Serves 12 people.
Enjoy....
 
 

ROOM VISITS:
Make a sensory stimulation box for March using the following items:
*shamrocks(use different textures,felt,construction paper,silk,etc.)
* Irish lace
*pictures of Ireland
*Irish cream candies
*a"blarney" stone(any type of rock)
*a C.D. of Irish music
*pictures of spring flowers
*"gold"coins(they sell chocolate gold coins that look pretty real)from your pot of gold
 

WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING
WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING,
SURE IT'S LIKE A MORN IN SPRING,
IN THE LILT OF IRISH LAUGHTER,
YOU CAN HEAR THE ANGELS SING,
WHEN IRISH HEARTS ARE HAPPY,
ALL THE WORLD SEEMS BRIGHT AND GAY,
AND WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING,
SURE THEY STEAL YOUR HEART AWAY.
 
 


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