Monthly Meeting: Anne Matlack & Estaugh Board Members
Nov 20 @ 7:20 pm – 8:50 pm
South Jersey Camera Club @ ML Theater
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Horizon Wellness: Get Fit, Stay Fit @ Theater
Nov 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Singing for Fun @ Linden Room
Nov 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Leas Forum: New Jersey Folk Revival Music – History and Tradition @ Medford Campus Theater
Nov 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

No fee | No registration

This program will feature a new book, New Jersey Folk Revival Music – History and Tradition, that is a chronological narrative on the evolution, traditions and history of folk revival music in New Jersey. The story begins in the colonial days of tavern revelers and fiddle players in the 1700’s and moves to the advent of the “Guitar Mania” phenomenon in the mid-1800’s; to monumental recordings made by Woody Guthrie, the Carter Family, Paul Robeson, Jimmie Rodgers, and Cecil Sharp at the Victor studios in Camden during the early 1900’s. Progressing through more recent periods, the inspirational concert performances by legendary artists Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan are explored. The development and growth of music festivals and organizations throughout the state and the rise of bluegrass and new grass music recognizes the achievements of world-class New Jersey musicians.

A lifelong Garden State resident, Michael Gabriele is a 1975 graduate of Montclair State University and has worked as a journalist and freelance writer for more than forty years. His book underlines the notion that folk revival music is a “living history” that builds upon time-honored traditions. We are pleased to welcome back Michael Gabriele for a return visit to Medford Leas after his popular program in May 2015 on his book, The History of Diners in New Jersey.

New Residents Orientation @ Holly Room
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Optimizing Your Health and Wellness During the Holiday Season! @ Medford Campus Theater
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The holiday season can present a dizzying array of demands and events – parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, and entertaining, to name just a few. Join in these programs to focus on how you can enjoy the upcoming season with a thoughtful attitude regarding your ongoing health and wellness.

The goal of these two sessions is to encourage participants to prepare for the season ahead with a wellness approach in mind.

SESSION TWO: Healthy Holiday Meal Planning
No fee. Registration Deadline: November 24.

Once we enter the month of November, the holiday season, including family festivities, friends, and food – and likely, lots of it – comes right up on us. Delectable temptations appear in every direction and location. Parties, travel plans, and visiting company can disrupt your normal daily meal planning. Another challenge is that this season goes on for weeks.

Holidays don’t need to be a time when your healthy eating habits have to stop. It may be difficult to control the food that you are served, but if you are armed with a plan, it will help you to meet the dietary challenges of the season.

Join in this discussion to learn how to plan ahead to meet these challenges of the
holiday season.

The retail dietitians at ShopRite of Medford specialize in individual consultations, group store tours, health fairs, cooking classes, and more. Join in this workshop led by the dietitians of this local store.

Beth Ann Peterson, RD, enjoys finding, testing, and sharing recipes that are nutritious, easy, and delicious.

Domenica Toscani, RDN, has an expertise and strong affinity for community nutrition and education. She loves helping others learn how to simplify their eating choices.

Medford Leas Eleventh Annual Craft Fair
Dec 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Enjoy your holiday shopping at the Eleventh Annual Holiday Craft Fair, which features a wide assortment of high-quality, uniquely crafted treasures. Juried craftspeople from within the Medford Leas Community, as well as local artisans, have built up a great tradition for offering distinctive items for those on your holiday shopping list.

This year’s Fair will feature an expanded array of holiday greens, and a variety of items donated by Medford Leas residents, including art and antiques.

Med U: Scars of Human Evolution @ Medford Campus Theater
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

No fee. Registration Deadline: December 1.

Evolution results in function, not perfection. Humans are bipedal, walking on our legs and freeing the hands for all the things that make us human (making and using tools, carrying objects, holding infants and so much more). All of our ancestors and close relatives walk on all fours and the evolution of upright posture came about by the modification of the muscles and bones of our four-legged ancestors. We stand erect but we are not perfect. Problems with our lower back, knees and in giving birth could be legacies of this evolution – scars of our evolutionary past.

Alan Mann is presently Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Princeton University. Having received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, he has undertaken research around the world, including Africa, Europe, and Australia. His current research focuses on the evolution of the Neanderthals and their relationships to modern peoples. Having presented as part of Medford University in the spring of 2017, we are pleased to welcome Professor Mann back to our community for this session of Medford University.

Medford University, under the guidance of Medford Leas residents, offers college-level
courses on a regular basis.

Leas Forum: Valley Forge – There is But One Option for the Winter @ Medford Campus Theater
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

No fee | No registration

The winter of 1777–1778 was a critical time for the main Continental Army under the command of General Washington. With the British army in control of the capital city of the new country and threatening the Pennsylvania hinterland, there were several pressures on the patriot commander. Chief among his concerns were the preservation of the army and an ability to train it as an effective field force in the European tradition. In addition, the security of Congress, the protection of vital army stores, and maintaining relations with a civilian population that had experienced, first-hand, the ravages of the Philadelphia campaign over several months were of concern. Washington’s selection of the ideal location for a winter encampment would dictate his ability to succeed in all of those arenas.

This presentation by Kenneth Gavin, historic interpreter, and graduate of LaSalle University Honors Program, seeks to illustrate the pressures faced by Washington, and how by effectively addressing those pressures, dictated that Valley Forge was the only viable option for Washington to choose.