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Holiday Caroling Festivities - 32nd Annual

“To our surprise, one of our residents who rarely speaks was rocking away, even putting her hands up and waving them along with the music.”
“To our surprise, one of our residents who rarely speaks was rocking away, even putting her hands up and waving them along with the music.”

The Magic of the Season is Upon Us…

Please join Vincent J. Leinen and Friends in sharing the Joy and the Spirit of this Holiday Season.

32nd Annual Los Angeles Holiday Caroling Festivities

Six performances-modular schedule-arrive/depart at your discretion

Sunday, December 08, 2013

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. (perform room to room)

West Hills Health & Rehabilitation Center (meet main lobby)

7940 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 91304, 818-347-3800

(**The two 5:30 p.m. performances will be staged simultaneously. Select whichever option you desire)


5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (perform main dining room)

**Topanga Park Retirement Center

7945 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818-716-9900


5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. (perform room to room)

**Topanga Terrace Subacute & Skilled Nursing Facility (meet main lobby)

22125 Roscoe Blvd., Canoga Park, 91304  818-883-7292

(***The three 6:30 p.m. performances will be staged simultaneously.  Select whichever option you desire.          A special group photo with all participants will be taken after the 6:30 p.m. performance at each location)


6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. (perform main dining room)

***Meridian of West Hills

6833 Fallbrook Ave., Canoga Park, 91307 818-883-4123


6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.   

***Sunrise Senior Living of West Hills (new performance site)

(Perform in either main dining room or Reminiscence Section (Alzheimer’s unit-front room area)

9012 Topanga Canyon Blvd, West Hills, 91304

 

6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. (perform main dining room)

***Fairwinds-West Hills

8138 Woodlake Ave., West Hills, CA 91304 818-713-0900                                                                                                                                               

Music books refreshments provided for performers &flowers for the residents

Post-Caroling Wrap Party!! The night is young!!

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

HomeTown Buffet Restaurant

6705 Fallbrook Ave, Canoga Park, Ca.91307, 818-713-1776

You’re invited to support, promote, and participate in the festivity established to spread holiday cheer at these senior centers as part of a nationwide initiative to promote the overall theme of bringing happiness and/or enlightenment to the elderly, care-givers, and participants during the holiday season. It’s a very fulfilling opportunity to give and to receive joy, happiness, and holiday spirit to and from the elderly residents, care-givers, and participants, while enhancing one’s own perspective or appreciation of life, health, and family. Bottom line: Everyone greatly benefits from the festivities.                                                                                                        

These enjoyable and rewarding community service projects are open to entertainers, singers, and musicians of all talent levels and ages. We have the power to make a difference and the world a better place especially for our senior friends. 

This event will be celebrated in the memory of the late Alan O’Day, a prominent performer of the Los Angeles Holiday Caroling Festivities troop from 1997 thru 2012, and his wife, Yuka and friends.

 To view documentary on 2012 LAHCF by Smile TV visithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU2vKrh7i6M

In conjunction with the 32nd Annual LAHCF the Joe Vento Big Band will be performing a special holiday concert on Sunday, December 08, 2013 from 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at Sunrise of West Hills.

For further details - Vincent J. Leinen at (818) 342-9336 or E-mail BD754@lafn.org orwww.HolidayMusicMakingADifference.com orwww.facebook.com/HolidayCaroling4Seniors

All performances hosted in collaboration with Giving Music-A Music Charity www.GivingMusic.org

 INVITATION TO & TRADITION OF 32nd ANNUAL LOS ANGELES HOLIDAY CAROLING FESTIVITIES:

Greetings!  You’re extended a special invitation to support, promote, and participate in the 32nd Annual Los Angeles Holiday Caroling festivities on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 6 senior care centers (perform 4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.-modular schedule-arrive/depart at your discretion) located in the West San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, as part of a nationwide initiative to promote the overall theme of brining happiness and/or enlightenment to the elderly, care-givers, and participants during the holiday season.                                                                                                             

Immediately following the caroling, participants are invited to socialize and dine at HomeTown Buffet Restaurant (VanOwen/Fallbrook) in Canoga Park (7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.).

The holiday season can be a very challenging time for our friends in senior care centers. Statistics show that, while for many people it’s the most enjoyable time of year, this can be the opposite for seniors residing in care centers because they long to be at their own home and suffer from blues, depression, and even commit suicide. The music, love, compassion, and energy provided by the participants can provide our senior friends much needed mental and spiritual healing power and growth to address this situation.

The tradition of caroling for the elderly began for me in high school while singing at local senior care centers with the St. Mary Catholic Youth Association in Dow City, Iowa (pop. 498). It then continued while attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Now, as a resident of Los Angeles, the tradition has since evolved, grown, and expanded into a series of festivities celebrated across the country.  This includes the large-scale, must attend holiday event (est. 200-300 participants) in Los Angeles Canoga Park.

This enjoyable and rewarding community service project is open to entertainers, singers and musicians of all talent levels and ages.

It is a very fulfilling opportunity to give and to receive joy, happiness, and holiday spirit to and from the elderly residents, care-givers, and participants, while enhancing one’s own perspective or appreciation of life, health, and family.

Bottom line: Everyone greatly benefits from the festivities!

All effort given to support, promote, and participate in this heart-warming activity would be especially appreciated, since your contribution and presence would greatly enhance the festivities for all involved.

Please RSVP ASAP and if pertinent provide authorization to use your name on the invitation, website, press release etc.

If unable to attend, you’re encouraged to take your own group or individually visit your local senior centers or shut-ins. This simple act of kindness can make a difference and add true meaning for all involved this holiday season 

This event will be celebrated in the memory of the late Alan O’Day, a prominent performer of the Los Angeles Holiday Caroling Festivities troop from 1997 thru 2012, and his wife, Yuka and friends.

To view the special documentary (11:34 sec.) on the 2012 Los Angeles Holiday Caroling Festivities by Smile TV featuring Alan O’Day visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU2vKrh7i6M .

                                                                                                                         In conjunction with the 32nd Annual LAHCF the Joe Vento Big Band will be performing a special holiday concert on Sunday, December 08, 2013 from 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at Sunrise of West Hills.

For further details, please refer to the included information, visitwww.HolidayMusicMakingADifference.comwww.facebook.com/HolidayCaroling4Seniors  and/ or call me at 818-342-9336.  

Thank you for blessing my life and the lives of others. Happy Holidays!  Vincent J. Leinen/Founder-Director LA Holiday Caroling Festivities

P.S. Together we have the power to make a difference and to make the world a better place especially for our senior friends!

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