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    Longtime love of music keeps choir director singing

    The sounds of Christmas filled The Glen during a December performance by the Aberdeen Heights Choir. The lineup included a number of classic choral pieces, including “’Twas the Night before Christmas,” “Candlelight Carol” and an arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”Director Elizabeth Beattie scaled down the 36-member choir to 30 voices in order to accommodate the performance space. Throughout the year, choir members attend regular hour-long ...

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    Adventures abound when a penguin gets cold feet

    If the idea of a penguin getting cold feet doesn’t make sense to you, then you haven’t read the children’s book written by Carole Beere and illustrated by Pat Neilson.The duo visited Aberdeen Heights to share their collaboration The Penguin Had Cold Feet. The story follows the adventures of Markus, a baby emperor penguin. Moments after hatching, Markus announces his feet are cold.

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    Rabbit Society members introduce residents to the joy of bunnies

    Residents had the chance to feel all soft and fuzzy when the Missouri House Rabbit Society visited Aberdeen Heights in September and October.While most might not consider rabbits to be good companions, the House Rabbit Society explained that rabbits make great house pets – and have been domesticated for more than 1,500 years.“When most people see a rabbit, they think of a cage with a rabbit sitting inside, or a rabbit in a backyard hutch,” said Marjorie Manahan, outreach coordinator for the soci...

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    Cowboy poet entertains residents with tales from the ranch

    Cowboy poet and saddlemaker Martin Bergin treated Aberdeen Heights residents to tall tales and dusty poems during a recent visit.Bergin said he always enjoys the chance to share his stories, and that residents enjoy hearing them.“I was very well-received by the residents,” he said.The 79-year-old Bergin said he was a “ranch-raised kid” and that he’s been a cowboy all of his life. He’s been a saddlemaker for 68 years, and a rancher and cowboy poet for “50 years or so.”Below is one of Bergin’s poe...

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    Gentlemen of Sound bring more than music to Aberdeen Heights

    There’s nothing quite like the harmonic tones of a Barbershop Chorus filling the hallways with favorite songs from a bygone era. When the Gentlemen of Sound visit Aberdeen Heights, it’s a community affair – with residents and staff invited to join in and sing along with some of their favorite songs.“What ends up happening is that we’ll sing songs that they know and remember,” said Bill Westbrook, assistant director of the Gentlemen of Sound. “We get them...