Clutter Class

Ready, Set, Downsize!


RSVP by 1/29 at 414-607-4125

VMP Manor Park – 8621 W. Beloit Rd. in Milwaukee

Learn how to decide what to keep, discard or donate. More importantly, learn how to organize what’s left so you can find things when you need them! Turn your basement, garage, closet and drawers into useful storage. Classes taught by room…

  • Closets & Drawers
    Tuesday, Feb. 5th from 6-8pm

Includes light refreshments and training from Kathi Miller, Clutter Coach.Image

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Winter Safety for Seniors

Health in Aging

Consider moving into a Senior Living Apartment Complex to avoid and prevent serious injury during the winter season and future!

  • VMP Manor Park has a Winter Special for Independent Living Apartments 

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Older adults tend to produce less body heat than younger people, and it’s harder for them to tell when the temperature is too low. This can be dangerous because when your body is in the cold for too long, it begins to lose heat quickly. The result can be hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature.

  • Know the Warning Signs of hypothermia
  • Stay Indoors
  • Stay Dry
  • Wear Layers


Extreme cold can cause frostbite-damage to the skin that can go all the way down to the bone. Frostbite usually affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers and toes. In severe cases, frostbite can result in loss of limbs. People with heart disease and other circulation problems are more likely to get frostbite.

  • Cover Up
  • Know the Warning Signs of frostbite

Injury While Shoveling Snow

When it’s cold, your heart works extra hard to keep you warm. Working hard, such as shoveling show, may put too much strain on your heart, especially if you have heart disease. Shoveling can also be dangerous if you have problems with balance, or “thin bones” (osteoporosis)

  • Falls
  • Carefully Shovel Steps & Walkways
  • Wear Boots With Non-skid Soles
  • If You Use a Cane, Replace the Rubber Tip Before it is Worn Smooth.

Fires and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Burning wood, natural gas, kerosene and other fuels produces a deadly gas that you cannot see or smell called carbon monoxide. Unless fireplaces, wood and gas stoves and gas appliances are properly vented, cleaned, and used, they can leak dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide. These and other appliances, such as kerosene and electric heaters, can also be fire hazards.

  • Call an Inspector
  • Open a Window
  • Use Smoke Detectors
  • Be Careful With Space Heaters
  • Keep a Fire Extinguisher
  • Never Try to Heat Your home Using a Gas Stove

Accidents While Driving

Adults 65 and older are involved in more car accidents per mile driven than those in nearly all other age groups. Because winter driving can be more hazardous you should:

  • Have your Car ‘Winterized’
  • Take a Cell Phone
  • Do Not Drive on Icy Roads
  • Stock your Car With Basic Emergency Supplies


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Music Under Glass – VMP Special

Boogie Down to the Domes!

Thursday, Jan. 24th

ONLY $5 – while tickets last

RSVP at 414-607-4125 by 1/17

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Includes refreshments, hors d’oeuvres at Manor Park from 4-5:30pm, admission ticket and free giveaway item at the VMP table at the Domes.


The Jerry Grillo Orchestra – Health Fair Night with Free Blood Pressure Screening

Enjoy a salute to the Big Band era with tributes to Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and more! WAMI Award winner, Jerry Grillo, brings a strong voice with an edge to the show.


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Tips to Save Money in Winter

VMP wants to share‘s article about “How to Save Money On Utility Bills This Winter

Learn how it doesn’t take money to save money this winter!

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  1. Bundle up! Running around with shorts and a tank top in the middle of winter just doesn’t make much sense. Winter is winter because it is cold, s act like it even if you’re just sitting around the house. Put on a sweater or sweatshirt, wear socks and fuzzy slippers. Place a soft, comfy blanket on the couch to cuddle up in while watching TV, reading or chatting with friends. Put throw rugs on hardwood and tile floors to eliminate the shock of the ice cold surfaces. It doesn’t cost anything to wear warmer clothes inside and by doing so you can keep the temperature inside the house a few degrees cooler and save big.
  2. Not all doors are used in the winter, nor are the windows, so plastic up the windows and doors that are going to go unused. There are window kits for sale for about $5 per window. These can help to eliminate drafts to keep in the heat! Can’t afford the kits or plastic sheeting? Hang blankets to help insulate! If you are creative enough, you can hang it to look shabby chic!
  3. Turn the heat down at night and when no one is hom. This doesn’t mean turn the heat to 40 degrees, but turning it down to 60 overnight or while you’re away can make a big difference. Think about it; why keep it 70 degrees when you’re either sleeping or out of the house for more than 12 hours a day? You can adjust the thermostat manually for free, but if you want to spend a few bucks a programmable thermostat is a great investment.
  4. After baking cookies or making dinner in the oven, leave the door open a crack. There’s a lot of heat in that oven, so letting it escape puts the heat to good use by warming up the kitchen and surrounding rooms meaning the furnace has to run a little bit less.
  5. Use a space heater only in the current room you are hanging out in. This will take the nip out of the air to make you feel more comfortable without heating all of the other rooms in the house and wasting energy.
  6. Use silicone to fill any cracks in doors, windows, etc, including the basement floor and walls. You would be surprised at how much heat is lost through cracks that seem insignificant. A tube of caulk or silicone will only run you a few dollars and it’s an easy weekend project.
  7. Close any vents going to rooms that are not used regularly. That guest room that sits empty when you don’t have any guests? Close the door and the vents. Doing so can easily cut 100-200 square feet off of your energy footprint.
  8. Put weather stripping around windows and doors. Weather stripping helps quite a bit, especially in older homes. You’d be surprised how the seals around your doors and windows can deteriorate over time.
  9. Cover up the attic entry with plastic, pieces of insulation, old blankets, weather stripping, saran wrap, painter drop cloth, or even a few old shirts. Any of it will help to slow, if not, stop, the drafts and warm air from floating away through your roof. Heat rises and may be getting pulled right up through the attic so you may not notice a cold draft even though your expensive hot air is floating away.

Visit to see VMP Manor Park’s Independent Living’s Winter Move-In Special!

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Warm Winter Drinks

Hot Cinnamon Coffee


When plain black coffee just doesn’t cut it, enhance your java with a generous infusion of ground cinnamon. The aromatic spice is high in fiber, calcium, and iron. Plus, it adds so much flavor that it can be used as a replacement for sugar.Ingredients:

  • 1 c. coffee
  • 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. nonfat milk
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar, if desired

Brew coffee of your choice. Mix in cinnamon and milk. Adjust to your liking. Add brown sugar if desired. Sprinkle with cinnamon.


Spiced Warm Cider



  • 1/2 gallon(s) Apple Cider
  • 1/3 cup(s) Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 stick(s) Cinnamon
  • 5 Whole Allspice Berries
  • 1 (1/2 inch by 1/2 inch) Chunk Fresh Ginger, peeled
  • 3 Whole Cloves
  • 8 slice(s) Orange  

In a 3-quart saucepan, combine cider, sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, ginger, and cloves. Heat to a simmer and allow to cook 20 minutes. Strain into a punch bowl and garnish with orange slices. Serve warm.


Timberline Hot Chocolate

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  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 recipe Schlag (see recipe below) (optional)
  • English toffee, crushed (optional)
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)



Directions:1. In a saucepan combine milk, water, and sugar. Stir over medium heat until mixture just comes to boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate. Beat with an immersion blender, rotary mixer, or whisk until chocolate is melted and mixture is frothy.

2. To serve, pour hot chocolate into cups. If desired, top with Schlag, crushed English toffee, and cocoa powder. Makes 4 to 6 servings.



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Music Under Glass – January Schedule

Mitchell Park Domes

524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee

Thursday Night, 6:30-9pm


January 10 – Happy Dutchmen

Intimate Lobby Performance with Free Screening for High Blood Pressure and Poinsettia Giveaway (while supplies last)

Whoop it up with this REal Deal German Polka trio, complete with lederhosen wardrobe. Celebrate Milwaukee’s proud German heritage with traditional polkas and other ethnic favorites.

January 17 – Stone-Cohen Blues Band

Dip into the electrifying blues of this vintage music lineup from the 1970s. Steve Cohen, Bill Stone, Dave Kasik and Marc Wilson bring over 40 years of strong blues and jazz experience to the table.

January 24 – The Jerry Grillo Orchestra

Health Fair Night – Free Screening for High Blood Pressure

VMP Night – Refreshments & hors d’oeuvres at Manor Park from 4-5:30 with admission to the Domes for only $5!

Enjoy a salute to the Big Band era with tributes to Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and more. WAMI Award winner, Jerry Grillo, brings a strong voice with an edge to the show.

January 31 – The Barrettes

Brewcity Bruisers Roller Derby Night, Party with the Bruisers and a free photo booth!

Come party with the Rollergirls and rock out with the Barrettes, an indie punk band. Guitar cello, drums and melodica collide for music that banters between chaotic and traditional rock.

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Clutter Classes

Ready, Set, Downsize!

paper pile


RSVP by 1/8 at 414-607-4125

VMP Manor Park – 8621 W. Beloit Rd. in Milwaukee


Learn how to decide what to keep, discard or donate. More importantly, learn how to organize what’s left so you can find things when you need them! Turn your basement, garage, closet and drawers into useful storage. Classes taught by room…

  • Garage & Basement
    Tuesday, Jan. 15th from 6-8pm

Includes light refreshments and training from Kathi Miller, Clutter Coach.


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