January 26, 2017

On December 21st, 2017, AHR held its annual holiday expedition. We call it a “holiday expedition”, but the music we play is all Christmas themed in reality. Despite our exhaustive efforts, we could not find any saxophone quartet music to accommodate Jewish residents.

Despite our shortcomings, the residents at the four elderly homes we visited enjoyed our performance...or at least we like to think that they did. In any case, it was fun for us to meet both familiar and new faces from our performances throughout the year. After all, 2016’s Holiday Expedition marked the one year anniversary since AHR began performing at elderly homes. As such, our performances at Atria Tarzana, Encino Village, and South and North Brookdale Tarzana were not only valuable experiences for our members and the elderly residents but also a point of retrospection on how far AHR has come.

The most noticeable difference between AHR now and then is the number of performances. The so called “Holiday Expedition” of 2015...

November 20, 2016

As a high school students, we often become overwhelmed by the intricacies of daily life and societal demands. Between academics and extracurriculars, it is becoming easier and easier to lose perspective of the bigger picture and become engulfed in trivialities. Instead of spending our time pursuing genuine interests and hobbies, we groom ourselves for college by doing absurd amounts of volunteer work rivaling that of Mother Teresa.  

When asked about her childhood, Norra Mickali recalled a simpler time.

“I played outside with my friends and played ball. We played hopscotch. We played double dutch. Yeah, we didn’t have any television, just radio. I thought radio was the best thing ever that we had. And of course I loved the movies. I went to the movies once a week. I enjoyed that a lot. In my spare time, I liked to color. I had a little blackboard in the hallway from where we lived in the apartment. And I liked to go in there and draw and color. I liked to color a lot. Coloring books. And...

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"To forget the elderly is to ignore the wisdom of the years"

                         - Donald Laird