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Here Come the Yarnstomers Once More

Here Come the Yarnstomers Once More

Those crazy Yarnstormers are at it again.

The West Flamingo Senior Center Yarnstormers who covered a Maryland Parkway pedestrian bridge in yarn last summer have developed their next project. The group is crocheting flowers to cover a wall in the main lobby of the center.

They are inviting enthusiastic knitters and crochet artists of all ages to join them in a morning Yarn-a-Thon from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 10 to help them finish the project.

Crafters will be given yarn while they knit or crochet granny squares, circles or flowers. All of the creations will be used at the center for yarnstorming projects. There will be a yoga room for stretching between creations, a break room with refreshments and a room for learning the basics of knitting and crocheting. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring their younger family members 8 years old and up to learn basic stitches.

Seniors to Seniors: The Big Give

Seniors to Seniors: The Big Give

Some of the seniors who attend the Knit & Crochet and Little Workshop classes at West Flamingo Senior Center were asked if they would like to take on a project making knit and crochet items for participants who reside in a local residential retirement home.

They have been working on the project for about two months. About 20 of the seniors have been making lap blankets, scarves, hats, booties, shawls and more. We will be delivering the items to the Life Care Center of Las Vegas on December 5 to give their residents a Holiday gift. Nancy Bean, one of the center Recreation Specialists, has been working with the seniors to coordinate their efforts.

We have a great group of ladies who have put their special touches to each item made. The center staff is impressed by all the hard work the seniors have done the past few months in completing this project, ensuring that the residents at the Life Care Center of Las Vegas will have a gift at holiday time.

Seniors Prepare for Yarnstorming Day on Sunrise Bridge

Seniors Prepare for Yarnstorming Day on Sunrise Bridge

Local yarnstormers will adorn a pedestrian bridge over Maryland Parkway with crocheted and knitted art in the evening of Sunday, June 10 and complete it on Monday, June 11, with a public unveiling at 10 a.m.

The unveiling on the bridge, which leads to and from Sunrise Hospital near Desert Inn Road, coincides with International Yarnstorming Day. The bridge will be adorned with sunrise-inspired colored circles of all shapes and sizes. 

So far, the yarnstormers, who are 50 years old and over and are headquartered at the West Flamingo Senior Center, have crocheted enough circles to cover a central area on one side of the bridge.

Anyone 50 and over can participate in the yarnstormer group, which holds sessions on Wednesday afternoons to knit and crochet squares and rectangles incorporated into various yarn storming projects. Unlike many yarnstorming groups around the world, the West Flamingo group is for seniors only. However, the group is interested in partnering with teens and other yarnstormers under 50 to help install the works after they’ve been created.

Flash Mob Takes Over Assisted Living Center

Video provided by Willow Creek Independent and Assisted Living

 

Seniors at one assisted living center showed the importance of keeping healthy in a way their grandchildren would appreciate: a flash mob.

The residents at Willow Creek Independent and Assisted Living, 8374 Capovilla Avenue, celebrated National Senior Health and Fitness Day Wednesday with a flash mob. The group of seniors in the video is known as The Movers and The Shakers. They danced to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the disco classic “The Hustle.”

 

Seniors Create Warm Hats for Homeless Teens

Seniors Create Warm Hats for Homeless Teens

The Yarn Stormers are back at it, this time focusing on hats instead of handrails.

A group from the West Flamingo Senior Center, located at 6255 West Flamingo Rd. in Las Vegas, is the first to participate in the international public art movement referred to as "Yarn Storming." Tthe handrailing which they covered in decorative yarn caught the eye of a middle school teacher’s aide, Ms. Stevens, from a local school in the center’s neighborhood.

Ms. Stevens contacted the Clark County Parks and Recreation center’s supervisor, Diane Bush, about approaching the center’s Yarn Stormers to see if they would make hats for the homeless teens attending the school. Ms. Stevens estimated that there were about 30 homeless teens that could use some warm head coverings. Despite the coming holidays and the many projects each of the workshop attendees have going at any one time, three members of the group volunteered to make hats for the teens.

Yarn Stormers Aim to Class Up Bare Neighborhoods

Yarn Stormers Aim to Class Up Bare Neighborhoods

Bringing crocheted or knitted pieces to the public is usually saved for arts and crafts fairs. For the West Flamingo Yarn Storming Group, based out of the West Flamingo Active Adult Center, knitting and crocheting has become a mission of public art.

Yarn storming is the art of creating small cozies to adorn urban landscape, cheering up otherwise bare, concrete environments with bright colors and patterns. The mission of the West Flamingo group is to improve the landscape one stitch at a time by creating temporary yarn creations to beautify the West Flamingo center and park. Railings, lamp and signposts, bike stands and tree trunks are the likely canvases, but automobiles, buses, motorcycles, bridges, statues and other large objects have been “stormed” in cities around the world.

The West Flamingo Yarn Stormers’ first project is to cover various railings and signposts on the center’s grounds. The group plans to work on a large temporary public art project to be installed for the 2012 International Yarn Storming Day on June 11, 2012.