Providence Christmas Forest

Panorama residents are looking forward to the 2011 Providence Christmas Forest on Friday, November 25th at the Red Lion hotel in Olympia. The Christmas Forest features over 50 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths.

For those who will not make it on the 25th, the Christmas Forest is open from November 24th-November 30th. $5.00 at the door- proceeds benefit the Providence mission to provide basic health services to those in need.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the tree sponsored by Panorama and Board Members!

Panorama’s Focus on Energy Efficiency

This afternoon, the Panorama Green Team hosted an Energy Symposium in the Panorama Auditorium. The program consisted of several presentations by representatives of Puget Sound Energy, Thurston Energy, and the Washington State University Extension Energy Program. The main focus was energy conservation on the local level. Speakers talked about where energy comes from, where it goes, and what can be done to reduce usage and costs.

The presentations took a look at the “Panorama Picture” in terms of energy use, energy cost, and what’s being done to make Panorama more efficient. The spotlight was put on how the convenience of life at Panorama actually helps reduce energy use. The location, a short drive, bike ride, or even walk to grocery stores and a shopping center, as well as the availability of many amenities on campus including: restaurant, pharmacy, auditorium, and Aquatic and Fitness Center help reduce the need for auto travel. The Benevolent Fund makes good use of reusable items through the Patio Sale and tenants of  The Pea Patch grow some of their own food.

With a headstart on energy efficiency, Panorama is constantly working toward improvement in this area. In fact, several of the speakers mentioned Panorama’s dedication to being good stewards of resident resources. This is seen in the work that’s being done to reduce energy costs.  It was revealed that Puget Sound Energy and Thurston Energy are working with Panorama leadership to assess energy consumption and areas of improvement. More specifically, Thurston Energy has been conducting energy evaluations on recently vacated homes and providing Panorama with recommendations for improvement within each home. In turn, Panorama has taken action to address these recommendations.

The presentations were followed by a Q & A session. Residents in attendance asked for clarification on certain issues and shared some new ideas to add to the growing effort.

Thank you to the Panorama Green Team, Puget Sound Energy, Thurston Energy, and WSU Extension Energy Program for helping Panorama become more efficient and green friendly.

Fall Open House

Join us for the Fall Open House on Thursday, November 10th at 10:00 AM. Learn about life at Panorama and explore the opportunites offered by our Learning in Retirement Program! There will be a campus tour and lunch offered following the 10:00 AM presentation.

After lunch, everyone is welcome to attend the kick-off of our 2011/2012 Learning in Retirement Program. The first class offered in this extensive program is “Here’s to the Women! Songs and Stories of Washington Women”, presented by Linda Allen. The class will begin at 2:30 PM on Thursday, November 10th.

We hope to see you there!