Market Trends Reflect Seasonal Changes

Winter marketAs the holiday season approaches at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, Stuart Perry has taken time to reflect on the changing needs of his program and its peers. Such changes include the need to ensure that peers receive hearty, hot meals as part of their winter menus at the Perry Wellness Center cafeteria.

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Peer Spotlight: Nokia Rhone Offers Unique Yarn Creations for Holiday Giving

Nokia RhoneAs the Christmas gift giving season nears, many peers at Perry Wellness Center are combining their love of creative expression with the opportunity for selling handmade crafts at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. As one example, peers have been crafting wooden and cement engravings for sale at the winter market.

Now, peer Nakia Rhone has created a unique, warm winter yarn project that can be custom-designed for a customer. The hand-woven scarves are based on a design she first saw on Facebook.

“When I saw the completed project, I said, ‘I can do that,’” Nakia explains. “Each scarf takes me about 45 minutes to complete. They are fun to make, because I know that they are endless. We tie the last yarn together to make them appear as an endless stream of yarn.” From this design feature comes the project’s name, “The Infinite Scarf.” In just a few weeks, Nakia has already designed and created five gifts for friends and family.

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Coaching Part of Focus on Fitness

Coach StuartBoth team and individual sports have been offered at Perry Wellness Center since its beginnings, as part of its focus on total mind-body wellness. The emphasis on team sports, in particular, also reflects founder Stuart Perry’s most comfortable teaching style – that of coach.

“I am all about physical activity for wellness,” Stuart explains. “It was a priority for me in high school and college, and I accused of becoming a ‘coach’ at different sites as activity increases. “

Stuart is also aware that research supports the use of competitive sport and coaching as a recovery tool for peers dealing with the effects of mental illness or substance abuse.  Stuart notes that such activity improves both mental awareness and general physical health.

Some of the diverse physical activities on campus include tennis, horseshoes, volleyball, basketball, weight lifting, walking and running, and yoga. Whatever the activity, “Coach” Stuart is available to offer a helpful word or suggested strategy.

In the photo above, Stuart Perry interacts with players during a morning volleyball game at Perry Wellness Center.

Mexican Piñata a "Hit" as Learning Project

PinataAs part of learning about other cultures and exploring creative projects, peers and staff recently constructed and filled its own Mexican piñatas.

A total of four, large balloon-shaped piñata were created and covered with papier mâché. When dried, the piñatas were filled with a variety of candies and small gifts native to Mexico.

Breaking open the piñatas became an enjoyable competition, with the winning peer promised the hidden treats. Each peer group selected a number for its attempt, and the corresponding number was marked by a pool ball on an adjacent table. The peer who stood closest to the numbered ball was selected to spin ten times, then reach for the colorful package with a pool cue.

Several peers approached one of the four bags, but the last participating peer, Jeffrey, finally made a direct hit. Jeffrey chose to share the piñata’s contents with other peers who participated in the competition, before filling his own pockets for his ride home.

In addition to a display of friendly competition and teamwork, the piñata project provided an entertaining look at another culture’s games – and giving it an American twist with the introduction of pool!

Thanks to all who participated. In the photo above, Jeffrey hits the mark on his third swing at the piñata.

Automatic Irrigation a Plus for PWC Greenhouses

Greenhouse irrigationAs the campus of Perry Wellness Center has expanded with the completion of a total of five greenhouses, the last completed structure is now being automated with aerial water sprinklers. Reliance upon greenhouses year-round calls for the most efficient and dependable irrigation system possible.

“We can never predict the heat of spring and summer, but our growing plant inventory demands increased and more routine watering,” Stuart Perry explains.

The right type of irrigation is particularly important in dedicated hanging basket greenhouses, where delicate leaves and blossoms need proper, but gentle, misting. Greenhouse rafters are mounted with water supply tubing, then sprinkler heads are attached at planned intervals in order to provide radiant mist for hanging plants.

As always, peers work side by side with staff in the completion of such technical tasks. In the photo above, Michael Harper demonstrates his skills, inserting sprinkler heads in the water supply line within the latest hanging basket greenhouse.

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