The excitement of the 2012 Olympic games will not be lost on residents of The Mather, where a number of events in August at the Evanston continuing-care facility will focus on the London-based extravaganza.

Starting with food, the facility’s various on-site restaurants will feature fish & chips and other English fare on Wednesday.

From Aug. 1-12, participants will track the numbers of minutes they spend at various fitness venues, culminating with prize winners honored at a special awards ceremony.

On Monday,  Aug. 6, Deborah Karabin, better known as “The Hat Lady,” will present a fashion retrospective of hats saluting Queen Elizabeth II and 60 years of hats.

Olympian and medalist Carol Brown will come to The Mather on Tuesday, Aug. 7, to relate her experiences as a member of the 1976, 1980, and 1984 Olympic rowing teams and will also describe her participation in the 2012 opening ceremonies that were held last Friday.

“Our goal was to create an interesting variety of opportunities that would keep our residents engaged in the Summer Olympics,” said Sarah McVey, Mather LifeWays vice president and experience director.  “Celebrating the Olympics together is a great way for people to enjoy each other’s company and create community.”

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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