Describing local pianist, music educator, writer and painter Edie Schmoll as a dedicated and hardworking woman is an understatement.
Schmoll began taking piano lessons at 13 in her hometown of Boston and gained a tremendous amount of knowledge about playing classical music. She continued to refine her piano skills for many years, including most recently classes here in Menifee.
“Music is my forte,” said Schmoll. “I’ve been playing the piano and organ off and on for many years.”
At 16, she performed in her first recital in front of a crowd of 200. That is also the age at which she began one of her many careers: as a music educator. She has had over 200 private students and still teaches piano, organ and accordion. “I like teaching music, it’s fun” says Schmoll. “My students are like my family.”
Schmoll shares her musical talents throughout the community by working as a performer and composer. She entertains several times a year at many local hospitals, convalescent centers and retirement centers. Last month, she performed piano selections during Arts Council Menifee’s Gallery Reception.
She has also performed at several churches in the area. At Trinity Lutheran Church in Hemet, she debuted her original hymn titled “Now the Lord Said (My Will Be Done) as part of a church service in 2009.
In an effort to be a well-rounded artist, Schmoll is now a visual and literary artist as well.
Her beginning with oil and pastel painting occurred four years ago following the loss of her husband. Her paintings emit the same level of passion that she has for her other artistic endeavors, the only difference being in the senses involved. Schmoll’s lively, colorful and impressionistic style of artwork is the main reason why she was nominated in 2011 for the prestigious National Artwork Award by the group American Mensa for a piece titled “Glow”.
Schmoll has also been writing for 10 years and has published articles in several online magazines. After taking one semester of creative writing at a community college, she won a National Poetry Award from American Mensa in 2008 for her poem titled “And Now” and became a contributing writer and resident poet for Inland Empire Mensa.
She is also the author of four books: “A Crime Against One Person: HMO Nightmare” (2010), “Serenade: Word Songs” (2011), “Rain and Rainbows: Short Story Collection” (2011), and “Holly, The Christmas Tree Fairy” (2012). She is currently composing a new book containing a collection of “Music Songs” for piano and vocal, which will be published sometime this year.
Schmoll says her success at juggling all of her professional and artistic commitments is due to her dedication to continue learning and growing.
“Anyone who has retired should do volunteer work to help themselves and others,” she says. “Everyone should keep learning and trying new things.”
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Looking back over the past year, I can definitely see room for improvement. I have been reading and finding the health tips that will be work for me in the new year. I do believe that at least one or two can be helpful all around for each of us though.
1. Drink water. This is perhaps one of my biggest hindrances when it comes to weight loss and getting healthy. I do not typically drink a lot of anything… especially not water. But, considering our bodies are made up predominately of water, it is essential to our health and has great benefits.
2. Get more sleep. I admit it. I am an insomniac. I typically average around 4 hours of sleep a night. Sometimes a little more and a few times even less. I have read time and again the benefits that come from getting plenty of rest. You feel better, are generally in a better mood, decreased risk of certain diseases, better immune system, and it even boosts your memory. There are many more beneficial aspects to getting a good night’s rest than the work I get done while up each night. I have also discovered Melatonin and how it can help adjust your sleep cycle. This may also be helpful as I attempt to sleep more.
3. Make lifestyle changes. I do not like to say that I am “on a diet.” It is not really a diet. It is a lifestyle change. Getting healthy requires us to make a few changes in areas where we most likely are struggling. Making healthier choices in our food, rest, and exercise routines can lead to healthier skin, toner body, and stronger heart.
4. Get moving. Spending hours behind the computer everyday has not in any way been good to me. It is past time for me to get up and get moving. If I can do it you can too! Try walking, running, yoga, zumba, kickboxing. Start slow and work your way up. Whether in a gym or at home, just get moving! Try taking vitamins, such as Super Forza B, to help support your energy levels. Your body will thank you for it… and you will look great doing it!
5. Reduce stress. I know… this is MUCH easier said than done. But, stress can wreck havoc on our bodies. Gray hairs, wrinkles, weight gain, loss of amino acids such as Glutamine, and much more. We must learn to say, “No” when necessary and to stay calm when we find ourselves in the middle of something. Whether financial, personal, business-related or everyday life, stress can be detrimental to our health and we should be aware of how to contain it.
Each month, more than 70 personal fitness training sessions are offered to seniors at the Kay Ceniceros Senior Center in Menifee. The senior center represents a growing trend in older adult fitness programming: one-on-one private lessons with a certified Senior Fitness Specialist.
“The seniors love the concept and appreciate the individualized instruction they receive from our trainer, states Leslie Covey, Director of Kay Ceniceros. “We’ve seen people come in with canes and walkers and then two months later, they don’t need them anymore. These seniors really see the benefits of the Geri-Fit program.”
The classes are conducted by Geri-Fit Company LLC, a fitness programming company that staffs senior centers, parks and recreation departments, retirement communities, hospitals and health clubs with certified trainers to teach the Geri-Fit® strength training exercise classes and Private (one-on-one) Lessons.
“We’ve offered the “private lessons” concept for over a year now and have even added a third day a week due to client demand,” states Francesca Fisher, owner of Geri-Fit. “This program is a real hit with the seniors. They love being able to do things they haven’t been able to do in years. It’s a very results oriented program that keeps our clients wanting to come back for more.”
All in all, over 80 classes are taught each month at the Kay Ceniceros Senior Center by the Geri-Fit company. In addition to personal fitness training, the company offers its Medicare Advantage-approved Geri-Fit® group exercise classes which are offered at low cost or free to seniors with the Silver&Fit Medicare Advantage insurance benefit. Group classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00-3:45 pm, and Private Lessons are scheduled every 30-minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. All sessions are booked in advance and by appointment only.
Starting January 9, the company will launch its newest Geri-Fit® program, Geri-Fit® Stretch, at the Kay Ceniceros Senior Center. This new stretching program combines the best stretches from tai chi, yoga, ballet and pilates to help seniors regain lost flexibility and ease the joint stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. Although the program incorporates stretches that are performed on exercise mats on the floor, seniors that are unable to readily get up and down from the floor are able to do a modified version of the stretch while seated in a chair. The program accommodates all senior ages and fitness levels. Both men and women can enroll. Classes are held on Thursdays only from 4:00-4:30 pm and an eight week session runs $30 per person.
The Kay Ceniceros Senior Center is located at 29995 Evans Road in Menifee. For more information on the Geri-Fit ® class offerings held at the senior center, visit gerifit.com and choose “Menifee” in the drop down box or call 1-888-GERI-FIT (437-4348).
The word “geek” isn’t an insult anymore – it’s a lifestyle, and like any way of life, we all know we can always improve your game.No matter what you’re geeky about, here’s my advice on how to be the very best geek you can be this year.
1. Pledge to get fit
And by “fit” I don’t mean “skinny.” Make yourself feel better and help your body perform better by keeping active. Come convention season, you’ll be thrilled to see that you’re not dying after the first day on the convention floor. There are so many fun and geeky ways to get motivated, whether it’s by playing fitness games on your new console, keeping track of your steps with tech like FitBit, or training for a zombie-themed marathon. Find some other geeks who enjoy the same things as you, and have Dance Central nights, or compete to get the most steps each week.
2. Don’t read the comments
Simple as that. Don’t read the comments on your work, and don’t read the comments on others’. If you need to leave a comment, imagine you’re saying it to someone’s face. When in doubt, don’t be a dick.
3. Support those you love
Your favorite authors, artists, filmmakers, musicians, and game makers need your support. Many of them crowdfund their new works and/or accept donations. Tell them you want to see more from them by supporting them financially when you can. Don’t have the money? Not a problem! Help spread the word about their new projects, ask for some of their merch for your birthday, and let them know what you think of them. A kind word or two can mean even more to an artist than money. If you have a convention or event near you that needs speakers or exhibitors, suggest them. You’ll help them grow in popularity which will enable them to create more of the work you love.
4. Finish that game
We all have it. An unfinished game. A “To Be Read” pile of books. An unopened RPG guide sitting on our shelf. Make the time to finish it. Schedule it into your calendar if you must. Your mind will thank yourself for giving it one less thing to feel guilty about, and you’ll enjoy having some scheduled time to do something you love!
5. Find a healthy go-to food
Yes, Cheetos are delicious, but are they the best thing you should be eating? As my friends and I get further away from those days in high school and college where we can eat anything, we’re trying to find healthier alternatives to our favorite snack foods. Try veggies and hummus, air-popped popcorn, or a homemade version of something you normally get from a drive-through or a convenience store!
6. Practicing your craft Whether you've resolved to improve your photography skills(like me), learn to code, or design great products, make 2012 the year that you really spend time doing what you love.
I know, I know. You’re tech savvy and your job and hobbies all revolve around your phone, computer, and tv screen. But find some time to disconnect. Set daily limits for the amount of time you’re gaming or on reddit. Don’t refresh your phone looking for new emails after 10pm. Pick up and read a physical book instead of grabbing your Kindle. Eat dinner with friends or your family without the tv on and with phones put away. Sure, you won’t be able to take a selfie or tweet about your meal, but you’ll be able to reconnect with the people that are right in front of you. It’ll be worth it.