News for the week of April 15th to the 21st:
After honkering down over the weekend and watching the three day snow storm, everyone was ready to get back to activities as normal. On Sunday we said our goodbyes to our latest batch of baby chicks and wished them well as they headed to their new homes.
Monday morning the Green Leaf Crafters assisted the activity staff in wrapping presents for our Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on Tuesday. Meanwhile in the square, our cribbage club gathered. David and Al led the group and made sure the game ran smoothly. After lunch residents gathered in the lounge to watch the movie Flubber starring Robin Williams. Meanwhile some spent an afternoon of pampering with lotions and fresh nail polish. Later in the day everyone gathered in the Square to enjoy their favorite adult beverage.
Tuesday’s kickball group met in the East Dining Room for an hour of ball fun. This time they only popped one ball in all the excitement of the competition. The afternoon found us in the Square for our usual Tuesday bingo. But this bingo game was a little different. In honor of National Volunteer Week we invited all of our volunteers to be our special guests during this fun hour. Along with the normal bingo prizes, our volunteers received coupons for special prizes that were given to them at the end of the game. Before the kitchen staff served us a delicious lunch, residents and staff gave our volunteers a round of applause and thanked them for all they do throughout the year to make everyone’s lives a little brighter. Volunteers in attendance were Kathy Irwin, Linnea Thompson, Veda Keikhaefer, Eileen Stokke, Gary Thorson, Mona Thorson, Loretta Logslett, Sally Packer, Michelle VanVulpen and Leona Ubbelohde. Volunteers unable to attend were Bruce Schroeder, Cindy Knutson, Kathy Tape and Patty Lampert.
Wednesday morning, Pastor Barb Koch led us in our Wednesday morning church service and communion. We enjoyed her inspiring message, and also singing along to our favorite hymns as she accompanies us on the guitar. It was also great to see Leona again as she came for the service and helped those who needed find the songs in their books. Chuck Kirkwood and Friends entertained us in the afternoon. We always look forward to their wonderful toe tapping music.
Exercises were the order of business on Thursday morning. Tony leads this group and always makes exercising a fun time. In the afternoon residents gathered in the Square for our monthly black out bingo. We played four rounds, which meant four residents went away the big winners and split a pot of over forty dollars. Those that left empty handed said they can’t wait to play again next month as maybe it will be their turn to win.
The Catholics gathered on East for our Friday morning rosary led by Loretta. Later in the Square we held Gospel Sing a Long. We love picking out our favorite hymns. Kathy and Bruce lead us in this hour of music and prayer. Friday afternoon, Dime Bingo was played in the Square. It is always a great way to end the week.
Highlights for next weeks’ activities are music by Mary Farber and our monthly Breakfast Club that will feature an old fashion favorite side pork with homemade hashbrowns on the side.
Until Next week,
Barb Stobb, Activity Director