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News for the week of December 9th:
Monday morning found the Green Leaf Crafters finishing up some of our holiday decorations. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, the Big Yellow House is looking very festive! Build a Snow Man dice game started out the afternoon. The fun game combined shaking dice and drawing a snowman. To the winner who completed the last piece of the snowman went a prize. Later that afternoon our quilters gathered in the Square to work on holiday door hangers. Angie leads this busy group and it is always fun to watch what these talented ladies make.
Tuesday morning the East Dining Room filled with residents ready to get a little exercise. Brenda led the group as their arms were swinging and legs were flying. Cribbage was the name of the game on Ridge Crest as Al, Toby, Vern and Gus enjoyed an hour of homemade cookies, hot coffee and fast flying cards! The afternoon found many in the Square for an hour of prize bingo. As usual, everyone came away with bags full of goodies. With the help of Michelle, Patty and Eileen, the game always runs smoothly. Just before supper we were blessed to have Jordan Herrick spend time with us. Not only does he bring us an inspiring message, but also sings some of our favorite hymns.
Pastor Mary Eide of Shepard of the Hill Lutheran church in Elk Mound led us in our Wednesday morning church service. We appreciate her taking the time to come and share with us. Then it was time to turn the Square into a concert hall for our Family Holiday Event. As residents and families arrived, Rich Schroeder was tuning up his guitar to treat us to an hour of wonderful Christmas music. We even sang along to some of our favorites. After the concert Santa and Daisy, his number one elf made an appearance before everyone enjoyed a beautiful holiday buffet that our dietary staff prepared.
Thursday morning, residents gathered in the East Dining Room for our weekly volleyball tournament. This activity brings out our competitive side, and all agree it’s a fun way to get some exercise. Meanwhile residents gathered in the East Dining room to participate in our catholic worship service. Father Joe and Duane from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elk Mound took time from their busy schedules to come as share with our residents and it is much appreciated. Wally Hurt entertained us in the afternoon with his collection of animated Christmas items. It was fun to watch as he demonstrated the many different toys he has collected. His collection goes back many years and it is always exciting to see what he brings.
On Friday morning the Colfax Kindergarten class came to sing for us. We enjoyed their rendition of some our holiday favorites along with a few original tunes that they sang. We can always count on Mrs. Christianson and her students to put us in the holiday spirit. In the afternoon Dime Bingo was played in the Square. All went away with a little more jingle in their pocket.
The holiday spirit continues next week with another family Christmas concert and party, a performance by the Colfax High School Choir and sixth graders and carolers from the Colfax Lutheran Church and the 22ers 4-H club.
Until next week,
Barb Stobb, Activity Director