An Amazing Start to Summer at Willows of Arbor Lakes


An Amazing Start to Summer at Willows of Arbor Lakes

June 7th, 2019

It’s been an amazing start to summer here at the Willows!

Residents have painted flower pots with planted marigold seeds in them, planted flowers in the planters on our patio, and just relaxed while enjoying the sunshine!


On Thursday, May 23, the fourth graders from Cedar Island Elementary School came to sing for us at the Willows of Arbor Lakes. We were incredibly touched by their talent, organization, and kindness. Their singing brought smiles to all our faces, and we loved singing along to the familiar songs!


We are thankful for the warmer weather and the chance to get outdoors!


Monroe Wright’s performance on Friday was a hit!

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May Birthdays and Memorial Day at Willows of Arbor Lakes

May 24th, 2019

May birthdays and Memorial Day at Willows of Arbor Lakes! We had a great time singing along with Bill Cagley as we celebrated our May birthdays. Happy birthday to Ellie, Betty, Kenny, and Jerome!

This Memorial Day weekend, we at the Willows of Arbor Lakes remember and honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

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Fun-Filled Friday at the Willows

April 30th, 2019

We had a fun-filled Friday at the Willows! We spent the morning visiting with doggie visitors Ladybug and Lucy, and in the afternoon we enjoyed listening to Michael Riddle sing and play the guitar to a great variety of songs.

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Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

January 16th, 2019

The end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 has been spectacular at the Willows of Arbor Lakes. Rounding out December, music helped make the Christmas holiday extra merry for us. We were grateful for the Living Word Homeschool Group carolers, the Osseo Oriole Chamber Singers, and Maple Grove High School’s Crimson Harmony singers. We also enjoyed a string trio organized by the great-niece of one of our residents, a nine-year-old volunteer who played Christmas songs, and entertainment by Amy & Adams.

 

Our residents also enjoyed some hands-on holiday activities this season including making gingerbread houses and cinnamon ornaments.

 

At last, we said goodbye to 2018 and rang in 2019 with a fun New Year’s Eve party!

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One Busy November

November 20th, 2018

We’ve been having an enjoyable November at the Willows of Arbor Lakes. We loved listening to Vinnie Rose sing and play the guitar. Randy Rolloff helped us celebrate the birthdays of Mae, Joan J., Mary K., and Rita N. We honored our resident veterans with patriotic readings, songs, and a certificate. To top it all off, the kids from the Maple Grove Homeschool Group helped us make a fun turkey craft. Check out our pictures below from all these fun events!

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We Love Halloween!

November 6th, 2018

At The Willows of Arbor Lakes, we love Halloween! We had a blast celebrating with one another, and we were so thankful for the families from the Living Word homeschool group that came to visit us for Halloween this year. The kids did “reverse Trick-or-Treating” and brought candy for the residents. The residents loved seeing all the kids in costume, and the treats were a bonus. Take a peek at all of the fun costumes and the best Halloween celebration!

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An Oktoberfest Celebration

October 17th, 2018

At Willows of Arbor Lakes, our residents love gathering for social events with music, dancing, and food. Our most recent event included all three, and it was an Oktoberfest success! Mark Stillman was a hit at our Oktoberfest celebration. The residents loved dancing, tapping their toes, clapping, and singing along to the accordion music. They also enjoyed pretzels with cheese and German chocolate cake.

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August Birthdays and SWLC

August 20th, 2018

We celebrated August birthdays with cake, ice cream, and entertainment by Scott Beaumont. Happy birthday to Esther, Louise, Pete, Susan, and Mary!

 

The campers from Small World Learning Center were back to read to the residents again. Many of the kids remembered residents from their previous visit and requested to sit with them again. The children put many smiles on our resident’s faces with their visit!

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Fun in July

July 16th, 2018

The past few weeks have been fun! We had a birthday party, special visits, and great music!

Happy Birthday

We were happy to celebrate Beverly’s 80th birthday on Friday with music by Jenni Thyng. Happy Birthday, Bev!

 

SWLC

The campers from Small World Learning Center visited the Willows last Friday to read to our residents. The residents were impressed with how well the kids could read, but were happy to help sound out some words as well. The campers will be back a few more times this summer to share more stories, and we are looking forward to their next visit!

 

Amy & Adams

Amy & Adams recently performed a great show for us. The residents loved it and thought the music was refreshing.

 

Volunteers

Our volunteers brought the outdoors inside with their last visit. The kids rode their scooters and bikes, blew bubbles, and played noodle ball. Most importantly, they brought so many smiles to the residents’ faces!

 

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Art, Music, and Dogs

June 18th, 2018

We had a wonderful few weeks full of art, music, and dogs!

Memorial Day Stars

The residents were busy cutting out salt dough stars back in May. With the help of our talented volunteers, we painted stars in patriotic red, white, and blue to decorate our table vases for Memorial Day.

 

Therapy Dogs

Our therapy dogs brighten many faces at the Willows of Arbor Lakes with their visits!

 

Mark Stillman

We always love listening to Mark Stillman play the accordion. He never fails to get us tapping our toes or clapping our hands!

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