Valentine’s Day and Birthday Celebrations


Valentine’s Day and Birthday Celebrations

February 27th, 2020

February was a busy but incredibly fun month here at The Willows! We even combined our Valentine’s Day and birthday celebrations for one mega-party. Check it out!

Earlier this month we had an extremely fun (and tasty) time frosting heart-shaped cookies to get ready for Valentine’s week! ❤️❤️

We had fun doing various crafts for Valentine’s Day including yarn-wrapped hearts, LOVE paintings, and heart magnets.

We combined Valentine’s Day and our February birthday party for one BIG and very fun celebration. Monroe Wright did a fantastic job entertaining – our residents loved singing, clapping, and even dancing along to his music. Happy birthday to Delores, Tom, Susan, Lori, Clayton, and Gail! ❤️🎊🎂

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2019 Holiday Celebrations

January 10th, 2020

December was FULL of holiday celebrations! Who doesn’t love this time of year? We sure do around here at The Willows – just look at the fun we’ve been having!

From decorating the trees to making ornaments, December provided our residents with MANY opportunities to share their creative side!

Last month, third graders from Cedar Island Elementary School made dozens of gingerbread houses for us to enjoy on around our dining room this holiday season!

Thank you to everyone who attended the holiday party at The Willows of Arbor Lakes! It was incredibly special to see so many family members and to celebrate the holiday season with everyone!

Santa came to visit on Christmas Eve and spread holiday cheer throughout The Willows! 🎅

The Crimson Harmony singers from Maple Grove High School have performed for us every December since our community opened, and their music is always a highlight of our holiday season!

On December 20, we sang along to favorite Christmas songs during a performance by Amy & Adams while enjoying eggnog, gingerbread, holiday petit fours, and more!

Our residents loved hearing the Osseo Oriole Chamber Singers perform so much that they couldn’t help but sing along!

For the 2nd year in a row, we enjoyed a December performance from a lovely and talented string trio. One of the players is the great-niece of a resident here at The Willows of Arbor Lakes, which makes the music even more special!

Loren Wolfe swung by The Willows last month to help us celebrate our December birthdays. Happy (belated) birthday to Charlotte, Pat, Verna, and Joan!

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Karaoke Fun and Patriotic Parfaits at Willows of Arbor Lakes

July 16th, 2019

To say we had fun at karaoke last week would be an understatement. One of our resident’s daughters has a Karaoke business (Karaoke Paradise), and she brought karaoke to the Willows! We had a blast singing and dancing to many favorite songs. We originally planned the event for an hour, but everyone was having such a great time we kept going for a few hours! There’s a lot of talent here in the Willows community!

With the help from volunteers Katelyn and Shawna, we made patriotic parfaits with fresh strawberries and blueberries. They were delicious!

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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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October Birthdays and Fun Activities

October 31st, 2018

The residents had fun painting pumpkins and decorating cookies to get ready for the week of Halloween!

 

We celebrated October birthdays on Friday with entertainment by Bill Cagley. Happy birthday to Kent, Gingie, and Del!

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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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Games, Crafts, and Music

October 1st, 2018

Some recent games, crafts, and music at the Willows of Arbor Lakes.

Bingo

Bingo is always a hit at the Willows of Arbor Lakes!

 

Fall Crafts

Fall crafts at the Willows.

 

Bobby and Christine

Bobby and Christine had us all singing and playing instruments at their recent performance. We loved their show, and the residents enjoyed getting to sing into the microphone along with them!

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