Appreciating the Love and Support of Our Community


Appreciating the Love and Support of Our Community

April 30th, 2020

The Willows of Arbor Lakes is still feeling the love and support of our community during this pandemic. We are thankful for Charlotte’s family, Vi’s family, and a volunteer from Cedar Island Elementary for providing us with handmade masks. Students from Cedar Island have also been drawing and sending pictures to residents here at The Willows, and we couldn’t be more appreciative of these incredibly sweet gifts! We also want to thank whoever was kind enough to put “Thank You Staff” signs in our parking lot. During these trying times, we’ve decided to participate in the “A World of Hearts Project.”  Our residents had fun cutting out hearts and taping them to our windows. We love our residents and our community! ❤️💛💚💜

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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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End of fall fun at The Willows

December 2nd, 2019

Get caught up on the end of fall fun we’ve been having here at The Willows of Arbor Lakes!

It’s a bit late, but we wanted to share all the fun we had for Halloween this year! In the morning, we were “treated” to some reverse trick-or-treating from families of Living Word Church. Later that afternoon, we played Halloween bingo while enjoying spider truffles, candy corn, and other goodies. And to complete the day, we played pumpkin toss with ghost bean bags!

Here’s a quick video of one resident’s ROAR at the Halloween party!

To celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13, residents here at The Willows made Kindness Cards for each of our staff members to thank them for their hard work!

To celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13, residents here at The Willows made Kindness Cards for each of our staff members to thank them for their hard work!


The residents worked hard cutting out “grateful hearts” and painting them to decorate the dining room for this month’s theme: “Give thanks with a grateful heart.”


We recently took a crack at Peanut Butter Pie. We love trying new recipes here at The Willows, and this one was a hit!

You can check out the recipe for yourself here: https://bit.ly/2XzGRIA


Our residents always enjoy having a treat together for social hour!

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Embracing the Fall Spirit

October 29th, 2019

Embracing the fall spirit at The Willows with crafts, a field trip, and yummy treats. Check it out!

The weather was beautiful for our annual fall drive earlier this month. The colors had really “popped” over the weekend, and we enjoyed looking at trees, farms, fields, and animals along the way. 🍂🍁


The residents were busy cutting out and painting leaves to bring a little fall color indoors! 🍂🍁


After working hard to make pumpkin cheesecake mousse on Friday, tenants were able to relax and eat the yummy treat while sharing fall memories with each other.


Residents painted pumpkins last week to help fill The Willows with color and fall spirit.

Here’s a quick clip from the pumpkin painting. 🎃

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End of Summer Celebrations

August 30th, 2019

August means end of summer celebrations, and we were sure to embrace the upcoming season change in style!

Last week Josie taught us to make her favorite recipe of Southern banana pudding. It was so delicious that it even had some of us licking the bowls!

It started out as a rainy day, but the sun came out, and we enjoyed a great “end of the summer” family BBQ last week!

This week we enjoyed music by Bobby and Christine. They really know how to get us singing along and clapping in our seats!

Two Saint Bernards visited while we set up for our August birthday party and were such a fun surprise! Nigel Egg stopped by to play some music and help us celebrate our August guests of honor: Esther, Louise, Pauline, Dorothy, and Mary.

The birds around the Willows were well cared for this month! We created homemade bird feeders out of toilet paper tubes, peanut butter, and bird seed.

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July BBQ and Volunteer Visits

August 9th, 2019

We had lots of visitors last month here at the Willows! Check out some photos from our July BBQ and volunteer visits.

We had another amazing resident and family BBQ lunch this July! 🌭🥗🍔

We are always thankful for our community volunteers! This month included a visit from Substance Church, middle school students from Lord of Life Church, and weekly visits from our therapy dog, Solomon.

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Happy Holidays!

December 31st, 2018

Happy Holidays to all! We had a fun start to the holiday season at the Willows of Arbor Lakes. Some highlights include making Christmas cards for the military, singing all our favorite Christmas songs along with Loren Wolfe, making candy cane reindeer, and celebrating the birthdays of Charlotte, Rita D., Verna, and Joan C.

 

We also had a blast at our annual holiday party! Thank you to all the family members and friends who joined us. We enjoyed celebrating the joy of the season with you!

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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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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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