Hills was on one of the final legs of Ragbrai this year.  We set up a booth to sell personal pies, water and ice tea.  We had a lot of help from staff; it was fun but exhausting. Take a look at our pictures from that day!

Cook, Jared, building stands for our signs
Then he helped place smaller signs along the route early in the morning

All our inventory
We had lots of help on hand!


Dietary Aide, Olga, preparing pies in the back

Did we mention we had pie?
Peach, Blueberry or Cherry pies, ready to customize!
Toppings of whip cream, graham crackers, coconut, & rainbow or chocolate sprinkles were offered


Our administrators husband, Ed, and Dietary Aide, Rachel, making sales
Dietary Aide, Abbie, working out front
There was a bluegrass band playing in the Community Building where our booth was





Flag Day


Happy Flag Day!  It is wonderful to have a day to recognize our beautiful flag that represents the sacrifice of brave men and women and the freedoms that we enjoy.

We were honored to have veteran Terry Kruse from the Lone Tree American Legion speak to us today about our flag, sharing some very interesting facts and history.

Here is a little snippet of his speech.  The audio didn’t record very well, so turn up the volume to hear.

Thank you Terry!




Tractorcade paraded by Hills Monday, so we headed to the edge of town to watch it go by.




It turned out to be a pretty nice afternoon, the sun was mostly under, and it wasn’t blazing hot.



Our Activities Director/Social Worker, Jane, got a treat by riding in an antique car!     





Nursing Home Week Day Five: 1950’s Day

It’s our final day of Nursing Home Week, and it’s 1950’s Day!





We had a cookout for lunch of cheeseburgers, baked beans,  macaroni salad and sunshine jello – yum!






























Our staff brought out their pearls and poodle skirts to wear.


In the afternoon we had root-beer floats in the care center and a sing-a-long with Iowa City Hospice Choir to finish the day!



Nursing Home Week Day Three: Patriotic Day!

God Bless America!  It’s Patriotic Day, so get out your Red, White and Blue!

Stars and Stripes quilt owned by our resident , Dwight


This morning, the Care Center residents listened to patriotic music played on the piano and enjoyed cinnamon rolls with blue icing and red sprinkles.


We salute our Veterans at Atrium Village Care Center: Ken – Army, Jack – Navy, Dwight – Air Force, Jim – National Guard, and our director of Nursing, Terry – Army.

We had fun taking turns being Uncle Sam!  


Nursing Home Week Day Two: Farmer Day!

Today we celebrate farmers!

We all brought our straw hats to wear.


















Terry, our Director of Nursing, wore her overalls!





Our little friends from Kinderfarm Preschool visited in the afternoon to help plant sunflower seeds with the care center residents.












We finished the day with more friends – of the furry and feathered variety!  Farm animals such as pigs, a horse, dogs, goats and a chicken and rabbit were here.

Princess the Chicken
Piggies with no names – let’s call them Tator Tot and Spot!
Goats Trudie and mom Gertie
Nurse Julie with daughter Rachel and Rex the Bunny
Peanut the Miniature Horse










Sandy and Tink
Jack and Sparky







Dietary Aide Rachel and Dory

Apartment resident, Donna, had this great picture of her and her Grand Champion Steer! 





We also had a couple tractors, since it wouldn’t be Farm Day without them!



Watch this video to see how the two little pigs arrived!  They rode over two miles down the highway like this!



Thanks to everyone who brought in animals and tractors!



It’s National Nursing Home Week! Day One: All-American Sports Day!

This week is National Nursing Home week!  So each day this week will have a special theme with many activities and lots of food!

Monday is All-American Sports Day. 


We all wore our favorite team attire and the Care Center Residents and the employees enjoyed a tailgate party. 

We had chips, salsa, dip, crackers, cheese, bologna, little smokies and our residents favorite drink – root beer!



We also had fun pretending to be a soccer goalie!