Old Farmers Day Picnic

We had a picnic to celebrate Old Farmer’s Day.  Old Farmer’s Day is a national day that is celebrated as a throwback to sustainable farming and farming practices of the old days. The month of October was chosen for this holiday since, traditionally during this time, the harvest would be mostly complete and farmers could take a break from their labors to enjoy this celebration.

Volunteer, Randy, grilled up over 70 hamburgers

 

For our picnic, we grilled hamburgers outside, despite the cold. We served them with baked beans, macaroni salad, potato chips, cookies and ice tea and lemonade.  Care Center families joined us as well.  It was a fun (and yummy) way to celebrate farming the old fashioned way.

 

 

Shout Out to our Amazing Dietary Staff!

 

Cook, Michelle, with our State Fair Day food

 

 

It is National Health Care Food Service Week, so we want to say a big THANK YOU to our dietary staff.

 

Aide, Olga, helping at Ragbrai

They do a great job cooking, baking and serving our residents.  Plus they always step up for special events, such as ragbrai.

 

 

 

 

Thanks again for all you do!

Rachel, Laura, Michelle, Ashley & Olga
Dietary Supervisor, Amanda

 

Aide, Rachel, ready to work in the Care Center

Thanks to Dietary Staff not pictured: Anita, Alli, Abby, Emily, Jared & Josh.

Getting Our Name Out There

Kristine at Cedar Rapids

 

 

We need to spread the word about what a wonderful facility we have!

 

Many people actually do not know we are here.  So any time we can reach out to the local communities we do.

 

Recently we had information booths at senior events in Cedar Rapids and Riverside.

 

Please remember to let your friends and family know that we are here for our senior population!

Tracy at Riverside

 

A Successful Open House

 

We had many visitors to our Open House, some brand new, and others who have stopped in before.

Many checked out our remodeled apartment, which has a very comfy, modern feel.

 

 

 

 

We served a delicious light meal of chicken salad and ham sandwiches, pasta salad, chips, cookies and our famous mini-pies!

Amalia Gedney-Lose from Mercy Family Medicine of Columbus Junction, our wonderful speaker for the night, gave an informative talk about disease prevention and wellness.

If you missed our Open House, don’t worry, we will have another one soon. Keep reading our blog or check our Facebook page to find out when!

Remodel

 

 

Here’s a sneak preview of work that has been done on our remodeled unit.  Make sure to come to our Open House on Wednesday, September 12th from 5-7 pm to see the finished apartment!

Painted closet doors
Steve hard at work!
New floors, cabinets, counter-top and light fixtures
Backsplash
New bathroom vanity, lights and floor

Ragbrai!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

We Love a Parade!

 

Trek Fest Parade in Riverside

 

We had a fun time participating in a couple parades this week!

 

We first went to Riverside for the Trek Fest Parade.

 

4th of July parade in Hills

 

 

Then we celebrated the 4th of July in our hometown of Hills. It was very hot, but we still had fun!  It was great to wave to all our friends who live at Atrium Village and their families as we walked by.

 

 

 

Who knows, maybe we will show up in your towns parade next? 🙂