We had the distinct pleasure of enjoying an amazing concert from seasoned jazz professionals, right in front of our building!
Thanks to Dick Watson on piano, Ray Blue (
https://www.rayblue.com/) on saxophone, and Blake Shaw on the upright bass.
Dick’s daughter, Eve, sang a little too!
Care center residents enjoyed the concert through the window.
Apartment residents gathered outside to enjoy, while a few listened through the window on this breezy morning!
We had a couple very special visitors at Atrium Village!
Prairie Patch Farm was so kind to bring over two llamas, Ollie and Earl.
This is Ollie
This is Earl
They visited the Care Center residents through the windows.
Then Earl and Ollie went to the Atrium to visit with our Apartment residents.
They love to give kisses!
And here is the best part! Check out how the llamas travel on this video ~ they travel by mini-van!!
Even though Iowa is not having the State Fair this year, it didn’t stop us from having our own State Fair!
We had a clown
We played games
We had produce
We had blue ribbon pies
And we also had a Fair Queen!
We had a special Mothers Day this year despite the COVID-19 virus!
Elvis stopped by and donned his PPE to help deliver flowers to all the mom’s in the care center and apartments.
Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 1304 from Hills Elementary. Leader Cassie Putney and her daughter, Maddie, brought the flowers on behalf of the troop, to give to all the mom’s.
The beautiful arrangements came from Julie’s Fountain of Flowers in Lone Tree.
The Girl Scouts also made cards for the residents.
Elvis did need a little help making his way through the building and handing out the flowers!
He really loved all the pretty flowers in our Atrium!
In these unprecedented times, communities have become creative.
Since we cannot have Mass in our chapel right now, Father Mike Spiekermeier and Carol Kaalberg were kind enough to come over for an outdoor prayer service at the front of our building.
Apartment residents lined the sidewalk and Care Center residents sat at their windows.
Scripture was read, prayers were recited and hymns were sung.
Thanks Father Mike and Carol, it lifted our spirits!
We had the pleasure of having three amazing jazz musicians play for us last weekend!
Dick Watson was on piano, Beldon Bullock played bass guitar, and Ray Blue was on saxophone.
The performance was funded by The Jazz Foundation of America, which makes music programs possible in schools and nursing homes.
A big thanks to the foundation and musicians for entertaining us!
We celebrated Paul Bunyan, the giant lumberjack known for hacking his way through America’s forests, and shaping many mountains, lakes and rivers along the way.
We had a menu that Paul and his big blue ox, Babe, would be proud of.
Then we had fun with some masks!
And finished the day with a game of Tic-Tac-Toe!
Did you go to a Super Bowl party last weekend? Our employees had a Super Bowl party at Atrium Village!
We had lots of goodies and a chili cook-off!
Thank You to Wild Prairie Winds, a Wind Quintet from the University of Iowa.
They were so kind to come and play for us!
The quintet are all graduate students at the University of Iowa.
They play the flute, clarinet, oboe, horn, and bassoon.