We decided to go camping this weekend! So we set up our tent and started a camp fire. But we were in for a surprise, because as we settled down for s’mores and ghost stories, looked who sneaked into our tent!
Our brave employee,
Holly, caught the intruder!
It was a cute little bear named Buddy! Buddy Bear was very sweet and Buddy and Holly quickly became friends. Since Buddy Bear already had a protective shield on, Holly showed Buddy Bear around Atrium Village and introduced Buddy to some of the residents.
Buddy Bear met our Director of Nursing, Betty, with a friendly elbow bump.
Buddy then visited the office.
Then Buddy Bear went back to our campsite and hung out with the staff and roasted some marshmallows.
Oh no Buddy Bear, don’t touch the fire!
Silly Buddy Bear!
It’s Father’s Day and John Wayne stopped over to wish all of our father’s a happy day!
He visited with staff and all of the resident’s.
He was nice enough to help deliver root beer floats, served in cowboy boots, to all of the resident’s.
Thanks, Duke, for making it a fun day for all!
Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway – John Wayne
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!
Easter was pretty quiet this year as we continue to take all necessary precautions to keep everyone safe.
We were lucky enough though, to have the Easter Bunny stop by (shhh..don’t tell anyone that it was our Activities Director, Paula). We made sure she wore her bunny issued PPE!
The Easter Bunny was nice enough to help hand out lunch trays!
Then the Easter Bunny visited with many of our residents.
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!
We are lucky to have the Bookmobile coming to Atrium Village!
The Iowa City Public Library Bookmobile will be stopping here the second Friday of every month.
Two librarians are on board, available to assist with your library card, checking in & returning books, and suggesting good books to read.
Our staff, residents and community members really enjoyed the first visit.
The Bookmobile is open to the public, so be sure to stop by!
Upcoming visits will be March 13th, April 10th and May 8th.