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Holiday Fun at Oak Park

December 27th, 2018

At Oak Park Senior Living, our tenants love holiday fun and giving back to the community. Several tenants got together to make holiday cards for the children at Gillette Children’s Hospital. The tenants have made this an annual event. Not only do they get to do a fun project, but they are bringing a bit of holiday fun and cheer to children that are not able to be home for the holidays.

 

On December 12th, Oak Park held its annual holiday party. Tenants and their families enjoyed festive music and fabulous food prepared by our talented kitchen staff. Everyone young and old had a fun evening spent with family and friends.

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Kent Appledoorn Entertainment

December 13th, 2018

A few days ago, Kent Appeldoorn was here to entertain our residents with his Christmas show. The community room was packed, so Connie ended up sitting on her rolling walker. I noticed that she was singing and swaying to the music, so I asked her to dance with me. She said “Why not?” and started dancing while sitting on her rolling walker. We were dancing to Mack the Knife. Connie was having the best time and so were all the residents and the staff who participated.

Click here for the video!

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Flannel Party!

November 29th, 2018

The tenants of Oak Park Senior Living are excited to kick off the holiday celebrations! We celebrated the beginning of the holiday season with a very fun and fashionable flannel party. Everyone dressed up in their coziest flannel and enjoyed an afternoon of singing holiday tunes.

Of course, what would a party be without a few treats? Tenants snacked on pumpkin bars, hot cider, and cocoa prepared by our kitchen staff. Check out below for some pictures from this fun event!

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Two Holiday Celebrations

November 13th, 2018

Many holiday celebrations have been taking place at Oak Park Senior Living. To start it off, we celebrated Halloween on October 31st with a spook-tacular party! We enjoyed music from Wayne and the Boys, ghoulish treats, and a costume contest. Check out our pictures from this fun event.

 

Our staff members and residents also honored our veterans with two special ceremonies. On November 8th, we recognized 37 veterans with a party, complete with entertainment and special recognition for each vet. On November 9th, the American Legion came and did a special flag raising program.

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Oktoberfest and a’Choir’d

October 8th, 2018

Recent fun at Oak Park Senior Living included celebrating Oktoberfest and a performance from a’Choir’d Harmony Community Choir.

Oktoberfest

Oak Park Senior Living celebrated Oktoberfest on Friday, Sept. 28th. We started out the festivities with an authentic German meal prepared by Chef Joel and his wonderful staff.
In the afternoon, the Squires Band came to entertain us with Oktoberfest music. As you can see from the pictures, everyone had a great time singing and clapping along. There were quite a few residents up on their feet and dancing! Of course, what would an Oktoberfest celebration be without beer? Residents enjoyed sampling a variety of specially brewed Oktoberfest beer.
PROST!!! (That’s German for cheers.)

a’Choir’d Harmony Community Choir

Last night the a’Choir’d Harmony Community Choir stopped by Oak Park Senior Living to share their “Swingin’ Thru the Years” concert. Residents enjoyed music from the 1920s through today. Songs included hits from Irving Berling, Glen Miller, Dean Martin, and Michael Buble. The highlight of the evening was Cab Calloway’s “Minnie the Moocher,” complete with the soloist in top hat and tails.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2018

September 18th, 2018

We are proud to announce that Oak Park Senior Living and ten other Southview Senior Communities raised over $23,000, more than doubling our goal! The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is a nationwide fundraiser event for the Alzheimer’s Association in an effort to support lives affected by Alzheimer’s and advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s

September 6th, 2018

On September 15, we join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Target Field in Minneapolis. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association and Walk to End Alzheimer’s mission is to bring awareness, reduce the risk, and eliminate Alzheimer’s through research and care. You can help us by donating: http://bit.ly/2Bl2y7U or participating in the walk. Details here: http://bit.ly/2vOJVEg

Walk to End Alzheimer's

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Happy Labor Day!

August 31st, 2018

Happy Labor Day from all of us at Oak Park Senior Living! Enjoy the beautiful weekend.

Happy Labor Day!

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Fundraisers

August 27th, 2018

Here are photos from our Alzheimer’s BBQ fundraiser! We held a silent auction with donations from staff, residents/families, and area businesses. We raised $2,353.00 for the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota. It was a great event, and we served over 200 people.

Howard started a project to help the Ronald McDonald House.
We strategically placed the boxes throughout the community to encourage others to participate. Howard checks in daily to see how many pop tops we have collected. We are so proud of Howard for his thoughtfulness and generous attitude for this cause.

Howard collecting for Ronald McDonald

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Raptor Center

July 23rd, 2018

A group of residents from Oak Park Senior Living visited The Raptor Center. We were able to learn about raptors and saw several up close and personal. All the birds at the center were found injured in the wild. The veterinarians at the University of Minnesota work to repair all injuries so that they can return to their native habitat. Unfortunately, some of their injuries prevent this from happening, so the birds become ambassadors! This allows us to see these magnificent birds up close. The residents were amazed at how large some of the raptors were, especially the bald eagle.

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