Social Activities


Outdoor Social Distancing Visits

July 31st, 2020

Outdoor social distancing visits are now available at Oak Park Senior Living! Residents and family can reserve space on our patio to safely visit with one another face-to-face.We’re so happy to be taking this step as we continue safely navigating this time in our community. You can view available times and sign up for your visit online here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044caca828a6fa7-outdoor

For those without access to email, please call our Activities Director, Sue Wichman, at (651)-275-8087.

Tenants Ted and Jean Gillen had a visit with their great-grandchildren, Lincoln and Leo. The visits may be a bit different than they used to be, but everyone has been enjoying reconnecting with loved ones! ❤️

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Enjoying Root Beer Floats Donated by Local Businesses

May 15th, 2020

Two local Stillwater businesses donated all the fixings for root beer floats. The Lift Bridge Brewery donated handcrafted root beer, and Leo’s Malt Shop donated enough ice cream so that every Oak Park tenant was able to enjoy this yummy treat.

We have been fortunate to have so many businesses, families, and local residents drop off treats, letters, drawings, and more to help make this difficult situation as good as it can be. Our tenants are definitely feeling the love being sent their way from the community.

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2020 Saint Paul Winter Carnival

February 11th, 2020

Oak Park Senior Living celebrated the 2020 Saint Paul Winter Carnival with several special events. The tenants spent part of the week searching for the winter medallion, which was found by the husband and wife team of Fran and Karen Celski. Monroe Wright also stopped by for some live entertainment and to help us crown our Winter Carnival royalty.

Here are this year’s winners:
King – Russ Corbitt
Queen – Ginny Schneider
Royal Court – Joe French, Sue Jorgenson, Ellen Niblo and Warren Lorenz.

Congratulations to all of our Winter Carnival royalty!

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Rainy Day Entertainment & Special Project

October 25th, 2019

Over the last couple weeks, Tenants at Oak Park received some rainy day entertainment & special project time to brighten up some gloomy weather. Check it out!

Oak Park Senior Living spent a gloomy afternoon with entertainer Kent Appeldoorn. Kent had everyone laughing, tapping their toes, singing, and dancing. Music is a fun way to pass the time on rainy days! 🎼💃🕺


For a very special project last week, several tenants spent time coloring in artwork to be sent to Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) all across the country. These pictures are placed on the incubators of premature or sick newborns to provide comfort and support to their families. A family member here at Oak Park connected us with an artist who designs the cards and will be in charge of distributing them.

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Renaissance BBQ and Oktoberfest Celebration

October 17th, 2019

Getting into the spirit of the season, Oak Park recently held a Renaissance BBQ and Oktoberfest celebration. Check it out!

Oak Park Senior Living recently celebrated the last BBQ of the summer with a Renaissance theme. Along with the BBQ, tenants made flower crowns and we held a Renaissance Art Fair. Tenants showed off their artistic talents in paintings, woodwork, quilting, and needlework. As you can see from the pictures, we have a lot of very talented tenants here at Oak Park!


Oak Park Senior Living celebrated Oktoberfest last week. Our afternoon included a polka band and yummy German-inspired treats from our kitchen. And of course, no Oktoberfest would be complete without beer taste testing. Our tenants sampled several kinds of specialty Oktoberfest brews. PROST! 🍻

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2019 Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser & August Fun

August 30th, 2019

Oak Park Senior Living held its annual Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser on Wednesday, August 14. The evening included a silent auction, barbecue, and entertainment by Michael Riddle. Everyone enjoyed the tasty food, spending time with friends and family, and singing and dancing along with the music. A fun night for a great cause!

We raised approximately $2,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Oak Park ventures out monthly to a new restaurant. This month it was Gulden’s Restaurant and Bar in Maplewood. Everyone enjoyed the tasty food and great conversation!

The residents of our Garden Cove West units got together to reminisce about “school days.” During the afternoon, they made bookmarks together, just like they use to back in the day. They all turned out very unique, with one of our gentlemen even making a hunting themed marker!

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June Happy Hour and Musical Guests

June 28th, 2019

Keeping the good times rolling at Oak Park with a June happy hour and musical guests!

The tenants at Oak Park Senior Living spent the day in the Caribbean. In spirit, anyway. 🙂 We celebrated our first picnic of the season with grilled hot dogs, burgers, and brats. In the afternoon, we had a steel drum player stop by to share some “sounds of the islands”. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful sounds this Caribbean drum makes. Several tenants got an up-close and personal look at the drums and how they work. What a great day in the “Caribbean”!

This week Monroe Wright III visited Oak Park to entertain us with his special brand of music. The tenants enjoyed singing and clapping along to some favorite tunes!

Tenants at Oak Park Senior Living welcomed summer with a happy hour toast. Later we enjoyed music with Wayne and the Boys. As always, Wayne had us singing, dancing, and clapping along to great music. Welcome, summer – we’re so happy you’re finally here!

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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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