Field Trip


Silverwood Nature Center, Pontoon Ride, & Other Fun Events

August 20th, 2021

Shoreview Senior Living residents recently visited Silverwood Nature Center to learn about our Minnesota Lakes. The Nature Center is part of Silverwood Park, which integrates nature and art with its open green spaces with gorgeous lake views, art gallery, outdoor amphitheater, and collection of hiking trails. It’s a great place to learn and explore, and we did exactly that.

Our residents also took home a very special art project. Everyone got their very own screen print of our handcrafted lake scene.

There are few better ways to spend a morning than with a relaxing pontoon boat ride. Our captain chauffeured Shoreview Senior Living residents around White Bear Lake and shared with us an abundance of history about the lake and its surrounding homes and towns.

The weather was perfect, and the company was even better!

Residents of Shoreview Senior Living were recently inspired by Deacon Jim’s messages during morning Mass. We all enjoyed his uplifting words as well as readings and prayers. He also tells some pretty good jokes, which keeps us all on our toes.

Jim and Dan are among our extremely talented musicians at Shoreview Senior Living. Recently, residents were treated to a performance by this gifted duo. Jim and Dan served as the musical act for one of our Thursday entertainment events, and residents packed the room to hear them play. Everyone had a fabulous time, tapping toes and bobbing heads while singing along to the music.

Thank you to Jim and Dan for such an amazing show!

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Christmas festivities and December fun

December 27th, 2019

We really got into the holiday spirit here at Shoreview Senior Living! The last few weeks has been full of Christmas festivities and December fun. Check it out!

You can never have too many buttons when decorating festive holiday stockings!

Our Christmas tea party was a wonderful afternoon thanks to music by Tara Brueske, our gallant servers (who even sang to us!), delicious treats, and a reading of “A Cup of Christmas Tea.”

Christmas at the James J. Hill house was always exciting and festive, and they make sure it still is today! We were able to hear all about the history of Christmas at the beautiful St. Paul mansion on our recent visit.

Rockin’ Tony put on a GREAT holiday show for us here at Shoreview Senior Living. With tambourines and maracas in-hand, we got to play as his backup band!

We visited the Lake Elmo Inn on a beautiful, sunny day and enjoyed a delicious meal with great company!

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Fun and Busy October

October 17th, 2019

We’ve been having a fun and busy October here at Shoreview Senior Living! We’re only halfway through, but we’ve had musical guests, fun field trips, and an Oktoberfest celebration. Check it out!

Rockin’ Tony’s music brings out the smiles and memories. We love his visit each month!

Here’s a video clip from Rockin’ Tony’s performance:


The Centennial Stompers had us stomping our feet and clapping our hands with their uplifting Dixieland music! ???

Video of the Centennial Stompers show:


Tony Garry’s smile and his popular music from the ’60s and ’70s really gets us singin’ along!


Our “Craft Fair” was a great way to spend a Saturday! Vendor registration fees were donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Apple, apple, who’s got the apple? Definitely the Pine Tree Apple Orchard! ??


Just when we think we’ve learned everything we can about James J. Hill and his family, we’re treated to more interesting facts in this beautiful, historic mansion on Summit Avenue!

Here’s a clip of the group singing together during our latest visit at the James J. Hill House:


We celebrated Oktoberfest here at Shoreview Senior Living with delicious food and enjoying time with our friends and family! What a fun way to experience Bavarian culture and welcome autumn!

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Hawaiian BBQ, live music, and other fun events at Shoreview

July 15th, 2019

Summer fun has kept on rollin’ here at Shoreview! This July, we’ve had a Hawaiian BBQ, live music, and other fun events – check it out!

It’s hard to decide which part of our recent trip to Green Mill was best: the delicious meal or the ride!

Listening to Lyndon Griffin’s stories and songs about the Old West was so much fun!  

This month’s lesson and craft with Silverwood Nature Center taught us about the importance of sunlight in nature.

Monday morning bingo with friends is a great way to start the week!

Monroe knows how to bring a smile to our faces and put a song in our hearts! Celebrating our monthly birthdays with him was an absolute blast!

Maria not only keeps our library in order, she also keeps it decorated to always match the season. Thanks for celebrating freedom, Maria!

Aloha from Shoreview Senior Living! What’s more fun than a Hawaiian BBQ?!

Noodles and balloons bring on lots of laughs!

We love spending time together on the patio during the summer months!

Piece by piece, this gal gets the job done. We’re proud of our “Queen of Puzzles!”

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Kicking off summer at Shoreview Senior Living

June 27th, 2019

Kicking off summer at Shoreview Senior Living with a boat trip and lots of live music!

Our boating trip on White Bear Lake was relaxing, fun, and informative! The captain, crew, and our own residents shared stories about the history of the homes on White Bear Lake. 

We love to gather on Friday afternoons for happy hour as we visit with one another and listen to great music!

The Metro Men delighted us with barbershop music and even some pretty funny stories!

Everyone sang beautifully and had a blast at our sing-a-long with Jeff! ??

Gary visited both Garden Coves, East and North, for a fun afternoon of singing some favorites!

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Fun May Activities and Events at Shoreview

May 24th, 2019
Lots of May activities and events at Shoreview!

We love our happy hours and music with Kent! It’s always so much fun spending this special time together!

We loved both the food and conversation at the Little Venetian restaurant in Little Canada. We’re more than ready to go back!

We love it when Trudi visits us with flowers and music! ???

We celebrated the special women in our lives at our May Ladies’ tea party. We wore fancy hats and flowers as we conversed, sipped our tea, and enjoyed music provided by our delightful guest, Tara.

This Memorial Day weekend, we at Shoreview Senior Living remember and honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

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Celebrating Retirement, Volunteers, and More at Shoreview

April 30th, 2019

There was a lot to celebrate at Shoreview Senior Living this month, including our friend Linda’s retirement and all the volunteers we appreciate so much. Check it out!

Entertainment, cake, and thankfulness were the ingredients for a fun-filled afternoon as we wished Linda all the best in her retirement. She will be missed!

Making gifts for our volunteers and the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation event was both fun and important to us. We wanted to show our thanks to these special people!

The turn out and music for our Volunteer Appreciation event certainly helped make it incredible. We can’t thank our volunteers enough for all they do for our residents and community here at Shoreview Senior Living!

Friday mornings get off to a great start with our weekly Bible study class. Recent topics have been “Heaven” and “Women of the Bible.” There is much to learn and discuss!

We had so much fun watching “Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical” at the Old Log Theater! Not only were we treated to an amazing meal and magical performance, but to a beautiful snowfall surprise as well!

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Live Music, Nature Education, and Lots of Fun at Shoreview!

April 19th, 2019

We’ve been busy at Shoreview Senior Living. Check out some of the fun events at Shoreview from the last few weeks!

Interim HealthCare joined us for bingo. They not only called the numbers and provided prizes – they also led us in gentle exercises throughout the game. It was fun AND felt great!

These little canines sure can warm our hearts! We love spending time with Benny and Daisy. ?

The folks from Silverwood Nature Center gave us an informative session about birds and led us in making beautiful feathers out of clay. ???

We tapped our toes and sang along during our evening with the Pistachio Singers. There songs from the ’40s brought back many memories and their harmonies were beautiful! ??

We love music, and time spent rockin’ with Tony is always a blast!

The theme for this month’s visit to the James J. Hill house was “Art Collections.”  We learned that James Hill was an avid collector of paintings.  We also viewed a special exhibit of Nicholas Brewer’s works that are currently on display at the J.J. Hill House.

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Good Times in July

August 6th, 2018

Another month just flew by! Residents participated in the Slice of Shoreview Days parade, celebrated birthdays, and enjoyed many good times in July.

Slice of Shoreview Days Parade

On Saturday morning, Shoreview Senior Living participated in the Slice of Shoreview Days parade! It turned out to be a beautiful day. Rockin’ Tony made this day even more special by joining us on the float. Thank you to all who helped make this event happen. Be sure to check us out on CTV North Suburbs online. We also wanted to give a shout out to DARTS Aging and Caregiving Resources transportation for all their time and dedication!

 

90th Birthday

This is where the memories begin. A family celebrating their mom’s and friend’s 90th Birthday.

 

Yoga, Trivia, and Volleyball

We started the day with a game of volleyball, then we played a little trivia out on the patio in the afternoon. Residents enjoyed a bit of ice cream while testing their knowledge. Once they were filled up, we went inside to do some relaxing yoga with Nancy. We can’t thank you enough, Nancy, for your time and dedication! We all had a wonderful afternoon.

 

Silverwood Nature Center

Silverwood Nature Center visited again and talked about farmers markets. Residents were able to share their stories of canning their favorite veggies and fruit, as well as their days on the farm. They also created a berry bowl from clay which will be fired in the kiln and brought back next month for them to enjoy!

 

Fishing

Monday was such a busy day. A group of residents headed out to White Bear Lake to go fishing. We couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day! Everyone caught a fish! Ricardo caught the smallest fish, and Donna pulled in the largest fish. When we docked, residents enjoyed some lunch by the lake. Thank you, Ted, Kathy, and Julie for a terrific morning. Bear Boating of White Bear Lake, MN is a wonderful organization!

 

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June Activities

July 2nd, 2018

June has been full of so many fun activities! From field trips to art and music to yummy treats, the residents are having a blast!

Root Beer Floats

We went outside for some trivia and root beer floats. It was a perfect day to enjoy these cool treats. We also realized that there are a few residents you should NOT want to give a water gun!

 

Hawaiian BBQ

Aloha, from Shoreview Senior Living! On Wednesday, we had our 1st annual Hawaiian-style BBQ. There were decorations to make residents feel like they were in the tropics and wonderful Hawaiian music from Johnny Pineapple. It was truly a great afternoon! We even had some special Luau dancers who made this whole event come together. They definitely brought many smiles and laughs to the afternoon.

 

Butterfly Art

Residents got creative and made some beautiful glittery butterflies to use as a plant stake or an ornament. They all turned out absolutely adorable and bring a bit of summer into the room.

 

Birthday Celebration

We celebrated our monthly birthday happy hour and a special 61st anniversary. It was so precious to see Tulli and Monica dance to an old favorite! We were spoiled with Kim’s signature chocolate Bailey’s cheesecake. It was a wonderful treat!! The Sunshiners, a mom and daughter duet, joined us for a fun hour of songs and had the residents singing along. Joy is 14 years old and is so talented on her flute. She wowed the residents as she played her flute while hula hooping. We even had a special furry guest, Bentley, who is an adorable great dane puppy. Together he and Leo brought many smiles!

 

Breakfast and Cards

This morning, we started out with a made-to-order breakfast for the residents! In the afternoon, Trudi joined us for another fabulous sing-a-long. She definitely took the residents “Over the Rainbow” with her beautiful voice. In the evening, Jamie played some cards with residents in Garden Cove.

Breakfast and Cards

 

Minnesota Transportation Museum

On Tuesday, we traveled through history at the Minnesota Transportation Museum and saw exhibits featuring local and regional railway and bus history. We learned that the Jackson Street Roundhouse was built by James J. Hill in 1907 as one of the Great Northern Railway’s steam engine maintenance facilities. It was also the only railroad that did not go bankrupt. It was interesting to see how train cars were designed. We had a wonderful tour guide for our special tour of the forge and learned some fascinating facts from the blacksmiths. We dined in the middle of the museum and took in more history as we watched a short film. We had a great time and absorbed so much history of the Twin Cities.

 

Pond Life

Alyssa, Seth, and Cora joined us from Silverwood Nature Center to talk about pond life. From tadpoles to turtles to water beetles, residents learned all about the little creatures that make the pond their home. Afterward, they made a cyanotype print which uses the sun to expose their creation.

 

Concertina

We had Josh Eidsor play his polka-style music on a concertina. Some recognized him from the polka spotlight on the channel 6 Metro Cable Network. It was a great afternoon! We also put up the fence residents painted flowers on. Our garden out back is doing awesome as well. Soon we will have cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, peppers, and tomatoes thanks to all our green thumbs.

 

Pancake Breakfast

We gave appreciation to our fathers with a pancake breakfast. It is always nice to show how much we care for these special men in our lives.

 

Rockin’ Tony

Rockin’ Tony came in for an afternoon of toe-tapping music! Tony had special guests: Judy played the tambourine, Jim played the sax, and Don played the trumpet. Tony even got ahold of Mr. Smiles (my puppet) and tried to get him to sing!

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