Happy Hour


Happy New Year!

January 8th, 2019

Happy New Year to all! Check out below for our fun activities from the past few weeks.

At Shoreview Senior Living, we enjoyed a happy hour with Monroe Wright. He’s certainly a crowd-pleaser!

 

We also rang in the new year early with plenty of music, balloons, and root beer floats. We hope 2019 brings you joy and happiness.

 

 

 

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Music and Art: Our Two Favorites!

November 20th, 2018

At Shoreview Senior Living, we are enjoying a November filled with beautiful music and art. Check out below for pictures from our musical and artistic ventures!

 

It’s always fun to sing along with Trudy! She’s so spunky and sweet! This month’s theme was “Thanksgiving.”

 

Happy hour with James Shaw was so much fun! His impersonations were great!

 

We enjoyed a craft session making art for our doors!

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September Activities

October 1st, 2018

September was full of art, music, and more!

Painting Lesson

We had a great time painting together!

Trudi

Railroad sing-along with Trudy.

Railroad Fun with Trudi
Railroad Fun with Trudi

Apple Cider

The kind folks from Silverwood Nature Center taught us the process of making apple cider.

Apple Cider
Apple Cider

Metro Men Barbershop Chorus

An afternoon of music with the Metro Men Barbershop Chorus.

September Birthdays

Celebrating resident birthdays for September.

Celebrating Birthdays at Shoreview

Celebrating Birthdays at Shoreview

Monroe Wright

Happy Hour with Monroe is always wonderful!

Seed Art

Making seed art to celebrate autumn.

Seed Art at Shoreview Senior Living

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Music, Crafts, and Games

July 16th, 2018

Music, crafts, and games helped kick off July! It has been a hot summer so far, but that doesn’t stop the fun!

Happy Hour with Tony Gary

Friday turned out to be a great afternoon when Tony Gary joined us for happy hour. Kristy had her bubble machine ready when he sang “Tiny Bubbles”, which brought many smiles. We also enjoyed mini sandwiches and cool beverages – what more could you want on a hot steamy day!

 

Parade Prep

Today we got ready for the Slice of Shoreview Days Parade. Joy came in to help us make some sassy and fun shades to wear on our ride. We had a few volunteers paint our sign, too. Everyone was so creative and found many treasures to attach! Don’t they look great?

 

Fun Games

We held our monthly auction and kicked it up a notch with some fun games for “big” prizes. The residents loved the pie in the face game. It was an hour full of laughs and good times.

 

Trivia

Jill visited us to play music trivia. It was an afternoon of recalling all our favorite movies, actors, actresses, and songs. Thank you, Jill, for a great afternoon! We always love seeing you!!

 

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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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Music, Smiles, and Laughter

June 4th, 2018

The past few weeks have been full of music, smiles, and laughter! What a wonderful start to the summer.

Ken Wanovich

Ken Wanovich joined us for happy hour and played some sing-a-longs and classic tunes that we all love. Residents enjoyed delicious hummus, pita chips, and cocktails while listening to Ken’s wonderful music.

 

From Volleyball to Yoga

From volleyball to sing-a-longs to a picnic lunch in building B, we sure have had a fun week. It may have been muggy outside, but there was fun to be had inside! Nancy taught us a new yoga move called “lion pose.” We love this one! Not only does it help our facial muscles and voices, but we also look a bit goofy, too!

 

May Birthdays

We celebrated our May birthdays and a 72nd wedding anniversary during happy hour. With the cake, ice cream, friends, and music from Monroe Wright – we sure had a great time.

 

Tony’s Rock-n-roll

Tony came in for an afternoon of rock-n-roll. It was great to see him and his nephew, Mason, who had just graduated preschool. He played his saxophone while Tony sang. He just looks up to his “gunkle” so much! Mason is so lucky to have such a special uncle in his life.

 

Red Nose Day at the Masonic Heritage Center

This day was filled with fun moments. First, it was Red Nose Day to support children in poverty. I love this day because it creates so many smiles! A group of us took our noses and went to the Masonic Heritage Center to see “From Ava to Eternity: the Life and Music of Frank Sinatra.” As we wore our noses to lunch and the theater, we noticed we inspired many smiles and laughs. Even the director of the theater put a nose on. We took a picture with the cast after the show too. It was a wonderful performance, and we look forward to going back in the near future. Back at Shoreview, Lexi had a great time enjoying popsicles out on the patio with residents.

 

Silverwood Nature Center

Silverwood Nature Center visited us again to talk about baby animals. It was interesting to learn some of the fun facts! We knew rabbits multiply fast, but they are also known to have a litter each month. Wow! Residents then created a watercolor and ink press picture of baby animals in a nature scene. In the end, we were able to pick up the small bird baths that we made last month out of clay. They turned out so nice!

Leo’s Birthday Party

Leo turned three, and residents helped celebrate his special day. He played in the pool, showed them how he can jump through a hoop, and played some frisbee with the residents. Leo brought us some dog treats for everyone to share. What a beautiful day to celebrate this special pooch!

 

Thematic Thursday

Thematic Thursday was filled with a variety of fun activities. We spent the day planting flowers on our patios. They look beautiful; it must have been our singing! In the afternoon, Amy came in for another improv hour with the residents. From funny noises to funny faces, it was a great time. Later in the day, The Hacklewrappers joined us for an evening of Bluegrass music. They were terrific and got the toes tapping.

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Movement in May

May 21st, 2018

The past few weeks have been full of activities that inspired residents to get moving!

Yoga and Volleyball

We had a terrific Tuesday! Residents started out with volleyball in the morning. It’s becoming pretty competitive! After lunch, we all headed out for some trivia on the patio. We ended the wonderful day outside doing yoga with Nancy.

 

Mother’s Day Tea

Monday afternoon, we enjoyed sitting on the patio before the rain came. Afterwards, we ventured inside for our Mother’s Day Tea Party. David Geske played some beautiful piano music for all the ladies (and a few men too), while the residents enjoyed tea with little cucumber sandwiches and petite desserts. It was a beautiful afternoon to celebrate with the moms at Shoreview Senior Living!

 

Senior Prom

A room filled with beautiful decorations, a corsage for each resident, and nothing but smiles made for the start of a wonderful Prom. The beauty of each resident was captured as they enjoyed an afternoon of music with Dan and Judy from Bandanaa, dancing, and gourmet treats. A few teenagers from Mounds View High School joined us and helped create many lasting memories. They were such joyful and compassionate students as they danced and visited with the residents. This intergenerational experience is rewarding for the students and seniors. We were proud to crown Dawn and Lee Herndon as the 2018 King and Queen of Shoreview Senior Living. Thank you to everyone who helped make this day special!!!

 

Canvas Painting

Mrs. Jill visited residents to do some canvas painting. They each created beautiful spring paintings of flowers in a field. I love how the residents can relax and get lost in their painting.

 

Dancing to Amy and Adams

Residents enjoyed their weekly happy hour with Amy and Adams. They are a wonderful and talented music duo. The music got the residents singing, dancing, and tapping their toes. “Ralph” (my puppet) even came out to get Telly to smile a little bit. Then Leo caught a dance with mom. Amy and Adams are a fun couple. We look forward to seeing them again!

 

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Around the World

May 7th, 2018

Residents helped children and learned about cultures from around the world.

Feed My Starving Children

May Day brings out happy feelings, and residents shared it by giving back. Shoreview Senior Living residents went over to Incarnation Lutheran Church and packed meals for Feed My Starving Children. It was a rewarding afternoon. In the end, we packed 327 boxes, which will feed 194 kids a meal per day for a year. Such a great feeling to know we can help make a difference in the lives of children around the world.

 

Festival of Nations

We hosted a Festival of Nations during Happy Hour. We featured Sweden, Germany, Ireland, China, and Liberia. Everyone was able to try popular foods from each country and learned some fun facts. Erma and Sharon hosted Sweden. They brought many fun items that represent their country and served herring and lingonberry spread. Tony and Ermi hosted Germany and served some Tony’s famous spaetzle and kraut. Linda even brought in homemade pretzels and beer to try. Maria hosted Ireland and served up some corn beef and cabbage. We featured Liberia because it is the native country of many of our caregivers. Residents tried some Liberian fried plantain. Marilyn served up some egg rolls from China and talked about their culture, too! Books and brochures from each country were set out to look through. It was so fun to learn about the different heritages and where we should go on our next vacation!

 

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April: Music, Art, and Fun Times!

April 17th, 2018

So far, April has brought us cold and snow. While spring may be delayed, the residents are still having a grand ol’ time.

Happy Hour with Tony

Tony joined us again for happy hour. He rocked the house with all the tunes we remember growing up to. He brings so much energy, and it’s always a great time when he comes. Judy did a great job helping him the tambourine, while other residents showed off some dance moves.

 

Spring Flower Boot Vases

Residents painted ceramic boot vases and filled them with spring flowers. There may be snow outside, but we are bringing spring to Shoreview Senior Living! Everyone had their different styles, which added to the creativity of the afternoon. All turned out beautifully!

 

Children’s Performing Arts

Children’s Performing Arts put on a little show filled with song and dance for residents. They are such talented kids, and we look forward to seeing them in their new theater.

 

Kitchen Kut Ups

The Kitchen Kut Ups from New Brighton gave us some silly silly songs and laughter. Their instruments were so fun, and their skits were hilarious. The residents truly enjoyed the show. Thank you for bringing a little joy and humor to Shoreview Senior Living.

 

Basketball

We had a fun basketball competition in Garden Cove. Even one of the caregivers joined in on the action. The residents ended up in the winner’s circle! I think they have been practicing hard. Herb even showed off his muscles after his winning shot.

 

Happy Hour with Jim and Norton

Jim and Norton joined us for a terrific happy hour with delicious appetizers and cake to celebrate this month’s birthdays! Dancing, singing, and many smiles made this day so special!

 

 

 

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Easter Fun!

April 6th, 2018

These past few weeks have been a blast with Easter activities and some music!

Dulcimer

Lori Ronchak visited and played the Hammered Dulcimer during happy hour. It was such a unique and beautiful instrument that her brother made. She was very talented. We also did some sing-a-longs and music trivia on the piano.

 

Easter Bunny

A group of kids visited residents and made crafts, played games, and got “tattoos.” The Easter bunny hopped on over to celebrate with all the kids! They also had some special treats to take home with them. Thank you to all the residents and volunteers who helped make this a wonderful and successful morning.