Here we are. Well into the hot, dog days of summer. We’ve said hello to new neighbors at River Pointe, and goodbye to old friends. A look back at the season that was, Spring 2017.
March saw the beginning of many activities that have become habit. A group of residents regularly attends the BoneBuilders class at the Hjemkomst Center – although they’ve changed the name to “Bone Crushers.” This free exercise class is open to the community and is a great workout for strength and balance. They meet Mondays and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 on the lower level.
Our Fancy Fingers group with Housekeepers Kelly and Silvia has REALLY grown. We are so thankful to these two for providing this service to our residents. Kelly and Siliva are SO creative. There’s just something about having a coat of polish on your nails that makes a person feel fancy.
Our Book Club discussed “A FireProof Home For The Bride” and later, “The Light Between Oceans.” They recently met after reading, “Defending Jacob,” and “El Paso” will be their next read – to be discussed in the Fall.
We are taking a break from Project Linus while the warm weather seems to call everyone to the lake, and families to get together, but had a nice, if quiet, time at our last session for the season.
Music continues to be at least a weekly event. We’ve had some extra visits from a McCallaster College student, Elisabet, the Park Christian Choir, Hartford Street Brass Band, PrimeTime Choir, and even Blind Joe!!
Can’t forget to mention the joint Pub Crawl with Serenity Assisted Living we did for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s always fun to get on the news…
Anita of Bridgeview Liquor continues to offer a free monthly Wine Class, and the group only grows each time, sometimes with family members or friends attending. Anita brings in various wine samples, describing their origins and how they are best served, and pairs them with food samples such cheese, fruit, or crackers.
Mark Piehl has also begun monthly discussions with our residents. He has focused on topics such as: “Free Land” how the Homesteaders acquired free or cheap land in the Midwest, Prohibition in Fargo-Moorhead, Steamboats in the Valley, and Prisoners of War in Moorhead. We hope to continue offering these intellectual and historical studies, and thank Mark and the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County for this opportunity to connect back to our community.
Various informative seminars have come and gone. Topics included: Health Care Directives, Fraud Prevention for Seniors, and hosting the local breakfast club for a Sergeant’s perspective on the Dakota Pipeline Protests. 2 of these speakers will be featured at the upcoming safety awareness day at the Hjemkomst Center, which we will also be attending.
A few photos from our Mother’s Day Painting Party with local artist Kate Podolak:
And finally, in May, we celebrated Minnesota’s 159th Birthday with, what else, Lutefisk and Meatballs! It was such a hit the Culinary Club decided it should be served again for Father’s Day. Some residents went back for thirds and fourths.
Of course, we can’t fit every fun moment from our Spring into one blog post. If you haven’t yet “liked” and “followed” our Facebook page, click here to do so now! We upload pictures of what we’re up to every day, and share information about upcoming events.
Has one of these pictures sparked an idea? We’d love to hear from you! Even better, let us know if you’re interested in volunteering at River Pointe. Talk with Anna, our Community Life Coordinator, for more information.
Hope you are having a fanTAStic summer!