We can’t believe it finally snowed yesterday! It seems like it has been a long time since Mother Nature waited until after Thanksgiving…
Here’s a look back at the month that was.
Eight brave residents along with our Bus Driver, Food Services Director, and Community Life Coordinator, kicked off the month by sampling Indian food at local favorite: India Palace. We are in unanimous consensus that we should return, with even emptier stomachs.
Our Tuesday Bible Study group has really expanded over the month, and when a gap in the Sunday church schedule appeared, Pastor Del Larson of Grace United Methodist Church gladly took over. It has been wonderful to see our spiritual activities bloom as the Fargo- Moorhead community continues to give back to us.
Of course, there was also the election. What a year! Many residents participated, as they have done many, many times. We reminisced about the changes we have seen in our country.
In the middle of the month, we had a Hospice Week with presentations on Grief During the Holidays, and the Palliative Care program offered through Hospice. We thank Hospice for sharing time with our staff, residents, and families, and were happy to contribute to the organization with our Hospice for Hotdish fundraiser. If you missed any of these valuable sessions, please do not hesitate to call us for more information.
Our food service provider, Reinhart, and the Rockin 60s Band, saw to it that we had a fun Veteran’s Day celebration. They brought in food for residents to sample (meal-sized samples – that is), and the Rockin 60s set up in our Dining Room for dinner and a show. We also attended a Veteran’s Day program at South High School, which was very well done. One of our residents had a grandson in the band! We loved being a part of a program that spoke to all generations about things that are truly important in our country.
For October/November, our Book Club read “Still Alice,” and met to discuss what they learned. We will be screening the movie based on the book in December. Keep an eye on our calendar and Facebook page for that. We also had a performer named Bob Balyeat visit River Pointe, who before his show, learned everyone’s name in the room! We were quite amazed.
Residents got in the spirit of holiday giving by donating the Blessing Bag project, put on by Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead. These bags were assembled by Sunday School groups, and distributed among church members to hand out to the homeless in our community. Many will keep a pack in their car, in the event they encounter someone in need while driving. We think this is a wonderful idea, and look forward to making our own Blessing Bags in the future.
Residents also attended the American Legion Fish Fry. Most ordered the famous entree, and came home with leftover walleye for lunch the next day. Needless to say, we will be back.
Thanksgiving was celebrated a little early, with pianist Alex Swanson, and a delicious meal created by our Food Services Department. Thank you to the family, friends, and staff who came out to make this a very special evening.
We wrapped up the month with our first Christmas performance of the season. The Silver Follies put on a fabulous show that had us all singing along. They are a group of seniors from the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater.
November was a fun month, but we are really looking forward to December and all the memorable activities it will bring.
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