I think it’s safe to say, Autumn is really here. While we’re looking forward to the fun things we have planned for the cooler months, let’s take a moment to look back at our summer…
In June, we tried several new restaurants and had our first pontoon outing of the season with Let’s Go Fishing. We visited Izumi Sushi and Hibachi in Fargo, Everest Tikka House in the Moorhead Center Mall, and had Lunch at the Rex Café located in the Hjemkomst Center. We also took a tour and viewed the movie on how the famous Viking ship was built.
And of course, we had to celebrate our June Birthdays…
For Father’s Day, Mark Piehl hosted a discussion about the Prisoner of War camp located right here in Moorhead. Mark visits River Pointe once a month to talk local history and share photos. He is always a big hit. After the presentation, residents chose to have another round of lutefisk and meatballs…
Families got involved attending the Annual Riverton Suites Open House and our first ever Sweet Street Ice Cream Social. Both celebrations were an absolute blast, despite being driven indoors by un-summerlike weather.
Gary Johnson hosted an informative session on Fraud Prevention for Seniors, (which you can read more about by clicking here), and we had some extraordinary performances from the Kringen Accordion Band and Prime Time Choir.
A Patriotic Sing-A-Long with Jerry McCollum kicked off the month of July. He and his wife tour the country, performing a Patriotic Concert for Senior Living Communities.
We’re always looking for fun ways to give back, so when we heard about an opportunity to make crafts for Hospice patients, we were totally on board. Every Monday in July, we met after bingo to create something for the Hospice Chaplains to share during their visits. We hope our creations touched lives, and let people know they are loved.
Sandra from Hospice took the time to explain the benefits of Hospice during these sessions. River Pointe works closely with Hospice. We encourage you to read about them by clicking here and here, or visiting their website.
Families came by for our annual block party. This year, we featured music from the Raw Sugar band. It was so great to have Raw Sugar join us, they tour all over the area and really bring the fun.
More music wrapped up the month, with performances from the DeMasi Brothers and the Tremble Clef Parkinson’s Choir.
We sampled some local restaurants in August, visiting the patio at BLVD in West Fargo and Usher’s House in Moorhead. We also had a couple unique outings to the Western Minnesota Steam Thresher’s Reunion and to the Harris Cabin in Cormorant, MN.
We had a successful Men’s Breakfast with a huge group of guys, and joined in the hoopla over the solar eclipse.
Mark Piehl’s presentation about Recreation on the Red River drew a larger than usual crowd, as so many of our residents had homes near the Red River.
Our Walking Group has really started to grow as new residents moved to River Pointe, and Riverton Suites Residents found a new way to exercise with a giant bowling set.
The end of August saw the beginning of harvesting and with it, sharing of that harvest. Many residents shared with their neighbors the products of their gardens, and the Brendamuhl’s donated enough corn for at least 2 suppers. Below are our Corn Shucking volunteers in Riverton Suites! Thanks everyone!
PreSchool visitors added so much joy with their morning visits. We were able to get out on the patio, blowing bubbles, playing games, and just enjoying the sunshine.
Blind Joe performed at River Pointe, not once, but twice this summer! Resident Assistant, Kevin, had the great idea for Joe to reach out to us, and we were able to pull together a surprise concert for the residents. Root beer floats and all! It was so cool to have a local legend in our front yard. We wish him the best of luck as he heads off to bigger things!
As you can see, we’re big on keeping busy. Plans are in motion for participation in the Scarecrow Garden at Trollwood, a Halloween Bash, a Fitness Challenge, and –if you can believe it– our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners with families. A friendly reminder that we are also in the midst of Flu Season. Residents can get their vaccination right here at River Pointe on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.