Boy, this week went by quickly. They say time flies by quicker as you get older. Here it is over half way through June but at least we just started summer. Summer officially started on Thursday and when you come to think that fall doesn't start until Sept. 21, we have a long way to go and plenty of time to enjoy summer.
Something that doesn't happen often here at The Rivers Senior community is someone turning 100 years old. We had that happen last Wednesday. When someone turns the big one double zero, we go all out to celebrate. We had a huge party with cake and punch, the room was decorated to the max with banners and balloons, the celebrant had his favorite meal for lunch and his favorite entertainer was on hand to sing his favorite songs. Over 75 people in attendance between immediate family members and residents (who are just like family here). After it was all done, many residents said how much they loved the party. I told them we would do the same when they reach 100. Gives you incentive to stay healthy just to have a huge party.
Last Monday we had the Showtime Senior Chorus perform for us. Boy were they good. It was the first time they performed for us and we will have them back again soon. There was about 20 members in the chorus and piano player. They sang and danced and told some of the best jokes I've heard in a long time. We all laughed and sang along and had a wonderful afternoon. If you were here you could have seen it.
On Thursday we had our resident council meeting and I love the fact that we have so many residents in attendance who love to hear what is happening here and really be involved in the community. It's a great way to have your opinions heard and find common ground. We have the meetings on the third Thursday of every month at 2:30.
Next week will be another busy week. On Monday at 3:00, one of our favorite entertainers Stacy Congdon will be here. She plays classical flute and her friend Jill accompanies her on piano. It is such a relaxing afternoon of music. It just takes all the stress out of your life.
Wednesday we will have a gentleman here to talk about diabetic footwear. Those who have diabetes can develop foot problems and there are special shoes to comfort those with problems. Stop by The Rivers at 3:00 on Wednesday and see what they have to offer. It's always free!
I will be wrapping up the week with some Armchair Travel. It's like being there without leaving your seat. My power point presentation will be on Washington D.C.. You can almost smell the cherry blossoms. We will look at all the great monuments and buildings that make our nations capitol a great place to visit.
The Rivers isn't just where I work, it's where I feel at home. The residents have such a wonderful community feel. We are like a microcosm of the world. We have people from so many walks of life and backgrounds and everyone is so supportive of each other. If you are looking for a place to feel at home, stop by and take a tour of The Rivers. I know you will feel like I do and call this place home.
Until next week, have a great weekend and great week ahead and stop by and see us sometime. Joe Johnson, Activity Director, The Rivers 11111 River Hills Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337