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Residents celebrate the New Year

Valley View News


At Valley View, residents enjoyed many activities throughout the week. The Activity Department offers a wide variety of activities each week to meet the residents’ interests, as well as the physical, mental, and psychological well-being of each resident.

Residents rang in the new year on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. On Monday before supper, residents enjoyed a happy half-hour to celebrate New Year’s Eve with Malibu Rum and pineapple juice, whiskey and coke, or a beer. On Tuesday morning, residents watched the Tournament of Roses Parade on television.  At the noon meal, black-eyed peas, a tradition for New Year’s Day, were served with braised pork. In the afternoon, they had chips, dip, and coke while they watched the Rose Bowl between Stanford and Wisconsin. A few residents stayed up until 10 p.m. Mountain Standard Time to watch the ball coming down in Times Square in New York City to signal the arrival of the new year.

Games throughout the week provided fun and laughter. On Sunday afternoon, four residents played Uno with Barbara Heater winning. On Wednesday afternoon, 11 residents played Bingo, and on Friday afternoon, 13 residents played Bingo. Kenny Hoagland and Jeannie James won Four Corners. June Wenger and Truth Karstoft won Blackouts. Our Bingo helpers were Betty Dean, Joannie Johnson, Jill Martin, Barbara Wise, and Dauna. On Saturday afternoon, six residents played Blackjack with Jeanette Baker winning.

On Sunday afternoon, Ken Kreusel of the Encampment Presbyterian Church led our church service with his wife, Becky, on the keyboard.

On Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning, residents listened to Brenda Zeiger read from Debbie Macomber’s Summer on Blossom Street in Reading Fun.

On Wednesday morning, Janice Kerpan and Mildred Hennek gave eight ladies beautiful hairdos.

On Wednesday morning, Brenda Zeiger did the nails of eight residents.

On Thursday  morning, four residents worked on a picture puzzle with Brenda Zeiger.

Evening activities included Turner Classic Movies (Channel 44): Armistad on Sunday, After the Thin Man on Monday, The Pink Panther on Wednesday, The Littlest Rebel on Thursday, Creature from the Black Lagoon on Friday, and To Have and Have Not on Saturday.

The Activity program relies on volunteers to enhance residents’ lives. If interested, please call 326-8212 and ask for the Activity Director, Tom Mansfield.


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