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April 2019 News and Events

New Staff

Erica Wagner

Activity Assistant

We are very excited to welcome Erica Wagner as our new part-time Activity Assistant! Erica comes to us from Heritage Care Center where she worked as an activity assistant for the last year and half. She is also a licensed massage therapist and enjoys using that skill on her days off. 

Erica was born in California. She grew up in the Long Beach area. After high school Erica moved to Washington state and lived there about five years. While she was in Washington she met her husband, Thomas. The couple moved to Iowa and married and later had their son Aiden, who is now about to turn 3. She has a pet fish and a rabbit named Sky. In her free time she enjoys spending her time with family and crafting. Welcome Erica!


Happening This Month

Monday Morning Coffee Club

All are invited to join us every Monday morning at 9am in The Gardens of Cedar Rapids' Piano Lounge for coffee and conversation! Enjoy taking a tour of our gorgeous facility, sipping on a warm cup of coffee, and some wonderful company! Free coffee mug on your first visit. Come and see! We would love to have you! 


Assisted Living Brunch Dates

Tenant Brunch

(designed for just tenants)

Wednesday, April 3rd at 10:00am


Family Brunch

(designed for tenants and their invited guests)

Friday, April 19th at 10:00am

For our Family Brunch please RSVP to Eva no later than April 17th.

See Eva for questions.

**And new this month! Eggs to order and our brunch omelet bar will be offered at the noon meal on Friday, April 19th in our memory care facility! Families of our memory care tenants are welcome and encouraged to attend! Please RSVP to Eva by April 17th. See Eva for questions.**


Weekend Events

BINGO with Prairie High School Key Club!

Saturday, April 13th 

10:00-11:15am in our Skilled Dining Room


Musical Fellowship with Stonebridge Church!

Sunday, April 14th

1:30pm in our Piano Lounge


Easter Sunday Bible Study with Stonebridge Church

Sunday, April 21st

10:00am in our Long Term Care Activity Room


Music with Loco Lee!

Sunday, April 21st

1:30pm in our Skilled Dining Room


Homemade Ice Cream!

Sunday, April 14th around 3pm stop down to our Piano Lounge for some homemade vanilla ice cream! This sweet treat is churned by a John Deere Model E3 Hit and Miss engine owned by Eva's father. Come and Enjoy!! 


Happy Hour Line-Up!

Friday, April 5th  -  David Wertz (new entertainer!)

Friday, April 12th  -  Betty Debban

Friday, April 19th  -  Ron Burgess 

Friday, April 26th  -  Janet Lieb


For more programs happening this month... check out our April calendar!




Regular Reminders

Meal Punch Cards

We love having visitors at our table for any of our delicious meals! If you are a regular visitor for meals please purchase a meal punch card from Tina at our front desk. All meals are only $5.00 and our punch cards are sold in 5 or 10 meal increments. Your server will ask to see your punch card at the time of your meal.

And just a reminder, a 24hr. notice of your attendance is greatly appreciated so that our kitchen staff can make appropriate accommodations. Thank you! See Tina at our front desk for questions. 


Labeling Laundry

If you or your loved one reside in our long term or skilled care facility, please make sure that all laundry is clearly marked with yours or your loved one's name or initials. This ensures that all laundry is returned to their proper owner. For assistance or questions please speak with Brenda our Housekeeping Manager. Thank you!


Transportation to Appointments

We are happy to offer transportation to appointments for assisted living tenants on Thursdays during business hours. We appreciate a week's notice of appointments so that we can accommodate everyone's schedule. Please speak with Terry or Eva for questions or scheduling. 



Resident Spotlight

Richard Haddy

Richard Haddy was born on December 15th, 1927 near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The specific location was called the "lower end." Now it is known as the the Newbo District. He grew up there with one younger sister who lives in Arizona. He attended McKinley Junior High and the took classes at Coe College, later attending the University of Iowa for his degree in music. He started playing the piano at age 3, and can remember getting to play in the school programs growing up and loved it. 

After he attended the University of Iowa he left for New York City, working as a musician, playing for many well known celebrities including Frank Sinatra. He was fortunate to play in almost all 50 states including Alaska and Mexico. 

What brought him back to Iowa was his father who had become ill. He took care of him until his passing. The two built a wonderful relationship during that time. In his free time Richard likes to watch TV, especially TMC. He also loves to play the piano and share his passion for music with people. You will often find him playing for anyone who may listen in The Garden's Piano Lounge.

Join us, Wednesday, April 24th at 3:00pm in our Piano Lounge for a special happy hour dedicated to Richard! He will be sharing his gift of piano playing with us and food and drinks will be served.




Happy Birthday!

Catherine Abodeely - April 8th 

Betty Kieper - April 10th

Chuck Havlik - April 20th 


Help us celebrate! 

Betty's 100th birthday party will be Wednesday, April 10th at 2pm in the Piano Lounge!

Our regular monthly birthday party will be Thursday, April 18th at 2:00pm in the Piano Lounge!




In Loving Memory

Darlene Tiedemann

10/17/1928 - 3/20/2019

Anne Brems

11/14/1922 - 3/24/2019



Gardening Tips from our Master Gardner Emil

Want a weed-less lawn? 

Keep your lawn attractive by keeping a 2in. grove. It smothers a lot of weed growth and dandelions. During the growing season be sure to keep after weeds, insects, and other pests. If you need help, garden stores will often offer a variety of materials to kill weeds and dandelions and deter bugs and insects. 


Having trouble with deer and other pests?

To deer-proof your plants use cedar oil. Place it on the ground outside of the area of your plants. A 1ft. border around once a year will be adequate. Deer and other animals don't like it. Cedar oil will deter from insects, beetles, deer, and rabbits.




Wising you all a wonderful month!



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