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June News and Events

Employees of the Month!

Elisha Allen

Elisha is one of our CNA's in our long-term care facility. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 19th, 1985. She now lives in the area and is a single mom of 3 beautiful kids. She has a set of twins, one boy and one girl. They are 15 years old. She also has another daughter who is 17 years old. The girls attend Washington High School and the boy attends Metro High School.

Fun Facts: 

Elisha's hobbies include reading, writing, and learning.

She has lived in Cedar Rapids since November of 2018

She started working for The Gardens in February of 2019.

Something Elisha would like people to know about her is that, "I'm a good hearted, empathetic person, who enjoys working with people from all walks of life and I take special care for domestic violence survivors."

Our staff says that...

"Elisha is always willing to help out and pick up shifts."

"Elisha has an infectious smile."

"She has helped me learn to be a good CNA."

"She is always in a good mood."

"She genuinely cares about each resident, not just her job. Its been a joy to see a staff member encourage the residents to participate in all they can."

Our residents say...

"She always knocks on the door and introduces herself."

"She takes the time to do the little things for me that makes the big difference. Like shaving me everyday even if it isn't my bath day."

"I like the way she makes me feel, I'm always happy when she is working."

"My room is always so neat when she is working and I make it to activities on time."



Tina Parizek

Tina is our receptionist and the face of the front desk!

She is always willing to help with anyone and the residents love having her in the lobby to chat with.

She is helpful with directing traffic, answering phones, making us popcorn and coffee, filling the ice cream machine, and is always going above and beyond for anyone.

We are so lunch to have her at The Gardens of Cedar Rapids. 


Thank you Elisha and Tina for all that you do!




Happening This Month

Coffee Club

Join us every Monday morning at 9:00am in our Piano Lounge for coffee and conversation! Meet new friends, see our gorgeous facility, and receive a complementary mug on your first visit! No R.S.V.P. needed, all are welcome!


Ladd Library Outings

All summer long on Tuesday morning, Assisted Living residents will be heading to Ladd Library for an intergenerational community event! If you have kids or grandkids that want to be involved, bring them to Ladd Library on Tuesday mornings at 10:00am! We hope to see you there! (Line-up for June listed below.)

June 4th- Folk Song Sing-Along

June 11th- Story Drawings

June 18th- Pet Rocks/Garden Stones

June 25th- Cookie Decorating


Historical Reenactment - Annie Oakley

Marci Whittles from Cedar Rapids Iowa will be performing a historical reenactment of Annie Oakley in the long-term care dining room on Wednesday, June 12th at 3:00pm! All are welcome to attend, come experience a piece of history! 


Donuts with Dad 

Celebrate Father's Day at Donuts with Dad! Donuts will be served from 9:00am-11:00am on Saturday, June 15th in the Piano Lounge! Enjoy time with your loved one over delicious donuts! No R.S.V.P. necessary, feel free to just stop by!


Assisted Living Brunch

The brunch dates have been set! Mark your calendars!

Assisted Living Family Brunch:

Friday, June 14th - 10:00am 

RSVP to Eva by Wednesday, June 12th!

Assisted Living Resident Brunch (just residents)

Wednesday, June 19th - 10:00am


Memory Care Family Lunch and Omelet Bar

Wednesday, June 19th - Noon

Friends and family of our memory care residents are invited to attend!

Come enjoy time with your loved one over lunch! RSVP to Eva by Monday, June 17th. 


Happy Hour Line-up!

Come enjoy live music and drinks every Friday at 3pm! (Unless otherwise noted.)

June 7th - Guitar and Vocals by Jason Guerrero

June 14th - Broadway Favorites on the Piano by Betty Debban

June 21st - Favorite Oldies on Keyboard by Harry Ebbeson 

June 28th - **Time change!** 2:30 pm instead of 3! Classics on the Keyboard with Ron Burgess


USA Days Parade! 

We are inviting friends and family of The Gardens of Cedar Rapids to stop by Fairfax on Saturday, June 22nd for a parade starting at 11:30! Look for our bus in the parade full of our Assisted Living tenants! And be sure to also stop by our booth and say hi to Amy, our Community Relations Director! Hope to see you all there! 


Other Weekend Events...


Sunday, June 16th at 2:00pm (Skilled Dining Room)

Music with Loco Lee!


Take a look at our monthly calendar for more events happening each day!




Resident Spotlight

Mildred and Henry Meyer

Join us Thursday, June 27th at 3:00pm in the Piano Lounge as we celebrate Henry and Mildred Meyer! 



Regular Reminders

Transportation to Appointments

We offer transportation to appointments on Thursdays during business hours for our Assisted Living Tenants. Arrangements can be made with Terry, our Maintenance Director. We appreciate at least one week's notice and will do our best to accommodate everyone. See Tina at the front desk for questions. 

Labeling Laundry 

Warmer weather is finally here! And as families switch out their loved one's laundry in our long-term care facility, we would like to remind you to please clearly mark or label all clothing so that it can be returned to the proper owner. See Brenda our Housekeeping Manager for questions. 

Meal RSVP's and Punch Cards

Plan to attend a meal with us? Great! Let us know you're coming! We appreciate a minimum of 24hrs. notice of guests to ensure enough food is prepared. Please also take time to purchase a meal punch card at the front desk! Meal punch cards are sold in 5-10 meal increments. All meals are only $5! Your server will ask to punch your card at the time of the meal. 




Walk to End Alzheimer's

Join our team! The Gardens/Prairie Gardens Care Campus! The walk will be held Saturday, September 28th. For more information speak with Amy Kubik-Hasley (319)632-1477 or Penny Shedek (319)551-9889




Happy Birthday!

6/8 - Alice B.

6/10 - Mary L.

6/23 - Jim S.

6/24 - Pat D.

6/27 - Larry J.




In Loving Memory

William Taylor 

10/2/1922 -5/13/2019

Mary Gudenkauf 

7/11/1940 - 5/23/2019




Gardening Tips from our Master Gardner, Emil

Two Tips About Planting Tomatoes

1.) Use a 10-10-10 fertilizer for better, healthier plants. This will often result in a larger and sweeter tomato. It also helps prevent leaf spots and shriveling of plant leaves.

2.) Keep your tomato plants growing by always using mulch. 




Wishing you all a wonderful month!





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