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Feb 1, 2017

Nursing Home News--February 2017

This is the February 2017 newsletter of Friends Across the Ages nursing home outreach




Friends Across the Ages is hosting a special “Afternoon of Art” event at Parklands Nursing and Rehab on Saturday, February 25th at 2:30pm. This event was inspired by, and is being held in honor of, our resident friend who called herself “Queen Victoria.” Queen Victoria, who recently passed away, was much loved by all our Parklands volunteers. She was an artist, and made a special connection with our volunteer Carolina Porras, who is also an artist. So, Carolina is going to help lead us in an afternoon of creativity, with different stations set up for residents and volunteers to draw, color, craft, and more. Refreshments will be shared by all. Please contact us at for more information or to RSVP.



SPRING FESTIVAL (March 26th-April 1st)




Our annual Spring Festival is coming up very soon! The festival will be held the week of March 26th to April 1st, with events at the various nursing homes we serve throughout the week. These events are a great opportunity for those who have been interested in volunteering at a nursing home and want to get their feet wet. It is also a great chance for our regular volunteers to come check out another facility and perhaps meet some volunteers that you don’t normally see.


We will conclude the festival with our annual Spring Volunteer Appreciation Party on Sunday, April 2nd from 1:00-3:00pm. The party is always a special time, held in the beautiful courtyard at Barr Systems with food, music, and special recognitions for volunteers. All members and supporters of Friends, plus family, friends, and anyone else who is interested are welcome and encouraged to attend this celebration, which is our biggest event of the year. All are welcome at any of the events of the Spring Festival as well.


Watch our March “Nursing Home News” for a schedule and full details about all of the events!




Each month, in addition to groups that meet weekly for regular volunteering/visitation, Friends Across the Ages sponsors a few special events and activities at various nursing homes. These events require no ongoing commitment, though we do ask you to let us know ahead of time if you plan to attend any of these events so that we can be on the lookout for you. If you would like more information about our weekly visitation groups and becoming a regular Friends Across the Ages volunteer, please let us know that as well. Here are our special events for February:


Wednesday, February 1st, 10:30 – 11:30AM – “Storytellers’ Society” at ParklandsThese monthly group gatherings are a wonderful way to share, reminisce, and truly get to know the residents at Parklands Nursing and Rehab.


Wednesday, February 8th, 10:30-11:30 AM – Memorial Service at Parklands – The volunteer group at Parklands Nursing and Rehab will be holding a special memorial service during our usual time for a few of our resident friends who have passed away recently. We will sing a couple of songs, pray, and share memories.


Monday, February 13th, 6:00 -7:30PM -- Valentine Visit at Signature – An annual tradition, the volunteer group at Signature Health Care will be passing out flowers to the residents of Signature during their usual visiting time.


Wednesday, February 15th, 10:30-11:30AM – Poker at ParklandsA monthly event at Parklands Nursing and Rehab – Come help play poker with the residents, or just help cheer them on! No real money is involved; residents play for the honor of having our Championship Trophy for the month. 


Thursday, February 23rd, 2:30-3:30 PM -- Birthday celebration at Parklands-- Help us wish a happy birthday to all residents of Parklands Nursing and Rehab with birthdays in February. Meet us in the dining room where we will have singing and cake. Volunteers are needed to help gather the residents together, serve the cake, sing, clean up, etc.  Do you play an instrument or have some other talent?  We are always looking for new entertainment for the party – let us know!


Saturday, February 25th, 2:30-3:30 PM – “Queen Victoria’s Afternoon of Art”See article above about this special event at Parklands Nursing and Rehab, and contact us at if you are interested in attending.



Please see the above list for locations of the various events.  Directions to all the nursing homes can be found at:

Events are open to everyone (children are welcome at most events, please inquire). Please contact us and let us know if you plan to attend one of these events so that our coordinators can be on the lookout for you. Please email


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