Sylvan Park Celebrates Earth Day

Yale & Mayfield Houses

Yale and Mayfield houses had a great month. We had outings to Black Light Miniature Golf, Lunch at Red Lobster, Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Scenic Drive to Frenchman's Bar and Baskin Robbins.

Sylvan Park had two Meet-and-greets for families of Residents to come meet Lici Paquette, our new Community Manager. Our Chefs made some scrumptious goodies that all of the Residents loved and raved about for the next couple days.

On April 21st, we celebrated Earth Day with a party in the Greenhouse and by planting two fruit trees in front of the greenhouse (Asian Pear and Gala Apple).

We had a new entertainer, Monte, who played the piano wonderfully and Residents really liked him.

Our first Laughter Club was a hoot, because everybody was in a circle with funny looking hats on and the instructor would give Residents directions on how to release their laughter. He let everyone know that this exercise would get their blood flowing, along with waking them up to start their day off right. He also said that even if someone didn't feel like laughing, they would eventually start to laugh because laughter is contagious. You know what they say, “Laughter is the best medicine,” and we sure got a huge dose of it that day. Residents were very happy. It was a sight to see and made everyone sooo happy.

We entertained our families at Family Night with Bingo, which turned out to be a hit with the families and children.

Merwin & Lacamas Houses

April showers bring May flowers is how the saying goes, but here at Sylvan Park we quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, “ The earth laughs in flowers.” We sure did bring lots of laughter to our little patch of earth this month. How fitting, as it was Earth Day on April 22. Due to our Wednesday outing we were pleased to have celebrated it a day early on April 21. During our earth week we planted a pear tree, apple tree, strawberries, tea garden, and did a little weeding along the way. During our Earth Day celebration we decorated biodegradable pots and filled them with dirt and flower seeds, made an earth day necklace using hemp string, and had a balloon artist come and make flower and animal sculptures. All of this fun was done in our very own green house filled with Earth Day decorations. It was truly a wonderful day!

We sure did have some beautiful weather this month! We were lucky enough to have High Tea on the balcony a few times. The nice weather brought out the beautiful birds on our outing to Frenchman's Bar, which is out past Vancouver Lake. We saw a pheasant and a bird that we were not quite sure what it was. It was either a hawk, eagle, or Osprey. It had a huge nest on a power line post! Oh, and the pheasant was not shy at all, he was walking along as if he had no care in the world. It was sure beautiful. The Residents really enjoyed this scenic drive!

Once again, we say goodbye to another month and look forward to the new memories to be made in June! Have a fantastic May everyone!