Posts by: Megan Bouska

October 18, 2019

A Delightful Afternoon at Maria’s Tea Room

When you live in a small community, you can find the most amazing opportunities and adventures. Some of our residents took a short trip to the town square in Pella for a lovely afternoon tea-time at Maria’s Tea Room! We were able to hear all about the history of how the tea room came to […]

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October 15, 2019

Traveling Amongst the Trees in Oskaloosa

Vriendschap Village residents took full advantage of the warm weather by seizing the opportunity to take a scenic tour around the town of Oskaloosa! The Oskaloosa Trail Tram Tours are certainly a worthwhile experience for all. As we navigated throughout the entire town’s back walking trails, we were able to travel from one side of […]

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October 11, 2019

Afternoon in Altoona

Vriendschap Village residents enjoyed a wonderful afternoon exploring Altoona, Iowa! We dined at Claxton’s Smokehouse for the first time, and were pleasantly surprised at the large portions we were served. Although they were delicious, we were unable to finish our meals… which also meant that we had some tasty leftovers in store for dinner! After […]

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October 9, 2019

It’s Always an Adventure at the Zoo!

Our recent “Day with the Director” trip took us for quite an adventure! Residents were excited to arrive at Blank Park Zoo, as they were eager to explore the grounds and check out all of the animals in their habitats. The animals were all very active while we were there, which made the experience even […]

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October 2, 2019

Ciders and Sweaters!

This past September included one of our favorite events here at Vriendschap Village – Ciders and Sweaters! This highly anticipated event provides an opportunity to enjoy a lively gathering with family and friends in our courtyard while roasting s’mores and sipping on cider or hot chocolate. We want to thank the Cadet Boys from town […]

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September 26, 2019

October 2019 Community Life Calendars & Newsletter

Can you believe that we’re already three quarters of the way through the year? That won’t stop us from having a blast here at Vriendschap Village! We have more outdoor events planned while the weather is just starting to get crisp. Check out the calendars below to see what adventures we will go on this […]

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September 24, 2019

Craft Project Involves Glitter Galore

The Gardens residents participated in a unique craft program that engaged several of our senses! Community Life assisted in creating whimsical sensory jars with each resident based on their personal preferences. Using water, glue, and tons of glitter, residents picked out their favorite colors to add before tightly sealing the lid. Everyone was mesmerized by […]

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September 20, 2019

Going Back to Summer Camp!

Most of us went to summer camp in our youth; sitting around the campfire, telling stories, roasting marshmallows, and going for hikes. Well, that’s exactly what Vriendschap Village residents did this past week – except we enjoyed all the delights of camping without having to deal with the pesky mosquitoes! All week long, we enjoyed […]

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September 19, 2019

Musical and Magical Talents Filled the Air

Throughout the past month, Vriendshap Village has had the privilege of experiencing many wonderful talents at our community! Some local musicians, fan favorites, and new entertainers visited us to dazzle residents with a spectacular performance. Our first visitors were a quartet that included Lisa and Doug Van Gorp, Lisa and Bruce Groenendyk, and accompanist Jeana Van Voorst. […]

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September 18, 2019

Shopped ‘Til We Dropped!

This past month’s “Day with the Director” trip took us to the land of shopping, Jordan Creek Mall! We all ate lunch at Panera Bread before we made the journey around the mall. Just thinking about Panera makes our mouths water again! We loved their soups and sandwiches. A few of us split up to […]

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September 9, 2019

What Ever Happened to the Town Beneath the Lake?

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the area around Pella, there is a very interesting lesson in history regarding a local body of water named Lake Red Rock. This lake wasn’t always there—in fact, there use to be several smaller towns in its place. One of those towns was named Red Rock! Residents […]

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September 5, 2019

September 2019 Community Life Calendars

The leaves are starting to change colors around us, but we still love to get out and about while the weather is nice! Take a look at the exciting programs we have planned for the month of September – we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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September 4, 2019

Crafting Meaningful Moments

Sometimes it can be difficult maintaining a close relationship with a loved one when they experience memory loss or dementia. The daughter of one of our Gardens residents, Mona, loves to come in and spend quality time with the residents. Making crafts, doing projects, or just simply playing a game with someone who is experiencing […]

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September 4, 2019

Making Wine with Larry Engbers!

Who would have thought that making your own wine at home would be so easy?! Vriendschap Village resident, Larry Engbers, once owned his own vineyard and would make wine at home all the time. He wanted to share his passion with everyone else and let them enjoy a hands-on experience! Larry decided to go with […]

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August 19, 2019

Home, Home On The Range

When you can have a national wildlife refuge in your back yard, you wouldn’t want to pass up the opportunity to see some amazing animals up-close and personal! Last week, we boarded the bus and traveled down the road to Prairie City for a scenic drive through the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge. Sometimes as you […]

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August 16, 2019

How Does Your Garden Grow?

All summer long, Vriendschap Village receives weekly flower deliveries from a local business that grows farm-fresh flowers that are hand picked each week! We love all of the arrangements that are brought to us, and there is always such a great variety. Our residents wanted to take a ride over to the local flower farm […]

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August 5, 2019

Step Right Up! Endless Fun at the Vriendschap Village Fair

It was all laughter and smiles on August 1st at the Vriendschap Fair, as residents were able to play games to win prizes, get their faces painted, interact with animals, and even take a look at some tractors! While some were winning free ice cream cones at the games, a few residents and their family […]

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July 31, 2019

All Aboard! Vriendschap Village Visits the Scenic Valley Railroad

This month we journeyed to Boone, Iowa for a visit to the Scenic Valley Railroad! We fueled up with a hearty lunch at a lovely buffet before taking a long ride through the Iowa countryside. Once reaching our destination at the railroad museum, we were eager to learn about the history of trains before climbing […]

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July 25, 2019

August 2019 Community Life Calendars

We are diving straight into the hottest month of the summer, and we are ready to spend as much time in the beautiful weather as we can! Take a peek at the calendars to see what is going on for the final summer month, and catch some highlights of events in the Newsletter.

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July 23, 2019

Getting Cozy for Christmas in July!

As the temperatures rise during recent sweltering heat waves, Vriendschap Village residents took shelter indoors to enjoy the cool arctic blast of the air conditioning. We took advantage of the opportunity and decided it was the perfect occasion to celebrate Christmas in July! Residents and associates alike donned their festive apparel to get in the […]

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July 19, 2019

A Spectacular View at the Red Rock Hot Air Balloon Festival

There’s no better way to end the day than to watch a beautiful sunset, but residents of Vriendschap Village we were in for a real special treat! We took the bus to the nearby Red Rock Hot Air Balloon Festival, where we watched dozens of colorful hot air balloons float whimsically through the night sky. […]

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July 17, 2019

Guest Instructor Brings Out Our Inner Artist!

Vriendschap Village was delighted to welcome local artist, Gin Lammert, to join our community as a guest art instructor. It’s safe to say she drew quite a crowd, pun intended! Both residents and associates alike were astonished to see how fun and easy painting could be during her engaging art program. Gin made us feel […]

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July 8, 2019

4th of July Crafts

We had a lot of visitors come in around the holiday to make some crafts with The Gardens residents! Craft projects included glitter fireworks, centerpieces for the dining tables, bird houses and painted fireworks on canvases! We love to create things with our residents and look forward to displaying them afterwards. What are some of […]

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June 28, 2019

More Tie Blankets and Board Games

Our Garden residents have been working away on more of the tie blankets for the NICU babies! We have finished two more, so we now have three total. We have a few more to go until we have reached our goal, but we should be finished in no time! One of our residents spent time […]

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June 24, 2019

A Special Musical Performance by Robert Slings

We love it when we can get individuals who love to sing and play music into our building to share their talents. Robert Slings was one of the many people we had come during the month of June. Robert says that he enjoys playing country music and wishes he was a cowboy! He will mix […]

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June 21, 2019

2nd Annual Family BBQ!

Our annual Family BBQ has come and gone too soon! It is always great to spend time with friends and family, and get to know everyone else’s as well. While we may have had a few rain drops at the beginning, the clouds held off for us during the event to make for a wonderful […]

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June 19, 2019

A Day with the Executive Director – Prairie Meadows Casino Outing

This month, the crew headed towards Altoona to spend the day at Prairie Meadows! Due to a last minute cancellation we were able to take along one of Vriendschap Village’s fabulous gentlemen as well. The residents had fun playing slot machines, people watching and enjoying a delicious buffet. Resident Marty RicKard even taught Lisa White, […]

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June 19, 2019

Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Every day we have a morning exercise class, and we have recently been running out of room for everyone! It is a great problem to have!! We have been inviting more and more people each week as we love to start the day off with a little exercise. We work on several different areas including […]

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June 13, 2019

Giving Back to the Community – Angel Tree Camp

We had some visitors from the Angel Tree Camp come in and talk about all of the great things that Angel Tree does for the children that attend, and ways that we are able to give back and help! Angel Tree Camp helps children who have at least one parent incarcerated, and gives them an […]

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June 10, 2019

Sunshine and Smiles

We are all elated when the weather decides to cooperate and give us some much needed sunshine! Some of the Gardens residents spent the afternoon soaking up the sun and talking with each other about their days. We can’t wait for more warm weather and nice days to come, especially with the annual Family BBQ […]

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June 6, 2019

June 2019 Community Life Calendars

We have a lot of great entertainment this month at Vriendschap Village! Our biggest event is our Annual Family BBQ where we invite our families to come eat delicious grilled food and enjoy the sounds of The Sully Big Band. Our schedule also includes offerings like online shopping, a day at the casino, wine making […]

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May 31, 2019

Memory Care Residents Make Blankets for NICU Babies!

Starting last week a few of our Memory Care residents started a project to make tie blankets for a few NICU babies. The residents loved how soft the blankets are, and it made it that much more enjoyable to work on. While working on the blankets we talked about the difficulties that some of the […]

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May 28, 2019

400 Boxed Lunches Sold, Doubling Our Fundraising Goal!

After our boxed lunch fundraiser had come to an end, we were ecstatic to realize we sold out of all 400 boxed lunches! We doubled our original goal that we had set for ourselves, which meant we were able to donate twice the amount we planned on to Crossroads of Pella! A few residents and […]

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May 13, 2019

Friendship Spring Tea

What goes together better than tea time and friendship? Not a whole lot! Vriendschap Village was turned into a quaint tea room by the Van Woerkom sisters (Bonnie, Karen, and Jan), for an afternoon tea. The sisters brought in all of the tea pots, saucers, and cups for the perfect setting. With a large group […]

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May 7, 2019

Salsa, Margaritas and Queso!

Vriendschap Village was the life of the party on Monday to celebrate Cinco De Mayo! The residents indulged in some chips and salsa or queso, homemade churro chips, a few coconut cookies that actually came from Mexico and margaritas. Everyone chatted about their favorite salsa flavors, and took a few pictures with a sombrero that […]

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May 6, 2019

Dutch Treats

Last week during Tulip Time, a local organization called Kiwanis Club dropped by to bring a favorite Dutch treat to our residents, POFFERTJES! For those that don’t know what poffertjes are, it is a traditional Dutch batter treat that resembles small pancakes. They are typically served with powdered sugar and butter, and a local favorite […]

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May 3, 2019

A HUGE thank you!

Our residents that stayed back at the community during the Tulip Time parade wanted to send their thanks to the Pella Opera House for streaming the parade so they could watch it inside! With the generosity from the Opera House, our residents are able to watch all of the parades that happen up town in […]

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May 3, 2019

Tiptoe Through the Tulips!

The annual Tulip Time Festival has come back to take over Pella once again this year! The tulip flowers were blooming great and the weather has been perfect. With the immense Dutch heritage that flows through Pella and Vriendschap Village, a few of our residents were able to go up town to watch the first […]

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April 30, 2019

Delivering Treats to the Humane Society

Our Memory Care members had created a few dog treats a couple of days ago, and we were able to pass these out to a few animals today at the local humane society! The animals were so friendly and happy to have a mid morning treat!

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