Category: Out and About

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

May 16, 2019

Good Times Continue with this Month’s “Ladies Day with Lisa”

The ladies were at it again! Yesterday Vriendschap Village ladies traveled with Executive Director, Lisa White, and chauffeur (aka front desk manager) Denise Van Dusseldorp, to Ellis Greenhouse in Lucas, Iowa to purchase beautiful flowers for our community. Ellis greenhouse is a family owned business that started from the ground up in 1968. Unlike the big box […]

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 […]

March 5, 2019

Broadway Vocal Concert by Pella High School

Students for the Pella High School Concert, Select and Advanced Choirs, directed by Michelle Chaplin and Sharaeah Sharp, performed their concert of various Broadway tunes last night at Doustra Auditorium on the Central College Campus. Select groups from the choirs performed separate selections as well. Several Vriendschap Village residents and staff attended and were amazed […]

December 18, 2018

‘Tis the Season for Giving – Vriendschap Village Sponsors Family in Need this Holiday Season

Vriendschap Village resident's hearts are full as they gave back this holiday season. Local families in need submit their information and "wish list" to Crossroads of Pella. Donors can then select an unnamed family to provide for. Residents were provided with a list of the family members sizes, needs, and wishes. Several residents were very […]

December 3, 2018

Altoona Christian Church Presents: “That Night in Bethlehem”

Vriendschap residents headed to Altoona to the Altoona Christian Church for our 5th annual event, "That Night in Bethlehem". This event, held annually the first weekend in December, showcases hundreds of nativity scenes in a peaceful, candle-lit setting. All are welcome to share in the event, which includes holiday music, refreshments, and children's activities. Free-will donations were given to the […]

September 18, 2018

Residents Attend “The Last Lion: Winston Churchill” at Pella Opera House

This weekend, Vriendschap Village residents and staff traveled to Pella Opera House for “The Last Lion: Winston Churchill.” This one-man show is both educational and historical. It was performed by author Andrew Edlin. We received free tickets from the Opera House to this performance as a result of a grant from the Marion Co. Community […]

September 12, 2018

Road Trip through the Back Roads

The rain has finally stopped here in Pella and Vriendschap residents took advantage by loading up and going for a country ride this afternoon. Adam, our Community Life Director, and Lisa, our Executive Director, let our residents choose their destination northeast of town to look at the flooded Skunk River and the crop grounds on […]

August 27, 2018

Extraordinary Outing in Geocaching – Finding Hidden Treasures

A group of brave Vriendschap Village explorers climbed on the bus and headed towards unknown locations within Pella and the surrounding areas this weekend with the Extraordinary Outing: Geocaching. Participants who go geocaching use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or […]

August 8, 2018

Residents Attend “Kiss Me, Kate” Performance by Union Street Players

Union Street Players of Pella recently put on the play Kiss Me, Kate and residents of Vriendschap Village attended the performance, thoroughly enjoying the show. There were many local residents in the play that were friends and family of our residents. Kiss Me, Kate was written by Samuel and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics […]

April 26, 2018

Trip to Matchstick Marvel Museum in Gladbrook

Residents and staff recently traveled to Gladbrook to tour the Matchstick Marvel Museum. Iowa artist Patrick Acton has glued over 6.5 million ordinary wooden matchsticks into 70 incredibly detailed scale models of life-like sculptures, complex machines, and world renown architecture. Acton uses the tiny two-inch long sticks to build huge models like his 13-foot long true-to-scale […]

March 8, 2018

Soup Supper

Join us Thursday, March 22nd from 4:30pm to 6:00pm for a Soup Supper for our residents! Enjoy a hearty bowl of soup sure to hit the spot. Donations will benefit the Alzheimer's Association. There will be a concert of the Roozeboom Quartet following the supper at 6 p.m.