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  • What Ever Happened to the Town Beneath the Lake?

    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 […]

  • September 2019 Community Life Calendars

    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.

  • Crafting Meaningful Moments

    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 […]

  • Making Wine with Larry Engbers!

    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 […]

  • Home, Home On The Range

    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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vriendschap Village is Home to the Tulip Queen

Vriendschap Village is very proud to have the Queen living in our community! Lee Zylstra, who happened to turn 99 years old last week, is also Pella's oldest living Tulip Queen. Lee was named Tulip Queen in 1940. Friday, the current Tulip Queen and her Duchess visited Vriendschap for a tribute to Lee and perform […]

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Lola Mae turns 95!

Lola Mae Klein, a Vriendschap Village resident for almost 12 years, celebrated her 95th birthday this week. Friends, family and most of her neighbors gathered together to celebrate this week. Lola, a lover of music and accomplished piano player had classical music at her party and had pizza for everyone. Lola is known in the […]

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SeniorAdvisor Review – Convenient Location & Welcoming Staff

This community was a good choice for us. The location is convenient for us to get too so we can visit. My mom likes being here she has settled into her apartment very nicely she has enough space so that she is comfortable. The other residents and staff are very welcoming and friendly. Everything seems […]

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SeniorAdvisor Review – Good Care and Value

We are very happy with this community. The staff is very caring and attentive. The community is clean and maintained. They have a nice variety of good meals that are very appealing. The calendar has a lot of activities. We would recommend the community for the good care and value to others families.

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Caring.com Review – Spacious Apartments

We really liked Vriendschap Village, and it's a newer facility. It's in very nice shape, so it's pretty nice. My mother-in-law liked it. The rooms are nice, and the living room is pretty big and had one fairly large bedroom and a nice-sized, eat-in kitchen where you could have a little table; my mother-in-law really […]

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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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Irish Dancers Bring a Touch of Ireland to Vriendschap Village

An Irish Dance Team from the Robert Thomas Dance Center in Des Moines visited Vriendschap Village to bring joy and share their talent this week. Thanks so much ladies, our residents really enjoyed it! Irish dance is rapidly growing in popularity in central Iowa, and the Robert Thomas Dance Center is meeting this demand by […]

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King’s Choraliers from Michigan Share Spiritual Music

Members from the King's Choraliers chorus visited Vriendschap Village during their recent tour. The King's Choraliers of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a male chorus comprised of men with diverse occupations, has roots dating back to 1950. The chorus was organized by Peter VandenBosch, who directed them for 23 years. The second director, Robert Talsma, a graduate […]

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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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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 2019 Community Life Calendars

The summer months are zooming by! For the month of July we have several outdoor events and excursions to enjoy the beautiful weather outside!

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