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  • Traveling Amongst the Trees in Oskaloosa

    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 […]

  • Afternoon in Altoona

    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 […]

  • It’s Always an Adventure at the Zoo!

    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 […]

  • Ciders and Sweaters!

    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 […]

  • October 2019 Community Life Calendars & Newsletter

    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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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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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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Bowling Is Right Up Our Alley!

Vriendschap Village created some friendly competition among The Gardens residents as we enjoyed an afternoon of bowling! Our Community Life team set up a bowling alley in the hallway to prepare for some good old fashioned fun. Annette was on a bowling league when she was younger and was very excited to try her hand […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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