Pet Adoption Event - June 8

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June is National Adopt A Cat Month. To celebrate, Pine Haven Christian Communities is partnering with the Humane Society of Sheboygan County to hold an adoption event for pets (not just cats) on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10am – noon at their Haven Drive campus.

The Humane Society of Sheboygan County will bring both cats and dogs in need of loving homes to the Community Center at the Haven Drive campus of Pine Haven. Residents will be able to visit with the pets as guests come to find the next addition to their home. “This year’s adoption event will be bigger than last year,” said Pine Haven’s community outreach director, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “The Humane Society is partnering with us and is excited by the large space we have to offer in our Community Center, so this year, they plan to bring more pets than last year!”

The event will take place in the Community Center room at the Haven Drive Campus of Pine Haven Christian Communities, located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls. Refreshments will be served. All are invited to come enjoy this event. Those looking to adopt a pet who cannot attend this event can visit https://adoptsheboygancounty.org/adopt/. Those who have any questions for the Humane Society can email info@acadopt.org.

For more information on the adoption event, it is listed in the events section of Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PineHavenChristian. You can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org with questions, to volunteer, or to suggest a topic for future events.

Savvy Senior Event - June 1, 2019

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On Saturday, June 1, 2019, Pine Haven Christian Communities will host an educational event at their Giddings Avenue campus in Sheboygan Falls from 9am – noon. This free event is open to the public and is designed to provide educational, interactive experiences to help people feel secure and prepared as they age.

The open house event will start at 9am with an educational session regarding all aspects of senior care: what current senior care trends people should be aware of, all options for care as needed – whether in home or at various organizations, benefits of staying at home versus benefits of living in a senior care community, signs to watch for so that you can address potential issues early on, and more. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, and will receive a Senior Care Terms Reference Glossary to take home.

After the education session, attendees can enjoy a musical performance with residents and/or experience the Virtual Dementia Tour. “With all the changes in health care, almost everyone has questions,” said Pine Haven’s Community Outreach Director, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “Pine Haven has been a community resource for nearly 70 years. This event can help people feel better prepared. As part of this, we’re offering the Virtual Dementia Tour to anyone who attends. It’s eye-opening and really helps you feel more understanding regarding dementia.”

The Virtual Dementia Tour® is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction, created by P.K. Beville, M.S, an award-winning geriatric specialist and founder of Second Wind Dreams®, Inc. During a Virtual Dementia Tour experience, participants meet with certified trainers who guide them through the tour and outfit them with patented components that alter their senses. Tasks and exercises that are part of the tour enable those taking the tour to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia, helping to build empathy and understanding for more compassionate and beneficial interactions. “Those who have gone through the Virtual Dementia Tour® find themselves immediately identifying with their family members,” said Beville. More than two million people worldwide have experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour, and Pine Haven requires every staff member to experience the tour to build empathy for all residents.

The Savvy Senior event is free! Reservations are requested but NOT required, by contacting Karin Oliver-Kreft at 920-550-5227 or via email at koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org. Refreshments will be served.

Men's Chorus Brat Fry / Women's Auxiliary Craft & Bake Sale

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Pine Haven Men’s Chorus and Pine Haven Women’s Auxiliary will hold their annual brat fry and summer craft/bake in a new location. The event will be held on May 18, 2019 in the community center of Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus, and will run from 2pm until 6pm.

This event benefits the residents of Pine Haven Christian Communities. The Haven Drive campus is located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls. For those coming to Sheboygan Falls via 23, you will want to take 23 to 32 South, then turn right onto Hamann Drive, just after the Odyssey Fun Center. For those coming via Fond du Lac Avenue (aka County Road C), you will want to turn north on 6th Street, which is between the Piggly Wiggly and Wisconsin Bank and Trust, then turn left on Pinehaven Lane, and then follow the signs for parking.

Brats, burgers, chicken patties, potato salad, baked beans, desserts, and beverages will be served. Take outs are available. Handmade crafts and baked goods will be available for sale. The Men’s Chorus, the Women’s Auxiliary, and all the staff at Pine Haven Christian Communities encourage everyone to come by to enjoy the food, crafts, and fellowship, while supporting your community.

National Day of Prayer Event: May 2, 2019

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Pine Haven Christian Communities, Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club, and local faith organizations are coming together on Thursday May 2nd to hold a community prayer event, in celebration of the National Day of Prayer. A National Day of Prayer proclamation for the City of Sheboygan Falls is planned by Mayor Randy Meyer.

The National Day of Prayer event will take place starting at 11 am in the Community Center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus. Leaders of local faith organizations will join together to lead participants in prayer and song. Lunch will also be served. This is the second year of this planned annual event.

“Our community is rich in its heritage and faith,” said Pine Haven’s community outreach director, Karin Oliver-Kreft, “and we’re humbled to be able to play a part in bringing people together on this special day to honor God and pray for our nation and each other.”

For more information, this event is listed under events on Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2018338715137782/

Spring Gardening Seminar - April 3

Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a community event on Wednesday, April 3rd, in celebration of National Lawn & Garden Month.

This event will take place starting at 5pm in the Community Center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus. At this event, master gardener Christina Wilke-Burbach will provide tips on seed starting, germination, testing your soil, designing your garden, transplanting after front, early crops and flowers to plant outside, and more. Refreshments will be provided.

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Celebrate National Craft Month With Us!

Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a community event on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10am – 2pm to celebrate National Craft Month. This event is designed for crafters of all experience levels – including those who don’t currently craft, but who are curious to find a craft they might like.

The event will take place in the Community Center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus. Folks who have a craft they already enjoy can bring their craft to work on, and enjoy the camaraderie of crafting with others. Those who want to learn about various crafts can watch people enjoying their work, ask questions, and discover new crafting possibilities. There is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Pine Haven’s Public Happenings program that provides events and/or educational sessions like this event once a month, which are designed to benefit our community. For more information, this event is listed under events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/803670476649305. You can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org with questions, to volunteer, or to suggest a topic for future events.

Kiwanis & Pine Haven provide Christmas to Local Kids in need!

Pine Haven Christian Communities and Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club celebrated their first year as coordinators of a Children’s Community Christmas party on December 12th at the Giddings Avenue campus of Pine Haven.

From 2003-2017, an intergenerational Christmas party has been held at Pine Haven, organized by Mary Ann Waldbauer. At last year’s event, Ms Waldbauer announced that she would no longer be able to organize the event each year. But in January, Pine Haven and Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club agreed to take on the challenge of running the event moving forward. “It’s such a lovely tradition that Mary Ann put together – we had to keep it going,” said Karin Oliver-Kreft, committee chair for the event. “Seeing young and old come together in the spirit of giving is such a blessing. It’s what Christmas is all about.”

At the event, 24 kids from the Sheboygan Head Start program were selected to participate. Santa (played by Rick Waldbauer) gave each child a stocking filled with donated presents. He also presented each child with a large gift: the 12 boys received a hand-crafted toy wagon and a teddy bear, the 12 girls received a hand-crafted toy cradle and a baby doll. To help the children learn that giving is the meaning of Christmas, each child picked out a stuffed animal from under the tree, which they then gave to someone else. In addition, every family received a laundry basket filled with food to make a family Christmas dinner, and a recipe booklet to help prepare the meal, and some other kitchen items like a towel, an oven mitt, baking pans, and a bowl.

Pine Haven residents look forward to the event each year as their chance to help share the joy of Christmas with area children who might not get much of a Christmas otherwise. They wrap the presents and stuff the stockings to be delivered – and they wear hats and sing along with the children at the event. The seniors truly love watching the faces of the children light up when they see Santa and as they open their presents.

Everyone present enjoyed cookies, carols, and fellowship. Steve Hamer lent his talent as a pianist, to lead everyone in Christmas Carols. Kiwanis club members and Pine Haven staff passed out the goodies and assisted families with the gifts they received.

Preparations for this event require a year-long effort. Kiwanis members reached out to the community to gather donations. Toothbrushes and toothpaste for each child was donated by Midwest Dental in Plymouth. Sheboygan Falls High School students cut out all the pieces for the cradles, using wood left over from previous years’ events where the cradles were constructed by Rick Waldbauer. These pieces were then assembled and painted by the local Boy Scouts. The wagons were made and donated by Steven and Karin Kreft, using the patterns which were used in previous years by Dave Goelzer. Dolls were donated by the Sheboygan Clinical Pediatrics Department. Teddy Bears were donated by the Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club. Stuffed animals, toys for stockings, blankets for cradles, hats, scarves, mittens, and stockings were donated by Kiwanis members on the event committee: Mary Blaha, MaryAnn Dolson, Sheila Kloepping, Randy & Tammy Meyer, Greg Monson, Mary Ellen Schmidley, and Jill Spielvogel, as well as through donation boxes placed at Pine Haven. Food for the family Christmas dinners was purchased with help from Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly, via a very generous donation by Plenco.

(See article in the Sheboygan Press on this event.)

So many happy faces! It was a wonderful event!

So many happy faces! It was a wonderful event!

Kiwanis members organizing the gifts for the boys.

Kiwanis members organizing the gifts for the boys.

Each family received an overflowing basket of food for a Christmas dinner, thanks to the donation from Plenco.

Each family received an overflowing basket of food for a Christmas dinner, thanks to the donation from Plenco.

It was a full-house event!

It was a full-house event!

Residents arrived early to enjoy the event!

Residents arrived early to enjoy the event!

The kids were all super excited to see Santa!

The kids were all super excited to see Santa!

Steve Hamer played piano while everyone sang carols.

Steve Hamer played piano while everyone sang carols.

Each child got to pick out a stuffed animal to give away - to learn the meaning of giving.

Each child got to pick out a stuffed animal to give away - to learn the meaning of giving.

The kids were really excited to show their parents what Santa brought them.

The kids were really excited to show their parents what Santa brought them.

National Indoor Plant Week

Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a community event on Wednesday, September 19th, in celebration of National Indoor Plant Week. 

This event will take place starting at 5pm in the Community Center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus. At this event, master gardener Christina Wilke-Burbach will provide tips to care for your indoor plants – like which plants you might want to select, and how to keep them healthy and thriving. Refreshments will be provided – and there may even be door prizes.

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Joan Spindler Appreciation Day

CEO Ron Walvoort, presents Joan with the official Board Proclamation of Joan Spindler Appreciation Day

CEO Ron Walvoort, presents Joan with the official Board Proclamation of Joan Spindler Appreciation Day

On June 26, 2018, Pine Haven Christian Communities, with the full support of the Board of Directors through an official resolution, proclaimed the day to be Joan Spindler Appreciation Day - and celebrated Joan’s retirement with her in gratitude for all she has done.

On August 4, 1974, Joan Spindler began work at Pine Haven Christian Home as a young LPN. For many of her years at Pine Haven, she has been the Medical Records Clerk. Now she is retiring, after 44 years of dedicated service - almost her entire career!

Joan is a friendly, warm, and caring individual, who lovingly has used her God-given talents to serve those under her care. Her quiet dedication in a critical, “behind the scenes” role has not gone unnoticed. The Pine Haven team is extremely grateful for Joan’s willing “YES LORD” answer to God’s call. Countless lives have been blessed as Joan has intentionally lived out being a disciple of Christian principles.

Pine Haven wishes God’s blessings on Joan in her retirement years, as she continues to serve God in new ways.

National Crayon Collection Month Celebration - August 3, 2-6PM

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National Crayon Collection Month was designed to make sure every child can be equipped with this vital supply as they start school. The initial concept was to visit places like local restaurants and other establishments that might have broken or used crayons that they would be willing to donate, and gather them as supplies for children in need.

We're expanding on that thought by partnering with Helping Kids - which supports the Sheboygan Falls School District by helping to ensure local kids in our area have all the supplies they need as they head back to school in the fall.

On August 3rd, we're holding a social event in the Community Center of our Haven Drive campus. Everyone is invited to come share refreshments and make donations to benefit Helping Kids. Both supplies and monetary donations will be accepted. (Checks should be made out to "Sheboygan Falls School District Helping Kids".)

Prior to this event, there will be boxes where you can drop off your donations at many participating local organizations - as outlined in the list below. (Please note that this post will be updated as additional organizations come on board, so check back to see if any additional locations have been added that are convenient to you!)
 

List of requested supplies:

(downloadable file available by clicking here)
Backpacks
2-pocket folders
Plastic-coated 2-pocket folders
Glue sticks
24 ct. box crayons
Plastic pencil boxes (smaller kids)
#2 pencils
Pencil pouches (older kids)
Pink erasers
Scissors (small kids blunt-pointed)
Scissors (big kids med/lg)
Kleenex
Ziplog bags (qt., gal., snack & sandwich)
7-pocket plastic accordion folders
1-subject (wide ruled) spiral notebook
Vinly resting mat (for Kindergarten)
Small activity books for indoor recess - 2nd grade
Washable markers (fine-point and large-point)
School planners (for high school kids)
Composition notebooks
Colored pencils
Highlighters
12” ruler
Basic calculator
Washable watercolor paints
Post-it notes - 3x3
8 oz. Elmer’s glue
Scotch tape
Pens (black, blue, & red)
USB flash drives
Pencil sharpener with cover
Wide-rule loose leaf paper
3 subject notebooks (wide-rule)
3-ring 1” binders
Expo dry erase markers (black, large point)
Expo dry erase markers (fine point)
4x6” ruled index cards
Hand sanitizer & disinfecting wipes
Plastic sheet protector (for older kids)
Compass & protractor (for high school kids)

List of participating organizations:

St. Paul Lutheran Church - 730 County Trunk PPP, Sheboygan Falls
St. Luke Lutheran Church - N6193 Hwy. 32, Sheboygan Falls
Word of Grace Community Church - 837 Buffalo St., Sheboygan Falls
Saron United Church of Christ - W3830 Couonty Trunk J, Sheboygan Falls
The Salvation Army - 710 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan
First Reformed Church - 527 Giddings Ave., Sheboygan Falls
Gibbsville Reformed Church - N3245 South 32, Sheboygan Falls

 

Red Cross Blood Drive - July 13

Pine Haven Christian Communities will once again partner with the American Red Cross to hold their biannual blood drive on July 13th. This event will take place from 1pm to 6pm in the Community Center at their Haven Drive campus.

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While some view Friday the 13th as being unlucky, by donating blood, you will be helping to make someone have a very lucky day: by helping to save their life. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. Donations of blood typically decrease during busy summer months, so healthy, eligible donors are urged to give now. This event provides an easily accessible and comfortable environment for people to participate.

The drive is scheduled to run from 1pm until 6pm, and while walk-ins are welcome, you can reduce waiting time if you sign up ahead of time to donate. There are three ways those interested in donating can schedule their donation appointment: 1) by visiting https://www.redcrossblood.org. Enter the Sponsor Code “Pine Haven” in the blue box in the upper right corner of the page, select the drive and sign up for a slot. 2) Call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule a time. 3) Contact Karin Oliver-Kreft at Pine Haven Christian Communities at 920-550-5227 or via email at koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org.

This event is the fourth blood drive at Pine Haven, and is part of Pine Haven’s Public Happenings program that provides events and/or educational sessions once a month, designed to benefit our community. 

National Adopt A Pet Event

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June is National Adopt A Cat Month. To celebrate, Pine Haven Christian Communities is partnering with the Sheboygan County Humane Society to hold an adoption event for pets (not just cats) on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 10am – 2pm at their Haven Drive campus.

The Sheboygan County Humane Society will bring cats and dogs in need of loving homes to the Community Center at the Haven Drive campus of Pine Haven. Residents will be able to visit with the pets as guests come to find the next addition to their home. “Our residents love interacting with pets,” said Pine Haven’s community outreach director, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “We have therapy dogs that visit regularly, but the chance to interact with more pets – as well as help to see them get adopted was a match we just couldn’t resist. We hope many people will come out to join the fun – whether they’re ready to adopt or not.”

The event will take place in the Community Center room at the Haven Drive Campus of Pine Haven Christian Communities, located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls. Refreshments will be served. All are invited to come enjoy this event.

For more information, see the events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PineHavenChristian. You can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org with questions, to volunteer, or to suggest a topic for future events.

Men's Chorus Brat Fry / Women's Auxiliary Craft & Bake Sale

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Pine Haven Men’s Chorus and Pine Haven Women’s Auxiliary will hold their annual brat fry and summer craft/bake on May 19, 2018. This event will take place one month earlier than it has in past years, giving people a taste of summer prior to the Memorial Day weekend.

This event benefits the residents of Pine Haven Christian Communities, and will take place in the residential center activity room at Pine Haven’s original, Giddings Avenue Campus – at 531 Giddings Avenue in Sheboygan Falls.

Brats, burgers, chicken patties, potato salad, baked beans, desserts, and beverages will be served from 2pm – 6pm. Take outs are available. Handmade crafts and baked goods will be available for sale. The Men’s Chorus, the Women’s Auxiliary, and all the staff at Pine Haven Christian Communities encourage everyone to come by to enjoy the food, crafts, and fellowship, while supporting your community.

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: Spring Senior Wellness Open House

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Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a senior wellness open house at their Giddings Avenue campus in Sheboygan Falls from 1pm – 4pm on May 5, 2018. This event is open to the public and will provide entertainment and wellness checks for seniors who attend.

This event will start at 1pm with musical entertainment and an ice cream social. Attendees are invited to enjoy the music and sing along with residents. Choose your own topping ice cream sundaes will be served. At 2pm, there will be a brain fitness class. Participants can join in to keep their brains healthy and active. During this hour, each attendee will be invited to get their own individual wellness screening including a blood pressure check, a brain wellness assessment, and balance and gait testing. From 3-4pm, join in for a social hour. Attendees will have the option to participate in games and socialize with residents, take a tour of the campus, take a ride in Pine Haven’s taxi bike, and/or get a demonstration of the IN2L interactive system.

“Our mission is to serve Christ by meeting the needs of seniors,” said Pine Haven’s Community Outreach Director, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “This event is designed to be fun for residents and attendees – and to help encourage everyone to stay healthy and active.”

This day of fun and wellness for seniors is free! Reservations are NOT required, however you may RSVP if you would like, or ask any questions about the event by contacting Karin Oliver-Kreft at 920-550-5227 or via email at koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org.

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER EVENT - MAY 3

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Pine Haven Christian Communities, Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club, and local faith organizations are coming together on Thursday May 3rd to hold a community prayer event on Thursday, May 3rd, in celebration of the National Day of Prayer.

This event will take place starting at 11 am in the Community Center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus. Leaders of local faith organizations will join together to lead participants in prayer and song. Lunch will also be served.

“Great things can happen when we come to God in prayer” said Pine Haven’s community outreach director, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “In today’s troubled times, we need God more than ever. I’m proud to be part of an organization that can help organize an event like this for our community.”

For more information, this event is listed under events on Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/558559641189759/.

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: Tabletop Games To Stimulate Your Brain

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Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a community event on Saturday, April 21st.  At this event, Lynn Potyen, owner of The GameBoard, will present on how playing board games can increase brain health and strengthen critical thinking.

This event will take place starting at 10:30 am in the Community Center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus. Attendees will not only learn the theory of why games help strengthen the brain, they’ll also get the opportunity to learn and play several different games – to keep their brains strong! Refreshments will be provided, and this event will last as long as necessary for attendees to learn and enjoy the variety of games Lynn Potyen will be demonstrating.

“Games aren’t just for fun,” said Potyen, “they keep us active and engaged, and help us connect with each other. My goal is to help others to grow and keep their brains healthy. And have a lot of fun while doing it!”

This event is part of Pine Haven’s Public Happenings program that provides events and/or educational sessions once a month, designed to benefit our community. Future events include the National Day of Prayer in May, an adoption event with the Humane Society in June, and a blood drive in July.

For more information, this event is listed under events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1980327761996349. You can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org with questions, to volunteer, or to suggest a topic for future events.

 

Rise of the Phoenix - Our DON in the News Graphic

Going through your own personal struggles can truly help build empathy for better caregiving - and that certainly has been the case with our own director of nursing, Dawn Nimtz.

Check out the attached image - a copy of the article about her own fight through cancer and the support and strength she found by joining Team Phoenix is the Milwaukee area.

We are so blessed to have Dawn on our team!

National Speech & Debate Education Day Presentation By Sheboygan Falls Students

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Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a community event on Saturday, March 3rd starting at 10:30am in celebration of National Speech & Debate Education Day.  At this event, students from Sheboygan Falls High School’s forensics team will showcase their speech skills in a variety of categories.

The showcase is open to the public, and will take place in the Community Center at Pine Haven Christian Communities’ Haven Drive campus, located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls. It’s a great chance to witness the talent of our students and celebrate their learning achievements.

This event is part of Pine Haven’s Public Happenings program that provides events and/or educational sessions once a month, designed to benefit our community. Future events include a demonstration on how board games help with brain fitness in April, and a celebration of the National Day of Prayer in May.

For more information, this event is listed under events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2018593785028957/. You can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org with questions, to volunteer, or to suggest a topic for future events.

Winter Olympics at Pine Haven

2018 is the year of the Winter Olympics, and with the planning and coordination of our Life Enrichment team, our residents are getting the opportunity to participate! 

At each campus, a week has been set aside for Olympic games. Events include things like the snowball relay, a snowball fight (with wadded up paper instead of snow, and team members with plastic snow shovels sweeping the "snow" onto the other team's court), hockey, basketball, bobsledding (with residents selecting their own "bobsled team" made of Lego people frozen into sleds made of ice, racing down a length of gutter), and more.

"It's been a lot of fun for the residents and the staff," said life enrichment manager Martina Wessels. "We love seeing everyone having such a good time, and proudly showing off their medals to others, telling them what they won them for."

Giddings Avenue campus completed their events last week - you can see the video of highlights to see all the fun.