Teaching the Next Generation

With more than 25 communities in multiple states, you would think Merrill Gardens President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Pettit would already have his hands full. But Bill is not a man who likes to have even a few of his fingers idle for any length of time.

Under Bill’s supervision, Merrill Gardens is leading the new Senior Living Management Program at Washington State University’s Everett Campus. Bill will coordinate on-site training experiences for the WSU students in the Merrill Gardens Mountlake Terrace Community.

It’s a fantastic story, and the Everett Herald was kind enough to feature it last week. Thanks to Jim Davis for covering this, and thanks to everyone participating in the curriculum. Take a read through The Herald’s coverage of this truly one of a kind program.

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Merrill Gardens Gives Back to the Community

We want to congratulate the warm hearts and giving spirit of Merrill Gardens of First Hill, Willow Glen and The Patrician. These three communities all participated in events to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

First Hill raised close to $5000 through their fundraising and participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Seattle, while the folks from The Patrician hit the streets of San Diego. At the same time, Willow Glen hosted their own fundraising event. It was all part of Merrill Gives Back Month. Great job guys!

There are too many great photos for one blog post, so make sure to check out the photo albums on our Facebook Page.
First Hill photos
The Patrician photos
Willow Glen photos

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A Sneak Peak at Our New Community In Lafayette

We have exciting news about another sparkling new community! Here is a sneak peek at Merrill Gardens in Lafayette, CA.

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Dude, Let’s Go Wii Bowling

This wasn’t just any Wii bowling tournament. This was a regional event featuring communities from Mercer Island, Tacoma, Renton, Mountlake Terrace, Kirkland and University in the Seattle area. Love those shirts!

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Welcome Merrill Gardens Huntington Beach!

We were thrilled to enjoy an amazing ribbon cutting ceremony at our Huntington Beach (CA) community’s fantastic Grand Opening event.

The community team was joined by representatives from the Merrill Gardens home office, the local Chamber and city officials including the Mayor. We’re happy to be a part of the greater Huntington Beach community!

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Merrill Gardens at First Hill Raises $5000 for Alzheimer’s Research

Merrill Gardens Gives Back Month continues, and this week we want to recognize the team at our First Hill community in Seattle. Through their fundraising and participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the group raised close to $5000.

If you missed the event on September 20 but still want to support the fight against Alzheimer’s, click here to donate as part of the Merrill Gardens First Hill team.

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Up, Up and Away

Crystal Mountain in summer. Via www.CrystalMountainResort.com

Residents and team members at our Tacoma, WA community recently took a day trip to one of Washington’s favorite spots – Crystal Mountain Resort.

Don’t look down!

During the winter, this winter paradise is one of the top ski areas in the state. But in the summer, nature enthusiasts can take a ride all the way to the 7,000 foot peak and enjoy majestic vistas without the inconvenience of a blizzard.

Going up the mountian

The views from the summit are stunning, and when you make it to the top, you can see see Mount Adams, Mount Saint Helens and Mount Rainier.

At the top

And if you decide to go on this trip yourself one day, don’t worry if you forget to pack a lunch to the top. The Summit House is the highest restaurant in the state.

Group shot at the top.

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Game On At Gilroy and Willow Glen!

Levi’s Stadium is a brand new $1 Billion palace located in Santa Clara. It’s the shiny new home of the San Francisco 49’ers, and will host a number of other professional and collegiate sporting events.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

Source: San Jose Mercury News

The folks from Willow Glen and Gilroy called an audible one afternoon and headed out to Santa Clara, where they received a little tour of the new stadium. We think which part they liked the best :)

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Join Paws For A Cause – Sept 26

All month long, Merrill Gardens communities are hosting fundraising events to support local organizations.

If you are around Kirkland, WA, join us on Friday, September 26 for “Paws For A Cause.” We’ll be partnering with The Critter Doctor of Kirkland and their Relief Fund for Abandoned / Relinquished pets. Over the past ten years the fund has enabled more than two dozen cats and dogs to regain their health and find “forever” homes.

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It’s just a $20 donation and all proceeds go to this worthy cause. Contributions to the fund are now tax-deductible in most cases (consult your tax professional for more information), as the fund is now a federally recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Call 425.828.2570 to RSVP.

Merrill Gardens Gives Back

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A Little Safari Through California

The folks at Merrill Gardens at Campbell, CA decided it was high time for an adventure. So they headed down to the Pacific Coast about halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterrey, to a little piece of nature called the Elkhorn Slough.

Elkorn Slough Map

Elkhorn Slough is one of California’s largest wetlands and part of a National Estuarine Reserve. It’s inhabited by a sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, hundreds of species of nesting birds, a large variety of endangered animals and even some feeding sharks.

Our brave explorers enjoyed their mini-safari on a 27 foot pontoon boat, where they spotted wildlife aplenty.

Our residents kept a close eye out for those feeding sharks, but luckily all of the animals they ran across were peaceful.

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