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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Kirkland Takes Ice Bucket Challenge to a Whole New Level

You’ve probably seen a lot of ALS Ice Bucket challenges in the last few weeks. But have you seen many that involve Oscar-worth acting, stunts, props and an international challenge at the end?

Well, we’d like to present Stuart “Steven Spielberg” Ostfeldt and his team from Merrill Gardens Kirkland. Not satisfied with simply dumping a bucket of ice water, Stuart brings us one of the top videos we’ve seen so far. Nice work everyone. That’s a wrap.

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A Personal Story About What the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is Really About

For the last few weeks, we’ve watched people develop dramatic or funny videos to support the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We’ve seen kids, adults, celebrities, family members and more take an ice bath to support ALS research.

Our Gilroy, CA community has not only taken the challenge, but also delivers a special message from a resident whose son is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. If you are only somewhat aware of the pain ALS causes patients and family members, this is a video you need to see. Remember, this Facebook phenomenon is not simply about humor – it’s about raising money to find a cure for this devastating affliction.

Thank you for sharing your touching story.

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