Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Day on The Pumpkin Patch

Nothing says “Fall is here!” like a trip to the pumpkin patch. The gang at Merill Gardens Tacoma (Tacoma, WA) headed to Washington to Double R Farms in Puyallup to pick some of the best pumpkins around !

During our outing, we had perfect weather and lots of great pumpkins to choose from! We had a great time and came home with pumpkins galore!

About Double R Farms :

“We are a third generation family run farm formerly known as Richen Farms. Our farm is located between Tacoma and Puyallup just off River Road next to Duris Cucumber Farm. After the passing of my father-in-law George W. Richen the farm land was leased out to various local farmers until the birth of our daughter Ashley. Nine years ago we were inspired to open Double R Farms as a way to help raise our daughter. We are hoping to make this a fourth generation farm. During the month of October our farm features a 5 acre corn maze and the largest selection of pumpkins in the valley. Come try your hand at one of three pumpkin slingshots. We even have one just for kids. We offer FREE tractor pulled hay rides on the weekends. In our 70 year old barn you will find decorative gourds, cornstalks, mini pumpkins, and edible squash. We also have live animals for the kids to see. Over the years we have served our community by providing exceptional produce and customer service.”

Now…. to the carving! Have you carved a pumpkin for Halloween yet?

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A Gift of Summer Camp

We are so proud of the Resident Council at Merrill Gardens at The University! The Resident Council presented a check for $1,506 to sponsor a terminally ill child to attend the Stanley Stamm Summer Camp.

The money was raised at the resident’s recent big bingo event.

Dr. Stanley Stamm, who lives at The University community, was a heart specialist at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. Dr. Stamm founded the camp to give children with serious illnesses the chance to go fishing, ride horses and have fun at a week-long, sleepover camp near Mt. Rainier.

We are so proud of our communities and their efforts to help others. Way to go!

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Oktoberfest at Merrill Gardens

Oktoberfest is not just taking place in Germany – it’s taking place at Merrill Gardens. This month, our communities at Canyon Lakes and Puyallup hosted a variety of Oktoberfest activities.

Our Canyon Lakes community in Kennewick, WA celebrated Oktoberfest right! They served pints of beer along with traditional German fare. General Manager Charlotte even donned some sweet lederhosen and residents danced to a live Oompah band.

From lederhosen to pints of German beer, Canyon Lakes was in full swing!

At Merrill Gardens at Puyallup (WA) we went all out for Oktoberfest with bratwurst, pork schnitzel, sauerkraut and German potato salad. We even had an accordion player. To top it off we enjoyed pints of beer – Oktoberfest wouldn’t be complete without a little beer!

Everyone had a great time and can’t wait until next year – cheers!

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WWII Tribute at Fremont, CA

Merrill Gardens at Fremont (CA) recently hosted a WWII tribute to remember those who were affected during the Holocaust.

The community’s art class had been hard at work creating butterflies for Houston Holocaust Museum’s “Project Butterfly”. The museum is collecting 1.5 million butterflies to honor the children of the holocaust who never saw another butterfly.

To celebrate the completion of the butterflies, they were mailed off during a
musical WWII patriotic tribute.

During the tribute, representatives from VITAS  (palliative care for children and adults ) presented the community with a large poster celebrating war veterans who had given their war stories to national archives.

It was a touching celebration and a day of memories.

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Mystery Trips at Queen Anne

September was Spontaneity Month at Queen Anne and we celebrated accordingly!

Throughout the month of September, various “Mystery Trips” took place. Mystery Trips took groups to fun undisclosed locations.

For our first Mystery Trip, residents had no idea where they were going until they arrived at the Wallaby Ranch in Fall City. The owners gave them a tour and each of the residents got to hold a 7 week old male wallaby. Adorable!

Later that day, we went to lunch a Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory and then stopped at Snoqualmie Falls.

The fun didn’t end there! Mystery Trip #2 took place shortly after.
This time we went to the NorthWest Trek!

We had a ton of fun at both locations and can’t wait for Mystery Trip #3!

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