Monthly Archives: March 2013

Top Chef Is Coming Soon – Get Ready!

It’s almost here! The long awaited, community wide Top Chef competition is right around the corner. This year, Merrill Garden’s third annual Top Chef Competition will take place on April 17th, 2013.

This annual event gives our community dining teams a chance to showcase their amazing culinary skills.  And you can participate too!  We will be sharing recipes and allowing everyone to vote for their favorites.  You can make them at home and see which ones you like best!  From appetizers to desserts, this tasty event is filled with some of the best dishes around. Help us pick the ‘best of the best’ of fine cuisine at Merrill Gardens. 

Who will we crown in this year’s Top Chef? Stay tuned to join the fun.

We are excited to get started! Will you join us in voting this year?

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Millie Turns 101 at Merrill Gardens at Citrus Heights!

This week we’re celebrating a very special birthday at Merrill Gardens at Citrus Heights (California) – Millie turns 101!


Millie Wells was born in 1912 and has lived most of her life in Southern California. Millie had the blessing of having one son, one daughter, five grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Millie moved to Sacramento about five years ago with her husband of seventy and a half years. In addition to working as a high school teacher, Millie had the opportunity to travel to many places such as China, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.

Looking back on her life, Millie has a few words of wisdom. She says that one must never keep their mind idle. She keeps her thought processes active through reading, focusing on current events, and Shakespeare. As she likes to put it; “watching ‘Dancing with the Stars’ every night is not going to help you.”

Millie describes the happiest moments of her life being the time she spent raising her children and traveling. Today, Millie lives at Merrill Gardens and enjoys the company of family and friends during her “golden years”. Millie is a magnificent lady who represents why we are so thankful for all of the women in our lives!

Happy Birthday Millie! We wish you all the best and many more to come.

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Gabe The Bulldog Visits Merrill Gardens At Cordata

We recently had a visit from a local celebrity at Merrill Gardens at Cordata (Bellingham, Washington).

Gabe the Bulldog put on a show for our residents by performing his famous tricks; riding a rocking a horse, a scooter and a skateboard.

Gabe has been on America’s Got Talent and Late Night with David Letterman.

Gabe with David Letterman!

Our residents really enjoyed having him visit and he even autographed movie posters. Gabe then posed for pictures with the grandkids that came to watch. The fame hasn’t gone to his head yet – he’s very humble. Here are a few photos of the fun!


Thanks for coming Gabe! We hope to see you again soon.

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