Category Archives: Ms. Merrill

Top Chef is Back!

We’re excited to announce that Merrill Garden’s second annual Top Chef Competition is coming in just a few days.

This palate-pleasing dining experience features the Top Chef finalist recipes from our communities nationwide. Vote for your favorite soup, salad, entrée and dessert, and help us name the 2012 Top Chef winners for Merrill Gardens!

The past few weeks our residents have been getting ready for the fun to begin.

Stay tuned for our launch on April 1st and get ready to vote for your favorites!

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Merrill Gardens Is On Facebook

Over the last few months, we’ve watched our community grow on the Merrill Gardens Facebook page. Facebook has been a great platform for our residents to connect, to share information, and for us to hear your thoughts and feedback!

Here is what we’ve been up to lately on Facebook :

We’ve been getting to know Bill.

Who is Bill?

Bill Sleeper is a resident at Merrill who keeps making some fantastic headlines! Bill is our tech enthusiast who loves everything from the latest iPhone apps to teaching his friends how to use an iPad. Recently, Bill was featured on Kiro7 as a 96 (and a half!) year old tech evangelist by KCPQ reporter, Kaci Aitchison.

We opened our new community at Banker Hill.

We just took these pictures of our new community in San Diego and wanted to share! Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill (CA) is a lovely place to call home! You can check it out at our website here http://bit.ly/o1kZdJ

Fun & Games

Our residents have also been having lots of fun with themed nights and outings. More recently, we hosted a Vegas Themed night for all of our residents. The pictures are up on our page right now. There is never a dull moment at Merrill Gardens at Green Valley Ranch…check out the community casino night and Middle Eastern themed dinner!
To stay up to date on current Merrill happenings and events make sure to connect with us by clicking here. Hope to see you on Facebook!

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What We’ve Been Up To At Merrill

Over the past few months at Merrill Gardens, our residents have been up to some fun things! Here are a few shots we’d love to share with you.

We’ve Been Cooking!

We are so proud of the great work our chefs do in our communities each day and we wanted a way to showcase their amazing recipes with our Top Chef competition. During our competition we picked the ‘best of the best’ in four categories. The winning recipes will soon be featured in all Merrill Gardens communities.

We’ve Been Dancing!

Dance makes exercise fun! Research shows that physical activity can be the key to health aging. These residents at The University community are getting lots of exercise while they move to the music in this Active Living dance class.  Here are some residents having a blast!

We Had Our Annual Ace Awards!
We are proud of our team members and each quarter we honor those who provide the best customer service for each region. These are our customer service leaders, many of whom were nominated for this award by our residents. Nice job! Congrats to our ACE Award winners!

We’ve Been Traveling!

Twenty three residents from six Northern California communities spent the day at beautiful Yosemite recently. The famous park was the destination for our Active Living regional trip and what a spectacular spot! Great sightseeing and wonderful meals made for an exceptional day. The residents were from our communities at Vallejo, Northbay, Rohnert Park, Fremont, Willow Glen and Manteca.
We’ve Been Celebrating!

For holidays, Merrill does it’s best to provide the party! From dinners to parties, Merrill loves to have fun with our residents. Most recently, we celebrated mothers day with dinner and drinks!

Friend us on Facebook to stay updated and see what’s happening at Merrill.

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Taste of Merrill Gardens Top Chef Winners Announced!

We would like to thank all of you who participated in our very successful “Taste of Merrill Gardens Top Chef” contest. A special thanks goes out to our communities and community chefs who provided the great food and service. The recipes were terrific and the voting was very close throughout!

We are pleased to announce the following winners in each category:

Soup: House Clam Chowder by Sherrie James – Cordata

  
Salad: Mixed Green Salad by Justin Mabunay – Pacific Place

  
Entrée: Sesame Crusted Salmon by Chad McKenzie – Tacoma

  
Dessert: Cheesecake by Ron Holtz – Courtyard Plaza

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America’s Oldest Sprinter

Slow down as we age? We don’t think so. We can all take inspiration from America’s oldest sprinter who is still running at age 95!

Check out her amazing story from ABC News.

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Resident Memories

Our residents have such interesting stories to tell about their lives. As part of a continuing series, we have asked our residents to share their lives in a series of video interviews. This wonderful couple lives at Merrill Gardens at The University in Seattle and we asked them to reflect on their 65 years together. Enjoy!

Merrill Gardens – Memories 01 from Michael Neu on Vimeo.

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Celebrating the New Year at Merrill Gardens

Here are some fun photos of two of our communities celebrating the New Year!

Welcoming the New Year in Style at Merrill Gardens Vacaville

Rockin’ the New Year at Merrill Garden’s Monroe!

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Happy Holidays from Merrill Gardens

Watch our Holiday Video, a collection of recent activities at a few of our communities!

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Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit KITH

Our Merrill Gardens at Kirkland Community is partnering in a Holiday Toy Drive with KITH, a local, non-profit neighborhood organization that has been providing transitional and long-term housing for Eastside families in need for over 20 years.

For more information about how to participate please read this article.

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Northern California Trip For Fleet Week

Residents from the Merrill Gardens communities in the Northern California region enjoyed an outing on board the Hornblower for Fleet Week. Over ninety residents made the trip on a beautiful day to see the Blue Angels!

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