Posts by: Diana Demers

July 23, 2019

August 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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June 25, 2019

July 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest!

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May 29, 2019

June 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club or event to inspire, delight or amaze you? Look no further. We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest!

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April 30, 2019

May 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club, or event to inspire, delight, or amaze you? Look no further! We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.      

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March 29, 2019

Fun & Games at the Springfield Museum’s “Toytopia” Exhibit!

The A-Team took our residents on an exciting field trip to the Springfield Museum! Our awesome Alyssa (community life), and amazing Annetta (naya), led the tour through the museum’s featured exhibit called “Toytopia.” The exhibit encourages museum-goers to take a trip down memory lane by exploring the immersive special exhibition which features popular toys from […]

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March 28, 2019

April 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club, or event to inspire, delight, or amaze you? Look no further! We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.  

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March 23, 2019

Celebrating the First Day of Spring at the Smith College Botanic Garden!

Spring has officially sprung, and there’s no better way to celebrate than a trip to the beautiful Botanic Gardens at Smith College! Residents accompanied Community Life on a fun-filled outing to Northampton, MA on the very first day of Spring. Residents were in awe of the wide variety of colorful flowers & plants as we leisurely […]

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March 21, 2019

Let’s Start Something New This Spring!

We’re eager to welcome spring and the wonderful opportunities it can bring to connect, learn and engage. Whether you plan to learn something new, renew your outdoor walking routine, flex your green thumb or meet a new friend, the return of spring offers the perfect chance to get a fresh start. Here are some ideas […]

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March 20, 2019

Lots of Laughter at the Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration!

Whether or not residents were of Irish heritage, it’s safe to say we all had a blast celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day over the span of several days! On Friday, residents participated in a baking demonstration of homemade Irish Soda Bread; we even churned our own butter to generously spread on the fresh, warm bread. While […]

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February 26, 2019

March 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club, or event to inspire, delight, or amaze you? Look no further! We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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February 12, 2019

Declutter to Help Others

Do you have too much stuff? You can declutter your home and help others thrive at the same time. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you make the most of your unwanted possessions. Check out these suggestions from Watermark and then contact us if you need help getting started. We’re always […]

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February 8, 2019

Sugary Sweets Baked with Love!

One of the perks about being a chef here at East Village Place is having the ability to get creative when it comes to preparing culinary dishes. Steve Michon has been a chef here for almost four years, and one of his favorite pastimes is baking. Steve took it upon himself to whip up something special for […]

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February 6, 2019

Fun on the Drums!

Yesterday morning we hosted a drumming circle led by certified instructor, Tim Kane. The program proved to be extremely upbeat… pun intended! Residents gathered in the Wellness Room and each received a large djembe drum. Tim explained the history of the drums to us, sharing that the drums originated in West Africa hundreds of years […]

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February 4, 2019

Residents Had a Ball Celebrating the Super Bowl!

As many of our residents are natives of New England, you can only imagine the amount of diehard Patriots fans that call East Village Place home. We celebrated Super Bowl Sunday by throwing a pre-game party complete with an array of delicious snacks & drinks. Community Life baked a cake and frosted it with a […]

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January 29, 2019

Cold Weather Safety Tips

We want everyone to be safe during this cold weather season. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you thrive by sharing a few cold weather safety tips. This article from Watermark and the National Institute on Aging offers useful information and advice to help you and your loved ones stay warm […]

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January 29, 2019

February 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club, or event to inspire, delight, or amaze you? Look no further! We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.    

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January 10, 2019

Surprise Birthday Celebration for the King of Rock & Roll!

We coordinated a spontaneous celebration once we found out that it was the birthday of someone near and dear to our residents’ hearts… none other than the King himself—Elvis Presley! The Community Life team put together a surprise party to commemorate Elvis for what would have been his 84th birthday. Residents assisted in making a […]

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January 10, 2019

January 2019 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club, or event to inspire, delight, or amaze you? Look no further! We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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January 8, 2019

Residents Welcomed the New Year in Style!

Happy New Year to all of our beloved residents, families, and staff! Residents rang in 2019 with a fun-filled New Year’s Eve Party featuring live entertainment by Jack Dunham. We sported flashy top-hats and clinked champagne glasses as we sang along to popular tunes throughout the decades. There was a very alluring display of desserts for […]

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December 18, 2018

Festive Fun at the Family & Resident Holiday Party!

Thank you to all that joined us for our annual Family & Resident Holiday Party! It was a wonderful evening spent in the company of loved ones, as we listened to a lively musical performance by John Paolilo and indulged in lots of festive sweets. Jeff created a beautiful dessert display that looked almost too good to […]

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December 17, 2018

DIY Gifts: Fleece “No-Sew” Blankets for Charity

Ditch the needle and thread! Last week’s installment of Diana’s Watermark University course called “DIY Gifts” involved having fun with fleece… no sewing necessary! Residents gathered around the table to assist in making two colorful blankets that will be donated to children in need this holiday season. Most of the class participants had never heard of this […]

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December 11, 2018

Festive DIY Recipe Jars!

Residents participated in a festive arts & crafts program where they created a homemade recipe jar to either give as a gift or keep for themselves! Diana’s Watermark University course, “DIY Gifts,” was a hit with the holidays just a couple weeks away. During the class, residents measured out all of the dry ingredients required […]

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December 4, 2018

Let the December Festivities Begin!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at East Village Place! Community Life has been working diligently to decorate like busy little elves, making everything look festive and bright. Residents in Our Place helped decorate the tree in their living room and it came out wonderful. Community Life Assistant, Sterling, held a crafting […]

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November 29, 2018

December 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club, or event to inspire, delight, or amaze you? Look no further! We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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November 26, 2018

Giving Back: East Village Place Visits Local Animal Shelter

‘Tis the season for giving, and we can’t forget about our four-legged friends! The past few days we’ve been very busy preparing for a charitable outing to the Dakin Humane Society located in Springfield, MA. Each community of residents within East Village Place have all contributed in the process; residents in Pathways baked dog biscuits […]

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November 26, 2018

Baking Dog Biscuits from Scratch!

We spent Wednesday morning doing lots of baking, but not the kind of baking you’d expect on the holidays.. we made homemade dog biscuits! Pathways residents were quite amused when we told them what exactly we were going to be baking. The recipe requires only a few ingredients and is very easy to follow; the biscuits are […]

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November 21, 2018

Creative Crafting: Homemade Cat Toys!

Community Life held a unique crafting class where residents were instructed on how to create homemade cat toys. Our big jar of catnip purchased during our most recent outing to the pet store sure did come in handy! The most popular toy we made is a common household item that everyone owns…socks! We used brand new socks, […]

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November 20, 2018

Trip to A.W. Brown’s Pet & Garden Store

Our Place residents enjoyed a fun field trip to a local pet store! Our Community Life Director brought residents to A.W. Brown’s Pet & Garden store, which was her first job during high school. Diana gave residents a tour of the pet room and told funny stories about animal encounters during her time working at […]

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November 12, 2018

Celebrating Our Veterans!

Today was a special day dedicated to all of our beloved Veterans who reside here at East Village Place. In recognition of Veteran’s Day, our morning program showcased video interviews of several of our residents who have served in various branches of the military, followed by staff reading poems honoring their courage and bravery. Each […]

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November 9, 2018

Lullabies for Luna!

This video is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Watch as our residents sing a classic lullaby to Luna, our tiny therapy kitten. Luna has stolen the hearts of residents, staff, and family visitors since she made her debut here at East Village Place last week. The residents love to cradle her in […]

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November 6, 2018

We Salute Veterans

Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veteran’s Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations and upcoming […]

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November 5, 2018

Kitten Therapy with Luna!

East Village Place has a new special friend who is spreading lots of love… Meet Luna, the most beautiful little kitten! Our Community Life Director, Diana, just adopted this precious 8-week old dilute calico cat. Our residents absolutely adore her already! Diana says that although Luna is very spunky and playful at home, while she’s here […]

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November 1, 2018

78 Little Trick-or-Treaters Visit East Village Place

We had a total of 78 preschoolers from The Arbors Kids come trick-or-treating here on Halloween! The children eagerly roamed the halls going door-to-door as residents cheerfully passed out candy while sitting outside of their apartments. The event proved to be a wonderful inter-generational program; as the children and residents interacted, it produced smiles all around […]

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October 30, 2018

Cast Your Vote in Our Pumpkin Contest!

We welcome you to stop by our lobby to see the spectacular array of pumpkins that our staff have decorated and help us pick a winner! There will be one winner for each category, which include “scariest,” “funniest,” and “most original.” It is hard to choose a favorite, as each of them are so creative […]

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October 26, 2018

November 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club, or event to inspire, delight, or amaze you? Look no further! We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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October 17, 2018

Glamorous Gourds!

It’s been pumpkins galore here at East Village Place during the month of October! Residents and their families joined us for a fun afternoon painting petite sugar pumpkins. Some chose to give the pumpkins character by giving them a friendly smile, while others chose a solid color for something different! Those who painted their pumpkin […]

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October 12, 2018

Celebrating Greek Culture with Bessie!

Residents had a wonderful time experiencing a new culture at the annual “Taste of Greece” festival. Held each year at Saint Luke’s Orthodox Church, the festival features an abundance of delicious Greek food & desserts, music, youth dancing groups, raffles, and a gift shop. While some of us were trying something new for the first […]

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October 11, 2018

Carving some Spunky Pumpkins!

We had a gourd ol’ time carving pumpkins this afternoon! Many residents shared that it brought back good memories of making jack-o-lanterns with their children as a yearly fall tradition. Once we carved an opening at the top of the pumpkin, we were astonished at just how many seeds were inside! Although several residents sported […]

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October 9, 2018

Jack-o-Lantern Fun with Mason Jars!

Residents got into the spirit of October by creating these fun little jack-o-lanterns made out of Mason jars. This simple craft uses tissue paper, mod podge, and a bit of patience! Residents coated their jar in a generous layer of the mod podge and then carefully wrapped orange tissue paper around its entirety. A few […]

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October 3, 2018

Amazing Autumn Arrangements!

Our new Watermark University course, “Flower Arranging with Jess,” has proven to be a big hit! To celebrate the beginning of October, residents created gorgeous arrangements by incorporating flowers with warm tones reminiscent of Autumn’s harvest. Instead of traditional vases, we opted for a more “rustic” look by using Mason jars. The residents loved that […]

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September 28, 2018

A Magical Afternoon!

We enjoyed a very entertaining magic show performed by Richard Rothstein, who goes by the stage name “Mr. Magic.” His whimsical show delighted all spectators and created lots of laughter as well! Richard is an attorney by day, but has been performing magic for over 35 years. As a Veteran himself, Richard extended his appreciation […]

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September 27, 2018

Celebrating Active Aging Week!

This week, we celebrate Active Aging Week! The week-long campaign wholeheartedly celebrates the positivity of aging today and promotes the benefits of healthier, more active lifestyles across the life span. We had a blast today during our weekly exercise class with Tyrone! After a full instructor-led workout, we utilized colorful ribbons to focus on range […]

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September 26, 2018

Look What We Found During Our “Social Networking 101” Class!

Community Life offered a unique Watermark University course called “Social Networking 101,” taught by our very own Alyssa! Today’s class focused on the virtual world of Facebook; Alyssa made the comparison to it being the ultimate combination of a telephone book & a yearbook… a never-ending archive of personal information, right at your fingertips! The […]

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September 26, 2018

October 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club, or event to inspire, delight, or amaze you? Look no further! We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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September 13, 2018

A Brand New Set of Wheels!

As a way to celebrate National Assisted Living Week, the residents received some “extreme makeovers” on their assistive devices! Community Life members Diana and Alyssa helped spice up residents’ walkers to add some style and a personal touch. Residents were able to pick out which color bag they liked, and then selected from a variety […]

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September 12, 2018

That’s Amore! Making Rainy Day Pizza Pockets

We spent this rainy afternoon making some warm, tasty pizza pockets! The recipe was very simple and only required a few ingredients… perfect for a mid-day snack or fun party appetizer. The residents all received a rectangle of Pillsbury crescent dough which they used as a base to spread their sauce and then add cheese […]

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September 6, 2018

Flower Arranging with Jessica

The ladies had a blast as they channeled their inner florist and created gorgeous bouquets using fresh-cut flowers. Our Marketing Director, Jessica, kicked off the Fall Semester of Watermark University by teaching a fun flower-arranging class. We learned how to create beautiful floral arrangements by coordinating color schemes and utilizing the space inside the vase. […]

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September 6, 2018

September 2018 Community Life Calendars

Looking for that next class, club, or event to inspire, delight, or amaze you? Look no further! We’ve got a month full of exciting programs and we are sure you will find something that will pique your interest.

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