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September Dates to Celebrate:
 
Labor Day-Monday,Sept.6th- Why don't you have a Goodbye Summer Party.Labor day is generally the last great picnic day of summer so have a big Family Picnic,invite all your residents families and hold a potluck,have everyone bring something different,decorate with red and white checker tablecloths,red and white balloons,and put Watermelon centerpieces on each table(see below).
 
Colonel Sanders Birthday-Sept.9th- Why not take your residents on an outing to KFC to eat some chicken. Call your group the "Lunch Bunch" and go to different  places to eat each month.
 
Grandparents Day-First Sunday after Labor day-
Hold a Grandparents Day Tea- Have all your residents invite all their grandchildren and serve
different teas,punch and gourmet cookies and muffins. Take pictures of the grandparents and grandkids together.
 
National Assisted Living Week-
Have a celebration all week,Do different themed days,for example: Have a mexican theme on Monday,have residents and staff dress up in mexican clothing,listen to mexican music,serve mexican food for lunch,etc.Hold a different theme each day (Italian,Chinese,Hawaiian,German,Etc.)and invite families and your community to join in the fun! The main purpose of this week is to show the community what Assisted Living is all about !!
 
 
 
Milton Hersheys Birthday-Creator of Hersheys Chocolate-Sept.13th-Have a Chocolate Lovers Party.Go to Walmart or another inexpensive store
and buy different types of chocolate( hersheys,godiva,branchs,sees) then have your party and ask residents to taste each one blindfolded,ask which one taste better and why and discuss the yummy results.
 
Back to School Month- Have a back to school day-
Have residents give you an old school picture the week before your back to school day and put all the pictures on a poster board with numbers by their pictures.Then at your party give them a list with the names of all the residents on the picture board and have them write the numbers to match the names from the board.Decorate the room with books,apples,pencils anything that looks "schoolish".Do back to school trivia(below).

Back to School Trivia:
Fill in the blanks.
 
1.We begin the day with the Pledge of-------     Allegiance.
2.Give the teacher an ------ Apple
3.When we play outside its called-----Recess.
4.We eat our lunch in the ------Cafeteria.
5.The trouble makers go to ------Detention.
6.We often have to get books from the------Library.
7.The teacher uses a piece of ------to write on the board.----Chalk
8.The kids that sing in a group at school are on the------Choir.
9.When we get to school we hear the-----,and then we know its time to go to class.---Bell.
10.When school is out its called -------Summer Vacation.

Craft Idea:
 
Apple Stamp
Gift Bags
 
You will need:
apples
sharp knife
paint brushes
red paint
paper towels
brown paper lunch bags
 
Directions:
Slice the apples in half and blot the juice on a paper towel.
Apply the paint to the apple.
Press the apple onto a practice piece of paper to see how much paint to apply and to see the amount of pressure to apply to the apple.
Get your brown paper lunch bag and apply the stamp to the bag.
Let dry completely before using.

Learn To Make An Apple Wreath

 

apples.jpg - 9290 BytesDo you remember the last time you were in someone's home that had an apple pie baking in the oven? Ahhh, the aromas of a fresh baked pie -- it is simply irresistible!

Well, now you can recreate this delicious scent in your own home, or in the homes of your loved ones, by making scented apple wreaths. Scented apple wreaths are not hard to make, and the results are wonderful! Hang one of these on your wall and you will surely impress all of your guests.

What you will need:

  • Juice of approximately 10 lemons
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 - 10 large firm apples
  • 8 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 8" - 10" sturdy, heavy gauge wire
  • 1 - 1 1/2 yards of a 1" ribbon

How to make your apple wreath:

1) Place lemon juice in a large bowl, and stir in salt.

2) Peel, core, and slice apples horizontally into 1/4" thick circles. Soak slices in lemon juice bowl for approximately 6-10 minutes, making sure each side of the slices has a chance to absorb some of the lemon juice.

3) Meanwhile, mix spices in a bowl and blend well.

4) Remove the slices from the bowl and place them on paper towels. Pat tops of apple slices with paper towels.

5) Dust apples slices with spice mixture. Turn slices over and repeat on opposite side.

6) Place apples slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 150-200 degrees F for 6 hours or until completely dried. Apple slices should be slightly pliable.

7) Fold each apple slice in half, and then into quarters and thread the apples slices onto the wire. Continue to pack on the folded apples until the wire is completely filled.

8) When the wire is completely covered, use pliers to bend ends into hooks so that they can connect and close. Carefully shape wire into desired shape. I recommend either a circle or heart shape.

9) Using your ribbon, create a hanger for your wreath.

10) Hang on your wall, or package as a gift for someone special.

Bird Feeders:
 
You will need:
 
Plastic two -litter soda bottle
razor box cutter
paints
paint brushes
glitter
ribbon
fishing wire
5 pound bag of bird seed
 
Directions:
Before your group meets,cut a square out of one side of the two litter soda bottle,big enough for your hand to fit in.
Give each person a soda bottle and let them paint and decorate it with paints,glitter,ribbon.Let dry completley.
Then fill the bottle with bird seed and put fishing wire around the top of the bottle and hang outside for the bird to eat from.

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What's Cookin'
 
Watermelon Fruit Centerpieces:
 
You will need:
1 watermelon
four apples
four bananas
1 can of pineapple(chunk)
1 basket of strawberries
1 bunch of grapes
1 melon baller(scoop)
 
Directions:
Cut the top of the watermelon off and set aside.empty out the watermelon with the melon baller and put the balls of melon in a seperate bowl.get all the melon meat out of the melon.then cut up all the rest of the fruit into chunks and put into melon.


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