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October Dates to Celebrate:
National Breast Cancer Awareness month-
Why dont you have a Doctor come in and give your female residents free breast exams and show them how to do them for themselves. Or make pink bow pins to sell for breast cancer.All you need is pin backings,pink ribbon and glue.Sell them for $1.00 each and give the proceeds to your local breast cancer hospital.Call the local paper to let them know about your efforts and you might get your facility in the paper.
Country Music Month- Why dont you have a country music club or dance hall come in and give your residents a country music dance lesson.Or
Watch Coal Miners Daughter- a video about one of the queens of counrty music-Lorretta Lynn.
National Popcorn popping month- Why dont you have a popcorn poppin' party- get an air popper and make different types of popcorn.(see recipes below).You can also celebrate National Carmel Month at the same time.
Family History Month- Ask residents to bring old pictures of themselves and their families. Try to make a family tree for each resident, see how far back you can trace their families. Get the families involved too.
National Crime Prevention month- Have your local police dept. come in and give a lecture on the different scams and crimes done to seniors.
National Pizza Month-Have a pizza party-Order a bunch of pizza and invite the staff to join you and the residents.Or make your own mini pizzas
(see recipe below).
Halloween-Oct.31st- Have a Halloween Haunt-
Invite local daycares,or elementry schools to let the kids come to trick or treat at your facility. Make sure to buy enough candy for your residents to pass out to the kids.During the day hold a costume contest and let the staff dress up and let the residents choose the winners.Also, about a week before Halloween give each your facility a fresh pumpkin to decorate any way they like.
Then on Halloween let your residents choose 1st.2nd.and 3rd place. Give prizes.

Scary Spiders:
 You will need:
black pipe cleaner
wiggly eyes
styrofoam ball
black paint
Have each person paint the styrofoam ball black.let dry.then glue on eyes.then poke the black pipe cleaners thru the black ball for each leg(four on each side).bend the pipe cleaners to look like spider legs.Hang up with fishing wire if desired.

Bountiful Fall Bouquets 

Autumn gardens are filled with the makings for bouquets and arrangements that can be placed outside or, when it turns cooler and the holidays approach, brought inside for a centerpiece. Try an arrangement with the following late-blooming flowers, vegetables, berries, fruits, and leaves:

Sunflowers, asters, dahlias, zinnias, hydrangeas, September flower, sage, autumn bugbane

Vegetables and herbs
Pumpkins, winter squash, gourds, peppers, winter wheat, dill, sage

Berries and fruits
Cranberries, beautyberries, nandina, baneberries, porcelain berries, crabapples, blue cohosh berries, apples, pomegranates, mandarin oranges

Colorful leaves from trees such as maple, oak, and magnolia; bushes such as viburnum and burning bush; or vines such as grape leaves and porcelain vine

Hollow out the pumpkins, gourds, apples, peppers, or squash to create a natural vase for the other items, or cradle the goods in a basket or bowl. You can create a more formal arrangement by using only one type of flower, or combine different flowers, berries, and leaves to create a mixed bouquet in the spirit of the bountiful fall season.

Holiday Idea

Pity the average Jack o'Lantern. Carved up, lit from the inside, and bald. That's right, no hair on top. Without resorting to celebrity-endorsed hair restoration products, you can grow a gorgeous head of hair for your personal pumpkin.

Following the usual procedure, after opening the top, remove the inside "goop" and scrape the sides. Now, poke some generous holes in the bottom - at least as big around as a pencil.

Depending on how long you want your Jack to last, you can either use an ordinary grocery plastic bag to line it or not. If you want to carve a face all the way through, just realize the holes will show brown, not light.

Put potting soil inside the pumpkin and moisten it. Into the top, arrange some nicely rooted long ivy cuttings. If you do this two weeks before the end of the month, tresses will greet trick-or-treaters.

Easy Halloween Wreath

You will need:

8" styrofoam wreath
2 2" strips of orange fabric 44" long
1 2" strip of black fabric 12" long
Metallic trim (optional)
1 yucky rubber spider
Craft glue

Do not worry about the type of fabric you are using. It is the color effect we are after, anything that is orange and black will work. Wool, felt, satin, cotton, etc.


Wrap the orange strips around the wreath to cover the base entirely. Glue ends down in the back. Do not worry about raw edges showing.

Wrap metallic trim around the wreath in the same manner and bring ends to the back and glue down. This step is optional but I think it gives some extra "snap" to the end result.

Tie black strip in a bow and attach at the top with glue.

Tie black thread around the body of your yucky spider and hang down from the middle of the wreath. Glue the thread ends in the back of the wreath as well. Let the spider hang free. This is the spider's web.

It is so simple and the kids will have fun hanging all sorts of yuckies from the wreath. It also costs next to nothing if you use odd and ends from around the house. Enjoy!

Halloween Painted Rocks

If you are looking for some inexpensive, easy crafts for your residents this Halloween, head out to your backyard to start the fun. Have the kids hunt around for different shaped rocks. Long, slender rocks for ghosts, oval shapes for spiders, and just about any stout rock will make a great pumpkin!


stout, roundish rock
orange tempura paint
black marker
small amount of raffia
3-4 silk leaves
tacky or hot glue
3/4" piece of green chenille stick
bits of Kleenex tissue

The texture of the rock for the pumpkin can be smooth, bumpy, or even jagged, as was in our case. Before you begin, stand the rock up in the position you would like it to be when your craft is complete. Ours was a little tricky, we just leveled him off using the raffia and tissue.

Paint the rock orange and let it dry. Using a black marker, draw on pumpkin's face. Glue silk leaves to the bottom of your pumpkin. Using bits of Kleenex for leveling and bunches of raffia, glue rock onto "straw bed". Top off your pumpkin rock with green chenille for the stem by folding in half and gluing on top of pumpkin's head.


long, slender rock
white tempura paint
black marker
handful of cotton batting
tacky or hot glue
white glitter glue

Paint rock white and let dry. Draw face onto ghost with black marker. Glue cotton batting to the bottom of the rock to give the appearance of a ghostly trail following him. Smear white glitter glue down the sides of the ghost.


oval rock
black tempura paint
pair of wiggle eyes
6-8 12"-long black chenille sticks
red glitter glue
small piece of paper plate or white paper
tacky or hot glue

Paint rock black and let dry. Wrap chenille sticks around body to secure legs in place.
Bend sticks to form legs. Glue chenille sticks in place on the bottom of the rock. Glue on two wiggle eyes. Cut little fangs from paper plate or paper and, using red glitter glue, glue onto rock-face, underneath wiggle eyes. use red glitter glue to create a few drops of blood on fangs and paint around mouth to finish up.

Ghoulish Stick Figures

If you are looking for last minute Halloween crafts, you've come to the right place! These adorable little monsters have personality of their own. Made from simple items such as ice cream sticks and tempura paint, they're sure to be a hit with your residents.


ice cream stick with wide ends
black tempura paint
gold glitter glue
2" piece of thin red ribbon
tacky or hot glue
4 wiggle eyes

Paint ice cream stick black and let dry. Cut 2" piece of ribbon into two 1" pieces. At one end of each piece, cut a tiny triangle out to form a forked tongue. Glue the ribbons to underside of each end of the ice cream stick, be sure that the forked end is sticking out. Using gold glitter glue, carefully apply 3-4 striped down snake's body. Glue a pair of wiggle eyes onto each end of the ice cream stick.


ice cream stick
orange tempura paint
6 12"-long orange chenille sticks
red glitter glue
2 wiggle eyes
tacky glue

Paint ice cream stick and allow to dry. Wrap chenille sticks around body to form legs; bend legs into position. Glue on two wiggle eyes onto head. Fill in gaps on top of ice cream stick between legs with red glitter glue.


ice cream stick
green tempura paint
6 or 7 brown chenille sticks in different lengths
2 12"-long brown chenille sticks
black marker
1 white Kleenex tissue

Paint ice cream stick green and allow to dry. Wrap 2 of the chenille stick around the bottom of the ice cream stick to create roots or feet for the tree to stand on. With remaining chenille sticks, create branches by wrapping around ice cream stick and then bending in different directions. Fold Kleenex at the seam. Holding seam in your fingers, cut along the seam, about 2 inches down from seam. You should end up with a piece as long as the original Kleenex, but only about 2 inches high that can be unfolded into a 4 inch strip. From this strip, cut into sections about 1 inch long each. From these small pieces, create tiny ghosts by twisting into a ghost shape. Using the chenille branches, carefully wrap the end of the branch around the ghost necks until there is a ghost on each branch. Move branches around so there are some in the front, back and on the sides to make your tree more dimensional. With black marker, carefully dot on eyes and a mouth for each ghost, draw an oval on the tree truck for the hollow effect, and draw a few lines up and down the trunk for bark.


ice cream stick
red tempura paint
2 wiggle eyes
black marker
5" piece of red & white polka dot ribbon
6 12"-long red chenille sticks
Kleenex tissue
tacky or hot glue

Paint ice cream stick red and allow to dry. Wrap chenille sticks around center and lower portion of ice cream stick.
Bend sticks to create 4 arms and 4 legs. Fashion a small bow out of red & white polka dot ribbon. Trim ends to make bow about 1-1 1/2" in length. Glue onto ice cream stick where neck should be. Glue wiggle eyes onto head. Cut a small square (about 1 1/2"-2") out of Kleenex tissue. Fringe one side of the Kleenex by carefully cutting small slits with scissors. Bunch opposite end of the Kleenex together and glue to the back of the head. Using black marker, draw on mouth and nose.


ice cream stick
white tempura paint
black marker
one Kleenex tissue
1 white chenille stick

Paint ice cream stick white and allow to dry. With black marker, draw on eyes and mouth. Poke ice cream stick through bottom third of Kleenex. Using white chenille stick, wrap short end of Kleenex (back of ghost) around the ice cream stick to secure it in place. Fringe the front of the Kleenex tissue by carefully cutting slits up from the bottom.

Pumpkin in Bloom

Celebrate the splendor of autumn with colorful fresh flowers displayed in a plump pumpkin vase. In about an hour you can create a dazzling centerpiece rich with tones and hues of the season.

You will need:

One 8" diameter pumpkin, with 6" diameter top removed and insides scooped out
Small plastic container to fit into pumpkin
Floral foam
Floral tape
12 leatherleaf fern tips, each 5"-7" long
5 pencil cattails: two 7" long, two 9" long and one 12" long
15 bronze pompon chrysanthemums, each 10" - 12" long
9 yellow pompon chrysanthemums, each 6" - 8" long
12 yellow asters, each 6" - 8" long
8 stems preserved oak leaves
Utility knife


Place container in pumpkin. Measure and cut floral foam to fit container so that top of foam extends 1/2" over rim of pumpkin; secure foam and container to pumpkin with floral tape (FIG 1).



Insert leatherleaf ferns into foam around rim of pumpkin, spacing evenly. Insert shorter pieces in top of foam to completely cover foam. Insert five cattails at top of arrangement at varying heights (FIG 2).



Insert 15 stems of bronze pompons into foam at varying heights, spacing evenly: Place one 12"-long flower near center top of foam and several flowers around rim of pumpkin; then place remaining flowers above the bottom flowers (FIG 3).

Insert one 8"-long yellow pompon at top of foam and four 6"-long pompons, evenly spaced, around rim of pumpkin. Insert remaining four yellow pompons halfway up to top yellow pompon and in between the four yellow pompons at bottom (FIG 4).

Insert yellow aster stems into foam, spacing evenly between the yellow and bronze pompons. Insert oak leaves around rim of arrangement. Fill container with water; check water level daily. Place arrangement on shallow dish or place mat to protect furniture from marks or spills.

Twisted Paper Witch

This adorable witch will make a wonderful addition to any windowsill, front porch, entry way, or tabletop. She's easy to make and fun to show off!

4" length of 3/8"- diameter wooden dowel
1 1/2"- diameter wooden bead with predrilled 3/8" hole (for head)
Twisted-paper: 2 1/2 yds - rust, 2 1/2 yds - natural, 1 yd - black
24" of 26-gauge wire
handful of Spanish moss (for hair)
1 1/4" Styrofoam ball
6" long straw broom
green chenille stick
orange twisted paper

glue gun
carbon paper
white dressmaker's carbon


For patterns click here.

Head and Body
Glue one end of dowel; slip end into hole in wooden bead; allow it to dry. Cut a 10" length of rust twisted-paper ribbon, untwist it and fold it in half crosswise (body). Using tip of scissors, cut a small slit at center of fold; insert free end of dowel through slit until head rests on body. Glue head to body.

Cut seven 8 1/2" lengths of rust twisted-paper ribbon; untwist them. Apply glue to one side of one strip end; attach strip to dowel about 1 1/4" from head; wrap glued end of strip around dowel. Repeat to attach remaining strips, overlapping edges to create a circular base; let dry. After attaching the underskirt strips, trim the bottom before you spread the paper out so that the base will be even and stand up better. Stand witch upright, bending out bottom of underskirt for balance.

Arms and Sleeves
Cut a 7" length of rust twisted-paper ribbon (arm) set aside. Cut two 5" lengths of rust twist, untwist. Roll one 5" piece lengthwise into a loose cylinder; glue along length wise edge (sleeve). Slip sleeve over one end of arm so that twisted end extends 1/4" beyond sleeve (hand). Apply 1/2" wide band of glue 1/4" from end of hand; press lower end of sleeve onto glue to make a 1/2" wide cuff. With your thumbs against cuff, work upper sleeve down over cuff about 1/2", creating a puffed sleeve. Glue top of sleeve to center of arm. Repeat to make and attach other sleeve. Center arms under body next to head; glue arms to dowel. (Side of dowel to which arms are glued will be back.) Fold body over arms; glue body front and back to underskirt.

Cut six 6 1/2" lengths and five 8 1/2" lengths of natural twisted-paper ribbon for overskirt; untwist. Using pencil, carbon paper and full-size pattern, trace outline of short strips onto each 6 1/2" length of twist and outline of long strips onto each 8 1/2" length; cut out strips. Attach long strips to underskirt first, keeping upper ends of strips even: Glue top of each strip; press strip into place below sleeves, overlapping strips around body. Attach short strips in same manner. Starting at back and pulling wire slightly, wrap wire around body six times, 1/4" from top of overskirt. Twist ends of wire together to secure; bend ends flat against back. Bend out some overskirt strips to add fullness to skirt fold back one lengthwise edge on two or three adjoining strips to give skirt windswept look.

two 12" lengths of black twisted-paper ribbon; untwist. Glue pieces together along one lengthwise side, overlapping edges about 1/4". Evenly trim corners on one short end glue one side of opposite short end; trap this end around back of shoulders; press in place.

Cut a 4" length of black twisted-paper ribbon; untwist. Using white dressmaker's carbon, trace full size pattern for collar onto the piece. Cut out collar, slitting where indicated. Apply glue around base of neck; slip collar around neck; press in place, overlapping ends at back. Glue ends together.

Hair and Hat
Apply glue around top, back and sides of head. Form a mall nest of Spanish moss and invert it over head; press in place. Cut a 4" piece of black twisted-paper ribbon; untwist and cut to make a 4" square. Fold two adjacent sides of the square toward each other, overlapping edges about 1/2" to form a cone; glue edges together. Trim bottom of cone to make even. Bend bottom out slightly; apply glue along underside; press onto head; twist tip. Cut a 4" length of black twisted paper ribbon; untwist. Using dressmaker's carbon, trace full-size pattern or brim onto the piece of twist; cut out. Cut out center hole; slip brim over top of hat. Glue to base of hat top.

Poke a hole in each end of the 1 1/4" Styrofoam ball with a pencil or knitting needle. Cut a 2 1/2" length of orange twisted paper. Open the paper and wrap it around the ball with the hole at the top and bottom. Using the knitting needle push the ends of the paper down into the holes on the top and bottom of the ball. Cut a 1 1/2" piece of green chenille stick and curl it around the knitting needle. Remove and glue one end in the top hole of the ball.

Finishing Touches
Bend left arm, glue pumpkin to inside of arm. Glue handle of broom to front of right cuff and bottom of broom to front of skirt.

Pizza Trivia


*Piz'za Defined!

* piz' za, n. (It.) - A baked pie of Italian origin consisting of a shallow bread-like crust covered with seasoned tomato sauce, cheese, and often other toppings, such as sausage or olives.

The Origins of Pizza

Considered a peasant's meal in Italy for centuries, modern pizza attributes itself to baker Raffaele Esposito of Napoli (Naples), who in 1889 created a special pizza for the visiting Italian King Umberto and Queen Margherita. The pizza, named after the queen, was patriotic in it's resemblance to the Italian flag; red (tomatoes), white (mozzarella cheese), and green (basil). It received rave reviews, setting the standard by which today's pizza evolved.

The idea of using bread as a plate came from the Greeks, who ate flat round bread (plankuntos) baked with an assortment of toppings. The tomato came to Italy from Mexico and Peru through Spain in the 16th century as an ornamental plant first thought to be poisonous. True mozzarella is made from the milk of the water buffalo imported from India to Campania in the 7th century.

So, the Neopolitan baker, as the saying goes, put it all together. Also, in 1830 the world's first true pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port' Alba in Naples, opened and is still in business today!

Pizza migrated to America with the Italians. Gennaro Lombardi opened the first U.S. pizzeria in 1895 in New York City at 53 1/3 Spring Street, but it wasn't until after World War II when returning GI's created a nationwide demand for the pizza they had eaten and loved in Italy that pizza went public. My first recollection of pizza is homemade "box" pizza (Chef Boyardee) with canned pizza sauce and parmesan cheese. In the late 1950's, Shakey's and various other mass production pizza parlors appeared and further popularized pizza.

Pizza in this day and age is not limited to the flat round type. It's also deep-dish pizza, stuffed pizza, pizza pockets, pizza turnovers, rolled pizza, pizza-on-a-stick, pizza strudel, etc., all with combinations of sauce, cheese, and toppings limited only by one's inventiveness. However, the best pizza still comes from the individual pizzaiolo, a pizza baker, who prepares his yeast dough and ingredients daily and heats his oven for hours before baking the first pizza.

Did You Know?

  • 670 MILLION pounds of cheese is sold every year!
  • 75 ACRES of cheese is eaten every day!
  • 350 MILLION tons of frozen pizza is sold every year!
  • 30 TIMES a year is how often the average family eats pizza at home!
  • 96% of people buy pizza out. Only 4% never go out for pizza!
  • 23 POUNDS of cheese is eaten every year by the average person
  • 1.1 BILLION frozen pizzas were sold last year!
  • 4 BILLION fresh pizzas were sold last year!

What Your Pizza says about You

Mercury News Wire Services

Surveys conducted by vast Pizza conglomerates offers these observations:

People and Pizza

Men wearing muscle shirts when answering the door order pepperoni three times more often than any other topping. People who have pierced noses, lips or eyebrows ask for a vegetarian toppings 23 percent more often than a meat topping. Those who have wind chimes on the porch are four times more likely than the average to want olives.

Television and Pizza

A recurring element is the correlation between pizza-eating and TV-watching. Whatever day and time "Roseanne'' airs is always the biggest half-hour of the week for meat-topped pizza orders.

Since you asked, the No. 1 pizza-ordering show (figured by comparing orders during its time slot with weeks when the show doesn't air) is "Melrose Place",' which is also by far the leading show for vegetable-topped pizzas. Pizza orders in the "Melrose Place'' time slot have gone up 14 percent since Heather Locklear joined the cast.

Politics and Pizza

There's more: As you look back on 1994, trying to make sense of Newt's rise and O.J.'s fall, you may want to consider these other statistics from Domino's:

Since the Republicans won the election, meat-topped pizza orders have risen 32 percent in the Washington metropolitan area. Since Election Day, tipping of Domino's deliverers by Washington women has fallen off by 10 percent (except during "Melrose Place,' when it climbs by 30 percent). Since the election, tipping by House Republicans has been down 12 percent; tipping by House Democrats has been up 3 percent. Whenever Newt Gingrich appears on national television, pizza orders to Democratic offices go up 4 percent and go down 2 percent on the GOP side. And last, but not least: The single greatest hour for pizza delivery in national pizza history was the hour when O.J. Simpson was in the white Ford Bronco on the L.A. freeways.

Published 1/11/95 in the San Jose Mercury News.

Pizza Facts

The first pizzeria opened in New York on 53 1/2 Spring Street in 1895. Between 1948 and 1956 oregano sales increased 5200%. This was due to the growing popularity of pizza and other Italian specialties discovered by US servicemen stationed in Europe. Pizza Hut opens its first store in Kansas City in 1958. Domino's Pizza opened its doors in Detroit in 1960. The store was bought by a 23 year old investor named Thomas Monaghan, who borrowed $500 to buy the store.

  • In 1994, total pizza sales in the United States exceeded $20 billion.
  • The 1995 Guiness Book of World Records lists the largest baked pizza on record was 37.4 meters in diameter (12,159 sq.ft.), in Norwood, South Africa December 8th 1990. Another notable pizza by size was a 10,000 sq.ft. pizza cooked by Lorenzo Amato, owner of Cafe di Lorenzo in Tallahassee Florida in 1991.
  • The first known pizza shop, Port 'Alba in Naples, opened in 1830 and is still open today.
  • The first pizzeria in North America was opened in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi at 53 1/3 Spring Street in New York City.
  • The first pizza delivery was in 1889, by Raffaele Esposito owner of the famous pizzeria Pietro il Pizzaiolo (Naples). The recipients were visiting King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. Refusing to go to the likes of a pizzeria, the queen ordered in, being anxious to try this food she heard so much about.
  • The first commercial pizza-pie mix was "Roman Pizza Mix", produced in 1948 in Worcester, Massachusetts by Frank A. Fiorello.
  • The mozzarella originally used in Italy for pizza, was made from the milk of the water buffalo.
  • The tomato arrived in Naples, Italy around 1522 originating from seeds first arriving in Spain from Peru. Initially grown only as an ornamental plant, the 'golden apple', so called because they were small and yellow, were thought to be poisonous until around 1750, when it began to be used in cooking.
  • The origins of focaccia, one of the oldest styles of pizza (without the tomato) can be traced back to about 1000 B.C.E., when the Etruscans arrived in northern and central parts of Italy from Asia Minor.
  • Pizza is the number 2 entree in foodservice, outpacing the growth rate of all other food items. It represents more than 10% of all food sales and is expected to exceed the hamburger 1996.4
  • Tuna is one of the most popular toppings in Europe.4
  • North Americans eat more pizza than anyone else in the world, yet most are acquainted with little beyond the basic tomato and cheese style.
  • There are three major regional styles of pizza in the US. In the East, pizza is the traditional Neapolitan type with a light, thin crust, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and a vegetable or meat topping. It is more commonly known as New York-style. On the West Coast, pizza takes on a sophisticated look. Individual pizzettes with light, chewy crusts and toppings ranging from sundried tomatoes to asparagus to boccocini cheese are the norm. The Midwestern states prefer the deep-dish Chicago style, a thick creation heaped with toppings requiring up to 45 minutes to bake.
  • Cookbooks specializing in Italian recipes have no reference to pizza prior to the 1950's.
  • In non-Italian communities in the eastern states, pizza can be heard to be referred to as "tomato pie".

1 — Mariani, John - The Dictionary of American Food & Drink. Hearst Books 1994.

2 — Bruno, Pasquale Jr. - The Ultimate Pizza. Contemporary Books. 1995.

3 — Slomon, Evelyne - The Pizza Book. Random House. 1984.

4 — Pizza Today - Monthly publication of the National Association of Pizza Operators.

If they Made Pizza ovens...

If IBM made pizza ovens...

They would want one big pizza oven where people bring dough to be submitted for overnight cooking. IBM would claim a worldwide market for five, maybe six pizza ovens.

If Microsoft made pizza ovens ...

Every time you bought dough, you would have to buy a pizza oven. You wouldn't have to take the pizza oven, but you'd have to pay for it anyway. Pizza Oven '97 would weigh 15,000 pounds (hence requiring a reinforced steel countertop), draw enough electricity to power a small city, take up 95% of the space in your kitchen, would claim to be the first pizza oven that lets you customize your pizza toppings, and would secretly interrogate your other appliances to find out who made them. Everyone would hate Microsoft pizza ovens, but nonetheless would buy them since most of the good ingredients only works with their pizza ovens.

Pizza Oven '97 would also work on the web, allowing you to check it's progress from Internet Explorer (but not Netscape). It will also cook pizza's made by other ingredient makers.

If Apple made pizza ovens...

It would do everything the Microsoft pizza oven does, but 5 years earlier.

If Fisher-Price made pizza ovens ...

"Baby's First Pizza Oven" would have a 100-watt light bulb and a hand-crank that you turn to cook the dough. The pizza would pop up like a Jack-in-the-box when it was done. The toppings could be bought separately and would be in a powder form. Making the toppings would require mixing the powder in water and string until it was a thick pasty substance.

If The Rand Corporation made pizza ovens ...

It would be a large, perfectly smooth and seamless black cube. Every morning there would be a piece of dough on top of it. Their service department would have an unlisted phone number, and the blueprints for the box would be highly classified government documents. The X-Files would have an episode about it.

If the NSA made pizza ovens ...

Your pizza oven would have a secret trapdoor that only the NSA could access in case they needed to get at your pizza for reasons of national security.

Does Digital (formerly DEC) still make pizza ovens ...

They made good pizza ovens in the '70s, didn't they?

They are currently designing the world's first truly portable pizza oven. It has the smallest footprint of any pizza oven on the market and will be called the Ultra III HiPizza.

If Hewlett-Packard made pizza ovens ...

They would market the Reverse Polish pizza oven, which takes in pizza and gives you regular dough. No one knows where the toppings go.

If Sony made pizza ovens ...

Their "PizzaMan", which would be barely larger than the dough it is meant to cook, can be conveniently attached to your belt.

If The Franklin Mint made pizza ovens ...

Every month you would receive another lovely hand-crafted piece of your authentic Civil War pewter pizza oven.

If Cray made pizza ovens ...

They would cost $16 million but would be faster than any other pizza oven in the world.

If Thinking Machines made pizza ovens ...

You would be able to cook 64,000,000 pizza's at the same time.

If Timex made pizza ovens ...

They would be cheap and small quartz-crystal wrist pizza ovens that take a licking and keep on cooking.

If Radio Shack made pizza ovens ...

The staff would sell you a pizza oven, but not know anything about it. Or you could by all the parts to build your own pizza oven.

 "If they Made Pizza Ovens" was originally "If They Made Toasters...".



Spider Pops

Let guests make these leggy lollipops as a party activity spider popsand a take-home favor.


4 black pipe cleaners
Googly eyes

Holding all four pipe cleaners, center them at the base of the pop and wrap them around the stick once so there are four legs on each side. Bend the legs. Glue on googly eyes. Now, is it a trick--or a treat?

Halloween Word Game
Fill in the blanks.
A witch rides on a -----Broom.
The ghost says-----Boo.
The colors of halloween are black and -----Orange.
A pumpkin is also known as a ------Jack o' lantern
Kids yell this when they are at your door-----Trick or Treat!!
Don't let this cross your path-----Black Cat.
The kids wear this on halloween-----Costume.
You do this when your scared-----Scream.
This person likes to suck your blood-----Vampire.
The scary house on the hill is-----Haunted.
A magician does -----Magic.

Alzheimers Activities for October:
Pizza Hunt:
Before your group meets, get a large white poster board and draw a large circle on the poster board(this is your crust).Then get different magazines and ask residents to find the "makings for a pizza".
Things to look for:
tomato sauce
bell peppers
Make a theme box for October,you might add:
candy corn
small pumpkin
scary music tape
plastic spiders,bats,skeletons
apple cider
cinnamon sticks
orange and black material pieces(different textures)


What's Cookin'
Popcorn Party
You will need:
Air popper
popcorn kernels
carmel squares
butter(1 stick)
parmasen cheese
cheese packet(from a box of mac n cheese)
tapitillo hot sauce
Just pop five different bowls of popcorn.set aside.
For the first bowl sprinkle salt and melted butter on it.
Second bowl- sprinkle the topitillo hot sauce on it and shake up the bowl.
Third bowl-sprinkle parmasen cheese on it, shake up the bowl.
Fourth bowl-sprinkle the cheese packet on top the popcorn,shake up.
Fifth bowl-Sprinkle melted carmel on the popcorn (melt 1/2 stick of butter and carmel in the microwave to melt).
Have your residents try each popcorn and tell which one they like best.

You will need:
12 english muffins,split in half, toasted.
1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese(16oz)
1 bag of shredded montery jack cheese(16 oz)
dash of oregano
veggies(what ever kind you like)
1 large can of tomato sauce
Put all the english muffins on a large baking sheet,put a tablespoon of tomato sauce on each one,sprinkle with oregano,top with cheese and the rest of your toppings.Put in oven at 425 degrees until cheese is melted(about 5-10 minutes).Let cool before serving.Enjoy!

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