Cottages at Green Valley, a memory care and assisted living community in the southeastern valley, will present an Octoberfest celebration Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Traditional Octoberfest food will be served including brauts, sauerkraut, German potato salad, apple strudel, soft pretzels, chicken wings and non-alcoholic beer. German music will be featured.
"This is the first time we have had an event like this where we are inviting nonresident families," said Cottages administrator Trudy Andrews. "We wanted to keep with the fall tradition and many of our residents had been asking for variety."
The first 15 people who call the Cottages and bring a person age 75 or older will be welcomed to join the Cottages and receive a parting gift, according to Andrews.
The Octoberfest gathering is one of the many activities presented each year at the Cottages, which was opened in 2002 by the husband and wife managing members Cadry and Donna Genena.
Pine Lodge, one of two activity centers at Cottages, provides meeting space for group activities including bible study, poetry, reading, puzzles, crocheting and knitting.
Church services are also an important part of the residents' lives at Cottages. On Saturday mornings, the Oasis Baptist Church group holds its prayer and worship services and a group from St. Thomas More Catholic Church conducts the rosary and communion services for residents at Cottages each week.
In addition, Jewish residents are taken to the temple for Friday night services, as well as being provided special services for High Holy Days.
Weekly shopping trips to drug stores, 99 Cent Only stores and discount stores are provided by the Cottages, which utilizes a 14-seat bus for the excursions. A new group, the Lunch Bunch, has been started and already includes several residents.
Andrews said two activity directors and a bus driver helps keep the residents active. "Transportation for sightseeing trips, picnics, shopping, as well as doctor visits is a service we're proud to offer," she said.
Rose Hall is the main activity center which hosts larger groups, including bingo tournaments with a new electronic bingo board. Also, entertainers perform for Cottages' residents several times per week including singers and school children. Sing-a-longs of the old standards are always well attended. "I would find it very difficult to keep up with our calendar of events," Andrews said.
"There's so much to do here. Everything is offered and nothing is required. It's totally up to the individual resident what he or she wants to participate in. They love getting the daily list of events and making note of which ones they're going to do. It's a pleasure to see our residents truly enjoying themselves."
At Cottages, there are 12 residents per cottage. Each resident is provided three meals a day in their cottage. A higher-than-average caregiver ratio ensures attention for residents, who average 831/2 years of age.
The community has five memory care cottages, three assisted living cottages and one easy care independent-style cottage. Set on 4-acres of landscaped grounds, Cottages can accommodate more than 100 residents.
For more information, visit Cottages of Green Valley from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Scheduled evening tours are also available by calling 992-0000.
Additional information is also available at cottagesgv.com.