Posts by: Marsha Peoples

February 15, 2018

Valentine’s Day Couples Dinner

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The tradition at Lakeside Park is to create a special Valentine’s for our residents. Our couples dinner was extra special and everyone raved over the wonderful dinner and dessert that was created by JoJo Ferrer, Dining Director and Chef. Music filled the air along with conversation and laughter.

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February 13, 2018

Brazilian Fusion

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Each month Carla has a Watermark University class that teaches us all about Brazilian dishes. This month it’s Brazilian candy making and everyone loved the beautiful candies from her native country of Brazil.

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February 13, 2018

Papa’s Squeezebox

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Federica loves playing her father’s handheld squeezebox. The antique instrument is beautiful and Federica serenades us all daily with the old tunes her father taught her. Isn’t it a wonderful thing her father did to hand down something for other’s to enjoy as much as he and his daughter did.

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January 4, 2018

Potato Salad Challenge

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It was great fun tasting the different potato salads and having staff and residents judge the winner. Carla won the challenge and received a target card for her participation.

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December 11, 2017

Silent Art Auction

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The Art Auction was a huge success. The art itself looked as if Picasso was in the house. All proceeds went to the Alzheimer’s Association, a very worthy cause.

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November 27, 2017

Station 15 Gets Their Lakeside Park Thanksgiving Dinner

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Our tradition (and we have many) is to take a turkey dinner with all the trimmings to our first responders. The guys were so happy when Anne, Shirley, and Jan arrived at the station. They asked if they could eat the food tonight and not wait until Thanksgiving Day.

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November 15, 2017

Carla’s Pastéis – A Taste of Brazil

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Carla has a passion for cooking and she brought Brazil to us in her wonderful pastéis. Born in So. Brazil, Carla has been making pastéis for her family and friends for most of her life. Tracy and residents looked on as Carla gave us a cooking lesson. Everyone could hardly wait for them to cool so […]

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November 13, 2017

Veterans Day Bake Sale

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Friday we took the opportunity to say Thank You to all of our Veterans by hosting a bake sale here in our lobby. Our residents enjoyed the interaction with all of our visitors who helped us collect donations to give to the Wounded Warriors Project, which we do every year. We are pleased to announce […]

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October 26, 2017

8th Annual Pumpkin Contest

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We had 9 entries for our contest this year and our judges had a hard job at hand. The first place $50.00 winner was the Activities department, 2nd place $25.00 winner was given to Housekeeping and Maintenance, and 3rd place for $15.00 the Kitchen. Our staff has so much creativity and a fun loving spirit that we can’t […]

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October 23, 2017

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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Heather Farms in Walnut Creek was the location of the walk this year. Residents, families, friends and staff walked for the cause and it was a gorgeous day for the walk. We ate breakfast on the way and everyone enjoyed the day.

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October 20, 2017

Halloween Fun

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Every year our decorating committee thinks of new things to decorate with. The tea cart is bewitching!!

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October 18, 2017

Person Centered Technology – iN2L

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We’ve introduced a new computer generated program that has hundreds of activities for residents to be engaged in. A few of the many sensory programs included is popping bubbles, feeding fish and conductorsize. A variety of the programs are balanced among the dimensions of wellness: spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social.

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September 15, 2017

Gardening with Roselyn Ferrer

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Roselyn Ferrer has a passion with plants and flowers. Her first Watermark University class took place in the garden this morning. Together with Margarite and Claire they planted several pots with beautiful succulents. Margarite used to own a nursery, so she loved this class and shared with the group her experience with planting and creating beautiful arrangements. Come […]

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September 13, 2017

National Assisted Living Walk

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All week we have celebrated and today we walked for the cause. It was a beautiful morning at Lake Merritt and everyone loved the walk. We were so happy that our volunteer students from St. Paul’s school could make it for the walk. When you have different generations enjoying a walk together it is like […]

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September 13, 2017

Cook-Off Featuring Bananas Foster

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JoJo and T.J. are in a race to make their rendition of Bananas Foster. The residents had so much fun voting on their favorite chef and the end result was enjoyed by all.

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September 11, 2017

First Responders Breakfast

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It is a tradition like many at Lakeside that we honor our “First Responders” with a delicious breakfast! JoJo makes ready made omelets, along with fresh fruit, muffins and fresh juices. We thank them for their service and the residents had a great time visiting and taking photos.

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July 20, 2017

Bake Sale

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The bake sale earned a whopping $65.00 and the residents and volunteers had a great time. The neighborhood loves to take walks to the park and our building is on the pathway to the lake and park luckily for us!! All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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June 27, 2017

Solstice Bake Sale

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June brings many things, including the first day of summer! Lakeside Park volunteers had a Bake Sale and $120.00 was made all to be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Great job to our volunteers for making the sign and selling the cake pops, cookies and iced tea!!

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June 27, 2017

Apricot Heaven

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In California, we are so blessed to have apricots. The season is very short and we were lucky enough to get Blenheim’s, which is like the 24 carat gold apricot. Lakeside Park Apricot Jam, there’s nothing like it.

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June 20, 2017

Fireside Chat

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Come join us each 3rd Thursday of the month for an event that leaves you more informed than when you came in the door. Chef JoJo always makes tasty morsels and Ann is so knowledgeable in the field, it’s a win win for all!

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June 20, 2017

Coffee and …

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This Watermark University class has really taken off. Rene (Claire’s daughter) brings her French presses and all kinds of tasty treats and creates a bistro in our 2nd floor dining room. The entire building is enjoying this class and it feels like a coffee house. Rene’s specialty is bringing different kinds of coffee along with her favorite coffee […]

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June 20, 2017

Celebrating 15 Years

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Our 15th Year Anniversary Party was a huge hit! Families, staff past and present, residents and professionals in the business showed up to celebrate the 15 years of dedication and pride. Lakeside Park Interns held an Art Gallery in the lobby and it was really spectacular. The lobby really transformed into an art gallery. Everyone […]

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May 24, 2017

Art at Lakeside

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Our art therapist interns are always holding art classes for the residents to express themselves. This piece of art was a community project and hangs proudly on the 1st floor.

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May 24, 2017

Friends in the Garden

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Fiona and Dr. Bancroft enjoyed the sunshine. The best days are spent in our garden, and everyone is thankful for the great weather.

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May 24, 2017

Watering the Garden

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As the weather warms you will find us outside in the garden. Don loves keeping the garden watered and finds it a very meaningful way to spend his time.

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May 4, 2017

Resident Art

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We are thrilled each day when the residents complete a piece of art. We occasionally receive fresh flowers from different businesses and the Intern Team use the flowers for art projects. They are masterpieces!

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April 18, 2017

Easter Sunday Tea Party

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The bunny arrived just in time to bring good cheer to everyone at the Easter Tea Party. Fiona was the bunny this year, and she was just as cute as a bunny’s ear. The Community Life team made the bunny cake and it was served at our tea party. What a great day!

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April 18, 2017


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Passover was enjoyed by all! This year, as always, Renee and Bill led the celebration and we also had lots of help from our Bishop O’Dowd student volunteers. Thanks to all for a wonderful Lakeside tradition.

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March 29, 2017

Lakeside Park Intern Team

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We want to pay homage to our intern team lead by their clinical supervisor Marguerite Manteau-Rao, AT/MSW. One of the things that sets us apart from other communities is our intern program. The intern team is an integral part of our community in that they have a new lens, they work very close with the wellness […]

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February 15, 2017

Valentine’s Couples Dinner

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Our couples had a great night and were thankful to be transported by tunes of “My Funny Valentine” to another place and time where it was nothing but magical. From the Butternut Squash Soup to the Peach Flambé, everyone had smiles on their faces and love in their hearts.

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December 14, 2016

Fireside Chat


Come join us on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Anne Sanabria lines up guest speakers and our chef JoJo always has a wonderful sampling of his favorite recipes.

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November 3, 2016

Thanksgiving Buffet

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Come join us for our scrumptious buffet. This year we will be taking reservations early as this day is our largest turnout with our families and friends. Happy Thanksgiving. Please RSVP at the front desk.

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October 13, 2016

Thumbs Up!


To our sister community, The Fountains at The Albemarle, we’re all thinking of you and give you a big “thumbs up”. We send our sisterly love to everyone touched by this storm. The board is called a thumb tree, our staff and residents put their thumb prints on it to let you know we are here and in our […]

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October 6, 2016

Sew Fabulous Sisters


The newest members of our Sew Fabulous Sisters are (from left to right) Charlotte, Shirley Ann and Margaret. We are gearing up for our holiday stocking making and we are so excited to make a stocking for each and every resident. Stockings are hung up on each floor with all the decorations put on them […]

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September 14, 2016

Food Appreciation Truck


We had a wonderful lunch at Lakeside Park that was catered by Ginny Lambright’s family. Gina and Steve catered the afternoon lunch from Anzu. The food was great and had an Asian flare. Everyone was so appreciative of the thoughtfulness. Next was the slider truck which specialized in 5 different sliders from chicken to vegan. Thank […]

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September 12, 2016

National Assisted Living Week


The theme for this week is “Keep Connected!” We kicked off our National Assisted Living Week with a BBQ, Grandparent’s Day Tea, and on Monday the 12th, the First Responder’s Breakfast was a big hit. We sure love to greet the firemen when they arrive hungry and eager to chat with all of us. Thank […]

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July 6, 2016

Apricot Cobbler

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Apricot season is at its end and we just had to make an apricot cobbler. The preparation for making cobbler is never forgotten. Making the lattice dough for the top, slicing the apricots and removing the seeds, as well as mixing the fruit with cinnamon and brown sugar… Now that’s a combo that is yummy for […]

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June 29, 2016

Guests Enjoy Thrive Dining™ Entrées

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Chef JoJo prepared our famous Thrive Dining™ menu for our guests. The plated meal was transformed into mouthwatering easy to eat finger foods. Everyone enjoyed the ability to experience what our residents feel when they are able to easily eat without using any silverware. For more information about Thrive Dining™, please visit our dedicated page […]

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June 15, 2016

Residents David and Nan

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On any given day David and Nan are in the garden. On this particular day, this wonderful Lakeside Park couple tried on our new summer hats. We think they look GREAT and ready for Hollywood…

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June 14, 2016

Father’s Day Cards

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On Father’s Day ,we will be giving cards to all the fathers at Lakeside Park! Each card was made by hand and the class was lead by Jenn and Tracy. Good Job!

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June 14, 2016

Pixar Studios

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We were invited to Pixar Studios by Jaime, the daughter of Marjory. Thank you so much for the tour and giving us a chance to see what it takes to make an animated film. Pixar houses 1,200 employees and is a beautiful campus started by Steve Jobs. At the campus, there is a showcase of all […]

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June 14, 2016

Lakeside Park Safari Outing

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Donned in our homemade shirts we started our day. Our Destination for our extraordinary outing was Safari West in Santa Rosa. The road trip was only 1 1/2 hours long and when we arrived there was a beautiful BBQ lunch awaiting us. After lunch we boarded a huge tram that took us through the animal preserve which […]

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October 16, 2015

The Pumpkin Patch

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Gathering pumpkins became an exciting outing today. Bob was able to pick the perfect pumpkin and Shirley brought her gloves just in case the pumpkins were dirty. Each resident will paint their pumpkin picks in Brittany’s art class.

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