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It’s well-known (and scientifically proven) that interaction with a gentle, friendly pet has significant benefits, and if it’s your own pet, that makes it even better.  When one of our residents asked if she could bring Penny, her dachsund to Surrey to spend the night, the answer was a resounding”yes”! Penny was a joy for all of us.

As Surrey embarks on their Eden Alternative journey, we want to practice Principle #2: “An elder-centered community commits to creating a Human Habitat where life revolves around close and continuing contact with plants, animals and children.  It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living.”

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It has been a fun Easter week at Surrey Place.  The NJROTC visited and helped the elders search for Easter Eggs, and then the children from My Play School and VPK visited for a fun morning of hunting Easter Eggs.  Nothing bring more smiles than to watch children run and play!

It’s always a special day at Surrey when the Spring Yard Sale takes place!  It was a beautiful Spring day, and the community was out and about shopping the yard sales all around Live Oak.  Surrey had their share of visitors and some vendors, who set up their tables under the Live Oak trees.  Sales were good!  The hotdogs were delicious and the elders enjoyed a day of shopping for treasures and visiting with friends from the community.

It’s always a special day when Ken and Sandy visit.  They have been faithful volunteers for many years.  First visiting with their beautiful Tennessee Walker, Paints Rocky Top, and now with their beloved poodles.  Just look at the faces of the elders.  If you are a “parent” to a pet, you know the loving companionship that they bring.  Thanks, Ken and Sandy, for bringing the joy and warmth to our elders and letting them hold and hug your precious poodles!

It was a picture perfect day to take a trip to White Springs Florida to see the annual Tractor Show at Stephen Foster State Park.  There were new tractors, antique tractors, tractor pulls, and some great food to enjoy.  This was a Men’s Only trip and they had a wonderful time reminiscing about days of plowing, harrowing, and planting their gardens and farms.   At the end of the day, they toured the Stephen Foster museum, enjoyed the train exhibit,  and posed for the camera.

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It was a big day for Ms. Florrie Jernigan on Sunday, March 16th, as family, friends, staff and peers came together to celebrate her 105th Birthday at Surrey Place Care Center.  Gifts of flowers and balloons adorned her table, along with a beautiful cake made by Cakes by Pat and donated by a generous staff member.

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We celebrated Mardi Gras at Surrey Place started with a parade of staff, elders, balloons, beads, masks, and music.  The fun continued as staff and elders danced and sang to the music provided by D&D Entertainment.  The day before, the ladies made King’s cakes and cupcakes decorated in the Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold, and green.

Come join us this Saturday, 12-21-13, for Sparkly Stuffers, a Handmade Gift sale from 8 am – 2 pm at Surrey Place.Our elder artists and crafters have been hard at work creating one of a kind gifts to dazzle your friends and family. Support local artists and come see what treasures you can find – other vendors from the community are invited to attend. See what crafty work we’ve been up to at 110 Lee Ave SE, Live Oak, FL 32064.

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This fall, about 170 Signature residents and caregivers traveled to Branson, Missouri for the annual resident vacation. For a glimpse of the action, check out the video below.

2013 Vacation – Branson, MO – Video

Click the link to see the YouTube video from our trip to Branson, Missouri. Such gorgeous scenery – you have to see to believe! That must be why it’s “The Show Me State”!