Celebrating Sharon

Sharon Lucas, Senior CNA at Bay Oaks, has been serving our residents since 1990. She is truly a pillar of our community and a trusted colleague, mentor, and friend to everyone who works here.

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Sharon was born and raised in Miami. She worked in hotels prior to receiving her certification as a nursing assistant and coming to Bay Oaks. She will tell you that she loves working here because it is like a home away from home, and because the residents uplift her spirit everyday. She uplifts our spirits, too.

Twenty-seven years on, she is now the longest serving member of our community – more than the Administrator or any board member. The Bay Oaks motto is: “It is a privilege to be of service” – and it is a privilege to serve with you, Sharon. Thank you for all you do to make life a little sweeter and a whole lot smoother for everyone at Bay Oaks.

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For the Birds!

Our weekly ‘Art on the Side’ meetup decided to try something new and crafty this week – making toys and puzzles for our many birds! Using old cardboard boxes and tubes, newspaper, paracord and twine, pieces of felt and wood, pinecones and twigs, residents created toys to stimulate our birds’ minds and foraging instincts.

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Lola the Parrot took to them immediately. Check her out!

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We love our birds and all the animals who live with us here at Bay Oaks. See more pictures of our furry and feathered friends in our photo album.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, donations we receive are tax-deductible. If you would like to support our “Princess Fund,” which covers the costs of caring for these animals, all of our residents would be most grateful.

Mr. Esprit Recommends the Frost Science Museum

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As recounted by Mr. Claude Esprit.

Claude in red shirtFor my 70th Birthday, my friend, Luis took me to the Science Museum.

When you go to the museum, they give you a map of all the exhibits on four floors. We started as the top where there was a huge water tank with live sharks. They also have coral habitats and highland habitats on display, with small live alligators, crocodiles, snails and birds.  They had another tank filled with jellyfish, coral, angelfish, and more. I enjoyed the museum very much.

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They had a lot of nice exhibits, a restaurant, and their gift shop had great books! I bought one about space and another about the history of the Miami River.

My favorite part was the planetarium. They give you 3D glasses and we watched an asteroid show called ‘Asteroid Exterior.’ The show includes an astronaut talking talk about asteroids hitting earth, meteor craters, a crater in Siberia and more. It’s a lovely show and I learned a lot.

On the first floor, there is a platform that you can walk on where circles of color illuminate under your feet.

I had a lovely time in the museum. When I got back to Bay Oaks, I shared the story of my birthday trip with CB Gaines and my neighbors. We decided to go next time all together.

One of my favorite things about living at Bay Oaks is all the place we get to see together. So far this year, we have also gone to Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor, the Palm Beach Zoo, and we even saw the last Barnum & Bailey’s circus ever to come to Miami.

Golden Globe Best Picture “Moonlight” was partially filmed at Bay Oaks

Bay Oaks is pleased to have worked with the producers of “Moonlight” when they were filming in Miami. The film has also earned awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Independent Film Award.

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The grounds of the summer house were used for a scene captured below from the trailer.

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We wish the producers best of luck at the Oscars!

Three cheers for our eldest statesman

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Mr. Irving Mann has now celebrated both his 103rd and 104th birthday at Bay Oaks. Our resident blogger even managed to get the occasion chronicled in the Miami Herald. We love his wit and character, and look forward to celebrating his 105th with him and his family next year.

Election Day

Ms Blake Voting

Many resident guests were able to vote early thanks to Miami Dade Election officials supervised voting in our community room. We want to remind you that it is everyone’s civic duty to vote. People like Ms. Mary Alice Blake (above) served in the military during WWII to preserve and protect your right to vote. Don’t take it for granted.