Celebrating the Season at Bay Oaks

The annual Bay Oaks Holiday Party is not to be missed and, without hyperbole, this year’s really may have been our best yet. Residents, family members, friends, staff, volunteers, donors, and colleagues came together to enjoy the evening at the Summer House with drinks and a delicious menu of hors d’oeuvres created by our chefs, staff and volunteers.

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Mazelle’s Basil Shrimp, recreated by Chef Matthew; Jim’s Roast Beef, Arugula & Horseradish Toasts; Matt’s Garlic & Romesco Meatballs; Jimmy’s Deviled Eggs; Kathryn’s Sausage & Cheddar Biscuits; Matt’s Cilantro Quesadillas; and desserts made by Elsa Roberts and Jeff Matthews.

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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!

Lola loves her toy!

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.

A Day at the Track

Thursday was Mr. Bill Warnke’s 90th birthday. His daughter Lisa visiting from out of town joined him and 7 other resident guests and 4 staff members in our Mercedes Benz Sprinter on a trip to one of his favorite places: Gulfstream Park. We spent a winning afternoon in the casino sharing in Mr. Warnke’s good fortune and luck.

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Mr. Bill Warnke shared his birthday cake and favorite lunch of pizza with Bay Oaks resident guests and his daughter Lisa and brother Neal.

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Re-Treat

It’s the hot, hot summertime, and that’s when we like to head up to Dania Beach and have some ice cream sundaes at Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant. The trip has been a Bay Oaks tradition, just as Jaxson’s has been a tradition since 1956.

Everybody’s getting ready to tuck in.

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Foreground: Mr. Luiz Melo and Ms. Anita Leon

 

Everyone extends a special “thank you” to our benefactor Mr. Luiz Melo for treating us to our sundaes.

Uber initiative for seniors

UberWe are excited to team up with Uber’s pilot program for seniors. The information session will be held here Tuesday, August 4th at 2 p.m. Uber is easy to use and will provide added independence and mobility to seniors in South Florida. Please RSVP to CB Gaines at bayoakshome@gmail.com to attend this event.