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.

See the full photo album on Facebook and follow us on instagram for more photos from Bay Oaks, Miami’s best assisted living facility and among South Florida’s longest serving non-profits.

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Making our list and checking it twice!

Bay Oaks Wish List HorizBay Oaks is proud to fill the lives and home of our residents with holiday cheer each year. The fragrant natural pine wreaths and trees, festive poinsettias, and gifts on Christmas morning are all made possible by friends and donors.

If you or your company would like to contribute this year, we invite you to call us at (305) 573-4337 and speak with Kathryn Moore about making this holiday bright through monetary or in-kind donation. Thank you – and happiest of holidays to you and yours!

For 70 years, it is has been our privilege to be of service to Miami seniors. Bay Oaks is a 501(c)3 tax exempt, not for profit organization and your gift is tax-deductible. 

Capturing Bay Oaks in Photographs

It is a challenge to capture the beauty, the fun, the food, the stories of Bay Oaks on film. Over the years, friends and family members have helped us capture the spirit of this 70 years young non-profit, and we try our best to share these photos with you. Follow us on Instagram @BayOaksRetirement and Facebook to see our latest and please, send us your photos and stories to share.

Next time you visit, be sure to see our photo albums by the concierge desk. Thanks to board members, Dr. Judith Siskind and Dr. Anna Blackman, we have years of photos from events, capital improvements, and just everyday life here at Bay Oaks, bound in beautiful full-color volumes. Many of these images are in our online photo albums, as well, here and here.

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.

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.