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Legacy Place Tenants to Show Artwork Friday

September 13, 2012

Residents at The Legacy Place have the opportunity to show off their artistic abilities Friday during an “Art for the Ages” art exhibit open house.

The Legacy Place, an assisted living facility in Valley City, is hosting the event in honor of National Assisted Living Week, which began on Grandparent’s Day, Sept. 9, and continues until Saturday.

“Many assisted living residents are the people who made significant contributions to our community,” Tamie Gerntholz, RN nurse administrator at The Legacy Place, said. “They have been the teachers, business people civic leaders, public officials, parents, and now grandparents who have contributed so much to the Sheyenne Valley area.

“This week gives us a chance to honor the citizens’ contributions along with the staff, families, friends and volunteers of the community.”

National Assisted Living Week, which is sponsored by the National Center for Assisted Living, describes this year’s theme, “Art for the Ages,” as a “celebration of the talents and creativity assisted living residents have developed through hard work and their love of art,” according to their website.

NCAL first established the honorary week in 1995.

The art show will be held Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Legacy Place. Homemade cookies and refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to view the art and visit with some of the artists.

The Legacy Place invites the community to “witness firsthand the beauty and joy that are the motivating force behind The Legacy Place Assisted Living’s care.”

The artwork that will be displayed, which is created by The Legacy Place tenants and staff, include paintings, afghans, cookbooks, ceramics, cruel stitching, woodwork, crochet and pine needle artwork.

Tenants will also decorate cookies in preparation for Friday’s art exhibit.

“National Assisted Living Week is a celebration every year in September, and we try to do something fun and unique depending on the theme for the year,” Cami Hendrickson, business office manager at The Legacy Place, said.

The past few years they’ve had open houses and ice cream socials, and last year, they hosted a United Service Organization dance event for tenants and their families.

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