The holiday season finds East Ridge abuzz with activities that are enjoyed by all ages.  Living in a community like East Ridge, offering residents freedom from home maintenance, means they have more time to enjoy this festive time of the year and participate in activities that are themed around the season.

At East Ridge, Santa’s helpers have been busy decorating the community and there are garlands and Christmas trees galore that are sure to put everyone in a festive mood.

Traditions that are part of the East Ridge lifestyle continue with great enthusiasm.  Among these is the annual Holiday Bazaar & Pancake Breakfast organized by resident Fran Plummer and her committee on Sat. Dec. 7th starting at 9 a.m.

“There’s something for everyone with one-of-a-kind holiday items created by the Village Crafters, plants and poinsettias, merchandise from the community’s thrift store and a bake sale.   Local businesses have donated gift certificates for raffle prizes,” said Plummer.  Her popular peacock feather wreaths have quite a following and quickly sell out as well as handmade quilted items in holiday fabrics made by Bonnie Massey.

The annual East Ridge toy drive is organized by Barbara Roberts in security and she did such a great job last year organizing the toys for boys and girls for their appropriate ages.  New toys are collected from residents, employees and families and will be donated to children in the Cutler Bay area.

The community’s residents are a popular audience for school children.  Smiles abound because this month, East Ridge residents enjoy many intergenerational opportunities including visits for holiday caroling, singing and performances.  Christ Fellowship Baptist Church Youth Group visits Dec. 7, Whispering Pines Girl Scouts on Dec. 8, violin students from Ana Ventura on Dec. 15 and the Gulliver School Jazz Band on Dec. 16.   The children visit assisted living residents and those at Three Palms Health Center.

“Special efforts are made to involve our residents in holiday activities as many do not have families in the area,” said Kiyria Jimenez, Director of Community Life.  “We provide technical assistance if they want to Skype with their loved ones. If families are visiting, East Ridge offers guests’ suites and everyone is invited to be part of the community and enjoy the activities and amenities. Our activity calendar also includes special support groups, recognizing that while it’s a festive time of the year, the holidays may trigger feelings of depression and loneliness.”

The East Ridge culinary team continues holiday traditions with delicious Christmas and New Year’s Day brunches.

The special tradition of a casino night will close out 2019 while ushering in 2020 for the last party of the year.  Residents enjoy this opportunity to party in the community which doesn’t require driving or crowds.

“The holidays may be a perfect time to consider a life plan community like East Ridge. Our Welcome Center is open during the holiday if you would like to visit,” Jimenez added.

East Ridge at Cutler Bay is Miami-Dade County’s only true life care retirement community. The not-for-profit community draws from the neighborhood charm of suburban Cutler Bay and the vibrancy of Miami in a lush tropical setting of 76 acres, located at 19301 S.W. 87th Avenue.  The community offers a continuum of care including independent and assisted living apartment homes in a true neighborhood setting, respite and skilled nursing care, and rehabilitation services available within Three Palms Health Center.  For more information or to schedule a tour, please call (305) 256-3564 visit www.EastRidgeAtCutlerBay.com.

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