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Halloween creeps up at Athens Creek

To get in the spooky Halloween mood, residents at Points West Living Athens Creek in Penticton had a boooo-tiful evening of painting ghosts, moons and pumpkins.



It’s a Rummy afternoon in Penticton

How do you play tile Rummy, also known as Rummikub? 

In early August 2023, some residents at Points West Living Penticton (Athens Creek) decided to spread their love of the game so that even more folks can now join in.



The Painted Ladies: Transformation from Caterpillars to Beautiful Butterflies

‘Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.’ No wonder butterflies have been called ‘flying flowers’ and the Painted Lady variety is as enchanting as any.



A doggone good time in Penticton

Loki, a friendly border-collie/blue heeler mix who is up for adoption at the South Okanagan/Similkameen SPCA branch, visited residents at Athens Creek in May.



Parkway Elementary kids drop by for a patio party in Penticton

On May 31 the kindergarten class from Parkway Elementary joined residents at Athens Creek outside on the bocce courts for a patio party.



Athens Creek resident gardeners create colour with May flowers

The patio at Athens Creek is now looking colourful thanks to the resident gardening team. Liz Annesley and Nancy Birch-Jones headed to a local grower in Penticton to pick out the flowers and then planted them over the Victoria Day long weekend.



Athens Creek resident sends a big message about plastic

Donna and friends in Lions Park on April 23. Darren Sweet from Summerland operated the drone and Penticton photographer Stuart Bish was the "stage manager."

In honour of Earth Day, Donna Schellenburg spelled out a message of love for our planet – with one of the very things she believes is harming it: single-use plastic containers.



Youngsters celebrate spring with Athens Creek residents

On April 5, residents at Points West Living Athens Creek had a visit with two classes of kindergarten students from Parkway Elementary School. The children sang a few songs for the gathering of about 20 residents, then paired up with a classmate and a “senior buddy” to decorate Easter eggs.



Penticton’s park gem gets a gift of love

Pictured: (Left) GM of Athens Creek Donna McBeth and (Right) Donna Schellenberg 

Last May Points West Living Athens Creek (Penticton) resident Donna Schellenberg wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper, the Western News, expressing how much she and other residents love the neighbouring Lion's Park and the Athens Creek which runs through it. 

In the letter, which was published in the paper, Donna explained that since she moved to Athens Creek Lodge, she has always wanted to thank the Lions Club and the City for their care of the little Lions Community Park. Part of Donna’s letter reads:

“I am fortunate to have many window views of all the green shades and now prolific dandelion yellows, which will soon be puffballs. The children’s park is always delightful when small children come to climb, slide and swing. Many of the residents use the pathway for daily outings and use the benches to visit with friends.



The long journey of the ‘Alzheimer’s Wife’

Coles Books in Penticton hosted a book signing for author Barbara Jensen

When Athen's Creek resident Barbara Jensen’s husband of nearly fifty years was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, her whole life changed. In the years that followed, her role changed from mutual partner to primary caregiver.

In her book, Alzheimer’s Wife: The Journey from Endurance to Resilience, readers follow Barbara’s journey of loss and suffering as she watched a man who had been a large part of her, life slowly fade into a shell of what he once was. 
So many others who have had a loved one transformed by Alzheimer’s, will recognize how it feels to when a vibrant and loving relationship is stretched to the breaking point from the deteriorating effects of the disease, whether Alzheimer’s or dementia of another kind.