Some of our latest events and excursions are listed below. Many are open to the public. We invite you to join us for a taste of LifeMinded living.

Book Reading & Nature Walk with Bird Expert, Woody Wheeler


We are excited to welcome author and master birder, Woody Wheeler, to The Willows for a thorough birding experience! In our first session, Woody will read from his book Look Up! Birds and Other Natural Wonders Just Outside Your Window. During his reading, Woody will share tips on identifying birds and will show us photos from his recent birding tours to Cuba and Trinidad. This fun and informative presentation is sure to inspire you to look up! The following day, Woody will ask us to do just that on our nature walk at one of our finest local natural areas, Ferndale’s Tennant Lake Park. With more than 150 species of birds having been spotted at this refuge, we’re sure to see something spectacular! Woody will bring a spotting scope and extra binoculars to help us see the species we encounter.



May Flowers Ikebana Workshop with Barbara Johnson


Local Ikebana instructor, Barbara Johnson, returns to The Willows this month to offer us another unique opportunity to dabble in the art of Japanese flower-arranging called Ikebana. Ikebana in Japanese means “giving life to flowers.” Ike means to arrange and bana originates from the word hana, meaning flower. In this workshop, you’ll learn step-by-step how to arrange flowers and branches in a beautiful, simple and natural way. Simplicity will be emphasized and anyone can practice this art. Unleash your creativity in this fun and rewarding class! All materials will be provided and you will leave the class with plenty of fresh flowers to keep practicing and arranging at home. If you have a vase you would like to use, feel free to bring it along, otherwise, you will need to purchase the “frog” you’ll use during the class in order to take it home with you.



Catholic Mass with Father Scott - Wednesday, May 15th at 2:00 (3MC)


Guests are welcome to join this event, please call 360-671-7077 to let us know if you plan to attend. Attend a Catholic mass without having to leave the building! Father Scott Connolly from Bellingham’s Church of the Assumption will lead the service which all are welcome to attend.



Nooksack salmon enhancement association (nsea) Volunteer Work Party: Potting Native Plants Saturday, April 27th at 8:45


Celebrate Earth Day and help boost salmon population critical for the survival of our local orca whales by joining the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association’s annual native plant potting party! We’ll pot small native trees and shrubs for their nursery to be planted along salmon-baring streams at future restoration projects. Willows volunteers will be provided with a planting station including a table and chairs to make the work accessible to more folks. Hard working volunteers will also be rewarded with coffee and bagels! Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and cross your fingers for a sunny day!



Fitness Center Equipment


Need a fitness equipment introduction or refresher? Contact Jen from Programs for a brief how-to. She will help you decide which machine is best suited for your fitness level and show you what you need to know to get started.   • Offering a low-impact workout, the NuStep cross trainer is easy to use.   • The treadmill keeps you walking without having to go out in the rain.   • The exercise bike is recommended for those with established balance and core strength.



Here's just a sampling of recent events we've filed under 'fun.'

Tea & Tulips at Willowbrook Manor


We were delighted to return to the beautiful Willowbrook Manor to enjoy another tea party, this time to celebrate springtime. The drive out to Sedro-Woolley was gorgeous, the sun bouncing off all the fresh green leaves. Once we arrived, we sat down at a perfectly-set table next to large windows that overlooked the well-groomed grounds of the manor. We enjoyed tea, delectable tea sandwiches, scones, muffins, and more as we took in the sights of the beautiful house and surrounding area. We look forward to returning again.



Scenic Drive through the Tulip Fields


Spring means rolling fields of colorful tulips, and we never miss the opportunity to take in their beauty. This year, we drove around Skagit Valley in search of the most beautiful fields. We found just what we were looking for and took some time to walk around flowers, admiring all the stunning colors. This is a spring staple for us and we were grateful for another spectacular tulip trip.



Dr. Kevin Rupp: Fall Prevention Presentation and Screenings


Physical and Occupational Therapist Kevin Rupp returned to The Willows to share his knowledge about preventing falls in an informative presentation. Following his talk, Dr. Rupp spoke one-on-one with residents to answer their specific questions and assess individual fall risks. Knowledge is power when it comes to our health, and thanks to Kevin Rupp, we are all more informed about how to stay on our feet and what to do to lower our risk of falling.






Call (360) 671-7077, email us at info@thewillowsbellingham.com,