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.

TALK TECH WITH TAYLOR - Wednesdays in January (your apt.)


If you want to learn how to more effectively use your smartphone, iPad, computer, or other device, sign up for a 25-minute one-on-one meeting with Taylor from Programs. Whether you have one single question or just want to learn the capabilities of your device, Taylor will help you gain knowledge at a pace that works for you. Sign up for your Tech Talk appointment and list a brief explanation of what you’re hoping to learn.





Writing your story, whether fiction or non, gets your brain firing and is just plain fun. Our writers go from remembrance to fantasy, from poetry to drama, from imaginative to factual. Everyone is welcome to join in on this informal group!





It’s that time of year again for our annual Snow Goose and Swan pilgrimage! We’ll take a drive along the back roads of Skagit County in search of these magnificent birds including a pit stop at Bow’s Breadfarm Bakery for a sweet treat. This one’s a spontaneous trip for those that are adventurous at heart, we can only hope to be lucky enough to spot the birds. Bring your sense of adventure, binoculars or a camera if you’d like!



ADRIFT WITH CHARLIE SHELDON - Saturday, January 12th at 10:30 - This event is open to the public, please call Patrick Morris at 360-671-7077 to make a reservation


Strong Heart took readers deep into the storied wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. In Adrift, Sheldon, a veteran of the sea himself, carries the story into a beautiful, brutal frontier of ice, wind, slicing cold, roiling waves, and ancient, mystic faith. Author Charlie Sheldon visited The Willows last spring to share the release of his novel Strong Heart. He returns this month to share an excerpt from his newest novel, the next in his trilogy, Adrift. In this story, the Seattle Express, a 700-foot container ship bound for Seattle, is on fire in the Gulf of Alaska. What happens next? Come to the author’s book reading to find out! Sheldon will share his experiences as a fisherman, his inspiration for his newest novel, as well as a few excerpts from the book. If you’d like to read Strong Heart in preparation for the sequel, check our Library for a signed copy! Charlie Sheldon studied at Yale University and the University of Massachusetts, where he received a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology and Resource Management. He then went to sea as a commercial fisherman, and later spent 28 years working for seaports as a project and construction manager and later as an executive.



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

Resident & Staff Holiday Breakfast


With everyone rushing around to buy gifts and welcome guests for the holidays, it can be difficult to find time to sit down together and take a moment to enjoy the company of our Willows family. Our fourth annual Resident & Staff Holiday Breakfast is about just this – making the time to celebrate all the people who make The Willows so special. On the morning of this year’s breakfast, we filled the Dining Room with as many seats as we could squeeze in and settled in for a cozy breakfast with our friends. As the breakfast was served and enjoyed by all, the room overflowed with joyful conversation and holiday merriment. We heard a short but sweet presentation by the spokeswoman of our Resident Social Activities Committee, then the whole room joined together to sing Christmas carols and our Willows version of the classic Julie Andrews song, My Favorite Things. We think this song perfectly describes our community here and has become a sort of anthem for us. Our hearts were warm and our bellies were full – that’s what the holidays are all about.



Holiday Tea at Willowbrook Manor


Willowbrook Manor invited us to a holiday-themed tea party to ring in the holiday season. The bus headed to Sedro-Woolley in the afternoon, and we took in the sights of the gorgeous grounds of the manor. It was beautifully decorated for the holidays and the table settings made us feel like royalty. While enjoying our tea and treats, we conversed about our favorite holiday memories and enjoyed each other’s company. Thank you to Willowbrook Manor for hosting this event and for leaving a lasting impression on each of us!



Holiday Happy Hour with Ugly Christmas Outfit Making!


Ugly Christmas sweaters found their way to The Willows this month at our annual Holiday Happy Hour! We sipped on “Jingle Juice”, a concoction of sparkling wine and assorted juices and pieced together tons of crafty items to create hats, sweaters, scarves, and more. These outfits were so decked out that even Santa would have chuckled! Of course, we all donned our new clothes and posed for pictures to solidify the memories made at this wacky event.






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