Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Volunteers Paint Fingernails At Settlers Park

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

What with the chatter, giggles and scent of nail polish remover, you'd think a slumber party was in full swing at Settlers Park every Monday night.

Except for the absence of pillow fights.

Every Monday evening volunteers arrive at Settlers Park to paint the nails of the residents at this assisted living home in west Baker City.

The roster of volunteers changes from week to week, and this past Monday found Mary Collard and her daughter-in-law, Danielle Collard, prettying up the nails of seven women, who rummaged through bins of polish bottles to find the perfect color.

Settlers Park provides most of the polish - except some bottles, like the bright pink labeled "Love Rocks," that was bought special for a certain woman who likes her nails to be bright and cheery.

This weekly polish party is just one of many activities happening each month at Settlers Park, says Trish Brinton, community relations director.

"Pretty much all our ladies take advantage of it. It's fabulous," she said.

There is also a Men's Night once a week with games such as poker and dice, and regular gatherings for Bunco, bingo, dominoes and 21.

Every other Friday is a ceramics session, and each month has special events centered around a theme.

February is "Everything's Coming Up Roses."

In addition to the traditional Valentine's Day decor around the building, the residents will have a Rose Casino event Feb. 20.

The activity offerings aren't all games - this month brings a three-part seminar on diabetes education, and Executive Director Jackie Wirth will give a scam and fraud seminar on Feb. 27.

"We do a lot of education as well as the fun stuff," Brinton said.

Bringing the greater community into Settlers Park is also a big focus, Brinton said. Students from Harvest Christian Academy come to read twice a week, there is music on Saturday nights and public bingo on Wednesday afternoons.

"This time of year it's really important to bring the community into our community," Brinton said.