Five Years of Memories Make Garden Way Retirement Community a Treasured Home For Eugene’s Active Seniors

Five Years of Memories Make Garden Way Retirement Community a Treasured Home For Eugene’s Active Seniors

Five Years of Memories Make Garden Way Retirement Community a Treasured Home For Eugene’s Active Seniors

Public Invited to Anniversary Party and Resident Art Show on Saturday, November 14

EUGENE, OR (October 27, 2015) — Five years later and so many life stories, triumphs and challenges shared, the residents of Garden Way Retirement Community in Eugene, OR will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the place they call home.

Moving into a new home can have its challenges, but the residents of Garden Way, together with the attentive staff, have always felt like family and together have created a setting, where friends become best friends, new bonds are forged, and where life is full of activity, generosity and camaraderie.

On Sat., Nov. 14, the 117 residents and the staff of Garden Way will come together for a 5th Anniversary Celebration and invite the Eugene community to join them for an afternoon of treats, artistic triumphs, and stories from the past. Several of the residents are veterans, who served in wars ranging from World War II to Vietnam, and while Veteran’s Day will have passed, they will be acknowledged during the anniversary celebration for their service on a recently installed “Wall of Honor” that displays their photos and mementos from their time serving America.

“Managing the Garden Way community is much more than a job, it’s been a journey where the residents have taught us so much about how to live an authentic life,” said Terrie Powell, who along with her husband, Jim, have managed Garden Way since it opened in 2010. “We are thrilled to celebrate our fifth anniversary with our residents and staff, their friends and family, and hope the Eugene community will join for an afternoon of great food and fun.”

The 5th Anniversary Celebration, which will run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., is free and open to the public. Appealing to the “sweet tooths” of most, the party will feature an assortment of desserts hand-crafted by Garden Way’s executive chef, Martin Hernandez, including Chocolate Truffles, Mini Carrot Cakes, Cheese Cake Tarts, Mini Key Lime Pies, Mini Pumpkin Pies, and a variety of cookie favorites.

For those wanted a more savory treat, Chef Martin will offer a selection of fresh vegetables and fruit, hand-rolled Egg Rolls with Sweet and Sour Sauce, tangy BBQ meatballs, assorted finger sandwiches, and cheese and crackers for every palette.

Also on display will be myriad original artworks by the residents, some reveling in latent talent discovered during weekly art classes at Garden Way. For Marlene Meatte, an 81-year resident, art helped her from recover from a brain aneurism a few years ago. “Unable to communicate, my art was a saving grace,” said Meatte, who continues to take special orders for framed work, Christmas stockings among other crafty pieces.

Barbara McClurg, who has lived at Garden Way for just over a year, gathered a group of residents, who do “crafting for a cause.” Working together, they make teddy bears, which are given to local hospitals and to state, county and city police to help calm frightened or injured children.

Not to be overlooked, Chef Hernandez will display art of his own, in this case, a stunning ice sculpture in the form of star with a “5”. Hernandez, like the Powells, has been with Garden Way since it opened. “I can’t think of a better way to say thank you to our residents and staff than to share memories while enjoying some sweets and savories.”

Garden Way is located at 175 South Garden Way, Eugene, OR 97041. For more information, contact us at (541) 228-9819 or visit Garden Way Retirement or email

About Garden Way Retirement Community

Located in the heart of Eugene, OR Garden Way is an all-inclusive, luxurious retirement community for today’s retirees. The award-winning retirement community offers studio alcoves, one- and two-bedroom, two-bath apartment suites. It is managed by a dedicated team of managers including Jim and Terrie Powell, who opened Garden Way five years ago. The carefree lifestyle includes three, chef-prepared meals served restaurant-style in a beautiful and bright dining room, a robust wellness program including yoga and Chair Chi classes, free transportation seven days a week, on-site beauty salon, common area Wi-Fi, movie theater, grandchildren’s playroom, massage and wellness center, and more. For more information, call (541) 228-9819 or visit Garden Way Retirement or connect with us socially at 

About Sunshine Retirement Living

Based in Bend, OR Sunshine Retirement Living manages 20 retirement communities in eight states, offering senior apartments, independent living, assisted living and memory care. A family-owned business with 20 years in the senior housing industry, Sunshine Retirement Living’s mission is to be the preferred senior living provider offering value, choice and independence while promoting health and social interaction that exceeds residents’ expectations and enriches the lives of both residents and staff. By providing meals, housekeeping, activities, transportation, utilities and in-house management staff, Sunshine Retirement Living continues to build an unparalleled community feeling in each property. For more information, visit Sunshine Retirement Living or connect with us socially.

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