MUSCATINE, Iowa -Bounce houses, bingo and big hammers added to the fun Thursday at Bickford Senior Living in Muscatine.
The staff at Bickford hosted the first Cedar Street Block Party to celebrate Bickford residents with an opportunity to meet and mingle with the public.
The party, which featured free food, children's games, face painting and bingo, also provides area residents with more information about area healthcare services for seniors, said Bickford director Megan Johnson.
Other area senior care businesses sponsored the event, said Johnson, including Iowa Hospice, Hospice Compass U.S. and Lutheran Homes of Muscatine.
"This is a way the public can know about their services too," said Johnson. "We're hoping to do this every year."
Shaleen Sorgen, regional director of marketing for Bickford, said she was pleased with the number of local businesses that joined the effort.
Maricruz Lerma, who volunteered with children's games at the party, said she signed on to help after Bickford contacted U.S. Bank, where Lerma works, and asked if staff there would like to volunteer.
"We're all taking turns volunteering today," said Lerma.
Catherine Witz of Muscatine brought her son, Richie Witz, and her friend's young children, Caprice Rowan-Arnold and Xander Rowan, to the party and said everyone enjoyed the afternoon.
"There's so much for the kids to do here," she said as the children picnicked on hot dogs and chips. "We're having a great time."
Bickford resident Alda Mae Maher said her favorite part of the day was playing bingo.
"I think this is great," said Maher, 95, as she filled her card. "We should have more of these parties, but it's a lot of work."