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Silver Celebration: Week of activities set for Oak Crest's 25th anniversary

Joanne Louner (center), activities director at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, visits with residents Phyllis Wickness (left) and Dorace Johnson on Friday in the new health care center. Oak Crest will be dedicating the new center, as well as celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. Chronicle photo HOLLY LUNDH
Joanne Louner (center), activities director at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, visits with residents Phyllis Wickness (left) and Dorace Johnson on Friday in the new health care center. Oak Crest will be dedicating the new center, as well as celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. Chronicle photo HOLLY LUNDH

DeKALB - This week will be filled with interesting and entertaining events for all residents at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center in celebration of the center's 25 years of service to the area retirement community. It was in April 1980 that Oak Crest opened its doors to its first residents. Some of those residents still live at Oak Crest. A small committee of residents, staff and administration has worked on plans and arrangements for special events for residents each day this week. Each day, residents will receive a copy of The Silver Star Gazette in their mailboxes to announce the daily events. Residents and staff have submitted artwork and articles to highlight their talents. These will be exhibited in the Oak Crest Art Gallery throughout the week for people to enjoy at their leisure. The gallery will be open each day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Monday, there will be an old-fashioned "Sing-A-Long." The Oak Crest Choir and the newly formed Red Hat Society will perform a few songs before the residents take a stroll down memory lane by singing some old-time favorites. The annual Volunteer Recognition will be held that evening. This year the ceremony is called "Starry, Starry Night." Each year Oak Crest has an evening of appreciation, and this year it will be highlighted with the showing of Oak Crest's very own movie, "Thanks for the Memories." The movie shows various activities that residents have participated in throughout the past 25 years. The culmination of the evening will be the presentation of the "Oak Leaf Award" to an individual who is considered to be the year's outstanding volunteer. Some previous Oak Leaf Award recipients are Carol and Dorothy Dallinger, Jim and Marian Baker, Guyla Winebrenner, Alberta Strasser, Wellie and Jeanne Schiller, Hazel Swanberg, Liz Bartels, Charles Bradt, Mibs Noreen, Sally Stevens, Don Mosher and Elizabeth Schwantes. The celebration continues on Tuesday with three special showings of the Oak Crest movie. After dinner, the Sycamore Federated Church Handbell Choir will provide an evening of musical entertainment with a program of sacred, classical and well-known selections in the Vista Room. On Wednesday, residents can participate in "Game Day." During the afternoon, residents will play Skip-Bo, Uno, Bingo and Trivia - all with the hopes of going home with a silver prize. That evening the Sycamore United Methodist Church Youth and Adults choirs will offer a program of musical entertainment. Elections for Oak Crest King and Queen already have taken place. On Thursday, the coronation of king and queen will be the highlight of the day when residents gather at 2 p.m. to greet the 2005 royal couple. Oak Crest has voted a "royal couple" since the year 1991. Friday is the day to "Meet the Artists" who exhibited their talents throughout the week. They will show off and talk about their paintings, sculptures and handiwork in the form of crafts, writings and needlework. This event will take place in the Little Theatre, followed by a wine and cheese reception. The President's Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Terrace Dining Room. Members of the board of trustees and those who have been involved in the leadership and success of Oak Crest over the years will join the residents for a gourmet meal. At 7:30 p.m., the public is invited to join residents, staff and families for the "Silver Star Ball" in the Vista Room. The Oak Crest Boys under the direction of Pauline Cultra will provide music for dancing. The Sycamore High School Key Club and Interact have volunteered to assist in decorating throughout the day, and will return to dance the evening away. The 25th Anniversary Celebration will end May 1 with the dedication ceremony of the Howard and Mildred Eychaner Health Center. Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be tours of the new facility from noon until 2 p.m., with the dedication at 2 p.m. The dedication will be followed by a chapel service at 3 p.m. and then a reception in the Vista Room. For further information, call Oak Crest at (815) 756-8461.

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