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Wood Haven off to see the wizard…and rest of cast from Oz

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The yellow brick road leading into Wood Haven’s dining room was the first indication that something was different on Wednesday. Inside, the staff had taken on the roles of Dorothy, Aunt Em, the Wizard of Oz, the Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow, witches and even a flying monkey. The food followed suit, with the menu including Aunt Em’s famous fried chicken, Tin Man tater tots, Scarecrow stuffing, Flying Monkey mashed potatoes, Emerald City green beans, Yellow Brick Road corn – all topped off with Toto’s treats. “I tried to get all the characters in the meal,” said Sue Smith, dining services manager at Wood Haven Health Care. The Wizard of Oz celebration on Wednesday was the brainchild of Smith. “I love to plan theme dinners. It’s kind of my big forte,” she said. Such events allow Smith to combine her two loves of art and food. “It’s my passion.” In preparation for the Oz event, the residents had a chance to revisit the 1939 movie classic. “I rented it at home this week, just to get psyched up,” Smith said. “I’m excited about it, can you tell? Food and people and events – that’s my passion,” she said. Smith served lunch in her cowardly lion costume, while Dorothy skipped around the dining room with her basket and Toto – who is actually Smith’s terrier named Maximus. “They are excited. I think they like it,” Smith said of the residents. “This is fun. There are lots of smiles,” said Christina Stearns, Wood Haven community relations director, who was dressed as a good witch. In…

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