Around the Community – September 2018

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Residents hang out with pooch pals at “Dog for a Day”

Laurel-based non-profit Fidos for Freedom came to Riderwood with five trained therapy dogs of all different sizes and types for residents and staff to enjoy. If you weren’t able to make it to last week’s Dog for a Day event but would be interested in taking part in the future, the Resident Services team is looking to make this a monthly event with Fidos for Freedom. However, this will be dependent on attendance, so if you’d like to see these furry friends visit every month, reach out to Brian Koen in the Resident Services department to show your interest, and for more information on where and when the next visit will be. (Photos by Avedis Aghguiguian)


Quiltwork on display at the Quilts from the Trunk show

Residents were invited to feast their eyes on a variety of quilts at the “Quilts from the Trunk Show” on Monday, August 20 in the Montgomery Station Chesapeake Room. The show, sponsored by the Riderwood Quilt Club, featured quilts that Riderwood residents have stashed in their apartments including quilts made more than 100 years ago, quilts that have won prizes at county fairs or were selected as the Viewers’ Choice in other shows, and even one quilt that won the Grand Prize in an exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

The Riderwood Quilt club is always looking for new members that know how to put together a quilt, but stress that enjoying the art of quiltmaking is just as important as putting one together. (Photos by Chris Taydus)


Riderwood residents win the annual bocce tournament

The Residents/Staff Bocce Tournament was held on August 22, although the weather was not cooperative.  We had our share of rain this year and we were unsure whether we would be able to play.  The decision to go ahead was made three hours before game time.  We lucked out and the games went on.  This was the 6th annual game and residents alternated winning with Staff having the advantage over the first five years.  We continued the rivalry with the Residents winning this year’s match, tying the series three each.  The residents have the advantage of playing regularly but staff always gives a good game with natural talent and enthusiasm.

A good time was had by all, including the staff who are ready to come out next year, since it will be their turn to win! There was a good turnout of residents who came out to cheer their favorite and those who came out to see what Bocce was all about and decide if they would like to try it out. Refreshments were provided.  Remember, our Bocce season is April to November, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10 AM-12 noon. (Photos by Chris Taydus)


Riderwood TV travels to Goddard Space Center for NASA interview

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Courtney Coombs and Avedis Aghguiguian recently traveled to Greenbelt, MD to visit the Goddard Space Center. While there, they spoke with Leonard Garcia, a support scientist, who explained the phenomenon of Jupiter giving off radio waves, which was discovered in a field in Seneca, MD. Look for the interview to appear on Riderwood TV in the near future. (Photo by Avedis Aghguiguian)

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