Around the Community – January 2019

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Riderwood breaks ground on new Wellness Center

On Friday, November 30, Riderwood held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the construction of the new Wellness Center. Prior to the actual ceremonial groundbreaking, Executive Director Gary Hibbs, Project Manager Eric Williams, and Associate Executive Director Mickey Thaxton spoke to the crowd in Celebrations at Town Center. The crowd then headed outside for the official groundbreaking and photo opportunities, which included the shovel from the community’s original groundbreaking in 1999. The two-story Riderwood Wellness Center will house a state-of-the-art fitness center, aquatic center, indoor Pickleball courts along with a bridge to adjacent buildings at Riderwood. The Wellness Center is scheduled to open in 2020. (Photos by Chris Taydus)


Riderwood vows to “Stand up, Stand with, Stand Together”

A month’s long worth of conversations and events concluded on Thursday, December 13, with Stand Up, Stand With, Stand Together’s anticipated panel discussion focusing on the crucial nature of supporting our fellow neighbors we see being treated unfairly or in an uncivil manner. Moderated by Rabbi Stan Levin, the discussion featured thoughts on intentional inclusion from three panelists of different disciplines. To represent the resident perspective, former therapist Mildred Rust shared her experiences counseling others in resolving problematic behaviors, beliefs, and issues within themselves or their relationships. Joining her were Jeff Watson, Director of Operations for Erickson’s Corporate offices, who offered thoughts from the perspective of the clergy, and Ellen Lebedow, Resident Services Manager here at Riderwood, who used her background in social work to discuss efforts for caregivers and bereavement support. Following the discussion, residents and staff attendees were invited to share their own experiences where they’ve witnessed someone being treated unfairly.  (Photos by Chris Taydus)


Annual WinterFest celebration goes to the movies

Riderwood kicked off the holiday season with the annual Winterfest celebration organized by the Community Resources and Arbor Ridge programming departments. This year’s theme was “A Very Merry Movie Night” featuring various movies throughout the community. Arbor Ridge was decked out as Whoville from the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Lakeside Commons celebrated A Peanut Christmas with the representation of the Charles Shultz characters and a screening of the movie in Encore Theater. Frosty the Snowman was stationed in Village Square where you could decorate snowman cookies. In Town Center, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer was there to help kids color their own reindeer. The big man himself, Santa Claus, was taking pictures with kids (and adults too) in Maryland Hall at Montgomery Station. (Photos by Chris Taydus)


Congratulations David Phillips

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Congratulations to resident David Phillips, the grand prize winner of the 2018 Resident Satisfaction  Survey Participation Raffle. David won $1,500 towards his monthly service package. At the end of the campaign, 73% of residents had participated in the annual satisfaction survey. The survey is used to help Riderwood staff plan for the coming year. The grand prize was not the only raffle drawn though. Two other groups of prizes were awarded with five residents receiving one month free of reserved parking and another five residents receiving a free week of housekeeping services. (Photo by Chris Taydus)

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