Around the Community: June 2019

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2019 Earth Day Celebration focuses on species preservation 

Wednesday, April 24 was the 2019 Riderwood Earth Day celebration. The event took place in Montgomery Station’s Maryland Hall and included over 30 displays from various groups from Riderwood and outside the gates as well. It also featured presentations by a variety of groups. The Montgomery County Beekeepers Association highlighted the importance of bees and the myths surrounding them, the Watkins Nature Center showed off some of their feathered and scaly friends, and Bates Composting discussed the effects of food waste on our planet. The Riderwood Acousti-Cats also performed a collection of earth and nature friendly songs with special performances by Executive Director Gary Hibbs and Riderwood resident Ed Vilade. Elsewhere around Maryland Hall, the recycled jewelry sale had crowds clamoring for a deal on costume jewelry, the proceeds of which went to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. There was also a plant sale where guests could purchase an assortment of flora including flowers, cacti, succulents, and various vegetables, and the recycling committee was collecting used electronics from residents and staff for proper recycling.    (Photos by Courtney Coombs)


Riderwood Actor’s Studio declares “Hooray for May!” 

The Actors Studio knew that by May 2 Riderwood had decided that spring had sprung. It was time to shout hip, hip “Hooray for May.” So that’s what a talented cast and expert technical crew did in Encore Theater with humor and music for an enthusiastic audience. Riderwood residents appeared in 16 entertaining acts, beginning with “Dear IRS,” a timely taxpaying letter from a 98-year-old lady. Jokes and stories happened in places ranging from a veterinarian’s office to a used car lot and even to Mama’s 80th birthday. Mike Beard and Ray Roth, two members of a large gifted cast, reminded us that marriages are made in heaven, but so are thunder and lightning. “Book City,” humorously illustrated Henry Ward Beecher’s wise observation: A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.

Behind the scenes in “Hooray for May” were Sue Aiken and Selma Barnett, co-producers; Alan Mayers, director; David Nation, technical director; and Ted Daniel, master of ceremonies. (Photos by Riderwood TV)


Community Resources celebrates Active Aging Month 

The Community Resources team took the opportunity to use the month of May to celebrate “Active Aging Month” by focusing on the theme of Connect, Create, Contribute. Events included training sessions for fully utilizing the MyErickson app, a drum circle (bottom row, pictured above), a paint night, a discussion on positivity, and a putting tournament (top row, pictured above). The month long celebration wraps up with a new campus event to benefit the Benevolent Care Fund: A Chari-tea Party on June 1. A special thanks to the Community Resources team for organizing the events and thanks to all that attended. (Photos by Amy Hahn [Putting Tournament] & Chris Taydus [Drum Circle])


General Services leadership team celebrates their staff

The Riderwood General Services Leadership team took the opportunity to say thanks to the various staff members of their department by operating a car wash and offering Rita’s Italian Ice. Overall, the team washed more than 20 cars for this event. (Photos by Jason Spivey)


Erickson Living Chairman visits campus

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On May 16, Erickson Living Chairman Jim Davis (back left) came to Riderwood to meet with the Executive Team, the Resident Advisory Council, and a group of other residents to discuss the community and answer some questions. Davis was joined by other members of the Erickson Living Corporate Executive Team including Alan Butler (Chief Executive Offer), Deb Doyle (Chief Operating Officer), and Tom Neubauer (Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Communications). (Photo by Avedis Aghguiguian)


New golf driving practice net installed

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For the golf aficionados on campus, the General Services team recently installed a new practice net for people to practice their swing. The net was installed on May 8 and can be found between the bocce courts near Arbor Ridge and the Human Resources temporary mobile office next to the Tennis Courts. Grounds supervisor Jack Vargo has stated that the current location does not have to be the permanent one and suggestions for future locations can be offered to him via the Grounds department.  (Photo by Chris Taydus)

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