Around the Community – July 2019

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Philanthropy celebrates first “Chari-Tea Party” for Benevolent Care

On Saturday, June 1, the Riderwood Philanthropy department hosted the first ever “Chari-Tea Party” to benefit the Benevolent Care Fund. Residents decked out in their fanciest hats and tea party outfits congregated in Maryland Hall for an afternoon tea party full of delicious food, great conversation, and, of course, plenty of varieties of tea. Resident piano players provided some soothing background music to the festivities, and the Riderwood Quilting Club also displayed some of their work. They even auctioned off a quilt which was won by the daughter of a Riderwood resident. Due to the high participation in this event, Philanthropy is considering making it an annual event for residents and their guests. (Photos by Chris Taydus)


Plano Coudon tops off the new Riderwood Wellness Center

Riderwood celebrated a major milestone in construction on June 13 with the Topping Off of the new Wellness Center. The Topping Off tends to signify the placement of the final beam or its equivalent in a structure. In Riderwood’s case, the ceremony indicated the completion of the main structure of the new Wellness Center. Gary Hibbs, Executive Director, spoke at the event and highlighted the importance this building has for Riderwood and Erickson Living as a whole. Then Gary signed the final steel beam of the structure followed by all those in attendance. The new Riderwood Wellness Center is scheduled to open in May of 2020. (Photos by Courtney Coombs)


Veteran’s Legacy Group hosts Flag Day ceremony

Riderwood’s Veteran’s Legacy group conducted their annual Flag Day ceremony on Friday, June 14. Residents and staff were invited to the Village Square flag pole to pay tribute to our stars and stripes, and honor those who defended everything it represents. Following a short invocation by Rev. James Bell of Pastoral Ministries, Commander Jules Balog opened the ceremony and introduced Executive Director Gary Hibbs who read President Donald Trump’s 2019 proclamation of Flag Day. Commander Balog presented the Call of Colors as Colonel Lou Ferguson and retired Naval Reservist Bruce Donaldson raised the Betsy Ross and Prisoner of War flags. They were accompanied by Sergeant Michael Grasso on bugle and the voices of our residents reciting the Star Spangled Banner and Pledge of Allegiance. The program also featured a short reading by Lieutenant Commander Dave Williams and the Toast to the Flag poem recited by Colonel Ferguson. A ceremony was also held for the residents in Arbor Ridge later that day. (Photos by Avedis Aghguiguian)


Riderwood staff enjoy a fiesta themed Employee Picnic

Employees had a chance to enjoy the beautiful summer weather during the annual Employee Picnic on Friday, June 14. This year’s event was a fiesta and had events, food, and entertainment based around the theme. A mariachi band serenaded employees as they enjoyed a special catered lunch provided by Sardi’s Pollo A La Brasa. Riderwood staff also had the opportunity to spray the executive team with silly string as they were split into two teams in an attempt to guide one blindfolded member, Associate Executive Director Alphonso Westley and Sales Director George Mishraky, across the town center green where a piñata awaited them. Other entertaining events included a cactus ring toss, bobbing for jalapeño peppers in whipped cream, a soccer challenge, and an intense game of musical chairs. And, for the third year in a row, the women on staff showed up the men in an intense tug of war battle. Between events, staff could take photos in a photo booth, throw footballs and play soccer, dance to the music, and just take some time to enjoy the weather and each other. (Photos by the Riderwood TV Staff)


Construction continues in Phase 1 of Lakeside Commons

Since the safety barrier was put up in Lakeside Commons, contractors have been hard at work demolishing and rebuilding the area to accommodate phase one of the construction project which will house the new lounge area, classroom, mailboxes, and the Blue Heron Pub. We are excited to say that the project is right on schedule. When touring the area, you can see that walls have been put up distinguishing each area. When looking through the safety wall doorway, the pub can be found to your left, and the new classroom to your right. Electrical wiring work continues in the ceiling,v and new piping has been put into place to accommodate the new family restroom. Residents will be happy to know that the fireplace, as it was remains untouched. Much like the previous pub in Town Center, the fireplace will now be enjoyed by both residents in the new lounge and those dining within the new restaurant. One of Lakeside’s most distinguishing features prior to the renovation was its skylight. This feature remains untouched but will now illuminate the diners of the pub, adding to its aesthetic. (Photos by Chris Taydus; click through the gallery for captions explaining each photo)

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