Around the Community – March 2020


Talents abound at annual campus variety show

The fourth annual Riderwood’s Got Talent variety show was held on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1. The two sold-out performances included songs, dances, poems, performances, skits, and more all performed by our talented residents and staff in the spirit that only the Riderwood community can bring to the stage. The show was hosted by resident Jack Sherman and was organized by the Riderwood Entertainment Presenters group. If you missed the show, it can be found online at or DVDs can be purchased from the TV studio for only $5.00. (Photos by Riderwood TV, Recap by Avedis Aghguiguian)

Residents and staff sample electric car options

Riderwood, as well as Erickson Living, prides itself on its efforts to keep its operations as sustainable as possible. To that end, Riderwood is exploring the option of replacing Transportation Services’ regular sedans with electric vehicles. On Tuesday, February 4, a Kia dealer visited campus with a Kia Niro, and, on Tuesday, February 18, a Hyundai dealer brought a Hyundai Ioniq and a Sonata. These cars are some of the new electric vehicles that are being considered for the community. Residents and staff had the opportunity to put all three cars to the test by asking questions of the dealer, driving and riding in the car, and even testing the cargo space for its ability to carry wheelchairs and rollators. Switching to electric vehicles for sedan services would be a significant step forward in Riderwood’s sustainability efforts. Keep an eye out, because you may see these electric cars around campus soon! (Photos by Christopher Taydus, Recap by Courtney Coombs)

Acousti-Cats perform with local ukulele students

Last month, the Riderwood Acousti-Cats, the resident ukulele performance group, had some special guests in the form of students from Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village. The ensemble, known as The Seeds of Our Voices, is a group of eight and nine-year-old third-grade students that have learned to play the ukulele from their teacher, Ms. Maureen. The children are working on speaking up and on teaching the world that the future can be brighter and that they can work to make it a better place. The ukuleles the students use were purchased by two separate charitable organizations.

The students performed some songs with the Acousti-cats. They then wowed our residents with a performance of three original songs they had written with their teacher. The entire group of students and residents then performed the famous gospel song, “We Shall Overcome,” with Executive Director Gary Hibbs. Stedwick Elementary School students joined the Acousti-Cats last year as well. The get together was organized by Ms. Maureen as a chance for students to experience partnering with seniors for an intergenerational activity that all age groups could enjoy! (Photos & recap by Christopher Taydus)

Arts Council exhibit returns to Lakeside Commons

After months of renovations in the lower level of Lakeside Commons, the Arts Council of Riderwood returned to the area outside the Encore Theater with its next exhibit of resident and staff artwork. On February 13, the group held its Meet the Artist event in the new pre-function art gallery. Residents, staff, and guests mingled and admired the artwork on display. Amy Greenwood, a member of the Arts Council, also spoke about the process for selecting the works displayed in Lakeside Commons. A week later, Resident Betsy Brener held an Art Talk where she shared her expertise as a docent for the Corcoran Gallery and her insight into the work on display. (Photos & recap by Christopher Taydus)

Congratulations to new Emergency Medical Responders


In February, Riderwood held its first Emergency Medical Responder class taught by Bill Adams, Security and Emergency Services Manager at Oak Crest, and Amanda Hidalgo, Assistant Security and Emergency Services Manager at Riderwood. This class stems from the “Grow-Our-Own Program” initiated by our Corporate partners last year. This program allows us to pull great employees from other departments who are interested in joining the Security Team. These candidates must go through the necessary training, now offered in house, to become Emergency Medical Responders. If you see them, feel free to congratulate them on all the hard work!  (Photos & recap by Amanda Hidalgo)

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