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Ashby Ponds to Celebrate "Sinatra Week" in Honor of Frank's 100th Birthday

Dec 3, 2015

(Ashburn, Virginia) --- Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 years young on December 12, 2015. Members of the generation that lived and loved Frank at Ashby Ponds retirement community in Ashburn will celebrate “ Sinatra Week ” in his honor, December 7-11. The community will host various events including Sinatra film showings, a live Sinatra entertainer, a sing-along, a look-alike contest, and even signature Sinatra cuisine served throughout the week from Clams Posillipo to Oyster Rockefeller to Zuppa Toscana!

Included among the popular activities:

Wednesday, 12/9 | 3:00-5:00 PMSinatra Happy Hour, Sing-Along, and Look-Alike Contest at...

Former Navy Flight Instructor Pilots Acrobatic Flight for 93rd Birthday

Nov 18, 2015

A veteran of two wars, Russell Langelle took the controls of the same model plane he flew some 70 years ago

(Ashburn, Virginia) – When Ashby Ponds resident Russell Langelle turned 93 years young in October, his daughter and son-in-law presented him with an unforgettable gift. Langelle was given the gift of flight in the very same aircraft model he flew during WWII as a Navy pilot and primary flight instructor. With the oversight of a copilot, he spent nearly an hour in the air performing acrobatics he had learned over 70 years ago.

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Students and Graduates Working in STEM Fields Share Their Experiences with Ashby Ponds Seniors

Nov 17, 2015

The Ashby Ponds resident STEM group hosted their annual panel discussion on November 12th

(Ashburn, Virginia) – For the past three years, the resident-run STEM group at Ashby Ponds retirement community has hosted panel discussions relevant to the advancement of STEM education. The discussions have included school administrators from northern Virginia jurisdictions, professionals in higher education, and this year, students and graduates working in STEM fields. More than two dozen members make up the STEM resident group at Ashby Ponds; the majority of the group’s members had careers in one or more of the STEM occupations....

Ashby Ponds’ Turkey Trot Benefits Local Students

Nov 16, 2015

The community raised and donated funds for the Backpack Buddies program

(Ashburn, Va.) - On Monday, November 16th, residents and staff at Ashby Ponds retirement community participated in their annual Turkey Trot to help children in Loudoun County. This year, the community raised and donated $2000 to the Backpack Buddies program.

According to their website, Backpack Buddies provides weekend, summer, and holiday meal packs to Loudoun County students receiving free or reduced-price school meals. Their mission is to “provide food insecure students of Loudoun County with healthy meals, nutritional education, and easy access to these...

Ashby Ponds’ Seniors Produce 2016 “Golden Oldies” Calendar for a Good Cause

Nov 10, 2015

The calendar features a marriage of classic hits and favorite activities at the Ashburn retirement community; proceeds to benefit the community’s resident care fund.

(Ashburn, Virginia) – More than a dozen popular resident-driven groups at Ashby Ponds retirement community in Ashburn posed for photos earlier this year all for a good cause—to benefit the community’s Benevolent Care Fund (BCF).

Each month in the 2016 Ashby Ponds “Golden Oldies” calendar features a resident group humorously portraying a classic oldies tune. For instance, in May you’ll find the community’s Dog Walking Group depicting “How Much is That...

Canine Residents at Ashby Ponds Compete for Top Dog in 2015 Canine Cup

Oct 9, 2015

The Ashburn retirement community hosts the annual dog show in honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

(Ashburn, Va.) – On October 8th, Ashby Ponds retirement community hosted their second annual Ashby Ponds Canine Cup dog show. Nearly one dozen four-legged members of the Ashby Ponds community paraded around the Great Oak Lawn and into the hearts of spectators and guest judges. In partnership with Loudoun County Animal Services, the community hosted the Canine Cup in honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month (October) and collected new and unused toys, treats, and food for the local Loudoun County Animal Shelter.

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Virginia Tech and Ashby Ponds Partner for STEM Program Designed for Senior Scholars

Oct 2, 2015
The eight-week program will explore the latest innovations in science and tech

(Ashburn, Virginia) – The Virginia Tech Creative Learning Academy for Senior Scholars (VT CLASS) has partnered with Ashby Ponds for an eight-week program focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and innovation. The program, called VT CLASS-Tech Institute, began on September 30th with a field trip to the Occoquan Watershed to explore environmental engineering technologies.

In early 2015, Carter began discussions with Ashby Ponds regarding this program. “We chose to partner with Ashby Ponds for our initial launch in northern Virginia because of their prominence...

Former CIA Official Recounts Highlights of Nearly 50-Year Intelligence Career

Sep 16, 2015
Toward the end of his CIA career, John Hedley was presented with the manuscript that was later retold in the film “Argo”

(Ashburn, Virginia) - John Hedley had an intelligence career that spanned nearly 50 years and nine U.S. Presidents before he retired completely at age 79 in 2013. After joining the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1965 during a two-year leave of absence as an assistant professor, he decided that’s where he belonged —and he never looked back. The Agency will mark its 68th anniversary of establishment on September 18th.

“It was a wonderful career, more...

Ashby Ponds Takes the Top Spot at Annual Tennis Tournament

Sep 11, 2015

(Ashburn, Va.) - As professional tennis players around the world vied for their spot in history at the U.S Open, a group of seniors competed locally for another tournament’s top spot.

On September 9th, the Ashby Ponds resident tennis group made the trip from Ashburn, Va. to Silver Spring, Md. for the annual Erickson Living tennis tournament; the tournament was hosted by Riderwood, Ashby Ponds’ sister community. Residents from Charlestown, another Erickson Living community located in Catonsville, Md., also competed in the tournament.

Residents from the three retirement communities competed in five different events; women’s singles, men’s...

Senior Athletes Inspire at 2015 Ashby Ponds Summer Olympics

Aug 24, 2015

(Ashburn, VA) – Ashby Ponds retirement community recently hosted their 7th Annual Summer Olympics in Ashburn, Va. Since 2009, residents of the community have come together each summer to participate in a variety of sporting events vying for gold, silver, and bronze medals. More than 215 residents competed in this year’s competition, with many participating and medaling in multiple events.

“We encourage everyone to come out, have fun, meet new friends, and be a part of a team, regardless of their fitness level,” said Gina Muaau, Wellness Coordinator at Ashby Ponds.

The Olympic events, which spanned over...