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Holiday Model Railroad Display Now Open at Charlestown

Dec 9, 2013
CATONSVILLE, MD (December 9, 2013) -- A holiday vintage, nine-train line model railroad display is now open to the public at Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, MD. The display ( ) features HO and N-scale trains donated by Charlestown residents. Buildings depict local landmarks such as Main Street Catonsville and Bethlehem Steel. A Treasure Hunt asks children to identify hidden items such as a Baltimore Ravens rail car and a hobo camp. The display is open Saturdays, from noon-2 p.m. It will be also be open on Christmas Day from 1- 4 p.m. Charlestown is located...

Charlestown Offers Brief, Helpful Tips for Beating the Winter Blues

Dec 3, 2013
CATONSVILE, MD (December 3, 2013) -- Nearly everyone gets the winter blues now and then. The days are shorter, the nights are longer, and the cold air nips at the nose, making isolation more common this time of year. Charlestown retirement community offers the following brief, helpful tips for beating the winter blues: Stay Social and Active This allows people to maintain interactive relationships with others their age. If people get involved in clubs/activities to keep themselves  active, they are more likely to stay motived to participate, and stay socially engaged. Learning new things, challenging oneself, and keeping the mind...

December 11 Recorder Holiday Concert at Charlestown

Dec 2, 2013
WHAT: A recorder instrumental Holiday Concert by Charlestown retirement community residents learned to play this somewhat unusual  instrument during the past year. Resident Nancy Wehr first began teaching the recorder to Charlestown residents in 2008. There are seven residents (six women and one man) in her current class who will perform at the concert. Wehr taught the recorder prior to her retirement to students at Pecan Grove Elementary School in Sugerland, Texas (south of Houston). She has lived at Charlestown for the past five years. WHEN/WHERE Wednesday, December 11, from 5 - 6 p.m., in the Chesapeake Lounge at Charlestown,...

Billiards Games Appeal to Charlestown Residents

Dec 2, 2013
CATONSVILLE, MD (December 2, 2013) -- Charles Boyer waits for his students to arrive at the Charlestown retirement community billiards tables near the community's Fireside Restaurant. That's where the unofficial billiards instructor has been teaching his neighbors how to play pool for the last decade.  His enthusiasm for billiards is catching on at Charlestown, where there are now two resident-run Cue Clubs and where scores of spontaneous games played regularly. For two hours once a week, Boyer teaches the fundamentals of pool---how to properly hold the cue, hit the ball, and aim, as well as the rules of the game...

Innovative Casual Dining Comes to Charlestown

Nov 22, 2013
CATONSVILLE, MD (November 22, 2013) -- The Terrace Cafe, the last remaining project of Charlestown retirement community's multi-million dollar modernization renovation will open on Monday, November 25, with a 3 - 4:30 p.m. open house celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony. The Terrace Cafe, which is one of six restaurants at Charlestown, encompasses a $2.3 million renovation that includes a brick hearth oven, teteppanyaki grill, rotisserie, yogurt/salad bar, full cocktail bar, as well as an alfresco dining area equipped with a sound system for outdoor concerts. The project is a collaboration of Charlestown Dining Services, Erickson Living and RLPS, an architecture planning...

Charlestown Dining Supervisor Travis Shaw Releases His First Book of Poetry

Nov 18, 2013
CATONSVILLE, MD (November 18, 2013) - Travis Shaw, a Continuing Care Dining Services Supervisor at Charlestown retirement community, has released his first book of poetry, "All Things Are Possible With Him." The book is published by Unlock Publishing House in Washington D.C. and is now available via Shaw is said to be to be an inspiring, skilled young poet from Maryland. "As you read the penned verses, may they encourage, bless, and inspire you in every area of your life," notes. "It is with words that we uplift each other so may this book uplift you. May it...

Charlestown December 12 Holiday Exhibit of 100 "Vintage" Wooden Toys

Nov 11, 2013
WHAT: A Thursday, December 12, holiday exhibit of 100 "vintage" wooden toys -- several pull toys of trains, fish that wiggle when pulled, simple wood puzzles, piggy banks, shape fit toys, stack block type toys, wood road graders, old time cars and pick-ups, and cradles with hand sewn dolls - made by Charlestown retirement community's woodworkers. Immediately following this exhibit, the vintage toys will be given to underprivileged children via the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots. The Charlestown woodworkers have been making the vintage wooden toys  in their retirement community's woodshop ever since this past April. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, December...

One Maryland One Book at Charlestown Creates Library Partnership, Global Philanthropy

Nov 8, 2013
CATONSVILLE, MD (November 7, 2013) -- Eighty-seven people (residents and staff combined) attended today's "King Peggy" One Maryland One Book discussion at Charlestown retirement community. The event was co-sponsored by Charlestown's Diversity and Inclusion Council and was held under auspices of the Maryland Humanities Council in partnership with Baltimore County Public Library, Catonsville Branch. The event resulted in immediate future Charlestown partnership programs with Catonsville Library (  ). It also opened doors for philanthropic/volunteer ventures in support of King Peggy's village in Ghana (in partnership with Shiloh Baptist Church). "King Peggy" chronicles the journey of an American...

Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

Oct 24, 2013
CATONSVILLE, MD (October 24, 2013) -- The weekend Mass on November 2 nd (3:45 p.m.)  and 3 rd (11:15 a.m.) , as well as a 3 p.m. afternoon concert on the November 3 rd , will celebrate  the 100 th Anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, MD. Our Lady of the Angels Chapel is steeped in history and architectural splendor: Construction of the Chapel, which was funded by two members of the Jenkins family, a prominent Baltimore family that made fortunes in banking and silversmithing, was...

Charlestown's November 7 One Maryland One Book to Celebrate Cultural Diversity and Family

Oct 22, 2013
WHAT: Participation by more than 200 Charlestown retirement community residents and staff in a  Thursday, November 7, interactive discussion of "King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village" by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman. This discussion will be held from 10 a.m. - noon in Charlestown's Auditorium, 719 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD.  It is said to be the largest intergenerational book discussion of its kind ever held. The discussion is being conducted under the auspices of the Maryland Humanities Council as part of One Maryland One Book, a...