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Bluegrass Jams Are Frequently Improvised at Riderwood; Attendance Now Numbers 200

Mar 20, 2012
SILVER SPRING,MD (March 22, 2012) - Don't be surprised if you visit Riderwood retirement community and are met with the sounds of down home bluegrass music. That's because a group of residents hold frequent, improvised bluegrass jam sessions. The bluegrass jam sessions have been going strong for the past eight years where they began in a classroom on the Silver Spring, MD, campus. Residents passing by would sit-in and listen. The classroom soon overflowed with an audience. The bluegrass jams tried moving to one of the Riderwood lobby areas in search of more space, but this venue also proved too...

Astronaut and NASA Official Piers Sellers to Speak April 5 at Riderwood; Public is Invited to Attend

Mar 17, 2012
SILVER SPRING, MD (March 19, 2012) - Astronaut Piers Sellers, who is currently Deputy Director of the Science and Exploration Directorate at NASA/GSFC, will speak Thursday evening, April 5, at 7 :30 p.m.,  at Riderwood retirement community as part of the resident-run Science Lecture Series.  Sellers' talk,  "Flying in Space," will be accompanied by a movie and a power point account of his experiences and findings. The public is invited to this free lecture, which will be held in the Encore Theater at Riderwood, 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring.  Seating is limited. Please RSVP to: Sellers was...

Riderwood Artists Now Have Contemporary Art Exhibits in Adelphi, MD, and Laurel, MD

Mar 16, 2012
Riderwood Artists Now Have Contemporary Art Exhibits at Paint Branch Unitarian Church in Adelphi, MD,  and at Mountpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD SILVER SPRING, MD (March 16, 2012) - The contemporary art of Riderwood retirement community residents Sylvia Valentino and Caroline Stearns is now on exhibit through April 22 at Paint Branch Unitarian Church, 3215 Powder Mill Road, Adelphi, MD. Thirty pieces of art is included in this exhibit, which is open on Sundays 11:30 a.m. - 1p.m. This exhibit can also be open at specific times by calling the church office at 301-937-3666. In addition, Riderwood artists Jane...

Riderwood's Dual County Geography Makes it a Hotbed for Politicans, Especially During an Election Year

Mar 15, 2012
SILVER SPRING, MD  (March 15, 2012) - Half of the 120-acre Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring is in Montgomery County and half is in Prince George's County. This makes it a hotbed for politicians, especially during an election year. And it makes the upcoming April 3 Maryland Primary Election intriguing.. Riderwood will have two separate voting precincts - one in each county - on Primary Election day. Nearly 3,000 residents and people from surrounding neighborhoods who are in the two voting precincts will vote. Riderwood's residents seem to relish politics. The residents run their own Democratic and Republican clubs...

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot Speaks to Riderwood Residents

Mar 14, 2012
SILVER SPRING, MD (March 14, 2012) -- Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (attached photo) visited Riderwood retirement community today to speak to residents about fiscal matters in the state. He did so at the invitation of the Democratic Club of Riderwood and he spoke to 60 residents for about an hour, holding a Q&A session after his remarks. Comptroller Franchot said there needs to be an end to political bickering. He said Democrats, Republicans and Independents must  work together to find ways to improve the economy. Accordingly, he advocated the following:  A two-year moratorium on taxes. This, he said, will give...

Riderwood Residents Put Their Own Spin on Popular TV Show "Dancing With the Stars"

Mar 14, 2012
SILVER SPRING, MD (March 14, 2012) - Riderwood retirement community residents are putting their unique spin on the popular television show "Dancing With the Stars."  They are tapping, twirling and sashaying in several dance groups to keep their bodies healthy. Ballroom, square, line, tap, and Latin styles of dancing  are on the roster. And it seems each dance step has its own story, especially when the steps are choreographed by resident Pat Martens, who once performed on Broadway and was a member of the famed June Taylor Dancers that performed regularly on "The Jackie Gleason Show." Martens co-chairs one of...

Riderwood's First "Peep Show" is Now Underway

Mar 12, 2012
Riderwood's First "Peep Show" is Now Underway - a Sure Sign That Spring is Almost Here SILVER SPRING, MD (March 12, 2012) - A sure sign that Spring is almost here is the first Riderwood retirement community Peep Show, a contest now underway in which staff is invited to take their favorite candy - Peeps - and turn them into art. Departmental teams are now creating all sorts of art using Peeps candies based on something that happened at Riderwood in the past year, everything from cultural events, technology, fitness programs, Wildlife Habitat work, movies, and more. They have until Friday,...

Thirty-Five High School Students to Recieve Combined Total of $210,000 in Scholarshp Money Raised by Riderwood Residents

Mar 9, 2012
SILVER SPRING, MD (March 9) --- Thirty-five high school students from Montgomery and Prince George's Counties will receive scholarships to help them attend college at a Tuesday, March 20,  ceremony at Riderwood retirement community, where they have worked part-time. A total of $210,000 was raised by Riderwood residents during the past two months to show their appreciation of the students' work and to help assist them financially in their post-secondary  education. Each student will receive a $6,000 scholarship. The students are from High Point High School, Paint Branch High School, Springbrook High School, James Hubert Blake High School, Montgomery Blair...

Riderwood and Prince George's Community College Pair Up on SAGE Continuing Education Program

Mar 2, 2012
Riderwood and Prince George's Community College Pair up on SAGE Continuing Education Program; 50 Courses Offered This Semester SILVER SPRING, MD (March 2, 2012) - Riderwood retirement community  and Prince George's Community College have partnered to present Seasoned Adults Growing Educationally (SAGE), a continuing education program geared toward adults 60-plus. Fifty courses are being offered this semester as part of this program. The non-credit courses take place at the 120-acre Riderwood campus in Silver Spring to offer lifelong learning to its residents. The name, chosen deliberately, honors the wisdom of the sages. "It's important for the classes to take place at...

Riderwood Woodworkers Are Now Making Cabinets to Help a Family Move Into a Renovated Silver Spring, MD , House on Saturday, March 17

Feb 27, 2012
SILVER SPRING, MD (February 27, 2012) -- Riderwood retirement community residents are now making kitchen cabinets in their campus woodshop that will help Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity renovate a house in Silver Spring,  MD, and allow a family to move from sub-standard housing into  this house on Saturday, March 17. A dozen cabinets are being made by scores of Riderwood residents who are working six days a week on this project. The house, which is located at 1401 Crockett Lane, was destroyed by a fire in January 2010. It will now be occupied by a couple married for 13 years with...