Despite what its name implies, Ashby Ponds Ladies who do Nothing social group recently got active organizing a campus-wide effort to send care packages to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.


[Last summer, Eve and LeRoy Christian decided to move from Tysons Corner, Va., and call Ashby Ponds home after they heard about it from a friend. We knew we would be the only deaf residents here, but that was not a big issue in our decision, says Mrs. Christian.


As a child, I was very close to my grandmother, says Shaveta Kotwal, M.D. I loved spending time with her. I think, ultimately, that is what inspired me to study geriatric medicine. [caption id="attachment_12552" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Shaveta Kotwal, M.D., at Ashby Ponds.


When looking for stimulating conversation, good food, and a festive atmosphere, those living at Ashby Ponds head to the popular happy hour socials, held every Tuesday and Friday afternoon at the Cardinal Clubhouse.


Since the advent of the Food Network, foodies everywhere have been craving up-close-and-personal experiences with the chef preparing their meal. [caption id="attachment_11874" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Each Evening with the Chef comes complete with fine linens and candlelight.


The quickest way to a friend s heart may be through the stomach, at least for many at Ashby Ponds. Within months after the Ashburn community opened, Natalie Margiotta started a monthly dining out group Women Out to Lunch as a way to meet new friends while enjoying delicious meals at some of the D.C. area s finest restaurants.


In less than 18 months, Ashby Ponds has become home to more than 500 people.Today 500 people live there. (Above photo by Jason Conners, File photos)"][/caption] This is a huge milestone, says Executive Director David Gallagher.


For Ashby Ponds Sharon Harvey, life is an adventure. This daredevil s accomplishments include working on a race car pit crew, white water rafting, hang gliding, and hot air ballooning in Kenya.


[caption id="attachment_8218" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Benjamin Givens created this website to document the history of the U.S.S. Indiana, a ship he served on from September 23, 1944, until March 6, 1946."][/caption] Surrounded by bookcases filled with his research, Benjamin Givens shares the history of the World War II battleship U.S.S.