Riding an elephant was among the many adventures Charlestown resident Diane Lyons experienced on her recent trip to Africa.

This summer, while the rest of us were sitting in traffic on our way to the beach or waiting in line at a theme park, Diane Lyons was 7,650 miles from home, zip-lining at Victoria Falls and mingling with lions in the African bush. 

View of winter weather through a window.

Freezing temperatures, slick and dangerous roads, mounds of snow that need shoveling, and heating systems that give out on the day you need them most—there’s plenty to dread about Mid-Atlantic winters.

Sixth floor residents of Charlestown’s Brookside residence building: (back row, from left) Norma Files, Judy Brown, Tenney Brown, Eugene Gilhooly, and Ellen Morris; (front row, from left) Valerie Ponsini and Margaret Cutchins.

The advent of email, smart phones, and Facebook has made it easier than ever to stay in touch with friends and family. But when it comes to getting to know our neighbors, most of us are out of touch. New data show Americans are less likely today than four decades ago to socialize regularly with their neighbors.

Charlestown’s restaurants and menu selections offer a wide variety of choices and dining experiences every day.

If you have been tightening the purse strings over the last few months and cooking at home to save a buck or two, you’re not alone. A new report by the market research firm NPD Group Inc. indicates Americans are cutting back on eating out. 

Charlestown resident Ed Mahlin exercises at the on-site fitness center six days a week and swims in the pool three days a week.

The greatest athletes from around the world will compete this month at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Experts in 39 different sports ranging from swimming to shooting and tennis to Taekwondo will vie to bring home the gold. But you don’t have to be at the peak of athletic perfection to reap the benefits of regular exercise. 

Ed and Priscilla DeLong fast-forwarded their decision to move to Charlestown to take advantage of all the amenities and activities available to the people who live in this popular Catonsville community.

If you are a fan of HGTV then you’re probably aware of the tiny house movement that’s growing across America. People across the country are opting to live larger in smaller spaces. 

So what’s driving the downsizing trend?

Baltimore City College student Adrian Murphy plays chess with Charlestown resident Harry Geelhaar.

David Pollitt developed a love for chess in high school. Now the retired pastor and resident of Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md., helps a new generation fall in love with the game. 

Rhode Island natives Norma and Maxwell Wolff with Charlestown Sales Counselor Molly Fricker.

Like test driving a new car or tasting the samples in a grocery store, most people enjoy the opportunity to try before they buy.

Shuttle driver Edmond Davis welcomes resident Betty Durken.

When Betty and Joe Durken hop into the car, they never worry about finding a parking spot, fighting traffic, or finding their way. They simply sit back and enjoy the ride.