Last Friday we had the opportunity to be a part of WLOS’ local spotlight, Spotlight Carolina. Sarah Marr and Kari Schrader arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready to tell Mark Keady all about the variety of engagement opportunities available to Ardenwoods residents. In case you haven’t heard, every month at Ardenwoods Kari works to put together a community calendar. She arranges both on and off campus opportunities so that the art lovers can experience local art, music lovers can listen to music, pet lovers can parade their pets and so much more! You can check out an example of our community calendar by clicking here.
The Community Life Services department had a unique opportunity this June to spend two weeks with Emma, a rising high school junior, as an intern! We have not hosted many internships or service-learning opportunities and Emma set a fine standard for more students moving forward.
About the Internship
Kari Schrader, CLS Director, worked to create for Emma a meaningful and hands-on internship related to senior living. Emma spent her time shadowing Kari, diving headfirst into the ins and outs of the activities here at Ardenwoods. Her hands-on experience here included decorating for special events, delivering reminders, trip confirmations, and advertisements almost daily to our multiple areas of interest around campus.… Read More
The Ardenwoods Rocking Chair Readers are a staple of our retirement community. Twice a year the Ardenwoods community is graced with their wonderful collection of talents in the form of a live performance. This season, Rocking Chair Reader Director, Paul Bryant chose Greater Tuna as the spring performance. For those who aren’t familiar with the play, two men typically perform all 21 parts. In the Ardenwoods adaptation, eight Rocking Chair Readers divided up all 21 parts amongst themselves.
In the week leading up to the performance, Ardenwoods buzzed with excitement. Our wonderful Community Life Services Director, Kari Schrader, worked with the Rocking Chair Readers to build their set and secure props. Thanks to the NC Stage Company for allowing us to borrow their old-time microphone!… Read More
In honor of Mother’s Day in May, we dedicated this month as Ladies Month! We always make a point to have a May Day Celebration, and this year did not disappoint. On May 1 at 7 p.m. we welcomed the Pyramid Brass Quintet for a live concert on our patio.
We hosted a “ladies only” 2-part workshop with Stylist, JeanAnn Taylor. This workshop was open to all female residents free of charge. The ladies of Ardenwoods gathered for a conversation around “Your Personal Style.” JeanAnn talked about how to define your personal style and answered any questions that were posed.… Read More
One of the amazing things about the staff at Ardenwoods is their commitment to our residents. During the winter, some of our high school aged servers stayed overnight to keep the kitchen appropriately staffed. Our Ardenwoods Kitchen Manager, John Redden, recently offered a resident-only cooking expo. Our Ardenwoods actitivities calendar is full of a variety of continued learning experiences specifically targeted to our residents’ interests.… Read More