Learn Line Dancing Starting March 5th!

It’s new! It’s fun! It’s great exercise! (And, it’s not just a country-western thing anymore.) Ms. Paula Mikowicz will teach you dance steps that work with just about any type of music with a good beat.

Open to all residents. No need for a partner.
Every Tuesday, beginning March 5, 2019
10 – 11 AM
Cross Creek Creative Arts Studio
(Next to the Shortline Dining Room)

Dress comfortably. Please avoid rubber sole shoes, sandals or flip flops.

Lighthouses of Prayer Offers Devotionals for Lent

Lent is a time of prayer, renewal, reflection, and preparation for Easter.

Watch TV Channel 972 for scripture and prayer, daily at
8:15 AM and 11:15 PM
March 6 – April 22, 2019

Two new devotionals each week of Lent, repeated twice a day for a week. Devotionals are always available on My Erickson. Click on Community Videos icon; scroll down to find LENT, where you will find the devotionals in numerical order.

Lighthouses of Prayer is a joint Christian ecumenical ministry of Charlestown United Protestant Church and Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Community.

Staying Fit at Charlestown is Easy Peasy

Don’t forget to take a look at the Archives Display Cabinet as you head over the bridge to the Auditorium or Brookside elevators. Every two months there’s a completely new display theme which includes documents and photos from the Archives.  The current Archives display, Staying Fit at Charlestown Is Easy Peasy, has documents and photos of the 35-year history of our Pool and Fitness Centers and fitness classes. See photos of classes including the resident-run morning exercise class which began 35 years ago. This display demonstrates the many fun and effective ways available to residents to stay fit at Charlestown.

Check out the new Charlestown Fitness Song.  Write your own verse for the song and email or bring it to the Archives, across from the pharmacy on Main Street in Fountain Hill [Bldg. 1].

Warning: Daily exercise and healthy eating leads to increased awesomeness!!

Multiracial Awareness Group Presents on the Civil Rights Movement on Feb. 20

The Multiracial Awareness Discussion Group continues its monthly exploration into our history of racism.

The Civil Rights Movement
presented by Arthur Jones
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
10 – 11:30 AM
Brookside Classroom #1

Learn about the influence the Civil Rights Movement had on our laws and our attitudes, then and now. Arthur Jones, a Charlestown resident, was deeply involved with the March on Washington during the Civil Rights Movement as a reporter and journalist. He will share his personal accounting of some of the more contentious moments in the battle for the Civil Rights Act.

The Multiracial Awareness Discussion Group invites everyone to attend its monthly discussion meeting to better understand racial issues we face in our society today. Questions? Contact Lois Schmidt or Joan Green. See the Resident Directory in MyErickson for contact information.

Play Cornhole Inside Through February and March

The Charlestown Cornhole Group invites anyone interested in playing cornhole to join this group at anytime. The group plays random games with those who come on any given day. If you have questions, touch base with Mary Wright, whose contact information is in the Resident Directory in MyErickson.

The group will meet from 9:30 – 11:30 AM in the Gallery (near the Fireside Restaurant) on the following dates:

Fri., Feb. 1, 2019
Mon., Feb. 4, 2019
Mon., Feb. 11, 2019
Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
Tues. Feb. 26, 2019
Mon., Mar. 4, 2019
Mon., Mar. 11, 2019
Thur. Mar. 21, 2019
Tue. , Mar. 26, 2019

Little Theatre Company Presents Follies of 2019

All are invited to enjoy the Spring production of the Little Theatre Company,  The Follies of 2019, written and performed by Charlestown residents.
When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7 PM 
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2 PM
Where: Auditorium
Tickets: $5.00

Ticket advance sales will be in the Fireside, Shortline, and Terrace Cafe lounge areas, on the following dates from 4 – 6 PM:
Mondays: Feb. 11 and Feb. 18, 2019
Wednesdays: Feb. 13 and Feb. 20, 2019
Friday: Feb. 15, 2019

PLEASE NOTE: Residents needing to remain in their walker or wheelchair must purchase ticket and handicap space reservation from Don Schiller, whose phone number can be found in the Resident Directory in print or online in MyErickson.

Join the Discussion of Ageism on February 12

Ageism in America and the Impact on Us
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
7 PM

All are welcome to the program, which will begin with an airing of Ashton Apple White’s TED Talk, Let’s End Ageism. This will be followed by a discussion with Ann McKay, whose career focused on aging services, and Pat Alt, Professor Emerita at Towson University, who taught courses on aging.

~ Sponsored by Charlestown’s Pollination Coordinating Committee ~

Would you like to purchase a brick for the Spring 2019 Memory Walk Ceremony?

The Spring Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, April 8, 2019. There will be a light reception in the Refectory Dining Room following the ceremony in the chapel.

Memorial bricks are a meaningful way to remember residents of our community who are no longer with us. Purchase a brick for $175.00. The money goes to the engraving of the brick, installation of the brick at the walk, and general maintenance of the Memory Walk area. A portion also benefits the Benevolent Care Fund. For more information please contact Emily Fowler in the Philanthropy Office at (410) 737-8892.

The last day to purchase a brick for the Spring Ceremony is
Thursday, February 28, 2019.

CHUG February Meeting


Thursday, February 21

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

CTS Classroom 116

Fraud Alert on Gift Cards as a Form of Payment

Gift Cards as a Form of Payment? It’s a Scam.
In recent years, gift cards have taken off in popularity. Unfortunately, scammers have a keen interest in gift cards, too – only for them, they are being used to pry money from you as a form of payment in their latest con.

How It Works:
Scams that seek payment by gift cards take many forms, but often carry a common theme. They may assert that you neglected to pay taxes to the IRS and must pay immediately. Or the “utility company” will call to inform you that you have failed to pay your bill and now face an immediate cutoff.  To fix an urgent problem on your computer, “tech support” will fix the issue with payment by gift card. Or, a “family member” in distress calls and needs your help immediately to get out of a jam, and begs you to purchase gift cards and to keep it a secret from the rest of your family. The scammer will then direct you to go to a nearby retailer, buy a gift card in the amount you owe, and then ask you to share the numbers and PIN on the back of the card.

What You Should Know:
Once you share those numbers, the scam is over. You will never hear from the caller again, and you won’t see the money you paid for the gift cards again, either.

Gift cards only can be used to purchase products and services.  No government entity will accept – let alone ask for – a gift card as a form of payment. Nor will a utility company or any other legitimate business.

What You Should Do:
The second someone asks you to pay a supposed debt by gift card, know it’s a scam and hang up the phone.

Check out this video AARP teamed with Best Buy to produce, to help spread the message on these kinds of scams. When it comes to fraud, vigilance is our number one weapon. You have the power to protect yourself and your loved ones from scams. Please share this alert with friends and family.

Volunteer Activities – February, 2019

We’ve just started a new year, and the need for volunteers is already on the increase. Here are some brand new on-campus opportunities… perhaps YOU would be a good fit?

For more information on other volunteer activities, contact Kathleen Hart at 410-737-8838, Ext. 8133 or stop by the Volunteer Program Office in Building 2 (near the Terrace Café, next to the Model Railroad room).

ELLIC Membership Chairperson:
Our ELLIC team (Elderhostel Lifelong Learning Institute of Charlestown) is in need of a new MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON, someone to supervise the distribution of “Reminder Cards” to all residents that have reserved class space. You will be receiving pre-printed “reminder cards” each week from the ELLIC team, then you would supervise the 5 volunteer residents who deliver the cards to cubbies. “Reminder Cards” are sent out 7-10 days prior to each scheduled and reserved class. Charlestown’s popular ELLIC courses and programs are most always a sell-out, so these reservation reminders are important.

Are you a reliable, organized self-starter that would like to help our hugely successful in-house ELLIC program? Can you oversee and inspire 5 of your fellow residents in the timely delivery of class reminders? If so, please contact: Ms. Gif Intlekofer, ELLIC Moderator. [Check the Resident Directory in MyErickson for contact information.]

Wheelchair Escorts:
We have an ongoing need for men and women who’d love to help a fellow resident enjoy some of the many musical activities that take place on campus. Our residents in Assisted Living and Continuing often need WHEELCHAIR ESCORTS to take them to-and-from a concert or sing-along. Saturday afternoons in the RG Meeting Hall, and Sunday afternoon concerts in the OLOA Chapel are very popular and well-attended, but there’s often a shortage of staff to escort every resident that wants to attend.

So, if you are a music lover that would like to help out a fellow music lover… and if you are energetic, able-bodied and can spare a couple of hours on a weekend, please contact: Kathleen Hart in the Volunteer Program office: 410-737-8838, Ext. 8133.

LGBT+ Meeting on February 7

LGBT+  will meet on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 3 PM in Brookside Classroom #1. A discussion of current interests and planning for upcoming activities. Welcome is extended to anyone who is a member, friend or ally of the LGBT+ community.