Trivia Face Off


by Josh Runkles & Chris Taydus

The Oak Crest Network is extremely proud to kick off the 19th season of our popular quiz show, Mind Over Memory. Beginning on September 1st at 11:30 AM on Channel 973, you will have the opportunity to watch two resident teams go head to head in what is sure to be an epic battle of wits.  Continue reading

The Fun is Popping Up!

by Mel Tansil 

Robbie Furman, the manager of Erickson Advantage for Charlestown retirement community, is always full of surprises, especially when it comes to his twisting balloons. He constantly delights residents and staff who are “children of all ages” with his balloon creations that depict people – real and fictional – and a wide range of animals and pop culture characters.

He has been working with balloons for over 20 years, and his original designs and techniques have become a mainstay for many balloon designers and artists around the world.

Ever since he was a young boy, Robbie has known that twisting balloons was what he wished to do for the rest of his life. Now he has had the chance to share his love of balloons and knowledge with those around the world; teaching them his deco-twisting style.

His designs have been featured on many popular television shows such as, ABC’s All My Children, One Life to Live, Live with Regis and Kelly, Ugly Betty, and Good Morning America.

Robbie’s amazing balloon designs — from arches to an out-of-this-world life-size car that a person can actually sit in – are now found at Charlestown and other retirement communities nationwide managed by Erickson Living. He often teaches residents and staff the wondrous craft of twisting balloons.

Learn more about Robbie, his ballooning skills, and his dedication to the health and well being of Oak Crest residents when he appears on Oak Crest Now on Wednesday, August 24th at 10:00 AM. You can also catch the rebroadcasts at 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. The show will be available the following day at

Oak Crest TV Featuring You!

There are plenty of ways to get involved at Oak Crest TV including coming up with show ideas.
There are plenty of ways to get involved at Oak Crest TV including coming up with show ideas.
By Christopher Taydus

Do you have a special skill or talent? Do you have an interesting story to tell? Are you just looking to advertise a new group? Then Oak Crest TV is the place to do so!

Oak Crest TV is always looking for new and exciting guests to feature on our daily morning show, Oak Crest Now. Whether it be a local author, an Oak Crest Director, a community group leader, or any number of other guests that have appeared on the show, the studio is always glad to welcome interesting people to the show.

The staff of Oak Crest TV Channel 973 is happy to work with residents and other guests to produce outstanding programming to bring to the residents. Whether it’s as the host, the guest, or just a behind the scenes producer, the staff will help guide resident volunteers to help make that show a reality.

The first step in the process of creating a new show (whether it be a recurring show or a one time program) is to contact the Oak Crest TV Staff. The studio can be contacted by calling (410)663-3013, e-mailing the staff at, or stopping by the studio in the Town Center building, across from the fitness center.

The next few steps will involve developing the idea. This includes locating and contacting guests, scheduling shoots, and figuring out the flow of the program. Then the production work begins: the show is shot (filmed) then pictures, video clips, and graphics are put into the show to increase the production value of the program.

To get a better idea of the types of programs the studio creates, residents should visit the Oak Crest TV On Demand page at, but don’t ever get discouraged as the studio staff is ready to help you every step of the way to make your TV dreams a reality.

Born to Run

Some residents and staff are getting ready to compete in the various races of the 2016 Baltimore Running Festival.
Some residents and staff are getting ready to compete in the various races of the 2016 Baltimore Running Festival.
by Lauren Costello

October 15th marks the 2016 Baltimore Running Festival, and yet another year where Oak Crest residents and staff will be participating! Last year, many staff members ran as part of the Kennedy Krieger team and raised over $30,000! This year, they are hoping to surpass that amount and raise even more…but that’s not the only goal for this year’s race… Continue reading