Lauren Learns…Handbells

2016NewsletterHeadline_f1eb24psd.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

One of my main goals working in the TV Studio is getting out in the community as much as I can to meet new residents and explore new groups. Last week, that is exactly what I did…and it was a blast!

Now, let me preface that I am by no means musically talented. I used to sing (back in the day) and play the piano…but I sort of cheated my way through that. I would always memorize the pieces and try to play them based on where the notes were on the piano rather than reading the sheet music. If you asked me what a B flat looked like on sheet music- no way I could tell you, but if you asked me to find it on the piano-done.

 Side note: I do enjoy blasting 80’s music in the car and singing at the top of my lungs…so that counts for something, right?

 When I was asked to come play with the handbells I was a bit nervous. One of the first questions Carol asked me was if I could read music to which I responded very hesitantly, “ummm…yes?”

 Fast forward two weeks, and I’m part of the group ringing my bell and following sheet music. Now, I will say I did only  have one bell to ring, which was middle C, so that did make things a bit easier. But it was so interesting to see how many residents were playing 2, 3 and even 4 bells when I couldn’t even keep track of one!

 I have to admit, I did get lost within the pieces once…or twice…maybe even a few times, but who’s counting? I would glance up and look back down to realize I was completely out of place. As I quickly learned, focusing was not my strong suit.

 It was nice to spend time with the residents to see how their group worked. It was very laid back and everyone was super welcoming and encouraging. The room was always full of laughter, which is something I am immediately drawn to. For anyone thinking about joining this group, I would say go for it! If I can do it, so can you!

 Some things I learned from playing with the handbells:

  • I am now officially called a “ding a ling”
  • I still cannot read music
  • I get distracted very easily
  • I realize I am, by no means, musically talented
  • I should definitely stick with TV

 This episode airs on Wednesday, March 1st at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. The episode will also be available the following day online at

 A special “Thank You” to Carol and the group for letting me spend the morning with you and “learn” what you do!


So Many Books…So Little Time…

2016NewsletterHeadline_feb17psd.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

I’m sure we can all say that at one point in our lives we have found a great friend in a book. And for Helen Zinkham, she has found a great million friends in books…

Acting as the Director for Collections & Reference Services, Helena shed some light on the “top treasures” at the Library of Congress.

Helena’s fascination with libraries started at an early age beginning with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. She told the residents she went there frequently with her mom and got lost in the books. Helena specifically remembers the librarians letting her browse each isle, letting her pick out books that were of interest to her. From this moment on her passion grew.

Fast forward, and Helena is now the Director for Collections & Reference Services, working each day next to a beautiful view of the United States Capital. An interesting fact that I learned from the lecture was that the Library of Congress is both the congressional library as well as the national library. Who knew?!

She continued by going into detail about the War of 1812 and how the Library went up in smoke. But not to worry! Thomas Jefferson came to the rescue and offered his personal library as a replacement…for a small cost of about $23,950!!

The rest of the lecture focuses on what the Library has become today. This includes…

  • More than 160 million items
  • Almost 850 miles of shelving (driving from Baltimore to New York and back…TWICE…plus a few more miles!!)
  • 14 million photos
  • 5.5 million maps
  • 8.1 million pieces of sheet music

And so much more…

And the best part of all? The Library of Congress is only 50 miles South in our nation’s capital.

This show airs on Tuesday, February 21st at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12AM. You can also visit the following day to view the program.


Meet Mike!



Hello Oak Crest,

My name is Mike Woodard, and  I’m the new CTV Coordinator here at Oak Crest! I recently transferred from Charlestown, where I had previously worked for two years in the same position. I graduated from UMBC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts, and I currently live with my wife, Julia, in an apartment in Catonsville, MD.

Julia is currently a teaching intern at Odenton Elementary School, working her way to becoming a full-time teacher hopefully later this year! Once she has a job, we eventually plan to search for a house in the Parkville/Perry Hall area, as both of our families live nearby.

It was difficult to leave Charlestown, but it was a conscious decision made with my family in mind. I am very excited to be here at Oak Crest and I hope to bring some experience and creativity to the television studio! I look forward to meeting and working with the residents and staff!

Clockin’ In…with the Dynamic Duo



Another episode of Clockin’ In returns on Monday, February 6th, featuring two people who are no strangers to the Oak Crest community.

Barbara Zorn is back, but this time she’s talking to Executive Director, Mark Roussey and Associate Executive Director, Bo Lundh to show you what goes on inside the doors of the Administrative Office.

I think the best part about this show is residents are able to see a different side to the staff at Oak Crest. Yes, we know each staff member has a specific role in the community, but do we really know what they do every single day? What about when they leave work? Barbara does a great job at meeting with her guests a few weeks before the interview to find out exactly what questions she wants to ask them. She knows what the residents want to hear, and what would be most interesting for them to share with the community.

On this episode, Mark and Bo talk about their career path and how they both ended up, and returned, to Oak Crest. They also discuss why they love working here, and how the residents are so passionate and invested in this community. Then, we find out what they enjoy doing in their spare time…and there might be a little surprise during the show that will bring a smile (and laugh) to your face. I don’t want to give too much away, so you’ll just have to watch and see what happens!

This episode of Clockin’ In will air on Monday, February 6th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and midnight. The program will also be available online the following day at