man in uniform in front of Christmas tree giving a paper to a senior

Toys for Tots

Residents of The Woodlands collected toys and donations for the Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots drive. The Woodlands was very pleased to host Major Mattson of the USMC on Thursday, December 9th to receive the donations on behalf of the Toys for Tots program.
You can read more about Jim Wescoat, who led the drive, in an ABC News article here:

man in uniform in front of Christmas tree giving a paper to a senior
Christmas tree with toys spilling out of a gift box

Dupont House winter decorations

Holidays at Nemours Estate

In early December a group of residents from The Woodlands traveled to Wilmington, Delaware to visit the Nemours Estate decorated for the holiday season. Nemours was home to the family of Alfred duPont. Built in 17th century French style in the early 1900s the estate is now open to the public.
Residents of The Woodlands have planned and enjoyed many trips including: New York City, Pennsylvania Amish country, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, Fall Foliage in New England, the Finger Lakes region of New York and many more.

woman decorating a Christmas tree

Christmas Tree Decorating

Residents of The Woodlands gathered in the Bistro for a fun time of holiday cheer. Red and gold decorations were placed on the tree which is home to many trains, a nod to the much loved train display each holiday season in The Woodlands lobby.

woman decorating a Christmas tree

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day

The Woodlands culinary department hosted a special Thanksgiving Day Buffet for residents complete with turkey and all of the tradional sides. Additionally, residents wishing to host family in their apartments were able to order Thanksgiving family meal packages delivered hot from the kitchen direct to their apartment door.

Happy Thanksgiving

Veterans Day salute

Veteran's Day Remembrance Program

On Thursday, November 11th residents gathered at the flag pole for a ceremony to honor all veterans. The program included a brief history of Veteran’s Days, presentation of the colors and singing of patriotic songs. A display set-up in The Woodlands lobby honors all of the veterans currently living in our community.

scam alert!

Staying Safe from Scams

Scammers try new tricks all the time, but if you know what to look for you can protect yourself.  Melissa Smarr from Fairfax County’s Silver Shield Task Force will be here on November 8th to discuss the top scams of the year including the scams that come around every holiday season.


Election Day

The Woodlands provided multiple trips to our polling place for residents on Election Day. Residents are very appreciative of the wonderful curb-side voting service made possible by Fairfax County – no need to worry about the weather or standing in line!


Halloween at senior living community

5th Annual Halloween Parade

On Saturday evening, October 30th, 29 residents dressed up and treated diners to a Halloween Parade. Spooky specials at dinner included Witches’ Brew Beef Stew, Eye of Newt Italian Salad, Ravioli from the Blue Lagoon and of course, plenty of candy for everyone!

wooden ducks at an art show

Resident Art Show

The Woodlands is home to many talented residents who displayed their varying works of art on Monday, October 25th. Included in the show were paintings, hand woven baskets and hand carved ducks, lamps and a variety of needle work.


COVID-19 Booster Shot Clinic


The Woodlands hosted a COVID-19 Booster Shot Clinic on Thursday, October 14th for all residents and staff of The Woodlands. The Woodlands is very pleased to have a 100% vaccination rate for both residents and staff.

The Scientific Wonder of Birds

Great Courses: Ongoing

The Scientific Wonder of Birds

The Great Courses is a series of college-level video courses on a wide range of topics from health and wellness to history and science. Each month we watch and discuss different topics intended to broaden our knowledge helping us live life to the fullest.
October’s topic is the Scientific Wonder of Birds.
All residents are invited to join Great Courses on the first Monday of each month in the Theater.

BBQ at senior living community

Fall Barbecue

BBQ at senior living community

The Culinary Team treated residents and staff to a complimentary lunch on a beautiful fall day, September 30th. Neighbors gathered to enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs with all of the traditional picnic sides and desserts.