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Community Life

The Community Life team supports residents in their journey of living. Their varied responsibilities include: the coordination and creation of community events, life-long learning and enrichment opportunities, providing assistance for resident driven programming and navigation of Mary’s Woods support services.

The team develops programming based on Mary’s Woods own 10 Dimensions of Celebrating Life, adapted from the internationally recognized 7 Dimensions of Wellness.

The Journey of Living

Opportunities for engagement

Celebrating Life


  • Wine & Beer Clubs
  • Writers in the Woods
  • German & French Groups
  • Mahjong, Scrabble, & other board games
  • Musical Groups including Hand Chimes, Ukulele, & Recorders
  • Book Clubs
  • Bridge, Poker & other card game groups
  • Welcoming Committee


  • Resident Summer Party
  • Music in the Woods concert series
  • Memory March Parade
  • Holiday Bazaar
  • Veterans Day Service
  • MLK Celebration
  • Red Cross Blood Drive


  • Weekly tours to local attractions & events
  • Lifelong learning educational opportunities
  • Regular speaker series on various topics including science & music history
  • Ceramics & other visual arts classes
  • Performing arts classes including theater & choir
  • Musical performances
  • Intergenerational programming
  • Diversity celebrations and educational programming


  • Timberline convenience store
  • Monthly newsletter review & distribution
  • Treasure Trove & Underground Store resale shops
  • Bridging Hands massage
Mary’s Woods Diversity Committee

The Mary’s Woods Diversity Committee began in 2013 and is made up of residents and staff. It was formed to position diversity and inclusion as a strategic component critical to the success of Mary’s Woods. The Committee meets monthly.  It encourages people from all levels and all functions of the organization to participate in diversity initiatives and works to understand and value different perspectives of others by inviting special guest speakers, thinking openly and listening thoughtfully. In short, the goals of are: Welcome, Educate and Celebrate!

Mary’s Woods Diversity Statement:
Mary’s Woods is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse community that reflects both the mission of Mary’s Woods and the vision and values of the Sisters of the Holy Names. We work intentionally to create a respectful environment for our residents, staff and all members of our community that is welcoming for persons of diverse backgrounds, culture, religion, race and ethnicities, gender, age, physical abilities, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Mary’s Woods thrives from the different perspectives and individual strengths that are essential to our success.
Approved by Mary’s Woods Board of Directors on 6-13-13

If you are interested in joining the Diversity Committee or would just like to find out more, contact either of the Co-Chairs: Stacy Sharma: or Janice McGuire:

Interested in teaching a class, speaking or performing at Mary’s Woods?

We are always looking for interesting opportunities for our residents. Contact our Community Life team with your idea. We look forward to hearing from you!