17340 Quaker Lane   |   Sandy Spring, Maryland
(301) 924-5100


Friends House celebrates it’s 50th anniversary and Terri Hogan from the Greater Olney News shares how the Quaker principles in our community are as apparent now as they were during the past five decades. Read more about our history, and the stories from the community members and staff in Terri’s article.

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Thank you to all for making this event a great success.

On Thursday, October 5, Friends House hosted a luncheon and discussion of innovations in senior health care as one of the day, October 5, Friends House hosted a luncheon and discussion of innovations in senior health care as one of the 50th anniversary celebration events. The forty guests included executive directors of area life plan communities, Maryland Representative Eric Luedtke, heads of agencies that provide services to seniors and several Friends House board members:

Kendall Anthony
Jim Bell (and his father!)
Ross Capon
Fred Finelli
Mosi Harrington
Rachel Messenger
Meg Meyer
Megan Shook

Former board member Patti Nesbitt also attended. County Executive Ike Leggett delivered the keynote address and presented Kevin with a proclamation recognizing Friends House and its commitment to quality affordable senior housing. After lunch there was a panel discussion led by Maryland Secretary of the Department of Aging, Rona Kramer, LeadingAge Maryland Executive CEO Jill Schumann, Friends Services for the Aging President Jane Mack, and Diana Saladini, Director of Population Health and Patient Services at MedStar Montgomery and Dr. George Hennawi, head of Geriatrics and the Center for Healthy Aging at MedStar Good Samaritan. A lively discussion followed.

Ligon’s Run Registration

Our 5K, Ligon’s Run, will be held on October 7, 2017.

The Ligon 5K Trail Run takes place on the scenic, rural campuses of Friends House Retirement Community and the Sandy Spring Friends School. Named in memory of beloved community leader John Ligon, the race takes runners through wooded footpaths, across a meandering stream and over the gently rolling hills of this historic community. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female finishers in the trail run. The entry fee is $28 per runner. To register, click here.

There will also be a ¼ mile parade on a paved surface for race enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Strollers, walkers and other assistive devices can be used in the parade—feel free to express yourself by decorating yours! Parade participants do not pay an entrance fee (although donations are always welcome ☺), but may purchase a t-shirt at the event, depending on availability.

If you would like to volunteer, call Erin Mitchell at 301-924-7523.

After crossing the finish line, you can visit Victory Village where you’ll be able to meet exhibitors offering resources, health information, and learn about upcoming activities.

All proceeds of the race will benefit Aging Well with Friends, a comprehensive wellness program for seniors in the Sandy Spring/Ashton/Olney area. For more information about Aging Well with Friends, click here.

Registration & Race Details

Register online by clicking here or by mailing a check to:

Ligon 5K Trail Run Friends House

17340 Quaker Lane Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Your t-shirt and bib will be available for pickup October 5th and 6th from 12:00 – 2:00 and 5:00 to 7:30 at Friends House. T-shirts will not be available to those registered after October 4th.

The race will begin, rain or shine, at 9:00am. This is a trail run, so expect the unexpected—narrow paths, protruding roots, fallen leaves and acorns…you may even see some wildlife!