Calder Woods

Buckner Calder Woods is “inspiring happiness” in residents of the retirement community with exciting new activities and features recently added with a reno­vation and expansion project, unveiled during a rib­bon-cutting ceremony on April 2.

Calder Woods Executive Director Ben Mazzara said the date of the event was the “second-most important day” in Calder Woods’ history, with its grand opening 19 years ago holding the highest desig­nation.

Ray DeMartino and The Gray Ghost ,1951

Calder Woods is inviting the public to join residents and their families for its 14th annual Antique Car Show at the senior living community. 

Friday, June 15, from 9 a.m. – noon, more than 20 classic cars will be on display. Guests will have the opportunity to place votes for their favorites, and trophies will be presented for “Best of Show,” “Oldest Car” and more.


A new look at Calder Woods retirement community is taking shape as construction crews hope to have the indoor, heated pool ready by the end of the year.

The new pool will be 48 by 32 feet with a depth of 3 feet, 6 inches in the shallow end and 4 feet, 6 inches in the deepest end. It will hold 45,000 gallons and include a walk-down ramp and stairs, plus a lift for emergencies. Residents and guests will also have access to a jacuzzi.

It’s all part of a $25.9 million expansion project to the campus.

Diane Barnett and her husband, Jim, sit with Santa Lloyd.

“This festive start to the holiday season has become a favorite in the Beaumont community. Featuring holiday-themed refreshments, family-friendly

Dorothy and Arthur Champagne

These days it is pretty normal for a man to kiss a woman on the second or third date, but in 1949, Arthur Champagne kissed his wife for the first time on the very day he proposed to her – after she said yes, of course. Dorothy and Arthur Champagne, residents of Calder Woods, will celebrate 67 years of marriage this year, and they thought it would be fun to share their old-fashioned yet adorable love story to inspire couples throughout Beaumont. 

Their love story starts in a grocery store in Port Arthur.


These days it is pretty normal for a man to kiss a woman on the second or third date, but in 1949, Arthur Champagne kissed his wife for the first time on the very day he proposed to her – after she said yes of course.

Lloyd Beaman as Santa Claus

Playing Santa Claus is, of course, seasonal work. But during that season, you could certainly say that Lloyd Beaman is doing it full time, and has been since 2014.

In fact, the retired Beaumont native and Beaumont High School grad has been playing Santa Claus at special events since the ’70s.

A bouquet made of 100 roses, with one for each year of Connie Dickinson’s life

Connie Dickinson, volunteer extraordinaire, had a big day Tuesday, Oct. 18. She reached her 100th birthday and celebrated for several days with friends and coworkers.

Monday, the day before her special day, Vickie Holcombe, director of Volunteer Services at Baptist Beaumont Hospitals, staff, volunteers, patients and guests joined together to honor Connie on one of her regular volunteer days at the hospital.

Billie Tate makes a purchase from Connie Dickinson, volunteer at Calder Woods

Connie Dickinson, a lovely Calder Woods resident, defies all we think we know about aging. To put it mildly, this woman is simply amazing. Connie has a Texas-sized heart for others and demonstrates it in her many volunteer efforts, and she says she has no plans for slowing down any time soon. She will celebrate her 100th birthday on Oct. 18. 


The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has selected Calder Woods for a new Reminiscence Therapy program designed to help residents with dementia.

Reminiscence Therapy uses tangible prompts, such as tactile objects, recordings and familiar items, to stimulate discussion of past activities and experiences, according to the DADS website.

Calder Woods is one of 50 facilities DADS chose to be a part of the program with an additional 50 to be added in 2016.