Washington Beacon Bits

MARCH 2017


Ready, Set, Bank is a program that teaches how to get the most out of online and mobile banking, and addresses common fears, such as security and privacy. The course will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library, located at 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, Md. For more information or to register, visit https://tinyurl.com/bankingclassregister.

Mar. 9            E-BOOKS LESSON
The Wheaton Library is offering a class on Thursday, March 9 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on how to download e-books from library websites for free. Bring your e-reader, iPad, Kindle or other device in addition to your library card. Registration is not required. Wheaton library is located at 11701 Georgia Ave. For more information, call (240) 777-0678.

The Arlington Central Library is holding a class "Beyond the Basics of Microsoft Word." Participants will learn how to format and organize Word documents. The library is located at 1015 N Quincy St. Attendance is first-come, first-served. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2MicrosoftWordII or call (703) 228-5990.


CampaignZERO presents an educational talk on being an effective healthcare advocate for your loved one on Friday, March 10 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Herndon Senior Center, located at 873 Grace St., Herndon, Va. One-third of hospital patients are accidentally harmed during care. Learn how to be a better advocate for care. For more information, contact Gwendolyn at (703) 222-1300.

The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington presents “New Standard of Care for Low Vision” on Thursday, March 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. This talk is with Dr. Adriana Wiseman of Low Vision Services, who will facilitate a conversation following a screening of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's new video about low vision, "There Is Something You Can Do." The event is Metro-accessible. To register and reserve a light lunch, call (301) 656-2797.

Montgomery County presents a six-week afternoon grief support group for anyone grieving the death of a loved one, led by Montgomery Hospice professional counselors. The group meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays at Kol Shalom Synagogue, located at 9110 Darnestown Rd., Rockville, Md. Registration is required. For more information, call (301) 921-4400.

Apr. 1+           WIDOW SUPPORT GROUP
Haven of Northern Virginia is offering a free six-week support group for widows, beginning Saturday, April 1. Haven is located at 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale, Va.Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (703) 941-7000 or email havenofnova@verizon.net.

Apr. 4             CAREGIVER SERIES
Brooke Grove is hosting a free six-session series called Savvy Caregiver, which begins on Tuesday, April 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. This is a training series for adults new to caregiving. Brooke Grove is located at 18131 Slade School Rd., Sandy Spring, Md. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/SavvyCaregiver.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers is a series of education programs that provides answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way. The talks will take place on Mondays, from March 6 to May 1 (except March 27), from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Washington Senior Wellness Center, 3001 Alabama Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. For more information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at lvajpeyi@alz.org or call (240) 428-1342.

Detect colon cancer early with a free screening at Doctors Community Hospital. Colon or colorectal cancer is often preventable and curable, but it’s important to get regular colonoscopy screenings. To qualify, participants must be a Prince George’s County resident, age 50 or older, uninsured or underinsured, or younger than age 50 with a family history of colorectal cancer. The hospital is located at 8100 Good Luck Rd. in Lanham, Md. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (301) 552-7705 or visit www.DCHweb.org.

The Golden Girls of Northern Virginia, a senior women’s softball league, is looking for players. Any woman over the age of 40 is encouraged to join. All skill levels are welcome. The team plays on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings in Vienna, Va. For more information, call (571) 261-9163 or visit www.goldengirls.org.

The Helping Hands Stroke Club meets every Friday at 1 p.m. and features individuals who have either had a stroke or are caring for someone who has. They meet at the Joseph Willard Health Center, located at 3750 Old Lee Hwy. in Fairfax, Va. Erica Wrenn, a speech therapist with the Health Department, moderates the discussion. For more information, contact Ms. Wrenn at erica.wrenn@fairfaxcounty.gov or (703) 246-7120, TTY 711.


The Fairfax Commission on Aging meets on Wednesday, March 15 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Craft Room at the Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 North Chamberliss St., Alexandria, Va. The public is welcome to attend and comment after the session. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/OlderAdultsand or call (703) 324-5632.

Mar. 15          AARP LUNCHEON
The Southwest Waterfront AARP Chapter will hold its March Business Luncheon Meeting on Wednesday, March 15 at noon. The program will feature Lauren C. Vaughan, Secretary of the District of Columbia, speaking on city resources and community services; Douglas Klein, U.S. Attorney, Department of Justice, speaking on fraud and elder exploitation and protection; and Shannon Redd, AARP D.C. associate director, discussing an “Introduction to the AARP Fraud Watch Network.” Current AARP members, new prospective members and visitors are welcome. This event will take place at River Park Mutual Homes' South Common Room, located at 1311 Delaware Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. Lunch costs $5. For more information, contact chapter president Betty Jean Tolbert Jones at bettyjeantolbertjones@yahoo.com or (202) 554-0901.

The Prince George’s County Dept. of Family Services presents the free conference “MoMENtum: Real Conversations with Real Men about Domestic Violence” on Saturday, March 11. The purpose is to encourage men to work in partnership with women to respond to and prevent violence against women. Speakers include Tony Porter, Dr. Bent-Goodley, Rev. Tony Lee, Dr. Brade-Stennis, Dr. Johnny Parker, Lavar Youmans and Malik Washington. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast, registration and networking. The conference begins at 9 a.m. at the Camelot by Martin’s, located at 13901 Central Ave., Upper Marlboro, Md. For more information, visit https://pgcMEN.eventbrite.com

The Arlington County Agency on Aging and the Commission on Aging presents the 2017 Community Engagement Forum on Aging Issues on Monday, March 20 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. The Community Engagement Forum features keynote speaker Melissa Andrews, CEO and President of LeadingAge Virginia, followed by breakout sessions that focus on social inclusion, housing and economic stability, intergenerational experiences, and legislation and policy. Free parking and light refreshments will be provided. After the discussion, there is an option to tour the library and eat lunch. Reservations are required in advance for lunch; register by March 13. For more information and to RSVP, call (703) 228-1747 or email arlaaa@arlingtonva.us.

Mar. 21          BOOK SALE
Friends of the Beatley Central Library are holding a spring book sale from Tuesday, March 21 through Sunday, March 26. Members’ preview will take place on Tuesday, March 12 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. ($15 memberships available at the door). The sale will be open for the public on March 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; March 24 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and March 26 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Books cost $3 or less for most days and $1 on Sunday. The library is located at 5005 Duke Dr., Alexandria, Va. For more information, call (703) 746-1702 or visit www.beatleyfriends.org.

Mar. 25          APPRAISAL EVENT
The annual City of Fairfax Young at Heart Appraisal Event will be held on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Stacey C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy. Appraisers will be available for verbal appraisals of jewelry, paintings, small furniture, glassware, crystal, knick-knacks and what-nots. If the item is too large, take a picture and bring it in, and make sure you capture all the good features. Admission costs $5. For more information, call (703) 273-6090.

Mar. 29          MOCO AGING FORUM
The Montgomery County Commission on Aging presents a forum to help residents and businesses learn about the benefits of an age-friendly initiative and to give them voice in the program, on March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn how this initiative supports and improves the lives of area older residents and those who serve them. This event will focus on housing, transportation, communication, and home and community-based services, and will take place in the Silver Spring Civic Building, located at 1 Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring, Md. Reservations are requested. For more information or to RSVP, contact Tremayne Jones at (240) 777-1262 or tremayne.jones@montgomerycountymd.gov,by March 20.

May 4            SAFARI NEARBY
Montgomery County presents a daytrip safari at Wildlife Park in Halifax, Pa. on Thursday, May 4. Experience exotic encounters, wildlife that you can touch, adventure you can feel on interactive Safaris! Nearly 150 acres of rolling hills are scattered with herds of buffalo, elk, eland, yak, watusi and more. Monkeys, tigers, ostriches, zebras and many interesting creatures reside along 50 acres of zoo-type settings, continuously educating and entertaining park visitors. Lunch is on your own at the park food stand, or bring your own. The charter buswill depart from Olney Manor Park, 16601 Georgia Ave., Olney, Md. at 7:15 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. Register early. The trip costs $55 for residents and $77 for non-residents. For more information, call (240) 777-4926.


Mar. 15          MOCO GRANTS
The Montgomery County Delta Alumnae Foundation, Inc. (MCDAF) provides grants for community-based projects and programs to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. MCDAF provides support of up to $1,500 for service programs that directly benefit youth, low- and moderate-income families or the elderly of Montgomery County, Md. The original application and three copies of it must be postmarked no later than March 15 and mailed to MCDAF, PO Box 10368, Rockville, MD 20849-0368. To access the complete application, visit www.mcdaf.org.

Mar. 22          WHAT’S UP WITH MEDICARE?
AARP Chapter 284 will host a local program about the status of Medicare at Arlington County Central Library, located at 1015 North Quincy St. at 1:15 p.m. This is a free and open event. For more information, contact Jim Morris at (703) 920-7945.

Mar. 25          FREE TAX PREP
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free income tax preparation for Montgomery County residents making no more than $54,000 a year. Super VITA Tax Day will take place on Saturday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gaithersburg Activity Center, located at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave. No appointments are necessary, but the last walk-in will be accepted at 3 p.m. Representatives will also be on hand with food and nutrition info, and assistance with applications for SNAP (food assistance) and completing FAFSA (student financial aid). There will also be certified housing counselors. Bring government-issued ID; Social Security Card or Tax ID; birth dates; W2, 1099, 1098 or other related documents; and proof of bank account. Spouses must be present if filing jointly. For more information, call (240) 805-1826 or email Tawana.lofton@gaithersburgmd.gov.

Apr. 6           FIGHTING FRAUD
Kensington Park presents “Cybercrime & Fraud Prevention for Seniors" with Jeff Lanza, former head of operations security and graduate of world-renowned John E. Reid School of Interviewing and Interrogation. Lanza is a certified FBI instructor and has over two decades as a crisis communicator with the FBI. This event will be held on Thursday April 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Women's Club of Bethesda, located at 5500 Sonoma Rd. Bethesda, Md. There will be a cocktail hour and networking event following the talk, from 4 to 6 p.m. RSVP by March 24 at (301) 946-7700.

Ongoing        AARP TAX HELP
The AARP FoundationTax-Aideoffers free, individualized tax preparation for low- to moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 50 and older, at more than 5,000 locations nationwide. For more information a complete list of locations, visit http://bit.ly/AARPTaxAideLocations.

Ongoing        INCOME TAX HELP
Community Tax Aid, Inc. provides free tax assistance on Saturdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Rockville Memorial Library for individuals making $35,000 or less and families making $52,000 or less. The library is located at 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md. Registration is not required. For more information, call (240) 777-0140.


Transeair Travel and Northwest Neighbors Village will host a daytrip to tour Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad sites, with historic visits in Cambridge, Md., on Wednesday, May 3. The bus will depart from Friendship Heights Village Center, located at 4433 S Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. The trip costs $155. Payments are due March 31. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact blubic@aol.com or call (202) 362-6100.


Mar. 11          ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with Rio Washingtonian Center and the Harp and Shamrock Society, will host the 17th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 11 at Rio Washingtonian Center, off I-370 and Washingtonian Blvd. Dozens of units will march in the parade, including Celtic dancers, bagpipe bands, school groups, clowns, fire trucks, equestrian units, service organizations, and more. The parade will be emceed by Tommy McFly, Kelly Collis and Jen Richer of 94.7 Fresh FM's “The Tommy Show.” Following the parade, there will be live entertainment on the Lakefront Plaza until 1 p.m. For more information, call (301) 258-6350.

Mar. 11          PIANO TRIO
The Polaris Piano Trio will perform on Saturday, March 11 at the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 8336 Carrleigh Pkwy. in Springfield, Va. at 3 p.m. For more information, email concerts@kirkwoodpres.com, visit www.kirkwoodpres.com, or call (703) 451-5320.

The Friday Morning Music Club meets on Fridays, but holds performances every third Thursday of the month at Old Town Hall. This month’s performance will take place on Thursday, March 16 from noon to 1 p.m.Old Town Hall is located at 3999 University Dr., Fairfax, Va. For more information, visit www.fmmc.org.

Mar. 30          PEGGY LEE TRIBUTE
Foggy Bottom West End Village presents a Peggy Lee musical tribute featuring vocalist Delores King Williams and pianist and musical director Howard Breitbart, on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30. Listen to music from the Lee’s six decades of songs, such as I Love Him So,” “I'm a Woman” and “MaƱana”in an intimate nightclub setting. There will also be wine and non-alcoholic beverages. This event will take place at St. Paul’s Parish, located at 2430 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. Admission costs $30 for guests and $10 for members.For more information, visit www.fbwevillage.org or call (202) 333-1327.

Apr. 4             WWI SHEET MUSIC
The Library of Congress presents a curator talk on World War I sheet music on Tuesday, April 4 at noon inWhittall Pavilion in the Jefferson Building, located at 10 First Str. SE, Washington, D.C. “World War I Sheet Music at the Library of Congress: America’s War, as Viewed by Publishers and the Public” is a free talk featuring Paul Fraunfelter of the music division. Tickets are available. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/WWIsheetmusictalk or call (202) 707- 9779.

Apr. 19           MS. VA. SENIOR PAGEANT INFO
Seniors 60 and older are invited to a free information session about the 2017 Ms. Virginia Senior America Pageant on Wednesday, April 19 in Falls Church, Va.Attendees will learn what is needed to be a contestant, and how to best showcase their talent and inform of their life experience. The actual pageant will take place on Friday, June 30. For complete information and to RSVP, call (703) 549-7012 or email ms.virginia.senior.america@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 12.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is holding an exhibition featuring 500 years of treasures from the University of Oxford, which is open from now until Sunday, April 30. To mark the 500th anniversary of the founding of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, a selection of 50 manuscripts and early printed books from its library, ranging in date from the 10th to the 17th centuries, is being brought to America for the first time. Works include an illuminated copy of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in Middle English, Galileo’s first observation of the moon using a telescope and many more. Admission is free. Folger Shakespeare Library is located at 201 East Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.folger.edu or call (202) 544-7077.


The Gaithersburg Chapter 5358 of AARP will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. Join other seniors at the Benjamin Gaither Senior Center, located at 80-A Bureau Dr., to create “literacy bags” for Head Start children at four local schools. Dinner features a choice of chicken parmesan or vegetable lasagna with sides, salad, garlic bread, hot or cold drinks, and desserts, and will begin at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $10. A brief business meeting will be held at 6:10 p.m., followed by music with Dale Jarrett. For more information, contact Annette Thompson at (301) 977-7936 or (301) 938-0893 or annettethompsonphd@yahoo.com.

Rebuilding Together of Arlington, Fairfax and Falls Church, Va. needs volunteers to help provide free home repairs to income-eligible residents. Repairs include installing ramps and railings to prevent falls, and repairs that address safely hazards. For more information, listen to the podcast information session with home safety consultant Don Ryan at http://bit.ly/RebuildingTogetherPodcast or call (703) 528-1999.

Alexandria’s campaign on adolescent pregnancy is looking for skill-based volunteers to build a communications plan for 2017 through 2018. The volunteer needs to develop a community-facing communication plan for print, social media, community groups, pitching news articles, etc. For more information, visit http://keepit360.org call (703) 746-5030.