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Rockville Memorial Library presents a free introduction to online senior resources NIH SeniorHealth and MedlinePlus on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 4:15 p.m. Learn about these resources that help locate reliable health information relevant to family caregivers, such as daily health issues, medication and clinical trials. This class is taught by the National Library of Medicine. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/RockvilleLibraryEventsCalendar or call (240) 777-0140.

Feb. 17           ASSISTIVE GADGETS
Arlington County presents a seminar on assistive technologies, which are designed to improve your life, on Friday, Feb. 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. From back scratchers to smart phone apps, they can also help people stay in their homes longer. Senior adult specialist Nancy Connors and volunteers will discuss and demonstrate gadgets and gizmos that make life easier at any age. For more information, call (703) 228-7369.

Ongoing        D.C. MEMORY LAB
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library offers a Memory Lab, where cardholders can use the library’s equipment to digitize home movies and scan photographs and slides. Convert your favorite VHS into a digital file, or get data from old floppy disks. You must bring an external hard drive to save your work on, such as a USB or a Google Drive or ICloud account. The lab can be reserved for three-hour sessions. Orientation for new users is not required but strongly recommended, and is available on Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.dclibrary.org/labs/memorylab.


Feb. 8            HEALTHY HEART HABITS
The Springfield Christian Women’s Connections presents a luncheon program with Leesa Blum, who will share her 20-year experience working with healthy and at-risk cardiac patients, as well as constructive ideas for better cardiovascular fitness. There will also be door prizes. This talk will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Springfield Golf and Country Club, located at 8301 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield, Va. The cost is $20 per person. For more information or to register, call (703) 922-6438 or email SpringWmConn@yahoo.com.

Kensington Park presents Wellness Wednesdays on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 11 a.m. Explore how to live a properly balanced life. Kensington Park is located at 3620 Littledale Rd., Kensington, Md. For more information or to RSVP, call (301) 946-7700 or email flattery@kensingtonretirement.com.

The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington presents three programs in February. The first, the “Dilated Eye Exam: Its Role in Preventive Medicine” will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The second, “Scam Savvy,” takes place on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The third, “Your Eye Exam, Your Heart, and Your Health” takes place on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The Village Center is located at 4433 S. Park Ave. in Chevy Chase, Md. For more information or to register for any of these programs, visit www.youreyes.org or contact Janet Morrison at janmorr27@aol.com or (301) 538-9358.

Feb. 14           GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Montgomery Hospice presents a bereavement workshop called “Forever Yours,” a special workshop for widows, widowers and life partners who want to honor and remember their loved ones on Valentine’s Day, on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This group session is free and open to any Montgomery County resident. Montgomery Hospice is located at 1355 Piccard Dr., Rockville, Md. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (301) 921-4400.

Virginia Hospital Center presents a free seminar with Brenda Teal on alternative heath therapies, which can alleviate symptoms of diseases and chronic pain, and lessen side effects of treatments like chemotherapy. Alternative therapies often focus on mind, body and spirit. This talk will take place on the Carlin Springs Campus, located at 601 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington, Va. on Friday, Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information or to RSVP, call (703) 558-6859.

Feb. 21           BACK PAIN
Holy Cross Germantown Hospital presents a free back pain seminar on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Engage with orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons for an overview of strategies for managing and treating back pain, including temporary relief, or surgery as a long-term solution. Dr. Sanjog Mathur will speak, and light refreshments will be available. The hospital is located at 19801 Observation Dr., Germantown, Md. For more information or to register, visit www.HolyCrossHealth.org or call (301) 754-8800.

Enjoy a free bagel brunch and screening of the PBS documentary Being Mortal on Sunday, Feb. 26 in the social hall at the Wasserman Residence (Hebrew Home) of the Charles E. Smith Life Communities. Screening will be followed by a panel discussion on end-of-life issues. To register, call (301) 770-8409 or visit www.hebrew-home.org/brunch.

Arlington County offers seated exercise classes with Judi Gartg for residents age 55 and older on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St. Chair exercises are especially beneficial for those with balance or mobility issues. Register for a 15-session pass for $60 at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., or drop-in for a single class at Madison. For more information, call (703) 228-0555.

Turning 65? Here are important questions you need to think about: Do you need to sign up for Medicare now? Can I work and get Medicare? Do you know the Medicare alphabet, A,B, C and D? Join Montgomery County's Senior Information Sessions. These free sessions are offered through the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). For more information, visit www.medicareabcd.org or call (301) 255-4250.


Feb. 9            HISTORIC CHURCHES
The history of three churches in Arlington, Va., that celebrated their 150th anniversaries in 2016 will be the focus of a discussion. They are Calloway United Methodist Church, Mount Zion Baptist Church, and Lomax African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The  program will be held at the Reinsch Library Auditorium at Marymount University, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, Va., and is sponsored by the Arlington Historical Society. For more information, call (703) 942-9247.

Feb. 10           MILES DAVIS FILM
Public Playhouse is offering a free screening, as part of its Platinum Series for those age 60 and older, of Miles Ahead, a critically acclaimed film exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis. Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor star in the film. The playhouse is located at 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly, Md. For more information, visit http://arts.pgparks.com or call (301) 277-1710.

Feb. 12           VALENTINE'S DAY JAZZ
Potomac River Jazz Clubs present a Pre-Valentine’s Celebration featuring Dixieland Express of Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 12 from 2  to 4:30 p.m. at the Rosensteel Knights of Columbus, located at 9707 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring, Md. Parking is in the back. Admission costs $20 for PRJC members; $25 for general admission. For more information, call (301) 588-3303.

DAR Museum presents a free lecture on early cosmetics — and their potential dangers — on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. “The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful —Cosmetics of Early America” will discuss both the deadly and the harmless ingredients involved, and what was acceptable in 18th and 19th century America. Safe samples are included. The Museum is located at 1776 D St NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.dar.org/museum/exhibitions/agreeable-tyrant-events.

Feb. 14           VALENTINE'S DAY TEA
Green Spring Gardens presents a Valentine’s Day Tea on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. With an elegant afternoon tea, explore the lore and legend of St. Valentine with our special quiz, and earn a chance to take home a beautiful door prize. Favor bag included. Afterward, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in the 1784 Historic House. Tickets cost $36; reservations required. Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Va. For more information or to make reservations, call (703) 941-7987.

Aging Matters is a new weekly interview program on Arlington's community radio station WERA 96.7 LP FM featuring individuals with expertise about a broad array of aging-related topics. The show airs every Tuesday from 2 to 3 p.m. Host Cheryl Beversdorf interviews experts on timely topics affecting the lives of older adults and their loved ones. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/agingmatterswera.


Thinking about getting a reverse mortgage? Housing Counseling Services, Inc., a HUD-approved nonprofit housing counseling agency, has counselors on staff to help. HCS is holding an information session called “Reverse Mortgages for Beginners, How to Apply?”on Tuesday, Feb.14 at 2 p.m., and another called “Reverse Mortgage Refresher Workshop” on Tuesday, Feb.21 at 2 p.m.The workshops will be held at Housing Counseling Services, Inc., 2410 17th St. NW, Suite 100, Washington, D.C. All HCS workshops are available in English and Spanish. Pre-registration is requested at www.housingetc.org. Other languages are available with advance notice. For more information,contact HCS at (202) 667-7006 or training@housingetc.org.

Feb. 16           MEDICARE FRAUD
The Chevy Chase (DC) and Georgetown chapters of NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) will hold a free discussion on “Medicare Fraud and Abuse, Prevention and Detection” on Thursday, Feb. 16 from noon to 1:30. Non-members are welcome. The speaker will be a volunteer from the Senior Medicare Patrol, which is part of Legal Counsel for the Elderly. This talk will take place at Iona Senior Services, located at 4125 Albermarle St. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Ann Sulkovsky at ansul2032@verizon.net or (202) 518-2519.

Feb. 27           ELDER LAW TALK
This month’s Dupont Circle Village Live and Learn Seminar will feature Morris Klein, J.D., who will outline some key concepts of elder law, such as legal documents needed as you grow older, and properly naming beneficiaries. Klein is a certified elder law attorney and a fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. The program will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 in the north conference room at the back of the parking lot at St. Mathew’s Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. The facility is wheelchair accessible. The talk is free for members; $10 for non-members. For more information or a reserve a spot, contact Linda Harsh, (202) 234-2567 or lindajkh@mac.com.


Arlington County presents a daytrip to visit the National Gallery of Art on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Touring and dining is on your own. The bus will depart at 10 a.m. from Lee Senior Center, located at 5722 Lee Hwy., and at 10:15 a.m. from a second pickup site, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St. The busses will return around 4:30 p.m. The cost is $9 for residents; $10 for non-residents. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/ArlingtonTrips or call (703) 228-4744.

Peter Himmelberger, a former Foreign Service Officer, will speak on U.S. coastal and river cruising on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Cruising is a great new way to explore waterways and coastal cities and towns. This talk will take place at Langston Brown Senior Center, located at 2121 N. Culpepper St., Arlington, Va. For more information, call (703) 228-6300.

Montgomery County Senior Outdoor Adventures in Recreation (SOAR) presents a daytrip to see the annual Philadelphia Flower Show on Thursday, March 16. From windmills, wooden shoes and cheese, to bicycles, canals and vibrant tulip and flower fields of the iconic Dutch landscape, the largest flower show in the U.S. is a beautiful sight. Meals are on your own. The cost is $89 for residents; $104 for non-residents. The van will depart from Olney Manor Park, located at 16601 Georgia Ave., Olney, Md. at 8 a.m. and will return at 7 p.m. For more information, call (240) 777-4926.


Feb. 3+           THE MIRACLE WORKER
Rockville Little Theatre presents The Miracle Worker, with showings on Friday through Sunday, Feb. 3 through 5 and Feb. 10 through 12. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. The Feb. 10 performance is an ASL-accessible performance. This classic play is based on the true story of Anne Sullivan and her deaf and blind student, Helen Keller, and is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Tickets cost $22 for adults; $20 for seniors and students. The show will take place at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, located at 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville, Md. For more information, visit www.fscottfitzgerald.showare.com or call (240) 314-8690.

Feb. 5+           CELTIC CONCERTS
The Old Brogue Irish Pub of Great Falls, Va. and Barnaby Productions, Inc. present the 29th season of family-friendly, traditional Celtic concerts, a six-week series of music from the British Isles, Brittany (France), the Celtic areas of Northern Spain, and the Americas, staged in the Snuggery (dining room). Featuring nationally recognized Celtic musicians, the concerts are performed in a listening room by the fireside and begin on Sunday, Feb. 5 and run for the six following Sundays through March 12. Each concert has two sittings, one at 4 p.m. and another at 6 p.m. A third show will be added at 8 p.m. if the others sell out. Tickets cost $18 for general admission; $12 for children under 12. Season tickets cost $96 for adults; $60 for children. For more information, visit www.oldbrogue.com or call (703) 759-3309.

Feb. 19           BARBERSHOP CONCERT
The 30-member Harmony Heritage Singers presents a concert of favorite popular songs on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, located at 1909 Windmill Ln., Alexandria, Va. The men’s acapella chorus preserves the American tradition of “barbershop.” Admission is free. For more information, visit www.mvuc.org or contact Ron Brandt at (703) 765-4779 or gronbrandt@gmail.com.

This month’s free open mic café will take place on Monday, Feb. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Friendship Heights Village Center, located at 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. Poet-translator Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse will read from her translation of Handful of Salt by Iraqi-Kurdish poet Kajal Ahmad, and poet Katherine E. Young will read from her work. An open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar and includes refreshments. For more information, call (301) 656-2797.

Feb. 27           WINTER ARTS EXHIBIT
Gaithersburg’s Arts on the Green presents “Winter White,” an arts exhibit featuring imaginative sculpture, glass, oil, acrylic, clay, photography and mixed media works that are devoid of most color but are rich in texture and allure. The exhibit is open through Monday, Feb. 27. The gallery is located in the Arts Barn at 311 Kent Square Rd., with viewing hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 1:30 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists during a free Artists Reception on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov or contact Shellie Williams at (301) 258-6394 or swilliams@gaithersburgmd.gov.

Mar. 5            FREE PIANO CONCERT
The Washington Piano Society presents a “Prelude to Spring” concert Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 9545 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, Md. The show features piano solo works by Haydn, Chopin and Villa-Lobos and is free. No tickets required. A reception will follow. For more information, call (301) 793-1863 or visit www.dcpianosociety.org.


Volunteers are needed to make blankets for sick and needy children on Friday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Extension Office, located at 18410 Muncaster Rd., Derwood, Md. You may knit, crochet or quilt. Yarn and fabric are provided. Donations of acrylic yarn and fabric are also accepted. For directions or more information, call Pat at (301) 460-5451.

JCA Heyman Interages Center needs volunteers to work with kids for two programs. Work with school-age children during off-school hours in the Reading and Educating to Advance Lives (REAL) at Dept. of Health and Human Service Centers in Rockville, Silver Spring and Germantown. Or assist teachers and work in small groups in the Math Mentors program in local elementary schools. For more information, contact bonnie.leko-shapiro@accessJCA.orgor (301) 255-4239.

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium is looking for volunteer tutors for its Book Buddies Literacy Tutoring program. The program helps children improve early literacy skills, writing, spelling and reading skills. Volunteers should commit to a 30- to 40-minute session several times per week for at least one school year. For more information, visit www.alexandriatutors.org or contact program director Karen White at atc@opmh.org.

The D.C. Office on Aging is looking for senior volunteers for its intergenerational mentoring program, in partnership with the District’s public schools. Volunteers become mentors for young children. For more information, visit https://dcoa.dc.gov/node/556662 or call (202) 724-5622.