Washington Beacon Bits

JULY 2017


July 15           ARCHIVE OLD PHOTOS
The Southeast D.C. Public Library is offering an Archiving 101 presentation on Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m. Librarian David Quick will share some of the basic concepts and practices involved in preserving your photos, papers, emails and other media, and will also discuss the services available at the library'sMemory Lab. Participants can bring photos and begin scanning them following the presentation. The library is located at 403 7th St. SE in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/Archiving101DC or call (202) 698-3377.

Montgomery County Public Libraries offer public use of computers at all area locations, except the Noyes Library for Young Children. Laptops can also be borrowed from the Davis Library in Bethesda, Kensington Park Library in Kensington, Silver Spring and Long Branch Libraries in Silver Spring and Twinbrook Library in Rockville. All computers have Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Word for word processing, Excel for spreadsheets, PowerPoint for presentations, and Publisher for desktop publishing. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/MoCoPublicComputers.

Ongoing        FREE TECH CLASSES
The Jewish Council for the aging offers free technology classes now through August. Students age 50 and older can learn computer basics, word processing, email, graphic design and more at one of five of the JCA area training centers in the D.C. area. Classes are taught by experienced older technology volunteers. For more information and a complete list of classes and locations, contact Jodie Rasch at (301) 255-4215 or (703) 425-0999.

Arlington Public Library offers free technology help by appointment. Volunteers will help you set up computer software, download an e-book or e-magazine from the library’s collection, and can help you learn the basics of Microsoft programs, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. For more information or to make an appointment at an area library, visit http://bit.ly/FreeArlingtonTechHelp.


Registration for the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics opens Monday, July 10. The NVSO includes about 70 events. Participants age 50 and older can register online at www.nvso.usor via mail with paper registrations that are available at most county recreation and senior centers. Registrations can also be downloaded at www.nvso.us. The deadline for registration is Sept 2. All paper registrations must be postmarked by Aug. 26. The games are scheduled begin on Saturday, Sept. 9 and conclude Wednesday, Sept. 20. For more information, visit http://nvso.us.

Chesapeake Life Center’s PG County office is offering the SoulCollage grief support group, which meets from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4. The group meets at Church of the Redeemer, located at 7300 Race Track Rd. in Bowie, Md. Participants create a series of collages to commemorate lost loved ones, and to visually journal the grief process. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 1-888-501-7077 or visit www.chesapeakelifecenter.org.

July 18           GRIEF TALK
Montgomery Hospice presents a free drop-in discussion on grief and healing on Tuesday, July 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., open to any Montgomery County resident. Montgomery Hospice is located at 1355 Piccard Dr. in Rockville, Md. Registration is required. For more information, call (301) 921-4400.

Seabury Resources offers a free caregiver support group on the third Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3 p.m. at Sunrise on Connecticut, located at 5111 Connecticut Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C. This month’s meeting will take place on July 19. For more information or to RSVP, email cminfo@seaburyresources.org or call (202) 364-0020.

Online registration is underway for the Maryland Senior Olympics. Participants age 50 and older can participate in the events, which include everything from archery to horseshoes to volleyball. The games are happening now through October at venues in various counties, including Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Registration forms can be downloaded online or requested via email from info@mdseniorolympics.org. For more information and a complete list of games and locations, visit www.mdseniorolympics.org or call (240) 777-4930.

HealthUnlocked and the National Kidney Foundation have partnered in creating four online communities that help provide vital help, support and information to people with, affected by, or at risk of kidney disease. The four communities include the Kidney Disease Community, the Kidney Dialysis Community, the Living Donor Community and the Transplant Community. For more information or to join one of the online groups, visit http://bit.ly/KidneyGroups.


Hope Connections for Cancer Support is offering a free drumming class on Monday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. Ancient techniques have been shown to accelerate healing, boost the immune system, and produce feelings of well being. Registration is required. This event will take place on Beaumont House, located at 9650 Rockville Pike in Bethesda, Md. For more information or to RSVP, contact info@hopeconnectionsforcancer.org or (301) 634-7500.

July 12           FASHION SHOW
Springfield Christian Women Connection is holding a LuLaRoe Fashion Show and Intergenerational Tea on Wednesday, July 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Springfield Golf & Country Club, located at 8301 Old Keene Mill Rd. in Springfield. LuLaRoe consultant Dana Elmini will explore the bold color and new styles in the fashion world. In addition, Gail Alicia will speak about Surviving the Grand Canyons of Life. The cost is $20 per person. For more information, call (703) 913-9844 or SpringWmConn@yahoo.com

Green Spring Gardens is holding a garden tour and ice cream social on Saturday, July 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Stroll the summer gardens with a Master Gardener docent, cool down at an ice cream social in the 1784 Historic House, then view a special limited-time photo exhibit showcasing the fascinating history of the house. Admission is $12 per person. Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd. in Alexandria, Va. Register online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes and use code 2903045801. For more information, call (703) 642-5173.

July 17           POETRY OPEN MIC
There will be a free poetry open mic on Monday, July 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Friendship Heights Village Center, located at 4433 S. Park Ave. in Chevy Chase, Md. Poets Jennifer Barber and Jayne Benjulian will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar and includes refreshments. For more information, call (301) 656-2797.

July 21+        MEDITATION AND ART
VisArts is offering an art class that involves meditation, from Friday, July 21 to Friday, July 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. The session starts with a guided meditation by a trained instructor. Following the class, students are encouraged to remain in silence and choose the medium of their choice, either acrylic, charcoal or pastel, and pick a spot in the room and let go of all their emotions on canvas or paper.All materials are provided, but bring a yoga mat or a back jack floor chair. The class costs $35. VisArts is located at 155 Gibbs St. in Rockville, Md. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/MeditationandArt or call (301) 315-8200.

July 23           PIANO CONCERT
The Washington Piano Society presents its free summer concert on Sunday, July 23 at 3 p.m. This varied concert includes works for solo and four hands, including Beethoven, Faure, Barber, and the world of Spanish music. The concert will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 9545 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, Md. A reception will follow. No advance tickets are required. For more information, visit www.dcpianosociety.org or call (301) 793-1863.


If you believe a landlord or housing provider is discriminating against you, don’t be silent! Speak up and find out what your rights are under DC fair housing law. The DC Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the housing market based on 18 protected traits. These laws apply to everyone in housing, including landlords, building managers and even maintenance staff. If you think you have been treated unfairly by a landlord or anyone involved in housing, please contact Housing Counseling Services, Inc. at (202) 667-7006 or visit http://housingetc.org.

If you think you’ve been a victim of identity theft, or you would like more information on avoiding it, visit www.identitytheft.gov. The site tells you the signs, and can help you report it and create a recovery plan if it happens.

D.C.’s Housing Counseling Services, Inc. offers free education and guidance to any housing providers who want to learn more about fair housing regulations in Washington, D.C. Whether you are a private landlord or a major management company, you are responsible for making sure your policies are in compliance with Federal and local fair housing regulations and that all your staff understand fair housing rules. For more information, call (202) 667-7337.


Local writer Ellouise Schoettler has written “Ready to Serve,” a one-woman show about 64 American professional nurses trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who joined the U.S. Army and served during WWI at Hopkins Base Hospital 18 in France. Inspired by their letters, Schoettler is bringing back their story to the Capital Fringe Festival for a few performances, beginning on Thursday, July 6 and ending on Saturday, July 22. All shows will take place at in Eastman Studio Theater at Gallaudet University, located at 800 Florida Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. Tickets cost $17. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/ReadyToServeFringe.

July 7+           OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Tysons Corner Center is holding its fourth annual free outdoor summer concert series, from now through Friday, July 28. Performances include American Idol contestant Danny Gokey, duo Tyler Hilton and Kate Voegele, country music group Delta Spur, and country pop artist LeAnn Rimes. The center is located at 1961 Chain Bridge Rd. in Tysons Corner, Va. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/TysonsCornerConcerts.

July 14+        SPELLING BEE PLAY
The McLean Community Playerswill present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which opens July 14 and runs weekends through July 30 at Vinson Hall Retirement Community. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its wit and humor. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $23 to $25 and are available at www.McLeanPlayers.orgor through Brown Paper Tickets (1-800-838-3006), and at the door. Performances are held in the Community Building Ballroom of Vinson Hall at 1735 Kirby Rd. in McLean, Va. For more information, visit www.McLeanPlayers.org.

Blackrock Center for the Arts is holding a free summer concert series, with three Saturday performances beginning at 7 p.m. in July. The first, on July 15, features Mariachi Flor de la Toloache; the second, on July 22, features pop rock group Get Off My Lawn; and the third, on July 29, is a rock and blues concert. Blackrock is located at 12901 Town Commons Dr. in Germantown, Md. For more information, call (301) 528-2260 or visit www.blackrockcenter.org.

July 17           WOMEN’S ART EXHIBIT
The Women’s Museum presents “Wonder Women!,” an exhibitexploring images of the power of woman, real and fictional, in a wide-ranging selection drawn from the special collections and artists’ archives, ranging from the Guerrilla Girls righting the wrongs of the art world, to painter Edna Reindel’s tough WWII riveters, to vintage feminist comic books. This exhibit is open from Monday, July 17 through Friday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. in the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center at the museum, located at 1250 New York Ave. NW in Washington, D.C. For more information, call (202) 783-5000.


Holy Cross Home Care and Hospice needs volunteers to provide caring companionship to patients where they live, whether in their homes or in communities or nursing facilities. For more information, call the volunteer coordinator at (301) 557-4663.

Montgomery County is looking for volunteers to lead free Bone Builders exercise classes that help increase bone density and prevent falls and fractures. The one-hour daytime classes are held weekly throughout the county. Volunteer leaders receive two full days of free training, as well as periodic refresher classes, ongoing support, and supervision by master trainers. New Volunteer Leader training takes place in the spring and fall. For more information or to register for the next Volunteer Leader Training sessions, call (240) 773-8268 or email phyllis.elperin@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Fairfax County, Va. is looking for respite carevolunteers to give family caregivers of an older adult a well-deserved break so they can shop, attend appointments or meet friends. Training is provided. For more information, contact ElderLink at (703) 324-5374, TTY 711 or visit http://bit.ly/FairfaxCoVolunteers.