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APRIL 2017


Need help getting your computer’s software to work?  Want to download a book or magazine from the Arlington Library’s eCollection? Interested in finally uploading all the photos on your smartphone? Library tech assistants can provide one-on-one assistance with basic computer tasks, completing tasks in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and other computer software, trouble shooting an issue on your personal device, downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, creating email accounts, and getting started with social media such as Facebook or Twitter. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/ArlingtonTechHelp.

Montgomery County Public Libraries offers free use of their computers. Computers for public use are available in all MCPL libraries, except the Noyes Library for Young Children. All libraries provide WiFi access. Laptops can be borrowed at the Long Branch Library at 8800 Garland Ave. in Silver Spring; Kensington Park Library at 4201 Knowles Ave. in Kensington; Silver Spring Library at900 Wayne Ave. in Silver Spring; and Twinbrook Library at 202 Meadow Hall Dr. in  Rockville.  All computers feature Microsoft Office 2010 programs. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/MontgomeryCoComputers.


Journey to Hope, a free conference for Alzheimer’s Family Care Partners at Sibley Hospital will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 9 to 4 p.m. Guest speakers include Dr. Kostas Lyketsos, Dr. Steven Sabat, Karen Marshall J.D., and Loretta Veney, and there will also be resources and refreshments. The hospital is located at 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW, Washington, D.C.; the event will take place in conference rooms 1 and 2. Parking is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call 1-800-560-0896.

Fairfax County’s free Family Caregiver Telephone Support Group meets by phone on Tuesday, May 9 from 7 to 8 p.m. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices and click on Telephone Caregiver Support Group or call (703) 324-5484, TTY 711.

The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is holding a discussion, “My Treatment is Over, Now What? Embracing Survivorship” on Tuesday, May 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn what to do once treatment ends and how to navigate the transition to recovery. The Smith Center is located at 1632 U St. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information or to register, visit www.smithcenter.org/calendar or call (202) 483-8600.

Montgomery Hospice presents a six-week Tuesday evening support group for Montgomery County residents who have lost a loved one beginning on May 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Montgomery Hospice is located at 1355 Piccard Dr., Suite 100 in Rockville, Md. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (301) 921-4400.

June 1+         SEASONAL WALK
The Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club is sponsoring a seasonal, self-guided Silver Spring/Takoma Park walk from Thursday, June 1 to Saturday, Oct. 14. There are several trail options with varying levels of difficulty. Participants must register at the walk in the “Start Box” at Safeway, located in downtown Silver Spring at 909 Thayer Ave. Thewalk is free; Volksmarch credit costs $3. For more information, contactMaribeth Evans at (301) 946-5496 or evansm0612@gmail.com.

Ongoing        YOGA ON THE SQUARE
Fairfax City offers free yoga in the square on Sundays at 10 a.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle. The square is located at 3999 University Dr. For more information, call (703) 385-7858 or emailnovayogagirl@gmail.com.


May 6             AARP LUNCHEON
The Southwest Waterfront AARP Chapter is holding their May Spring Luncheon on Saturday, May 6 at noon at Tony and Joe's Seafood Place, located at 3000 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. in Georgetown. There will be an a la Carte Menu featuring sandwiches, soups, salads and more. The cost will range from $8 to $26 plus tax and gratuity; cash and credit cards are accepted. Parking is available at the Washington Harbor Parking Garage at 3050 K St. NW for $13. Carpooling is suggested. For more information or to RSVP, contact Betty Jean Tolbert Jones at (202) 554-0901 or bettyjeantolbertjones@yahoo.com.

May 7             SPRING GIFT SALE
The Auxiliary at Village at Rockville presents their Bloomin' Spring Sale on Sunday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to the community to enhance the life of the residents. Items for sale include a variety of beautiful plants, birdhouses made by a few of our residents, spring and summer jewelry, baked goods and candy, gift shop items, coffee and donuts. The community is located at 9701 Veirs Dr, Rockville, Md. For more information, call (301) 354-8460.

The Memorial Society of Northern Virginia presents a seminar on funeral planning on Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Mary Albrethsen, licensed funeral director and embalmer, will discuss current trends in the funeral industry and the concept of “life celebrations.” The meeting will take place in the program building in Rooms 3 & 4 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, located at 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, Va. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ron Brandt at (703) 765-4779 or gronbrandt@gmail.com or visit www.memorialsocietyva.com/Membership.html.

May 13           CELTIC CONCERT
The second annual Celtic Spring Fling will take place on Saturday, May 13 from 3 to 7 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, located at 8531 Riverside Rd.,Alexandria, Va. This family-friendly event will feature games, crafts, food and drink, plenty of music and dance, face painting, corn hole tournament and more. Performers include Ronn McFarlane, who performs from 4 to 5; the Boyle School of Irish Dance, who performs from 5 to 6 p.m.; and Jody Marshall and Andrea Hoag who will close the festival from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Margaret (Peg) Bartel at MBartel@bartelassociates.com or (703) 548-4250.

The Fairfax Commission on Aging meets on Wednesday, May 17 at 1 p.m. at the Hunter Mill District Office, located at 1801 Cameron Glen Dr. in Reston, Va. The public is welcome to attend and join in the comment period that begins each session. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/coa.htm or call (703) 324-5403, TTY 711.

The Chevy Chase (DC) and Georgetown chapters of NARFE  (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) is holding a meeting featuring attorney Debra D’Agostino, who will discuss the rights of federal employees. Federal workers are facing unprecedented attacks and restrictions. Can feds express political opinions? Attend protests? Raise money? Blow the whistle without getting fired? This talk will take place on Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at IONA Senior Services, located at 4125 Albemarle St. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Ann Sulkovsky at (202) 518-2519 or ansul2032@verizon.net.

Montgomery County Elder/Vulnerable Adult Abuse Task Force presents the 7th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Wednesday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event features exhibitors, resources, safety classes and demonstrations at Rockville Senior Center, located at 1150 Carnation Dr., Rockville, Md. For more information, call (240) 314-8800.


May 16           MEDICARE 101
There will be a Medicare seminar called Medicare 101 on Tuesday, May 16from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The talk will take place at Centreville Regional Library, located at 14200 St. Germain Dr. in Centreville. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/vicap.htmor call (703) 324-5851, TTY 711.

Fairfax County presents a discussion on the legal considerations for caregiving on Wednesday, May 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.The talk will cover the legal needs caregivers handle, such as powers of attorney, wills and estates, guardianships and trusts, and will take place at Insight Memory Care Center, located at 3953 Pender Dr., Ste. 100 in Fairfax, Va. For more information, visit www.­fairfaxcounty.­gov/­olderadultsand click on“Register Now: Spring 2017 Caregiver Seminars.”

May 20+        D.C. RENTERS’ RIGHTS
The D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate is offering several educational sessions on tenant rights. Renters 101 is designed to provide D.C. tenants with information on their rights and responsibilities. Topics include leases, security deposits, how to handle housing code problems, landlord disclosures required by law, reasonable notice by landlord to enter property, evictions, and quiet enjoyment. Sessions will take place on Saturday, May 20 at noon, Thursday, June 29 at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 29 at noon, and Wednesday, Aug. 30 at p.m. All sessions will take place at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St., NW in Suite 300N, in Washington, D.C. For more information, call (202) 719-6560 or email delores.anderson@dc.gov.


May 4+           CINEMA MUSIC SERIES
The Arlington Philharmonic presents “Magnificent Movie Music!” — a three-part multimedia lecture series — on Thursdays, May 4, 11 and 18 at The Spectrum Theater in Arlington, Va. Happy hour begins at 6 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. The theater is located at 1611 North Kent St. The cost is $25 per lecture; $60 for all three. For more information, call (703) 910-5161 or visit http://arlingtonphilharmonic.org/MMM.html.

May 5+           COUNTRY NOIR PLAY
Rockville Little Theater presents Book of Days, a country noir play about small-town hypocrisies, religion, greed and lies. Directed by Jeff Mikoni and produced by Jeff McDermott, the show opens Friday, May 5 and runs through Sunday, May 14 at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, located at 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville, Md. There will be an ASL-interpreted performance on Saturday, May 13. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $22 for adults; $20 for those 62+ and students. For more information or to buy tickets, call (240) 314-8690 or visit https://fscottfitzgerald.showare.com.

May 6             GUITAR CONCERT
The Concerts from Kirkwood concludes its season with a free performance on Saturday, May 6 by noted classical guitarist Charles Mokotoff. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, located at 8336 Carrleigh Pkwy. in Springfield, Va. For more information, email concerts@kirkwoodpres.com, visit www.kirkwoodpres.com, or call (703) 451-5320.

May 7             FLUTE CHOIR
The Woodbridge Flute Choir (WFC) celebrates the 10th anniversary of its artistic director, Debbie Gilbert, with a free performance for the community on Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at Haymarket Gainesville Community Library. The concert will include some of the director’s favorite pieces over the past ten years, including songs from the choir’s CD Butterfly, Naranjada by Proust, Melange of Neumes by Stephen Lias, Insomniac Blue by Peter Senchuk, and Memories of East Tennessee by Alan Austin Scott. The library is located at 14870 Lightner Rd., Haymarket, Va. For more information, visitwww.woodbridgeflutechoir.orgor call (703) 261-9321.

May 7             PIANO CONCERT
The Washington Piano Society presents a free spring concert on Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. A reception will follow. This concert will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md. For information, visit www.dcpianosociety.org or call (301) 793-1863.

There will be a free screening of America: An Immigration Nation on Tuesday, May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bus Boys and Poets, as part of their monthly Focus on Film Series. The Bus Boys and Poets is located at 1025 5th St. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/SmokeyStevensDocu.

Robert Richmond directs Timon of Athens, Shakespeare’s tragic satire about a wealthy aristocrat who loses his fortune and his friends due to his over-generosity. The show explores materialism, money and friendship, and features Helen Hayes Award winner Ian Merrill Peakes in the title role. The show is on stage Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $35 to $75. The show will take place at Folger Shakespeare Library, located at 201 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.folger.edu/theatre or call (202) 544-7077.

May 19           ‘70s and ‘80s MUSIC
The Birchmere is holding a “reunion” of the night clubs Desperado's and Wax Museum on Friday, May 19 from 7:30 p.m. In the 1970s and ‘80s, Desperado’s had the best of “roots rock” (soon to be called Americana) and Wax Museum was a showcase for artists of all genres. The show will be headlined by Billy Price, and there will be an All-Star Jam at the night's end. Tickets cost $25. The Birchmere is located at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. For more information, call (703) 549-7500.

May 22           POETRY READINGS
There are free monthly poetry readings on Monday, May 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Friendship Heights Village Center, located at 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. Poets Jean Nordhaus and Jeneva Stone 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.

The Library of Congress presents a screening of the documentary Primary, which follows Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey as they contend against each other in Wisconsin during the 1960 primary season, on Tuesday, May 30 at noon. The film captures Kennedy’s political charm and appeal in a manner that still is riveting when viewed today. This screening will take place in the Mary Pickford Theater on third floor of the Madison Building at the Library of Congress, located at 101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.loc.gov or call (202) 707-2905.


May 11           EMPLOYMENT EXPO
The Fairfax 50+ Employment Expo will take place on Thursday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fair Oaks Marriott Hotel, located at 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax, Va. This event is free, and registration is not necessary. For more information, visit www.accessjca.org/programs/senior-employment.

The University of Maryland Extension Office is looking for volunteers to make afghans and quilts for sick children in the hospital. Participants can knit, crochet or sew (yarn and fabric are provided). The extension office holds monthly meetings on the grounds of the Montgomery County Agricultural Farm Park, located at 18410 Muncaster Rd., Derwood, Md. The next meeting will take place on Friday, May 12 from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Donations of plain fabric and children’s prints and worsted-weight acrylic yarn are also accepted. For more information and directions, contact Pat at (301) 460-5451 or Jeanne at (301) 641-4878 or jcpurich@cs.com.

Ongoing        D.C. FIRST RESPONDERS
The D.C. Office on Aging, in partnership with the Dept. of Health, is looking for 100 volunteers to be first responders. In case of an emergency or disaster, the first responders will assist local government responders in emergency preparedness, response and recovery, first aid and CPR, and special issues dealing with seniors and persons living with disabilities. These trained, certified volunteers will assist the Office on Aging and the city in their response to emergency situations. For more information, call (202) 724-5622 or email dcoa@dc.gov.