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APRIL 2017


Montgomery County Public Libraries allows access to its contents through free MCPL apps. Connect with the library from anywhere. To use the apps, you must have a library card. Apps include BookMyne for iOS and Android, 3M Cloud Library for iOS, Android and Android for Kindle, and many more. For more information and a complete list of apps, visit http://montgomerycountymd.libguides.com/connect/apps.

D.C. Public Libraries offer free computer classes that provide hands-on training to adults. For more information, visit http://www.dclibrary.org/services/computer or contact Desire Grogan at desire.grogan@dc.govor (202) 727-1298.

Computer CORE, a nonprofit that focuses on teaching low-income adults computer and career skills, is looking for daytime computer teachers as lead instructors and teaching assistants on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Providence Presbyterian Church location on 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, Va. For more information, contact Shante Johnson at shante@computercore.org.


The Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), the area’s leading non-profit for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and deafblind, presents Celebrate Communication 2017 on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event offers information, exhibits and technologies for better communication for people with hearing loss. It will take place at the Northern Virginia Community College Ernst Center Gymnasium, 8333 Little River Turnpike in Annandale, Va. Over 40 exhibitors will be onsite to demonstrate hearing assistive technologies, offer information about hearing aids and cochlear implants, relay and interpreting services, professional services, and programs with hearing assistive dogs. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.nvrc.orgor contact Bob Loftur-Thun at execdirector@nvrc.orgor (703) 352-9055 (V), 703-352-9056 (TTY).

Apr. 22           STROKE WALK
The National Stroke Association’s Comeback Trail Walk and Run will take place on April 22 in Washington, D.C. The course circles the Tidal Basin and offers views of the heart of the city. Participants can walk or run the entire 5K course or as little as they would like. Participants meet at 701 E. Basin Dr. SW. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., and the opening ceremony starts at 8:45 a.m. Register as an individual or create a team for $25, which includes an event t-shirt. Funds raised for the event benefit the National Stroke Association. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/ComebackTrailStrokeWalk or call 1-800-787-6537.

The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington presents “Genetics and AMD: What Are the Children to Do?” on Sunday, April 23 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Sibley Hospital. The National Eye Institute’s Dr. Emily Chew will review recent studies and discuss how to treat and prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This free talk will take place in the conference room in the Sibley Medical Building, located at 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW, Washington, D.C. There is a validated garage for parking adjacent to the medical building. For more information or to register, call Sibley Senior Association at (202) 364-7602.

extendYoga presents a five-week introductory yoga class for those 55+ beginning in May. Learn basic posture, breathing and body awareness. There will be a free trial of the class before the series begins on Tuesday, Apr. 25 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The May session runs on Tuesdays from May 2 through 30 at the same time. The cost for all sessions is $85, or $20 for one drop-in class. Space is limited. The studio is located at 12106 Wilkins Ave., Rockville, Md. For more information or to register, visit http://extendyoga.com.

Apr. 29           A FESTIVAL FOR WOMEN
WomenFest, a free interactive day focusing on health, wellness, fashion and beauty, is designed to inspire women to live more balanced, healthier and fuller lives. This event features more than 100 vendors and exhibitors, engaging seminars, free health screenings, and cooking demos. It takes place on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gary J. Arthur Community Center, located at 2400 MD-97, Cooksville, Md. For more information, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/WomenFest or call (410) 313-5440.

Apr. 29          HEALTHY GRANDKIDS
The YMCA in Bethesda is holding a healthy kids day on Saturday, Apr. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the grandkids for a free day of health and wellness activities, face painting, prizes, snacks, obstacle courses and a relay. This event is open to the public and will take place at YMCA Ayrlawn/BCC, located at 9401 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, Md. For more information, visit www.ymcadc.org or call (301) 530-8500.

May 8             ACTIVE AGING EXPO
The City of Gaithersburg's Active Aging Expo will take place on Monday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. This free event features educational talks, preventive screenings, fitness demonstrations, resource information, and more. The Active Aging Expo is hosted by the City of Gaithersburg in partnership with the Montgomery Village Foundation, Asbury Methodist Village, and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. Bohrer Park is located at 506 Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, Md. For more information, visit www.gaithersburgmd.gov/activeaging or call (301) 258-6380.

A tremors support group meets monthly at Leisure World and is open to the public. If you shake or tremble uncontrollably, you may have essential tremor syndrome. The group meets on the first Thursday of every month at Leisure World’s clubhouse I, located at 3701 Rossmoor Blvd., Silver Spring, Md. at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit http://thehopenet.org or contact Marlene at (301) 438-7773.


Age-Friendly DC is holding 13 Community Consultations throughout April. Share your views on how to make D.C. a more livable city for all ages. Volunteer facilitators will lead discussions covering 12 topic areas, including outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion and more. For a complete schedule and information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/Age-FriendlyDC. For more info, call (202) 727-2736.

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman and members of the City Council will host the annual State of the City Address on Thursday, April 13 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rosborough Cultural Arts Center on the grounds of Asbury Methodist Village, located at 201 Russell Ave. They will also present the Distinguished Citizen, Outstanding Organization and Distinguished Friend of Gaithersburg awards. Seating for the event is limited, so register early. For more information or to register, contact the City’s Public Information Office at (240)805-1107 or e-mail maria.fullerton@gaithersburgmd.gov.

On Saturday, April 22, the Aging2.0 Washington, D.C. Chapter will host their Global Startup Search, an event where selected new companies with products for older adults will display their services. Featured startups include NuEyes and its macular generation device, Aspire 211 and their ideas for protecting seniors from abuse, Tech Star Tutors and their tech-savvy college-aged teachers, and many more. Registration is required. Advance admission costs $10; free for attendees 65 and older. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Hatchery at AARP, located at 575 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2017AgingStartups.

Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Churchwill mobilize teams to make free home repairs for lower-income homeowners on Saturday, April 22. To qualify for free home help, you must own your home and report annual income of no more than $49,000 as an individual or $54,000 for a couple. For more information, call (703) 228-1999 or visit rebuildingtogether-aff.org.

Apr. 29           FAIRFAX COUNTY DAY
Fairfax County presents a free program on its history and geography on Saturday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Virginia Room of Fairfax Regional Library, at 10360 North St. in Fairfax, City, Va. The day begins with a brief overview of the county’s history by Janet Bailey, president of the Fairfax Genealogical Society. Then, explore the county GIS website, with interactive maps and aerial photographs. Also, listen to Dr. Pat Donahue tell stories about Pimmit Hills. Complementary morning coffee and lunch will be served. Registration is required. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library or call (703) 293-6227, ext. 6. Reasonable accommodations can be made upon request at (703) 324-8380 or TTY (703) 324-8365.

“Better Said Than Done,” Northern Virginia's premier storytelling show, is hosting a fundraiser for the National Network to End Domestic Violence, featuring a night of true personal stories about obstacles, survival and empowerment called “Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors,” at Jammin' Java in Vienna, Va. on April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The storytelling is intended for a mature audience. Jammin’ Java is located at 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna, Va. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.jamminjava.com.


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, on Thursday, April 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. Lanza is a certified FBI instructor and has over two decades as a crisis communicator with the FBI. The event will be held at the Women's Club of Bethesda, located at 5500 Sonoma Rd., Bethesda Md. For more information or to RSVP, call (301) 946-7700 or visit www.kensingtonparkseniorliving.com/eventRegister.

Ongoing        FREE TAX HELP
The United Way of the National Capital Area and local nonprofits are providing free, professional tax preparation services to local residents. Through Tuesday, April 18, IRS-certified volunteers are on hand at tax preparation sites throughout the metro area to assist with taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. For more information or to find local tax preparation sites, visit http://bit.ly/FreeTaxPrep2017, or call United Way at (202) 488-2000.

The D.C. Courts are warning residents not to be taken-in by a new telephone scam. If you get a call asking you to call a 1-844 telephone number about money you owe on an outstanding court matter and to push 5 to make payment, it’s a scam. What differentiates these calls from other scams is that the caller ID system has been manipulated and shows a DC Court-issued telephone number on the caller ID display. Be advised that the D.C. Courts never solicit payments via telephone. All official court correspondence is processed through the U.S. Postal Service.


Apr. 8            FEMALE BLUES
Strathmore and Jazz at Lincoln Center present “Ladies Sing the Blues” on Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. Singers Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas and Charenee Wade will channel 20s blues divas and Ethel Waters, accompanied by pianist Mark Shane. There will be a preconcert lecture, “Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do: The Complex World of Blueswomen,” with Towson Music Department Chair Dr. Eileen M. Hayes at 6:30 p.m. in the music center, room 402. Tickets cost $35 to $75. Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Ln., Bethesda, Md. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/LadiesSingBlues or call (301) 581-5100.

Apr. 10           PIANO SHOWCASE
The University of Maryland is holding a piano showcase on Monday, April 10 at 8 p.m. The recital features solo and collaborative works performed by students from the School of Music's piano division. The concert is free, and no tickets are required. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's Gildenhorn Recital Hall is located at 8270 Alumni Dr. in College Park, Md. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/PianoShowcase, email tickets-theclarice@umd.edu, or call (301) 405-2787.

The McLean Community Players’ production of William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens Friday, April 14 in Vinson Hall’s Community Building Ballroom, located at 1735 Kirby Rd., McLean, Va. The play runs weekends through Sunday, April 30. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees on April 23 and 30 begin at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $18 to $20 and are available at www.McLean Players.org or through Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Apr. 15           ZEN ART PHOTOGRAPHY
Green Spring Gardens presents Zen Art, a photography class on Saturdays, April 15, 22, 29 and May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enhance your photographic vision and produce more meaningful images using the gardens as inspiration. Students must bring a digital camera, tripod, and have a means of sending digital images. The cost for four classes is $192. Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, Va. For more information or to register, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes and code 2902310901 or call (703) 642-5173.

Apr. 20           SENIOR WRITERS TALK
ArtAge Publications, a source of senior-written plays, books and materials for older performers, is accepting national submissions for its 2018-19 catalog, including musicals and short shows (up to 20 minutes). A telephone information session will take place on Wednesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. EST. The session costs $10. Participants will receive an 800 number and an access code to join the call. If you can't attend, they can send a link to a recording of the session. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/SeniorTheatreTalk.

The John F. Kennedy Center presents “Profiles in Creativity” with David Rubenstein, beginning with an interview of Rita Moreno on Wednesday, Apr. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Family Theater. Each program will also be livestreamed for global audiences online. The series will continue on Jun. 26 and Nov. 2, with featured guests to be announced. VIP tickets include seating and a post-event reception and cost $75. Standard tickets cost $30. The theater is located at 2700 F St., Washington, D.C. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (202) 467-4600 visit www.kennedy-center.org.


Montgomery County’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is looking for long-term care advocates. Volunteers are assigned to make regular visits to residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Montgomery County. This complex volunteer opportunity demands flexible daytime hours during the work week and creative problem solving. There will be a comprehensive training session that runs from Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21 at the Holiday Park Senior Center, located at 3950 Ferrara Dr., Silver Spring, Md.The course meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Full attendance and pre-registration is required. For more information, call (240) 777-3369 or email hhsltcombudsman@montgomerycountymd.gov.

The Alliance of Creative Professional Women is hosting their third free “Women in Transition” career conference on Saturday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Annandale Stake Center. This event features different sessions on how to improve job searching skills, professional headshots and resume reviews. There will also be door prizes and several career coaching sessions. The center is located at 3900 Howard St., Annandale, Va., and the final day to register is April 15. For more information, visit https://acpw2017.eventbrite.com.

Temple Emanuel is aiming to collect six million cancelled stamps to remember and honor the Jewish lives lost during the Holocaust. “Stamp It!” Is part of the school’s Holocaust education curriculum. The project symbolizes a “stamping out” of the hatred and fear that caused the tragedy in the first place, and a “stamping on” of kindness, compassion, hope and tolerance. The project will be open until completion. Donations of cancelled stamps are accepted in the collection bin in the main lobby of the temple, located at 10101 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, Md. For more information, contact Richard Sloan at Richard.L.Sloane@gmail.com or (301) 500-5351.

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium is looking for "book buddies" literacy tutors to work one-on-one with Alexandria elementary students. Tutors follow a provided literacy lesson plan to improve the student’s writing, spelling and reading skills. For more information, contact program director Karen White at atc@opmh.org.