Do you have household items you’d like to donate or recycle? Maybe a couple of boxes of books or clothing you no longer need, but others could use? Let’s do a bit of Spring cleaning together! ANV will host a Spring Clean Up on April 21. Details below.
We have an abundance of holiday celebrations this month: Ramadan from March 23 through April 21, Passover from April 5 through 13, and Easter on April 9. Whatever your religious beliefs, spring time is a season of rebirth; please take a moment to be grateful for what we have and to remember those we have lost.
Pop Up Picnic – Special Event April 28
Expanded Silver Line Excursions
ANV members and volunteers will travel together to explore exciting new (and old) destinations along the Metro Silver Line extension. The first destination on Friday, April 28 will be to Perch & Putt at the McLean stop where putt-putt golf, bocce, and food is served on the Capital One Center rooftop. See below for details.
2023 Sourcebook Is Available in Print and Online
The new 2023 edition of the Positive Aging Sourcebook is available online or in print for FREE. You can browse the online edition or request a free print copy. The Sourcebook has good articles and exhaustive lists of different services available to older adults.
- Andrea Belcher
- Jane Margaret Dow
- Toni Fellows
- Leone Hanson
- Elizabeth Morgan
- Joanne Petras
- Shannon Cooper
- Sarah Mueller
- Hadie Romero
- Susan Swanson
Please join us in remembering Gail Kutner, an ANV founder, who gave so much to her family and community. Gail passed away on March 22.
ANV Events are posted on our online calendar at www.ANVarlington.org/events so you can always easily find the Zoom link for any scheduled event.
Coffee and Conversations on Wednesdays at 10 am
- April 5: Arlington Sister Cities Association
- April 12: Arlington County Aging and Disability Services
- April 19: Virginia Native Plants
- April 26: Dermatology Issues for Older People
- Tai Chi
- Happy Hour
- Board Games
- Men’s Lunch Bunch
- Ladies Lunch
- Pop Up Picnic
- Page Turners
Also of Interest
Coffee and Conversation: Wednesdays at 10 am
Coffee and Conversation occurs on Wednesdays, 10–11 am. Join our weekly conversations via Zoom:
You also have the option to dial in by phone to participate without video. For that, dial: 929-205-6099. The meeting ID is 889 4857 7106 and the passcode is 872327.
Wednesday, April 5: Arlington Sister Cities Association has been building international relationships for thirty years. Libby Schollaert, President of the Reims (France) Committee, will give an overview of ASCA and its five sister cities in Germany, Mexico, France, El Salvador, and Ukraine. Sophia Tailor, Chair of the Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine) program, will tell us about the unique challenges faced by residents of Ivano-Frankivsk while the Ukraine sustains continued Russian attacks.
Wednesday, April 12: Was it only yesterday? ANV celebrates its ninth year of operation and its partnership with Arlington County. Rachel Coates, MA., Bureau Director, Arlington County Aging and Disability Services, will join ANV leaders to reflect on the years of working together to promote positive aging in Arlington. We will hear how we’ve grown as community, celebrate progress and consider ongoing challenges in a broad support network for older residents. The presentation will also include highlights from the 2023 Community Engagement Forum on Aging Issues and current County initiatives that may impact older adults.
Wednesday, April 19: It’s almost Earth Day and what is better than learning about Virginia Native Plants? Joanne Hutton, Master Naturalist, will talk with us about Plant NOVA Trees, just one initiative of the Plant NOVA Natives program. This collective effort of hundreds of individuals and organizations works to reverse the decline of native plants and wildlife in Northern Virginia.
Wednesday, April 26: The biggest organ in the human body? Our skin! ANV’s Health and Wellness Committee will host a talk about dermatology, focusing on issues for older people, cancer detection and prevention, and new care treatments.
ANV’s YouTube channel
If you miss a Coffee and Conversation speaker, be sure to check out ANV’s YouTube channel where we are posting some of our Coffee and Conversation speakers and other special events. Sit back and enjoy!
Do you have household items you’d like to donate or recycle? Maybe a couple of boxes of books or clothing you no longer need, but others could use? On April 21 from 10 am to noon, volunteers will pick up items that members want to donate to Goodwill or the Arlington Public Library. If you need help getting these items ready for pickup, let the Office know and we will find a volunteer to help you. Space is limited to 25 members. Register by April 11 to be a part of this program by contacting the ANV Office at 703-509-8057 or Office@arlnvil.org.
Zoom Practice Session
If you need some extra help getting familiar with ZOOM, just call or email email@example.com and we will set you up with a volunteer who can help you.
Tai Chi: Tuesdays at 9:30 am
ANV Tai Chi practice meets outdoors every week, weather permitting. Meet the group in the parking lot at Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly Arlington Arts Center) at 3550 Wilson Blvd. If the forecast is too cold or wet, we will meet indoors. If you are interested in joining this practice (not instruction), please contact Anita Wallgren at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 674-5553 to get the weekly location email.
Bocce, Monday, April 3
Welcome back outdoor Bocce. Join weekly Bocce on Monday afternoons at 5:00 pm; games last approximately one hour. In addition to the two sets of bocce balls, we now have two new sets of boules. Bocce is played every Monday at the courts on the corner of Randolph St. & N. Glebe Rd. Parking is available in the Ballston Quarter parking garage for $1. All levels of bocce skills and experience are welcome. Everyone gets to play. Contact John Thomas for more information at email@example.com.
ANV Board Games Day, Thursday, April 6 and April 20 at 2pm
Do you like board games? Join ANV members and volunteers for Games Day at Ballston Quarter Food Hall (lower level). Look for players at the tables near the elevators. Play games like Scrabble, Mexican Train Dominoes, Cribbage, Ticket to Ride, Quiddler, and more. We play every other Thursday at 2pm. Parking is available in the Ballston Quarter parking garage for $1. Contact John Thomas for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Happy Hour: Thursdays, 5–7 pm
Join the ANV Happy Hour Group. The Happy Hour Group will try locations in the Ballston area. For more information and to know the weekly plan, contact Mike Murtha, Happy Hour Coordinator at email@example.com. Mike will add you to his email list and let you know the weekly location on Thursday morning.
Men’s Lunch Bunch: Friday, April 14 at noon
The Men’s Lunch Bunch will get together on Friday, April 14 at noon at Me Jana located at 2300 Wilson Boulevard (corner of Clarendon Blvd & Adams Street.) Me Jana is a Lebanese restaurant serving all of your Mediterranean favorites including kebobs, grape leaves, spinach pie and salads. Metered parking is available on Clarendon Blvd. and on Adams Street. FYI – the official address for the restaurant is Wilson Boulevard although the restaurant is located on Clarendon Blvd across from the County Building. Please RSVP to Gary Eiserman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 703-405-0798.
Ladies Lunch: Friday, April 14 at noon
Join us on April 14 at the Bamian Restaurant 5634 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. Bamian, features Afghani specialties like kebobs & aushaks (plus vegetarian options). Please rsvp to Roslyn at email@example.com so she may have an accurate count. The Ladies Lunch meets the second Friday of the month.
Page Turners April 27 at 11am on Zoom
Share a book that you have read, and you think would be interesting for other people to read. It can be something you are reading now, or a book you enjoyed in the past. Meet up with your fellow bibliophiles, share opinions, and learn about new books to add to your reading list. The group is hosted by Donna Pastore and Beverly Cannizzaro.
Join the conversation via Zoom:
You also have the option to dial in by phone to participate without video. For that, dial: 301-715-8592. The meeting ID is 896 6678 5566 and the passcode is 007241.
Pop Up Picnic – Special Event April 28
Expanded Silver Line Excursions
ANV members and volunteers will travel together to explore exciting new (and old) destinations along the Metro Silver Line extension. The first destination on Friday, April 28 will be to Perch & Putt at the McLean stop where putt-putt golf, bocce, and food is served on the Capital One Center rooftop. There is a Wegman’s on the ground floor where you can pick up food items before returning to Arlington. Meet on the Ballston Metro platform at 11:00am for the first trip. Questions? Email Thomasfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Arlington Public Library Programs
The Library has several events planned for February; please visit their website to see the calendar of events. The Library staff have curated events from the 55+ Program, Encore Learning and elsewhere to make it easy to find something that will pique your E
Special Photography Exhibit Celebrating Arlington Volunteers
Acclaimed local photographer Mac Cosgrove-Davies employed the historic wet plate collodion (or tintype) photography technique to create one-of-a-kind portraits featuring scores of Arlington volunteers. Representing over 30 local organizations and causes, this exhibit spotlights in a creative and unique way Arlington’s rich collection of experienced and dedicated volunteers. The exhibit opening at the Central Library 1015 N. Quincy Street, is scheduled for Tuesday April 4 from 5:30-7pm. Enjoy a musical serenade from featured volunteers from the Arlington Philharmonic. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP for an event reminder.
In addition to the month-long exhibit and April 4 Opening, there are two related events planned: (i) Wet Plate Collodion Demonstration (April 8, Central Library, 10:30-12:00); and (ii) Shadowgram Sunprinting (April 15, Central Library, 10:30-12:00). Registration is required for both; limited seats.
Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee Broadcasts
Available every Saturday on our local radio station WETA, broadcast channel 90.9 FM at 1 PM. Find more information on broadcasts online.
April 15: 12pm Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
April 22: Mozart’s Idomeneo
April 29: Britten’s Peter Grimes
May 6: Puccini’s La Boheme
March Madness for Self-care
Spring is coming—or is it Spring is here? One more turn around the sun for all of us brings blooming trees, shrubs and flowers galore. We who live here are so fortunate to have this colorful array spread before us each year and heed the call to spend more time outdoors (after we take our allergy medicine, that is).
Spring is renewal, a time that always brings to mind “getting in shape” to be more active in the coming nice weather months. This, of course, means tending to annual physical exam visits and vaccinations, reviewing our diet and exercise regimes.
In the past we have looked at healthy AND satisfying diets that have proven to give us longer life and higher quality of life; diets such as the MIND diet and Mediterranean Diet continue to shine in research. Recently, research specifically focused on women, indicated that those who adhered closer to Mediterranean diet had a 24% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and a 23% lower risk of mortality (Washington Post 3/21/23 reporting on the medical journal Heart). This diet is described as high in unprocessed plant foods and low in red or processed meat and dairy; higher in whole grains, vegetables, fruit and nuts—plus extra-virgin olive oil for dietary fat.
For those who have travelled to Mediterranean parts of the globe, (or to a Greek restaurant in Arlington), think of that Greek salad with ripe tomatoes, cucumber, olives, feta cheese and olive oil. Recall how refreshing and rewarding it tasted! Plus, fish, avocadoes, lemons and savory spices all tickle the taste buds while treating our bodies to healthy foods.
As for exercise, we have talked about the statistics proving that minimal movement each day adds to our longevity and overall mobility and health. During this season, I again remind us of Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese art of “forest bathing.” This gives us a wonderful reason to roam among the flowering trees, taking soothing calming messages from our tree canopy. And, notice that when you do this, you are smiling! A definite mental health reward after all our isolation and winter doldrums.
So, review, re-calculate, and refuel this season. Sign up for an ANV pop-up picnic, or a local walk through the flowers, or a lunch bunch, or any one (or more) activity that will help you get off the couch, away from your tech device, and out to commune with nature with ANV friends!
Also of Interest
AARP Tax Aide for low- and middle-income taxpayers is available at the Arlington Library now through April 15. Appointments are available at the Central Library and appointments and walk-in help is available in Spanish and English at the Columbia Pike Branch. Please visit the AARP website to learn more about what you need to do.
Aging Matters Radio and TV
Aging Matters radio is a weekly program on Arlington’s community radio station WERA Arlington 96.7 FM. Every Tuesday at 2 pm and Friday at 2 pm, host Cheryl Beversdorf interviews experts on topics impacting the lives of older adults and their families. All Aging Matters broadcasts can be found on Apple and Spotify. Aging Matters TV Show offers interviews with aging experts, including demonstrations of aging related subjects. Stories of Life programs feature interviews with older adults who have made a difference in their communities.
Page Turners March Book List
Horse by Geraldine Brooks
Saved: A War Reporter’s Mission to Make It Home by Ben Hall
The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
Bogombo Snuff Box by Kurt Vonnegut (short stories)
Demon Copperfield by Barbara Kingsolver
Under Pressure, A Spellbinding Crime Thriller, An FBI K-9 story by Sara Driscoll
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Looking for the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne
The Foster Family by Nicole Trope
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
Shared Area Village Events Calendar
The Washington Area Villages are sharing their speaker series for all of us to enjoy. Please visit their calendar to see what’s available.
One event coming up on April 27 at 1pm is Gilded Age Mansions of Dupont Circle. Around the turn of the 20th century, the Dupont Circle area was transformed from an outpost of the federal city to the preserve of the wealthy, who built immense mansions in a variety of ornate styles. In his talk, Ralph Buglass will draw on vintage photos to tell stories of these extravagant residences–most of them surviving today for other purposes–and the equally flamboyant characters who once lived in them–though often just part of the year. Please Register by April 26.
Remember as an ANV member, you also receive membership in Arlington’s 55+ Program. During COVID, many programs are on-line, and the Guide is now published quarterly. The Spring Guide is available online.
ANV Events are posted on our online calendar so you can always easily find the Zoom link for any scheduled event.