The ANV Office will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Encore Learning Spring Semester Course Preview
Encore Learning’s Spring 2023 semester is offering 43 courses, including 25 new courses, 21 in-person courses, 19 virtual courses, and 3 hybrid courses. You can learn more about these courses and meet the instructors on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 9:30 am for the free Spring Course Preview via Zoom (no registration needed for the course preview session). Spring 2023 course registration begins on February 6 at 10:00 am. Classes begin on March 1.
- Madeline Holman
- Jack and Nancy Schick
- Barbara Smith
- Bob Stewart
- Joan Joyce
- Tami Kim
- Veronica Leung
- Doreen Loiars
- Audrey Ruckman
- Savannah Stockly
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
- January 18: Your Digital Life After Death
- January 25: Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia
- February 1: You Are What You Eat
- February 8: Fire Safety
- February 15: Special In-Person Valentine’s Event
- 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, January 18: Your Digital Life After Death. Did you know that the average person has 25 online accounts? Do you ever wonder what will happen to your accounts after you die? Erin Byrne, Director of Education and Community Outreach at Tech-Moxie will help us understand the laws and company policies that govern these accounts, and why their disposition should be a critical part of your estate planning.
Wednesday, January 25: Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia. The criminal justice system in Virginia is plagued with dysfunction that keeps people locked up for extremely long sentences, disproportionately impacting Black families, and costing Virginia taxpayers a billion dollars a year. Mr. Brad Haywood, Executive Director of Justice Forward Virginia, will join us to talk about what they are doing to advance legislation and advocate for comprehensive changes to Virginia’s criminal justice system.
Wednesday, February 1: You are what you eat is true at every stage of life.
Lisa Muras, diabetes educator at Virginia Hospital Center, will show us how we may improve our health through better nutrition. Lisa is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. Lisa is currently an Outpatient Dietitian with Virginia Hospital Center’s Outpatient Diabetes and Nutrition Program. Along with diabetes management education, she provides medical nutrition therapy to patients with a variety of health conditions, including renal disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and weight management. ANV’s Health and Wellness team are hosts for this session.
Wednesday, February 8: Arlington Fire Department updates on fire safety:
new laws, products, and services that can help in emergencies. EMS staff will walk us through Arlington Fire Department’s decision tree to help everyone “Make the Right Call” to get the best response.
Wednesday, February 15: Special In-Person Valentine’s Event. ANV members, volunteers, and friends are invited to meet at Lubber Run Community Center, 300 North Park Drive, Senior Room. We will gather to share our favorite or meaningful stories about love: from books, movies, works of art –or even real life.
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!
Martin Luther King Day
There are many service events planned for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16. Volunteer Arlington is hosting its annual celebration in-person. The MLK Day of Service event will begin with an opening program at Washington-Liberty High School. Then, volunteers are invited to participate in community impact projects, in person or virtually. Volunteer Arlington will also present its first Beloved Community Award during the opening program. Learn more about the program and how to sign up for service projects here.
Zoom Practice Session
If you need some extra help getting familiar with ZOOM, just call or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or (202) 674-5553 to get the weekly location email.
Bocce, January 20 and February 3
Bocce has moved indoors for the winter. And it is on a new winter schedule (Friday’s). Join the ANV Bocce team at Pinstripes in Georgetown at 1064 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Pinstripes is offering ANV bocce for free – a $7 per person value – provided the group stays for lunch. The next trip to Pinstripes is Friday, January 20 at noon. For most players, getting there is easiest when taking the 38B Metro Bus from Ballston, departing at 11:30. All levels of bocce skills and experience are welcome. Everyone gets to play. Contact John Thomas for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANV Board Games Day, Thursday January 26 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, Qwirkle, and more. We play every other Thursday at 2pm. Parking is available in the Ballston Quarter parking garage for $1.
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.
The Men’s Lunch Bunch will get together on Friday, February 10 at Rhodeside Grill located between the Rosslyn and Courthouse neighborhoods at 1836 Wilson Blvd. Parking is available in the lot behind the restaurant and metered parking on the street. Rhodeside Grill is a casual bar and grill with a complete menu of sandwiches, wraps, burgers, and salads. Please RSVP to Tim Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 571-224-4546.
The Ladies Lunch resumes on Thursday January 19 at noon at A Modo Mio, the former Joe’s Pizza and Pasta. A Modo Mio is located at 5555 Langston Blvd. There is ample parking. Please rsvp to Roslynva@gmail.com by January 18 to let Roslyn know you are coming so she can book the right-sized table.
Page Turners January 26 at 11am on Zoom
Page Turners is back! 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 Picnics
Pop Up Picnics are on hiatus until the Spring.
Arlington Public Library Programs
The Library has several events planned for January; 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 interest.
Lunar New Year January 22
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. There are many events to celebrate the Chinese New Year and a parade on Sunday, January 22 at 2pm in DC. Exhibits are at the National Museum of Asian Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. ANV will be celebrating the Lunar New Year with a dine around a little later in February. Details available in the February newsletter.
One More Page Books
Our local Book Store, One More Page Books, has free events, featuring new books and author talks. Check out their Events calendar for details to sign up.
Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee Broadcasts
Available every Saturday on our local radio station WETA, broadcast channel 90.9 FM at 1 PM. For more information on broadcasts, go here.
January 21: Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
January 28: Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites
February 4: Verdi’s Macbeth
February 11: Celebrating Franco Zeffirelli and the centenary of his birth
February 18: Verdi’s Don Carlo
Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington
Did you know that our Arlington Arts Center located at 3550 Wilson Blvd now has a new name, the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington. They are open Wednesdays through Sundays 12-5 pm. Free admission. Visit the museums website for the latest news on upcoming events, exhibitions, classes and more.
COVID Booster shots and Flu Vaccine for Adults
Now is the time to get your COVID booster shot and flu vaccine. Opportunities to get COVID-19 vaccines and boosters and your flu shot are available in and around Arlington through pharmacies and other medical providers—visit vaccines.gov to find a location near you.
Pickleball? What IS that anyway??
After hearing people (especially retirees) talk about Pickleball so much, I was curious to find out if it was suitable for older people, especially those with “replaced knees” such as myself.
Then I met a new ANV member who said she played Pickleball every morning (and she was, though seemingly fit, several years older than I). So, I asked a Pickling friend about it, and she offered me a lesson. We went to an outdoor court (tennis courts have now been marked up for alternate play of Pickleball), and she gave me some basics. She also highly recommended that I take the beginner Pickleball course of lessons, offered through Arlington County Parks and Recreation.
So, in early December I had my first (indoor) lesson. There were 10 of us newbies, and a very clear, helpful, and fun teacher, Alaric. He said he had been playing for only 6 years, but played very often. He explained the tools (a paddle, like a ping-pong paddle; a whiffle ball, hollow with holes that would not travel as hard or fast as a tennis ball; the court, ½ size of tennis court and usually you play doubles, (so less running around). He showed us that one must serve underhand, (so I thought less stress on the shoulder), and players are very cordial and considerate of each other. He stressed having the correct “court” shoes to avoid injury and taught how to be prepared for each ball and how to move to avoid injury (as well as hit the ball!)
The Washington Post of Nov. 15, 2022 published an article on “tips for avoiding slips, trips and injuries in pickleball,” which is a helpful reminder that all physical activity and sports present the possibility of injury, especially if done incorrectly. They say that pickleball is a “safe, all-ages sport” but that you need to warm up, build up gradually to longer play, and use the right equipment. Apparently over 50% of players are over 55. For older players, they said that muscle sprains and strains from on-court slips and falls are common hazards. However, if one plays aggressively, bumps and bruises, sprained ankles, wrist fractures and tendonitis can be part of the game. So I repeat, you need to wear “court” shoes, not tennis shoes or sneakers; these court shoes help with the side to side movements (thus avoid knee, ankle injuries). And wearing a visor or hat plus sunscreen is very important. I also wear a knee brace, for support and protection of my 15 year old bionic knee!
Pickleball is a very social game, and many friends are made on the court. There is much laughter and joking and most people take silly errors with a grain of salt. I know this for a fact; I went to Walter Reed to sign up for drop-in games, and experienced players were very patient and helpful to me.
But, Pickleball is not for everyone, so if you have major joint difficulties, or problems falling or tripping, this is not for you. Other exercise such as tai chi or yoga would be more suitable and a healthy alternative. However, now you know about Pickleball, and since 4.8 million Americans are now playing it, it is bound to come up in some conversation soon!
Also of Interest
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.
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 upcoming presentation on January 18 at 1pm is on “Advancing the Science: The Latest in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research,” presented by Ana Nelson, VP of Programs and Services, Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter in collaboration with Bethesda Metro Area Village. Learn about Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia, what are the differences and how are biomarkers useful in diagnosis. Understand the benefits of getting an early diagnosis, learn about clinical research trials, tips on risk reduction and more effective treatments for Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Registration is required.
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 Winter 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.