Holiday Celebration Lunch on Friday December 16
Last chance: Join us for our annual lunch to celebrate all the December holidays on Friday, December 16 at 1pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 4000 Lorcom Lane. We will be serving a light lunch; you are welcome to bring desserts to share with your friends. Please register by calling the ANV office at 703-509-8057 or email email@example.com. Details below.
Roosevelt Island Walk, Saturday, December 17
The next seasonal walk at Theodore Roosevelt Island will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 17. Details below.
The ANV Office will be closed on Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2.
New Year’s Celebration
Welcome the New Year early with your ANV Coffee and Conversation friends in person on Wednesday, December 28 at 10-11 am at The Jefferson. Details below.
Keep Your ID’s Current
Here’s a good yearend project – Take a look at your Driver’s License and make sure that it is up-to-date. Even if you are no longer driving, it’s important to have your License for identification purposes. If your license expires, it’s a lot more work to get it re-issued versus renewed!
Join ANV’s Next Door Private Group
One way to stay on top of late-breaking ANV news is to join ANV’s Private Group on Next Door. It’s easy. Just follow this link to ask to join the Group and you will get approved. Then, as plans are finalized for some events, you will see the information on the ANV Next Door Group.
- Pamela Broadwater
- Ann Carlson
- Carla Preston
- Geoffrey Warwick
- Fred Winter
- Sara Ayoub
- Olivia Carson
- Martin and Page Doane
- Mike Milton
- Drew Rathbun
- Patricia Trubia
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
- December 21: Arlington Museum of Contemporary Art
- December 28: Early New Year’s Celebration
- January 4: To Be Announced
- January 11: Dispatch Health
- Tai Chi
- Happy Hour
- Board Games
- Men’s Lunch Bunch
- Ladies Lunch
- Pop Up Picnic
- Page Turners
- Holiday Happenings
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, December 21: Arlington now has its own Museum of Contemporary Art! Please join us as we meet Catherin Anchin, Director of MoCA Arlington, who will tell us about the non-profit’s unique mission, the recent name change from Arlington Arts Center and provide a look forward to 2023.
Wednesday, December 28: Early New Year’s celebration! All ANV members and volunteers are invited to attend an in-person Coffee and Conversation get together.
We will meet from 10 to 11 am in the Monument Room (2nd floor, west building) at The Jefferson, 900 N. Taylor Street in Ballston. Charlie King has arranged for The Jefferson to provide coffee and pastries for us. Visitor parking in the building is free for up to 3 hours.
Wednesday, January 4: To Be Announced. Stay tuned to our January 1 Community Update and the NextDoor Group for information on the January 4 speaker.
Wednesday, January 11: Dispatch Health – A New Model for Urgent Care. Do you dread going to the emergency rooms for urgent care? Afraid of the long wait times, not to mention the exposure to flu or COVID germs? Dispatch Health, in conjunction with INOVA, brings on-demand medical care to you in your home for urgent illnesses and injuries that don’t require a trip to the emergency room. Michele Cox, Provider Engagement Specialist with Dispatch Health, will introduce us to this exciting new service, the conditions they treat, and how you can access them when you need urgent care.
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!
Holiday Celebration Luncheon
Friday, December 16 at 1:00 – 3:00pm
Please join us to celebrate the December holidays on Friday, December 16 at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 4000 Lorcom Lane. We will be serving a light lunch; you are welcome to bring a dessert to share with your friends. We will have a raffle for a few special gifts and good cheer. Wear your festive holiday clothes. Please register by calling the ANV office at 703-509-8057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roosevelt Island Walk, Saturday, December 17
The next seasonal walk at Theodore Roosevelt Island will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 17. This easy community walk takes about one hour. You, your family, and friends are invited and RSVP is not needed. The 11 am meeting point is at the landward end of the footbridge to the island. Access by auto to the island parking lot is only from the northbound George Washington Parkway. In addition, paid parking is available in Rosslyn on the street and in garages. The meeting point is about a 15-minute walk from the Rosslyn Metro and bus stop. As usual this is a rain-or-shine event. There is no rain date. Questions, call David Christian at 703-785-3434 or email email@example.com .
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 meet indoors at Saint George’s Episcopal Church in Virginia Square, 915 N. Oakland St. 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, Monday December 19 at noon
Bocce has moved indoors for the winter. 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 Monday, December 19 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 December 15 and December 29 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.
Men’s Lunch Bunch
The Men’s first lunch of 2023 will be held on Friday, January 13 at noon at Meridian Pint located at 6035 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington. Meridian Pint offers a variety of pub food including sandwiches, burgers and salads. Free parking is available in the parking lot in front of the restaurant. Please RSVP to Tim Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling him at 571-224-4546.
Information on the January Ladies Lunch will be in the January 1 Community Update.
Pop Up Picnic (PPP), December 30 at noon, weather permitting
Picnickers at November’s PPP expressed their desire to continue this fun activity into December, if the weather cooperates. With its tables, chairs, and elevated wooden platform, Oakland Park, at 3705 Wilson Blvd, is ideal for this time of year. The December PPP will definitely be the last until next Spring when we will visit a range of different Arlington neighborhood parks. This is a fun way to meet other ANV members and volunteers, and maybe discover a new neighborhood park in Arlington. For more information, contact John Thomas at email@example.com. John will provide an update on the December 30 PPP via Nextdoor as we get closer to the date.
Page Turners will return on January 26. Look for details in the January 1 Community Update.
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Arlington Public Library Programs
The Library has several events planned for December; 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.
Holiday Happenings through December 25
It’s December and there are many new shows and special holiday exhibits happening/opening in our culturally-rich metropolitan area. You can catch up on the latest exhibits which are listed in the Friday Weekend section of the Washington Post, which includes suggestions for holiday events every day through December 25.
Dazzling Holiday Light Displays & Events in Washington, DC
Get ready for the holidays with the many seasonal events in the nation’s capital. The National Christmas Tree, the Downtown Holiday Market, Season’s Greening at the U.S Botanic Garden, Mt. Vernon Candlelight tour, Zoo Lights and many more events as our diverse cultures celebrate the holidays in the D.C. region.
New Culture Wing opens at the American History Museum
This new space opened on December 9 to showcase Pop Culture. This exhibition highlights our nation’s story through theater, television, film, music and sports. On view are Mohammed Ali’s Boxing Robe, the Ruby Slippers, Paul Simon’s guitar, the Muppets, CP30, as part of over 200 cultural icons. This multimedia exhibit with accessibility and universal design will give all visitors the ability to experience our American Culture. The Grand Opening Festival runs through December 18. The American History Museum is accessible on the Blue Line Metro, Smithsonian stop.
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.
Aging in Place
A good New Year’s project is to take a good look at your space and see what improvements might be needed to make it more age-friendly. These two articles from the Washington Consumers Checkbook and Consumer Reports have some good tips to consider.
During this busy holiday season when we are all out and about it’s a good idea to
be vigilant for tripping hazards. As we all have noticed, the stores are crowded with busy holiday shoppers, decorations and extra aisle displays creating obstacles that make it more difficult to maneuver and get around. Long lines that snake around with shopping carts galore. We seem to get “all bunched up” in a small space between the check-out counters and shelving. It’s fun, it’s festive, and it puts you in the holiday spirit. Be safe. No one wants to fall and be injured. Happy Safe Holiday!
Also of Interest
Aging Matters Radio and TV
Aging Matters (www.agingmattersonline.com) 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. Aging Matters TV offers interviews with aging experts plus demonstrations of aging related subjects.
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.
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.