Thanksgiving Celebration on Friday November 18
We look forward to seeing you to celebrate Thanksgiving on Friday, November 18 at 5pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 4000 Lorcom Lane. With your safety in mind, the meal will be catered versus the potluck we have enjoyed in the past. The menu will feature a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Dinner will be at 5pm, but please join us early to enjoy good cheer and thanksgiving wishes. There is still time to register by calling the ANV office at 703 509-8057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Details below.
55+ Winter Registration Opens November 16 at 10am
Explore the new winter 55+ Guide for three months of exciting activities! There are plenty of programs to keep you active and engaged, including art classes, fitness programs, social events and more. Registration begins Wed., November 16 at 10 am. Programs begin in December, but check the 55+ Guide for specific start dates.
ANV Office Closed, Thursday and Friday November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving
The ANV Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday November 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing Gift Drive
We are all looking for ways to help families during this holiday season. APAH is hosting
a Holiday Magic Toy Drive. Please help APAH residents experience the magic of the holidays. Support Holiday Magic by donating toys and gift cards. For children aged 0–6, APAH is collecting new, unwrapped toys valued at $20 or more; for youth aged 7–18, APAH is collecting $25 gift cards. If you would like to drop off your donation at the ANV Office, we will make sure it gets to APAH by the December 9 deadline.
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.
- Frances Clare Cornejo
- Lavina Lissenburg
- Eric and Marlene Pamer
- Sharon Bomgardner
- Ying Chen
- Elizabeth Davis
- Allison Kennett
- Catherine McAllister
- Reito Moree
- Christine Neusmith
- Nancy Williams
- Kristen Wyckoff
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
- November 16: Hearing Aids
- November 23: Christmas in Arlington
- November 30: Update on National landing
- December 7: Navigating through the Holidays
- December 14: Financial Planning
- Tai Chi
- Happy Hour
- Board Games
- Men’s Lunch Bunch
- Ladies Lunch
- Pop Up Picnic
- Page Turners
- Museums and Exhibits
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, November 16: Hearing Aids: Say What?! Join us for a presentation on hearing aids which will include information about the hearing evaluation, how to interpret an audiogram, types and styles of hearing aids, and how the Over the Counter (OTC) hearing aids are predicted to change the way many of us will be able to afford hearing aids. Bonnie O’ Leary, Certified Peer Mentor and Outreach Manager with the Northern Virginia Resource Center of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC) is a late – deafened adult who has been wearing hearing aids for over 25 years. She will talk to us about the communication challenges of hearing loss, and who are likely candidates for OTC hearing aids.
Wednesday, November 23: Christmas in Arlington. Thanksgiving marks the start of the Christmas holiday season. What was once a religious holiday, full of both solemn rituals and longstanding tradition, has now become a more secular holiday, encompassing traditions from a variety of cultures. Annette Benbow from the Arlington Historical Society will share how Christmas has evolved over the years, from the Lee’s celebrations at Arlington House, to the opening of the Parkington Shopping Center in the 1950’s and beyond.
Wednesday, November 30: Update on National Landing. With the award of Amazon’s HQ2 project, South Arlington is undergoing an exciting transformation into a more complete, connected, and walkable urban downtown. Once completed, National Landing will encompass more than 20 million square feet of office, 26,00 residential units and over 4 million square feet of retail in addition to new academic space, new and enhanced parks, enlivened streetscapes, and billions of dollars of mobility infrastructure investment. Mr. Robert Mandle Deputy Executive Director with the National Landing Business Improvement District will give us an update on the development of National Landing and all that it has to offer.
Wednesday, December 7: As we grow older, holidays can be a challenge to navigate due to the many changes in our lives. Join Henriette Kellum, LCSW, former supervisor of Arlington’s Senior Adult Mental Health Program and current psychotherapist in private practice to explore these challenges and find ways to cope with the inevitable changes in how we celebrate them.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022: Keeping your fingers crossed that you will have enough money for future needs? Arvette Reid, Client Service Director for SEIA (Signature Estate and Investment Advisors), will focus on how to plan and pay for health care and housing modifications. Arvette’s career experience and personal commitment to lifecare enable her to bring the financial and healthcare worlds together.
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!
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) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 674-5553 to get the weekly location email.
Bocce: Mondays at 3:30 pm
Join weekly Bocce on Monday afternoons at 3:30 pm (note new Winter start time); 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 Thomasemail@example.com.
ANV Board Games Day, Thursday, November 17 and December 1 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Lunch Bunch will take a break in December due to the Holidays. We will share information on the January lunch in the December 15 update. Questions? Contact Tim Burns at email@example.com or by calling him at 571-224-4546.
Because of the Holiday season, there will not be a Ladies Lunch in November or December. Instead, we hope that attendees will attend the Thanksgiving celebration on November 18 and Holiday celebration on December 16.
Pop Up Picnic (PPP)
The last PPP of the year will be Friday, November 25, at noon at Oakland Park, 3705 Wilson Blvd. It looks like there will be one more Pop Up Picnic before the cold weather forces us to hibernate until next spring. Regular attendees are voting with their feet and agree to get together the day after Thanksgiving to enjoy leftovers and get some fresh air. Much appreciation and thanks to John and Mencit Thomas for organizing and entertaining us this year as we discovered gems in Arlington. For more information, contact John Thomas at Thomasfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Page Turners will be on hiatus for December due to the Christmas holiday.
Prepare Now for Emergencies to Help You, Your Family, and Your Neighbors Stay Safe
The Arlington County Manager has appointed a new advisory committee, the Community Advancing Resilience and Readiness Together–or CARRT. This is a community-led committee to help build resilience and preparedness in Arlington County. This month, the committee is asking everyone to sign up to get Arlington Emergency Alerts.
Sign up for free, real-time emergency alerts via text, email, and voice mail.
- Get Information about major emergencies, weather, severe traffic disruptions, and more.
- Delivery methods include Text, Push notifications, Home Phone, Email, and Pager.
- Choose the types of alerts, and set “quiet times” when you won’t receive messages.
Arlington Public Library Programs
The Library has several events planned for November; 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.
Museums and Other Exhibits
It’s Fall and there are many new shows and special 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.
There are so many exhibits at the National Portrait Gallery that it is hard to pick one to highlight. The exhibit “One Life: Maya Lin” is a first-time biographical exhibit of the architect who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Lin’s long career has focused on work that has been at the intersection of history and human rights in settings that engage the landscape, through April 29. The gallery is at Eighth and F Streets NW and accessible from the Red Line Metro at Gallery Place.
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.
Where to Go for Care
November 18 at 11am on Zoom
Have an Urgent Medical Need? Knowing where to go for care when you’re not feeling well, and arriving at the right medical facility can make a difference in your recovery. Learn the differences between receiving care at an ER, trauma center, urgent care, immediate care, and primary care. Where should you go and why? What services can you expect and what is each facility equipped to handle? When should you call 911 rather than drive yourself? Explore all of these questions with Antonio Eppolito, MD, family practice physician who has extensive experience in outpatient, inpatient, and active duty medical settings. Register for this VHC November Healthy Aging Lecture.
Medicare Open Enrollment
Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is the one time each year when Medicare beneficiaries can make changes in their Medicare plan enrollment. The OEP is available between October 15-December 7, with plan changes taking effect January 1st. Why should you pay attention to this?
- Plans may change their costs, the drugs they cover, or withdraw out of Medicare entirely each calendar year. When a plan stops covering a drug, it shifts the financial cost to the client, leaving the client responsible for the full cost of the drug, if they remain enrolled in the same plan.
- During OEP, using the Medicare Plan Finder, beneficiaries can assess and make changes to their health insurance coverage, to include adding, dropping, or changing their Medicare Advantage or Part D Prescription Drug Plan. They can also assess Medigap policies.
- The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) can help beneficiaries navigate the information provided on the Medicare Plan Finder and select a plan that is best for them. Get in Touch with VICAP 1 of 3 ways:
- By calling 703-228-1725
- By visiting their website
- By sending an email to MedicareHelp@arlingtonva.us
VICAP is hosting several workshops through the 55+ Program. Please see Page 11 of the Fall Guide for a class near you.