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Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27     COMPUTER BASICS
Petworth Library presents several free “Computer Basics” classes for beginners on Mondays, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Learn from certified trainers. Classes are walk-in and fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Petworth Library is located at 4200 Kansas Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Desire Grogan at desire.grogan@dc.gov or (202) 727-1471.

Nov. 19          TECH HELP FROM TEENS
Attend a free tech café, where you can get one-on-one tutoring by tech-savvy teens. Need help with Facebook, uploading and downloading pictures, Facetime, texting and more? Bring your own charged mobile device (smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc.) to Young Israel Shomrai Emunah, 1132 Arcola Ave., Silver Spring, Md., on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Miriam Friedman at mfriedman2@yahoo.com or (917) 282-9617.

Marilyn J. Praisner Library offers free one-on-one computer help on Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring your questions. Registration not required. The library is located at 14910 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville, Md. For more information, call (240) 773-9460.


Chesterbrook Residences presents a caregiver support group meeting to discuss “Legal Tools for Caregivers of the Elderly” on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with elder law attorney Valerie Geiger. Find out how to make difficult healthcare decisions for your loved ones. The group is open to all Northern Virginia residents. The talk will take place at Chesterbrook, located at 2030 Westmoreland St. in Falls Church, Va. RSVPs are appreciated. For more information or to register, contact Rita Evrony at (703) 896-7910 or revrony@jssa.org.

Seabury Care Management presents “Successful Aging” with Christine Bitzer, LICSW on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn how nutrition, exercise and community involvement can help you as you age. There will also be community resources and blood pressure screenings. This program will take place at St. Mark's Episcopal/Anglican Church, located at 12621 Old Columbia Pike in Silver Spring, Md. For more information, visit www.seaburyresources.org or call (202) 364-0020.

Seabury Care Managementpresents a caregiver support group on the third Wednesday of every month from 2 to 3 p.m. This month’s group will meet on Nov. 15 at Sunrise on Connecticut, 5111 Connecticut Ave.NW,Washington, D.C. For more information or to RSVP, emailcminfo@seaburyresources.orgor call (202) 364-0020.

Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna is holding a caregivers support group for caregivers to adult family members with dementia on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The group meets at UUCF Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton, Va. For more information, contact Jack Tarr at (703) 821-6838 or jtarr5@verizon.net.

Haven of Northern Virginia will sponsor a free workshop, “Coping with the holiday season after the death of a loved one,” on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information including location, contact Haven at (703) 941-7000 and havenofnova@verizon.net.

Nov. 18          CIVIL WAR FORTS HIKE
Arlington County presents a free hike along a series of defensive forts built around Washington during the Civil War. Vestiges of earthworks and foundations can still be seen in the area. Join National Park Service Ranger Kevin Paddy for the two-mile hike from Fort Ethan Allen in Arlington to Fort Marcy in McLean on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. Wear sturdy shoes since the hike follows an unpaved trail, hills and stream crossings. The group leaves from Madison Community Center, located at 3829 N. Stafford St. in Arlington, Va. The registration deadline is Thursday, Nov. 16. For more information or to register, call (703) 228-4403.

Nov. 22          TALK ON FALLS
Arlington AARP Chapter #284 will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 1:15 p.m. in the first-floor Arlington Central Library auditorium. The topic of this free program will be “Falls,” presented by Gwendolyn Beck of the Virginia Hospital Center and the Commission on Aging. The library is located at 1015 N Quincy St. in Arlington, Va. For more information, contact Jim Morris at (703) 819-5631.


Nov. 11          FALL FESTIVAL
The Village at Rockville is holding a fall festival on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a Christmas room, jewelry, baked goods, a “Grandma's Attic,” stamps, books, a gift shop that is 50 percent off, a silent auction and more. Lunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and costs $10 ($5 for lighter fare). The Village at Rockville is located at 9701 Viers Dr. in Rockville, Md. For more information, call (301) 354-8460.

Nov. 12          NEW TO YOU SALE
Find bargains on new and nearly new books, clothing, toys and household goods at the “New to You” sale on Sunday,Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Har Shalom Religious School, 11510 Falls Rd., Potomac, Md. For more information, contact esherr2@gmail.com.

The Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna is sponsoring a two-day classroom refresher driving course for drivers 50 and older, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17  and Tuesday, Nov. 20. The course takes place in the small hall on the ground floor at the Oakton United Methodist Church, 2951 Chain Bridge Rd., Oakton, Va. The cost is $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Checks can be made payable to AARP and can be brought on the first day of class. For more information or to register, call (703) 281-0538.

The Greater Olney Interfaith Ministerium presents the 8th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Sandy Spring Friends School Dramatic Arts Center, 16923 Norwood Rd., Sandy Spring Md. This year’s theme is “Thank a Farmer.” The service will have representatives from Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions, with scripture readings, prayers and music. In addition, there will be a speaker from local farmers. Donations of non-perishable food and cash will be accepted for OLNEY HELP. For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Sue Shorb-Sterling of Salem United Methodist Church at (410) 474-7281 or shorster@yahoo.com.

Nov. 27          GARDEN CLUB MEETING
Ayr Hill Garden Club is holding a meeting on Monday, Nov. 27 upstairs at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, Va. Guests are welcome. Complimentary refreshments will be provided at 12:45, followed by the 1 p.m. program. Guest speaker Margaretta Danshaw will speak about “Table Top Arrangements with Twigs,” and will present several arrangements. Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of every month, except December and May. For more information, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AYRHILLGARDENCLUB.

Dec. 2             HOLIDAY CONCERT
The National Philharmonic Singers will perform in a holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 107 S. Washington St., Rockville, Md. The concert is free, but donations in support of the Community Ministries of Rockville are appreciated. For more information or directions, contact Victoria Gau at victora@nationalphilharmonic.org.

Dec. 4              RENOIR TALK
Arlington Parks and Recreation presents "Renoir and Friends," a presentation on Renoir's painting "The Luncheon of the Boating Party" with art historian Joan Hart on Monday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S.18th St. in Arlington, Va. The painting is current on view at the Phillips Collection inWashington,D.C. and is considered his greatest work. Admission costs $6.For more information or to register, call (703) 228-5722.


Nov. 12          FINAL LIFE CHOICES
Maureen Albrethsen will speak on ”Making Life’s Final Choices” on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Va. Ms. Albrethsen is a licensed funeral director and board member of the Memorial Society of Northern Virginia, sponsor of the meeting. She and other board members will present results of surveys the Society has conducted of funeral homes and cemeteries in Northern Virginia. They will also discuss decisions about medical treatments when death is near; disposition of one’s body (burial, cremation, or donation to science), and planning for a “life celebration.” The church is located at 4444 Arlington Blvd. in Arlington, Va. For more information, call (703) 271-9240 or email info@memorialsocietyva.org.

Nov. 14          TAX-AIDE VOLUNTEERS
The RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program is looking for volunteers to offer tax preparation assistance to low-to-moderate income taxpayers (special attention to those 60 and older). Training is provided. There will be an information session on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Silver Spring Library, located at 900 Wayne Ave. in Silver Spring, Md. For more information, call (240) 777-2612.

Nov. 15          AARP MEETING
The Southwest Waterfront AARP Chapter is celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a luncheon business meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at noon. The speakers will be Arena Stage Executive Producer Edgar Dobie, and Bob Craycraft, executive director of the Waterfront Village. Current AARP members, new prospective members, and visitors are welcome. The program takes place at River Park Mutual Homes' South Common Room, 1311 Delaware Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. Lunch costs $5. For more information, contact Betty Jean Tolbert Jones at bettyjeantolbertjones@yahoo.com or (202) 554-0901.


Washington National Cathedral presents a free concert to honor the service and leadership of our nation’s veterans and military families on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. The Cathedral Choir and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra will perform. The cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/CathedralVeteransConcert.

Nov. 13          WOMEN WRITERS GROUP
Prince George’s County Memorial Library will sponsor a writers group for women aspiring writers on Monday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. Members will read from their ongoing work, do group exercises and share writing tips. The library is located at 15773 Livingston Rd. in Accokeek, Md. For more information, call (301) 292-2880.

Nov. 19          QUARTET IN CONCERT
Seth Kibel and his Quartet will perform a toe-tapping concert featuring Klezmer and Yiddish music and selections from the Great American Songbook, on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the JCC of Greater Washington. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. A dessert reception will take place at intermission. Tickets are $36 and include all food and drink. The JCC is located at 6125 Montrose Rd. in Rockville, Md. For more information, contact Debbie Sokobin at (301) 348-3760 or dsokobin@benderjccgw.org.

Nov. 19          JAZZ CONCERT
Jazz at Meade presents a concert with the Ronny Smith Quartet on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. Tickets costs $20 at the door. Street parking and an intermission buffet are free. This concert will take place at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St., Old Town Alexandria, Va. For More information, email jazzatmeade@meadechurch.org.

Nov.+            CELTIC CONCERTS
The Old Brogue Irish Pub of Great Falls, Va. and Barnaby Productions, Inc. kicks off the 15th season of family-friendly, Fall Traditional Celtic Concerts, a five-week series of music from the British Isles, Brittany (France), the Celtic areas of Northern Spain, and the Americas, staged in the Snuggery (dining room). Featuring nationally recognized Celtic musicians, the concerts are performed in a listening room by the fireside. The pub is located at 760-C Walker Road, Great Falls, Va. The concerts will take place on Sundays, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, and Dec. 3. There are two sittings for each concert; at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.oldbrogue.com and cost $18 for general admission; $12 for children. For more information, visit www.oldbrogue.com or call (703) 759-3309.

Thru Dec. 1   ART SHOW
Artist Gladys Lipton will be exhibiting her artwork in a show at the Marilyn Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burnsville, Md., through Friday, Dec. l. Lipton, who started creating art in her 90s, utilizes the unique medium of magic marker, and her work is both colorful and abstract. For more information, call (240) 773-9460.

Dec. 3           PIANO CONCERT
The Washington Piano Society's winter concert will take place on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, Md. Free parking is available in the back of the concert hall. There will be solo and ensemble music by Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. The concert is free, and no advance tickets are required. A reception follows the concert. For more information, call (301) 793-1863 or visit www.dcpianosociety.org.


The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is looking for volunteer attorneys licensed to practice in Maryland or another U.S. jurisdiction to provide free civil legal aid to people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers screen cases, interview potential clients about their legal needs at their local clinics, and can provide full representation to clients on any number of civil matters, with the goal of helping them obtain and maintain housing and employment. To get started, an attorney either takes the online training (offered through the Pro Bono Resource Center) or attends HPRP's in-person training. HPRP has two upcoming in-person trainings: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 8 and 10. For more information, call (410) 685-6589, ext. 14, or email hprpprobono@hprplaw.org.

AARP Foundation is holding an information session for Experience Corp, a literacy tutoring program, on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. at AARP headquarters, 611 E St. NW, Room B4, Washington, D.C. Volunteers must be at least 50, possess a high school diploma or GED and be able to pass a background check and a basic literacy screening. They should also be able to complete 25 hours of training, and commit to serve 5-15 hours per week. For more information, contact Denise Fraction at dcexperiencecorps@aarp.org.

The Original Pancake House is collecting new and gently used coats, hoodies, gloves and hats for children and adults to distribute during their Annual Christmas Day Breakfast for the Less Fortunate Members of Our Community. They are also collecting new toys for the more than 250 children who attend. Items are being accepted through Thursday, Dec. 21 at the Original Pancake House locations at 7395 Lee Hwy. in Falls Church, Va.; 12224 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Md., and 7700 Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda, Md. To make a make a tax deductible donation, make checks payable to MoverMoms, also known as Kind Works. The tax ID number is 26-2394925. For more information, visit www.ophrestaurants.com/14th-Annual-Holiday-Event.