Washington Beacon Bits

JUNE 2017


June 13         LINKED-IN Q&A
Arlington’s Central Library presents a LinkedIn Q&A for those unfamiliar with using the professional social media platform on Tuesday, June 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. LinkedIn is for professional online networking and is very useful when job searching. The talk will take place in the second floor computer lab at 1015 N. Quincy St. in Arlington, Va. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (703) 228-5959 or visit library.arlingtonva.us/ technology-training.

The D.C. Public Libraries offer free hands-on computer training for adults. Classes range from beginner to intermediate training. Build confidence when using the computer at home, at the library, or when looking for a job. No registration is required, and admission is on walk-in, first-come, first-served basis, with registration open a half hour before class begins. Seating is limited to 12 participants per class, with six spots for overflow (observation only). The majority of classes are taught at Library Express, located at 1990 K St. NW in Washington, D.C. For more information or a class schedule, visit www.dclibrary.org/services/computer or contact Desire Grogan at desire.grogan@dc.gov or (202) 727-1471.

Ongoing        MD FREE DIAL-UP
Montgomery County and Prince George’s County Public Libraries are offering free and renewable 180-day dial-up Internet service for residents’ home computers through the program Sailor Cruise Accounts. Participants must have a valid library card, and possess a computer, telephone modem and landline. Register in person at a circulation desk at any Montgomery County or PG County Library. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/FreeDialUp or call (410) 396-4636.


The Parkinson’s Social Network presents two free June social events for individuals with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. The first will take place on Monday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to noon in Suite 100 at Insight Memory Care Center, at 3955 Pender Dr. in Fairfax, Va. The second will take place on Wednesday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Welcome Center at Tribute at One Loudoun, located at 20618 Easthampton Plaza in Ashburn, Va. For more information, visit www.ParkinsonSocialNetwork.org.

Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center presents an open house for their rehabilitation services on Tuesday, June 13 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. This event is intended for physicians, care managers and other senior service providers. Space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, contact Toni Davis at (301) 388-7209 or tdavis@bgf.org by June 11.

The Alzheimer’s Association presents a free workshop, “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research,” on Wednesday, June 21 at 1 p.m. This event will take place at Damascus Senior Center, located at 9701 Main St., #2, in Damascus, Md. For more information and to register, call 1-800-272-3900.

Hope Connections for Cancer Support helps people with cancer and their loves ones. It presents Bowling for Hope on Thursday, June 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Form your own team or be placed on one. This event will take place at Bowlmor Lanes, located at 5353 Westbard Ave. in Bethesda, Md. For more information, call (301) 634-7500 or email info@hopeconnectionsforcancer.org.

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) offers free fitness classes at its fitness center and pool for those 60 or older. The BODYWISE program is sponsored by the Institute of Gerontology and the D.C. Office of Aging. It offers low-impact aerobics classes and yoga in the new fitness room, and water aerobics at the Wilson Aquatic Center and pool. For more information or to register, contact Lindsy Robertson at (202) 274-6697 to schedule a brief orientation session or visit http://bit.ly/DCFitnessClasses.Scan email forms found online to lindsy.robertson@udc.edu or mail them to: University of the District of Columbia, Institute of Gerontology, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, Building 39, Room 101, Washington, D.C.

Old Town Square in Fairfax, Va. holds free Tai Chi on Wednesdays, from June through August, at 6:30 a.m. — weather permitting. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat. Class takes place in Old Town Square at the pergola, located at 3999 University Dr. in Fairfax. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/FairfaxTaiChi.


June 10         VINTAGE CAR SHOW
Kensington Park and Rivet Revolution, a cause-centered jewelry company, present a vintage car show to celebrate their partnership on Saturday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kensington Park, located at 3620 Littledale Rd. in Kensington, Md. There will be classic cars, live music, and an unveiling of the bracelets made by Rivet Revolution. Proceeds of the bracelets support Alzheimer’s research. For more information, call (301) 946-7700 or email hflattery@kensingtonretirement.com.

The Montgomery County Elder/Vulnerable Adult Abuse Task Force presents their annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Wednesday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event features exhibitors, resources, safety classes and demonstrations at Rockville Senior Center, located at 1150 Carnation Dr. in Rockville, Md. For more information, call (240) 314-8800.

June 20         GENEALOGY TALK
The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) presents a talk by Paul Walden and Dave Thomas on how to join the SAR, and about the records available at the SAR's Genealogical Research Library in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday, June 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. The speakers are both active members and current officers of the SAR's George Washington Chapter in northern Virginia. The talk takes place at the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society meeting in Room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Alexandria, Va. The talk is free, and the public is invited. For more information, visit www.mvgenealogy.org or call (703) 768-4101.

June 23         LUNCH N’ LIFE
The Shepherd's Center of Annandale Springfield’s Lunch N' Life will take place on Friday, June 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This month’s program features The Olli Players as they present an old time Vaudeville show called "Young at Heart,” complete with Betty Boop and Mae West. Come see dancing, singing and a great deal of comedic acting. This event will take place at United Baptist Church, 6800 Columbia Pike in Annandale, Va. The cost is $15, which includes lunch and entertainment. Pre-payement is required. For more information or to register, call (703) 941-1419 or email shepherdscas@vacoxmail.com.

The Kennedy Center and Classical Movements present The Serenade! Festival at the Kennedy Center, which will take place from Tuesday, June 27 through Tuesday, July 4. More than 15 choirs are participating in this event. Admission is free. The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/SerenadeFestival.

Ongoing        BINGO FRIDAYS
The Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department hosts smoke-free bingo (with breaks for smokers) on Fridays at 7 p.m. Enjoy free coffee, entertaining callers, a friendly atmosphere, $1,000 guaranteed jackpot, treasure chest progressive raffles, and a cash food bar. This event will take place at Fire Station 3, 4081 University Dr., Fairfax, Va. All proceeds go to purchasing fire and rescue equipment. For more information, visit www.fairfaxvfd.com or call (703) 273-3638.


June 7           FRAUD PREVENTION
The Montgomery County Police Department presents a talk on preventing seniorfraud by their Keeping Seniors Safe (KSS) program on Wednesday, June 7, at 1 p.m. The program’s goal is to increase awareness of safety issues within the senior community and to provide guidance and resources. Herman Cohen will discuss frauds and scams targeting seniors, telemarketers, fake charity solicitations, foreign sweepstakes, tech support scams, “grandparent scams,” identity theft, and online and mall shopping. This talk will take place at Friendship Heights Village Center, located at 4433 S. Park Ave. in Chevy Chase, Md. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/KeepingSeniorsSafeTalk.

The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland is holding a regional Town Hall on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burtonsville Elementary School Gym, located at 15516 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville, Md. For more information, visit www.legislativeblackcaucusofmaryland.com.

June 17         VA AARP ACADEMY
The AARP Virginia Academy: Smarter Living for All Ages will take place on Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. Learn about keeping your brain healthy, preparing to care for a loved one, avoiding scams and frauds, and more. This free event will take place at Lee Center, located at 1108 Jefferson St. in Alexandria, Va. Registration is required; preferred classes fill up quickly. Complimentary light refreshments will be available in the morning, and lunch will be provided in the afternoon. For more information or to RSVP, visit states.aarp.org/june17-academy or call 1-877-926-8300.


The city of Gaithersburg presents Thursday Evenings in Olde Towne, a free outdoor concert series at the City Hall Concert Pavilion. Concerts include Fast Eddie & the Slowpokes on June 8, A Thousand Rainy Days on June 15, Scorpion Rose on June 22, and Hayley Fahey Band on June 29. All concerts take place at 6 p.m. at 31 S. Summit Ave. Bring a blanket or low-back chair for lawn seating. A complete listing of performance dates, times and descriptions can be found at gaithersburgmd.gov. For more information, call (301) 258-6350.

June 9           ART EXHIBITS
The Arts Council of Riderwood recently launched quarterly juried exhibits, which feature resident and staff artists and are currently on rotation among Riderwood's clubhouses. The next exhibit will open with a reception at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 9 at Lakeside Commons, located at 3150 Gracefield Rd. in Silver Spring, Md. For more information, contact publicity chair Suzan Wynne at (240) 560-7767.

June 11+       JAZZ SERIES
The local jazz series Jazz at Meade is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a series of concerts from April through November, with the first on Sunday, June 11 at 4 p.m. at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N. Alfred St. in Old Town Alexandria, Va. June’s concert features the Vaughn Ambrose Quartet. Admission costs $20, and there is free street parking and an intermission buffet. For more information, visit www.meadechurch.org/Ministries/JAZZ_AT_MEADE or call (703) 549-1334.

June 19         POETRY OPEN MIC
A free monthly poetry open mic will take place on Monday, June 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Friendship Heights Village Center, located at 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md. Poets Karren Alenier and Nancy White will read from their work, and an open mic will follow. The evening starts with classical guitar and includes refreshments. For more information, call (301) 656-2797.

June 26         ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR
The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents the Makers Mart Arts & Craft Fair on Sunday, June 25 from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.The Makers Mart Arts & Craft Fair is a pop-up artisan market, promoting local women artists and designers who create hand-crafted art and merchandise. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 for adults ($8 for those 65 and older). Admission is free to members. Children under 18 are free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit NMWA’s operations, exhibitions and education programs. The museum is located at 1250 New York Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, visit https://nmwa.org or call (202) 783-5000.

Ongoing        ART EXHIBIT
The Montgomery Art Association will hold a juried exhibit called “Creative Expressions 2017” at the gallery atFriendship Heights Village Center, located at 4433 S Park Ave. in Chevy Chase, Md. The exhibit is open now through Saturday, June 24. Hours Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://montgomeryart.org/events.


Quicken Loans National is looking for volunteers to work at the PGA Tour golf tournament at TPC Potomac from Monday, June 26 through Sunday, July 2. Volunteers enjoy a close and personal experience and behind-the-scenes view of the tournament. Volunteers keep score, marshal holes, transport players, assist spectators and more. They receive a t-shirt, hat, volunteer badge that admits them for the whole week, complimentary food and beverages, five volunteer guest tickets, and a parking pass. For more information on joining the Quicken Loans National volunteer team and a list of the volunteer opportunities available, visit www.qlnational.com/volunteer.

Homecrest House in Silver Spring, Md. is looking for a volunteer activities assistant to help the activity department with programs, playing games, parties and events during the week. Homecrest House is located at 14508 Homecrest Rd. For more information, call (301) 598-4000 and ask for Nancy Wolford.

TheVirginia Master Naturalist Program, the Banshee Reeks Chapter, is now accepting applications for its annual training program. VMN trains individuals to help the local environment and educate the public. Expert-led classes, run from September 2017 through April 2018, and will cover topics such as local plants, mammals, birds, trees and fish. Examples of volunteer projects include monitoring and increasing the Monarch Butterfly population, and reporting on the health of local creeks, stream, and rivers. The Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve is located at 21085 The Woods Rd. in Leesburg, Va. The total cost is $250, which includes all class materials. Class size is limited. For information, course schedule and application, visit www.vmnbansheereeks.org or call (703) 669-0889.

The Smithsonian Institution is looking for volunteers for its many museums and programs. Each year, more than 6,000 volunteers work onsite, and over 7,500 work on online projects. With guidance from staff experts, volunteers advise trip planners, lead tours, give gallery talks, offer fun hands-on experiences, and more. There are long-term and short-term opportunities. For more information, visit www.si.edu/volunteer.