Washington Beacon Bits



Ongoing        LOW VISION APP
Microsoft has developed an app called Seeing AI (Artificial Intelligence) to help users with low vision. This free app turns the world into an audible experience. Point your mobile device’s camera at various objects, and the app will scan and read them to you. Currently, it’s only available in the Apple store for Apple devices. For more information, visit seeingai.com.

The Ana A. Brito Foundation Inc. offers free basic computer and intermediate computer classes in English and Spanish (intermediate in English only) at Epworth United Methodist Church, located at 9008 Rosemont Dr. in Gaithersburg, Md. For more information, call (301) 926-0424 or visit www.aabfi.org.

Ongoing        FREE WWI WEBINARS
The Library of Congress is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War with a new free, online webinar series highlighting some of the library’s most remarkable World War I resources, including documents, photographs, maps and personal stories collected through the Veterans History Project. The five-part series of 40-minute talks have begun and will present discussions on a variety of topics each month through the end of the year. The online sessions are free and open to the public. Pre-registration through this website is required at http://bit.ly/2WWIWebinar.


Sept. 13         VISION WORKSHOP
The Low Vision Center of Bethesda, Md. is offering a free Vision Enrichment Workshop at the Long Branch Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring, Md., from 11 a.m. to noon. Topics discussed will be lighting, magnification, technology, driving and more. Future presentations will be held at other Senior Centers in Montgomery County. For more information and a complete list of events, call the Low Vision Center at (301) 951-4444.

“Watch Your Step!” a program on how to navigate fall prevention with Parkinson's, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kensington Park, located at 3620 Littledale Rd. in Kensington, Md. Presenter will be John Vine, author of A Parkinson's Primer: An indispensable Guide to Parkinson's Disease for Patients and their Families. For more information or to RSVP, call (301) 946-7700, or visit www.KensingtonParkSeniorLiving.com.

Sept. 28         FALLS SUPPORT GROUP
Friendship Heights Village Vision Support Group will celebrate National Fall Prevention Month on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Village Center, located at 4433 South Park Ave. in Chevy Chase, Md. Join Tanya Walton, a certified Brains & Balance Past-60 specialist, who has been teaching exercise classes at the center for more than 10 years. This free event includes bagels and coffee. For more information or to register, call the center at (301) 656-2797.

Sept. 30         BRAIN HEALTH FAIR
Learn about the revolutionary discoveries about the plasticity of the brain and how behavior and lifestyle changes can make brains healthier at the Brain Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at Walter Reed Senior Center, located at 2909 S. 16th St. in Arlington, Va. There will also be an interactive discussion with Nort Beckerman, author of A User’s Guide to a Healthy Brain. For more information, call (703) 228-0955.

The following programs are offered at Holy Cross Senior Source, 8580 2nd Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910: 1) Matter of Balance: 8-week class on fall prevention. Tuesdays starting Sept. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. 2) Falls Risk Assessments: Wednesday Sept. 20, from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. 3) BioSway Balance Screenings: Thursday, Sept. 21, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4) Falls Prevention Education: Thursday, Sept. 21 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. All programs are free, but registration is required. Call (301) 754-8800.

Ongoing        55+ BIKING GROUP
An informal group of 55+ bike riders plans group rides throughout the year leaving from various locations in Arlington, Va. Trips are both long and short and have included breakfast in Vienna, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, and Washington Nationals Park for a Nats game. For information about upcoming rides, sign up for the 55+ Biking Group email list at 55plusbikinggroup@arlingtonva.us or call (703) 228-4771.


The 2017 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics opens Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, located at 3501 2nd St. S, Arlington, Va. Following the opening ceremonies, participants will compete in eight track events and 2K rowing. Diving competition will be held at 3 p.m. at the Yorktown High School Pool in Arlington. Over 60 events will continue through Sept. 20 at 28 venues throughout Northern Virginia. All events are open to the public and have free admission. For more information and for a complete schedule, visit www.nvso.us, call (703) 228-4721 or email nvso1982@gmail.com.

St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral presents the 15th Washington Ukrainian Festival, which celebrates Ukrainian culture through music, dance, food and drink, arts and crafts, and activities for children. Admission and parking are free. The event will take place at 15100 New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring, Md., on Friday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m.; on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to dusk. For more information, visit www.UkraineFestDC.com, call (301) 384-9192, or email vera@ukrainefestdc.com.

Sept. 17         AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ
Jazz at the Meade presents The Vibe Collective, an Afro-Cuban-Latin Jazz band on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, located at 322 N. Alfred St. in Old Town Alexandria, Va. The cost is a $20 donation, and there will be a free intermission buffet. For more information, visit www.Meadechurch.org or call (703) 549-1334.

Sept. 19         MYSTERY WRITER TALK
Hooray for Books! and the Martha Washington Mystery Book Discussion Group present a meet and greet and book sale with popular historical mystery writer David O. Stewart on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Martha Washington Library, located at 6614 Fort Hunt Rd. in Alexandria, Va. Stewart is the writer of the Fraser and Cook book series. For more information, call (703) 768-6700 or visit http://bit.ly/DavidOStewartTalk.

Sept. 20         AARP LUNCHEON
The Southwest Waterfront AARP Chapter is holding a luncheon meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at noon for current AARP members, prospective members, guests, neighbors and visitors, with keynote speaker Louis Davis, Jr., director of AARP D.C. Honored guest Mrs. Cecelia Marshall, wife of Thurgood Marshall, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, will also be present. Lunch costs $5 and will take place in River Park Mutual Homes' South Common Room, located at 1311 Delaware Ave. SW in Washington, D.C. For further information contact chapter president, Betty Jean Tolbert Jones, bettyjeantolbettjones@yahoo.com or (202) 554-0901.

Vinson Hall, the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation, and Veterans Moving Forward is holding a “Yappy Hour,” a happy hour with dogs, on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the back lawn at Vinson Hall, located at 6251 Old Dominion Dr. in McLean Va. Proceeds from the event will benefit Wounded Warrior Transitional Housing at Vinson Hall and the mission of Veterans Moving Forward. There will also be a special appearance by canines from Veterans Moving Forward. Tickets cost $25. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/VinsonHallYappyHour.

Oct. 2             FALL FESTIVAL
Foggy Bottom West End Village will hold its Fall Festival on Monday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul's Parish, 2430 K St. NW in Washington D.C. This event is a cocktail reception fundraiser for the village and will honor Ris Lacoste, owner and chef of Ris Restaurant, with their Torch Award for Community Service. Tickets for an individual cost $100 ($85 tax deductible as a charitable contribution). Buy tickets at www. charityauction.bid/2017festival. For more information, email president Jane Scholz at jscholz302@gmail.com.

Competitions in the Maryland Senior Olympics continue through Oct. 2, including billiards, basketball, golf, racquetball and other sports scheduled in Montgomery County. Registration for some activities is still available, and fans are welcome to cheer on competitors. To learn more, email info@mdseniorolympics.org or see http://www.mdseniorolympics.org.


Housing Counseling Services is holding a series of foreclosure prevention clinics on Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, and 20 at 6 p.m. and on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. Housing counselors can help D.C. residents who are behind on mortgages, being sued by lenders, behind on property taxes, or when confronting a potential mortgage scam. Appointments at the clinic are required and take place at Housing Counseling Services, Inc., located in Suite 100 at 2410 17th St. NW in Washington, D.C. Schedule your appointment by calling the DC Foreclosure Prevention Hotline at (202) 265-2255 or 1-855-449-2255.

Ongoing        DOWNSIZING FAIR
Before making a decision about downsizing, consider ways to simplify your living situation now. Experts will be on hand to answer questions at a downsizing fair on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arlington Mill Senior Center, located at 909 S. Dinwiddie St. in Arlington, Va. The fair will answer questions about making a move, conquering the clutter, donating goods to charity, getting organized, selling antiques at an auction, and having an estate sale. For more information, call (703) 228-7369.


Sept. 13         POETRY TALK
The Library of Congress presents Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a professor at Princeton University, who will give her inaugural reading as the 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. The reading will be held in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, at 10 First St. SE in Washington, D.C. A book signing and reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information and to secure tickets, visit http://bit.ly/TracyKSmithTalk. The event also will be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/libraryofcongress and its YouTube site (with captions) at youtube.com/LibraryOfCongress.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia present “My Journey with Jewishness” on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. with Amit Peled on cello and Stefan Petrov on piano. This program follows renowned cellist Amit Peled’s personal, musical and spiritual journey — from his childhood growing up on a small kibbutz in Israel listening to his mother singing the traditional tune “Eli Eli,” to playing Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei as a young cellist and personally connecting with the Yom Kippur message. Regular tickets cost $25; $22 for members and $35 for premium reserved. The concert will take place at the center, located at 8900 Little River Turnpike in Fairfax, Va. For more information, call (703) 537-3036.

Sept. 15         ARTS AND WINE
Gaithersburg’s Arts on the Green presents “Art Night House” on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Learn about Paul Gauguin and enjoy a glass of wine or beer while creating a masterpiece. A cash bar will also be available. ID is required. Arts on the Green is located at 311 Kent Square Rd. in Gaithersburg, Md. For more information, call (301) 258-6394.

George Mason University presents a concert with Tony-Award winner and Broadway starKelli O’Hara on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. O’Hara will perform Broadway favorites, pop classics and great American standards. Tickets range from $60 to $100. The concert will take place in the concert call, located at 4373 Mason Pond Dr. in Fairfax, Va.For more information, visit http://cfa.gmu.edu/calendar/2489.

Sept. 24         PIANO CONCERT
The Washington Piano Society presents a free concert on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 9545 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, Md., featuring works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and Schumann. A reception catered by Sydney’s Market will follow. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.dcpianosociety.org or call (301) 793-1863.

Sept. 26         BOOK TALK
Montgomery College, the Gaithersburg Book Festival, Montgomery County Public Libraries and Montgomery County Public Schools will host a free conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the leading African writer of her generation, as part of the One Maryland One Book program, on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at Gaithersburg High School Auditorium, located at 101 Education Blvd. in Gaithersburg, Md. For more information, visit http://libguides.montgomerycollege.edu/OMOB.

Ongoing        CALLING SINGERS AGE 55+
Register to sing with Capital Encore Chorale, which rehearses on Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at First Congregational UCC, on the ground floor of an office building at 945 G St. NW in Washington, D.C. (at the corner of 10th and G Sts.). Auditions are not required. For information about fees and registration, visit www.EncoreCreativity.org, email info@EncoreCreativity.org or call (301) 261-5747.


Hundreds of citizens, residents, friends and family, businesses and community partners will come together an annual community day in Arlington, Va. on Saturday, Sep. 16, from noon to 6 p.m. at Drew Model School and Community Center, located at 3500 S. 23rd St. There will be historical moments reflected in photos, oral histories captured, and opportunities for networking with those from the past. There will be health screenings, community exhibits, live gospel, R&B and go-go music and dance, as well as a concession stand, children’s pavilion, game truck and community basketball game. There will also be a fish fry and other refreshments. For more information, visit www.ncaarlington.orgor call (703) 486-0058.

Sept. 29         RSVP VIRGINIA
Learn more about volunteering in Arlington, Va. with Nadia Hoonan, program manager of Virginia’s Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) on Friday, Sept. 29 from noon to 2 p.m. at Arlington Mill Senior Center, located at 909 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington, Va. Lunch will be provided. Pre-register by Sept. 27 by calling (703) 228-7369.

The Widowed Persons Outreach (WPO) is looking for volunteers to help identify potential widows who need grief support. Volunteers will check the Washington Post obituary section to check for names of local deceased and their survivors, clip notices and file them, and conduct research for contact information. The group will then mail grief support program information out to them by mail. For more information on this opportunity, send an email to Marti Bailey at mbailey@sibley.org.

The National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Md., is looking for volunteers who are passionate about museums, medicine and the military to lead tours, support public programs and promote NMHM's mission of inspiring interest in the history of military medicine. Interested individuals are encouraged to learn more online at www.medicalmuseum.mil or call (301) 319-3312. Candidates must have a flexible schedule.