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Senior Living Aug. 13-19

Arlington Senior Centers are collecting items for wounded troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Provide urgently needed items such as toothpaste, shampoo, shaving cream, deodorant, Gatorade and bottled water plus new T-shirts and flip-flops. Items can be dropped off at the following senior centers: Lee, 5722 Lee Highway, Langston-Brown, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Culpepper Garden, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Walter Reed, 2909 S. 16th St. and Aurora Hills, 735 S. 18th Street. For more information and other suggested items for donation, call 703-228-5722.

Thursday/Aug. 14

Volunteer. Learn about volunteer opportunities in Arl.’s Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St. Meet volunteer coordinator, Janice Covert. No fee; newcomers welcome. For more information, 703-228-0955.

Workshop. Travel journaling workshop with senior adult specialist Nancy Connors, 11:15 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Tips to create permanent record of upcoming travel. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0555.

State by Video. Dr. Dexter Hinckley, entomologist and photographer will present a virtual tour of several Hawaiian islands, 10:15 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-0955.

Dance Class. Intermediate level line dancing classes for adults (55+), 10 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St., Arlington. Cost is $3.50 per class. Call for details, 703-228-4745.

Friday/Aug. 15

Trip. The National Theatre in D.C. will host seniors for a behind-the-scenes tour. Cost is $8; lunch on your own at nearby eateries. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Overnight Trip Registration. Arlington Senior Adult Travel’s last 2008 overnight trip is a three night holiday stay at Oglebay, W.V. resort, Dec. 9-12. Mountaineer breakfast, nightly buffets, Stifel Museum & Tea, Winter Festival of Lights and more. Call by Fri., Aug. 15 for reservations, costs and full itinerary, 703-228-4749.

Fast Walking. Fast Forward, a fast paced walking group for adults (55+) at Aurora Hills Senior Center, will meet 8 a.m., 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Details, 703-228-5722.

Walkers. The Lee Walkers,, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, will walk in Scotts Run Nature Preserve, McLean, 10 a.m. – noon. Cost is $2; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0555.

Art Display. Dog Days of Summer Art Salon, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Display of art works by Arlington County’s artistic seniors from paintings to jewelry. No fee. Call for more information, 703-228-5722. Some items for sale.

Book Discussion. The book discussion group at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., will meet 1 p.m. to review, “Life of Samuel Johnson” by James Boswell. No fee; newcomers welcome. For more information, call 703-228-5722.

Comedy. Comedy Club at Aurora Hills Senior Center featuring old-time classic radio and TV shows, 10:30 a.m., 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Hosted by Mike Bloom, comedy book author. No fee; newcomers welcome. For more information, call 703-228-5722.

Card Game. The card game of Canasta is making a comeback at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Players will meet 10 a.m. – noon. Learn or brush up on skills. Free. For more information, call 703-228-0555.

Monday/Aug. 18

Weight Room Hours. Weight room hours at Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., for adults 55+, have been extended. Now open Mondays, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Fridays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Certified fitness professionals onsite to assist with machines. Cost is $56 for 16 sessions. Call Jennifer Collins, fitness coordinator, for more information, 703-228-4745.

Chess. Chess club for adults (55+) will meet 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Madison Community Center, 3328 N. Stafford St., Arlington. No fee. Practice for Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. Call for details, 703-228-0555.

Exercise. Open Tai Chi practices for adults (55+), 2 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St.; Mon. and Wed., Aug. 20, 12:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive; Tues., Aug. 19, Thurs., Aug. 21, 10 a.m., Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. No onsite instruction. Free. For more information, call 703-228-4745.

Exercise. Drop-in seated exercise class for adults (55+), Wed., Aug. 20, Fri., Aug. 22, 9 a.m., Madison Community Center 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Cost is $3.50 per class. For more information, call 703-228-4745.

Walkers. The Walter Reed Walkers, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., will walk in Long Branch Park, 9:30 a.m. Cost is $2.50; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0955.

Games. Tennis for adults (55+), through Friday, Aug. 22, 8 a.m. – noon at Quincy courts (N. Quincy & Washington Blvd.) and Bluemont courts (N. Manchester & Wilson Blvd.). No fee. For more information, call 703-228-4745.

Senior Olympics. Northern Virginia Senior Olympics registration forms available by calling 703-228-4721, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Full details online at HYPERLINK "http://www.novaseniorolympics.com/"www.novaseniorolympics.com

Ice Skating. Exclusive hours for adults (55+) at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Ballston Mall, 7– 8:30 a.m. Cost is $1 which includes skates. For more information, call 703-228-4745.

Games. Armchair bowling for adults (55+), 9:30 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. Call to sign up, 703-228-5321.

Registration. Register by Mon., Aug. 18 for Lee Senior Center’s Chicago Pizzeria and Brewery Day, Wed., Aug. 20, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Pizza, root beer and dessert followed by bingo. Cost is $5. Call to register, 703-228-0555.

Trip. A trip to Natural Bridge of Virginia is on the agenda for seniors. Cost is $92, which includes buffet lunch and museum tours. Intergenerational event. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4849. Registration required.

Language. ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for seniors, and Thurs., Aug. 21, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. Call for details, 703-228-5321.

Tuesday/Aug. 19

World Travels. Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, is hosting its final summer series on world travels, 11:30 a.m. with a program on traveling through Asia. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to sign up, 703-228-0555.

Games. Pickleball for adults (55+), beginners, Thurs., Aug. 21, 1– 3 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Intermediate and advanced players, Mon., - Fri., 9 a.m. – noon, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd Street. Call for details, 703-228-0955 (WR), 703-228-5920 (TJ).

Exercise. Modern approach to low impact aerobics, and Thurs., Aug. 21, 9:30 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Call to register, 703-228-5722. Cost is $56 for 16 classes.

Club. Rubber Stamping Club for adults (55+), 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Cost is $1; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-0555.

Counseling. Individual counseling for seniors regarding Medicare and Medicaid issues, 9:30 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. Call for appt., 703-228-5321.

Wednesday/Aug. 20

Hearing Group. Hearing loss support group for adults (55+), 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0555.

Bird Watchers. Members of Culpepper Garden Senior Center’s bird watching club will meet 11 a.m., 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. For details, call 703-228-4403.

Bridge. Duplicate bridge games for adults (55+) at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Fri., Aug. 22, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Practice for Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. Cost is $4. For more information, call Anne Gless, 703-243-7714.

Walking. The Congressional Cemetery, D.C., is the walking site of the Walking Club of Arlington for adults (55+), 9:30 a.m. Cost is $3; newcomers welcome. Group leaves from Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, 703-228-4403.

Art Class. Oil painting classes for adults (55+), start 10 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Cost is $24 for four two-hour classes. Call to sign up, 703-228-0955.

State by Video. Langston-Brown Senior Center’s All Around America video program will feature the state of New Hampshire, 10 a.m., 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. For more information, call 703-228-5321.

Music. Music with local entertainer Fred Brooks, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Details, 703-228-0955.

The Happy Hearts social club for adults (55+), will meet 1:30 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Details, 703-228-5321.

Trip. Water taxi ride from Alexandria to The Gaylord National Resort, Ft. Washington, Md., for Arlington seniors. Cost is $20; Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Thursday/Aug. 21

Discussion. An information discussion about the full services provided by Hospice, including palliative care, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. Call to register, 703-228-5321.

Grandchildren Discussion. Relating to grandchildren will be discussed 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Guest speaker, Tracy Kretzer, parent educator and founder of www.parentchildu.com No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0955.

Games. Summer volleyball for adults (55+) at Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2 p.m., 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. All levels of players welcome. Free. Details, 703-228-5321.

Club. The Fair Golds, lively social club for adults (55+) will meet noon, Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. No fee; brown bag lunch. Details, 703-228-5722.

Health Check. Free blood pressure check for seniors, 10:15 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. For information, call 703-228-0955.

Trip. Seniors are off to the Caesar Resort and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ. Cost is $47. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Friday/Aug. 22

Tea. Afternoon Tea at Normandie Farm, Potomac, Md., for Arlington seniors. Cost is $38. Call Arlington Senior Adult travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Training. Cyberseniors/Cyberteens, intergenerational computer training for adults (55+), Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Five different four hour courses, $20 each. Call 10 a.m. – noon, 703-228-6425 for details.

Games. Scrabble games for adults (55+) , 10:15 a.m. – noon, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free. Call for more information, 703-228-0955.

Fast Walkers. Fast Forwards, adult (55+) fast paced walking group, will meet 8 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-5722.

Walkers. The Lee Walkers, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, will travel to National Harbor, Md., for its weekly walking excursion, 10 a.m. Cost is $2; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0555.

Monday/Aug. 25

Tour. Arlington seniors will tour George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, followed by lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn. Cost is $39. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Language. Linguist Dr. Merton Bland will conduct English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults (55+), and Thurs., Aug. 28, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. For more information, 703-228-5321.

Weights. Exclusive hours for adults (55+) to use weight rooms at Langston-Brown Senior Center, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 27, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Cost is $56 for 16 sessions. Certified fitness professionals onsite to assist with machines. For more information, call 703-228-4745.

Exercise. Seated exercise class for adults (55+), Wednesday, Aug. 27, Friday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m., Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Cost is $3.50 per class. Details, 703-228-4745.

Exercise. Open Tai Chi practice for adults (55+), Mon., Aug. 25, 2 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., 703-228-5722 and 9 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, 703-228-4403; Tuesday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m., Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., 703-228-4745. No fee; newcomers welcome.

Games. Chess club for adults (55+) will meet 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. All levels of player welcome. No fee. Call for details, 703-228-0555.

Walkers. The Walter Reed Walkers, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., will walk in Gulf Branch Park, 9:30 a.m. Cost is $2.50; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0955.

Ice Skating. Exclusive time for adult (55+) ice skaters, 7–8:30 a.m., Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Ballston Mall, Arlington. Cost is $1 which includes skates. Call for details, 703-228-4745.

Senior Olympics. Registration forms available for 2008 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics by calling 703-228-4721, through Friday, Aug. 29. Over 25 events held Sept. 20-Oct. 2. $10 registration fee includes one event; deadline Sept. 5.

Games. Aurora Hills Senior Center is hosting Wii bowling games for adults (55+), 1 p.m., 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-5722.

Crafters. The Yarn Crafters group at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., will meet 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., to knit and crochet items for local charities. Yarn and patterns provided. Call for details, 703-228-5722.

Games. Social bridge games for adults (55+), 10 a.m. – noon, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St.; Wednesday, Aug. 27, 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Details, 703-228-5722 (AH), 703-228-0955 (WR).

Tuesday/Aug. 26

Legal Help. Attorneys from Northern Virginia Legal Services are available to meet one-on-one with seniors, 10 a.m. – noon, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee. Call for appointment, 703-228-0955.

Legal Talk. Individual consultations available for seniors regarding Medicare and Medicaid issues with Martha Trunk, Arlington Agency on Aging, 11 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. No fee. Call for appointment, 703-228-4403.

Nutrition. Nutrition educator Tricia Collins will discuss keys to losing weight for adults (55+), 10:15 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. For more information, call 703-228-0955.

Tour. Docent led tour of the historic Congressional Cemetery, D.C., followed by lunch at the Market Inn Restaurant. Cost is $34. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Exercise. Full fitness exercise class for adults (55+), beginners, 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Drop-in; newcomers welcome; $3.50 per class. Call for details 703-228-0555

Games. Beginners’ pickleball, the fastest growing sport for adults (55+), and Thurs., Aug, 28, 1– 3 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-0955.

Games. Table tennis games for adults (55+), and Thurs., Aug. 28, 10 a.m. – noon, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Details, 703-228-0955.

Wednesday/Aug. 27

Potluck & Bingo. Register by Wednesday, Aug. 27 for end-of-summer Potluck & Bingo for adults (55+), to be held Friday, Aug. 29, noon, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Fee is salad items to share. White elephants for bingo appreciated. Call to register, 703-228-5722.

Bird Watchers. The Bird Watchers Club at Culpepper Garden Senior Center will meet 11 a.m. to study local birds in Culpepper’s gardens, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-4403.

Games. Duplicate bridge games for adults (55+), 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St.; Friday, Aug. 29, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Cost is $4. Call Anne Gress for more information, 703-243-7714.

Walking. The Walking Club of Arlington for adults (55+), will walk in Upper Rock Creek Park, D.C., 9:30 a.m. Cost is $3; newcomers welcome. Group leaves from Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. 703-228-4403.

Music Performance. Local pianist Jerry Falstrup will entertain seniors with music from Ragtime to the 50’s, 11 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. For information, call 703-228-0955.

Art Tour. The National Gallery of Art is the destination of Arlington seniors for an audio tour of the “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul Exhibit.” Cost is $14. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Thursday/Aug. 28

Talk. Kimberly Acquaviva (sp), Ph.D., George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Services, will discuss accepting gays and lesbians into community programs and social activities, 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for information, 703-228-0955.

Games. Summer volleyball for adults (55+), 2 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-5321.

Art Talk. Art educator Joan Hart, Museum One, will present a slide presentation on paintings by Jacob Lawrence depicting the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North after WW I, 10:15 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-0955.

Dancing. Line dancing class for adults (55+), intermediate level, 10 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S 2nd St., Arlington. Cost is $3.50 per class. Details, 703-228-4745.

Games. Mah Jongg games for adults (55+), American and Chinese styles, 9:30 a.m. – noon, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. Call for details, 703-228-5321.

Friday/Aug. 29

Health Talk. Video presentation about causes of strokes, lifestyle changes and medications, 10 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Drop-in; no fee; newcomers welcome. Details, 703-228-5321.

Computer Training. Drop by Lee Senior Center to discuss computer training programs for adults (55+) through Cyberseniors/Cyberteens, 10 a.m. – noon, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Five four-hour courses available; $20 each. Call for more information, 703-228-6425.

Games. Scrabble games for adults (55+), 10:15 a.m. – noon, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. All levels of players welcome. Free. Details, 703-228-0955.

Fast Walkers. Fast Forwards walking group for adults (55+), fast paced, will meet 8 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. For more information, call 703-228-5722.

Walkers. The Lee Walkers, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, will walk from Lubber Run to Long Branch Nature Center, 10 a.m. Cost is $2; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0555.

Trip

Outside Excursions. 2008 overnight excursions for seniors through Arlington Senior Adult Travel include Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills and Badlands of S.D., Sept. 8-17; Cape Cod, Mass., Oct. 20-24; Oglebay Resort, “Festival of Lights,” Wheeling W.V., Dec. 9-12. Call for costs and details, 703-228-4748.

The Rocking Horse Dude Resort, Highland, N.Y., will host seniors, June 9-13. Full scale dude ranch and year round resort. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel for information, 703-228-4748.

Ongoing Events

* Arlington County’s Public Health Division is asking seniors and all county residents to participate in a survey to help determine where the local public health system should focus its efforts. For more information and to obtain a survey, call 703-228-1795 or visit www.arlingtonva.us/mapp.

* The Arlington Agency on Aging has received a small grant to purchase fans to give to older Arlington residents (ages 60 and older) during the summer months. For information or to request an application, call 703-228-1700 or visit the Arlington Agency on Aging, located at 3033 Wilson Blvd. (seventh floor).

* Sports for Arlington seniors: tennis (Mon.-Fri.), volleyball (Tues.), ice skating (Mon.) and golf (Tues. & Thurs.) Call for more information, 703-228-4745.

*Caregivers’ Workshop. The Alzheimer’s Association is sponsoring a workshop for caregivers of seniors at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of every month through May covering topics such as “Caring, Coping and Understanding Dementia,” “Healthy Brain Aging,” and “Managing Caregiver Stress.” Located at Brighton Gardens of Arlington, 3821 Wilson Blvd. Free. Refreshments provided, call to RSVP, 703-294-6875.

* Seniors (55+) are invited to register with Arlington County’s Office of Senior Adult Programs and participate in fitness, education, arts, social and travel programs at seven senior centers. The cost is an annual $15 registration fee which includes a bi-monthly program guide .Transportation options to the centers are available. For more information, call OSAP at 703-228-4744.

* Free federal and state income tax preparation for seniors every Tuesday and Friday until April 15 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, by certified AARP Taxaide counselors, Appointments necessary by calling 703-228-4403.

* Arlington County’s Public Health Division is asking seniors and all county residents to participate in a survey to help determine where the local public health system should focus its efforts over the next 10 years. The survey is part of a process called MAPP, Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships. Survey results will also provide valuable information in measuring perceptions of the quality of life and health in Arlington. For more information and to obtain a survey, call 703-228-1795 or go to www.arlingtonva.us/mapp.

* Classes in English as a Second Language, for seniors, are offered at Langston-Brown Senior Center, every Monday, 10 a.m., 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. To register, call 703-228-5321.