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Senior Living March 26-April 1

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</b> The deadline to enter the 2008 Ms. Virginia Senior America competition is April 4. Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs is encouraging Arlington women, 60 years of age and older, to enter the competition. Contestants will compete in four categories which include an interview (5 minutes), a statement of philosophy of life (35 seconds), talent (2 minutes, 45 seconds) and evening gown. Contestants must also be a resident of Virginia for at least six months and a U.S. citizen. For more information, visit www.msvirginiasenior.com or call pageant co-directors, Jackie Bong-Wright, 703-989-1149 or Suzann Howe, 703-425-7258.

<b>Friday/March 28

</b>Intergenerational computer training program Cyberseniors/Cyberteens, available at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Meet to discuss program, 10 a.m.-noon. Five separate courses, $20 each for text book. Details, 703-228-6425.

Games. Senior Scrabble players in Arlington will compete in the 2008 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics. Practice at Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., 10:15 a.m.. Free. Call for more information, 703-228-0955.

Walkers. The Lee Walkers, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, will walk in the Palisades area of D.C., 10 a.m. Cost is $2.50; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0555.

Walking Group. The new, fast paced walking group for seniors at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., will meet 9 a.m., for a three to four mile walk. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-5722.

Music Talk. The music appreciation group at Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, will meet, 1 p.m., to discuss German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for information, 703-228-4403.

Trip Time. It’s off to Atlantic City, N.J. for Arlington seniors. Cost is $46. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

<b>Saturday/March 29

</b>Weight Training. Seniors (55+) are invited to use the weight room at Madison Senior Center for cardio and strength training, 7– 10 a.m., 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Certified fitness professionals on-site. Cost is $56 for 16 sessions. Call for details, 703-228-4745.

<b>Monday/March 31

</b>Advice. Seniors are invited to try their “Dear Abby” skills at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., 11 a.m. with senior adult specialist, Rachel Thompson. Give advice, share experiences. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-5722.

Language Class. Classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) for seniors, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Taught by linguist Dr. Merton Bland. Free. Details, 703-228-5321.

Fitness. Personal fitness assessments for seniors to determine muscle strength, aerobic capacity and body flexibility, available by appointment by calling 703-228-4771. Program includes working with fitness coach and personalized fitness program at Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Cost is $130. Call for more information, 703-228-4771.

Ice Skating. Ice skating for seniors only 8–9:15 a.m., Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Ballston Mall, Arlington. Cost is $1 which includes skate rental. For more information, call 703-228-4745.

Walkers. The Walter Reed Walkers, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., will walk around Hains Point, D.C., 9:30 a.m. Cost is $2.50; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0955.

Hobby Group. The Yarn Crafters group at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., will meet 10:30 a.m. to knit and crochet items for charities in Arlington. No fee; donations of washable yarn are welcome. Call for details, 703-228-5722.

<b>Tuesday/April 1

</b>Games. Introductory Sudoku mental exercise class, 1 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Two hour session using systematic approach to solving Sudoku puzzles. Free. Call for details, 703-228-0555.

Games. Chess games for seniors, 9:30 a.m.-3p.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Players of all levels welcome. Instruction available. Free. Details, call 703-228-5285.

Games. Pickleball for seniors (beginners), 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. One hour of instruction, one hour of play. Equipment provided. Free. Call to register, 703-228-0955.

Exercise Class. Intermediate Pilates class for seniors to improve posture, overall strength, flexibility and balance, begin 9:15 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Cost is $63 for 18 classes, taught by Cheri Cusumano. Call to register, 703-228-5285.

Yoga. Beginning Yoga for seniors starts 11:15 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4403 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. Cost is $42 for 12 classes. Call to register, 703-228-4403.

Health Class. Intermediate Yoga classes for seniors start 10 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4403 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. Cost is $42 for 12 classes. Call to register, 703-228-4403.

Health Class. Tai Chi instructor Take Toma will teach beginning seniors, 4 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Cost is $35 for 10 classes. Call to register, 703-228-0955.

Walkers. The Langston Walkers, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., will meet 9:30 a.m., for an indoor fitness walk. No fee; newcomers welcome. Details, 703-228-5321.

Music Performance. Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, announces a Tuesday concert series to begin 1 p.m. with local pianist Milton Nelson. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-4403.

Games. Table tennis for seniors 10 a.m.- noon, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free. Call for details, 703-228-0955.

Crochet. Crochet expert Louise Bittenbring will teach a three part series on the art of crocheting beginning 10:30 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Details, 703-228-5321.

<b>Wednesday/April 2

</b>Nutrition. Smart choices in nutrition for seniors to maintain health and vitality will be discussed, 11 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Details, 703-228-0955.

Crafters. Crafters workshop 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. Bring hobbies, crafts and talent to share. No fee. Call for details, 703-228-4403.

Games. Duplicate bridge for seniors 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. Cost is $4. For more information, call Anne Gress, 703-243-7714.

Health Exercise. Beginners Tai Chi for seniors, taught by Take Toma, starts 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. Cost is $35 for 10 classes. Call to register, 703-228-4403.

Walking Club. The Walking Club for seniors will walk along the Tidal Basin in 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.

Social Time. The Happy Hearts social club for seniors will meet 1:30 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-5321.

<b>Thursday/April 3

</b>Trip. Seniors will cruise the Potomac River from Alexandria to Georgetown on The Dandy Cruise Ship. Cost is $60 (includes lunch and music). Call Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Technology. The world of text messaging will be explored with seniors, 1 p.m., Connections Café, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-0955.

Art Discussion. The works and marriage of artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera will be discussed, 11 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. Program presented by Joan Hart. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-4403.

Social Club. The Fair Golds, a social club for seniors, will meet at the Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., beginning with a brown bag lunch, noon. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-5722.

<b>Friday/April 4

</b>Scrabble enthusiasts are welcome at Walter Reed Senior Center, 10:15 a.m., 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Players welcome at all levels for friendly competition. Free. For more information, call 703-228-0955.

Walkers. The Tidal Basin in D.C, is the destination of the Lee Walkers, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, 10 a.m. Cost is $2.50; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0555.

Music Group. The music appreciation group at Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, will meet 1 p.m., to discuss music based on the works of Italian poet, Dante Alighieri. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-4403.

Health. A four part series on Active Aging begins 11 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-0555.

Travel. The Woodrow Wilson House in D.C. is on the agenda for seniors. View the Presidential Collection Room featuring 100 pieces of rare porcelains. Cost is $8. Call Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Walking Group. Aurora Hills Senior Center’s fast paced walking group will meet 9 a.m., 735 S. 18th St., for a three mile walk in the Pentagon/Crystal City area. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-5722.

Dessert and Music. Sundaes and a sing-along for seniors, 1 p.m., featuring Milton Nelson, Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Fee is $3; newcomers welcome. Register by April 2 by calling 703-228-5722.

<b>Saturday/April 5

</b>Yard Sale. Community yard sale at Culpepper Garden Senior Center, household items only, 9 a.m. –3 p.m., 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. Tables available to rent, $5. Call for information, 703-228-4403.

Seminar. Retirement Transition Seminar, “Retire” Who Me?”, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Experts in retirement roles will share experiences. Register by calling 703-228-0948. Donation of $5 includes refreshments.

<b>Monday/April 7

</b>Trip. Arlington seniors will visit the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit in D.C. featuring Katherine Hepburn, “Kate: A Centennial Celebration.” Cost is $8. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

Exercise Class. Intermediate and advanced, full fitness exercise classes for seniors include gentle flexibility exercises strength training exercises and a half hour cardio vascular workout, 10 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St., Arlington. Cost is $3.50. Call for information, 703-228-4745.

Cardio and Strength Training. Cardio and strength training for seniors at the Langston-Brown Center weight room, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Certified fitness instructors on site to assist with weight machines and equipment. Cost is $56 for 16 sessions. Call for more information, 703-228-4745.

Ice Skating. Exclusive early morning hours for senior ice skaters at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Ballston Mall, 8–9:15 a.m. Cost is $1 which includes skate rental. Call for information, 703-228-4745.

Exercise. Open Tai Chi practices for seniors, no on site instructor, 2 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. Free. Call for more information 703-228-5722.

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.

Discussion. New round table discussion of events reported in local newspapers, 9 a.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. No fee. Call for details, 703-228-4403.

Bowling. Armchair bowling for seniors, 9:30 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-5321.

Hobby Group. The Yarn Crafters at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., will meet 10:30 a.m., to knit and crochet items for local charities. No fee; newcomers welcome. Donations of washable yarn appreciated. For information, call 703-228-5722.

Games. Friendly poker games for seniors, 10 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-5722.

Games. Social Bridge for seniors, 10 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-5722.

Games. Bingo games for seniors, 1 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. Cost is $2. Call for details, 703-228-4403.

Art Lecture. Art appreciation instructor Joan Hart begins a four part series on the art of food and fashion in Europe’s great cities, 1 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Cost is $14 for 4 classes ($5 for single class). Call to register, 703-228-5722.

Language. Classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) for seniors, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Taught by linguist Dr. Merton Bland. No fee; newcomers. Call for details, 703-228-5321.

<b>Tuesday/April 8

</b>Exercise Class. Full fitness exercise class for beginners, 10 a.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Drop-in; $3.50 per class. Call for information, 703-228-0555.

Games. Senior volleyball at Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., 1:30 p.m. (practice), 2 p.m. (games). All levels of players welcome. Free. Call for details, 703-228-4745.

Pickleball. Beginners’ pickleball for seniors, 1 p.m. Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Equipment provided. No fee. Call to register, 703-228-0955.

Performance. The popular Arlington performing arts group, The Merrymakers, will perform 1 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington. The program is the second in Culpepper Garden’s spring concert series. Free. For more information, call 703-228-4403.

Book Group. The Culpepper Garden Senior Center book club, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, will meet 1:30 p.m., to discuss “Snowflower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for information, 703-228-4403.

Services. Personal advocate service for seniors (60+) will be discussed 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Guest speaker, Lori Hughes, Agency on Aging. No fee; newcomers welcome. For more details, 703-228-5321.

Legal Advice. Attorneys with Legal Services of Northern Virginia will meet with seniors individually to offer free advice and counsel, 9:30 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St. and 12:30 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Call for appointment, 703-228-5321 (L-B), 703-228-0555 (Lee).

<b>Wednesday/April 9

</b>Lecture. Dr. Doris Bitler, Assoc. Professor of Psychology, GMU, will present an overview of traditional and modern body modifications and the implications of new technology, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for more information, 703-228-5321.

History Talk. The history and legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) will be discussed, 1 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Program presented by Smithsonian docent Mary Lipsey. No fee; newcomers welcome. For more information, 703-228-5722.

Trip. The Walking Club of Arlington for seniors will travel to Kenwood, Md., for their weekly two mile walk, 9:30 a.m., Cost is $3; newcomers welcome. Group leaves from Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Drive, 703-228-4403.

Music Performance. Local musician and singer Fred Brooks will entertain seniors, 11 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free. Call for details, 703-228-0955.

Health Check. Free blood pressure check for seniors, 12:30 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Call to register 703-228-0555.

<b>Thursday/April 10

</b>Art Viewing. One of the world’s finest collections of paintings from Japan’s Edo period will be viewed by seniors at the Free-Sackler Gallery in D.C. Cost is $8. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749.

Health Talk. Public health nurse Patti O’Neill will discuss how air quality affects health, 10:30 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-5321.

Talk. What papers to keep and for how long will be discussed 1:30 p.m., Connections Café, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., with guest speaker, attorney Leda Gottleib. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-0955.

Health Lecture. Medicare, Medicaid and Medications discussion, 10:15 a.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Individual counseling available. Program presented by Martha Trunk, Agency on Aging. No fee. Call to register, 703-228-5321.

<b>Friday/April 11

</b>Walking. The new, fast paced walking group for seniors at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., will meet 9 a.m. for a three mile fitness walk in the area. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-5722.

Walkers. The Lee Walkers, Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, will view the Cherry Blossoms in Kenwood, Md., during its weekly fitness walk, 10 a.m. Cost is $2.50; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-0555.

Music Group. The music appreciation group at Culpepper Garden Senior Center.4435 N. Pershing Drive, will discuss Viennese composer Alban Berg, 1 p.m. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call for details, 703-228-4403.

Trip Time. A performance by the Mansion Mystery Players at the Blair Mansion Inn, Silver Spring, Md., plus a buffet dinner, are on the agenda for seniors. Cost is $72. Call Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4749. Registration required.

<b> Saturday/April 19

</b>Open House. Free open house, lots of refreshments and live entertainment. Drawings for prizes and free gift for everyone. Tours of model rooms available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Brighton Gardens of Arlington, 3821 Wilson Blvd. 703-294-6875.

<b>Trips

</b>Seniors will tour the Ohio Amish Country, April 28-May 1. Trip will include stops at the Longaberger Basket Factory, Hieni Cheese House, Historic Roscoe Village, Canal Boat Cruise and Yoder’s Amish Farm Tour and Buggy Ride. Call Arlington Senior Adult Travel for information, 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.

<b>Ongoing Events

</b>*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.

* Friendly poker games for seniors, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Beginners welcome. Call 703-228-0555.

* Table tennis for seniors, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call 703-228-0955.

* Trip Planner. Branson, Mo. is the destination of Arlington seniors, Oct. 15-21. Round trip by motor coach, meals, shows, tours and more. Call for details, Arlington County Senior Adult Travel, 703-228-4748.

* Dining Out Club. Lunch is held the first Thursday of the month and dinner is on the second Wednesday at Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Highway. Call 703-228-0555. Newcomers welcome.

* The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics will celebrate its 25th anniversary, Sept. 15-27. Opening day ceremonies, Sat., Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. will be followed by track and field events at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St., Arlington. A mini health fair will also be held on opening day from 9 a.m. to noon, sponsored by the Virginia Hospital Center.

In addition to track and field, other events include swimming, bowling, tennis, table tennis, golf, miniature golf, pickleball, eight ball pool, board games, card games, bait casting, Frisbee throw, shuffleboard, horseshoes, basketball, basketball free throw, team line dancing, softball hit and throw and yo-yo tricks.

Registration is $10 which includes one event; additional events are $1. Registration forms are available at senior centers or by calling 703-228-3600, ext. 9996. They can also be downloaded from www.novaseniorolympics.com. Registration deadline is Sept. 1.

* Golf. The 2007 Arlington Senior Golf Club season begins Tues., Apr. 3 at the Old Hickory Golf Course, Woodbridge. The group plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays at various golf courses in Northern Virginia. Seniors interested in joining should call Karl VanNewkirk, 703-536-5916.

* Exercise. Exclusive days and hours are available to Arlington seniors at the weight rooms at Langston-Brown and Madison Senior Centers. Strength training, using varied types of cardio equipment, supervised by a certified personal trainer, is offered at Langston-Brown, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Mon., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wed., 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Fri., 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and Madison, 3829 N. Stafford St., Tues., Wed., Thurs., 7-11 a.m., Sat., 7–10 a.m. The cost is $56 for a 16-session ticket. Call 703-228-4745.

* Volunteers. Arlington County is hosting the opening ceremonies and track and field events on Sat., Sept. 15 for the 2007 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. 2nd St. Volunteers are needed for a cheerleading squad to support senior athletes from all parts of Northern Virginia. Contact Jennifer Collins, fitness coordinator, Office of Senior Adult Programs, 703-228-4745.* English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for seniors offered every Monday, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. No fee; newcomers welcome. Call to register, 703-228-5321.