Creative Aging Festival Coming in May
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Creative Aging Festival Coming in May

Includes 114 performances, poetry readings, art exhibits, lectures, classes and more.

Seniors take part in tai chi programs to stay fit at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at GMU.

Seniors take part in tai chi programs to stay fit at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at GMU. Photo contributed by Stan Schretter

A Creative Aging Festival will take place throughout the month of May at 100-plus local venues in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria. The month-long festival includes 114 performances, poetry readings, art exhibits, lectures, classes and more.

The festival is being sponsored by Fairfax County, AARP Virginia, the Fairfax County Arts Council and several other community organizations and businesses, and coincides with Older Americans Month. It will also include programs that unlock the creative spirit through yoga, tai chi and even a walk through a garden labyrinth.

"What we're hoping is that people will discover where the opportunities for art are for Fairfax County. We want them to know that it's here; it's in the community and we're hoping they will participate," said Grace Lynch, manager of communications with the county's Division of Adult and Aging Services. She said the festival "gives us permission to do something that we may not have done before and to explore ourselves in a more creative and artistic way."

"Fairfax County is home to over 200 nonprofit art organizations many of them offering exciting events for the 50-plus community. The Creative Aging Festival is a wonderful opportunity for our arts organizations to market their existing programs by and for 50-plus residents, encouraging older adult participation in the county’s many arts offerings, and showcasing opportunities to engage in our community," said Lisa Mariam, Grants Director & Master Arts Plan Coordinator, Arts Council of Fairfax County.

Planners are now developing the program and expect to post the full calendar of events in early April (see sidebar). Some of the examples include:

  • An open house allowing guests to participate in an organization's dance, music, visual art, yoga, gardening programming;
  • A speaker on art, gardening, yoga, etc.; or
  • An older adult artist, writer, actor, poet, dancer or musician to speak about their art.

"We're not about Bingo anymore. We've really raised the bar. We're focusing on yoga, tai chi, in addition to painting and music, performing arts and dance," said Julie Ellis, Director of Hollin Hall Senior Center in Mount Vernon.

Many Fairfax County programs will be held at local libraries, 14 senior centers, adult day healthcare centers, and park programs are planning to be involved. For example, seniors here will have the opportunity to experience movement classes with professional choreographer Janet Storms of the Choreographers Collaboration Project. "She's going to talk about the joy of movement as you age," said Ellis.

The festival’s objectives are to:

  • Encourage audiences for the arts, especially for art created and performed by older adults;
  • Encourage older adult participation in the county's many public and private art programs;
  • Promote public understanding of the benefits of older adult participation in the arts;
  • Establish the festival as an annual event occurring each May in celebration of Older Americans Month.

"Research has shown a strong connection between participation in the arts and the cognitive health of older adults," said Richard Chobot, chair of Fairfax Area Agency on Aging. "The Creative Aging Festival will provide examples of the variety of arts experiences available to older adults, and individuals of all ages. The Festival also plays to the theme this May’s Older Americans Month as it invites us to Get into the Act."

"The Creative Aging Festival gives the public an opportunity dive into the soul of the many programs the area offers for adults with dementia," said Isabel Castillejo, CTRS, of the Herndon Adult Day Health Care Center. "Fairfax County’s Adult Day Health Care Centers understand the value behind creative arts and the opportunity to see someone’s unique expressions through art, music and various other mediums. We encourage the public to get a glimpse of these wonderful gems their community has to offer."

"The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at (GMU) is excited to take part in the festival, offering four events that will showcase our popular acting and Tai Chi classes, fabulous musical performers, and first rate fine artists and photographers," said Jennifer Disano, executive director.

As part of the festival, GMU will be hosting an "Arts, Aging & Well-being" panel on Monday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to noon, on the Fairfax campus. "When we connect with others through creative expression, great things happen," said GMU Associate Professor Holly Matto, Ph.D. "The arts and health research shows that participation in the creative arts can enhance cognitive, emotional and interpersonal functioning, and studies on the arts in health care settings show biological effects such as pain reduction and improved immune functioning."

The panel will introduce the latest research on arts and well-being for older adult populations; and the benefits of creative arts participation will be discussed in the context of a current Music, Imagery and Movement (MiM) intervention being implemented at Birmingham Green.

Festival partners include: the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging, the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging, Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Public Libraries, Adult Day Health Care Centers, Long Term Care Coordinating Committee, George Washington University, the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations, the National Center on Creative Aging, Goodwin House at Alexandria and Bailey’s Crossroads, AARP Virginia, and Pure Prana Yoga Studio.

Most programs are free. Because of the variability in venue space, participants should call respective venues to register and inquire about program information, fees and parking.

The festival calendar will be posted by early April at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/fairfax-creative-aging-festival.htm

Arlington Events

Fashion in the 21st Century: An Interactive Discussion. Arlington County Costume Shop. An interactive lecture about fashion in the 21st century. Participants are welcome to discuss their ideas and experiences. May 18, 2 p.m.; Free. At the Black Box, 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. Call 703-228-6974 or visit http://arlingtona...">http://arlingtona...

Interactive Arts Workshop with Arts for the Aging. Arts for the Aging Teaching Artist Carol Siegel leads participants in an expressive arts workshop, involving hands-on art-making and poetry. Guests are encouraged to participate. May 14, 2-2:50 p.m.; Free. At Walter Reed Adult Day Health Care Center. At 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Call 703-228-0957/5340 or visit http://aging-disa...">http://aging-disa...

Interactive Music Workshop with Arts for the Aging. Arts for the Aging Teaching Artist Anthony Hyatt leads participants in an interactive music workshop, with lively violin music and sing-a-longs to favorite tunes. Guests are encouraged to participate. May 29, 2-2:50 p.m.; Free. At Walter Reed Adult Day Health Care Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Call 703-228-0957/5340 or visit http://aging-disa...">http://aging-disa...

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Alexandria, Mount Vernon Events

Teacup Topiary. Design and construct a teacup-topiary to grace a table or mantle for years to come. It’s a perfect gift for Mother’s Day. All materials supplied, including fine china cup and saucer. May 2, 10-11:30 a.m. Cost is $25. At Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Art Show and Reception: Potomac Valley Watercolorists. Throughout May and June, Green Spring Gardens exhibits the artwork of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists at the Horticulture Center and Historic House. A reception is on Sunday, May 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Horticulture Center is openMonday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. The Historic House is open Wednesday through Sunday fromnoon to 4:30 p.m. May 3, 1-3 p.m., Reception. At Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Neva Herrington Poetry Reading. This former professor of literature and published poet, will read from her own poetry collection. May 5, 11:30 p.m.; Free. At Sherwood Hall Regional Library/Mount Vernon at Home, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Call 703-765-3645 or visit http://www.fairfa...">http://www.fairfa...

Poetry Readings: Reunion Tour of Tuesdays at Two. May 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Free. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road,Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Aging Gratefully with Yoga. This 60-minute workshop demystifies and provides insight into the world of yoga. May 6, 1-2 p.m.; Free. At Pure Prana Yoga Studio, 101 N. Alfred St., Alexandria. Call 703-962-1014 or visit http://www.purepr...">www.pureprana.com

Music & Moments. Work with a music therapist as she guides you through active music making to enhance communication, engagement and improve overall well-being. May 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Free. At Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St., Alexandria. Call 917-621-7791 or visit http://www.musica...">www.musicandmomen...

Ladies Day Tea with the Art of Flowers from French Impressionists to Georgia O'Keefe. This program will celebrate O’Keeffe’s flowers, blossoms of the French Impressionists, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and Matisse, and more. May 6, 10:30 a.m.; Free. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road,Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

The Choreographers Collaboration Project. This modern dance company based in Alexandria will perform dances and create on-the-spot dances based on favorite memories provided by the audience. This multigenerational company includes dancers ranging in age from their teens to late 50's May 8, 7p.m.; Free. At Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave, Alexandria. Call 703-683-2070 or visit http://alexandria...">http://alexandria...

55+ Art Show. Hollin Hall artists display their art! May 8, 1-3 p.m.; May 9, Noon-3 p.m. Free. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road,Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573 http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

African Dance (Adowa Dance) Performance from Ghana. May 8, 12:30-1 p.m.; Free. At South County Senior Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy, Ste. 325, Alexandria. Call 703-704-6216 http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Making Pinch Pots. Seed pots are an important part of Native American culture. The most important seeds and grain that you have are the seeds and grain that you are going to plant next year. This pot is designed to look pretty and protect your seeds from rodents. May 9, 1 p.m.; Free. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Herb Gardening. Add fragrance and flavor to your life by adding herbs to your garden! Green Spring Master Gardeners will teach you how to choose and care for the best annual and perennial herbs that will flourish in your garden or container. May 9, 1-2:30 p.m.; Free. At Martha Washington Library,6614 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Call 703-768-6700 or visit http://www.fairfa...">http://www.fairfa...

Introduction to the Labyrinth. The labyrinth has become common in places of worship as a walking path for meditation, pilgrimage and prayer. Learn more about labyrinths at this presentation and experience the labyrinths on St. Aidan’s grounds. May 11, 1 p.m.; Free. At St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Harmony Heritage Singers. Sherwood Hall Regional Library. This 40-member barbershop chorus will present a concert of favorite popular songs, patriotic music, and traditional barbershop tunes, ranging from "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" to "Battle Hymn of the Republic." May 11, 2:00 p.m.; Free.At Sherwood Hall Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Call 703-765-3645 or visit http://www.fairfa...">http://www.fairfa...

Barefoot Boogie. Dance to the beat of the music we love, from oldies to the present day. Begin with simple yoga stretches, breath work and self-massage to awaken and enliven the entire body. Picking up the pace, the teachers will get the ball rolling with simple steps and movements. May 13, 1-2 p.m.; Free. At Pure Prana Yoga Studio, 101 N. Alfred St., Alexandria. Call 703-836-7873/703-962-1014 or visit http://www.purepr...">www.pureprana.com

Dance for People with Parkinson's Disease. Dance takes the mind and spirit away from the thoughts of disease, disability and social isolation. Dance for PD® originated with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and the Mark Morris Dance Group. May 13, 1 p.m.; May 20, 1 p.m.; May 27, 1 p.m. Free. AtHollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Ancient Art Movement Dance. This dance program was specifically designed for people 55 and over. Movements and techniques are drawn from belly dance and modern dance. May 14, 1-3 p.m.; Free. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Quince de Mayo. Come enjoy a festive performance of Mexican music and traditional Mexican dancing. May 15, 10:30 a.m.-Noon; Free. At Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 North Chambliss St., Alexandria. Call 703-914-0330 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Art Intergenerational Project . May 20, 1 p.m.; Free. At South County Senior Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy, Ste. 325, Alexandria. Call 703-704-6216or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Zip Through a Tight Space. Join Jane Franklin Dance’s annual year-end celebration of dance & music. Dynamic performances will feature an inter-generational work performed by former company members and their children and performances by Forty+, performers past the age of 40. There will also be music, a reception, a silent auction and a light supper. May 20, 7 p.m. $45 at the door, $30 senior adult age 65, through May 15 by phone. At Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Alexandria. Call 703-933-1111 or visit http://www.janefr...">www.janefranklin.com

Trip to Chanticleer Gardens, Green Spring Gardens. Motor coach to this beautiful 35-acre garden in Wayne, Pa. May 20, 7 a.m-7 p.m. $124. Meet at Green Spring Garden, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria. Call 703-642-5173 http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Tai Chi for Arthritis, Bell Choir & Open House. Come participate in this relaxing yet invigorating Tai Chi for Arthritis program. They will also showcase their bell choir with songs everyone should know! Enjoy light refreshments and then take a tour of this wonderful program. May 21, 1:30-3 p.m.; Free.Mt Vernon Adult Day Health Care Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 137, Alexandria. Call 703-704-6047.

Play Readings. The Hollin Hall Senior Center Theater Club will read two brief plays using minimal props and costume. May 27, 1 p.m.; Free. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Enter the Mandala. Learn how to create your own mandala, reflecting your inner life, your growth your beauty and your aliveness and aspirations. May 28, 10 a.m.-Noon; Free. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

40+ Dance Performance. Come enjoy this performance of contemporary dance choreographed by Jane Franklin and performed by 40+ dancers. May 28, 12:30 p.m.; Free. At Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria. Call 703-765-4573 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Goodwin House Alexandria 8th Annual Arts Festival. May 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Free. Goodwin House Alexandria. 4800 Fillmore Ave., Alexandria. Call 703-824-1125 or visit http://www.goodwi...">www.goodwinhouse.org

Broadway Goes Choral. Fairfax Choral Society. This Symphonic Adult Chorus concert features a full symphony orchestra and music from The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Guys & Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof and more. May 30, 8 p.m. $15-$45 tickets (includes parking). At Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, NVCC Alexandria Campus, 4915 East Campus Lane, Alexandria. Call 703-642-3277 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxchoral...

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Chantilly, Centreville Events

Qi Gong. Experience the gentle, rhythmic movements of Qi Gong to reduce stress, build stamina, and enhances balance. May 18, 9-10 a.m. First program free, then $5. At Sully Senior Center, 5690 Sully Road, Centreville. Call 702-322-4475 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Photography in the Natural World. Join natural photography expert Wayne Wolferberger in this eight session class at Chantilly Library. May 28, 7-8 p.m. At Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. Call 703-222-4664 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Art Exploration. Join us for an all level art experience, where you can develop and enhance your skills, working with a variety of mediums, including watercolor, charcoal, and pencil. May 5, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; May 12, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; May 19, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; May 26, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. First program free, then $5. At Sully Senior Center, 5690 Sully Road, Centreville. Call 703-322-4475 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Gentle Yoga. Gentle Yoga is a way to open the body through passive stretching in relaxing postures. This practice is ideal for those seeking deep relaxation, slower pacing or for those new to yoga. May 29, 10 a.m. -11:15 p.m.First program free, then $5. At Sully Senior Center, 5690 Sully Road,Centreville. Call 703-322-4475 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

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Reston, Herndon Events

Public Art - Art for the People. This multimedia presentation will focus on of a broad range of Public Art in all its many forms. Public art is becoming the most popular form of art. The audience will see examples from around the world, including a special look at Reston and the surrounding area. May 6, 7 p.m.; Free. At Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Call 703-689-2700/703-662-1812 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Entertainment and Art Display. Herndon Adult Day Health Care Center welcomes you to their Open House with program tours, art displays and entertainment courtesy of the National Theatre (11a-12). Light refreshments will be offered. May 15, 10:30 a.m.-Noon; Free. At Herndon Adult Day Center, 875 Grace Street, Herndon. Call 703-435-8729 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

ArtSpace's Herndon Senior Tea. Enjoy Behind the Scenes with the Loudoun Sketch Club, light refreshments, and the companionship of art lovers. A local music group will offer entertainment during the tea. May 15, 1-2 p.m.; Free. At ArtSpace Herndon. 750 Center Street, Herndon. Call 703-956-6590 or visit http://www.artspa...">www.artspacehernd...

Creative Writing Workshop for Seniors. Participants will animate a memorable moment from their life and practice creative writing techniques. March 15, 1-3 p.m.; Free. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. Call 703-626-3894 or visit http://rollercoas...">rollercoasterlear...

Art Beat Open House. What a great day to visit us! On display will be art from our oil painting, ceramics, and jewelry classes. We'll also display art from community artists. Three “people’s choice” prizes will be awarded in the visual arts category. On “stage,” some of our many dance and song groups will perform. May 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Free. At Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace Street, Herndon. Call 703-464-6200 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Blind Curves - One Woman's Unusual Journey. After completing a 2,500 mile road trip the author tells a story of how a woman of a certain age can break with tradition and turn frustration into triumphant joy. May 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $15 Reston/$30 Non-Reston. At Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. Call 703-390-6157 or visit http://www.reston...">www.restoncommuni...

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McLean Sampler of Events

Essential Nature: A Gallery Tour. ArtReach Director Sharon Fishel will present a gallery tour focusing on the work of artists who emphasize a sensory view of the natural world. May 1; Free. At McLean Project for the Arts, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Call 202-251-9898 or visit http://www.mpaart...">www.mpaart.org

Art Gallery Open House. Tour three galleries of contemporary art and find out more about this terrific community art program. May 1, 1-4 p.m.; Free. At Lewinsville Senior Center, 1609 Great Falls St., McLean. Call 703-442-9075 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Old Wicked Songs . Old Wicked Songs is a play produced by 1st Stage in Tysons about divisions between generations and commonalities discovered through music. May 1, 8 p.m.; May 2, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; May 3, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $28 adults, $23 seniors (65 and older), $15 students, $15 military. At 1st Stage Theatre, 1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean. Call 703-854-1856 or visit http://www.1ststa...">www.1ststagetyson...

Barefoot in the Park, The Mayhem behind the Madness. A discussion about what goes on stage and off, before and during a performance. May 2, 6:30 p.m.; May 9, 6:30 p.m. $15. At Mclean Community Players at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Road, McLean. Call 703-476-3592 or visit http://www.McLean....">www.McLeanPlayers....

Woodcarving For Seniors. Don't miss this introduction to the basics of woodcarving in the Art Center at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads. May 7,2-4 p.m.; May 14, 2-4 p.m.; May 21, 2-4 p.m.; May 28, 2-4 p.m. Free. At Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, 3440 S Jefferson St., Falls Church. Call 703-578-7218 http://www.goodwi...">www.goodwinhouse.org

Cameo Jewels Showcase. Don't miss this variety showcase featuring opera, comedy, lyrical dance, country music, a Michael Jackson tribute, Broadway tunes, etc. All performers are former Virginia Senior America queens or participants, and all are "60 or better". May 8, 10:30 a.m.; Free. At James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. Call 703-470-6160/703-549-7012 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Digital Art Workshop...Learn to Paint/Draw and Photograph on a Tablet or Smartphone! Cherie Lejeune of High Performance Aging will conduct a workshop with the Shepherd's Center Oakton-Vienna Adventures in Learning, demonstrating apps that enable you to paint, draw and use the built-in camera on a digital tablet. Session: 80 minutes. May 14, Noon; Free. At The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF), 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Call 703-319-2023 or visit http://www.scov.org">www.scov.org

Convergence. The Crossroads Gallery at Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads presents exquisite pastel paintings and glass works by Lynn Goldstein and David Barnes, seniors in Fairfax County who both have studios at the Lorton Workhouse Art Center. On Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 4-6pm there will be an Artist Talk and Reception open to the public. April 22-June 6, Sun-Sat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Convergence Exhibition). May 17, 4-6 p.m. (Artist Talk and Reception).Free. At Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads, 3440 S Jefferson St., Falls Church. Call 703-578-7218 or visit http://www.goodwi...">www.goodwinhouse.org

Abstract Art Workshop. Michelle Ross, center director, will lead a workshop that combines music and painting. Participants will learn to think outside of the norms of structured painting and let the music do the work for them! May 18, 1 p.m.; Free., At Lewinsville Senior Center, 1609 Great Falls Street,McLean. Call 703-442-9075 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Pimmit's Got Talent! Pimmit Hills Senior Center shines its own spotlight at this senior art exhibit. May 18, 10:30 a.m.; Free. At Pimmit Hills Senior Center, 7510 Lisle Avenue, Falls Church. Call 703-734-3338 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Attracting Pollinators to your Garden. Pollinators play an important role in your ornamental and vegetable gardens. Discover how to attract these beneficial insects, birds, and bats to your landscape by providing an environment rich in diversity of plants and habitat. May 19, 10:30 a.m.; Free. At Oakton Community Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Call 703-242-4019 or visit http://www.fairfa...">http://www.fairfa...

Line Dance Demonstration. Enjoy a fun preview of how fitness meets fun in this energizing presentation by Line Dance enthusiasts of Fairfax County! Audience is welcome to participate or simply watch this very popular performing art and social dance form! May 18, 1 p.m.; Free. At Pimmit Hills Senior Center, 7510 Lisle Avenue , Falls Church. Call 703-734-3338 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Meet the Artist! They call him The Tiger Man! Famed and celebrated in his homeland of China, Pimmit Hills Senior Center's very own Mr. Shun Yuan Huan. Join us in celebrating his lifetime of achievements and his showcase of incredible artistry! May 22, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Free. At Pimmit Hills Senior Center, 7510 Lisle Avenue , Falls Church. Call 703-734-3338 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Iranian Music and Dancing. Embrace the aging experience by indulging in this celebration of life and culture! Dance alongside traditional Persian folk dancers, or showcase your own moves! May 28, noon; Free. At Pimmit Hills Senior Center, 7510 Lisle Avenue, Falls Church. Call 703-734-3338 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Advanced Line Dancing. Line dance for the active dancer. Have fun learning new moves while listening to today’s hits! Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; Fridays,1 p.m.; Free. At James Lee Center, 2855-A Annandale Road, Falls Church. Call 703-534-3387 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Zumba. Fast paced aerobic exercise not for the faint at heart; these folks really get it on! Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Free. At James Lee Center, 2855-A Annandale Road, Falls Church. Call 703-534-3387 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Knitting Cub. Instructor teaches beginning Knitting with Round needles as well as 2 needles. Tuesdays, 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.; Thursdays, 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Free. At James Lee Center, 2855-A Annandale Road, Falls Church. Call 703-534-3387 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Line Dancing Basic Steps Workshop. Grace Chen, Line Dance Instructor, will teach the basic steps of line dancing and complete dance by the end of the workshop. May 5, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.; May 12, 1:30 - 2:30; p.m. May 19, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.; May 26, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Free. At Lewinsville Senior Center, 1609 Great Falls Street, McLean. Call 703-442-9075 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Watercolors and One Stroke Painting. Explore the fundamentals of watercolor painting with a Chinese flair! Renowned artist Shun Yuan Huan leads the class in demonstrating basic techniques of the discipline. Fridays, 10 a.m.; Free. Pimmit Hills Senior Center, 7510 Lisle Ave., Falls Church. Call 703-734-3338 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

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Fairfax Sampler of Events

Creative Mindfulness: Movement and Art. This two-part workshop will incorporate mindfulness practices including yoga and tai chi along with a creative, stress-free art project. May 1, 1:30 p.m.; Free. At Insight Memory Center, 3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax. Call 703-204-4664 or visit http://www.insigh...">www.insightmcc.org

Wretches & Jabberers. Two men with autism, an accomplished artist and an activist, embark on a global quest to change attitudes about autism and intelligence. Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette travel to Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland, dissecting, challenging, and reshaping public conceptions along the way. May 3, 1:30 p.m.; $15. At Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic, 2911 District Avenue, Fairfax. Call 703-537-3031/703-537-3075 or visit http://www.jccnv.org">www.jccnv.org

Second Hand Rose. A nationally known storyteller tells the story of Second Hand Rose. May 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Free. At Lord of Life Lutheran Church/Shepherd's Center of Fairfax-Burke -Adventures in Learning. 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Call 703-426-2824 or visit http://www.scfbva...">www.scfbva.org.

Open Readers Theater Class. Join OLLI Actors for a performance of monologues, short skits, acts or scenes from longer plays. May 4, 11:50 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; Free. At Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/GMU, Tallwood, TA-3, 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax. Call 703-503-3384 or visit http://olli.gmu.edu/">http://olli.gmu.edu/

Encore Collage ... A RETRO-Introspective Workshop. Join us as we CREATE a collage using recollections, introspection, aged copies of photos, and magazines to represent key moments from your life and pearls of wisdom. These works will be displayed at the centers Mother's Day luncheon, May 8th. May 4, 10-11:30 a.m.; Free. At Green Acres Fairfax Senior Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. 703.273-6090 or visit http://www.fairfa....">http://www.fairfa....

Cinco de Mayo Party. Little River Glen will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo Party: Creative Aging Throughout Cultures, Food, Dance and Music. May 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. At Little River Glen, 4001 Barker Court, Fairfax. Call 703-503-8703 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Encore/Potomac Chorale Spotlight on the Arts Performance. Come join us for an evening of song and celebration! May 5, 7 p.m.; Free. At Stacy Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Call 703-993-9889 http://www.Potoma...">www.PotomacAcadem...

Mother's Day Tea. Wear your Spring Finery with a Hat. Prizes given for best dressed. Live entertainment. Tea and finger food served. May 8, 11 a.m.; Free. At Green Acres Community Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. Call 703-273-6090 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxva.gov...

Young at Heart Art Exhibition! Come and view the wonderful works of the City of Fairfax Senior Center. They have used their artistic eye to bring you wonderful photography, and other art. May 9; Free. At Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. Call 703-385-2712 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxva.gov...

City of Fairfax Women's Club Fashion Show. Watch fashion take the runway, enjoy styles presented for all ages! May 9; $1. At Stacy C. Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, 703-385-2712 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxva.gov

Quilt and Conversation. Local quilter, Ms. Sandra Duncan, will have her work on display. Members of the community are welcomed to come see her work and ask her any questions about quilting. May 11, 11:30-1:30 p.m.; Free. At Mott Community Center, 12111 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Call 703-278-8695 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Can Art play a role in the ever-growing divide between religions and cultures? Acclaimed local artist Lilianne Milgrom recently returned from Paris where she exhibited and co-curated The Bridge, an interfaith exhibition organized by the CARAVAN foundation, gathered 47 Arab, Christian and Jewish artists from the Middle East and the West who offer visions for exploring our commonalities and bridging our differences. May 11, 6:15 p.m. Free. At Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Call 703-323-0880 or visit http://www.jccnva...">www.jccnvarts.org

Yoga. Yoga is perfect for older adults, or anyone looking to gain strength, flexibility, and peace. After this class, the instructor will briefly speak on the importance of yoga and be open to answer any questions you may have. May 11, 11:00-Noon; Free. At Mott Community Center, 12111 Braddock Road, Fairfax. Call 703-278-8695 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Olli Players Group. The OLLI Players will perform a play complete with violin and guitar called “The Changing Seasons of Life.” You will be taken into the lives and memories of the OLLI Players. Come and see why this group is becoming more popular by the day. May 15, 1-2:30 p.m.; Free. At Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/GMU, Tallwood, TA-1, 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax. Call 703-503-3384 or visit http://olli.gmu.edu/">http://olli.gmu.edu/

Art & Mind Workshop. Art & Mind Workshop combines a lecture/slideshow on an art history topic with a hands-on art activity. Following the lecture, participants will participate in creating an art project in a stress-free environment that promotes creative expression. May 16, 1 p.m.; May 16, 2:30 p.m. Free.At Insight Memory Care Center, 3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax. Call 703-204-4664 or visit http://www.insigh...">www.insightmcc.org

Antique Car Show. Enjoy live Bluegrass Music, food, and many fantastic cars to view! Presented by the Northern Virginia Regional Group of the Early Ford V-8 Club. May 16, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 .p.m.; $1. At Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax. Call 703-385-2712 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxarts.org

Preserving and Sharing Your Family Archive. Scrapbooks, photos, videos, diplomas and other memorabilia tell your family’s story. Learn best practices to preserve these physical and digital objects, and how to use them to create family heirlooms such as memory books, heritage calendars and digital photo displays. May 20, 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Free. At City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Call 703-293-2136 or visit http://www.fairfa...">http://www.fairfa...

The Remarkable History of the Zion Dr. Community. Cora Foley will be presenting and hosting a talk entitled, “The Remarkable History of the Zion Dr. Community.” The talk will include a slide show and some very interesting historical tidbits regarding the small community split between Burke and Fairfax. May 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Free. At David R. Pinn Community Center, 10225 Zion Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-250-9181 http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Tai Chi Class/Demonstration. This beginning class focuses on Chen-style Tai Chi, which promotes health and fitness and relieves stress and builds character. May 21, 2:15-3:40 p.m.; Free. At Lord of Life Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Call 703-503-3384 or visit http://olli.gmu.edu/">http://olli.gmu.edu/

Open Mic Poetry Reading, Jazz Music, Photography Exhibit and Recorder Concert. Sip some coffee and listen to the jazz tunes of the Tallwood Trio followed by an open mic poetry reading led by the OLLI Poetry Club. May 29, 10 a.m.-Noon; Free. At Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/GMU,Tallwood, TA-1 & TA-3, 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax. Call 703-503-3384 http://olli.gmu.edu/">http://olli.gmu.edu/

YOUR Art in the Park . Create your own nature design on paper and we’ll transfer it to a ceramic four-inch square tile for our permanent foyer display at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, a Fairfax County Park Authority property. Mon., Wed., Thur., Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed Tuesdays); Saturday and SundayNoon-5 p.m. $20. At Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce Street, Annandale. Call 703-941-1065 http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Meditation with Joan "Inner-Joy Class." Participate in meditation with Joan and enjoy the health benefits including decreased anxiety and a general feeling of happiness. Mondays, 1 p.m.; Free. At Wakefield Senior Center, 8100 Braddock Road, Annandale. Call 703-321-3000 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

ArtReach-55 yrs & up. Explore different ways to interpret art. Fridays, 11 a.m.-Noon; Free. At Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-865-0520 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Line Dancing-55-plus. Come and enjoy the fun and energy of line dancing! Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Free. At Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-865-0520 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Chinese Chorale Group-55 yrs & up. Enjoy chorale music by a special group of Chinese Senior Adult Participants. May 13; May 20; Free. At Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-865-0520 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Basic Yoga for Senior Adults. Enjoy stress reduction, increased flexibility, and develop your core strength in this yoga class. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-Noon; Free. At Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax. Call 703-865-0520 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

Artists 50 + at the Workhouse. The Workhouse highlights artists who are 50+. May 1-31 (50+ Festivities during regular hours). May 9, 7 p.m.(Directors Tour). Free. At Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton 22079. Call 703-584-2900 or visit http://workhousea...">workhousearts.org/

Gentle Yoga Class. This chair based low impact yoga is appropriate for any type of mobility, whether wheelchair or ambulatory. May 4, 2:30 p.m.; May 18, 2:30 p.m. Free. At Art of Movement at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Bldg. 11, Lorton. Call 703-584-2965 or visit http://www.workho...">www.workhousearts...

Celebrate Creativity and Wellness. Join the Lorton Senior Center in a day to celebrate and engage in creativity through hands on activities, demonstrations, guest speakers, games, food, and more! May 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Free. At Lorton Senior Center, 7722 Gunston Plaza, Lorton. Call 703-550-7195 or visit http://www.fairfa...">www.fairfaxcounty...

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