Elizabeth Poole, director of the Senior Center at Langston-Brown Community Center, is writing the day’s activities on the board outside the center. She says every day includes a hot lunch, as well as activities, sometimes special speakers and field trips. She says the seniors sometimes suggest new classes such as “yarn creation” that began with 3-4 people and has grown to 6-9 attendees. Another popular activity is the choral group of 50-60 who meets weekly and performs winter and spring concerts.
Photo by Shirley Ruhe.
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The Langston-Brown Senior Center at 2121 N. Culpepper St., one of six senior centers in Arlington, offers field trips, classes focusing on health, consumer education, cooking and languages as well as dancing lessons, sports and yoga. Most classes are free with a Senior 55+ pass at a cost of $20.
“The cooking demo is one of the most popular classes. Katie Strong has a following and she has interesting topics. Yesterday was appetizing appetizers,” said Elizabeth Poole, director of the senior center.
Poole, who has been director for almost five years, says the events can change seasonally. For instance, there will be an Octoberfest this month. “On Saturday we had a rock concert here with music from the Woodstock era. It was lots of fun.”
Today seniors sit at a table inside the senior center waiting for the bus for a field trip to the Northern Virginia Resource Center. Poole said it specializes in hearing impairment: “They are going to look at the technology.”