Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

“Flourishing After 55”    

Office of 55+ Programs

Department of Parks and Recreation

300 N. Park Dr., Arlington, VA 22203            703-228-4747

55+ Programs are in person at 55+ Centers, unless otherwise noted. A 55+ Pass is required to participate (starting at a $20 annual fee). To join or register, go to registration.arlingtonva.us or call 703-228-4747. 

Registration for 2023 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, is open, online only at www.nvso.us. Registration fee $20 for unlimited events. For more information, email, nvso1982@gmail.com.

Movie night at Lubber Run 55+ Center, Thursday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m., “The Intern” (2015) (PG-13). Registration # 914804-14.

Line dance practice, must have knowledge of basic steps, Thursday, Aug. 24, 1 – 2 p.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center; Friday, Aug. 25, 11:05 a.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center. Drop-in.

Current events discussion in Spanish, Thursday, Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m., virtual. Must have at least intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Led by Lubber Run 55+ Center Director Ashley Gomez. Registration # 914402-14.

Dance Bingo, created by Walter Reed 55+ Center Director Jennifer Weber, combines cardio dancing with luck of the draw of Bingo, Friday, Aug. 25, 11:15 a.m. Registration # 914600-16. 

55+ Travel group will visit the Museum of Illusions in D.C.’s City Center, Friday, Aug. 25. More than 50 visual and educational exhibits featuring holograms, stereograms and immersive rooms. Cost $36, Arlington resident; $44, non-resident. Registration # 902308-05. 

Social ballroom dance, spacious dance floor, Friday, Aug. 25, 1 p.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center. Music for swing, foxtrot, waltz and tango. Drop-in.

Movie matinee, “The Fabelmans” (2022) (PG-13), Friday, Aug. 25, 12:30 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center.Registration # 914804-04.

Crafternoon social group of experienced yarn crafters, Lubber Run 55+ Center, Friday, Aug. 25, 3 p.m. Sip tea, work on crocheting, knitting and needlepoint projects followed by a walk around the Center’s indoor track. Drop-in.

Aurora Hills book club to discuss “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Monday, Aug. 28, 11:30 a.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center. Newcomers welcome. Drop-in.

55+ ice skating, exclusive hour, Monday, Aug. 28, 8:10 – 9:20 a.m., MedStar Capitals Iceplex, Ballston Common Mall, 8th level parking ($1), skate rental ($1). Pre-registration required at www.medstarcapitalsiceplex.com, senior public skate.

Pinochle, well known card game using a special deck of cards, Monday, Aug. 28, 1 – 3 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 1, 1 – 3 p.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center. Newcomers welcome. Drop-in.

QR codes and how to use them, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 6 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Taught by tech expert Nick Englund. Registration # 914403-14.

Croquet games, newcomers welcome, equipment provided, Tuesday, Aug. 29 and Friday, Sept. 1, 2 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center field. Drop-in.

Tai Chi practice with experienced volunteers, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center; Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center; Friday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center field.  No 

instruction provided. Drop-in.

Android phone and tablet class, come prepared with device specific questions, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center. Taught by tech expert Nick Englund. Registration # 914403-03.

Hearts card games, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center. Lots of fun and less complicated than most card games. Newcomers welcome. Drop-in.

Learn how to use WhatsApp, a free messenger app for smartphones, Thursday, Aug. 31, 3 p.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center. Bring phone to class. Taught by tech expert Nick Englund.  Registration # 914403-11.

SAIL, Stay Active and Independent for Life, Tuesdays and Fridays beginning Friday, Sept 1, 1 p.m., 20 sessions, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance. Exercise to improve strength, balance and fitness, Aurora Hills 55+ Center. No fee. Registration # 911502-04.

Spellbinders, oral storytellers who tell folk tales, fables and legends, seeking new members, Friday, Sept. 1, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center. Drop-in.

Just Play’n Country, sing along, play or just listen to traditional mountain music with roots in Irish folk and blues, Friday, Sept. 1, 1 -3 p.m., Madison Community Center. Drop-in.

Movie matinee, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center, “Ticket to Paradise” (2022) (PG-13).

Registration # 911804-02.

Langston-Brown 55+ book club will discuss “The Paris Library” by Janet S. Charles, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 

1:30 p.m., newcomers welcome. Drop-in.

Encore Chorale rehearsals begin Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m. at Lubber Run 55+ Center. Beginners and experienced

 singers welcome, no auditions required. Led by a professional conductor. Fee for 15 sessions: $165 plus $25

 materials. For more information, call 301-261-5747. Registration # 911300-07.

Opera appreciation group to hear musical selections from “Sophie’s Choice” by Nicholas Maw, Wednesday, 

Sept. 6, 1:30 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Professional commentary by George Cecchetti. Registration 

# 911300-01. 

Piano sing-along with pianist Charlotte Lindsay, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center.

 Registration # 911304-09.

Piano lounge and sing-along with Valerie Welsh, folk and soft rock favorites, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 4 p.m., 

Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 911304-10.

55+ Travel group will visit the Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD, Thursday, Sept. 7. Stroll through 15 

thematic garden rooms and tour the historic manor house. Enjoy lunch in the Ladew Café.  Cost (includes 

lunch): $56, Arlington resident; $65, non-resident.  Registration # 902309-01.

Plants and cuttings swap, Thursday, Sept. 7, 3 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Bring cuttings and whole plants to

 trade with others and learn about new-to-you plants. All plants and cuttings must be pest-free and healthy. 

Registration # 911401-01.

White House historian Sarah Fling will explore the history of state dinners and give an inside look at the

 preparations, Thursday, Sept. 7, 1:30 p.m., virtual. Registration # 911400-18.

Learn all the ins and outs about the 55+ Travel Program, Thursday, Sept. 7, 11:15 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center, 

registration # 911899-01 or virtually, registration # 911899-02. Presented by Sheila Budoff, 55+ Travel 

program assistant.

Chronic disease self-management, six week program of interactive workshops begins Thursday, Sept. 7, 

11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Presented by Gelareh Bassiry, Stanford University. Registration

# 911500-01.

Acoustic Hour at Aurora Hills 55+ Center, Friday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m. Enjoy great music, coffee and fellowship.

Registration # 911301-05.

55+ Travel group heads to Kennett Square, PA for the annual Mushroom Festival, Saturday, Sept. 9. Sample a 

variety of mushroom-centric foods, visit craft vendors and boutiques. Cost $25, Arlington resident; $29, 

non-resident. Plus a $5 cash entrance fee. Registration # 902309-02.

Opening day ceremonies for the 41st Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, Saturday, Sept. 9, 9:30 a.m., Thomas 

Jefferson Community Center. Welcome remarks, Color Guard, National Anthem sung by the Arlingtones,

Torch Bearers and acknowledgement of VIP’s and Patrons. Nine track events follow. All events through

Sept. 24 are open to the public. For more info, check the website at www.nvso.us or email,