“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.

Manatees off the coast of Virginia, Park Naturalist Rachel Joffey will discuss manatee biology, their migration plus other information, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., virtual. Registration # 912400-25.    

Navigating Medicare, presented by Dr.Salama Freed, assistant professor of health policy and management, 

GWU, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Discussion includes enrollment options

and the latest changes. Registration # 912503-01.

Opera appreciation group to hear musical selections from “Macbeth” by Giuseppe Verdi, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1:30 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Professional commentary by George Cecchetti. Registration # 912300-07.

Piano lounge and sing-along with pianist Valerie Welsh focusing on love songs, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 912304-17.

Cornhole practice, keep your skills sharp for 2024 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics or just come and game, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Registration # 912205-02.

Paint and sip from your home while you recreate artworks on display at area museums with Community Arts Programmers Jim Halloran and Jennifer Droblyen, Thursday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m., virtual. Registration # 912303-15.

Introduction to basic Spanish vocabulary, grammar and  conversational phrases, Thursday, Feb. 22, 12:30 p.m., virtual. Taught by 55+ Center Director Ashley Gomez. Registration # 912650-06.

Navigating the 55+ Guide efficiently, sign up for one-on-one advice and questions answered Wednesday,

 Feb. 21, 1:30–3 p.m., registration # 912400-37 or 3–4:30 p.m., registration # 912400-38. Both at Langston-Brown 55+ Center.

55+ Travel group to visit D.C.’s Textile Museum and its “Fights for Freedom” exhibit showcasing D.C.

figures and historical moments from anti-slavery campaigns to the Civil Rights movement, Friday,

Feb. 23. Cost $10, Arlington resident; $12, non-resident. Registration # 902402-07.

Get moving with Dance Bingo, fun game that combines cardio dancing with luck of the draw bingo, Friday, Feb. 23, 11:15 a.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Registration # 912600-06.

Movie matinee, “A Love Song” (2023) (PG), Friday, Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center.

Registration # 912804-07.

Just beneath the surface of three artists, learn their history and techniques, Friday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m., virtual.

Presented by Community Arts Programmer Jim Halloran. Registration # 912302-06.

Mood disorders and physical health, program provided by Emma Stapp from George Washington Institute

for Brain Health and dementia, Monday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration


Scale down, a weight loss support group, Monday, Feb. 26, 1:30 p.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center.


Short story reading and discussion of “The Man Who Was Almost a Man” by Richard Wright, Monday, 

Feb. 26, 1 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center, registration # 912402-26 or virtual, 912402-27.

Aurora Hills 55+ Center book club participants will discuss “The Color of Water” by James McBride, Monday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m. Drop-in. 

Secrets revealed of famous artists including secretive techniques, presented by Community Arts Programmer, Jennifer Droblyen, Monday, Feb. 26, virtual. Registration # 912392-09.

Getting a good night’s sleep strategies for developing better sleep habits, presented by Kate Chutuape, Virginia Hospital Center, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m., virtual. Registration # 912500-08.

It takes a village, hear Arlington Neighborhood Village’s director Wendy Zenker describe the village concept and ways to get involved, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m., via Zoom at Lubber Run 55+ Center, registration # 912400-01 or virtual, # 912400-02.

Escape Room, a team activity to solve a series of clues and puzzles in order to “escape”, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 

7:15 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center, registration # 912600-02 or virtual, #912600-03.

55+ Travel group will visit the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir which encompasses the Regular Army, the Army Reserves and the Army National Guard, Wednesday, Feb. 28. Cost $11, Arlington resident; $13, non-resident. Registration # 902402-08.

Give line dancing a try, learn the basics prior to joining a beginners class, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 10:15 a.m.,

Walter Reed 55+ Center. Drop-in.

How snakes and humans can co-exist, presented by Rachel Joffey, Park Naturalist at Gulf Branch Nature

Center, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center. Registration # 912400-26.

Local history discussion, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center.  Registration #912402-08.

Current events discussion in Spanish which are impacting the Latino community, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m., Lubber Run +55 Center. Facilitated by 55+ Center Director Ashley Gomez. Registration # 912402-18.

Bilingual Trivia in English and Spanish, Thursday, Feb. 29, 3 p.m., virtual, registration # 912600-18.

Arlington’s Halls Hill, presented by lifelong resident Saundra Green who will recap the history of the neighborhood and her experiences, Thursday, Feb. 29, 1:30 p.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center. Registration # 912400-30.

Fortunes in the attic, find out by sending a photo of an item to sashton@arlingtonva.us prior to program, 

Thursday, Feb. 29, 8:30 a.m., virtual, registration # 912400-10. Community Arts Programmer Jennifer 

Droblyen will research the item plus explain how to identify authentic antiques.

Traveling with grandchildren, tips from Jacque Fallert, Road Scholar Ambassador Program, Thursday,

Feb. 29. 11:30 a.m. via Zoom at Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 912400-17 or virtual,

# 912400-18.

Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL), 24 one hour sessions beginning Monday, March 4, 1 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. No fee. Program includes exercises to improve strength, balance and fitness and reduce risk of  falls. Presented by Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance. Registration # 913502-01. Repeated, 20 sessions beginning Friday, Mar. 8, 1 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center. Registration # 913501-02.

Memoir writing, five two hour sessions with experienced memoir writer Mims Placke, begins Monday, 

March 4, 10:15 a.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center. Informal sessions to write, exchange ideas and share 

memories. Registration # 913300-03.

55+ Travel group will have Tea at Reynolds Tavern in Annapolis, Monday, March 4. Cost $79, Arlington 

resident; $91, non-resident. Registration # 902403-03.

Inclusion means everyone, program from Arlington County’s Robyn Mitchell, Therapeutic Recreation Office, 

to discuss how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 55+ community can ensure that all are 

included, Tuesday, March 5, 1 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Registration # 913400-07.

Wingspan, a card-driven, engine-building, illustrated board game for bird enthusiasts, Tuesday, March 5, 

5:30-8 p.m. Beginners welcome. Walter Reed 55+ Center. Registration # 913600-01.

Brain health as you age, learn what to expect, what is normal and when to seek medical attention, 

Wednesday, March 6, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center. Presented by Melissa Long, Insight Memory Care Center. Registration # 913500-01.

Becoming a genealogist. Ten session series begins Wednesday, March 6, 1 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center.

 Taught by experienced genealogist Susan Court. Registration # 913400-40.

55+ Travel group will venture to Philadelphia for its annual Flower Show, Wednesday, March 6. Breathtaking exhibits crafted by the world’s leading floral, garden and landscape designers. Cost $116, Arlington resident; $133, non-resident. Registration # 902403-04.

Cooking demonstration of winter soups by Master Food Volunteers from Virginia Cooperative Extension, 

Thursday, March 7, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center. Registration # 913501-02.

A matter of balance, eight two hour weekly programs on Thursdays beginning March 7, 1 p.m., Langston-

Brown 55+ Center. Practical strategies to reduce fear of falling, led by Northern Virginia Falls Prevention 

Alliance. Registration # 913502-03.

The art of downsizing, presented by realtor Philippa Main who will provide decluttering tips and expert insight on market trends, Thursday, March 7, 3 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center, registration # 913404-01 or virtual, registration # 913404-02.

ChatGPT and AI, presentation by David Herlihy and Holly Hartell, Arlington County’s Dept. of Technology Services. Learn about the purpose of artificial intelligence (AI) and how to use it, Thursday, March 7, 3 p.m., virtual. Registration # 913403-01.

Five artists, five works, hear and see a common thread as described by Community Arts Programmer Jennifer Droblyen, Thursday, March 7, 8:30 a.m., virtual. Registration # 913302-01.

Triskele paper globes, learn to create a 3D globe in the shape of a triskele,, a symbol made of three spirals 

originating from a single point, Thursday, March 7, 10 a.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Class taught by volunteer Carolyn Bainer. Registration # 913310-01.

Pysanky, decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs, presented by artist George Ziobro, Thursday, March 7, 1:30 p.m., Langston-Brown. Supplies provided. Registration # 913310-02.

55+ Travel group will enjoy two compelling exhibits in D.C., “Whistler: Streetscapes, Urban Change” at 

Freer Gallery and “Star Power: Photographs from Hollywood’s Golden Era” by George Hurell, at the

National Portrait Gallery, Friday, March 8. Cost $13, Arlington resident; $15, non-resident. Registration 

# 902403-05.

U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations, presented by Col. Richard T. Chen, U.S. Army Indo-Pacific Foreign area officer, Friday, March 8, 11 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center, registration # 913400-22 or virtual, # 913400-23.

Explore mixed media art, interactive session to learn techniques using unconventional materials, Friday, 

March 8, 1 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center. No experience needed; materials provided. Taught by Community Arts Programmer Jennifer Droblyen. Registration # 913303-01.