“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.

Virtual Center for Active Adults (VCAA), free, virtual programs five days a week includes fitness classes, 

lifelong learning programs and interactive games. For more information email, sashton@arlingtonva.us.

Drop-in fitness classes are offered at Lubber Run Community Center, total body fitness, Mondays, 10 a.m., 

Fridays,10;15 a.m.; full fitness, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.; strength training, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. Cost $4 per class or $60 for a 15 sessions punch pass. Pay at Lubber Run’s front desk.

Billiards, casual games, players of all levels are welcome, equipment provided, weekdays at Walter Reed 55+ Center, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Drop-in.  

Volleyball, friendly games provide fun and exercise, beginners and experienced players welcome, Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center. Drop-in.

Dance Party to celebrate Older Americans Month featuring music from different eras, Wednesday, May 8, 

10:30 a.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center. Email favorite dance party songs to cconley1@arlingtonva.us.

Dress up in an outfit from your favorite decade! Registration # 913899-02.

Mother’s Day craft, create a unique card, Wednesday, May 8, 12:30 p.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center. Materials provided. Registration # 913310-09.

Mother’s Day Music and Tea, music by pianist Valerie Welsh, Wednesday, May 8, 1 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+

 Center. Bring photos of your mother, wife or children to share. Registration # 913890-03.

History roundtable group to discuss the impact of required primary education, Wednesday, May 8, 11:15 a.m., virtual. Registration # 913402-06.

The study of words and the history of the English language plus other items of linguistic interest, Wednesday, May 8, 10:30 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Facilitated by 55+ volunteer Steve Shapiro, Registration # 913402-21 or virtual, 913402-22.

Community Connections at Arlington Mill 55+ Center to hear about Aspire Afterschool Learning, Wednesday, May 8, 5 p.m. Part of a new initiative to learn about 55+ programs at the Center. Registration # 913400-05.

A Caregiver’s Guide to Medicare, presented by Arlington’s Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance

 Program (VICAP), Wednesday, May 8, 10:30 a.m., virtual. Call to register, 703-228-1725 or email, 


Services for the blind and vision impaired, presented by Virginia Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired 

(DBVI), Thursday, May 9, 11 a.m., virtual. Registration # 913400-08.

How to navigate social media, Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Bring your device and 

questions. Presented by 55+ Center Director Ashley Gomez. Registration # 913403-05.

Butterflies and blossoms at Lubber Run Community Center, leisurely walk to admire spring wildflowers, led by Long Branch Nature Center naturalist Rob Barnovsky, Thursday, May 9, 10 a.m. Meet at Lubber Run Amphitheater. Registration # 913106-19.

Beginner quilling, create delicate raised images on note cards using paper strips and a few basic tools,

 Thursday, May 9, 1:30 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Cost $18, supplies provided. Registration # 913310-06.

Homemade Mother’s Day cards created with preschoolers, Friday, May 10, Lubber Run 55+ Center. Supplies provided. Registration # 913310-10.

Puzzle Mondays at Langston-Brown 55+ Center, May 13, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Lots of puzzles on hand or bring one of your own. Drop-in.

Reader’s Theater (new), a form of theatrical performance that emphasizes oral interpretations of written texts without sets, costumes and memorization, Tuesday, May 14, 5:30 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Led by 55+ Center Director Jennifer Weber. Registration # 913301-13.

Ukulele Fever Concert, presented by the 55+ ukulele class taught by Sandy O’Shea, Tuesday, May 14, 

4 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center, registration # 913301-08 or virtual, registration # 913301-09.

The Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV is on the agenda for the 55+ Travel group, Wednesday, May 15. Cost $13, Arlington resident; $15, non-resident. Registration # 902405-07.

Give line dancing a try, lots of fun, easy to learn and a low impact exercise, Wednesday, May 15, 10:15 a.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Try this before joining a beginner’s class. Drop-in.

Tracking spring bird migration with volunteers from Arlington Regional Master Naturalists and the Audubon Society, Wednesday, May 15, 4 p.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center. Learn how to support migratory birds.Registration # 913400-27.

Opera appreciation group to hear musical selections from “Lucrezia Borgia” by Gaetano Donizetti, Wednesday, May 15, 1:30 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Commentary by volunteer George Cecchetti. Registration # 913300-11.

Open art studio for artists who work at their own pace, Wednesday, May 15 and Friday, May 17, 10 a.m.,

Arlington Mill 55+ Center.  Supplies and instruction not provided. Drop-in.

Piano lounge and sing-along with pianist Valerie Welsh, showcasing movie themes and hits, Wednesday, 

May 15, 4 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 913304-17.

Cooking demonstration of food for a healthy heart, Thursday, May 16, 10 a.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center. 

Presented by Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Food Volunteers. Registration # 913501-09.

Paint along with Community Arts Programmers Jennifer Droblyen and Jim Halloran and recreate

artworks on display at area museums, Thursday, May 16, 10 a.m., virtual. Registration # 913303-13.

Bilingual trivia in Spanish and English, Thursday, May 16, 1 p.m., virtual. Basic knowledge of Spanish is

 needed. Beginners welcome. Registration # 913600-11.

Bilingual Bingo in English and Spanish, Thursday, May 16, 3:30 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 913600-02.

Word games, Thursday, May 16, 2 p.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center. Some games available including Scrabble and Bananagrams or bring a favorite one to share. Registration # 913600-23.

Matinee movie, “The Boy and the Heron” (2023) (PG-13), Friday, May 17, 1 p.m., Arlington Mill

55+ Center. Registration # 913804-10.

Talons to Bills: Birds’ Adaptations, learn how birds survive, presented by Rob Barnovsky, naturalist at Long Branch Nature Center, Friday, May 17, 10 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 913400-28.

Acoustic Hour in Virginia Highlands Park, Friday, May 17, 1 p.m. Live music by PhEd Up with Phriends. 

Bring a blanket or chair. If inclement weather, event will be held indoors at Aurora Hills 55+ Center. 

Registration #913301-07.

Walter Reed 55+ Center’s sensory garden of plants and herbs, Friday, May 17, 1 p.m. Tour with volunteer 

Wendy Sparrow. Registration # 913106-16.

Just Play’n Country, bring an instrument and join the band or sing-along and listen to music with roots

in Irish, folk and blues, Friday, May 17, 1 p.m., Madison Community Center. Drop-in.

Absolute beginner pickleball, try this sport in a judgement-free zone, Monday, May 20, 10 a.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Limited balls and paddles available. Drop-in.

Bridge practice with volunteer instructors Linda and Steve Robinson, Tuesday, May 21, 2 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Drop-in.

Springo, a fun version of Bingo including prizes, Tuesday, May 21, 10:30 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center.

 Registration # 913899-03.

Genealogy 101, led by experienced genealogist Eileen Bogdanoff, Tuesday, May 21, 11:30 a.m., Lubber

Run 55+ Center. Share research information and tools with other enthusiasts. Registration # 913402-03.

Two Cities Trio and the O’Kays will perform live at the Acoustic Café, Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Open to all ages, no 55+ Pass required. Registration # 913394-12.

Introduction to the ukulele, Tuesday, May 21, 4 p.m., registration # 913304-06, followed by an intermediate class at 4:30 p.m., registration # 913304-12, Walter Reed 55+ Center. Taught by Sandy O’Shea; limited number of ukuleles available.

Traveling on a budget, presented by Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Financial Educators, Wednesday, May 22, 1 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center. Registration # 913400-17.

Local history buffs learn about Arlington’s rich past, Wednesday, May 22, 1:30 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 913402-09.

Popular magazine articles discussion facilitated by Vicky McCaffrey, Aurora Hills Adult Services Librarian, Wednesday, May 22, 11 a.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center. Copies of the articles available at the Center. Registration # 913402-16.

Book exchange at Lubber Run 55+ Center, Thursday, May 23, 6 p.m. Bring books in good condition and take home some new reading material. Registration # 913801-07.

Smartphone photography class to learn how to maximize use of cameras in your mobile devices Thursday, 

May 23, 10 a.m., virtual. Taught by photography enthusiast Nick Englund. Registration # 913403-06.

Friendly no-stakes games of poker, Thursday, May 23, 2 p.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center. All levels

of experience welcome. Registration # 913600-18.

Jewelry swap with 55+ volunteers, chance to refresh your jewelry collection, Friday, May 24, 2 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. More information will be e-mailed to you prior to event. Registration # 913801-08.

55+ Travel group will tour the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, DE, Friday, May 24. Discover the rich history of military aviation. Cost $19, Arlington resident; $22, non-resident. Registration # 902405-09. 

Movie matinee, “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (2023) (PG-13), Friday, May 24, 12:30 p.m., 

Aurora Hills 55+ Center. Registration # 913804-06.