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Living Out Loud in Retirement

Three friends fulfill dreams to travel the world.

Senior living

Tight Knit Circle of Friends

Women gather each week to create and connect.

The soft click-clack of knitting needles is barely audible over the chatter that fills the library of Margaret Overcash’s McLean home. She and three of her oldest friends have gathered for their weekly knitting session.

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Healthy Resolutions in 2024

How to reach and keep your New Year's Resolutions

New Years

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Paying Forward a Christmas Miracle

Springfield woman uses personal experience to provide support for women in need this holiday season.


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New Engineering Summer Institute Offers Access

Marymount University program instills aspiration in students from disadvantaged communities


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Fit After 90

Working out six days each week is what one couple attributes to their longevity.

Senior Work Out

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Marymount Student Honored for Work on Behalf of Undocumented Immigrants

Karla Mercado Dorados receives Campus Compact’s 2023-2024 Newman Civic Fellowship.


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From the Pavement to the Pool

Running group turns to aquatics for fitness and fun.

Pool exercises

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When Your Flock Has Flown the Nest

Downsizing without downgrading and preparing a family home for market.


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New Opportunity for Seniors to Stay Active, Healthy and Social

Recently revamped program for seniors at the Potomac Community Center offers opportunities for staying engaged.


Aging While Black

During Black History Month, local church helps seniors get health and financial assistance.


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Capital Remodel and Garden Show

Nationally known designer and McLean native Yip Vern is scheduled to appear.

Garden show

Wrapping up the Holidays in Potomac

Garden Club

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Leading with Deeds to Equity

Ann Burke's grassroots efforts and support of community make her an agent of change.

Ann Burke's grassroots efforts and support of community make her an agent of change.

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Holiday Dessert Cookbook Preserves Family Culinary Traditions

Seventh grade students share recipes in their cookbook, "Faith, Family and Food."


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Local Conductor Prepares Singers for a Festive Performance

Encore Creativity’s Northern Virginia holiday concerts coming up.

Encore perfo

Long Lasting Pumpkins that Don’t Skimp on Style

Hand blown orbs are an elegant alternative to traditional pumpkins.


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Seniors Return to School

New program offers an opportunity for academic achievement and social connections.

New program offers an opportunity for academic achievement and social connections.

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Culinary Instruction Without Borders

Virtual platform takes Melanie Underwood from Fairfax farm to nationwide classroom.

It started with a pastry. Eight-year-old Melanie Underwood trudged through a grassy field in Northern Virginia in search of her father...

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Seniors Surviving the Heat

Staying hydrated, remaining indoors can help prevent heat illness in older people.

Staying hydrated, remaining indoors can help prevent heat illness in older people.

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Video Games: How Much Is Too Much?

Establishing and enforcing screen time limits

Video game time

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Creating an Elegant and ADHD-friendly Home

Designers share tips for combining style and effective organization.


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Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month

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Local Quilters Use Craft To Bring Cheer in McLean

McLean Quilters Unlimited gifts quilts to Mary Marshall Assisted Living and other organizations.


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Local Quilters Use Craft to Support and Bring Cheer to Northern Virginia

McLean Quilters Unlimited gifts quilts to Mary Marshall Assisted Living and other organizations.


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Local Students React to Crisis in Ukraine

Raising awareness and praying for peace are among the ways they’re showing support.


Managing Anxiety Triggered by News from Ukraine

Music and meditation among the ways to cope.


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Voice Lesson to Music History Classes at Your Fingertips.

New collaboration offers video-streaming service to seniors.

Voice Lessons

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Black History Month: Filling in the Gaps

African American parents are giving their children accurate and comprehensive lessons on Black history.

Black History

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for the Home

Presents that can be used on Cupid's Day and beyond.


Combatting the Toll of Racism on Mental Health

Black Health and Wellness is the theme of Black History Month 2022

Mental health

Romance and Intimacy after 60

Reviving and developing romantic relationships in the golden years.

Senior issues

Veri Peri Named 2020 Color of the Year

Described blue with red-violet undertones, the hue is expected to be on trend this year.


Making Decision During COVID

Even small decisions can cause anxiety, stress.

Covid Stress

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Encore Creativity Resumes In-Person Song

Those over 55 with a passion for music can now practice and perform in person, with precautions.


Inspiration for Holiday Décor

Ideas for understated designs in non-traditional colors


Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers

Thoughtful and original presents for educators

Gift for Teachers

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Inside the Home of an Interior Designer

Local tastemakers offer a glimpse of their personal style

Interior design

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Safe and Conflict-free Holiday Cheer

Celebrating the holidays with both vaccinated and unvaccinated friends and family.


Helping Children Develop Healthy Friendships

Positive relationships with peers offer happiness and security.


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Get Your Flu Shot

Local health officials say it's important to get both flu and COVID vaccines, and CDC says they can be given at the same time.

As students return to in-person learning while social distancing and mask mandates are less in evidence, local health officials are urging residents to get a flu shot to prevent an uptick in the number flu and COVID-19 cases.

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Designing a Mountain Getaway

A minimalist design allows the landscape to take center stage.

If you drive about an hour and a half west of Arlington, through winding roads lined with trees that create a kaleidoscope of changing tree leaves, you’ll reach the village of Syria, Virginia and an idyllic vacation home curated by designers from The Nest Egg.

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Volunteering Can Give Seniors Purpose

Seniors and retirees can stay active and have a positive impact on the community.

Every Tuesday this summer, Esther Rosenberg has welcomed two elementary school-aged students into her Potomac, Md. home.

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Universities Measure Heat Disparities in Virginia

Marymount professor and student join ‘Heat Watch’ effort.

Enduring dangerously high temperatures, Marymount University student Bader Hakami and biology professor Susan Agolini spent a day working as community scientists.

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Design Ideas to Welcome Fall

Small changes in home accessories can transform a space.

When it comes to interior design, attention to even the smallest of details took on new importance over the past year.

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Pressure for Athletic Success Can Lead to Stress

Balancing the need for athletic achievement with emotional wellbeing

Practicing with her club track team three days each week, training with a private coach on the other four days and balancing a challenging academic workload led to a stressful school year for Alexandria high school senior Alexis McCormick.

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Music for Singers with Alzheimer’s Disease

New choral program gives those with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments the gift of music

When Peter Midgley and his wife went on their first date, they discovered their mutual love of music.

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Summer Camp in Age of Climate Change

Increased safety protocols result from climate change-induced extreme temperatures.

Some of the area’s youngest aspiring thespians are spending part of their summer honing their craft at Arlington’s Encore Stage & Studio’s camps.