“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55”

Office of 55+ Programs

Department of Parks and Recreation

300 N. Park Dr., Arlington, VA 22203

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.

55+ Travel group will enjoy an afternoon tea at the historic Elkridge (MD) Furnace Inn. Thursday, Dec. 7. Cost $81, Arlington resident; $93, non-resident. Registration # 902312-04

Holiday recipe exchange, bring favorite holiday recipes and leave with new ones, Thursday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 912890-01.

Forbidden Love in Old Virginia, author Jim Hall will discuss Arthur Jordan, a Black man who was lynched in 1880 for falling in love with a white woman, Thursday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m., virtual. Registration # 912400-32.

Artist cookbook, learn to create art materials using household items, Thursday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m., virtual. Presented by Community Arts Programmer Jennifer Droblyen. Registration # 912303-08.

Holiday party featuring a performance and sing-along with the Ukulele Fever musical group, Friday, Dec. 8, 12-2 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Cost $10 includes lightly catered lunch. Registration # 912890-03.

The 19th Annual Downtown Holiday Market, D.C., is on the agenda for Arlington 55+ Travel participants, Saturday, Dec. 9. Cost $11, Arlington resident; $13, non-resident. Registration # 902312-06.

Beginner gyrokinesis fitness class, unique method of coordinating movement, breathing and mental focus, starts Monday. Dec. 11, 8 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Cost $40, 7 sessions. Registration # 912100-03. Please bring  a mat.

Painting demonstration, paint along with by Community Arts Programmer, picture and supply list sent prior to class, Monday, Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m., virtual. Registration # 912303-16.

Explore art with Community Arts Programmer Jim Halloran using a variety of materials and techniques, Monday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Supplies provided. Registration # 912303-01.

Playwright and performers collective to meet for play readings and performance practice, Tuesday, Dec. 12,  5:30 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Newcomers welcome. Registration # 912300-01

Ukulele instruction, beginners, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4 p.m., registration # 912394-01, followed by intermediate class at 4:30 p.m., registration # 912304-07. Both at Walter Reed 55+ Center.

55+ Cycling classes with experienced instructors begin Tuesday, Dec. 12, 9:15 a.m., 12 sessions, $60, registration # 912100-01 or begin Thursday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., 12 sessions, $60, registration # 912100-02. Both at Thomas Jefferson Community Center.

Holiday Bingo, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1:30 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center. Registration # 912890-04.

Backyard birds in winter will be discussed by Park Naturalist Gabby Hrycyshyn, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m., virtual. Registration # 912400-23.

History roundtable group will discuss major impacts of WWII, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 11:15 a.m., virtual. Registration # 912402-04.

Discussion in Spanish of current events impacting the Latino community, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m., 

Discussion in Spanish of current events impacting the Latino community, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Led by 55 + Center Director Ashley Gomez Figueredo. Participants must have at least an intermediate knowledge of Spanish. Registration # 912402-13.

Study of words, discuss history of English, plus phrases and expressions, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m., 

Lubber Run 55+ Center, registration # 912402-28 or virtual, registration # 912402-29. Facilitated by 55+ volunteer Steve Shapiro.

Social security 101, AARP volunteer Jim Morris will cover history and things people should know, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 3:15 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 912404-01.

Intro to basic Spanish, six-part series of classes begin Thursday, Dec. 14, 12:30 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center, virtual. 55+ Center Director Ashley Gomez Figueredo will teach basic vocabulary, grammar and phrases. Registration # 912650-01.

55+ Travel group heads to Winterthur, DE to view the Getting Dressed with Ann Lowe exhibit featuring the stunning collection of  her 40 iconic gowns, Thursday, Dec. 14. Cost $48, Arlington resident; $55, non-resident. Registration # 902312-08.

Karaoke for the holidays, sing along in many languages and share traditions, Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 912890-05.

Arlington Food Assistance Center representative will discuss the organization’s service to over 2000 families per week, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m., virtual. Registration # 912400-06.

Explore the art of Alma Thomas, famous 20th century artist known for her bold abstract paintings, Thursday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m., virtual.  Community Arts Programmer Jennifer Droblyen will present an introduction to Thomas’ life and work. Registration # 912302-03.

Demonstration on how to use a mobile phone and apps like Google Maps to navigate, Friday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Presented by 55+ Center Director Jennifer Weber. Registration # 912403-02.

Behind the scenes of three artists, their history and techniques, Friday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m., virtual. Presented by Community Arts Programmer Jim Halloran. Registration # 912302-04.

Advanced gyrokinesis fitness classes begin Friday, Dec. 15, 8 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Movements increase in intensity, rhythm and flow. Cost $45, 9 sessions. Registration # 912100-04. Please bring a mat.

Aurora Hills 55+ Center is collecting gently used coats and jackets, Friday, Dec. 15, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. to be distributed to the Salvation Army after cleaning by Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners. Registration # 912890-06. Additional information, 703-228-5722.

55+ Travel will join Community Arts Programmer Jennifer Droblyen for a tour of “Composing Color: Paintings by Alma Thomas” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Saturday, Dec. 16. Cost $11, Arlington resident; $13, non-resident. Registration # 902312-09.

Short story reading and discussion of “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote, Monday, Dec. 18, 1 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center, registration # 912402-22 or virtual, registration # 912402-23.

Aurora Hills 55+ Center book club to discuss “Kristin Lavansdatter” by Sigrid Undset, Monday, Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m. Drop-in.

Secrets revealed of famous artists and their distinctive techniques presented by Community Arts Programmer Jennifer Droblyen, Monday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m., virtual. Registration # 912302-07.

Genealogy 101, share research information and tools with fellow genealogy enthusiasts, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Led by experienced genealogist Eileen Bogdanoff. Registration # 912402-01.

Acoustic Café, enjoy the vibe of a 1960s coffee house with live music by Mood Indigo and Crooked Sparrow, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Registration # 912301-01.

Holiday cookie recipe swap, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center. Registration # 912890-08.

Opera appreciation group to hear musical selections from “Luisa Fernanda” by Federico Torroba, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Professional commentary by George Cecchetti. Registration # 912300-03.

Piano lounge and sing-along with holiday music performed by pianist Valerie Welsh, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 4 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Lyrics provided. Registration # 912304-15.

Vinyl records and root beer floats, Thursday, Dec. 21, 6 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Bring a record or just enjoy listening. Registration # 912801-01.

Matinee movie, “A Man Called Otto” (2022) (PG-13), Thursday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center. Registration # 912804-08.

Learn about Arlington’s community outreach services including citizen workshops, English classes, job training and more, presented Thursday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m. in English, virtual, registration # 912400-03 or 2 p.m., in Spanish, virtual, registration # 912400-04. Presented by Connie Freeman, Dept. of Human Services.

Bilingual Trivia in English and Spanish, Thursday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m., virtual. Basic knowledge of Spanish required. Beginners welcome. Registration # 912600-17.

Get Moving with Dance Bingo, Friday, Dec. 22, 11:15 a.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Combines cardio dancing and luck of the draw Bingo. Registration # 912600-04.

Matinee movie, “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1945) (PG), Friday, Dec. 22, 12:30 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center.Registration # 912804-04.