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Active Wellness Program at St. Alban's

This free program is a classroom for lifelong learning, a refuge for meditation and exercise, a parlor for engaging conversation and discussions, and a place for dear friendships to grow. It attracts older adults from the neighborhood and beyond who are drawn to the delicious (and nutritious!) daily lunch and diverse activities — such as a farmer’s market with free produce, exercise classes, and field trips.

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Adas Israel Behrend Senior Fellowship Lunchtime & Exercise Program

Participate in fitness classes, a delicious lunch and cultural programs. All DC residents 60 years and up welcome.

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Adult Activities at St. Columba's Episcopal Church

St. Columba’s Episcopal Church offers many activities for all ages.

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American University Katzen Arts Center

The Katzen Arts Center brings all the visual and performing arts programs at AU into one 130,000 square foot space. Designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts, the new center provides state-of-the-art instructional, exhibition, and performance space for all the arts disciplines. Free yoga classes, exhibits, openings, and lectures.

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Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures

Get more information about The Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures!

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Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library

The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library offers free films, book groups, board games and trivia nights and many other activities.

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Cleveland Park Congregational UCC Adult Activities

Cleveland Park Congregational UCC offers book groups, choir, bible study, poetry groups, and other discussion groups.

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Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library

The Cleveland Park Library supports older adults through wise aging seminars, book clubs, yoga, art education.

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Dorot University School Without Walls

DOROT University School Without Walls offers phone and online courses for older adults and caregivers who speak English or Russian. All you need is a phone, computer, or table to join lively discussions on a range of entertaining or educational topics. Gain friendship, support, intellectual stimulation, community, and more! Visit their website or call 1- 877–819–9147 for more information and to see a full catalog of conversation topics.

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Dupont Circle Village

Membership levels include associate members, full members, and household members, including reduced rates. There are also activities available for non members, including yoga, and lectures.

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Foggy Bottom West End Village

Foggy Bottom West End Village is a nonprofit membership organization that provides services for its members to help them comfortably age in their community by supplying social events, health support, and many other offerings.

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Georgetown Neighborhood Library

The Georgetown library engages the community through movies, publishing discussions, English conversation, poetry workshops, yoga, book groups, art classes, music, and other activities.

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Georgetown Village

Membership levels include individual and social memberships. There are also activities available for non members, including yoga, and lectures.

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Glover Park Village

A small group of neighbors and volunteers has been working hard since 2010 to create a supportive community for seniors who need help accessing services and those who would like to volunteer to help.

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Jewish Community Center

The Jewish Community Center offers a wide array of fitness classes, educational programs, films, discussion groups. You don’t have to be Jewish to participate. The Center is currently under renovation, but many of the programs are being held nearby.

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Live and Learn Bethesda

Live & Learn Bethesda was created to enrich the communities by offering interesting, informative and stimulating classes with a wide range of topics including Exercise & Fitness, Arts & Music, History & Literature, Computers & Technology, and Local & General Interest. They are just over the DC line, but not far away!

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Mather LifeWays Telephone Topics

Mather LifeWays Telephone Topics is a great way to connect with others, learn new things, or enjoy musical performances–all from your home! You can even access guided chair yoga or meditation sessions over the phone. To participate, dial 1-888-600-2560.

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Northwest Neighbors Village (NNV)

The Northwest Neighbors Village (NNV) is a community-based nonprofit that helps residents of northwest DC remain independent at home as long as they can safely do so.

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Not Ready to Retire?

You’re in your fifties, sixties or beyond and have saved nothing or not nearly enough to retire. You don’t want to be blamed or shamed about it. Too late for that. What you want to know is whether there is anything you can do now to intercept the precarious financial path you’re on. Join us at either Cleveland Park or West End to hear acclaimed author, Elizabeth White, speak about some strategies to help you cope in this time of your life.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University (OLLI at AU)

Membership in OLLI provides a daytime opportunity for increased social interaction and new friendships through participation in study groups. Gathering in social spaces and attending trips provide additional opportunities for socializing. Cost is $300 for a semester or $550 for both fall and spring semesters. Members can take up to three classes a semester. Free lectures. Scholarships available.

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Palisades Neighborhood Library

Visit the the Palisades Library to participate in French conversation, book club, writers workshops and other activities.

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Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library

The Shaw library offers English conversation, adult learning, GED, writing, improvisation, and other programs. Intergenerational programs abound.

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St. Paul's Lutheran Church Prime Time Senior Ministry

Join us every Wednesday for Food and Fun with Prime Time Senior Ministry!
Every week Prime Time gathers to watch an interesting program or lecture, followed by lunch and exercise class. There are always new friends to meet and new things to learn, so we hope you’ll join us! Transportation is available if needed, Please contact Deaconess Cassie Brown for more information.

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Temple Sinai Daytimers Program

Temple Sinai offers a wide array of education opportunities during the day which are open to the public, including a lunchtime lecture series.

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Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library

The Tenleytown Library offers many activities for older adults including a knitting group, yoga, book clubs, author talks, book talks, job seekers clinics, career change groups, english language, conversation, and fitness classes.

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The Open Mind Discussion Group

The Open Mind is an informal group offering a series of discussions on important ideas and issues.

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Think Tank Lecture Series

Think tanks and other organizations that host lecture series. Get on their email lists to keep up with their offerings.

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Well Connected

Well Connected offers activities, education, support groups, and fun conversation over the phone or online. You can connect no matter where you are and at no cost to you. Conversations run the gamut, with past topics covering everything from art and zoology to meditation. Well Connected also meets 365 days a year, so there’s always a lively conversation for you to join. Most groups last about 30 minutes to an hour. Newcomers are always welcome! And, if you don’t feel like talking at first, you’re welcome to just listen as long as you let the group know you’re there. If you’re ready to register, please contact 877-797-7299 or email coviaconnections@covia.org.

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West End Neighborhood Library

The West End Library offers many activities for older adults, including a movie night, coloring club, art club, writing club and intergenerational activities.

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