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“Apprentice” with experienced woodworker and craftsman, Steve Ortado, as he teaches you some techniques and helps you with small projects you have always wanted to tackle. Your fixit skills will improve as you learn from a master preservationist and contractor. Steve can also help you identify a small project you can make during the class, such as a container, musical instrument, or table. Steve will also teach you how to use woodworking tools safely. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

Registration is limited, so please plan to participate regularly or email Lfrumin@iona.org if you are no longer able to participate in the class.

Since this is an indoor class in a small space, please make sure you are vaccinated and have had the third booster to protect your fellow woodworkers.

Stephen Ortado has worked in the DC area specializing in historic preservation for the last 30 years. He has participated in the restoration of some of the best known historic residences in the US, including the White House, the Lincoln Cottage, and the Blair house. To learn more about him, visit his website: http://www.historicstructuresdc.com/

Please register to secure your space. Masks are mandatory when not eating or drinking.


Our funders, the DC Department of Aging and Community Living, and the District of Columbia, are not requiring participants to be vaccinated to join our programs. Please be aware of proximity to others and do not join our in-person events if you are ill.

By registering for any in-person and on-line activities you waive any liability as follows–

In consideration of my voluntary participation in this Fitness/Wellness Class (“The Program”), I hereby agree to release, hold harmless, and indemnify Iona Senior Services, and its employees, agents, and representatives (collectively “Iona”) from any and all actions, claims, and demands, for myself, my heirs, and/or my personal representatives, now and forever, as a result of injury, damage, or loss of property arising out of my participation in the Program. This release shall include any claims, demands, injuries, damages, or actions arising out of or connected with my use of Iona’s services and facilities, both on and off Iona’s premises, and from all acts of ordinary negligence on the part of Iona.

I recognize that the Program may include travel by public or private transit, private touring companies, walking, and other moderate physical activity. By agreeing to participate in the Program, I assert that I have willingly and knowingly accepted the risks inherent in such travel and activities, including bodily injury and property damage. I also assert that I have no physical condition, ailment, or limitation that would prevent me from participating in the Program in a safe manner. Finally, I assert that I have accident/health insurance coverage that will apply in the event of injury as a result of my participation in the Program.

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