Summer II and early Fall Class Schedule

Please see the upcoming class descriptions below.

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Around Town DC Classes Summer-Fall 2019 Class Schedule

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UPDATED Ward 2&3 Around Town DC Classes Summer Fall 2019

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library        3310 Connecticut Ave. NW

Zumba Gold with Ruth Barnes
Wednesdays 11:00 am-12:00 pm                   July 17-Sept. 25 (no class Sept. 4)

Zumba is a fun, dynamic dance exercise class. The class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® moves at a lower intensity designed for older adults. Enjoy Latin-inspired movements that provide a great aerobic workout while also focusing on balance, range of motion, and coordination. Bring your own water bottle. The class will admit the first 20 participants at each session. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

A lifelong love of dance and movement therapy led Ruth Barnes to become a fitness instructor in 1999. Ruth is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor and is also a certified Zumba and Zumba Gold Instructor. Her philosophy is that exercise should be fun, safe, and accessible to everyone.

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Cleveland Park Library                                 
3310 Connecticut Ave. NW

Drawing 102 with Trisha Gupta
Thursdays 10:00 am-12:00 pm                       July 25-Sept. 12
Drawing 102: This beginner drawing class focuses on drawing animals  and figures. The class will explore gesture drawings, motion, and proportions, placement, and on creating individual projects. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Register with Pauline Sealey at Pauline.sealey@dc.gov or call: (202) 741-5983.

Trisha Gupta is an interdisciplinary artist and educator.

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Georgetown Neighborhood Library                        3260 R St. NW
Drawing for Life with Edgar Farr Russell III
Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 pm                             Sept. 11-Oct. 30

In this drawing class, students will be exposed to the importance of observation in drawing still life, landscape, and figure. Students will practice depicting the shape of objects, their proportion, perspective, the use of “light and dark” in modeling subjects, and ultimately capturing “the gesture of life” for each subject. This class will be useful for the beginner and will serve as a refresher for more advanced students to get back into the joy of drawing. Bring a 18” x 24” newspaper print pad. Some paper will be available for those who don’t bring pads. Register with Jay Sambasivan at jayanthi.sambasivan@dc.gov. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus

Edgar Farr Russell, III is a fine artist who studied at Georgetown University, American University, and with RaVae Marsh in South Dakota. He is an award-winning artist and writer who has served as president of several non-profit organizations including the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters and has taught extensively.

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Palisades Neighborhood Library                 
4901 V St. NW

Tai Chi with Norman

Fridays 2:00-3:00 pm                                      Aug. 9- Sept. 27

Norman Greene practices and teaches Tai Chi Chan, which can help strengthen balance, posture, memory, and patience. The single movements of Tai chi can help us enjoy ourselves by slowing down and enjoying the moment. It is fun and helps the meditative practice. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Bring your own water bottle. The class will admit the first 20 participants at each session.

Norman Greene has been teaching people of all ages Tai chi since 1985, and is an artist as well.

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Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library   4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Rx. Move to the Music with Kathy Gracenin
Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 am                         July 3-Sept. 25

A combo class using elements of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qi Gong, and Dance sequences to not only help the body improve strength, balance, and alignment, but also the mind. Studies have shown that by dancing a little each day you can help the health of your brain. Follow this prescription and watch your spirit rise! Dancing in your chairs is also great! Bring your own water bottle. The class will admit the first 20 participants at each session. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

Kathy Gracenin has an extensive background, which includes a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Movement and Dance from Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio. Her love of teaching is evident in her infectious spirit!

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Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library  
4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Word + Image with Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli
Thursdays 10:30 am -12:00 pm                                  Aug. 15-Oct. 3
This session combines poetry with visual arts.  In the first class, we’ll put together a simple pamphlet-style book, using a variety of collage and recycled materials to make a personalized working journal for the work we’ll do in the coming weeks. It’s amazing how intimate these books feel to the maker and how this sets the tone for what is written/drawn/pasted inside.  Three different poems will be introduced over the course of the session.  We’ll live with these poems.  We’ll read and re-read them, alone and out loud.  We’ll identify and discuss basic elements found in each poem, as well as our own responses.  These discoveries will serve as jumping off points for visual responses, whether it’s a collage, drawing, or mixed media piece.  This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Please register with Carol Auerbach carol.auerbach@dc.gov (202) 727-1488.

Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli, painter, printmaker, and poet, has been a Fellow at both the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (visual arts) and the Ragdale Foundation (poetry), as well as resident artist in painting at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.  She is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist’s Grant in Poetry.  Further information is available on her website: www.mariepavlicek.com.

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West End Neighborhood Library                 2301 L St. NW

Word + Image with Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli
Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 am                         July 17- Sept. 4 (No class Aug. 7)
This session combines poetry with visual arts.  In the first class, we’ll put together a simple pamphlet-style book, using a variety of collage and recycled materials to make a personalized working journal for the work we’ll do in the coming weeks. It’s amazing how intimate these books feel to the maker and how this sets the tone for what is written/drawn/pasted inside.  Three different poems will be introduced over the course of the session.  We’ll live with these poems.  We’ll read and re-read them, alone and out loud.  We’ll identify and discuss basic elements found in each poem, as well as our own responses.  These discoveries will serve as jumping off points for visual responses, whether it’s a collage, drawing, or mixed media piece.  This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Please register with Mimi Nguyen (my.nguyen@dc.gov) (202) 724-8698.

Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli, painter, printmaker, and poet, has been a Fellow at both the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (visual arts) and the Ragdale Foundation (poetry), as well as resident artist in painting at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.  She is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist’s Grant in Poetry.  Further information is available on her website: www.mariepavlicek.com.

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West End Neighborhood Library                 2301 L St. NW

Zumba Gold with Ruth Barnes
Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 pm                             July 24-Sept. 25
Fridays 11:30 am-12:30 pm                            July 19-Sept. 27 (no class July 26)

A fun and dynamic dance exercise class. The class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® moves at a lower intensity designed for older adults. Enjoy Latin-inspired movements that provide a great aerobic workout while also focusing on balance, range of motion and coordination. Bring your own water bottle. The class will admit the first 20 participants at each session. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

A lifelong love of dance and movement therapy led Ruth Barnes to become a fitness instructor in 1999. Ruth is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor and is also a certified Zumba and Zumba Gold Instructor. Her philosophy is that exercise should be fun, safe and accessible to everyone. Her goal is to welcome all participants to an enjoyable experience of movement.

PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES


Chevy Chase Community Center                
5601 Connecticut Ave, NW
Gentle Yoga for Seniors with Camille Martone

Wednesdays 10:15-11:15 am                         Sept. 4-Nov. 20
Enjoy mindfulness and stretching exercises with experienced yoga and mindfulness instructor Camille Martone. The group will do warm-ups, stretching, and breathing exercises – standing, seated, and on the floor, depending on the needs of the participants. We look forward to having you join us and hope you will leave the class with more energy but also feel more focused and relaxed. Bring your own yoga mat and a thick towel. Chairs, blocks, and straps will be provided by the center. Register with Brittany Miller at Brittany.Miller@dc.gov or call (202) 282-2201. Registration for this class won’t begin until August 12. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus who have some yoga experience.

Camille Martone is a DC resident and certified as an adult (and kids) yoga instructor. She has been teaching yoga to kids and adults for many years. Currently she teaches yoga to underserved residents in SE DC through A Wider Circle, staff at a local middle school, chair yoga at Cordoza health Center, and mindfulness and movement to homeless individuals at Thrive DC.

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Chevy Chase Community Center                
5601 Connecticut Ave, NW
Gentle Yoga for Seniors with Regine Clermont       

Fridays             10:00-11:00 am                       Sept. 6- Nov. 22
Enjoy mindfulness and stretching exercises with experienced yoga instructor Regine Clermont. The group will do warm-ups, stretching, and breathing exercises – standing, seated, and on the floor, depending on the needs of the participants. We look forward to having you join us and hope you will leave the class with more energy but also feel more focused and relaxed. Please bring your own yoga mat and a thick towel. Chairs, blocks, and straps will be provided by the center. Register with Brittany Miller at Brittany.Miller@dc.gov or call (202) 282-2201. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus who have no experience with yoga. Registration for this class won’t begin until August 12.

Regine Clermont is an RYT 200, Master’s Degree Social Worker, certified Usui Reiki II Practitioner, and a certified Integrative Health Coach. For over 27 years, Regine has worked in the fields of mental health, trauma, abuse, homelessness, affordable housing, and gerontology. The style of Hatha yoga Regine teaches is gentle flow and chair.

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Chevy Chase Community Center                 5601 Connecticut Ave, NW
Improvisation and Positivity
Thursdays        1:30-3:00                                 Sept. 5-Oct. 24
Improv gives the opportunity to share positivity and meet new and creative people. The group will practice telling stories and performing comedic characters in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Improv’s greatest lessons are in supporting agreement and building connections with others and the world around us. Register with Brittany Miller at Brittany.Miller@dc.gov or call (202) 282-2201. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Registration for this class won’t begin until August 12.

Topher Bellavia has trained hundreds of groups to work and play together better. He believes that the secret to good teamwork is positivity with an emphasis on listening, openness, and trust. He can’t teach people to be smart, creative or funny, but he can help people understand that they already are. Topher graduated from Wesleyan University with an Honors Degree in Directing for the Theatre and American Government. In 1998, he moved to DC, where he co-founded Washington Improv Theater’s improv training program. He writes courses, mentors new instructors, and has coached more than a 1,000 improvisers. Some of his graduates have gone on to perform on the TBS shows Ground Floor and Fox’s Mulaney, as well as write for NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
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Chevy Chase Community Center                             5601 Connecticut Ave, NW
Introduction to Painting with Trisha Gupta
Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 pm                                               Sept. 3- Nov. 19

In this beginner painting class students will learn to paint with acrylics. The group will explore color theory, composition, and create a project of your own independently. This painting class will give you the tools to continue painting independently. Register with Brittany Miller at Brittany.Miller@dc.gov or call (202) 282-2201.This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Register with Brittany Miller at Brittany.Miller@dc.gov or call (202) 282-2201. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Registration for this class won’t begin until August 12.

Trisha Gupta is an interdisciplinary artist and educator.

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Chevy Chase Community Center                             5601 Connecticut Ave, NW

Woodworking with Steve Ortado
Mondays 10:00-11:30 am                                           Sept. 9-Nov. 18, 2019

“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 fix-it skills will improve as you learn from a master preservationist and contractor. Steve can also help you identify out a small project you can make during the class, such as a container, musical instrument, or table. Register with Brittany Miller at Brittany.Miller@dc.gov or call (202) 282-2201. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Registration for this class won’t begin until August 12.

 

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/

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Friendship Recreation Center/Turtle Park              4500 Van Ness St. NW
Tai Chi with Tyrone Cave
Mondays 11:30 am -12:30 pm                                    Aug. 12-Oct. 7

Tai Chi is a time-tested set of exercises to increase physical and mental ability. The practice gently improves circulation, concentration, and posture. Bring your own water bottle. The class will admit the first 20 participants at each session. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

Tyrone Cave has been practicing Yang style Tai Chi for over 30 years. In addition to Yang, he also practices Wu Dang and Chen Tai chi, Baguazhahn, Xing Yi, Liuhebafa, Qi Gong and Shaolin. He also has expertise with a variety of martial arts. Now retired, he continues his training to improve and develop his expertise in the vast internal systems that compose Tai Chi Chuan.

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Friendship Recreation Center/Turtle Park              4500 Van Ness St. NW
Fitness with Omar Weaver

Thursdays 11:30 am- 12:30 pm                                  Aug. 15-Oct. 3

Join Omar Weaver as he helps with your balance, strength, and conditioning. You can work out seated or standing. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Have fun as you get stronger!

Omar Weaver is a personal trainer and has been working with clients from youth to seniors. He focuses on balance, strength, mobility, and flexibility.

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Palisades Recreation Center
                                                5200 Sherrier Pl. NW
RX: Move to the Music! With Kathy Gracenin
Thursdays 10:00-11:00 am                                         Aug. 1- Sept. 26
A combination class using elements of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qi Gong and Dance sequences to not only help the BODY improve strength, balance and alignment, but also the MIND. Studies have shown that by dancing a little each day, you can help the health of your brain. Follow this prescription and watch your SPIRIT rise! Dancing in your chairs is also great! Bring your own water bottle. The class will admit the first 20 participants at each session. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

Kathy Gracenin’s extensive background includes a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Movement and Dance from Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio. Her love of teaching is evident in her spirit and vitality which is infectious!

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Palisades Recreation Center                                                 5200 Sherrier Pl. NW

Zumba Gold with Ruth Barnes
Mondays 10:00-11:00 am                                           Aug. 12-Sept. 30

A fun, dynamic dance exercise class. The class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® moves at a lower intensity designed for older adults. Enjoy Latin-inspired movements that provide a great aerobic workout while also focusing on balance, range of motion and coordination. Bring your own water bottle. The class will admit the first 20 participants at each session. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

A lifelong love of dance and movement therapy led Ruth Barnes to become a fitness instructor in 1999. Ruth is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Group Fitness Instructor and is also a certified Zumba and Zumba Gold Instructor. Her philosophy is that exercise should be fun, safe and accessible to everyone. Her goal is to welcome all participants to an enjoyable experience of movement. 

OTHER SITES

Foundry United Methodist Church                         1500 16th St NW
Strength Training with NiClaire Jones

Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 pm                                               July 30-Sept. 17

This is a group exercise class designed to celebrate and motivate the mature client in their evolving yet very essential fitness journey. Participants can expect to be guided through a workout that challenges the full body via cardio, strength, core/balance and flexibility training. Seated and Standing options are both presented in class and all fitness levels are accommodated with modifications offered where necessary. Group Fitness with NiClaire ultimately seeks to remind our clients of the various benefits of remaining physically active and that we truly ARE as young as we feel! Bring your own water bottle please. First 20 participants welcome. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

NiClaire Jones is a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor entering her 6th year as a FT Fitness Professional.

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Foundry United Methodist Church
                        1500 16th St NW
Feldenkrais Method â Awareness Through Movement
Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 am                                     Sept. 11-Oct. 30
Feldenkrais Method â Awareness Through Movement classes are explorations using movement and awareness to bring about change in how we hold ourselves and our gait, posture, activities and attitude.  The classes are guided by verbal instruction in gentle variations of movements that become increasingly complex. This system to takes advantage of what is now known as “neuro-plasticity”,  developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais from the 1940s through the early 1980s.  He was convinced that the human brain was capable of learning and changing even into adulthood and old age. It was only proven in the 1990’s by neuroscientists that, in fact, the adult brain can lay down new neural pathways (known as neuroplasticity).  The classes are about improving function and well-being in our day-to-day activities, which is why they are good for improving walking, running, sitting, standing, gardening, relieving pain, breathing, working, and playing. The classes are usually done on mats on the floor, sometimes lying, sometimes sitting, or even standing.  Please wear comfortable loose or flexible clothing.  This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus. Bring your own yoga mat.

Susanne Christov, is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She lives in Dupont Circle and teaches private and group Feldenkrais classes in Dupont Circle and in the Washington metropolitan area.

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Foundry United Methodist Church                         1500 16th St NW
Improvisation and Positivity
Tuesdays         2:30-4:00 pm                                       Sept. 10-Oct. 29
Improv gives the opportunity to share positivity and meet new and creative people. We will practice telling stories and performing comedic characters in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Improv’s greatest lessons are in supporting agreement and building connections with others and the world around us.

Topher Bellavia has trained hundreds of groups to work and play together better. He believes that the secret to good teamwork is positivity with an emphasis on listening, openness, and trust. He can’t teach people to be smart, creative or funny, but he can help people understand that they already are. Topher graduated from Wesleyan University with an Honors Degree in Directing for the Theatre and American Government. In 1998, he moved to DC, where he co-founded Washington Improv Theater’s improv training program. He writes courses, mentors new instructors, and has coached more than a 1,000 improvisers. Some of his graduates have gone on to perform on the TBS shows Ground Floor and Fox’s Mulaney, as well as write for NBC’s Saturday Night Live.

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John Wesley A. Me. E. Zion Church                                     1615 14th St. NW

Strength Training with NiClaire Jones

Tuesdays 11:30 am-12:30 pm                                     July 30-Sept. 24
This is a group exercise class designed to celebrate and motivate the mature client in their evolving yet very essential fitness journey. Participants can expect to be guided through a workout that challenges the full body via cardio, strength, core/balance and flexibility training. Seated and Standing options are both presented in class and all fitness levels are accommodated with modifications offered where necessary. Group Fitness with NiClaire ultimately seeks to remind our clients of the various benefits of remaining physically active and that we truly ARE as young as we feel! Bring your own water bottle please. First 20 participants welcome. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

NiClaire Jones is a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor entering her 6th year as a FT Fitness Professional.

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Middle C Music
                                                          4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW

You Can Learn the Ukulele                            

Thursdays 10:30-11:30 am                                         Aug. 22-Oct. 10

In this weekly 8-week introductory class, we will learn to play this fun and user-friendly instrument!  The class will focus on learning basic chords, strumming patterns and simple melodies, through playing popular songs.  The class will culminate in a recital performance, sharing our new skills with friends and family.  No musical experience required. Please show  your interest in taking this class by completing the form on line on the AroundTown DC website—Upcoming Programs and Events. This will also let us know if you would want to supply your own instrument, buy one, or borrow one. https://www.aroundtowndc.org or email Community@iona.org or call (202) 459-9634.

John Linn is an award-winning songwriter who teaches guitar and coaches creativity in the nation’s capital, where he also fronts the popular Americana band, After the Flood.  www.johnlinnmusic.com

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Regency House                                                         
5201 Connecticut Ave. NW

Yoga with Linette Hwu

Fridays 9:30-10:30 am                                                Aug. 2-Sept. 20

Using the wall and lots and lots of props, participants will be guided through slow, careful movements to explore strength, flexibility, balance and range of motion. The class will include floor work and standing poses — alternatives are available for those who can’t get up and down from the floor.  Beginners are enthusiastically welcomed, and everyone is encouraged to work at his/her own energy and ability level. The class ends with a focus on the breath, relaxation, and guided meditation. This class is intended for DC Residents age 60 plus.

Linette Hwu started dabbling in Yoga in 2000 and was inspired to go deeper with her practice after a weekend at Kripalu in the fall of 2008.  When she suddenly and completely unexpectedly found herself in astavakrasana while on retreat in Bali in 2010, she knew she was hooked for life.  Linette primarily practices vinyasa, with a healthy dose of yin, restorative and Iyengar.  Off the mat, Linette can often be found with her five-year-old nephew, on a bike or at Woolly Mammoth, where she is board president.

The Residences at Thomas Circle                             1330 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Painting Escapades
Mondays 2:00-3:30 pm                                               Aug. 12-Sept. 30
In this class we will explore a variety of techniques using watercolor and acrylics. Keeping a sketchbook of new ideas will be encouraged. Register through Scott McCalister at smcalister@seniorlifestyle.com.

Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli, painter, printmaker, and poet, has been a Fellow at both the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (visual arts) and the Ragdale Foundation (poetry), as well as resident artist in painting at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.  She is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist’s Grant in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in various journals and magazines, including Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ekphrasis, Prime Number, and Raleigh Review.  Further information is available on her website: www.mariepavlicek.com.

 

 

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