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Logan Circle gallery exhibits work of 100-year-old artist By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer


arilee Harris Shapiro is something of a wonder woman. A working artist at age 100, she’s now taking part in a retrospective of her artwork at Gallery plan b in Logan Circle. Primarily a sculptor who works in bronze and ceramics, the Georgetown resident is also a painter, and her newer works incorporate mixed media. Over the years, her artwork has been displayed around the country, including local exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Franz Bader Gallery. The pieces in the Gallery plan b exhibit date from the 1940s to 2012, and range from portrait paintings to abstract bronze sculptures to works of digital art. “I love seeing eight decades of work in one exhibition — most galleries don’t get a chance to do that,� said David Kalamar, director of Gallery plan b, who put together Shapiro’s exhibit along with gallery owner Paula Amt.


At a recent reception celebrating the exhibit’s opening, Shapiro surveyed the space, filled with family members and friends buzzing around her pieces. “It’s very interesting to see your life’s work in one place,� she said. “When I saw my pieces on the wall for the first time, I could see the difference in me and my approach between my earlier years and now,� she added. “I’m more sophisticated now and less emotional.� Born in Chicago in 1912, Shapiro took her first art class in 1935, two years after she graduated from the University of Chicago. She had just married Bernard Shapiro, and since she wasn’t working or in school she decided to take a sculpture class in her neighborhood offered by the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. It was the beginning of something big for Shapiro — for the first time in her life, she said, she felt wholly absorbed by something. After nearly two years studying sculpture with the Federal Art

Project, she enrolled in classes with renowned Ukrainian sculptor Alexander Archipenko, who was opening a school in Chicago. Archipenko became a mentor — he gave her a scholarship and later selected her work for an exhibition in New York City, launching Shapiro’s career. In 1943, after the birth of her first child, Harvey, Shapiro and her family moved to the District when her husband took a position with the U.S. Board of Economic Warfare under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She soon began studying with William Calfee, head of American University’s art department, and sculptor and painter Pietro Lazzari. In 1948, she had her first solo art show at American University’s Watkins Gallery. A year later, her daughter Joan was born. Shapiro continued to thrive in the District’s art community, becoming an active member of the Artist Guild, participating in group and solo shows, and joining with three colleagues to form Associated Artists, a cooperative gallery. She also taught clay techniques to art therapy students at George Washington University, and worked as an art therapist at the National Institute of Mental Health. “I can’t imagine my life without art — it’s what I do and have done,� said Shapiro. “It means life to me — I’m happiest doing something in the studio.� Perhaps indicative of her enduring passion as an artist, Shapiro at 89 enrolled in an Introduction to Digital Art course at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, mastering Photoshop. She uses it as a painting

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Marilee Harris Shapiro has been working as a sculptor and painter for nearly 80 years. tool to create new pieces, sometimes using scanned images of her earlier paintings, from which she isolates shapes or forms then adds new elements. “Photoshop allows you to do remarkable things with your images,� said Shapiro. “It’s a truly awesome program.� An art critic in Chicago described Shapiro’s work back in 1940 as having a “playful whimsicality� — which seems to be a characteristic that has remained constant through her career. One piece on display at Gallery plan b that exemplifies that spirit is called “Hickory Dickory Dock.� Shapiro was inspired to created a clocklike sculpture after coming across splatters of molten that had fallen to the studio floor from a fellow artist’s work in progress. Shapiro thought the shapes resembled mice, and proceeded from there. “She will take the most trivial objects like sticks or cubes, from all different media — and think about them in playful ways,� said Shapiro’s son Harvey. “I’m not sure if she’s disciplined in a playful way or playful in a disciplined way.� Shapiro’s work spans many mediums and themes, including science, mythology and spirituality. At a 1997 solo show of her bronze and ceramic sculptures, The Washington Post described her work as “abstract, stylistic and elegant.�

Shapiro’s daughter Joan, a jewelry designer also based in the District, said of her mother: “She’s a hard act to follow.� The two are best friends, and Joan said watching her mother’s career over the years was like taking a trip — “the one you never want to miss.� Shapiro and her daughter aren’t the only artists in the family. Shapiro’s sister Eleanor Harris was a painter and sculptor whose work was exhibited throughout the country. Shapiro’s mother Bonnie Harris became a painter, but not until age 79, a path encouraged by her two daughters. Bonnie’s work can be found in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Phillips Collection. Shapiro now does most of her work in a studio at her apartment at The Georgetown retirement residence on Q Street, where she has lived for several years. “We’re so very proud of Marilee,� said Sharon Sellers, executive director of The Georgetown. “She’s so humble and so creative, and she shares her talents with all of our residents, which is so special.� Shapiro said she isn’t sure what’s next for her career, but the artist leaves little doubt that she will continue creating. “Marilee Shapiro: A Collection, 100 Years in the Making� will run at Gallery plan b, located at 1520 14th St. NW, through March 31.




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Changing nutritional needs require fresh thinking By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer


esterday in Glover Park, about two dozen seniors gathered at the Guy Mason Recreation Center to spend about two hours together cooking and eating. On the menu — five dishes incorporating sea vegetables, including tempeh curry, a rice noodle dish and a lemonblueberry gelĂŠe. The meal might sound exotic, but Juliette Tahar, director of the local Healthy Living nonprofit, argues that it makes practical sense for her class. For one, most of the participants already know their way around a kitchen. “They come from a generation that knows how to cook,â€? said Tahar, who runs the workshop through a partnership with the Glover Park Village aging-in-place program. “We’re teaching them how to cook differently, and how to cook with new foods,â€? she said. In addition, Tahar said, although the meals the class prepares are vegan and for the most part gluten-free, they’re fully adaptable. “The

recipes are showing techniques,� she said. “There’s plenty of space for people to adapt to their tastes, the season, their cultural preferences.� The Glover Park Village, with funding from the neighborhood’s citizens association, started offering the “Healthy Cooking� series last August. Tahar partners on the classes with an on-site nutrition specialist who advises the chefs on their individual needs. For example, Tahar said, if someone’s taking a blood-thinning medicine, they would need to avoid foods — like certain green vegetables — that can also thin the blood. It’s part of the village’s broader focus on the changing dietary needs of older adults, said Patricia Clark, the group’s president. “Nutrition is important to us,� she said. The village has also started a partnership with Campus Kitchens Project to have local students prepare meals served as part of a meditation class at Guy Mason, Clark said. And one volunteer did extensive research to prepare a handbook on local meal providers and nutrition resources for seniors (available at

It’s a topic that many organizations and government agencies are dealing with across the country as the Baby Boomer generation ages. Many issues can complicate meal planning for older adults, said Diane Greenspun, director of strategic partnerships for Iona Senior Services, a nonprofit that receives funds from the D.C. Office on Aging to serve Ward 3 and parts of wards 2 and 4. Maybe you can’t walk or drive to the grocery store anymore, Greenspun said. Maybe the medicines you take also ruin your appetite, or dental issues have become an obstacle. Maybe you can have meals delivered to your house — but you can’t afford a microwave to heat them. Rose Clifford, a registered nutritionist and dietician who works at Iona, said the most common problems she sees are unintentional weight loss, vitamin deficiencies and gastrointestinal difficulties — all of which can be caused or compounded by “sub-optimal diets.� She also highlighted her “pet cause� — sarcopenia, the degenerative loss of muscle

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Nutritionist and dietician Rose Clifford works at Iona Senior Services to help clients plan healthful meals.

mass that naturally affects everyone as they age but only gets worse with an improper diet. “Malnutrition’s kind of a hidden secret for a lot of seniors,� Clifford said, citing a statistic that about 83 percent of older adults eat poor-quality diets, according to the national Healthy Eating Index developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Various restraints to food options — such as low incomes or mobility problems — can See Nutrition/Page 30

Local programs worry about impact of federal budget cuts By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer


s the District’s senior programs face challenges from both sequestration and general fundraising difficulties, city officials and local volunteers say future resources for these services may be at risk. Among the agencies facing cuts due to the sequestration is the U.S. Administration on Aging, which helps fund such popular programs as Meals on Wheels. A spokesperson for the food-delivery nonprofit said it will likely lose $41 million nationally — equating to about 19 million meals. How hard individual branches of Meals on Wheels will be hit, said spokesperson Mary McNamara, depends on how much federal funding each accepts. Many branches rely on a combination of federal funding and private donations — so some may feel the impact more than others. Local programs for seniors that don’t receive any local or federal funding, though, said they don’t expect to feel the pain. The Ward Circle-Georgetown Meals on Wheels group, for example, is independent of the Meals on Wheels of America umbrella organization. Since the group doesn’t receive any government funding, treasurer Mary Sinclair said it doesn’t anticipate “any trickle-down effect� from the sequester.

The Georgetown Meals on Wheels serves homebound residents of all ages a hot meal and a cold box lunch Mondays through Fridays. Volunteers deliver in neighborhoods around MacArthur Boulevard, Georgetown, American University Park, Spring Valley, and upper Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues. The National Presbyterian Church at Nebraska Avenue and Van Ness Street provides the organization with free office space. But as other D.C. senior services wait to take their cues from federal agencies, Peggy Ingraham, executive vice president of the Virginiabased National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, commented that “any cut in any service of any kind is clearly going to be tragic.� Under the sequester, federal discretionary spending is slated for a 5.1 percent reduction, triggering automatic cuts across agencies that began this month. John Thompson, executive director of the city’s Office on Aging, said the consequences for District seniors aren’t yet fully understood. “District residents will not immediately see any impact in local services from the federal budget cuts triggered by sequestration,� Thompson said in a statement. “But, as the cuts move beyond the initial 3-4 week period that will slowly change. As federal employees begin to be furloughed and fedSee Funding/Page 30

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Council hears pleas to increase funding for D.C. aging programs By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer


he District’s elderly population is increasing. Costs are rising. Needs are growing more complex. Vans and buses that provide transportation for area seniors need replacement. Donations are dwindling. Seniors are on waiting lists for food delivery and meetings with counselors or case managers. This combination of factors, seniors and senior advocates testified at a Feb. 21 D.C. Council hearing, means that the District needs to boost funding for the Office on Aging — specifically, many said, a $5.7 million boost to its $27.3 million budget.

“The government keeps talking about saving money for a rainy day,� Ward 5 advisory neighborhood commissioner Bob King testified at the hearing held by Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry’s Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs. “It’s already raining on the seniors.� The $5.7 million figure was developed by the Senior Advisory Coalition, an advocacy group of some three dozen nonprofits and other activists. The funds would include a 25 percent boost for the Office on Aging’s grant recipients and $1 million to improve its senior transportation system, coalition members said. The performance oversight hearing was convened to solicit feed-

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back on the Aging Office, which was overwhelmingly positive. Not one of the 20 witnesses criticized the agency’s performance. Director John Thompson “almost walks on water,� said Carolyn Nicholas of the Advocates for Elder Justice nonprofit. Romaine Thomas, chair of the Commission on Aging, which reviews the agency’s performance, testified that the Office of Aging employees “continually demonstrated extraordinary enthusiasm� and that “their energy and desire to serve seniors are indeed very impressive.� At the same time, Thomas added, there are “significant problems� with transportation, nutrition and recreation resources for the District’s elderly. “Suffice it to say that DCOA is doing a lot with the resources they have today, but they could do a lot more if given a decent amount of resources,� she testified. “While the Office on Aging is working very hard to provide access to services for seniors in the District, without a significant budget the situation for many remains dire,� testified Sally White, director of Iona Senior Services. “At the same time that the District’s population is aging, the social support services are shrinking.� Most of the Aging Office’s budget — 88 percent — is distributed

to 20 nonprofits across the city that provide senior services, according to Thompson. Programs include transportation, home-delivered

â??It’s just not right to have these needs out here ‌ .â?ž — Council member Marion Barry meals, recreational services and counseling. But that budget has barely kept up with inflation, much less the rising senior population, testified many witnesses. According to Thompson, there are 102,000 seniors in the District — more than 16 percent of the population. Nearly 15 percent of those seniors are below the poverty line, added Joseph Williams, executive director of Emmaus Services for the Aging. “It seems government officials are happy with a charade of services while many of our senior citizens go without basic necessities,â€? Williams said. White said Iona’s lack of government funding has created a “crucial shortageâ€? of case managers, hurting both seniors and the government’s pocketbook. “We’re reactive instead of proactive in many cases, because we don’t have foot soldiers out there finding those isolated

seniors,� White said. “It just costs the District more money down the road when people’s needs aren’t addressed early on.� Thomas said the Office on Aging has launched a volunteer “ambassador� program in which community members are trained to recognize seniors whom the agency can connect with services. Another new volunteer-run program is a “call-to-talk line� which seniors can phone when they just need conversation, he said. Thomas at the Commission on Aging said more is needed. “It is commendable that DCOA is implementing new programs despite a shortage in funding, but the needs of seniors go far, far beyond what these programs provide.� At the hearing, Barry said he will work to rally Mayor Vincent Gray and his colleagues to provide more funding for the Office of Aging in the 2014 fiscal year. “It’s just not right to have these needs out here when our local budget is $6 billion of our taxpayers’ money. ... It pains me,� Barry said. Seniors should make a strong appearance during the budget process, Barry added, to advocate for additional funding. “I guarantee you if you all come down here for the budget hearing and fill this room up, all down the hall and everywhere, I think you’re going to get some more results,� he said.

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2013 2011 Senior resources Here’s a listing of some free resources available for seniors: ■ D.C. Office on Aging: Agency that coordinates health, education, employment and social services for residents 60 and older. Address: 500 K St. NE Phone: 202-724-5622 Web: ■ D.C. Long Term Care Ombudsman Office: Free legal counsel for elderly residents living in D.C.-run nursing homes and residential facilities. Address: 601 E St. NW, Room A-4 Phone: 202-434-2140 ■ IONA Senior Services: Community-based agency funded in part by the Office on Aging to provide a wide range of services and assistance to seniors in Ward 3 and part of wards 2 and 4. Address: 4125 Albemarle St. NW Phone: 202-966-1055 for gen-

eral; 202-895-9448 helpline Web: ■ Villages: Local groups dedicated to helping seniors “age in place” by providing help with transportation and errands, social activities, guidance on professional services like home repairs, and more. ■ Cleveland Park Village Web: Phone: 202-615-5853 ■ Dupont Circle Village Web: Phone: 202-436-5252 ■ Foggy Bottom West End Village Web: ■ Georgetown Village Web: Phone: 202-999-8988 ■ Glover Park Village Web: Phone: 202-436-5545 ■ Northwest Neighbors Village (Chevy Chase, American University Park, Tenleytown, North Cleveland

Park and Forest Hills) Website: Phone: 202-237-1895 ■ Palisades Village Web: Phone: 202-244-3310 ■ Emmaus Services for the Aging: Program that offers daily activities and programs at three senior centers in Ward 2. Web: ■ Emmaus Senior Center (targeted at low-income seniors): 1426 9th St. NW; 202-745-1200 ■ Oasis Senior Center (targeted at homeless seniors): 1226 Vermont Ave. NW; 202-265-2017 ■ Asian and Pacific Islander Senior Center: 417 G Place NW; 202-842-4376 ■ Vida Senior Center: Bilingual facility offering wellness services, counseling, community support and in-home services to Latino seniors. Address: 1842 Calvert St. NW Website: Phone: 202-483-5800

NUTRITION: New needs arise From Page 27

contribute to malnutrition. “They’ll have toast for breakfast, soup and crackers for lunch,” Clifford said of some of the cases she’s seen. Though there’s no one-size-fitsall solution, Clifford generally promotes a Mediterranean-style diet “with sufficient protein and bread throughout the day” and lots of olive oil. For some segments of the senior population, though, the Mediterranean diet is going to be too ambitious, she acknowledged. “If someone’s 85 and bedridden, you really have to loosen your message. … They need to eat whatever they want to eat and can eat, and have available to them.” And, “if Nana wants ice cream every night,” she added, “that’s fine.” For cheap, simple food options, Clifford endorses “inexpensive sources of proteins” like eggs, nuts, nut butters and Greek yogurts. Planning menus for large groups of seniors — as Iona does through

the many home-delivered or group meals it provides each week through various programs — can also pose practical obstacles. There, Clifford said, the greatest concerns are usually meeting federal guidelines for balanced meals and keeping down the sodium. As part of her message, Clifford also emphasizes the necessity of physical activity — “the key to keeping muscle mass and strength up” in fighting the effects of sarcopenia. “If you don’t make food and lifestyle choices more thoughtfully,” she said, “one day, it’s like, boom, what happened to me?” Both Clifford and Tahar, of Healthy Living, also spoke of the benefits of making eating a social event whenever possible — with family, friends, community organizations, senior programs or workshops like the one through the Glover Park Village. In her class, Tahar said, “We eat the meal at the end, and people love that. … It becomes a community experience of sharing the food.”

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eral grants begin to dry up, some local programs may be affected and the District will have to shift resources to address the shortfall in federal assistance. “Until federal agencies begin actually announcing their specific furlough plans … we won’t be able to calculate all of the impacts on services,” Thompson added. Ingraham of End Senior Hunger stressed the potential harm to already-strained local services. “We need more resources, not fewer, and we need more coordination,” she said. “We need to understand that this is ... a life cycle of hunger that people move through.” In recent years, Ingraham said, there have been improvements in hunger rates for every age group in the country’s population — except for seniors. In fact, the rate of senior hunger has increased sharply. Between 2007 and 2010, there was a nationwide 78 percent increase in the number of seniors facing the threat of hunger, according to her foundation’s research. “We’re concerned that they were severely hit by the recession in a way that other groups weren’t,” said Ingraham. “Many of them thought that they had prepared well for the future, and that did not turn out to be the case. … A lot of them live in what we call ‘food deserts,’ where they don’t have access to food themselves, and have no way to get it.”

In 2010 — the most current official numbers from the U.S. Census and Department of Agriculture — 8.3 percent of seniors in the District faced the risk of hunger. And 14.7 percent had “marginal food security,” which the Department of Agriculture defines as having “anxiety over food sufficiency or shortage of food in the house.” “That’s huge,” Ingraham said. While Ward Circle-Georgetown Meals on Wheels won’t be impacted by government cuts, the organization is still struggling. The number of clients that the program serves has decreased in recent years, Sinclair said. Some clients opt to move to assisted-living facilities instead of continuing to “age in place,” and the organization sometimes finds itself competing with similar senior food-delivery services such as Mom’s Meals. Many of Sinclair’s clients are in their 80s and 90s, and not all are able to pay the $8.35 per day for meals. Some seniors can reimburse the group for the cost of food; other times, the organization is subsidized when a client leaves donations in his or her will. The Georgetown Meals on Wheels has managed very little fundraising over the past few years, Sinclair said, and difficult economic times mean that donations from both individual contributors and local churches have decreased substantially. “They just don’t have the funds anymore,” she said.

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Service program crosses generational lines By ALIX PIANIN Current Staff Writer


hen a group of students recently spent several weeks repainting the Vida Senior Center in Adams Morgan, the result was more than a sprucedup facility — for many, it was a step toward a stronger connection to the city’s older population. The YouthBuild Public Charter School, an alternative high school that serves ages 16 through 24, has launched a new partnership with the D.C. Office on Aging as part of the agency’s push to increase intergenerational work in the District. The students, who have either aged out or dropped out of traditional schools but hope to earn a GED diploma, have also worked on more than a dozen seniors’ individual homes since the start of the school year, according to Arthur Dale, the charter school’s executive director. While Dale said he initially favored the partnership as a way for

his students to gain basic construction training — YouthBuild usually works with local community development nonprofits to find construction sites for students to gain vocational development — he found that this program brought unexpected benefits. “A lot of our youth are, by definition, kind of disconnected” from school, employment and their communities, Dale said. “This was an opportunity to reconnect our students, and in part reconnect them to the senior citizen population. “There were hidden benefits that I, quite honestly, didn’t take into account going in,” he added. Marco Esparza, site manager at the Calvert Street Vida Senior Center, said he could attest to those benefits during the several weeks YouthBuild students spent repainting Vida, a health and activity center primarily for Latino seniors. “The population we serve ... they’re very appreciative of anybody who will come in and visit,” Esparza said. But “the kids also opened up their eyes a little bit large

to the numbers of elderly that come in for meals and activity. It was different from how they usually see, say, their grandparents.” While the Vida Center painting project was completed last month, Esparza said he thought there were still individual seniors who could benefit from the free repairs or small fixes from YouthBuild. Many already have. Evelyn McKinley, 93, learned about the YouthBuild organization late last year from the Office of Aging, which suggested the service at a meeting at the Calvary Holiness Church near McKinley’s home in Brookland. She put in a request — and by Christmas, six students had painted her bathroom and kitchen cabinets. “It really brightened up the kitchen. My neighbor across the hall came to see it, and she was just thrilled,” McKinley said of the new yellow-and-white paint job. “A friend of mine was just carried away. She said, ‘I need some work done, too!’” Barbara Hawkins, 82, who lives

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Students at YouthBuild Public Charter School repainted Vida, a health center for Latino seniors. on her own on Texas Avenue SE, said she was also thrilled with the work done by YouthBuild. Her daughter put in a request with the Office on Aging on Hawkins’ behalf for volunteers to repaint her front door and trimmings, which had long since rusted. “I was able to leave them [at the house], and they did a very good job … They took care of my house while I was gone,” said Hawkins, who had to go to a family member’s funeral the day that YouthBuild arrived to make repairs. “They were very nice. I would rec-

ommend them.” The Office on Aging’s Darlene Nowlin said that her office is currently taking names of other seniors in the area who need minor home repairs and want to work with YouthBuild volunteers. YouthBuild has been operating as an organization for 18 years — the last eight as a charter school at 3014 14th St., managed by the Latin American Youth Center. Students rotate every two weeks between academic and construction training in the bilingual EnglishSpanish program.

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ocal programs targeted at the area’s many senior citizens range from seminars and talks to movie screenings and exercise classes. Here are some upcoming offerings: ■ The Dupont Circle Village will continue its monthly “Live and Learn” seminar series with sessions on how to make one’s home both functional and safe and on the role of physical activity in the health of older adults. Stephen R. Hage, certified aging-in-place specialist and president of Strategies for Independent Living, will discuss the latest building techniques and home equipment available for seniors. The program will be held Monday, March 25, from 3:30 to 5

p.m. in the home of Dupont Circle Village member James Ostryniec in the Apolline, 1330 New Hampshire Ave. NW. He has renovated the apartment especially for disabilities. April’s seminar will focus on the benefits of exercise for seniors. Dr. Loretta DiPietro, chair of the Department of Exercise Science at George Washington University and the recipient of research grants from the National Institute on Aging and the American Cancer Society, will discuss current findings on the clinical and psychological benefits, as well as demonstrate specific exercises. The talk will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 22, in the North Conference Room at St. Matthew Cathedral, 1725 Rhode

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Island Ave. NW. The talks are free for Dupont Circle Village members and $10 for others. For reservations contact Linda Harsh at 202-234-2567 or The Dupont Circle Village will also hold its annual auction on Friday, April 12, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Tickets cost $35 in advance or $45 at the door. Bidding has already started via an online auction. The highest bids will provide the starting point for the April 12 silent auction. Details and tickets are available at dupontcirclevillage. ■ The Glover Park Village’s programs in April will include a concert, cooking seminar and informal get-togethers. The free programs will take place at the Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. A “Friday Free-for-All,” featuring musicians from the Washington International School, will be held Friday, April 12, from 2 to 3 p.m. The seventh workshop in the “Healthy Cooking for Aging Well” series will take place Tuesday, April 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. “Friends, Fun & Food” gettogethers will be held Friday, April 12, and Friday, April 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.

For details visit or call 202-436-5545. ■ The Northwest Neighbors Village will present “An Evening With Susan Stamberg.” The special correspondent for NPR will share highlights from previous interviews and discuss the craft of her special brand of interviewing. The talk will be held on Sunday, April 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Bill Petros/Current File Photo Ingleside at Rock The Glover Park Village’s “Free-for-All” series Creek, 3050 Military recently featured a class led by certified Road NW. Reservations are Gyrotonics instructor Stacy Palatt on the required; call 202-237- basics of meditating. 1895. es, Roll writes about the Iowa-born The Northwest Neighbors social worker who became the Village also sponsors a weekly linchpin in President Franklin D. “Gentle Yoga” class led by Sandi Roosevelt’s relationships with Rothwell. The event is held from 2 Winston Churchill and Joseph to 3 p.m. Mondays in the solarium Stalin. of the Lisner Louise Dickson Hurt Roll’s book talk will take place Home, 5425 Western Ave. NW. on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 ■ As part of its Thursday Night p.m. in Blake Hall at St. John’s Speaker’s Bureau series, the Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW. Georgetown Village will host a Admission is free. Reservations lecture by member David Roll on are requested; contact lynn@ his book “The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of “The Hopkins Touch” will prothe Alliance to Beat Hitler.” Based on newly available sourcSee Events/Page 33

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EVENTS: Upcoming programs range from educational seminars to museum tours

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vide fodder for the Georgetown Village’s monthly book discussion group when it meets April 8. Other regular Georgetown Village offerings include a yoga class led by Dhiyana Delatour on Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. ($13 per session) at St. John’s Episcopal Church; monthly movies and docent-led outings; and a weekly Coffee Talk for members on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the parlor of the St. John’s Rectory, 3238 O St. NW. Prospective volunteers and members are welcome. For details visit or call 202999-8988. ■The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University is hosting a weekly speaker series through April 30. The free lectures on a variety of subjects are held each Tuesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. Upcoming sessions include “Safety for Seniors,� Rimi Sifri, coordinator of crime prevention at American University, March 26; “Roll Over Beethoven: Classical, Rock and the Point of No Return,� Marc Medwin, April 2; “From Keystrokes to Logic Bombs: A Short Introduction to Cyber War and Cyber Crime,� Paul Rosenzweig, April 9; and “An Overview of Climate Science With

a U.S. Focus,� Marcus Sarofim, April 16. The final two sessions of the season will encompass the program’s April 23 annual meeting and an April 30 session highlighting examples of participants’ creativity. In addition to its lecture series, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University offers eight- to 10-week study groups taught by members. The courses emphasize peer learning and teaching, and do not have any tests or grades. For a membership fee, participants may take up to three study groups that run during the day for just under two hours a week. Examples for the current semester, which began in early March, include “India: Culture, Traditions and Gandhi,� “Finding Your Family History on the Web,� “Paris: The City of Light,� “History of Western Economic Thought� and “The Music of J.S. Bach.� For details visit or call 202-895-4860. ■The Petworth Library is inaugurating a new series, “Petworth’s Mature & Motivated,� aimed at local residents ages 50 and older. The first event will feature local senior outreach and advocacy organizations. Participating groups will include Lutheran Social Services, National Council on Aging and Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center.

The “Get to Know Your Neighborhood Fair� will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. Admission is free. The library is located at 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. For details call 202-2431188 or visit ■The Kreeger Museum offers twice-monthly tours for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses through its “Conversations at the Kreeger Museum� series. The program is designed to foster dialogue and connection — through conversation, memories and a sense of well-being — by having participants look at art and listen to music. The free, 90-minute tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the second and third Mondays of each month, except in August and on holidays. At least one family member or caregiver should accompany the person with Alzheimer’s. To register call 202-337-3050, ext. 10, or email visitorservices@ and specifically request a “Conversations� program. ■ The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP meets on the third Monday of each month March through June and September through December. Meetings take place are held at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. On April 15, Murray Howder will give a musical program on


orchestral masterpieces. The May 20 program has not been set. Most meetings start with social time and refreshments at 12:30 p.m., followed by the program at 1 p.m. Luncheons in June and December start at noon. The regular meetings are free; there is a fee for the luncheons ($10 for the June 17 event with sandwiches, salads and dessert). ■The Avalon Theatre holds a monthly “Senior Cinema Thursdays� series at 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Admission is generally $7.25 for ages 62 and older. This month’s feature is Neil Barsky’s 2012 documentary “Koch,� about the iconic three-time New York City mayor. Tickets to the March 21 show are available for 

$5, thanks to sponsorship by Springhouse of Bethesda. The nonprofit Avalon Theatre is located at 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details visit or call 202-966-6000. â– The Sibley Senior Association offers health and wellness lectures, periodic screenings, support groups, day trips, exercise classes, an AARP driver safety class and a spousal bereavement program. Members also have access to free blood pressure checks, a quarterly nutrition class, consultation with Sibley Memorial Hospital pharmacists and a physician referral service. Membership is open to ages 60 and older; registration costs $40 for one person or $65 for a couple. For details contact sibleysenior@sibley.






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