The Inside Scoop - for Members Only
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Welcome to  The Inside Scoop , our electronic  newsletter for  members only.
Please  enjoy this issue,  and  share your feedback  by email. We always look forward to hearing from you.

THIS SATURDAY February 2, 2019

We hope you'll join us for some light refreshments and socializing at 8:30 A.M. at the Kenmore Middle School auditorium. Our program will begin at 9:00 A.M. with a few remarks from our President, Art Gosling, followed by brief presentations from most of our spring semester instructors. Hear about courses first-hand so that you can make the best selections when REGISTRATION opens Monday, February 4, at 10:00 A.M.  sharp . Bring friends, relatives and neighbors who might enjoy an Encore Learning membership - this is a great opportunity to learn about what we offer.

News and Photos

On November 30, Instructor Nan Morrison gave a tour of the National Gallery of Art to her Impressionism class. Although Encore Learning does not sponsor field trips as a part of our course offerings, some of the instructors do offer them privately as an option to their class members.

Nan Morrison speaking at NGA. Photo by Sharon Schoumacher.

Members of the class enjoying Nan and the art.
Photo by Sharon Schoumacher.

Nan discussing Cezanne. Photo by Steve Spangler.

At the December 5 meeting of the Travel Club, members George and Lynda Carlson spoke about their trip to Churchill, Canada to see polar bears and more.

Photo courtesy George and Lynda Carlson.

Photo courtesy George and Lynda Carlson.

Photo courtesy George and Lynda Carlson.

Travel club members mesmerized by polar bears.
Photo courtesy Dick Juhnke.

On December 18, our Special Events Committee offered a tour of the Library of Congress Musical Treasures and Holiday Decorations. Louise Kenny, member and volunteer coordinator, took this lovely photo:

Members posing before 5 different awards Marvin Hamlisch won: Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Pulitzer.

Staff Corner

Registration reminder: 
Get ready for registration by  logging in to Member Account Manager  with your password today for two quick pre-registration checks: 
  • View your membership expiration date on the My Personal Info tab. Your membership must extend through the last scheduled session of any course you select. You may renew by selecting the MEMBERSHIP option.
  • Review the Quick Pick List under the ACADEMIC COURSES option. Selecting your desired courses here is the fastest way to secure a seat once registration begins at 10:00 A.M. on February 4.
For more details, see page 28 in the  2019 Spring Catalog or  go to our QuickStart Guides on our  online  FAQ page.  

Class Aides needed:  When you register for courses, please volunteer to be a  Class Aide . Class Aides perform a valuable service to the instructors, fellow students and our organization. Class Aides receive free parking while serving their class. It's a win-win!

Inclement weather reminder: It seems we're having trickier winter weather this year. Don't forget to check for potential closings in bad weather. We have all the inclement weather contact information in one handy place for you on our website. Also, you can now sign up as a guest to receive text message emergency alerts from Mason at

We staff the office Monday-Friday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M, excluding posted holidays which can be found on our calendar . Please contact us ahead of time if you require a face to face meeting.  To reach us, call 703-228-2144 or  email.

-- Marjorie Varner, Executive Director

Connecting Friends with Encore Learning

We're often referred to as the "best kept secret in Arlington." New members join mostly because they hear about Encore Learning from a friend.  When joining online, new members may enter a "Referred by" name. We look forward to thanking you here in the newsletter - see below.

Bring friends to our "Encore Learning Presents" series at Arlington Central Library. These lectures and films are open to the public and a great way for prospective members to learn more about us. Details can always be found in our list of upcoming  Special Events.

Share on social media. When you simply like our Facebook page or share our Facebook posts and events to your social network, it's a huge help.

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  • Volunteers are always needed. If you'd like to get more involved, please email us.
  • Check our calendar for Special Events, Club meetings, and office holiday closures.
Welcome New Members

In December 2018, the following new members joined Encore Learning. Please be sure to give these folks a warm welcome.

Kevin Dailey
Linda Fritts
Janos Gertler
Kadri Kallikorm-Rhodes
Richard Komer
Gene McClellan
David Rehr
Michael Stewart

And Thank You to the following members and instructors for referring friends and family:

Tim Kelley
Mike Morton
George Pick
Ed Rhodes

Please email the office with any corrections.

Photos, Photos, Photos...

We all love looking at them and it seems we can never get enough here in the office. Please share your photos of Encore Learning activities with us. The higher the resolution of the photo, the better (1 MB or higher). Shots taken on your mobile phone are great! Just email them to us and if we use your photos, we will make sure to acknowledge you as the photographer. We can't use thumbnails, though, so please check your photo size settings prior to emailing.

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Donations are Always Welcome

Encore Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Any donation is a charitable contribution deductible from income tax to the full extent permitted by law. Members, friends and organizations wishing to support Encore Learning may direct contributions to our  General Fund  or to our  Arlington Youth Scholarship .

We hope you enjoyed this edition of  The Inside Scoop . If you would like to submit an article or share some photos of members participating in Encore Learning activities, please email Beth Dowd: .
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