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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.

The Census is Coming!

We are a proud Arlington 2020 Census Partner. In the coming months, we'll be sharing information with you - starting with this article from Arlington County - on why it's important and how to respond. Our Special Events Committee has set up a panel discussion on  How Census 2020 Impacts Your Community at Arlington's Central library on Monday, January 13, 2020.  Join us to learn more. Everyone Counts!

You're Invited - Clubs Open House

Start your new year off right by joining us for the first free event of 2020! Members and prospective members are invited to attend an Open House to learn more about our Clubs.  We will also have tables for a couple of our committees that are seeking additional  volunteers . Members, please wear your name badges so that we may more easily greet each other.

Join us on Friday, January 10th from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon at Fairlington Community Center, Room 118.

MLK Day of Service Volunteer Opportunity- Story Collectors

We celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on January 20, 2020 by partnering with George Mason University and Volunteer Arlington to host a service project. Volunteers will visit with older adults at residential facilities and gather their stories to share with our community. After a brief training session, volunteers will then conduct interviews and document interviewee's stories. Click here to learn more and sign-up:

Course News

Theater Appreciation Course Gets Physical

Instructor D. Ohlandt (L) brought in Casey Kaleba (R), Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, for a demonstration. Mr. Kaleba  has staged violence for nearly three hundred productions, including work for the Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. He spent most of the session answering questions from the students about what Fight Directors do and how they do it. Photo by member Ed Rader.

How Should We Interpret Reporting on Polls?

Instructor Steve Shapiro explains in our Numbers and the News course. Fellow instructor Charlie Hallahan is seated at the far right in the first row.

Reverberations of the Breakup of the Ottoman Empire Still Felt Today

Instructor Liz Shelton speaking about the geography, history and politics of the Ottoman Empire.

Special Events

Encore Learning Presents...

November 18 - Giving Thanks for a Second Chance at Life in America

Dr. Peter Stein discussed many reasons to be thankful for a second chance at life in America. He sadly pointed out that the compelling call to action -- Never Again -- applies today: gun shooting after shooting. If you're interested in more, he donated a copy of his book A Boy's Journey: From Nazi-Occupied Prague to Freedom in America to the Arlington Public Library - it may take a few weeks before it's available on the shelf.

December 9 - Live Happier and Healthier in the New Year

Here's our speaker Brad Bickford on Monday, December 9, at Arlington's Central Library talking about the value of volunteering. 
Brad's presentation was interactive, informative, and entertaining. He provided a wealth of information about about being healthier and happier. We've posted his slideshow online at the request of several audience members.

More Special Events: Tours

On November 19, our members enjoyed a tour of the Library of Congress, coordinated by member/volunteer Louise Kenny. Thanks to Louise for the great group photo.

Instructor News and Happenings

Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich is always busy. He recently wrote an  editorial   published  in  The Washington Post . You can keep up with him by following  @RichKauz  on Twitter.

Staff Corner

Encore Learning Annual Report for 2018-2019

As we close this calendar year, it is a great opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments. Encore Learning staff prepared this  annual report to accurately document and share the success of the previous fiscal year. We hope that reading the report will give you a greater understanding of how the mission of Encore Learning is accomplished. Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers who continue to move our organization forward.

Office hours 

The Syphax building office is open Monday through Friday  from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., except holidays. The office will be closed December 23-January 3 for the holiday break. Details are listed 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 send an email to

Wishing You Very Happy Holidays

As this is our November/December issue, our staff would like to let each of you know how thankful we are that you are a member. We hope you enjoy peaceful and happy holidays and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

~ Lora 
Lora Pollari-Welbes, 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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- Spring 2020 Course Preview Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8:45 A.M. 
- Registration Opens Monday, February 3, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. sharp
- Courses begin the week of March 9, 2020
- Annual Meeting will be held on May 21, 2020 
  • 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 October and November  2019, the following new members joined Encore Learning. Please be sure to give these folks a warm welcome.

William Baker
Herb Bloom
Robert Cablish
Dave Cavanaugh
Jeanne Clarkson
Anne Delanoy
William Delanoy
Sherri Finley
Wendy Fox Bloom
Dana Goward
Muriel Langworthy
Penelope OHearn
Terrence OHearn
Rebecca Salzinger
Kathy Sykes
Indra Widjaja
Liesye Widjaja

And a huge THANK YOU to the following members, instructors and staff for referring friends and family:

Cathy Goldschmidt
Liz Hoefler
Liesye Widjaja

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.

Free Help with Technology

Did you know... Our friends at Central Library offer  one on one technology help sessions and free technology classes from beginner to advanced.

And...  Arlington County's Walter Reed Senior Center also offers free tech help.  Call (703) 228-0955 to reserve your appointment.

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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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