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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
to learn more about our Clubs.
We will also have tables for a couple of our committees that are seeking additional
. Members, please wear your name badges so that we may more easily greet each other.
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:
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.
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
The Washington Post
. You can keep up with him by following
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
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.
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
. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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
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.
- 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.
Wendy Fox Bloom
And a huge THANK YOU to the following members, instructors and staff for referring friends and family:
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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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
or to our
Arlington Youth Scholarship
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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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