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.

You're Invited!
Clubs Open House - May 8, 2019

Members and prospective members are invited to attend an
Open House to learn more about our Clubs on May 8th in room 108 of the Langston-Brown Community Center at 2121 North Culpeper Street in Arlington from 10 A.M. to noon.

Representatives from our ten clubs will be present as will a representative from a possible 11th club - dealing with animal welfare and protection - who will be seeking expressions of interest in establishing such a club.

The ten existing clubs are:


Our clubs are very popular and most are welcoming additional members. A few are already oversubscribed - if there are willing volunteers and enough interest, perhaps an additional chapter could be added. Come to the Open House and let us know where your interests lie!

News and Photos

Community Advisory Council Profile: Mary Margaret Whipple

Last month, the Ethnic Lunch Club enjoyed Italian at Osteria da Nino. Thanks to Carolyn Francis for the photos.

April 4th was a lovely day in the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Our members enjoyed a tour of the annual Orchid Exhibit. Thanks to Bill Peters for coordinating the tour and the photograph.

Our " Encore Learning Presents" partnership with Arlington Public Library is still going strong. Jean Moore packed the house on April 8th with her presentation on the Trial of Mary Queen of Scots. Thanks to David Tate for the photo.

Staff Corner

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 send an email to

-- 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.
  • Our Nonfiction Book Club selection for May is The Last Palace by Norman Eisen.
Welcome New Members

In March  2019, the following new members joined Encore Learning. Please be sure to give these folks a warm welcome.

Chris Condeelis
Krista Bean Dorrian
Michael Dorrian
Ellen Dunn
Anita Eisenstadt
Elizabeth Schollaert

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

Michael Dorrian

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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