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Spring 2020 Course Preview!
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Doors open at 8:45 A.M.
Program begins at 9:15 A.M.
and ends at 12:30 P.M.
George Mason University Arlington Campus
3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22201
Encore Learning instructors give brief presentations about their upcoming courses.
Open to current and prospective members. Bring friends, relatives and neighbors and your catalog!
Members, please wear your name badges so that we may more easily greet each other.
FREE PARKING, NO VALIDATION REQUIRED - the garage gate will be open.
To become a member or to renew membership, we recommend our website, where you can pay securely with your credit card. If you wish to purchase or renew your membership at the course preview, only personal checks can be accepted.
This is your opportunity to hear about courses first-hand so that you can make the best selections when REGISTRATION opens Monday, February 3, at 10:00 A.M. sharp.
Check YES when asked if you want to be a Class Aide
"The best part about being a class aide is having human engagement and having fun meeting new people."
"I like that I get extra time with the instructors and I love the free parking!"
These are quotes shared by members who volunteered as Class Aides during our Fall 2019 semester.
** Correction ** to the Special Events email of last week:
The Census is Coming! (Maybe you've heard?)
We are a proud Arlington 2020 Census Partner. In the coming months, we'll continue to share information with you - here's
from Arlington County on why it's important and how to respond.
On January 13, we held our first census related event at Central Library.
Our next census event will be held on March 19 at GMU Arlington Campus at 4 P.M.
More details coming soon. Everyone Counts!
Clubs Add New Members at Open House
On January 10, 2020, we held our second annual Clubs Open House at the Fairlington Community Center. It was very well attended and many members joined new clubs. Thanks to Tom Adams for bringing coffee, tea and treats. Special thanks to all of our
, for manning their tables, answering many questions and all the work they do year round. And thanks to Barbara Spangler and George Hobart for answering questions about volunteering with the Academic Programs and Special Events Committees. If you'd like to join
one of our ten clubs
, please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are a few photos - see who you can recognize!
Bridge Club Celebrates the Holidays
The Bridge Club met at the Fairlington Villages Community Center on December 12, 2019 to celebrate another year of fun, friendship, and of course, cards. Thanks to Lee Cooper for the photos - our photographer extraordinaire! All captions are in left to right order.
Student Essay on Jobim Course Published
Dick visited Brazil this month - on the 23rd, we got the following message from him via email:
"Today I visited O Instituto Antônio Carlos Jobim, which houses Jobim's archives and is headed by his son Paulo, and I was excited (to say the least) to meet and visit with Paulo. He and his staff were delighted to receive the catalog and Marília's essay."
|Instructor Dick Juhnke and Paulo Jobim at O Instituto Antônio Carlos Jobim in Brazil, January 2020. Photo courtesy Dick Juhnke.
Interested in serving on our Board of Directors?
Several positions are coming open in May 2020. You must have previously served as a volunteer with Encore Learning. Look for an email announcement with more details in February. If you are interested, please contact the office at 703-228-2144 or email@example.com and we will pass it along to the Nominating Committee for consideration.
Partner News and Happenings - George Mason University
On Monday, December 16, 2019, Art and Lora presented a check to George Mason University, awarding funds to the support the Schar School Alumni Scholarship and the John T. McCracken Scholarship.
Left to right: Arthur Gosling, President, Encore Learning; Lora Pollari-Welbes, Executive Director, Encore Learning; Mark Rozell, Dean, Schar School of Policy and Government;
Colin Hart, Chapter President, Schar School of Policy and Government Alumni.
Photo by Zavin Smith, GMU
Waitlists - they really DO work!
We encourage you to join waitlists for both Special Events and Courses. We are often able to move people as we frequently get cancellations. We also look at the demand for a certain class or event, and will schedule an additional event or expand the size of a class when we can.
In order for our waitlists to work, however, we do need timely cancellations from our members. Please let us know as soon as you can if you cannot make an event or want to drop a class. You cannot drop or cancel online -the best way to cancel is to email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Syphax building office is open Monday through Friday
from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., except holidays. The office will be closed February 17 in observance of Presidents Day. 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 email@example.com.
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.
- 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
2019, the following
new members joined Encore Learning. Please be sure to give these folks a warm welcome.
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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