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.

There's Still Time to Register for Fall Courses!

There are still seats available in 31 of the 38 courses we are offering this fall. We stagger the start of our courses to fit your busy schedule. Classes begin as early as October 7 and as late as November 19. Check the Quick Pick List on our website for more details.

Call for Course Proposals

If you or someone you know would like to teach a course for our upcoming spring semester, contact us on or before October 7, 2019. Please email a brief description of your proposed course, along with your contact information and academic credentials to We will forward your request to our Academic Programs Committee (APC) for review. A member of the APC will follow up with you directly. Please note all Encore Learning instructors are volunteers and are not compensated for their instructional services but do receive benefits including free membership, up to three free course registrations and free parking.

News and Photos

Photos of August 28, 2019 Breakfast Club meeting courtesy of member-volunteer Lee Cooper. Thanks to Lee for the photos and member-volunteer Ron Wise for coordinating the club.

And here are a couple more from the September 4, 2019 meeting. Can you tell they are a fun group?!?

On September 12, our members visited the Phillips Collection Exhibit  The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement.   Thanks to member-volunteer Louise Kenny for coordinating the tour and providing the photos.

On September 11, 2019 member-volunteer Mike Kenny led a walking tour of 400 years of history in Alexandria's North Old Town. Thanks again Louise Kenny for coordinating the tour and providing photos.

On August 13, the Cinema Club went to see The Art of Racing in the Rain and then had lunch at Ted's Bulletin in Ballston. Thanks again to Lee Cooper for photos.

Staff Corner

Phone Trouble 
We have been having problems with our voice mail for the past month. We are happy to announce that it was finally FIXED as of September 24. We believe we have returned all calls at this point. If you have an outstanding question and have not heard back from us, please try calling again, 703-228-2144.

Regular office hours 
The office is open Monday through Friday  from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M., except holidays. 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

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

Ann Abbott
Mary Kay Blake
Gretchen Crowley
Elizabeth Davis
Charlotte Dillis
Clare Donelan
Mark Epstein
Patricia Erwin
Terry Erwin
Barbro Gendell
John Graves
Martha Larkin
Alan Mack
Denice McCullough
Janice McLean
Marilia Mota Silva
Andrea Murphy
John Murphy
Earlene Regan
Anne D Smith
Curtis Smith
Robert Somers
Elizabeth Vance
Roland Watkins
Rita Wells
Mary Widner

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

Mary Lou Collins
John Curley
Kathleen Sheehan
Marty Suydam

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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