Educational Programs

chess instruction for seniors adults

Chess for Senior Adults

Come and enjoy this “brain game” with other seniors. Learn basic instruction strategies for playing chess.   Ages 50 and older.
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Spanish Conversation Club

Looking to grow, revive, or begin to develop your Spanish skills? Join us for these weekly casual conversation hours, led by instructor Luz Verost. Questions? Email  
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Introduction to Digital Research

For the college-bound or those interested in conducting more advanced research, this course provides tips, tricks, and tools that will help you find digital information. A basic understanding of internet searching and intermediate computing is required.

D.C. Cooks!

Come join us for a cooking workshop with Jonathan Bardzik.
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Walt Whitman on Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Washington

A talk by Martin G. Murray, Founder, Washington Friends of Walt Whitman, accompanied by slide illustrations, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination and in celebration of April as National Poetry Month.
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A Tribute to America's Most-Loved Poet

Reading and discussion of selected poems by American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963), an alternate presentation of the West End Fiction Book Club and in celebration of April as National Poetry Month.
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'Lament for the Makers'

A reading of poems in memory of Claudia Emerson (1957-2014), winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and former Poet Laureate of Virginia, and of other recently deceased writers/poets, and with apologies to Scottish poet
Green Cleaning

Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Workshop

Learn how to ditch the chemical cleaners in your home and start using less toxic, homemade products. Homemade green cleaning supplies not only help the environment but save you money as well. esides learning all the benefits of using environmentally sound cleaning practices, participants will also have an opportunity to make their own disinfectant and other cleaning products to take home with them.  

Omnibus Lecture Series: Issues in Food Security

Jeffrey Kaplan, Head, Food Studies Program & Associate Professor of Biology, The American University, will be on hand to discuss timley topics in food security. For more information, please contact: Wendell Kellar, or 202-727-0232
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Twenty Plants That Work So Hard You Won't Have To — In Honor of and with Advice from Henry Mitchell

To celebrate Earth Day, join garden writer Carole Ottesen for the 2015 Henry Mitchell Gardening Lecture at Tenley-Friendship Library.