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  • Writer's pictureKaren McPhail, RN, MSN

Upcoming Free Educational Events!

More educational events coming soon!!!

In addition to the upcoming Challenging Dementia program on Wednesday, April 17th, at the Herndon Senior Center from 3 pm - 5 pm, I will be doing a free May 24th event specifically for caregivers:

Caring for the Caregiver!

3 pm- 5 pm

Friday May 24, 2019

Great Falls, Virginia

Great Falls Library meeting Room

This is a free event for those caring for others! The number of caregivers that predecease those being cared for is astronomical! We need to work together to break this cycle! Learn about creative ways to manage stress, access support, assistance, and more through this interactive session! RSVP today via our contacts tab or soon through eventbrite!

For those attending I will see you at the Shepherd's Center of Oakton / Vienna Volunteer luncheon next week! Below are some of the great activities at their location:

AARP Smart Driver Class

The Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna is sponsoring a refresher course geared for drivers age 50 and older.

Dates: April 5 & 8, 2019 (two-day course, Friday/Monday)

Time: 9 am - 1 pm (participants get three 10-minute breaks)

Place: Oakton United Methodist Church

2951 Chain Bridge Road

Oakton, VA 22124 (ground floor, small hall)

Cost: Make check payable to "AARP" and bring to first day of class.

$15 for AARP members (bring membership card)

$20 for non-members

Registration: Call AARP instructor David Young at 703-591-1847 to register.

Hunter Mill Road Corridor History Tour

May 7th from 8:30am - 12:30pm

Hunter Mill Road Corridor History Tour with Jim Lewis

250 Years of Forgotten Roads, Characters, Conflicts and Civil War Activity

This 4-hour narrated excursion comes with supporting stories and period photos. It begins and ends at the Freeman House on Church Street in Vienna.

The tour will follow the original road from Vienna to Oakton (aka Flint Hill) and stop at the Flint Hill Cemetery - Oakton Church of the Brethren, and the Mosby Oak on Hunter Mill Rd. Weather permitting, we will walk amongst Confederate earthworks, i.e., trenches, rifle pits, fox holes, artillery positions, etc. Other highlights may include: Cartersville Baptist Church, 1870 farmhouse and c.1930s Mennonite barn, 1876 schoolhouse, pre-1860s house, 1930s Fanny’s General Store, Brown’s Chapel Cemetery, old traces of Hunter Mill Rd., Fields of Fire, Roer's Zoofari (formerly Reston Zoo), and the original Reston Farmer’s Market.

Limited Seating on Bus: $30.00 Prepayment required.

RSVP: 703-281-0538

Dining with Dorothy

Join your friends or make new ones at another Dining with Dorothy socializing/dining event.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Time: 12:30 PM

Place: Culinaria Cooking School

110 Pleasant St., NW

Vienna, VA 22180

Limited space available; $30 prepayment required.

To reserve your space, contact event chair Dorothy Flood at

Adventures in Learning Classes

Spring 2019 Classes: Classes meet every Thursday

Classes start April 18, 2019 and run through June 20 (no classes May 2 or May 30).

Open House/Registration Day

Thursday, April 11, 10:00am – Noon

Refreshments & Breakfast will be served, compliments of Sunrise of Hunter Mill

Blood pressure and fall prevention screenings will be available at the Open House!

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF)

Program Building

2709 Hunter Mill Rd

Oakton, VA 22124

Tuition: $45.00 per person; you may register at any time during the semester

Great Decisions Discussion Group

Meets third Friday of the month (with an exception in April. Third Friday in April is Good Friday, so we will meet April 12th instead).

10am - 12pm

Meetings start February 15, 2019 and run through November 15, 2019

(no meetings January, July, August and December)

Vienna Presbyterian Church

124 Park Street NE

Classrooms 308/309

Vienna, VA 22180

Cost: $30.00 per person (includes briefing book)

Active Aging Wellness

Exercise class for older adults focusing on low impact aerobics, balance, coordination and stretching.

Class meets for 1 hour, once a week, for eight weeks. Sponsored by SCOV.

Wednesdays, 11 am - 12 noon

March 27, 2019 - May 15, 2019

Oakton Church of the Brethren

10025 Courthouse Road

Vienna, VA 22181

Class will be led by Timothy Sun, exercise physiologist.

Please bring the payment of $40 for the 8 week session to the first class; checks must be made out to Sun Fitness LLC.

Tim will provide bottled water and towels.

To register or for more info contact Casey Tarr at 703-821-6838 or .

Caregivers Support Group

This is an opportunity to reach out to others and to receive support from those who have traveled the road of care giving to adult family members. Join us to share ideas and resources. New members are always welcome.

1st and 3rd Thursday of each month

10:00am-11:30am - FREE

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax

Program Building

2709 Hunter Mill Rd

Oakton, VA 22124

For more information, contact facilitator: Jack Tarr, 703-821-6838,

Check out the flyer.

Be on the watch for my newest podcasts coming in May!

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