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Join us for the Spring 2021 Virtual Course Preview

Thursday, January 28, 2021
9:30 to 11:30 AM

Join Us! Open to current and prospective members — tell your friends, relatives and neighbors!

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  • Encore Learning’s instructors give presentations about their academic courses.
  • Members often tell us that the instructors’ presentations at the Course Preview influence their registrations
  • Get the latest news on our clubs, special events and volunteer possibilities.
  • To register for courses you must have a current Encore Learning membership. To become a member or to renew membership, go to our website at
  • Course registration begins Monday, February 1, 2021, at 10:00 AM.
  • Spring 2021 Semester will be March 1 to May 14, 2021.
  • Email questions to

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Remembering Former President Art Gosling

Former Encore Learning President Art Gosling passed away surrounded by family on September 10, 2020. An obituary may be found here. The family will hold a private service. Until a memorial can be held at a later date, the family is asking for written, video or photo memories of Art to be emailed to his family at

The family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Encore Learning Youth Scholarship Fund. We are so grateful for all of Art and Carolyn’s contributions over the years. They both have given countless hours of volunteer time and helped grow and shape the organization for the better.

During the Arlington School Board meeting on September 24, 2020, School Board Vice-Chair Barbara Kanninen recognized Art’s contributions to our community. See the School Board meeting recording at this page (the commemoration begins at 36:16).

Art Gosling opening a Community Advisory Council event in 2018. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Current Encore Learning President Tom Adams shared, “We owe a great debt to Art for his service to this community. My children and tens of thousands of others received a first-rate education in Arlington County Public Schools thanks to his leadership of the school system. His stewardship of Encore Learning helped it grow into a strong and highly respected organization delivering valuable services to this area’s seniors. He was much loved and admired by all who dealt with him and and we will never forget his many selfless contributions.”

Executive Director Lora Pollari-Welbes said, “Art was a wonderful President of Encore Learning for six years. He recruited me and I immediately recognized how strong the organization was under his leadership. Art supported me in exploring new ideas and provided context to ensure stability.  We could talk candidly about challenges and excitedly about opportunities. Art’s commitment to Encore Learning was evident in his continuing pursuit of excellence during these dynamic times.”

You may click Donate to connect to our secure payment site and contribute via credit card. If you would prefer to send a check, please make the check out to Encore Learning. Reference the Youth Scholarship Fund/Art Gosling in the note line on the check or enclose a note with your check so that we may apply your donation properly. Mail to: Encore Learning, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204.

Fall 2017 Catalog – Available Now!

We know you all have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Fall 2017 Course Catalog in your mailboxes. That should happen by mid-August. In the meantime, you can check out our online course listings or download the pdf version of the catalog. Many thanks to the volunteers on our wonderful Publications Committee for their hard work and commitment to get this out to you as soon as possible.

Paddle the Potomac with our Kayak Club

The Kayak Club is up and running this season on the Potomac. We have had good weather and been able to get out on the water almost every other week. As those of you who paddle out of Fletcher’s know, when you get on the water you are surrounded by trees, and it feels like you are somewhere in the country, rather than in the heart of the nation’s capital. Also even if it’s hot, there is usually a nice breeze on the water.

Club Co-Coordinator Wayne Moore (foreground) and other members enjoying the day.

If you haven’t tried kayaking before, this is a good opportunity to try it in a safe environment, with a friendly group of paddlers. We go out on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month and hope to see you there.

Club Co-Coordinator Janice Yeadon, ready to paddle!

— Submitted by Janice Yeadon. Photos courtesy of Rosemary Schwartzbard.

Encore Learning clubs are open to all current members. If you are not a member, join Encore Learning! If you are a member, send a request with your name and the club name to

Explore World Cuisines with our Ethnic Lunch Club

Members of the Ethnic Lunch Club get together on the last Thursday of each month at different locations in Northern Virginia — usually in Arlington, Alexandria, Annandale, Falls Church, and McLean.  This includes Shirlington and Bailey’s Crossroads. Members are planners, each taking a turn in planning one event, coordinating with a restaurant, and taking reservations.


 Ethnic Lunch Club at Osteria da Nino, June 2017


Since January we have enjoyed:
  • Stuffed cabbage leaves, beef stroganoff, plov, pelmeni  and chicken kiev at Rus Uz
  • Chicken kebobs topped with orchids  and mid-Eastern appetizers at Amoos
  • Pad Thai and drunken noodles at Tara Thai
  • Tacos, tamals,  enchiladas, and fried ice cream at La Union
  • Southern fried chicken, shrimp and grits, okra,  collards,  and warm biscuits with honey at Tupelo Honey
  • Spinach ravioli, cavatelli, and panini at Osteria da Nino
Our next lunches will be Indian in Clarendon, Vietnamese in Falls Church, Irish in Falls Church, and Greek in Alexandria.
We do not meet Thanksgiving week. Our holiday lunch is a combination November-December event–location to be announced.


Arlene Kigin and George Ruppert enjoying their pasta!


In 2018,  in addition to our Italian, Chinese, and Mid-Eastern favorites we may try to include Mala Tang for Chengdu Hot Pot;  To Sok Jip which Tyler Cowen calls “the best Korean place around”,(space permitting); a Hawaiian poke (POH-kay) spot; and bento boxes at a Japanese location. If a planner wishes to be even more adventurous, we may also explore local Afghan and Ethiopian options.


— Submitted by Arlene Kigin, Club Coordinator. Photos courtesy of Lee Cooper.


Encore Learning clubs are open to all current members. If you are not a member, join Encore Learning! If you are a member, send a request with your name and the club name to


Members Enjoy Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors Exhibition

Encore Learning is your ticket to the hottest tickets in town. For what was called the “Hamilton” of the D.C. area, our special events team arranged four small docent-led tours on March 2, 2017, at 9am – before the long lines of crowds during the museum’s regular hours. Sixty lucky members got to experience this amazing exhibition. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors broke records for attendance at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Make sure to join us on one of our next outings!
Current list of Special Events

Check out these great photos taken by our members:

Photo courtesy of Steve Shapiro

Photo Courtesy of Steve Shapiro

Photo courtesy of Camilla Nilles

Photo courtesy of Camilla Nilles

Photo courtesy of Camilla Nilles

Budowski 1
Photo courtesy of Don Budowsky

Budowski 4
The Artist – Photo courtesy of Don Budowsky

Macidull 1
Photo courtesy of Janet Macidull

Macidull 2
Photo courtesy of Janet Macidull

Photo courtesy of Steve Spangler

You can also view this 9-second video shot by Steve Spangler.

Our members say:

We were so lucky to have been able to see the Kusama Exhibit and in such a pleasant way with so few crowds.  Thanks Encore Learning for putting the tour together.  –  Jean Lewis

We felt so lucky to be able to get into the Yayoi Kusama exhibit with Encore Learning.  –  Camilla Nilles