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Save the Date: Course Registration opens on TUESDAY September 11, 2018

Registration will open at 10 a.m. sharp.  Members will want to ensure that their membership is still current and their system login and password are working prior to registration.  Former members will still have a pre-existing account and should not create a new account. Prospective members may join and establish an account at the time of registration. Please contact the office if you have any questions about how to access your account or renew your membership prior to registration day.

Join us for our Fall Course Preview on September 8, 2018

Come and learn what we are all about!

Our Course Prevew is open to current and prospective members.
Feel free to bring friends, relatives and neighbors.

Encore Learning’s instructors will give brief 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 along with a quick bite and hot drink.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Program begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon.

1325 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington, Virginia 22206

Call the Encore Learning office at 703-228-2144 for specific directions or any questions.

Instructor Profile: Wayne Limberg

Wayne Limberg is a new Encore Learning instructor, but he’s not a new teacher. “I always wanted to be a teacher,” he said. Wayne might have inherited his love of teaching. His mother taught in South Dakota in one of the last one-room school houses there. When she told the farmer down the road who headed the school board that she needed a new coal shovel, he sent his son to check out the situation. “My mother liked to say that she got the boy, but she never got the shovel,” Wayne said. His parents married in 1946 and moved to El Segundo, California, where they raised Wayne, his brother and sister.

El Segundo was a Standard Oil company town, given its name Segundo because if was the second largest Standard Oil refinery on the West Coast;  where a whistle blew to mark the end of every work day. His father worked in the aircraft industry, an industry that about doubled the population to 15,000. Wayne graduated from El Segundo High School in 1965, and was named to its Hall of Fame in 1984. He earned his bachelor’s in history at Loyola University in Los Angeles.

“It was because of the influence of a high school teacher almost 50 years ago, that I decided to specialize in Russian history,” he recalled. A fellowship from Georgetown University brought him to Washington, his Ph.D. and his government career.

In 1972, he was teaching part-time and working on his doctorate. A retired Navy officer and professor, knowing Wayne was having no luck finding a  teaching position in Russian history, suggested he consider working for the government. The CIA offered him a job, but agreed to wait for him to finish his doctorate. In 1973, he earned his Ph.D. in Russian history and began working for the CIA.

The start of Wayne’s government career did not mean the end of his teaching. “Over the years I’ve done a good deal of teaching,” he said. “I averaged a class every other year, including at the University of London.”

Wayne began at the CIA, but over the years, he moved from the CIA to the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, back to the CIA and back to the State Department. The agencies frequently worked together and with other government agencies.  Wayne’s jobs centered on analysis and the Soviet Union/Russia. He travelled to the Soviet Union/Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and  Tajikistan and spent many a week at NATO headquarters.

Did he see the changes coming to the Soviet Union?

“It was clear Gorbachev was different but by no means did I foresee how fast the USSR would fall,” he stated. “  One of colleagues In 1987, looking at the Solidarity movement wondered if  Poland might pull out of the Warsaw Pact and that it would fall.  Wayne recalls saying somewhat sarcastically, “Sure, and then the Berlin Wall will fall.”

Wayne welcomed the changes.  “Like many, I hoped Russia our optimism faded as the 1990s progressed and  Putin came to power,” he remembered. “If anything, current day Russia under Putin is harder to read and predict.”

Wayne formally retired four years ago, but returned to the State Department part time as a senior editor until May 2018. His wife Susan recently retired after teaching at Georgetown Visitation for 40-plus years. They are long-time empty nesters with a 38-year old daughter and 40-year old son. “In the last five or six years, my wife and I have taken one foreign trip and one domestic trip every year,” he said, “We went to Italy in June and are going to Seattle and the North Cascades for a wedding in September.”

Wayne has also travelled many miles as a hiker. He has hiked the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. He’s a former Supervisor of Trails for member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and continues to help maintain the Appalachian Trail  in Shenandoah National Park.  Two of his recipes for gorp trail mix have been published in Backpacker magazine, as has one unusual hiking experience.

“My wife and daughter told me to celebrate one Father’s Day by hiking,” he remembered. “It was a beautiful day, but I kept seeing people hiking toward me with funny smiles.”   He soon found out why when he met the Artful Dodger, a storied nude hiker. “I hiked with him for the next hour, trying to look only into his eyes.”

In retirement, Wayne’s teaching has continued. Recently, he lectured at a friend’s class at Johns Hopkins University extensions.  When that friend had to turn down offer to teach an Encore Learning course, he suggested Wayne. This fall, he’ll teach his first course for us, Russian Foreign Policy: Rising Threat or Declining Power? He heard about Encore Learning through member Dwight Rogers, a fellow congregation member at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ.

— written by member Laura Paul. Photos courtesy Wayne Limberg.

Summer Office Hours in effect through Labor Day

The office will be open from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Wednesdays through September 3, 2018 – except July 4. If you need to speak to someone in person, be sure to email or call ahead for an appointment. Always check the calendar on this page for updates.

Members’ Annual Meeting on May 24, 2014

Members, please plan to attend this once-a-year event. It provides an opportunity for you to meet and elect Encore Learning’s leadership.


Thursday, May 24, 2018
9:00 A.M. to Noon


Fairlington Community Center
3308 S Stafford St
Arlington, VA 22206


There is free (but limited) parking on site. Allow time for street parking, if necessary, and observe zoned parking restrictions. The center is serviced by Metrobus.


Annual Meeting Agenda


9:00 A.M.       Social period, light refreshments
9:30 A.M.       Business meeting


  • Call to order:  Art Gosling, President
  • Treasurer’s Report:  John Morton, Treasurer
  • Election of Encore Learning Board: Marilyn Marton, Nominating Committee Chair
  • Closing:  Art Gosling

12:00 P.M.       Meeting concludes

The Changing Face of Arlington: Community Advisory Council Annual Meeting

On May 2, 2018, we held our annual Community Advisory Council meeting, hosted by Marymount University in their beautiful new building in Ballston.

Left to right: Adrian Stanton, Kate Bates, Katie Cristol, Marianne Ward-Peradoza, Jay Fisette, Art Gosling, Chris Milliken – speakers at our 2018 Community Advisory Council Meeting. Photo by Joe Furgal.

As guests arrived, Pat Chatten and Steve Spangler were there to greet them and provide name tags. Member Joe Furgal was on hand to take photos – thank you Pat, Steve and Joe.

Steve Spangler and Pat Chatten hand out name badges. Photo by Joe Furgal.

There were a few minutes for coffee and conversation before the meeting began.

Coffee and conversation before the meeting. Photo by Joe Furgal.

President Art Gosling opening the meeting. Photo by Joe Furgal.

After our President Art Gosling kicked off the meeting, we were welcomed by Dr. Marianne Ward-Peradoza, Dean and Professor at the School of Business Administration, Marymount University, our host. 

Dean Ward-Peradoza welcomes us to Marymount. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Next, Council Chair Chris Milliken introduced our panel.

Council Chair Chris Milliken introduces our panel. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Former Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette led the interactive discussion on “The Changing Face of Arlington.” Panel members:

  • Katie Cristol, current Arlington County Board Chair
  • Kate Bates, CEO of Arlington Chamber of Commerce
  • Adrian Stanton, Vice President of Marketing at Virginia Hospital Center

Katie Cristol responds to a question. Photo by Joe Furgal.

The room was packed and the discussion was of great interest to all. Topics discussed ranged from demographics to transportation to housing to open space. And of course, Amazon! The question and answer session was lively.

A packed house. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Q&A Kerry Jones. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Member Jere Cummins and Council Member Theo Stamos. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Our crowd kept panel moderator Jay Fisette on his toes and he more than met the challenge. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Jay Fisette poses a question to the panel. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Q&A Kathryn Scruggs. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Adrian Stanton answers a question. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Katie Cristol answers a question. Photo by Joe Furgal.

More Q&A. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Kate Bates speaks to a question. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Q&A John Metzler. Photo by Joe Furgal.

After the panel discussion ended, members had a bit of time to ask questions one on one and catch up with friends.

Council Members and Encore Learning members post meeting. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Council Member Emma Violand-Sanchez with Carolyn Gosling. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Chris Milliken and Ed Rader. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Steve Spangler and Tom Adams. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Encore Learning staff greet Council Members Barbara Favola and Tannia Talento. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Council members Bob Brink, Mary Margaret Whipple with member John Milliken. Photo by Joe Furgal.

We are very thankful for our council members and look forward to their support in the upcoming year.

Encore Learning’s Community Advisory Council

Kate Bates
Robert H. Brink
Katie Cristol
Barbara Favola
Jay Fisette
David Foster
Patrick Hope
Diane Kresh
Kris Martini
Christine T. Milliken
Patrick K. Murphy
Una Murphy
Edward Rhodes
Matthew Shank
Theo Stamos
Rip Sullivan
Tannia Talento
Emma Violand-Sanchez
Mary Margaret Whipple
Olivia Wong

“Pilot” Group Tour of National Museum of African American History and Culture

On April 5, 2018, 30 lucky members of Encore Learning were able to tour the National Museum of African American History and Culture as part of a pilot group tour program. Our Special Events Committee was thrilled to be able to offer these in-demand tickets to our members.

The museum chronicles the decades of fighting against slavery, the efforts to end segregation, the Civil Rights Movement and contributions made by African-Americans in areas ranging from the military to sports to culture and the arts.

Member Ed Rader took the following photographs for us and said, “I liked it so much I went back the next day.”

Meeting at the entrance before the tour.

Chuck Berry’s Cadillac Eldorado.

Part of the Culture Galleries on level four.

Taking a break to pause and reflect at Contemplative Court.

We hope you can join us on one of our many Special Event tours in the future. Thanks to Ed Rader for the photos.

Ethnic Lunch Club: Food and Friendships

If you like to dine out and try exotic cuisines among friends, our Ethnic Lunch Club is for you.

Here are some photos taken in April 2018 while dining at Royal Nepal restaurant in Del Ray, courtesy of Lee Cooper.

Helen Sioris, Arlene Kigin, Nadia Tangour

Keith Fairweather and Dru Dowdy

Lynn Morsen, Ron Wise, Althea Johnston. Flag of Nepal in background.

Margaret Neuse and Jae Shin Yang

Vera Libeau and Steve Shapiro

Delicious food at Royal Nepal.

The Ethnic Lunch Club, a group of “foreign foodies,” usually meet at a specified restaurant on the last Thursday of the month to explore and enjoy the area’s great ethnic food.

Details for each restaurant are sent by email each month. Some meals are fixed-price complete lunches; some are à la carte.

To join or get more information, contact us via the Encore Learning office at 703-228-2144 or

Community Advisory Council Profile: Diane Kresh

Our Community Advisory Council, established in 2006, serves as a sounding board and network of support for Encore Learning’s Board of Directors. The Council, comprised of community leaders and representatives from our affiliates, advises the organization on topics which range from acquisition of classroom and office space, to membership levels and diversity, to recruitment of instructors and additional affiliations. The broad, deep and diverse experience they bring to the discussion is invaluable.

We continue our series on current Council members with this interview of Diane Kresh, Director, Arlington Public Library. Diane has served on Encore Learning’s Community Advisory Council since 2010 and is a familiar face to many Arlingtonians given the outreach the library has made since her tenure began 12 years ago this month.

Diane, our public libraries are the new gathering spaces in our community. How long have you worked in libraries?

I began working for the Library of Congress as a college student — a summer job that became a 30+ year career.  When I felt the call to try something else, I took an early out from the Library only to find myself happily employed a couple of months later as the Director of Arlington Public Library.  While I wouldn’t say that I started out in life to be a librarian (although I did alphabetize my baseball cards), the profession has served me well.  It allows me to “advocate” for values I embrace like social equity, intellectual freedom and inclusion.  And it’s a career that has never been boring.  Although the tools of the trade have evolved, and the names and faces of colleagues have changed, the core missions to make information freely available and the mandate to collect and share the stories that define our cultural heritage, have never gotten old.  They are as vital and as important today as they ever were.

So you have been in the metropolitan area for a long time!

I lived in DC, raised two boys (Matt and Nate) and worked there for more than 30 years. Actually, I have lived in this area since 1958 when my family relocated here after my father left the Marine Corps and began to work for the Federal government. I attended Arlington public schools (Tuckahoe, Williamsburg and Yorktown) and went to college at Catholic University of America, where I earned my BA in Speech and Drama and my Masters in Library Science.

Diane and author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Google says there were more degrees and honors involved. Don’t be shy.

I received CUA’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for contribution to the field of library and information science, 2002. In 2010, I was awarded the Top Student Award by George Mason University when I earned my Master’s in Public Administration (Northern Virginia Fellows Cohort). I picked up my Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership in 2013. And, like other local leaders, I am a graduate of the Signature Program of Leadership Arlington, now known as Leadership Center for Excellence.

 {Marjorie Varner: I remember Diane coaching a segment of my Signature Program in 2015!}

Author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen and Diane discuss his book.

Thanks for your contributions to that nonprofit organization as well. Tell us what you think about our organization.

Marjorie Varner reached out to me shortly after I became Library Director and invited me to serve on the Community Advisory Council. Indeed, the mission of Encore Learning is closely aligned with the role of the public library. We both promote lifelong learning and encourage the young and the not so young to be curious and open to new paths. Over the years, Arlington Library has benefited from a close relationship with Encore Learning. We host programs and classes each month; sometimes we co-sponsor and sometimes we don’t. Encore Learning’s use of the library reinforces our commitment to helping citizens become the best they can be.  And the wide range of class offerings taught by experts in their fields reminds us all of how fortunate we are to live or work in this smart and caring community.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t running Arlington’s library system? Where would we find you on the weekend or on vacation?

Downtime for me is filled with taking photos (the iPhone camera is amazing), singing with a semi-professional choral group, and creating mixed media collages and assemblages.  And when I’m not working on my own projects, I enjoy going to the theater and art galleries, eating at the latest pescaterians-friendly restaurants or spending time outdoors with my wife, Colleen Donnelly.  She grew up in upstate New York near the Canadian border and we spend a couple of weeks each summer hiking in the High Peaks of the Adirondack mountains or canoeing.   

Colum McCann, author of Let the Great World Spin, at a book talk with Diane.

Sounds like you stay busy even when you are away from the job! What would you delve into if you were an Encore Learning member?

I love to read (an occupational hazard) and am interested in many of the subject areas Encore Learning offers, especially those focusing on the arts. I also enjoy politics and current events and relish keeping up with what’s happening across the Potomac. I hope to be able to teach a class or two someday for Encore Learning. I have always enjoyed teaching and it would be a fun and interesting way for me to give back to a community that has given me so much.

We are passing your name right along to our Academic Programs Committee. Let’s add another title to your list: Instructor, Encore Learning. Thanks so much!

Photos courtesy Diane Kresh.

Bonnie Mangan on Civil War Women: Bibliography to Share

As part of our Meet the Speaker Series, Bonnie Mangan, Vice President of the Society for Civil War Women, spoke at Arlington Central Library on Monday, March 26, on “Civil War Women: Nurses, Soldiers and Spies.” It was the fifth lecture co-sponsored by Encore Learning and Arlington Central Library in 2018.

Ms. Mangan shared entertaining tales of a select number of lesser-known women who as abolitionists, campaigners for women’s suffrage, volunteer nurses, logistical organizers, disguised soldiers, spies and even spymasters, mobilized support for troops on both sides of the war.

The lecture emphasized their courage and dedication to caring for soldiers, the wounded and dying, as well as civilians, prisoners, and the many slaves caught up in the fighting. They also helped meet the needs of the hundreds of displaced persons, freemen, and slaves. Ms. Mangan’s presentation was a lesson for all regarding the often overlooked but extremely critical role that Civil War Women played in the lives of thousands.

Ms. Mangan based her talk on her in-depth research into the many letters and memoirs written by these exceptional women, particularly Sophronia E. Buckling, Laura S. Havilland, Harriet Jacobs, and Sojourner Truth. She also prepared a Selected Bibliography for those interested in reading more about these outstanding women.

Bonnie Mangan Bibliography Women in the Civil War