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Curious and Not Old: Tune in Aug 9 to Hear More

July 28, 2017

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10am, tune in to listen to our Executive Director, Marjorie Varner, discuss curiosity and lifelong learning on Choose to be Curious, on 96.7FM or streaming on wera.fm. More details can be found on our Facebook page:

Fall 2017 Catalog – Available Now!

July 21, 2017

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…

Paddle the Potomac with our Kayak Club

July 6, 2017

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…

Community Advisory Council Profile: Una Murphy

July 6, 2017

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, meets once or twice a year with the Board and staff to review acquisition of classroom and office space, membership levels and…

Meet Instructor Nan Morrison

July 5, 2017

Although Encore Learning students and many others know Nan Morrison as an artist and art teacher, her art career began later in life. It wasn’t that Nan wasn’t interested in art. When she was a young woman starting out, her home reflected her developing interest in different styles of art with the motif of Rousseau’s…

Explore World Cuisines with our Ethnic Lunch Club

July 5, 2017

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.…

Save the Dates – Fall 2017

June 19, 2017

The Fall Course Preview will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 9 a.m. at NRECA.   Registration will open at 10 a.m. sharp on Monday, September 11, 2017.   Our Fall semester will begin Monday, October 2, 2017.  

Our Lecture Series – Dr. Douglas L. Griffin

June 8, 2017

Encore Learning has a partnership with Arlington Central Library to present a variety of speakers each month. Our joint “Meet the Speaker/Author” series presentations are free, open to the public, and always well attended. A crowd gathers for Dr. Griffin’s presentation. On May 22, 2017, we hosted Dr. Douglas L. Griffin, whose presentation was titled Reforming…

Does Mindfulness Improve Well-being? Try our Club and See for Yourself!

June 8, 2017

Encore Learning’s Mindfulness Club meets weekly throughout the year to discuss mindfulness as a health and wellness practice. The group opens each week with a period of general discussion and sharing, followed by about 20 minutes of guided meditation, and ending with a recorded program from an expert source. While each weekly gathering is about…

Travel Near and Far with our Travel Club

June 5, 2017

Travel Club members meet monthly to organize international trips, to hear about trips to all corners of the globe, and recently to add shorter trips to local locations.  A popular destination is Staunton, Virginia, home of the American Shakespeare Center and its Blackfriars Playhouse. Staunton is about a two and half hour drive from Arlington.…