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Instructor Profile: Ken Avis

February 2, 2018

New instructor Ken Avis was introduced to Encore Learning by WERA, Radio Arlington.  “I was listening to Choose to be Curious. Lynn Borton was interviewing Encore Learning’s Executive Director, Marjorie Varner. I heard about the wide variety of courses and decided to see if there was anything I wanted to study,” Ken recalled. “Instead, I…

Cristol, Talento join Encore Learning Community Advisory Council

January 30, 2018

Arlington, VA (January 30, 2018) — Encore Learning is pleased to announce that Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol and Arlington Public School Board member Tannia Talento have joined its Community Advisory Council.   Katie Cristol said, “I’m looking forward to working with Encore Learning and supporting their ongoing efforts. Encore Learning is a valued partner…

Join us Feb 3 for our Spring 2018 Course Preview

January 10, 2018

Encore Learning’s instructors give brief presentations about their academic courses for the upcoming semester. Members often tell us that the instructors’ presentations at the Course Preview influence their registrations. The preview begins at 9 A.M. Doors open at 8:30 A.M., for thirty minutes to socialize with friends and neighbors. It’s a great time to get…

Important Dates: Spring Semester 2018

January 10, 2018

We’re busy gearing up for our Spring 2018 semester – make sure you have these dates on your calendar: Saturday, February 3: Course Preview NEW LOCATION: Wakefield High School EARLIER TIME: Doors open at 8:30 A.M. Encore Learning’s instructors give brief presentations about their academic courses for the upcoming semester. Members often tell us that…

Meet the Speaker Series: Valuable Overview for Geneaology Beginners

December 18, 2017

On December 4, 2017, Lee Mathis, a retired Air Force Officer and volunteer docent and staff aide at the National Archives, gave a Meet the Speaker presentation at the Central Library: “Beginning Your Search for Ancestors”.  Lee has been volunteering at the Archives for over 20 years, so he’s gained some valuable insights into how…

Instructor Profile: Ralph Berets

December 18, 2017

Dr. Ralph Berets’ class on “Cinematic Exploration of Aging” was a natural extension of his career in education. While studying for a doctorate in comparative literature, he took several film classes. Then his first position at the University of Missouri included teaching a relatively new film class. Because the University has a strong interdisciplinary program,…

Smithsonian Gardens – Great Tours of Beautiful Spaces

December 15, 2017

On March 13, 2017 we kicked off our Smithsonian Garden Series with a talk at Central Library by Smithsonian Garden Director Barbara Faust. Her informative talk was well attended and created a lot of interest in the tours. Our April tour was of the Haupt and Ripley gardens. The Enid A. Haupt Garden features a…

Office closed through January 3, 2018

December 15, 2017

Email and voice mail messages will be answered upon our return. Happy Holidays!

Marching through the Civil War with Bob Stone

December 1, 2017

Instructor Bob Stone started teaching Civil War courses in the spring of 2005 and has taught a course each spring and fall since. That is 26 semesters for lucky Encore Learning history buffs! Through maps, photos, and other materials, coupled with his encyclopedic knowledge of the war, Bob clearly explains the major battles and the…

Travel Club Trip Report: Malta, Italy’s West Coast, and Rome

November 14, 2017

In September 2017, thirteen Encore Learning Travel Club members embarked on a Grand Circle Line cruise that included Malta, the Western Coast of Italy, and Rome. The group flew to Valleta, Malta where we spent three days. We toured the historical section of Valleta and the old silent city of Mdina, both UNESCO World Heritage…