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March, 2024

Friday
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It seems impossible to imagine that in the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt, there were 20 or more talented composers who found ways to write and perform while imprisoned. They called themselves the New Music Studio and their music was saved under floorboards or passed along from prisoner to prisoner. This new music reflected life in the camp, sustained hope, provided spiritual and cultural resistance for both the prisoner composers and audience, and promised a future. Some of the music contained hidden messages, or served as eye (or ear) witness to the horrors of the camp, or of the broken heart. Murry Sidlin will honor the work of these composers by sharing with us some recordings from Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezin Composer. He will also speak of what music means in the most desperate of times. Murry Sidlin is the president and artistic director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, the creative producer/music director of the award-winning documentary film Defiant Requiem, and the conductor and creator of the concert-dramas Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín and Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer. Sidlin began his career as assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony and then was appointed resident conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra. He has held the posts of music director, artistic director, and principal guest conductor for numerous prestigious orchestras and festivals, and has appeared as a guest conductor around the world. Host Village: Northwest Neighbors Village Limited to 100. Registration is required by Feb. 29, 2024. Zoom link will be sent to registrants after registration.
Sunday
3
Levine School of Music, Lang Hall
2:00 PM
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Cathy Waldman and Paul Levi are a husband-and-wife piano duo, they will perform a short concert of selections by tango composer Astor Piazzolla, as well as Prokofiev, Bach, and a new piece by Paul himself. Paul has arranged all the works in this program for piano duo. It is safe to say that you’ve never heard or seen anything like this! The concert is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. Host Village: Northwest Neighbors Village Limited to 100. Registration is required by March 2nd. Please let us know in the registration comments what village you are from.
Monday
4
Potomac Community Center
8:00 AM
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Bus trip to Philadelphia Flower Show
Tuesday
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Sareem Streater, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS), will be discussing steps residents in area Villages should take in order to be active participants in their safety, before, during, and after an emergency or disaster. Links for attendance are on the PCV website - use the Register Now button to get there.
Tuesday
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This program is presented by Greater Stonegate Village During this presentation we will cover the following topics: -Types of conflict and conflict management -What is mediation? How is it useful? -About CRCMC and all its programs and services -Q&A This presentation will give a deeper understanding of conflict resolution in daily life and how we tend to approach conflicts in our relationships, especially as we age. This presentation will also provide a general understanding of CRCMC, what they do and how they can be a great resource for anyone. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. About Eral: Eral Diaz is the outreach coordinator at The Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County. He currently assists and manages all marketing operations for CRCMC including event planning and attending, social media management and creation, web series production, and community workshops and presentations. He is a certified mediator and conflict coach. He used to assist with mediation operations and in-school conflict resolution programs. We hope to see you there! A Zoom link will be sent out to registrants the day before the program.
Wednesday
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March 6, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, via Zoom. Challenges and Best Practices for Multigenerational Villages. Facilitated, interactive discussion led by Abby Simms, North Chevy Chase Connections, Bethesda, MD. Via Zoom. To register, click the Register Now Button to the right. Zoom information will be included with your confirmation.
Thursday
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Join us at a Zoom program with Compassion and Choices speaker Donna Smith, the DC and Maryland Campaign Director for Compassion and Choices, on the End-of-Life Option Act that was introduced in the MD legislature in January, and why Compassion and Choices supports it.
Friday
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We‘re delighted to announce that this month, we‘re visiting, via Zoom, the LBJ Library and Museum, also known as the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library.
Wednesday
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Christine Fallert Kessides, the local author of the recently-published debut novel Magda, Standing will discuss how she took fragments of family lore to create a well-grounded story of German immigrants in the era of the Great War and the Spanish flu--learning the craft of the novel and historical fiction research methods along the way. After reviewing her family genealogy and reflecting on some of her relatives’ history as German immigrants, Christine was inspired to write Magda, Standing—a novel that may resonate with multiple generations – seniors who may recall their own grandparents talking about WWI, while younger audiences may relate to the teenage protagonist. The story takes place in Pittsburgh in the years 1916-1919. It centers around a 16 year-old girl, Magda, who has to leave school to care for her ill mother and little brother. Faced with the looming Great War and a global pandemic (Spanish flu), Magda embarks on a journey of self-discovery that leads her back to embracing her family and caring for a wider community. Christine was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She attended college at Northwestern University and graduate school at Princeton. She had a career as a policy analyst for the World Bank, with a focus on infrastructure and urban development. Since retirement she has served on the board and as grant committee co-chair for Giving Together, a philanthropic group of women who pool funds and make grants to nonprofits in the DC Metro area that support women and families in need. In her spare time, she especially enjoys reading, travel, yoga, and sharing books with friends. She lives in Chevy Chase Village with her husband, and sees their four children, grandchildren, and granddogs as often as possible. Christine comes from a long line of German immigrants, and interest in their history inspired her to write this story. Magda, Standing is her first novel. Via Zoom, free, and open to all. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link.
Wednesday
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Lifestyle Factors Affecting the Risk of Alzheimer‘s Disease Wednesday, March 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | FREE & Open to Everyone Alzheimer’s disease risk is likely influenced by a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Though research continues, evidence suggests that people can reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s and related brain disorders. Dr. Marilyn Albert, from the Department of Neurology of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, will update us on the latest research related to the potential role of lifestyle factors in modifying dementia risk. Lifestyle factors under discussion will include cognitive activity, physical activity, social engagement, and vascular risk factors (including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and smoking). This event, sponsored by Suburban Hospital, is in partnership with Friendship Heights Neighbors Network and is part of FHNN‘s collaboration with Little Falls Village. It is open to all. Please use the Register Now button and Suburban will send you the link. On May 9, 2023, Dr. Albert spoke to FHNN and other community members on the Recent Advances in Alzheimer‘s Diagnosis and Treatment. Below is a link with additional information on our speaker. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/profiles/details/marilyn-albert
Wednesday
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Presented by Greater Stonegate Village One of the great characters in the history of the medium, Alfred Stieglitz was also one of the most influential photographers and promoters of photography of the 20th century. In this presentation, we will look at Stieglitz and the group of photographers and other artists he gathered around him. More than anyone in photography, Steiglitz was instrumental in promoting the concept that photography should be included in the fine arts, equal to painting and sculpture. A curmudgeon and difficult to work with, he attracted cutting edge artists that pushed the boundaries of what was possible in photography. Join Rollin for a stimulating and educational experience as part of our Greater Stonegate Village public events.
Wednesday
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Come interact with Jocelyn Akins, founder and director of Cascades Carnivore Project, and learn about her efforts to address conservation issues affecting carnivores in the Cascades Mountain Range of Washington state. Her organization aims to study and assist in the return of carnivores to this ecosystem through innovative science, strong partnerships and community involvement, all on a shoestring budget!
Wednesday
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Tips for Caregivers Who Are Helping Family or Friends with Dementia, 5 Helpful Apps Wednesday, March 20, 2024 2:00-3:00 pm Zoom Program --- Open to Everyone If you are caring for someone who has dementia, or know a caregiver, please register for this Zoom presentation. Kathleen McGuinness, who has personal and professional knowledge about dementia, is our speaker. Kathleen will share information which can help including the latest tech devices which might make the caregiver‘s job easier. This program, which is open to everyone, has been taught at Oasis Washington Metro. There will be time for questions. Kathleen McGuinness has given talks nationwide and globally on a variety of topics. She is an expert on Aging in Place and was recently appointed as Commissioner on the Council on Aging for Montgomery County. She is a consultant on aging in place and Certified Dementia Practitioner. Kathleen cared for her spouse who had FTD (Frontal Temporal Dementia) and other illnesses. This presentation is part of FHNN’s series which provides dementia information to area seniors and is part of our collaboration with Little Falls Village.
Thursday
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Potomac Community Center
3:30 PM
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Our speaker is Jim Resnick, Program Manager, Senior Outreach and Education – part of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Community Risk Reduction program. Mr. Resnick is a retired Battalion Chief, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.
Saturday
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Join Nobel Prize-winner Dr. John C. Mather to learn about the discoveries being made with the James Webb Space Telescope. Mather is a senior astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt and the senior project scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope. Since parking in its orbit 930,000 miles above the Earth in early 2022, the telescope has provided a closer look at the universe than has ever been possible. Dr. Mather will discuss the telescope and how it is advancing our understanding of every phase of the history of our universe — from .first luminous glows after the Big Bang to the formation and evolution of our own solar system. Host Villages: Hyattsville Aging in Place, Helping Hands University Park, Neighbors Helping Neighbors of College Park, and Explorations on Aging Registration: RSVP via the "Register Now" button by October 26th. Access: Zoom link will be sent 24 hours before the event
Monday
25
By ZOOM or in person at Dupont Circle Office, Friends Meeting House In person space for 12
3:30 PM
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Recent headlines speak to an alarming increase in the incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This Brain Health Awareness talk will focus on the following questions: • What is normal cognitive aging? • What are the warning signs of cognitive impairment? • What can I do to keep my brain healthy? • If I am having concerns, what are the components of an evaluation? • What are the current therapies for treating these conditions? • How can I be proactive in helping to find a cure? Kathleen Johnson, MSN, is an Adult Nurse Practitioner in Neurology at Georgetown University in the Memory Disorders Program. She is an educator and speaker and serves as the primary clinician on many clinical trials for new therapies for prevention and treatment of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer‘s dementia. There is space for 12 people in person. When you register, please select in person or by Zoom.
Washington Area Villages Exchange
P.O. Box 7464
Alexandria, VA 22307-0464
washingtonareavillages@gmail.com