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Outings, Activities, events and Classes Available in your home

Today's Fitness Class from the YMCA:

The YMCA now has a Virtual Fit and Well for Seniors at  

New Classes:

Instructor, Angela Rice Gentle Seated Warm Up
Instructor, Angela Rice Gentle Seated Warm Up #2
Instructor, Yat Ping Wong Warm Up Stretch & Flex
Instructor, Tristan Simpson Strength & Resistance#2
Instructor, Jeanie Brown Johnson "Fish Outta Water" Cardio Workout
William Yates, LaShaun Murrray Introduction
Instructor, William Yates Warm Up Stretch
Instructor, William Yates Basic Training 4 Your Body
Instructor, William Yates Chair Knee & Hip
Instructor, William Yates Hip & Hamstring
Instructor, William Yates Cardio Lite Chair #2
Instructor, William Yates Chair Knee & Hip
Instructor, William Yates  Cardio-Lite, Flex-Stretch-and Strength
Instructor, William Yates 5 Minutes of Crazy Legs
Instructor, William Yates Cardio Lite
Instructor, Tristan Simpson Strength & Resistance
Instructor, Eddie Van Strength & Resistance
Instructor, Kim Scales Strength & Resistance

Instructor, Mrs. JEANNIE BROWN JOHNSON(Aquagirl J) "Fish Outta Water" Part 2, Chair Aerobics 4 Seniors

Instructor, Mrs. JEANNIE BROWN JOHNSON(Aquagirl J) "Fish Outta Water" Part 3, Chair Aerobics 4 Seniors

Instructor, Mr. WILLIAM YATES "Butts & Gutts" Introduction, Abdominal WorkOut 4 Seniors

Instructor, Mr. WILLIAM YATES "Shoulder Improvement" Intro, Strength WorkOut 4 Seniors  Introduction

Instructor, Mr. WILLIAM YATES "Bar WorkOut" Intro, Strength WorkOut 4 Seniors Bar Workout Introduction

Instructor, Mr. WILLIAM YATES " Shoulders and Arms" Intro, Strength WorkOut 4 Seniors

Instructor, Mr. WILLIAM YATES"Butts & Gutts" Part 2, Abdominal WorkOut 4 Seniors

Instructor, Mr. WILLIAM YATES"Butts & Gutts" Part 3, Abdominal WorkOut 4 Seniors

Instructor, Mr. WILLIAM YATES "Cardio Workout 4 Seniors"

Norman Greene's Tai Chi 

Norman Greene's Tai Chi, Intermediate

Norman Greene's Tai Chi, Advanced


Tara Brach

Sibley Seniors Association  Meditation and Mindfulness sessions:

Tuesday   11 to noon

Live Video Link
Meeting ID: 994 748 141
Password: 1188

If you prefer to use a phone to call into the practice, you can dial the following: (301) 715 8592 Meeting ID: 994 748 141

Thursday   1 to 2 p.m.

Live video link:

Meeting ID: 436 146 735

If you prefer to use a phone to call into the practice, you can dial the following: (312) 626-6799 Meeting ID 436146735


Gentle Yoga on YouTube  

The Department of Aging and Community Living  (DACL) is committed to ensuring seniors live and thrive in the communities they know and love. This commitment includes ensuring the health and wellness of older residents. To minimize exposure to COVID-19, we’ve partnered with Around Town DC to provide you with a list of online activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! If you need further support, please give DACL a call at (202) 724-5626.  

Virtual Outings:

Virtual Visits | National Park Foundation

19 immersive museum exhibits you can visit from your couch-- As communities scale back the size of their gatherings amid the pandemic, many museums are temporarily shut down as a precautionary measure. But that doesn’t mean their collections and other online art exhibits can’t be viewed from home. Read in PBS NewsHour.

DC Eagle Cam: check out the bald eagle pair nesting in a tulip poplar tree at the Arboretum. There's a camera live-streaming the nest.  And we have some new eaglets in southwest Florida at

Explore Hillwood at Home

DC Historic Sites is based on the DC Inventory of Historic Sites, the city’s official list of properties deemed worthy of recognition and protection for their contribution to the cultural heritage of the city, the nation’s capital, and the nation. Learn more about specific buildings and take virtual thematic tour.

Visit Virtual Virginia


The Social Distancing Festival - A live stream directory from around the world


How to Explore the British Museum from Home --

American University Museum -- The AU Musuem may be closed temporarily, but art aficionados still will be able to view the museum’s summer exhibition online at Museum@Home. The #artwhereyouare program also allows patrons to view highlights and selections from the museum’s permanent collection on a digital platform. The summer exhibition includes:



Blues Alley streaming shows on Wednesdays and Thursdays

Kennedy Center Digital Stage --

Broadway Coronavirus Medley -

First You Dream (Signature Theatre)

Virtual Choir "Va pensiero" ("Nabucco" by G. Verdi) - International Opera Choir:



Barber Shop Chronicles by Inua Ellams | Free National Theatre Full Performance

What do We Need to Talk About -- The Public Theatre
Carousel Live from Lincoln Center  -- Carousel was hailed by Time Magazine as “the best musical of the 20th Century.“ The New York Philharmonic presents a stunning staged production of this iconic American work, featuring a star-studded cast including Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Stephanie Blythe, Shuler Hensley, Jason Danieley, Jessie Mueller, Kate Burton, John Cullum and New York City Ballet dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck. Available from Friday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m. until Tuesday, September 8 at 8:00 p.m.


The Met’s series of free Nightly Opera Streams continues with a week of outstanding performances from the award-winning Live in HD series. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

The streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV. To access them without logging in, click “Browse and Preview” in the apps for connected TV, and “Explore the App” on tablets and mobile devices.

DC Library:

Miss the library?  They are still open online with digital resources and virtual book clubs.If you don’t already have a Library Card, you can get one online and enjoy 90-days of access to digital resources.


If you had an expired library card from April 2017 until now, your privileges have been reopened! All you have to do is visit our website and start enjoying your library. goNow


Digital ResourcesRead, watch, listen and learn from the comfort of your own home with these tips and resources. The Library has eBooks, audio books, streaming movies, music, online courses and more, all free with your Library Card.


DC Reads is a DC Public Library program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide conversations for teens and adults focused on a single book. This month, the Library is delighted to read with you With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. Unlimited eBook copies are available for download on OverDrive. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #DCReads on Twitter.


Read over 3,000 popular magazines on your tablet, mobile device or computer with RBdigital. Lots of recipes, hobbies, crafts and fitness magazines to explore while looking for new activities to enjoy while staying safe at home. Check out and download for free with your library card.


Kanopy allows you to stream movies, documentaries, foreign films and more for free with you library card.


Virtual Book Clubs -- Join them on Twitter, Monday-Friday, to participate in virtual book clubs. New topics are discussed each day and you can easily join the conversation by using the hashtags listed below. Get the schedule here.


Online Classes:


Free University Art Classes


Local Interest:


Palisades History YouTube Channel:

Captain John Smith Meets the first Palisadians -- Watch this episode of "America's Neighborhood" on YouTube at



Filmfest DC at Home -- The Washington, DC International Film Festival is pleased to present a virtual series of films, Filmfest DC at Home. Here's an opportunity to see films you may have missed in previous Filmfest DC programs.Viewing is free-of-charge and films include recent audience favorites as well as some surprises. Filmfest DC at Home offers the quality of innovative and entertaining films you have come to appreciate during our annual festivals.


Avalon Theatre --

Arriving on Friday, July 31, earning a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and three and a half stars from the Washington Post is "The Fight"(PG-13) with a virtual Q & A on Sunday, August 2. When a migrant mother is separated from her child, when a transgender soldier is at risk to lose his career, when reproductive rights and basic voting rights are under attack — five unsung heroes take legal action to protect our freedoms. This documentary is an inspiring, emotional look at four pivotal cases and the ACLU lawyers on the front lines. "The film is exceedingly well-made, making arcane legal theory legible and comprehensible, maintaining a swift and engrossing pace and getting inside inaccessible courtrooms by way of stunning animations." -Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post 

Filmmaker Q&A Sunday, August 2 at 7pm: Join a virtual Q&A with filmmakers, the four ACLU lawyers featured in the film (Brigitte Amiri, Lee Gelernt, Dale Ho, and Chase Strangio), and Ann Hornaday, chief film critic of the Washington Post. This will be archived and available beyond 8/2 for ticket purchasers.

Conversation with Kerry Washington -  immediately following the film there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Kerry Washington and the four ACLU lawyers.

French Cinematheque presents "My Dog Stupid"(NR), also opening on Friday. Henri is a middle-aged writer with fading inspiration. Feeling increasingly misunderstood by his family, he dreams of running away to start over again. Yet when he discovers a bad-mannered dog in his garden, he decides to adopt him, starting an unexpected friendship that inevitably upsets Henri’s family and neighbors. The bittersweet and moving comedy about love standing the test of time stars iconic real-life couple Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal.

Continuing is "John Lewis: Good Trouble"(PG). Immediately following the feature, there will be a pre-recorded discussion between Representative Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, filmed last month and being made available exclusively for virtual cinema and in-theater engagements of the film. This is a wide-ranging, informal, 16-minute conversation that’s a perfect follow-up to the documentary. Additionally, customers will have access to the archived recording to the 7/9 panel discussion presented by the Freedom Rides Museum of Montgomery, Alabama, featuring Freedom Riders Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Dr. Rip Patton in conversation with director Dawn Porter.

 "Flannery"(NR) continues with a series of virtual panel discussions on O’Connor’s legacy: 8/3: On Disability;  8/10: On Craft. Visit the Avalon website to RSVP.

Also continuing are "Olympia"(NR), "Helmut Newton"(NR) with Filmmaker Q&A Saturday, Aug 1 at 4pm, "Never Too Late"(NR) and "The Tobacconist"(NR), and "Sometimes, Always, Never"(PG-13).

Instructions for accessing each of these films appears on their website:  Avalon staff will monitor the email account from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily should you have questions. They will do their best to help and respond as quickly as possible, but please be aware that a close reading of the instructions which vary with each film may save you the effort of contacting them. $12 donation.
Film Treasures, Streaming Courtesy of the Library of Congress
Author Talks:
Politics and Prose - Author talks are streaming daily
Live Events:
Washington Post hosts live events -
Northwest Neighbors Village Virtual Speaker Series Archives


Friday nights at 5:00 p.m. is happy hour at The Frick with a discussion of a painting by one of the museum’s curators.

MOMA just launched its long-awaited Dorothea Lange: Words and Pictures exhibit. 

Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures 

Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe - a special exhibit available for the first time at the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City.

Freer Sackler Meditation every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:15 p.m. Special meditation sessions focused on art sessions on Fridays, from July 10 - August 14.

Sotheby’s Summer Talks | Artist Kehinde Wiley and The Duke of Devonshire -In the second of a series of “Summer Talks,” watch Sotheby’s Chairman Oliver Barker in conversation with American portrait painter Kehinde Wiley and art collector The Duke of Devonshire. Wiley, who painted the official presidential portrait of Barack Obama for the Smithsonian’s Portrait Gallery, will discuss this painting, and he and the Duke will also examine the history of portraiture and the power of the image, bringing together the arts of the past and the arts of the present in this talk



Every Tuesday and Friday at 8 PM EDT, catch works from the NYCB repertory for 72 hours on NYCB’s YouTube channel, Facebook page, and homepage at

Inclusion and Diversity:

Podcast- Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

National Museum of African American History & Culture: Talking About Race Tool

Talks & Presentations:

"Marriage Equality and the Supreme Court: Five Years Later" is a discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges by lead attorney Douglas Hallward-Driemeier and named plaintiff Jim Obergefell, moderated by Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass. This was filmed at the June 10 SPARKLE Zoom program on marriage equality. 

Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

Let's End Ageism Talk with Ashton Applewhite and Judy Foreman -- Ashton Applewhite is an internationally recognized expert on ageism and the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism available at Judy Foreman is an award-winning medical journalist and author. Her latest book is Exercise is Medicine, available at Watch at:


Barbara Scott, our Village’s social worker, compiled a list of recommended walks that are in relatively uncongested areas that are reachable both by walking/car.  Associated activities might include brisk walking & birding.  Several of these you may familiar with while others may take you quite far-a-field. 

• Dumbarton Oaks & Oak Hill Cemetery, R Street, Georgetown. There are no joggers/bikers; 22 acres of quiet & peace. Open 9-4:45 pm. Dumbarton Oaks is accessible by way of the P Street bus. Get off at 26th St & walk from P St to R St.  Next to the cemetery is Dumbarton Oaks, not to be confused w/ the library/museum which is adjacent. Walk down, Lovers Lane. Take the left-hand turn at the bottom of the small hill. If you go straight, you will find a lovely path that goes to Mass Ave. There are great walks/hikes and quite safe.  The cemetery is a great walk as well. You will see Ben Bradlee’s crypt & other cemetery sculpture.
• You can walk along Mass Ave which has a wide sidewalk; lots of people but easy to distance. Then cut into Kalorama.  The streets are pretty traffic-free once you get up toward the mosque. You can also walk in on a trail there across from the mosque, just after you cross the bridge.
• You are less likely to run into people while doing my brisk walks by sticking to non-commercial streets in the DuPont & Georgetown neighborhoods.
Rock Creek Park offers many trails in the area of Pierce Mill to Western Ave. Some trails are level, some are steep, some paved, most not. There are lots of parking spots.  The Nature Center may have maps. And as with all hiking in less frequent areas, it is always recommended to walk with a buddy.
Early morning (by 7:30 a.m.) is best wherever you walk, particularly in popular areas like hiking trails in Rock Creek Park or the closed portion of Beach Drive.
• Audubon Naturalist Park in Chevy Chase on Jones Mill Road is a good place to hike. There is parking & they have a nice trail with lots of birds. 
• Western Grove Urban Park is on Western Ave, just E of Wisconsin Ave, across the street from Dickson-Hurt-Home (assisted living/nursing home). If you walk north up a path at the left, you will find a path at the northwest corner leading out of the park.  That is a lovely tree-lined path exiting at a street one block south of Dorset, very close to Wisconsin. 
• The Potomac/Poolesville, MD area – look for not so crowded parking lots along the C & O towpath that parallels the Potomac River. It has a wide trail for social distancing. It has beautiful scenery, birds, turtles & few people.
The Franciscan Monastery grounds in Brookland are nice & nice crowded.  The walk is hilly but not very long.

There are plenty of nice city walks - DuPont, Cathedral, Dumbarton, Lincoln Memorial, Rock Creek Park, etc.  
Rosaryville State Park is a nice place to walk, not many people & you can easily keep up the recommended social distancing. There are several other parks: Cheltenham Wetlands Park, Cedarville State Forest, Jug Bay Natural Area, Maxwell Hall Natural Resource Management Area near Hughesville, MD.  All the parks have multiple trails & again are not busy.  All Trails App locates trails around the country. It has maps of the trails that are accurate, directions, pictures, reviews & more.  

Nearby there are great hikes to Cedarville & Jug Bay in southern MD. The American Chestnut Land Trust is another good place to go for easy hikes that is also in Southern Maryland.  The drive may be about an hour, but it is mostly open roads unlike an hour spent in local traffic.  You can Google the website for the nearby state parks & national forests (not as crowded as parks like Shenandoah) and use All Trails app. all the time, especially to track the route  & the distance.   If you are interested in hiking in northern VA, you can Google ‘’’’ for good trail maps, etc. There is nothing better than a walk on ‘’cleared’’ trails in the parks enjoying nature while being able to be out safely.  Don’t forget to take your masks in case you meet up with someone. 

Day Trips in the Area:

As COVID restrictions are always changing, please check with locations before you head off.

Outdoor  /  Scenery

Shenandoah  Valley And  if  you  like  to  hike  with  your  dog:  there  are  hundreds  of  short  and  long  hikes at Shenandoah  -  the  nearest  entrance  would  be  Front  Royal.

Harpers’s  Ferry

Frederick,  MD,  go  towards  Potomac  river  for  scenery Cunningham  Falls  State  Park,  MD arks/cunningham-falls-state-park/

Great  Falls  Park  (both  MD  as  VA  sites  are  worth  visiting)

Sugarloaf  Mountain

Kayaking  on  the  Potomac

Deep  Creek  Lake,  MD

Seneca  State  Park -- Reported to be not  at  all crowded  on  a  Sunday  afternoon.  There  were  people  in  the  water,  lots  of  picnic  tables, walking  trails,  trees  for  shade.  Nice.  

rned  about  this RVS:  West  Virginia  has  gorgeous  areas,  mostly  hiking/camping  that  I'm  familiar  with.

New  River  Gorge Cranberry  Bogs

Dolly  Sods

Laurel  Highlands,  PA

Scott's  Run  Nature  Preserve,  McLean  VA

Frying  Pan  Farm  Park,  Herndon  VA


Shenandoah  Valley: 

L'Auberge Provencale.  They have rooms in the Inn itself and they also have the  “villa”  nearby with  3-4 rooms and a pool.

Bryce Resort

Homestead  Inn -- Virginia resort

Nemacolin -- Pennsyvania resort


Ashby  Inn in  Paris, VA

Millwood,  VA -- The  Locke  Store,  general store that  looks like it did in the  1930s and which features wines and fine foods from the area.  It also has a  fine restaurant next door called the  Buttery.  Great dinners,  but also a  great brunch. Stop by the Burwell Morgan Mill across the street a tour and fresh ground cornmeal.

Shepherdstown,  WV Check out the Blue Moon Café with a  large outdoor seating area

Pennsylvania  Dutch  Market  is  open,  but  if  so,  you  can  buy  fresh  farm  produce and  much  more.

Boatyard Bar & Grill,Severn Ave. & Fourth St. Annapolis, MD 21403, 410-216-6206 Outdoor dining under the tent.


Bluemont  Vineyard,  VA

Three  Fox  Winery,  VA

Something  different

Dinosaur  Land.  Completely  out  of  the  50s.

Luray  Caverns City  /  Village

Leesburg,  VA

Charlottesville,  VA

St.  Michaels,  MD

Berkeley  Springs,  WV

Easton,  MD

Wilmington,  DE,  lots to see,  some great museums in the area.

New Castle, DE

Winterthur,  DE

Nemours  Mansion  and  Gardens

The Wyeth Museum

Longwood Gardens

Shofuso,  an exquisite  Japanese garden and house complex.  The buildings were originally given by the Japanese government to the U.S. 10 years after the war and exhibited at the MOMA.

Philadelphia,  PA The  Barnes  Museum,  Philadelphia Middleburg,  VA

Hagerstown Greenbrier  State  Park  f.e.

Grounds of the  Washington National Cathedral

AU Campus  Gardens,  DC

Lincoln  Cottage,  DC

Hillwood  Estates,  DC

Brookside  Gardens  -  20  minute  drive  to  Wheaton  MD;  many  gardens,  trails,  and ponds.  Only  service  dogs  are  allowed.

Meadowlark  Botanical  Garden is huge with a couple of large ponds with wildlife, and massive lawn area sloping down to the larger pond/lake with mature trees,  a  cool  Korean garden, sculptures,  shaded areas, bonsai.  Small entrance fee.


Fallingwater-- Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece.  The house is closed,  but the site and grounds are open. Look at the website for hours and terms. Nearby is another Wright house that could be visited on the same  trip:  Kentuck  Knob.   It is an example of standardized housing he wanted for the middle class and its siting is almost as brilliant.  Kentuck Knob has extensive grounds with outdoor sculptures

C&O  Canal and its  Paw  Paw tunnel,  MD.


Annapolis,  MD

St.  Leonard,  MD

Chestertown,  MD -- About a 2-hr drive in Eastern Maryland

Cape  May,  NJ 

Lewes  DE and  take  the  car ferry  to  Cape  May,  NJ.  You will need a reservation is you take your car on the ferry. You may see  dolphins  swimming behind  in  the  ferry’s  wake. You  can  spend  the  night  or  continue  back  to  Lewes  on  the  ferry.  Long  one  day  trip  but  lots  of sea  air.   

Assateague,  MD  (but  only  after reading  the  book  Misty  of  Chincoteague). 

Fishing on the Chesapeake  Bay  -- The boat  rental  company  only  allows  smaller  than  usual  groups  on  a  boat  so  you  can  social distance.  You  can  take  your  fresh  fish  home  with  you!

Solomons, MD -- Southern Maryland  right  now.

Sandy Spring State Park -- Open but not being maintained well and there are jellyfish warnings.


Gettysburg, PA --

Antietam,  MD


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