Senior Living: “Flourishing After 55”

Senior Living

“Flourishing After 55”    

Office of 55+ Programs

Department of Parks and Recreation

300 N. Park Dr., Arlington, VA 22203            703-228-4747

55+ Programs are in person at 55+ Centers unless otherwise noted. A 55+ Pass is required to participate starting at a $20 annual fee. To join or register, go to or call 703-228-4747.

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore, a virtual discussion and presentation by Jill Peters, senior tour guide and reenactor, Thursday, June 27, 3:15 p.m. Learn about the history of the flag and the women who sewed this iconic national symbol. Registration # 914400-30.

Columbia, second in a five-part tour of Spanish speaking countries, history, culture, food, geography, politics and more, Thursday, June 27, 12:45 p.m., virtual. Presented by Lubber Run 55+ Center Director Ashley Gomez. Registration # 914400-39.

The art of downsizing, decluttering tips and insights into market trends from realtor Philippa Main, Thursday, June 27, 3 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 914404-03

Spanish 101 with native Spanish speaker and Lubber Run 55+ Center Director Ashley Gomez, Thursday, 27, 6 p.m. Learn fundamentals for essential vocabulary to basic grammar and conversational phrases.

First of three sessions. Registration # 914650-06. Register separately for each session.

The 55+ Travel group will visit the National Portrait Gallery’s “This Morning, This Evening, So Soon: James Baldwin and “The Voices of Queer Resistance” exhibition, including the “Brilliant Exiles: American Women in Paris, 1900-1939” exhibit, Friday, June 28. Cost $11, Arlington resident; $13, non-resident. Registration # 902406-13.

Early Fourth of July celebration of America’s Independence, Friday, June 28, 1 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Registration # 914899-05.

Movie matinee, “Monster” (2023) (PG-13), Friday, June 28, 12:30 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center. Registration # 914804-03.

Senior Housing Fair, valuable resources to help with a move or make a home safer, Friday, June 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 914404-04.

Join 55+ Center Director Jennifer Weber at the 3rd annual Arlington Pride Festival, Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m., Long Bridge Park.  Registration # 914899-03. Those who register will be contacted with information on how to meet up with fellow 55+ participants.

Community opioid awareness, learn how everyone can play a part in mitigating the risks and consequences of the opioid epidemic, Saturday, June 29, 10 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Presentation for the whole family. 55+ pass not required.

Monthly social at Arlington Mill 55+ Center, Monday, July 1, 1 p.m., patriotic theme; wear red, white and blue.

Registration # 914801-02.

Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove, presentation by Scott Hill from National Park Service, Monday, July 1, 1:30 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center, registration # 914400-24 or virtual, registration # 914400-25.

Absolute beginner pickleball with volunteers to answer questions, limited paddles and balls available, Monday, July 1, 10 a.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Drop-in.

Registration opens Monday, July 1 for 2024 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics to be held Sept. 14-29.

Register online at Cost $20 for multiple events. For more information, email

Jeopardy, America’s favorite quiz game with monthly themes, Monday, July 1, 2 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center. Registration # 914600-16.

Chess games, players of all levels welcome, Monday, July 1, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Madison Community Center. Drop-in.

Movie matinee, “Air” (2023) (R) Tuesday, July 2, 1 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 914804-01.

Introduction to the ukulele, no experience required, taught by Sandy O’Shea, Tuesday, July 2, 4 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Registration # 914304-03.

Croquet games, beginners welcome, equipment provided, Tuesday, July 2 and Friday, July 5, 10 a.m. -12 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Drop-in.

Play Ticket to Ride, a cross-country train adventure board game, Tuesday, July 2, 6 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Registration # 914600-01. Instruction by Center Director Jennifer Weber.

55+ Travel group will visit the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA, Tuesday, July 2. Tour its 50 galleries of over 30,000 artifacts. Cost $86, Arlington resident; $99, non-resident. Registration # 902407-01.

Partner dance practice, grab a partner and practice ballroom moves, bring your own music, Tuesday, July 2, 2:15 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center.  No instruction provided. Drop-in.

Give line dancing a try, learn the basics prior to joining an introduction to line dancing class, Wednesday, July 3, 10:15 a.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Partner not required; drop-in.

Movie matinee at Aurora Hills 55+ Center, American history drama, “Glory” (l989) (R), Wednesday, July 3, 12:30 p.m. Registration # 914804-04.

Opera appreciation group to hear musical selections from “Eugene Onegin” by Russian composer Tchaikovsky, Wednesday, July 3, 1:30 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Professional commentary by George Cecchetti. Registration # 914300-03.

55+ Travel group will experience High Tea at Lady Camellia nestled by the waterfront in Alexandria, Friday, July 5. Cost $107, Arlington resident; $123, non-resident. Registration # 902407-02.

Arlington Spellbinders, folks who enjoy telling stories and engage intergenerational audiences, Friday, July 5, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center.Newcomers welcome. Drop-in.

Intermediate Gyrokinesis exercise classes begin Friday July 5, 8 a.m. and continues through Friday, Aug. 30, Lubber Run 55+ Center. Build on seated stool exercises from beginner class and increase in intensity, rhythm and flow. Cost $45, nine sessions. Registration # 914100-02.

55+ Travel group will visit the Museum of the Bible in D.C. to see its “Billy Graham’s Canvas Cathedral” exhibit, Saturday, July 6. Cost $31, Arlington resident; $36, non-resident. Registration # 902407-03.

Pre-K games and puzzles, 55+ (senior) participants join Lubber Run Creative Preschoolers, Monday, July 8, 10 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Registration # 914600-27.

How to create safe nesting spaces  for native birds, presented by Arlington Regional Master Naturalist Project leader, Alison Davis-Holland, Tuesday, July 9, 1 p.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center. Registration # 914400-21.

Reader’s Theater, a form of theatrical performances using only oral interpretations, no sets, costumes, or memorized lines, Tuesday, July 9, 5:30 p.m., Walter Reed 55+ Center. Registration # 914301-06.

Cooking demonstration with fruit, Wednesday, July 10, 1:30 p.m., Aurora Hills 55+ Center, registration # 914501-05. Presented by Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Food Volunteers.

Brain health as you age, tips for healthy practices to keep the brain sharp, Tuesday, July 9, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center, registration # 914500-11 and Wednesday, July 10, 6 p.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center, registration # 914500-12. Presented by Nina Davis, Insight Memory Center.

History roundtable participants will discuss the impact of the Mexican and Canadian borders on U.S. history,  Wednesday, July 10, 11:15 a.m., virtual. Registration # 914402-05.

Introduction to basic Spanish, second of five classes,  vocabulary, grammar and conversational phrases to start, Thursday, July 11, 12:45 p.m., virtual. Taught by Ashley Gomez, Lubber Run 55+ Center Director. Registration # 914650-02.

55+ Travel group will celebrate Bastille Day with an early dinner at Bistro L’Hermitage in Occoquan, Thursday, July 11. Cost $117, Arlington resident; $135, non-resident. Pre-fixed menu. Registration # 902407-05.

Records and root beer floats, Thursday, July 11, 6 p.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Bring records to share. Or just come to listen. Registration # 914801-05.

Understanding Medicare enrollment presented by Angela Windett of Steinlage Insurance Agency, Thursday, July 11, 11 a.m., virtual. Hear latest regulatory changes that may impact your Medicare enrollment. Registration # 914503-01.

Tech Tunes, celebrate the universal language of music while enhancing tech skills, Thursday, July 11, 11 a.m., Arlington Mill 55+ Center. Bring your smartphone to learn how to use music apps. Presented by tech savvy students from Aspire Afterschool Learning Academy. Registration # 914403-02.

Trivia games, fun-filled challenges, Thursday, July 11, 11 a.m., virtual. Registration # 914600-11.

Fitness equipment orientation presented by Michelle Atkin, Fitness Program Manager, Friday, July 12, 10:30 a.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center. Learn how to use equipment safely and effectively. Registration # 914100-07.

Cancer prevention 101, strategies for mitigating cancer risk, Friday, July 12, 10 a.m., Lubber Run 55+ Center. Explore the 10-step prevention approach outlined by the American Institute for Cancer Research with Bianca Cali, MASM, CDP. Registration # 914500-17.

Games, music and ice cream to celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month, Friday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Langston-Brown 55+ Center. Registration # 914899-06.