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11/15/18; Updated @ 8:12 a.m. All classes are CANCELED today at MCC and OFC, as Fairfax County Public Schools are now closed. Center offices and facilities remain open.

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McLean Historian Carole Herrick will take you on a walk from Riley’s Landing at Seneca Creek up the towpath to at least Antietam Creek. Besides discussing the canal, the various locks, lock houses and the Monocacy and Antietam aqueducts, she will talk about John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry and the Civil War battles at Balls Bluff and Antietam. Presenter: Carole Herrick, Chair of the Fairfax History Commission and President of the McLean Historical Society.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents.
9022.218          Tu, 11/27          12:30-2 p.m.

The time has finally come to retire. But, now what? We are all told we should save for retirement, but no one ever talks to us about what to do once we get there. For example, how much money is safe to take from your accounts without the risk of running out of money? How will withdrawals affect your taxes? How much risk should you be taking in your portfolio given your age and need for income? Will your spouse be provided for when you are no longer alive? Which accounts should you take money from first in retirement? How do you know which investments you should sell when you want to take income? Does it matter? How does Social Security factor into your IRA withdrawal strategy? The answers to these questions (and many more) will be addressed in this informative seminar. Presenter: Sarah Graham, a financial advisor at VLP Financial Advisors.

1 lesson@ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents.
9023.218          Tu, 12/11          12:30-2 p.m.

Are you concerned how to support your parents as they age? Are you seeing signs of memory loss? Do you wonder how much their care will cost? Is it difficult to have the important conversations? Learn about care options, housing, strategies and resources for those you care about.

 

Presented by: Heidi L. Garvis, Certified Care Manager and Co-Owner of Caring Considerations.

 

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1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents.
9012.319          Tu, 1/29          10:30 a.m.-noon
9013.319          Sa, 2/16          10:30 a.m.-noon

If you have never knitted before, or if you are an old hand, everyone is welcome in our Knitting Circle. You can get instructions to learn to knit, get help with something you are working on or just join us to meet other knitters and socialize. Bring your own supplies, a project in progress or purchase a beginner’s kit from the instructor for $20. Instructor: Juliana Thatcher (MCC Staff).

10 lessons @ 1.5 hrs, $70/$50 MCC district residents.
9014.319          Th, 1/24-6/6          10:30 a.m.-noon
No lesson on 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16 and 5/30.

This workshop is geared towards assisting seniors in using Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, iPods and the Apple Watch. The presentation will explain the fundamentals, followed by personalized assistance in a welcoming environment. The instructor will patiently answer any questions regarding email, texting, FaceTime, apps, Facebook, photo sharing. Also, you can decipher that cryptic “lol” and “g2g” texting lingo in a helpful booklet students will take home. Participants must bring devices and know their passwords to unlock them. Participants are encouraged to attend both Part I and Part II, but may attend à la carte and repeat sessions.

 

Questions? Contact Presenter Quentin Levin at QUENTINL8@live.com

 

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Part 1: The Basics
1 lesson @ 2 hrs, free admission, but preregistration is required.
9101.319          Sa, 1/26          10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
9103.319          Sa, 5/12          1:30-3:30 p.m.

 

Part 2: Using Technology to Simplify Your Life
1 lesson @ 2 hrs, free admission, but preregistration is required.
9102.319          Sa, 2/9          10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
9104.319          Tu, 5/14          6-8 p.m.

Writers of fiction, nonfiction (including memoir) or poetry are all welcome; however, previous writing instruction is strongly recommended. Critiquing the work of others is fine training for critiquing your own work and, of course, having the input of other readers is invaluable. Whatever your genre, others will bring their own experiences and preferences to the table. Each session will deal with the critique of work submitted by three attendees (up to 10 pages each). Work will be emailed by the author to each class member and the instructor at least one week prior to class. There will be brief teaching moments if an issue needs to be addressed and critique guidance will be provided. Marked-up copies will be given to the authors at the end of their reviews.

 

Instructor: D. A. Spruzen.

 

Adults-Seniors
8 lessons @ 2 hrs, $192/$160 MCC district residents. 
1932.319           W, 1/30-3/20         11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Characters bear the burden of your story, and those characters live in the world you create for them. Your readers must see and hear those characters as they move through that world, a three-dimensional environment full of sensory detail.

 

Instructor: D. A. Spruzen.

 

Materials fee: $5, make check payable to Dorothy Spruzen. Fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class.

 

Adults-Seniors
8 lessons @ 2 hrs, $192/$160 MCC district residents. 
1931.319           Th, 1/31-3/21         11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Will your family know what to do and what you want when you die? Learn how you can get the funeral/burial that you want, what you can do in advance to ease the burden on others and how to plan for the costs. You will leave this session comfortable with your choices and you will have the opportunity to make them known to your family so they can avoid any guilt or guessing.

 

Presented by: Jim Zalewski, Funeral Planning Professional.

 

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents.
9015.319          Tu, 2/5          10:30 a.m.-noon
9016.319          Tu, 5/14        10:30 a.m.-noon

This workshop is geared towards assisting seniors in using Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, iPods and the Apple Watch. The presentation will explain the fundamentals, followed by personalized assistance in a welcoming environment. The instructor will patiently answer any questions regarding email, texting, FaceTime, apps, Facebook, photo sharing. Also, you can decipher that cryptic “lol” and “g2g” texting lingo in a helpful booklet students will take home. Participants must bring devices and know their passwords to unlock them. Participants are encouraged to attend both Part I and Part II, but may attend à la carte and repeat sessions.

 

Questions? Contact Presenter Quentin Levin at QUENTINL8@live.com.

 

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Part 1: The Basics
1 lesson @ 2 hrs, free admission, but preregistration is required.
9101.319          Sa, 1/26          10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
9103.319          Sa, 5/12          1:30-3:30 p.m.

 

Part 2: Using Technology to Simplify Your Life
1 lesson @ 2 hrs, free admission, but preregistration is required.
9102.319          Sa, 2/9          10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
9104.319          Tu, 5/14          6-8 p.m.

From the earliest unsmiling photographs, to the instamatics, to today’s digital collections, this fun, engaging and informative talk covers the various types of photographs found in family collections. Learn what they can tell us about the past and how best to care for your photographs, whether you have them in boxes, frames or scrapbooks.

 

Presented by: Terri Blanchette, heritage preservation specialist and owner of TimeSorters.

 

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents.
9017.319          Tu, 2/5          10:30 a.m.-noon