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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).

7 lessons @ 1.5 hrs, $49/$35 MCC district residents.
9012.218          Th, 9/20-12/13          1:15-2:45 p.m.
No lessons on 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/22 and 12/6.

Many people underestimate their healthcare costs when planning for retirement and facing Medicare Parts A, B, C and D can feel overwhelming. Attendees will learn about Medicare and planning for and enjoying retirement. Presenter: Mari De Leon, Fairfax County Medicare/Medigap Counselor. Registration Required.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs., Free
9018.218          Tu, 10/23         12:30-2 p.m.

Is your family or business history slowly rotting away and you don’t know what to do about it? Join us to learn how to care for the items that mark history. Each class will focus in a different type of object: paper, photographs, books, scrapbooks, woods and metals. Presenter: Terri Blanchette, an author, historian and heritage preservation specialist.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents.
9019.218          Tu, 10/30          12:30-2 p.m.

Will your family know what to do, and what you want to happen when you die? Learn how you can get the funeral and burial that you want, what you can do in advance to ease the burden on others and how to plan for the costs. This will give you the opportunity to make your wishes known to your family and help them avoid any guilt or guessing. Presenter: Jim Zalewski, Funeral Planning Professional.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents.
9020.218          Tu, 11/6          12:30-2 p.m.

Baby Boomers are asking…Will Social Security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive? When should I apply for Social Security? How can I maximize my benefits? At this informative seminar, you will learn important rules and strategies for collecting your retirement benefits. We will look at: how your benefit will be affected by the age at which you apply; how cost-of-living-adjustments, or COLAs, affect benefits; how spousal benefits work; how survivor benefits work; how divorced-spouse benefits work and much more. Presenter: Sarah Graham, CFP and Financial Advisor at VLP.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents.
9021.218          Tu, 11/13          12:30-2 p.m.

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.