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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).

6 lessons @ 2 hrs, $49/$35 MCC district residents. Materials fee: $20, for beginner’s kit (optional). Fee is due to the instructor on the first day of class.
9014.219          Th, 9/19–12/19          7–9 p.m.
No lesson on 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5 and 12/12.

Melissa Elias’s mission is to empower women to be true to themselves; to live authentically without apology. This course is for any woman who feels any dissatisfaction with her current life experience and who feels “stuck” to make a change. In this three- hour seminar, you will be provided materials to begin the thought-provoking work of unearthing the “why” of your current life situation and gain clarity on how to move forward. The objectives of the presentation are to establish areas of dissatisfaction (weight, personal relationships, finances), to briefly discuss the “why” to focus on personal responsibility and to set two achievable goals that will move you in the direction of your dreams. Bring a notebook, a pen or pencil to class. Presented by: Melissa Elias, Whole Life Wellness, LLC.

1 lesson @ 3 hrs, $21/$15 MCC district residents.
9016.219          Sa, 9/21          9 a.m.–noon
This workshop assists seniors in using Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple Watch. The instructor will explain the fundamentals, then provide personalized assistance in a welcoming environment. The instructor will patiently answer questions regarding email, texting, FaceTime, apps, Facebook, photo sharing, and will decipher that cryptic “lol” and “g2g” texting lingo in a helpful booklet that participants can take home. Be sure to bring your devices and know their passwords in order to unlock them. You can attend both Part I and Part II, but may attend à la carte and repeat sessions. Questions? Contact Quentin Levin at quentinl8@live.com. Preregistration is required to attend. Instructor: Quentin Levin.


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Part 1: The Basics
1 lesson @ 2 hrs, Free admission; but preregistration is required.
9101.219          Sa, 9/21          10:30–12:30 p.m.

Part 2: Beyond the Basics
1 lesson @ 2 hrs, Free admission; but preregistration is required.
9102.219          Su, 9/29          2–4 p.m.

This presentation is designed to highlight the main parts of an estate plan and the critical importance of each document. Topics include wills, revocable living trusts, advance medical directives, power of attorney and probate. Estate planning helps protect your family and loved ones by allowing them to know and execute your wishes in a simple manner. Estate planning now can provide huge savings down the road and eliminate unnecessary costs, time and fees later. Presented by: Alison Mathey Lambeth Esq.; licensed to practice in the DMV.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9017.219          Tu, 9/24          10:30 a.m.–noon
Since the invention of the digital camera, we have all become collectors of “instant images.” So, now what? How do you: organize those images to make accessing them easier; keep them safe in the ever-changing digital age; and share them effectively? Join us for a talk to find out—and bring your questions! Presented by: Terri Blanchette, Heritage Preservation Specialist, Owner of TimeSorters.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9018.219          Tu, 10/1          10:30 a.m.–noon

Previous writing instruction is strongly recommended. Writers of fiction, nonfiction (including memoir) or poetry are all welcome. 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 meeting. There will be brief teaching moments if the instructor sees an issue that should 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.


8 lessons @ 2 hrs, $192/$160 MCC district residents
1931.219          W, 10/2–11/20          11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Presenters Lori and Jamie will share expertise on proven techniques for maximizing the value of your possessions and the steps you need to take to get from where you are today to a new chapter in your life.


Presented by: Jamie Grasso, a Gemological Institute of America certified AJP and owner of JG Jewelry and Estates, and Lori James, CEO and owner of Atlas Services.


1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9019.219          Tu, 10/8          10:30 a.m.–noon

Most people prefer to remain home as they age. However, declining health and mobility and lack of assistance in the home become obstacles for achieving this goal. Hear from industry experts about how to address some common obstacles, both in home accessibility and safety, and options for obtaining needed assistance. Presented by: Juan Tuason and Gregory Sieb, Owners of Paragon Home Care.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9020.219          Tu, 10/15          10:30 a.m.–noon
Construction of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal began in 1828 with President John Quincy Adams turning over the first spade full of dirt. The canal runs a distance of 184.5 miles. Today, the canal and its adjoining towpath is a national park where hikers, bikers and campers can historically journey along the Potomac River. Presented by: Carole Herrick, Author, President of the McLean Historical Society, immediate past chair of the Fairfax County History Commission.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9021.219          Tu, 10/22          10:30 a.m.–noon

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act produced many winners and losers. In this educational workshop, we will cover Schedule A, lumping qualified charitable distributions and donor advised funds, as well as other strategies that aim to turn some of those losers into winners. Discover what changed with the new tax reform law and how your retirement may be impacted. Understand how lost deductions could cause your retirement taxes to be higher than expected and how to plan for it. Presented by: Kelly Campbell, Host of Seminars on Retirement Planning.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9022.219          Sa, 10/26          10:30 a.m.–noon