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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.

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.

 

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

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

When your time comes, will your family be prepared? Will they know what to do when you die? Come and hear what funeral options are available and decide what would be appropriate for you. This educational seminar will make you comfortable with your choices and give you ideas how to make those choices known to your family so there is no guilt or guessing. Presented by: Jim Zalewski, Licensed Funeral Director, Cremationist and Pre-Need Advisor.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9023.219          Tu, 10/29          10:30 a.m.–noon

 

 Most of us have “stashes” of family history items in our attics, spare rooms, basements and storage units that we do not have the time or know-how to deal with. Yet, they are being lost to decay with each passing year. Come to this informative talk and discover some basic steps you can take right now to preserve all kinds of materials that you have in your home, and help ensure they will be there for generations to come! Presented by: Terri Blanchette, Heritage Preservation Specialist, Owner of TimeSorters.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9024.219          Tu, 11/5          10:30 a.m.–noon

“I noticed some changes in my spouse recently— could it be dementia?” While most people have heard about dementia, not everyone knows that there are different types. This presentation focuses on the four main types of dementia, differences and similarities between them and how to identify each. The objective of the presentation is to explain dementia and the brain, explore types of dementia, demonstrate the signs of dementia and provide resources. Presented by: Paul Nasto, Co-Founder of My Home Companion.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9025.219          Tu, 11/12          10:30 a.m.–noon

Attend this interactive presentation on valuing jewelry, silver and coins. Learn the difference between an appraisal and an evaluation, about the secondary market for jewelry, silver and coins. Each participant is encouraged to bring one item for evaluation. Presenter: Jamie Grasso, a Gemological Institute of America certified AJP, and owner of JG Jewelry and Estates.


1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9026.219          Sa, 11/16          10:30 a.m.–noon

Many people underestimate their health care costs when planning for retirement and facing Medicare Parts A, B, C and D, can feel overwhelming. Attendees will learn about Medicare and Medigap, how to navigate the options, understand the costs and better manage these factors when planning for or enjoying retirement. For those of age to be on Medicare and/or Medigap this year, or who want to consider making changes during this open season, this workshop will be held before the end of this year’s open season. Presented by: Mari De Leon, Fairfax County Medicare/Medigap Counselor.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, Free; preregistration is required.
9027.219          Tu, 11/19          10:30 a.m.–noon