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Assistive Technology to Make Life Easier

Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy Street. ANV volunteers Mary Lee Byrd and Gail Kutner will open up their suitcases to show us the latest in assistive technology devices. Tools to improve your ability to live and function independently. Free, open to everyone. This program was developed by the Arlington Commission on Aging.

Spanish Conversation Group: Cafe Espanol

IMG_3298After a promising trial run on three Wednesdays in August, we’re set to resume in the autumn on September 27th.

Our new time and place:  Tuesdays, 11 AM to Noon, at the Super Pollo Cafe, 550-C North Quincy Street (between Wilson Blvd and Glebe Road—closer to Glebe than Wilson). The waitstaff is mostly Central American and quite congenial—we can practice our Spanish with them too. Lots of metered on-street parking usually available.

IMG_3284If we like it, we’ll continue on the following Tuesdays as a regular thing. Jaime Ugarte brought his guitar last Wednesday, and we sang! I also hope that our Cuba-bound travelers can return and share their cuentos de viajes with us. And it’ll be fun hearing more about how each of has used, is using, might use, or will use nuestro espanol.

Reminder: this is a truly multi-level group—that includes some Spanglish.

Hasta Luego!

Portabellos Dine Around

IMG_3294 IMG_3295 IMG_3296When we arrived for dinner at Portabellos, many of us were pleasantly surprised to discover that ANV member Lucia Heard has her oil paintings displayed prominently throughout the restaurant. Lucia reports that she dines at Portabellos frequently. She says that the proprietor, MJ, is so friendly and accommodating; he makes it a point to get to know all his customers. “That’s why I was so thrilled that ANV decided to have a dine-around event here!” Portabellos restaurant is located at 2109 Pollard Street in Arlington.

At the end of the evening, Michele Downey, an ANV volunteer who helps to provide transportation to members on weekends remarked, “This was my first time eating at Portabellos and the first time I attended an ANV event. My meal was fabulous, and I had so much fun getting to know other ANV members and volunteers. I’ll be returning to Portabellos and attending other ANV events, especially after I retire!”

New friends were made, old friends caught up. Everyone enjoyed the ANV dine around.

— Donna Pastore

ANV is hiring!

Arlington Neighborhood Village is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization, serving residents 55 and older in Arlington County, VA. ANV’s mission is to enable members to continue living in their own homes as they age – safely, independently, and with an enhanced quality of life – by providing access to support services and social opportunities. For an annual fee, members have access to a variety of volunteer-provided services such as transportation, minor home maintenance, and social, educational, and wellness programs.

Member Services Manager
Position Description

Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Member Services Manager ensures that the ANV office and information system operate efficiently and in a manner that fully supports the organization’s mission. The Member Services Manager is a part-time position, 25 hours/week, that supervises office volunteers who typically work 2-1/2 hour shifts, and supports the office in times where no office volunteers are available. The principal place of work is the ANV office, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  • Provide a warm, welcoming and orderly base of operations for ANV
  • Ensure that high-quality, timely, direct services are provided to all ANV members
  • Manage office volunteers such that member services are organized and fulfilled with a consistently high degree of customer satisfaction
  • Manage the use of ANV’s information system, resulting in efficient processing and high quality, reliable data
  • Scope and oversee the implementation of information system changes, as necessary to achieve efficiencies and support the organization’s mission
  • Provide specific support, reliably, transparently and as defined, to essential ANV processes, including: Events, Outreach, Membership processing, Volunteer processing, and Donor processing

Qualifications, Required

  • Customer service experience
  • Volunteer management experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Trouble-shooting and diplomacy skills
  • Proficiency in use of a variety of office technologies, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

Qualifications, Desired

  • Office management
  • Data management experience (e.g. data entry, report writing)
  • Experience with Microsoft Access
  • Experience with document management software (e.g. SharePoint)
  • Non-profit / mission driven organization experience
  • Bachelor’s degree

$20/hour for 25 hours a week.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to michellebrydges@arlnvil.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain posted until filled.
For more information about Arlington Neighborhood Village and its activities and programs please visit our website at www.arlnvil.org.

Glen Echo Park Tour

Group and Sign for Whats New- Group withCarousel Bkgnd Who could ever imagine that the invention of the wall-mounted egg beater in 1885 would lead to the creation of a recreational treasure enjoyed by generations of Washingtonians? An enthusiastic group of ANV members and volunteers discovered how in a guided tour of the history of Glen Echo Park on July 29. Our visit included the popular Spanish Ballroom, other historical art deco buildings, and children’s activities.Anita Nancy Inside Carousel

For two members of our group, Lynn Farrow and Mike Murtha, it was a chance to share memories of childhood visits to Glen Echo for rides on the roller coaster (Lynn’s favorite) and bumper cars (Mike’s favorite). Of course, no visit to Glen Echo can be complete without a ride on the fully restored 1920’s era Dentzel Carousel. Many of us could not resist!

The Glen Echo Park grounds, located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD, are open daily at 6:00 AM. The Dentzel Carousel summer hours of operation are Wednesday-Friday 10:00-2:00, and weekends from noon-6:00 PM.

Bocce Diehards Brave the Heat

It seems that even near-100 degree temperatures cannot keep the diehards away from bocce, proof that ANV’s Monday pick-up games have caught on. We played a lively game up to 16 points with the lead exchanging hands multiple times. At first it looked like a blow out for Gary, Dan and Margit, but the team of Mencit, Steve and John made a surprise comeback, pulling ahead for the win. Gary commented that our bocce ball set, once shiny and smooth, now show signs of vigorous play at the N Glebe & N Randolph courts. We will continue to be there every Monday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm throughout the summer. Come and join the fun.  Stay cool!
— John

High Tea at the National Cathedral

Cathedral tea
Around a dozen Villagers were thrilled and inspired by a special tour of the National Cathedral in June. Our excellent guide provided a number of historical facts and asides. Who knew that high in one of the towers there is a tearoom with panoramic views of Washington, Maryland, and Virginia? The tea and pastries were excellent and it was another memorable ANV experience.
– Mike Murtha
Cathedral tour

First ANV Summer Cookout

Mike Goldberg and Mike Murtha keep it hot!

Mike Goldberg and Mike Murtha keep it hot!

On Saturday, June 11, at one of the prettiest picnic areas in Glencarlyn Park, fifty ANV members, volunteers, and friends gathered for our first summer cookout. Everyone enjoyed a choice of hamburgers, hotdogs, and veggie burgers grilled by Mike Murtha and Mike Goldberg, with assistance from Pax Baker. Potluck contributions included delicious salads and sinful desserts. Participants had a great time chatting with friends, old and new, under the spacious and airy picnic shelter. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it such a success under the leadership of Elise Burns, Events Committee chair. All agreed we should try to make it an annual event.
– Mike Murtha

Villagers enjoying a summer cookout

Villagers enjoying a summer cookout

Treasures in the Attic

In May, ANV put on our version of Arlington Antiques Roadshow with professional appraiser, Todd Peenstra. Nearly two dozen members, volunteers, and friends arrived at the Walter Reed Community Center cradling a range of heirlooms and objects from all over the world. Todd, who offered his services free of charge for this special ANV event, listened as each person unveiled their object and provided a little background story. He shared his opinion about the origin, history, and valuation – in many cases, to the pleasant surprise of the owner. While many of the items have some monetary value, the best part was sharing priceless experiences.
– Mike MurthaDSC08765

Michelle Brydges is New ANV Executive Director

M Brydges headshot BExciting news! The ANV board of directors selected Michelle Brydges to be our new executive director effective May 9. In this new position, she will manage ANV planning, finance and fundraising activities, as well as direct our day-to- day operations, largely staffed and supported by our many dedicated volunteers.

Michelle originally came to ANV to volunteer since she has family members who are facing the challenge of living independently. When she learned ANV was in need of an executive director, she knew she wanted to be involved in our important mission to help our growing community age in place. It was a perfect fit for everyone! Please give Michelle a warm welcome – we’re fortunate to have someone so passionate about our mission lead the ANV team.