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Bocce Starts Again

ANV has started its spring informal pick-up bocce ball games at Randolph & Glebe Park every Monday evening from 6:00-7:00 pm. Come and join other ANV members and friends for fun and a little bit of exercise at the corner of N Randolph St and N Glebe Rd, across from Harris Teeter and just behind the Ballston Commons parking structure.

All skill levels are welcome. No prior experience or knowledge of bocce is needed. There are two county-provided courts, so everyone gets a chance to play. We hope to see you there. Please contact John Thomas, thomas-johnr@comcast.net, for more information.DSC08709

ANV Earth Day Cleanup 2016

lubberANV volunteers Gary Eiserman, John and Mencit Thomas, Mike Murtha, Margie Mayer, and Dave Christian led our third annual ANV Earth Day cleanup of Arlington County’s Lubber Run Park. With the able assistance of a Girl Scout group, Cub Scout Pack #548, and Arlington Park Ranger Bruce Caviness, the group scoured the Lubber Run streambed and surrounding banks, collecting several bags of trash and recyclables. Thank you ANV volunteers for a job well done!

Hot Off the Press–Spring Issue of ANV Voices

ANV spring2016L2Shivering into spring? Warm up with the ANV Voices newsletter from Arlington Neighborhood Village.

Click here to read articles from volunteers and our new President. Learn how to get the most from ANV services and offerings, and enjoy a book review that may help you deal with “clutter.”

Today’s the day to put joining, renewing or volunteering with ANV on your “to do” list.

Take a break from spring cleaning — you can catch up on our earlier newsletters.

Preventing Falls – Now Registering for Second Series

The first series is now full.  However, the good news is that a second series have classes are now available at Langston on Thursdays from 10:30-noon on May 5, 12,19, 26, and June 2.


ANV members, volunteers, and guests are invited to a series of 5 free workshops on the topic of preventing falls. The workshops are led by Marymount University faculty in physical therapy, nursing, health management, and interior design. Knowing your body and how to improve your balance, learning about the impact of your medications and diet, and understanding how to set up your home interior can significantly reduce your risk of falling. Learn about a different topic each week and discover many resources available to you in Arlington. A flyer for the program is attached here.

You are encouraged to attend all five to get the most out of these workshops.

Where: Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N Culpeper St., Arlington, on the corner of Lee Highway. Plenty of free parking.

When: Thursdays 10:30 am to noon, May 5, 12,19, 26, and June 2.

Registration with Marymount is required. To register, please click HERE. You will receive a confirmation email following the completion of this form. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited.

For further information or questions, please contact Rachel Alberts at 703-284-7559 or Ralberts@marymount.edu.

Preventing Falls – Back by Popular Demand

ANV members, volunteers, and guests are invited to a series of 5 free workshops on the topic of preventing falls. The workshops are led by Marymount University faculty in physical therapy, nursing, health management, and interior design. Knowing your body and how to improve your balance, learning about the impact of your medications and diet, and understanding how to set up your home interior can significantly reduce your risk of falling. Learn about a different topic each week and discover many resources available to you in Arlington. A flyer for the program is attached here.

You are encouraged to attend all five to get the most out of these workshops.

Where: Langston Brown Community Center, 2121 N Culpeper St., Arlington, on the corner of Lee Highway. Plenty of free parking.

When: Thursdays 10:30 am to noon, March 31, April 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Registration with Marymount is required. To register, please click HERE. You will receive a confirmation email following the completion of this form. Pre-registration is required and spaces are limited.

For further information or questions, please contact Rachel Alberts at 703-284-7559 or Ralberts@marymount.edu.

ANV Executive Director (Paid Position)

Since opening in 2014, Arlington Neighborhood Village has grown to more than 140 members and more than 100 volunteers. Our rapid growth shows that many Arlington residents age 55 and older strongly support our mission – to help older residents continue living independently in their homes. ANV has opened a search for our first Executive Director. The Executive Director is the chief executive officer and manages ANV operations, finances, and program largely staffed and supported by volunteers. If you or someone you know might be looking for a leadership position and shares a passion for our mission, we encourage all to apply.

The position description is available here.

To apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to vicepresident@arlnvil.org. Resume must clearly address the activities and qualifications described. Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 18, 2016. Applications will be reviewed and top-ranked candidates will be interviewed.

Two ANV members spread their wings

We are pleased to announce that two of our members are getting involved in the villages scene beyond ANV.

gailGail Kutner has joined the Board of the Washington Area Villages Exchange (WAVE) for a two-year term. WAVE is a forum that enables the villages in the Washington DC metro area to share experience and ideas. It encourages the development and growth of villages through networking and quarterly meetings on topics of interest.

 

carolCarol Paquette has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of the Village to Village Network (VtV). VtV is a national peer-to-peer network that promotes the establishment and management of villages. There are currently about 190 villages in operation and another 185 in development. Carol will serve on the Governance and Research Committees.

Congratulations to them both!

Name change for ANV

As of January 1, 2016, we are “Arlington Neighborhood Village.” Dropping the “s” better describes our one, county-wide village. If you live anywhere in Arlington, you are eligible to join. Our neighborhood groups will continue to provide local activities and opportunities for folks nearby to interact.

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President’s message from Carol Paquette

Carol Paquette, President

Carol Paquette, President

The holiday season is the time we think of family, friends and all the things we have to be thankful for. I hope Arlington Neighborhood Villages might be one of the things on your list. This was a good year for ANV. Our membership continued to grow steadily and the number of volunteers also increased. We sponsored dozens of fun social events where members and volunteers could make new acquaintances while having a good time.

Our volunteers have had plenty to do. They delivered an average of 10+ services per member! This year we introduced several new services as well as our first health and wellness series of seminars and workshops on falls prevention. We established valuable working partnerships with Marymount University and Goodwin House at Home. The progress made this year leaves us well-positioned to continue serving the needs of Arlington seniors in 2016.

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

As I end my term as President I’d like to say what a tremendous pleasure it has been to get to know and work with all the fantastic people who have contributed to the success of ANV. Beginning with the initial planning meetings way back in 2011 through today, there have been so many volunteers willing to give generously of their time, energy and money to help create and run this organization. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this effort. Best wishes to one and all for the New Year!

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt