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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

ANV Executive Director (Paid Position)

***Update:  Our Executive Director has been hired.  Find out more about Michelle Brydges here. ***

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 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.

ANV Horiz Logo with tagline for Mail Chimp 2016

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

Coffee in the Beer Garden

Every Wednesday in January, our popular “Coffee and Conversation” get-together will be held indoors at the Westover Market Beer Garden, 10:30 to 11:30. Open to all — bring a friend to meet ANV members and volunteers, hear a speaker on an interesting topic, and learn more about ANV.

Starting in 2016, we’ll alternate between Ballston Common and new locations around the county in certain months. Join us in Westover starting January 6, when Jane Franklin Dance will be our topic. If you have a favorite establishment where ANV could meet for coffee and conversation, contact Pax Baker at

Thanksgiving Potluck

Written by Linda Reck

Thanksgiving Potluck 11-20-15Whether it’s dining out in a restaurant or dining in, ANV loves to share food, conversation, and companionship. On Friday night November 20, more than 50 ANV members and volunteers, aged 16 to 103, filled the basement of St. Andrew’s Church to enjoy together a Thanksgiving-themed, home-cooked potluck dinner. The event was organized by the West End 50 group, which consists of members living in Arlington Forest, Boulevard Manor, and Glencarlyn neighborhoods. Organizers provided several home-roasted whole turkeys, along with traditional trimmings and desserts. Guests brought a wide variety of dishes to share. Bottles of wine were spotted on more than a few tables, helping to spread holiday cheer throughout the festively-decorated hall. Tables demonstrated a mix of new members, long-time members, and volunteers, who were able to get to know one another better and forge new friendships.

DSC_0045Particular thanks are due to the West End 50 members who planned and executed the event (Jean Anderson, Bob Anderson, Pax Baker, Ann Connell, Jim Connell, Gloria Johnson, Gail Kutner, Nancy Lowenthal, Pete Olivere, and Linda Reck), to Events Committee co-chairs Elise Burns and Donna Pastore, and to Cornelia Frasier, who roasted one of the turkeys. Caity Enroth, daughter of interim Operations Manager Patty Sullivan, took many beautiful photographs of the event. In addition, she interviewed members and volunteers about their ANV experiences for a project. Caity is planning to help organize her fellow students at the Yorktown High School National Honors Society for future intergenerational events. ANV was pleased to have Caity with us.

There were even plenty of leftovers so that everyone who wanted to could take home a plate for later, along with memories of another good time with ANV friends!


Fall Open House Success!

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

More than 100 ANV members, volunteers, potential members, and friends celebrated Fall at the ANV Open House on October 14 at the NRECA conference center in Ballston. President Carol Paquette welcomed the guests, including Virginia State Senator Barbara Favola and County Board members Walter Tejada and Libby Garvey.  “We have come a long way since opening our doors in April 2014. Our membership is growing, our volunteer base is broadening,” Carol noted. We now have more than 120 members!

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

Office volunteers were visible throughout the room with their festive Hawaiian leis, courtesy of Interim Operations Manager, Patty Sullivan. Patty reported that more than 900 services have been provided since January and volunteers providing transportation services have logged more than 7,000 miles so far this year.

Volunteers Carole Shetzich and Barbara Leopold spoke about the rewarding experiences they’ve had with ANV members — Carole in the office and Barbara as a driver.

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

More than 350 villages are open or preparing to open nationwide, reported Anita Wallgren, who attended the VtV Network national conference of villages in Seattle last week. “It’s clear that volunteer villages are changing the way the boomer generation will live and thrive in the next decades.”

Thanks to Elise Burns and Donna Pastore, co-chairs of the Events Committee, old and new friends of ANV enjoyed autumn party theme and had a wonderful time.  A raffle drawing added excitement and brought smiles to several winners.

Join the Village movement – right here in Arlington!

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

Raising Monarch Butterflies

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

After our regular Tuesday tai chi session, friend of Arlington Neighborhood Villages, Teresa Lim,  talked with us about monarch butterflies.  Teresa became interested in raising monarch butterflies about a year ago. She is into her second and third group of monarchs from eggs to emerged butterflies. Her last group had two white monarchs – very rare in the U.S.!

Teresa explained that monarchs are now endangered due to herbicides used by farmers and homeowners on milkweed, the monarchs’ primary food source.  In addition to herbicides and insecticides, weather and general loss of habitat are also reasons for the decline. She showed us samples of monarchs in different stages of their lifecycle–from egg to instar (caterpillar) to chrysalis to metamorphosis into a butterfly.  Her talk was fascinating.

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

Photo by ANV volunteer Terry Belt

She has been showing these interesting and beautiful pollinators to groups from preschool to seniors.   We are grateful that she shared her knowledge with us.  Now we need to do our bit by planting milkweed to increase the monarch population!