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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.


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

“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

 If you are concerned about health care expenses in retirement, now is the time to start planning. Starting with an overview of Medicare and ending with a discussion of long-term care, this workshop will open your eyes to the way healthcare works in retirement and what decisions you need to make now. This presentation is geared to everyone over 60, even if you are already on Medicare. Presented by: Sarah Graham, VLP Financial Advisors.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9028.219           Tu, 11/26          10:30 a.m.–noon

From the earliest unsmiling photographs, to the instamatics and today’s digital collections, this fun, engaging and informative talk will share information on the various types of photographs found in family collections, what they can tell us about the past, and how best to care for our photographs, whether we have them in boxes, frames or scrapbooks. Presented by: Terri Blanchette, Heritage Preservation Specialist, Owner of TimeSorters.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9029.219          Tu, 12/3          10:30 a.m.–noon

Attendees will learn about the five core strategies to dissect their parents’ finances, help them to maximize income, tips to minimize expenses and get around communication challenges by discussing finances with them. Attendees with walk away and immediately be able to implement at least five to 10 action items to help their parents. Presented by: Tracy Shen, a Wealth Advisor of 18 years and Founder of Florin Group.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9030.219          Tu, 12/10          10:30 a.m.–noon

This presentation will explain how a care manager can help families make difficult medical and life decisions. Subjects discussed include how a care manager is different from a caregiver and a caregiver agency, why you would need a care manager and what kind of help you can expect. Presented by: Alice Paxton, Owner and Managing Director of Paladin Life Care.

1 lesson @ 1.5 hrs, $7/$5 MCC district residents
9021.320          Tu, 1/21          10:30 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, or 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: Fundamental Techniques and Programs
1 lesson @ 2 hrs, Free admission; preregistration is required.
9101.320          Sa, 1/25          10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
9103.320          Su, 5/10          1:30–3:30 p.m.

Part 2: Applications: Using Technology to Simplify Your Life
1 lesson @ 2 hrs, Free admission; preregistration is required.
9102.320          Sa, 2/8          10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
9104.320          M, 5/11          6–8 p.m.