Jul
18
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Broadway Musicals

The multiple theaters lining a street in New York City known simply as "Broadway" have long been a Mecca for composers, actors, and musicians.  To be featured here is synonymous with having achieved the pinnacle of success.  Join Dr. Roger Koment this summer in a course that examines the stories and history behind six of the most popular musicals that have long been performed on the stages of Broadway theaters:  Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Cats, Lion King, Fiddler on the Roof, and South Pacific.  For each, we also listen to several familiar compositions performed by members of the original cast.

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Jul
19
2:30 PM14:30

Global Cuisine with Executive Chef Abdo

Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a country’s geography, history, and a significant dish. Executive Chef Abdo and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to take right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester include Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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Jul
20
3:00 PM15:00

The Genius of Vincent van Gogh: Emotion, Color, and Brushwork

In this class, we will explore the work of Dutch post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh, whose relatively short career had a long-lasting influence on the art world. The class will begin with a lecture highlighting van Gogh’s most famous paintings and analyzing how his composition and use of color and brushwork continue to evoke strong emotions more than two centuries following his death. As a group, we will produce a copy of a van Gogh painting, replicating his unique palette, composition, and intense/heavy coloration and use of pigment. Upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in q critique of our paintings.

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Jul
21
2:30 PM14:30

TED Talks: Seas of Plastic & The Surprising Solution of Plastic in the Ocean

Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he is drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas. We will also discuss the problems of ocean plastic pollution with David Katz.

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Jul
22
2:00 PM14:00

9 Dimensions of Wellness

To be kind to others, we must start by being kind to ourselves by living a healthy and balanced life; this means engaging in intentional self-care utilizing the framework of the nine dimensions of wellness. In what feels like a blink of an eye, self-care has become a 10-billion-dollar industry. This course will help us get back to the basics. Self-care spans multiple dimensions, and by taking care of ourselves holistically, we can show up each day reflecting kindness and making intentional choices that cultivate an environment where we can thrive.

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Jul
25
10:30 AM10:30

First Ladies of the United States: Who was the First Lady?

History books are filled with stories about U.S. Presidents, but only some First Ladies are famous. Learn how the term originated and hear the stories of First Ladies you may not know much about. Every president has had a hostess to assist with state functions. Learn how these ladies created a place among powerful men and how the term “First Lady” emerged.

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Jul
26
3:00 PM15:00

The Pursuit of Liberty: The Revolutionary War & Founding of America

Virginians played an essential role in the creation of the new American nation. From actions during and following the American Revolution to ideas and documents that established the new country, Virginians were involved at every point. During this program, participants will learn more about the lives of Virginia’s founding fathers, such as George Washington, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Mason, while also examine some of the most important documents in American history: the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and the United States Constitution.

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Jul
27
2:30 PM14:30

Culinary Behind the Scenes

Learn all the behind-the-scenes tips and ticks from our very own Chef Abdo. Explore culinary techniques and explore the food service industry. Executive Chef Abdo will instruct the class on a variety of topics, including how to bake the perfect cookie, nutrition, the complexity of fine dining service, how to cook the perfect steak, food safety, and where we get our ingredients. A tasting is included in each class.

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Jul
30
2:00 PM14:00

9 Dimensions of Wellness

To be kind to others, we must start by being kind to ourselves by living a healthy and balanced life; this means engaging in intentional self-care utilizing the framework of the nine dimensions of wellness. In what feels like a blink of an eye, self-care has become a 10-billion-dollar industry. This course will help us get back to the basics. Self-care spans multiple dimensions, and by taking care of ourselves holistically, we can show up each day reflecting kindness and making intentional choices that cultivate an environment where we can thrive.

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Jul
30
2:00 PM14:00

9 Dimensions of Wellness

To be kind to others, we must start by being kind to ourselves by living a healthy and balanced life; this means engaging in intentional self-care utilizing the framework of the nine dimensions of wellness. In what feels like a blink of an eye, self-care has become a 10-billion-dollar industry. This course will help us get back to the basics. Self-care spans multiple dimensions, and by taking care of ourselves holistically, we can show up each day reflecting kindness and making intentional choices that cultivate an environment where we can thrive.

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Jul
31
6:30 PM18:30

Wine Tasting

Join Ashleigh at Lansdowne’s own Ash Nabizad for an introduction to wine class. This class is the perfect starting place to get to know more about wine. In this class, you shall have an opportunity to taste and contrast different wines. Ash will help you learn wine basics such as varietal, tasting techniques, region/history, and everyday, practical wine appreciation tips.

July we will be tasting white wine, August rose, and September red wines.

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Aug
1
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Broadway Musicals

The multiple theaters lining a street in New York City known simply as "Broadway" have long been a Mecca for composers, actors, and musicians.  To be featured here is synonymous with having achieved the pinnacle of success.  Join Dr. Roger Koment this summer in a course that examines the stories and history behind six of the most popular musicals that have long been performed on the stages of Broadway theaters:  Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Cats, Lion King, Fiddler on the Roof, and South Pacific.  For each, we also listen to several familiar compositions performed by members of the original cast.

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Aug
3
2:30 PM14:30

Global Cuisine with Executive Chef Abdo

Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a country’s geography, history, and a significant dish. Executive Chef Abdo and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to take right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester include Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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Aug
5
11:00 AM11:00

Danville, The Last Capital of the Confederacy

Since the mid-18th century, Danville, Virginia has been known for its cultivation of bright leaf tobacco. IN 1865, Danville achieved notoriety as the last capital of the Confederacy following the fall of Richmond to Federal troops. In this multi-part lecture series, we explore the establishment of Danville, its development into one of the South’s foremost tobacco manufacturing centers, the events surrounding its “last capital” story and its resistance to the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

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Aug
6
2:00 PM14:00

9 Dimensions of Wellness

To be kind to others, we must start by being kind to ourselves by living a healthy and balanced life; this means engaging in intentional self-care utilizing the framework of the nine dimensions of wellness. In what feels like a blink of an eye, self-care has become a 10-billion-dollar industry. This course will help us get back to the basics. Self-care spans multiple dimensions, and by taking care of ourselves holistically, we can show up each day reflecting kindness and making intentional choices that cultivate an environment where we can thrive.

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Aug
7
10:00 AM10:00

Health Talks from Legacy Healthcare Service

The Physical and Occupational Therapists of Legacy Healthcare Services present monthly “Health Talks” on a variety of topics related to senior healthy living. July’s presentation will be on Hydration. In August, learn about Osteoarthritis. In September, the topic will be Energy Conservation. These Health Talks are designed to help you live your very best life! 

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Aug
8
2:00 PM14:00

The Origins of American Music Part ll

Join host Josh Urban for a detailed examination of the music of Postwar America.  Continuing from the roots of ragtime, jazz, and Delta blues in the previous session (The Origins of Rock n’ Roll), participants will explore how these musicians harnessed the fire of the times, and created a sound that still echoes today.  In our first class, we will be discussing Sweet Home Chicago, where new inventions are born, and new musicians roll into Chicago, destined for history. America has the Blues, and it never sounded so good.  In our second class, Josh will be discussing the Fabulous Fifties: the guitar goes electric, the war is over, and something is happening to the jukeboxes. Our last class will be the Bright Sunshine: in this class we will learn how Sam Phillips and Sun Records changed the world by discovering Elvis, Johnny, Roy, Jerry, Carl, and many other popular artists.  

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Aug
9
2:00 PM14:00

Humor with Edge: Exploring Political Cartoons

For more than two centuries, whenever there has been a debate in the United States, political cartoons have taken part and, in some cases, pushed the debate to its limits. Political cartoons began as a street-level phenomenon. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, they were often posted on walls or passed from person to person, as well as being published in newspapers. By the end of the nineteenth century, they were an important past of the growing popularity of newspapers and magazines, and the intense competition for readership made provocative cartoons a valuable selling point. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, political cartoons appear in a wide range of online publications and can still stir up controversy.

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Aug
10
2:30 PM14:30

Culinary Behind the Scenes

Learn all the behind-the-scenes tips and ticks from our very own Chef Abdo. Explore culinary techniques and explore the food service industry. Executive Chef Abdo will instruct the class on a variety of topics, including how to bake the perfect cookie, nutrition, the complexity of fine dining service, how to cook the perfect steak, food safety, and where we get our ingredients. A tasting is included in each class.

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Aug
11
2:30 PM14:30

Ted Talk: An Interview with the Queen of Creole Cuisine

Leah Chase's New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase, changed the course of American history over gumbo and fried chicken. During the civil rights movement, it was a place where white and black people came together, where activists planned protests and where the police entered but did not disturb -- and it continues to operate in the same spirit today.

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Aug
13
3:00 PM15:00

Introduction to Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. During this course, we will cover the different domains of the practice of music therapy. We will discuss where music therapists work, whom they work with, and what type of interventions music therapists use to address different populations. Music therapy is becoming more and more well known as the years go by, and that is because of the research that has gone into the practice. We will discuss some of the evidence-based research that shows how music therapy is working and how the field is growing in many different settings.

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Aug
15
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Broadway Musicals

The multiple theaters lining a street in New York City known simply as "Broadway" have long been a Mecca for composers, actors, and musicians.  To be featured here is synonymous with having achieved the pinnacle of success.  Join Dr. Roger Koment this summer in a course that examines the stories and history behind six of the most popular musicals that have long been performed on the stages of Broadway theaters:  Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Cats, Lion King, Fiddler on the Roof, and South Pacific.  For each, we also listen to several familiar compositions performed by members of the original cast.

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Aug
16
2:30 PM14:30

Global Cuisine with Executive Chef Abdo

Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a country’s geography, history, and a significant dish. Executive Chef Abdo and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to take right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester include Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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Aug
17
3:00 PM15:00

Claude Monet: Architect of the Impressionist Movement

In this class, we will explore the work of French artist Claude Monet, whose vision of creating spontaneous, light-filled paintings transformed the art world. Striving to paint the essence of what he saw in nature rather than attempting a photographic rendition, Monet’s art was the key to the development of modern art. The class will begin with a lecture highlighting both Monet’s early, more realistic representations and his turn toward outdoor painting and Impressionism. As a group, we will produce a copy of the Monet painting Soleil Levant, replicating his unique vision of the landscape. Upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in a critique of our work.

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Aug
19
2:00 PM14:00

9 Dimensions of Wellness

To be kind to others, we must start by being kind to ourselves by living a healthy and balanced life; this means engaging in intentional self-care utilizing the framework of the nine dimensions of wellness. In what feels like a blink of an eye, self-care has become a 10-billion-dollar industry. This course will help us get back to the basics. Self-care spans multiple dimensions, and by taking care of ourselves holistically, we can show up each day reflecting kindness and making intentional choices that cultivate an environment where we can thrive.

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Aug
20
11:00 AM11:00

Danville, The Last Capital of the Confederacy

Since the mid-18th century, Danville, Virginia has been known for its cultivation of bright leaf tobacco. IN 1865, Danville achieved notoriety as the last capital of the Confederacy following the fall of Richmond to Federal troops. In this multi-part lecture series, we explore the establishment of Danville, its development into one of the South’s foremost tobacco manufacturing centers, the events surrounding its “last capital” story and its resistance to the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

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Aug
22
10:00 AM10:00

Interventional Pain Management Treatments

Dr. Brar & Dr. Davis will be presenting on interventional pain management treatments for chronic pain conditions. The expected discussion topics will pertain to chronic pain, arthritic pain, slips and falls, and when to see a pain management physician. Followed by an open-floor interactive question-and-answer segment.

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Aug
24
2:30 PM14:30

Culinary Behind the Scenes

Learn all the behind-the-scenes tips and ticks from our very own Chef Abdo. Explore culinary techniques and explore the food service industry. Executive Chef Abdo will instruct the class on a variety of topics, including how to bake the perfect cookie, nutrition, the complexity of fine dining service, how to cook the perfect steak, food safety, and where we get our ingredients. A tasting is included in each class.

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Aug
27
2:00 PM14:00

9 Dimensions of Wellness

To be kind to others, we must start by being kind to ourselves by living a healthy and balanced life; this means engaging in intentional self-care utilizing the framework of the nine dimensions of wellness. In what feels like a blink of an eye, self-care has become a 10-billion-dollar industry. This course will help us get back to the basics. Self-care spans multiple dimensions, and by taking care of ourselves holistically, we can show up each day reflecting kindness and making intentional choices that cultivate an environment where we can thrive.

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Aug
28
6:30 PM18:30

Wine Tasting

Join Ashleigh at Lansdowne’s own Ash Nabizad for an introduction to wine class. This class is the perfect starting place to get to know more about wine. In this class, you shall have an opportunity to taste and contrast different wines. Ash will help you learn wine basics such as varietal, tasting techniques, region/history, and everyday, practical wine appreciation tips.

July we will be tasting white wine, August rose, and September red wines.

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Aug
30
3:00 PM15:00

What's Your Sign? Ephemera & The Women's Rights Movement

This program uses ephemera to examine women’s rights movements in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From protest signs to political buttons, participants will analyze how demonstrations evolve. Participants will engage in a discussion about what defines a progressive movement and how women shape the country’s political, social, and economic environment/state.

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Aug
31
2:30 PM14:30

Global Cuisine with Executive Chef Abdo

Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a country’s geography, history, and a significant dish. Executive Chef Abdo and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to take right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester include Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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Sep
3
2:00 PM14:00

9 Dimensions of Wellness

To be kind to others, we must start by being kind to ourselves by living a healthy and balanced life; this means engaging in intentional self-care utilizing the framework of the nine dimensions of wellness. In what feels like a blink of an eye, self-care has become a 10-billion-dollar industry. This course will help us get back to the basics. Self-care spans multiple dimensions, and by taking care of ourselves holistically, we can show up each day reflecting kindness and making intentional choices that cultivate an environment where we can thrive.

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Sep
4
10:00 AM10:00

Health Talks from Legacy Healthcare Service

The Physical and Occupational Therapists of Legacy Healthcare Services present monthly “Health Talks” on a variety of topics related to senior healthy living. July’s presentation will be on Hydration. In August, learn about Osteoarthritis. In September, the topic will be Energy Conservation. These Health Talks are designed to help you live your very best life! 

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Sep
5
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Broadway Musicals

The multiple theaters lining a street in New York City known simply as "Broadway" have long been a Mecca for composers, actors, and musicians.  To be featured here is synonymous with having achieved the pinnacle of success.  Join Dr. Roger Koment this summer in a course that examines the stories and history behind six of the most popular musicals that have long been performed on the stages of Broadway theaters:  Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Cats, Lion King, Fiddler on the Roof, and South Pacific.  For each, we also listen to several familiar compositions performed by members of the original cast.

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Sep
7
2:30 PM14:30

Culinary Behind the Scenes

Learn all the behind-the-scenes tips and ticks from our very own Chef Abdo. Explore culinary techniques and explore the food service industry. Executive Chef Abdo will instruct the class on a variety of topics, including how to bake the perfect cookie, nutrition, the complexity of fine dining service, how to cook the perfect steak, food safety, and where we get our ingredients. A tasting is included in each class.

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Sep
8
2:30 PM14:30

Ted Talk: How Record Collectors Find Lost Music & Preserve our Cultural Heritage

For generations, record collectors have played a vital role in the preservation of musical and cultural heritage by "digging" for obscure music created by overlooked artists. Alexis Charpentier shares his love of records -- and stories of how collectors have given forgotten music a second chance at being heard. Learn more about the culture of record digging (and, maybe, pick up a new hobby) with this fun, refreshing talk.

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Sep
10
2:00 PM14:00

The Origins of American Music Part ll

Join host Josh Urban for a detailed examination of the music of Postwar America.  Continuing from the roots of ragtime, jazz, and Delta blues in the previous session (The Origins of Rock n’ Roll), participants will explore how these musicians harnessed the fire of the times, and created a sound that still echoes today.  In our first class, we will be discussing Sweet Home Chicago, where new inventions are born, and new musicians roll into Chicago, destined for history. America has the Blues, and it never sounded so good.  In our second class, Josh will be discussing the Fabulous Fifties: the guitar goes electric, the war is over, and something is happening to the jukeboxes. Our last class will be the Bright Sunshine: in this class we will learn how Sam Phillips and Sun Records changed the world by discovering Elvis, Johnny, Roy, Jerry, Carl, and many other popular artists.  

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Sep
13
2:00 PM14:00

Commonwealth & The Great War

In 1917, Virginia-born President Woodrow Wilson brought the nation into war against the German, Austrian, and Ottoman empires. The Commonwealth & The Great War tells the stories of individual Virginians who carried the state’s proud military tradition to the battlefront during World War I. 100,000 of them served; 3,700 died. Many more were injured. Thirty-nine percent of the draftees in 1918 were African Americans. Hundreds of Virginia nurses and doctors followed soldiers to Europe. Military facilities established in Virginia became essential centers for the war effort. Thousands labored at home to produce vital war supplies, and families tended “Victory Gardens” and rationed food to “make the world safe for democracy.”

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Sep
14
2:30 PM14:30

Global Cuisine with Executive Chef Abdo

Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a country’s geography, history, and a significant dish. Executive Chef Abdo and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to take right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester include Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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Sep
17
2:00 PM14:00

9 Dimensions of Wellness

To be kind to others, we must start by being kind to ourselves by living a healthy and balanced life; this means engaging in intentional self-care utilizing the framework of the nine dimensions of wellness. In what feels like a blink of an eye, self-care has become a 10-billion-dollar industry. This course will help us get back to the basics. Self-care spans multiple dimensions, and by taking care of ourselves holistically, we can show up each day reflecting kindness and making intentional choices that cultivate an environment where we can thrive.

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Sep
19
10:30 AM10:30

Introduction to Broadway Musicals

The multiple theaters lining a street in New York City known simply as "Broadway" have long been a Mecca for composers, actors, and musicians.  To be featured here is synonymous with having achieved the pinnacle of success.  Join Dr. Roger Koment this summer in a course that examines the stories and history behind six of the most popular musicals that have long been performed on the stages of Broadway theaters:  Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Cats, Lion King, Fiddler on the Roof, and South Pacific.  For each, we also listen to several familiar compositions performed by members of the original cast.

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Sep
20
2:30 PM14:30

Culinary Behind the Scenes

Learn all the behind-the-scenes tips and ticks from our very own Chef Abdo. Explore culinary techniques and explore the food service industry. Executive Chef Abdo will instruct the class on a variety of topics, including how to bake the perfect cookie, nutrition, the complexity of fine dining service, how to cook the perfect steak, food safety, and where we get our ingredients. A tasting is included in each class.

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Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

Mary Cassatt: America's Early Feminist Painter and Her Collaboration with Degas

In this class, we will explore the work of Pittsburgh native and 19th-century woman painter Mary Cassatt. Overcoming opposition from both contemporary culture and her own father, Ms. Cassatt ultimately developed a fascinating partnership with French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas. Ms. Cassatt is best known for her dignified portrayal of women and her exploration of their inner lives. The class will begin with a lecture highlighting Cassatt’s most famous paintings and analyzing how her strong composition and pale palette add a depth of emotion in her representations of women and children. As a group, we will produce a copy of a Cassatt painting, replicating her unique palette and composition. Upon completion of our painting, we will participate in a critique of our paintings.

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Sep
24
10:30 AM10:30

Drawing from a Still Life

In this class, students build on lessons one and two as they learn how to draw the general structure of three-dimensional still life subjects from their environment. This lesson will involve training the eye to see the element of shape on real objects.

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Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

Wine Tasting

Join Ashleigh at Lansdowne’s own Ash Nabizad for an introduction to wine class. This class is the perfect starting place to get to know more about wine. In this class, you shall have an opportunity to taste and contrast different wines. Ash will help you learn wine basics such as varietal, tasting techniques, region/history, and everyday, practical wine appreciation tips.

July we will be tasting white wine, August rose, and September red wines.

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Sep
27
3:00 PM15:00

Sheet Music & World War I

This program uses sheet music from the early 20th century to examine the evolution of national sentiment during the Great War. From anti-war songs "(“I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier”) to those bolstering support of the war effort "(“Over There”), it is clear that songs are more than a form of entertainment; they are cultural touchstones used to convey ideas, inspire patriotism, reward sacrifice, and encourage loyalty.

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Sep
29
2:30 PM14:30

Ted Talk: The Fascinating Science of Bubbles, from Soap to Champagne

In this whimsical talk and live demo, scientist Li Wei Tan shares the secrets of bubbles -- from their relentless pursuit of geometric perfection to their applications in medicine and shipping, where designers are creating more efficient vessels by mimicking the bubbles created by swimming penguins. Learn more about these mathematical marvels and tap into the magic hidden in the everyday world.

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Jul
16
2:00 PM14:00

9 Dimensions of Wellness

To be kind to others, we must start by being kind to ourselves by living a healthy and balanced life; this means engaging in intentional self-care utilizing the framework of the nine dimensions of wellness. In what feels like a blink of an eye, self-care has become a 10-billion-dollar industry. This course will help us get back to the basics. Self-care spans multiple dimensions, and by taking care of ourselves holistically, we can show up each day reflecting kindness and making intentional choices that cultivate an environment where we can thrive.

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Jul
13
2:30 PM14:30

Culinary Behind the Scenes

Learn all the behind-the-scenes tips and ticks from our very own Chef Abdo. Explore culinary techniques and explore the food service industry. Executive Chef Abdo will instruct the class on a variety of topics, including how to bake the perfect cookie, nutrition, the complexity of fine dining service, how to cook the perfect steak, food safety, and where we get our ingredients. A tasting is included in each class.

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Jul
12
2:00 PM14:00

From Jamestown to Revolution: Virginia in the Colonial Era

What happened between 1607 and 1763 in Virginia? By using replica artifacts, pictures, maps, and other primary sources, this program will study how and why Jamestown was the first permanent settlement in Virginia, how Williamsburg was chosen as the first capital city, the beginnings of government, slavery versus indentured servitude, and how colonial Virginians lived in their day-to-day lives.

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Jul
6
2:30 PM14:30

Global Cuisine with Executive Chef Abdo

Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a country’s geography, history, and a significant dish. Executive Chef Abdo and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to take right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester include Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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Jun
27
10:30 AM10:30

Operas of Amadeus Mozart

The creation of highlight emotive musical works is a uniquely human endeavor which we often take for granted. But occasionally throughout history, a composer stands out having the ability to touch generations far beyond their own time. Such is the subject matter of this course on the Classical Opera Masters.

Join Dr. Roger Koment this spring semester for the final three of a six-lecture series in which he examines the lives and operatic compositions of Amadeus Mozart, Georges Bizet, and a selection of lesser known but equally deserving Opera Masters.

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Jun
27
10:30 AM10:30

Stress Management

Improve your Brain & Body - Part 3: Stress Management:

In this 60-minute interactive presentation, you will learn simple techniques for reducing stress, improving sleep, and enhancing your overall well-being - like mindfulness, breathing training and more. We will discuss why it is important to take a holistic brain-body approach to your health. We will then do a fun demonstration of POWERBRAINing, so you can experience the profound impact these simple exercises can have on your health and happiness. If you choose to participate int he demonstration, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes. We will conclude the presentation with a question-and-answer period.

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Jun
22
3:00 PM15:00

Elaine de Kooning: Energized Forms

In this 90-minute class, we will explore the work of Elaine de Kooning. De Kooning was an Abstract Expressionist and Figurative Expressionist painter in the post-World War II era. Early in her career, much of her work was composted of watercolors and still lives, and later much of her art fused abstraction with mythology, primitive imagery, and realism.

The class will begin with a 20-minute PowerPoint lecture examining de Kooning’s most famous works. A 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of a de Kooning work, replicating her energetic abstraction of the human form. Upon completion of our painting, we will participate in a 20-minute critique of our work.

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Jun
20
10:30 AM10:30

Musical Moments: Local Melodies: A Tour of Local Favorite - Melody Music

Founded over forty years ago by the Mock family, Melody Music has found great success in Loudoun County as the “go-to” spot for records, instruments, and music gear. Come explore this comprehensive two-story store replete with a wide variety of musical instruments, modern music electronics, and a performing stage. Let’s look into how making hit records went from multi-million-dollar recording studios to a home office using relatively straightforward technology. For the fourth and final component of “Music in America: Decades of Evolution,” we will see the instruments and technology that have shaped modern pop music.

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Jun
18
10:30 AM10:30

Historical Re-Enactments: Hemingway's Wives

Elaine portrays Hemingway’s four wives. Hear them tell their stories about how it was to live with this man who changed literary history. Follow his career as the Hemingways move from Chicago, to Paris, to Key West, to Havana to Ketchum, Idaho. Learn about how the wives’ lives intersected with one another. Each wife gave Ernest what he needed during their time with him. Hadley, the Paris wife, gave him the sounding board he needed; Pauline introduced him to the rich set; Martha shared the excitement of being in a war zone; and Mary offered the steadfastness which saw him through till the end of his life. Travel the world and learn about the adventures of the Hemingways in this one-hour, one-woman show.

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Jun
13
6:30 PM18:30

Benefits of Essential Oils: Relaxation

In the third and final of this three-part-series, we will learn about essential oils and how to incorporate them into your life for better relaxation levels, alleviating pain, and getting restful sleep. Essential oils are the compounds in plants that give the plants their distinctive smells, protect the plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to the benefits they provide to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices.

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. We will talk about what essential oils are, how to use them safely and some specific oils that pertain to each topic. You will be give some samples as well to give the oils a try at home!

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Jun
11
6:30 PM18:30

For the Ones Left Behind - A Guide to Helping Loved Ones After a Death

“My father is a resident here at Ashleigh at Lansdowne, and I wanted to share the substantial knowledge and experience I’ve gained through supporting four family members after the death of their spouses. Three losses were after a lingering illness and one loss was sudden. Each loss presented a unique set of situations and issues that had to be addressed, all of which contributed to the development of this guide to help our loved ones, not only after death but, maybe even more importantly, when we’re preparing to lose a loved one. These classes are envisioned to start conversations now, when we have our loved one with us, so we can know their wishes and honor them when we are called upon to do so.” - Carla Vagnini

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Jun
6
10:30 AM10:30

Being an Ancient Roman

From a small settlement on the Italian peninsula in 735 BC to an empire that ruled the majority of the known world, the 700-year history of ancient Rome is the story of Western Civilization. Through this achievement, ancient Greek civilization, now with Latin influences, passed to Medieval Europe. Rome was an idea; a grand experiment in global politics of its day and a beacon of light in a barbaric time.

Join Dr. Roger Koment this spring semester for the final three of a six-lecture series in which he examines the history, politics, intrigues, and legacy of the most powerful kingdom the world has ever known.

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May
30
10:30 AM10:30

Processing Speed, Memory & More

Improve your Brain & Body - Part 2: Processing Speed, Memory & More:

In this 60-minute interactive presentation, you will discover how amazing your brain is, and how much information you process every second. We will discuss ways to enhance your memory, processing speed and decision making while also improving your balance, reaction time, dexterity and motor control. We will then do a demonstration of POWER BRAINing, so you can see how easy and fun it can be to train your brain. If you choose to participate in the demonstration, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes. We will conclude the presentation with a question-and-answer period.

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May
25
3:00 PM15:00

James Whistler: For Art's Sake

In this 90 minute class, we will explore the work of James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Whistler was an American artist who painted during the 19th century, largely in the United Kingdom. Rather than explore psychological or moral issues, Whistler believed in producing art for its own sake.

The class will begin with a 20-minute PowerPoint lecture tracing the development of Whistler’s unique style. A 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of a Whistler work, focusing on his ideas of painting paralleling music compositions. Upon completion of our painting, we will participate in a 20-minute critique of our work.

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May
23
6:30 PM18:30

Benefits of Essential Oils: Relief

In the second of this three-part series, we will learn about essential oils and how to incorporate them into your life for better relief, alleviating pain, and getting restful sleep. Essential oils are the compounds in plants that give the plants their distinctive smells, protect the plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to the benefits they provide to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices.

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. We will talk about what essential oils are, how to use them safely and some specific oils that pertain to each topic. You will be give some samples as well to give the oils a try at home!

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May
16
10:30 AM10:30

Operas of Amadeus Mozart

The creation of highlight emotive musical works is a uniquely human endeavor which we often take for granted. But occasionally throughout history, a composer stands out having the ability to touch generations far beyond their own time. Such is the subject matter of this course on the Classical Opera Masters.

Join Dr. Roger Koment this spring semester for the final three of a six-lecture series in which he examines the lives and operatic compositions of Amadeus Mozart, Georges Bizet, and a selection of lesser known but equally deserving Opera Masters.

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May
14
6:30 PM18:30

For the Ones Left Behind - A Guide to Helping Loved Ones After Death

“My father is a resident here at Ashleigh at Lansdowne, and I wanted to share the substantial knowledge and experience I’ve gained through supporting four family members after the death of their spouses. Three losses were after a lingering illness and one loss was sudden. Each loss presented a unique set of situations and issues that had to be addressed, all of which contributed to the development of this guide to help our loved ones, not only after death but, maybe even more importantly, when we’re preparing to lose a loved one. These classes are envisioned to start conversations now, when we have our loved one with us, so we can know their wishes and honor them when we are called upon to do so.” - Carla Vagnini

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May
14
10:30 AM10:30

Historical Re-Enactments: Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker was the wittiest woman of the 1920s. She held court at the Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel in NYC in the 1920s. Her accomplishments include writing the screenplay for A Star is Born. Come learn about Dorothy’s escapades in New York, in Hollywood, and as she travels in Europe, spending time at a home which inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald to write The Great Gatsby. Come listen to excerpts of her stories, magazine articles from Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and her poems, including those form her best seller, Enough Rope. Once you get to know (or renew your acquaintance of) Dorothy Parker, you will see why she was considered a legend in her own time.

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May
7
10:30 AM10:30

Puerto Rico and the United States

The United States conquered Puerto Rico, not just from the Spanish but from Puerto Ricans who sought independence. That desire for a nation has led some in Puerto Rico to engage in violence against the US occupation of the island. Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century, Puerto Ricans have been divided on the benefits of remaining a commonwealth associated with the United States. The relationship between the US and Puerto Rico has been one of tension and is still to be determined.

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May
7
10:30 AM10:30

Musical Moments: 1950s and Beyond - The Purrs of Prosperity

Following the Great Depression and World War II, America entered into a period of not only unprecedented prosperity but also social upheaval. “Rock and Roll” music was creating common ground between Caucasians and African-Americans, thus supporting a burgeoning civil rights movement. Television shows like American Bandstand were setting the cultural tone. The 1950s would produce musical artists and styles which would permanently alter the course of music throughout the world.

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May
2
10:30 AM10:30

Being an Ancient Roman

From a small settlement on the Italian peninsula in 735 BC to an empire that ruled the majority of the known world, the 700-year history of ancient Rome is the story of Western Civilization. Through this achievement, ancient Greek civilization, now with Latin influences, passed to Medieval Europe. Rome was an idea; a grand experiment in global politics of its day and a beacon of light in a barbaric time.

Join Dr. Roger Koment this spring semester for the final three of a six-lecture series in which he examines the history, politics, intrigues, and legacy of the most powerful kingdom the world has ever known.

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Apr
30
10:30 AM10:30

Historical Re-Enactments: Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford was the biggest star of the silent screen era, performing in over 200 films and acting on the stage. She was the first woman start to make a million dollars. She won an Academy Award for her first talkie, Coquette. In this one-woman show, Mary will take you on a journey through her life as an actor, beginning with touring the US, performing at theaters from the age of 5. We follow her as she works at the Belasco Theater on Broadway, and then with the Biograph Co. in Hollywood with D.W. Griffith. We learn about her marriage to three actors, including the infamous Douglas Fairbanks, her work with Charlie Chaplin and Dough with United Artists, her work supporting the soldiers during WW1 and her last years at Pickfair, the home Douglas bought her when they married. Go back in time to the days when the silent movies were in vogue, when the starts did not need dialogue… as Gloria Swanson says in Sunset Boulevard, “We had FACES!”

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Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

Edgar Degas: Movement, Color and Studies in Isolation

In this 90 minute class, we will explore the work of French artist Edgar degas, famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, more than half of which depict dancers. Although Degas is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, he preferred to be called a realist and was particularly interested in depicting movement of dancers, racehorses, and the nude female form. The class will begin with a 20-minute PowerPoint lecture contrasting Degas’ early realism with his later impressionist-styled works. A 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of a Degas painting, replicating his fascination with movement. Upon completion of our painting, we will participate in a 20-minute critique of our work.

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Apr
25
10:30 AM10:30

Fall Prevention

Improve your Brain & Body - Part 1: Fall Prevention:

In this 60-minute interactive presentation, you will learn how your brain processes information, and how POWER BRAINing can help lower your risk of having an accident. We will discuss why training your brain and body at the same time is the best way to prevent a serious injury. We will then do a fun demonstration and POWER BRAINing. If you choose to participate in the demonstration, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes. We will conclude the presentation with a question-and-answer period.

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Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

Musical Moments: 1940s - Wartime Lullabies

Despite all the associated atrocities, World War II propelled American culture to the world-stage. Post-war American society desired leisure and entertainment and increasingly became obsessed with television, movies, and listening/dancing to music. Jazz and big band dominated the airwaves. Musical artists attempted to bridge the pains of war with the optimism of America’s future. The 19040s ushered in the era of the “megastar.” Artists like Frank Sinatra were masterfully packaged and sold to swooning teens.

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Mar
29
10:30 AM10:30

The Five Senses

Our senses - sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing - are our primary mechanisms for interacting with the world around us. As we age, our senses will gradually decline, and these sensory deficits can fundamentally change how we interact with our environment. Managing this decline is a crucial component of happy and healthy aging. The Five Senses provides a detailed overview of the changes we experience in our senses as we age and offers practical guidance on managing this evolution for improved quality of life. Receive a complimentary copy of our award-winning book, The Five Senses.

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Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Discover Alternative Beauty in Art - Part 3

The central theme revolves around the importance of collaboration and connection with others in order to achieve your artistic goals. Specific examples are cited relative to his creation of his book and speaking business. This will also be a “show and tell” program for the residents at the request of our instructor, John. He has asked residents to come prepared to discuss their own experiences relative to their childhood homes and communities as part of this communal and collaborative workshop. Any vintage pictures would be appreciated.

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