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
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
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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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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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Mar
26
10:30 AM10:30

Music Technology and Its Effects on Music of the 20th Century

We will begin by exploring the first recordings on analog tape through modern-day digital electronic recordings. We will move on to discuss how the invention of the multi-track changed how music was recorded and performed. Next, we will study how the distribution of music internationally has created and continues to create new categories of music continuously. Lastly, we will have a philosophical discussion on the pros and cons of music technology as it relates to today’s composers, recording artists, producers, performers and music business people.

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Mar
21
10:30 AM10:30

Operas of Richard Wagner

Giants and dwarves, warrior maidens and ghost ships: the mind of Richard Wagner was a kaleidoscope of musical ideas that was bigger than life. Through his music, Wagner expressed sterotypical prejudices that set the stage for Adolph Hitler’s reign of terror some 40 years after the composer’s death. In this presentation, we explore both the genius and the dark side of a man who forever changed the perspective of classical 19th century opera.

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Mar
16
3:00 PM15:00

Georgia O'Keeffe: Focus on the Particular

In this 90-minute class, we will explore the work of one of the most well-known female American artists of the 20th century. An eclectic and prolific artist who painted up until just few weeks before her death at age 98, O’Keeffe used vivid hues and natural forms focusing on the details of her subjects. The class will begin with a 20-minute PowerPoint lecture contrasting O’Keeffe’s New York cityscapes with her later paintings, largely of the New Mexico landscapes and the delicate internal parts of oversized flowers. A 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of an O’Keeffe painting, replicating her fascination with flowers. Upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in a 20-minute critique of our work.

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Mar
14
10:30 AM10:30

From Salsa to Timba

In our final course of this series, we will learn the history of timba music, which is a popular salsa variation, as well as the basic footwork and techniques of Reuda de Casino. No prior experience is necessary to attend this class.

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Mar
7
10:30 AM10:30

The Deities of Ancient Rome

Given that monotheistic religion was limited to Judaism and, later, Christianity, Ancient Romans like the Greeks and Etruscans before them worshipped a number of different gods and goddesses. In this presentation, we explore the nature of the deities, their origins, and their influence on daily Roman life.

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Mar
5
10:30 AM10:30

Relay Friendly Partner Program

This presentation and training involves how relay calls work, how to properly answer and receive relay calls, and the benefits for businesses and facilities throughout Virginia. It’s extremely beneficial to understand that the Relay Friendly Partner program is designed to eliminate hang-ups by educating businesses and individuals on how to identify, receive and place relay calls.

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Feb
26
10:30 AM10:30

The Music of the Romantic Period

Explore the transition between Classical and Romantic Music in style, form and music theory. Why was it called the Romantic Period? Listen to the leading composers of the Romantic Period, including Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms. What were the key elements of their music that defined the Romantic Music Period? What types of pieces were most prolific? How did the Romantic Period usher in 20th century modern music?

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Feb
21
10:30 AM10:30

Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Musician, landowner, and politician, Giuseppe Verdi was a very private man who gained a reputation for being one of Italy’s most beloved operatic composers. His Aida, Nabucco, Rigoletto, and La Traviata are some of the most frequently performed operas in the current musical world today. In this presentation, we examine the origins of these operas and the political insights that influenced Verdi’s works.

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Feb
19
10:30 AM10:30

The Senior Sleep Solution

The Senior Sleep Solution explores the common causes of chronic sleep disturbance and provides practical guidance for seniors and caregivers alike on improving sleep quality and reducing sleep disruption. The strategies presented in The Senior Solution are based on well-researched and easily applied methods and include specific steps for seniors with dementia and various sleep disorders. Receive a complimentary copy of our award-winning book, The Senior Sleep Solution.

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Feb
16
3:00 PM15:00

Pablo Picasso: Art and the Conscience of 20th Century Europe

In this 90-minute class, we will explore the work of perhaps the most venerated and ridiculed artist of the 20th century. While many disdain Picasso’s abstractions, the emotional and moral components of his artistic endeavors are complex and admirable. Although some see his paintings as childlike, Picasso’s complex and innovative renderings of people and historical events are worthy of study. The class will begin with a 20-minute PowerPoint lecture highlighting both Picasso’s early, more realistic representations and his turn toward abstraction and cubism. A 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of a Picasso painting, replicating his unique vision of the human form. Upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in a 20-minute critique of our work.

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Feb
7
10:30 AM10:30

The Caesars and Emperors of Rome

From a Monarchy ruled by kings, to the Caesars overseeing a Republic governed by Senate, to the Emperors of an expanding kingdom, Rome has been a living experiment in politics. In this presentation, we examine these various forms through notable personalities and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each.

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Feb
5
6:30 PM18:30

Discover Alternative Beauty in Art - Part 2

This course focuses on the concept of being inspired to create art, finding your niche and following your passion. He draws examples from how his own artistic platform has grown from trying to understand the basics of a camera to a highly gratifying personal project that profoundly affects others, while simultaneously generating supplemental income. Come prepared to speak to your own past projects in the arts and/or those that you intend to pursue. The purpose of this course is motivation, inspiration and mutual exchange of ideas.

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Feb
5
10:30 AM10:30

Caption Telephone Services

This presentation will cover the various types of Caption Telephone Services along with the specialized equipment available for individuals who are Virginia residents. This program and the equipment are free to those who are hard of hearing. The Caption Telephone Services allow an individual to speak over the phone and read along with the conversation.

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Jan
31
10:30 AM10:30

Happy to 102

Based on groundbreaking scientific research for the longest-living people on Earth, Happy to 102 spells out precisely what it takes to delay or escape Alzheimer’s and other chronic disease, slow down the process of aging and enjoy better health in our senior years. Happy to 102 unlocks the secrets to longevity and inspires us to live happier, healthier lives at any age. Receive a complimentary copy of our award-wining book, Happy to 102.

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Jan
19
3:00 PM15:00

Claude Monet: Architect of the Impressionist Movement

In this 90-minute 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 20-minute PowerPoint lecture highlighting both Monet’s early, more realistic representations and his turn toward outdoor painting and impressionism. a 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of the Monet painting, Soleil Levant, replicating his unique rising of the landscape. Upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in a 20-minute critique of our work.

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Jan
17
10:30 AM10:30

Operas of Giacomo Puccini

In La Boheme, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, some of the greatest romantic stories of antiquity are brought to modern audiences through the genius of one man - Giacomo Puccini. Puccini was heavily influenced by Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, giving his musical style a vivid and melancholy realism. In this presentation, we explore the self-identities and motivations behind his dramatic and often tragic characters.

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Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

Discover Alternative Beauty in Art - Part 1

An entertaining and educational presentation full of powerful imagery of long-abandoned Virginia landmarks and emotional stories from the people who once occupied them. Experience the “unseen” side of Virginia with all the houses, churches, schools, asylums, diners and secret societies that have been “frozen in time” and now documented and delivered by Mr. Plashal. This fascinating “storytelling session” will be at prerequisite to the following two, which will be delivered in February and March, respectively.

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