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Outings, Activities, events and Classes Available in your home

Health and Wellness:
Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Webinars:

Sibley Memorial Hospital Webinars:

Fitness Classes from the YMCA:

Recorded Classes are available at Virtual Fit & Well | YMCA DC.

Zoom Meeting ID: 771 7174 3467 Password: YMCA


Tara Brach

Sibley Seniors Association  Meditation and Mindfulness sessions:

Tuesday   11 to noon

Live Video Link
Meeting ID: 994 748 141
Password: 1188

If you prefer to use a phone to call into the practice, you can dial the following: (301) 715 8592 Meeting ID: 994 748 141

Thursday   1 to 2 p.m.

Live video link:

Meeting ID: 436 146 735

If you prefer to use a phone to call into the practice, you can dial the following: (312) 626-6799 Meeting ID 436146735


Gentle Yoga on YouTube  

The Department of Aging and Community Living  (DACL) is committed to ensuring seniors live and thrive in the communities they know and love. This commitment includes ensuring the health and wellness of older residents. To minimize exposure to COVID-19, we’ve partnered with Around Town DC to provide you with a list of online activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! If you need further support, please give DACL a call at (202) 724-5626.  

Virtual Outings:

Les Colombes -- Just before Christmas, German artist Michael Pendry installed the "Les Colombes" exhibit: a winding column of more than 2,000 origami paper doves in the grand nave of Washington National Cathedral. The exhibit will be available to the public when the Cathedral reopens. In the meantime, you can check out the exhibit online, watch an interview with the artist, and create your own origami doves.

Explore Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time, a traveling exhibit on medieval Saharan Africa currently at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, online.

The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is a complex at 14th and Quincy Streets in the Brookland neighborhood of northeast Washington, DC. It is a house of worship and an architectural marvel with an expanse of gardens. If you cannot visit the Monastery, enjoy their virtual tour. The Monastery will not hold public tours of the church or catacombs through August 31. However, the gardens are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and social distancing is expected. This free attraction has one of the best natural views in the area

Virtual Visits | National Park Foundation

19 immersive museum exhibits you can visit from your couch-- As communities scale back the size of their gatherings amid the pandemic, many museums are temporarily shut down as a precautionary measure. But that doesn’t mean their collections and other online art exhibits can’t be viewed from home. Read in PBS NewsHour.

DC Eagle Cam: check out the bald eagle pair nesting in a tulip poplar tree at the Arboretum. There's a camera live-streaming the nest.  And we have some new eaglets in southwest Florida at

Explore Hillwood at Home

DC Historic Sites is based on the DC Inventory of Historic Sites, the city’s official list of properties deemed worthy of recognition and protection for their contribution to the cultural heritage of the city, the nation’s capital, and the nation. Learn more about specific buildings and take virtual thematic tour.

Visit Virtual Virginia


The Social Distancing Festival - A live stream directory from around the world


How to Explore the British Museum from Home --

American University Museum -- The AU Museum may be closed temporarily, but art aficionados still will be able to view the museum’s summer exhibition online at Museum@Home. The #artwhereyouare program also allows patrons to view highlights and selections from the museum’s permanent collection on a digital platform. The summer exhibition includes:

Smithsonian Gardens -- Explore the Smithsonian’s 13 outdoor HABITAT exhibits in real life. They include nests, trees, monarchs, native landscapes.  Learn from Smithsonian Gardens how to create Monarch waystations in your garden.  Take a tour behind the scenes at the Smithsonian greenhouses.

Visit the live webcams of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Start with the jellyfish cam; use the calming movements of the jellyfish as a form of meditation. If the jellyfish get boring, you can switch over to a number of other live feeds, including the sea otter cam, the coral reef cam, the penguin cam, and the shark cam.

Virtually visit the Afro Brasil Museum’s fascinating exhibits, including collections on textiles, childhood, slavery, and more, via Google Arts & Culture.

The Kyoto National Museum's online exhibits feature masterworks of pottery and porcelain, beautiful lacquerware, and kimonos, and other textiles.

Visit the Navy Memorial Museum’s exhibit on the Battle of Pearl Harbor, also on Google Arts & Culture.

World Tour: Santa Fe and the Southwest is a virtual visit brought to you by the Phoenix Art Museum. Discover works of art in their collection from the American Southwest, enjoy a closer look at the art of Willard Nash, and check out their recommended reading, viewing, and listening, all inspired by New Mexico and beyond.


The 2020-2021 season of “Concerts from the Library of Congress” features conversations with artists, performances of Library-commissioned work by Michael Abels, James Lee III and Igor Santos, and a festival titled “(Re)Hearing Beethoven.” This year’s season will be presented entirely in an online format. All events are free. Register in advance for events here, and learn more on LOC's website.

Blues Alley streaming shows on Wednesdays and Thursdays

Kennedy Center Digital Stage --

Broadway Coronavirus Medley -

First You Dream (Signature Theatre)

Virtual Choir "Va pensiero" ("Nabucco" by G. Verdi) - International Opera Choir:

Watch "Keeping Score," the television series by Michael Tilson Thomas that explores the compelling stories behind and connected with classical music. Available online here or through Amazon Prime.



I Hate it Here -- Audio play by Ike Holter. With sharp humor and keen observation, Ike uses a series of vignettes to take listeners from an office to a wedding, playground, protest, street corner, and more to illustrate how the tremors of uncertain times affect people across the board, and how they do (or don’t) cope with a world teetering on the brink.  Available to listen free on the Studio Theatre website.

Watch a new film by Arena Stage: 51st State. It was inspired by the protests after the murder of George Floyd and the quest for the creation of the 51st state and sovereignty in Washington, D.C.

KINGS -- STREAMING OCTOBER 29, 2020 -- Studio Theater presents this audio play written by Sarah Burgess and directed by Marti Lyons.Newly elected congresswoman Sydney Millsap arrives in DC armed with her ideals and sense of duty and refuses to play by the rules of special interests—or her own party. Kate’s a lobbyist who backs winners. The two collide in the audio adaptation of the lacerating comedy Studio produced just after the last midterms. As the dust settles from the 2020 elections, Kings is a shrewd look at where power really sits in our government. Read the program. Kings is now available to stream for free. LISTEN NOW

Opera’s greatest stars perform in a groundbreaking new series of pay-per-view recitals in striking locations around the globe, each live via satellite and shot with multiple cameras. While the Metropolitan Opera House remains dark because of the ongoing health crisis, Met Stars Live in Concert will allow audiences to experience extraordinary solo and duo performances by top singers, streamed live online from such locations as a former abbey in Bavaria, an outdoor terrace on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and a historic mansion in Washington, D.C. On-demand tickets are $20 per concert. 

The Met’s series of free Nightly Opera Streams continues with a week of outstanding performances from the award-winning Live in HD series. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

The streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV. To access them without logging in, click “Browse and Preview” in the apps for connected TV, and “Explore the App” on tablets and mobile devices.

DC Library:

Miss the library?  They are still open online with digital resources and virtual book clubs. If you don’t already have a Library Card, you can get one online and enjoy 90-days of access to digital resources.


If you had an expired library card from April 2017 until now, your privileges have been reopened! All you have to do is visit our website and start enjoying your library. goNow


Digital ResourcesRead, watch, listen, and learn from the comfort of your own home with these tips and resources. The Library has eBooks, audiobooks, streaming movies, music, online courses, and more, all free with your Library Card.


DC Reads is a DC Public Library program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide conversations for teens and adults focused on a single book. This month, the Library is delighted to read with you With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. Unlimited eBook copies are available for download on OverDrive. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #DCReads on Twitter.


Read over 3,000 popular magazines on your tablet, mobile device, or computer with RBdigital. Lots of recipes, hobbies, crafts and fitness magazines to explore while looking for new activities to enjoy while staying safe at home. Check out and download for free with your library card.


Kanopy allows you to stream movies, documentaries, foreign films, and more for free with your library card.


Virtual Book Clubs -- Join them on Twitter, Monday-Friday, to participate in virtual book clubs. New topics are discussed each day and you can easily join the conversation by using the hashtags listed below. Get the schedule here.


Online Classes:


Free University Art Classes


Local Interest:


Palisades History YouTube Channel:

Captain John Smith Meets the first Palisadians -- Watch this episode of "America's Neighborhood" on YouTube at


The George Washington University Museum hosts a regular series of virtual discussions on D.C. history. One past lecture available to view is D.C. Mondays: The Ecology of Monuments in Washington, D.C.


Films Across Borders: Stories of Resilience and Hope -- The festival schedule can be found here

Avalon Theatre --

The Avalon has joined a consortium of independent cinemas from around the country to launch a virtual cinema platform designed to provide an easier way for patrons to experience the best of virtual cinema while supporting the theater during its closure period. The easy-to-remember URL, will bring patrons to a single location to view and keep track of all Virtual Avalon ticket purchases in one account.  Moving forward, the majority of the Avalon’s new releases will be available at Visit to see the list of films offered and to set up an account.  

As mentioned above, to obtain instructions for accessing each of these films visit: Avalon staff will monitor the email account daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. should you have questions. 

Film Treasures, Streaming Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Lectures given at Kit Noir 2018 and Kit Noir 2019 (Kit Noir 2020 was postponed due to COVID):

Author Talks:
Politics and Prose - Author talks are streaming daily
Live Events:
Washington Post hosts live events -
Northwest Neighbors Village Virtual Speaker Series Archives


The Barnes Foundation provides a "daily serving of art" with their Barnes Takeout series. One lecture, for instance, looks at Renoir's Young Mother.

Friday nights at 5:00 p.m. is happy hour at The Frick with a discussion of a painting by one of the museum’s curators.

MOMA just launched its long-awaited Dorothea Lange: Words and Pictures exhibit. 

Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures 

Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe - a special exhibit available for the first time at the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City.

Freer Sackler Meditation every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:15 p.m. 

Sotheby’s Summer Talks | Artist Kehinde Wiley and The Duke of Devonshire -In the second of a series of “Summer Talks,” watch Sotheby’s Chairman Oliver Barker in conversation with American portrait painter Kehinde Wiley and art collector The Duke of Devonshire. Wiley, who painted the official presidential portrait of Barack Obama for the Smithsonian’s Portrait Gallery, will discuss this painting, and he and the Duke will also examine the history of portraiture and the power of the image, bringing together the arts of the past and the arts of the present in this talk.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style Robie House in Chicago -- This webinar was hosted by US/ICOMOS, which is the US Committee under UNESCO/ICOMOS that works to preserve World Heritage Sites. Completed in 1910, the house Wright designed for Frederick C. Robie is the consummate expression of his Prairie style. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust recently completed a comprehensive restoration of the building, revealing Wright’s extraordinary original vision. The visit was hosted by the architect who led the work and the architectural historian who served as Scholar-in-Residence in 2003.


Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at Lincoln Center

For a limited time, watch live performances of the modern dance works Chroma, Grace, Takademe and Revelations.


Every Tuesday and Friday at 8 PM EDT, catch works from the NYCB repertory for 72 hours on NYCB’s YouTube channel, Facebook page, and homepage at

Inclusion and Diversity:

Podcast- Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

National Museum of African American History & Culture: Talking About Race Tool

Talks & Presentations:

"Marriage Equality and the Supreme Court: Five Years Later" is a discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality decision in Obergefell v. Hodges by lead attorney Douglas Hallward-Driemeier and named plaintiff Jim Obergefell, moderated by Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass. This was filmed at the June 10 SPARKLE Zoom program on marriage equality. 

Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist

Let's End Ageism Talk with Ashton Applewhite and Judy Foreman -- Ashton Applewhite is an internationally recognized expert on ageism and the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism available at Judy Foreman is an award-winning medical journalist and author. Her latest book is Exercise is Medicine, available at Watch at:

U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites and the World Heritage List - Webinar - July 30th, 2020 -- The inaugural US/ICOMOS Webinar featured current efforts to preserve, restore, and interpret African American heritage sites associated with the Modern Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the effort to develop a potential serial nomination of U.S. Civil Rights Movement Sites for possible inscription on the World Heritage List. This online seminar featured Brent Leggs, the executive director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, and Denise Gilmore, formerly with the Trust and now the Acting Executive Director of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and former Director Robert Stanton, the first African American to head the National Park Service.


Solve artistic jigsaw puzzles -- solo or with family or friends! You can choose from hundreds of artworks and work at your level. (East, Medium and Difficult)

Trivia 4 U – test yourself with 60+ Best Trivia Questions for Adults - history, entertainment, IT, movies, pop culture, and more!

Are you a chess buff? Play live chess online for free!


Check out Washingtonian magazine's "5 Best Best Winter Hikes and Walks Around Washington" for scenic views or wildlife spotting.

Barbara Scott, our Village’s social worker, compiled a list of recommended walks that are in relatively uncongested areas that are reachable both by walking/car.  Associated activities might include brisk walking & birding.  Several of these you may familiar with while others may take you quite far-a-field. 

• Dumbarton Oaks & Oak Hill Cemetery, R Street, Georgetown. There are no joggers/bikers; 22 acres of quiet & peace. Open 9-4:45 pm. Dumbarton Oaks is accessible by way of the P Street bus. Get off at 26th St & walk from P St to R St.  Next to the cemetery is Dumbarton Oaks, not to be confused w/ the library/museum which is adjacent. Walk down, Lovers Lane. Take the left-hand turn at the bottom of the small hill. If you go straight, you will find a lovely path that goes to Mass Ave. There are great walks/hikes and quite safe.  The cemetery is a great walk as well. You will see Ben Bradlee’s crypt & other cemetery sculpture.
• You can walk along Mass Ave which has a wide sidewalk; lots of people but easy to distance. Then cut into Kalorama.  The streets are pretty traffic-free once you get up toward the mosque. You can also walk in on a trail there across from the mosque, just after you cross the bridge.
• You are less likely to run into people while doing my brisk walks by sticking to non-commercial streets in the DuPont & Georgetown neighborhoods.
Rock Creek Park offers many trails in the area of Pierce Mill to Western Ave. Some trails are level, some are steep, some paved, most not. There are lots of parking spots.  The Nature Center may have maps. And as with all hiking in less frequent areas, it is always recommended to walk with a buddy.
Early morning (by 7:30 a.m.) is best wherever you walk, particularly in popular areas like hiking trails in Rock Creek Park or the closed portion of Beach Drive.
• Audubon Naturalist Park in Chevy Chase on Jones Mill Road is a good place to hike. There is parking & they have a nice trail with lots of birds. 
• Western Grove Urban Park is on Western Ave, just E of Wisconsin Ave, across the street from Dickson-Hurt-Home (assisted living/nursing home). If you walk north up a path at the left, you will find a path at the northwest corner leading out of the park.  That is a lovely tree-lined path exiting at a street one block south of Dorset, very close to Wisconsin. 
• The Potomac/Poolesville, MD area – look for not so crowded parking lots along the C & O towpath that parallels the Potomac River. It has a wide trail for social distancing. It has beautiful scenery, birds, turtles & few people.
The Franciscan Monastery grounds in Brookland are nice & nice crowded.  The walk is hilly but not very long.

There are plenty of nice city walks - DuPont, Cathedral, Dumbarton, Lincoln Memorial, Rock Creek Park, etc.  
Rosaryville State Park is a nice place to walk, not many people & you can easily keep up the recommended social distancing. There are several other parks: Cheltenham Wetlands Park, Cedarville State Forest, Jug Bay Natural Area, Maxwell Hall Natural Resource Management Area near Hughesville, MD.  All the parks have multiple trails & again are not busy.  All Trails App locates trails around the country. It has maps of the trails that are accurate, directions, pictures, reviews & more.  

Nearby there are great hikes to Cedarville & Jug Bay in southern MD. The American Chestnut Land Trust is another good place to go for easy hikes that is also in Southern Maryland.  The drive may be about an hour, but it is mostly open roads unlike an hour spent in local traffic.  You can Google the website for the nearby state parks & national forests (not as crowded as parks like Shenandoah) and use All Trails app. all the time, especially to track the route  & the distance.   If you are interested in hiking in northern VA, you can Google ‘’’’ for good trail maps, etc. There is nothing better than a walk on ‘’cleared’’ trails in the parks enjoying nature while being able to be out safely.  Don’t forget to take your masks in case you meet up with someone. 

Day Trips in the Area:

As COVID restrictions are always changing, please check with locations before you head off.

Outdoor  /  Scenery

Shenandoah  Valley And  if  you  like  to  hike  with  your  dog:  there  are  hundreds  of  short  and  long  hikes at Shenandoah  -  the  nearest  entrance  would  be  Front  Royal.

Harpers’s  Ferry

Frederick,  MD,  go  towards  Potomac  river  for  scenery Cunningham  Falls  State  Park,  MD arks/cunningham-falls-state-park/

Great  Falls  Park  (both  MD  as  VA  sites  are  worth  visiting)

Sugarloaf  Mountain

Kayaking  on  the  Potomac

Deep  Creek  Lake,  MD

Seneca  State  Park -- Reported to be not  at  all crowded  on  a  Sunday  afternoon.  There  were  people  in  the  water,  lots  of  picnic  tables, walking  trails,  trees  for  shade.  Nice.  

rned  about  this RVS:  West  Virginia  has  gorgeous  areas,  mostly  hiking/camping  that  I'm  familiar  with.

New  River  Gorge Cranberry  Bogs

Dolly  Sods

Laurel  Highlands,  PA

Scott's  Run  Nature  Preserve,  McLean  VA

Frying  Pan  Farm  Park,  Herndon  VA


Shenandoah  Valley: 

L'Auberge Provencale.  They have rooms in the Inn itself and they also have the  “villa”  nearby with  3-4 rooms and a pool.

Bryce Resort

Homestead  Inn -- Virginia resort

Nemacolin -- Pennsyvania resort


Ashby  Inn in  Paris, VA

Millwood,  VA -- The  Locke  Store,  general store that  looks like it did in the  1930s and which features wines and fine foods from the area.  It also has a  fine restaurant next door called the  Buttery.  Great dinners,  but also a  great brunch. Stop by the Burwell Morgan Mill across the street a tour and fresh ground cornmeal.

Shepherdstown,  WV Check out the Blue Moon Café with a  large outdoor seating area

Pennsylvania  Dutch  Market  is  open,  but  if  so,  you  can  buy  fresh  farm  produce and  much  more.

Boatyard Bar & Grill,Severn Ave. & Fourth St. Annapolis, MD 21403, 410-216-6206 Outdoor dining under the tent.


Bluemont  Vineyard,  VA

Three  Fox  Winery,  VA

Something  different

Dinosaur  Land.  Completely  out  of  the  50s.

Luray  Caverns City  /  Village

Leesburg,  VA

Charlottesville,  VA

St.  Michaels,  MD

Berkeley  Springs,  WV

Easton,  MD

Wilmington,  DE,  lots to see,  some great museums in the area.

New Castle, DE

Winterthur,  DE

Nemours  Mansion  and  Gardens

The Wyeth Museum

Longwood Gardens

Shofuso,  an exquisite  Japanese garden and house complex.  The buildings were originally given by the Japanese government to the U.S. 10 years after the war and exhibited at the MOMA.

Philadelphia,  PA The  Barnes  Museum,  Philadelphia Middleburg,  VA

Hagerstown Greenbrier  State  Park  f.e.

Grounds of the  Washington National Cathedral

AU Campus  Gardens,  DC

Lincoln  Cottage,  DC

Hillwood  Estates,  DC

Brookside  Gardens  -  20  minute  drive  to  Wheaton  MD;  many  gardens,  trails,  and ponds.  Only  service  dogs  are  allowed.

Meadowlark  Botanical  Garden is huge with a couple of large ponds with wildlife, and massive lawn area sloping down to the larger pond/lake with mature trees,  a  cool  Korean garden, sculptures,  shaded areas, bonsai.  Small entrance fee.


Fallingwater-- Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece.  The house is closed,  but the site and grounds are open. Look at the website for hours and terms. Nearby is another Wright house that could be visited on the same  trip:  Kentuck  Knob.   It is an example of standardized housing he wanted for the middle class and its siting is almost as brilliant.  Kentuck Knob has extensive grounds with outdoor sculptures

C&O  Canal and its  Paw  Paw tunnel,  MD.


Annapolis,  MD

St.  Leonard,  MD

Chestertown,  MD -- About a 2-hr drive in Eastern Maryland

Cape  May,  NJ 

Lewes  DE and  take  the  car ferry  to  Cape  May,  NJ.  You will need a reservation is you take your car on the ferry. You may see  dolphins  swimming behind  in  the  ferry’s  wake. You  can  spend  the  night  or  continue  back  to  Lewes  on  the  ferry.  Long  one  day  trip  but  lots  of sea  air.   

Assateague,  MD  (but  only  after reading  the  book  Misty  of  Chincoteague). 

Fishing on the Chesapeake  Bay  -- The boat  rental  company  only  allows  smaller  than  usual  groups  on  a  boat  so  you  can  social distance.  You  can  take  your  fresh  fish  home  with  you!

Solomons, MD -- Southern Maryland  right  now.

Sandy Spring State Park -- Open but not being maintained well and there are jellyfish warnings.


Gettysburg, PA --

Antietam,  MD