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  • Writer's pictureFrank Finamore

From Frank ... time to recharge!

Sunset at iBAR, Avenida de Montevideu, Porto, Portugal

I was away in Portugal for a week which is why you haven’t seen this column from me for the past two weeks. It was a wonderful respite from work, caregiving for my mother, cooking, and all the other responsibilities. We logged many steps each day, took in the sights of Lisbon and Porto, and enjoyed wonderful meals, including my favorite - a seaside dinner at sunset.

It reminds me again of the benefits that come from relaxing and recharging. My challenge, and perhaps yours too, is figuring out how to recharge daily here at home. Stopping to take in the beauty of Spring in DC, for example, is one way that I’m trying to have a little vacation every day.

Upcoming Village Events

This coming week, we’re sponsoring two special programs:

  • Caregiving Discussion with Paula Stone, the playwright of “Because She’s My Mother” on Friday April, 14th at 12 noon. "Because She's My Mother" by Paula Stone is a poignant yet humorous play about an adult daughter's bittersweet journey--to balance her life, face loss, and let go--as she struggles to take care of both her aging mother and herself. A video of the play is now available here by the online theatre company, PlayZoomers, Inc. You are encouraged to view the video at your convenience in advance of the program. Click here to register for the discussion with the playwright.

  • Choral Performance by City Singers Ensemble on Saturday, April 15th at 2pm at All Souls Episcopal Church in Woodley Park. City Singers brings upbeat and heartfelt programs of American standards, spirituals, and Broadway tunes to homeless shelters, military retirement homes, government hospitals, and assisted living facilities throughout the greater Washington region. The singers find it especially rewarding to chat with the audience after a show. This is a free event; all are welcome to attend. Masks are encouraged. All Souls Episcopal Church is located at 2300 Cathedral Ave, NW. Sponsored by John Wiecking and DC’s Department of Aging & Community Living. Click here to register.

Village Focus Groups

Finally, our Village is planning for future growth. We’re organizing informal focus groups of non-member, older adult neighbors who live in Cleveland Park, Woodley Park, or McLean Gardens. If you’re a subscriber to our newsletter, but haven’t decided to join yet, we’d benefit from your thinking.

Participants are asked to join one session which lasts 60-90 minutes. We have evening sessions at 7pm on April 12 or 13 over zoom and also an in-person session Saturday April 15th at the Cleveland Park Library. Participants receive our everlasting gratitude and a $25 gift card. If you’re able to help, please send an email to and include your name, age, address and whether you prefer an in-person or online session.

Frank Finamore is Executive Director of the Village


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