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origami kaleidoscope

origami kaleidoscopeJune cafes

Cafe McLean – June 13

After enjoying a very yummy lunch provided by our hosts at Lewinsville Retirement Residence (thank you!), our conversation about hobbies and things we do in our free time turned into an origami lesson. Some of you may remember when Marcia brought some origami creations to Cafe Fairfax in April last year – in origami kaleidoscopeparticular her legendary butterfly ball. She brought some new ones yesterday, which we admired with lots of oohs and aahs. Despite our protests that we couldn’t create something in a million years, Marcia patiently taught us how to make some origami critters that hopped! It was lots of fun – thank you, Marcia!
origami critters
The photos above and right are of a kaleidescope that Marcia brought. On the left are my attempts – frog (green), bunny (yellow) and grasshopper (red). And yes, they do hop!

Next week is a two-cafe week!
We’ll meet at Cafe Alexandria on Monday and Mary Lee Anderson, Executive Director of Senior Services of Alexandria will be our visitor. On Wednesday we’ll meet at Cafe Fairfax and share our hobbies or things we do in our spare time – past and/or present. If you have something you’d like to share please bring it along. It’s also the 2nd anniversary of our cafes so we’re pretty excited about that! For more information about our cafes this month, please scroll down.

And in other news . . .

I had quite a variety of things pop up in my inbox this week, so the following may seem kind of an odd collection of bits and pieces.

Smovey Vibroswing
Nope, that’s not a typo. Susan Dietrich, our recent visitor from the American Parkinson Disease Association, learned about Smovey Vibroswing at a recent local support group and suggested I check it out. I’ve never heard of it before and don’t know how to describe it, so if you’re curious it’s probably best if you check out their website

Inova’s Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders team to speak on June 28
I hope you received the separate email that went out about this event. If not, please check in on our Community Events page. Apart from talking about a new App that can help people live well with Parkinson’s, there will be an extended question and answer session with Doctors Rogers and Falconer regarding all aspects of Parkinson’s care.

UStep Walker to Give Away
This is an original model and has been rehabilitated by the current owner. It does have the optional laser light. The center front wheel mechanism is non-functional due to a broken weld but works well inside and outside. If you are interested, please contact me at and I will connect you with the owner.

Two New Memory Cafes 
Two new Memory Cafes are starting this month! One starts in Arlington on June 14 and in Alexandria on June 26. I’ve attached flyers for each one – please click on the location closest to you.  1) Arlington        2) Alexandria

PD Summer School at Bastyr University, Seattle
This will be a unique week packed full of strategies and tips designed to improve the lives of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, facilitated by Dr. Laurie Mischley in collaboration with Bastyr University. Deadline is today, June 15, but I thought I’d pass the message on in case anyone is interested. More information at

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Event
In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Loudoun County Adult Protective Services & Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging present Paul Greenwood, Retired Deputy District Attorney, Former Head of Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit, San Diego DA’s Office.
When: Thursday, June 21, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:00 am
Where: Cascades Overlook Event Center
21453 Epicerie Plaza, Sterling, VA 20164
More information on our Community Events page or on the Loudoun Senior Interest Network website.

origami tomatoes!

origami tomatoes!

Hope to see you out and about soon!
Maybe at our cafes in Alexandria or Fairfax?


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