News and Events
September 1- Labor Day-Office Closed
The Georgetown Village office is closed on all federal holidays, we hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating the end of summer 2014!
GV Contemporary Book Discussion-September 22
In September, we will be discussing the Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love—and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art.
Caregivers Support Group Monday September 8@ 1 pm
This group is for our members and volunteers who are caring for a loved one, to be able to share resources, vent and support each other. If you are helping to care for someone and need some support or advice, join this group! They meet once a month at St. John's Church, use the Potomac Street entrance.
Sailabration Tall Ships in Baltimore & Inner Harbor 9/ 12
Tall ships, naval vessels and the Blue Angels will arrive in Baltimore's famed inner Harbor to celebrate "The Star Spangled Banner. Enjoy the views from our luncheon cruise in the harbor and we will have time in the Inner Harbor after the cruise. We leave Georgetown at 9:00 am and return at 6 pm. Cost including transportation, lunch cruise, tolls, taxes, and gratuities is $117 per person.
GV August Newsletter
We have mailed out our August newsletter and you should have received it by now, here is the link to the newsletter so you can check out our full month of activities-August 2014 Newsletter
Mark Your Calendar-GV Fundraiser September 17
Our events committee is planning a wonderful party, to take place on the rooftop terrace of Foley & Lardner LLP. There will be music, refreshments, and a jaw-dropping view to be enjoyed while you support Georgetown Village! Invitations are going out soon, and if you know someone you would like us to invite, please call the office.
Our annual fundraiser allows us to keep your dues at the same rate as when we opened, as well as provide subsidized memberships for your neighbors who are financially unable to join the Village. Please contact the office if you know someone who would like to join Georgetown Village and is unable to afford to do so. We currently have a few subsidized members, and we have enough money for a couple more.
Support Georgetown Village With Amazon Purchases
Georgetown Village has been accepted into the Amazon Smile program, please support us when you shop at Amazon online.
Do you shop at Amazon.com? You can now give back to Georgetown Village while you shop online! Amazon smile is a simple way for you to support our village every time you shop at no cost to you.
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to GV. This may seem minimal, but it multiplies quickly into help for the Village!
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
Go to Amazon Smile Georgetown Village Login to your Amazon.com account or create one. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations from purchases. When you type in Georgetown Village one of the options will be Georgetown Village Inc. Washington DC. That's us! Please click on it and from that point on Amazon Smile will remember your selection, and every purchase you make on Amazon Smile will result in our receiving a donation, unless otherwise noted. Amazon will directly deposit the donations in our account on a monthly basis. From time to time,
Amazon may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations.
We appreciate your shopping and giving to Georgetown Village
IRS Scam Alert for Seniors
Earlier this year the IRS provided for the public a list its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes.
Change to Medicare Coverage for Skilled Care
Recent changes in Medicare coverage means that they will now pay for skilled care services such as physical therapy for beneficiaries who have chronic conditions to help them maintain their condition and prevent deterioration. Although in the past coverage for such services might have been dropped if there was no improvement, this is no longer the case. Medicare officials were not required to let beneficiaries know about this change. For more information or to check on your coverage call 1-800-MEDICARE
CBS NEWS FEATURES GV
Georgetown Village member, Page Wilson and volunteer, Jim Smith were the focus of a great piece on CBS about the Village movement and how important it is to helping people remain in their homes as they age. This piece was aired nationally on Thursday, February 20, and we have received some emails and calls from across the country from others looking to get involved with a Village. Here is the link to the story, please watch it, like it, and share it with your friends and neighbors!
IT Help-Portable Electronics
If you have recently received a new phone, laptop, tablet, ipad, or kindle -call the office to schedule a time to come in and discuss your device with one of our interns. Both Caroline, and Sarah are happy to help you and they are in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They are happy to meet with you in the afternoon, be sure to schedule an appointment.
Georgetown Village You Tube Channel
Georgetown Village's Health Care Advisory Committee is offering a series of Health Lectures for the Community. We are also taping these lectures and placing them on You Tube for those who are unable to attend the lecture. Please be sure to click the thumbs up icon to 'like' our video in order to keep it visible on You Tube.
In addition to our HCAC lectures, we will also be highlighting other videos available on You Tube that will be of interest to our members. Visit our You Tube channel and check out the You Tube video of the week. We have added our January lecture-Dementia: Early Signs and Behavior Changes.
Georgetown Village Featured in CAG Newsletter
Edith Schafer, writer and GV Member, has written a wonderful article about Georgetown Village that was published in the CAG (Citizens Association of Georgetown) November Newsletter. I have included a link to the paper for those of you who haven't seen it CAG Newsletter November 2013
As the article states, the Village movement is about community, and we at Georgetown Village are very excited to be forming such a dynamic one!
If you are not yet a member, and you would like to join us, call the office at 202-999-8988, or download the application from this website, and send it in with your check.
PBS News Hour Highlights Beacon Hill Village
On Thursday, August 8, the PBS news highlighted Villages with a lengthy story about Beacon Hill Village and the Village movement. Here is the link to the story for those of you who missed it-sound familiar? We offer many of the same services and more! Here is the link to the story for those of you who missed it- PBS News Hour-There's No Place Like Home
Georgetown Village ER Flash Drive Program
Georgetown Village is very excited to be able to present each of our members with a flash drive pre-loaded with a form for you to enter your important medical information. This program is available to our members because of a very generous donation from John Bradshaw, a GV volunteer and Georgetown resident. John heard me talking about this program when I returned from the Village to Village annual conference and offered to cover the cost of bringing this program to our members. We are extremely grateful to John for providing this for Georgetown Village members.
The pre-loaded form on the flash drive includes space for you to enter current medications, allergies, emergency contacts and other important information. Here is a link to the ER Info ER Info Form In addition, you can upload copies of any medical directives or other important information you would want communicated in the event of an emergency. We are the first Village in the DC area to offer this, and the program is based on a successful program being offered by Avenidas Village.
GV is on Facebook and Twitter
If you use Facebook be sure to check out our Facebook page, and don't forget to 'like' us on Facebook. Tell your friends and family they can keep up with Georgetown Village and see pictures from our activities by liking us on Facebook. This is also another way you can get regular updates on events and ac
If you use Twitter our User Name is Georgetown VillageDC, be sure to follow us. Don't worry about getting too many messages as I really don't have a lot of time to tweet-but I am trying to keep the pages update.
Of course, the best way to stay informed is still to check this page on a regular basis as the first updates are always on our website.
Coffee Talk Every Thursday @ St. John's Church, 3240 O Street NW
Join your fellow Georgetown Village members for coffee, tea or other hot drinks and discussion every Thursday morning from 10:30-11:30 am. Coffee Talk is held in the conference room of St. Johns Episcopal Church, use the Potomac Street Entrance and the room is on street level.