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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 our 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. 

For other needs, email info@iona.org or call (202) 895-9448.

Click here to view upcoming virtual Around Town DC events!


HERE'S WHAT'S NEW 


 



The Garden Life


Check out these sites with great tips, tools, and tours for gardeners.  

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.



Live Comedy Online - Laughter Is Still the Best Medicine


Click the link(s) to find out more about the brave new world of live comedy online. For a small fee, the full comedy club experience can be available in the comfort of your own home – live and recorded.

For a local example, check out DC Improv's virtual show listings.



Check Out Upcoming Culinary Arts Programs



 

Igor Stravinsky, 1920, by Pablo Picasso (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

Igor Stravinsky: The Masterworks

6-Session Daytime Course

Through November 17 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Opera and classical music expert Saul Lilienstein surveys Stravinsky’s major accomplishments, from his early ground-breaking music for the Ballets Russes, through the neoclassical masterworks that culminated with The Rake’s Progress, to the far-reaching modernism of his later years.
Learn More

 
Thomas Cromwell, portrait by Hans Holbein (Frick Collection, New York)
Thomas Cromwell: Villain or Victim?

Monday, October 26 - 6:45 p.m. ET
What kind of nature drove Thomas Cromwell, chief courtier of Henry VIII and architect of the English Protestant Reformation, to carry out his political agenda in the face of enemies of all stripes? Historian Jennifer Paxton explores the real story behind the intrigues of a court where religion, politics, bureaucracy, and sex were entangled in a dangerous mix that led Cromwell to follow his adversary Sir Thomas More to the scaffold.
Learn More


Ray Charles (William Claxton Photographs, Archives Center, National Museum of American History)

 The Great Ones: Black Artists of Song from the Kennedy Center Honors

Tuesday, October 27 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Smokey Robinson: Their talents and singular gifts reshaped the music, entertainment, and songs of our times. Join Sara Lukinson, filmmaker and writer for the Kennedy Center Honors for 38 years, to examine their lives and view clips of their performances.



Eric Deggans

The List: Films and TV About Race To Watch Right Now

Thursday, November 12 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Film studios and media platforms have recently seen an increased interest in black-centered television shows and movies. NPR television critic and author Eric Deggans sheds light on some of the most important series and films that focus on issues of race and culture to watch right now.



John Eaton at the piano

John Eaton Celebrates His Favorite Songwriters

4-Session Daytime Course

Tuesday, November 24 to December 15 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET

The pianist, vocalist, and humorist extraordinaire pays tribute to the composers whose work defines the Great American Songbook including Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, and George Gershwin.

Learn More




 Relax Your Body & Mind


Enjoy an art-inspired Meditation and Mindfulness session through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.


 


Tune in daily at 7pm 

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Streaming for free, Aspen Ideas is available to anyone, anywhere. 

The  Aspen Ideas Festival has released programming daily featuring a robust lineup of speakers — streaming for free. Leaders and thinkers will share fresh thinking across a spectrum of topics, reflecting the moment and offering ideas about future possibilities.

Our experts and leaders will address topics spanning arts, science, the economy, diplomacy, democracy, and certainly the present juncture our society is in. Join us!






See All 50 States From the Air

Tuesday & Thursday 
4:00 pm


Take off on a thrilling flight across America and experience rare glimpses of our nation's most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights. 

The Smithsonian Channel is currently making all 68 full-length episodes of “Aerial America” available for free and with no login requirement.
Click here to visit the Smithsonian channel to see free episodes of all 50 states from the air.




Creating Art - Virtual Art Classes 

 

Click the links below to register to attend virtual art class, and the best art classes of the year.  

The best online art classes of 2020.






Have you tuned-in to one of our Couch Concerts yet?  Join us for a LIVE streaming performance, direct from artists' living rooms to yours! 

Join Us on the Couch

World-renowned vocalists engage with young and emerging artists, in a series featuring performances, coaching, discussion, and live audience Q&A.


Grab a pillow and get comfortable! We’re bringing exciting livestream performances straight to you. We’ve lined up talented artists—from our backyard in D.C. to around the country and across Broadway, comedy, opera, dance, and more—to perform their work.


Click here to view "13 Virtual Train Rides From Around the World That You Can Experience Right Now".  

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ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT RESOURCES

 

BRAIN GAMES & INTELLECTUAL PURSUITS 

Exercising your mind is as important as exercising your body.


AARP Daily Crossword

Washington Post Daily Crossword

LA Times Daily Crossword

Word Search Puzzles
COVID-19  "SINGING AROUND THE WORLD"                           

Enjoy these videos of balcony entertainment from around the world

France

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R390V9rlKuo

Germany

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5CrScIHAuE

Israel

https://vimeo.com/397825398


Italy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccibC8o2_l8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhTjGS3QkYE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBByYjjvNzs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDRiINXik00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVmOuQMsrQM

Spain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEpkUawiLKA

United States 
Arizona
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSPG186HvMg

New York
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcjO_cETMUI

Texas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-4NfbKE6X4

PERFORMING ARTS                                                                 

Couch Concerts by Millennium Stage: 
Introducing our NEW series of live performances streamed to you! Click here

Andrea Bocelli
Italian music icon Andrea Bocelli performed a special concert on Easter Sunday from an empty Duomo cathedral in Milan, Italy. Click here 

Kennedy Center Digital: 
(comprehensive FREE programming of Kennedy Center performances and events. Including Opera, Ballet, Theater, HipHop, NSO, WNO, Jazz, Comedy, Millennium Stage)  Click Here  

OperaVore:
(WXQR, New York’s Classical music station has live streaming all day) Click Here

Broadway HD: 
(all the Broadway shows you want to see (must see, musicals, classics, drama, Shakespeare). Subscriptions start at $8.99 a month).Click Here  

Medici TV:
(monthly subscriptions start at $8.95. Concerts, Ballets, Documentaries, Master Classes. and extensive Classical Music concerts)   Click Here  

Playbill:
(15 Broadway plays and musicals)  Click Here

Politics and Prose Live:
(live programming for their events)  Click Here

Live Virtual Concerts:
(NPR has a listing of live virtual concerts during this time) Click Here

Social Distancing Festival:
(a list of live streams from around the world, in calendar order) Click Here

VISUAL ARTS                                                                           

Google Arts and Culture:
 

(collections from around the world, 2500 (last count), for the culturally curious) Click Here  

Virtual Museum Tours: 
(12 famous museums offer virtual tours)  Click Here  

MCN Advancing Digital Transformation in Museums:
(the ultimate guide to virtual Museum Resources, e-learning and online collections) Click Here

ONLINE NATURE TOURS                                                         
Dumbarton Oaks 
Dumbarton Oaks is dedicated to making its research and scholarship accessible to everyone, which is why many of our collections are available online. We invite you to explore our rich selection of digital material. For even more content click here.   

Experience the Beauty of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden from Your Home.  The Garden Virtual Tour transports you to the East Lawn under a blanket of snow, the North Vista with fall foliage, or Cherry Hill carpeted with white petals, all without leaving home! Historic photographs and design plans show how the Garden has changed over time.  Garden Virtual Tour

Margaret Mee: Portraits of Plants features beautiful watercolors of Amazonian flora by the artist, explorer, and environmentalist Margaret Mee, in conversation with works by women botanical artists and illustrators from the seventeenth century to the present.

Learn About the Materials, Uses, and Contexts of Remarkable Byzantine and Islamic Textiles in Our Collection
Textiles in the Byzantine Collection

Virtual National Parks Tours
:
(This article contains links to  various National Parks)   Click Here

Cincinnati Zoo:
(offering digital safaris) Click Here

MOVIES & DOCUMENTARIES                                                   
Kanopy: 
(free movie and documentary streaming with a DC library card—six movies a month)  Click Here  

Avalon Theatre:
Click here To view films. (The cost to view films is $10 per film) 

Netflix: 
($8.99 per month. One membership can be shared with up to six other people) Click Here  

Netflix Party lets friends do movie nights in quarantine:
(read USA article describing this) Click Here

Prime Video: 
(free with an Amazon membership)  Click Here

Hulu:
(membership starts at $5.99 per month)  Click Here

Smithsonian Channel:
(vast library of original series and documentaries at $4.99 per month)  Click Here   

YOU TUBE                                                                                 
You Tube: 

(A video platform. You don’t need to purchase a subscription to view numerous videos for free, but I find that if you sign up and not subscribe, there are less ads. You search on the main page for various videos such as TedTalks, National Geographic documentaries, music concerts).Click Here   

PODCASTS                                                                               

Digital audio files made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series. Categories include News, Comedy, Sports, History, True Crime, Society and Culture.

You need to download an app to listen:

Apple Podcast   Stitcher for Android

Free Ivy League Courses: 
(free online courses from Brown, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth etc) Click Here   

Open Culture:
(free cultural and educational media)  Click Here  

Smithsonian Distance Learning:
(from the Natural History Museum - materials for adults and for children - both upcoming and archived topics) Click Here

Free Downloads from the New York Public Library:
(You can now download over 300,000 books from the NYPL for free - current limit is 3) Click Here

Online Fitness Classes with GiveFit:

(
GiveFit is making all online workout programs 100% FREE for the foreseeable future. Includes: Seated Core & Cardio; Otago Balance Improvement; Seated Lower Body & Cardio; Introductory Chair Fitness) Click Here