Interest Groups, Social Clubs, and Classes
Capitol Hill Village has an array of interest groups, social clubs, and classes.
These groups reflect the diversity of interests of the CHV member community and are
entirely run by volunteers. Many are limited to regular and social members; a few
are open to all. With a few exceptions, most groups are free. Most meet monthly,
and members are required to register for all events by calling or e-mailing the CHV
office.†Details on individual events can be found in the monthly newsletter, the
CHV calendar on the website, and weekly emails. Members are also encouraged to start
their own groups and clubs. Interested members can contact the executive director
to coordinate the launch of a new group. To find out more about one of these groups
or to sign up for the next event, contact the Village office at (202) 543-1778 or
Monthly or Twice-monthly Events
Join other members in this monthly balance class that will help you recognize that
strength and agility are the best defenses against falls. Practice skills that will
keep you on your feet. Taught by a physical therapist volunteering from Physiotherapy
Associates. Meets monthly on Fridays from 12:30 to 1:00 PM at the Southeast Library
(7th and D Street, SE). Open to all.
Bridge (Social Bridge Group)
Do you know how to play bridge or would you like to learn or relearn? We have fun
playing bridge while trying to reach consensus about how to bid. No master points
involved. Meets twice monthly: the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 1:00 to
4:00 PM at a memberís home. Reservations required. Open to members and social members.
Cancer Support Group
Are you currently fighting cancer? Are you a cancer survivor? You are not alone.
Letís meet to share stories, resources, and support. Meets twice a month on Thursdays
from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at Starbucks, 3rd and Pennsylvania Ave., SE. No reservations
required. Open to all.
Caregiver Support Group
Capitol Hill Village and Iona Senior Services are partnering to offer a support group
for individuals who are caregiving for a family member or friend. The group is led
by professionals from Iona and costs $15 per session for CHV members and $20 for
non-members. Interested individuals should contact Julie Maggioncalda at 202-543-1778
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Meets on the third Monday of the
month at the Hill Center from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Open to all.
Cinephiles Film Club
The Cinephiles are those members who wish to see contemporary films on their first
release in theaters. The group selects three films each month. Members see the films
on their own and then come together to discuss them. Meets from 6:00 to 7:30 PM
on the second Thursday of the month at a memberís home. Reservations required. Open
to members and social members.
Classic Video Club
Classic Video Club offers free monthly viewings of classic videos, particularly memorable
movies from the early years of famous actors, followed by lively discussion. Open
to members and social members.
The Dining/Restaurant Club meets regularly (usually monthly) to enjoy a meal together
and patronize one of the many Capitol Hill restaurants. Participants can enjoy a
fixed-price menu, while dining at small tables to allow for easy conversation, a
great way to get to know other members in the Village. Space is limited so attendees
must reserve a place for the dinner. Open to members and social members.
Games and Puzzles Club
Twice a month CHV members meet at the game store Labyrinth (645 Pennsylvania Ave.
SE) to play a variety of card and board games. No experience is necessary as Labyrinth
owner Kathleen and her colleagues teach members both individual and group games for
an afternoon of brain stretching and bantering fun. Meets the first and third Thursday
of the month from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Reservations required. Open to all.
The Literary Club reads primarily fiction and non-fiction, both classic and contemporary,
with an occasional evening for poetry or a play.†The group reads one work a month
and then meets for discussion. Books are chosen at a planning meeting twice a year
and are listed on the CHV Website. Recent selections include The Aspern Papers (Henry
James), The Big Short (Michael Lewis), and Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel).†Meets from
6:00 to 7:30 PM on the third Tuesday of the month at a memberís home. Reservations
required. Open to members and social members.
The Village Opera Society is composed of members who love opera or who wish to learn
more about it. The aim is to expand participantís knowledge of opera, discuss upcoming
events of interest, and enjoy the company of others who also like this glorious art
form. Presentations usually focus on upcoming performances by opera companies in
the Washington area, with descriptions of the history, synopsis, and music of each
opera. There are also occasional guest speakers.†Meets (usually) on the fourth Thursday
of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 PM at a memberís home. Reservations required. Open
to members and social members.
The Capitol Hill Village Theater Group selects six or seven plays scheduled at various
local theaters each year and arranges discounted, group-rate tickets for Village
members and guests.†Occasionally, post-theater discussions are held at various venues.
In addition, Village Theater Group participants can take advantage of an e-mail list
serve that provides on-going theater information, including opportunities to take
advantage of donated tickets. Plays selected by the Theater Group are announced every
fall in the newsletter. Reservations required. Open to members, social members, and guests.
The CHV Travel Club consists of Hill Villagers who have collectively traveled the
world as guides, researchers, temporary foreign residents, and, of course, as intrepid
tourists.† An interest in exploring the world, a passion for adventure and discovery,
and a desire to stretch their comfort zones are a few of the motivating factors for
the group members. The monthly meetings provide an opportunity for members to share
their travel experiences, information, and resources.†Trips to local and distant
places have been and are being planned.†Suggestions for topics, trips, and other
activities are member generated.†The group meets the second Monday of the month from
5:00 to 6:30 PM at a memberís home. Reservations required. Open to members and social members.
Once a month, CHV members interested in tasting vegetarian food gather for an informal
potluck at a memberís house. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share. The
potlucks are usually on Sundays at 2:00 PM. Open to members, social members, and guests.
Mahjong is similar to the Western card game rummy. It is a game of skill, strategy,
and calculation, and involves a certain degree of chance. Join a group of members
and volunteers who meet weekly to play together. Beginners welcome. Meets every Wednesday
from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at a memberís home. Reservations required. Open to members,
social members, and volunteers.
Petanque is very much like bocce; it is a French game played by teams (up to three)
using boules (balls). The goal is to place the boules as close as possible to the
ďcochonnetĒ (or piglet). New players are always welcome and can temporarily borrow
the boules of other group members. The Petanque group meets at Garfield Park (S.
Carolina at 2nd Street, SE) on Monday afternoons: from 4:00 until 6:00 PM during
Daylight Savings Time and from 2:00 until 4:00 PM during Eastern Standard Time. Open to all.
This gentle, but powerful Chinese movement exercise (pronounced chee-gong) is offered
by CHV member Joni Bell, who has practiced Qigong for the past ten years. Her strength
and balance have improved remarkably and she credits the activity with helping her
as a 30-year patient with MS. Qigong can be done by most people who can stand for
20 minutes at a time. Meets twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) at 10:00 AM at
Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church (4th and Independence Ave., SE). No reservations
necessary. Open to members and social members.