This webpage includes all of Capitol Hill Village's Affinity Groups. CHV hosts many interest groups; we call them “affinity groups” to reflect the level of intensity and loyalty that many of them generate. The wide array of topics reflects the diversity of interests of the CHV member community. The groups are run by volunteers, many are limited to regular and social members, a few are open to all, and most of them are free. Details on individual events can be found in the monthly Village newsletter, the CHV calendar on the website, and weekly emails.
To find out more about any of these groups or to sign up for the next event, contact the Village office at 202-543-1778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Capitol Hill Village members of all different bicycling levels for outings throughout DC. Rides are scheduled as weather permits.
The Cinephiles see contemporary films on their first release. The group selects five or six films each month. Members see at least two of the films on their own and then come together to discuss them.
Meets from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on the second Thursday of the month at the Lockwood, 1339 E St SE.
This gentle stroll is suitable for persons of all abilities, as the group’s pace is slow and there are many benches available for resting. Open to all.
Meets every Monday at 9:30am, departs from Eastern Market.
Play a variety of card and board games at the game store Labyrinth. No experience is necessary, open to all. No reservations needed.
Meets on the first and third Thursday of the month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Labyrinth Games, 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE.
Getting your papers in order (GYPIO) is an affinity group that centers on end-of-life planning. The purpose of this group is to ensure that our members end of life choices are planned and documented once they die. Capitol Hill Village embraces death as a natural part of the life cycle and empowers our members to embrace this thought as well. GYPIO members meet in small groups to plan and discuss wills, trusts, family information, financial planning, advanced directives, power of attorney, amongst several other relevant topics.
To learn more or join a GYPIO group contact Arie at email@example.com or call 202-543-1778.
This is a bimonthly dance party to loosen your limbs and lighten your spirit! Non-residents of Capitol Hill Towers will need to show ID at front desk.
Meets on the second and fourth Wednesday each month, Community Room at Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G ST. NE. Contact the CHV Office with questions.
Read and discuss American and world history and biography books selected semi-annually in an e-mail poll of its participants. Open to members and social members.
Meets on the first Wednesday of every other month on Zoom.
Lead by the Washington Improv Theater, we’ll play games that tap into your creativity, while developing skills that enhance listening and engage your sense of humor.
Meets every Wednesday at 4:00pm. $50 for a six-week session.
The club alternates 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. Reservations are required.
Meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Lockwood, 1339 E St SE.
Mahjong originated in China and is similar to the Western card game rummy. It is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation, and it involves a certain degree of chance. Beginners welcome. Reservations required. Open to members, social members, and volunteers.
An Intro to Mahjong session is offered at a local venue the first and third Wednesdays of the month.
Meets on Wednesdays from 3pm to 5pm at rotating locations, please check the calendar for specifics.
The one-hour weekly meditation session meets. Each session begins with discussion of the role of meditation in our everyday lives followed by 10 minutes of guided meditation and 20 minutes of silent Mindfulness Meditation. All are welcome and reservations are not required.
Meets every Wednesday from 12pm to 1pm on Zoom.
Walk with CHV members to the National Gallery of Art where we choose our individual viewing agendas. We meet for lunch before walking back up the Hill. Open to Members and Social Members. Registration required.
Meets on the third Thursday of months in Spring and Fall.
The Memoirs Affinity Group focuses on stories, as told by the people who lived them, reflect a unique piece of history and will be treasured by the storytellers, their families and maybe others for generations to come. The Group brings together people who are interested in creating a memoir with people who have already done so. Gatherings include guest speakers and group discussion on topics such as: getting started, obstacles to revealing memories, writing habits and staying motivated, and major themes and threads creating your story.
Meets on Zoom/in person every other Thursday from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.
Expand your knowledge of opera, discuss upcoming events of interest. Presentations usually focus on performances by opera companies in the Washington area, with descriptions of the history, synopsis, and music of each opera. Reservations required. Open to members and social members.
Meets on the fourth Thursday of the month (usually) from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at a member’s home.
Petanque is very much like bocce; it is a French game played by teams (up to three) using boules (balls). New players get instructions and can borrow the boules of other group members. Open to all.
Meets on Monday afternoons: from 4:00pm to 6:00pm during Daylight Savings Time
2:00pm until 4:00pm during Eastern Standard Time at Garfield Park (S. Carolina at 2nd Street, SE).
Join us for a lively conversation about what we think poems mean and more exploration of the poems’ topics mean. Please bring enough copies of a poem to share with everyone. Reservations are required.
Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm at a member’s home.
Potluck dinners are scheduled about four times a year at the home of a member. Participants bring an appetizer, an entrée, a side dish, dessert, or a bottle of wine to share in a relaxed social setting. The day of the week when dinners are held varies depending on the host and other considerations.
Reservations are required, and dinners are open only to members and social members due to space limitations.
Join friends and neighbors for conversation, and work on your favorite yarn project. There will not be lessons; this is for folks with some experience with knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, etc. Open to all; Reservations requested but not limited.
Meets on the first and third Tuesdays at a member’s home at 11:00am.
This gentle, powerful Chinese movement exercise (pronounced chee-gong) is led by Becky Tressler. Qigong can be done by most people who can stand for 20 minutes at a time. No reservations needed. Open to members and social members, first time and beginners welcome.
Meets twice weekly Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00am at the Residences at Eastern Market, 6th Floor common room.
Tai Chi builds balance and smoothness of movements. Led by short form experts Paul Orum and Liz Layton, we often do simple exercises and then the 13 postures several times and then the full set of 36 postures several times.
Meets every Monday at The Residences at Eastern Market, common room at 11:00am.
Theater Reimagined: The relaunch of the Theater Affinity group will shift the focus to post-theater discussions and use of the bulletin board-like "Village Talk" function of Helpful Village to enable Village theater mavens to share info on performances, reviews, discounted tickets, etc. Members will purchase tickets and attend theater performances on their own, then meet to discuss the event at a member's home or other venue.
These travel lovers periodically plan trips, including day trips within the city or nearby locations and occasional overnight trips. This group is also a source of information about travel destinations, and occasionally meets to share experiences.
On our outings, walkers always enhance this time together with stories, memories, and the history of our DC communities. All are welcome and registration is requested.
Meets intermittently; check the calendar! Departures vary by destination.
This CHV men’s group organizes meetings on topics of special interest to men (on health, cognition, nutrition, and politics,) hosts a lunch once a month at a local restaurant for chat and camaraderie; The group organizes field trips (such as the Goddard Space center). CHV women are of course welcome to attend. Reservations advised for meetings and lunches and required for field trips. Open to members and social members.
Meets on the third Monday of the month, usually at Tunnicliff’s, 222 7th St SE, at 1:00pm.
Meet with Village members and volunteers in person to make connections and friendships. Registration is preferred but you are welcome to drop in. Feel free to bring a drink, bring a bag lunch, and/or a goody to share!
Meets every Friday at The Residences at Eastern Market, 777 C St SE, 6th Floor, at 11:30am to 1:00pm.
This is a class for ALL skill levels and does not require any prior experience; only a chair is needed. Open to all.
Meets on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:00pm on Zoom.