The change of seasons from winter to spring in DC is always welcome. The shedding of heavy outer wear, the colors of flowers and trees as they begin to blossom, and the sweet songs of birds repeat each year but don’t grow old, no matter how many times we experience them.

ADVOCACY: Age is a hot topic these days, especially in our national politics, where stereotypes and fears are weaponized. Here at East Rock Creek Village, we know that each of us is a unique individual with different capabilities, circumstance and needs. Still, there are local government services that do much to help our community of elders. We are deeply grateful for the support of DC’s Department of Aging and Community Life (DACL), but fear there may be budget cuts affecting our seniors in the next October-to-September fiscal year. AARP’s DC chapter agrees. Check out their priority issues and consider adding your voice to this important call to action.

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Now, let’s talk about what we have planned for March, starting with an online Open House in honor of Women’s History Month on Thursday, March 7th.  Who are the women in history or in your life who most inspire you? Come share your stories about remarkable women and listen to those of others in our community. Or just come to learn more about ERCV.

AQUARIUM FIELD TRIP: On Monday, March 11, please join our field trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Thanks to our own Bob Learmonth, who is a volunteer diver there, we have a limited number of complimentary tickets still available, and ERCV will be providing rides. Before Bob hops into the tank to feed the fish, he will answer questions and tell us something about his experience as a long-time volunteer. Those of us who went had a wonderful time last year. This may be the last time we will be able to offer this excursion for free, so register while you can!

LUNCH BUNCH & MORE: On Thursday, March 14th, our Lunch Bunch will meet for the first time at Miss Toya’s Creole House in Silver Spring. In honor of “Pi Day” (3/14), be sure to leave room for some Key lime pie! One week later, on March 21st, we’ll have a Spring-themed online bingo game with flowery prizes.

POETRY SALON: On Wednesday, March 27th, we’re having our first Poetry Salon! ERCV is partnering with Day Eight, a local literary nonprofit, which will be supplying us with lunch and a poet! Thanks, Day Eight. We will gather at Takoma Village Cohousing to hear Brandon Douglas, a local award-winning poet, read some of his poems. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to participate. You can discuss what you’ve heard, share a favorite poem, or bring one of your own to read.  We hope to offer these Poetry Salons quarterly, so come help us introduce this new program and make it a success.

So, with a roar of excitement, let’s start our March, embracing the change of seasons and the vibrant community that is East Rock Creek Village.

–David Mackoff