Chevy Chase Citizens Association: Dec. 13, 2017

The Chevy Chase Community Center is located at Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/January 2017)

Please mark your calendars for two holiday events in our area. On Christmas Eve, neighborhood resident Marelise Voss will again lead holiday caroling in the Connecticut Avenue business district. Everyone is welcome to join. Meet at noon outside the Starbucks at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Livingston Street NW. Songbooks and jingle bells will be provided. Babies, children, dogs and in-laws are all welcome. Wear festive attire and look for the Christmas Fool.

On Friday, Dec. 29, our association will sponsor our fourth annual holiday cookie-decorating event. We are again inviting people of all ages to join us from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. All you need to bring is your imagination, decorating skills, a smile and an apron, if you wish. We will provide the cookies, icing and decorations. We are also offering craft-making. Please join us for this fun event.

Now is a good time to sign up for winter programs at the community center, most of which start the week of Jan. 8.

Classes, with modest fees for D.C. residents as listed (non-resident fees are higher), include: ballet, various times, classes for ages 4 to 6 and ages 7 to 9, $80; “Cooking With Passion,” 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday; drawing and painting, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, ages 16 and older, $80; drums, various times, ages 7 and older, $175; fencing, classes for ages 8 to 15 and ages 13 and older,, $160 to $170; guitar, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ages 7 and older, $115; gymnastics, classes for different ages between 2 and 12, $105; pottery, Tuesday and Saturday for ages 18 and older or Saturday for ages 7 to 10, $115; and qi gong, Tuesday and Friday, $80.

There are many free activities run by the YMCA for people 55 or older. They are line dancing from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday; enhanced fitness (senior wellness), beginners 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and intermediate 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday; yoga, 11 a.m. to noon Thursday; and tai chi, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday for beginners and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday for intermediates. Registration is required.

To sign up, go to or visit the community center. If you have questions, call 202-282-2204.

— Ted Gest