Chevy Chase Citizens Association: March 21, 2018

The Chevy Chase Library is located at 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/January 2017)


Now that spring is here, it’s time to catch up on all of the activities available at the Chevy Chase Community Center, the largest public recreation facility in our association’s area. It’s located at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW.

Most spring activities begin the week of April 2. To enroll, visit the Department of Parks and Recreation website,, or visit the center (where only checks or money orders will be accepted).

Here are the programs available, with fees (if any) and starting times. Slightly higher fees are charged for non-D.C. residents.  For more information, including participation requirements and age limits, call the center at 202-282-2204.

Ballet, $80, 5 p.m. Tuesday, 4 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Saturday; cooking with passion, 2 p.m. Tuesday, 6 p.m. Thursday;  drawing and painting, $80, 7 p.m. Tuesday; fencing foil, $160, 6 and 7 p.m. Wednesday; fencing club, junior epee, $160 or $170, various days and times; guitar, $115, 7 p.m. Wednesday; gymnastics, $105, various classes, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday; karate, $80, 4 or 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday;  pottery – wheel throwing, $115, 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. Saturday.

There also are free programs: scrabble, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; chess, 6 p.m. Friday; digital photography, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; tae kwon do, 6 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday; tha thang – Indian martial arts, 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; art for kids, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday; amateur telescope making, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.

Several activities are free for seniors 55 and older: enhanced fitness (senior wellness), 10 or 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; line dancing, 10 a.m. Tuesday; tai chi, 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. Monday; senior yoga, 11 a.m. Thursday.

Other events for seniors are ongoing. Check with the center for details. A “healthy brain workshop” offered by Baycrest Hospital will be held soon, to provide answers to such questions as, “Is my memory normal?” We’ll have more information in this column on a community health and resource fair at the center from 10:30 am. to 2:30 p.m. on April 19.

— Ted Gest