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The following group activities are open to all residents. Residents may drop in for any session or call the contact person for more information.

Click HERE for a table of all the groups meeting in a month. 

Government & Advocacy...

  • The Lincoln Society Fellowship of residents with a Conservative political outlook. Meets at 4:30 on the third Thursday of the month in the Top of the West. Contact: Bill Rockey, ext. 3153,
  • The Silver Panthers Huddle A collaborative organization of Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads residents with a progressive outlook, the Huddle is an outgrowth of the Women’s March of January 21, 2017. We meet monthly on 4th Mondays at 4:00 p.m. Currently, meetings are by Zoom; contact Eleanor Lewis,, for the Zoom link. Both men and women are welcome. Contact: Georgia Fuller, ext. 7578,
  • The Virginia Continuing Care Residents Association (VaCCRA) promotes and protects the interests of CCRC residents. VaCCRA is a member of the National Continuing Care Residents Association (NaCCRA) and is the only statewide, resident-based organization that advocates for CCRC residents on the local, state, and national levels. It sponsors speakers, voter registration, lobbying efforts for related legislation, and other civic engagement programs. Contact: Joan Lewis, ext. 3179, For more information, click HERE.


  • Intensive Bible Study:
    The group meets to study a selected book of the Bible in detail.  It meets at 3:30 p.m. at the Top of the West.  Meetings are generally every other Monday, but sometimes a Monday has to be skipped because of a conflict. Participants are reminded by e-mail of the next session. Contact Jane Karpick, ext. 7399, to receive notices or Tony Tambasco, ext. 3114, for details.  
  • Meditation Group:
    The Meditation Group meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Smith Study. Contact: Eunice or Larry Welch, ext. 7432.
  • St. Ignatius Group
    Enjoy discussing how to make the Bible scriptures (and particularly the Gospel lessons) relevant to our daily lives. Then, you might be interested in a resident group discussing the lessons used the previous Sunday by churches using the Revised Common Lectionary. The group meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the Board Room. All are welcome to attend as their schedules permit. Contact:  Diane Walker, ext. 7597,
  • Spiritual Companions:
    Spiritual and reflective discussions based on books read by the group. Meets every other Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Top of the West. Contact: Dan Van Belleghem, ext. 7439, 

Lecture Series...

  • Great Courses:
    These multi-week courses meet on Wednesdays in the Media Room at 3:00 p.m. Contact: Elizabeth Whitehouse Falcone, ext. 7221,


  • Encore Chorale:

    GHBC's Encore Chorale is one of a large number of choral groups in the Washington DC area for singers age 55 and over.  During two 15-week seasons (Sep-Dec and Jan-May), our chorale rehearses on Fridays from 1-2:30 pm in the Auditorium.  At the end of each season, we present a concert here at GHBC and participate with other chorales in larger concerts in other locations, including a holiday concert at Kennedy Center. Concerts last about an hour, and the repertoire is a mix of popular and classical, sacred and secular.

    There are no auditions, and you don't have to read music (practice CD's are provided to make it easy to learn the music by ear).  Click HERE for more detailed information (such as program details for the current season; history of concert repertoire; roster of singers).   Contact: Mandy Whalen, ext. 7534, or Tony Tambasco, ext. 3114,

  • Knit for Kids:
    The sweaters are shipped to World Vision, an international relief agency with programs in the United States and 95 other countries around the world. We are supported by a grant from the Goodwin Living Foundation, Quality of Life Fund. Knitters and Crocheters are always welcome. Yarn, needles, and instruction provided.  Contact: Sue Swisher, ext 7442,


  • Bingo: Meets every Wednesday evening at 7:00 in the Top of the West. $2 for the first card and $1 for each additional card. Reservations are not needed but Contact Otto Reinbacher, ext. 3111,
  • Chinese Mah Jongg: Meets Saturday, 1:30 p.m. in the Card Room. Contact: Jamie Gallagher, ext. 7678,
  • Duplicate Bridge: Meets Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the Card Room and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Top of the West. Contact: Sondra Eisen, ext. 7487,
  • Drinks & Trivia: Meets Wednesday at 4:30 in the Formal Parlor. Contact: Seymour Stiss,
  • Hand & Foot: Meets Sunday, 2:00 p.m. in Top of the West. Contact: Jamie Gallagher, ext. 7678,
  • Informal Bridge Play: Meets Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Card Room. Contact: Deanna Shuman, ext. 7566,
  • Informal Open Bridge: Meets Wednesday 2:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m in the Card Room. Three tables, first come, first serve. ContactRose Piasecki, ext. 7633,, or Anne Blacksten, ext. 3171,
  • Mah Jongg: Meets Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. (Contact: Kitty Cacciapaglia, ext. 7470) and Friday, 12:15 p.m.  (Contact: Lynn Durel, ext. 7402, Both groups meet in the Card Room. 
  • Mexican Dominoes: Meets every Monday, 7:00 p.m., in the Game Room.
  • Ping Pong & Pool: Meets Tuesday, 3:00 p.m., in the Game Room. Contact: Mike Morton,, ext. 3110.
  • Poker: Meets Thursday, 7:00 p.m., in the Game Room. Contact: Howard Hodges, ext. 7669. You must speak to him to get a place at the table. Do not leave a voice message. 
  • Rummikub: Meets Monday, 2:00 p.m., in the Game Room. This tile game is similar to the card game, rummy. Beginners are welcome.  ContactLynn Durel, ext. 7402,
  • Trivia: Meets Monday, 2:00 p.m., in the Atrium. Contact: Elizabeth Whitehouse,
  • Trivia & Drinks: Meets Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., in the Formal Parlor. Contact: Sy Stiss, ext. 7641.
  • Wii Bowling: Meets Friday, 1:30 p.m., in the Aerobics Room. Contact: Marjorie Lawrence, ext. 7618.


  • Book Discussion Group: Meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 10:30-11:30 am, in the Top of the West. All are welcome, even if you haven't read the book.  Residents take turns leading the discussion. At each meeting, copies of the next book to read are available for members to borrow, loaned by Fairfax Library; books are due for return at the meeting in which the book is discussed. Click HERE to see more detailed information about the group (such as latest meeting schedule, forms to nominate new books; ballots to vote on next year's books; roster of members).  Printed copies of some of these documents are also available near the Book Group bulletin board in the back room of the GHBC library.  Contact:  Mandy Whalen, ext. 7534,
  • Creative Writing Group: Whether you are a seasoned writer or a first-timer, you are welcome to follow the prompt provided in West Winds and on the website. Meets every other Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Smith Study. Contact: Elizabeth Whitehouse,
  • Memoirs:
    Residents write life stories and meet to share their work by reading it aloud. Meets every Monday at 11:00 a.m. ContactSharon Ewing, ext. 7538,
  • Poetry Group:
    Residents meet to share original and/or favorite poetry. Meets the 2nd Thursday at 2:00 p.m.  Contact: Sharon Ewing, ext. 7538,


Many of our programs are led by residents. If you have an idea for a new group that you would like to lead, please contact Cultural Arts and Events Manager, ext. 7221.


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