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(Updated 2/8/24)

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 by week in a month. 

Government & Advocacy...

  • The Lincoln Society Fellowship of residents with a Conservative political outlook. Currently meets "on call." 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. Both men and women are welcome. We meet weekly at 4:15 p.m. in the Board Room. 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.


  • 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. If you are interested in attending, contact Jane Karpick to confirm the meeting date. Contact Jane Karpick, ext. 7399, to receive notices or Tony Tambasco, ext. 3114, for details.  
  • Jewish Shabbat Service: “First Saturday” Jewish Shabbat Service is led by Rabbinic Aide, Ellen Blalock, and includes prayers, readings, and a seasonal discussion. You need not be Jewish to attend; Ellen ably leads everyone through the service so all feel welcome. First Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m., in the Formal Parlor. 
  • 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: Stefanie Reponen, ext. 7684.
  • Prayer Group: Meets Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Prayer requests may be placed in the prayer box inside the door of the Chapel. All requests are confidential. Contact: Sue Becker, ext. 7539.
  • Quaker Meditation & Worship: Meets every Wednesday, 12:00 p.m., in the Smith Study. Contact: Georgia Fuller,, ext. 7578.
  • Rosary Group: Meets at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Smith Study. Contact: Kitty Cacciapaglia, ext. 7470 or Karen Hurley, ext. 7586,
  • Unitarian Universalist Sunday Service: Streamed in the Board Room Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Contact: Trude Myers, ext. 7543,

Lecture Series...

  • Great Courses: These multi-week courses meet on Wednesdays in the Media Room at 3:00 p.m. Contact: Tiffany Proctor,
  • Great Decisions: The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD, and discussing the most critical global issues facing America today. Each year, eight topics are chosen by a panel of experts. Discussions are led by residents. Each year, a new eight-week series is scheduled. Contact: Tiffany Proctor,


  • Encore Chorale: GHBC's Encore Chorale is one of a large number of choral groups in the Washington DC area for singers aged 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 Mary Lee Payton at ext. 7674.

Alice McLellan holds up her 200th sweater, bringing
the group's contribution to World Vision to 4,000 knitted items. 


  • 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,  
  • Mah Jongg: Meets Friday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Card Room. Contact: Joan Lewis, ext. 3179,
  • 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: Bob Mansker, ext. 3100,
  • Hand and Foot:  Hand & Foot is related to Canasta and involves multiple decks of cards. Contact: Jamie Gallagher, ext. 7678,
  • Informal Open Bridge: Meets Wednesday Sunday, 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,
  • Mexican Dominoes: Meets Monday at 6:45 p.m. in the Game Room. Contact: Jeanne Springmann, ext. 7488,
  • Poker: Meets Thursday, 7:00 p.m., in the Game Room. Contact: Stephen Chaplin, ext. 7532, or sign-up on the roster in the Resident Business Center.
  • 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: Tiffany Proctor,
  • Trivia & Drinks: Meets Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., in the Formal Parlor. Contact: Sy Stiss, ext. 7641.


  • French Conversation: Residents who enjoy conversing in French are invited to join the group at any time. Meets Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Smith Study. Contact: Janet Horwitz, ext. 3143.
  • Spanish Speakers Group: Residents of all levels of Spanish-speaking ability are welcome. Meets Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. in the side room of the Bistro. Discussion topics change each week. Contact: Andrea Baumann, ext. 7654, and Mireya Ahl, ext. 3156.

Literature & Movies...

  • 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 the latest meeting schedule, forms to nominate new books; ballots to vote on next year's books; a 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 Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the Smith Study. Contact: Elizabeth Whitehouse,
  • Goodwin House Play Reading Group: In 2024, the group plans to meet at 3:30 p.m. twice a month to read a play together, often on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays in the Board Room for 90 minutes. Dates and locations are flexible, so if you’re interested in joining us as an actor (reader), or as an audience member, contact Catherine Irwin at ext. 7439 or send an email to
  • Memoirs: Residents write life stories and meet to share their work by reading it aloud. Meets every Monday at 11:00 a.m. Contact: Tereza McNamee,, ext. 7535, and Mandy Whalen,, ext. 7534.
  • 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,
  • Saturday Cinema Matinee: Every Saturday, movie shorts are shown from 12:30 p.m. followed by a feature film beginning at about 1:00 p.m. and ending before 3:00 p.m. Bring your popcorn, lunch, virtual tomatoes, and suggestions for future offerings. Contact: Ric Blacksten, 703-980-5899,; Sylvia Bentley, ext. 7476, N.B. This group is taking a break over the summer. 


  • Bailey's Birders: Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month, 3:00 p.m. in the Board Room. Care of the GHBC birdfeeders and bird baths plus monthly birding walks are among its activities. Contact: Sue LaRue, ext. 3655,


  • Smartphone User Group: Meets the third Monday of each month, 2:30 p.m., Top of the West. Contact: For more information: Dan VanBelleghem, ext. 7439,


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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