December events for area seniors

Trips, tours, cooking demonstrations, holiday sing-a-longs and workshops are only a few of the events happening this month.

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Loudoun Senior Trips
Starting Dec. 17
Departing from three locations around Loudoun County, this month’s senior trips include listening to the Vienna Boys’ Choir at the George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Dec. 17;  on Dec. 19, taking in songstress Nina Simone‘s activist anthems at Washington, D.C.’s, Arena Stage; gambling at a casino in Charles Town, West Virginia, on Dec. 21; and a plated lunch and seasonal performance at the Fredericksburg Riverside Dinner Theater on Dec. 22. // Dulles South Senior Center, Leesburg Walmart and Cascades Senior Center

Crazy Good and Good for You
Dec. 18, 11 a.m.-noon
Holiday cookies are a staple of the season, and while those trying to be healthy may think that they should be altogether avoided, baker and former Advisory Committee Chair Sue Lang shows that this is not necessarily the case. Lang will compare two cookie recipes—one that is high in calories, fat and sugar and one that is not—to prove this point. // Walter Reed Community & Senior Center: 2909 16th St. S., Arlington

Arlington Senior Trips
Starting Dec. 19
Arlington area seniors will be able to visit Washington, D.C.’s, Downtown Holiday Market on Dec. 19; see the U.S. Botanic Gardens‘ seasonal display on Dec. 20; view Russian crafts in the “Faberge” exhibit at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore on Dec. 21; tour President Lincoln’s Cottage on Dec. 22 and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms on Dec. 27, and check out the ceilling-suspended, architecture-inspired “Parallax Gap” at Renwick Gallery on Dec. 29. // Departs from various locations including the Lubber Run, Walter Reed, Lee, Gunston Hall, Madison and Barcroft centers

Holiday Extravaganza
Dec. 19, 9 a.m.-noon
For $5, eventgoers will be able to make and keep three craft items, each of which occupy one hour. All essential materials will be provided at no extra cost. // Prince William Senior Center: 9320 Mosby St., Manassas 

Holiday Sing-A-Longs and Treats
Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-noon; Dec. 22, 1-2:30 p.m.
The Evergreens duo will lead the audience in song while everyone can also enjoy free holiday treats. A second sing-a-long offering refreshments will take place at the Lee Community & Senior Center on Dec. 22. // Langston-Brown Community & Senior Center: 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington; Lee Community & Senior Center: 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington

Winter Green Wonderland
Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-noon
At this event, a Virginia Cooperative Extension member will teach attendees how they can work leafy greens into their cold-weather diets using recipes and tips. // Walter Reed Community & Senior Center: 2909 16th St., Arlington

AARP Brain Health Discussion Group
Dec. 20, 1-2 p.m.
Focusing on diet, exercise, social interaction, relaxation and learning, this event will tell seniors how they can create new habits that will help their brains stay sharp, happy and healthy. // Kings Park Library: 9000 Burke Lane Road, Burke

Food Trends for Seniors
Dec. 22, 1-2:30 p.m.
An InovaCares for Seniors PACE Program-registered dietitian will discuss the latest food trends and provide insight into which ones are worth incorporating into your diet. Samples and cooking demonstrations are included, but registration is required. // Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library: 5005 Duke St., Alexandria