Reston Community Center revives popular Lifelong Learning programs

Mahjong is just one of multiple games and events happening at Reston Community Center this fall (courtesy RCC)

After many months of restrictions, Reston Community Center is bringing back some of its most popular Lifelong Learning programs, the organization announced yesterday (Thursday).

These programs intended for a wide range of ages are among the dozens of the classes and events in RCC’s 2021 Fall Program Guide, which can be viewed in full on the RCC website.

“While we have reinvented many of our programs since March of 2020, offering virtual and socially distanced options, it was impossible to convert some of our most popular programs to that format,” RCC Director of Leisure and Learning Karen Brutsché said. “We know our patrons are eager to socialize with their friends at their favorite RCC activities.”

Registration is now open for both Reston and non-Reston residents:

  • Bridge — Players with intermediate or advanced knowledge of Bridge are invited to play on Mondays at Hunters Woods (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Tuesdays at Lake Anne (10 a.m.-1 p.m.). These games are free to attend.
  • Trips — Day trips organized by RCC this fall include the Museum of the Bible (Sept. 16), the International Spy Museum (Oct. 14), Toby’s Dinner Theatre (Nov. 17), and more. Prices vary depending on the trip.
  • American Mah Jongg — Open to American mahjongg players on Wednesdays (1:15-3:45 p.m.) and Thursdays (9:30 a.m.-noon) at Hunters Woods. These games are free to attend.

With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, all events will require registration, including activities like bridge that used to operate as drop-in programs.

The shift to advance registration for drop-in programs was an initially temporary change prompted by the need to limit crowds during the pandemic, but RCC decided to make it permanent after seeing how the appointment system eliminated conflicts over space for its most popular activities.

RCC also still has some safety precautions in place, including the continued availability of touchless hand sanitizers and virtual programming. Masks are required for everyone when indoors in accordance with Fairfax County’s recently reinstated policy for public facilities.

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