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 Foggy Bottom West End Village

Save the date: 2017 fundraiser Monday, October 2 from 6 to 8 pm at St. Paul's, 2430 K St.

Fall Festival planning gears up

The nine-member steering committee for the Village's fall fundraiser is deep into planning the October 2 event at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church.

On August 8, steering committee members gathered at Saint Paul’s to view C.B. Wooldridge’s careful mockup of the event layout. C.B. walked committee members around cardboard cutouts of the registration area, jazz trio stage, food stations, bar areas and everything else that will contribute to the success of the annual fundraiser.

"The annual event contributes about 15 to 20 percent of Village revenue, so it's success is crucial to the organization," said Jane Scholz, Village president and chair of the event.  Read more.

--Christina Farnsworth

Fewer calories in party ice cream

Bet you didn't know that there are fewer calories in ice cream when you

indulge with a group.  It's true, and it's because we "share the calories."

On August 10,  57 villagers enjoyed sharing the calories at our third annual Ice Cream Social.  We had a wonderful time catching up with old friends and making new ones over ice cream and laughter. We even have a few low-calorie photos to share.  See photos.

Cool fun at the Ice Cream Social

We have loads of fun awaiting you at the Village's annual "Old-fashioned" Ice Cream Social. 

A group from the Program Committee got a behind-the-scenes tour of the decorations that C.B. Wooldridge, also known as our Master of Fun, has
prepared. (Pictured left to right, are Deb Neve, Nadia Taran, Binney Levine, Lorna Grenadier, Jackie Lemire and C.B. Wooldridge.)

The Village gathers for this annual summer event from 4 to 6 pm on Thursday, August 10, at St. Paul's Church.  Join us and get to know our newest members. You can also connect with old friends and talk with other Villagers and volunteers that you may not know.  Read more.

--Deb Neve

Exciting programs ahead!

Last Monday the Program Committee welcomed 56 Villagers for a very special Happy Hour at the new avant-garde Upper West Side Café on M Street. Chef Daniel Arnaldo Ruiz-Rossi went all out with a selection of Spanish tapas and table seating.

This is the largest turnout we've ever had for a Happy Hour, and many thanks to Village members Kate Clinton and Binney Levine for working with the Cafe to make the event a reality.

To see more photographs from the Happy Hour and other recent programs, click here.

The Program Committee has been hard at work planning a number of special programs for August and beyond. Attending Village programs is a great way to meet fellow members and make new friends. Read more.

--Deb Neve

We want your old clunker!


In my former nonprofit role at St. Vincent de Paul, a vehicle donation program was launched at the local and national level. It quickly became an excellent way for the community to donate to the organization and help us improve the lives of others.

So, when our new Treasurer, Bill Armistead, approached me about the idea of a car donation program for our Village, I immediately said, “let’s go for it” and Bill went to work. Read more.

--Leigh Sempeles

From the Volunteer Chair

I grew up in a small town in southern Virginia. It was the kind of place where everyone looked after each other. My father was a doctor who, after a full day at the office, spent many evenings making house calls to sharecroppers out in the county.

They didn't have cars, and so couldn't bring their family into town for medical attention or delivery of their babies. 
Read more.                                                         
--Sally Willis

Update on grant progress


This week I would like to update everyone on the tremendous effort and work that our board members, volunteers and staff are doing on behalf of the Social Engagement Grant. As you know, our Village was awarded a grant by the DC Office on Aging (DCOA) to identify seniors who are potentially less socially engaged than they might be and develop ways to help.  Read more.

 -- Leigh Sempeles

Have fun with the Village

Click here to see your friends having fun with the Village

We have more than 230 events a year, ranging from exercise classes and educational programs to happy hours.  Click on the picture at right to see your friends enjoying Village events.  Put yourself in the picture by signing up for one of our upcoming events below.

Click to register

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

How to register for programs

Village programs and events will generally be announced only in the weekly Director's Notes, published by email on Mondays.

  • To register, first make sure you are logged into your account on the Village website. From the listing at the end of each program invite, click on the link Click here to be directed to the Event Calendar for registration.
  • Next, from the Event Calendar, click on the program you'd like to attend. You'll be transferred to the Registration Page. Then simply click the "REGISTER NOW" button and follow the prompts. 
  • Finally, click "COMPLETE REGISTRATION" (located at the top and bottom of the registration page). 
  • You will receive an event confirmation email. If you do not get this email, you are not registered. Please call the Village office at (202) 333-1327, and someone will be happy to help.
  • For some programs, you will use a personal email to register. Just email the person listed and let them know you plan to attend.
All programs take place in St. Paul's Church, 2430 K Street NW, unless otherwise indicated.

Newsletter Signup

Every week, we send out Director's Notes, a single email chock full of Village news and events. To participate, you really need to get this email as it's the only way most events are announced.

To sign up click here.

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Meet our Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Leigh Sempeles joined the Village as our Executive Director in April of 2017. Leigh has more than 20 years of corporate experience in the legal online information industry and previously served as Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton, Ohio.

Village office hours

The Village has open office hours: 
Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

The office is located at:

2430 K Street NW

(202) 333-1327.

We're here to help. Drop by or make an appointment.

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:: Foggy Bottom West End Village: 
2430 K Street, NW : Washington, DC 20037 : 202-333-1327 ::