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 Foggy Bottom West End Village

Meet Barbara Kahlow, our Gala Presenting Sponsor

Barbara F. Kahlow, a longtime neighborhood resident and community leader, is a presenting sponsor for this year's FBWE Village Gala.

Barbara has taken a leadership role in support of the Village because she believes it provides important services. Barbara’s 95-year-old mother is aging in place in New York City, so Barbara has had first-hand experience with the need for aides/assistance for elderly aging in place.  Read more.

To join her as a sponsor, contact us at

2018 Village salons on sale!

Tickets for some of our 2018 Gala salons are now on sale at the gala web site.

Salons are intimate gatherings of less than 25 people, usually in a Villager's home, where you can learn something new with friends.  Appetizers and wine are often served.

You can get a backstage tour of the Washington National Opera's "Candide," a discussion with Washington Post's Dan Balz about national politics, or learn about the role of human intelligence in espionage today from a veteran CIA officer.

More salons will be added before the May 21 gala.

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Update on DCOA grant on social isolation

As you all know, FBWE Village was selected for funding under the DCOA Fiscal Year 2018 Senior Village competitive grant process. Our grant has been funded in the amount of $71,071.08. The key project goals include: 

•Recognize and build awareness around the topic of social isolation and engagement

• Create improved pathways to technology tools for seniors

• Provide access to knowledge and educational resources to other Villages locally, regionally, and nationally 

The FBWE Village staff, members, and volunteers are working closely with retained grant consultants, Double R Productions, and Young Marketing Consulting, as well as Selfhelp, the producer of a Virtual Senior Center based in Flushing, New York.

The grant is divided into two programming components each with clear performance standards and separate budgets. Read more.

Have fun with the Village

Villagers having fun at our annual holiday potluck dinner ringing in the new year.

We have more than 230 events a year, from exercise classes and educational programs to happy hours.  

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Meet some new members

Hugo Schmidt

Hugo joined the Village at the end of February and moved to the West End six years ago with his wife, Diana. Hugo practiced dentistry for 40 years in Newport Beach, Calif. He and Diana joined the Peace Corps in 2000 and spent 11 years overseas in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. “I had the opportunity to teach dentistry in many countries while in the Peace Corps,” Hugo said.
Hugo says his life has been one of adventure. He was an Air Force bomber pilot and flew combat missions in the Korean War. His last mission was also the last mission of the war on July 17, 1953.
He and Diana enjoy travel, canoeing and cycling. For the past three years he has especially enjoyed taking Olli classes at American University. In his younger days, Hugo was a competitive surfer, cyclist and small boat sailor. He has three adult children and five grandchildren.
“I joined the Village to participate in the social activities,” he says.

Meet more new members.

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.

...and our Sr. Program Specialist

Welcome Peter Sacco, our senior program specialist, who is a 2015 graduate of George Washington University.  He served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Foggy Bottom before becoming the executive director of ANCs 2A, 2B, and 2E.  He previously served on our Village board.


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.

Welcome our new IT intern


Ketaki Deo is our new intern and volunteer from The George Washington University. Ketaki is a sophomore at GWU studying Political Science and Human Services & Social Justice. In addition to her studies, she is the President of Allied in Pride and the GW Hindu Student Association.  

Starting March 19, Ketaki will be in the office and available on Monday mornings from 9:00-11:00 am and on Friday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 pm to help with your technology needs.

Also, you may schedule an appointment for her to come to your home by calling the office at (202) 333-1327 or by emailing:  


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2430 K Street, NW : Washington, DC 20037 : 202-333-1327 ::