Here are the 2016 events to look forward to including activities sponsored by other branches…

Sunday, Jan. 22, Noon – 2:30 pm – “Bellissima” Presentation by Chuck Tampio, Tucson Museum of Art & Luncheon at Gregorio’s in Reston.

The very first portraits by the Italian painters of the renaissance featured stylized images of women and ever since, the image of the feminine has been practically an obsession with Italian writers and artists. Italy is an extremely visual culture and central to that culture is the place of the woman. From the Venus in pre-Christian times, to the Madonna, to the family Mother, to the movie bombshells of the second half of the last century, the Italian woman continues to be an object of fascination and wonder. Bellissima explores these images and shows the seamless progression in art from the Madonnas of the early renaissance, to the birth of Venus, to the portraits of aristocracy to Sofia, Gina, Claudia and so many others.  A special highlight of this presentation features four remarkable, but scarcely known female Italian artists. Please RSVP to the Evite dated 1/9/17. You will be able to make your luncheon choices following your RSVP Separate checks will be provided by the restaurant.

Saturday, Jan. 28 – Learn how “Guest House” Helps Women in a Joint Meeting with Giving Circle of HOPE from 10:00am-Noon.

Location:  Refractions, 8th Floor, 11911 Freedom Dr., Reston, VA 20190 – right above Talbots.

Want to understand more about criminal justice and why it is such a hot topic? Come join us to hear from former clients’ of Friends of Guest House. Guest House helps Northern Virginia women successfully reenter the community from incarceration.  Guest House is the only group in NOVA providing reentry support that is both comprehensive (housing, jobs, healthcare and family/community connection) and tailored to women’s unique needs. Through the Guest House Speakers Bureau, these women are professionally trained to deliver talks about these highly personal and important topics that span substance abuse, incarceration, trauma and the challenges of re-entering society after being released from prison.  There will be a Q&A following the speaker presentation. Please RSVP to Evite dated 1/9/17.

Guest House would be ever grateful if you would bring a donation:

  • Underwear in all sizes (especially larger sizes) is always a critical need.  Women come out of prison and show up at Guest House often with only one pair of prison issued underwear.
  • BJ’s gift cards as they grocery shop there weekly grocery.
  • Smart Trip cards for the women to get to jobs.

Thank you for whatever you can donate.


Saturday, Feb. 4 – “ROE” –  2:00PM Matinee at Arena Stage.  This event is sold out!


Saturday, Feb. 18 – Presentation on a personal perspective of today’s China based on a 2016 visit beginning at noon at a local restaurant.


Saturday, Feb. 25, Afternoon – Northern District for a Branch Leaders Meeting. Snow date is March 4.

Details to follow.


Friday, Mar. 3 Docent Led Tour of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Museum, 1776 D St. Washington, DC. The cost is $5 per person. A new exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant – Fashion After the Revolution” has just opened. Tour lasts approximately 45” and we will plan a lunch at a nearby restaurant. Reservations must be made by Feb. 2. Look for more details in an Evite the week of 1/9/17.

Thursday, Mar. 16, 7:00pm – Presentation by Author, Laura Zelman, “In My Father’s Words:  The World War II Letters of an Army Doctor”.  Listen to the author’s journey in publishing letters between her parents during WWII while her father was serving overseas. Location: No. County Govt. Center, Reston. Look for the EVITE the week of Feb. 20th.

Thursday, Apr. 20, 7:00pm – Presentation by Na’ama Gold who is with Technion,  an Israeli government “supporter” or “facilitator” for high-tech start-ups. Technion is currently building a facility on Roosevelt Island–off Manhattan–in conjunction with a university to nurture and develop high-tech innovations.  Na’ama will speak about her youth in Israel, the education system and how promising youth are channeled through their Army service. Location: No. County Govt. Center, Reston Look for the EVITE the week of Mar. 20th!

Saturday, Apr. 22, Noon – Mother-Daughter-Granddaughter Luncheon, Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant, Reston. What a great opportunity to introduce your daughters and granddaughters to AAUW and in particular our Reston-Herndon branch. We will have a featured speaker, Paula Young Shelton, author of “Child of the Civil Rights Movement”. Paula, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important chapter in America’s history. Paula grew up in the “deep south”, in a world where whites had and blacks did not. With an activist father and a community of leaders surrounding her, including Uncle Martin (Martin Luther King), Paula watched and listened to the struggles, eventually joining with her family—and thousands of others—in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery. Look for the EVITE the week of Mar. 20th.

Wednesday, Apr. 26, Noon Matinee – Scholarship Fundraiser – Arena Stage, Washington, DC.

By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Seema Sueko
Kreeger Theater
Do belief systems stem from our environment?  Are some prejudices hard-wired into us? With barbed wit, Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly) explores the unavoidable nature of cultural bias and other sticky subjects in the controversial and fiercely funny new play Smart People. Four intellectuals — a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain’s response to race — search for love, acceptance and identity in a complex world where political correctness comes face-to-face with cold hard data.

Tickets would normally be $63 (including fees) however we are offering them at $53.50. We have a block of 10 seats available. Please contact if you wish to purchase tickets no later than Mar.15th.

Details on the May General Membership Meeting and Dinner are under development.

June 14-17 – AAUW National Convention – Washington, DC – Go to and click on the heading “Convention”. The next page will have information about registration, agenda, speakers, etc. There are discounts on convention costs based on when you register. The earlier you register, the more cost effective!