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What to do with all this extra time?

Social distancing is becoming the new normal.  Many of us are finding ourselves....well bored! 

Here are some ideas to remedy cabin fever.

Catch up on reading.  According to the Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser, the local DC Libraries will be closed from March 16th - April 1st. However, the library offers plenty of online reading options. Check them out!  Support your local bookstore Politcs and Prose and have items delivered to your home.

Stay connected. Pick up the phone and connect with friends old and new.  Check in with family. Staying away from the grandkids? Video conferencing apps like FaceTime or Skype provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with young ones in a meaningful way.  Visit Northwest Neighbors Village's Facebook page to see what's new at your Village. 

Enjoy your backyard habitat. Northwest Neighbors Village member Jane Whitaker reminds us of the beauty that lives in our backyard, read about it on page 5 of the March-April edition of The Village News.

Participate in Northwest Neighbors Village's online programs. We are working diligently to increase members' access to our Village community and relying more heavily on the use of technology.  Check out our calendar for upcoming online programs, including the chance to relax and unwind through Gentle Yoga. 

Exercise.  GiveFit is offering free logins to their online exercise classes.  Explore here. The YMCA is offering online fitness classes for seniors.  Check out one of the videos here. 

Get organized. Now's the time to tackle that project you've been putting off.  Professional organizer Judy Tiger of Just That Simple provides some inspiration to help you get started.  See Page 2 of the January-February edition of The Village News. 

Take an International Museum Tour. Travel and Leisure magazine outlines a list of museums including the Guggenheim, Van Gogh Museum, and the Musee d' Orsay.  Explore Hillwood Museum's exhibits and videos. 

Go to the Opera.  The Metropolitan Opera is offering free streaming nightly at 7:30 pm.

Explore. Virtually that is.  WAMU's DCist outlines a number of ways to stream movies, magazines, exercise classes, even strolling through Smithsonian archives!

Play games.  Dust off your old board games or play cards.  Want to expand your network of players? Try online board games with your friends. 

Draw with Illustrator Mo Willems.  Every day at 1:00 beloved illustrator and children's book writer Mo Willems will draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing through LunchDoodles. Visit the Kennedy Center's website

Learn a New Skill. Just go to YouTube and type "How to..." in the search box. eg. how to knit, how to draw, how to solve a Rubik's Cube, etc.

Listen to a podcast. There are so many interesting podcasts out there.  Check out Time Magazine's recommendations of the 50 Best Podcasts to find something that meets your interests.

Keep laughing! A little dose of humor can go a long way.  New Yorker and Far Side cartoons are sure to get a laugh!  If you find something funny, don't keep it to yourself.  Share a laugh with people you know.   

What are you doing to keep busy?  Let us know at We may share your ideas on this webpage.


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