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During the covid-19 crisis, BMAV has moved all of our programming to virtual meetings. We are open for requests for groceries and other needs from Full Service members. Please check our calendar for details or reach out to with questions.

HomeSocial Activities
 Full calendar of Social, Cultural and Educational events

     Our social program includes access to a full calendar of events for members, including lunches, coffees and happy hours at local restaurants or members’ homes (or by Zoom), outings to museums and theaters, classes, a guest speaker series and more.

    Members have attended a guided tour of the Holocaust Memorial Museum by a Holocaust survivor, complimentary outings to Hillwood Estate and the Newseum, docent tours of the Kreeger Museum and the Phillips Collection, and multiple outings to Glenstone, to name just a few. Members also have enjoyed architectural and garden walking tours as well as Tech Tutors sessions with high school students.

     BMAV sponsors workshops at Connie Morella Library on the third Tuesday afternoon of the month. These have included talks on universal design, voice recognition devices, technology, filmmaking, and living wills.  Our Speaker Series is also open to the public and attendees have enjoyed talks by Bob Levey, Steve Roberts, Connie Morella, James Rosebush, former Chief of Staff to Nancy Reagan, "Master of Disaster" Ken Feinberg, one of the inventors of the internet Steve Crocker, Delegate Marc Korman, Margaret Talev, past president of the White House Correspondents' Association, and many authors.

volunteer luncheon

Shared Interest Groups

     Bethesda Metro Area Villagers lead interesting lives and have varied interests, reflected in the interest groups they’ve started!  All our members are encouraged to start up groups based on their interest, with help from village leadership. The groups offer opportunities to get to know other village members and form new friendships. BMAV members are encouraged to attend as many special interest group events as they’d like.

     If you are interested in checking out an interest group meet-up before deciding to join the village, please contact us.

Aging Well discussion group

The Aging Well discussion group's goal is to make the most of life as we grow older and to live life to the fullest. We have fun meetings each month on Sunday evenings with engaging speakers on topics like:  decluttering, keeping fit, advance directives, and hospice care. We are learning together how to age gracefully and die well.  

Since the pandemic started, our Zoom discussions have focused on:
    What are the best ways to age successfully?
    What advice would you give the next generation for when they become old?
    What are the silver linings for older people in this pandemic?
    What are the major lessons you learned from your parents or grandparents?
Please join us at a future meeting!


This group has put together many outings to area museums, including Glenstone and GWU's Textile Museum. Members who are interested in meeting up to visit galleries or museums or to take a class or paint together are encouraged to let us know.

Armchair Travelers

Travel virtually with friends!  Hosts share photos from interesting trips via Zoom each month.  So far we have "traveled" to Mongolia, Israel, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Rwanda, Lebanon, Sweden, and South Korea, among others.

If YOU have photos from an interesting trip you'd like to share, let us know!

Book Club

Members meet twice a month to discuss book recommendations or chat with authors. Join us with your recommendations!

bird watching

BMAV members are playing bridge together, and even teaching each other! We meet on weekdays about twice a month for friendly, social bridge games.  We have an intermediate group of 6 members who play occasionally, when there are enough in town for a foursome.  A beginner/refresher group also meets for lessons. More players are welcome!

Bird walks

Bird identification, by plumage, behavior and song, can be a challenge.  Improve your ID skills and understanding of the natural world with a local birding expert and photographer, as he leads occasional bird walks both in the Edgemoor neighborhood of Bethesda and in nearby parks and natural areas. Beginners welcome.

Film Fans

This group shares by email names of recommended films, attends films together and holds meetups to review films together.
  All are welcome!


We meetup to share gardening tips and go on garden tours. We have learned about all kinds of gardens - from vegetable to flowering to how to create gardens for the bees, as well as shared many resources.

Hardy Hikers

Once a month on a weekday morning we carpool to a state park or someplace similar that's within a half hour or so to hike for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The hikes have been easy to moderate and quite beautiful. No one is in a rush and conversation flows. We would love to have you join us.

knitting and conversation

Knitting, Needlework and Friends

At our Friday afternoon bi-monthly get-togethers, in one of our member's homes, we chat, provide help with each others projects, and share ideas for future projects. We all look forward to our fun and relaxing sessions and welcome you to join us with any knitting or needlework projects you might enjoy.  No experience is necessary as we have several very experienced knitters that are happy to provide guidance.  Each winter some of our knitters make items to be donated to charitable organizations.

Ladies Lunch Out

LLO, which has grown from just a few at the first outing in 2018 to more than 20, meets at Bethesda restaurants each month for free-form social interaction: catching up with current friends and meeting and learning more about members they don’t know well.

Men’s Lunch Out

MLO meets monthly at a local restaurant in Bethesda for fellowship and good food.  The first half of the lunch is a free-for-all in which the men discuss whatever comes to mind.  The second half focuses on a specific topic, like the implications of elections, the history of Gold, the sharing of travel experiences, and what we are doing to stay busy.