HAPPENING TODAY: Coffee Break Energizer With Special Guest

Workout iconDon’t miss our Coffee Break today at 2:30 PM by the Innovative Grounds Coffee Shop! Fitness Center staff will attend the Coffee Break and demonstrate a brief daily physical energizer and there will be a special promotion/gift for all members.​

Just what you need after count Monday.

Learn to Tango!

Click to flyerIntro to Argentine Tango + Practica

Monday May 16th, 2016 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
USPTO Madison Auditorium

Curious about tango? Think you can’t dance? If you can walk, you can tango. Come check out a free tango lesson where you learn from one of DC’s most sought after dancers-Gabriel Medeiros of Tango Mercurio. No partner is required as exercises are group based. Also find out the best (and free) places to discover the Argentine Tango scene in the DC metro area. Snacks will be provided!

Argentine Tango has a special history of usurping the traditional dance roles of ‘leader’ and ‘follower’ and their corresponding gender associations.  Even from its early days in the salons in Buenos Aires, men spent most of their time practicing as ‘followers’ with other men before they earned the rare privilege to dance with women.  Today, top tango stars include acclaimed same-sex dance couple Martin Maldonado and Maurizio Ghella, who tour internationally as teachers and performers, and whose mastery of the dance and commitment to improvisation leaves traditional lead/follow role restrictions in the dust.  Many dance communities offer classes that encourage gender neutral ‘open roles’ in which students work on both leading and following roles.  For example local school Tango Mercurio offers a ‘Leading Ladies’ workshop which teaches women how to lead the dance, and an ‘Abrozo’ workshop which teaches men follower techniques.  These classes ensure people can experience all areas of the dance outside of traditional gender role restrictions and serve a practical purpose in expanding one’s options for potential partners at any given milonga, or dance.

5:00-5:30pm Welcome and Intro – Tango Origins & Modern Tango. Buenos Aires: Tango Orchestras and the Golden Age. Tango Nuevo/Alternative tango. Brief Demo, Modern Tango Structure & Etiquette. Cabeceo, line of dance, improvisation, leading/following: invite/accept. Tango in our Area: Capital Tangueros Google Calendar, terminology: practica vs. milonga; festivals. Beginner-friendly local tango events: MLK library Practica (free), Eastern Market, Pablo’s Practica, Tango Mercurio.

5:30-6:30pm Beginner’s Lesson: The Walking Dance – Walking with the music, partner weight changes, moving in the line of dance, pausing techniques, walking to the cross.

6:30-8:30pm Practica: Open to all dancing to DJ’d music for anyone who wants to practice, with instructors available for guidance; asking and assisting others is encouraged.

OPM Presents: LGBT Inclusion in the Federal Workplace

O P M LogoOn Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will host an “LGBT Inclusion in the Federal Workplace” roundtable. The roundtable will help attendees gain insight on key tools to build LGBT inclusion in the federal workplace. It will be facilitated by Susan Wong, Deputy Director of Coordination & Policy, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, OPM.  The roundtable will include panelists from agencies including Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and NASA.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP at https://max.omb.gov/community/x/WoSBKg

After you log in, scroll down and click the “RSVP for LGBT Inclusion in the Federal Workplace Roundtable.” button and provide your name, e-mail address, agency, office and job title.  To receive a calendar invitation on your personal calendar, check the “Send calendar invite” box.

Federal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

The last day of the special enrollment period for Federal Employee Spouse Benefits is today. After today we will be able to enroll our spouses and step children on our benefits during the usual open enrollment period.

Here’s more information about Same-Sex Spouse benefits in general from Lambda Legal:


Last Day to buy IFS Tickets at half price is tomorrow!

Photo of bruschettaFive tickets for $5 or ten tickets for $10 (One ticket redeemable for one sample serving). These tickets on special member pricing will remain on sale only through August 6th. Our table will feature Italian cuisine samples from an LGBT Owned catering business to include Bruschetta, Italian Meatballs, De-constructed Stuffed Mushrooms, Prosciutto Onion Gorgonzola and Stuffed Campari Tomatoes. Other offerings include Chicken Bririyani and Falafel; Samosas and Korean Dumplings; Mini Beef Patties and Jerk Chicken; Persian Chicken Kabobs; Eggplant Salad; Chicken Gumbo; Lemon Ricotta Kale Dip; Ethiopian Minchetabsh; Chocolate Dipping Station; Roasted Chicken and more! Don’t miss a great deal, contact Larry Sternbane and Michael Tzeng to get your half price tickets before they’re gone!