NEWS AND EVENTS:  Activities

For Hopkinson House residents


If you are looking to diversify your workout, increase morale, AND have fun, then come join our workout program with a certified personal trainer, Chloe Tennekon. Not only will you be working with others who share similar goals, but you’ll get to experience the motivation and originality that comes with working with a trainer.  December schedule 

Classes are open to Hopkinson House residents and take place in the Solarium.  First class is complimentary. Questions?  Contact Pat Ma, #HH316, 


Dance your way into shape this winter with a fun and energetic workout! Taught by Zumba-certified instructor Hanaa Rohman. Contact for any questions. All fitness levels welcome.  January-February 2018 schedule

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Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
This long-standing class is for strength, balance, and more.



Washington Square Citizens’ League is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to motivating Hopkinson House residents to become engaged in the political and social processes of the day. Founded in 1996, Washington Square Citizens’ League offers an array of activities, including informative programs and regular meetings organized around interest groups. Annual dues for membership are $10 per person or $20 per couple. The membership year is July 1 –  June 30. WSCL Membership Form. Please contact Enny Cramer, Nelly Childress, or Susan Tomita for more information.

A Neighborly Dinner at

  •  Monday, January 29
    Open to all Hopkinson House residents. Watch for details!

SpeakerMicWSCL Evening Speaker Series

Monthly evening programs in the Hopkinson House Solarium feature local movers and shakers, who have included Governor Ed Rendell, Philadelphia Inquirer columnists, government officials, and political candidates. Events offer the opportunity to meet-and-greet over refreshments before the program and Q&As. All Hopkinson House residents and their guests are welcome. 

  • Monday, January 22, 7:30 p.m., Portraits of Professional Caregivers: Their Passion, Their Pain, a documentary film directed and co-produced by Hopkinson House resident Vic Compher. Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.

discussionWSCL Afternoon Discussion Group

Topical discussion sessions take place every other Monday, starting at 2:30 p.m., in the Hopkinson House Upper Solarium. Knowledgeable Hopkinson House residents lead the discussions and provide printed reading material. Participation in individual sessions or a series is free for WSCL members. If you plan to attend any of the Winter-Spring 2018 sessions, please contact Curt Johnson at .

  • Monday, January 22, 2:30 p.m., What is Fake News and How Did it Happen. Discussion Group Leader:  Curt Johnson
  • Monday, February 12, 2:30 p.m., History of Sexual Harassment and the MeToo Movement. Discussion Group Leader:  Victoria Kirkham 
  • Monday, March 5,  2:30 p.m., The Trump Effect on U.S. Foreign Policy. Discussion Group Leader: Lynn Miller
  • Monday, March 19, 2:30 p.m., Status and History of the Philadelphia Affordable Housing Bill. Discussion Group Leader: Faith Abbey
  • Monday, April 9,  2:30 p.m., The History and Status of Solar Energy. Discussion Group Leader: Vijay Kapur
  • Monday, May 14, 2:30 p.m., Past Contributions and Future Contributions of Artificial Intelligence. Discussion Group Leader: Curt Johnson

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Sessions are held every four to eight weeks on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. for about an hour in Apt. 2803. Note new start time! Books selected for forthcoming meetings are:

  • February 18, 4:00 p.m.  Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
  • Date TBDThe Turn of the Screw by Henry James

reel2WSCL Reel Discussion Group

Film-goers meet monthly to discuss a critically acclaimed film with social and/or political themes of interest to members. The Sunday sessions begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Hopkinson House Solarium, led by Victoria Kirkham. Group members receive a ballot on the Tuesday before the meeting, and the group’s selected film is announced by Friday morning.

  • January 22
  • February 25
  • March 25
  • April 29

theaterWSCL Theater Discussion Group

Join the Theater Group’s re-boot as we experiment with more outings and participation. Discussions take place in the upper Solarium.

  • Wednesday, January 17, 7:30 p.m., Discussion of The Craftsman (Lantern Theater), This Is the Week that Is (1812 Productions), The Brownings (Orbiter 3), and other recent plays