NEWS AND EVENTS:  Activities

For Hopkinson House residents

Saturdays at 11:15 a.m.
Come join neighborhood Zumba instructor Julie on Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. in the Solarium.   Details

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
This long-standing class is for strength, balance, and more.

Days and times vary — see schedule below.
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. 
Classes are open to Hopkinson House residents and take place in the Solarium.  First class is complimentary. If you plan to attend, first call, text, or email Pat Ma to confirm schedule is accurate:  (215) 901 4972 or


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 for more information.

WSCL 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.  

February 12 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m. Concha Alborg, author of MY MOTHER, THAT STRANGER – Letters from the Spanish Civil War. Based on her parents’ wartime correspondence, Dr. Alborg’s unique memoir illuminates the contrasting burdens of family life in the Spanish Republican capital and a soldier’s life on the war front. Hear how the daughter of a well-known scholar discovered more than 800 long-lost letters and her mother’s passion and complexity in Franco’s Spain. Refreshments, 7:00 p.m.

discussionWSCL Discussion Groups

Topical discussion sessions take place on selected Monday afternoons and evenings in the Hopkinson House Solarium. Knowledgeable Hopkinson House residents lead the discussions and provide printed reading material. Please pick up the handout at the front desk about a week in advance. Materials will no longer be delivered to individual apartments. 

  • Monday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., Evening Discussion, The Democrats’ Presidential Primaries. Progress and Prospects. Discussion Leader, Lynn Miller
  • Monday, April 27, 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Discussion, New Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw vs. Philly Outlaws. How will the background of our new police Commissioner in Oakland, CA and Portland, OR affect her responsibilities and challenges here? Discussion Leader, Martha Cornog

WSCL Reel Discussion

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 4:00 p.m. in the Hopkinson House upper Solarium. Group members receive a ballot on the Tuesday before the meeting, and the group’s selected film is announced by Thursday morning. 

  • March 1
  • March 29
  • April 26

WSCL Book Discussion

Sessions are held every four to eight weeks on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. for about an hour in Roy Bernat’s Apt. #2803. 

  • March 22, The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman
  • April 19, TBA 

theaterWSCL Theatergoers 

  • February 23 (Sunday), Ambler Theater Field trip to see Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, National Theatre Live from The Old Vic, $18. Hop on the Lansdale/Doylestown train to the historic 1928 Spanish Colonial-style theater for this acclaimed broadcast show, then join our discussion at a local restaurant (at co$t). Take the #2510 train departing Jefferson Station at 11:14 a.m.; leave Ambler on the #5227 at 5:53 p.m. to re­­­­­­turn at 6:30 p.m. Ride free on regional rail with a SEPTA Senior Fare Card.For information, call Susan Tomita, 215 925-8464