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Classes

<cal1>Dancing

<cal2>A circle/folk dancing class, featuring a mixture of traditional folk dance and modern choreography, will take place Dec. 14, from 7:45-10 p.m., at Accotink Universalist Unitarian Church in Burke. The cost for five sessions is $25 for pledging members and $35 for those who do not pledge. Contact 703-451-2595.

Learn to Dance. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Partners not required. Learn salsa, merengue, cha-cha, pop and more. At Rene’s Night Club, 3251 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Party follows, $5/person. Proper attire required. Free parking. For information or reservations, call 703-759-9380 or 703-856-1139.

Tap-dance lessons for Fairfax County Senior Citizens 55 and older will be held at Little River Glen Senior Center, Barker Court, located just off Route 236 and Olley Lane in Fairfax, on Wednesdays. Free. Call 703-370-1466.

Latin Dance will be held at Rene's Supper Club, located at 3251 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax, every Thursday from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Ladies free before 9 p.m. Proper attire required. Over 21 with ID. Call 703-759-9380 (day) or 703-385-0077 (evening).

<cal1>Languages

<cal2>The New World Bilingual Institute offers classes in English as a Second Language, Chinese and Chinese painting, calligraphy and knotting arts at Thompson Hall at George Mason University in Fairfax. Children and adults. Classes meet Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-6 p.m. and weekday evenings from 7-10 p.m. Registration required. Call 703-978-7905

Greenspring Village’s “English As a Second Language” (ESL) program provides instruction to assist employees who want to improve their language skills. ESL classes meet twice a week. Volunteers who wish to enroll are asked to pay a $20 registration fee to be refunded at the completion of the course. Follow-up ESL courses for students who wish to continue are now in the planning stage. Greenspring Village, developed and managed by Erickson Retirement Communities, is headquartered in Catonsville, Md. For more information, check out their Web site address: www.ericksonretirement.com.

<cal1>Safety

<cal2>Lt. John Henderson teaches the City of Fairfax Fire Extinguisher Training program in Room 8 at the John C. Wood Municipal Complex, 3730 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. Hands-on training will be offered using a fire simulator, which creates a small fire. To schedule classes, call the City of Fairfax Building and Fire Code Administration Office, 703-273-8109.

<cal1>Seniors

<cal2>Mature Operator's Driver Improvement Program (MOPDIP). This eight-hour class for Virginia residents 55 and older covers safe-driving information. The course is sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and is presented by certified Fairfax County Auxiliary Police officers. On completion of this course, drivers are eligible for the Virginia state mandated insurance premium reduction (check with individual insurance carriers for the amount). The classes take place the second Saturday of each month. The next MODIP class will meet at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road, on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Subsequent seminars are scheduled for Jan. 11 and Feb. 8, 2003. Registration is required. Call 703-924-6588. The fee for this course is $10 per person for books and materials.