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Classes & Workshops

Dancing

<cal2>Israeli Dance Class. Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Beginners, intermediates and advanced. $5/session/JCCNV member; $6/non-member; $4/student or senior. Reservations not required. 301-982-0937.

Learn to Dance Salsa and Meringue at Rene’s Club, 3251 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. For beginners and advanced students. Learn basics and advanced techniques, Latin moves, combination footwork, spinning, breaks, timing, style and shine. Group class meets Thursdays and Fridays, 8-9 p.m. Partner not required. Proper attire. Call 703-759-9380.

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.

<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 MOPDIP class will meet on Saturday, Oct. 11, from

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road. Subsequent seminars are scheduled for Nov. 8 and Dec. 3, at the same time and location. Call 703-924-6588. The fee for this course is $10 per person for books and materials.

<cal1>College Prep

<cal2>Focusing in on College. A workshop to help frame skills, interests, personality style. Develops a college plan. Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 3018 Javier Road, second floor, Fairfax. $50 for the series. 703-204-9100.

<cal1>Languages

<cal2>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>Packing

<cal2> Interstate Worldwide Relocation packing classes. On Saturday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Nov. 15, learn proper packing and lifting techniques and industry secrets, 8:30-11 a.m., in the “Talking Training House” at Interstate’s corporate headquarters, 5801 Rolling Road, Springfield. Advance registration requested. Call 1-800-745-MOVE, Ext. 234.

<cal1>Knitting/Crochet

<cal2>The Yarn Barn, located at 9413-C Old Burke Lake Road, is offering classes in knitting, crocheting and basket weaving. For more information contact Penny Sampson, at 703-978-2220 or 1-800-762-5274. The Web site is www.geocities.com/theyarnbarnonline.

$5 Project Help Workshops: Wednesday mornings, 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday mornings, 8 to 10 a.m.

Beginning Knitting. Five lessons. Thursdays 6 - 8 p.m. $70 plus materials. Learn how to create knitted garments. Participants learn to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, cable, bind off, pick up stitches for neck and seam pieces together. Dates: Oct. 16-Nov. 13; Jan. 8-Feb. 5.

Beginning Crochet. Five lessons. Saturdays, 1-2 p.m. $70 plus materials. Learn crochet to embellish knitted garments or create crocheted items. Participants learn to chain, single crochet and double crochet as they crochet a granny square and a woven-effect scarf. Dates: Nov. 15-Dec. 20; Jan. 10-Feb. 7.

Yarn Making. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., $45 plus materials. Participants learn to combine colors and textures to create a unique signature yarn.

The Purse Class. $20 plus materials. Participants learn to make a small seed stitch purse with a fringed top. Skills taught include seed stitch, loop stitch, three-needle bind off, I-cord. Pattern included. Prerequisite: beginning knitting or equivalent skills. Offered on Monday, Nov. 3. Times: 3-4:30 p.m., 6-7:30 p.m., or 7:30-9 p.m.

Two Circ Socks. Two lessons. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., $40 plus materials. Participants learn to knit a small tube on two circular needles to join a round, to turn a heel, and to close a toe with kitchener stitch or a three-needle bind off, if preferred. Prerequisite: beginning knitting or equivalent skills. Dates: Nov. 10-17; Dec. 1-8; Jan. 5-12.