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RCC's Senior Academy will present "Losses in Later Years" on Monday, April 19 from 1-3 p.m. People age 55 and older are invited to learn coping skills to deal with the losses that occur in late adulthood. Call the Reston Community Center, Lake Anne at 703-689-3550.

Ongoing wellness workshops facilitated by Dr. Christos Balis, DC FASA, of Wellspring Healing Arts. All events are held from 7-8:30 p.m., at Worldgate Nutrition Center, 13009 Worldgate Drive, Herndon. For more information, call 703-709-9355. Free:

* Monday, April 19 - "Stress Test I: Identifying and Documenting Stress."

* Thursday, May 6 - "Allergy High Season: Relief for You and Your Child."

* Thursday, May 20 - "Stress Test II: What's Your Remedy? Turning Stress into Vitality."

"Basic Automotive Knowledge," is an in-depth look at car care. Six sessions cover basic functions of automotive systems and automotive diagnostics. "Basic Automotive Knowledge" is intended for high school students only, and will be held on Saturday, April 24 from 9 a.m.-12 noon at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods. The class fee is $25 for people who live in Reston and $75 for all others. Register either in person or by faxing a completed RCC Registration form to 703-476-8617.

Art classes are being offered at Artworks Gallery, 11411-G Sunset Hills Road, Reston in April and early May. For more information, call 703-464-7477. All classes are limited to ten students:

* Basic Class: Painting Out of Your Mind from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on April 24 and 25. For beginners and experienced painters; an intuitive approach to the creative process with acrylics and mixed media resulting in abstract paintings and collages. $150.

Instructor: Brenda Belfield.

* Wild Flower Painting from 12-3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30. For beginners and experienced painters; a fun and experimental

interpretation of flowers with acrylic and mixed media paintings.

$50. Instructor: Brenda Belfield.

* 3 Day Master Drawing Workshop from 12-3:30 p.m. on May 4, 6 and 7. For experienced artists; work from a live model with charcoal and paper. $150. Instructor: Mimi Herbert.

Spaces are available in the Herndon Community Center's spring Lifeguard Training class. This course trains and certifies American Red Cross lifeguards. This is the most comprehensive course to date, and includes rescue techniques, First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED. To be eligible for the class, participants must be 15 years old by the last day of the class. Participants must also pass a pre-course swim test. The class begins Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m.-12 noon for student swim skills testing. The rest of the course is scheduled Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 8-June 19. There is no class May 29 in observance of Memorial Day weekend. The Herndon Community Center is located at 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon. Participants may call Teresa or Stuart at 703-435-6800, ext. 2122 for further information.

Local Scout troops can complete some or all of the badge requirements for a variety of badges by participating in the scouting programs offered at Frying Pan Park. All programs are limited to 20 participants per session. Available sessions include:

* Brownies — Animal TRY-IT: June 7, 4-5 p.m. $3/scout.

* Brownies — Listening to the Past TRY-IT: April 17, 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m, and May 19, 4-5:30 p.m. $4/scout.

* Jr. Girl Scout — Local Lore: April 24, 3-5 p.m., and May 17, 3-5 p.m. $6/scout.

* Jr. Girl Scout — Your Outdoor Surroundings: May 24, 3-5 p.m., and June 2, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $6/scout.

* Bear Scout — Farm Animal Elective: April 19, 2-3 p.m. or 4-5 p.m., and June 9, 4-5 p.m. $3/scout.

* Wolf Scout — Machine Power Elective: May 15, 10-11 a.m. or 2-3 p.m. $3/scout.

* Boy Scout — Animal Science Badge: May 11, 4-5:30 p.m., and June 8, 4-5:30 p.m. $6/scout.

* Webelos Forester: May 5, 4-5:30 p.m., May 22, 10-11:30 a.m., and May 26, 4-5:30 p.m. $4/scout.

Other Scouting Programs Offered at Frying Pan Park: Bade programs for Brownies (Eco-Explorer, Watching Wildlife, and Plants), Junior Girl Scouts (Earth Connections, Outdoors in the City, Plants and Animals), Girl Scouts (Wildlife, Eco-Action, Ecology), Bear (Take Care of Your Planet, Sharing Your World with Wildlife), Wolf (Your Living World, Birds), Webelos (Ecosystems, Your Local Environment).

Frying Pan Park will custom design a program to meet a group's needs. For more

information about any of the programs listed above, visit

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/scouts.htm or call Frying Pan Park at 703-437-9101.

Self-Defense. Classes meet every Sunday at the Reston YMCA, from 4-5:30 p.m. Other classes meet 1-2 hours twice a week: Wednesday, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturdays, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The program is recognized by the Police Martial Arts Association and the American Jujitsu Association. Call 703-435-3824, or the YMCA program manager, Todd Morris, at 703-742-8800.

Swing Dances every Monday night from 7-9 p.m., with a DJ from 9-11 p.m. at the Dulles Hilton. Dance is free for swing students and $5 for others. Visit www.gottaswing.com.

Candlelight Yoga Classes. Ongoing classes are held at tranquil Brown's Chapel in Reston. Students learn gentle stretches, calming breathing practices and deep relaxation. Perfect for beginners to learn simple ways to relieve stress and discomfort. Mondays 7-8:30 p.m. and Thursdays 7:30-9 p.m. $60/monthly. Call 703-707-0447. Family yoga classes beginning in the Spring.

Buddhist Meditation Classes. Participants will find "inner peace through gaining a practical understanding of the mind." Classes are conducted by Dr. Meggie Byrne, M.D. of Vajrayogini Buddhist Center and include guided meditations, Buddhist teaching, Q&A and refreshments on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Brown's Chapel, Brown's Chapel Road, Reston. A $10 donation is suggested. Call 202-294-8156 or visit www.meditation-dc.org.

Lamaze Childbirth Classes. Certified Lamaze instructor at the YMCA in Reston. A series of five classes are offered on Tuesday nights, from 7-9 p.m. Call 703-631-4629 for a schedule and to register.

Wee Play. A weekly activity class for ages 2-3 and their parents. Sing songs, make crafts, play with balls, hoops, and paddles, shake the parachute and enjoy a snack. Classes are held at the Classical Ballet Academy in Herndon on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sessions are 10 weeks and cost $90. Call Kathy Brennan to register at 703-403-8699.

Free Healing and Meditation Nights: relax and rejuvenate by doing Meditation on Twin Hearts, a non-denominational and easy to follow meditation. Also experience Pranic Healing — a no touch, modern energy healing technique to reduce stress, improve your health, relationships and discover inner peace. Every Thursday until the end of April at 7:30 p.m. at South Lakes High School (Room# O-3), 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston. Call 703-437-7487 or email info@dcpranichealing.com. Visit www.dcpranichealing.com.

Pastel Drawing. Reston resident Carol Berman will help students learn the medium and improve drawing skills on Thursday mornings, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at her Reston studio. Cost is $15 per session. Call 703-437-9068.

Sing-Along. Sing, Shake & Dance. Fridays at 10 a.m. Come and join a children's music sing-along featuring old and "new" classics. Explore instruments, rhythms and dance. Ages 12-30 months. Presented by Leaping Lizard Parties & more. $8. To register, call 703-948-6195 or lizardparties@cox.net.

Swing Dances every Friday night at the Dulles Hilton in the Solarium room with a live band, from 9 p.m.-midnight. Introductory swing dance class from 8:30-9 p.m. with Sue and Gary. $12 for the evening.

Gentle Hatha Yoga. Classes for beginners and those who would prefer to remain at a Gentle level are offered Saturdays, 12-1:30 p.m., at Brown's Chapel. Cost is $50 for five classes; $12 for drop in. Weekday daytime and evening classes are available in private studio in Reston. Call 703-787-0268.

Art Classes. Artist Lassie Corbett is offering classes for children and adults at Herndon Old Town Gallery—A Place to Paint, 720 Lynn St., Herndon. Beginning and Advanced Watercolor classes are offered, day and evening. Oriental brush painting on Thursday afternoons in a combined class for beginners and advanced students. Special weekend workshops in mixed media and collage. Call 703-435-1888. Visit www.lassiecorbettart.com.

The Fairfax County offices of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (CBRB) offer free weekly career seminars for those interested in learning more about a career in real estate. Information about the residential real estate profession and the opportunities available are among the topics to be discussed. The seminar is appropriate for those interested in starting a new career as well as for experienced sales associates looking to work with the Company of Choice in the Mid-Atlantic region. To register, call Mary Lou Griggs, branch vice president at 703-476-8440 or email at Mgriggs@coldwellbankermove.com or call Barbara Aaron, branch vice president, 703-471-7220 or email her at Baaron@coldwellbankermove.com.

ESL Courses. Reston Community Center offers English as A Second Language (ESL) courses for adults with beginning to intermediate levels of proficiency in English. The courses will cover basic grammar, conversation, pronunciation and writing. Classes are targeted to people age 16 and older. Students are required to take a free assessment test before they can attend a class. The fee is $20 for people who live or work in Reston and $87 for all others. For information on assessment testing, class locations, dates and times, call the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 (TTY/V).

Hogar Hispano of Catholic Charities offers ESL classes at 24 sites throughout Northern Virginia. Cost is $40 per semester and includes a textbook. Call 703-534-9805, Ext. 222 or visit www.ccda.net, for a schedule.