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Classes & Workshops

<cal1>Public Speaking

<cal2>Speechcraft. An eight-week program helps individuals with public speaking, through April 19, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Oaks Community Center, 5708 Oak Leather Drive in Burke. Space is limited to 15 people. Reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Fee is $60 and includes 6 months of Toastmaster membership. For more information and to register, call Clint Conerly at 703-250-9504 or Michelle Harper at 703-323-0955.

<cal1>George Mason University

<cal2>Outdoor Challenges. The NVCC Annandale Campus is also offering three courses geared towards challenging activities.

Recreational Camping (RPK 215 01N). Tuesday and Thursday, April 13 and 15; field experience, Friday-Sunday, April 16-18. Overnight required.

Kayaking (RPK 198-38N). Thursday, April 15; Tuesday April 20; Thursday, April 22; field experience, Friday-Sunday, April 23-25. Overnight required.

A non-refundable contractor's fee applies to all classes. For more information about any of the above classes, contact Nancy Chamberlain at 703-323-3230 or e-mail nchamberalin@nvcc.edu. Visit www.nvcc.edu/prk.

Classes for Professionals. Credit and non-credit courses on the weekends to help working professionals in the advancement of their educational goals, while meeting the demands of work and family. Courses include Intellectual Property, Alliance Management, Global Affairs, Project Management, Paralegal, Geographic Information Sciences, SHRM, BIS and Test Prep in Praxis and TOEFL. New programs will be added on an ongoing basis. Call 703-993-2109. Visit www.weekend.gmu.edu.

<cal1>Art

<cal2>Art Classes in Burke. Drawing and watercolor painting for youth, teens and adults. Classes take place at the Woods Community Centre, Burke Centre. The instructor is Carol Zeitlin, a member of the Springfield Art Guild and Sumi-e Society, D.C. Chapter. Call 703-250-6930 or visit www.geocities.com/czeitlinschneier, for more information.

<cal1>Photography

<cal2>Digital Photography of Nature. Learn new skills and improve skills in a class offered by the Fairfax Audubon Society in Annandale. The class costs $150 for Fairfax Audubon Society members and $175 for non-members. For dates and times, visit the FAS Web site at www.fairfaxaudubon.org or call 703-256-2060.

<cal1>Languages

<cal2>Greenspring Village’s English As a Second Language (ESL). 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.

Adult English as a Second Language (ESL). Classes offered by Hogar Hispano of Catholic Charities at 24 locations in Northern Virginia. The cost is $40 per semester, textbook included. Call 703-534-9805 Ext. 222 or visit www.ccda.net for schedule.

<cal1>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.

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>AARP Driver Safety Program. March 22 and 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Motorists 50 and older. The course covers the effects of aging and medications on driving, basic driving rules, license renewal, local traffic hazards, adverse road conditions and accident prevention measures. Graduates receive a discount on their car insurance. Cost is $10 for both classes per person. Advance registration required. Call 703-255-6360.

Exercise Program. Seniors are invited to sample a seated/standing exercise program from 12:30-1:30 p.m., at Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. The class will be held every Friday through March 12, providing aerobics, stretching and strength and balance training. The fee for each session is $6 for Town residents; $7.50 for all others. Call 703-255-6360.

<cal1>Knitting/Crochet

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