United Community Ministries' Bryant Early Learning (BEL) Center is currently enrolling children aged 2 1/2. The BEL Center is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Children and Families and collaborates with the Office for Children in order to obtain child care assistance for families in need. If you would like a tour or further information, please contact Elizabeth McNally or Sandra Espinoza at 703-765-0909.
Jazzercise classes are held at the Hollin Hall Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at
7 p.m., Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday and
Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 703-765-0142 or visit www.jazzercise.com.
Jazzercise is recognizing Active Aging Week, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, with free Jazzercise Lite classes. These senior classes are held at the Hollin Hall Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, on Monday at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 11 a.m. For more information, call 703-765-0142 or visit www.jazzercise.com.
Building Blocks Music featuring Kindermusik. An internationally respected group music and movement class for ages newborn to 7 years. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on S. Kings Highway. Guitar and voice instruction is available to youths through adults. For more information contact Patricia Fetta 703-966-7329.
Adult Art Workshops. September through December. ECHOLAND ARTS workshops explore the history, meaning, and use of arts from around the world. Students of all ages are given a relaxing, supportive environment in which to explore their own creative energy. Projects include mandalas, bookmaking, masks, candles, prayer flags and malas. Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-noon, $12 per session. For more information, visit or call Mindful Hands Gallery, 211 King St., 703-683-2074.
Book Art. In this ongoing workshop, students learn basic bookbinding techniques such as portfolio construction, pamphlet binding and accordion books. Students will be working on book projects each week, exploring the endless possibilities of content, form, and function to incorporate into their own unique book of art. Saturdays, Sept. 25-Oct. 16, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., $30 per session, $110 for four-week series. For more information, visit or call Mindful Hands Gallery, 211 King St., 703-683-2074.
Children's Art Workshops. ECHOLAND ARTS workshops explore the history, meaning and use of arts from around the world. Children are given a playful, supportive environment in which to explore their own creative energy. Each week children will create their very own works of art. Project themes include, mandala creations, Jataka Tale puppets, bookmaking, prayer flags, recycled wonders and masks. All materials are provided. Every Sunday afternoon September through December, 1-2:30 p.m. $10 per child per session, parents free. For more information, please stop by or call Mindful Hands Gallery, 211 King St., 703-683-2074.
Docent Training. The fall docent training class at the Carlyle House Historic Park in Old Town Alexandria, 121 N. Fairfax St. The museum docent candidates will meet one Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will receive a complimentary lunch. Docents at the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Carlyle House Historic Park lead tours and assist with school programs at the 18th-century mansion. Benefits also include free parking while working, a 10 percent discount in the Carlyle House museum gift shop, free admission for guests accompanied by the volunteer and opportunities to participate in special events.
Docents attend the training session, follow several house tours and study the docent manual, then compose their own tours. These volunteers work one weekend shift or two weekday shifts monthly, although more time may be scheduled. For more information about the museum and the volunteer programs, call the Carlyle House at 703-549-2997.
Fall ESL Classes. The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is offering English as a second language classes in three Alexandria locations. Classes will take place at Lincolnia Community Resource Center, 5130-B Lincoln Ave., Alexandria, Sept. 20-Dec. 8, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; at Mark Center Club, 5708 Merton Court, Alexandria, from Sept. 21-Dec. 16, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and at Beverly Hills United Methodist Church, 3512 Old Dominion Blvd., Sept. 21-Dec. 9, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information or to register, visit www.lcnv.org or call 703-327-0866.