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Registration is underway for the Classroom of Discovery's Adult-Tot classes which begin in September. The Classroom of Discovery is a not-for-profit independent preschool. The school offers two classes Monday and Wednesday mornings designed especially for 18- to 36-month-old children. The classes feature music, movement and creativity and meet at the Classroom of Discovery's facility at St. Matthew's Church in Sterling Park. The school also has a few openings for its morning preschool program for children ages 2-1/2 through 5. Visit the school's Web site at www.classroomofdiscovery.org or call Sheri Brown, program director, at 703-927-3333.
The Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, will hold a ceramics class, Thursday, Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers for one session. Registration is required prior to class. Early registration is strongly encouraged. Call 703-430-2397.
The Loudoun County Senior Center's Introduction to Computers, Windows XP and Internet classes will not be offered in the August. Call 703-430-2397 to be placed on a waiting list.
The Loudoun County Cooperative Extension Office will offer the Good Gardeners Short Course consisting of six, four-hour sessions — four in the evenings and two Saturday mornings, remaining dates are Aug. 23 and 25, 6-10 p.m., and Aug. 27, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost for the entire six sessions is $250 or attend individual sessions for $50 per session. Topics include botany, soils and fertilizers, composting, insects and disease, turf, woody and herbaceous plants, fruits and vegetables, pruning ornamentals, protecting water quality, basic landscape design, and designing an integrated pest management plan for the home landscape. Sessions will be taught by Extension personnel and Master Gardener volunteers. Registration fees will cover materials, refreshments and will also be used in support of other Master Gardener community educational activities.
The ESL and Immigrant Ministries provides English classes in 17 locations in Northern Virginia, including places in or near Loudoun County. Both day and evening classes are offered. Child care is available at some locations. Registration begins Aug. 27. A $15 donation is requested. Check www.eslim.org for class locations and schedules or call 703-841-0292 and leave a message. Calls will be returned in English, Spanish, Korean, or Vietnamese.
Sterling Annex Community Center, 1115 W. Church Road, is offering a carry all basket workshop, Saturday, Aug. 28, from 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. For ages 16 and older. The cost is $28 for county residents and $42 for nonresidents. There is also a supply fee of $15 to the instructor. Preregistration is required, call 703-430-6673.
The Loudoun Cooperative Extension is offering a the ServSafe Food Sanitation course as a two-day class, Sept. 13 and 20, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Loudoun Extension Office, 30B Catoctin Circle, S.E., Leesburg. Cost is $104 and includes text, examination and certificate. Includes instruction on the microworld, contamination and food-borne illness, purchasing and receiving safe foods, food storage, food protection in preparation and service, employee sanitation training, organizing a cleaning program, pest control, accident prevention and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points. Contact Beverly Samuel, 703-777-0373.
The Loudoun Cooperative Extension is offering a seminar on Starting a Family Child Care Business to provided caregivers with the tools to develop a home-based child-care service. Includes an overview of the requirements for state licensing, information on how to obtain a business license and local zoning permit for compliance with ordinances, a discussion on the Child and Adult Care Food program. Sept. 15, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Loudoun Extension Office, 30B Catoctin Circle, S.E., Leesburg. Registration fee is $10 and includes resource manual. Contact Beverly Samuel, 703-777-0373.
Movement with Kathy, a mixture of dance, tai chi, stretching and yoga. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 20, 1:30 p.m., at the Senior Activity Center at Leesburg, 215 Depot Court, first floor. Free, sign up on the second floor. wear comfortable, loose clothing and exercise shoes. Call 703-737-8039.
The History of Tea, Mondays, Sept. 26-Oct. 17, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Senior Activity Center at Leesburg, 215 Depot Court, first floor. Offered by the Shenandoah University, College of Lifelong Learning, for ages 50 and older. Learn how tea is grown and processed, why it became popular in the west, learn about and sample different varieties. Cost $89. Registration begins Aug. 22. Call 703-737-8039.
Gentle yoga, Tuesdays, through Sept. 27, from 6:30-7:45 p.m., the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Cost for 12 sessions $103.50 for members, $115.50 for nonmembers. Instructor, Lin Wagener, R.Y.T. Call 703-430-2397.
Introduction to Photography, Wednesdays, Sept. 28-Nov. 9, from 7-8:30 p.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Court, first floor. A National Geographic photographer teaches the basics of taking great photos. Bring your own camera. $89. Instructor, William Reichert. Call 703-737-8039.
Introduction to Drawing, Fridays, Sept. 30-Nov. 11, from 7-8:30 p.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Court, first floor. Professional portraitist teaches the basics of drawing and sketching. $89. Call 703-737-8039.
Music Appreciation, Wednesdays, Sept. 28-Nov. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Court, first floor. Enjoy discussions of concert music with a conductor and a trip to a concert. $89. Transportation fee additional. Instructor, Matthew Salomon. Call 703-737-8039.
Art Appreciation, Fridays, Sept. 30-Nov. 11, from 5:30-7 p.m., Leesburg Senior Center, 215 Depot Court, first floor. Learn about great artists of the world and take a guided museum tour. $89. Transportation fee additional. Instructor, Lisa Reed. Call 703-737-8039 to register.
The Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, will hold a Photo Editing and Restoration class, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1-5 p.m. $29 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Registration is required prior to class. Early registration is strongly encouraged. Call 703-430-2397.
The Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, will have the next AARP Driving Safety class Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Must attend both days for certificate. $10 for members. Nonmembers are required to pay an additional $2 for daily use fee. All registrations must be in cash and there will be no refund unless your seat is resold. Call 703-430-2397.
Beginning Acting Classes with Benjamin at the Senior Activity Center at Leesburg, 215 Depot Court, first floor. Classes will feature a mix of reading, pantomime, musical theater and skits culminating with a small presentation. Tuesdays, Oct. 11-Nov. 1, 6:30 -8 p.m. Cost $5, pay on the second floor. Call 703-737-8039.
The firm of Rachel L. Virk Attorney and Counselor at Law/Certified Mediator holds free monthly informational seminars on family law every second Saturday of the month, 9-11:30 a.m., 21135 Whitfield Place, Suite 207, Sterling. Learn about non-adversarial confidential dispute resolution and how to craft detailed solutions to remain in control or learn about rights to offset costly contested litigation. Call 703-444-3355. Visit www.virk-law.com.
Wendy Lane, flutist, will offer a flute class for beginners at her Sterling music studio, Mondays, from 7-8 p.m. for the remainder of the summer. No charge. E-mail Blane4@verizon.net or 703-404-3103. Instruments may be provided by the teacher. Beginners only but other lessons are given privately.
Prenatal Education. Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, presents workshops for expectant parents. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 703-779-2694.
'Handwriting without Tears.' The Sterling Annex Community Center, 1115 W. Church Road, Sterling, offers classes for children ages 4-6 to help them focus on the beginning techniques for handwriting in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Call 703-430-6673.
Tiny Tots Classes for Twos. Katydid Inc. at Ashburn Ice House. Activities, songs, crafts for 2- to 3-year-olds and their parents. Weekly themes. Choose Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, at 9:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. Call 703-481-9444 or e-mail KTdidInc@aol.com.
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults are offered by Hogar Hispano of Catholic Charities in Falls Church, Reston and Sterling. Cost is $40 for seven weeks of classes. Call 703-534-9805 Ext. 222. Se habla espanol.
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) courses will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30-9 p.m. ESL courses are located 22066 Circle Drive, Sterling, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The Growing Stage Theatre Company. Classes and workshops for all ages. Visit www.growingstage.org, or call 540-338-5367.