Classes and Workshops

Classes and Workshops

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The Reston Community Center (RCC) offers courses in English as a Second Language, Citizenship Preparation, and computer literacy for Spanish speaking patrons in the upcoming Winter/Spring 2006-program season. RCC's English as a Second Language (ESL) Program offers beginner-to-advanced level classes in English conversation, writing and

pronunciation. Each class meets twice a week for eight consecutive weeks and will run from Jan. 23 to March 20.

An assessment exam is required for all students who have not previously taken an ESL course through RCC. The ESL Assessment exam will be given on the following dates: Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. at the RCC Hunters Woods; Monday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the RCC Hunters Woods. No fee is charged for this exam, but registration is required and students must arrive on time for the test.

This class is targeted to adult’s age 18 and older. The class fee is $35 for people who live or work in Reston and $70 for all others. For further information, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, VA Relay 800-828-1120 (TTY) or visit the Web site at

RCC's Citizenship Preparation class is offered to adults who are interested in becoming U.S. citizens. The class covers American history and society and prepares students for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) citizenship test. Participants must be able to read, write and speak English. The Citizenship Preparation class meets Thursdays, Jan. 12-March 9, from 7-9 p.m., at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Reston. This class is for people age 16 and older. The class fee is $15 for people who live or work in Reston and $23 for all others. For more, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, VA Relay 800-828-1120 (TTY) or visit the Web site at

RCC's Spanish-language Curso de Computacion Basica (computer basics class) requires no previous experience with computers. Beginners will explore the many uses of a personal computer. They will familiarize themselves with how to use the Internet, how to send electronic mail, how to do word processing, how to buy a good computer and how to select computer accessories and software. The course is conducted in Spanish. The course fee is $55 for people who live and work in Reston and $90 for all others. The six-session course meets Mondays, March 20-April 24, from 7-9 p.m., in the RCC Computer Classroom at the Hunters Woods Facility. For more, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, VA Relay 800-828-1120 (TTY) or visit the Web site at

Free ESL classes are being offered at Dranesville United Methodist Church. More than 1,000 adult students have attended these classes since first being offered in 1993. Various levels of instruction are available for beginning to advanced students. Registration and classes continue Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., until the semester ends Dec. 15. New students are welcome at any time. Free child care is also provided during class time for children 2 years and older. Dranesville United Methodist Church is located at 1089 Liberty Meeting Court, Herndon. Call the church office at 703-430-3137, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Angela’s Happy Stamper offers a variety of stamping and other crafting classes, including Beginning Stamping. Call 703-435-0051 or visit for class listings and schedules.

January classes at ARTWORKS Gallery and Studio are now enrolling for the new year. Chinese Brush Painting with a contemporary spirit, Creating Light Sculptures and Creating Fused Glass Light are some of the classes to be taught. ARTWORKS is located at the Reston Business Park and Design Studios on Sunset Hills Road, between Wiehle Avenue and Plaza America Avenue. Visit

Hatha Yoga Classes in Reston with instructors with 12 years of experience. Suggested donation is $60 for five classes, all supplies are furnished. Call 703-787-0268 or 703-475-0896.

A free English class for speakers of other languages is offered at Jubilee Christian Center as a special Sunday school class at 9:30 a.m. 4650 Shirley Gate Road, Fairfax. Call 703-383-1170.

Practice Your English, for beginning- and intermediate-level conversation groups for adults learning English. Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive. Call 703-689-2700.

Individual Internet training for adults at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive. One-hour sessions with a technology volunteers. Call 703-689-2700.

Jazzercise instructor Diane Eblin, from the Dulles Jazzercise Center, is offering Jazzercise Lite, a low-impact version of Jazzercise. This 60-minute class pairs moderate aerobics with exercises that are designed to improve strength, balance, and flexibility using easy-to-follow movements. Each class will include a warm-up, dance aerobic segment, muscle-toning and flexibility exercises and a final cool-down. The class runs Monday-Thursday, 10:45 a.m. at the Dulles Jazzercise Center located in the Sunset Business Park off Spring Street and the Herndon Parkway. Classes start this week. Contact Diane at 703-707-0566 or go to

Reston resident Carol Berman will help students learn pastel drawing and improve drawing skills on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-noon, at her Reston studio. Cost is $15 per session. Call 703-437-9068.

SOAR, or "Scouts Obtain Achievements and Recognition," teams Scouts with Reston Community Center Youth Department staff members, who assist the youth in earning merit badges and completing projects in the areas where they have resources and special expertise such as photo developing, cooking and crafts. Scouts can register for one-day, hands-on workshops on Mondays and Tuesdays 4-6 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. Call Julie Windsor at 703-390-6163 to schedule a workshop. The cost of the workshops is $6 for Reston residents and $9 for all others.

Tiny Dancers is available at the Reston YMCA preschool. This dance education program emphasizes technical excellence and self-expression through the use of well-known stories and hundreds of costumes and props. Young dancers gain confidence and self-esteem through positive reinforcement in a creative and nurturing environment. Tiny Dancers offers ballet, tap and hip-hop classes specifically tailored to young dancers. Visit or call the studio at 703-385-5580.