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Arcola Community Center

Address: 24244 Gum Spring Road, Sterling

Phone: 703-327-3111; 703-327-6172

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rates: vary by program

The Arcola Community Center provides Sterling community members with numerous educational and physical activities. The center holds licensed preschool classes and provides full child care services. These programs provide young-ones the opportunity to learn basic Spanish, play sports, sing and dance, and do many different arts and crafts. In the before- and after-school programs older, school-aged children play games and sports, as well as participate in many contests, such as a pumpkin carving contest and a basketball tournament. Also available through the center are day camps and a Senior Cafe. The Arcola Community Center is the home to Loudoun County's only indoor rock wall that is available for climbers of all skill levels and is furnished with an air-conditioned gym. Numerous dance classes and a pinata-making class are available for people of all ages. Special, seasonal events include craft fairs, a Haunted House, Lunch with Santa, and an Easter Egg Hunt.

Bluemont Community Center

Address: 33846 Snickersville Pike, Bluemont

Phone: 540-554-8643

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Rates: vary by program

The Bluemont Community Center offers the community state-licensed preschool and day-care programs, as well as classes for children ages 2-4. Before and after-kindergarten programs are also available. Children will learn to play sports, dance, cook, as well as participate in "play group" every Saturday. Bluemont community youth can gather to play games, do art, and participate in holiday camps and numerous trips. For adults, the center offers aerobics, dodge ball, and art classes, while the senior citizens will have weekly luncheons and go on day trips. Irish dance is extended to all age groups and rock climbing also available. Each year Bluemont Community Center hosts an annual fair, which brings residents together for food, games, and prizes.

Douglass Community Center

Address: 407 E. Market St., Leesburg

Phone: 703-771-5913

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Rates: vary by program

Leesburg's Douglass Community Center presents a variety of educational possibilities for young children including numerous preschool and child-care programs. The preschool programs allow young children to participate in dance, art, sports, music, and even learn basic math. The Center sponsors a summer camp for children ages 3-5 entitled "My First Summer Camp," that features themed weeks to extend the child's learning, and a Trip Camp for children in grades 1-5 which gives them the opportunity to play laser tag and other numerous sports, as well as learn different dance moves. While the children are at school or day-care, parents can enjoy art classes and dance classes. All education programs at Douglass Community Center are licensed by the State of Virginia. The center also holds many contests throughout the year including a pumpkin carving contest and art contests.

Loudoun Valley Community Center

Address: 320 W. School St., Purcellville

Phone: 540-338-4122

Website: www.loundoun.gov/prcs

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rates: vary by program

From an ongoing aerobics program to licensed preschool classes for children between ages 2 and 5 1/2, Purcellville's Loudoun Valley Community Center hosts a wide variety of programs. Activities for all ages such as dance, art, sports, and exercise classes are offered. The center also holds classes and programs for senior citizens, such as weekly, pot-luck luncheons and art classes. The facility contains a fitness room and provides its patrons with instrument lessons and a chess club. Loundoun Valley Community Center has available, for special occasions, a "party room," which can be rented out to guests.

Lovettsville Community Center

Address: 57 E. Broadway, Lovettsville

Phone: 540-822-5284

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Rates: vary by program

An outdoor pool, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, a baseball field and a playground are just some of the activities that the Lovettsville Community Center provides for area residents. Twice a month, senior citizens are welcome to attend a luncheon and enjoy fellowship. Weekly classes are held to teach toddlers to socialize with others and a licensed preschool is available for children ages 2 1/2-6, from 7 a.m.-6:15 p.m., daily. For school-aged children, the Center hosts an after-school care program, where the participants will learn to build, dance, cook, and play sports. Throughout the year, the center alsohosts many different special events to bring the community together.

Lucketts Community Center

Address: 42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg

Phone: 703-771-5281

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Rates: vary by program

Web site: www.luckettscommunitycenter.com

Lucketts Community Center of Leesburg, inside a renovated schoolhouse, is a designated historic landmark of Virginia and a place for members of the rural community to gather. The center offers preschool and daycare services for children ages 3-5 where children can be enrolled full-time, part-time or on a daily, drop-in basis. An after-school program, "Kaleidoscope Kids," is offered every afternoon, which gives the children an opportunity to do homework or participate in crafts. Adult classes, such as knitting, spinning, and clay art, are hosted on selected evenings as well. A Bluegrass Concert Series, every Saturday night beginning in Oct., an Antique and Classic Auto show and the Annual Lucketts Fair are some of the events Lucketts scheduled events.

Middleburg Community Center

Address: 300 W. Washington St., Middleburg

Phone: 540-687-6375

Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Rates: vary by program

Middleburg Community Center, a privately owned center, provides a variety of services to the community. Licensed preschool is available for children ages 2 1/2-3 1/2 on Tuesday and Thursday, from 9-11:30 a.m., and for ages 3 1/2-5 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The preschool aged children will be taught colors and shapes, play games, and sing songs; there are also many mother/child activities. After-school care for children grades 1-5 is available daily from 2:30-6 p.m., offering dance, field trips, crafts, and karate. The community center houses an auditorium, a dance studio, several classrooms, an all-purpose room, a board room for community meetings and a catering kitchen. Middleburg Community Center is also the host to a horse-back riding camp.

Philomont Community Center

Address: 36592 Jeb Stuart Road, Philomont

Phone: 540-338-5882

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday evenings as needed; weekends for special events

Rates: vary per program

The Philomont Community Center hosts numerous community activities including educational and recreational preschool programs and a county-operated after school program for elementary school children. The children in these programs participate in games, dance lessons, and learn the basics of cooking. Preschool classes are 2-3 days per week in the morning or the afternoon, centered around the needs of children ages 2-5. Here, the children are given the opportunity to play games and learn different dance moves to help with movement development. The center's main community attraction is the monthly "Battle of the Bands," intended to entertain the community's high school-aged residents.

Sterling Annex Community Center

Address: 1115 W. Church Road, Sterling

Phone: 703-430-6673

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rates: vary per program

At the Sterling Annex there is a licensed preschool program for children ages 2 1/2-4. Other programs, for a wide variety of interests and ages, are available, including a Middle Eastern dance class for adults, yoga for women, knitting classes, a variety of scrapbooking classes, basket-weaving classes, and French and Sign Language classes. Also, new for the fall, the Annex will be offering English as a Second Language on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. The center's monthly flea market and book swap are open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Annex has available meeting rooms and party rooms to rent for hosting special events. The center does not allow alcohol. Don't miss the special events scheduled throughout the year.

Sterling Community Center

Address: 120 Enterprise St., Sterling

Phone: 703-430-9480

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Rates: vary per program

Since its opening in 1977, the Sterling Community Center has provided recreational and educational services for people of all ages. Activities range from preschool and elementary age classes to a teen club and continuing education classes for adults. The children's program includes activities such as arts and crafts, sports, and other special events, while the teen club offers junior high and high school aged students tips on employment and focuses on the importance of education. The facility is equipped with an air-conditioned gymnasium, game rooms, and conference and physical fitness rooms. Located on the center's grounds is a small park with picnic tables, grills, a playground for children, and a pavilion for summer concerts and other entertainment. Sterling Community Center has several rooms available to rent for numerous purposes. Also, be sure to check out the Center's annual event, the Sterlingfest.