Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.
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English classes Thursdays, from 7-9 p.m., at Purcellville Baptist Church. Five different leveled classes offered, including one for au pairs. One time $15 registration/book fee. Free child care and homework assistance for older children. Two days a week of English instruction offered for beginners class. Walk-ins welcome. For more information, leave your name and number at 540-338-6400.
On Mondays, 9 a.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., will offer English as a Second Language basic computer skills including Internet, e-mail and word processing. Limited to five students per session, registration required, call 703-430-9500. For adults.
Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) Loudoun County Early Head Start is partnering with other community organizations to offer the DadÕs Project, a program through which fathers can join together to learn skills for being a better dad. Other community partners include Loudoun County Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program, Loudoun County Public Schools Head Start and Inova Loudoun Hospital.
The Loudoun County Community Fatherhood Initiative will run programs specifically for fathers or father figures. Services provided include parenting/education workshops; positive father/child interaction, focusing on the role and responsibilities of dads; child development, how to be a positive role model; how to provide positive discipline; and communication, managing anger, resolving conflict and negotiating relationships.
Dads who participate will meet in a relaxed setting for two hours, twice a month Ñ every other Saturday evening for four months. Lessons will fit the needs of each special group of dads, and they will learn skills on understanding how they fit into a childÕs life and how to cope with a growing family. The program begins Saturday, Oct. 15, 6Ð8 p.m., at the Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg. To register for DadÕs Project, call 703-404-1901.
Driver Improvement course, DMV approved, Oct. 16 and/or 29, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 2 Cardinal Park Drive, No. 105A. Leesburg. Cost: $65. To register contact Sherri at
703-675-6632 or email@example.com.
Wacky Wednesdays, for children aged 3-6, at the Sterling Community Center, from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Includes crafts, sports, story time, yoga, and more. The cost of the program is $50 for four Wednesdays. To register, call the Sterling Community Center at 703-430-9480.
Oatlands will feature the following garden seminars, which are open to the public at the Oatlands Carriage House, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane. cost $10 per person for members, $12 for nonmembers. Call 703-777-3174 for reservations.
* Saturday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m., Holiday Arrangements by Linda Weiner.
The History of Tea, Mondays, through 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.
Sports Mania, for ages 3-5. The instructor will introduce a different sport each week. Mondays, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Nov. 14 and Nov. 28, 3:15- 3:45 p.m., $4 each session. At the Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg, 703-771-5913 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hip-hop dance workshop with Citydance Ensemble. Learn dance movement and vocabulary with this contemporary, multicultural modern dance company. For ages 12-18. Advanced registration required.
* Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Eastern Regional Loudoun Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. 703-444-3228.
* Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. 703-737-8100.
The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is offering several workshops led by acclaimed artists:
* Five-Day Oil Painting Workshop, Oct. 24-28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Internationally acclaimed John Leone is known for his equine and landscape art which is painted in the Old Master's Style. In this workshop, tailored to the needs of the students, he will instruct participants in the handling of light and color. Fee is $495.
* Introduction to Glassblowing. Weekend workshops with Dario DeHoyas allow students to develop skills in molten glass. 12-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. $230 includes all
Visit www.loudounacademy.org or 703-777-8043.
The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is a nonprofit organization that offers fine art instruction, gallery exhibition space and affordable studio spaces for working artists.
Preschool Sports Academy, for ages 3-5. Introduction to the fundamentals of several types of sports. Thursdays, Oct. 20-Nov. 10, age 3, races and relays, 3:30-4 p.m., $16; ages 4-5, races and relays, 3:30-4 p.m., $32. At the Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg, 703-771-5913 or e-mail email@example.com.
CPR (Adult Child Infant) and First Aid course, Sunday Oct. 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Virginia Rescue Training Center Inc., 2 Cardinal Park Drive, No. 105A, Leesburg. Cost: CPR $55, first aid $35, and combo class $80. To register contact Sherri at 703-675-6632 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sterling Annex, 1115 W. Church Road, Sterling, is offering beginning Sign Language I Mondays, Oct. 17-Dec. 5 and Sign Language II Tuesdays, Oct. 18-Dec. 6. Both classes are held 7-8:30 p.m. The cost is $84 for county residents and $126 for nonresidents. Participants must bring the book, "The Joy of Signing" to each class. Call 703-430-6673.
It's All in the Game, for ages walking to 24 months. Walk, crawl, jump and run. Learn and explore the world of games and sports. Parent participation required. No class Nov. 8. At the Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg. Tuesdays, Oct. 18-Nov. 15, 9:15-9:45 a.m., $16. Contact Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail email@example.com.
Gym Jam, for ages 2-3. Fun introduction to sports-related activities that emphasizes team play and group interaction for parent and child together. At the Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg. Wednesdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 9, 9:15-9:45 a.m., $16. Contact Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, is offering ceramics, Thursday, Nov. 17, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost per session is $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers. Call 703-430-2397.
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.
Yoga for a Special Child, Thursdays, from 4-4:30 p.m. $5 per child or donation to UCP fund. Anahata Center for Yoga & Wellness, 112 South St., S.E., Leesburg. Call to register, 703-771-0006 or www.experienceanahatayoga.com.
'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 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 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.