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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Ceramics class at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Thursday, Aug. 3, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers. Registration required, call 703-430-2397.
Loudoun Cooperative Extension is offering a seminar on "The Business of Family Child Care" to provide caregivers with the tools to develop a successful home based child-care service held Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Loudoun Extension Office in Leesburg. Registration fee is $10 and covers materials. Contact Beverly Samuel in the Loudoun County Extension Office at 703-777-0373.
The workshop "Acrobatics and Karate" will be held at the Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St., Thursdays, Aug. 10 and 17, 5:45-7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for both nights. To register, call 540-338-7973.
Manga workshop with Manga artist Austell Callwood. Ages 12-18. Thursday, Aug. 10, 2 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, 703-737-8100. Advanced registration required.
Abrakadoodle-Doodlers for ages 6-13 years, at the Douglass Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Designed to ignite the imagination, foster creativity and develop new skills with paints, water colors, pastels and other materials. Each session is $30, plus $8 supply fee payable to instructor at first class. Sessions are Aug. 8-10, 1:30-2:15 p.m. Call 703-771-5913.
Abrakadoodle-Twoosy Doodlers for ages 20 months-3 years, at the Douglass Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Use paints, textures, papers, glue and modeling compounds in developmentally-appropriate lessons. Each session is $30, plus $8 supply fee payable to instructor at first class. Sessions are Aug. 8-10, 12:30-1:15 p.m. Call 703-771-5913.
Great Wall China Adoption Agency is hosting a China adoption workshop, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. The workshop is free and attendees will receive a coupon for $25 off the adoption application fee. Call 1-888-GWFAMILY or locally at 540-710-0005 or email@example.com. Visit www.gwca.org.
The Banshee Reeks Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program. to become a certified master naturalist, begins in the fall. The program, a 12-week course, covers topics in Virginia biogeography, ornithology, ecology, botany, management and conservation and interpretive skills. Cost $200 and includes all books and materials. Open to anyone 18 years or older as of Sept. 1. Orientation Thursday, Aug. 29. Visit virginiamasternaturalist.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Level 4 Teens (NXL), a nonprofit youth organization in Ashburn, is offering several programs this fall. Including teen girls group, hands-on computer training, leadership and character development class, mother-daughter workshop.
There is a $39 nonrefundable registration fee for each program. Classes begin in late August. Call 703-724-0404, e-mail office@NextLevel4Teens.org or visit www.NextLevel4Teens.org.
AARP driving safety class at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Wednesday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day and attendance both days required to receive certificate. Cost $10 for members, additional $1 each day for nonmembers. Registration required, call 703-430-2397.
The Loudoun Cooperative Extension is offering a Virginia gardener short course, which will run throughout the year as a series of sessions Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. The course will be held at the Extension Office, 30 B Catoctin Circle, S.E., Leesburg, from 6-8 p.m., on those dates.
Participants can choose to attend one session or all eight. Cost is $10 per session or $65 to register to attend all eight sessions. Those who complete all eight sessions will receive a certificate of completion at the closing of the short course in November. A registration flyer can be downloaded from the Loudoun County Extension Web site http://www.loudoun.gov/services/agri.htm or it is also available at local libraries. Call or e-mail the Master Gardener Volunteer Helpline Office and ask to have a registration flyer mailed, 703-771-5150, Ext. email@example.com.
On every first and third Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., offers ESL basic computer skills needed for Internet, e-mail and word processing. Recommended for speakers of English as a second language. Limit 10 students per session. Register by calling 703-430-9500 V/TYY.