Classes & Workshops

Classes & Workshops

Foster Family Training. Northern Virginia Family Service offers summertime training for prospective foster families. NVFS foster and respite families receive: intensive training, certification, continuing education, child/parent matching, ongoing assistance and 24-hour support from professional social workers, financial reimbursement, help locating support services for foster/respite children, foster/respite parent support groups, and family activities. Call Ginny Snaider at 703-219-2184, e-mail, or go to

The Anger Management series from Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS) begins Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 7-8:30 p.m., and continues weekly through Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the NVFS Oakton office, 10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 100. This class teaches participants how to identify their anger triggers, express anger appropriately, and learn how to protect themselves from the anger of others. Classes cost $25 a session or $175 if all sessions are paid in advance. Pre-registration and an intake interview are required. Call 703-219-2185, ext. 1 to register.

Meditation Class for Stress and Pain Relief. A free informal meditation session to introduce this class will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. The six-week class then begins Sept. 11 (Sept. 19 for the morning session) and will teach techniques that have proven useful for job stress, chronic pain or illness, anxiety and panic, fibromyalgia, sleep disturbances, headaches and high blood pressure. Call 703-255-6360 or visit

Babysitting Class for Teens. Babysitters training for boys and girls ages 12 and older will be offered Saturday, Sept. 9 from noon-7 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Fee is $60 for town residents and $65 for out-of-town participants. Call 703-255-6360 or visit

"Writing Your Personal History," an informal, group-run class for people interested in documenting their life stories, will be held each Thursday, Sept. 7-March 29, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Class is free; a donation of $5 will be used to provide beverages at each class. Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. Call 703-255-6063 or visit

Equipping Teens is a seven-week class that begins Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS) Oakton office, 10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 100. Based on the nationally known Equip model, this class integrates anger management with other life skills. Teens learn to improve their social and communications skills, as well as stress reduction techniques and how to make good decisions. Youth between the ages of 15 and 18 who are currently enrolled in high school can attend. Cost is $175 for all seven classes; $150 if paid in advance. A sliding scale is available to those who qualify. An intake interview is required and can be conducted by phone or in person. There is an additional $25 charge for a 50-minute, in-person intake interview. Call 703-219-2116.

Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes. Offered by Hogar Hispano of Catholic Charities at 24 locations in Northern Virginia. The cost is $40 per semester, textbook included. Call 703-534-9805, ext. 222, or visit for schedule.

Personalized Internet Training. Learn how to use the Web, work with e-mail, or use the library databases. At Great Falls Public Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Call for an appointment, 703-757-8560. Adults.

Personalized Internet Training. Learn to use the Web or increase skills. At Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. Call for an appointment, 703-790-8088. Adults.

The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center will again be offering classes on Buddhist philosophy and meditation at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. Classes resume Sept. 11 and will be held on Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. Beginners to Buddhism and meditation are welcome. Suggested $10 donation.

A free T'ai Chi Beginners Practice is held every Saturday morning from 8-9 a.m., outdoors, at McLean Central Park, behind the Dolley Madison Library on Ingleside Avenue. This practice runs through Oct. 28. The practice is open to all. Any comfortable, casual clothing and footwear are fine. Visit or call Warren at 703-759-9141.