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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The deadline for the Leadership Loudoun Class of 2007 is Sept. 1. Leadership Loudoun is a nonprofit organization that engages current and emerging leaders to work together to serve the good of Loudoun County.
Participants in the program learn about the county's history, geography, political structure, economic climate and more; network and build relationships as they meet a variety of individuals who are active in business, government, nonprofit and education; develop new skills including leadership and team building; and make a positive impact on the community through development and implementation of a change project. Detailed information on Leadership Loudoun is available online at www.leadershiploudoun.org or by calling 703-771-5511.
Inova Loudoun Hospital will hold a Parenting 1*2*3 Magic course on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 6:30-9 p.m., for parents wishing to learn effective parenting strategies and discipline for children ages 2-12, at the Lansdowne Campus at 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, in the patient education room. Cost for the course is $25 per couple. No child care is provided. Register by calling 703-858-6360 or visiting the Web site at www.thebirthinginn.org.
Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers (BRTC) will offer beginner clogging lessons starting Sept. 7. The classes will take place near Purcellville, in a converted barn at the intersection of Routes 9 and 287. Classes will be offered for adults and children 10 or older, Thursdays, from 7-8 p.m. Call 540-882-4917 or e-mail BRTCloggers@aol.com.
The Loudoun County Public Library will add to its early literacy programming with the series titled Babygarten, an educational curriculum for caregivers and their babies from birth to toddlerhood. The classes are used to teach parents how and why to read to their babies. All of the activities help babies with language acquisition and preliteracy skills. The program includes nursery rhymes and songs, books, parenting information and a session of play with educational toys. Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Mondays, 10 a.m., Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2, 16 and 23; Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Sept. 20-Oct. 25; Fridays, 10 a.m., Sept. 15, 22, 29 and Oct. 16, 3, 27. Advanced registration is required beginning Friday, Sept. 1. Call 703-737-8105.
Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Mondays, 11 a.m., Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6; Tuesdays, 2 p.m., Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. Advanced registration is required beginning Friday, Sept. 1, call 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.
The Babygarten program is recommended for children birth-18 months with their parents and caregivers.
Yoga for Children, 10:15 a.m., Mondays, Sept. 11 and Oct. 16, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Children will learn basic yoga poses and songs that will enhance flexibility, balance, coordination, self-esteem and enlightenment to the world around them. Recommended for ages 4-6. Advance registration required, call 703-737-8105. Sponsored by the Ashburn Library Advisory Board.
Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road, offers an introduction to tennis for ages 6-11 years old. Tuesdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 3, 2:30-3:15 p.m. $30. Call 703-771-5281.
Kidzart: Discovery! for ages 3.5-5. Nurturing art program that helps preschoolers become creative thinkers. Taught by a certified Kidzart instructor. Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., $48; Tuesdays, Oct. 24-Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., $48. Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail email@example.com.
KidzArt: Squiggles to Grins, for ages 2-3.5. Includes singing, storytelling and creative art projects with mommy and daddy. Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 10, 10:30-11:15 a.m., $48; Tuesdays, Oct. 24-Nov. 14, 10:30-11:15 a.m., $48. Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Loudoun Academy of Art if offering Plein Air Painting in Waterford with Antonia Walker for adults. Four three-hour classes, 10 a.m. -1 p.m., Sept. 19, 21, 26, 28. $150. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043. The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is a 501c3 organization.
Kidzart Elementary for grades first-fifth. Fine arts program that builds self-confidence and develops creative thinking and problem solving skills in a noncompetitive environment. Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $60; Wednesdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $60. Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Loudoun Academy of Art if offering woodblock printmaking with Kathi Fertig for adults. Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $70. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043. The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is a 501c3 organization.
Inova Loudoun Hospital will hold a one-day, Safe Sitter Babysitting Course every month on select Saturdays beginning in the fall 2006. Dates are Sept. 23, Oct. 28 and Nov. 18, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The course is for students 11-13 years old, and is held in the patient education room at the Lansdowne Campus at 44045 Riverside Parkway in Leesburg. Cost for the course is $55 per person.
Participants can register by calling 703-858-6360 or visiting the Web site at www.thebirthinginn.org.
The Loudoun Academy of Art if offering Understanding Your Digital Camera with Jeanette Burkle. Saturday, Oct. 7, 1-5 p.m. $50. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043. The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is a 501c3 organization.
The Birthing Inn at Inova Loudoun Hospital is offering a free workshop, "Let's talk Babies," providing expectant parents with information related to the birthing process. This interactive workshop takes place Oct. 14, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Birthing Inn will be open for tours for the workshop attendees at the conclusion of the workshop. Includes giveaways and door prizes. To register, call 703-779-2694.
The Loudoun Academy of Art is offering mural painting with Kathi Fertig. Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $70. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043.
The Loudoun Academy of Art is offering five-day oil painting workshop with John Leone. Oct. 23-27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $495. The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is a 501c3 organization. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 adult speakers of English as a second language. Limit 10 students per session. Register by calling 703-430-9500 V/TYY.