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The Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering holiday-oriented classes. Preregistration required for all programs, call 703-4300-6673.
Dec. 7, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., make own Christmas wrap and gift bags, ages 4 and up, cost $9 with supplies included. Dec. 9, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., create handmade necklace or bracelet for the holidays, ages 5-8, cost $8 plus $6 for supplies. Dec. 13, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., ages 5 and up, make a craft and bake and decorate Christmas cookies, cost $7 plus $3 for supplies.
Adult computer classes will be held Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road. Classes are geared for novice students. Preregistration is required, call 703-430-6673. Microsoft PowerPoint, Dec. 7 and Dec. 12, $59 plus $10 for supplies.
College application essay workshop, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Robert Otten, professor of English at Marymount University, will offer tips on writing a college application essay. Recommended for high-school students, ages 15-18 years. Advance registration is required by Dec. 8, 703-737-8100.
Bookmaking workshop, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for ages 4-6; 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. for ages 7-11. Cut, paste, fold, get 3-dimensional and make your own book. Children ages 4-6 will have an opportunity to made a cereal box book. Bring an empty cereal box during the 10:30 a.m. session and a paper bag book for the 11:30 a.m. Children ages 7-11 will make an accordion book with flags at 2 p.m. and a maze book with cityscape collage at 3:30 p.m. Advance registration required, 703-737-8105.
Yoga class for children. Children will learn basic yoga poses and songs that will enhance flexibility, balance, coordination, self-esteem and enlightenment, at the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, 10:15 a.m., Dec. 11. Recommended for ages 4-6. Advance registration required. Call 703-737-8105.
Decoupage memory box craft program, Monday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., at Ashburn Library. Linda Correll from AC Moore Arts & Crafts will show how to use decoupage to create a memory box. All supplies provided. Advance registration required by Sunday, Dec. 10, 703-737-8100, Ext. 4.
Artist/cartoonist Andy Farkas will teach a three-day cartooning workshop for children ages 10-14. The workshop will run Dec. 27-29, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts, 222 South King St., Leesburg.
Students will develop their own characters as well as learn about design and production. Cost is $100, plus $15 supply fee. Advance registration is required, call 703-777-8043 or visit www.loudounacademy.org.
The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is a 501c3 educational organization that offers fine art instruction, gallery exhibition space and studio art facilities.
Learn the basics of cha-cha. Classes held at the Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, Mondays, Jan. 8-March 12, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost $80 and preregistration required, call 703-430-6673.
Ceramics at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Wednesday, Jan. 10 and Thursday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers for one session. Call 703-430-2397.
Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering Whizkids computer classes for ages 8-12, Mondays, Jan. 22-April 2, from 11 a.m.-noon. Cost $149, plus $20 materials fee. Includes Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft Excel. Preregistration required, call 703-430-6673.
Gentle yoga at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, 21060 Whitfield Place, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 23-March 27. $103.50 for members; $115.50 for nonmembers. Call 703-430-2397.
AARP driving safety class at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Jan. 24 and Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; participants must attend both days to receive certificate. $10 for members, nonmembers required to pay additional $1 daily use fee each day. Call 703-430-2397.
Wat Yarnna Rangsee in Sterling will be offering free meditation classes every Sunday. Inquire and register at the temple at 21950 Shaw Road, Sterling, 703-406-8290/2509.
Dance 'N Play is a total body fitness class for mom with toddler, with body toning, cardio bursts and dancing to popular children's music. Classes are on-going and meet every Thursday, from 9:30-10:15 a.m., at the Douglass Community Center gymnasium, 407 East Market St., Leesburg. Cost of the class is $40 for four sessions. Contact the Douglass Community Center, 703-771-5913.
Mommy and Me classes for ages 3 months to 2 years are now forming at Congregation Sha’are Shalom. Trial classes are available. Class information is available at www.jccnv.org. Contact Laurie Albert, JCCNV community engagement director at 703-537-3064 or LaurieA@jccnv.org.
The Douglass Community Center Child Care Program is accepting registration for new children. The program operates daily, from 7 a.m.-6:15 p.m., and serves children age 3 through prekindergarten, must be potty trained. Fees are $155 per week. Contact 703-771-5610 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dance 'N Play is a fitness class for mom with toddler, with body toning, cardio bursts and dancing to popular children's music. Classes are ongoing and meet every Thursday, from 9:30-10:15 a.m., at the Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. Cost of the class is $40 for four sessions. Contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or at 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 adult speakers of English as a second language. Limit 10 students per session. Register by calling 703-430-9500 V/TYY.