Classes & Workshops

Classes & Workshops

Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to 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.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

Anatomy of yoga teacher training weekend workshop, Friday, Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 12, Anahata Center for Yoga & Wellness, 112 South St., S.E., Leesburg. Call or go online for more information and to register, 703-771-0006 or

Managers and supervisors of restaurant and food-service operations in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., are invited to participate in a one-day, Spanish-language Professional Food Safety Training Program at Old Dominion University in Sterling, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The program is designed to prepare restaurant and food-service personnel for the internationally-recognized National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP) food safety certification exam.

The program concludes with the administration of the certification exam at approximately 3 p.m. Cost of the program, which includes all materials and the certification exam, is $160. A discount of 10 percent per person applies when three or more people from the same company/organization attend the same class. For more information about food safety training in English or Spanish, or to register for the training program, contact Mauricio Carvalho, ORS Interactive Inc., phone 703-533-7600; fax 703-533-7630 or e-mail

Couples yoga workshop, Saturday, Feb. 18, 1-3:30 p.m., Anahata Center for Yoga & Wellness, 112 South St., S.E., Leesburg. Call or go online for more information and to register 703-771-0006 or

The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is offering the following workshops:

* Sumi-e Painting with Nellie Chao, Feb. 25 and 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $130 includes all supplies.

* The Figure and Still Life with Dodi Petro, March 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, $225 plus $40 model fee.

* Introduction to Glassblowing, two-day weekend workshops, $230 includes supplies.

The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is a 501c3 organization that offers fine art instruction, gallery exhibition space and studios for working artists. Visit or call 703-777-8043.

Professional artist and instructor Carmen Howell will teach an adult drawing class in February at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts in Leesburg. The class is for beginners and

those who want to improve their skills to advance to the next level.

Within a classroom setting, Howell provides individual instruction in drawing with pencil, charcoal, pastel and ink. Students will learn about perspective and space, line, form, shape, gesture, contour and drapery.

The drawing class is offered Wednesday mornings, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 8 for four consecutive weeks; and Thursday evenings, from 6:30-9 p.m., beginning Feb. 9 for four consecutive weeks. Howell will also teach a drawing class for children Wednesday afternoons, from 4-6 p.m., beginning Feb. 8.

The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is a 501c3 organization that provides fine art instruction, gallery exhibition space for

professional artists and affordable studio rentals for practicing artists. The academy is located at 222 South King St. in downtown Leesburg. Visit or call 703-777-8043.

The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, Sterling, is offering an introduction to computers class Thursday, Feb. 9, from 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Cost $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers. 21060 Whitfield Place. call 703-430-2397.

Practical Beekeeping for Beginners, evening weekly classes from the second week of February to first week of April. The class is for adults and children ages 9 and over. Tentative cost is $75, which includes materials and handouts and one-year membership the beekeepers association. The classes will be taught/overseen by master beekeeper Billy Davis, master beekeeper Pat Haskell, and Tom Berry. Classes to be held at the Loudoun County Coop. Extension Office, Leesburg, on Fridays. Contact by e-mail, or call 703-932-4108.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 13, Sign, Say and Play class, learn to sign with baby. A six-session class. 10:30 a.m., Mondays, at Noodle Doodle in Ashburn. $132 for six sessions and materials. For babies 6-24 months and caregivers. Call Jennifer, 540-338-1037.

Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 15, Baby Signs parent workshop for parents, includes pizza, from 6-8 p.m., at Play'n Around Gym in Leesburg. $50 for workshop and materials. Expectant and new parents, babies, siblings, sitters and professionals welcome. Call Jennifer, 540-338-1037.

The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, Sterling, is offering a Windows XP class Thursday, Feb. 16, from 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Cost $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers. 21060 Whitfield Place. call 703-430-2397.

The Sterling Annex, 22084 Shaw Road, is holding a basket workshop, Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Cost $28 for Loudoun residents and $42 for nonresidents, plus $15 supply fee. Preregistration required, call 703-430-6673. Participants must bring scissors, bucket, towel, measuring tape, pencil, ice pick or awl and spring-type clothespins.

The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, Sterling, is offering an Internet class Thursday, Feb. 23, from 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Cost $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers. 21060 Whitfield Place. call 703-430-2397.

Crop Till You Drop Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., at the Leesburg Senior Center. Consultants will be on hand to help motivate and offer advice. Participants will learn how to use stamps, punches and other tools of the trade. $30 fee includes individual table and light snacks. Box lunch from Tuck In CafŽ is available for $7. Fee does not include any scrap booking materials.

All proceeds of the event will benefit the Douglass Community Center Advisory Board, which helps support the activities and programs of the Douglass Community Center and need-based scholarships to students in the daycare and preschool programs.

To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at or 703-771-5913.

The Sterling Annex, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering adult sign language classes. Sign Language 1 will run Mondays, Feb. 27-April 17. Sign Language 2 runs from Tuesdays, Feb. 28- April 18. Both classes are from 7-8:30 p.m. Participants required to bring the book "The Joy of Signing" to class. Cost foe either course is $84 for the eight sessions. Preregistration required, call 703-430-6673.

The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, is offering a ceramics class, Tuesday, March 7, from 10:30 a.m.-noon; Wednesday, April 5, from 1-3 p.m.; and Thursday, May 4, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost $21 fro members and $22 for nonmembers per session. Call 703-430-2397.

StrollerFit, exercise with your baby. Postnatal fitness class. 10-11 a.m., Monday-Thursday, at the Dulles Sportsplex 21619 Atlantic Blvd., Sterling. Come try a week for free. Contact Kathy at 571-274-8833 or

The Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering music classes for children 0-18 months to 3 years. Classes will be held Thursdays, staring at 9:45 a.m. and the fee is $120 for 12 weeks. Call 703-430-6673 or 703-297-2627 or visit for registration details.

Lunch Bunch Afternoons are being offered by the Sterling Annex, 22084 Shaw Road, featuring crafts, outdoor and indoor play and lunch for children. Bring bag lunch, no microwaveable or refrigerated foods. Classes follow the Loudoun County Public Schools' schedule and meet Wednesdays and Fridays, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Drop in fee $5 per hour. Call 703-430-6673.

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.

Prenatal Education. Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, presents workshops for expectant parents. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 703-779-2694.

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.

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

'Handwriting without Tears.' The Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw 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

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, or call 540-338-5367.

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

A Better Way to Fitness LLC offers a new, total-body fitness program designed to get moms and dads fit and toddlers play. Dance 'N Play classes will be offered at Douglass Community Center Thursdays, at 9:30 a.m., classes will last

approximately 45 minutes and include cardio segments done to children's music with intervals of strength training, using resistance tubing and the environment. Register by contacting Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913. Classes cost $10 per session and are charged on a monthly


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.

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 or 703-404-3103. Instruments may be provided by the teacher. Beginners only but other lessons are given privately.