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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Jan. 25, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., the Sterling Family Chiropractic Center will hold a free stress and wellness seminar designed to help participants to learn how to effectively deal with stress by improving health, learning stress reducing, trigger point-self massage techniques, and stretches and exercises that can be done at work. Call 703-450-4900. The center is located at 45665 West Church Road, Suite 110 in Sterling.
The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is offering the following workshops:
* Rocking the Boat, an experimental painting workshop with Joyce McCarten, Jan. 28 and 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $215 includes model fee.
* Portrait Workshop with Joseph Trigiani, Feb. 4 and 5, 1-5 p.m., $120.
* 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 www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043.
Douglass Community Center will be holding two different sessions of a Latin ballroom dance workshop. The class is for ages 14 and older and no partner is required.
Class will meet for six sessions, either on Mondays, from Jan. 23-Feb. 27 or Fridays, from Jan. 27-March 3. Each class meets from 7-8 p.m., in the multipurpose room at the Douglass Community Center in Leesburg. Cost is $60 per person.
Contact Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail email@example.com.
An AARP driving safety class will be offered at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield place, Sterling, Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Friday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., each day. Participants must attend both days to receive a certificate. Cost $10 for members, $2 additional for nonmembers. Call 703-430-2397 to register.
CPR (Adult Child Infant) and First Aid, Sunday Jan. 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Virginia Rescue Training Center Inc., 2 Cardinal Park Drive, 105A Leesburg. Cost: CPR $55, First Aid $35, combo class $80. To register contact Sherri, 703-675-6632 or e-mail to SFawzi@vrtc.org.
Sterling Annex, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering a drawing and watercolor class for students 7-adults, Mondays, Jan. 30-March 13, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. No class Feb. 20. Cost $84 with preregistration required, 703-430-6673. Supply list available at the Annex.
The Sterling Family Chiropractic Center, 45665 West Road, Suite 110, Sterling, will be holding a free weight loss workshop Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The workshop is designed to teach participants about body type, learn when the best time to exercise for your body is, what kind of foods your body type needs, water-weight retention, toxins, nutrition, cravings, food allergies and more. Call 703-450-4900.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-771-5913.
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 www.kamstonkidsmusic.com 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 www.experienceanahatayoga.com.
'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 KTdidInc@aol.com.
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 www.growingstage.org, 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 www.virk-law.com.
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 Blane4@verizon.net or 703-404-3103. Instruments may be provided by the teacher. Beginners only but other lessons are given privately.