Create a Custom Cookbook. Create a cookbook using family recipes, traditions, photos and memories each Thursday, through June 1 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Diane King, former editor-in-chief for Pillsbury Cookbooks, will teach how to research, design and publish a cookbook. The cost for all four sessions is $30 for town residents and $37.50 for out-of-town participants and includes a take-home cookbook of recipe favorites shared by class members. Call Vienna Parks and Recreation at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.
Personal Safety for Women a four-part class, continues May 22 and 24 from 7-10 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Officer Virginia Palmore of the Vienna Police Department will teach basic crime prevention and risk reduction measures, plus physical self-defense techniques to help women be more confident in an attack situation. Fee is $5 for town residents, $7.50 for nonresidents, with a $15 materials fee. Call 703-255-6360.
DVD Storyboard Class will teach how to turn family photos into a slide show with music and family voices. Join computer specialist Steve Lemon on Thursday, May 18 from 1-3 p.m. as he scans heirloom photos into his computer, color corrects and restores, and sorts them into sequence. Class is at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Cost is $5 for town residents, $8 for nonresidents. Call 703-255-6360.
The Vajrayogini Buddhist Center continues to hold classes on Buddhist philosophy and meditation at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, on Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. The topic for Tuesday, May 23 is "Spiritual Tools for Daily Living," and will cover how to apply Buddhist thought to the challenges and stresses of daily life. 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 www.TaiChiCenter.com or call Warren at 703-759-9141.
"Recipes for Health," a three-part series about healthy eating and living, will be held June 2, 9 and 16 from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Participants will share recipes and samples of their favorite dishes, see recipe demonstrations and discuss health iving ideas. The program is free, but registration is required. Call 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.
"Why Good Wills Go Bad" will be a free presentation on Monday, June 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Attorney David G. Hoffman will discuss Virginia will law, organizing assets, when to change a will, talking to an executor, reducing probate, will copies, do-it-yourself tax plans and more. No advanced registration is required. Call 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.nvfs.org for more information or to join the next training class.
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 www.ccda.net 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.
Leadership Fairfax Inc. (LFI), a nonprofit organization, is seeking candidates for its two leadership programs; the Leadership Fairfax Signature program and the Emerging Leaders Institute program. The programs are open to individuals who live or work in Northern Virginia. LFI selects participants each year from the business, government, education and nonprofit sectors of the Northern Virginia area. The application deadline for the Leadership Fairfax Signature Program is June 15. The application deadline for the Emerging Leaders Institute is July 15, 2006. Applications are available on www.leadershipfairfax.org or by calling the LFI office at 703-752-7555.