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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.
Nov. 28, from 4-6 p.m., make soaps, ornaments, tags and gift bags, cost $14 plus $4 supply fee. Nov. 30, from 4-5 p.m., make beaded ornaments, cost $10. Dec. 5, from 4-5 p.m., make a mini gingerbread house, cost $7 plus $3 supply fee. 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.
Ceramics class, Thursday, Nov. 30, from 10:30 a.m.-noon, Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place. $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers. Call 703-430-2397.
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.
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.
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 ShaÕare 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.