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.
This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.
Every Child Ready to Read: Early Literacy Workshop for caregivers of newborns to 5 years, Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-noon, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. This workshop presents research supporting the importance of early literacy development and explores six important prereading skills to use with children from birth to age 5. Morning refreshments will be provided. There will be time after the workshop for discussion and reviewing materials/books used. Recommended for adult caregivers. Advance registration required, 703-737-8105.
The Loudoun Academy of Art if offering woodblock printmaking with Kathi Fertig for adults. Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $70. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043. The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is a 501c3 organization.
Inova Loudoun Hospital will hold a one-day, Safe Sitter Babysitting Course every month on select Saturdays beginning in the fall 2006. Dates are Sept. 23, Oct. 28 and Nov. 18, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The course is for students 11-13 years old, and is held in the patient education room at the Lansdowne Campus at 44045 Riverside Parkway in Leesburg. Cost for the course is $55 per person.
Participants can register by calling 703-858-6360 or visiting the Web site at www.thebirthinginn.org.
Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering swing dance lessons for adults, Mondays, Sept. 25-Nov. 20, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost $80 per person. Preregistration required, call 703-430-6673.
Sterling Annex, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering beginner sign language classes, Mondays, Sept. 25-Nov. 20, from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost $84. Preregistration required, call 703-430-6673. must bring a copy of "The Joy of Signing" to each class.
Sterling Annex, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering beginner Italian classes for children 6-10. Learn the language and culture through age appropriate games and activities. Wednesdays, Sept. 27-Nov. 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Cost $45 per child. Preregistration required, 703-430-6673.
Whizkids computer classes for ages 4-5 introduces computer components, keyboarding, mouse manipulation and scholastic games. Wednesdays, Sept. 27-Dec. 6, no class Nov. 22, at the sterling Annex, 22084 Shaw Road, at 11:30 a.m.-noon or noon-12:30 p.m. Cost $80 per child, plus $20 supply fee charged by the instructed. Preregistration required, call 703-430-6673.
Adult computer classes, Thursdays, Sept. 28-Jan. 12, from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Sterling Annex, 22084 Shaw Road. Includes basic PC, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Powerpoint. Cost $89, plus $10 supply fee to the instructor. Registration required, call 703-430-6673. Sign up for one class or for all, depending on need.
Enlightening Parents workshop, Thursdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 12, 7-8 p.m., Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road. $20 per couple. Three-part series includes benefits of signing with babies, behavior modification and children's nutrition. Preregistration required, 703-771-5281.
Sterling Annex, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering an introduction to Bollywood dance for children. Thursdays, Sept. 28-Nov. 11, from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Cost $56. Registration required, call 703-430-6673.
The Sterling Annex, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering a self-expression painting class for children ages 6-10. Introduces children to acrylics, watercolors, pastels and crayon. Participants must bring a 9 inch by 12 inch or larger art pad with a minimum of 30 pages suitable for painting and a 9 inch by 12 inch or larger pad of newsprint. All other supplies provided. Saturdays, Sept. 30-Nov. 18, from 10-11 a.m. Cost $80 per student and preregistration required, call 703-430-6673.
Beaded jewelry workshop for ages 16-adult, Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sterling Annex, 22084 Shaw Road. Cost $20, plus $10 supply fee. Call 703-430-6673.
On Sept. 30, Harmony Life Solutions, 673 Potomac Station Drive, Leesburg, launches its parenting seminars with ÒParenting with Harmony: How to Nurture Your Child to Live a Well Balanced Life.Ó The first seminar also includes a session on adolescence. Register online at http://www.harmonylifesolutions.com. Cost $35 per individual or $55 per couple.
Every Child Ready to Read, early literacy for parents and caregivers of newborns to 2-year-old children, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. In this one-hour workshop, discuss the research supporting the importance of early involvement in a child's early literacy development and the relationship between shared reading experiences, language development and reading achievement and present important prereading skills. Advance registration required by Sept. 29, call 703-737-8105.
Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road, offers an introduction to tennis for ages 6-11 years old. Tuesdays, through Oct. 3, 2:30-3:15 p.m. $30. Call 703-771-5281.
The Loudoun Academy of Art if offering Understanding Your Digital Camera with Jeanette Burkle. Saturday, Oct. 7, 1-5 p.m. $50. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043. The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is a 501c3 organization.
The Birthing Inn at Inova Loudoun Hospital is offering a free workshop, "Let's talk Babies," providing expectant parents with information related to the birthing process. This interactive workshop takes place Oct. 14, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Birthing Inn will be open for tours for the workshop attendees at the conclusion of the workshop. Includes giveaways and door prizes. To register, call 703-779-2694.
Yoga for Children, 10:15 a.m., Monday, Oct. 16, Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Children will learn basic yoga poses and songs that will enhance flexibility, balance, coordination, self-esteem and enlightenment to the world around them. Recommended for ages 4-6. Advance registration required, call 703-737-8105. Sponsored by the Ashburn Library Advisory Board.
Explore the world with yoga, ages 4-6, is a yoga class for children. Class meets every Wednesday, from Oct. 18-Nov. 15, from 4:15-5:05 p.m., at the Douglass Community Center. Cost is $55 per child. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Children's buddy yoga, for age 3, is a yoga class for children with adult buddy. Learn basic yoga poses enhancing flexibility, balance, coordination and self-esteem. Class meets every Wednesday, from Oct. 18-Nov. 15, from 3:30-4 p.m., at the Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St. Leesburg. Cost is $30 per child. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Loudoun Academy of Art is offering mural painting with Kathi Fertig. Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $70. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043.
Infant massage taught by Allison Forbes, Oct. 21, 2 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Includes the proper way to massage your baby and the benefits of infant massage for both baby and parent/caregiver. Recommended for infants 1-6 months old and their parent/caregiver. Advance registration required, call 703-737-8105.
The Loudoun Academy of Art is offering five-day oil painting workshop with John Leone. Oct. 23-27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $495. The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is a 501c3 organization. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043.
Kidzart: Discovery! for ages 3.5-5. Nurturing art program that helps preschoolers become creative thinkers. Taught by a certified Kidzart instructor. Tuesdays, Oct. 24-Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., $48. Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail email@example.com.
KidzArt: Squiggles to Grins, for ages 2-3.5. Includes singing, storytelling and creative art projects with mommy and daddy. Tuesdays, Oct. 24-Nov. 14, 10:30-11:15 a.m., $48. Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kidzart Elementary for grades first-fifth. Fine arts program that builds self-confidence and develops creative thinking and problem solving skills in a noncompetitive environment. Wednesdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., $60. Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail email@example.com.
AARP driving safety class at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Wednesday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day and attendance both days required to receive certificate. Cost $10 for members, additional $1 each day for nonmembers. Registration required, call 703-430-2397.
The Loudoun Cooperative Extension is offering a Virginia gardener short course, which will run throughout the year as a series of sessions Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. The course will be held at the Extension Office, 30 B Catoctin Circle, S.E., Leesburg, from 6-8 p.m., on those dates.
Participants can choose to attend one session or all eight. Cost is $10 per session or $65 to register to attend all eight sessions. Those who complete all eight sessions will receive a certificate of completion at the closing of the short course in November. A registration flyer can be downloaded from the Loudoun County Extension Web site http://www.loudoun.gov/services/agri.htm or it is also available at local libraries. Call or e-mail the Master Gardener Volunteer Helpline Office and ask to have a registration flyer mailed, 703-771-5150, Ext. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is forming Mommy & Me classes for children 3 months-2 years of age.
Includes circle time, singing, games, crafts, story time, holiday fun and more. Class locations include Arlington, Herndon, Fairfax, Springfield and Leesburg. Call Laurie Albert, JCCNV at 703-537-3064 or LaurieA@jccnv.org or visit www.jccnv.org.
The Douglass Community Center Child Care Program operates daily from 7 a.m.-6:15 p.m. and serves children aged 3 through prekindergarten, must be potty trained. Contact 703-771-5610 or e-mail email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.