Send announcements, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail to email@example.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.
The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling will offer ceramics, Thursday, Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Class is required to use the ceramics room at the center. Cost: $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers. Participants must register in advance, call 703-430-2397.
An adult, child and infant CPR training and recertification class — American Environmental Health and Safety certification — will be held Sunday, Aug. 26. The class, sponsored by the Loudoun County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, will take place from 1-5 p.m., at the Virginia Rescue Training Center Office 30B Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Cost: $65 per participant. Call Sherri Fawzi at 703-675-6632 or e-mail Sfawzi@vrtc.org.
The public is invited to take part in the Lunch & Learns at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Ida Lee Park, select Tuesdays, at noon. Bring lunch.
Upcoming topics are Aug. 28, eco-savvy lawn reduction. No registration is required. Visit www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org or call the Master Gardener Volunteers at their Help Desk Office at 703-771-5150.
Join Animal Control on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 8 p.m. for a free class on Dog Bite Awareness at Dog Day Afternoon in Leesburg. Sponsored by FunDogs Continuing Canine Education, the class features representatives from Animal Control as well as the Loudoun County Health Department and focuses on laws regarding dog bites, what to do if your dog bites someone and the importance of rabies vaccinations. Call 540-270-6022 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the class.
Norwalk-The Furniture Idea will host a seminar on "How to Green Your Home," from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Dulles Town Crossing Showroom, 45591 Dulles Eastern Plaza, Dulles. Eco-coach Anca Novacovici will present information and resources to help make your indoor spaces healthier, more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
ESL Conversation at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Tuesdays, Sept. 4, 25 and Oct. 2, 7 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m. The library will be a gathering place for English learners to practice the language. Recommended for adults. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.
Baby Massage with Allison Forbes, at the Ashburn Library, Sept. 5, 8, 12 and 15. Learn techniques for baby massage. Advance registration required, two weeks prior to program. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or phone 703-737-8100.
The Loudoun Literacy Council is offering two levels of classes in English as a Second Language at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Registration and pretesting will take place Thursday, Sept. 6. Class begin Monday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10:30 a.m.-noon both days, and run for eight weeks. Students will be assigned to a class based on their English level. Cost: $25 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Call the Loudoun Literacy Council 703-777-2205 or Janet Brown at the center, 703-430-2397, Ext. 103.
The 22nd Citizen’s Police Academy will commence Tuesday Sept. 11. The free sessions will be held one evening per week for 11-weeks and each session will be two hours in length, 7-9:30 p.m. All classes will be held at the Sheriff’s Office administration building in Leesburg with the exception of the firearms training session, which will be held at the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office firearm’s range located off of Route 50, in the Chantilly area. To enroll, contact Ginger Wines or Bonnie Burke at the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-0407, during normal business hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Kathi Fertig will instruct a one-day mural painting workshop on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The workshop will concentrate on conceptualizing and designing a mural creation. Participants will learn about stenciling, free-hand painting, tracing images, enlarging, mixing color and creating trompe l’oeil. Cost: $80 and students. The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is located at 222 South King St., Leesburg. To register, visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043.
The Loudoun County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a Virginia Gardener Shortcourse. The Shortcourse is a condensed version of the training that Trainees who are new members of the Master Gardener Volunteer program receive. The Shortcourse is held in the Loudoun Cooperative Extension conference room at 30-B Catoctin Circle, SE (Wachovia Bank Building), Leesburg. The sessions are from 6-8:30 p.m. and are spread throughout the year. Dates for this year are: Oct. 25, and Nov. 8. Participants may sign up for individual sessions or for all eight. Contact Debbie D. Dillion at 703-771-5838 or email@example.com.
Leesburg Senior Activity Center, 215 Depot Court, Leesburg, is offering a National Council on Aging exercise tape class, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Call 703-737-8039.
Leesburg Senior Activity Center, 215 Depot Court, Leesburg, is offering stretch and tone classes where participants use bands and hand weights, every Thursday, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Call 703-737-8039.
Leesburg Senior Activity Center, 215 Depot Court, Leesburg, is offering tai chi, which involves three primary subjects: health, meditation and martial arts, Mondays, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Call 703-737-8039.
Leesburg Senior Activity Center, 215 Depot Court, Leesburg, is offering a Sewing and Stitch-In class, Mondays, 9-11:30 a.m. Beginner level. Sewing machines provided; bring in your sewing project. Come and sew, knit, needlepoint or crochet. Free. Call 703-737-8039.
Line Dancing, at the Leesburg Senior Activity Center, 215 Depot Court, Leesburg, Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m. Learn some new line dances. Free. Call 703-737-8039.
Beginner tap dancing, at the Leesburg Senior Activity Center, 215 Depot Court, Leesburg, Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. Learn some new line dances. Free. Call 703-737-8039.