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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Ceramics, Wednesday, July 18, 10:30 a.m., at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Cost: $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers. Call 703-430-2397.
Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, Sterling, has an all hands-on, fun filled program called Young At Art, for children 4 and up. Each class is $9 per child and includes all supplies used. All classes are 4-5 p.m. and preregistration is required. July features Princess Capers, July 19; Dinosaur Adventures, July 26 and Space Seekers, July 31. Call 703-430-6673.
The Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., is offering the cuddle bugs playgroup for parents and children ages 6-20 months. The playgroups take place on Fridays, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and cost $1. The dates for the playgroups are July 20, July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail email@example.com.
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: July 23, Aug. 6, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 July 24, hostas in the shade garden; July 31, heirloom vegetables; Aug. 7, ornamental grasses; Aug. 14, water gardening; Aug. 21, using your garden flora in arrangements and 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.
Kids Explore the World with Yoga, Monday, Aug. 6, 10:15 a.m., at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. For children ages 4-6. Children will learn basic yoga poses and songs that will enhance flexibility, balance, coordination, self-esteem and enlightenment to the world around them. Advance registration required, begins two weeks prior to the program. Call 703-737-8105 or register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us.
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.
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.