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Classes & Workshops

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 loudoun@connectionnewspapers.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.

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. Dinosaur Adventures, July 26 and Space Seekers, July 31. Call 703-430-6673.

Arts and crafts classes at Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg. Meet other parents and encourage children to explore the world around them, develop motor skills, and socialize.

* Hop Skipin Along: ages 3-5, jump ropes, hopscotch and trails. Cost $6. Friday, July 27, 10-11 a.m.

* Sun Shining Everywhere: ages 2-3, outdoor exercises such as parachute exercises, ball throwing and sidewalk chalk. Cost $6. Tuesday, July 31, 10-10:45 a.m.

* Intro to Art: ages 3-5, enjoy making new crafts and trying new things each week in this themed workshop. Cost $18. Aug. 3-17, 9-9:45 a.m. contact the Douglass

Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.

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 July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.

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 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.

"The Business of Family Child Care" seminar will be offered Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Loudoun County Extension Office, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The $10 registration fee covers the resource manual provided to participants. Contact Beverly Samuel, extension agent, Family & Consumer Sciences in the Loudoun County Extension Office at 703-777-0373.

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: 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 ddillion@vt.edu.

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.

A ServSafe Food Sanitation Course will be taught Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Loudoun Extension Office in Leesburg. This course was developed by The Education Foundation of the National Restaurant Association. After completion of the course, a one-hour certification exam is administered and certification is awarded by the National Restaurant Association to those passing the exam. To contact Beverly Samuel, extension agent, Family & Consumer Sciences in the Loudoun County Extension Office at 703-777-0373.

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.