Send announcements, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to email@example.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.
Little Tumblers, Wednesday, March 21, 10-11 a.m., Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg. Learn basic gymnastics skills in this tumbling class. Ages 2-3. Parent Participation. Cost $8. Call 703-771-5913.
Michael Branson from ING will speak about estate planning, Wednesday, March 21, 10:45 a.m., at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Free. Call 703-430-2397.
The Sterling Annex, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering a Princess Diaries class for children 4-6 years old, Thursday, March 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Each child will create and keep their journal. Fee: $9 plus $3 supply fee. Call 703-430-6673 to register.
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: March 22, April 12, July 9, 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.
Cuddle Bugs Playgroup at Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg, March 23, April 27, May 11, May 25, 9:30-10 a.m. Cost: $4. Contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tips and Tricks on Web Design. Learn new tricks on web design and put them to use on a blog or MySpace page, March 24, at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling, 11 a.m. and Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, 2 p.m. Recommended for teens ages 12-18. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us.
Gentle yoga at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, 21060 Whitfield Place, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Tuesdays, through March 27. $103.50 for members; $115.50 for nonmembers. Call 703-430-2397.
Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, Sterling, is offering two classes for children. March 28-April 6. Kindertots for 2-year-olds, from 12:30-1 p.m. and Kindergym for ages 3- to 5-year-olds, from 1:10-1:40 p.m. The cost is $125 and preregistration is required. Call 703-444-2889.
Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, Sterling, is offering Easter Crafts and Cards, Thursday, March 29, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The cost is $9 per child and preregistration is required. Call 703-430-6673.
An educational seminar on Planning for College Funding will be held March 31, at 12 p.m., at the South Riding Town Hall. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Min-Hee Park at 703-655-1288 or to Min-hee.Park@axa-advisors.com.
Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, will offer a self-expressions painting class, Saturday, March 31-May 19, from 10-11 a.m. The cost is $80. This class introduces acrylics, watercolors, pastels and crayons. Children will work at their own pace. Call 703-444-2889.
Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering Whizkids computer classes for ages 8-12, Mondays, through April 2, from 11 a.m.-noon. Cost $149, plus $20 materials fee. Includes Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft Excel. Preregistration required, call 703-430-6673.
On April 4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Loudoun County 4-H will offer a babysitting course at the Loudoun County Extension Office for young people ages 13-19. The cost for this program is $20 and will include lunch and all supplies. Registration forms can be found at public libraries, community centers or by calling 703-777-0373.
Relationships: Awful to Awesome - Three-Part Workshop Series by Kevin Soltani, Life Coaching, NLP, EFT, Monday, April 9 and Tuesday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m., at Cascades Library 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Recommended for adults. Advance registration required, call 703-444-3228, Ext. 5 or visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.
Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering computer classes for adults. All classes are on Thursday nights, from 7-8:30 p.m. Computers are provided. Classes are tailored for the novice. Preregistration is required. Microsoft Word will run April 12-26. The cost is $89, plus $10 materials fee. Microsoft Excel will be offered May 3-10. The cost is $59, plus $10 materials fee. Microsoft Powerpoint from May 17-24. The cost is $59, plus $10 materials fee. Call 703-430-6673.
Children ages 5-8, Spring Sparkle Jewelry Making, Saturday, April 14, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, Sterling. Cost: $8 plus $6 supply fee. Jewelry Making for Winter Blues for ages 9-15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $8 plus $15 supply fee. Preregistration is required, call 703-430-6673.
Children's yoga at Ashburn Library, Monday, April 16, 10:15 a.m. 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. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or call the Ashburn Library at 703-737-8100.
Galilee United Methodist Church is holding a Smart Discipline Parenting Seminar, Tuesday, April 17, 7-9 p.m., at the church, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. Learn guaranteed ways to sky-rocket self-esteem and proven techniques to get children to cooperate. Register online at www.GalileeUMC.org. The fee is $15 per person or $25 per couple.
Sterling Annex Community Center, 22082 Shaw Road, Sterling, is offering workshops for child-care providers. Marcy Henninger of Primarily Kids LCC will teach the workshops. All sessions will be held at the Annex on Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. The cost for each is $25 with preregistration required. Nanny 911 on April 18 and Tapping into Toddlers on May 16. Call 703-430-6673.
Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, Sterling, is offering Sign Language I with instructor Jill Moebus. Sign Language I will run Monday, April 23-June 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. Participants must bring the book "The Joy of Signing." This book is available in all area libraries and book stores. Cost: $84 per person and preregistration is required, call 703-430-6673.
The Society Youth Orchestra (SYO) offers music instruction in orchestra for low-income children and youth, ages 4-17. Classes, instruments and other materials are provided to the student at no charge. The only requirement is a genuine interest on the part of the child and permission from the parent or guardian. Call 703-728-2589 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ymppa.org.
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 Sha’are 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 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.