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 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 Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.
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 703-430-6673.
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 703-430-6673.
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.
Ballroom Dancing-Tango at Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, Sterling. Learn some new steps . Classes are April 2-June 4, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $80 per person and preregistration is required. Call 703-430-6673.
Mark Caputo from New York Life presents long-term care planning and longevity planning, Wednesday, April 4, 10:45 a.m., at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Free. 703-430-2397.
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.
Ceramics, Thursday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers for one session. Call 703-430-2397.
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.
Italian for Beginners at Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, Sterling. This class focuses on the Italian language and culture with stories and games. Classes are April 11-May 15, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. This is a beginner class for children ages 6-12 years old. Cost is $45 and preregistration is required. Call 703-430-6673.
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: 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 email@example.com.
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.
Loudoun Volunteer Services will present a Volunteer Management Training (VMT) series, designed for volunteer managers of community organizations. The VMT series consists of six courses, Friday, April 27-Friday, June 6, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Claude Moore Recreation Center, 46105 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling. The cost for each course is $25 or register for all six for $100. To register visit www.loudoun.gov/pio/volunteer.htm and click on "Volunteer Management Training Series" or call 703-777-0113 for an application. The deadline to apply is April 20.
There will be a Obstacle Course Clinic for Horse/Riders of any discipline April 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg. Cost is $40 per horse. To preregister and obtain waiver visit www.tristaterc.org.
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 Loudoun Academy of the Arts is offering two new classes. Timothy ChambersÕ class, Drawing and Painting the Portrait, is scheduled for Thursday afternoons from 1-3:30 p.m., beginning May 3-June 14. Jin Chung will teach Portrait Drawing and Painting Tuesday evenings, from 6:30-9 p.m., beginning May 1-June 5. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or contact the foundation at 703-777-8043.
AARP driving safety class, May 23 and 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Must attend both days to receive certificate. $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers. Call 703-430-2397.
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 ShaÕare 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.