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.
Baby Massage with Allison Forbes, at the Ashburn Library, Sept. 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 Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering fun at preschool for children ages 3-4. Class introduces basic preschool skills through stories, crafts, creative movement and play. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 10-Nov. 19, from 9-10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Cost: $90 plus $22 supply fee. Call 703-430-6673.
English classes for adults beginning Sept. 10 and 13 and ending May. Come for placement and begin class those evenings in the trailer at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church by Briar Patch Park in Sterling Park. Call Leanna for more information at 703-421-7086.
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.
Ceramics will be offered at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Thursday, Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers. Call 703-430-2397.
On Thursday, Sept. 13, Ox Hill Baptist Church's English as a Second Language (ESL) program will be registering new and returning adult ESL students. Registration for morning classes will be held at 10 a.m. and registration for evening classes will be at 7 p.m. Conversational English classes are available for all levels of learners in both the morning and the evening. An evening American citizenship class is also offered for adults who have some English speaking and reading skills. Class fees are $25. Classes will meet once a week on Thursdays, from Sept. 20- May 1. No child care is provided. Ox Hill Baptist Church is located at 4101 Elmwood St., Chantilly. Call 703-378-5555, Ext. 30 or visit www.oxhillbaptist.org.
Baby Signs with Dana Carmichael, 11 a.m., Sept 14, at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road. Basic baby sign class with instructor Dana Carmichael. Recommended for ages 6-24 months. Advance registration required, begins two weeks prior to program. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or phone 703-737-8100.
The Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering art classes by Abrakadoodle for children ages 3-5 years old. Classes include experimenting with paints, textures, modeling compounds and pastels. Meet Fridays, Sept. 14-Oct. 5, from 10:15-11 a.m. Cost: $60. Call 703-430-6673.
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.
"How Do I Deal with My Parents’ Divorce?" Get Real Youth Outreach in cooperation with New Life Christian Church is offering a 13-week program for ninth- through 12th- graders on how to deal with issues when families split, Sept. 15-Dec. 16, Sunday’s, 8:30 a.m., at Broad Run High School. Contact Lucy Martinez at 703-220-5022.
Awesome Relationships at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling, 7 p.m., Sept. 17. Kevin Soltani, founder of Personal Power Institute, shares life techniques for relationships. Recommended for adults. Advance registration required, begins two weeks prior to program. Register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us or phone 703-444-3228.
ESL Conversation at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Tuesdays, Sept. 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.
AARP driving safety class, Wednesday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 5, at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling. Classes are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day with both days required to receive a certificate. Cost: $10 per member, $12 per nonmember, registration required, call 703-430-2397.
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.