Send announcements to the Connection, to firstname.lastname@example.org or 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102. Deadline is Friday. Call 703-917-6449.
The 2007 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics will be held through Sept. 15, marking its 25th anniversary. Participants must be 50 years of age as of Dec. 31, 2007 and reside in one of the sponsoring Northern Virginia jurisdictions. Among the events offered for competition are track and field, swimming, card games, shuffleboard, tennis, horseshoes, pickleball, basketball, board games, bowling and golf. Registration for some events is available at the event. Call 703-228-3600, ext. 9996, or visit www.novaseniorolympics.com.
Northern Virginia Senior Olympics also seeks participants to volunteer to help with events when not competing. Non-participants are also welcome to volunteer. Those interested can call Volunteer Chairperson Jane England at 703-491-2183.
Blood drive for Inova hospitals at the Reston Town Center, Tuesday, Sept. 25, noon-7:30 p.m. The bloodmobile will be located beside the pavilion near Williams-Sonoma. Schedule an appointment by calling 1-866-256-6372 or visit www.inova.org/donateblood.
The Cancer Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing cancer prevention through education and research, is offering a free, eight-session cooking course designed to help people prevent and survive cancer through proper diet and nutrition. Local cooking instructor Jan Graves guides students through the preparation of the low-fat, vegetarian meals. Classes are noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 26, at Herndon Curves, 720 Grant St., Herndon. Sept. 26: Fueling Up on Low-Fat Foods; Oct. 3: Favoring Fiber; Oct. 10: Discovering Dairy Alternatives; Oct. 17: Replacing Meat; Oct. 24: Planning Healthy Meals; Oct. 31: Antioxidants and Phytochemicals; Nov. 7: Immune-Boosting Foods; Nov. 14: Maintaining a Healthy Weight. To register, call 703-707-9011. Visit www.CancerProject.org or call 202-244-5038.
Run, jog or walk with Body by Geoff, every Saturday, 8 am. Free. Meet at Body By Geoff, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston. Call 703-464-5559.