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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.

The Loudoun County Extension office invites property owners, managers and interested parties to attend a pest-control seminar at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, discussing the identification, prevention and control methods used to protect local forests from this pest. The seminar is free and will be held in the Loudoun County Extension Office training room, 30 B Catoctin Circle, S.E., in Leesburg.

Persons with a disability that desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, contact Corey Childs, Loudoun County Extension Office at 703-777-0373 or TDD 800-828-1120 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations three days prior to the event.

Young at Art at Sterling Annex. Join the fun this fall with lots of hands-on fun. Classes are designed for children ages 4 and up. All classes are on Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Each class is $9 with all supplies included. Pre-registration is required. Enjoy Yeah! Clay on Sept. 27, It’s Halloween on Oct. 18, Ornaments and Gifts on Nov. 29 and Christmas is Coming on Dec. 6. Call 703-430-6673.

Generous market basket workshop, Saturday, Sept. 29, 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, Sterling, with instructor Deborah Wells. The cost is $28 and preregistration is required. A $15 supply fee will be collected from each student at the workshop. Make and take home a large market basket. Call 703-430-6673.

The Sterling Annex Community Center, 22084 Shaw Road, is offering lunch bunch afternoons for children 3-5 Mondays and Thursdays, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Includes crafts, outdoor and indoor playtime and sports. Pack lunch from home, no microwavable food or refrigeration available. Cost: $7 an hour. Register required, call 703-430-6673.

"Get Me Started," a series of painting classes for adults who want to learn to paint but don’t know where to start, will be offered on Saturdays in October from 12:30-3 p.m. Participants need to preregister for each class but do not need to purchase any supplies. The fee for each class is $25, which includes all materials and tools. The Loudoun Academy of the Arts is located at 222 South King St., Leesburg. For a full schedule of classes and workshops, including supply lists and fees, visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043.

ESL Conversation at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7 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 ddillion@vt.edu.

Sign, Say and Play, ages birth-3 years. Designed for parents and children. Interactive play class highlights signs that are most important in the lives of babies. Class meets every Friday, from Oct. 26-Dec. 7, from 9:15-10 a.m., at the Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg. Price is $55 per child and a $77 materials fee is due at the first class. Contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail at dcc@loudoun.gov.

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.