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Classes & Workshops, Aug. 20-26

Send announcements or events, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call 703-917-6454.

The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, is offering a ceramics class, Thursday, Aug. 21, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers. Advance registration required, call 703-430-2397.

Kirk Martin will provide strategies for parents and teachers to create a stress-free home or classroom at a free back-to-school workshop Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 7-9 p.m., at Tolbert Elementary School, 691 Potomac Station Drive, N.E., Leesburg. E-mail kirk@celebratecalm.com or visit www.CelebrateCALM.com.

Rhythm, Rhyme & Tune Time, Thursday, Sept. 4-Oct. 9, at 10 a.m., Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Sing, chant, play instruments and move creatively as a way to explore the sounds, rhythms and patterns that make up language. Each session lasts for six weeks. Recommended for ages 0-4 years with parent/caregiver. Register online at http://library.louduon.gov or phone 703-430-9500.

Babygarten, an informational program for infants and their parents or caregivers. Classes focus on how nursery rhymes, songs and books can enrich a child's life from the very beginning and provide them with a foundation for the future. Sponsored by the Loudoun Library Foundation Inc., and branch advisory boards. Each Babygarten session lasts for six weeks. Recommended for children from birth through 18 months with their parent or caregiver.

Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Wednesdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 15, at 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 15, at 2:30 p.m.; Fridays, Sept. 12-Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. Call 703-737-8100.

Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Mondays, Sept. 8, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 20 and 27, at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesdays, Sept. 16-Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. Call 703-444-3228.

Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Wednesdays, Sept. 3-Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. Call 703-430-9500.

The 24th Citizen's Police Academy will begin Tuesday, Sept. 23. 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.

Sheriff's Office personnel will conduct the training classes, providing an overview of all the aspects of law enforcement within the agency. Members of the class may also have the option of participating in a ride-a-long with a deputy after completing the academy.

The classes are open to Loudoun County residents over the age of 18. 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.