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Classes & Workshops, June 25-July 1

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.

Children ages 3-5 can celebrate summer with arts, crafts and group play at the summer explorers precamp. Classes meet for one week, Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. either from June 25-27 or July 30-Aug. 1. Cost: $25. Advance registration required, call 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.

A hip hop/break/jazz workshop will be held June 26-27 and July 28-Aug. 1, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jazz shoes are required. Bring a snack each day. Camp fee of $150 per child. For children ages 10-15. Held at the Creative Dance Center in Ashburn. To register contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.

The Loudoun County Extension Office Program Room, 30B Catoctin Circle, Leesburg, is offering a self-defense workshop, July 1, at 4 p.m., and is recommended for ages 12-18. Register online at library.loudoun.gov or call 703-777-0690.

ESL Conversational English, an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice English, at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, July 1, 8 and 15, from 7-9 p.m. Not a class but an opportunity to meet new people, share culture and have fun. Only English will be spoken. All levels welcome. Recommended for adults. Visit http://library.loudoun.gov.

Rhythm, Rhyme and Tune Time: Early Literacy through Music at the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Sing, chant, play instruments and move creatively as children explore the sounds, rhythms and patterns that make up the language. Wednesdays, at 11:15 a.m., from July 9-Aug. 13. Recommended for newborn to age 4 with parent/caregiver. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-8105.

Babygarten, a fun and informational program that focuses on how nursery rhymes, songs and books can enrich children�s lives, at the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, July 9-Aug. 13. Recommended for newborn through 18 months with parent/caregiver. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-8105.

Dance Tech Workshop. Dance-intensive work on ballet, jazz and lyrical technique with turns and leaps. Ballet or jazz shoes required. For ages 7-11. Fee: $150 per person. Held at the Creative Dance Center in Ashburn, Aug. 4-8, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To register, contact the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.

Claude Moore Recreation Center is offering Fit Kids classes for ages 2-5 years old. New session includes tumbling classes, fit kids fitness and a special class for 2-3 year olds: Balls, Balls, Balls. Call 571-258-3600 for times.

The Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling, is offering music together, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9:30-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11:15 a.m. The class offers developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum for parents, children and primary-care givers. Call 571-258-3500.

The Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, is offering My First Preschool, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9-10:30 a.m. Class for children who will be 2 years old by Sept, 1, 2008. Call 571-258-3500.

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.

Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling, 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.

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.