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Classes & Workshops, Nov. 5-11

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 <a href="mailto:loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com">loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com</a>. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call 703-917-6454.

The Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, will be offering Babygarten, which focuses on how nursery rhymes, songs and books can enrich a child’s life, Wednesdays, Nov. 5-Dec. 10, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and Fridays, Nov. 7-Dec. 12, no class Nov. 28, 10 a.m. For ages birth to 18 months with parent or caregiver. Each session lasts for six weeks. Registration is required sign up online at http://library.loudoun.gov or call 703-737-8100.

The Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, will be offering Babygarten, which focuses on how nursery rhymes, songs and books can enrich a child’s life, Wednesdays, Nov. 5-Dec. 10, 10 a.m. For ages birth to 18 months with parent or caregiver. Each session lasts for six weeks. Registration is required sign up online at http://library.loudoun.gov or call 703-430-9500.

Groups interested in learning about the application processes for the Loudoun County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) programs should attend workshops on both programs Thursday, Nov. 6, on the second floor of the Shenandoah Building, 102 Heritage Way, N.E., in Leesburg. The preapplication workshop for the CDBG program will be held, from 10 a.m.-noon, in the Shenandoah Room. The preapplication workshop for the CSBG program will be held, from 1-3 p.m. in the Shenandoah Room.

Applications will be available online at www.loudoun.gov/cdbg or by contacting Jan Boothby, CDBG program manager, at 703-777-0353 (V/TTY) or jan.boothby@loudoun.gov, or Karen Velez, CSBG program specialist at 703-777-0353 (V/TTY) or karen.velez@loudoun.gov. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 18, at 4 p.m.

Grantseeking basics and introduction to the foundation directory online, a free Foundation Center course open to the public, is Friday, Nov. 7 and Thursday, Dec. 11, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the George Washington University Virginia Campus Library, 44983 Knoll Square, Ashburn, VA, 20147. This course demonstrates how to create customized searches and develop lists of prospective donors that match your organization's funding needs. To register, call 703-726-8230, e-mail Virginia@gwu.edu or visit www.gwvirginia.gwu.edu for a link to the Foundation Center courses.

The Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, will be offering Babygarten, which focuses on how nursery rhymes, songs and books can enrich a child’s life, Mondays, Nov. 10-Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m. For ages birth to 18 months with parent or caregiver. Each session lasts for six weeks. Registration is required sign up online at http://library.loudoun.gov or call 703-444-3228.

The Mosby Heritage Area Association is conducting a two-day participatory workshop Nov. 7-8 on the impact of John Brown’s 1859 Raid on Harpers Ferry. The event will take place "in the field" at locations in Loudoun County, in Maryland and in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. Participants will take on the persona of one of the raiders and follow in the footsteps of John Brown as shadow re-enactors. The workshop begins at 6:45 p.m. on Friday evening at Morven Park near Leesburg and ends Saturday night inside the Engine House at Harpers Ferry, where John Brown was captured. Participant fee: $120. Registration forms and a detailed itinerary are available at www.mosbyheritagearea.org. Participants will be responsible for own lodging.

Abrakadoodle–Twoosy Doodlers for ages 20 months-3 years, at Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg. Acquire new skills using paints, textures, papers, glue and modeling compounds in developmentally appropriate lessons. Fridays, Nov. 7-Dec. 5; 9:30-10:15 a.m. No class Nov. 28. Cost: $60. Call 703-771-5913.

Abrakadoodle–Mini Doodlers for ages 3-5, at Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg. Create own unique master pieces with paints, water-colors, pastels and other creative tools and materials. Fridays, Nov. 7-Dec. 5; 10:45-11:30 a.m. No class Nov. 28. Cost: $60. Call 703-771-5913.

Abrakadoodle–Doodlers, for ages 6-13, at Douglass Community Center, 405 East Market St., Leesburg. Lessons designed to ignite the imagination, foster creativity and develop new skills with paints, water colors, pastels and other materials. Fridays, Nov. 7-Dec. 5; 4-4:45 p.m. No class Nov. 28. Cost: $60. Call 703-771-5913.

Bob Fulton of Dominion Virginia Power is holding a seminar on energy conservation, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., at Rust Library, 34D Catoctin Circle, Leesburg. Learn tips and strategies to help save money on power bills this winter.

Ceramics class, at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers, fee includes small ceramic piece. Call 703-430-2397 to register.

Pablo Buitrago is holding an organizational seminar Thursday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Learn strategies for getting and staying organized. Recommended for adults. Register at library.loudoun.gov or 703-444-3228.

Learn how to grow mushrooms at home at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, 21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg, Friday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. The $75 workshop introduces mushroom life cycles and methods of cultivation. Preregistration required by Nov. 10; call 703-777-0373.

The Loudoun Academy of the Arts, 222 South King St., Leesburg, is offering two weekend workshops in November. Saturday, Nov. 15, 1-5 p.m., a class titled "Christmas Cards in Watercolor" with Artist Julie Read will be held. Cost: $100; includes supplies. Saturday, Nov. 22, 1-4 p.m., the class "Figurative Sculpture" with Elissa Savos will be held. Cost: $70; includes supplies. Visit www.loudounacademy.org or call 703-777-8043.

Computer applications II, word processing, at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Part I, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Part II, Thursday, Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $21 for members, $23 for nonmembers. Call 703-430-2397 to register.

English conversation groups, an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English takes place at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, Tuesdays, Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, at 7 p.m. Recommended for adults. Call 703-737-8100.

English conversation groups, an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English takes place at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, Tuesdays, Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, at 7 p.m. Recommended for adults. Call 703-444-3228.

Finding Foundation Support for Your Education, a free Foundation Center course open to the public, is Saturday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m.--1 p.m. and Friday Jan. 9, from 4-5 p.m., at the George Washington University Virginia Campus Library, 44983 Knoll Square, Ashburn, VA 20147. This one-hour class explores finding financial support for college. To register, call 703-726-8230 or e-mail the library at Virginia@gwu.edu, or visit www.gwvirginia.gwu.edu for a link to the Foundation Center courses.

English conversation groups, an informal conversation circle for non-native speakers to practice speaking English takes place at Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling, Wednesdays, at 7 p.m. No meeting on Nov. 26 and Dec. 24 & 31 Recommended for adults. Call 703-430-9500.