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:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call 703-917-6454.
Children ages 6-10 learn beginner Italian through games, stories and sharing recipes. Class held Thursdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 13, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., at Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling. Cost: $48 with all material provided. Preregistration is required, call 571-258-3500.
Rhythm, Rhyme & Tune Time, early language learning, Thursdays, through 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 infant-4 years with parent/caregiver. Register online at http://library.louduon.gov or phone 703-430-9500.
Drawing Anime with cartoonist Brian Landon, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2-4 p.m., Rust Library; Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6-8 p.m., Ashburn Library. Landon, will discuss the importance of perspective, drawing techniques, character development and backgrounds. Recommended for ages 12-18. Registration is required. Register online at http://library.loudoun.gov or phone the branch library. Ashburn: 703-737-8100. Rust Library: 703-777-0323.
Every Child Ready to Read, early literacy workshop, Monday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Learn important prereading skills to teach your 2- to 3-year-old so they are prepared to learn to read when they start school. For parents or caregivers. Registration begins two weeks before the program. Sign up online at library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-8100.
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, Oct. 10-31, 9:30-10:15 a.m.; 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, Oct. 10-31, 10:45-11:30 a.m.; 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, Oct. 10-31, 4-4:45 p.m.; Fridays, Nov. 7-Dec. 5; 4-4:45 p.m. No class Nov. 28. Cost: $60. Call 703-771-5913.
American Securities Programs, 22900 Shaw Road, suite 101-4, Dulles, holds a financial fraud seminar, Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $35, call 703-834-8900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer applications I, record keeping, organizing and computing, at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Part I, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Part II, Thursday, Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $21 for members, $23 for nonmembers. Call 703-430-2397 to register.
Ceramics class at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Oct. 15, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Learn how to clean greeenware and paint or glaze a project. Cost: $21 for members, $22 for nonmembers, includes small ceramic piece. Advance registration required, call 703-430-2397.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is hosting a workshop on starting a food-based business, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Loudoun County Cooperative Extension Office, 30 Catoctin Circle, SE, Suite B, Leesburg. Cost: $15 per person; preregistration encouraged, call 703-777-0373.
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.