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Classes & Workshops, Oct. 29-Nov. 4

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.

Congregation Sha'are Shalom is sponsoring a Mothers/Parents Circle group, which will begin in late October. This free class will meet 16 times during the year. The program offers free educational events and resources for parents raising Jewish children within the context of intermarriage or a committed relationship, and focuses on Jewish rituals, ethics and the creation of a Jewish home and includes regular meetings and group Shabbat and holiday observances. Meetings will be held in Ashburn Tuesday evenings. Contact Sheri at 703-737-0686 or rujec@sha-areshalom.org.

The Rust Library, 34D Catoctin Circle, Leesburg, will be offering Babygarten, which focuses on how nursery rhymes, songs and books can enrich a child’s life, Mondays, Nov. 3-Dec. 8, 11 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.

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. 4, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, at 7 p.m. Recommended for adults. Call 703-737-8100.

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, Tuesdays, Nov. 4-Dec. 16, no class Nov. 11, 2 p.m.; and 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.

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. 4, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, at 7 p.m. Recommended for adults. Call 703-444-3228.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.