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Classes & Workshops, Sept. 10-16

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.

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. 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.

Rhythm, Rhyme & Tune Time, early language learning, Fridays, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10 and 17, at 11:15 a.m., Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. 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.loudoun.gov or phone 703-737-8100.

Novelist Tracee Lydia Garner will host a writer's conference at Dominion University, 21335 Signal Hill Plaza, Sterling, Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The conference includes workshops from local industry leaders and a screenwriter and instructor at Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun campus. For more information about the conference, or for reservations, call 571-296-4448 or e-mail Teegarner@aol.com.

Computer basics at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Part I, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Part II, Thursday, Sept. 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Learn about e-mail accounts, typical Web sites, using search engines. Cost: $21 for members, $23 for nonmembers. Call 703-430-2397 to register.

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. Each Babygarten session lasts for six weeks. Recommended for children from birth through 18 months with their parent or caregiver.Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Tuesdays, Sept. 16-Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. Call 703-444-3228.

Ceramics class at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Pace, Sterling, Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $21 for members, $23 for nonmembers and includes small ceramic piece. Call 703-430-2397 to register.

Rhythm, Rhyme & Tune Time, early language learning, Fridays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24, at 10:30 a.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl, Potomac Falls. 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.loudoun.gov or phone 703-444-3228.

The Loudoun Amateur Radio Group (LARG) is sponsoring a free two-day seminar preparing people of all ages to successfully complete the entrance level FCC amateur radio license exam. The training will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21, at the Leesburg VFW Hall at 401 Old Waterford Road, N.W., Leesburg. FCC exams will be administered one week later at the Leesburg Armory. There is no minimum age requirement.

Becoming an amateur radio operator or "Ham," requires students pass a 35-question multiple choice exam. There is no Morse Code requirement.

A demonstration of various modern radio communications techniques will be displayed during the two-day event including world-wide high frequency or "HF" communications, the Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS), local and regional repeater operations, and "EchoLink," a method of connecting radios to the Internet and talking to other hams throughout the world.

To sign up for the course, contact Steve Reed via e-mail at kw4h@arrl.net. For more information about the club and its training program, go to http://www.k4lrg.org/Training/index.htm or go to www.arrl.org.

SAT Prep: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Into College, a four-part workshop for high-school students and their parents, Saturdays, 2 p.m., Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m., at the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Visit http://library.loudoun.gov or call 703-737-8100.

SAT Prep: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Into College, a four-part workshop for high-school students and their parents, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Sept. 23, Oct. 7, 21 and Nov. 4, at the Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Visit http://library.loudoun.gov or call 703-444-3228.

The Douglass Community Center, 407 East Market St., Leesburg, is offering sign, say and play classes for parents and children ages 6 months-3 years. An interactive play class highlights signs that are most important in the lives of babies. Class meets every Wednesday, from Sept. 24-Nov. 5, from 5:15-6 p.m. Cost: $55 per child and $77 materials fee is due at the first class. Call 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.

Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling, will begin new social dance classes for adults, Wednesdays, Sept. 24-Nov. 26, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Learn a variety of partner dances. Dances that will be taught are East Coast swing, West Coast swing, nightclub two step, rumba and the cha-cha. Partners preferred but singles are welcome. Instructors are Gail Crum and William Cottrell. 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.

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.

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.