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.
Loudoun Cooperative Extension is offering a seminar on Starting a Family Child-Care Business to provide caregivers with the tools to develop a successful home based child-care service. This program helps potential child-care providers assess whether providing family child care is a viable option and it provides tools to assist those who are in the beginning stage of establishing a family child-care business. The seminar will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Loudoun Extension Office in Leesburg. Registration fee is $15 to cover the resource manual provided to participants. Contact Beverly Samuel in the Loudoun Cooperative Extension office at 703-777-0373.
Online fraud and identity theft seminar, Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m., Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. Dana Smith of SunTrust Mortgage will discuss ways to protect against identity theft. Visit http://library.loudoun.gov.
Explore science through four 45-minutes workshops presented by the Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show, at the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, Saturday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The four programs are life in space at 11 a.m., electricity at 12:30 p.m., flight at 3:30 p.m. and energy at 3:30 p.m. All ages. Free. Visit library.loudoun.gov.
Personal finance seminar, Are You Ready for Retirement?, Saturday, Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls. James Pearce, a certified financial planner, will examine a number of issues to be considered before making the decision to retire. Topics will include income planning, portfolio management and wealth transfer. Visit http://library.loudoun.gov.
Claude Moore Community Center, 46111 Loudoun Park Lane, Sterling, is hosting Art by Children, a class that allows children ages 6-10 to make art using different media based on their abilities. One art pad, 9 inches x12 inches or larger, required. Class held Mondays, Oct. 6-Nov. 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Call 517-258-3500.
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.
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.
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.