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Classes & Workshops

Send notes to the Connection at south@connectionnewspapers.com or call 703-917-6459. Deadline is Friday. Dated announcements should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

<b>Miscellaneous

</b>The Workhouse Arts Center, a program of the Lorton Arts Center, has a variety of beginning, intermediate and advanced visual arts and performing arts classes. Drawing, painting, glass, ceramics, fiber arts, photography, creative writing, dance, theater and film. 9517 Workhouse Way, Lorton. 703-584-2900 or www.lortonarts.org.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is currently accepting registrations. Stimulating courses for retirees and adults 50+. Locations in Fairfax, Reston and Sterling. Call 703-503-3384, e-mail olli@gmu.edu, or visit www.olli.gmu.edu.

Colorful World, a small minority women-owned education consulting organization in Springfield providing diversity education consulting, training and resources, offers several classes at the center, 7001 Loisdale Road, Suite C-215, Springfield. For more, visit www.colorfulworld.com or call 703-778-9910.

Winter Pottery Classes. Susan Fox Hirschmann is currently enrolling beginner and intermediate adults. The class will include hand building and learning to “throw” on the potter’s wheel. Call for class schedule. Tuition total: $355, including materials. 4810 Tabard Place, Annandale. 703-978-1480 or www.silverhawk.com/ex99/hirshmann.

Join the Wakefield Chorale. Practice is Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke, and meet in the lecture hall/multipurpose room, number B-167. No audition is required, come any time. 703-451-7917.

Knitting. The Yarn Barn offers a variety of knitting workshops on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and Saturdays 8-10 am. Call for classes and schedule. 9413-C Old Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-2220 or www.geocities.com/theyarnbarnonline.

<b>Languages

</b>English Classes. Free English classes for adults Saturdays from 5-6:30 p.m. Free testing to determine which level students should be in. Text is $20. Classes in Trailer Rooms 5A, 5B, 6A and 6B at Christ Church, 8285 Glen Eagles Lane, Fairfax Station. Contact debbie-tim-mccrory@cox.net.

English Classes. Registration is in session for English classes for adult foreign nationals. The classes are offered in 16 locations in Northern Virginia. Childcare is available at some locations. $20 processing fee. Scholarships available. Check www.eslim.org for class locations and schedules or call 703-841-0292 and leave a message. Calls will be returned in English, Spanish, Korean, or Vietnamese.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) helps adults learn to read, write, speak and understand English through one-to-one tutoring programs and English classes. LCNV offers eight tutor training workshops to prepare volunteers. No teaching or foreign language skills are required. $35 training fee. James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road in Falls Church. Call 703-237-0866 ext. 111 or visit www.lcnv.org.

St. George United Methodist Church English Classes, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. at 4910 Ox Road, Fairfax. 703-385-4550.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church is offering English classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. at 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax. Cost $35. School-age childcare provided. 703-323-9500 or www.lordoflifelutheran.com.

<b>Finance and Business

</b>The Financial Education Center for Women Entrepreneurs conducts classes at the Community Business Partnership, 7001 Loisdale Road, Suite C, Springfield. Limited scholarships available for all classes. For more, call 703-768-1440 or visit www.cbponline.org.

<b>Painting & Drawing

</b>Art Classes. Springfield Art Guild and Lorton Arts Foundation member Maureen Wolford teaches classes that focus on enhancing and refining basic drawing and painting techniques involving color, perspective and shading. Materials include watercolor, tempera, pastel, acrylic and oil; machine sewing, beginner needlepoint, architecture, art history and more also explored. Ages 8 to adult, flexible schedules. Call Maureen at 703-455-4473 or visit www.lifethroughart.com.

Art Classes in Burke. Classes are available for children 5-8, 8 and up or teens/adults in drawing and watercolor painting. All classes meet at the Ponds Community Centre, Burke Centre. Drawing Plus Color for 5-8-year olds and art lessons for 8 and up are on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Art Workshop & Chinese Brush Painting for teens/adults are Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m.-12:30. Class sessions vary from 7-10 weeks. Call Carol Zeitlin at 703-250-6930 or www.geocities.com/czeitlinschneier.

<b>Sports

</b>Skating Lessons. Skater's Quest of Fairfax gives free skate lessons with a qualified professional. Lessons take place at Dick's Sporting Goods, 12501 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax. To register or for more information, visit www.skatersquest.com or www.freeskatelesson.com.

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Northern Virginia offers golf clinics for girls throughout the Northern Virginia area. All girls grades 1 through 12 are invited. Register online at www.GirlsLoveGolf.com. Contact Elena Melchert at Elena@GirlsLoveGolf.com or 703-475-4163.

<b>Parenting

</b>MamaStroll stroller exercise classes at Springfield Mall. Mothers can work out with their babies Mondays and Wednesdays at 8 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. First class free. Meet at Macy’s Court. www.mamastroll.com.

Mommy & Me. The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia offers Mommy & Me classes for children 3-months-old to 2-years-old. Circle time, singing, games, crafts, story time and more. Class locations include Fairfax and Springfield. For times and locations, contact Laurie Albert at 703-537-3064 or LaurieA@jccnv.org. Visit www.jccnv.org.

<b>Emergency Preparedness

</b>Emergency Preparedness Clinics. The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area's Fairfax/Falls Church Office and the Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council sponsor monthly Emergency Preparedness Clinics. Participants will learn how to make a kit to help through the first 72 hours of a local or regional emergency. To host a clinic or attend one, contact Jesse Viles, community outreach coordinator at 703-805-2332 or e-mail vilesj@redcrossnca.org.

<b>Computers

</b>Internet Training. Basic training for beginners who want to learn more about cataloging and the Internet at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Adults only. Call 703-644-7333 for an appointment.

Internet Tutoring. Personalized Internet tutoring at Fairfax City Regional Library, 3915 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Adults only. Call 703-293-6227 for appointment.

Internet and Microsoft Office 2003. This four-week class will focus on computers and the Internet, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Power Point. The class is taught by Jane Lovas, who has a masters degree in information systems and has been helping others become comfortable in the world of computers for over 15 years. The class meets Sundays, April 19-May 10, from 5-7 p.m., at New World Unity, The Cary Building, 8136 Old Keene Mill Road, Suite 209-A, Springfield. Cost $99. Register at 703-981-3157 or www.janelovas.com.

<b>Dance

</b>Singles' Dance. Hearts in Motion School of Music & Dance hosts a Singles' Dance the third Friday of each month, 8 p.m.-midnight. Dances include cha cha, waltz, swing, hustle, El Paso, slow dances and line dances. Cost is $12 ($20 for couples). The school is located at 8600 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call Colleen at 703-437-1190.

Zumba Latin Aerobics classes are Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax until Feb. 26. $60. Call 703-385-7858.

City of Fairfax offers Swing Performance Routine sessions each Tuesday from 8-9 p.m. at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. For intermediate dancers. $72. Call 703-385-7858.