<cal2>Mature Operator's Driver Improvement Program (MOPDIP). This eight-hour class for Virginia residents 55 and older covers safe-driving information. The course is sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and is presented by certified Fairfax County Auxiliary Police officers. On completion of this course, drivers are eligible for the Virginia state mandated insurance premium reduction (check with individual insurance carriers for the amount). The classes take place the second Saturday of each month. The next MOPDIP class will meet at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road, on Feb. 8. Subsequent seminars are scheduled for, March 8, April 12 and May 10. Registration is required. Call 703-924-6588. The fee for this course is $10 per person for books and materials.


<cal2>Interstate Worldwide Relocation is offering free classes to demonstrate proper packing techniques and moving-industry secrets. Interstate's free classes will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 15, March 15 and April 12, from 8:30-11 a.m., at Interstate's Talking Training House in the corporate headquarters located at 5801 Rolling Road in Springfield. Advance registration is requested. To register or for additional information, call 1-800-745-MOVE (6683), ext. 234.


<cal2>Israeli Dance Class. Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. Beginners, intermediates and advanced. $5/session/JCCNV member; $6/non-member; $4/student or senior. Reservations not required. 301-982-0937.

Learn to Dance. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Partners not required. Learn salsa, merengue, cha-cha, pop and more. At Rene’s Night Club, 3251 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Party follows, $5 per person. Proper attire required. Free parking. For information or reservations, call 703-759-9380 or 703-856-1139.

Tap-dance lessons for Fairfax County Senior Citizens 55 and older will be held at Little River Glen Senior Center, Barker Court, located just off Route 236 and Olley Lane in Fairfax, on Wednesdays. Free. Call 703-370-1466.

Latin Dance will be held at Rene's Supper Club, located at 3251 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax, every Thursday from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $5. Ladies free before 9 p.m. Proper attire required. Over 21 with ID. Call 703-759-9380 (day) or 703-385-0077 (evening).

Circle/Folk Dancing. Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke at 10125 Lake Haven Court will host a mixture of traditional folk dance and modern choreography from 7:45-10 p.m., March 1, 22; Apr. 5, 19; May 3, 17, 31; and June 7, 21. Cost: $35 for the series; $10 person/class (AE Boosters: $25 for the series or $5 person/class). For additional information, call Judi at 703-451-2595.

Learn the Social Dances (ballroom, Latin, swing, night club, country western/polka) in Cy Richardson's group classes on Tuesday nights at the Oaks Community Center, 5708 Oak Leather Drive, Burke. Six-week sessions (8 hours), $52 per person. Singles and couples welcome. Next session Feb. 25. Call Cy at 703-250-5360.


<cal2>Greenspring Village’s “English As a Second Language” (ESL) program provides instruction to assist employees who want to improve their language skills. ESL classes meet twice a week. Volunteers who wish to enroll are asked to pay a $20 registration fee to be refunded at the completion of the course. Follow-up ESL courses for students who wish to continue are now in the planning stage. Greenspring Village, developed and managed by Erickson Retirement Communities, is headquartered in Catonsville, Md. For more information, check out their Web site address:


<cal2>Finishing Class. Saturday, Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m., at The Yarn Barn, 9413-C Old Burke Lake Road, Burke. Fee: $35. The difference between Hand Made or Home Made from an expert needle arts finisher. Call 703-978-2220 or visit

Honeycomb Technique. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at The Yarn Barn, 9413-C Old Burke Lake Road, Burke. Fee: $45. A class designed to enhance the visual effect of yarns similar to the honeycomb that bees make. Call 703-978-2220 or visit

Knitting. Five-week class beginning Thursday, Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m., at The Yarn Barn, 9413-C Old Burke Lake Road, Burke. Fee: $70. Learn how to create knitted garments. Call 703-978-2220 or visit

Beginning Crochet. Five-week class beginning Saturday, Feb. 15, 1-3 p.m., at The Yarn Barn, 9413-C Old Burke Lake Road, Burke. Fee: $70. Learn crochet to embellish knitted garments or create crocheted items. Call 703-978-2220 or visit

Sock Knitting on Two Circular Needles. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 17 and 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at The Yarn Barn, 9413-C Old Burke Lake Road, Burke. Fee: $40. Learn a technique that can be used not only for socks but anywhere double pointed needles are called for. Call 703-978-2220 or visit

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<cal2>The Burke Toastmasters Club is sponsoring an eight-week Speechcraft program beginning Monday, March 3. This program is designed to help participants to communicate more effectively with employers, associates, subordinates and customers. This program is open to the public. The fee is $50 and includes six months of Toastmaster membership. Space is limited to 15 people. Reservations will be taken on a first come-first served basis. Classes meet weekly on Mondays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The program will run from March 3 through April 21, at the Oaks Community Center, 5708 Oak Leather Drive, Burke. For registration information, contact Raj Manda at 703-426-8784.


<cal2>Lt. John Henderson teaches the City of Fairfax Fire Extinguisher Training program in Room 8 at the John C. Wood Municipal Complex, 3730 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. Hands-on training will be offered using a fire simulator, which creates a small fire. To schedule classes, call the City of Fairfax Building and Fire Code Administration Office, 703-273-8109.