Riverbend Park Classes Spill Into Historic Properties

Participation in classes and programs at Riverbend Park is rising faster than a spring flood. To accommodate the raised level of interest, staff has begun to offer programs at Fairfax County Park Authority historic rental properties.

Residents may now enjoy children’s nature programs, study martial arts, learn watercolor painting, practice contemporary dance moves, and other activities at exciting new (old!) locations around the county. Adding more locations to take classes may also provide shorter driving distances for families during winter.

Clark House

Classes at the Clark House located at 6332 Barcroft Mews Dr. in Falls Church include:

  • Little Labcoats: Children ages four and five years old explore the wonderful world of science with hands-on experiments. Classes meet at 10 a.m. on Thursdays beginning January 19, 2012.
  • Earth Science: Students ages five to eight years old experiment with Earth’s plate tectonics, rock cycle, atmosphere, weather, and climate. Classes meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning February 15.
  • Self Defense for Women: Learn strategies and tactics to defend yourself, including physical and psychological training, environmental awareness, and the use of weapons and empty-handed defense. Classes meet at 7 p.m. on Thursdays beginning February 23.

Great Falls Grange

Classes at Great Falls Grange located at 9818 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls include:

  • Bridge II: Further develop your defensive bridge skills and review the basic Standard American Bidding System. Classes meet at 10 a.m. on Mondays beginning January 9.
  • Tai Chi I: Gain flexibility, balance, and physical control in this low-impact mind/body class based on ancient Chinese exercises. Classes meet at 7 p.m. on Mondays beginning January 9.
  • Landscape Painting in Watercolor: Students focus on composition and color during indoor and outdoor painting sessions. Classes meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning January 17.
  • Hustle: Singles and partners learn dance styles for today’s nightclub music. Classes meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning January 18.

Hunter House 

Classes at the Hunter House in Nottoway Park located at 9601 Courthouse Road in Vienna feature:

  • I Dig Science: Three to five-year-olds dig into science topics as they explore rocks, dinosaurs and fossils, worms, archaeology, and more. Classes meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning January 18.
  • Landscape Painting in Watercolor: Students focus on composition and color during indoor and outdoor painting sessions. Classes meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning January 18.

Classes are also available at Stone Mansion in Alexandria and at the Dranesville Tavern in Herndon.

Registration is now available online. For more information, call Riverbend Park at 703-759-9018.

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