Among clowning classes and workshops in the area: Clowns of America

Maryland/D.C. Alley (Kapitol Klowns): Bill Straub 589-5899, Bernard Hamburger 654-3654.

Northern Virginia Alley (Funny Bone Gang): Frank Wisniewski 354-8949, Lucille Ellis 631-2097.

Prince William County Alley (Silly Willies): David Lynch (703) 670-3432. Maryland

Montgomery College, 279-5188. Arts and Skills of the Clown, Bernard (Sanwich) Hamburger, $60.

Montgomery County Recreation Department, 468-4050. Introduction to Clowning, Yona (Chocklette) Chock, $25.50.

Prince George's Community College, 322-0875. Circus Art and Clowning, Bill (Shortcake) Straub, $30. (Offered in the fall.)

Prince George's County Recreation Department, 248-4404. Clown classes for children, adults and senior citizens, Betty (Bojo) Wilson, $15-$19.

Rockville Recreation Department, 424-3738. Clown classes for adults, Leslie (Flower T. Clown) Homann, and for children, Bill (Shortcake) Straub. Free. Virginia

Fairfax County Recreation Department, 691-2672. Juggling and Clowning, Joe (Jojo) Nicely, $14.

Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus, 323-4240. Introduction to the Art of Clowning, Clint (Mr. Eve) Kersey, $35. Manassas Campus, 323-3000, ext. 242-M, The Art of Clowning, Lucille (LuSilly) Ellis, $40.

Wakefield Recreation Center, Fairfax, 321-7080. Clowning Around (for children, ages 7-12), LuSilly Ellis, $20.