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The Loudoun Academy of the Arts Foundation will give Loudoun residents a holiday gift on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Academy instructors will provide creative fun and instruction in various mediums for children ages 5-11 while parents do last minute holiday shopping. Enrollment is limited. Call the Academy to register for three hours of supervised art at 703-777-8043.

The Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is now taking applications for the Third Annual Snow Prince and Princess Pageant. The pageant is open to all girls between the ages of 3-18 years and Boys ages 3-9 years. Crown, banner and trophies will be awarded in each age division, and new, optional events have been added. The event will be held at Harper Park Middle School on Jan. 11, 2003. Interested individuals are encouraged to register early as divisions fill up fast. For an application, or fee information, call the Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913, or email:jwalker@loudoun.gov.

The Lions Club of Sterling, in cooperation with Melodee Music of Sterling, will host the annual Lions of Virginia, James A. Bland Music Scholarship Competition on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 1:30 p.m. The competition will be held at Melodee Music Center, in the Lower Level Music Education and Recital Complex, 46077 Lake Center Plaza in Potomac Falls. Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

There are two categories being judged. Instrumental and vocal performers may compete. First and second place winners in each category receive a $75 and $50 saving bond, respectively. Winners have the opportunity to compete at the state level for scholarships worth up to $2,000.

Applications may be obtained at Melodee Music, or the Sterling Lions Club. Call 703-723-0077, or write: Sterling Lions Club, P. O. Box 45, Sterling, VA 20167-0045. Application deadline is Jan. 9.

The Loudoun Literacy Council is in need of volunteers to tutor adults in literacy and in English as a second language. No knowledge of other languages or teaching experience is required. Training is provided free of charge. Call Tara at 703-777-2205 or email info@loudounliteracy.org.

Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center and the American Girl Fashion Show Committee are looking for girls to model at the 2003 American Girl Fashion Show to be held March 29 and 30 and Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg. The show features girls from multi-ethnic backgrounds in historically important clothing, as well as contemporary fashions. It showcases the dolls and fashions of the American Girl Collection of Pleasant Company Productions. The show also features a tea party, souvenirs, photography sittings, raffles and prizes, and is the largest annual fundraiser for Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing, a non-profit organization.

Model candidates must be approximately 55-57 inches tall and wear at size 8-12.

Visit www.speechhearing.org or call 703-443-1787.