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The Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee and the Centreville High School PTSA will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Festival on Sunday, Jan. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Centreville High School, 6001 Union Mill Road, Clifton. Contact Charles Ivey at 703-716-4154.

Westfield High's Winter Choral Concert will be presented Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Nearly 200 students will perform in this free concert featuring all the choirs: Chamber Singers, Bel Canto, Concert Choir, Women's Chorus and Spotlight Show Choir. Music selections will range from Broadway to jazz to classical.

Colin L. Powell Elementary School will host a Winter Choral, Band and Strings Concert on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Chantilly High Children's Theatre presents "The Princess and the Porcupine," Friday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 24, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m., in the school auditorium. Tickets are $4 at the door. See what happens in this original show when the king tries to marry off his daughter, the princess, but she falls in love with a porcupine!

Clifton Children's Academy will be holding a registration open house for kindergarten and morning and afternoon preschool classes on Sunday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is for registration for Fall 2004. There will also be limited registration available for Winter - 2004. Bring your child and come to tour the school. The school is located on Compton Road in Centreville. Call 703-968-8455 or visit www.childrensacademy.com.

The Centreville High Wildcats Ice Hockey Club will be having a bake sale on Sunday, Feb. 1 at the Giant Food Store at the Union Mill Colonnade Shopping Center between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be plenty of homemade and store bought baked goods.

Sean Patrick Lesser of Chantilly was named to the Dean's List at Lafayette College for the fall of 2003. He achieved at least a 3.45 semester grade point average out of a possible 4.0.

Elizabeth Zych has been inducted into the Alpha Chi honor society at Gardner-Webb University. To qualify, a student must fall academically in the top 10 percent of the junior or senior class. Elizabeth is the daughter of Anthony and Laura Zych of Centreville.

Saint Timothy School in Chantilly has a few more openings for its Spring Craft Fair scheduled for Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you would like information about this event, contact Kelly Schmank at 703-222-3823 or Karen Yee at 703-803-0460.

Centreville Preschool Inc. (CPI) will host a registration open house for 2004-2005 classes on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon. Established in 1969, CPI is a non-profit cooperative preschool located at 13916 Braddock Road in the historic district of Centreville. Morning and afternoon coop, semi-coop, and non-coop classes are available to children who turn 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 30, 2004. A beginners non-coop class is offered to children who turn 2 1/2 by Sept. 30, 2004. Proof of age is required to pick up a registration packet for the 2004/2005 school year that will begin in September 2004. Bring your child's birth certificate. Contact CPI Co-Enrollment Directors Jackie Kakar at 703-266-8168 and email jackiekakar@hotmail.com or Linda Tenille at 703-502-8451 and email Ltenille@cox.net or call the school at 703-830-5656.

Registration for winter classes offered by the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Adult and Community Education (ACE) is now under way. Classes, Etc., the ACE course catalog, is in the mail to Fairfax County residents. Registration will be ongoing throughout the term, January through April. Class information is also available on the ACE web site at http://www.fcps.edu/adult.htm by clicking on "Classes, Etc."

More than $80 billion worth of financial aid will be awarded to college students over this next year, but timing is critical. The bulk of scholarship money will be awarded over the next five months for the 2004-2005 school year. Currently there are over 650,000 independent and private scholarship and grant sources available to students, some of which pay 100 percent of a student's tuition. More than 80 percent of these scholarships do not depend on family need or exceptional grades but are awarded based on factors such as a student's interests, hobbies, academic focus, age, heritage, religion or parent's work or military experience. For information on how to receive scholarship money, send a double stamped #10 sized business envelope plus $2 to cover handling to NAFA, 188 Summer Street, Scholarship Dept. E04, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

NVTA, a non-profit organization of community theaters in the metropolitan area, announces its 8th annual scholarships for high school seniors interested in performance or technical theater. A $1,000 performance scholarship in drama or musical theater will be awarded as well as a $1,000 technical scholarship in either set design, costuming, lighting or makeup/hair design. The application deadline is Feb. 9, 2004. For an application or more information, call Anne Ridgway at 703-330-2787, ext. 13.