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The student poster contest is an annual part of the Leesburg-Loudoun Arbor Day Celebration, which will take place on April 24, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. The contest is open to all Loudoun County students from grades K-12, including public, private, or home-school students. This year's theme, "As Trees Grow, Weather Goes," is about how trees influence weather. All posters must be 11" by 14" and include the student's name, grade, age, school name and teacher's name on the back of the poster. Entries should be submitted to Melissa Pagano-Kumpf, Art Supervisor, Loudoun County Public Schools, North Street Office, 102 North Street, NW, Leesburg, VA 20176. The deadline to submit a poster is March 26. Prizes will be awarded to the students who create the top 50 posters. The posters will remain on display at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve during the 2004 Annual Arbor Day Celebration. All entries become the property of the sponsors and may be used at their discretion. For more information on the annual Arbor Day student poster contest, contact Suzie Brown at Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District, suzie.brown@va.usda.gov, or by calling 703-777-2075. Information about the 16th Annual Arbor Day Celebration, including the poster contest rules and regulations, is available at www.loudoun.gov/general/arbor.htm.

The Broad Run High School Parent-Teacher-Student organization (PTSO) will host its annual Spring Craft Fair, Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This Ashburn tradition attracts more than 100 crafters and their hand-crafted items, including stained glass, soaps, pottery and ceramics, home and garden accessories and much more. Admission is free, but guests are asked to bring canned or non-perishable food items for donation to the Loudoun InterFaith Relief food bank. All proceeds go to support school organizations and special events, as well as to provide scholarships. Broad Run High School is located on Ashburn Road in Ashburn, one-quarter mile west of its intersection with Ashburn Farm Parkway. For more information, contact Jeanette Gandhi at 703-729-2005 or e-mail jeanette.gandhi@verizon.net.

Loudoun Education Alliance of Parents (LEAP) meeting on Wednesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. Topic: "Lost Innocence" - Youth Violence. Short program: Community Coalitions. Stone Bridge High School Media Center.

Farmwell Station Middle School at 44281 Gloucester Parkway in Ashburn Village will be presenting performances of "Once on This Island" on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. "Once on This Island" is a musical play based upon the novel entitled "My Love, My Love" by Rosa Guy. Tickets go on sale March 12. Tickets cost $5 each and order forms are available in the Farmwell Station Middle School office. In addition, order reservations can be made by e-mailing OnceOnThisIsland_FSMS@Yahoo.com. Checks for tickets should be made payable to FSMS. All seats are reserved and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Basket Bingo at Loudoun County High School on Saturday, March 13. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with Doc's Barbecue serving. The bingo starts at 7 p.m.. The event will be held in the school cafeteria. The $25 admission includes 20 games of bingo and additional bingo cards can be bought on site. Every game's winner will receive a hand-crafted Longaberger basket, many filled with special treats. To make advance reservations, contact Paula Johnston at pkjscout3@aol.com. Admission reserved in advance will receive a free raffle ticket. No one under age 14 will be admitted. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 or 5 for $20.

The Sterling Annex on West Church Road in Sterling is offering several programs in March for ages 5 to 12. Crafty Saint Patrick's Day Camp is on March 17, Spring Pinata Workshop begins March 22 and Drawing and Watercolor Painting begins March 29. Pre-registration is required. For more information call 703-430-6673.

The Advisory Board of the Ashburn Library, a branch of the Loudoun County Public Library, is accepting applications for a scholarship of $250 and the donation of a reference book to the Ashburn Library in honor of the award recipient. All 2004 high school graduates who will attend a post secondary school in the fall of 2004, and who attend either Broad Run High School or Stone Bridge High School, are eligible to apply. Seniors applying must demonstrate scholastic ability and interest in reading and library activities. Candidates applying must possess a current Loudoun County library card, complete an application (available at the information Desk of the Ashburn Library, and Guidance Office at Broad Run and Stone Bridge High School) and submit the application by midnight April 14. Award selection will be made by the Ashburn Library Advisory Board. For more information and to receive an application, call or visit the Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, P: 703-737-8100V/TTY.

Loudoun Hospital Center is accepting applications for the summer high school student volunteer program. Students must complete the 8th grade by June to participate in the eight week program. Volunteers may help in many different areas, including radiology, lab, medical/surgical floors, pharmacy, physical medicine and rehabilitation, nursing and rehabilitation, food services, and the information desk. Opportunities are available at the Lansdowne and Cornwall. Deadline is April 1. Call Joyce Sargent at 703-858-6468.

Loudoun Volunteer Services is offering ten $500 scholarships to seniors, one for each Loudoun public high school with a graduating class, one for C.S. Monroe Technology Center, to one senior student in a private school and to one home-schooled senior. Students who have performed volunteer service at their church, school or for their community and who have a pending acceptance to an accredited college, business or vocational school are eligible for the scholarship. Students should submit their scholarship application to Loudoun Volunteer Services, 1 Harrison St. SE, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177-7000, by the close of business on April 5.  Applications are available at each school, by visiting www.loudoun.gov/pio/student.htm or by calling Lisa Rose, Volunteer Coordinator at 703-777-0113. Scholarship winners are selected by the Loudoun Volunteer Services Student Volunteer Program Committee, based on a demonstrated contribution to the community through volunteer service. Various clubs, community organizations and corporations from throughout the region donate money for these scholarships. To learn more about Loudoun Volunteer Services visit www.loudoun.gov/pio/volunteer.htm.

The 10th Congressional District Art Show will be Saturday, April 3, at Heritage High School in Loudoun County. The competition is open to all high school students in the 10th District. Students interested in participating should contact their school's art teachers or principals for detailed information on how to enter their work. All pieces entered in the competition will be displayed at the show, which will be open to the public from 12-2 p.m. at Heritage High School, 520 Evergreen Mill Road SE, Leesburg. The entry named "Best in Show" will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year, alongside "Best in Show" entries from similar shows in congressional districts across the country.

Daybreak Community Church will present the one-man, character-building "The Pro-Kids Show" on Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in Farmwell Station Middle School's auditorium. For more information, call Ralph Metzler at Pro-Kids at 703-404-2737.

The PTSO of Stone Bridge High School is seeking vendors to participate in their annual Home & Garden Fair. All area businesses involved with any aspect of home building, decorating, furnishing and/or landscaping are invited to participate. The fair will be held on May 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the SBHS facilities. To reserve a space or obtain more information, contact Janet Klancher at 703-729-5975.

Stone Bridge High School Booster Club will be sponsoring a mulch sale with delivery scheduled for Saturday, April 17. The cost is $3.25 per 3 cu. ft. bag of premium shredded hardwood mulch. Free delivery of 25 or more bags within a five mile radius; smaller orders may be picked up at the high school between 9 a.m. and noon on April 17. Order forms are due no later than Friday, March 19. For more information, contact Tim Buchholz at 703-307-6812 or email timbuch2@aol.com.

Park View High School's graduation has changed from 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

Stone Bridge High School's Project Graduation is raffling off a 2004 Nissan Sentra in a Car or Cash sweepstakes. Project Graduation sponsors an alcohol-free, drug-free, tobacco-free, all night party for graduating seniors. All proceeds of the Car or Cash Sweepstakes will go to support this event. Winners of this raffle may choose the car, donated by Brown's Sterling Nissan, or $10,000. Only 600 tickets, costing $30 each, will be sold. The winner will be announced at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 1 at the high school. The winner does not have to be present to win but is required to be a licensed driver. Entry forms are available in the Stone Bridge High School office, in the school's newsletter and on its web site, www.loudoun.k12.va.us/schools/sbhs/. Checks may be made payable to "SBHS Project Grad" with the note "Sweepstakes." Entry forms may be mailed to: SBHS Project Graduation, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA 20147. A receipt/ticket will be returned by mail. For more information, call 703-729-2379 or 703-729-5717.