Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.

This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

Briar Woods High School PTSO is selling poinsettias for decorating home, office, church or as gifts for clients or office employees. Funds benefit student activities. Poinsettias will be delivered to the school for pickup on or about Dec. 9. Large orders may be delivered to a selected destination if needed. Call 703-726-0280 or 571-223-2344 for more information. Visit for

order form and pricing.

The Stone Bridge High School Project Graduation Committee is sponsoring its Third Annual ÒSBHS Car or Cash Sweepstakes.Ó Tickets are $30, with the winner Ñ selected Dec. 16 Ñ having a choice of winning a 2006 Nissan Sentra from BrownÕs Sterling Nissan or $10,000 cash. Only 600 tickets will be sold. All proceeds go toward the all-night, alcohol-free, drug-free, tobacco-free party for SBHSÕs graduating seniors on graduation night, June 14.

To purchase tickets, call 703-729-5717 or download a form from links on the SBHS Web site at Tickets will also be sold at home SBHS athletic events and at Ashburn Starbucks.

The Sugarland Elementary PTO gift shop will be held Friday, Dec. 16, from 6-9 p.m. and this Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Sugarland Elementary School in Sterling. There will be gifts for all of a child's loved ones and he/she can shop with the assistance of a PTO volunteer. All gifts are between 50 cents-$7.50. contact Donna Gallagher at

Dates for SAT and ACT testing for 2005-2006 have been established for Loudoun County Public Schools. The tests are administered on nationally standardized dates and require advanced registration.

Students may register online or may obtain paper registration materials from the guidance office of each high school. Registration and study information is available at for the SAT and at for the ACT. Students should register at least six weeks in advance of the tests.

Most colleges require SAT or ACT for college admissions. Some colleges also require certain SAT II subject tests for admissions or placement. Students should check with all of the colleges to which they plan to apply to determine which tests are required and preferred.

Students usually register for the SAT or ACT in their junior year and repeat the test in the senior year. Some students elect to take both the SAT and ACT.

The SAT test dates are:

* Jan. 28: SAT and SAT II subject tests, Loudoun Valley High School.

* April 1: SAT only, Loudoun County High School.

* May 6: SAT and SAT II subject tests, Broad Run High School.

* June 3: SAT and SAT II subject tests, Park View High School.

The ACT test date is April 8, Broad Run High School.

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. announces the Long & Foster $200,000 Scholarship Program for well-rounded graduating high-school seniors entering an accredited four-year college or university. The program will award $1,000 each of 200 worthy recipients for the 2006-2007 academic year.

The deadline for applying is March 1 and the scholarships will be awarded in the beginning of April. The monetary scholarship award will be made payable directly to the college or university in the studentÕs name.

Applications for the program can be obtained from any of Long & Foster residential sales offices, from high-school guidance counselors or via Long & FosterÕs Web site at Also visit the Web site for details on eligibility and application requirements.