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Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is 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.

Four-day KidzArt Camp where children will create masterpieces and explore different mediums and art projects, and design their own artist portfolio to protect all of their creations. At week's end, they will display their artwork in a KidzArt Gallery Art Show. Recommended for ages 6-12. July 18-21, July 25-28, Aug. 1-4, for three hours, four days per week, from 12:30Ð3:30 p.m. Bring a snack and drink each day. Camps will be held at Potowmack Elementary (class code #723717), Cedar Lane Elementary (class code #723718) and John W. Tolbert Elementary (class code #723719). Cost will be $125 per week and $25 art supply fee payable to the instructor. To register call the PRCS at 703-737-8042.

The sixth Annual Children's Civil War Camp will be held at Oatlands, 20850 Plantation Lane in Leesburg, July 18-22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. each day. Ages 8-14. $150 per child fee covers all materials, food, music, battlefield tour and Civil War items to take home. Children will learn about various aspects of life during the Civil War. Sponsored by the 8th Virginia Infantry and Oatlands. Call Tom Dunn at 703-771-3915 or visit www.civilwarkidscamp.com.

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 201 East Frederick Drive, Sterling, has opened registration for a Serengeti Trek, 5:30-8:30 p.m., July 25-29. Ages 4-fifth-grade children. Featuring exotic crafts, music, games and Bible stories. Dinner will be served. Call Jodie Leach at 703-421-6310, e-mail jodieleach2@aol.com or download forms at www.stmatthewssterling.org.

Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling, is offering Adventure Camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., July 18-Aug. 12. Themes will be explored weekly. Week One, "Forest Fling," runs July 18-22; Week Two, "Bugs & Birds," runs July 25-29; and Week Three, "Nature Detectives," runs Aug. 8-12. $200 per week and camper. Call 703-444-1275 or visit www.loudoun.gov/prcs/park/claude.

Potomac Falls Episcopal Church invites children ages 4-rising fifth-graders to join Serengeti Trek Vacation Bible School, Aug. 1-5, at 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. $25 for one child, $40 for two siblings. No more than $50 per family. Call 703-404-0900 or visit www.potomacfallschurch.org.

The Douglass Community Center invites all 3-year-old children to celebrate summer with arts, crafts, science projects, and group play. The Summer Explorers program is the perfect "pre-camp" experience. Each class section meets Tuesdays and Thursdays for two weeks from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Section 2, "Weavemakers," is July 12-21; and section 3, "Creativity Corner," is Aug. 9-18. Each section is $32 and advanced registration is required. Bring a snack, apply sunscreen and dress for a mess. Call 703-771-5913 or e-mail dcc@loudoun.gov.

The Douglass Community Center is offering Adventures in Science summer camp for children ages 4-7 years old. Includes experiments and hands-on learning while making take-home projects. Each camp offers different science

topics. July 25-29, 1:30-2:15 p.m. The cost is $38 plus an $18 supply fee, which is payable to the instructor on the first day of camp. Contact Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail at dcc@loudoun.gov.

The Loudoun Museum will hold three summer camps for children ages 8-12. The camps are held Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-noon, and preregistration is required. Museum members receive a 20 percent discount on registration fees. Call Janis Golden, director of education, 703-777-7427.

* Civil War Camp, location TBD, July 18-22, $200. This camp for boys and girls features instruction by Union and Confederate re-enactors on the daily life of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War, and highlights events and people of Loudoun County.

* Colonial Camp, location TBD, Aug. 15-19, $200. This camp lets children learn about life in colonial America first-hand

through conducting a simulated archaeological dig, learning about the time's cultures and customs, and debating matters of independence.

The Audubon Naturalist Society is offering the following summer camps. Registration is required. All camps are held at the Rust Nature Sanctuary, 802 ChildrenÕs Center Road, Leesburg. Call 703-669-0000.

* Nature Storybooks for children entering prekindergarten or kindergarten in fall 2005; child must be at least 4-years-old as of May 1, 2005. July 18-22, 9 a.m. -noon. Use stories such as The Lorax and The Mitten to help explore the forest, pond and meadows at Rust and learn about the plants and animals in them. Sing songs, play games and make crafts. Members $94; nonmembers $121.

* Forest Friends for children entering first and second grades in fall 2005. July 18-22, 1:15-4:15 p.m. Explore the plants and animals living in the woods and investigate what these organisms need to survive. Learn how to protect this environment and what it means to be a friend of the forest. Hikes, games, stories and crafts are all part of this session. Members $94; nonmembers: $121.

* Web Of Life for children entering third and fourth grades in fall 2005. Aug. 15-19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn how the plants, animals, water, soil and sun interact with one another and how the web of life is maintained, affected or broken. Hike the grounds, play games and make crafts. Members $166; nonmembers: $220.

Galilee United Methodist Church will be offering a Performing Arts Day Camp for rising second-sixth graders, July 25-29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The final performance will be 7 p.m. Friday evening. Directed by The Leavening Agency, a Christian organization specializing in creative children's programming in churches and schools. There are no auditions and every participant is encouraged to choose what he or she wants to do: music: singing, hand chimes and rhythm instruments; performance skills: drama and acting; choreography: movement and sign language; stagecraft: scenery painting. The cost is $150 per child. Call or e-mail Galilee UMC, 703-430-2203, Galileeumc@Galileeumc.net. The camp will be held at Galilee UMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling.

KidSpirit Triple Sports Day Camp for rising second graders-sixth graders, Aug. 1-5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Directed by The Leavening Agency, a Christian organization specializing in creative children's programming in churches and schools. All campers will work on basic basketball, soccer and volleyball skills and each participant can choose one of these sports for more advanced instruction. There are no tryouts and every participant is encouraged to choose what he or she wants to do. The cost is $150 per child, early bird special $135 before March 2. The camp will be held at Galilee UMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. Contact Kim at 703-430-2203 or by e-mail at Galileeumc@Galileeumc.net