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An original musical drama, "The War Between the States," will be presented at Sunrise Valley Elementary Wednesday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. Sixth-grade students have been investigating the Civil War, and the entire class has collaborated to produce the show. They have created characters based on historical facts and used drama, music, and creative movement to retell the causes and results of the Civil War. The performance will include original dialogue as well as music popular during the war. Civil War living historians and teaching artist Rachel King have contributed to the students’ production, which is underwritten by grants from the Washington Post Grants in Education, the Fairfax General Music Educators Association, and the Horace Mann Foundation. Contact principal Beth English at 703-715-3800 or or event liaison Kara Lucas at

Summer School walk-in registration has been extended through Monday, June 27, at 4 p.m. Mail and fax registrations for most programs are due Wednesday, June 22. Visit

Council for the Arts of Herndon announces a new program sponsored by SAIC and Cox Communications. Additional support is being provided by Supervisor Joan DuBois, Dranesville District, Fairfax County BOS; Northern Virginia Technology Foundation; and the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce. The program will highlight and reward the artistic talent and technology skills of students from eight Fairfax County High Schools in the arts technology area. Students in grades nine-12 are asked to submit art created with technology in the following areas: original digital image; film editing; animation; and original digital music. Schools included in the pilot phase of this program are: Herndon High School; South Lakes High School; Oakton High School; Chantilly High School and Chantilly Center; Fairfax Academy; Chantilly Academy; Centreville High School; and Westfields High School.

Scholarships will be awarded for best in competition $500, and in each category, first place $300, second place $200, third place $100. Art will be displayed at a reception at the end of the program, site to be determined. To submit artwork, fill out an entry form that can be obtained from your school or download an entry form from Contact Vicky Dorman, program chair, Council for the Arts of Herndon, 703-471-6174; or e-mail at

The South Lakes High School Class of 1985, is looking for classmates for a 20-year reunion in October 2005. E-mail your name and mailing address to Visit To volunteer to help with planning, indicate in your e-mail or contact Melanie Kirsch Colston at 703-476-0579.w