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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.

Douglass Community Center announces its newest preschool-aged program, Adventures in Science. For children ages 3- to 6-years-old. Explore the wonders of spring, birds, butterflies and ladybugs. Learn while making take home projects. Bring a snack. Classes will be held Tuesdays, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., from March 15-April 19. No class March 22. Cost is $62.50 plus an $18.00 supply fee. Supply fees are payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Registration ends March 8. Contact Douglass Community Center at 703-771-5913 or e-mail at dcc@loudoun.gov.

The YMCA Loudoun County is accepting early bird registration, at a reduced rate, for its summer camp. Registration is being accepted Wednesday, March 16, YMCA office, 6 Fairfax St., S.E., Leesburg, from 5-7 p.m.

Camp locations are slated for Ashburn, Leesburg and Sterling and include Kinder Kamp, Art-o-Rama, Curtain Call, Sports Shorties, Counselor in Training, Traditional Day Camp, Basketball Camp. Call 703-777-9622 or visit www.ymcawashdc.org.

Spring Break Nature Camp for ages 6-10. Enjoy exploring, experimenting and crafting while discovering the frogs and tadpoles, birds and eggs and other things that make nature special in the spring. Includes activities indoors and out. Bring a snack, water, lunch and dress for changeable spring weather. This day-long camp runs Monday, March 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost to attend camp is $40.50 per child. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road, Sterling, at 703-444-1275.

The Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services presents Spring Crafty Kids Camp, Monday, March 21-Friday, March 25, at the Sterling Annex Community Center, 1115 W. Church Road, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. For ages 5 and up. Includes a variety of spring and Easter crafts, Easter egg hunt, games, indoor/outdoor play, afternoon movies and more. Bring bag lunch and drink, afternoon snack provided. Cost $130 per child. Preregistration required, call 703-430-6673.

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, early bird special $135 before March 2. Call or e-mail Galilee UMC, 703-430-2203, Galileeumc@Galileeumc.net. The camp will be held at Galilee UMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling.

Galilee United Methodist Church will be hosting the Serengeti Trek Vacation Bible School. The dates and times will be the following July 11-15, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon, for 3 years old-fifth graders, (3 years old by Sept. 30.) The main bible point is "Where Kids are Wild About God." The location for the VBS will be at GUMC, 45425 Winding Road, Sterling. The cost is $35 per child. Call 703-430-2203 or e-mail at GalileeUMC@galileeumc.net.

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.

Spring is Here! Camp, March 21-25, 9 a.m.-noon. Ages 6-8 years old. Explore the woods, meadows and pond in search of the changes of the new season. Includes hikes, games, activities and crafts. Advance registration required by March 14. Members $83, nonmembers: $116. Rust Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society, 802 Children's Center Road, Leesburg. Call 703-669-0000.

The Boyd School, a Montessori ChildrenÕs House Broadlands Campus announces The Boyd School Summer Camp Program has been accredited with the American Camp Association (ACA). ACA is the only independent accrediting organization reviewing camp operations in the country.

This summer, The Boyd School-Broadlands campus in Ashburn and Westfields campus in Chantilly will each host Summer Camp 2005 for campers from 3 to 16 years of age including daily outdoor activities such as sporting games and swimming as well as indoor activities such as art and music. The Leader in Training program will also return where campers from 13 to 16 years of age participate but also assist with younger campers daily in a leadership role. the camp begins June 27 and will continue for eight weeks ending Aug. 19.