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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.

Loudoun County has issued a solicitation under the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act seeking proposals from private entities to finance, design, permit, build and operate a recycling depot on county-owned land at the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility. A pre-proposal conference and site visit will be held at the facility at 20939 Evergreen Mills Road (Route 621), at 11 a.m., March 4. Proposals are due April 4.

The recycling depot should also help increase the county's recycling rate and help service providers contain their costs by avoiding the current out-of-county transportation expenses.

For more information and to download a copy of the Request for Partnership Proposals, visit the Loudoun County Web site at www.loudoun.gov/procurement or contact Tina M. Borger at tborger@loudoun.gov or 703-777-0394.

The Loudoun County Government is seeking to partner with local financial institutions in the Linked Deposits Affordable Housing Plan.

The Linked Deposits Plan requires that banks have affordable housing loan programs in order to be selected by the county to receive deposits of certain general fund monies. The public/private partnership is designed to expand affordable housing opportunities for citizens with low to moderate incomes.

Under the program, the Loudoun County Treasurer has the authority to award the contracts with the banks and under state law, only 25 percent of the county's general fund can be utilized for the program. In Loudoun, the award amounts have ranged from $5 million to $7.5 million.

The county has issued a Request for Investment Proposal (RFIP) from interested financial institutions for participation in the Linked Deposits Plan in 2005. Proposals are due by March 11. The RFIP is available to download from the Loudoun County Government Web site at

www.loudoun.gov/treas. The site also offers more information

about affordable housing initiatives at www.loudoun.gov/housing.

The Loudoun County Commission on Women is seeking nominations for its 2005 Outstanding Women of Loudoun Awards. Nominees should be women who are Loudoun County residents and who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of leadership, business and career development, cultural affairs, women's health advocacy, education and training , and youth community services.

Nomination packets available from the commission's Web site, www.lccw.org or from the Board of Supervisors office on the fifth floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., S.E. in Leesburg, at community centers, branches of the Loudoun County Public Library and the Loudoun County Public Schools.

Nominations must be postmarked no later than Saturday, March 12 and sent via first class mail to: Loudoun Commission on Women Nominations, c/o Board of Supervisors, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177-7000.

The awards will be presented at the annual luncheon and ceremony Tuesday, May 3 Call Sally Keefer at 703-771-5034.

Loudoun Volunteer Services (LVS) is seeking nominations for the Loudoun County Outstanding Volunteer Awards, an annual program that honors citizens and organizations throughout Loudoun County who donate time and service to their community. Nomination forms are available in the Loudoun Volunteer Services office at 1 Harrison St., S.E. or on the Web at www.loudoun.gov/pio/volunteer.htm and must be returned by March 11 for consideration. Those eligible for nomination include individuals or groups whose volunteer services have directly benefited Loudoun County. Nominations may be submitted for a single individual or a team of volunteers to be honored. Call Lisa Rose, volunteer coordinator, at 703-777-0113.

The Loudoun County Disability Services Board is seeking applicants for the fiscal year 2006 State Rehabilitative Services Incentive Fund Competitive Grant. This year's grant totals $15,000 and requires a 10 percent local match.

The fund is designed to promote investment in meeting the needs of individuals with physical and sensory disabilities. The Disability Services Board will administer the grant and seeks proposals from area not-for-profit, or for-profit organizations with a community-based, customer-focused service delivery system. An individual organization or a multi-organization partnership may apply.

Applications and guidelines are available at www.loudoun.gov/services/dsb or by calling the Disability Services Board at 703-777-0389.

An original and six copies of the grant application should be submitted to Jan Maday, c/o Housing Services, 102 Heritage Way, N.E., Suite 103, Leesburg, VA 20176 by 4:30 p.m., March 28. Applications should also be submitted electronically to jmaday@loudoun.gov.

The Loudoun County Electoral Board is seeking 600 Officers of Election for the 2005 elections in which Virginia voters will choose a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the House of Delegates.

A Dual Primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, and the General and Special election is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Election officers must be United States citizens and registered to vote in Virginia. Officers of Election are required to be at the voting precincts on Election Day from 5 a.m. until the polls close, the results are called in and all equipment is packed and ready to return to the Office of the General Registrar.

Election officers are paid for their time Ñ $100 for the entire day, $50 for a half-day and $15 for the training session that

will be held prior to the election.

More information about the duties of an election officer, including a set of forms to fill out and return to the Electoral Board, is available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/government/officers.htm or by calling 703-777-0548. Questions can also be directed to Dianna Price, Secretary of the Electoral Board, at dprice@loudoun.gov.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, Claude More Park will be sponsoring its 1st Annual Autumn Arts & Crafts Show in the Lanesville Historic Area. At this time, Claude Moore Park is searching for arts and craft vendors who may be interested in participating in this yearÕs show.

The show will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and set-up time will begin at 7:30 a.m. For $20, vendors will be provided with a pre-assigned 10x10 area; vendors must provide their own tents, tables, and chairs. Some limited electricity will be available as well for a small fee. Vendors will be able to park at their booth locations and this outdoor event will be held rain or shine. Only severe weather will cancel event.

Contact Claude Moore Park at 703-444-1275 between 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit www.loudoun.gov/prcs/park/claude. The deadline to register as a vendor is Friday, Aug. 26. Claude Moore Park is located at 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road in Sterling.

The AARP's Northern Virginia Tax-Aide Program, a free, volunteer-run tax preparation service available to taxpayers with middle- and low-income, with special attention to those age 60 and older, will be available at nine locations including Falcon's Landing Senior Residence, 20225 Falcons Landing Circle, Sterling, Thursdays, 2-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Appointment required, call 703 404-5216 or visit the Web site at www.aarp.org/taxaide.

Loudoun Volunteer Services seeks nominations for Student Volunteer of the Month. Loudoun students will be recognized for their volunteer efforts during the 2004-2005 school year. Nominate students, or groups of students, elementary-12th grade, who volunteer their time in a variety of ways in their schools, churches, and towns. A one-page narrative may be sent to the Loudoun Volunteer Services Board at pivs@loudoun.gov or to 1 Harrison St., S.E., P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177.

The one-page narrative should include the student's name, address, telephone number, school and a description, including length of service of the exemplary volunteer efforts of the student. Contact information for the person nominating the student should also be included.

Volunteers will be featured in the Loudoun Volunteer Services Newsletter and on the Loudoun County Government Web site. Contact Lisa Rose, volunteer coordinator, at

703-777-0113.

The 2005 Miss Virginia American Coed Scholarship State Pageant is looking for contestants for the pageant taking place Aug. 11-14, in Richmond. This is an "All Natural" scholarship pageant for girls ages 3-22, which emphasizes academic and volunteerism and natural look. The pageant does not allow makeup on contestants under the age of 13. For an application e-mail contact@msvaamericancoed.com or call 804-305-4239. Visit our Web site www.msvaamericancoed.com.