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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.

George Washington University Virginia Campus, Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate programs will hold an informational session Thursday, March 31, 6-7:30 p.m., 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn, room 204.

Programs include accelerated M.S. and D.Sc. in electrical engineering, accelerated M.S. in telecommunications and computers, as well as accelerated graduate certificates in telecommunications and electronic warfare, telecommunications networks or wireless and mobile networks. RSVP via e-mail to eceva@gwu.edu or call 703-726-8250. http://www.seasva.gwu.edu/programs/.

The Eastern Community College Social Science Association will host its 31st Annual Conference on the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College Friday and Saturday, April 1-2. The theme of this year's conference is: "Advancing the Social Sciences In the Information Age: Change, Innovation and Research."

Conference presenters include social scientists, administrators, other academic and independent scholars, graduate and undergraduate students from across the northeast corridor of the United States. They will present

stimulating dialogue on innovations, research and futuristic thinking on the social sciences' advancement and transformations in the information age. The opening plenary session and the Saturday panel are free and open to the public. Conference sessions require payment of the registration fee. For further information, contact, Rosalyn King, conference chair at roking@nvcc.edu. For detailed information on ECCSSA or the conference, visit the Web site at www.eccssa.org.

George Washington University Virginia Campus, doctoral program in higher education administration (Ed.D.) informational session Saturday, April 2, 1:30-3 p.m., 44983 Knoll Square, Suite 390, Ashburn. The doctoral program prepares leaders for administrative, academic and research positions in four-year and two-year higher educational institutions, national and international associations, government agencies, and educational settings in business and industry. RSVP via e-mail to highereducation@va.gwu.edu or by phone to 703-726-8254.

George Washington University Virginia Campus, executive masters of science in information systems (EMIS) and masters of science in information systems technology informational session, Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-9 p.m., 20101 Academic Way, Ashburn. Learn to solve business problems using the combination of state-of-the-art technology and management strategies. RSVP via e-mail to vais@gwu.edu or call 703-726-8330.

Leesburg Christian School, located on Evergreen Mills road in Leesburg, will hold its 4th Annual Silent Auction and Dinner Gala, Saturday, April 9. Proceeds benefit the school. Items include art, overnight stays at bed and breakfast inns, financial counseling, quilts, a home gym, original autographed items from celebrities and more. Cost $18. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Live entertainment provided by Lisa Meadows and the Meadows family. Contact Kathy Grove, 540-665-9497.

Shenandoah UniversityÕs Northern Virginia Campus in Leesburg is seeking nominations for its Teacher of the Year award. The award was created six years ago to recognize quality teaching in Loudoun County. The nomination process concludes on April 12. All finalists will be recognized at a reception and the winner will be announced at a Loudoun County School Board meeting in May 2005.

To be eligible, nominees must be full-time teachers in Loudoun County in a specialized area, such as special education, art, music, physical education, drama, English as a Second Language or gifted and talented. Nominees may work at any grade level Ñ elementary, middle or high school Ñ but must have at least five years of teaching experience in Loudoun County.

A screening committee from Shenandoah will select the winner based on his or her commitment to students and teaching, subject knowledge and teaching philosophy, ability to manage and monitor student learning as well as service to the community. The screening committee is looking for nominations that demonstrate the teacherÕs impact on students. Letters of recommendation from peers, parents and students will be of particular importance in the selection process.

For information or application forms, contact RT Good, dean of the School of Continuing Education, at 540-665-1290 or Kelly Burk, chair of the Northern Virginia Advisory Council, at 703-779-0037.

Chesterbrook Academy Elementary and Middle School, 46100 Woodshire Drive, Sterling, is accepting enrollment for the 2005-06 school year.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will hold the 17th Annual McGruff Safety Camps June 27-July 1, July 11-15 and July 18-22. All camps run Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-noon.

The camps, which will be held at Evergreen Mill Elementary in Leesburg, allow children who are entering kindergarten and first grade to learn various topics on safety including fire safety, bicycle safety and 9-1-1 emergencies. Throughout the week children in the camp will have an opportunity to meet law enforcement officers, K-9 officers, plus a

chance to see law enforcement and fire/rescue vehicles firsthand.

Registration forms are available at Evergreen Mill Elementary School, 491 Evergreen Mill Road, Leesburg, the Sheriff's Office Administration building at 39 Catoctin Circle in Leesburg and the Sheriff's Office Ashburn substation at 45299 Research Place, Suite 100.

There is no registration fee, but donations are accepted. The camps are for children entering kindergarten and first grade and children must be 5 years old by June 1.

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.

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.

Ashburn Presbyterian Church is hosting its sixth annual Christian Musical Theatre Camp for youth between the ages of 11 and 16, from July 25-29. Each day includes drama and singing exercises, scripture study and rehearsing songs and acting parts in preparation for a live, comedic, dinner-theatre performance Friday night, July 29.

The camp will be held at Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20962 Ashburn Road, between the hours of 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The registration fee is $125 per person and includes lunch and snack each day and dinner on Friday night. Call 703-729-2012 or visit the Web site at www.ashburnpresbyterian.org.

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.