Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to 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.

In commemoration of June being Cat Adoption Month, Pottery You Paint, located in Ashburn Farm Market Center on Junction Plaza in Ashburn, will be collecting pet supplies for the entire month. All collected supplies will be donated to local animal rescue organizations that care for pets awaiting adoption. Supplies for all pets will be accepted. Supplies may be dropped off during normal store hours. Pick ups for larger donations can be arranged. Pottery You Paint also hosts a cat adoption day on the third Saturday of every month with the Humane Society of Loudoun County. The next adoption day will be held from noon-2 p.m., June 18. Pottery You Paint will be collecting pet supplies again in October to commemorate Dog Adoption Month.

The Master Singers of Virginia is holding auditions for its 11th season. Singers in all voice parts are encouraged to audition. The Master Singers of Virginia, directed by Erik Reid Jones, is the premiere a cappella choral ensemble in Northern Virginia concentrating in 20th and 21st century choral music. and is a 28-voice ensemble that performs three major concert programs each season, each of which is performed three-four times, as well as other engagements throughout Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. Visit the Web site at To schedule an audition call Diana Manfredi, president, at 571-213-6306.

Loudoun MADD presents "Superhero," a multimedia elementary-school assembly show at Little River, May 31, at Sully, June 3 and at Forest Grove, June 6. The show focuses on teaching elementary students about the importance of making healthy choices and avoiding alcohol and other drug use. For more information or to book Superhero for your school, call Loudoun MADD at 703-771-8127, visit or e-mail Loudoun MADD at

The 2005 Annual Loudoun Farms Product Guide, which will assist consumers in finding local farm products and services

throughout the growing season, is available. Among the goods included are eggs, meats, flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, plus salsas, wool products, soaps, herbs, and grains. To receive a copy of the guide, call the Loudoun

County Department of Economic Development at 703-777-0426 or e-mail

The trustees of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation have concluded their grant distribution cycle for 2005, making gifts totaling more than $4 million to various charities, including $374,500 to Loudoun-based charities this year. Among the gifts to Loudoun-based charities in 2005 are Loudoun Association of Retarded Citizens, $36,000; Loudoun Education Foundation, teacher scholarships, $25,000; Loudoun Area Project Graduation, $22,000; Loudoun Education Foundation, Monroe Tech Center, $25,000; Park View High School, $2,500; Loudoun Healthcare, $20,000; Loudoun Healthcare, nursing scholarships, $144,000; Loudoun Literary Council, $50,000; Marshall Foundation, $10,000; Bluemont-Artist-in-Education Program, $30,000; and The Journey Through Hallowed Ground, $10,000.

No more grant applications will be accepted for 2005. The foundation will start accepting grant applications for 2006 in July, visit our Web site, the deadline for applications is Sept. 1.

The Fire Marshal's Office reminds citizens that there is no open burning in Loudoun County between June 1-Aug. 31. Visit

The Foster and Respite Care Programs of Northern Virginia Family Service are seeking gift basket donations for its foster families from Northern Virginia residents and businesses. Those wishing to donate new items, call Maggie at 703-219-2126. For more information on becoming an NVFS foster or respite care provider, call Ginny Snaider, 703-219-2184.

The Loudoun County government is offering summer internships for local high-school and college students.

Interns will be assigned to county departments to provide

administrative assistance and help with special projects. Computer experience is preferred, including experience with Microsoft Office products. The county will try to match student skills and interests to projects within the county departments.

High school students must be at least 16 years old, live in Loudoun County and attend high school, home school, or be a 2005 graduate. The high-school internships are for 20-30 hours a week and pay $9 an hour.

College students must be Loudoun County residents who are currently enrolled in college or who are 2005 graduates. The college internships are 20-30 hours week and pay $11 an hour.

For more information, call the Division of Human Resources,

703-777-0213 or visit the Loudoun County Web site,

Northern Virginia companies can now apply for the 2005 CARE (Companies As Responsive Employers) Awards administered by Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS). Applications are available online and must be submitted by June 10.

The CARE Awards recognizes businesses located in Northern Virginia that are leaders in promoting a positive work-life balance for employees through company policies and benefits.

The application can be downloaded from the Northern Virginia Family Service Web site at

CARE Award winners are recognized at an awards breakfast to be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Visit

Loudoun MADD is selling the new red MADD CHOOSE COURAGE community awareness wristbands for $1, which can be mailed for an additional $.50 each. The wristbands can be purchased by sending a check to Loudoun MADD at P.O. Box 4252, Leesburg, VA 20177, with the number of wristbands for purchase. Visit the Loudoun MADD Web site at to see a picture of the wristbands. For questions send an e-mail to

The 70th annual Loudoun County Fair, one of the oldest and longest running events in the county is looking for sponsors. The fair will run from July 25-30 at the Loudoun County Fair Grounds off Dry Mill Road just west of Leesburg. Send a donation along with your name and a contact number to: Loudoun County Fair, 117 Plaza St., N.E., Leesburg, VA. 20176, Attention: Tricia Corle.

The Loudoun Symphony Association Inc. is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on its Board of Directors.

Board members should be residents of, or have significant business interests in, Loudoun County or the surrounding area, and they should have the time and inclination to actively support the symphony by participation on a committee and by regular attendance at meetings and symphony sponsored events. Board committees include finance, artistic, development, marketing, audience development, long-range planning, gala and special events, nominating, education and volunteer coordination.

Interested individuals should send a letter of interest along with a resume or biographical information to Loudoun Symphony Association, Nominating Committee, P.O. Box 4478, Leesburg, VA 20177. Call 703-771-8287.

Arts in the Alley Õ05 on July 16, in the center of the traditional business district of Purcellville, is seeking artists and crafters to participate. Items including painting, photography, sculpture, fiber, mixed media, metal, wood, furniture, clay or glass are welcome. All items must be for sale and must be the original work of the artist. T-shirts and commercial items are not acceptable. No commission on sales. Artists may share a space, but each artist must submit photographs of work to be exhibited. Visit or send application form P.O. Box 479, Purcellville, VA 20134-0479, include photos representative of work and a non-refundable $25 fee. Applications will be evaluated as received. Spaces for

fine craft vendors on 21st Street are $150. Spaces for two-dimensional art in the original "Alley" are $50.

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 with hand-made items 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 The deadline to register as a vendor is Friday, Aug. 26. Claude Moore Park is located at 21544 Old Vestals Gap Road in Sterling.

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 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