Send announcements to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454.
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Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and leaders of the National Capital Area Council will take to the neighborhoods of Loudoun County in support of Scouting for Food. The mission of the service project is for Scouts to collect food items that will be given to families requiring assistance within their local communities. This year, the Scouts will deliver empty grocery bags to neighborhood homes and collect food Saturday, Nov. 12. In Loudoun County, Scouts collect food on behalf of the Community Holiday Coalition, LINK Inc., and Messiah's Market.
At both the Community Holiday Coalition and LINK, the donated food is repackaged within a week for distribution to their clients. This year, Boy Scout Troops 163 and 711 are receiving and sorting all the food that is donated by residents in western Loudoun County.
With the opening of the Thanksgiving store less than two weeks away, and with more than 800 families already requesting assistance, the Community Holiday Coalition needs the help of the Loudoun community to provide Thanksgiving food baskets, personal/household baskets and warm winter coats for those in need of help.
In addition to food, the Holiday Coalition will be collecting and distributing gently used, clean winter coats during the Thanksgiving distribution. Coats are needed in all sizes from infant through adult, but coats are especially needed for children and teens. New gloves, hats and mittens will be distributed in December. The Coalition will also be collecting laundry baskets filled with household cleaning, paper and personal-care items at the Thanksgiving program.
Donations can be dropped off at many of the Holiday Collection sites throughout the county. Many local businesses have teamed up with the Holiday Coalition and will be accepting donations during normal business hours.
Donations may also be dropped off at the actual store location at Vintage Park One Plaza in Sterling during the following times Sunday, Nov. 13, from noon- 4 p.m. and Monday-Thursday, Nov. 14-17, from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to help with receiving, sorting and distribution, call 703-737-8367 to sign up to help with both the Thanksgiving and Christmas stores. Cash donations are needed to purchase needed items and can be made payable to: County of Loudoun-Holiday Program, 102 Heritage Way, NE, Suite 200, Leesburg, VA 20176. For more information on either the Thanksgiving or the December Holiday Program, including a complete list of donation drop-off sites, call the Holiday Hotline at 703-771-5718 or visit the Web site www.loudoun.gov and under hot topics, click on the Holiday Coalition.
Students from Stone Bridge High School Future Business Leaders of America Chapter (FBLA) will host the fourth annual Warm-a-Life coat drive to benefit the Community Holiday Coalition. Bring a coat and vote. On Election Day, community members can bring items to drop off in the containers located in the school lobby. Community Holiday Coalition supplies coats and blankets for underprivileged families that are trying to keep warm this fall and winter.
Many of the students plan to use the student holidays Nov. 7 and 8 to collect coats in their neighborhood. Stone Bridge High School FBLA students are collecting coats and blankets, through Nov. 14. Contact David Palanzi, adviser, at 703-779-8900.
The Community Holiday Coalition's "Neighbors Helping
Neighbors" program is gearing up for the 10th annual Thanksgiving and December Holiday Stores. The Thanksgiving and Christmas stores are expecting to assist more than 1,000 Loudoun families in need, including more than 2,000 children. This year's program will once again be held at the Vintage Park Office Plaza in Sterling, off of Route 28 and Route 606 (Old Ox Road).
The Thanksgiving store will collect donations of food, personal and household baskets and gently-used, clean
coats Nov. 13-15 and distribution to families will be Nov. 15-17. A change this year will be the distribution of personal and household baskets during the Thanksgiving program.
There are also numerous collection sites throughout the county that will be collecting items for the holiday stores. A complete list of sites is available on the coalition's Web site,
Volunteers can call 703-737-8367 to sign up at one or both of the holiday stores. In December more than 2,500 filled stockings for children and filled gift bags for seniors and special adults will be distributed. The coalition provides the empty stockings and bags, but needs help in getting them filled. Call 703-737-8062.
Families are determined eligible by income and can find
applications at Loudoun County Social Services, Loudoun Interfaith Relief and the Good Shepherd Thrift Store. For more information about the program or about how to become a volunteer or donor, call the Holiday Hotline at 703-771-5718 or visit www.loudoun.gov/dss/holiday.
LINK churches is looking for volunteers for its annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Basket events Saturday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 17, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Christ the Redeemer Church in Sterling and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon will distribute groceries for both events. Sterling United Methodist Church in Sterling will distribute coats at Thanksgiving on Nov. 19, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Herndon United Methodist Church will distribute toys at Christmas on the nights of Dec. 19 and 20, between 4-9 p.m.
LINK is asking students to volunteer for one-two hours. Students can register to volunteer by calling the LINK Hotline at 703-437-1776.
Volunteers are also needed to supervise the filling of a shopping cart for each family through the aisles and assist them in selecting their five-day allotment of food items and ensuring that they receive a perishable food gift certificate, coat or toy voucher. Volunteers are also needed to restock shelves, distribute coats and load food into family vehicles. LINK especially needs people who can give an hour or two to volunteer as foreign language interpreters — Spanish, French and Farsi, etc.
Donations of nonperishable food can be dropped off at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church located at 46833 Harry Byrd Highway, Sterling and Trinity Presbyterian at 651 Dranesville Road, Herndon Nov. 14-18, 9 a.m.-noon and 7-9 p.m.; Nov. 19, from 7:45 a.m.-approximately 5 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to set up for the Thanksgiving event at both churches days and evenings.
Winter coats, jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts of all sizes that are clean and in good condition can be dropped off at Sterling United Methodist Church located at 304 East Church Road, Sterling, Nov. 13, from 2-8 p.m.; Nov. 14-17, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; Nov. 18, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Nov. 19, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, is sponsoring a Adopt-a-Soldier program through Nov. 30. Donate items for a care package or donate $7 for the cost of mailing a package. Some of the items needed include prepaid phone cards, paperback books, magazines, crossword puzzles, socks, Q-tips, foot powder, sun block, individual packs/cans of hard candy, crackers, chips. Baked goods must be sealed and packed in a separate box. 703-430-2397.
Christmas in the Loudoun Valleys, a guide to local farms offering choose-and-cut Christmas trees and other holiday floral products grown in Loudoun County, is available. The brochure includes farmers who provide assistance in tree selection, bow saws for cutting, and help with loading the tree. Many farms provide hot chocolate, marshmallow roasts and fun activities for children. The brochure also features holiday floral products such as wreaths, roping and poinsettias grown and produced on Loudoun farms.
The brochure, with map and directions to all farms, is available at the Loudoun Convention and Visitors
Association in Leesburg, county libraries and community centers. To have a brochure mailed, ask for one by e-mail, email@example.com, or call the Department of Economic Development at 703-777-0426. For further information, visit the Web site at www.LoudounFarms.org.
Help make wishes come true this holiday season by sending holiday cards to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, a nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of area children fighting life-threatening medical conditions. A portion of the card purchase is tax deductible and there is no minimum order requirement. These special cards can also be printed with a name or logo if desired. Orders must be received prior to Dec. 14. Call 301-962-9474. To view a sample card, visit www.midatlantic.wish.org.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic Inc. is a nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of area children fighting life-threatening medical conditions. Founded in 1983, the foundation has fulfilled the wishes of more than 4,800 children from Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland and Delaware.
The UPS Store located at 44050 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, Ashburn Village, through Dec. 23, will be offering customers the opportunity to purchase Toys for Tots donation cards for $1, with all proceeds going to local Marine Toys for Tots efforts. In addition, limited-edition replicas of the UPS Store/Toys for Tots No. 88 Ford race car will be available for $9.95, with a portion of the proceeds also benefiting the toy campaign. Unwrapped, new toys will also be accepted. Visit www.theupsstore.com.
First Night Leesburg is a family-focused celebration of the arts held in downtown historic Leesburg on New Year's Eve, which will be Saturday, Dec. 31 this year. The event is once again sponsored by the Bluemont Concert Series in cooperation with the Town of Leesburg, the County of Loudoun and a host of Loudoun businesses and civic organizations.
This is a call to artists and performers and performing groups who would like to be considered to be part of First Night Leesburg. The entertainment committee is interested in hearing from artists and performers from Loudoun County and particularly from local schools.
Artists and performers interested in performing at the 2005 First Night Leesburg Celebration should contact: Entertainment Committee, First Night Leesburg, P.O. Box 203, Leesburg VA 20178; call 703-777-6306 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT) program (TNT) hosts events year round, including full- and half-marathons — run or walk, cycling or triathlons. TNT's National Capital Area Chapter is recruiting participants for the upcoming spring season of events which includes the St. Anthony's and Gulf Coast triathlons — swim, bike, and run Half Ironman — in Florida; the Country Music marathon and half marathon in Tennessee; and the Adidas Vancouver International marathon in Canada.
The team will consist of people of all age ranges, fitness and experience levels — the TNT training program provides the coaching and support needed to make sure everyone crosses the finish line.
In exchange, participants work to raise funds for blood cancer research. These four events alone should raise somewhere in the neighborhood of $700,000. The local TNT chapter will raise more than $3 million this year. And, 75 percent of every dollar spent goes towards cancer research and other programs to advance the Society's mission of curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma. For more information about TNT or upcoming spring events and how to get involved, information meetings are being held in the Washington, D.C., area during the month of November, call the National Capital Area Chapter at 703-960-1100, or visit www.teamintraining.org/ncameeting.
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 email@example.com 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
Loudoun MADD is selling the 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 www.maddloudounva.org to see a picture of the wristbands. For questions send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents and businesses using the Loudoun County Recycling Drop-off Centers are reminded that the recycling centers accept only mixed bottles, cans, and paper. Specifically, items that are accepted at the recycling centers include clear- and colored-glass bottles and jars; aluminum and steel cans; plastic bottles and jugs — beverage, detergent and squeeze bottles and jugs only; newspapers; magazines; phone books; catalogs; junk mail; office paper; cardboard; and paperboard such as cereal boxes.
Items that are not accepted at the centers include plastic bags; plastic flower pots; Styrofoam; or any other type of plastic that is not specifically a bottle or jug; window glass; plate-glass; porcelain; wood; yard waste; furniture; needles; nails; construction materials; electronics; hazardous chemicals or chemical containers; and motor oil containers.
If an item is not listed on the sign as acceptable for recycling, do not deposit it in the recycling bin, and instead call the Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Management at 703-777-0187. For more information visit www.loudoun.gov/oswm.
The Loudoun Arts Council invites nonprofit arts organizations to apply for ArtShare, the council’s annual regranting program, which distributes funds to nonprofit arts groups as well as provides these organizations with grant writing experience.
To be eligible for a grant, organizations must demonstrate strong artistic quality and sound management practices. Grant applicants must have completed at least one season of programs and be members of the Loudoun Arts Council.
Again this year, the Arts Council is offering a prereview process to assist organizations with preparing their grant applications.
Key dates for this year’s ArtShare program are:
Nov. 23: Final applications are due by 5 p.m.
Dec. 19: Applicants are notified of recipients
Dec. 30: Checks are mailed to grant recipients
Contact the Loudoun Arts council for application forms and information about general policies and eligibility requirements at 703-777-7838 or email@example.com.
The Loudoun Arts Council is a nonprofit organization that promotes the development of artistic expression throughout Loudoun County by supporting visual, performing and literary artists and arts organization.
Young writers in Loudoun County are being encouraged to use their imaginations, put pen to paper and create a story for the Community Voice Media LLC's Young Voices of Loudoun County short-story contest.
All students from grades kindergarten-12th grade, including Loudoun County Public Schools, private schools or home-schooled children are eligible to enter the contest. There will be cash prizes awarded for first, second and third place in the categories of elementary-, middle- and high-school levels. All participating students will receive a publisher’s award in recognition of their achievement.
Contest submissions must be postmarked no later than Dec. 10. Entries can be mailed to Community Voice Media LLC, P.O. Box 564, Round Hill, VA 20142-0564. Submission guidelines are available on the Community Voice Media Web site www.communityvoicemedia.com or by sending a postage paid envelope along with the request to the address above.