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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 Friday, 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 honor of National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month, Loudoun County Animal Shelter will be offering free spay or neuter surgery for every dog adopted from the shelter in the month of October.

All dogs adopted from the shelter in the month of October will have an adoption fee of $30. The shelter will pay for the cost of spay or neuter surgery for any dogs that are in need of this service. This represents a $40 savings for male dogs and a $45 savings for female dogs.

The shelter is also looking at additional incentives to encourage dog adoptions during the month of October.

For more information on Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, contact the Animal Shelter at 703-777-0406 or via e-mail at animals@loudoun.gov.

Throughout October, Safeway stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region will raise funds to help fight breast cancer. Employees at all 141 stores will host cookouts, hold carnivals, sell campaign chocolate bars and ask customers to add a dollar to their orders to fund research and prevention of this disease.

In the Baltimore/Washington area, all funds raised by this initiative will be donated to MedStar Health, to support breast cancer programs at all MedStar Health hospitals, the Visiting Nurse Association and MedStar Research Institute.

Free cab rides will be available throughout eastern Loudoun County, Oct. 29-31, from 8 p.m.-4 a.m. each night. The SoberRide program, offered by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, allows residents 21 and older, celebrating with alcohol, to receive a free cab ride, up to a $50 fare, by calling 1-800-200-TAXI or #TAXI for Cingular customers. The program is offered through Washington, D.C.; Arlington, Fairfax, eastern Loudoun and Prince William counties in Virginia and Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland. Visit www.soberride.com.

Collection sites have been made available by Loudoun Volunteer Services for citizens who are unable to drop off their Make a Difference Day donations for the Holiday Coalition Oct. 22. Collection sites are as follows:

* Girls Scouts Office, 107 Loudoun St., Leesburg;

* Department of Parks, Recreation, & Community Services, 215 Depot Court; and

* Any of the Loudoun County community centers. A list of community centers can be found by visiting www.loudoun.gov/prcs/cc.

Make a Difference Day is an annual event that takes place

nationally on the fourth Saturday of every October. Loudoun Volunteer Services has again selected the Holiday Coalition as its service project and needs volunteers to help collect

household items to be distributed during the holidays.

For more information or to register to donate items, call Lisa Rose, volunteer coordinator at 703-777-0113. The registration deadline is Oct. 15.

A call for artists' donations. A grassroots community effort is being launched to solicit donations of artwork, including 2D and 3D pieces, for a fund-raiser and silent auction to benefit the Red Cross. All proceeds will be donated to humanitarian and relief efforts for the victims of the recent hurricanes. Anyone interested in donating, contact Tacie N. Jones at tjones8066@hotmail.com.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT) program (TNT) hosts events year round, including full- and half-marathons Ñ 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 Ñ swim, bike, and run Half Ironman Ñ 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 Ñ 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 is seeking students in grades fifth-12th who have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after Sept. 1, 2004, to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, which is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and recognizes students in grades 5-12 solely on the basis of their volunteer activities.

Loudoun Volunteer Services will select four students as local honorees. Of the four, one high-school student and one middle-level student will be selected for the state competition, with the other two students serving as runners-up. Each of the four will be recognized at a local awards ceremony. A state-level judging committee will select the top

youth volunteers in each state, with the top high-school and middle-level students each receiving a silver medallion, $1,000 and a trip to Washington D.C., where a national selection committee will select America's top 10 youth volunteers for 2006. Each national-level honoree will win an additional $5,000, a gold medallion, crystal trophy and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential foundation to a charitable

nonprofit organization of the student's choice.

For more information or to receive an application, contact

Loudoun Volunteer Services at 703-777-0113 or pivs@loudoun.gov. Applications may also be downloaded from

www.loudoun.gov/pio/volunteer.htm. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

The Sterling Annex Community Center, 1115 W. Church Road, Sterling, is recruiting facility supervisors and instructors. These are part-time positions and are on an as-needed basis. Call China Nicholson or Barbara Smith at 703-430-6673.

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.

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 maddloudoun@aol.com.

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 Ñ 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 directors of the Piedmont Community Foundation announce they have received a $25,000 gift to use as a match anchor for the general fund of the foundation. One match is already secured raising the total receipts to $50,000. Both donors wish to remain anonymous at this time. To learn more about participating in the matching gift program call 540-687-5223.

Giant Food LLC and its Ahold sister companies including Stop & Shop, Tops Markets, Giant Food Stores, and U.S. Foodservice announced that they will donate $1 million to fund the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts of the American Red Cross and AmericaÕs Second Harvest-The NationÕs Food Bank Network. The corporate donation is in addition to the campaign Giant has undertaken to collect funds from customers.