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.

Giant Food will be collecting donations for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. All funds collected will go to the American Red Cross and America's Second Harvest.

Voce Chamber Singers, a 20-member, mixed-choral ensemble, announces auditions for its 2005-2006 concert series. There are openings in all voice parts, and all soloists are selected from within the ensemble.

Under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Nafziger, Voce will present in its 16th subscription season including Daniel PinkhamÕs Christmas Cantata with organ and brass ensemble in December; choral settings of dance music including BrahmÕs Liebeslieder Waltzes in March; and a semi-staged presentation of Gilbert and SullivanÕs Trial by Jury as well as PDQ BachÕs Liebeslieder Polkas in May.

Voce rehearses on Monday evenings, September-May, in Vienna, and performs in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Auditions will be scheduled by appointment, leave a message at 703-277-7772 or send an e-mail to Further information is available by request or by visiting VoceÕs Web site at

Artists living within a 75-mile radius of Leesburg are

invited to submit artwork to the third annual "Fall Into the Arts" festival Saturday, Oct. 15 in downtown historic Leesburg.

To be eligible, artists should mail photographs of up to three pieces of original art, a $20 fee and a self-addressed-stamped envelope to Fall Into the Artsâ Jury, c/o the Loudoun Academy of the Arts, 222 South King St., Leesburg, VA 20175.

The deadline for photo submissions is Friday, Sept. 16, and a panel of jurors will respond to submissions by Monday, Sept. 26.

School-aged artists are also welcome to display their work at the Loudoun Academy of the Arts at 222 South King St. To participate in the student show, contact Karen Hassinger at 703-669-2357. There is no fee for student submissions.

The "Fall Into the Artsâ" festival is hosted by The Town of Leesburg and Leesburg Crossroads Inc., which operates as a Main Street program for Leesburg. Visit or contact Lisa Capraro, downtown coordinator, at 703-737-7084.

The Waterford Foundation announces the return of the $2,500 Florence Kiley Fellowship awarded each year to a Loudoun County artist who has just graduated or is entering his/her senior year of high school. The award, established in memory of a dedicated teacher and artist, is given to provide young artists the time and opportunity to explore the depth and potential of their talent and to encourage them to pursue its development.

The fellowship is awarded based on quality of work submitted and the judgesÕ assessment of the artistÕs talent. The prize money may be used for study at any institution or with any teacher of the winnerÕs choice. Entry is limited to two works per artist, which must be submitted to the Tin Shop in Waterford Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The work must be ready to hang with screw eyes and wires attached. Entries will be exhibited at this yearÕs Waterford Fair.

Artists and photographers throughout the region are invited to enter their work in the 62nd annual Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit that takes place in Waterford Oct. 7-9. The three-day festival is held throughout the National Historic Landmark Village of Waterford and is the oldest juried crafts fair in the state. Two of the highlights of the weekend are the Art Exhibit and the Photography Exhibit.Ê Both offer awards. For details on awards, entry requirements and deadlines visit the Web at

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


Plant-A-Memory is a countywide program that provides a living, growing, memorial to a loved one or special event. By emphasizing trees native to the Piedmont region of Virginia, the program supports ongoing beautification of the countyÕs parks. The trees selected for the program also benefit wildlife preservation efforts in Loudoun County. All donated trees will be marked with Plant-A-Memory plaques with a loved oneÕs name.

Trees will be planted in the park of the purchaser's choice. Tree selection and planting location will be administered by the staff at the park. Claude Moore Park, Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Franklin Park or Potomack Lakes Sportsplex are available as planting location.

Prices include the 3-inch-square plaque, mounting post, mulch, and maintenance: $150 for a tree up to 1.5 inches diameter, and $300 for a tree up to 2.5 inches diameter. The next round of trees will be planted in November, so orders must be received by Oct. 1. Contact Claude Moore Park at 703-444-1275.

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 to see a picture of the wristbands. For questions send an e-mail to

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.

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.