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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.

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 VoceVA@hotmail.com. Further information is available by request or by visiting VoceÕs Web site at www.voce.org.

The Christmas in the Loudoun Valleys brochure provides information about local Christmas tree growers, identifying locations, hours and varieties of trees available. The brochure also includes holiday items such as wreaths, roping, poinsettias, plants and decorations grown and made on Loudoun Farms.

Merchants who sell holiday items made from Loudoun Farm products and would like to be listed in the Christmas in the Loudoun Valleys brochure should contact Warren Howell, agricultural marketing manager with the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, at 703-777-0426 or e-mail ahiggins@loudoun.gov by Sept. 30. There is no charge for this service.

The Loudoun Restoration and Preservation Society is accepting applications for its annual grant program. Applications are due by Sept. 30. Forms are available at www.PreserveLoudoun.org or by contacting the LRPS president Vernon Davis at 703-777-6866.

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 www.waterfordva.org.

Loudoun Volunteer Services is seeking nonprofit organizations to participate in a volunteer fair being held in

conjunction with Make a Difference Day, Oct. 22.

The fair will be held, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Algonkian

Elementary School, 20196 Carter Court, in Sterling, and is expected to attract many potential volunteers because people will be dropping off donations at the school for Make a Difference Day.

For more information or to receive an application, contact

Loudoun Volunteer Services at 703-777-0113 or pivs@loudoun.gov. The deadline to apply is Oct. 3. For more information about what Loudoun Volunteer Services is doing for Make a Difference Day, visit www.loudoun.gov/pio/volunteer.htm.

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.

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 www.msva.org. To schedule an audition call Diana Manfredi, president, at 571-213-6306.

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.

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 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.