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An International Night was held Friday, March 3 at Louise Archer Elementary School. Students, parents and teachers took a virtual trip around the world, celebrating the diversity of the school and the Vienna community by sharing the traditional art, clothing, customs, dance, food and music of nearly two dozen countries.

April 10-14, a spring break camp, I am an Artist Too! will be held from 9 a. m. to noon for children ages 3-9 and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for kids ages 6-12. Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Fee is $150 for younger residents and $300 for older residents. Call 703 255-6360.

Spring Break Travel Camp for ages 8-12 will be held April 10-13 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Activities include bowling, swimming, roller skatig and a trip to Baltimore. Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Fee is $200 for residents and $250 for non-residents. Call 703 255-6360.

Oliver L. Jackson, painter and sculptor, will be an artist-in-residence at Flint Hill School for the first week in April. Jackson, who during his career has been both an artist and a teacher, is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award in Painting in 1980-81 and has served as Artist in Residence at the Harvard University Art Museums. Throughout the week, Jackson will teach and lecture to art and sculpture classes as a part of the Arts Jam program at Flint Hill School. Arts Jam is a visual and performing art immersion for the students of the school during the month of April. On Tuesday, April 4 there will be an evening reception for the community at the school, 10409 Academic Drive, Oakton, where Jackson will narrate a slide show and conduct an interview for the audience.

The Women's Association of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great Falls is accepting applications for two Alexander De Filippis Scholarships from college bound high school seniors in Great Falls, Vienna, Reston, Herndon, McLean, Sterling and Potomac or students who are registered parishioners at the church. The selection process will place major emphasis on the student's development of Christian character and demonstrated service to others by involvement in school, church or community projects. The student must also have a 2.5 or higher overall high school grade point average. Two scholarships of $3,000 each will be awarded. The application is available for download at st-catherines.net. The applications must be returned by May 15.

Tryouts for the Oakton High School 2006-07 Dance Team will take place on April 24-26 at the high school, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna. Tryout materials are available on the Oakton Athletic Boosters Web site, www.ohsathleticboosters.org or the Oakton Athletic Department Web site, www.oaktonathletics.org. Contact Celeste Moore at 703-860-0464.

Club Phoenix Teen Center. Vienna Community Center features a big screen TV, jukebox and CD player, Dreamcast, pool and pingpong tables and more for Vienna-area middle-school students. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 2:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-255-5721.

Reserve a place in history at Cunningham Park Elementary. Buy an Engraved Brick that will be placed in the courtyard to raise funds to improve the school grounds. Obtain order forms at the school office, or contact Paula Williams at 703 689-8928.

Byron Hood, Jesse Liu, Jeffrey Zhang and Jacob Steinhardt of Vienna and Trey Repetski of Oakton are members of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Chess Team, which won the Southern Division of the Metro Area Chess League (MACL) and, the following week, won the 2006 title for the Virginia Scholastic Chess Championships in Roanoke. MACL Playoffs were held in D.C. at the U.S. Chess Center on Saturday, March 4. The T.J. Chess Team won 14 out of 15 games. The state championships represented the school's eighth consecutive title. Next month, the Chess Team is preparing to go to Nationals out in Milwaukee, Wis. To help pay for the trip, the team will be doing a fundraiser at Nativity Elementary School in Burke during spring break to teach young students the basics about playing chess.

Traveling Players Ensemble is moving its outdoor theater camp to Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna. Traveling Players provides theatrical instruction as well as outdoor adventures. The partnership with Meadowlark Gardens provides space for the theater company's expansion. Traveling Players Ensemble Camp's four-week sessions consist of daily rehearsals of a classical play (Shakespeare and Moliere); weekly classes in stage combat, improvisation and theatrical design; low ropes coursework to build cooperation and communication skills; and training in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. This is a day camp that features a campout every Thursday. Each session culminates in a backpacking trip to perform the shows, giving participants the experience of wandering entertainers who carry their dinner, their tent and their props in their pack. For ages 11-18, the camp runs June 19-July 14 and July 17-Aug. 11. Call 301-573-2521 or visit www.travelingplayers.org.